Matthew 5:31-32 – “Divorce and Commitment”

My sermon/teaching notes for Wednesday, Sept. 16th  Our current Wednesday Series is THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week please visit http://www.fbcap.net

Matthew 5:31–32 – Divorce and Commitment

[31] “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.

Gen. 1:27 – So God created man in his own image,in the image of God he created him;male and female he created them. (ESV)

Gen. 2:24

  • Leave and Cleave
  • One man and one woman.  Forever

Deut. 24:2-4

  • Moses to the Israelites.

Mal. 2:14-16

  • God hates divorce
  • Divorce is just one OF THE MANY THINGS that God disapproves of.
  • Divorce is not the unpardonable sin.
[32] But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. (ESV)

Matthew 19:3–9 – [3] And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” [4] He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, [5] and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? [6] So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” [7] They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” [8] He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. [9] And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”

  • Whoever separates from their spouse except for sexual immorality commits adultery

1 Corinthians 7:10-16 – [12] To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. [13] If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. [14] For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. [15] But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace. [16] For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife? (ESV)

  • from your unbelieving spouse (the assumption is that one became a believer after the marriage)
  • But if the unbeliever leaves then the spouse is not bound

1 Corinthians 7:39–40 – [39] A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. [40] Yet in my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God. (ESV)

  • If your spouse passes away, then one is free to remarry.

GROUNDS FOR A BIBLICAL DIVORCE and or REMARRIAGE

  1. Sexual Immorality by your spouse.
  2. Abandonment by spouse
  3. Death

THINKING BIBLICALLY ABOUT MARRIAGE:

It Is God’s Plan (Gen. 1 & 2)

  • One Man and One Woman
  • As One Flesh
  • Not to be alone
  • Fill the earth

It is God’s Picture (of the Gospel)

  • Christ and the Church

Ephesians 5:22–33 – [22] Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. [23] For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

[25] Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, [26] that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, [27] so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. [28] In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. [29] For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, [30] because we are members of his body. [31] “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” [32] This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. [33] However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (ESV)

  • Christ’s Love For His Church
  • Sanctify Her (GROWING AND CHANGING)
  • Cleansed by the Word
  • Presented in splendor…spotless
  • IN THE SAME WAY…HUSBANDS LOVE YOUR WIFE
  • MARRIAGE IS A PICTURE OF LOVE, FAITHFULNESS, GROWTH

RATHER THAN DIVORCE…COMMITMENT


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Deuteronomy 5:8-10 – True Worship

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Sept. 13th as we walk through the book of Deuteronomy. 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 5:8–10 – True Worship

8 “‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

9 You shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,

10 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. (ESV)

INTRO:

1st Commandment is about worshiping the wrong God.

2nd Commandment is about worshipping God in the wrong way.

vv. 8-9a

8“‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 9a You shall not bow down to them or serve them;

DO NOT MAKE – DO NOT WORSHIP AND SERVE

  • We are not to make images to represent God in any form.
  • We are not to worship or serve those images.

God does not NEED to be represented by a created “object”

To Worship God, we do not NEED a created “object”

  • As if any man-made object can bring us closer to God, or represent God, or establish communion with God.
  • NO IMAGE CAN CAPTURE GOD’S GLORY.

Examples:

  • Golden Calf – Exodus 32:4-5
  • Ark of the Covenant – 1 Sam. 4:1-11
  • The Temple – Jer. 7:8-15
    • Worshiping God in the wrong way.
    • Using objects that represent God in the wrong way.

John 4:23- 24 (woman at the well) – God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and truth.

  • We should not need objects to help us worship God.
    • Because…
  • Our faith is internal not based on the external. (external … a tangible thing)
    • Because…
  • He is Spirit
    • Therefore…
  • We worship in Spirit and Truth

The danger of creating God into who we think he should be, rather that who He truly is.

  • Romans 1:22-23.  PROFESSING TO BE WISE THEY BECAME FOOLS.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:

God has already created a mediator…WE NEED NO OBJECTS.

  • OT – Prophet, Priest, and Kings
  • NT – JESUS

God and His Image

  • Gen. 1:26-27 – We were made to be like God in certain respects, but not to be God. He gave us dominion over all of the earth, and created us with a mind capable of creative thought and the ability to know Him
  • Col. 1:15 – Christ is the image of the invisible God. HE IS GOD. ALL THINGS WERE CREATED FOR HIM AND THROUGH HIM.

v. 9b-10

9b for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,

WE NEED TO TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY THE WORSHIP OF GOD.

He Is A Jealous God

  • God is not jealous of us, BUT JEALOUS FOR US.
  • WILL NOT SHARE HIS LOVE WITH ANOTHER

His jealousy is demonstrated by His judgment and by His Mercy

Visiting the iniquity …3rd and 4th generations

  • Not some spiritual curse that needs to be broken
  • Yet, the influence of our upbringing does impact our life

Those who hate me

  • Those who walk in the wicked ways of their ancestors.
  • THEY SHARE IN THE PUNISHMENT BECAUSE THEY SHARE IN THEIR SIN.
  • God’s judgement is upon those that do not acknowledge Him as God. (hate him)
  • “God is Love” is better to say than “God Loves You”

10 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Yet, show mercy to THOUSANDS…those that love Him and keep His commandments.

Psalm 103:17–18 – [17] But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, [18] to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. (ESV)

Experiencing/Embracing God’s mercy is for those who:

LOVE HIM

OBEY HIM

I obey (to obey is better than sacrifice – 1 Sam 15:22…when God rejected King Saul)

CONCLUSION:

True Worship =

  • Acknowledging Him as God (who He is)
  • Embracing His Love and Worshiping Him (acknowledge)
  • Trusting in His Word
  • Living For His Glory and Honor as We Obey Him
  • Receiving His Tremendous Blessings.
What is the first thing that pops in our mind when we think about
  • Worship
  • Attending a worship service
  • Singing at Church
  • Hearing the Word preached and taught
  • Coming together as the people of God

This will probably give us an indication about our understanding of TRUE WORSHIP.


SCRIPTURE:

Exodus 32:1–6 – [1] When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” [2] So Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” [3] So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. [4] And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” [5] When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the LORD.” [6] And they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play. (ESV)

1 Samuel 4:1–11 – Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines. They encamped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines encamped at Aphek. [2] The Philistines drew up in line against Israel, and when the battle spread, Israel was defeated before the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men on the field of battle. [3] And when the people came to the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the LORD defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD here from Shiloh, that it may come among us and save us from the power of our enemies.” [4] So the people sent to Shiloh and brought from there the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, who is enthroned on the cherubim. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.

[5] As soon as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel gave a mighty shout, so that the earth resounded. [6] And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shouting, they said, “What does this great shouting in the camp of the Hebrews mean?” And when they learned that the ark of the LORD had come to the camp, [7] the Philistines were afraid, for they said, “A god has come into the camp.” And they said, “Woe to us! For nothing like this has happened before. [8] Woe to us! Who can deliver us from the power of these mighty gods? These are the gods who struck the Egyptians with every sort of plague in the wilderness. [9] Take courage, and be men, O Philistines, lest you become slaves to the Hebrews as they have been to you; be men and fight.”

[10] So the Philistines fought, and Israel was defeated, and they fled, every man to his home. And there was a very great slaughter, for thirty thousand foot soldiers of Israel fell. [11] And the ark of God was captured, and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died. (ESV)

Jeremiah 7:8–15 – [8] “Behold, you trust in deceptive words to no avail. [9] Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, [10] and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’—only to go on doing all these abominations? [11] Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I myself have seen it, declares the LORD. [12] Go now to my place that was in Shiloh, where I made my name dwell at first, and see what I did to it because of the evil of my people Israel. [13] And now, because you have done all these things, declares the LORD, and when I spoke to you persistently you did not listen, and when I called you, you did not answer, [14] therefore I will do to the house that is called by my name, and in which you trust, and to the place that I gave to you and to your fathers, as I did to Shiloh. [15] And I will cast you out of my sight, as I cast out all your kinsmen, all the offspring of Ephraim. (ESV)

John 4:23–24 – [23] But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. [24] God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (ESV)

Romans 1:18–25 – [18] For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. [19] For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. [20] For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. [21] For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. [22] Claiming to be wise, they became fools, [23] and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

[24] Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, [25] because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. (ESV)

Genesis 1:24–26 – [24] And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. [25] And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

[26] Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (ESV)

Colossians 1:15–20 – [15] He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. [16] For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. [17] And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. [18] And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. [19] For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, [20] and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (ESV)

1 Samuel 15:22 – [22] And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. (ESV)

Matthew 5:27–30 – Lust and Purity

My sermon/teaching notes for Wednesday, Sept. 9th.  Our current Wednesday Series is THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week please visit http://www.fbcap.net

Matthew 5:27–30 – Lust and Purity

The Act of Adultery – v. 27

[27] “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’

  • Do not have sex outside the will and desire of the Lord.
  • Outside the covenant relationship of marriage.
  • God created sex and God protects sex.
  • A gift from God…for our good and His glory.
  • Satan’s tactic is to use what God says and turns it into a lie

1 Corinthians 6:15–20 – [15] Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! [16] Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” [17] But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. [18] Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. [19] Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, [20] for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (ESV)

The Desire of the Heart – v. 28

[28] But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

  • The Law Says….But Christ was more concerned with the reason behind the act, not just the act itself. (WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO)
  • LOOKS – glare, A look to feed a sinful desire…LUST
    • A WILLFUL LOOK.  A look with an intent.
    • The look can lead to the act, but the look is not the act.
    • 2 Sam. 11:1-4 – David and Bathsheba.
  • As we feed the appetite it will lead to an action.

The Spiritual Transformation – v. 29-20

[29] If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. [30] And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

  • Be aware
    • Of you – Self examination. IS MY HEART CLEAN. AM I CLOSE TO THE LORD. AM I PRACTICING THE DAILY DISCIPLINES.
    • Of your surroundings (what we feed will grow…good and bad)
    • John 17:15–19 – [15] I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. [16] They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. [17] Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. [18] As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. [19] And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. (ESV)
  • Be intentional
    • 1 Corinthians 9:24–27 – [24] Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. [25] Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. [26] So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. [27] But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (ESV)
  • Be Radical (Sacrificial) (WHATEVER IT TAKES)
    • Sacrificing something for the whole.
    • Count and Consider the cost
    • Deal with it immediately

The solution to sexual sin is not external because the problem does not start externally.  It starts in the heart, so the ultimate solution is internal… the HEART.

RADICAL AMPUTATION = RADICAL TRANSFORMATION
Sacrifice – Obedience – Blessing

Deuteronomy 5:6-7 – God and God Alone

Deuteronomy 5:6-7 – God and God Alone

[6] “‘I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

[7] “‘You shall have no other gods before me. (ESV)


My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Sept. 6th as we walk through the book of Deuteronomy. 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

INTRO:
  • By Jewish tradition there are 613 laws in the Pentateuch (Gen-Deut)
  • While not binding they are important, and their teaching is the basis of TRUE BIBLICAL RELATIONSHIPS…GOD and OTHERS. (Mat. 22:34-40 – Love God and Love others)
  • They reveal our true heart.  Jesus and the rich ruler. Mark 10:17-22
  • The 10 lay the foundation for the 613.
  • The 1st commandment is the foundational commandment for all other commandments and law.
  • WITHOUT A TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF GOD AND A PROPER RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM…NOTHING ELSE WILL MATTER.
  • Remember, the statues, rules, and law were given to encourage and teach a proper covenantal relationship with God and with others (vertical and horizontal)

THEREFORE…Commandment 1 is crucial AS WE UNDERSTAND:

  1. Who God is
  2. What God has done
  3. How we must respond.

Who God Is – v. 6a

I AM

  • Moses at the burning bush – Exodus 3
  • Holy, Unique
  • Jesus and the 7 I Am’s in John’s Gospel.

LORD your God

  • Personal
  • Sovereign, Righteous Ruler

Our faith is not grounded on how hard we believe in something, but in WHOM we believe (Kevin DeYoung)

What He Has Done – v. 6b

Who brough YOU

  • Chosen, Set Apart, His Special People
  • Exodus . 2:24 – “Heard their groaning and remembered His Covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob”
  • OT – The Nation of Israel
  • NT – Believers/The Church (believers are the church)

OUT OF  the Land of Egypt out of the House of Slavery

  • Delivered
    • These words are not WORD OVER A CONQUERED FOE, BUT RATHER THESE COMMANDMENTS ARE FOR THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN REDEEMED.
  • From Bondage
  • Deliverance was and is not impossible on their own.

Romans 6:6–7 – [6] We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. [7] For one who has died has been set free from sin. (ESV)

Galatians 5:1 – For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (ESV)

Shane and Shane – “Liberty”

For freedom You set me free
And yes, I am free indeed
You rewrote my name
And unshackled my shame
You opened my eyes to see
I am free

DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME:

  • OT – Celebration of the Passover was a reminder to the people
  • NT – Celebration of the Lord’s Supper is a reminder to His people.

How We Must Respond – v. 7

You shall have no other gods before me

Joshua 24:14 – Joshua renewing the covenant in Shechem

1 King 18:21 – Elijah at Mt. Carmel.

Matt. 6:24 – No one can serve two masters.

NOT AND

  • And Baal, And Asherah, and Money
  • TODAY….AND. AND. AND

BUT GOD ALONE.


CONCLUSION: God Alone = Jesus Alone

At Mt. Sinai – GOD IS GOD ALONE

At Mt of Transfiguration – THIS IS MY BELOVED SON…LISTEN TO HIM

Mark 9:2–8 – [2] And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, [3] and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. [4] And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. [5] And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” [6] For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. [7] And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” [8] And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only. (ESV)

OT – LISTEN and OBEY…BECAUSE YOU KNOW, LOVE, FEAR, TRUST.

NT – LISTEN and OBEY…BECAUSE YOU KNOW, LOVE, FEAR, TRUST.

1 Cor 8:4-6 – Paul to the church of Corinth

[4] Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” [5] For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”—[6] yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. (ESV)


SCRIPTURE:

Matthew 22:34–40 – [34] But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. [35] And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. [36] “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” [37] And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. [38] This is the great and first commandment. [39] And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. [40] On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (ESV)

Mark 10:17–22 – [17] And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” [18] And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. [19] You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” [20] And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” [21] And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” [22] Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. (ESV)


John 6:35 – I am the bread of Life

“No one who comes to Me will ever hunger and thirst again.”

John 8:12 – I am the light of the world

“He who follows Me will not walk in darkness.”

John 10:7 – I am the door of the sheep

“If anyone enters by Me he will be saved and go and find pasture.”

John 10:15 – I am the great shepherd

“I know My own and My own know Me.”

John 11:25 – I am the resurrection and the life

“He who believes in Me will never die.”

John 14:6 – I am the way, the truth, and the life

“No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

John 15:1 – I am the true vine

“He who abides in Me will bear much fruit.”


Romans 6:6–7 – [6] We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. [7] For one who has died has been set free from sin. (ESV)

Galatians 5:1 – For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (ESV)

Joshua 24:14–15 – [14] “Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. [15] And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (ESV)

1 Kings 18:21 – [21] And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word. (ESV)

Matthew 6:24 – [24] “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. (ESV)

Matthew 5:21-26 “Anger and Reconciliation”

My sermon/teaching notes for Wednesday, Sept. 2nd  Our current Wednesday Summer Series is THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week please visit http://www.fbcap.net

Matthew 5:21–26A Righteousness that Exceeds!

Matthew 5:20 – For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (ESV)

IN THE FOLLOWING SECTION WE LEARN ABOUT A RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT EXCEEDS.

From Anger To Reconciliation

ANGER

[21] You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment. [22] But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

What has been said – Do not murder

  • Gen. 4:9, 9:6 – Cain killed Abel
  • Man is made in the image of God.
  • Ten Commandments – Exodus 20:13

But I say to you

  • Obviously, Jesus is not abolishing.
  • Remember, He is fulfilling.
  • Bringing into a sharper focus. 

Anyone who is angry with their brother (fellow believer)

  • Why does someone murder?
  • Because they are angry.  HEART ISSUE
  • The desire from within…the desire is the sin.

Insults his brother. You Fool

  • To attack the character of a brother or sister in Christ
  • Our desires.  Our true character.
  • Be careful what you say to someone…WE CANNOT SEE THEIR HEART OR KNOW THEIR MOTIVES.

RECONCILIATION

[23] So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, [24] leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

At the altar…your brother has against you

  • Our relationship with others is more important that ‘ritual worship”
  • Our relationship with others is dependent on have true worship with God.
  • Vertical and Horizontal relationships.

Go, Be reconciled, Come and Offer your gift

4 G’s – The Peace Maker – Ken Sande

  • Glorify God – Everything we do as Christians should be for God’s glory.  Without this motivation, our efforts at reconciliation will not be effective. 1 Cor. 10:13
  • Get the log out of your eye – We must deal with our own heart before confronting someone else about their sin.  If we skip this we will only attack one another. Matt. 7:5
  • Gently restore – Peacemaking is about restoring the relationship and not pursuing human, sinful justice.  This requires patience because people do not see their faults immediately. Gal. 6:1
  • Go and be reconciled – We forgive those who wronged us and commit ourselves to restore the damaged relationship. Matt. 5:24


[25] Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. [26] Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny
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Come to terms quickly…lest you are handed over to the judge

  • Be sure and do what needs to be done now…what YOU KNOW NEEDS TO BE DONE
  • You will be held accountable
  • God never blesses disobedience!
  • For a Christian… not eternal judgement, but the discipline from the Lord

Deuteronomy 4:44-5:33 “What does God expect of His people” (an intro)

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Aug. 30th as we walk through the book of Deuteronomy. 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 4:44-5:33

Intro:
  • The beginning of the second address/sermon. (4:44-26:19)
  • “What does God expect of His People”
  • 4:44-11:32 are General Stipulations. 12:1-26:19 – More Specific Stipulations.

The Importance of the Law – vv. 4:44-5:5

These are the testimonies, statutes, and the rules – v. 4:45
Hear, Learn, careful to do – vv. 1
The Lord our God made a covenant with us – v. 2

  • The five covenants of scripture.
    • Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic, and New Covenant (new – Jeremiah 31:31-34, Luke 22:14-23)
  • Seize what your parents did not
  • They refused to listen
    • Hear, believe, and accept (only when we accept God’s Word does one experience true change of attitude and action.
  • Obey – Blessing. Disobedience – Judgement/Discipline. John 15:1-11

The Law and its Purpose – vv. 5:6-21

  • The Ten Commandments – Exodus 20:1-17
  • The basis of the relationship between the redeemed
    • and their redeemer
    • and their community
  • The law was not given for them to be “saved” they were already “saved”.
  • Obedience was the evidence that they did belong to God.
  • The Old Covenant is like the New…it is based on faith.  If they truly believed and place their faith in who God was and what He was call in them to do…then they would obey …TO OBEY IS TO PLACE ONE’S TRUST IN THE PROMISES OF GOD. Roman 4:3
  • When the law was broken, then the sacrificial system was in place to make temporary atonement through blood for one’s transgressions.
  • God’s commandments are given TO SET HIS PEOPLE APART from the rest of the World. Then and now. 1 Peter 2:9
  • To show His love for His People and for His people to show their love to Him. (I HEAR, I BELIEVE, I TRUST, I LOVE, I FOLLOW) John 14:15
  • DO NOT OVER THINK THE 10 COMMANDMENTS …Summed up here!!!!!. Matt. 22:37-40 (THAT SIMPLE)

The Character of the Giver of the Law – vv. 5:22-33

These are the words the LORD spoke…In the midst of the fire, cloud, darkness with a loud voice – v. 22
Behold , the Lord our God has shown us His glory and greatness, – v. 24
You shall be careful therefore to do as the Lord your God has commanded you.  You shall not turn aside to the right hand or the left.  You shall walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, that YOU MAY LIVE, and THAT IT MAY GO WELL WITH YOU, and THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG IN THE LAND THAT YOU SHALL POSSESS.- vv. 32 – 33
  • It is an expression of the heart and character of God.  They not only showed God’s desire for His people, but also who God is.
  • Mount Sinai God revealed to them His greatness and glory.
  • Fire, cloud, darkness, lightning and His Word
    • The majesty and authority of God and His Word.
  • Moses is reminding them to REMEMBER and RESPECT
  • Psalm 119:16

Conclusion:

Then as today. We need to be a people that HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD and because of our relationship WE LIVE IN THE MIDST OF THIS GREAT RELATIONSHIP.

  • Loving Him
  • Trusting in Him
  • Following after Him
  • Living consecrated unto Him

Scripture:

Jeremiah 31:31–34 – [31] “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, [32] not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. [33] For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [34] And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (ESV)

Luke 22:14–23 – [14] And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. [15] And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. [16] For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” [17] And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. [18] For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” [19] And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” [20] And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. [21] But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. [22] For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” [23] And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this. (ESV)

John 15:1–11 – [1] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. [2] Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. [3] Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. [4] Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. [5] I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. [6] If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. [7] If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. [8] By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. [9] As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. [10] If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. [11] These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (ESV)

Romans 4:3 –  For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” (ESV)

1 Peter 2:9–10 – [9] But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. [10] Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (ESV)

John 14:15–17 – [15] “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. [16] And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, [17] even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. (ESV)

Matthew 22:34–40 – [34] But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. [35] And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. [36] “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” [37] And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. [38] This is the great and first commandment. [39] And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. [40] On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (ESV)

Psalm 119:16 – I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. (ESV)

Matthew 5:17-20 “The Righteousness of a Disciple” part 1

My sermon/teaching notes for Wednesday, Aug. 26th.  Our current Wednesday Summer Series is THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week please visit http://www.fbcap.net


Matthew 5:17–20

The Righteousness of a Disciple and Follower of Christ

An Outline:

The Righteousness of a Disciple – vv. 17-48

The Standard of Righteousness – vv. 17-20

  • Christ and the law – vv. 17-18
  • A believer and the law – vv. 19-20

Six examples of the believer’s righteousness – vv. 21-48

  1. Anger
  2. Lust
  3. Divorce
  4. Oaths
  5. Retaliation
  6. Hatred

The Standard of Righteousness – vv. 17-20

Christ and the Law – vv. 17-18

[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

He did not come to destroy and create a new one.  Jesus came and FULFILLED.

  • The law is God’s truthful and eternal word that points to His character and His gracious and redeeming work among His people.
  • Jesus completed them.
  • He obeyed the law to perfection.
    • Moral – He lived a perfect live
    • Ceremonial – Tabernacle, Ark….Jesus is the perfect picture of all they stood for.
    • Judicial – He came as the perfect act of justice.

Let’s look at this Scripture as we consider this idea of a New Covenant:

Jeremiah 31:31–34 – [31] “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, [32] not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. [33] For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [34] And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (ESV)

Luke 22:19–20 – [19] And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” [20] And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. (ESV)

Romans 3:21–26 – [21] But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—[22] the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: [23] for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, [24] and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, [25] whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. [26] It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (ESV)

1 Peter 2:24 – [24] He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed (ESV)

[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

Iota, Dot were small marks that completed Hebrew letters.  Like out doting of the it and crossing the T.

  • EVERY DETAIL OF GOD’S WORD IS PERFECT, COMPLETE AND SUFFICIENT.
  • YET, the OLD points toward the NEW.
  • The truth remains, yet now revealed in Christ.
  • Every dot and iota points to what the Gospel means and has provided.

A believer and the law – vv. 19-20

[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)

We must keep and teach

Do not add to or take away from)

  • To disobey – the least
  • To obey – the greatest

Our righteousness must exceed the Pharisees.

  • Pharisees was external
  • New Covenant/Gospel is eternal

2 Corinthians 3:5–18 – [5] Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, [6] who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

[7] Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, [8] will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? [9] For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. [10] Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. [11] For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.

[12] Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, [13] not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. [14] But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. [15] Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. [16] But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. [17] Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. [18] And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (ESV)

Deuteronomy 4:9-43 “Living in the Land” part 2

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Aug. 23rd as we walk through the book of Deuteronomy. 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 4:9-43

  • 4:1-43 is the conclusion of Moses’ first message.  He is preparing them for life in the land.
  • The physical journey will end, but the spiritual/relational journey is on-going.
  • God is calling His people to live as recipients of His covenant love demonstrated by a life that please their redeemer.

Over the next couple of weeks we will consider 4 truths we need to apply to our life as WE LIVE IN THE LAND as new covenant believers and followers of Jesus Christ.

Listen & Fear (vv. 1-8) – Remember & Worship (vv. 9-40)

Remember – vv. 9-14

Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children – v. 9

[13] And he declared to you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments, and he wrote them on two tablets of stone. [14] And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and rules, that you might do them in the land that you are going over to possess – vv. 13-14

  • Keep
    • Your soul diligently (heart)
    • lest we forget
  • Make known – teach, share, LEGACY (Not just memory)
    • our own family (start there)
    • Church family – 2 Tim. 2:2
  • Continue to remember/learn
    • teach you statutes and rules, that you might do them in
    • Written out.  Never forget
AT HOREB – Who He is

Exodus 20 – Ten Commandments (Here a reminder of the 1 & 2)

Worship – vv. – 15-43

“Therefore watch yourselves very carefully. Since you saw no form on the day that the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, [16] beware lest you act corruptly by making a carved image for yourselves – v. 15-16

And beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, things that the LORD your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven – v. 19

GOD IS TRANSCENDENT – Superior, Beyond the normal.

  • He is eternal
  • All powerful, All knowing, Ever Present
  • Do not worship things. Objects

GOD IS IMMANENT – Involved with His creation.

  • He reveals Himself.
  • We HEAR from His Word and Believe.
  • The Spirit quickens our heart.
    • We put our trust in no other CREATED THINGS

Perfect in His love

Infinite in His Wisdom

Complete in His Sovereignty

Romans 1:18-23 – Suppress the truth…WHO GOD IS


AT EGYPT – What He did

But the LORD has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be a people of his own inheritance, as you are this day – v. 20

Furnace – purge, purify, prepare them for what God had called them to be.

He has (and will) chosen, guided, and delivered His people

  • Old – Nation of Israel
  • New – Believers/Church

AT KADESH – His expectations

Moses smote the rock

For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God – v. 24

Instead of speaking to the rock he hit the rock. (Numbers 20:1-13)

God provided the water for His people, but disciplined Moses

  • Evidently, Within his heart…he was glorifying in self rather than God.
    • Do not fret or over think…HE KNOWS OUR HEART
  • Jealous like a husband over his wife or mother over her children
  • Motivated by love.  He knows what is best and must discipline.

HIS COVENANTS – His Faithfulness and Love

[25] “When you father children and children’s children, and have grown old in the land, if you act corruptly by making a carved image in the form of anything, and by doing what is evil in the sight of the LORD your God, so as to provoke him to anger, [26] I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that you will soon utterly perish from the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess. You will not live long in it, but will be utterly destroyed – vv. 25-26

[29] But from there you will seek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. [30] When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the LORD your God and obey his voice. [31] For the LORD your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them – vv. 29-31

  • IF YOU OBEY BLESSING
  • IF YOU DISOBEY CHASTISEMENT
  • WHEN YOU REPENT THEN FORGIVENESS AND RESTORATION

It is a picture into the future.  They will be conquered and taken by Assyria and Babylon.  They will return, yet not truly live out what God has called them to be….YET, through the GOSPEL….JESUS CHRIST….ALL THINGS ARE MADE NEW.

CONCLUSION

Listen, Fear, Remember, Worship

[35] To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD is God; there is no other besides him. [36] Out of heaven he let you hear his voice, that he might discipline you. And on earth he let you see his great fire, and you heard his words out of the midst of the fire. [37] And because he loved your fathers and chose their offspring after them and brought you out of Egypt with his own presence, by his great power, [38] driving out before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land for an inheritance, as it is this day, [39] know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. [40] Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land that the LORD your God is giving you for all time.”

Matthew 5:13-16 – “The Witness of a Disciple”

My sermon/teaching notes for Wednesday, Aug. 19th.  Our current Wednesday Summer Series is THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week please visit http://www.fbcap.net

Matthew 5:13–16 – The Witness of a Disciple – Our Influence

You are the Salt of the Earth

[13] “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

Precious

  • Salt was a precious commodity.
  • Our life.  Our relationship with Christ.  The call on our life.  IS A PRECIOUS COMMODITY.

Seasoning

  • To enhance flavor.
  • Our life should bring Gospel zeal and excitement for Christ (not bland)

Preservative

  • Keep from decay.
  • As we live out the truth we are preventing the moral decay of society.

Pure

A salt with no taste… has no value.

  • If we are not being the salt of the earth… WHAT VALUE DO WE HAVE.  REMEMBER, the Great Commission!!!!


You are the Light of the World

[14] “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. [15] Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. [16] In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (ESV

You are the light of the world

  • We are the means by which the Gospel is shared to the ends of the earth.
  • We are to go as fishers of men – Matt. 4
  • We are to go and make disciples – Matt. 28

Cannot be hidden

  • Christians should live their life wanting to Illuminate and Expose (be the Light)
  • Just as visible as city on a hill is seen by all… our Christian life should be seen by all.
  • 2 Cor. 2:14-17 – Aroma unto life and death,

Not under a basket, but on a stand

  • We should be intentional to be a witness.
  • Intentional to holiness
    • Intentional in relationships
    • Intentional in evangelism
    • Intentional in discipleship
  • Others may see and Give glory to God
    • Our witness should not point people to us BUT TO HIM

Truths to consider

  • God is sovereign
    • We must understand He is working behind the scenes. We must believe in divine appointments (Peter & Cornelius-Acts 10)\

  • Remember that He will save…not you

  • Realize you are an ambassador for Christ (every believer is)

  • The task we have been given is to Pray, Share, and Encourage to Respond

  • We must be properly motivated
    • We must have a theology of lostness…without Christ one is dead in their trespasses and sin.
    • We must have a spirit of passion and enthusiasm
    • We must believe in the power of the message…the Gospel.  It is not my presentation that converts.  It is the Gospel that saves.

  • We must be intentional
    • Building relationships with those in our personal network
    • Expose them to the Gospel. (Tracts, Our Testimony, CDs, Books, Church, Church website, and the BIBLE)

  • We must not be a stumbling block
    • Your witness should match your walk
    • An attitude of EXCELLENCE IN ALL THINGS (My lifestyle reflects the greatness of God)
    • Your home & Your Church should reflect this principle

Deuteronomy 4:1-8 “Living in the Land” part 1

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Aug. 16th as we walk through the book of Deuteronomy. 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 4:1-8

  • Deuteronomy 4:1-43 is the conclusion of Moses’ first message.  He is preparing them for life in the land.
  • The physical journey will end, but the spiritual/relational journey is on-going.
  • God is calling His people to live as recipients of His covenant love demonstrated by a life that please their redeemer.

Over the next couple of weeks we will consider 4 truths we need to apply to our life as WE LIVE IN THE LAND as new covenant believers and followers of Jesus Christ.

Listen – vv. 1-2

These 2 verses could be considered a summary of the entire chapter

Listen to the statutes and rules that I am teaching you

  • Why would we not want to listen…I AM TEACHING YOU.
  • Psalm 33:1-9  – The world was spoken into creation.
  • Romans 10:17 – Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

Do them, so that you may live

  • My concern is we are getting away from preaching and teaching (true biblical authority)
  • We hear and do SO THAT WE MAY LIVE
  • 1 John 5:1-5 – Not burdensome

Go in and take the land

  • GOING and OBTAINING
  • FAITH, OBEDIENCE, & VICTORY

Obeying the Lord becomes a joyful privilege when you realize that His commandments are an expression of His love, and assurance of His strength, invitations to His blessing, opportunities to grow and bring Him glory, and occasions to enjoy His love and fellowship as we seek to please Him.  GOD’S WORD IS THE OPEN DOOR INTO THE TREASURY OF HIS GRACE. (Warren Wiersbe)

Fear – vv. 3-8

(3 results of a proper fear of God)

Your eyes have seen what the LORD did at Baal-peor, for the LORD your God destroyed from among you all the men who followed the Baal of Peor.v.3

  • Numbers 25:1-9
  • Because of their sin of idolatry.  They accepted the invitation to participate at one of the Moabite feasts.
  • Because of their friendship with the ways of the world God judged 24,000 men

But you who hold fast to the Lord – v. 4

A proper fear will keep us from sin

To fear is to respect.  A Holy Fear.

  • Who He is
  • What He is

A Holy Fear will KEEP US CLOSE AND CLEAN

  • Friendly to the world – James 4:4
  • Loving the world – 1 John 2:15-17
  • Conformed by the world – Romans 12:1-2

[6] Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ [7] For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him? [8] And what great nation is there, that has statutes and rules so righteous as all this law that I set before you today? – vv. 6-8

A proper fear will lead to understanding and wisdom.
  • That you may do
  • Applying what we know to our decisions.
  • Keep and Do. Ongoing. That will be...
A proper fear will lead to purpose and blessing.
  • Surely this is a great nation – v. 7
  • Statutes and rules so righteous – v. 8
    • Love of right

CONCLUSION

Proverbs 3:5-6

Our Actions

  • Trust in
  • Lean not
  • Acknowledge
  • Be not wise
  • Fear the Lord
  • Turn from Evil

God’s Provision

  • He will make your path straight
  • Healing to your flesh
  • Refreshment to your bones