Life lessons from Unsaved Family Members Wednesday Bible Study

Lessons in life from unbelieving family members

In order to present the lessons from unbelieving family members, the introduction will involve presenting the background leading to the critical moment of change in the family of Jesus.

We know from the events recorded in the Gospel of Luke chapter 2, verses 41 to 52 that Joseph and Mary followed the requirements of God by presenting their offerings yearly to God at the Temple in Jerusalem. We are given the record of Jesus going with them when He was twelve years old. We can assume that Jesus continued going with them year by year and also that He would journey on His own for special occasions. Jesus had been living in the town of Nazareth under submission to the authority of His parents, Joseph and Mary. Sometime after Jesus was twelve years old and before He was thirty, Joseph died leaving Mary to care for the children. Jesus, the oldest, took over the work of Joseph’s carpenter shop –

Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

At the age of thirty, He traveled to the Jordan River near unto the wilderness area of Israel and met with His cousin John, also called John the Baptist, and was baptized by him. You can read the account of this in Matthew 3:13-15 and also the account given by John in chapter 1, verses 19 through 51.
Jesus’ return from this visit was different than the previous trips. Men were traveling with Him this time. Yes, they were from cities of the area and could have been simply traveling from the meetings with John back to their homes in the north, but these were more than just travelling companions. They were followers of Jesus and Mary would have noticed that this time when Jesus returned, things were different.

Read the account of the first miracle and the events that closely followed.
The text is John 2:1-11 and Luke 4:16-29 reveal the beginning of His ministry –

I. A new relationship in His family.

Jesus had been a dutiful son, obedient to His parents in all things –

Luke 2:51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

Mary would naturally be accustomed to His obedience and when she discovered the groom had not supplied enough wine for the guest, she asked Jesus to solve the problem at this wedding feast. She learned that day that a change had taken place –

not in His person for He was God the Son, born of a woman –

Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

But in their relationship. Mary submitted her will to His will –

John 2:5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

We see at this time that –

II. A new ministry was embarked upon.

This ministry of Jesus at the wedding was of a careful and specific nature, informing His family, disciples, and a few servants that the beginning of the public ministry of the Promised Messiah was near. Notice the undeniable power of God in this miracle – it is a miracle of creation. John 2:6-10
This wine was produced instantly at the Word of Jesus Christ.
The water would never have turned into wine without God’s power creating it –
What they perceived was the result of time and natural process was actually the immediate creation of God!

Through this we see at this time –

III. A new understanding. The miracle had a purpose –

John 2:11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

The creating power of God was demonstrated by Jesus to His disciples. Man cannot create, he can only manipulate. The glory of God was revealed through His power.

Notice there were no objections as to this miracle, or any other done by Him, as being genuine. The power of God was recognized and testified of, even by those who rejected Him. Refer to –

John 3:1-2 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

IV. A new rejection.

Jesus was working according to His plan and this was not His chosen time to make a public proclamation of His ministry. Why do you think Mary made this request of Jesus? Do you think that she may have thought this would be a good opportunity to prove Himself as the Messiah. Why would this enter into her mind? He solved the problem by working a miracle, but the Scripture testifies that this was the first miracle He worked. Would Mary have expected Jesus to supply their lack of wine through a supernatural act? In His thirty years He had never worked a miracle, why would she expect Him to do so now? God did not reveal Mary’s reasoning with us and so, we are left to wonder what her motive was. Could it be that Jesus had simply proved Himself to be one to be relied upon to help others solve their problems? We know from the account given by Luke that Jesus was well respected in the community

Luke 4:16-17 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

It was not until this Sabbath day in the synagogue in Nazareth that those people who knew Him best turned against Him. Upon Jesus’ claim that He was the one prophesied to come by Isaiah, His family and His community turned against Him –

Luke 4:18-21 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

They questioned His claim –

Luke 4:22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?

They became enraged and attacked this man who had lived and worked among them for many years –

Luke 4:28-29 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.

He was their neighbor, the problem solver, the well respected teacher of the Scriptures. Now He was their enemy and an embarrassment to His family. Jesus’ mother, Mary, and His brothers and sisters still had to live in this town and they had to attend this synagogue every week. Do you think they would be angry at Him? Do you think it would be difficult to face their neighbors every day after this incident? How do you think they treated Jesus as He began His ministry – preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom to the people of Israel?

We see –

A. His family’s embarrassment –

Mark 3:20-21 And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.

Compare with –

Mark 3:31-32 There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him. And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.

Why are they standing on the outside instead of sitting with Him! They should have been sharing His gospel instead of trying to shut Him up! Notice –

B. His family’s skepticism –

John 7:3-5 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. For neither did his brethren believe in him.
C. His family’s salvation.

We praise the Lord that we have the statement from Scripture that Jesus’ brothers James and Jude got saved following His resurrection. We know that Jesus spoke with James during the forty day ministry following the resurrection

1 Corinthians 15:7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.

And we know His brother Jude wrote the Epistle of Jude. We have no record of the salvation of the other members of His family, but we trust that they believed and put their faith in Him as their mother Mary, and brothers James and Jude did.

As we have looked at this account and read of the tension, the anger, the mockery Jesus was subjected to by His own family, can you identify with Him? Do you remember what it was like growing up in your family before you were saved? The interaction among the family members – doing your chores, playing with your siblings, fighting with your siblings, being corrected by your parents, receiving gifts from your parents, enjoying time together through all of it because in good times and in the difficult times, you were included.
Did things change when you trusted God through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ? Did conflict begin because of the change in your life? You still love your family, but they started treating you differently than before. They set you apart from the family, believing that you were judging them for doing the things now that you always did together. Things are different now and you can identify with Jesus and how His family treated Him.

More importantly though, Jesus identifies with us. We are encouraged tonight as we learn again the truth of God’s Word that He does understand everything that we go through in life – even knowing what it is like to have family reject you because of your trust in God through His Son, Jesus Christ. We learn from Him that we must remain faithful to Him and that through our testimony of faith, those that we love may turn to Him for salvation.
Will we decide tonight that we will be faithful unto Him that saved us? May the Lord help us.

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Preaching outline for 1 Timothy chapter 2 Message 9

1 Timothy Chapter 2 Message 9

1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

We have learned the importance of supplications as part of our communication with God.
Today we will learn why Paul exhorted Timothy to remember that prayer, every form of prayer, is foundational to our life in the Lord, to know and do His will. As mentioned before, we have been instructed in supplications, now we will learn of what we generally think of as –

2). Prayers – conversation

We should consider out need for prayer – God’s instruction and guidance.

In order to fulfil the purpose of God for His church, we note the instruction given to the priority of prayer

Acts 6:1-7 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.

Peter pointed out the Priority of prayer and preaching in the ministry.
Read again Acts 6:4

Now –

Will you put yourself in the position of these believers as Jesus told them what they were to do? They were to take the truth, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and preach it to every person in the world. Imagine this, that in the very beginning there were only one hundred and twenty of them. They were not people who had far reaching influence, as were kings or queens, leaders of multinational companies, respected lecturers in universities, or even leaders in their communities.

As a matter of fact – The religious leaders of their day commented about them –

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

These early believers knew that they needed help, and more help than they could give one another. They needed God’s help and they were desperate to have His help if they were to accomplish His work.

We need to understand that God saved them and us, by grace through faith, to work out His plan –

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.

Let’s look at the responsibility that they, and we, have received from the Lord when we were saved –

a). The Command given to the Apostles John 21:15-17

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

Peter was commanded to take care of the Lord’s people. He was to love them as the Lord loves them and he was to teach them. What would you have replied to Jesus? “Lord, it is too much, I am not prepared to care for your people”.
Do you understand that this is exactly what Peter was saying to the Lord when he told the other disciples “I go fishing…”. Peter was saying that God wanted too much from him, he was a fisherman not a shepherd.

It is most important that we also understand that Jesus questioned Peter after Peter had told him by his actions that he could not do what the Lord wanted him to do. Jesus asked Peter if he loved the catching of fish more than he loved Jesus. You see, we will do what we love to do. We will give ourselves over to do that which we love most – we will make the way, we will overcome obstacles, we will press on through trouble to do what we love to do.

The question Jesus posed to Peter was simple, “Lovest thou me more than these”. This is our question today. Who is it, what is it that we love most?
You love Him? Great! Telling the Lord that we love Him most and we will do what He wants us to do and submitting to Him still leaves us with this question “Lord, how do I do your will? I do not have the power in myself to do it.”

This morning, look back over these paragraphs and discuss what has taken place.
Have you noticed how much communication is involved (God’s commands, our responses) in all of this? This is called ‘Prayer’.

We saw the command given to the Apostles. We also see the need for God working through us in –

b). The Commission given to the church.
Mark 16:15 “Go ye into all the world and preach…”

Can you imagine what these men and women thought when they heard the command of the Lord? “But Lord, I am and ordinary person from a small town and have never been more than 100 kilometers from home. Please do not ask me to do this! The Lord’s answer is something like this “I have already commanded you to obey me.”

Remember the words of the Lord Jesus “If you love me, keep my commandments”.

We, the members of the church, should be excited about obeying the Lord and reaching out to the world with the Gospel, taking them the truth, the saving knowledge that the Lord Jesus Christ has given Himself for them, and offers salvation to all who will come to Him in faith. We should be looking unto the Lord as the servants looked to their masters in –

Psalm 123:2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.
We should desire that the Lord motion to us with His hand, call us to perform a service for him. The delight to be used is a great mercy He bestows upon us. Just as one of these servants understands that any service is given under the authority and in the power of their master, we understand that any service we are able to give unto God is done through His authority and in His power. We need Him and we need to communicate with Him that we might understand His will and how we are to perform it.

We also see the necessity of prayer in –

c). The Commencement and carrying out of the ministry.

No one can stop the command nor can they change the command. No one has the power to say that this command is for someone else! When the Lord gave this command He made sure that we would understand this fact – “…all power is given unto me in Heaven and in earth, go ye therefore…”. John wrote down these words of Jesus – “…as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”

We have already looked into Paul’s command to Timothy to seek God first of all in ‘supplications’ and we can understand why this is the beginning of prayer. When we truly know the magnitude of the work of God, we realize how small we are, yet we know that God still expects us to complete the work. When we get to this point in our life, we will cry unto the Lord “I cannot do it, I am not enough”! Then it is that we hear from God, that He reassures us that He will make us able to do what He wants us to do. This is what the apostle Paul realized and he shared his heart with us to encourage us –

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

With supplications and prayers we can grow in faith through the grace of God and view each day with trust in the Lord that He will work through us for His honour and glory –

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

My life should be directed by Him!
All service to God is to be preceded and direction sought through prayer!

Has God been speaking to you today through His Word about your prayer life? If we are not praying as Paul commanded Timothy to pray, is it possible that we are not trying to do what God wants us to do? I know that I cannot do His work without His help. As we said last week, Jesus told us very clearly –

John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Do you know without any doubt today that you are saved, that you have turned to God, agreeing with Him that you are a sinner and need to be saved, that there is only one way to be saved and that is by faith in God through His Son – believing that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again from the dead.
If you are not saved, will you call upon Him for salvation today?

If you are saved, are you obeying God? We call Him Lord Jesus Christ. The word ‘Lord’ means that He is our Master and we are His servants. Are you serving Him today?

Unless you are His, you cannot live with Him, you cannot live for Him!
If you are saved and serving, are you praying making supplications to Him and praying for direction from Him? If you are not, then the fact is that you are not serious about obeying God. We have said this before – If serving Him is easy enough for you to do on your own, you are not taking your service seriously.
Begin doing what God wants you to do and you will begin praying!

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Life Lessons from Aquila and Priscilla. Acts 18 Wednesday Bible Study April 22

Life lessons from Aquila and Priscilla, husband and wife whose testimony has been an example of humility and helpfulness for families for two thousand years.

We are introduced to them when Paul arrived at the city of Corinth –

I. They took him unto themselves.

Acts 18:2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.

Acts 18:3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.

They opened unto him –

A. Their business
B. Their home
C. Their hearts.

We see that while they helped Paul, being a blessing to him, they found that they were the ones being blessed. They heard the truth of the Gospel and turned to God for salvation. They gave their hearts, their home, and their business to the Lord and submitted to the Lord and applied the instructions of the Word of God from His apostle, Paul, to their lives.

We see that –

II. They trained under the instruction of Paul.

They became partners in the ministry of the Gospel for the next eighteen months.

A. They were instructed in the fulfilment of Biblical Prophecy. Acts 18:4,5

Jesus of Nazareth, the promised Messiah, had come and fulfilled the Scriptures written of Him. (Family members could discuss some of the promises of God that were fulfilled in the life of Jesus).

B. They were instructed in the preaching the Gospel to all the world. Acts 18:6-8

The command of the Jesus to witness unto Him (Acts 1:8), beginning in Jerusalem and “…unto the uttermost part of the earth” was seen in action through Paul’s preaching to the Jews the Greek proselytes, first at the Synagogue in Corinth and then turning to the Gentile residents of the city.

C. They were instructed in the power of God to overcome opposition to the ministry of the Word of God. Read Acts 18:6 and 12-17. (Discuss some of the trouble they faced. How were the problems solved?)

Do you have problems that must be dealt with? Do you see that God helped Paul, Aquila, and Priscilla and He will help you too.
Have a family member read Psalm 46:1 and Hebrews 4:15 and 16.

III. They traveled with Paul to Ephesus

Acts 18:18-20 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow. And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews. When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not;

A. Their reception in Ephesus.

Aquila and Priscilla arrived in the city with Paul. He led the group to visit the Jews of the city at the Synagogue and preached the Gospel.

“…he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.”

It seems that at that time they were welcomed and had no resistance to the message of truth being preached. Following this, Paul departed as he had planned for Jerusalem and left them in the city.

When Paul departed, we see –

B. Their reliance upon the Lord.

“…When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not…”

They had been with Paul in the establishment of the church in Corinth. Aquila and Priscilla had grown in the grace and knowledge of God and His work, but were anxious about Paul leaving them to minister alone. He knew them and that they would indeed trust God. He left them to continue doing what they had been doing in Corinth, to do as he had done, trust God to lead them in the preaching and teaching of His Word. He comforted them with the promise that, if the Lord willed, He would return to them.

C. Their residence in Ephesus.

They established a residence in the city along with a relationship with the Jewish community. Their influence, along with Paul’s preaching of the gospel to this group, may have allowed the preacher Apollos to have an opportunity to speak in the synagogue. It is obvious that they listened intently to the message and found that Apollos had not been taught the whole truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Acts 18:25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.

Their ability to teach Apollos reveals the careful and full instruction given by Paul in his ministry of the Word to them –

Acts 18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

D. Their receiving of the church into their home.

Following Paul’s return from Jerusalem the church grew and disputations arose in the synagogue. Paul began preaching at a school and also in the home of Aquila and Priscilla. They had given themselves wholly to the Lord to serve Him in any way they could.

1 Corinthians 16:19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.

IV. They trusted the Lord to direct their lives.

Romans 16:3-5 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. Likewise greet the church that is in their house…

Sometime between Paul’s final departure from Ephesus and his writing the letter to Rome, they returned to the city of Rome, from whence they had been expelled along with all of the Jews about 8 years before. They were examples of those believers who had presented their “…bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” They had been helpers to all and were well known throughout the churches. They again gave what they had to the Lord, opening their home to the church.

Aquila and Priscilla understood and applied the truth that Paul declared in his letter to the church in Philippi –

Philippians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

The word ‘conversation’ means our citizenship, our home. The believer, while alive here on earth, is on a journey to his home. Our Lord Jesus Christ is preparing this home even at this time –

John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Their desire was to be “vessels unto honour” in the hand of the Lord and be where He wanted them, when He wanted them, and doing what He wanted them to do. We see this testimony in their lives in the final mention of them in Scripture. Following Paul’s final imprisonment in Rome, he wrote to Timothy in Ephesus and we find that Aquila and Priscilla were again residing in that city.

2 Timothy 4:19 Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.

We see in their lives a couple who dedicated their lives to the Lord and did not make plans, asking God to bless their plans, but they asked God to reveal to them His plan for them. Do we think like them, simply wanting to be where God would have us to be?
If God would lead someone to write a brief outline of our lives, would we be an encouragement to others? Would it be said of us that we were truly as stated in 2 Corinthians chapter 15 that we are “in Christ, he is a new creature…” and that “we are ambassadors for Christ…”?

Will you give your life to the Lord tonight?
Will you be like Aquila and Priscilla and be ready to help others, opening their hearts, home, property – giving of themselves as unto the Lord.

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Preaching outline on 1 Timothy 2:1 Message 8

1 Timothy Message 8 Sunday 19 April 2020

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 by living a life that honours God. As we begin this letter, we note the identification of the writer and the recipient. –

1. Identification. We are introduced to the Apostle Paul, The Pastor Timothy, and the Church in Ephesus.

We saw the care of Paul in this ministry through –

2. Intercession:

The grace, mercy, and peace given to Timothy from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ who Paul stated is “…our hope…” Our expected end!

Based on this encouragement, Paul set forth the –

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

In order to fulfil the responsibility given to him, Timothy had to make a –

1. Commitment to right Doctrine 1 Timothy 1:3-20

We spent some weeks preaching and teaching about the courage Timothy was going to have to seek from the Lord in order to commit himself completely to uphold right doctrine.

It would be good to remember that Paul has given Timothy, as pastor of the church in Ephesus, the responsibility to correct the wrongdoing in the church and instruct in knowing and doing God’s work God’s way. Timothy had to commit himself to right doctrine in order to set in order the right –

2. Conduct of the church 1 Timothy 2:1 – 3:16

We, the members of the church, are a living body – more than just an organization.
We have been placed into this body, the church, by the Lord –

1 Corinthians 12:18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

– and are to help one another to accomplish God’s will, and to tell all those in the world that God has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world that they may be saved.

Ephesians 4:12, 15-16 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body 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.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Each church is a living body unto itself. Each church has the same leader, the Head of the church, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Just as our bodies are directed by our head, working according to the directions given by our brain, we the church body are to be directed by Jesus. This body, the church, communicates with God by receiving and sending signals, which we call reading God’s Word (receiving) and praying (sending)

Admitting that God has declared that we should know and do His will, we should begin all things in prayer. We notice that while prayer is not complicated –

1 John 5:13-14 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

– But, it is work and we must set our minds to pray as we should.

We are reminded here, along with Timothy, that we should speak to God about a variety of subjects.

Paul provided a list to help us consider the world around us and bring these things before the Lord in prayer. Our conduct in the church through –

a. Prayer 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Today we will look at verse one and the first kind of prayer Paul wrote of –

1). Supplication – seeking, realizing one’s insufficiency. 1 Timothy 2:1a

In supplication we notice –

a). The emotional struggle involved in supplicating God in prayer.
It is most informative to learn of the emotion that underlies this prayer (supplications), crying unto God, oftentimes with the whole body, soul, and spirit.

b). The examples set forth in Scripture.

(1). Jesus Christ our Lord.

This prayer was lifted up in the garden in preparation for the counsel’s accusations, the condemnation, and the crucifixion –

Luke 22:41-44 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Now consider these familiar accounts of the ministry of Jesus –

Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

Luke 7:14-15 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.

Matthew 11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

Did any agonizing or repeated crying unto God the Father accompany any of these wonderous miracles of the Lord? All of this was accomplished by the simple act of His will. While all praying involves a determined effort to spend time with God, we see that at times, prayer (supplication) involves every part of our being, sometimes resulting in physical and emotional exhaustion to prepare us and help us to face the trials immediately coming upon us.
We learn about supplications from the experience of our Lord Jesus Christ. We also can learn from the account given in Scripture of –

(2). The church in Antioch.

This church sought the leadership of God by setting themselves apart from the necessary things of life for a time in order to focus completely on His will how to carry out His work –

Acts 13:1-3 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

We see that this time spent with God in prayer was more than casual conversation, but they set aside some things that were important to them in order to speak with God about something that had become, if we can say it like this, an emergency in their lives. They had to know what to do and they called out to God for His direction.

Another example we see is from Paul. We see that –

(3). Paul learned the importance of supplication as he began his ministry of evangelism to the Gentile world.

He (Saul) was part of the church in Antioch and learned the importance of relying on God for His leadership that he and those he ministered with might have complete confidence in Him.

Consider how many times Paul was desperate for God’s direction. What accounts do you remember? What about Acts 16:6-10. He had suggested going into Asia and Bithynia, but was forbidden by the Holy Spirit to go to these places. Do you believe he would casual in seeking guidance or do you believe he would have been making an emotional plea for direction from the Lord?
What about the time he was fearful as he began preaching in the city of Corinth

Remember Acts 18:9-10 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.

or years later on the ship as they were caught in the storm with everyone thinking they could not survive –

Acts 27:23-24 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

Do you think that Paul had been afraid and was calling out to God about their circumstances? He knew that God hears and answers prayer!

Paul instructed Timothy that all prayer should be founded on our complete reliance on God. Jesus told us in John 15 “…for without me ye can do nothing.” Think about that statement – “…ye can do nothing…”. We might move forward with our lives, impressing ourselves and those around us, but our labour will not please God. We are His children and we know that we cannot lose our salvation, but we can certainly lose our way and our only help will be our own strength unless we turn back to God, asking for His forgiveness and direction.

Do we understand what supplications are, what Paul is commanding Timothy to begin with? Paul is warning Timothy, telling him that the ministry he is to accomplish is more than he can do – that it is bigger than he is and the people are not just going to say “Thank you very much Timothy for pointing out the error of our ways. We are so glad that you have told us that we are wrong and need to get right with God.” These people are going to get angry with Timothy and they are going to turn against him.
Timothy was facing an emergency situation and he needed to cry unto God for help.

We may not have been given the task of a pastor to correct wrong doctrine in the church, but there are many times in our lives when we should cry unto the Lord.

I remember times that were just part of life, when I have been put into a place by others that I could not help myself and I cried out for help.

When I was very young, our family lived on a small farm in Texas. It was very primitive. I still have one of the oil lamps that we used because we had no electricity. We did not have much and I remember, even though only about 3 years old, getting a toy fire truck as a present. One day, my brother and sister took my fire truck and threw it into the tornado shelter. This was just a place dug out into the ground with some steps down to a flat area just large enough to wait for a tornado to pass by. It had a heavy door that had to be pulled up and open in order to get inside. I went down to get it and they closed that heavy door on it. There was no light, I could not see anything. The door was heavy and I could not lift it up. I asked them to pull the door open, but they just laughed. I needed to call upon someone who cared and had the power to help me. I started crying “Daddy, Daddy”. This is supplication – crying out to one that has the power and the willingness to help.

I remember times when I got myself into trouble through foolish actions and cried out for help. The time when my friend, Tom, and I were walking down the path into the Grand Canyon. We were 15 years old and acted like it. We stayed on the path for a while, but we got bored and decided to climb down the side which was a steep incline. We would get back on the path and after some time, climb down again. The last time we got off the path, Tom was going down ahead of me, and when he reached the edge, he called up and said the path was not there, it was a straight drop off to the bottom. I started to turn to go back up and the dirt began to slide out from under me. I was sliding down toward the edge with the dirt and rocks sliding with me. Tom was being hit by all of the rocks. He was holding on to small tree that was growing out of the rock outcrop. He yelled at me to stop, but I could not. I was calling to Tim to help me. He could not even see me through all of the dirt coming into his face. He put out his had and my foot hit it and he held me from going over.
That was a supplication – crying out for help and nothing I could do to help myself.

Another time I was in the hospital for surgery and suffered complications. In the middle of the night, I experienced the most pain I have ever had. The nurse could not give me extra medicine to relieve the pain. I cried unto the Lord and He reminded me of His Word. I began to quote Scripture and God’s grace was more than enough to see me through the pain until morning.

You will have times in your lives when you will cry unto God through the name of His blessed Son, Jesus Christ –
For things that people have done unto you
For things you that got yourself into through foolish actions
Through no fault of your own

We can praise Him today because we know that He hears us and knows how to bring us through each situation.

Have you called upon the Lord with all of your being, with all of your heart crying out to Him? You might say that you have not had the occasion to cry unto God in such a way.
May I suggest that you have not yet stepped out by faith to follow Him, beyond what you feel is comfortable. It may be possible that you have been holding yourself back. I encourage you this morning to follow the Lord’s admonition through the Apostle Paul as written in Romans chapter 12, verses 1 and 2 –

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.
Give all of yourself to the Lord today.

Today, are you saved? This should be the first thing that you do, believe in Him and call upon Him for salvation, confessing that you are a sinner and you need salvation – the only salvation to be had, through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Today is the day of salvation. Trust Him today.

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Lessons from the life of Apollos Acts 18

Lessons from the life of Apollos April 15, 2020 Acts 18:24-21:14

Introduction to Apollos:

It had been over 25 years since the death of John the Baptist. It is not probable that Apollos was old enough to have been present at John’s preaching and baptizing. It seems that he heard and was baptized by one that had been with John. The Scripture bears witness that Apollos preached accurately the message that was proclaimed up to that time.

Apollos invested himself into knowing and teaching God’s Word. We see –

1. His eloquence. Acts 18:24a A communicator

“…an eloquent man…” The word ‘eloquent’ means that Apollos was good in words and ideas. He could help others understand the meaning of God’s Word and how they would apply to their lives. He took the time to know the background of those listening and made sure he spoke to them in such a way that they would understand.

He took the opportunity to prepare himself as we see from –

2. His education. Acts 18:24b,25

a. His privilege – the opportunity of education.

The city had been founded by Alexander the Great to bear a testimony of his greatness. Upon his death, Ptolemy I, one of his generals, took control of Egypt and continued to build the city. He brought thousands of Jews and gave them economic opportunity and religious freedom. As part of his improvements to the city, he built great libraries and schools.
Ptolemy II continued the expansion of the city. He treated the Jews well and tradition teaches that he asked the High Priest in Jerusalem to send 72 priests to translate the Scriptures from Hebrew to Greek. This opened the Word of God to the world.

From reading about his life, we understand –

b. His purpose. Acts 18:24 The know the Word of God.

1). To understand the Word of God. “…mighty in the Scriptures…”
2). To understand the wisdom of God “…instructed in the way of the Lord…”

The Scriptures were central in his ministry as before “…mighty in the Scriptures…”, and once he was “instructed in the way of the Lord…” he publicly declared to the Jews – “showing by the scriptures that the Christ was Jesus” (18:28). In his purpose to know the Word of God, He learned that the Scriptures were the means of proof that Jesus is Messiah.

Apollos did not apply himself to study only for himself and his own benefit. Every teacher knows the excitement of learning new things and the enjoyment of knowing the answers to the questions what, where, when, why, and how? It is true that some people enjoy studying and learning just for the sake of increasing knowledge. King Solomon warned people like this –

Ecclesiastes 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
Apollos studied and learned how to tell others about what he had learned because he had a great desire that other people would learn of God. We see this in –

3. His enthusiasm – the passion to Preach Acts 18:25

a. He must have loved to preach.
b. He must have lived to preach.
c. He must have been likeminded with Paul.
Have someone read Romans 1:15,16

1). Apollos preached with fire! Acts 18:25 “…fervent in the spirit…”

He was excited about knowing God and was very energetic in sharing God’s Word with others. Take a moment and think about how emotional you get when you have a wonderful and amazing thing to tell someone else. You want them to think it is as wonderful and amazing as you do. You may use more hand gestures, speaking a bit louder and faster because it means so much to you.

He not only preached excitedly, he –

2). Apollos preached with fear! “…taught diligently…”

Apollos understood the importance of God’s message. As God is True, so is His Word. To preach and teach God’s Word is a tremendous responsibility. James warned preachers and teachers to be careful and understand that we are accountable to God –

James 3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

While Apollos may have not known the warning given through James at this time, he would have known of God’s warning to those who would preach false doctrine as given in –

Deuteronomy 18:20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.

Apollos “…taught diligently…”. which means he taught carefully, accurately knowing that God knew the message he preached.

Accurately. What he preached was right, but he did not know the whole message!

4. His enlightenment. He was ready to learn.

This is a blessed account of a man who was ready to listen to others and was prepared to know, accept, and apply the truth.

Acts 18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

Apollos had visited the synagogue in Ephesus and been allowed to preach. Aquila and Priscilla were attending the meetings and, after hearing him preach and finding him in need of knowing more of the truth, invited him to their home following the meeting. These relative newcomers to Ephesus, tentmakers by trade, invited this travelling preacher home and then requested if they could help him to know truth that he was not aware of. We learn of the humble and willing spirit of Apollos who trusted that God would confirm His Truth to him as he listened to this husband and wife teach him. We learn from Apollos that we should be prepared to learn truth from where the truth is taught, whether in the most respected universities of the greatest centers of learning, or the simple home of dedicated disciples of the Lord.

5. His earnestness Acts 27a “…he was disposed to go…” Ready to serve, as was Paul.

Even though the church in Corinth was established, he was burdened to go and help them grow.

Romans 1:15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

6. His encouragement. Acts 18:27b “…the brethren wrote…” Confidence shown in him

Apollos had displayed a genuine love for God, His Word, and the commission to “…preach the gospel to every creature”. The Christians in Ephesus recognized this love and recommended that those he would meet along the way should help him to accomplish God’s will for his life.

Many years later as Apollos continued to travel and preach, Paul wrote to Titus that the churches should be partners in the ministry and help them with whatever they needed to keep on traveling and preaching –

Titus 3:13 Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them.

During these many years we see the blessing he was to so many people, seeing people learn the truth and turn to God for salvation and then building them up in the truth and fulfilling the Lord’s command –

Mt 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.

7. His evangelism and exhortation was to the glory of God. Have a family member read Acts 18:27c,28. “…helped them much which had believed…”

Apollos was not interested in building a following for himself. His desire was to bring glory to God.

a. He attempted to help the church through preaching and teaching the truth. He reinforced the truth that they had received.

1 Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

b. He attracted a following, but many simply were looking for an alternative to Paul. Paul told them that he had not come to them with eloquence –

1 Corinthians 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

But the people noted that Apollos was naturally eloquent. They were entertained, much as those in Ezekiel’s day –

Ezekiel 33:32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.

Apollos did not want to return to this church to minister, even at the encouragement of Paul.
He did not want to add to the divisive nature of the people until they settled their issues under the leadership of the Lord through the Apostle Paul –

1 Corinthians 16:12 As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time.

Apollos had one desire in his life – To preach the truth of God and see Him exalted as the Apostle Paul had declared –

Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Is this our desire tonight? What lessons do we learn from the life of Apollos? Will you apply those lessons to your lives, beginning now?
Do we have this willingness to listen and be taught the truth of God’s Word.
Do we have this desire to use what we have learned for the glory of God.

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Easter Message, 12 April The Resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God

Easter Week April 2020 The Resurrection

The Resurrection of Jesus, The Son of God. This is what we are celebrating today – and should celebrate each day. “Ye seek Jesus of Nazereth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here;…” Mark 16:6

The days following the crucifixion and burial of Jesus were feast days known as the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The 14th day of the first month of the year was the Passover. The Lord and His disciples, along with Jews everywhere, ate the Passover Meal. The following day, which was the day of the trial and crucifixion was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread which was observed for seven days. The purpose of this feast was that all of Israel would remember how God brought the people out from their bondage in Egypt.
This was a time of remembering the promise and power of God. These few days the disciples of Jesus would be remembering His promises and His power, but were not sure what the outcome would be. We have no record of their conversations during the next few days, but we do know that they remained in Jerusalem and stayed close to one another.
We do know of at least one conversation during this time. A group of women were planning on returning to the tomb on the day following the Sabbath (Saturday) and had been collecting items to complete the preparations for burial of Jesus’ body. They had watched as Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus had hurriedly prepared Jesus’ body and they determined to return and complete the preparation with love and care.
This brings us to the third day, the early morning hours of Sunday, as yet unknown to them – the resurrection Day of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour.

The first day of the week began a forty day ministry of Jesus. This personal ministry on earth began with His resurrection and ended with His ascension, returning to Heaven to sit on His Throne as the right hand of God the Father.
We followed the death and burial of Jesus through the testimony of Mark in his gospel. This morning we will read from other writers of the Gospels as they give us their records as the Holy Spirit led them.

A. The resurrection. If possible, have family members read Matthew 28:1-15 and discuss each of the incidents they have read –

1. The testimony to the women. Matthew 28:1-6

a. The approach of the women. Matthew 28:1
What reasons do you think these women came at this time of the day?

b. The appearance of the angel. Matthew 28:2-5

What things were accomplished by the angels at the tomb that morning?

c. The authentication of His promise. Matthew 28:6

How did the angels encourage the women as they came near to the tomb?

2. The testimony of the women. Matthew 28:7-10

How do the words in verse 8 “departed quickly’, “fear and great joy”, “did run” describe the emotions and actions of these women?
Who did they meet along the way and how did they react?

3. The testimony of the guards. Matthew 28:11-15

Why do you think the guards went to inform the Jewish leaders what had happened instead of reporting immediately to their commander and the Roman governor?

Now we will turn to –

B. The ministry of Jesus –

1. To the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Luke 24:13-32

Sunday afternoon, following the excitement caused by the reports of the empty tomb, two men – disciples of Jesus departed from the group in Jerusalem and were walking to the town of Emmaus (about 11 km from Jerusalem which should take about 2 hours to walk). As they walked, they discussed all that had happened and tried to make some sense of it so they could understand what was going to happen next. Jesus joined them as they walked and asked what it was they were discussing. They were surprised that he had not heard the news of what had taken place. This conversation is recorded in verses 18 through 24. In verses 25 through 27, Jesus reminded them of the Scripture, how all these things were spoken of and they should have known this truth. In verses 28 through 35 we see Jesus then joined them as they stopped for a meal and He revealed His identity to them. Jesus departed from them in a moment and they rushed back to Jerusalem to give this news to the disciples still gathered there.
Do you see how the truth of God’s Word will bring us from confusion to confidence. When we are not sure what is happened or why things in our lives have not turned out as we expected, we need to go the Lord in prayer and in reading of His Word, the Bible, asking Him for understanding.

2. To the disciples gathered in Jerusalem Read John 20:19-25

The Apostle records the meeting of Jesus with His disciples on Sunday evening. Many of them were gathered there. The two men that had been going to Emmaus had just returned and had told of their encounter with the Lord. Jesus entered the room. According to what these disciples told Luke, the Jesus standing among the frightened them –

Luke 24:36-40 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.

Whether He entered through a door or simply suddenly appeared, makes no matter. They did not expect to see Him which again testifies to the reality of His death. All of us have times of difficulty processing and understanding information because we are simply not prepared for it.
We have played a game with the young people in church by dividing into two teams. The people know each other very well. We separated the teams by having two helpers hold a blanket up between them so they cannot see each other. Each team sends one person forward to the blanket. Those chosen are face to face, only separated by the blanket. The object is that the first person to call out the other person’s name captures that person for their team. The two helpers drop the blanket and it is amazing to see two people who know each other well struggle to come up with the correct name. This is an example of how the brain processes information. Just as the people in the game are momentarily caught off their guard, the disciples were stunned and could not comprehend what was taking place.

Continuing in the Gospel of John chapter 20, verses 19 and 20, Jesus calmed their fears and proved to them that He was real, flesh and blood, standing and speaking with them.

Jesus met with them again to encourage those that had not been among the disciples on that first day –

3. To the disciples eight days after. John 20:26-29

The Apostle Thomas had not been with the others on that first day and when told of the meeting, did not believe it. Jesus, acting in love and patience, met with the disciples the following week and gave Thomas the opportunity to prove His existence. Through this meeting, Jesus pronounced a blessing to all of us that believe in Him, not because we have seen and touched Him, but because the Holy Spirit has confirmed His truth in our hearts and minds and we came to Him by faith. Read John 20:29

4. To the disciples in Galilee. Read the Gospel of John, chapter 21

He had a meal with them, restored Peter to the ministry and encouraged these men to trust and serve Him according to His will for each of their lives.

5. To 500 in Galilee. Matthew 28:16-20

Jesus met with the eleven apostles and a large group of believers in Galilee –

Matthew 26:32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.

Galilee was much safer a place for this large amount of people to meet and be instructed by the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

At this meeting, Jesus gave the church the commission for the work they were to pursue –

Matthew 28:16-20 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Jesus also appeared –

6. To James, meeting with His brother. Read 1 Corinthians 15:7

Jesus’ brothers and sisters had not believed in Him as Saviour until the resurrection. Following this they came to God through faith in Jesus. James became the pastor of the church in Jerusalem. He wrote the book of James. Another brother of Jesus wrote the book of Jede.

The final meeting at the end of the forty day ministry was –

7. To the disciples on Olivet. Read Luke 24:44-49
Jesus met with them and reminded them of the truth of God’s Word and their responsibility to insure that all people have the opportunity to hear the Gospel, the good news of the love of God toward men shown through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus.

C. The ascension. Read both Luke 24:44-49; Acts 1:1-11

Following the final message and command, Jesus returned to Heaven, go up as they watched until He was out of their sight. He is there at this time – our Lord, Our Saviour, Our intercessor, Our soon coming King. He will return and we must be prepared for His return to take us to be with Himself. How do we prepare?

Conclusion and discussion points –

Remember the results of His salvation in our lives and tell everyone that we can that they should listen to His message –

1. Our sins have been forgiven through His offering of Himself.

a. If He was still in the tomb, it would prove that His offering was not acceptable to God.
b. Since He rose from the dead, He proved that His offering was acceptable to God!

He died once and He rose to live evermore!

Romans 6:9-10 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

2. Our sins have been forgiven and never will be remembered by God.

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

3. Our sins have been forgiven – the truth settled by the resurrection

We that are saved are in Christ. Is He going to die? No! We live because He lives! Where He is – that is where we will be! Heaven.

Jesus proved His promises to be true by His resurrection and every time we celebrate the resurrection, we celebrate His promises.

The promise to save all those that will call upon Him. “For whosoever shall call upon the…”
The promise to be with each believer all of the time – forever. “I will never leave thee…”
The promise to teach each believer His Word.
The promise to show each believer His will.
The promise to hear and answer each believer’s prayer.

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

4. Our sins have been forgiven – that we might live for Him

2 Timothy 2:8-11 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him

Are you saved? Have you confessed to God that you know you are a sinner, separated from Him? Will you pray to Him today and ask Him to forgive you of your sin through your faith in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Do you believe that He died for you, was buried, and rose again proving that He is God the Son?
Ask, pray to God to forgive you and save you today, now.

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Wednesday Night Bible Study, Easter Week 2020, The Crucifixion and Burial Of Jesus

Easter Week Wednesday Bible Study April 8, 2020

Tonight we will study the events leading up to the crucifixion and burial of the Lord Jesus. I trust that while we are in our homes due to the MCO, we will take extra time to read and prayerfully consider the love of God that is revealed to us through the sacrifice of His Son, the Lord Jesus. For myself, I wonder that as Jesus walked up the road toward Jerusalem, went down through the valley from the Mount of Olives, and then finally walked up the road to the top of the mountain where the Temple was located, if He thought of Abraham taking his son, Isaac, to this very place over two thousand years before. (Genesis 22:1-14) We know that Abraham was leading Isaac to this mount to be sacrificed, but God called to him and stopped Abraham, providing a sacrifice of a ram to die in the place of Isaac. Now Jesus was being led of His Father to give Himself for the sins of the world. John the Baptist had spoken of this three years before as Jesus began His public ministry –

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

At this time, after three years of proclaiming the Gospel, Jesus was walking toward His appointed death the Lamb that would die in our place. We read of –

I. The Preparation of the disciples. Read Mark 10:32-34

Jesus had told the disciples that He would be arrested, tried, and executed before this, but they had no idea about what He was telling them. They believed that Jesus is God and had given up everything to follow Him. How could they understand that Jesus could die. After all, He is all powerful –

Matthew 16:15-16 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Following a few days of preaching, teaching, and ministering in Jerusalem, we see the final night was spent with His disciples partaking of –

II. The Passover Meal. Read Mark 14:17-26

This meal would remind the disciples of God’s promised protection of His people through their obedience to Him. They remembered the promise of God to protect them through the blood of the lamb.
Jesus used this meal to teach them to love one another and serve one another. Read the Gospel of John, Chapter 16, verses 3 through 17.

The Lord also instituted what we commonly call ‘Communion’ or ‘The Lord’s Supper”. The church members would begin to have a special time of remembrance of the Lord Jesus Christ giving His body for us by taking unleavened bread and eating it, and giving His blood for us by drinking juice from grapes.

During the supper they were again told of –

III. The Promise of the Resurrection. Read Mark 14:27,28

Jesus again told them what was going to happen to Him within a few hours and encouraged them what He would not stay in the grave but would see them again, after He was raised from among the dead.

Following the supper we learn of –

IV. The Prayer in the Garden. Read Mark 14:32-36

Jesus’ life was full of prayer, always speaking to His Father in Heaven. During the supper, Judas Iscariot departed to inform the Jewish leaders that they could finally arrest Jesus and told them of the place where He would be. Jesus led the disciples to this place and spent time in prayer. He understood perfectly what He was facing and agonized in prayer. Can you imagine how he felt – he was perfectly holy and pure having no sinful thought or action in Him – ever. Now He was going to take all of the sin of mankind unto Himself. How He must have been repulsed – to embrace to Himself, in Himself that which He hated with an infinite hate.
Jesus humbled Himself –

Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

We now see that Jesus becomes –

V. The Prisoner of the Priest Read Mark 14:43-53

Jesus had walked away from all of those that had tried to arrest Him during His ministry. The disciples had witnessed this and most likely believed that Jesus would simply walk away from them again – but this time was different. This time Jesus surrendered to them and allowed them to tie Him with ropes and lead Him away to be judged. The men with Jesus were so confused about what happened that they panicked “And they all forsook him, and fled.”

The Apostles John and Peter stayed together and followed at a distance to see what was going to happen. They saw the –

VI. The Prosecution of Jesus.

A. In the court of the Jewish Leaders. Read Mark 14:55-65

This hurriedly called gathering in the late hours of night and early hours of the morning was considered to be a meeting of just men to judge Jesus. In fact there was no justice involved at all. These men had already determined that Jesus needed to die. The Jews had no power to execute anyone, so they needed an accusation bring to the Roman governor that carried a death sentence.
The so-called court was filled with confusion but they finally came up with the accusation of blasphemy against God. The problem they had was the Romans would not sentence anyone based on a religious belief.
The accusation would be that Jesus had declared that He was the King of the Jews and that the Jews submitted to only one king, the Roman King – Caesar.

B. In the court of the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate. Read Mark 15:1-14

Jesus was taken to the court of the governor, Pontius Pilate, very early in the morning and the accusation was stated. Pilate did not believe them because he knew them and how they operated –

Mark 15:10 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.

Pontius Pilate could have released Jesus, but it would not have been a good political move. He wanted to keep the peace with the people and so we have –

VII. The Penalty declared. Read Mark 15:15

Pontius Pilate did not care about the life of one Jew and so simply in order to end this difficult situation, sentenced Jesus to be nailed to a cross and to hang there until dead. He did rebuke the Jews though by informing all who were involved and those who would pass by that the man being executed was the King of the Jews.

VIII. The Plan of God accomplished. Read Mark 15:22-37

Jesus was led away to the place of execution. Upon arriving at the place known as Golgatha, following the terrible beating and whippings at the hands of the soldiers, and finally carrying His cross to the place of execution, being humiliated by having his clothing removed (which was taken by the soldiers according to prophecy), having his hands and his feet nailed into the rough wood of the cross, and then set up between the heaven and earth, mocked, taunted, and ridiculed by those that gathered or were passing by on the highway.

Jesus knew all of the horrible details of His execution and death. This moment had been foretold at the very beginning of creation, the consequences of the sin of Adam and Eve. Not only the moment but also the method of execution –

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

The soldiers crucified Jesus, driving large nails through His hands, and then placing one foot in front of the other, drove a nail through both feet, the nail going through the front of the food and coming out through the heel of the other foot into the wood of the cross.

Jesus knew all of the horrible details of His execution and death because God had revealed this time to David the Psalmist a thousand years before – Read

Psalm 22:1-18 To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts. I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly. Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

From the cross, Jesus cried out these words –

Mark 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Reminding them and us about the agony He was in as spoken of before in Psalm 22.
Jesus knew all that was going to take place, and yet He loved us and gave Himself for us! Think about how much He loves you today. Talk to your family about how much God must love us –

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

IX. The Prophecy of Jesus’ burial fulfilled.

Paul not only declared how that he died, but also that He was buried. Let’s see why this is so important –

A. The burial foretold. Jesus declared the reality of His death in that He would also be buried. Read Matthew 12:39,40 –

For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

B. The burial described.

1. The Roman guards testified to His death.

When Joseph requested of Pilate that he be able to take the body of Jesus, Pilate was surprised that Jesus would have been dead already. He sent his soldiers to confirm that Jesus was dead.

Mark 15:44-45 And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.

Note only did the soldiers testify of Jesus’ death, we know of –

2. The distress of the Pharisees.

It is interesting that the unsaved Jewish leaders remembered the words of Jesus about His resurrection.

Matthew 27:62-65 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first. Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.

Why do you think they remembered His statement and the disciples did not? This will make a good point of discussion between family members.

3. The disciples testified to His death. They did not know what to expect

Mark 16:1-2 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

These women went to the tomb on the first day of the week, Sunday morning, fully expecting to find the body of Jesus as he was when he was laid there by Joseph and Nicodemus three days before. They expected to find him dead. Their desire was to prepare his body for a proper internment. The men had prepared Jesus for burial with care, but also in haste. They wanted to make sure that He was buried with love and care. They were very surprised that He was not in the tomb.

The Bible Study tonight will prepare us for the message on Sunday – The Resurrection. During these days we might consider the disciples spiritual and emotional condition as they discussed with one another what had just happened. They knew first hand the power of the Lord and could not understand how He could have been bound up, tried by the government, and executed. They believed that Jesus was dead, as we will see from the message on Sunday. They could not explain what had just happened. He had walked away from those that had tried to take Him by force on a few occasions and they had witnessed how He was always in control. It seemed now that the Jews and the Romans had taken control and killed Him. What do you think they talked about?

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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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