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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Life lessons from Stephanas and family 1 Corinthians 16:15,16

Life lessons from Stephanas and family Examples in the faith 16:15,16

I. A submissive faith. They were saved

A. Their salvation was sure –

1 Corinthians 1:30-31 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
Salvation is of the Lord! Men may object to this, but we must pay attention to the Word of God concerning this –
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

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.

John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

B. Their submission was seen –

1 Corinthians 1:16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

II. An active faith. They were serving

1 Corinthians 16:15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

For over five years, through all of the divisions and false teachings,

Divisions over personality
Disregard for morality
Disorder in marriage
Destitute of mercy, taking one another to the public courts
Demeaning the poor in the practice of the Lord’s Supper
Distorting the proper use of the God given gifts for ministry

– this family stayed true to the Lord through His Word! Through their steadfast love of God and His Word, they had –

III. A respected faith. These servants should be followed.

1 Corinthians 16:16 That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.

Paul directed Timothy to note those faithful believers, as Stephanas was in Corinth, and delegate authority to them to minister to others.

2 Timothy 2:1-2 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
Genuine ministry in the church is centered on people. Notice the ministry of Stephanas is commended because of the faithful ministry ‘to the saints’.

One writer commented –

“Their authority came, not from achievement or status, but because they join in the work and they labor at it (1 Cor. 16:16). A leader worthy of recognition has a servant’s heart. Even servants possess genuine authority, to which others are to submit. But servants do lead by demanding respect not for their position but by their character. Authority thus flows from service, a truth embodied in the fact that deacons, key leaders in the early church, received the unadorned title “servants”.

Remember Joseph in Egypt who was celebrated as a servant and his authority was based on his faithful service!

Will we be faithful?

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Preaching Outline on First Timothy Message 4

1 Timothy Message 4
A. Introduction of the Epistle 1:1-2
1. Identification.
a. The writer – Paul identified himself and then his position presenting –
b. The recipient is Timothy. “Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith.”
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 –
a. Grace, Living grace needed for each day.

2 Corinthians 4:7-16 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; ……that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

b. Mercy, Paul realized the mercy of God in his own life and commended the same to Timothy –
c. Peace, that which only can come from God.

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!

Paul recognized the dangers the church would face:

Acts 20:25-30 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
Why was it so important that Timothy stood up to the false teachers? It is because of –

c. The Perversion of truth (Why)

Note: The believer, who is no longer under condemnation, and the law being completely fulfilled in all points by the Lord Jesus Christ, still needs the law to reveal to him sin, its presence, practice, and consequences.
No one was ever saved by keeping the law, yet the believer must know what God hates. The false teachers had blurred the line between truth and lies, making excuses for sinful actions to be ignored and even, over time, accepted. The false teachers had known the truth, but not desiring to confront sin, began to teach as Satan had in the beginning – “Hath God said…” calling God’s Word into question.

“…desiring to be teachers of the law…” they wanted to explain the meaning but did not understand it themselves. They did not teach with the authority of God, but with the mindset of man as to not offend anyone!

How many of us have heard the world’s reasoning that –

God will be pleased with you as long as you are sincere,
There are times that you must tell a lie, it is the only right thing to do,
There are times that you can take that which does not belong to you, because you are owed more than you were given,
There are times that culture must be accepted: profanity spewing forth out of mouths, disrespect of Godly parents, murder (which according to the Lord’s teachings includes anger and rage), men and women having sexual relationships before marriage and with those that are not their spouse, homosexual activity and worse, engaging in slavery, swearing by the name of God to a thing that is not true.
The list of ungodly actions is continuing to be developed as sin gets worse and worse, and the acceptance of these sins is declared by the world –

Isaiah the prophet warned of this hundreds of years before Paul’s warning to Timothy –

Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
They have rejected the truth, using their imaginations to explain how that evil is not evil, but it is good and should be accepted!

Which brings us to Paul’s declaration on what was happening in the church –
1 Timothy 1:6-10a From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man,

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

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

Exodus 20:1-11 And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Paul identified those who rejected this part of the Law –

1 Timothy 1:9a Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane

Paul then identified those who rejected –

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

Exodus 20:12-17 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

Paul explained how the law warned those who would be –

Timothy 1:9a-10 “…. murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

Note: These false teachers did not understand the purpose of the law!

When the teaching is wrong, people become confused and begin to question the very purpose of what is being taught.

When we compare the church with the world, we find that there is very little difference. The church wants the world to be comfortable and so has changed the preaching of the world to conform to the teaching of the world. We then
compare the church with the Word of God we find there is a great difference, which the Apostles warned of even in their day!

We are again reminded of the words of the Devil to Eve –

Genesis 3:1-5 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

This same attitude affected the content of what was being taught in Ephesus and is taught in churches today with the false preachers and teachers saying –

God will not judge people because God loves them.
God will not send anyone to Hell because He loves them too much.
God will ignore the profane words of people today – it is normal and everyone says these words. It is just real life – the way people talk.
God no longer cares about boys and girls having sexual relationships before marriage, husbands and wives having sexual relationships with others in their marriage, and homosexual relationships – men with men and women with women. These are all accepted today by society and the church should not say it is wrong. What people do is their business!

Paul commanded Timothy to preach against these false teaching and with that command, we are commanded to preach against these false teachings also!

We are to stand against these false teachers because we know the truth and desire that they repent and turn to God.

We know that –

Condemnation is upon those that are not believers and they are just acting like what they are, unholy and ungodly people who need to be saved.

Chastisement is coming to the believers who teach or follow false doctrine. God will correct them in this life.

Knowing what condemnation and chastisement are, we should care for those in need of the truth and tell them.

Do you believe these things are okay, acceptable with God? You are wrong and need to trust the Word of God to warn of false teaching.

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Preaching Outline First Timothy Message 3

1 Timothy  Message 3

 

  1. Introduction of the Epistle 1:1-2

 

Two weeks ago we began preaching through this letter by being introduced to the writer and the recipient. We remember their –

 

  1. Identification.

 

1 Timothy 1:1  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

 

  1. The writer – Paul identified himself and then his position presenting –

 

1).  His appointment –  an Apostle

2).  His authority – God…

3).  His admission.  –  “…which is our hope.”  Our expected end, our hope is in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

 

We also saw the faithful service in the life of  –

 

  1. The recipient is Timothy      “Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith…”

 

1).  The partner in ministry – “…my own son in the faith…”

 

a).  Introduced to the Lord through the Gospel preached by Paul and Silas

b).  Influenced by their dedication and service to the Lord.

c).  Included in the ministry, preaching the Word of God to the world.

 

We saw that this is how God works –

 

Convicted by the Word of God,

Converted by the Word of God,

Consecrated by the Word of God,

Commissioned by the Word of God,

Convinced by the Word of God –

 

Timothy was now –

 

2).  The pastor at Ephesus – refer to 1:3   Placed in authority –

“…abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some…”

The Lord helped Timothy, and all of us that read this letter, by sharing his heart in –

  1. Intercession: “…our hope…”  Our expected end – what to look forward to along the way:

 

1 Timothy 1:2b  “…Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.”

 

We saw that before us in life God has provided –

  1. Grace,  Living grace needed for each day.  Last week we read of the application of the wonderful grace of God in the following verses. So different than what we had without Him! –

 

2 Corinthians 4:7-16  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; ……that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

 

  1. Mercy, Paul realized the mercy of God in his own life and commended the same to Timothy –

 

And so we discover that grace and mercy introduce into our lives –

 

  1. Peace, that which only can come from God.

 

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.

 

This morning we will begin to see the –

 

  1. 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 must make a –

 

  1. Commitment to right Doctrine                              1:3-20

 

 

  1. The Purpose    (What should he commit to do?)

 

1 Timothy 1:3,4, 10b-11   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…….According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

 

1).  Expose wrong teaching in the church.

(This includes identifying those doing the teaching)

 

a).   False doctrine

b).   Fables

c).  Endless genealogies.  They tried to prove their teaching by referring to the past.  Notice how Jesus confronted the Pharisees when they based their authority on their family connection with Abraham.

 

John 8:39-40  They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

 

In the same way, Timothy was to command them that what they taught must be from God’s Word as God intended truth to be taught, not what they wanted the Scripture to mean.

 

Timothy was to –

 

2).  Exhort them with Godly edification.  Godly edification should turn people from false doctrine, fables, and endless genealogies.  These teachers were not following God’s truth from His Word – “rather than godly edifying which is in faith…”.

 

In positive preaching and teaching he would –

 

3).  Encourage the church in – “…the glorious gospel of the blessed God…”

 

The Gospel not only brings us to the saving knowledge of God through His Son Jesus Christ, but also the blessed truth of life in Him (that which was just mentioned in grace, mercy, and peace).  These things are not found in the teaching of men.

 

We, along with Timothy, have a huge responsibility in exposing false teaching, exhorting to obey right doctrine, and encouraging in living out our salvation in the Lord.  How can we possibly fulfil this command of God?  We must examine our motive in knowing –

 

  1.   The Priority      It is  better to leave it alone if love for God is not the motivating factor!

 

1 Timothy 1:5  Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

 

The Lord taught Paul the importance of having his love for the Lord flow out of him as love for others, otherwise it is meaningless.  People know whether we care for them or are just are just using them for our own purpose.  But even more than this, God knows our heart!  God knows whether we are trying to glorify Him or ourselves!  Paul taught us how useless it is to try to build ourselves up instead of the Lord –

 

1 Corinthians 13:1-8a  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth….

 

Timothy had to be careful to confront the people with the intention of them turning back to the Lord.

 

We have learned again how important it is to have God directing our lives and having His grace, mercy, and peace strengthening us.    It is so easy for us to want to be somebody, building ourselves up instead of others.  We must stand for truth, but speak in love.  Can you do this today?

 

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Preaching Outline through First Timothy, Message Two

Exposition of 1 Timothy, Message 2

A. Introduction of the Epistle 1:1-2

1. Identification.

1 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

Last week we learned the backgrounds of the writer and the recipient of this letter.

a. We learned through Paul of –

1). His appointment – an Apostle
2). His authority – God…
His appointment and authority were from the Lord, which brought forth –

3). His admission. – “…which is our hope.” Our expected end, our hope is in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

b. We also learned about Timothy, that he was –

1). The partner in ministry – “…my own son in the faith…”

We saw through his life the pattern of God working in us –

Convicted by the Word of God,
Converted by the Word of God,
Consecrated by the Word of God,
Commissioned by the Word of God,
Convinced by the Word of God –

Timothy was now –

2). The pastor at Ephesus – refer to 1:3 Placed in authority –
Timothy was working out the plan of God for a pastor –
Ephesians 4:11-16 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: ….. But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

This is difficult work – the strength for which is only found in the Lord. Paul encouraged Timothy in this truth by the next statement of that which is found only in God. Paul explains that which he has declared of God’s –

2. Intercession: “…our hope…” Our expected end – what to look forward to along the way:

1 Timothy 1:2b “…Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.”

a. Grace, Living grace needed for each day. We read of the application of the wonderful grace of God in the following verses. So different than what we had without Him! –

2 Corinthians 4:7-16 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you. We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

This is grace in action – grace in life! It is so important to know that God is working in us even when we are at our lowest point in life – He is there to pick us up and help us to go forward!

Do you really think that Superman would really be an encouragement to his family, friends, or community? He cannot be touched as we are! He does understand weakness even though he has knowledge of it. Do you believe that anyone around you would be encouraged by you if you had no capability of care or compassion for what they are going through? God strengthens us in our troubles so He can use us to encourage others! What He does for us, He will do for them! Does Jesus understand us? Yes, because even as the God/man He is not Superman. We read of Jesus –

Philippians 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Hebrews 4:14-15 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

How true are the words of the gospel song –

Once I was straying in sin’s dark valley, No hope within could I see
They searched through Heaven, And found a Savior
To save a poor lost soul like me.

Chorus
Oh, what a Savior, oh hallelujah, His heart was broken on Calvary
His hands were nail scarred, His side was riven
He gave His life-blood for even me.

Along with grace we are introduced to –
b. Mercy, Paul realized the mercy of God in his own life and commended the same to Timothy –

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.

The common definition of mercy and grace is as follows:
Mercy is God withholding judgment which man deserves.
Grace is providing man with love that he does not deserve “unmerited favour”.

If mercy is only God withholding judgment that I deserve, do I not receive mercy when I have not done anything wrong? I have not caused the problem in my life, but I still need the Lord to hold back the trouble and keep me from being crushed!

A common answer to this thought is “We are sinful people living in a sinful world and we deserve everything that comes to us! While this statement is true, it does not take into account God’s love!

While considering this definition, my attention was drawn to the story told by Jesus to teach of man’s responsibility to man. In Luke 10:37 where the Samaritan identified his neighbor through having mercy on him –

Luke 10:37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

The point being that the man that was beaten and robbed had done nothing to deserve his plight. He simply happened to be the person chosen by evil men to rob.
The situation of the Samaritan showing mercy on the stranger has nothing to do with the stranger deserving judgment and that judgment being held off for a time. While the common definition is true, differences are noted at times in the use of the word. We must, as always, keep with the context, and in doing so, we conclude that often mercy provides the opportunity for grace to operate in the lives of men.

We should admit then that we have received mercy from God and that mercy should overflow through us to others –

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

We remember Jeremiah’s words –

Lamentations 3:22-24 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
And so we discover that grace and mercy introduce into our lives –

c. Peace, that which only can come from God.

“The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.”

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.

The peace of God comes after we have peace with God –

Ephesians 2:15-16 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

And so we see the importance of the Lord’s admonition –

Luke 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

– do not look back! Why? Because Grace, Mercy, and Peace of in front of us!

Are troubles ahead for us? Yes, but we have mercy, grace, and peace with us in our Lord Jesus Christ. We have help!

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Lessons from Isaac, How to Destroy Your Family

Lessons from Isaac.

Isaac was blessed of God as the ‘Seed of Promise’. We are careful to acknowledge God’s blessings in his life. He was obedient to his father, Abraham, and willingly submitted to him. We note his respect and obedience in the offering on Mount Moriah and also in the reception of his bride, Rebekah. He trusted God and he trusted Abraham’s faith in God. We should learn from this trust, but God has shared not only Isaac’s obedience but also his disobedience. We should learn from both. We note his patience in that he waited 40 years before marrying and then another 20 years before children were born. In these things we see his passive nature. He also displayed this nature in his relationship to the people among whom he lived. He was non combative (Sometimes to a fault). When the men of Gerar claimed the wells of water he had dug – he just moved and dug new ones. He did not present a good testimony to his wife, his sons, nor his servants when, because of the fear of personal injury, he lied about Rebekah being his wife, rather saying that she was his sister.

Genesis 26:1-4 And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;

Even though he had the promise of God, he failed in his courage –

Genesis 26:7 And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.

Note that he learned this from his father Abraham. His lie was found out and he was humiliated before the ungodly people of the land, who had more integrity than Isaac did.

The struggles in the family were caused simply because of his disobedience to the will of God.

He did not surrender his will to God’s will and did not accept the responsibility given to him by God to be:
I. A strong husband.

Rebekah could not trust Isaac to obey the Lord. She believed that deceiving him was the only way to accomplish the will of God in their lives. She did not even mention discussing the situation with him, reminding him of the message God had given to them at the birth of their sons.

Genesis 25:22-23 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the LORD. And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

He did not accept the responsibility given to him by God to be –

II. A strong father to his sons.

He did not instruct them to know and do God’s will.

A. Esau

1. He was worldly and willful.
2. He had no respect for God or his parents.

Genesis 25:33-34 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

3. He had been the preferred son of his father because of his physical abilities instead of having a spiritual character.

Genesis 25:27-28 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.

We must note that favour without discipline will produce contempt. Isaac had done everything he could to ignore the command of God and bless Esau making him the leader of the family. Even though that Esau knew this, he had no respect for his father. Isaac knew that Esau had a rebellious spirit, yet he failed to correct him.

Genesis 26:34-35 And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite: Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.

Note also –

Genesis 28:8-9 And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father; Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.

B. Jacob

1. He was worldly and wily. He was prepared to use Esau’s weaknesses against him.

Genesis 25:29-31 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.

Isaac was very wealthy and managed a large camp with many servants. Is it reasonable that Jacob would be the only person preparing a meal. Provisions for such a large camp would be readily available, especially to Esau, the son of the master. Why would he insist that Jacob give him the food that he was preparing. The answer is simple – Esau would bully Jacob as a matter of course. Jacob was chosen by God to follow Isaac as the head of the family. Esau knew that Isaac wanted to place him above Jacob and Esau would take every opportunity to pressure Jacob. Jacob was prepared this time to turn the situation on Esau. Through this account we learn of Esau’s complete disregard for the command of God.

2. He had no respect for God or his parents.
3. He did not trust his father and had no confidence that Isaac would obey the Lord and bless him as the head of the family.

Genesis 27:24 And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.

Genesis 27:35 And he (Isaac) said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing.

Isaac’s prescription for problems in the family:
Disobeyed God
Disappointed his wife
Divided his children

Genesis 27:41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.

Through God’s mercy and grace, the family was restored, but only after years of hardships – Genesis 35:29 And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him. (180 years old)

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Preaching Outline through First Timothy Message One

Exposition of 1 Timothy

A. Introduction of the Epistle 1:1-2

This introduction reveals the truth that we all make choices in life and these choices influence others. We may never even know how we have helped others in living a life that honours God. As we begin this letter, we note the identification of the writer and the recipient. –

1. Identification.

1 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

a. The writer – Paul identified himself and then his position presenting –

1). His appointment – an Apostle

Refer to Acts 9:15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

Chosen by the Lord and making his choice to obey the Lord. He could have refused!! His life was not going to be easy!

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

2). His authority – God…

1 Corinthians 9:1 Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?

His appointment and authority were from the Lord, which brought forth –

3). His admission. – “…which is our hope.” Our expected end, our hope is in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

Paul was absolutely confident in the promises of God –

John 6:37-40 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

We, along with Paul, can believe the promises of God –

John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.

And so we serve Him faithfully in confidence!

We also see faithful service in the life of –

b. The recipient is Timothy

1 Timothy 1:2a “Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith…”

1). The partner in ministry – “…my own son in the faith…”

a). Introduced to the Lord through the Gospel preached by Paul and Silas
b). Influenced by their dedication and service to the Lord.

2 Timothy 3:10-11 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

c). Included in the ministry, preaching the Word of God to the world.

Timothy had come to a time of decision in his life: which path would he follow? Would he stay in Lystra working and ministering or would he step out by faith to do more in the service of the Lord. We know that he was a faithful servant at the time Paul and Silas came through on the second missionary journey.

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

He had to ask himself this question – “what is truly important”. Does God want me to do more?
William Carey, the British missionary to India – While still in England, he used to go about from village to village proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people. One day a friend reportedly came to him and said, “I want to speak to you very seriously :”Well,” said Carey, “What is it?” His friend said, “By your going about talking to people as you do you’re neglecting your business. If you only attended to making shoes more than you do, you would have a better business and could prosper far better than you are. But as it is you are simply neglecting your business.”
To which Carey replied, “Neglecting my business? My business is to extend the Kingdom of God. I only cobble shoes to pay expenses!”

William Carey was convinced, as was Timothy about 1,800 years before him, that he must give his life to do more and give himself wholly to the preaching of the Gospel.

They were in the same position as were Peter, Andrew, James, and John who were disciples of Jesus already when he called them at the seashore to do more than they were able to do as they were –

Matthew 4:18-22 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

Not every believer will be called of God to go to a far country and share the gospel, but every believer is called to do more than they are doing right now! We are to increase.

Now Paul acknowledged the Lord’s particular calling in Timothy’s life and we see –

Acts 16:3 “Him would Paul have to go forth with him …”

Timothy had grown in the Lord through the ministry with the missionaries, working along side of Paul, Silas, Luke, Titus, and others, ministering with them and also sent out individually to fulfil the commission –
1 Thessalonians 3:2 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:

This is how God works –

Convicted by the Word of God,
Converted by the Word of God,
Consecrated by the Word of God,
Commissioned by the Word of God,
Convinced by the Word of God –

Timothy was now –

2). The pastor at Ephesus – refer to 1:3 Placed in authority –

“…abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some…”

He was doing more in the service of the Lord than he had been doing and now, Paul is writing to him and telling him how to increase his service – do more. We will see that Timothy was still young in age and in the ministry. He had told Paul how he had some problems which made the ministry difficult and it may have been that he thought that some of the work seemed unreasonable. Paul had answered him and all of us in a very familiar passage from the letter to the Romans:

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Where are you in this plan today? Are you in the plan at all – are you saved?
Are you doing more today than your were this time last year?
Are you using your talents to encourage and build up others?
What is our reasonable service? We must work together to accomplish the will of God.

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