1 Corinthians 13:4-5a

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

1 Corinthians 13:4–5“What love is and what love is not” part 1

INTRO

  • Agape Love… love in action
  • Not feeling love, but doing love
  • What love does & What love does not do
  • Paul is painting a portrait of love, and Jesus Christ is sitting for the portrait. He lived out in perfection all of these virtues of love. This beautiful picture of love is a portrait of Him. (John MacArthur- 1 Corinthians Commentary)
  • Remember the context. Spiritual gifts within the life of the church
  • Our relationship with others is a direct reflection of our relationship with God.

Love is Patient

  • Long suffering as relating to people
  • Long suffering as opposed to hasty anger
  • Willing continue to TAKE from others
  • Enduring through others not loving us
  • Willing to embrace others and their short comings
  • 2 Peter 3:9 – God’s patience toward us.

Love is Kind

  • Kindness is the counterpart of patience
  • Willing to help and assist
  • Will continue to GIVE to others
  • 1 Peter 2:2-3 – Tasted the kindness of the Lord

Love does not Envy

  • To want what others have (jealousy)
  • To wish others did not have
  • Desiring the gifts of others
  • Lack of contentment. Satisfied
  • Phil 4:11-13 – I am to be content

Love does not Boast

  • Opposite of jealousy… I want others to want what I have
  • Heap praise on self

Love is not Arrogant

  • Puffed up and parading around (prideful)
  • My gifts are more and do more.
  • Exaggerated self-conception
  • What do I have to be prideful about?
  • Sinner saved by grace
  • Phil 2:6-8

Love is not Rude

  • Acting rude to others
  • Unbecoming, indecent
  • My life does one or two things….BUILD UP OR TEAR DOWN!

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

Nehemiah 8:1-18

Nehemiah 8:1-18Revival in the Land

My sermon notes for Wednesday night, Aug 24th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube. You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

INTRO

  • The wall is finished.
  • Now Nehemiah prepares the people to succeed
  • Chapters 8–13 is the preparation of the spiritual people
  • A spiritual revival
  • The Keys to Revival in the land

For Further STUDY

Application of the Word (Questions to ask as you read and study the Word)

  1. Is there an example for me to follow?
  2. Is there a sin to avoid/confess?
  3. Is there a promise to claim?
  4. Is there a prayer to repeat?
  5. Is there a command to obey?
  6. Is there a condition to meet?
  7. Is there a verse to memorize?
  8. Is there an error to avoid?
  9. Is there a challenge to face?
  10. Is there a principle to apply?
  11. Is there a habit to change? Stop/Start
  12. Is there an attitude to correct?
  13. Is there a truth to believe?

SPACE

  • Sin to confess
  • Promise to claim
  • Attitude to change
  • Command to obey
  • Example to follow

Lift High the Word of God – vv.1–8

Hear and Believe IT AS THE WORD

Ezra – Read, Taught

  • Deut. 31:10-13
  • Morning from mid-day
  • Elevated before the people
  • Opened the book of law

People – Gathered and listened.

  • Received as the WORD OF GOD

“The primary task of the church and of the Christian minister is the preaching of the Word of God,” said Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. “The decadent periods and eras in the history of the church have always been those periods when preaching had declined” (Preaching and Preachers, pp. 19, 24)

Look Within – vv. 9–12

Wept over their sin

  • Sorrow over their past mistakes

Rejoiced over God’s faithfulness

  • God always blesses obedience
    • Change of circumstances
    • Change our attitude in the midst of circumstances

THEY UNDERSTOOD THE WORD AND REJOICED

Remember the Word – vv. 13–18

Obeying /Living Out the WORD

Studied the Word

  • The purpose of study is to learn
  • Who God is
  • How we live based on who God is

Obeyed the Word

  • Hear
  • Believe
  • Trust
  • Obey

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 “If I have not love, I am nothing”

1 Corinthians 13:1–3

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

INTRO

  • The greatness/importance of love
  • The love chapter…. Not just for people/weddings… FOR THE CHURCH
  • Chapters 12-14 flow together as one literary unit
  • The importance of the church and their gifts
  • How we function (serve and minister) within the body
  • GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE
  • Our gifts are nothing is they are not used in love.

The Meaning of Love

Love Agape

  • personal and enduring love
  • love toward others – Giving love

The Preeminence/Superiority of Love

Have not love

  • Not acting with love

Regardless of how IMPRESSIVE/SPECIAL/SUCCESSFUL we think we are

  • In our Speech – Noisy gong, clanging symbol
  • In our Gifts – I am nothing (not even one)
  • In our Sacrifice – I gain nothing (profit, benefit)

These – love = Nothing

Ephesians 4:15 -16 [15] Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, [16] 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.

  • Love – Working properly
  • Love – Maturity/Maturing
  • Love – Builds itself up

1 Thess. 4:9 – [9] Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, [10] for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, [11] and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, [12] so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. (ESV)

  • Our Mind – Our Doctrine
  • Our Hands – Our Service/Ministry
  • Our Heart – Our Devotion, Passion (LOVE)

CONCLUSION (THE WHAT NOW)

Consider the work of God (the Trinity) in our Conversion and our Sanctification.

1 John 4:19 – FATHER – We love because he first loved us. (ESV)

John 13:34–35 – SON – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. [35] By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (ESV)

Romans 5:5 – SPIRIT– and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (ESV)

We can only LOVE when we have been born again.

  • KNOWING the GOSPEL, TRUSTING IN Him
  • GROWING in GOSPEL, FOLLOWING HIM
  • GOING to live out the GOSPEL (living out LOVE)
  • Love he has for us
  • Love we have for Him
  • Love we have for others

Nehemiah 7:1-73

Nehemiah 7:1-73 – “Almost Finished”

My sermon notes for Wednesday night, Aug 17th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube. You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

INTRO

  • The wall is finished, but Nehemiah is not
  • The wall was just part of getting the city in place
  • Nehemiah is thinking about the future
  • The wall and the people of the city
  • Nehemiah had a plan to Finish what he had started

Shared the responsibility – vv. 1-2; 6-69

Let others lead – vv.1-2

  • Delegation – Established leadership
  • Faithful to God and Feared God
  • Hanani and Hananiah (Civil and Military)
  • Gate keepers/guards – who comes and goes
  • Singers
  • Levites

Numbered the people – vv. 6-69

Different:

  • Families
  • Responsibilities
  • Demographics

PEOPLE MATTER TO GOD. The NATION of Israel.  The CHURCH as the body of Christ.

  • God’s faithfulness to His promises
  • He will restore!

Developed a Strategy to Succeed – vv. 3-4

Provided clear instruction to succeed

  • Vision
  • Clear instruction
  • Strategy
  • When to open the Gates
  • How to protect the city

Remember, he built the walls to protect the city. (HIS PLAN AND PURPOSE DID NOT STOP WITH THE WALLS…. BIG PICTURE LEADERSHIP)

Continued to Grow in His own life – v. 5

God put in my heart

  • Daily walk with the Lord
  • Fresh walk!
  • Progressive Sanctification
  • Always maturing in our faith

Prioritized the Worship of God – vv. 70-73

  • Monies for the Temple
  • Nehemiah 1:8-11 – He knew God would honor their worship and obedience
    • Forgive and restore

1 Corinthians 12:11-31 “Spiritual Gifts” part 4

1 Corinthians 12:11-31 – We are the Body

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Aug 14th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

INTRO

  • The importance of the gifts in relationship to the church
  • We are gifted to be PART OF THE BODY
  • To be part of the church is to be part of the BODY OF CHRIST
  • Not focusing on the gifts but the purpose of them.
  • The purpose of the gifts.  glorify God and build up the body… the local church is key to this being lived out

We are One Body – vv. 12-13

For as the body is one… many parts – All the members… one body – v. 12

  • Human body
  • Very complex, but one

Baptized into the body – Drink from one Spirit – v. 13

  • Spiritual… SUPERNATURAL
  • OUR CONVERSION
  • Same Spirit saves
  • Same Spirit fills
  • All have… the same

Jews Greeks. Slaves and Free – v. 13

  • Across the spectrum of society
  • Everyone and anyone

We are Many Members – vv. 14-20

Not one… but many – v. 14

  • Not individual but corporate
  • Our serving our singing… everything.

God arranged the members – v. 18

  • Different by design.

Each one as He chose – v. 18

  • Designing and building

Many parts, yet one body – v. 20

  • Our Church body… our human body
  • The Church, THE CHURCH

We are Dependent on One Another – vv. 21-31

Cannot say I have no need of you – v.21

  • Our value. Importance
  • The necessity of every member of the body

God composed the body – v.24

  • Mix together, intermingle, temper together

No division in the body – v.25

  • All together
  • Same reason, purpose, goals, and vision (Macro and Micro)
  • SO THAT… Members have the same care for one another

God has appointed – v.28

  • Divinely places

Concluding Thoughts

These verses teach us the importance of the local church

  • SO important to be part
  • Unique (the individual people), yet special (Christ’s Church)

Church is not about just finding a place to “worship”

  • Just attending for the worship (singing and preaching)
  • It is about becoming a “member of the body”

God saves us and places us

  • We are saved to serve within a church
  • This is God’s ordained plan

Using our gifts is much bigger than just holding a church position or checking a box on a spiritual gift survey

  • The Christian life is about serving one another from natural out flow of a spirt-filled life
  • Doing church life together
  • Start small then work out
  • one on one, one on some, one on many
  • Evangelism, Discipleship, Encouragement, and Care

Nehemiah 6:1-14 “The Attack on Spiritual Leadership”

My sermon notes for Wednesday night, Aug 10th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube. You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Nehemiah 6:1-14

INTRO

  • Remember….Opposition is out there.
  • From the outside and from the inside
  • This passage… opposition toward the leadership.
  • The devil will focus on the leaders of the home and the church
  • We see the opposition and we see the way to overcome.

The Strategy of the Enemy

Entering into False Alliances– vv. 1-4

  • Joining with the enemy
  • Cooperation
  • Come together… unity, but at what cost
  • Ultimate end was the harm of Nehemiah

Believing the Lies and Threats – vv. 5-9

  • Lies, False charges
  • Stirring up fear

Compromising truth – vv. 10-15

  • Prophet from within
  • Hid in the temple
  • Trust me…disobey the Word of God

Same tactics for us today

  • Spiritual and Moral compromise
  • 1 Cor. 10:12Take heed lest he fall.

The Strategy of the Leader

Nehemiah shows great discernment and courage.  How?  What was so unique about Nehemiah that allowed Him to stand fast?

He was a man of devotion and prayervv. 9 & 14

  • Seeking God
  • Trusting the God
  • Obeying God
  • ENJOYING OUR WALK WITH GOD MORE THAT WE LIKE LEADING!!!!

He stayed the course with his mission

  • What he was there for
  • Stay focused on the most important
  • Knew His purpose

He trusted God

  • God’s care, provision, and rule over His people (over all creation)
  • He knew God had called Him
    • Go to the city and build the wall
    • What God has started… God would compete
    • Easy to trust when things go well….
  • Verse 11 – Should such a man as I run away?

1 Corinthians 12:8-11 – “Spiritual Gifts” part 3

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Aug 7th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

1 Corinthians 12:8–11

Intro

  • This section expands further v. 4 – The variety of gifts.
  • Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11
  • Varieties – “allotments, distributions.
    • Distributed in many forms
  • There are a variety of gifts and ministries…yet a common reason
  • Glorify God and Build up the Church
    • v. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
    • Make disciples
      • Evangelize
      • Teach
      • Model

The Gifts of the Spirit – Thomas Schreiner

Chart of Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual Gifts lists – A helpful (very basic) article

EACH BELIEVER IS GIFTED – v. 8a

FOR TO ONE IS GIVEN.

  • Each born again believer
  • The context… within the body of Christ
  1. Gifts are given to every believer upon conversion. (Filled & Gifted by the Spirit)
  2. Gifts flow out of a faithful walk with the Lord (Obedient, Serving)
  3. Gifts are discerned and developed through service and use.

Finding your Gifts

  • What do you enjoy doing? (Your passions)
  • What have you seen God bless?
  • What opportunities have you been given?

They are supernaturally given by the Spirit (given and empowered)

  • Through
  • According to
  • By the same

GOD HAS ORDAINED A VARIETY OF GIFTS – v. 8b-10

Focus is VARIETIES… not the gifts themselves.

  • We either ignore or are infatuated on them

Category of Gifts

  • Permanent – Temporary (Sign Gifts)
  • Speaking – Serving (1 Peter 4:10-11)

THOUGHTS:

  • The lists are not exhaustive
  • Do not over think it… “trying to find our particular gift”
  • I hold fast to the temporary and permanent due to my understanding of the truthfulness and sufficiency of God’s Word.
  • Allow Scripture to dictate the usage of gifts.

I believe the following speaking gifts were temporary (for the early Church), even though we can see how the characteristics of some these gifts are part of church life today.

  • Utterance of wisdom
  • Utterance of knowledge
  • Prophecy
  • Ability to distinguish between spirits

Permanent Serving

  • Faith
    • All believers have saving faith
    • The gift of a deep trust in the promises of God
    • A strong confidence in God
    • Stands strong… brings together the body… BOLD FAITH

Temporary Sign Gifts

  • Gifts of healing (biblical healings…not tv preachers)
  • Working of miracles (Supernatural miracles)
  • Tongues (Chap 14)
  • Interpretation of tongues (Chap 14)

GOD IS THE FOCUS OF OUR GIFTS (not us or the gift)– v. 11

All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills

AS HE WILLS! For HIS GLORY AND FOR OUR GOOD!

Nehemiah 5:1-19 – “Opposition from within”

Nehemiah 5:1-19

INTRO

  • Chapter 4 – opposition from the outside
  • Chapter 5  – opposition from within
  • Dealing with internal conflict
  • Expect it (we live in a fallen world
  • Prepare for it
  • Deal with it rightly (biblically, in fear of God)
  • Nehemiah again gives a great lesson in leadership

The Outcry of the People – vv. 1-5

There was an outcry of the people.

  • They were in need of food
  • They had mortgaged their property
  • Bartered their own children.

The problem was from within

  • It was not done by the enemy, but by fellow Jews
  • They should have been doing all that was possible to help each other.

They were taking advantage of one another.

  • High interest
  • Looking out only for themselves
  • Selfish and Greedy

Nehemiah’s Solution – vv. 6-11

NOT BE RIGHT…. BUT GET IT RIGHT!

He was upset – v. 6

  • Burdened, Righteous Anger

He sought the truth – v. 7

  • Prayed
  • Pondered

Spoke Plainly

  • Biblical communication – Matt. 18:15-20
  • Speak the truth in love – Eph. 4:15
  • Deal with the issues at hand

Focused on the Lord

  • Their sin is against a holy God
  • It impacted their walk
  • It impacted their witness

Provided the solution

  • Repent
    • Recognize the sin
    • Turn from the sin
    • Live differently

Nehemiah’s Example – vv. 14-17

His preaching matched his living

  • His money
  • His stuff
  • His work
    • Diligent
    • Disciplined

They were greedy… Nehemiah was a giver – v. 14

  • Took care of 150 men – vv. 17-18
  • NOT ME… BUT OTHERS

He did all to please God – v. 19