Psalm 12 – The words of the LORD are pure words,

My teaching notes for Wednesday, July 21st. I am currently teaching through the book of Psalms.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the teaching.

Resources utilized for preparation and study:

  • Psalms Vol. 1.The NIV Application Commentary, Gerald H. Wilson.
  • Psalms. Vol. 5. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Tremper Longman III and David Garland.

Psalm 12

Intro Thoughts

  • A plea for deliverance
  • The untruths of the world against the righteous
  • The lies coming from “flattering lips” compared to the truth of God’s Word

The Prayer for Help – vv. 1-4

Save O Lord

  • The first word is HELP

The godly one is gone..Faithful have vanished

  • The thickness of the wickedness.  A feeling of being on an island of truth.
  • Does anyone not see what I see?

Utters lies… Flattering lips

  • The focus on the deception and lies.
  • Untruths and twisting truth
  • Literally means “smooth talker.”  The words appeal to the listening world
  • Remember a couple of weeks ago in 2 Tim. “itching ears”

Double hearted

  • The heart is the reason their words are untrue “heart issue”
  • The mouth is an overflow of the heart
  • Points to the idea they really do not actually believe what they are say.  (Our world today is a perfect example)

May the Lord cut off

  • Seeking deliverance.
  • A harsh request.  Tired of the lies of the world.

Those that say they will prevail

  • Wicked think they will win

Who is master over us?

  • The idols of the heart.
  • They think they are their own god
  • Denying the rule and reign of God over their life

God’s Response – v. 5

Because

  • He sees the wicked
  • He understands the condition of the righteous

I will now rise

  • The King rising form His throne to cast judgment
  • Remember Ps. 9-11
  • Pay day someday. Many times, it is not as soon as we wish.
  • We must trust in God’s perfect time.

I will place in safety

  • The protection of the Great Shepherd (rod and staff)
  • Circumstances may not SEEM to change, but our perspective on them will

A New Found Confidence – vv. 6-8

The Words of the Lord are pure words. You will keep them

  • True, right, holy!
  • Sufficient…Enough
  • Psalm 119, Psalm 19

You will guard us from this generation forever

  • What reassuring words.  HIS FOREVER
  • Never leaves us or forsakes us. Heb. 13:5
  • His purpose and His plan is always best… ours is not

On every side the wicked prowl

  • A great reminder of the fallenness of the World we live in
  • He will keep us forever, yet we still live in a fallen world
  • IT REMINDS US TO KEEP OUR HOPE AND FOCUS ON HIM

 2 Timothy 4:6–8 – “There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, July 18th. 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 10:45 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistavonpark/  We also provide the services through YouTube on our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net

2 Timothy 4:6–8

Intro thoughts

  • Paul is nearing the end of his life and he is sharing parting words
  • After encouraging Timothy to fulfill his ministry (4:5) Paul is pouring out his heart as he reflects upon his own.
  • As Paul is encouraging Timothy, we have these words to encourage us.
  • A great pattern for living in the now as we await the future
  • A life poured out as a sacrifice awaiting our crown!

Living your life in the now – vv. 6-7

Already poured out – He knew his life was coming to an end.

  • He is in his 2nd imprisonment and understands the outcome.
  • Long, hard, yet selfless life.

Drink offering – In the OT.  Pouring win on the altar as a sacrifice to God.

  • He strived to live his life as a sacrifice to the Lord
  • Paul nothing… Jesus everything.

Time of my departure has come – Untying a boat so that it may depart.

  • Paul knew he was about to leave his temporary home, so that he could arrive to his eternal home

He Fought, He Finished, He Kept

  • I have fought the fight – Agonize the good agony.
  • I have finished the race – Completed the mission God gave him
  • I have kept the faith – His trust in the Lord was his motivation

PAUL HAD SUCH A PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE.  ALL OF HIS LIFE FOCUSED ON THE CALL OF GOD UPON HIS LIFE.

I did what God called ME to do and I did it the way in which God called me to do it!

Too often we do what we want to do… based on what we think we need and what is best.  We put our time and energy on the temporal things of the day.  (Career, Success, Ambitions… you name it)

What if we could be more like Paul

  • Living each day for God’s Glory
  • Living each day to fulfill the Great Commission (Making Disciples)
  • Living each day with a Kingdom Focus

FIGHT, FINISH, AND KEEP

Living your life for the future – v.8

Laid up for me – What awaits Paul. (FOR ME)

  • Because of his faith in Christ.
  • Received because he crosses the finish line
  • STARTING AND FINISHING
  • Parable of the soils… Receives and bears fruit

The crown of righteousness

  • The crown for finishing.
  • Paul finished is life because of righteousness…clothed with the righteousness of Christ (Not our righteousness but clothed with His!!!)

The Lord, the righteous judge – Given by Christ

  • The finished work of Christ
  • Just as Christ said…” It is Finished”
  • Paul can say as he receives the crown from Christ… “IT IS FINISHED”

For all those who have loved His appearing

  • Had loved is perfect tense… something that took place in the past with continuing impact.
  • His appearing – Longing to see Him.  Excited about His return
  • Live a life of joyful expectation… we could see Him at any moment

Psalm 11 “For the LORD is righteous”

My teaching notes for Wednesday, July 14th. I am currently teaching through the book of Psalms.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the teaching.

Resources utilized for preparation and study:

  • Psalms Vol. 1.The NIV Application Commentary, Gerald H. Wilson.
  • Psalms. Vol. 5. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Tremper Longman III and David Garland.

Psalm 11

Confidence in the Lord’s Righteous Rule

Intro Thoughts:

  • An individual lament
  • Persecution of the righteous by the wicked
  • Being people who have Confidence in the Lord as we embrace…
    • His righteous rule.
    • His gracious provision
  • We need to remember WHO GOD IS. It is GOD in whom we place our confidence. In who He is and what He has done.

For the Lord is our Refuge– vv. 1-3

I will take refuge in the Lord

How then can you say…who is you? David’s advisors.

  • Embrace or doubt
  • In our soulflee
    • Doubt, worry, anxiety

The plan of the wicked

  • Bend the bow
  • Shot in the dark
    • Preparing to attack
    • In the background
  • Target is upright of heart
  • Foundations are destroyed
    • All appears lost

For the Lord Reigns in His Holy Temple – vv. 4-6

He is our Reigning and Ruling King

Yet, the truth is… DO NOT WORRY OR LISTEN TO THE DOUBTERS.  BECAUSE GOD IS ON HIS THRONE.

The Lord is on His holy templeThe Lord’s throne is in Heaven

  • His presence and power. His rule and authority
    • He sees
    • He tests
      • examines
    • He sends
      • His response to sin.  Judgment

For the Lord is Righteous – v. 7

He can shake of the voice of the doubters because He understands who God is.

Lord is righteous

He loves righteous deeds

  • He sees and tests, so therefore He knows and loves those that “trust and obey”

The upright shall behold His face

  • Upright – Right living
    • Not perfect, but continuing.
    • One day at a time, one foot in front of another
  • Behold His face
    • Closeness, Intimacy
    • Realizing His presence even in the midst of adversity!!!!

2 Tim 4:1-5 “Preach the Word”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, July 11th. 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 10:45 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistavonpark/  We also provide the services through YouTube on our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net

2 Tim 4:1-5

Intro thoughts:

  • Paul is encouraging Timothy of the dangers that lay ahead for the church and his ministry. (Remember 2 Tim 3)
  • The last charge to Timothy as the letter comes to a close.
  • 2 Timothy 3:17 – that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (ESV)
  • EQUIPPED FOR EVERY GOOD WORK….A rally cry…PREACH THE WORD?

THE CHARGE– vv. 1-2

I charge you in the presence of God and of Jesus Christ

  • Divine Charge from God.  Therefore, it should be taken seriously
  • Also used as testimony. Paul is giving the charge in the court setting in the presence of God!

Preach the Word

  • Be a herald.  Declare openly. Publicly proclaim the message the King has given you. (That was the job of the herald)
  • More than just believing it is God’s Word… We are to PROCLAIM IT AS GOD’S WORD.
  • Word=Scripture. Remember the message from last week. 2 Tim. 3:16-17

The importance of the Word is throughout:

  • 2 Tim. 1:8 – Do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord
  • 2 Tim. 1:13 – Follow the pattern of sound words
  • 2 Tim 2:2 – what you have heard from me… entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also
  • 2 Tim. 2:15 – worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of truth
  • 2 Tim. 2:24 – A servant of the Lord… must be able to teach
  • 2 Tim. 3:16 – All Scripture is breathed out by God

THE TIME FRAME – v. 2b

Be ready

  • Prayed up and Prepared.
  • We cannot share what we do not know.
  • To share the Word… we must be a person of the Word
  • 1 Peter 3:15 –  but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, (ESV)

In Season and Out of Season

  • Every day and on every occasion
  • When they want to hear it and when they do not (good and bad)
  • There is never a time where the Word is not necessary or sufficient.

THE IMPACT – v. 2c

It has the power to change the whole person – mind, actions, and encouragement of the will.

Reprove – Tell the truth about sin.  Expose and point out.

  • For the purpose of conviction.  So that they will turn from sin

Rebuke – Criticize Sharply

  • Urgency and authority. Strong disapproval.
  • Paul uses only once
  • Jesus uses often
    • Matt. 8:26 – the elements
    • Matt 17:18 – the demonic
    • Luke 17:3 – if your brother sins…then

Exhort – Encourage

  • Come alongside of
  • Aid, help, comfort
  • Gal. 6:1-6 – Gently restore

With Complete patience and teaching

  • The Who: We must learn to deal with people.  WE ARE PEOPLE PERSONS.
  • The How: With patience and teaching
    • Not harsh, sarcastic, or judgmental
    • With endurance. Carefully instructing.

THE NEED – vv. 3-4

For a time is coming

  • Opposition is to be expected.
  • The church has always been persecuted.

Will not endure sound teaching

  • REMEMBER, we live in a fallen world. THE DEPRAVED WILL NOT EMBRACE THE TRUTH.
  • Their response should not curtail our desire to proclaim.

Will have itching ears

  • A desire for variety. Curiosity.

Accumulate teachers to meet their passions

  • BINGO… their passions.  WHAT I THINK AND DESIRE rather than what God has provided.

Turn from truth and wander to into myths

  • Narrow verse wide gate
  • Truth is narrow.  Untruth is wide
  • Deny the absolute truths of God and believe a myth/fable

THE PERSON– v. 5

As vessels of the Lord, we must be people of the Lord.

Always soberminded

  • Pay careful attention. Watchful in all things.
  • Sober – free from intoxications.  FREE FROM THE THINGS OF THE WORLD.  THE CONTINUOUS MOVEMENTS WITHIN CHURCH CIRCLES…one thing after another.

Endure suffering

  • Get ready for tough times
  • The victory is won, yet we are in a battle

Do the work of an evangelist

  • Keep sharing the Gospel.  Fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • We do what we do so people will trust in the GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST
  • Saved and Growing!

Fulfill your ministry

  • Do what God is calling you to do.
  • FOR YOU. YOUR MINISTRY.