June 2018


April 29th, 2018          2 questions

Did you know that it is OK to ask Jesus who He is?  He is big enough to hear your questions and answer them.

But sometimes we are afraid….just like the disciple.

John 21:12 – 17 “Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said. None of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish. This was the third time Jesus had appeared to his disciples since he had been raised from the dead.  After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”  “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”  “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.  Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”  “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.  A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”  Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”  Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.” 

Mark 8:27 – 30 “Jesus and his disciples left Galilee and went up to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. As they were walking along, he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”  “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other prophets.”  Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”  Peter replied, “You are the Messiah.”  But Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.” 

To todays text….

 Luke 22:66 – 71  66 At daybreak all the elders of the people assembled, including the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. Jesus was led before this high council, 67 and they said, “Tell us, are you the Messiah?”   But he replied, “If I tell you, you won’t believe me. 68 And if I ask you a question, you won’t answer. 69 But ft now on the Son of Man will be seated in the place of power at God’s right hand.”   70 They all shouted, “So, are you claiming to be the Son of God?”  And he replied, “You say that I am.”  71 “Why do we need other witnesses?” they said. “We ourselves heard him say it.”r

 The Holy Spirit inside you leads you to wonder “Who Is Jesus?”

Even unbelievers are led to ask, even if the disciples are afraid (John 21)

Are you the Messiah?  (Christ)

The Anointed One

The Savior or Liberator

The Promised Deliverer

The ONE WAY to the Father

Are you the Savior, Redeemer, Restorer we have BEEN

WAITING ON?

Are you the Son of God?

** Jesus called Himself the Son of Man – the Religious Elite said “Son of God”***

God come to us?

God born of man

Facing life as we face life

Facing trouble as we face trouble

Facing temptation as we face temptation

Living among us

Yet remaining fully God

Yet remaining fully sinless

Are You MORE THAN A MERE MAN?

We have been HURT and DISAPPOINTED by mere men MANY TIMES.

We WANT…we NEED more – WE NEED GOD!

 

Jesus knew there was no need to debate who He really is

You either believe or you do not

He knew that even the Temple Elite were not believers

They may have head knowledge

They may have heard the Spirits call

They HAD rejected Jesus

Maybe because of their ingrained traditions

Maybe because of fear

Maybe to keep their power

 

Either way – God IS God

Without your permission being required

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Mary    Luke 1:26 – 38 and others

Mary was the earthly mother of Jesus Christ

She was a normal woman God used for His extraordinary purposes

Mary submitted to God’s call and bore our savior as a baby and raised Him to maturity.

  • Mary saw her Son accomplish great things
  • Mary saw her Son’s heart for humanity
  • Mary heard her Son teach the Word of God
  • Mary saw the boundless love her Son had for her and others

Mary also saw the hatred in the eyes and hearts of the Temple Elites and government officials

  • Mary saw and heard their plots and plans against her Boy
  • Mary saw her Son falsely accused and arrested
  • Mary witnessed the fake/political trials of her Son
  • Mary witnessed her Son being ridiculed and spit upon
  • Mary heard the lies and vile language spewing from the mouths of her neighbors and leaders
  • Mary witnessed the beatings her Son endured
  • Mary was present as the remains of His beaten flesh were hoisted naked upon a roman cross for all to see
  • Mary watched her Son die for the failures of all those gathered around and more
  • Mary buried her Son

But this is not all the story

Mary heard the love her Son had for her as he hung on the cross and provided for her future

Mary heard His cry, “It Is Finished”

Mary found His tomb EMPTY on Sunday, just as He had promised

Mary knew Her Son was God and would always, ALWAYS Live!

As a mother, Mary knew love and pain, triumph and tragedy, confusion and confidence through the life of her Son, Jesus.

As a believer, Mary found salvation, faith, hope and love through the Savior, the Messiah, the Son God gave to us through her.

Many mothers understand the sacrifice of parenthood.

Many mothers understand that there will be days of great pride and days of great pain.

Mothers submit to these, and an unknown future joyfully!

Motherhood is anticipated with expectant joy.

Why?

Love.  A great love that leads Mommy’s to bear the pain of childbirth to experience a lifetime of Love.

Luke 1:26 – 36  “In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.  Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”   Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.  “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”  The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month.   For the word of God will never fail.”  Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.” 

 

Deuteronomy 6:4 – “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.  And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.  And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.  Repeat them again and again to your children.  [MINDS AND HEARTS] Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

 

 Tomorrow we will be celebrating the great blessing God pours into our lives! We will celebrate the great blessing of our new life in Christ with a baptism service, the great joy of new life as His creation with our Baby Dedication Service and the great blessing of carrying and caring for His Creation in Motherhood as we honor all the mothers present! We will indeed have a great day tomorrow at First Baptist! Join us for Sunday School at 10 am and Church at 11 am tomorrow morning.

The Deacon       1Timothy 3:8-13

 If the work of God is going to get done there must be willing workers. Each and every Christian has that responsibility. Titus 3:8, 1 Peter 4:10, Galatians 5:13

God has given a special group of servants to the church.

These special servants are known as “deacons”.

In the early church these men were “servants” who assisted the elders or overseers (bishops) of the church.  These were men who knew how to serve and how to serve well.

In the 20th century we need men who follow in the footsteps of the original deacons.

THE WORK OF THE DEACON – Acts 6:1-7

Acts 6:1-7 “But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. Those who spoke Greek complained against those who spoke Hebrew, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers.  “We apostles should spend our time preaching and teaching the word of God, not administering a food program,” they said. 3 “Now look around among yourselves, brothers, and select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom. We will put them in charge of this business. 4 Then we can spend our time in prayer and preaching and teaching the word.”  5 This idea pleased the whole group, and they chose the following: Stephen (a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit), Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas of Antioch (a Gentile convert to the Jewish faith, who had now become a Christian). 6 These seven were presented to the apostles, who prayed for them as they laid their hands on them.   7 God’s message was preached in ever-widening circles. The number of believers greatly increased in Jerusalem, and many of the Jewish priests were converted, too.”   NLT

Verse 1 – The deacons were appointed when the work required them                                                                                                    

 Verse 2 – The deacons were appointed when the word of God could have been neglected.                                                                              

Vs. 3 – The deacons were appointed when Godly men were available.             

Vs. 4 – The deacons were appointed when leaders had their priorities straight.                                                                              

 Vss. 5-7 – The deacons were appointed and the church grew.

 THE WAY OF THE DEACON – Vss. 8-12

1 Timothy 3:8-13 “In the same way, deacons must be people who are respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers and must not be greedy for money.  They must be committed to the revealed truths of the Christian faith and must live with a clear conscience. Before they are appointed as deacons, they should be given other responsibilities in the church as a test of their character and ability. If they do well, then they may serve as deacons.  In the same way, their wives must be respected and must not speak evil of others. They must exercise self-control and be faithful in everything they do.  A deacon must be faithful to his wife, and he must manage his children and household well.  Those who do well as deacons will be rewarded with respect from others and will have increased confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.”   NLT

The deacon is to be:                                                                            

  1. A man of good behavior – Verse 8, 10b
  2. 2.     A man of pure conscience – Verse 9                                         
  3. 3.     A man who has been proved – Verse 10a                                       
  4. 4.     A man who has a Godly wife – Verse 11                                        
  5. 5.     A man who has his household in order – Verse 12

Perfection is not required, but consistency is….a life known for Godly submission and character.

 THE WAGES OF THE DEACON – Verse 13

The one who is a good deacon earns a good degree or “rank”.

He is promoted in the eyes of God and Man and might go on to bigger and better things for God (Consider Stephen in Acts 6-7).

But even if he does not, his testimony for and his ultimate reward from the Master will be worth it.

These are notes and part of my prep…actual message was quite different

May 27th                      Why People Fail

  1. People fail because they trust in numbers, even when wrong
  2. People fail because they try to use their numbers to influence their judicial and governmental functions
  3. People fail because the think in groups, not individuals.
    1. Mob mentality
    2. Emotion driven, not truth or fact driven
  4. People fail because they will ignore truth to stay part of the group (mob)
  5. People fail because we are too easily fooled, tricked, lied to, tricked, bought, influenced or pressured into the group think, regardless of the information provided.
  6. People fail because they will call for the death of the innocent, while promoting freedom for the guilty.
    1. Christians bad, Abortion good
    2. MS-13 good, Conservative Christians bad
    3. Kill Jesus, release Barrabas
  7. There is a reason the United States of America IS NOT A DEMOCRACY!
    1. We are a Constitutional Republic of States with a representative form of government.
    2. Our founders knew that people are far too foolish and deceivable to be trusted with a democracy.
    3. Our elected representatives have messed things up enough, without the other 360 Million getting involved

Why God Rules

  1. God is Creator
  2. God is Sovereign
  3. God is Right
    1. Jesus was ruled innocent by the courts
    2. Jesus had no need to answer questions
    3. He only answered to agree with them when they called Him King of the Jews
  4. God does not bow to man
  5. God had a plan through all of this mess
  6. Heaven is NOT a democracy, it is a THEOCRACY – God Rules
    1. His Will, not ours
      1. Look at how bad 1/3 of the angels who tried to run thing messed up
      2. Can you imagine the CHAOS if PEOPLE were in charge of the universe?
    2. Trust God and His Plan
    3. Don’t try to reason everything out
    4. BELIEVE

Luke 23:1-25 “Then the entire council took Jesus over to Pilate, the Roman governor.  They began at once to state their case: “This man has been leading our people to ruin by telling them not to pay their taxes to the Roman government and by claiming he is the Messiah, a king.”   So Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “Yes, it is as you say.”  Pilate turned to the leading priests and to the crowd and said, “I find nothing wrong with this man!”  Then they became desperate. “But he is causing riots everywhere he goes, all over Judea, from Galilee to Jerusalem!”  “Oh, is he a Galilean?” Pilate asked.  When they answered that he was, Pilate sent him to Herod Antipas, because Galilee was under Herod’s jurisdiction, and Herod happened to be in Jerusalem at the time. Herod was delighted at the opportunity to see Jesus, because he had heard about him and had been hoping for a long time to see him perform a miracle.  He asked Jesus question after question, but Jesus refused to answer.  Meanwhile, the leading priests and the teachers of religious law stood there shouting their accusations.  Now Herod and his soldiers began mocking and ridiculing Jesus. Then they put a royal robe on him and sent him back to Pilate.  Herod and Pilate, who had been enemies before, became friends that day.  Then Pilate called together the leading priests and other religious leaders, along with the people, and he announced his verdict. “You brought this man to me, accusing him of leading a revolt. I have examined him thoroughly on this point in your presence and find him innocent.  Herod came to the same conclusion and sent him back to us. Nothing this man has done calls for the death penalty.  So I will have him flogged, but then I will release him.”    Then a mighty roar rose from the crowd, and with one voice they shouted, “Kill him, and release Barabbas to us!” (Barabbas was in prison for murder and for taking part in an insurrection in Jerusalem against the government.)  Pilate argued with them, because he wanted to release Jesus.  But they shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”  For the third time he demanded, “Why? What crime has he committed? I have found no reason to sentence him to death. I will therefore flog him and let him go.”  But the crowd shouted louder and louder for Jesus’ death, and their voices prevailed.  So Pilate sentenced Jesus to die as they demanded.  As they had requested, he released Barabbas, the man in prison for insurrection and murder. But he delivered Jesus over to them to do as they wished.”    NLT

June 3, 2018                Remember

We live in a world that WANTS to separate us from God and our faith in Him.  Rarely are we more vulnerable than when we make major life changes.  Changes like graduating and moving to a bigger school, more people, more ideas, more opportunities to expand our minds and more opportunities to sin and mess our lives up.

We need to remember

Ecclesiastes 12:1 – 8  “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain,  in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, …….., and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.  Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity.”  

 Remember God before the wiles and weirdness of the world poison your mind and heart.

Life happens.  Bad stuff will happen.  People can be AWFUL!  Always remember God in those dark times.

Live in His Light, allow Him to drive away the darkness that will try to pull you into its dark, evil grasp.

Remember God before when you feel like the Joy of life is being sucked out of you and you are feeling empty, alone and lose the beauty of the life God has given you.

 Remember God and commit your life to Him through faith.  They key to eternity lies in God.  Scripture teaches us that we are saved by GRACE alone, through FAITH alone, in CHRIST alone and that we can ONLY  reach the Father through His Son Jesus Christ.

That is how our spirit returns to God who gave it.

Isaiah 46: 8 – 11  “Do not forget this! Keep it in mind!  Remember this, you guilty ones.   Remember the things I have done in the past.  For I alone am God!  I am God, and there is none like me.   Only I can tell you the future before it even happens.  Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.   I will call a swift bird of prey from the east— a leader from a distant land to come and do my bidding.  I have said what I would do, and I will do it.

 Remember you need a Savior!          You are GUILTY

Remember everything God has done

Remember that God is SOVERIGN God.  He IS IN control

Remember He will do exactly what He has said

Hebrews 13:7-9 Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.   Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them.” 

 Remember those who have taught you the word

Remember their lives and how they lived their lives for God

Seek to be like them!

Do not be drawn away by strange, new ideas.

Stay the course of FAITH

 Deuteronomy 8:18 Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.”

Remember the Lord!

God is the one that measures the success of a person.

God is the one who gifts, empowers and uses a person and makes them successful!

Remember…..