Sunday, August 2, 2020
The Danger of False Teachers
2 Peter 2:1-3
The principal design of this letter was to “stir” Christian minds to a greater level of spirituality and to fortify them against the danger of false teachers who threatened their faith.
The false teachers were consumed with fleshly lusts and despised divine authority. They were rebels—sneaky, reckless, and bold in their opposition to truth.
1. Destroying with heresies. 2 Peter 2:1a
2. Denying the Lord. 2 Peter 2:1b
3. Degrading the faith. 2 Peter 2:2
4. Deceiving believers. 2 Peter 2:3
Sunday, July 26, 2020
How Do We Discern Truth?
2 Peter 1:16-21
The Bible makes some very distinctive truth claims. It claims, for instance, that God exists. It also claims that He has chosen to communicate with us through His creation, our moral conscience, and the Bible. Jesus claimed to be God in the flesh and that the only way for human beings to be saved is through Him (John 14:6).
The apostle Peter had two purposes in mind when he wrote his second letter.
- To expose the false teachers who had invaded the church.
- To encourage the believers to continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Peter’s primary solution to false teaching is the knowledge of truth.
How Do We Discern Truth?
- By confirmation of the Apostolic Witness.
For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. 2 Peter 1:16-18
- Peter, James, and John were eyewitnesses to the transfiguration of Jesus.
- They also heard the Heavenly Father’s approval of the Son.
- By confirmation of the Prophetic Word.
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:19-21
- The “prophetic word” refers not just to the Old Testament major and minor prophets but to the entire Old Testament.
- The prophetic word did not come from the will of man but was inspired by the Holy Spirit
Sunday, July 19, 2020
2 Peter 1:10-15
After Jesus rose from the grave, He had a special conversation with Peter about how he would die: “Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to gird yourself and walk wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will gird you, and bring you where you do not wish to go.” Now this He said, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God (John 21:18–19).
Peter knows that he will die for the Lord, and that his time was drawing near. Tradition holds that he was crucified around 64–65 A.D., in Rome by Nero, which means he would have written this letter about this time.
There is so much in this small letter that we all need to be reminded of in our relationship with Jesus Christ.
What are some of his reminders to us?
Godly living is the evidence of salvation. If we really believe what we say we believe, we will grow in moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, kindness, and love.
Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble… 2 Peter 1:10
If we continue to add these qualities to our faith, we will receive an enthusiastic welcome into heaven.
…for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:11
Peter knew his death was imminent, so he wanted to stir up our memories about the truth of our faith in Christ.
For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you, knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease. 2 Peter 1:12-15
Sunday, July 12, 2020
Correcting Spiritual Nearsightedness
2 Peter 1:1-11
Are you nearsighted? If so, your vision can be improved. But it is up to you to seek treatment.
Nearsightedness, called myopia, is when we only see things clearly when they are up close. Anything that is at a distance is blurred and hard to discern.
Physical myopia can be treated with surgery, lasers, or glasses. But there is another type of nearsightedness, which is spiritual myopia. The person with this problem can only see what is immediately in front of him — under his “spiritual nose.” This person can only see what is earthly, temporal, and physical. The good news is that it can be treated as well.
God lays out a treatment our spiritual nearsightedness in 2 Peter 1:1-11
First, His treatment involves our reliance on His power and His promises.
- HIS POWER. 2 Peter 1:3
- HIS PROMISES. 2 Peter 1:4
Secondly, His treatment involves His prescription.
- HIS PRESCRIPTION. 2 Peter 1:5-7
Thirdly, His treatment involves our personal cooperation with Him.
- OUR PERSONAL COOPERATION WITH HIM. 2 Peter 1:8-11
Sunday, July 5, 2020
Our Dual Citizenship
Patriotism, in the sense of love of one’s country, can be perfectly compatible with Bible-believing Christianity. But every Christian needs to remember that although we are citizens of the United States we are also citizens of a heavenly kingdom (Philippians 3:20) and that we look for the city which has foundations whose architect and maker is God (Hebrews 11:10). Ultimately, this world is not our home (we are sojourners, exiles).
Let us look at several benefits and responsibilities of our dual citizenship through the life of the apostle Paul.
Paul’s citizenship in Rome. (Acts 16:37-40; Acts 22:22-29; Romans 13:1-7).
Paul was a Roman citizen by birth. As a Roman citizen Paul had benefits and responsibilities.
Most of us have acquired our American citizenship by birth also. We too have benefits and responsibilities.
Paul’s citizenship in Heaven. (Acts 9:3-6; Philippians 3:20-21).
Paul became a citizen of heaven when he met Jesus on the road to Damascus (born again). As a citizen of Heaven Paul had benefits and responsibilities.
We too become citizens of heaven when we place our trust and faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior. We also have benefits and responsibilities as citizens of Heaven.
While we are deeply grateful and committed to our nation, our ultimate allegiance is to God. We pledge allegiance to Jesus Christ first than to our nation.
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Running the Race (Growing Spiritually)
The apostle Paul often used athletic analogies to illustrate the Christian life. Several times when Paul talked about making spiritual progress, he used the analogies of foot-racing, boxing, and wrestling (1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Ephesians 6:12). In our context today Paul uses the analogy of running to illustrate the need for growing spiritually
1. Our reason for running.
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended… Philippians 3:12-13a
2. Our focus in running.
…but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead… Philippians 3:13b
3. Our motivation for running.
…I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
4. Our attitude in running.
Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind. Philippians 3:15-16
“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:6-7
Sunday, June 21, 2020
How The Father Loves Us
One of the best feelings in the world, without question, is LOVE.
We use the word “love” in many different contexts- the love for our spouse, children, parents, best friend, grandparent, sibling, job, automobile, food, etc.
The Ancient Greeks had eight words that corresponded to different types of love:
Eros (romantic, passionate love)
Eros is passion, lust and pleasure.
Philia (affectionate love)
The second type of love is Philia, relational or friendship. Philadelphia (city of brotherly love)
Agape (selfless love)
Agape is a sacrificial love that voluntarily suffers inconvenience, discomfort, and even death for the benefit of another without expecting anything in return.
Storge (familiar love)
Storge is a natural form of affection experienced between family members.
Mania (obsessive love)
When love turns to obsession,
Ludus (playful love)
The Ancient Greeks thought of ludus as a playful form of love.
Pragma (enduring love)
Pragma is a love built on commitment, understanding and long-term best interests.
Philautia (self love) phil-la-shia
The Greeks understood that in order to care for others, we must first learn to care for ourselves.
Two of these Greek words are used in the New Testament of the Bible to describe God’s love for us.
How does our Heavenly Father love us?
Philia is friendship and relational love. “To the Ancients, Friendship seemed the happiest and most fully human of all loves.” Friends care about one another and develop deep relationships.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
We love Him because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13
Agape is a sacrificial love that voluntarily suffers inconvenience, discomfort, and even death for the benefit of another without expecting anything in return.
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 1 John 3:16
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Watching, Waiting, and Working
The prominent idea in this parable is that of preparedness for Christ’s coming. Those of us who are members of the household of faith, bondservants of the Master, stewards of the mysteries of grace, must be found waiting, watching, and working for our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.
1. Waiting for Lord and Master.
Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. Luke 12:35-36
2. Watching for our Lord and Master.
Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would a]”>[a]have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Luke 12:37-40
3. Working for our Lord and Master.
– The faithful servant.
Then Peter said to Him, “Lord, do You speak this parable only to us, or to all people?” And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has. Luke 12:41-44
– The evil servants.
But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more. Luke 12:45-48
Sunday, June 7, 2020
When It Seems Like Evil Is Winning
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
God is not the author of evil, Satan is. He is a liar, murderer, thief, destroyer, and deceiver. He is always working behind the scenes instigating evil among humanity.
So, when it seems like evil is winning, what should we do and not do?
What we should not do.
These attitudes only lead to sin.
What we should do.
Trust in the Lord
Dwell in the land
Enjoy His faithfulness
Delight ourselves in the Lord
Commit our way to the Lord
Be still before the Lord
Wait on the Lord & Pray
What the Lord will do for us.
Make our righteousness shine
Cut off evil men
Inherit the land
Enjoy great peace
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Invitations From Jesus
Usually this time of year we have received several invitations to graduation parties. However, because of the coronavirus this year we have only received two so far. We anticipate receiving a few more as the pandemic dissipates. Jesus gave several personal invitations to individuals in the NT and also extended them to us today. Will we RSVP?
1. The invitation to come and see.
He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour). John 1:39
2. The invitation to follow Him.
Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men. Mark 1:17
3. The invitation to come to Him for rest for our souls.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
4. His final invitation to everyone.
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:16-17
Sunday, May 24, 2020
The Christian Flag & The American Flag
The symbolism of the colors of the flags
The Christian Flag
- White – Purity, Peace
- Blue – Truth, Loyalty
- Red – The Blood of Jesus
- Gold – The King of Kings
The American Flag
- Red – Hardiness, Valor
- White – Purity, Innocence
- Blue – Vigilance, Perseverance, Justice
Our first allegiance is to the Christian Flag. “I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the Savior for whose Kingdom it stands; one Savior, crucified, buried, risen, and coming again with life and liberty to all who believe.”
Matthew 6:33; Philippians 3:17-21
Our second allegiance is to the American Flag. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-17
Whenever a conflict of interests arises between our allegiance to the Christian flag and our allegiance to the American flag, what do we do?
- We pray for our civil leaders. 1 Timothy 2:1-3; Titus 3:1-2
- We write to our state representative, John Persell.
- We do our best to follow their mandates.
- We only disobey their laws if they cause us to break God’s laws. Acts 5:29
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Be Joyful and Give Thanks
What are you feeling today? Fear, Anxiety, Frustration, Anger, Sadness, Uncertainty.
“Feelings come and feelings go, feelings are deceiving. Trust I must the Word of God, none else is worth believing.”
The Psalmist gives us seven commands to do today so no matter what we are feeling, if we obey them God will change our feelings.
1. Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands. Psalm 100:1
2. Serve or Worship the Lord with gladness. Psalm 100:2a
3. Come before His presence with singing. Psalm 100:2b
4. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Psalm 100:3
5. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Psalm 100:4a
6. Be Thankful to Him. Psalm 100:4b
7. Bless His name. Psalm 100:4c
“For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” Psalm 100:5
“In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Teach Our Children
In our public schools we have two classifications of teachers, primary and secondary. In the Bible we have we also have two classifications of teachers, parents, and the church. Parents are the primary teachers and the church is the secondary teacher.
1. Parents are commanded to teach their children.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9
2. Churches are teaching centers for children.
And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:40-42
Biblical Illustration – Timothy
Timothy’s primary teachers were his Grandmother, Lois, and his mother, Eunice.
When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. 2 Timothy 1:5
But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:14-17
The apostle Paul was Timothy’s secondary teacher.
Then he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek. He was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted to have him go on with him. And he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in that region, for they all knew that his father was Greek. Acts 16:1-3
1 & 2 Timothy
Sunday, May 3, 2020
Suffering From Pain
From the time we are born until the time we die we will suffer some type of pain. It might be physical, emotional., mental, or spiritual. Pain comes to us in several different ways.
1. When we inflict ourselves with pain. The law of sowing and reaping.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. Galatians 6:7-8
2. When others inflict pain on us.
Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works. 2 Timothy 4:14
3. When aging inflicts pain on us.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
4. When disease inflicts pain on us.
For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead… 2 Corinthians 1:8-9
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4
Sunday, April 26, 2020
When Bad Things Happen To Good People
The first verse in chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes says, “to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”
We find ourselves in the season of the coronavirus and bad things are happening all around the world. I know that believers and unbelievers are trying to figure out why this is happening.
Do things just randomly happen to us or does God have a purpose in allowing this pandemic to take place?
Several years ago, I read a book titled, “When Bad Things Happen to Good People.” By Harold Kushner. It had been on New York’s best- selling list for years. He tried to answer the question, “How can a good God allow so much evil and suffering in the world?”
Let us examine Kushner’s false conclusions
- God is not omnipotent (All-Powerful)
Psalm 147:4-5; Romans 1:16; Philippians 3:10
- God does not mettle in His creation and in our lives.
Psalm 135:6-7; Philippians 1:6; Galatians 2:20
- Since God cannot stop evil, His only purpose is to comfort us.
Before we answer the question – do things just randomly happen to us or does God have a purpose in allowing this pandemic to take place?
Let us look at the reasons for evil in the world.
- The whole world is under the sin-curse after Adam and Eve fell into sin in Genesis 3. Roman 5:12
- The whole world is under the control of the evil one. 1 John 5:19
What are God’s purposes in allowing the Coronavirus?
- To wake us up spiritually.
- To humble us. We do not have all the answers.
- To show us what is important.
- To remind us this world is not our home.
- To motivate us to share the Gospel.
Sunday – April 19, 2020
How Do We Fellowship?
1 Thessalonians 2:7-8
Care – Get to know the person on a deeper level as a mother knows her children.
- Be assertive and approach others, ask questions to get to know them. (Don’t compare yourself to others.) DON’T BELIEVE THE LIES OF THE ENEMY!
Share – Open up your life and home, invite people in.
- Use the resources that God has given to share your life with others – home, money, vehicles, JOB
Disciple – Share the Word with someone and then study it with them – small groups, one to one discipleship, and prayer meetings.
- Ask the Lord to bring someone to you.
Resurrection Sunday – April 12, 2020
Seeing and Believing
I don’t know if you are a believer in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It just might be that you are a skeptic or a doubter. You may be doubting the resurrection like Jesus’ disciples did at first.
Luke 24:9-11 ~ Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them.
Thomas was one of the twelve disciples that Jesus had chosen to be with Him for three years. He’s only mentioned eight times in the Scriptures. Unfortunately, he became known as Doubting Thomas.
John’s Gospel reveals how that happened
Thomas doubts the resurrection of Jesus
- Thomas had missed out on seeing Jesus with the other disciples
- Thomas didn’t believe what the other disciples told him
- Thomas said unless I see and touch His wounds, I will not believe
Thomas has an up-close personal encounter with Jesus
- Jesus shows up and says to Thomas look and touch.
- Jesus says do not be unbelieving but believing
- Thomas confesses to Jesus, “My Lord and my God”.
Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Good Friday Service – April 10, 2020
It’s Friday But Sunday’s Coming
Contains video clips from The Passion and Risen – May be too graphic for younger viewers.
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Call To Worship
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
A Beast of Burden Carrying Our Burden Carrier
Definition of a beast of burden: An animal such as a donkey, mule, elephant, camel, and ox that is used for carrying heavy loads or to perform other heavy work.
Characteristics of a donkey or burro: They are extremely cautious which sometimes makes them seem stubborn. They tend to be calm and not easily startled. They’re highly intelligent and have a great memory. They’re also very strong for their size.
For thousands of years donkeys have been the ‘helping hooves’ of humankind – they are the original beasts of burden.
Donkeys hold the distinction in the Bible as being one of the earliest and most frequently mentioned animals in the text. We find most of the Old Testament’s great historical events include donkeys in the backdrop plodding along.
There are only two animals in the Bible who talked to humans – the serpent to Eve and the donkey to Balaam.
Why did Jesus come riding on a beast of burden, a donkey, into Jerusalem?
- To fulfill Messianic prophecy. Matthew 21:1-11
- To reveal to us that He is a humble King. There’s no King like our King. Philippians 2:5-11
- To reveal to us that he came to carry our burden of sin to the cross. Isaiah 53:1-12
- To establish peace for us with our heavenly Father. Colossians 1:19-20 Romans 5:1
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Call to Worship – My Feet Are On The Rock
Scripture – Psalm 40:2
He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon the rock making my steps secure.
Worship Set Video
I Just Wanna Be A Sheep
Psalm 23 ~ John 10:1-18
The idea of shepherding is a theme found throughout the Bible, from beginning to end. The patriarchs were all shepherds, as was Moses and of course David. David composed the most read and memorized passage in the Old Testament in Psalm 23. David knew from his experience what it was like to be a sheep and a shepherd.
What was David’s life as a shepherd?
- David’s responsibility with his family. 1 Samuel 16:1-13
- David’s experience shepherding. 1 Samuel 17:33-37
What was David’s life as a sheep and a shepherd?
- David’s life as a sheep. Psalm 23
- David’s life as a sheep and shepherd. Psalm 78:70-72
Jesus as the Good Shepherd. John 10:1-18
Jesus as the Lamb of God. John 1:29: 1 Peter 1:18-19; Isaiah 53:7