My sermon notes for Sunday morning, March 28th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:45 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistavonpark/ We also provide the services through YouTube on our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net
Association of Certified Biblical Counselors Website- Anxiety and Worry Resource Page (you will find several articles and podcasts that relate to anxiety and worry. I have include one of the articles below)
- The previous verses vv. 19-24 taught us about laying up “treasures in heaven” and “treasures on earth.”
- Jesus continues with this dynamic as he addresses worry and anxiety over the things of life.
- Worry and Anxiety is wrong. As believers we all can have periods of worry and anxiety, but our goal should be not to let it control us.
- The key is learning to trust and finding our contentment in who we are IN CHRIST as we live our life FOR CHRIST. (Phil 4:11-12, 1 Tim. 6:6-8)
The Problem – v. 25
Anxious, to worry. (EXCESSIVE ANXIETY)
- Concern over things outside of our control.
Worry is a sin against God:
- His Person, His Promises, His Provision
- God is our Holy creator
- Think of ALL THE PROMISES IN HIS WORD.
- HE IS GOD!
- All aspects of the person (Physical, mental, emotional, spiritual – John MacArthur)
Eat, drink, put on your body
- Specifically, here the most basis: Eat, Drink., & Wear.
- Years ago, this would have been a daily concern. NOW, not so much… yet WE STILL WORRY.
The Picture – vv. 26-31
Birds – they do not grow or store.
- Yet, God feeds them
- THEY WORK and God provides.
Are you not of more value than they?
- Think of creation. Humankind is the pinnacle of creation.
- He Loves and Cares for His own. 1 Peter 5:6–7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,  casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (ESV)
And which being anxious can add a single hour to your span of life
- Our worry ADDS nothing to our life, rather SUBTRACTS from it
Flowers – do nothing, but…are beautiful
- Yet, God gives them their beauty
- God will do much more for us
O you of little faith – v. 30
- God will feed, give life, & cloth
The Promise– vv. 31-34
Therefore, do not be anxious
- Eat, drink, wear
- YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER KNOWS YOU NEED THEM
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness
- Seek. Desire after. Strive to obtain. OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE. DAILY LIVING FOR GOD (Not just believing but focus on and live for God)
- Do not worry, but seek…HIS KINGDOM and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS …remember vv. 6-10.
- Replace your WORRY with SEEKING (Put off & Put on)
- 2 Cor. 5:17-21 – we are NEW CREATIONS – old is gone. (TOTAL MAKE OVER -Like TV shows…work and sweat toward our goal!!!!)
All these things will be added to you
- You will realize all you need will be FOUND IN WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST
Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow
- We worry over things WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER
- Sufficient of the day
- Seek and live today and tomorrow takes care of itself.
- ONCE WE HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST
- WE CAN KNOW WE HAVE A HEAVENLY FATHER THAT LOVES US AND CARES FOR US
- AS WE SEEK HIM, WE WILL REALIZE THE THINGS WE WORRIED ABOUT WERE NOT THAT IMPORTANT
- WE DISCOVER ALL THAT WE TRULY NEED IS FOUND IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM
- AND THEN WE DISCOVER CONTENTMENT
Philippians 4:11-12 – Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
1 Timothy 6:6-8 – Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
2 Corinthians 5:17–21 –  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;  that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (ESV)
My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Mar. 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
- What we treasure is what we value. (this is obvious)
- Our heart, determines our mind, which determines our values and priorities.
- The hypocrites have a faulty “world view” (how they processed the world)
- They had faulty views of:
- THEN – God – Themselves – His Law/Word/Teaching
- KNOW – THAT…Plus – The Gospel – The Church
Therefore, their values and priorities were off.
- They valued
- Prestige – Popularity – Positions – Possessions
Jesus is encouraging His hearers to examine their hearts… to see their treasures… their priorities… their values. WHAT THEY ARE STORING UP!
Our Heart – vv. 19-21
Laying up treasures
- Treasure up Treasures (Lay-up and Treasure come from same root word)
- Temporary – Tangible
- “Making Memories” (Funeral example)
- Luke 12:16-21- Rich man storing up for future
- His storing up… indicates his heart
- Stockpiling – You have enough, but you keep obtaining.
FOR where the treasure is, there your heart will be also
Matt 13:44 – This MAN SELLS ALL TO ACQUIRE the treasure. The worth of being a “Kingdom Citizen”
- Areas we need to be consider how we are storing up
- Our Time – Our Talent – Our Treasures
1 Timothy 6:6–12 – Contentment, Desire for wealth, Temptation
- WHAT ARE WE INVESTING IN?
- The temporal or the eternal
- We will reap the rewards of our investment.
Colossians 3:23–25 –  Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,  knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.  For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality. (ESV)
Our Focus (Vision) – vv. 22-23
- Light – Good, Pure, Right
- Direction, Discovery
- Dark – Bad,
- Sinful, Lostness, Despair
- Eye is Bad – Your vision
- Our Purpose – CLEAR VISION. KNOW WHERE I AM GOING!
- Our Values – What is important to us for the journey.
- WHAT YOU SEE. HOW YOU PROCESS THE WORLD
- Whole body is in darkness.
- John 3:16-21 – Light, dark, What man loves.
Our Master – v. 24
- Cannot serve two masters
- Our allegiance
- What controls us. We are answer to.
- KEY WORD SERVE
- You can ONLY be TRULY FAITHFUL TO ONE.
- Think of a Roman soldier. (Treason, Spies)
All three are basically a picture of the whole self:
- When He is Lord
- Our Heart is Right
- Our Vision is Right
- Our life is Right
Romans 10:9–11 –  because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.  For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” (ESV)
Ephesians 1:16–23 –  I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,  having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,  and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might  that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,  far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.  And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,  which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (ESV)
- As we acknowledge who Christ is (His Lordship) then we have ACCESS to the knowledge, blessings, and power of God (John 14:6, Temple veil)
Luke 12:16–21 –  And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully,  and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’  And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’  But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’  So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” (ESV)
Matthew 13:44 –  “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. (ESV)
1 Timothy 6:6–12 –  But godliness with contentment is great gain,  for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.  But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.  But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.  Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (ESV)
John 3:16–21 –  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.  And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.  But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (ESV)
My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Mar. 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
- Matt. 6:5-18 teaches on giving, praying, and fasting
- Warning against the hypocritical life.
- vv. 9-15 is often called the Lord’s Prayer…It could also be called the Model Prayer or Disciple’s Prayer.
- HOW A RIGHTEOUS PERSON SHOULD PRAY
Divided in 2 parts
- In relationship to God – HIS GLORY – vv. 9-10
- His Holiness – v. 9
- His Reign – v. 10a
- His Rule and Purpose – v. 10b
- In relationship to believers – OUR NEEDS – vv. 11-13
- Our Physical – v. 11
- Our Spiritual – vv. 12-15
Our Physical Needs – v. 11
- the supplication
- We are dependent upon Him.
- We are to work, but we also realize that as we do our part that He IS doing His part.
This day our daily bread
- Our daily needs (not our GREEDS)
- One day at a time. Ok to have a vision for the future, but the key is having a daily trust in His Provision.
Our Spiritual Needs – vv. 12-15
Forgive us our debts
Forgiveness and the spiritual debt owed to God
- Once and for all – Regeneration (Born again)
- Romans 5:1 – Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (ESV)
- Ongoing purging of self and sin – Our Sanctification (Maturing toward Christlikeness)
- As a believer we should pray for a holy and clean life before the Lord
- An intimate and on-going daily walk with Him
- Growing and changing daily into the likeness of Christ. This takes place as we practice the spiritual disciplines of worship, prayer, Bible study, giving, serving, witnessing….AS WE BELIEVE IN AND LIVE OUT THE BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES OF A CHRIST HONORING SPIRIT FILLED LIFE.
Colossians 1:28–29 –  Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.  For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. (ESV)
Ephesians 4:13 – until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, (ESV)
As we have forgiven our debtors
Because our HUGE SIN DEBT has been forgiven…We should be able to forgive others.
And lead us not into temptation
- The danger is when it leads to the enticement to sin.
- When difficulties come, we may wonder…. Is this from God – Is this from Satan
- We all will face trials and testing. WHEN WE ARE TEMPTED TO SIN as we walk through them.
James 1:2–4 –  Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,  for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (ESV)
- Opposite of joy is grumbling….in our trial we PUT GOD ON TRIAL. We question Him.
James 1:14 – But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. (ESV)
deliver us from the evil one
1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (ESV)
The Gospel/Jesus is enough to overcome the evil one.
- Matt. 4:1-11 – He did it in the wilderness. (Wilderness Temptation)
- John 19:30 – He did it on the Cross. “It is Finished”
- Rom 8:37-39 – He continues to do it. “More than conquerors”
Truths to remember:
- We do not need to worry about the evil one when we walk closely with the Lord.
- Venturing out on our own exposes us to the temptations of the evil one. (ALONE…CHURCH BODY!!!!!!!!)
- We are redeemed, but sin always comes with a cost. Some sins come with a very high cost.
Colossians 2:13–15 –  And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,  by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.  He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. (ESV)
WE WERE DEAD – BUT NOW ALIVE
He will meet our needs.
- Both Physical and Spiritual
- Only Christ can fulfill that promise.
The Righteous Life is about Righteous Prayer – Because of the RIGHTEOUS ONE.
Believe in Him – Trust in Him – Live for Him
 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
 Give us this day our daily bread,  and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,  but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (ESV)
Ephesians 4:11–16 –  And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,  to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,  until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,  so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.  Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,  from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (ESV)
James 1:12–15 –  Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.  Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.  But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.  Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (ESV)
Romans 8:37–39 –  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV)
My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Feb. 28th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:45 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistavonpark/ We also provide the services through our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net
- This section covers giving, praying, and fasting
- The greatest amount of time was spent on prayer
- It is the most important
- A better name… The model prayer or disciple’s prayer. HOW A RIGHTEOUS PERSON SHOULD PRAY
- Not praying as a hypocrite.
- How do we pray?
- Why do we pray?
Divided in 2 parts
- In relationship to God
- In relationship to Us
With 6 Petitions
- 1-3 are cast in terms of God’s Glory – vv. 9-10
- 4-6 are cast in terms of our benefit or needs – vv. 11-13
Our Father in heaven – Praying to the Father
Jesus prayed to His Father – Mark 14:36 – Abba
- To the Father… it is a personal prayer
- Believers – Only through the gospel of Jesus Christ…Through conversion… is God is our heavenly Father – John 14:6
- Unbelievers – Those that have not repented of their sin and placed their faith in Christ… The devil is their father – John 8:44
Hallowed be your name – His Name – His Holiness
Name – Represents all that He is. His character and attributes.
- He is Holy. One should acknowledge His holiness
- 1 Peter 1:15-16 – but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
Our Words Matter
- We say that we are a Christian…but there is no evidence in life that we truly love God or the things of God.
Our Worship Matters
- We need to be very careful how we “say” we worship Him. Worship/His Church is not about us, but IS ALL ABOUT HIM.
Your kingdom come – His Kingdom – His rule and reign
Kingdom – Basileia. It is not necessarily a place, but rather refers to His sovereignty and dominion.
The King reigning in His Kingdom
- Started with the coming of Christ… yet not fully consummated until His ultimate and final return.
The Kingdom is NOW manifested and made known as the church lives out the Lordship of Christ through our lives.
- Christ’s rule and reign through the hearts of believers and the ministries of the local church.
- God’s redemptive plan lived out.
REMEMBER….Jesus is warning against hypocritical praying….We can become guilty of praying hypocritically when…We pray more for our kingdom rather than God’s
We pray and respond like a child lives their life
- Happy when all is well but…the moment they are uncomfortable or want something…they cry out and want someone to give them what THEY WANT.
- Cannot see the big picture…they live in their little universe.
- For whatever reason we fail to acknowledge God’s Holy and Sovereign Rule Over Creation…. Out actions indicate a little view of God.
Key is understanding the IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES we can ASK OURSELVES… How can I utilize this news/event/circumstances to:
- Grow closer to Him
- Utilize this for His Glory (people see and hear how we respond when we face difficulty
- To demonstrate hope and share the Gospel.
Your will be done – His Will – His purpose and plan
God is never trespassing on his own property. Psalm 24:1 – “The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof”
Romans 12:1-2 – … that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect
We are never going to ask Him to do something He has not already planned. (WHAT A PROFOUND THOUGHT)
REMEMBER – He is all powerful, all knowing, all wise, and all loving. HIS PROVIDENTIAL CARE AS HE RULES WITHIN HIS KINGDOM.
3 Possible Understandings of His Will
- God is in control of nothing
- God is in control of somethings
- God is in control of all things – THE RIGHT ANSWER
- It is all or nothing.
- He is God…we are not
- We have a will, but our will can never be superior to His will.
- People say…WE HAVE FREE WILL. I always say yes, we do but OUR WILL IS NOT SUPERIOR TO HIS WILL. If someone really believes in TOTAL FREE WILL….THEN why pray at all…WHAT CAN GOD DO?????
A perfect example – Acts 2:23 – this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. (ESV)
Truths to Embrace and Remember
Proverbs 21:1, Genesis 50:19
- God is working behind the scenes
- He is working to accomplish His purpose…GOD HAS A PLAN
- His ways are not our ways
- God’s Word/Purpose will not return to Him void
- We will never know God’s perfect will until after it happens
- God loves His sheep.
- He who comes through Christ will be saved
- Jesus came to give life abundantly.
- We will never perish.
- The Father has given us to the Son
- No one will snatch us from His hand.
- For this is the will of God, OUR SANCTIFICATION
Romans 12:1–2 –  I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (ESV)
Proverbs 21:1 – The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will. (ESV)
Genesis 50:19–20 –  But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?  As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. (ESV)
Isaiah 55:6–11 –  “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;  let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,  so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (ESV)
1 Thessalonians 4:3 – For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; (ESV)
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
- 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 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 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.
 Trust in the LORD, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
 Delight yourself in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart. (ESV)
Amos 5:21–24 –  “I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.  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.  Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen.  But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. (ESV)
Luke 18:9–14 –  He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt:  “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  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.  I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’  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!’  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 –  And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.  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)
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
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?
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
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.
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.
- perhaps the greatest is in knowing it has pleased the Lord. WHAT OTHER MOTIVATION DO WE NEED?
God KNOWS OUR HEART
- Thoughts, Motives
 “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.  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.  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.  For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (ESV)
 “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.
 “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.  But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,  so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (ESV)
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
- 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
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
- 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
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
- 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
- Blessing – IF we obey
- Curse – When we do not
WHEN….it is going to happen
- The Israelites will cross the Jordan
- Christ will come (He did and is coming again)
- Physical location. A geographical place. Canaan/Israel
- 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 –  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.  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.  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.  For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.”  And again in this passage he said, “They shall not enter my rest.”
 Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience,  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.”
 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on.  So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God,  for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.
 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.  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.  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)
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
- Fear the Lord
- Walk in all His ways
- Love Him
- Serve the Lord with all your heart and soul
- 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
- Circumcise the heart
- 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
- To the Fatherless and Widow
Love and Provides
- To the sojourner
What God Requires – vv. 20-22
TRULY WORSHIP HIM
- Serve Him
- Hold Fast to Him
- 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
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
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
- POSSESS – He gave it…defeated the enemy….now it is all my doing.
Jeremiah 17:9–10 –  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?  “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.
- “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)
REMEMBER WHAT WE HAVE IN THE NEW COVENANT – IN CHRIST
Titus 3:3–7 –  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.  But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,  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,  whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,  so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (ESV)
Hebrews 12:28–29  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,  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)