Preaching Outline on 1 Timothy Chapter One Message 7

1 Timothy Chapter One Message 7

A. Introduction of the Epistle 1:1-2
B. Charges to Timothy 1 Timothy 1:3 – 6:21a
When he knew he had the presence of God providing him with grace, mercy, and peace from the Lord Jesus Christ, Timothy was to make a –

1. Commitment to right Doctrine 1:3-20

We have learned of Timothy and –

e. The resolve to be faithful. 1 Timothy 1:18-20

Timothy had learned from the missionaries that there were to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, the prophets, the apostles, and all the preachers of the Word of God.

It was time for Timothy to take the lead and he was –

1). Exhorted to action. 1:18a “This charge I commit unto thee…”

a). The charge

(1). This is what Timothy was to do –

1 Timothy 1:3-4 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

(2). This is how Timothy was to do it –

1 Timothy 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

Once he understood what he was to do and how he was to do it, we note –
b). The commitment. 1:4 “…so do…”
Let’s look at some of the things that Timothy may have thought about –

(1). He was not from the city of Ephesus.
Often local citizens do not take kindly to ‘foreign interference’.
(2). He seems to have been younger than those he was leading..
1Ti 4:12 “Let no man despise thy youth…”
(3). He was having some physical problems. “…thine often infirmities…”

Last week we saw that Timothy needed to overcome his personal concerns and take courage in the Lord, understanding that he had been –

2). Equipped to serve 1:18b “…according to the prophecies which went before thee, that by them thou mightiest war a good warfare.”

Timothy was to preach the Word and to live the Word that people may see how God works in our lives.

This morning we will be instructed along with Timothy that he was –

3). Established in the faith. 1:19a “Holding faith, and a good conscience…”

Having that which he needed –

a). The Courage – “…holding faith…”

Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Along with –

b). The confidence – “…and a good conscience…”

He would be able to accomplish the task because of the authority given to him and the responsibility that came with that authority, “This charge I commit unto thee…” – He was to –

4). Enforce the truth. 1:19b-20

“… which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.”

We have come to a command from the Lord to His church that is seldom being practiced today. As a matter of fact, it is often ignored completely because of the lack of character among the leaders in the church. They would rather overlook a situation that involves a church member practicing sin in their lives. Many pastors will ignore the sin and just wait to see if the person will stop their sinful activity or leave the church on their own. They are much like those in the church in Corinth that the Apostle Paul rebuked strongly –

1 Corinthians 5:1-2 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

It takes a lot of love and courage to confront a person for their sin. If we believed that we are compelled to confront our brothers and sisters in the Lord, we would follow the Lord’s plan. We must realize that we are compelled to act upon the Word of God – “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
Most people will say that while they admit it is their responsibility, they do not know how to go about confronting a fellow church member who is living in sin.
We should note that Paul did not give Timothy this responsibility without giving him the procedure and the purpose of enforcing the truth.
We will examine both the procedure and the purpose this morning.

a). The Procedure to be followed.

“… which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan….

(1). The Pattern given by Jesus to His church. Read Matthew 18:15-17

(a). Pray before confronting the person.
(b). Privately speak with the person. Matthew 18:15

Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

If he refuses to listen to you, then –

(c). Personally ask two or three spiritually mature men to go with you to witness your conversation with the person. Matthew 18:16

“But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.”

Do not discuss the sin with those that have been chosen to be witnesses. This would be no different than gossip. They are simply to go along and witness the conversation.

(d). Present the accusation in the presence of the church.
Matthew 18:17a “And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church:…”

The person living in sin may have the opportunity to hear from the church and speak to the church. Again, the church members should not be informed of the sin beforehand. This is an opportunity for the offending member to continue in good standing with the church without all the members knowing of the offence.

(e). Publicly separate the person from the church. Matthew 18:17b

“…let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.”

The person who refuses to repent (change their mind), confess their sin (admit they are wrong and have been sinning), and ask for forgiveness from God, any of those they have sinned against, and if necessary, the church, will be separated from the church.
If they come to God for His forgiveness, and then the church asking for their forgiveness, they will be restored into the church in good standing and nothing will be said about the issue again.

(2). The Practice in the church. Please read 1 Corinthians 5:4-5, 11

The church in Corinth was to put the man that was living in sin out of the church. They were to do this to help him realize how terrible his sin was and that he should stop it immediately and turn to the Lord for forgiveness. By removing him from the fellowship of the church, he was open to the attacks of Satan.

b). The Purpose to be achieved.
Ask a family member to read 2 Corinthians 2:6-10

(1). The offender might realize their sinful condition.

“… that they may learn not to blaspheme.”

(2). The offender might repent and turn to God, forsaking their sin.
(3). The offender might be restored into the fellowship of the church.

We read in 2 Corinthians chapter 2, verses 6 through 10 that when the man who was put out of the church repented of his sin and turned to back to God, the church was to forgive him and accept him into fellowship in the love of God.

We are to be a forgiving people because we are a forgiven people –

Colossians 3:13-14 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Timothy was to lead the church and instruct them in the practice of church discipline. This was going to take great courage and compassion. By accepting the charge given to him he would help the church to be pure in the sight of God and keep it from becoming a community of busybodies and gossips.

We should desire that we honour God in the church and glorify Him in the world through the church. The church is the body of Christ. Christ is holy, righteous, true, loving, ready to forgive those who are ready to turn to Him in truth and humility.
We should desire to be a blessing to the pastor and our fellow members of the church by living a true and holy life.
We should hate sin and stay away from it.
We should welcome the confrontation of those who love us in times that we sin

Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Those who do not really love us will encourage us to keep sinning by not telling us that we are wrong, or by telling us that we are just doing what everyone else is doing – “the kisses of the enemy…”.
We should thank the Lord for those who love us enough to tell us the truth, that we are wrong and need to turn back to God. These are being faithful to God and to us – “Faithful are the wounds of a friend.” Of course it hurts, we are wounded, we are injured when we are confronted with our sin, but we need to hear the truth in order to change.
Do we understand that today we have read of a very difficult part of the life of a pastor, but it is also a very blessed ministry of truth and love.

Will you decide to submit your life to God today and live unto Him?
Will you decide to love others and pray for them that they might live a holy life?

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Life Lessons from Paul and Silas Acts chapter 16

Lessons for life from Paul and Silas
Faith in God leads to rejoicing in times of trouble. Acts chapter 16

We are in difficult days as we deal with a drastic change in our lifestyles.
We have had to stay home from the workplace.
The children have had to stay home from school.
The return to ‘normal life’ is uncertain with the possibility of the MCO being extended.
Control over our decisions such as “where shall we go to shop, where shall we go to eat, who shall we visit today” has been taken over by others.

We must be careful not to be frustrated by the changes that have taken place through no fault of our own. We all could be frustrated, fearful an become angry if we concentrate on the things over which we have no control. We need to be encouraged by concentrating on the One who is in Control of all things – our wonderful God.

The question “why does God allow these things to happen” has been asked and answered so many times these last two months that we will not spend the time to respond again at this time. What we want to do is answer the question “what do I do today”?

We will look again at Paul and Silas being imprisoned in the city of Philippi. While we are not imprisoned as they were, our movements are controlled by others and we are restricted to our homes. We do have the opportunity to visit with our family and friends by telephone and internet. We should take this opportunity to build our own faith, the faith of those with others, and the faith of those we might influence through the media.

Read from the book of Acts 16:19-40 (If it works for your family, each person could read 5 verses through to verse 40)
We should consider this as an opportunity in the time of trouble –

I. To glorify God. Acts 16:25-34

Paul and Silas were arrested, accused, and assaulted by the citizens of Philippi. They had been preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, but the reason they were accused of wrongdoing was that many people had gotten saved and they stopped buying the idols from the idol makers in the city.
Read Acts 16:20-24
These men were losing money because of the preaching of the Word of God and they demanded that it be stopped.
The judges in the city ordered that Paul and Silas be put in prison, in the most secure part of the prison, in the dungeon, and kept even more secure by locking them in stocks. Stocks are large wood beams with an upper and lower section. Grooves are cut in order that the prisoner’s legs would be placed in it, then the upper section was clamped down and fastened on the lower section. The prisoner could not move and must remain in a sitting position. Here they were having being humiliated by having their clothes torn from them, beaten with rods or whips, put into the darkness of the dungeon, locked down by their legs fastened in stocks.
Paul and Silas had no control over their lives physically, but they could still control their mental and spiritual lives.
We certainly are not in such a bad state of affairs as they were, but we want to understand that while we may not have control over our physical state we, as they, do have control over our mental and spiritual lives.

We should follow their examples and bring glory to His name through our –

A. Prayer Read Acts 16:25a

Paul and Silas believed with all of their hearts that God hears and answers prayer. I am sure that when they were approached by the magistrates, arrested, forced into the judgment area, stripped of their clothing, beaten by the people, and ordered to be thrown into prison, they had been praying and calling up God to help them! I find it encouraging that even though they may have thought that God did not hear them during all of this, they kept calling to Him, they continued to pray. Do we see that even though they may not have understood why God did not stop what was happening to them, they still trusted in Him. They had the peace of God in the midst of the turmoil of the world. They believed God’s word through the prophets –

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

And they practiced what they preached –

Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus

Can you imagine how that Paul and Silas encouraged one another as they suffered physically, but not spiritually. It may be that one of the psalms they sang was Psalm 13. Have one of your family members read this Psalm now.

We not only bring glory to His name by our praying, but also through our –

B. Praise Read Acts 16:25b

As we pray believing that God is going to hear and answer, we begin to praise Him. We remember that He has not left us alone and He has a purpose in those things happening in our lives. Through the knowledge of God’s truth and the experience of His presence, Paul wrote to the Roman believers this wonderful encouragement from God. Please Read Romans 8:28

With that trust in God, we bring forth praise unto Him from our hearts –

Psalms 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

We bring glory to His name through our trust in His –

C. Protection Read Acts 16:26-29

When we think about the protection from God, we immediately think that God protected them from being killed by the angry crowd. We are able to understand what God was doing in their lives because we have before us the whole account of what took place and how it concluded. I am sure at the time of the attack on their persons, Silas wondered – and may have even asked, why Paul did not declare that he was a Roman citizen. If he had made this known immediately, the magistrates would have been afraid to harm them because it was against Roman law. Paul may not have even known why he remained silent at the time but we know that –

1). Paul did not rely on the provisions of Roman law.

He did not reveal beforehand that he was a citizen of Rome. He waited on God’s timing.

2). Paul relied on the power of God!

God was going to work an amazing work that would confuse the jailor and God used Paul and Silas to protect him from harming himself. “…do thyself no harm…”

God’s ways are certainly above our ways! We see that because of their faith in God –

brought glory to His name through faith in His –

D. Promise Read Acts 16:30-33

Who could have guessed that this would turn into an opportunity to present the Gospel?

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

We see that ‘whosoever’ included the jailor that had shown them no mercy or kindness. Just shortly before he may have been pushing them, striking them, cursing them – and now he is begging them “…Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

We know through reading this account in Scripture that God was with them and working through them the entire time. They only knew that He was with them and working through them by faith in Him. Do you have this faith in Him tonight? Your circumstances may not be what you would like them to be. Your circumstances may be stressful and bringing up in you frustration and anger. Where is God in this? He is here “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Have faith – pray, praise, protect others through being steadfast yourself, and trust in His promises.

Do you have family members with you that are not saved yet? Your faith and actions in this time could be the testimony they need to respond to the work of the Holy Spirit in their hearts.

We saw that the jailor’s name was included in ‘whosoever’ shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Is your name there? Call upon Him for salvation tonight.

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Preaching Outline on 1 Timothy message 6

Following prayer,would the head of the family read the message, having family members read the Scriptures, and then discuss what the message means to you.

1 Timothy Message 6

A. Introduction of the Epistle 1:1-2
B. Charges to Timothy 1 Timothy 1:3 – 6:21a
When he knew he had the presence of God providing him with grace, mercy, and peace from the Lord Jesus Christ, Timothy was to make a –

1. Commitment to right Doctrine 1:3-20

This morning we will learn of Timothy and –

e. The resolve to be faithful. 1 Timothy 1:18-20

Paul, through Apostolic authority, commanded Timothy to commit himself to know the truth of God, obey the truth, and preach the truth to others. Timothy labored in preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ with Paul, Silas, Luke, Titus, and others. Timothy worked with them in the city of Thessalonica and learned those things that he needed to apply in his ministry as Pastor in Ephesus. Paul reminded the Thessalonians of that ministry in his letter to them as recorded in –

1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

Timothy had learned from the missionaries that there were to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, the prophets, the apostles, and all the preachers of the Word of God.

Listen to the admonition to the prophet Isaiah –

Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

And to the pastor Titus –

Titus 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee…”

It was time for Timothy to take the lead and he was –
1). Exhorted to action. 1:18a “This charge I commit unto thee…”

Do we remember –

a). The charge

(1). This is what Timothy was to do –

1 Timothy 1:3-4 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

(2). This is how Timothy was to do it –

1 Timothy 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

Once he understood what he was to do and how he was to do it, we note –

b). The commitment. 1:4 “…so do…”

Timothy had been exhorted to act “This charge I commit unto thee..”

Timothy had to decide if he would obey the Lord in accomplishing this work. What do you think you would do if you were in Timothy’s place? Men had been teaching false doctrine and the people had been listening to them. Timothy was to go to these men and in the presence of the people, command them to stop teaching because the their messages were not true and to begin listening to the truth of God’s Word.

Timothy was no stranger to preaching doctrine and setting things in order in various churches. We know that Paul had sent him to help churches on a number of occasions –

In Corinth – For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.

In Thessalonica – And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:

In Philippi – But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.

But in Ephesus, as the pastor, he was going against false teachers that had gained the confidence of some of the people.
Let’s look at some of the things that Timothy may have thought about –

(1). He was not from the city of Ephesus.
Often local citizens do not take kindly to ‘foreign interference’.
(2). He seems to have been younger than those he was leading..
1Ti 4:12 “Let no man despise thy youth…”
(3). He was having some physical problems. “…thine often infirmities…”

Timothy needed to overcome his personal concerns and take courage in the Lord, understanding that he had been –

2). Equipped to serve 1:18b “…according to the prophecies which went before thee, that by them thou mightiest war a good warfare.”

Timothy was not serving the Lord according to his own power and worldly wisdom. He had been chosen by God to be a faithful servant, a soldier of the King of Kings. Paul and Silas saw Timothy’s love for God, knowledge of His Word, and desire to serve Him. His faith in God had been well reported of by those who knew him best in his home area –

Acts 16:2 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.

Paul and Silas were encouraged by the people’s testimony of Timothy, and seeing his faith, set him apart to join them in the missionary work.

Timothy was willing to serve the Lord and had learned how to prepare himself daily through the instruction of Paul. He would certainly know of Paul’s instruction for the preparation of spiritual battle –

Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Timothy was to follow this same instruction to strengthen him in his work in this church.
Leaders are instructed through this portion of Scripture to trust God, know the Word of God, and be bold in declaring the truth in word and in life. We should remember the words of Paul as recorded in –

2 Corinthians 4:5-6 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Our message is the declared Gospel of Jesus Christ and
Our message is the Gospel of Jesus Christ working in our lives.

Timothy was to preach the Word and to live the Word that people may see how God works in our lives.

Will you, as a leader, declare the Truth and live out the Truth in your life?

Also, you may say that you are not a leader in the church so what does the message have to do with you? In answer we look –

First, you are leading, influencing someone. Someone is watching you and learning either good or bad. You have the responsibility to be a good influence.

Second, you learn from this message the responsibility that the leader of the church must accept. He is accountable to the Lord for how he leads God’s people, how he leads you. He needs your prayer and your encouragement. How often do you pray for your pastor or other leaders in your church? Will you determine to pray for him daily?

Let me ask you a question today if you are not saved, not a child of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ –

Do you see how serious God is about His business. God has established His church to carry out His will. Jesus commanded the church “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”. We are to tell you that you need to be saved.

John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

If you have not come to God through faith in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, then you are still condemned to Hell forever, separated from God for all of eternity.

To die and go to Hell, all you have to do is nothing. You are already condemned.

To go to Heaven to spend eternity with God, you must admit that you are sinful, condemned and separated from God, ask Him to forgive you in faith believing that Jesus Christ died in your place, paid for your sin – taking it upon Himself, was buried for three days, and then on the third day, rose up alive from the dead and went back to Heaven, making all of those that trust in Him accepted by God.

Romans 10:9-10 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.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Will you pray to Him, asking for salvation today?

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Preaching Outline for 1 Timothy message 5

1 Timothy Message 5

A. Introduction of the Epistle 1:1-2

1. Identification. Paul and Timothy
2. Intercession: “…our hope…” Our expected end

1 Timothy 1:2b “…Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.” God has prepared us by providing for us

B. Charges to Timothy 1 Timothy 1:3 – 6:21a

Now that he knows he has the presence of God providing him with grace, mercy, and peace from the Lord Jesus Christ, Timothy was to make a –

1. Commitment to right Doctrine 1:3-10

a. The Purpose (What)
b. The Priority (How) Confront sin with truth and love!
c. The Perversion of truth (Why)

Paul revealed the false teachings by comparing them with the Ten Commandments –

1). The Commandments in relation of man to God.
2). The Commandments in relation of man to man. 1

Today we look at –

d. The results of pure motives illustrated 1 Timothy 1:11-17

The testimony of a holy life.

1). Paul was convinced of his sin.

1 Timothy 1:13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

He did not understand God’s purpose, like his family before him and he refused to accept the truth when it was told to him –

Acts 7:52-8:3 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, 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. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep. And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

When Paul finally understood the purpose of the Law, he learned that –

a). The law revealed his sin.
b). The law revealed the holiness of God.

The prophet Isaiah was of the same mindset –

(1). In the presence of people – woe, woe, woe…

Isaiah 5:21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

(2). In the presence of God –

Isaiah 6:1-8 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

c). The Law Giver revealed his hope and accomplished its purpose –

Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

The testimony of Stephen revealed the grace of God.

2). Paul was saved. He learned His need and the Lord’s will!

1 Timothy 1:14-16 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

We see the Lord’s purpose proved through the –

a). Examples of those that turned to the Lord for salvation.

(1). Seekers were saved Andrew, James, John
(2). Confused were saved Nicodemus
(3). Enemies were saved Paul

Paul thanked God that even though he had been the enemy of Jesus, God loved him and saved him. The mercy of God is seen in the words of Jesus –

Matthew 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

The frightening realization of his position, standing on the very edge of Hell, must have made him even more thankful to God when he heard the words of Jesus declared at this same time –

Matthew 12:35-36 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

How thankful we are that we are forgiven and we find wonderful –

b). Encouragement to look to the Lord: If Paul is saved, I can be saved also!

Paul learned that he was not only saved to escape the terrors of being in Hell forever. He was not only saved to spend eternity in the presence of God in Heaven. He learned that he was saved to serve the Lord in his life that he might tell others what God had done that they might also turn to the Lord for salvation!

Ephesians 2:8-10 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.

3). Paul was sent

1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

4). God was glorified

1 Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

What about you? Are you saved? Jesus died that you can be saved.
Are you thankful that you are saved?
Are you telling others?
Is God being glorified by your life?

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Why do we wait? Life lessons from Mary of Bethany. John 12:1-8

Life lessons from Mary of Bethany

John 12:1-8

We introduce the lesson by informing ourselves of the underlying –

I. Danger.

Public identification with Jesus of Nazareth had been condemned by the Jewish leaders.

John 7:13 Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.

John 9:22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

They had made threats and many of the people refused to admit that they believed Jesus is Lord –

John 12:42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

Notice the reaction of the citizens of Bethany when they heard that Jesus was approaching. They had a special relationship with Jesus which everyone in the area of Jerusalem was aware of. Jesus relationship with Lazarus and family was well known because of the raising of Lazarus from the dead –

John 11:18-19 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

(Note that the distance from Bethany to Jerusalem was only 3 kilometers)

The miracle from the Lord was well known –

John 11:45-46 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.

And the anger of the Jewish leadership increased –

John 11:53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.

It is an encouragement to us to know that while the people of Bethany understood the danger of friendship with Jesus, they overcame their fear by their –

II. Desire – to be in His presence.

John 12:1-2 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.

God used them to encourage Jesus and the disciples as they would face the wrath of the Pharisees, Sadducees, and the Roman government in Jerusalem. I believe they would be reminded of David’s words as recorded in –

Psalm 23:4-5 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies…

John wrote of the fellowship that the people enjoyed and displayed in the meal prepared for Jesus and the disciples, but he singled out Mary who revealed her love for the Lord through the personal gift she gave Him – “…. thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”

We see through this her –

III Devotion – to give the best unto the Lord.

Matthew 26:7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.

John 12:3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

A. The Precious gift. We note the worth

The value of the perfume was remarked upon by the writers:

“…having an alabaster box of very precious ointment…”
“…a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly…”
“…this ointment sold for three hundred pence…”

It seems that Mary believed the best use of her most prized possession was to give:

Rest and comfort to Him from His journey, but even more than this, to –
Reveal to Him publicly that there was nothing on earth that she loved more than Him.

B. The Presentation. We note the worship

The presentation of the gift displayed humility and tenderness. The Lord God, Jesus of Nazareth, received that of which He only is worthy – the worshipful act of a loving disciple.

“Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair…”

No act could have been more personal. Remember how Jesus washed the feet of His disciples –

John 13:4-5 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

He washed their feet and wiped them with a towel. Jesus taught the disciples a lesson on humility and servitude. Mary already had humility and a servant’s heart. We know that on a previous occasion when Jesus was in their house teaching, she sat as His feet, getting as close as she could to hear His words, to watch the expressions on His face as He spoke, to hear and heed the warnings, to feel the love and compassion brought forth in wisdom and truth. Here she was again, at His feet in love and devotion. She gave of her possessions and of her person – pure, holy, heartfelt worship. His is worthy.

Is He worthy in this way to you this evening? Is it in your heart and mind to be close to Him, to hear Him, to give of your person to Him, to give of your possessions to Him, to obey Him?

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

God has given us this account of what took place in Bethany to help us be aware that not everyone will be thankful for your devotion to the Lord. Knowing this helps us to be prepared for those things we will face. Please do not be discouraged in your love for the Lord by the hateful accusations of some, saying that you are not sincere in your devotion.

IV. Displeasure – from those that should encourage this love.

John 12:4-6 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

How hurtful must the words of Judas Iscariot been to Mary at this moment of expressing the worthiness of the Lord Jesus Christ to be adored. How quickly was she cast down, from glorying in the Lord to groaning in our hearts due to the angry and hateful words spewed at her from the jealous and angry mind of this evil man, Judas.

We praise the Lord that He has shown us that He knows the accusations that will be made against us and He will stand with us and intercede for us. Look how He defended Mary –

V. Defense – of the devotion of one that loves Him.

John 12:7-8 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

A. The Lord commanded the disciples to stop their ungodly thoughts and accusations against Mary.
B. The Lord commended Mary for her love and told them how He understood her actions.

Mary was doing what she could, with what she had, when she could.
She would not wait to give worship to Jesus in a more glorious way.
She would not wait to save up to have a more magnificent gift.
She would not wait to have a more private moment.

Her love would not allow her to wait to glorify the Lord.
She knew how quickly things in life change.
Do we know as she did?
Why then do we wait?
Give Him yourself today.

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Thankfulness for the work of God bringing Conviction, Confidence, and Concern. Message 1

Message for 22 March, 2020

Read from 1 John 3:1-3, 16-18 Please have different family members read the Scriptures throughout this message.

John began this portion of his letter by making three declarations. We will look at these today and see how they affect our lives. The Lord led the Apostle John to write this portion of Scripture to remind us, or maybe to instruct us for the first time, of three works that His Word will bring forth in our lives: This Sunday we will look at Conviction and next Sunday will learn of Confidence, and Concern. We begin this morning with –

I. Conviction.

I use the word ‘conviction’ because of how it is used both of God’s work in us and our response to His work. The twofold definition is as follows:
The first is that a conviction is something certain such as a judgment of guilt in a court of law. The Lord convicts us through His Word to inform us that we have been judged by Him and are guilty. We are condemned to eternal separation from Him, to be in Hell forever because of our sin nature.

John 3:17-18 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

If you are not saved this morning, the Lord will convict you of your sin and your need to be saved. Our prayer is that you will respond to Him, confessing your condition and asking for His salvation – Read Romans 10:9-13

The second meaning of the word conviction is that we have a strong belief, being certain of something.

If you are saved this morning, a child of God, then this second definition, your certain belief in the Lord, will addressed in this message –

1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

The first thing that we need to remember as Christians is –

A. The exhortation to consider our position –

1. We should remember what God has done for us.

a. He bore us into His family. We are the children of God! Read Romans 8:14,15

b. He adopted us into our position – giving us immediately full status as adult heirs.
Read Galations 4:4-6

c. He provided eternal life for us by giving His life for ours.

2. We should remember why God has done it.

a. Some believe that they deserve to have the love of God given to them.
b. The Lord states that no man is worthy of His love, but He offers it freely to all. Read Romans 5:8
c. It is God’s will to love us. He has determined to love. Read John 17:23

3. We should take care to remember what manner of love the Lord has for us.

a. We have a difficult time remembering what love is.

1). Some believe that it is pure emotion. These often “fall in and out of love”.
2). Others believe that love is overwhelming and will overcome any obstacle

a). This is often the “love” spoken of in respect to religion. Some think that “everyone will respond to God’s love if we just give them the opportunity, at the right time, in the right environment, etc.”
b). Some people in relationships believe that if they can just give enough love, the other person will respond positively.
c). We could wish that these theories were true, but they do not take into account man’s nature. Some people will respond and return love, and we are excited about that and thank the Lord, but there are men and women that will go through life full of guilt or even turn to the other extreme, bitterness, because it seems like they did not have enough love to fulfill the need of the other person. Some people will simply refuse your love and they also will refuse God’s love. Read Matthew 23:37

3). Love is that attribute of giving of self and is a part of one’s character.

Can we understand this kind of love? Have you ever tried to love someone that does not love you? Can you love someone that does not return that love to you?
Love is not an emotion that just happens – ‘you fall in love’. We must love on purpose!

b. What manner of love did the Lord bestow upon us?

1). An unconditional love.

a). This does not mean that our sin will be forgiven, no matter what has happened. God will not say “Okay, come on into Heaven”, although it is what many people hope to hear.
b). This does mean that His love is not based on man’s response. “God is love”

A man will not go to Hell because God did not love him. He will go to Hell because He did not turn to God for salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.

2). It is an active love.

a). The Lord revealed His love by His actions.
b). Love is active, it cannot be passive. If it is passive, it is not love. John 14:15

3). It is an identifying love.

a). Those that receive the love of God and act upon it are identified with Him.
b). We should be ready to stand on the Lord’s side. Read Peter’s testimony in 1 Peter 3:8-15

Do you love unconditionally?
Do you love actively, letting others know you love them?
Does you love identify you with the Lord Jesus Christ?

How do I know that I love God? Would you rather be with God and His people rather than be with those that have no time for God or His people? Has our life changed – loving the things of God instead of the things of this world? Look at –

B. The examination. 1 John 3:1 “…therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not”

1. The exhortation is needed occasionally to get our attention.

a. We are living in this world. The danger is that –
b. We begin to get comfortable and want to “fit” into this world.

When we got saved, God changed us. Read 2 Corinthians 5:17
When we were changed spiritually, we began to change outwardly, in the way we lived. Those members of our family or our close friends began to see a difference in our lives. If they were Christians, they were glad to see the changes. If they were not Christians, they were angry that we did not want to do the things with them that we used to do.
Read 1 Peter 4:4. This is to be expected and we, as Christians, need to help one another because it is a fact that it hurts to lose our longtime friends and for them to say unkind things about us.

2. The Christian should get a bit worried if he has no conflict with this world.

a. The world hated our Lord. Righteousness and goodness make the world uncomfortable!
b. The world hates His children. How does the world feel about you? Do they know that you are a Christian?

What does this message on the love of God mean to you today? Will you decide to try and love others like God loves them?
If so, you must see them as He sees them. They need to be saved and how will they know unless we tell them? Read Romans 10:13,14
Will you be the one to tell them?

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Separated for safety – The love of Jesus for His disciples

Separated for safety, the miraculous meeting on the sea. Matthew 14:22-33

The background of the message tonight is the ministry of Jesus to the multitudes and then providing food for them following the preaching. The crowd was said to be five thousand men, not including the women and children with them. Jesus instructed the disciples to situate the people in an orderly seating arrangement that would insure everyone was cared for. He then stood before them with five loaves of bread and two fish, the lunch of a boy that had given it to Jesus for His use. This miracle from God established Jesus in their minds as one that could meet both their spiritual needs through His teaching and meet their physical needs through His power. A situation occurred at this time at which Jesus acted to protect His disciples from the multitude of people. He sent them away, setting them apart for their own good. We begin this lesson outline by seeing that the disciples were –

A. Kept from being caught up.

1. The multitude of people wanted to establish Jesus as their king.

John 6:14-15 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.

a. Galilee was an area in northern Israel that had strong national feelings. They hated that the Roman Empire was in control of them and their land. They disagreed with the Jewish leadership in Jerusalem that was working with the Romans to keep the peace and remain in power.

b. The people saw Jesus as the One who would overthrow Rome. They believed that Jesus could establish Israel as a sovereign nation again and He would be their king. He could lead them, feed them, and protect them. They did not understand the purpose of God.

Jesus knew that –

2. The disciples, who were also from Galilee and would be put into a difficult position if they had remained at the scene. Arguments would begin between the disciples and the crowds of people when Jesus would refuse to be king. The disciples could be accused of not caring for their own families and land. In truth, at this time the disciples would not be able to argue with the crowds of people because –

a. They also did not know what to expect about the Kingdom, even later they still had questions.

Acts 1:6-7 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

b. They were moved away from a dangerous situation.

3. Jesus relieved the situation.

a. He sent the disciples away.
b. He sent the crowd away.
c. He went up into the mountain to pray by Himself.
Jesus will set up His kingdom according to His timing and conditions, not man’s.

While the disciples may have wondered where Jesus was, what He was doing, and why He was not with them, they did not know that He was –

B. Keeping watch upon His children. 14:23,24

1. He watched in prayer. We do not know what His prayer was at this time, but can see His heart in prayer through the record noted in John 17:6-26

2. He watched by His presence. Mark 6:48; Psalm 34:15; Matthew 28:20

Mark 6:47-48 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them…..

a. The disciples were laboring in difficult circumstances.

1). They had only gone about 4 km in 9 hours of rowing.
2). Being put in a place of busy work kept them out of trouble.

They were building strength and character by being obedient to the Lord. So much work and so little progress, yet they did not quit, even though the Lord was not with them.

b. The disciples worked together through this time of separation and encouraged one another.
When the danger was gone with the crowds going on their way realizing that their demands would not be met –

When Jesus was finished with His time of prayer on the mountain –

When the disciples were safe –

Jesus went to them and continued the ministry of proclaiming the Word of God to Israel.

God is in complete control of His creation and it was a simple thing for Jesus to walk out to them on the water. We learn in the conclusion of this event that the disciples were continuing to learn about Jesus of Nazareth, that He is the Son of God.

C. Coming to the disciples in the storm. Read Matthew 14:25-33

1. The encouragement of His presence. Read Matthew 14:25-27

a. The disciples were fearful. They had never seen such a thing as this.

As we read of this account, we can understand their fear. We also have times of fear in our lives as we grow in our knowledge of God and His will for our lives. Our comfort comes when we realize that God knows what He is doing, even when we do not understand. He loves us, cares for us, protects us, and comforts us by His presence –

b. The disciples were encouraged by the Lord. “It is I”

Many of our fears would be removed if we would just know that the Lord is working in our lives.

2. The challenge of His power. Read Matthew 14:28-31

a. Peter made a request of the Lord. Was he sure of his request? 14:28 Uncertainty tends to fail!
b. Peter was distracted by circumstances. 14:30
c. Peter made the right decision – to look to Jesus. 14:31

3. The Lord received the glory. Read Matthew 14:32,33

We should remember that we can be distracted by the storms of this life.
When we are separated for safety –
We should trust Jesus, that these things will work out for our good,
We should work together throughout the entire separation being determined to obey the Lord,
We should help one another, strengthen each other when weak or tired.
We should keep our eyes on Jesus and remember that our life is about Him, not us. Is what we are doing bringing glory to Him?

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