Philippians 4:8-9

My teaching notes for Wednesday night, Dec. 1st. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the teaching. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook at Tabernacle Facebook Page. We also provide the services through YouTube later on Wednesday evening at TAB YouTube. You can also find our Worship Guides, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer Lists and other resources at our Church Website.

Philippians 4:8-9

[8] Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. [9] What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (ESV)

First things first:

  • What we think is what we become
  • Our thoughts shape our behavior…how we behave indicates how we think (and who we are)

GOD IS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT OUR MIND

A mind set upon the world (Values, decisions, and desires apart from the Holiness and truth of God) and self (flesh) is what leads to worry, anxiety, emptiness and lack of peace.

Ephesians 4:20-24 – But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

2 Cor. 10:5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ

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

Our Mind – THINK ON THESE THINGS – v. 8

Whatever things are TRUE – real & genuine.

Whatever things are HONORABLE – worthy & respected

What ever things are JUST – right.

  • Doing right between God and man.

What ever things are PURE – morally clean & spotless

What ever things are LOVELY – pleasing, gracious.

  • Pleasing…lifting others up and not tearing down.

What ever things are of COMMENDABLE– reputable

If there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Our Life – Practice these things – v. 9

What you have LEARNED

What you have RECEIVED

What you have HEARD

What you have SEEN

Practice these things

  • LIVE IT OUT

AND THE PEACE OF GOD WILL BE WITH YOU!

Corinthians 3:1-9 – “Living in the Flesh”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Nov.28th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook at Tabernacle Facebook Page. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon at TAB YouTube.  You can also find our Worship Guides, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List and other resources at our Church Website.

1 Corinthians 3:1-9

INTRO:

  • But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh (carnal)
  • He has been part of their spiritual life form the beginning.  He is somewhat frustrated over the fact that they cannot get things together as a church.
  • He addresses them as “Carnal Christians.” Believers that are living in the flesh.
  • This passage is addressing a true Christian.  Brothers.
  • The saved that has started of well, but have lost their steam along the way.  There has been a desire to live for Christ, but we have lost our direction.
  • It should make us wonder about the people that say they believe the facts of the Gospel but have never truly trusted Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Someone that has never had a desire to truly live for the Lord.  MADE A DECISION but had no desire to be a follower of Christ. (A disciple)

THE REPRIMAND – v. 1

Brothers

  • They are believers.  True Believers.

Just because we are saved/believers, that does not necessarily mean that life is “easy”

  • We live in a fallen world
  • We endure setbacks and disappointments
  • We face temptation

Not as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh

  • Not growing in the likeness of Christ
  • Lack of maturity
  • Carnal (KJV)… living in the flesh
  • What is our worship and walk?
    • Do we love Him?
    • Do we have a desire to live a holy life?

Flesh

  • 1:18-2:16 the issue was yielding to the world’s wisdom.  Here it is yielding to the flesh
  • Yielding to our humanness
  • Following after the desires of the self

We live a life of Spiritual warfare… a life of war between the Spirit and our flesh

  • We know that ultimately our enemy is the devil, but it is our flesh that the devil temps us with.
  • Galatians 5:16–24
  • We need a life of less me (flesh) and more Jesus.

Infants in Christ

  • Immature in our faith
  • “Just grow up… you are so immature”

THE REASON – vv. 2-3a

Milk and Solid Food – They responded to the Gospel (evangelism) but have not grown in the Gospel (discipleship)

  • Evangelism and discipleship are different sides of the same.
  • Jesus is Savior and Lord
  • You cannot separate them

Even now you are not ready…still of the flesh

  • The penalty has been paid FOR OUR SIN.  Yet we still have the capacity TO SIN
  • We are IN CHRIST – OUR POSITION
  • We are living for self – OUR PRACTICE

THE REASON they are of the flesh/carnal … Lack of Spiritual Maturity

  • Growing and Changing Daily
  • Worship – Word – Walk
  • Putting on and Putting off – Eph 4:17-32

THE REPERCUSSIONS – vv. 3b-9

A life of jealousy and strife

  • The church was full of division
  • People were self-focused rather than God focused.

Are you not of the flesh and behaving in human way?

  • No growth = No fruit

The ultimate results of this BEHAVIOR

  1. Loss of fellowship with Christ
  2. Resistance to the Holy Spirit
  3. Sinful decisions
  4. Lack of joy
  5. Divine Discipline

CONCLUSION

Questions to Consider

  • Do I consider myself Spiritual or of the Flesh?
  • Am I growing daily in my relationship with Christ?
  • Do I find joy and purpose in who I AM IN CHRIST?
  • Do I look more like the world around me…or like Christ?
  • Are you tired of living this way and are you willing to live different?

1 Peter 2:1-2 – [1] So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. [2] Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—[3] if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. (ESV)


SCRIPTURE

1 Corinthians 3:1–9 – [1] But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. [2] I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, [3] for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? [4] For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?

[5] What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. [6] I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. [7] So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. [8] He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. [9] For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. (ESV)

Galatians 5:16–24 – [16] But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. [17] For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. [18] But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. [19] Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, [20] idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, [21] envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. [22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, [23] gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. [24] And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (ESV)

Ephesians 4:17–32 – [17] Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. [18] They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. [19] They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. [20] But that is not the way you learned Christ!—[21] assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, [22] to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, [23] and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, [24] and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

[25] Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. [26] Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, [27] and give no opportunity to the devil. [28] Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. [29] Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. [30] And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. [31] Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. [32] Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (ESV)

Reasons we have to be thankful this Thanksgiving Season – Family Devotional Guide – 11/21/21

On this Thanksgiving week, spend time working through this list by Susan Verstraete of reasons we have to be thankful and pick certain points to discuss each day: (https://bc4women.org/31-reasons-why-believers-should-give/)

1. Because God is good (1 Chron. 16:34).

2. Because it is a correct response to God’s righteousness (Ps. 7:17).

3. Because the Lord helps us (Ps. 28:7).

4. Because thanksgiving glorifies God (Ps. 50:23).

5. Because His name is good (Ps. 54:6).

6. Because thanksgiving magnifies God (Ps. 69:30).

7. Because God is near to us (Ps. 75:10.

8. Because God will ultimately deliver His people from their enemies (Ps. 79:13).

9. Because it is a good thing to do (Ps. 92:1).

10. Because God is faithful to all generations (Ps. 100:5).

11. Because God’s steadfast love endures forever (Ps. 107:1).

12. Because of God’s wondrous works (Ps. 107:8).

13. Because God is our salvation (Ps. 118:21).

14. Because He is our God (Ps. 118:28).

15. Because God has exalted His own name and His word (Ps. 138:2).

16. Because thanksgiving is a characteristic of righteous people (Ps. 140:13).

17. Because we are His workmanship and the recipients of His mercy (Psalm 145:9-10).

18. Because His anger has been turned away from us (Isaiah 12:1).

19. Because of Jesus’ example of giving thanks (Luke 22:19).

20. Because others have heard an account of faithful believers (Rom. 1:8).

21. Because we are no longer slaves to sin (Rom. 6:17).

22. Because we see God’s grace working in other believers (1 Cor. 1:4).

23. Because we are given victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:57).

24. Because of answered prayer (2 Cor. 1:11).

25. Because God works through believers to spread knowledge of Himself (2 Cor. 2:14).

26. Because we are commanded to give thanks always and for everything (Eph. 5:20).

27. Because it is God’s will that we give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thes. 5:18).

28. Because we see God’s love demonstrated by other believers (2 Thes. 1:3).

29. Because God entrusts us with the task of serving Him (1 Tim. 1:12).

30. Because we remember believing friends (Philemon 1:4).

31. Because we have received a kingdom that cannot be shaken (Heb. 12:28).

Download the Family Devotional Guide for November 21, 2021.

www.tbcmacon.com/post/family-devotional-guide-11-21-21

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Nov.21st.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook at Tabernacle Facebook Page. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon at TAB YouTube.  You can also find our Worship Guides, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List and other resources at our Church Website.


1 Corinthians 2:6–16 - [6] Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. [7] But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. [8] None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. [9] But, as it is written,

	“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
		nor the heart of man imagined,
	what God has prepared for those who love him”—
	
	[10] these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. [11] For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. [12] Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. [13] And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

[14] The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. [15] The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. [16] “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (ESV)

INTRO

  • God’s Wisdom
    • God’s eternal plan of redemption
    • The eternal truths of God
  • World’s Wisdom
    • Philosophies, morals, and thoughts without the truth of God
  • Learning to trust in the Wisdom of God and not the wisdom of man.
  • God’s Wisdom = Having the mind of Christ

The spiritual man is open to the truths of of God

  • Mature – v. 6
    • converted
  • In Christ
  • Wisdom – The Gospel
  • The Gospel is more than just “getting saved”… it is the MESSAGE OF LIFE CHANGE
  • Decreed before the ages – v. 7
  • What God has prepared – v. 9
  • The life, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and return of Jesus Christ.

The natural man is opposed to the truths of God

  • It is a secret and is hidden from them – v. 7
  • No eye, no ear, nor heart can… – v. 9
  • Man cannot comprehend the thoughts of God – v. 11
  • The things of God are folly to him – v. 14
  • Man cannot understand – v. 14
  • Natural man does not just stumble upon God!

The Gospel is God’s eternal truth for redemption

  • Decreed before the ages – v. 7
  • What God has prepared – v. 9
  • In and through Christ

The Holy Spirit illuminates God’s truth

  • Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God – v. 10
  • The Spirit reveals the Gospel – v. 10
  • The Spirit reveals the thoughts of God – v. 10-11
    • MAKES KNOWN
    • Minds and hearts
    • Word and Spirit
  • Believers receive the Spirit at conversion – v. 12
    • Romans 8:11
    • 1 Cor 6:19-20
  • Believers CAN understand the things freely given by God – v. 12

The Coming of the Spirit:

John 14:16-18

  • Another… one like Jesus
  • Helper – to come alongside.
  • Spirit of truth
  • Dwells with and be with you
    • Filled when we are saved

Acts 1:8

  • The promise of the Power – the received power
    • Romans 1:16

Acts 2:1-4

  • Spirit fell on the believers

The spiritual person is a discerner of truth

  • Judges all things – v. 15
  • Have the mind of Christ – v. 16
    • The means for our maturity
    • Remember… the Spirit within us!
    • It is more than me living FOR Christ…. I have the Spirit IN me

We can have the mind of Christ

  • If born again… then I have everything I need to LIVE OUT THE WISDOM OF GOD
  • As a Church of born again people… We have everything we need to LIVE OUT THE WISDOM OF GO