Matthew 6:5-18 – “Living the Righteous Life – Our Praying and Fasting”

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

Matthew 6:5-18

INTRO

  • FYI – These week we are looking at the big picture of prayer and fasting. Feb 28 and March 7 we will take 2 weeks and walk through the Lord’s Prayer.
  • REMEMBER….Matthew 6:1-18 is dealing with hypocritical acts of piety.
  • The so called “religious” leaders wanted everyone to think they were righteous…this was demonstrated by their GIVING to the poor, their public PRAYING, and their FASTING
  • In this context their acts were done publicly for others to see.
  • Jesus is teaching the importance of living a righteous life….. the key is checking one’s heart.  What is my motive?
  • A righteous life is a devoted life.  Devoted TO HIM.  No other motive but my Walk with Him and My Worship unto Him.

Fasting is the voluntary denial of food for the purpose of seeking God.  A fast is only commanded in Leviticus in reference to the day of the atonement.  There is not a biblical mandate to fast, but we do see examples of fasting in the Bible

  • David when full of sorrow – 2 Sam. 12:16
  • Jehoshaphat when he was in grave danger – 2 Chron. 20:3
  • Acts of repentance – David over his sin with Bathsheba.  The Ninevites when Jonah shared God’s Message.
  • Daniel seeking the will of God – Daniel 9:2-3
  • Jesus entering his physical journey to the cross – Matthew 4 (40 days)
  • The early church seeking to send out the first missionaries – Acts 13 (Paul and Barnabas)

THE TEXT

The Unrighteous – Focused on Self

Do not be like the hypocrite – v. 5

  • Wearing a mask
  • Amos 5:21-24

Seen by others – vv. 5, 16

  • Fasted the 2 days that the cities were the most populous (market days)

Empty phrases/many words – v. 7

  • Meaningless words, repetition, babble

Looking gloomy – v. 16

  • Literally, tried to look the part of suffering, doing without

NOTING IS TOO SACRED FOR SATAN TO INVADE” (John MacArthur Commentary)

  • Satan loves to take the religious and the church

Luke 18:9–14 – The danger of Pride

The Righteous – Focused on God

Righteous – Up right

The Righteous life – A desire that leads to change

The Father in secret m- v. 6, 18

  • Secret – Intimacy.
    • Just me and God.  The real me before a Holy God.
  • The first place to start is one on one, then the public takes care of itself

Father knows the need – v. 8

  • A life of trust
  • 1 John 5:14–15
  • Faith in His Sovereignty and Care

Anointed and Clean – v. 17

  • Looking fresh and full of joy…drawing no attention
  • My seeking him is not one of suffering and despair, but of joy and purpose.

THOSE STRIVING FOR THE RIGHTEOUS LIFE PRAY AND FAST:

  • Because they desire to
  • The focus is on knowing the Lord in a more intimate way
    • To strengthen our Love for Him and our Walk with Him
  • WITH A DEVOTED AND PURE HEART

The Rewards

The unrighteous – Their reward…all that man can provide – vv. 5, 16

The righteous – Their reward… all that God can provide – vv. 6. 18

A hypocrite is trying to be someone they are not.

The righteous man will become the man he truly desires to be.

Psalm 37:3–4

[3] Trust in the LORD, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
[4] Delight yourself in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart. (ESV)


SCRIPTURE

Amos 5:21–24 – [21] “I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. [22] Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them. [23] Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. [24] But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. (ESV)

Luke 18:9–14 – [9] He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: [10] “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. [11] The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. [12] I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ [13] But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ [14] I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (ESV)

1 John 5:14–15 – [14] And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. [15] And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. (ESV)

Matthew 6:1-4 – “Living The Righteous Life – Our Giving”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Feb. 14th. 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 our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net

Matthew 6:1-4

A quick review:

Matthew Chapters 5-7 – The Sermon on the Mount

Living as true kingdom citizens.

A call to true discipleship/followship

Living a righteous life

A few things to consider as we think about the RIGHTEOUS LIFE:

  • A righteous life is a life that pleases God.
  • A life that pleases God is a life that follows after the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • A life free from the law and based on the New Covenant.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • A born again life through God’s grace and mercy.  (New Creations)
  • Free from hypocrisy and motived by true devotion to the Lord based upon His love for us.  Realizing our entire life is lived out before God (our heart, motives, thought, and actions)

Greatest sermon ever preached by the great preacher of all time.


Our Text: 6:1-4

Giving, Praying, and Fasting are done as an act of devotion and worship.  We give, we pray, we fast because we understand who God is and we also understand how these “acts of worship” mature us in faith…OUR LOVE FOR HIM.

The question for us today is…How is my giving, praying, and fasting?  Is it a TRUE RIGTHEOUS ACT or is it insincere and hypocritical?  DOES IT EXCEED THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE PHARISEES?

THE WARNING

5:20 – Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and pharisees you will NEVER ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

6:1 – Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

An understanding of righteousness.

  • Upright, Moral.  Opposite of lawless.
  • Biblically, Living upright before God.  The standard is God Himself.
    • Yet, we are incapable to accomplish this
    • THEREFORE…the GOSPEL!

Your righteousness must exceed that of THE LAW – 5:17-20

  • Anger, Lust, Divorce, Oaths, Retaliation, Hatred.
  • Law says…Jesus Says
  • Actions or the Heart.  What and the Why

Beware of practicing your righteousness to the wrong audience

  • Practicing – where the word for theater was derived.  (Putting on a show.)
  • Three ways to demonstrate your devotion to God….LIVING A RIGHTEOUS LIFE – Giving, Praying, Fasting. – 6:1-18
THE GIVING

Giving to those in need is part of living the righteous life.

  • What is need? (physical, poor, destitute)
  • What is the greatest? (The Gospel, heart change)
  • How are these needs met?

Christians should naturally want to help those that are without and truly dependent on others.

Sound no trumpet – v. 2

  • Announce.  Look what I did (Donor tags at church!?!?!?)

As the hypocrites do – v. 2

  • Wear a mask
  • Unbelievers who pretend to be believers.
  • True believers who are sinful but pretend to be spiritual.

Left hand and Right hand does not know – v. 3

  • Spontaneous.  Normal.  Without thinking.
  • WE MUST BE DISCERNING ALSO (give money to a drunkard…he will buy more booze)
  • Tough Love.  Long-term needs.  Big picture.  End in mind.

In Secret – v. 4

  • Done for no other reason that for IT IS PLEASING TO THE LORD.
THE RECEIVING

They received their reward – v. 2

  • Term to describe a completed transaction
  • Nothing more needs to be done…finished/over

When we seek to please men, then our reward can only come from man (this is profound in so many ways)

And your Father who sees in secret will reward you – v. 4

  • Some of the most impactful and profound things I have ever said I do not remember saying, but when I TRY to be righteous with my WORDS (wrong motive…this will be profound rather than just speaking from the overflow)…no one remembers.
  • SO MANY TIMES THIS RINGS TRUE WITH MY SERMONS.

Rewards

  • perhaps the greatest is in knowing it has pleased the Lord.  WHAT OTHER MOTIVATION DO WE NEED?

God KNOWS OUR HEART

  • Thoughts, Motives

SCRIPTURE

Matthew 5:17–20

[17] “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. [18] For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. [19] Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. [20] For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (ESV)

Matthew 6:1–4

[1] “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

[2] “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. [3] But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, [4] so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (ESV)

Deuteronomy 11:1-32 – “A Love that Obeys”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Feb. 7th. 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 our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net

Deuteronomy 11:1-32

Verse 1

  • Love the Lord (6:5)
  • Keep His Charge, His Statutes, His Rules and His commandments
    • The revealed will of God.  What He has made known to his people.  Through Moses, Through the Prophets, Through Jesus, Through the Apostles, THROUGHT THE BIBLE
    • Daniel Block…the 4 points of a campus…from all directions.

WHY OBEY?  WHAT IS THE MOTIVATION?

From this weekend…Paul Tripp “Strong men captured by the glory of the Lord give themselves to doing the work of the Lord.

OBEDIENCE = DOING THE WORK OF THE LORD.

  • Loving, Serving, Following After

Obedience

  • Hearing
  • Believing
  • Doing

Moses reminds the people who God is and what He has done.  It is because of God’s Mighty Acts and Gracious Provision that HIS PEOPLE SHOULD HEAR, BEILEVING, and DO.

God’s Mighty Acts – 11:2-7

History – what He has done

AND CONSIDER TODAY – v. 2a

His person –v. 2b

  • His discipline (instruction)
  • His greatness

His power – vv. 3-7

  • Mighty hand, outstretched arm
  • Sings and deeds

What He did to the enemy – What He did for His people

For your eyes have seen all THE GREAT WORK of the Lord that He did. – v.7

God’s Gracious Provision – 11:8-32

The future – The giving of the land

vv. 8-12

  • Be strong, take the land
  • Obedience = the strength to take the land

The eyes of the Lord are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year – v. 12

vv. 13-21

The response of the people will be an indication of their faith (what they TRULY BELIEVE ABOUT GOD)

  • Real faith (pass the test)– vv. 13-15
  • False faith (fail the test)- vv. 16-17

Devotion – serve Him with all your heart and soul – v. 13

Deception – serve other God’s and worship them – v. 16

  • believe something that is not true…So important to trust in God and His Words.  Then and now!!!!

True faith is passed down vv. 18-21 – The Shema 6:4-9

vv. 22-25

  • Drive out enemies
  • Expand the land

No one shall be able to stand against you. The LORD your God will lay the fear of you and the dread of you on all the land that you shall tread, as he promised you. – v.25

vv. 26-28

  • Blessing – IF we obey
  • Curse – When we do not

vv. 29-32

WHEN….it is going to happen

  • The Israelites will cross the Jordan
  • Christ will come (He did and is coming again)

THE LAND

OLD

  • Physical location.  A geographical place. Canaan/Israel

NEW

  • Fulfilled in Christ.  HE WAS BORN, LIVED, CRUCIFIED in the OLD LAND!
  • Still physical, but now the meaning is spiritual.
  • Already…in Christ.  The Blessings of our life within the NEW KINGDOM
  • Not Yet… our eternal home.  Glory Land!

For you are to cross over the Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving you. And when you possess it and live in it, you shall be careful to do all the statutes and the rules that I am setting before you today.  – vv. 31-32

In the Garden – Adam disobeyed and was expelled.

In Canaan – Israel disobeyed and was expelled.

NO ONE CAN OBEY PERFECTLY…. EXCEPT JESUS.

  • When we trust in the finished work of Christ, we enter the land of our salvation through HIS SACRIFICE.  We enter His REST.

Hebrews 4:1–13 – [1] Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. [2] For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. [3] For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, “As I swore in my wrath ‘They shall not enter my rest,’”although his works were finished from the foundation of the world. [4] For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” [5] And again in this passage he said, “They shall not enter my rest.”

[6] Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, [7] again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

[8] For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. [9] So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, [10] for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.

[11] Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. [12] For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. [13] And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (ESV)

Deuteronomy 10:1-22 – “What does the Lord require of you?”

Deuteronomy 10:1-22

WHAT A LIFE CHANGING QUESTION. 

What is the answer?

Moses gives three answers to this question.  In each answer he states the requirements, but also the reason and motivation behind these requirements.  THE MOTIVATION is WHO GOD IS.

In other words, we do what we do because of WHO GOD IS and what HE HAS DONE.

What God requires – vv. 12b-15

LIVE AS GOD’S PEOPLE

  1. Fear the Lord
  2. Walk in all His ways
  3. Love Him
  4. Serve the Lord with all your heart and soul
  5. Keep the commandments and statutes…for your good.

One’s attitude – Fear and love

One’s actions – Walk, Serve, Keep

To live as God’s people is to live faithful, not perfect.

Why….Because of WHO GOD IS – v. 14

Heaven and Earth belong to God

  • And all that is in it

He is the Sovereign Ruler and the Great Shepherd of His people

  • GRACE AND POWER

How this should impact our life – v. 15

We live our life differently – Understanding the Rule and Care of the Lord – We are His special people to live for His Glory.

  • His Grace and Love

HIS PEOPLE (Israel/Church) ARE CHOSEN TO LIVE FOR HIS GLORY!  When I live the changed life… I AM LIVING FOR HIS GLORY.

What God requires – vv. 16-19

OPEN UP YOUR HEART

  1. Circumcise the heart
  2. Stop stiffening the neck (stubborn) – v. 16

When our heart is right, then it is open/soft to the things of God.

  • No longer living a stubborn life… resistant to the things of God (His will and ways)

Why ….Because of WHO GOD IS . 17

God of gods and Lord of lords

  • Great, Mighty, Awesome, Just (Not partial and takes no bride)

OUR MASTER, RULER, LORD OF OUR LIFE

  • His authority, His kingship

How this should impact our life– vv. 18-19

With a changed heart – We Recognize Who God is – We realize what He will do.  (We can trust Him)

Create in me a clean heart – Psalm 51:1-12

Enacts justice.

  • To the Fatherless and Widow

Love and Provides

  • To the sojourner

What God Requires – vv. 20-22

TRULY WORSHIP HIM

  1. Fear
  2. Serve Him
  3. Hold Fast to Him
  4. By His name you shall swear

HIM, HIM, HIM

Serve Him with gladness – Psalm 100:2

As He supplies – 1 Peter 4:11

Why….Because of WHO GOD IS – v. 21

He is our praise

  • Has done these great things

How this should impact our life – vv. 22

He will continue to do…

  • He keeps His promises…Israel in Egypt.

He is worthy because of who He is and what He has done.

  • Covenant Keeping God
  • Provided a means of redemption for His people

Deuteronomy 9:1-29 – “Keep a Check on Your Heart”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Jan 24th. 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 our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net

Deuteronomy 9:1-29

Instruction as you enter and live in the land:

  • Chap 6 – Teach the Law
  • Chap 7 – Conquer the Land
  • Chap 8 – Remember the Lord
  • Chap 9 – Keep a check on your heart

As they enter the land and live in God’s blessing… the temptation will be to assume it was the result of THEIR doing.

God reminds His people that as they LIVE IN THE LAND…

THEY NEED TO CHECK THEIR HEART BY ACKNOWLEDGING (recognize as truth)

  • God is gracious and a consuming fire – vv. 1-3
  • Left unchecked their heart will turn  – vv. 4-6
  • Redemptive history is full of lessons – vv. 7-29

God is gracious and a consuming fire – vv. 1-3

You are to cross over and take the land – vv. 1-2

  • Cities – Great, mighty, fortified.
  • People – Great, tall,

He who goes before you is a consuming fire – v. 3a

  • Destroy, Subdue, Perish
  • Gen. 19:24 – Sodom and Gomorrah.
  • Psalm 21

As the Lord has promised you – v. 3b

Left unchecked the heart will turn – vv. 4-6

YET… in the midst of living in HIS BLESSINGS and PROMISES…the heart begins to turn.

Do not say in YOUR heart – v. 4

  • After…. The Lord has worked.

It is MY RIGHTEOUSNESS the Lord has brought me in to possess the land – v. 4

  • MY
  • POSSESS – He gave it…defeated the enemy….now it is all my doing.

Jeremiah 17:9–10 – [9] The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? [10] “I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” (ESV)

Proverbs 16:18 –  Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (KJV)

You are a stubborn people (stiff necked) – v. 6

  • We must listen, acknowledge, believe, and obey
  • Remember…. vv. 7-24

Redemptive history is full of great lessons – 7-24

God is Fair and Consistent

  • His Righteousness and His Justice
  • As we read, recall and contemplate the God of Scripture.  Blessing for trust and faithfulness.  Discipline and judgement for rebellion.

The example of the Israelites and the giving of the Ten Commandments

  • They got tired of waiting.
  • Created their own god.

Idolatry

  • “Not satisfied to let God be God on His terms and our role in the universe to be defined by His terms.” (Daniel I. Block – NIV Application Commentary)
  • We dethrone God and replace Him with???? Fill in the blank.

v. 24 – You have been rebellious against the Lord from the day that I knew you.

  • In Egypt, In Exodus, In the Command to Conquest, In the wandering

I see the church today as the church of Ephesus….it has LEFT ITS FIRST LOVE. Rev. 2:4

  • Jesus, The Gospel
  • The sufficiency of the Word

vv. 25-29 – Moses prayed to God at Mt. Horeb on behalf of the people because he knew they had sinned.  He prayed because he knew the people deserved the “consuming fire” of judgment.

  •  It points to God’s faithfulness.
  • The importance of God’s glory (everything in HIS CREATION IS ABOUT HIS GLORY)
  • That true believers are God’s own covenant people.

Deuteronomy 9:29 – For they are your people and your heritage, whom you brought out by your great power and by your outstretched arm.’ (ESV)

CONCLUSION

REMEMBER WHAT WE HAVE IN THE NEW COVENANT – IN CHRIST

Titus 3:3–7 – [3] For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. [4] But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, [5] he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, [6] whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, [7] so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (ESV)

Hebrews 12:28–29  [28] Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, [29] for our God is a consuming fire. (ESV)

Moses praying for his people serving as a mediator.

  • Jesus is the mediator – John 17:20-26

John 17:23 –  I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. (ESV)

Deuteronomy 8:1-20 – “Remember the Lord”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Jan 17th. 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 our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net

Deuteronomy 8:1-20 – Remember the Lord

Intro

Where we are in the text:

  • Chap 6 – Teach the Law
  • Chap 7 – Conquer the Land
  • Chap 8 – Remember the Lord

A major component of this chapter is God’s care, guidance, and provision for them as they wandered in the wilderness (God disciplined the previous generation).  He knew once this generation entered their new land of blessing could cause a LACK OF FOCUS. As we live in our land… how important is it for believers today to remember? 

These Chapters may seem repetitive to us each week (remember, this was given as one speech to the people (4:44-11:32)

Be Careful – v. 1

To do the whole commandment

BIG PICTURE OF THIS SECTION.  YOU be CAREFUL (Bookend of Chapter)

  • Pay attention, take the time and effort. Take it seriously
  • REAL HOPE…I get to live this way
  • Joyful followship (obedience)

Commandment – All that God has told them.  All that God has given to His people.  SO THAT THEY KNOW HIM and FOLLOW AFTER HIM and LIVE FOR HIM.

So that you

  • Live and multiply
  • Go in and possess (blessings follow obedience)
HOW TO LIVE CAREFUL
  • Remember what God has done
  • Keep His Word
  • Do not forget who He is and who you are

Remember the Whole Way– vv. 2-5

The Lord has led

What He has done for you

  • For them it was the wilderness wandering
  • What about us?  Salvation/Sanctification

It made you who you are today

  • Humbled
  • Tested

A great lesson for God’s people today (the Church).  God never going to leave His people.  His Mission is Redemption….nothing else.  REMEMBER THIS!!!!!!!!  We lose hope when we focus on the wrong mission.

Keep His Commandments– vv. 6-10

BY Walking in His ways and by fearing Him

Continue to keep/walk/daily live out

  • HE IS bringing you into the Land.
  • Remember 7:6 … God’s special treasure/possession…He is using His people for a purpose (HIS GLORY)

KEY….TO bless the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. v. 10b (as we walk…we bless HIM)

Take Care to not forget – v. 11-18

The LORD your God (who He is)

By not keeping/believing/obeying

  • His statues, commandments, rules
  • WHICH I COMMANDED YOU

WHEN everything is going well

  • We get happy…prosperous
  • v. 14a – then in your heart you will forget
  • our circumstances can and will effect our heart…if we FORGET

Lest you SAY IN YOUR HEART my power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth –  v. 17

  • How soon we forget?!?!
  • IN THE HEART…SELF IS PUT ON the throne that God belongs.
  • MY power, might, hand….GOT ME HERE

CONCLUSION – vv. 19-30 (bookend)

A warning/The reality of disobedience

If you forget…the Lord your God

Go after other nations

  • Serve and worship
  • What we do indicates whom we worship

You will perish – Like other nations

  • God is fair
  • God is just

Because…..They did not obey the voice of God – v. 20b

Men of Faith Conference – February 5th & 6th

CALLING ALL MEN!!!!!!

A man should be defined by his character—not hobbies, wealth, or feats of physical strength. In this refreshing new video conference, pastor and best-selling author Paul David Tripp will help us understand our true biblical identity as a man and what Jesus commands from our life.

Be sure and invite other men to join you for this free conference. This is not an “Our Church” only event. Invite your neighbors, friends, and co-workers to join you. While Pastor Tripp will not be with us in person…his teaching and heart for God will be of great encouragement and conviction as we learn more about the Three Qualities of Every Man through his video teaching.

Men Of Faith Are Fearless

Being a man of faith will result in fear-free living, even in the face of hardship. Learn how to live with unshakable courage, not because you are physically strong, but because God is with you.

Men Of Faith Are Tender

Being a man of faith does not produce macho bravado, but rather a tender heart. Learn how to treat others with the same compassion and mercy you have received from God.

Men Of Faith Are Thankful

Being a man of faith replaces an entitled, demanding with humility and gratitude. Learn how to celebrate the blessings of God and bring joy to the people around you.

Check out the website for more information – https://men.paultripp.com/

The Schedule
Friday Evening- February 5th

6:00 – Supper provided by our expert grillers.

6:30 – 7:45 – Conference Session 1

Saturday Morning – February 6th

9:00-11:00 – Conference Sessions 2 & 3

Light breakfast food and snacks will be provided on Saturday morning.


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The Conference will be held in the Sanctuary.

Deuteronomy 7:1-26 “Conquering Our Land”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Jan 10th. 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 our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net

Deuteronomy 7:1-26 “Conquering Our Land”

Live differently – vv. 1-11

vv. 1-5

This is not literally destroying our enemy or living in isolation. 

  • We are called to GO AND MAKE DICSCIPLES…therefore we must engage with culture so we can share the Gospel (LIVE AS A MISSIONARY)
  • It carries the idea of BEING IN THE WORLD, BUT NOT OF THE WORLD.
  • Have nothing to do with those opposed to the things of God.  (false religion, opposed to the truths of God)

WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT…v. 4 is key.  For they would turn your sons from following me, to serve other gods.

Biblical Separation – What can I do with others for the sake of Christianity.

  • Ask your self this question…Do I think they will be in heaven one day?
  • Then I figure out what I can do with them and what I cannot do with them. (personal conscience and conviction)
vv. 6-8 Because of who we are
  • Holy – set apart. v. 6
  • Chosen – Idea of election, conversion, justification. v. 6
  • God’s treasured possessionv. 6
    • vv. 7-8 lays out this concept.
vv. 9-11 – Because of who God is
  • LORD GOD Yahweh Elohim
  • Faithful God
  • Covenant keeping God
  • Steadfast loving God
  • A Just God – repays those that hate Him. v. 10
v. 11 – Therefore, be careful to do (statutes and rules).

Living differently than the world is not an option.  It is a command.

Not based on how one feels, but rather on a LOVING GRACE FILLED COMMAND.

MOTIVATED BY LOVE.  HIS and MINE

Expect God’s Blessing – vv. 12-16

Genesis 17:1-8, Exodus 6:1-8 – God’s words to Abraham and Moses

A quick definition of blessing.  IT IS NOT ABOUT prosperity… IT IS ABOUT LIVING IN HIS PRESENCE.

If we listen, keep, and dothe Lord will keep youv. 12

KNOWLEDGE – OBEDIENCE – BLESSING

LOVE YOU – KEEP YOU – MULIPLY YOU

  • What more could we want? To be loved, kept, and blessed.

I need to live each day in these WORDS!  REGARDLESS, OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES.  I AM LOVED, KEPT, AND BLESSED!

  • HIS PROVISION, PROMISES, AND PRESENCE (MY THREE Ps)

Continue to Trust in His Word – vv. 17-26

When you say in your heart – v. 17
  • When doubt creeps in. When we begin to listen to and believe the lies of the devil.
You shall not be afraid, but remember – vv. 18-22

All the examples that this generation would have heard from their parents. (the previous generation)

What God did (BECAUSE OF WHO GOD IS)

  • GOD ALWAYS WINS, BECAUSE HE HAS ALREADY WON
God will also give them over to you – v. 23

The God of the Bible is still God today!

  • Read the OT (reading backwards).  God is always faithful.
  • We do see people go through troubling times.  YET, we ALWAYS SEE GOD’S ultimate purpose accomplished. (Genesis.  The story of Joseph)

God always wins…because He has already won

CONCLUSION

1 Peter 2:9-12

Philippians 1:27 & 2 Peter 1:3-12 – “A New Year is an Opportunity for a New You”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Jan 3rd. 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 our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net

Philippians 1:27 & 2 Peter 1:3-12

A New Year is an opportunity for a New You

Big Idea
  • Doing things differently as we start a new year.
  • The concept of progressive sanctification.  Growing and changing into the likeness of Christ.
  • Making changes and holding myself accountable to do things differently.
  • If we keep doing the same thing, then we will continue to get the same results.
Intro

I have heard it said over and over and over…So glad that 2020 is over because it was terrible.  A new year is here.  Things will have to be different in 2021

Well…lets consider a few things.

Why does a new year make our life better?

  • Is COVID going away?
  • Is the political climate going to change overnight?
  • Are all the circumstances that we face…just going to go away.

Personally…once I really began to think and reflect. I have decided that 2020 has shown me much about myself, my beliefs, and all that should be important to me. It has forced me to look deep within me heart as a Christian, but also as a Pastor.

Therefore, I am so excited about 2021… not because 2020 is over, but because it gives me a new day and a new year to live my life for Christ.

I AM GOING TO LIVE MY LIFE WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL

Philippians 1:27 –  Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, (ESV)

  • Individually – my life
  • Corporately as a church – how my life can influence my Gospel Family…the Church.
I AM GOING TO HAVE A MORE BIBLCAL FOCUS ON LIFE

2 Peter 1:3–4 – His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, [4] by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

  • What I can control.  My responsibility.
  • Big Circle and Little Circle (me and GOD)
  • Latch onto His divine power
I AM GOING TO DAILY CHECK MY HEART

2 Peter 1:4-12[5] For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, [6] and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, [7] and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. [8] For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. [9] For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. [10] Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. [11] For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. [12] Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. (ESV)

My daily goal should be maturity.  Daily growing and changing toward Christlikeness.

  • He has done His part.
  • Am I doing my part?

Progressive Sanctification – The believers lifelong process of growing and changing into the likeness of Christ.

  • God’s Presence, Power, and Provision
  • Our Devotion, Desire, and Diligence

Notice the text:

  • Make every effort
  • Be the diligent
  • Confirm your calling and election
  • For if you practice these things

If we are going to PROGRESS in the Christian life, we need to check our heart every day.  These are areas that we need to examine on a regular basis.  AREAS THAT NEED CONSTANT EXAMINATION.

DAILY ACCOUNTABLILITY QUESTIONS
  1. Do I spend daily time in the Bible and in prayer?  Do I meditate on the things of the Lord throughout the day?
  2. Do I enjoy corporate worship within the body of Christ?  Is my church attendance consistent?  Am I involved with a group of believers that are encouraging me to grow and change daily?
  3. Have my thoughts been pure?  Do I expose myself to things that are not holy and pleasing to the Lord?
  4. Have I been completely above reproach in my financial dealings?  Is my giving to the Lord’s Church a direct reflection of His daily provision and blessings upon my life?
  5. Have I spent quality relationship time with my family and friends?
  6. Do I do 100% of my best at my job, school, and etc?
  7. Have I told any half-truths or outright lies, putting myself in a better light than those around me?
  8. Have I tried to encourage someone with the message of Christ this week?  Do I regularly invite people to church?  When was the last time I told someone my STORY?
  9. Have I taken care of my body through physical exercise which includes proper eating and sleeping habits?
  10.   Have I allowed any person or circumstances to rob me of my joy?
  11.   Am I actively serving the Lord with my life?  Is my life making a difference to those around me?
  12. Is my greatest desire in life to live for and please the Lord?  Is living for the glory of God what motivates my thought and decision-making process?

Matthew 1:1-17 – “King Jesus and His Royal Line”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Dec 20th. 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 our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net

Matthew 1:1-17 – King Jesus and His Royal Line

Matthew is not attempting to give a literal lineage, but rather a lineage that demonstrates God’s faithfulness to fulfill His Old Testament promises.

THE LONG-AWAITED MESSIAH HAS ARRIVED!!!

Jesus the Son of Abraham – The Father of the Nations

Christ is the fulfillment of the promise made to Abraham.

Gen. 12:2-3 – [2] And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. [3] I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (ESV)

To all the nations, for all the people.

Women, Gentiles, People who have made less than ideal decisions.

  • Adulterers, Prostitutes.  NOT PERFECT
  • YET CHRIST IS PERFECT
Jesus is the Son of David – The Reigning King

Isaiah 9:6–7 [6] For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. [7] Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. (ESV)

Jesus is the Son of God – The Center Piece of All Redemptive History

v. 1 – HIS NAME points to it

Jesus – Jehovah Saves

Christ – The anointed One.  Prophet, Priest, and King (were anointed…HE FULFILLS THEM ALL)

The GOSPEL.

  • WHO HE IS
  • WHO SENT HIM
  • WHY HE NEED TO COME
  • WHAT HE ACCOMPLISHED
  • HOW IT IMPACTS YOUR LIFE

v. 17 – All of HISTORY points to it

  • Every aspect of history focuses on some aspect of the Gospel

From Abraham to King David

  • Father of the nation to the First King

David – Josiah

  • From the Greatest King to the Last Free King

From Jeconiah to Jesus

  • From the exile to the restoration of God’s people

Notice the pattern. All major points of history are mere steppingstones

  • From Gen 3 to here. – Genesis 3:15 – I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” (ESV)
  • 1st coming to 2nd Coming (WHO IS WORTHY TO OPEN THE SCROLL. Rev. 5:1-7)
CONCLUSION

Currently… We are in the last chapter, the closing act, the 4th quarter of REDEMPTIVE HISTORY.

  • Nothing else needs to be done.
  • The prophecies have been fulfilled.
  • He came, He lived, He died, He rose again, He ascended.
  • He is King…It is Proven
  • He is coming again.
  • Do we BELIEVIE IN  HIM
  • Have we AKNOWLEDGED HIM (the truths of the Gospel…God, Man, Jesus, Man)
  • Have we TRUSTED IN HIM
  • Have we RECEIVED HIM
  • Are you EXCITED ABOUT HIM
  • Are you FOLLOWING AFTER HIM