The Woman whose despair was turned to delight Mark 5

Text: Mark 5:21-43

We are going to meet this woman that knew her only hope was Jesus, the Lord.

I. The woman’s condition. Mark 5:25,26
A. What help did she have?

1. Her natural resistance to disease could not overcome the hemorrhaging.
2. Her physicians could not help her.
3. Her condition separated her from the people around her and from worship in the Temple. (compassion and sympathy)

Leviticus 15:19 And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even.

B. What hope did she have?

1. She was not healed on her own.
2. When she turned to the physicians, they could not help.
a. She suffered with her disease and with their cures.
b. She used all her money to find a cure, but none was to be found.
1. She continually grew worse. All they could do was to treat the symptoms, but the cause continued and the symptoms grew worse.
This is a portrait of sin. People try to treat the symptoms but they cannot treat the cause. Only God has the cure. Life is full of broken resolutions, promises to change, despair and discouragement.

II. The Lord’s care. Mark 5:27-29

A. He had an open testimony.
1. Others had come to Him for help.
2. He was on His way to help a family even at this time.
3. He was approachable –

Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Hebrews 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need

B. He encourages others in faith. Mark 5:28

C.He blesses beyond measure. Mark 5:29

1. His power is astounding and is simple, operating at His will.
2. She did not just receive relief from her discomfort, she was healed!

III. The Lord’s question. Mark 5:30-34 He stopped to inquire.

A. Jesus knew the woman had come to Him in faith and now would she confess what she had done? A public profession is very important! Do not be ashamed

Romans 10:10-11 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

B. Jesus was one of the two that knew what touch He was speaking about.

1. There was no doubt that He was being touched the whole way.
2. Here He was touched in faith. A sad fact that so many come in contact, but without faith. Mere people among the crowd, onlookers –

Hebrews 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it

C. Jesus met the woman face to face. Mark 5:32,33
Her fear is awesome. Joy of healing and fear of rebuke. What mixed feeling she must have had.
1. Jesus was on His way to visit a dying girl.
2. The woman’s touch would make Him unclean until evening.
3. She may have been trying to be careful to just touch the hem of His garment and not defile Him. Possibly no one would notice.
4. She did not realize that God wants us to come to Him as we are, in faith, and He will make us whole.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

D. Jesus blessed the woman for her public testimony. Mark 5:34

We should learn these lessons from this woman –

She did not let her position stop her – Jesus was with a ruler of a synagogue. Would he stop to help her? He is no respecter of persons!
She did not let her condition stop her – she would bear the pain to get to Jesus.
She did not let her natural concern and cynicism stop her – she had heard what the Lord would do.
She did not let the crowds stop her – she would get through the press, the crowds thronging Jesus.

How easy it is to stop us from seeking to be with Him. She is a good example for us.

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Judges 13 Do not be weary in well doing

Previously we looked at David, the son of Jesse, the shepherd boy, the musician at the court of King Saul, the victor over the Philistine champion – Goliath. Tonight we will study about another of God’s servants that challenged the Philistines about 40 years before David was born. He judged Israel in the time of the Priest Eli and the beginning of the ministry of Samuel.
The Israelites had been contending with their old enemies, the various tribes of the Canaanites. During the times of the Judges, a major enemy the Israelites faced were the Philistines. The Philistines had been in the land for centuries, Abraham, Isaac, Israel having dealings with them. The main group of Philistines migrated at a later time, coming from the southern region of Greece, through Crete and then into Canaan. They were commonly known as “Sea Peoples”, although some did travel overland and had interactions with the Hittites. The Philistines were determined to conquer and control the land, whether they faced the Canaanites or the Israelites. While Israel fought with them throughout the time of the Judges, the great deliverance began with God’s calling of Samson to judge His people.
Judges 13:1-5 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years. And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no rasor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.

I. The Fear and the faith of the parents. Judges 13:19-22
II. The Faith and obedience of Samson.
Judges 13:24-25 And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him. And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Judges 15:20 And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

III. The Failure of Samson.
After 20 years of judging the people, Samson became weary in well doing. He became one of those written of in Judges – “He did that which was right in his own eyes.” Samson submitted himself to the lie presented to the world in the familiar formula used by Satan from the beginning –
1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
A. He went to the wrong place.
Judges 16:1a Then went Samson to Gaza,
Samson had no business in Gaza. He did not challenge the enemy nor did he fight them when the opportunity arose.
B. He went to the wrong person. “The lust of the eyes and the lust of the flesh”
Judges 16:1b …and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her.
Judges 16:4 And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
He sought out women who had no godly character. The unnamed harlot and the materialistic Delilah both measured their value in gold. They had not Godly virtue and they could be bought by whoever had the highest price, unlike the Godly woman.
Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
C. He went with the wrong principles. “…The pride of life”.
1. In Gaza.
He simply walked away, mocking them with his strength. He did not use his strength for good, but simply for a show.
2. In Sorek.
When questioned without end of the source of his power, Samson was not forthright about his relationship with God as a Nazarite. His pride and ego found pleasure in the sinful and challenging relationship with Delilah. He delighted in the game, not considering that the first priority in his life should be God. His sinful pride led him into captivity. The four steps reveal the strength that pride has over wisdom –
a. He told the unbelievable story of the seven green withes (cords) 16:7
b. He told the more believable story of the new ropes. 16:11
c. He told the near truth having to do with his hair. 16:13
d. He told the truth – His hair was a sign of his position with God as a Nazarite. The hair is cut to signify the end of the dedication as a Nazarite. 16:17
His sinful pride led him to a place that he never expected he would be. He was completely caught by surprise
Judges 16:20 And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.
Do we know tonight that the Lord is with us? We must stay close and never get weary in well doing!

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1 Samuel 17 Is there not a cause?

Text: 1 Samuel 17

In this portion of God’s Word will learn of the importance of trusting in the Lord each day of our lives. We do not know what tomorrow will bring forth, or even what this night holds for us. We must trust the fact that God does know and He is with us, enabling us, as individuals, to have a testimony to His glory. We see this in this account of the young man David which begins, as many things in life do, with a –

I. Conflict 1 Samuel 17:1-7 Involved –

A. The challenge by the Philistines. 17:3
B. The champion of the Philistines 17:4-7

II. Crisis 1 Samuel 17:8-10 “…give me a man…”
No man of Israel was willing to step forth against the Philistines.

III. Cowardness 1 Samuel 17:11-25

A. Fear throughout the army. 17:11
B. Feeble attempt of a show of force. 17:20,24
C. Fortune offered in desperate attempt to find a man willing to stand against the enemy. (Saul would rather pay someone than go himself).

IV. Cause 1 Samuel 17:26-30 We see here the –

A. Bewilderment of David. 17:26 Why would any man of Israel allow this heathen to speak against the Lord.
B. Belittlement by Eliab. 17:27 This is the usual reaction of a guilty conscience.
C. Bold words of David. 17:28 “…is there not a cause”?

V. Courage 1 Samuel 17:31-37

David told King Saul that God gave him courage and victory. God, who had proved Himself before, would prove Himself again in this fight against Goliath.

The Lord reminded us that He prepares each of us for the battle. Note the –

VI. Cumbersome fit of another man’s armour. 1 Samuel 17:38,39

God’s armour is custom fit to each of His servants. We cannot serve effectively trying to be someone else. We hear the saying “Filling another man’s shoes”. God never instructs us to fill another’s shoes. We are to follow the Lord’s steps!

VII. Confidence. 1 Samuel 17:40-47 Read 17:45-47

David trusted God and knew God would protect him and prevail over this fearsome enemy! We should remember that often what we know we should do and what we will actually do when in any situation may not work out the same. We must be prepared in the Lord! Are you facing the fearsome enemies – are they challenging you even this week. Be prepared by seeking the Lord and His power and protection each day. David had no idea how his day would change from simply delivering food to his brothers to delivering the victory of battle to Israel.

VIII. Conquest of the enemy 1 Samuel 17:48-51 Read 17:50,51
God honoured David’s words as recorded in 17:46a

David trusted God. Will we?
Conflicts and crisis will come. Cowardness will try to shake us to our very foundation, but we must remember “…is there not a cause”? We should be strong in and for the Lord! Take courage, put on the armour of God, and have confidence in Him. He will give you the victory!

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Preaching outline – The blessings of the Lord are ahead of us.

Text: John 21 The Lesson for Peter – the blessings of the Lord are ahead of us
We will look tonight at Peter and his decisions that affected, not only him, but the other disciples also. Peter, not being sure where he stood in his relationship with the Lord, determined to return to the activities of life he was familiar with – fishing. He had been successful in his partnership with his brother and been able to support his family. In all of his life, before meeting the Lord, he had never cowered before men or been completely filled with fear, shame, and overwhelming guilt. Twice he had met with Jesus since the resurrection and twice the issue was unresolved. Jesus had spoken to him and neither time had the action of Peter been addressed by the Lord nor by Peter. He had neither been confronted nor had he approached the Lord and confessed. Peter was at a crossroads in his life and was unsure what to do. He decided to try to find peace and satisfaction by returning to that which he had left behind to follow the Lord – “I go a fishing”.

His decision affected other disciples and it some joined with him in going back out onto the lake.
We do not know whether the night was spent in conversation or silent contemplation. The only information we have of what transpired in the fishing boat that night is that their toil was fruitless – the nets remained empty.

As the darkness of the night gave way to the shadowy light of dawn, the ship was about a football field in distance from the shore. The men heard a voice – a question being asked by one on the shore – “Children, have ye any meat.” Thus began the restoration of Simon, the son of Jonas, to the Apostle Peter, preacher of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I. His return to the activity he was so familiar with, fishing on ‘his’ lake.

John 21:3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.

II. His reaction to the presence of the Lord. John 21:7-11
A. The Awkward meeting.

John 21:7-8 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.

It seems that he did not know quite what to do. He responded to the presence of the Lord by immediately going to Him, yet we have no record of any conversation between them. He may have simply stood in an uncomfortable silence, watching the men bring the boat to the shore. He would have noticed a fire already prepared with fish roasting and bread nearby.

B. The Accounting of the power and blessings of God.

John 21:9-11 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.

1. The work throughout the night brought them no gain.
2. The Word of the Lord brought them abundance of fish.

As the men alighted from the boat, Jesus called to them to bring their catch of fish onto the shore, at which instruction Peter went and helped them to secure the miraculous catch of fish.
Again, we have no record of any conversation between the disciples as they secured the net and the fish. Did they ask Peter “Did He say anything to you”? Did they ask “Where did the fire, the fish, and the bread come from”? We did not see Him when we set out from the shore last night”.
Would they remember the words that had been spoken to them just three years before “..follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”? It was such a simple thing for the Lord to make them fishers of fish – but in truth, what is more important?

III. His Response to the questions from the Lord. John 21:15-17

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

The questions were posed in such a way to make Peter consider his love for the Lord.

A. Did he love the Lord more than his old life. “…more than these” – the fish and all that they stood for?

B. Did he love the Lord than his own comfort – to be a leader (willing to die for the sheep) – tend my sheep? Did he now know his own heart and instead of making boast of his own courage, he would stand in his love for the Lord?

C. Did he love the Lord enough to do whatever he would have to do in the establishment of the Lord’s people in the will and Word of God unto the death? Peter’s response to this, the Lord’s question the third time brought him to grief. He knew that the Lord knows all things, that Jesus knew of Peter’s three denials of the Lord – each denial more intense than the other until he lost all control. As Peter was grieved then when he realized what he had done, he was grieved now as he confessed his whole heart and mind to the Lord.

The Restoration was complete. Peter was not perfect, but he was prepared to serve the Lord “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” He would Feed the Lord’s Sheep!

Do not consider turning back. The blessings of the Lord are ahead of us!

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Preaching Outline for the Letter to the Hebrews Message 35

Letter to the Hebrews Message 35
2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Paul set forth how we are represent the Person of Jesus Christ to the world, living out our lives for Him with accuracy, preciseness, correctness. Paul gave us some characteristics which we can use to examine ourselves as he concluded this letter. We have described –

3. The Manifestation of Fidelity. Hebrews 13:1-17

The believer’s fidelity to God is noted by his –

a. Reputation. Hebrews 13:1-6

We should be known for our –

1). Love. 13:1

With the Lord Jesus Christ as our foundation and His character as our guiding principle, the following characteristics should flow naturally from the believer through our relationship to Him (Vine and branches) to others. We should know the great influence love has on all relationships. The Holy Spirit led the writers of the Scriptures to focus heavily on believers having love for God and for one another

a). Jesus loves those who rejected Him.
b). Jesus loves those that did not know of Him.
c). Jesus loves those that did not believe Him or encourage His ministry.
d). Jesus loves those that love Him.

In loving Him and loving others, the instructions that follow will be normal actions in our lives.

The child of God should always be known for –

2). Hospitality. 13:2

Matthew 25:34-40 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

We should look forward to the opportunity to show hospitality to others. We have the blessing to be used to care for strangers and –

“…thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

Can you imagine the blessing in knowing that you were given the opportunity to entertain angels. We may only learn in eternity how often we interacted with the messengers of God. Some, like Abraham and Lot, only learned after the initial meeting that they were speaking with angels. Some, like that Apostle Paul were encouraged by angels in times of trouble. Others were not rewarded with the knowledge that they had entertained angels at all. Even so, they were blessed through their care for strangers – human or angels.

The admonition is that we show hospitality to those that we have opportunity to help. Through love, we are to be a blessing by not holding tightly to the material wealth we control.

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Loving God and loving others, putting that love into action through hospitality brings us to the discussion of –

3). Compassion. 13:3

Hebrews 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
We are to count ourselves as being one with them. We are to know that while we may not be in their circumstances at this time, we may be soon because we live out the same faith in the Lord as they do!
We are not to act from a position of false humility or arrogant condescension, but from true care, feeling what those in need feel and care for them with genuine compassion. There are those that get involved in compassionate ministries because their actions make them feel good. They are looking for an experience or self-satisfaction. The more they help, the better they feel. Helping begins to become addictive. They forget they are serving God as they serve others and simply begin to serve themselves. It seems that they must do more and more to feed their need of worthiness. The Lord never helped anyone to prove or to increase His worth among man. He is always worthy whether He ministers to anyone or not. Is it possible for us to love others, be hospital to them, have compassion and help in their needs without changing who we are or how we feel about ourselves?

In order to serve God and be a help to others, the believer must keep himself pure. The introduction of purity in marriage may at first seem out of place as we have been instructed thus far in love, hospitality, and compassion. We will note though, how perfect the placement of this subject is as we consider the greatest danger we face individually and as families – the destruction of the family. How often the work of God has suffered through infidelity before or in marriage. All of the love, all of the hospitality, all of the compassion has been forgotten because of the foolish submission to the lust of the flesh. God turns our minds at this time to –

4). Faithfulness. 13:4 “…Marriage is honourable in all…”

The commitment and the consummation of marriage is honourable before the Lord. The Lord has created as perfect union on the earth as can be possible. Satan has attacked the family mercilessly throughout all time because of the special position God holds for this institution. Paul understood the mindset of those he was addressing in this letter and reminded them of the holy position we are to follow in our marriage relationship.
Note how many scandals would be avoided if men would follow God’s plan for marriage. We are to be faithful!

We are further warned of another danger which will destroy our testimony for the Lord – that of covetousness. We are to are to render to the Lord all of our –

5). Confidence. 13:5,6 We trust that He will supply all that we need

Our present world offers one of the greatest distractions – the freedom to choose a career path. Do you realize that this is a relatively new phenomenon? From ancient times until about two centuries ago men rarely chose their vocation. They usually followed their fathers in their work: farmers, merchants, servants, carpenters (as Jesus followed Joseph in His vocation). Even in their situation with very limited choices in life, The Lord led Paul to challenge believers to be content.

“…The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me….”.

When we trust the Lord, we cannot be coerced to do wrong by those that have power over us. At times the employer will pressure the believer to act against the principles of God in the course of doing business. The believer should refuse to sin against the Lord and must stand for truth even though he may lose his position. He must know that the “Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man can do unto me.”

Will you think about how your love, hospitality, compassion, faithfulness, and confidence in the Lord measure up to the commands we have received this morning? I must ask myself “How do I represent the Lord in my day to day life”? How is your reputation?
Do people see Christ in me?
Do I have such a testimony that I can hand out a gospel tract or give an invitation to church with such sincerity and care that the recipient appreciates the love of God, even though not understanding it?
Ask yourself this question – when is the last time you told someone the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our mandate is this “Ye shall be witnesses unto me…”
Are you?

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Preaching Outline for the Letter to the Hebrews, Message 34

Letter to the Hebrews. Message 34

Paul set forth how we are reflect the Person of Jesus Christ to the world, living out our lives for Him with accuracy, preciseness, correctness. Paul gave us some characteristics which we can us to examine ourselves by as he concluded this letter. We have described –

3. The Manifestation of Fidelity. Hebrews 13:1-17

The believer’s fidelity to God is noted by his –

a. Reputation. Hebrews 13:1-6

We should be known for our –

1). Love. 13:1

With the Lord Jesus Christ as our foundation and His character as our guiding principle, the following characteristics should flow naturally from the believer through our relationship to Him (Vine and branches) to others. We should know the great influence love has on all relationships. The Holy Spirit led the writers of the Scriptures to focus heavily on believers having love for God and for one another –

Mark 12:30-31 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

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

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

1 John 2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
Our pattern in life is the Lord Jesus Christ. He told the disciples –

“…follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” On another occasion He said “… I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” He told them “…As the Father has sent me, even so send I you.” Peter told us “…leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:…”. Each of these statements has its own context but each statement instructs us in this one thing – Jesus Christ our Saviour is our example of living out that salvation!
The Lord used the Apostle Paul to command us in this matter “Let brotherly love continue.” We must look to the Lord in order to be obedient to this command.

a). Jesus loves those who rejected Him.

Remember how during His final visit to Jerusalem, His heart was touched as He considered their future –

Luke 19:41-42 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

And a few days later with great compassion he called out –

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

b). Jesus loves those that did not know of Him.

1 John 4:9-10 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

c). Jesus loves those that did not believe Him or encourage His ministry.

John 7:5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.
Those closest to Him in His personal life did not believe in Him at first, but following the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection they were serving Him – James being the pastor of the church in Jerusalem and Jude being the writer of the book of Jude. We might feel perfectly justified in telling off those that would come to us later and say, Hey, you were right.
Jesus loves them and is ready to act upon His love when they come to Him and confess “Lord, you are right and I was wrong. I believe that you are God and the Saviour of all who will come to you believing that you gave your life and the cross, that you were buried, and three days afterward, you took your life back and rose up from among the dead. Will you please forgive me and save me?

d). Jesus loves those that love Him.

John 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

John 16:27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

Conclusion:

Love is a determined action. If we say that we love God, which we should because of His love of us, and also because of the indwelling of God the Holy Spirit, Who loves Him, our response to that love should be obvious according to His Word – “If ye love me, keep my commandments…”

Therefore, by loving Him, our responsibility is –

To love those that reject Him, and us as His servants. Treat them as you would any condemned person, knowing that the execution of the sentence against them is near. What they have on this earth is the best they will ever experience. Their day of reckoning is coming. Also, pray for their repentance and salvation. The Lord revealed His heart when He stated in Ezekiel –

“As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live…”

To love those that are without knowledge of Him.
“Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.”

2 Corinthians 10:16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you…

To love those that know Him. Determine to love them. How can we do this. By giving ourselves to help them to know Him better and love Him more. As we have already been exhorted in this letter – “ye that are strong receive the weak” and also –

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Pray for them
Provide for them when they are in need
Prevent them from sin
Provoke them to good works

Realize that as the children of God, no matter what we were religiously, what we are culturally, where we live geographically, where we stand educationally or economically, we are brothers and sisters in Christ – we are His family and are expected to act as such that we might be called after Him – Christians.
We have His message to take into the world – that they might be saved.
We must work together to accomplish His purpose!

Today, do you realize that God loves you? You personally.
Today, will you trust Him, calling upon Him for salvation.
If you are saved, will you return His love to Him and then through Him to a world that does not know Him?

“If ye love me, keep my commandments”. Have you?

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Preaching Outline for the Letter to the Hebrews, Message 33

Letter to the Hebrews Message 33

D. Exhortation to Fidelity. Hebrews 12:12-13:17 We learned –

1. The Meaning of Fidelity. Hebrews 12:12-17

We noted the definition of fidelity is accuracy, preciseness, correctness.

An example of fidelity in the believer is found in the church in Antioch –

Acts 11:26 And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
Paul told them to present Jesus to the world in their lives by being an example through –

a. Courage. Hebrews 12:12 Being strengthened, they were to have good –
b. Conduct. Hebrews 12:13-17

Last week we noted the –

2. The Motivation to Fidelity. Hebrews 12:18-29

We endeavoured to discover ‘What motivates you in your living out your faith for the Lord.’? We should –

a. Regard our position in Christ as being better. Hebrews 12:18-24

Comparing the Old – (God’s power produced fear) with the New – peace and faith with the blessed anticipation of seeing God the Father and Christ Jesus, God the Son.

Today, we will review His Word that we may reinforce the instruction given to believers based on the truth that Jesus is –
Better than all things.
He has given His life, shed His blood that we might have life everlasting.
He is the only way to life in the Father.
No God exists but God – The Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit.
In simple terms, no life is presented to anyone in any way except by God through Jesus Christ.

Paul is stating here that since God has all authority, we had better listen to Him!

We must –
b. Remember these truths that we have learned –

1). We must not think about turning back to our old life.

Hebrews 10:34-36 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

2). We must remember those that did not turn back, even though they faced great hardships. Hebrews 11

3). We must run the race. Hebrews 12:1,2 “Run with patience…”

4). We must keep going, knowing we may suffer, even to giving our lives.
“Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.”

5). We must be strong, having a firm grip and a strong gait, helping others.
“lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees…”

6). We must not put any confidence in the dead Law.

Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

7). We must thank God for His grace and His blessings – the city of God.
“…ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem…”

8). We must rejoice in our great God the Father and His Son, Jesus.

“…and to God the Judge of all …And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling…”

Knowing this, we must –

c. Respect His Word. Hebrews 12:25-27

1). Experience based on His performance. 12:25,26a

Hebrews 12:25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

We should always remember that consequences will follow disobedience.

Paul reminded the Hebrews how their forefathers sinned against God by forgetting His Word so quickly.

a). They feared to listen to God as He spoke. Exodus 20:19
b). They failed to take His Word seriously. Exodus 20:23

‘Ye shall not make me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold”

c). They forsook the Words of God and rebelled against Him.

Exodus 32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

Exodus 32:4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

They needed, as we do, to believe God, trust Him and refuse to turn back and stop serving Him.

We need to clarify again that the Lord is not speaking of His children losing their salvation. He is speaking of them being corrected while they live, and if they would not accept the correction, (1 John 5:16 “…there is a sin unto death…” ), He would simply kill them and take them to be with Him. Do not be afraid of losing your salvation – be afraid of wasting it!

You see, our problem is fear of giving our all to the Lord. To completely invest ourselves with Him in His will. We are afraid to “get on board” and go “all out” for the Lord. We want to control our lives and so we give Him a little at a time, making sure we can pull back when we are unsure of what will happen.

I remember when I was a teenager I went a number of times with my brother and his friends to an amusement park called Glen Echo, just outside of Washington, D.C. I enjoyed many of the games – trying to knock down bottles with a softball, throwing wooden rings over prizes, shooting moving targets with a rifle. It was fun to play the games that I was in control of. My brother and his friends loved riding the roller coaster. It was an old wooden trestle coaster. This was long before most of the safety devices we know today. I never went with them on the coaster. It was loud and the wood creaked as the cars roared down the hills and around the curves. I stood and watched as they laughed and screamed, having a great time. One of the biggest thrills was on the longest drop. It began at the very highest point with the cars circling slowing, approaching the drop, and then flying down the incline. Dave and them would stand up and put their arms in the air, screaming at the top of their lungs. As the cars came to a stop at the end, they would jump off, run out to the booth and buy tickets to ride again. They had the greatest time, and I watched, afraid to commit myself to something I could not control. How sad that I missed so much. Now, I did not do anything wrong – except the wrong in robbing myself of opportunities and not being an encourage to others to go all in with their lives.
Most Christians live their lives much like my time spent in the park – enjoying some small things but missing the greatest opportunities of all. If we are to seek the greatest blessings of God in this life, we must see our –

2). Expectation based on His promise. 12:26b,27

God is preparing us to live with Him forever in the place that will never change.
This earth is cursed by sin and needs to be remade, which it will be in the end time, an everlasting perfect home for God among His people.
And because of these truths, we should –

d. Resolve to serve. 12:28,29

God has a plan for us and we should determine that we will serve Him, beginning now!

Ephesians 2:4-10 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

God helps us to choose to do right by reminding us of the consequences of doing wrong.

“For our God is a consuming fire.”

Remember –
Hebrews 10:30-31 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Are you obedient or are you telling God “No, I want to do my will, not yours”.
Are you saved?
Are you serving?
Are you all in, giving yourself over completely to God?

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