Sermon Notes

“You Asked for It” — What about Predestination? ……..10-15-17

            

“You Asked for It”                       10-15-17                   

          What does the Bible teach about Predestination? |
                    We believe God sovereignly chooses individuals to eternal
                             life because this is what the Scriptures plainly teach.
                    When the Old Testament speaks of God choosing a people,                                                                                                                                                                   it is never vague or unclear.
                                        Deuteronomy 7:6-8
                                                  Unconditional
                                                  Based on God’s Love
                                        Exodus 33:18-19
                                                  Based on the Glory of God
                    God is far more sovereign, far more holy, and far more                                                                                                                                                                            glorious than we will ever know.
                                        Ephesians 1:3-4
                                            “Before the foundation of the world”
                                        Acts 13:48
                                            “And as many as were appointed to eternal life believed”
                                        Romans 11:7
                                            “The elect obtained it”
                    Man is far more sinful, far more rebellious, and far more dead                                                                                                                                                             than we realize.
                                        Ephesians 2:1-3
                                        Romans 3:10-12
                                        II Corinthians 4:3-4
                     Jesus is the center of our salvation.
|                                        Ephesians 1:7
|                                        Ephesians 2:4-7
                    The call to repentance is genuine.
                                        Matthew 11:28-30
                                        Mark 1:15
                                        Matthew 22:1-10, 14|
                    How should we view predestination?
                              As a comfort
                                        Romans 8:29-30
                                        God has always acted for the good of those whom He called to Himself
                              As a reason to praise God
                                        Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14
                                        “To the praise of His glory”
                              As confidence in missions
                                        John 6:37
                                        II Timothy 2:10

IN THE BEGINNING — WHAT TO BELIEVE …. 10-8-17

 

   IN THE BEGINNING               10-8-17
                    WHAT TO BELIEVE?
          In the Beginning….
                    Genesis 1:1  —    God Created
          “Thousands of experiments, and all of the recently gained knowledge of molecular biology and genetics, have only served to
strengthen the most fundamental law of biology: ‘omni cellules’ (all cells come from other cells), also known as the Law of
Biogenesis.”        
 — David Demick (Creation Magazine  Feb. 2001)
                    Life comes from Life
                                                                          The Differing Viewpoints:
                           YOUNG EARTH                                                                                            OLD EARTH

The consensus of ancient historical records                              In recent years, the overwhelming opinion
from varying cultures estimate the age of the                           of the scientific community has been that the
earth as beginning between 7000 BC & 3500 BC                       earth is 4.5 billion years old based on radio-                                                                                                                                                                                        metric dating of meteorite fragments.
The consensus of early Biblical scholars estimate                                                                                                                                                                            the age of the earth as beginning between 5500 BC                 
Alternate Biblical positions adopted to                                                                       and 3800 BC.                                                                                           accommodate an old earth:
The straightforward chronology as recorded in the                     Theistic Evolution
Bible estimates the origin at about 4400 BC                                    The Gap Theory                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Day / Age Theory    

                                                 Death is Due to Sin  
                                                 (It’s a punishment)
“…but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die (Genesis 2:17)
“Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.” (Genesis 3:17)
“…for dust you are and to dust you will return.”  (Genesis 3:19)
“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sinand so death spread to all men, because
all sinned.”  (Romans 5:12)

                                        Death and corruption prior to Sin
NO BIBLICAL EVIDENCE
If it is so, then death is part of God’s creation that is declared “very good”  (Genesis 1:31)
Death, animals eating other animals, thorns, cancer, tumors, and so on are not very good, and yet, these are found in fossil layers.
If the fossil layers represent millions or billions of years of life before the origins of man, (and man’s sin) then these too must be
part of God’s “very good” creation.

                                           So what about the dinosaurs?
                       They lived on earth with mankind
                       Some may have gone extinct prior to the flood
                       Those that were not extinct would have been on the ark
                                  Not every species of animal, but two of every kind                                                                                                                                                                                  Likely that some living dinosaurs became the creatures of legend                                                                                                                                                                        Dragons, Leviathon, sea monster (Genesis 1:21, Job 3, 7, 41, Psalm 74, 104, 148;                                                                                                                                    Isaiah 27, 51; Ezekial 29, 32)                                                                                                                                                                                            Since coming off the ark, it appears that dinosaur species have gone extinct

                                              Science & Historical Science
                      SCIENCE is best suited for making sense of the observable world. Scientific research in its purest forms must be                                                                                     (1) observable, (2) predictable, and (3) repeatable.
                      HISTORICAL SCIENCE is the work of historians gathering the best evidence of scientists from many fields of                                                                                   research to provide histories or accounts of the past.
                             Historical Science is fundamentally problematic because: (1) the past is not observable, and (2) the original                                                                         conditions of the past are often assumed, (3) the assumption is made that present forces and scientific                                                                    processes occur at the same rate regardless of the unobservable conditions in the past, and
                                                (4) historical science begins with the assumption that supernaturalism does not exist,                                                                                                   and even if it does, it is inoperable in the physical realm.

                                     The Testimony of the Bible
                    Moses believed in a literal six day creation
                           For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the                                     seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:11)
                    Jesus believed in a young earth
                           “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’(Mark 10:6)
                   God spoke specifically of the six day creation
                             “It will be a sign between ME and the Israelites forever, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the                                         earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.’ (Exodus 31:17)

                                                           Understanding the Bible
                                   Let the Bible speak for itself
                                   Let the Bible defend itself (let scripture confirm scripture)
                                   Use extreme caution when permitting outside sources (particularly historical sciences) to determine the                                                                        validity of scripture                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Understand that if you believe science or the conclusions of historical science have greater authority than                                                                      the Bible, than you can no longer accept the truth of miracles, including the resurrection. (and your                                                                    faith is in vain)

                                                        FOR FURTHER RESEARCH
                          COM        Ministries International
                          ORG       Institute for Creation Research
                          ORG       Creation Studies Institute
                          ORG        Creation Research Society
                          ORG       Answers in Genesis (Ken Ham)
                          ORG       Creation Today (Eric Hovind)
                          YOUTUBE/ Kent Hovind OFFICIAL     The Creation Seminar (7 sessions)

UNHOLY DESIRES …. 10-1-17

           

UNHOLY DESIRES                    10-1-17
                   Text:    I John 2:16   &  James 4:1-12
          I John 2:16
                    For everything in the world –
                              the lust of the flesh,
                              the lust of the eyes,
                              and the pride of life                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    — comes not from the Father but from the world.
               The Lust of the Flesh – Our Appetites gone awry
                    Normal appetites exercised without restraint
                    Normal appetites embraced inappropriately
                    Appetites for that which God prohibits
               The Lust of the Eyes – Our Attention gone awry
                    To allow our mind and thoughts to be occupied                                                                                                                                                                                          with getting that which pleases us
               The Pride of Life – Our Ambition gone awry
                    The desire for recognition
                    The desire for importance
                    The desire for honor
          The Impact of Unholy Desires
                    Personal Discontentment: Conflict within us
                    Corporate Disunity: Conflict among us
                    Spiritual Division: Conflict with God
          Our Corporate Response to Unholy Desires
                    THE CHURCH MUST NOT OFFER PERMISSION
                              WHERE GOD PROHIBITS
                    THE CHURCH MUST NOT COMPROMISE
                              WHERE GOD COMMANDS

TESTING & TEMPTATION …. 9-24-17

             

     TESTING & TEMPTATION                   9-24-17
                  TEMPTATION
                              We are tempted when we are enticed by our own desires to act contrary to the will of God.
                                        God does not tempt us   (James 1:13)
                                        Temptation is rooted in our desires   (James 1:14)
                                        God limits our temptations  (I Corinthians 10:13)
                                        Satan is a tempter    (Genesis 3; Matthew 4; I Corinthians 7:5)
                    TESTING
                              We are tested by God to refine and strengthen our character and our faith.
                                        Examples of God Testing
                                                  God tested Abraham   (Genesis 22:1)
                                                  God tested Israel   (Exodus 20:20)
                                                  God tests us   (I Thessalonians 2:4)
                                        Reasons for Testing
                                                  To know our heart   (Deut. 8:2 & 13:3; I Thess. 2:4)
                                                  To refine us    (Psalm 66:10)
                                                  To humble us    (Ecclesiastes 3:18)
                                                  To produce certain results   (James 1:3)
                                        Satan may test us – with God’s permission
                                                  The story of Job    (book of Job)
                                                  The demand to “sift” Peter   (Luke 22:28-34)
                         CONCLUSIONS
                                 God never acts to provoke us to sin
                                 Sin is the fruit of an uncontrolled desire, and an un-surrendered heart
                                God uses testing in our lives to refine us for His greater use

If God is Sovereign, Does Prayer Matter? …. 9-17-17

               

If God is Sovereign, Does Prayer Matter?             9-17-17

          The Basis of Prayer
                    God hears and answers prayer.
                              Psalm 17:6
                    God is absolutely sovereign.
                              Psalm 75:3
                              Psalm 68:20
                    Jesus is our holy mediator.
                              Hebrews 9:1-15, 24
                              Hebrews 10:19-23
        The Purpose of Prayer
                    We are expected to pray.
                              Matthew 6:5-7, 9
                              Luke 18:1
                              Colossians 4:2
                              I Thessalonians 5:17
                    Our faith is compassionately built through prayer.
                              Daniel 6:10
                              Nehemiah 1:4
                              Matthew 26:44
                              Luke 22:44
                    God accomplishes His will through prayer.
                              Matthew 7:7-8
                              I Samuel 1:27
                              Jonah 2:1, 10
                              Genesis 18:22-23
                              Psalm 106:23
         The Practice of Prayer
                    Pray for the Glory of God.
                    Pray that you would hate sin.
                    Pray for God’s Spirit in your life, your family, and this church.
                    Pray that the lost would be saved.

A Biblical Perspective on Divorce and Remarriage …. 9-10-17

 

A Biblical Perspective on Divorce and Remarriage       9-10-17
            MARRIAGE IS A SACRED UNION CREATED BY GOD
                    So they are no longer two, but one flesh.  What therefore
                         God has joined together, let no man separate.     Matthew 19:6
                   House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers,
                         but a prudent wife is from the LORD.      Proverbs 19:14
                   Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to                                                                                                                                              be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.   Hebrews 13:4
          GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING SEPARATION AND DIVORCE
                    “I hate divorce,” says the LORD, the God of Israel.     Malachi 2:16
                    A wife should not leave her husband, but if she does she must remain                                                                                                                                          unmarried, or reconcile with her husband.    I Corinthians 7:10-11a
                    A husband should not divorce his wife.     I Corinthians 7:11b
                    If the spouse is an unbeliever and chooses to leave, the Christian                                                                                                                                                     spouse is not required to remain with them.
                                   (
This is separation, not divorce)
                    There are circumstances that may justify separation, such as an                                                                                                                                                      abusive spouse, or criminal activity. However, these are not a                                                                                                                                                      biblical ground for divorce.  If the offending spouse pursues a                                                                                                                                                      divorce it may certainly be accepted.
          ARE THERE EXCEPTIONS?
                    Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce                                                                                                                                                     your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way.  And I                                                                                                                                             say to you whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and                                                                                                                                                 marries another woman commits adultery.  Matthew 19:8-9
                                 DIVORCE MAY BE PERMITTED IN THE CASE OF ADULTERY,                                                                                                                                                                                 BUT IT IS NOT REQUIRED!
                    The only Biblical exception to permit divorce is immorality, in particular                                                                                                                                                            sexual immorality – Sexual activity with one not your spouse,                                                                                                                                                                                          pornography, transgender activity.
God’s Word on Re-marriage
                 For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is                                                                                                                                                   living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning                                                                                                                                                     her husband.  So then, if while her husband is living she is joined to                                                                                                                                                 another man, she shall be called an adulteress.     Romans 7:2-3                                                                                                                                                I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and                                                                                                                                                       marries another woman commits adultery.      Matthew 19:9                                                                                                                                                                              See also: Luke 16:18; Matthew 5:32
  Is remarriage ever permitted?
              Remarriage is permitted in the following circumstances:
                     BY THE LETTER OF THE LAW                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When the former spouse has died    I Cor. 7:8-9, I Tim. 5:14, Rom. 7:2                                                                                                                                                        When the former spouse committed adultery    Matthew 19:9                                                                                                                                                               BY THE SPIRIT OF THE WORD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When the former unbelieving spouse has abandoned the marriage and refused reconciliation.                                                                                                                                  (There is no time limit to the pursuit of reconciliation)       I Cor. 7:15                                                                                                                        When the former spouse has remarried after an unbiblical divorce, then                                                                                                                                                         they have committed adultery; only then is the aggrieved free to remarry.     Matthew 19:9, Ro. 7:2-3                                                                                           Beyond these four reasons:
                          Any other remarriage is a single act of adultery.
                   Remarriage may be permitted, but is not required.   I Cor. 7:9, I Tim. 5:1
 An Alternative to Remarriage
             SINGLENESS HAS GREAT MERIT IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD
               I wish that all of you were as I am.(single)  But each of you has your own                                                                                                                                     gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. Now to the unmarried and                                                                                                                         the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do.    1 Cor. 7:7-8
              An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the                                                                                                                       Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can                                                                                                            please his wife— and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is                                                                                                                  concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body                                                                                                        and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how                                                                                                            she can please her husband. I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you,                                                                                                          but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.    1 Cor. 7:32-35
  Why are God’s rules on this so strict?
          Marriage is a creation of God to illustrate His covenant relationship with His                                                                                                                                           chosen people Israel, and to signify the depth of love and commitment                                                                                                                                           between Jesus Christ and the church (His bride).
Conclusions
          SEPARATION & DIVORCE: A marriage that ends in separation or divorce fails                                                                                                                                           to accomplish God’s purpose for the union, and is a sin before God.                                                                                                                                             (Though in rare cases there may be a fully innocent spouse.)                                                                                                                                                                 A CHRISTIAN SHOULD BE BLAMELESS WHEN A MARRIAGE ENDS.                                                                                                                                              However, the covenant of marriage is a covenant of love, not a contract                                                                                                                                  to enable abuse or to foster continued hostility and personal destruction.                                                                                                                     REMARRIAGE: Remarriage should be very rare. Christians should alway                                                                                                                                                         and pray for the salvation and maturation of their former spouse, and for the                                                                                                                                         reconciliation and restoration of their former marriage, until such a                                                                                                                                       result is impossible. (after the remarriage or death of the former spouse)

GOD & EVIL ….. 9-3-17

   

God & Evil                      9-3-17
          CAN A CHRISTIAN HAVE A BAD DAY?
                    What we know:
                              THERE IS A GOD
                                        He is GOOD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             He is JUST                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 He is SOVEREIGN
                              THERE IS EVIL
                                        NATURAL EVIL (Tragic Conditions)                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Storms, Diseases, Floods, etc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       MORAL EVIL (Sinful Behavior)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rape, Abuse, Murder, etc.
                   Why does evil exist if God is truly good?
                              THE BIG PICTURE
                                        God permitted the corruption of His creation FOR HIS GLORY
                                                  To be a platform to demonstrate His justice
                                                  To be a platform to demonstrate His grace
                                                  To be a platform to demonstrate His power
                              THE HUMAN CONDITION
                                        God permits evil to provide us an environment in which to grow
                                                  To grow as people who seek justice                                                                                                                                                                                                                     To grow as people who demonstrate grace                                                                                                                                                                                                         To grow as people who exercise faith                                                                                                                                                                                   What the Bible has to say
                              John 9  The man who was blind from birth
                                        Suffering is not always due to sin,                                                                                                                                                                                                                       But to demonstrate God’s power, (vs. 3, 32-33)                                                                                                                                                                                                 And to teach about God’s grace & justice (vs. 39)                                                                                                                                                                                   Luke 13:1-9  Two examples of death by evil circumstances
                                        Suffering is not necessarily an indicator of God’s judgement                                                                                                                                                                         It provides an opportunity to warn people to “Repent or Perish”  (vs. 3, 5                                                                                                                                         Luke 13:10-17  Woman ill from an evil spirit
                                        Provided a platform to demonstrate God’s grace and power, and to bring Him glory                                                                                                            Our response to Natural Evil
                              Show compassion to those who are suffering  (Isaiah 1:17; Colossians 3:12)
                              Exercise endurance and faith in the midst of suffering  (James 1:12)
                   Our suffering due to Moral Evil
                              IF it is because YOU are disobedient and not walking with God…
                                        REPENT                      (Acts 3:19)                                                                                                                                                                                                               IF it is the result of the sinful behavior of others…
                                        OUR RESPONSE TO THE OFFENDERS
                                                  Seek justice                                                         (Isaiah 1:17)                                                                                                                                                                               Exercise forgiveness and grace                        (Matthew 6:14-15)                                                                                                                                                                     Trust God to redeem the circumstances        (Romans 8:28)
                                        OUR RESPONSE TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES
                                                  Trust God                                                                   (Daniel 3)                                                                                                                                                                             Be thankful in all things                                          (I Thessalonians 5:18)                                                                                                                                                       Be thankful for all things                                        (Ephesians 5:20)                                                                                                                                                                 Consider it all joy when you encounter trials      (James 1:2)                                                                                                                                                                           Persevere and endure                                               (James 1:3-4)

                                       TRUST GOD
        In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid.                                                                                                                                                                                               What can man do to me?   Psalm 56:11

                    Trust in Him at all times, O people;                                                                                                                                                                                                               Pour out your heart before Him;
                     God is a refuge for us.   Psalm 62:8

THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS … 8-27-17

 

THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS                           8-27-17
                            Text: The Gospel of Mark 1:15
          THERE IS A REAL GOD
                    He is the Creator
                    He is Supreme
                    He is Sovereign
                    He is Holy
                    He is Love
          WE HAVE A REAL PROBLEM
                    WE ARE ALIENATED FROM GOD
                    WE ARE DEPRAVED SINNERS
                    WE NEED A REAL CHANGE
                    WE CANNOT CHANGE ON OUR OWN                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            &
                    GOD DOES NOT ACCEPT US AS WE ARE
          GOD MADE A REAL WAY TO RESTORE US
                                             JESUS is The Way
                    HE DEALS WITH OUR PAST – we are REDEEMED
                    HE DEALS WITH OUR PRESENT – we are RECONCILED
                    HE DEALS WITH OUR FUTURE – we are REWARDED
          We must REALLY REPENT & REALLY BELIEVE
                                   There must be …
                    A change of thinking and understanding
                    A keen awareness of our own sinfulness
                    An understanding of God’s holiness
                    A willingness to forsake our sinful practices
                    A heartfelt desire to change & to be holy
                    A conviction that the Word of God is true
          We are SAVED BY GRACE, THROUGH REAL FAITH
                    The changes that must occur happen by His initiative (His Grace)
                    Faith is our active response to His Grace

                   

GOD and His People … 8-20-17

 

        God and His People                         8-20-17
                              Text: Isaiah 43:7-10
                    He is…
                              The Creating God
                              The Calling God
                              The Confronting God
                              The Consummate God
                              The Compassionate God
                              The Conquering God
                    We are…
                              The people He created
                              The people He called
                              The people He saved
                              The people He delivered 

                              MADE FOR HIS GLORY 

                          GOD DESIRES TO BE KNOWN
       WE WHO KNOW HIM ARE TO MAKE HIM KNOWN
                               WE ARE HIS WITNESSES

Connecting in Community … 8-13-17

Connecting in Community                           8-13-17
                         Text: I John 1:1-4
            Basis of Community: Commonality
                        Same place
                        Same culture
|                      Same principles
                        SAME BELIEFS
            Beginnings of Community: Communication
                        Personal Encounter
                        Personal Testimony
                        Personal Proclamation
            Building of Community: Communion
                        Fellowship with the Father
                        Fellowship with the Son
                        Fellowship with one another
            Benefit of Community: Celebration
                        Joy Shared
                        Joy Multiplied
                        Joy Complete
                    ARE YOU CONNECTED?
                        With God
                        With Christ
                        With the Church
                        With One Another
                                    If not,
                                        you are missing out on God’s best!