Fathers Day message outline June 17 2018

Text: I Kings 19:15,16 Jeremiah 35:1-10, 18,19

1 Kings 19:15-16 And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.

In the Adult Bible Class taught by Brother Fidel, we have been learning of the Prophet Elijah and how the Lord blessed him and cared for him as he exhorted the people of Israel to repent and obey the Lord. We know from God’s Word that Elijah became discouraged when the Lord proved Himself to the people and yet the people refused to turn to Him. King Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, threatened to kill Elijah and he ran for his life into the wilderness. The Lord called Him to Himself and encouraged Elijah, giving him the responsibility to command Jehu, one of Ahab’s captains, to overthrow the wicked king and also to call Elisha to follow Elijah in the ministry as a prophet of God. Elijah obeyed God in these things. In the ministry of Elisha, Jehu was commanded to carry out his mission and take over the kingdom of Israel, destroying the false religious worship. Jehu called upon a friend of his to help –

I. Jonadab.

As we look at this man we see that –

A. He was zealous in the service of his country –

2 Kings 10:15-17 And when he (Jehu) was departed thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him: and he saluted him, and said to him, Is thine heart right, as my heart is with thy heart? And Jehonadab answered, It is. If it be, give me thine hand. And he gave him his hand; and he took him up to him into the chariot. …

Jehu, the anointed king of Israel called on Jonodab to assist him in service to his country.
(The country had been invaded and was occupied, not by military troops, but by false gods and their servants. The king, Ahab, had married Jezebel, a foreign queen who then established the worship of false gods.)

B. He was zealous in the service of his God.

2 Kings 10:23 And Jehu went, and Jehonadab the son of Rechab…..

Jehu called on Jonadab to assist him in serving the Lord – rid the country of the idolatry. We learn that he was an important man in the new government of Israel. He desired to serve God and do what was right.

Why is it important today that we look at the life of this man – Jonadab. We can learn much from him because of something that happened in his family 150 years later. We need to read of another time when God’s people had turned from obeying and serving Him. This was in the time of Jeremiah.

Read Jeremiah 35:1 “…go to the house of the Rechabites, and speak unto them…”

It is interesting that this family was still in the land when all of the other tribes that had been in the north had been captured by the Assyrians.

II. The obedience of this family. Jeremiah 35:1-19

A. The test of obedience. Jeremiah 35:1-5
B. The witness of obedience. Jeremiah 35:6-10
C. The blessing of obedience. Jeremiah 35:18,19

This family is an example of honouring their father. They refused to disobey their father’s admonition. For over 150 years they had strictly adhered to Jonadab’s will. What is it that children see in a father that leads them to obey in such a manner?

We should learn a most important lesson –

III. The obedience of Jonadab was a pattern for his children.

He was zealous in the care of his children. He noticed when sin took over!

2 Kings 10:29-30 Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from after them, to wit, the golden calves that were in Beth-el, and that were in Dan. And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.

A. Jonadab saw the danger of incomplete obedience. Jehu was filled with pride in his accomplishment (one may sin through pride even in serving!)

B. Jonadab determined a right course for his family.
1. Separate unto the Lord.
2. Separate from the world.

He put his family before the fame and fortune he could have if he continued to work with Jehu. He warned them of the danger of compromise with ungodly ways. We see that –

C. Jonadab delighted in the Lord and in his family.

He could have served at the side of King Jehu and given his family power and position for a while – as long as they were in favour with the king!

He chose to give his family an eternal position in the Kingdom of God! Earthly kings come and go but our God is forever! We should do all that we can to put them in the way with God. We should prepare them to know the conviction of God and call upon Him. Will we as fathers teach our children that when God calls, they will given Him their lives? Can you imagine how wonderful it will be that, if the Lord does not return soon, our children’s children – even 150 hundred years from now, will be trusting God through His Word because we set a good example for them teaching them that we believed God and were blessed of Him.

Fathers –
Be zealous in the service of the Lord.
Be zealous in the leadership of your family – separate them from ungodly influences!

Have you accepted the responsibility of leading your family?
How long will you be remembered and –
What will you be remembered for?
What kind of influence do you have in your family?

It is very interesting to remember the promise that Moses made to this family some 800 years before Jeremiah spoke to them. He was asking his brother in law for help –

Numbers 10:32 And it shall be, if thou go with us, yea, it shall be, that what goodness the LORD shall do unto us, the same will we do unto thee.

God was faithful to fulfil this promise to them. They were more faithful to God than the Jews. We can trust the promises from the Lord.
Teach the love of God by word and by your life! Will you determine to do that today

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Preaching Outline of Hebrews Message One

The Letter to the Hebrews is vitally important as the Lord helps people understand that trusting Him by faith does not change them from being who they are nationally. Being a Jew was the same as being an Israelite. How could one be one without the other? Many nationalities are identified by religion and do not understand how they can be faithful to their culture when they no longer follow the religion of their family. The family can put tremendous pressure on the believer, considering them a traitor to their heritage.

I. Establishment of authority. 1:1-3

The Jewish Christians needed to understand that Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled the prophecies given throughout their history by God. He is the prophesied Messiah.

Jesus stated that He was the one spoken of in the Law and the Prophets and that He had not come to destroy the Law but to fulfill it. All of the Law speaking of Him was fulfilled in Him. They needed to know that the Messiah came to them as promised by God, but the people rejected him. Paul stated this in –

Romans 10:1-4 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Through their rejection, the nation of Israel has been set aside –

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

The Law was in place for Israel, not for the church.

These believers were saved by the grace of God (all men) through faith and were to be faithful to His Word in the building of His church, not by becoming a Jew through birth and religious rites, living according to the Law.

Paul was able to establish credibility among the people through the Lord’s working in his life.

He was a Jew that was well versed in the Law and the Prophets as well as the traditions of the nation.

Philippians 3:3-4 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:

Ga 1:14-16 And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen…

Paul understood what he believed. He learned the truth of the Gospel through debate and reasoning with believers –

Acts 6:9-10 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.

Paul had argued with Stephen and the other Christians and was not able to prove them wrong. The Jews tried every argument and well understood what the doctrine of the Christians. They became angry and decided that the people must be destroyed. Paul became the leader of this war against believers, the first death being that of Stephen the deacon –

Acts 7:58-59 (KJV) And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

Paul continued to carry out the persecution –

Acts 8:3 (KJV) As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

And through his own words of speaks of the hatred that drove him –

Acts 26:10-11 (KJV) Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.

He learned everything he could about those that trusted in Jesus of Nazareth as the Saviour. It is interesting to see how that as he used this information to persecute them, the Lord was using the same information to convict Paul of his sin and need of the Saviour –

Acts 26:12-19 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:

Many Jews were confused and they needed instruction in the commandments of God. Paul began to instruct them by first establishing the authority of Jesus of Nazareth.

At this time, Paul was a vessel in the hand of God to be used to share the Word of God to the Jews and to the Gentiles. God led him to write this letter to explain to the believing Jews about their position in the Lord.

A. The Father – Jehovah Hebrews 1:1,2a

Paul began this letter with facts believed by all Jews – that God revealed Himself to their forefathers by the prophets. This statement would not be contested by any Jew.

1. Acknowledged prophets that were in the lineage of Jesus.

a. Enoch. Jude 14
b. Noah. “…preacher of righteousness…”

2. Acknowledged prophets in the general history of Israel.

Prophets such as –

a. Isaiah. 700 bc Prophesied of the virgin birth, 7:14, and the rejected life –

Isaiah 53:5-12 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

b. Micah. Prophesied about the same time as Isaiah. He told of the place of the Saviour’s birth, 5:2
c. Daniel. 600 – 500 bc. Presented the time of the Saviour’s birth.
d. Jeremiah. 600 bc Prophesied of the one who would be King, The Righteous Branch. An everlasting King.
e. Zechariah. 500 bc The coming King

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

f. Malachi 400 bc. The messenger is coming and the Judge is following soon.

Malachi 3:1-2 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

Notice that the focus of the Lord is truth through His Word. They were to trust and grow in faith according to His revealed will. The same is true today!
We come to the Lord through faith. The question is presented “How do we have faith”? The question is answered in

Romans 10:9-14 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 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. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

The question to the Jews is the same as the question to you today. Have you believed in God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? Millions of people are in church today but, sad to say, they will not be in Heaven. They have put their trust, their faith, in the wrong thing. They have not come to God by faith in His Son through the hearing of truth.
We have heard so many reasons from people as to why they go to church that have nothing to do with faith in Him.
The Lord has told us very clearly that

“No man cometh to the Father but by Him”. This is a truth of God in His Word, the Bible. This is why we are a Bible believing church. The Bible is the center of the service. We do not worship the Bible – we worship the God whose Word is given in the Bible. Do you believe Him today?

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Proverbs 24:3,4 Application of Principles of God from Leviticus 19

Text: Proverbs 24:3,4

We have learned some of the principles of God that He has blessed us with to be able to live in peace with one another. We have noted principles as recorded in Leviticus 19 and how they were applied by Ruth, and recorded in the New Testament by Paul and James.
Today we will read and be challenged to act upon what we know. As we have learned through the Word of God, the will of God has not been followed by most people. Why is this? To know and do the will of God is hard work and we must be committed to building our lives God’s way.
The Lord is speaking of building a house in these verses and we shall equate the house for our lives. Today you will have the opportunity to make one of the most important decisions you will ever make – building your life the right way.

I. Wisdom builds. 24:3 “Through wisdom is a house builded…”

As we consider this Word from God, we should say “I want to build that house.” When I think of family, I want to build a family that is blessed of God and a blessing to others. I want them to do the will of God for their lives.
In order to do this, I must follow His plan – “through wisdom is a house builded…”
If the house is to be built through wisdom, I should know what wisdom is.

A. Wisdom, according to Webster’s Dictionary is – “the right use or exercise of knowledge”. Also –
Harris, Archer, and Waltke define God’s use of wisdom as being different from the world view –“… Hebrew wisdom was not theoretical or speculative. It was practical, based on revealed principles of right and wrong, to be lived out in daily life.” With this in mind, we must consider –

B. Wisdom and its source.

Men have promoted their wisdom from the very beginning which brings into conflict the wisdom of men and the wisdom of God. Men become wise in their own ways because they are trying to promote their own beliefs or agendas.
This is seen through the discovery by Duboise in 1891 of the ‘Java Man’. He found a skullcap and a thigh bone and through these two pieces, constructed an entire man who he declared was an ancestor of modern man – a link between apes and humans.

The Word of God settles the matter without argument –

Romans 3:4 “…let God be true, but every man a liar…”
The source of all wisdom is God.

1. He is a personal Being and has revealed Himself to man – His Word.
2. He is omniscient and omnipotent; setting the standard for knowledge and power.
3. He is holy, righteous, and just; setting the standard for wisdom and conduct.

Wisdom comes from God! We are wise when we know the truth and live according to it. We then see –

C. Wisdom makes a difference in our lives.

1. Jesus spoke of a wise man and a foolish man in Matthew 7:24-27

a. The wise man built a house that stood through the storms. We learned through the message on faith or foolishness that to build something that is for the glory of God takes planning, patience, preparation in the unseen things, and persistent labour.

b. The foolish man built a house that collapsed when the storms came. “Easy to build, easy to fall”.

If you are wise, you will build on that which is true and right. You will dedicate yourself to the task of building on the rock. It is hard work, but it will hold out in the hard times.

2. Note the example of the feeding of the 5,000.

a. By sight there was no provision for the people – the world’s standard operates by sight
b. By faith, they were all filled – this is the Lord’s standard.
c. The wise people stayed and ate. Do you think there may have been those that departed because they did not think He could or would provide for them?

3. Compare two men that were with Jesus throughout His ministry.

a. Peter gave up his business and followed Christ.
b. Judas gave up Christ for a business deal – 30 pieces of silver.
c. Which one, Peter or Judas, was wise?

3. Jim Elliot said “He is no fool who gives up that which he cannot keep and gains that which he cannot lose.”

II. Understanding establishes. Proverbs 24:3 “…and by understanding it is established.”

You have built a house on the Rock. Now, what about the next generation? How will your household be established? Understanding will establish your house. The months of May and June have days that are set aside to honour Mothers and Fathers. I ask you this morning – do you want to be worthy of honour? If so, we will understand and live accordingly!

A. Men, do you know what God expects of you?
B. Ladies, do you know what God expects of you?
C. Understanding begins with having the right role models as a child.

1. Fathers teach sons how to be men, husband and fathers. They teach daughters what to look for in a husband.
2. Mothers teach daughters how to be women, wives and mothers. They teach sons what to look for in a wife.

Note: This is becoming more difficult as time goes on because the world’s wisdom is breaking down the distinction between male and female.

3. Understanding guides when the young people begin to seek that one that it is God’s will that they be joined with, becoming one in the Lord. Parents need to teach their children to join with that one who will complete them.

III. Knowledge fills. Proverbs 24:4 “And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches”

A. What is precious?

1. Gold, silver, jewels, houses, cars. Products that God has supplied through creation for the just and the unjust to be blessed with.
2. Peace, joy, love. The attributes of God Himself and only come from Him unto His children.

B. What makes a place pleasant?

1. Flowers, gentle music, friends, a magnificent sunset?
2. Read –

Psalm 133:1 A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

3. We have an account of two friends in unity, praying together and singing together.

Acts 16:23-29 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,

a. When the gates opened in the prison, did they try and escape?
b. No! Why leave in the middle of the meeting? They had not finished preaching and praising yet!
Even in the prison –

C. It is the knowledge of God that fills the place with that which is precious and pleasant. Whatever the place is, if God is there it is blessed!

1 Peter 2:6-8 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

Wisdom builds. Do you know the truth? Do you know what is right? Are you building based on what is right or are you building by sight?

Understanding establishes. Do you understand what God expects of you? If you do not yet understand, are you willing to learn and to do?

Knowledge fills. Do you have the knowledge of the presence of God where you are at now.
God knows where you are – He will be that which is precious and that which is pleasant.

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Preaching Outline Leviticus 19:11 Message Three

Message Three – A changed life Text: Leviticus 19:11; Ephesians 4:28;
And referring to Luke 12:15-21

As we noted two weeks ago in Leviticus –

Leviticus 19:11 Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.

God set forth principles of life through His Law providing an opportunity for His people to be a testimony of Him to the world. They should see that He is righteous, just, and holy as well as merciful and loving, providing hope to a helpless people.

This principle of this truth dealing with man’s actions and attitudes as noted in verse 11 is restated in the New Testament. It is a blessing to know that understanding the principles of God helps us to have better understanding of His Word. Just consider the parable given in Luke chapter 12. He was greatly blessed by the Lord, but took no thought at all that the blessings were intended to be used to supply his needs and the needs of others.

While this is a parable, a story to illustrate a truth, we can still consider what may have been the situation of this man. Being a farmer in his day, he would have grown up on the family farm, working the fields all of his life. He lived on the same plot of land, even in the same house as his parents (the land that their parents lived on). He sold his produce in the same market and on the Sabbath attended the same synagogue. He knew but little change except to be in love, be married, have children, and labour day by day to provide for them, educate them, and teach them to work the farm that would some day be theirs. Every year he provided for his family, some a little less, some a little more, but just enough year to year. Life became so routine that he forgot that He was being blessed by God. He began to look at life instead of looking to God and when the big year finally came, He forgot about God, his neighbors, the poor, the travelers, and thought “I have finally gotten something for me”! “This is mine and I am going to keep it and use it for what I want to do”! He turned his back on God who had blessed him with the little, the just enough, the more than enough, and then the wonderful harvest. He had gotten frustrated because he had kept asking himself the question “What about me”?
This is the question that the Lord answers in Leviticus 19:9-11. It is not about us! It is about our place in His plan.

The man rejected everything the Lord had instructed and was completely serving himself instead of others. Being familiar with Leviticus 19:11 gives us understanding of Jesus’ purpose in teaching the Jews through this parable.

Not only do we learn from the parable, we are clearly exhorted in the New Testament to live out our changed lives. He is concerned that we be, not only witnesses unto Him, but good witnesses for His glory.

We are familiar with Jesus’ teaching in this matter in Matthew 5:14. A city that cannot be hid! – what a statement this is.

Cities have made names for themselves throughout history. Consider some of these names – what kind of picture or defining statement is made by these names?
Jerusalem, Babylon, London, Shanghai, Hiroshima, Rome, Sodom. Each name brings a testimony of either good or evil. The testimony is important.
Your name brings forth a picture or defining statement to those who come in contact with you. What statement would be made about you?

God is dealing with Christian character (known by characteristics) brought forth by the new nature – a new creature in Christ. Let’s look at Ephesians 4:28 today to help us measure (evaluate) ourselves and ask God to show us our character as He sees us – in Truth.

I. What we used to be. 28a …let him that stole, steal no more…

A. Positionally – we were separated from God – in a lost condition. Not able to know. We see that the –

1. Description is clear. He is talking about us.
Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

2. Description is simple. No confusion in what he is saying.
1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
3. Description is truthful – it reveals a spiritual difference.

B. Practically – we were sinners. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Cor 5:9-11; Romans 1:21-3

1. By nature, and –
2. By desire — “have pleasure in them that do them”

C. Purposefully – we were spiritually blinded.

1. We were naturally sinful.
2. We had an adversary who worked at keeping us in that sinful state.

a. He will blind the lost. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

b. He will try and destroy those that are saved. 1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

II. What we can be. 28b We are changed – no doubt …him that stole…
Using the same outline as above –

A. Positionally – we are alive. Moved from death unto life/ dark unto light

1. Saved from eternal death.

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

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.

2. Saved unto eternal life. Moved from darkness to light.
3. A completed transaction! Eternal security

Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

B. Practically – we are able to do good.

1. All things new are before us.
2. Set our minds on these new things. Put off the old and put on the new. Colossians 3:1-17

C. Purposefully – yet, even in this new position with our new ability, we accommodate the flesh.

1. We can do good, but some choose not to follow that which is good.

a. Demas was a servant of the Lord. Colossians 4:14; Philemon vs. 24
b. Demas followed his name “Popular” and we find that he chose to serve his lust in the world

2 Timothy 4:10 “…Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world…”

2. Thus we have the admonition from Paul to forsake the thoughts and acts of the past. “Let him that stole steal no more” We can, we should!

III. What we should be. 28c

A. Praising God. Thanking God for the labours at hand.

1. God has created man with the need to work. Note that Adam worked while in a state of perfection.
2. God uses man’s work to proved for his needs.
3. God intends for man to work that work which is good (good for all)

B. Preaching His Word.

1. People believe on the Lord through the hearing of His Word.
Romans 10:14, 17
2. People live for the Lord through the learning of His Word.
Matthew 28:20

C. Providing for others. Thanking God for the opportunities to give.
2 Corinthians 9:6-14

1. A new character – Look at the example of Barnabas
Acts 4:36,37; 11:22-24
2. A new testimony. Consolation has a twofold meaning.

a. Exhortation.
b. Consolation.

Consolation is not just through giving things. Consolation is through giving the Word of God and meeting needs through the provision of God – Belief in action. Stewardship.

Our text reveals the action of a changed person. The self is no longer primary, but the Lord and His will have been promoted to the first place in life. This is the principle of God brought forth in the Law and in Grace!

What kind of testimony do you have? You are not hid – people see your testimony. Can they see that Jesus Christ has made a difference in your life?

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Preaching outline for Mothers Day 13 May 2018

Mother’s Day “Mothers in the Bible

Today we will read of God’s description of the model woman, wife, and mother. When we think of a model, we see an article of clothing, accessory, makeup, or fragrance and we imagine how that would look on us – how it would become something positive in our lives. As we consider the model presented to us through the Word of God, imagine how these things will look on you.

I. Attributes Presented. Proverbs 31:10-28

A. Her character is precious. Proverbs 31:10

B. Her honesty is unquestioned. Proverbs 31:11,12

1. Cannot trust in material things. ie. Stock market
2. Cannot have faith in precious stones. Matthew 6:19
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:”
3. Can have confidence in her.

C. Her labour is disciplined and consistent. Proverbs 31:13-19

Though she labours, she is not selfish. We note –

D. Her compassion is extended to others. Proverbs 31:20

1. Aware of the situation of those around.
2. Active in meeting their needs also.

E. Her labours are rewarded. Proverbs 31:21-28

1. Her household is comfortable. 31:21
2. She is attractive. 31:22
3. Her husband is respected. 31:23
4. Her work is profitable. 31:24
5. Her ways are unwavering. 31:25
6. Her speech is careful. 31:26 (Not ashamed of what she says)
7. Her activity is productive. 31:27
8. She is loved. 31:28

II. Attributes in action. The testimonies of Women of God –

A. Sarah. Her testimony is given in Genesis chapters12-23

1. Comfortable in Ur, but left all, faithfully following her husband.
2. Blessed of God above measure.

Genesis 17:15 And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai (my princess or princesses), but Sarah (the princess) shall her name be.

She would set the spiritual standard for women born after her –

1 Peter 3:6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

B. Jocabed. Mother of Moses. Exodus. 2:3 “…she hid him three months…” Courage
C. Hannah. Her promise to God Trust 1 Samuel 1:11

“… then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no rasor come upon his head.”

D. Mary, mother of Jesus. Loved God. (A women that the Lord would entrust His son to)

Luke 1:28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

E. Priscilla – partner with Aquila in the work.

These all glorified God through these –

III. Attributes applied to their lives –

A. They loved God.
B. They loved family.
C. They lived faithfully.

These records were given for more than just inspirational stories. They were set forth as examples – how to examine your lives to see those attributes that are exhibited and those that are lacking. They are set forth, not for just appreciation in other’s lives, but they should be –

IV. Attributes desired.

A. What do you want to wear in your life? Do you want to model the –

1. Faith of Sarah
2. Courage of Jocabed
3. Prayer of Hannah
4. Loyalty of Ruth
5. Beauty and strength of Esther
6. To listen like Mary
7. To serve like Martha
8. To work like Dorcas.
9. To be business-like as Lydia.

These are all strong points of each of these ladies.

B. What does the Lord want from you?

1. To have all of these things in your life.
2. The admonition is the same for all.

Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Will you seek them today?

1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

The beginning in all of this is with this question – Are you a child of God today? The most important issue is your salvation!

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Preaching Outline Leviticus 19:11 Message Two

The command given in the first sentence of Leviticus 19:11 is a restatement of the Eighth Commandment Exodus found in Exodus 20:15

This command is given in four words. The effect of these four words on our lives is tremendous. Every area of life is affected.

I trust that this morning we will receive the Word of God in all of His power and that we will yield to its changing of our thoughts, values, and most importantly – our character.

I. God teaches us the importance that He places on private and personal property.

The Word of God does not teach the practice of communalism or communism. As we saw last week, God teaches compassionate giving, not compelled giving! Some may say that for Christians, we must give the tithe, which seems to be compelled giving. In truth, we are returning it, not giving it. The tithe belongs to God in the first place.

Now, if a believer gives of what he has to another – that is a blessing. It is no blessing when demands are made on the property of believers simply because of the personal desire to take ownership of what another has. God has given very clear instructions about personal property!

A. This is one of the primary lessons that children are taught, or at least should be taught. When they are left to themselves –

1. They will believe that they are the center of the universe.
2. They will believe that all things are for their use and for their enjoyment.
3. They must be told “No! That is not yours!”

B. This is one of the primary lessons that men should remember.

1. Man, as a part of creation, does not own God’s creation.

Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

1 Timothy 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

2. Man has been given responsibility to manage God’s creation.
3. We had better take care of it – it belongs to God! We will give an account to Him.
Refer to the accounting of the unjust steward in Matthew 25:14-19; 25-30.

C. The lessons would fill volumes, but simply stated we see two things –

1. Do not take that which is not yours.
2. Do not misuse that which you have.

We also see that with this statement –

II. God teaches us the importance of personal integrity.

A. To be responsible for what you have.
B. To be responsible for what your neighbor has, which we will learn in a couple of weeks as we learn about Leviticus 19:13 “Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbor…”

C. To be responsible to God’s laws of restitution. Exodus 22:1-17.

In many modern legal systems, a criminal may be found guilty of a crime and will be punished, but while the law provides for punishment, it does not provide for restitution. The victim must bring a civil suit in order to try and have property and damages restored. God’s law included both punishment and restitution.

Zacchaeus practiced restitution after he got saved.

1. The whole value was to be considered. Exodus 22:1
Loss of productivity
2. Both life and property value were considered. Exodus 22:2,3

a. At night, personal protection was condoned.
b. At daylight, confusion in the dark was no longer a problem, the thief could be identified and apprehended.
c. Being caught, he would make resitution immediately or he would work it out according to the law.
3. The law required double restitution for simply robbery. Exodus 22:4

4. The law required restitution of that which was taken or destroyed by accident or deliberately. Exodus 22:5,6

This is includes the whole value – as in point one

5. The law dealing with restitution for goods kept by others. Exodus 22:7-13

a. By neglect or by embezzlement. 22:7-10
b. No restitution was required if no neglect is proved. This was according to one’s word. 22:11
6. Restitution is demanded to pay for items damaged or destroyed that you have borrowed. (as with borrowed books) 22:12,13

Note: Do we see how God is protecting His people from having quarrels in the community? They knew what God’s standard was and could live together in harmony because there was only one standard to be applied to all men. God is no respecter of persons!

Through His principles stated in the Law –

III. God teaches us the importance of reliance on Him.

A. God will supply all of our needs. The Israelites were to trust God that He would give them a place, prosperity, and peace to live. Today we trust the Lord for the same as we are instructed in the New Testament –

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

B. God will use the work of a man’s hands to supply his and others needs.
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.

C. God will use the testimony of a changed people for His glory.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Israel had this testimony among the people of the world. God instructed them that they may be different, a testimony for Him. We also must have this testimony in this world. God is working a work in our lives to prove that He is Holy and Pure. He is also greater than the world and will change our lives as a testimony to Him. Israel, a nation of people, struggled with holiness of God and had very little peace and joy in their lives. Today – are we ready to learn from them that, if we want peace and joy in this life, we need to follow the principles of God.

You may say this morning, Pastor, what is this message all about? I am okay! That is wonderful! But the world is not okay – just look around. We need to know the principles of God, where they are to be found, and how they are to be applied. The Lord told us to be Salt in this world. Salt is a healing and preserving agent. We have to know something to be able to help. We need to be able to help Babes in Christ to learn what He wants of us. Now we can not only tell them that it is wrong to steal, but we can tell them why it is wrong according to the Word of God. It is not an opinion, it is the Truth of God.

There are many things that can be stolen –
A person’s –
Property, That which they have
Integrity, That which they are
Dignity, that which they do
We must have the testimony of the Lord showing that we respect all of these things and are submitted to the authority of God.

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Preaching Outline of Leviticus 19:9,10 Instructions to live by

Message One Preaching Outline Leviticus 19

Leviticus 19:9-10 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest. And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the LORD your God.

Also –

Moses reminded the people of the Lord’s command when the Law and Commandments were reviewed as recorded in the book of Deuteronomy, written shortly before Israel crossed the Jordan river to take the land that God promised them –

Deuteronomy 1:3 And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them;

The people that had heard the first giving of the Law and Commandments had died in the wilderness. Those that remained had been 20 years old and under at that time. The people needed to know that the Law was for them as well as for their parents. It is the declaration of God given to His nation – setting them apart from all of the nations of the world. They would be a testimony to the world to the power and glory of God and the people of the world should come to God through Israel! Multitudes of people did come to God, more did not.

Deuteronomy 24:19-22 When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands. When thou beatest thine olive tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow. When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it afterward: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow. And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this thing.

Back to the purpose of Moses’ message to the people. They were moving into a land that they would control. They would no longer be strangers in someone else’s land. God wanted them to know what He expected of them and so reminded them as we just read – “…thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this thing.
We are going to see in the next few weeks some of the commands of God, His principles of life, dealing with man’s relationship to man. These principles will highlight the everlasting truth of God –

Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

While reading Leviticus 19 verse 9, I noticed three words in particular –
‘reap, harvest, your land’ As I considered these words I thought of the –

I. Expected Blessings. Leviticus 19:9 “…when ye reap the harvest of your land…”

When the people received this first command of the Lord, they were refugees having just come out from the nation of Egypt. Their possessions were those things that they could carry. Their provision was daily from the Lord. Their protection was completely of the Lord. Their path was directed by the Lord, a cloud in the day and a fire in the night. The promise to the nation is anticipated by the declaration of the Lord –

“…when ye reap the harvest of your land…”

God was going to give them –

A. Possessions – “land”
B. Prosperity – “harvest”
C. Peace – “reap”

With these blessings, God declared that they come with responsibilities.

II. The Benevolence of the people.

The Lord instructed the people to care for others. Actually, He commanded them to provide for those in need. I use the word ‘benevolence’ which strictly means kindness, goodwill, compassion, the desire to do good to others. We may ask ourselves, “can benevolence be commanded”? Is it possible to make someone do good from their heart. The answer is no, you cannot force anyone to be truly kind from their heart. So why the command? Because we must be instructed in what is good. Remember that we are naturally sinful by nature and any good thing must be taught – a learned behavior. The love of God is noted in the possessions, prosperity, and peace He bestows upon His people. We are to learn from Him, love Him, and in return, do good to others, loving them.

We are currently living in a world where the children are left to themselves, not being instructed to do good. The standard of this day is that they should be able to do what they want, not being placed under the burden of guilt through moral instruction. Look around at the results – chaos everywhere.
God blessed us by teaching us that we should care for the good of others and give of ourselves to meet their needs. The command should grow into care and then love. How were they to show their love and care. By providing for the poor and for the travelers. Not by just giving them food, but by giving them opportunity – not welfare but workfare, allowing the individual to keep his dignity by earning his way in life.

God’s instructions were clear – They would supply –

A. The basic needs. Leviticus 19:9

1. Provision for the travelers. “…thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field…”
2. Provision for the community. “…neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest.”

They would also supply –

B. The blessing of abundance. Leviticus 19:10

See also Deuteronomy “…. When thou beatest thine olive tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.”
In God’s care, He supplies that which we need and in His love, He gives us above all that we can ask or think. The Lord commanded that grapes and olives be made available to those in need. We remember also as the Lord was on His way into Jerusalem, He stopped at a fig tree to take some of the fruit. We note that God’s care extended beyond the specifics of grapes and olives to the common fruit of the land.

I certainly can be thankful for a bowl of oats that will keep me alive, but I can really enjoy a bowl of oats mixed with some fruit! God is always good!
In the New Testament, the Apostle John advocated God’s love to be shown to others through providing for those in need –

1 John 3:17-19 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
And the pastor of the church in Jerusalem, James the Lord’s brother declared that faith in God must be seen in action –

James 2:14-18 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

God created a system by which His people could show the world that He can truly change our hearts. That we can learn to care as He cares, that we can learn to love as He loves, that we can learn to give as He gives – meet the necessities and even above that, give abundantly. Through this we come to understand a little more about His giving, and the ultimate Gift, His Son.
He still gives provision that we might live. The basics for life.

He gave His Son that we might have life – eternal. The blessing for eternal life – above measure He gave!

Have you turned to Him in faith?

We thank the Lord that we are with you all here in Ipoh – a giving people. We must remember, though, that we must teach what we have learned. It is not an automatic response – it is through the love of God

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