Nehemiah 1:1-11

My sermon notes for Wednesday night, May 18th.  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 1:1-11

INTRO

  • Nehemiah is a Godly man that accomplished much.
  • Nehemiah is often referred to as a great book on leadership.
  • Tonight let us consider the Godly Leader and their relationship with God  (their prayer life and devotion)

A Kingdom Concern vv. 1-3

News came for Jerusalem

  • His heart was focused on God’s Kingdom
    • God’s rule and reign through His people
  • He was devoted to God.
  • Seeking after God

A Kingdom Petition vv. 4-11

The Attitude of his Prayer – v.4

  • Brokenness
  • Reverence
  • Presence (He was aware of the holiness of God

The  Content of his Prayer

  • Adoration – v. 5
  • Confession – vv. 6-7
  • Thanksgiving – vv. 8-10
    • Deut 28-30 – Judgement and Blessing
    • He knew God would forgive and restore… if they obeyed
  • Supplication
    • Prov. 21:1 – God moves the hearts of kings.

The Persistence of his Prayer

  • 2:1 – 5 months later

1 Corinthians 8:1-13 – “Our Christian Liberties”

INTRO

  • Paul is asked about food offered to idols
    • one portion sacrificed,  second given to person…Third to priest.
    • What priest did not use was sold in the market.  It was cheaper than the typical meat market.
  • It was causing some Christians to question the practices of others.
  • CAN WE EAT FOOD OFFERED TO IDOLS?
  • What about us today?  What is our “food sacrificed to idols?”
  • When something is not explicitly dealt with in scripture.
    • Things I have encountered over the years… Alcohol, lottery, non-Christian music, movies, Sunday activities…etc.
  • How can we determine our freedom?

Understand Knowledge and Love

Knowledge is important. Paul is constantly encouraging the church to grow in their knowledge and understanding of the things of God.  We cannot believe that which we do not know.

  • Knowledge/Facts are very important… but WISDOM IS CRUCIAL
  • Knowledge alone puffs up.  Knowledge must be followed by practice.  (To Know and Love)

Love is a verb.  If we know God we will love God and love others.  We will stop looking so selfishly at our life and begin to look at others.

Col. 1:9 – exhorted to grow in knowledge (DOCTRINE)

1 John 4:19-21 – exhorted to love. (UNITY)

They are not enemies of one another

  • True Knowledge will lead to True Love
  • True Love will lead to True Knowledge

I have noticed over the years that we typically lean more one way or the other… and have a hard time understanding why others do not see things the way we do.

  • Just love people like Jesus did
  • Get doctrine right like Paul did

Do Not Live in the Extremes

Legalism – WHAT I HAVE TO DO

  • Rules
  • What we do or do not do.
  • No gray area…black or white based on our understanding.  We take the gray out for you.

License – WHAT I AM FREE TO DO

  • Freedom to do whatever, as long as not scriptural issue.
  • We can do anything.  It’s all good!
  • Danger of turning everything gray.  Did God really say that?

Examine the Issue Theologically & Biblically

Is it biblical…is it addressed in scripture

  • The weak – lack of knowledge and understanding
  • Proof texting verse the big theological picture

Check Your Motives

WHY – THIS IS CRUCIAL.

  • I KNOW YOU CAN, BUT WHY DO YOU WANT TO
  • Why do I want to do it
  • Selfless love?

Consider Your Witness

Will it build up or cause to others to stumble.

  • Am I doing this to fulfill the Great Commission or am I doing this for myself?

Continue to Grow in Your Faith

We are never there yet, we continue to mature in our faith

v. 12 – “you sin against Christ”

  • Strive to move from weaker to stronger in our faith.  WE NEED TO GROW IN KNOWLEDGE AND LOVE
  • Grow as a weaker brother
  • Come alongside the weaker brother. OTHERS NEED TO GROW IN KNOWLEDGE AND LOVE

Nehemiah – An Introduction

My sermon notes for Wednesday night, May 4th.  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.

INTRODUCTION

A great site providing introduction to the book of Nehemiah

ESV Global Study Bible – Intro to Nehemiah

HISTORICAL TIMELINE

1140 BC

  • God brought the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery
  • If they broke the covenant, they would be slaves once again (Jeremiah 2:14-15)

722 BC

  • Assyrians take northern Kingdom
  • 10 tribes were scattered and intermarried with Assyrians or left.

586 BC – Jerusalem Falls to Babylonians

  • Nebuchadnezzar was ruler
  • Daniel to Babylon

538 BC – Persians defeat Babylonians

  • Cyrus was ruler
  • Allowed conquered subjects to return to their homelands
  • 2 Chronicles 36:7 – Was allowed to take back possessions taken from Temple.
  • Ezra 1-4
  • Rebuilding of temple

522 BC

  • Darius is ruler
  • Greeks defeat Persians at Marathon
  • Haggai/Zechariah encouragement to build the Temple
  • Temple completed

486 BC

  • Xerxes is ruler
  • Esther is chosen to be queen (479 BC)

465 BC

  • Artaxerxes is ruler
  • Nehemiah is cupbearer

445 BC

  • Nehemiah goes to Jerusalem to build the wall.

THOUGHTS

  • Where Ezra deals with the religious restoration, Nehemiah is concerned with the political and geographical
  • Both are concerned with the restoration of Israel.
  • God uses both for His Glory!
  • Nehemiah 1-7 is the restoration of the wall
  • Nehemiah 8-13 is the restoration of the people

KEY VERSES

Nehemiah 6:15–16 – So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. And when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem, for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God. (ESV)

Nehemiah 8:8 – They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading. (ESV)

KEY THEMES

Nehemiah’s Trust in God

  • His obedience to God’s leading in His life
  • Coming before the King
  • Taking on such a task…finishing the task
  • Nehemiah 7:5

Nehemiah’s Perseverance

  • Nehemiah faced continuous opposition, disappointments, and setbacks, yet he continued with the task

Nehemiah’s Devotion to the Word of God

  • The spiritual revival came in response to Ezra’s reading of “the Book of the Law of Moses” (Nehemiah 8:1-13)
  • Reading, Explaining, Understanding, Doing the Word (the will of God)

Q&A with Pastor Jon – “What is God like?” God is Truth

God is truth

John 14:6; John 17:1-5; Hebrews 6:18

  • He is the source of all truth
  • He is the final standard of truth

The Spirit guides believers in all truth

John 16:12-15

  • Guide you
  • Not speak on His own

God’s Words are true and completely righteous

Psalm 19:9

  • Scripture – The Word of God
  • Read it – Meditate upon it

God wants us to know the truth

John 17:17

The Truth sets us free

John 8:31-32

Therefore, We should live according to the truth

Psalm 86:11

  • Hear the Word
  • Believe it….as the Word of God
  • Trust it – Our hear tour heart
  • DO IT – Trust and obey!!!!!

Matthew 28:16-20 – “Go Therefore and Make Disciples”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, April 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 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

  • For us… Resurrection Sunday was last week…now what?
  • Matthew opens with the birth… then the resurrection, but that is not the end
  • Jesus has been preparing the disciples all through the Gospels for this very moment.
    • He lived
    • He died
    • He rose again
    • He gives the GREAT COMMISSION

His Invitation vv. 16-17

  • Go to Galilee… and you will see me. v. 10
  • The risen Savior is giving His parting words to His disciples
  • It has been 40 days since His resurrection
  • Some worshiped (Understood exactly who He was)
  • Some doubted (believed but a little hesitant)

His Authority – v. 18

  • All authority
  • From humiliation to exaltation Phil 2:1-11
  • In the Gospels he healed, raised the dead, walked on water…. This was just a glimpse of who He is.

His Mandate – vv. 19-20a

Make Disciples (the imperative)

  • A saved person learning to live under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
  • Notice what the imperative is not
    • Not preaching
    • Not making converts
    • Not getting decisions
  • Matt 4:19 – Fisher of men
  • Matt 28:19 – Discipler of all men (all nations)
  • Consider the “callings”… to preach, teach or evangelize
  • Yet, we are all called to make disciples.

How is disciple making accomplished?

By Going – v. 19

  • Going, As you are going
  • AS YOU ARE GOING – FOLLOWING JESUS

By Baptizing – v.19

  • Identifying with Christ and His Church
  • Picture of the changed life… from old to new
  • A physical and public statement of one’s faith
  • Scripture gives no indication there such thing as an unbaptized believer
  • Notice, it is after one professes their faith in Christ

By Teaching – v. 19

  • To observe
    • Belief, Trust, Action =Obedience
  • All I have commanded you
    • The words of Christ (the Word of God)
    • The words of the Apostles (The Word of God)
    • The Bible (The Word of God)

His Presence – v. 20b

  • I am with you always
  • Matt. 1:23 – Immanuel – GOD WITH US
  • The power of the mission
    • WE ARE NEVER ALONE
    • IT IS NOT OUR MESSAGE OR MISSION
    • WE SERVE HIM
    • WE ARE HIS AMBASSADOR

CONCLUSION

We have the mission

  • We have the power – All authority
  • We have the location – All the nations
  • We have the message – All the Words
  • We have the duration – All our days (end of the age)

Matthew 28:1-10 “Resurrection Sunday”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, April 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 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:

  • Resurrection Sunday is upon us!
  • Friday at our luncheon we consider Jesus’ words on the cross… IT IS FINISHED John 19:30
  • He completed the task prophesied in the OT. Isaiah 53:1-12
  • He competed the task.  He made all things NEW. Rev 21:5 (already and not yet)
  • That is great news for us today.  To have a relationship with Christ makes ALL THINGS NEW.  WE BECOME AND LIVE A NEW CREATIONS.
  • Let us consider the great truths from the events of His glorious resurrection.
  • Easter Sunday is not an event… it is all about a personal relationship
  • A relationship that offers… Rest, Forgiveness, Victory, Assurance, and Satisfaction

REST

First day of the week – v. 1

  • Lord’s Day. (Friday night, Saturday, Sunday morning – 3 days)
  • Sabbath was a day of rest after the finished work of the OT.  CREATION
  • Lord’s Day is the finished work of the NT.  NEW CREATION
  • Sabbath Rest was a temporary… Jesus is a permanent rest
  • Hebrews 4:9-11

FORGIVENESS

Mary Magdalene – v. 1

  • Much indebted to Christ for the forgiveness of sin.
  • She was so devoted to her REDEEMER
    • THIS IS MISSING TODAY.  WE THINK SO LITTLE OF OUR SAVIOR BECAUSE WE THINK SO LITTLE OF OUR SIN.

VICTORY

Earthquake – v. 2

  • At his crucifixion Matt. 27:51
  • At his resurrection (the aftershock!)
  • It points to the supernatural, the power
  • IT IS FINISHED. Nothing else needs to be done.
  • FAITH IS THE VICTORY.

ASSURANCE

The Angle and the Stone – v. 2

  • Lazarus stone was rolled way by man.  Jesus’s stone was rolled away by God/angels.
  • Lazarus stone was rolled away so he could come out. Jesus stone was rolled away so they could look in
  • Do not fear
  • He has risen
  • Come and see
    • Grave clothes not in disarray (not taken)
    • The language conveys that they were still in the form of a body.  No unwrapping.
    • LAZARUS NEEDED HELP WITH HIS GRAVE CLOTHS, JESUS DID NOT.
  • Go and tell

SATISFACTION

The Words from Christ – v.9

  • Greetings “JOY TO YOU”
  • And they worship Him
  • JOYFUL WORSHIP

John 13 – “Lessons from the Upper Room”

My sermon notes for Wednesday night, April 13th.  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.

John 13:1-38

INTRO

  • Jesus is in the midst of “Holy Week”
  • He is in the upper room with the disciples
  • Jesus is teaching and modeling the true life of a servant.
  • 4 Words to consider as we reflect upon the upper room

Serve – vv. 1-20

  • follow my example
  • Master, yet washed their feet
  • We serve one another
  • Mark 10:45
  • Phil 2:5-7
  • Col 3:23-24

Trust – vv. 21-30

  • Troubled in His spirit.
  • In the midst of betrayal
  • Trusting in the will and plan of God.  Not doubting God’s perfect plan. (Jesus trust)
  • Our doing must be for the right reasons…Judas has everyone fooled….was he really trusting God and who Christ was or who he thought Christ needed to be?

Love – vv. 31-35

  • Glorified at the cross
  • A new commandment…Love
  • 1 John 4:20
  • 1 Peter 4:8
  • Rom 12:10
  • 1 John 3:18

Forgive – vv. 36-38

  • Jesus knew He was going to the Cross
  • He knew Peter would deny Him
  • He knew what Peter would become.
  • Forgive, Restore
  • Receive and Go
  • 1 Peter 3:9
  • Col 3:13
  • Matt 6:14-15
  • Eph 4:32
  • Ps 86:5

Matthew 21:12-22 “The Cleaning and the Cursing.”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, April 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 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 Cleansing of the Temple and the Cursing of the Fig Tree
  • He has entered the city of the King
  • Here is showing His authority as the King.
  • He now pronounces judgment as the King
  • All the events of the week point to the cross and empty tomb
  • Hypocrisy is the issue
  • False worship is the issue

Cleansing the Temple – vv. 12-17

Mal. 3:1-4 – Prophesied over 400 years before.

Why was Jesus so upset?

  • Not a particular person. the sellers, the buyers.
  • This issue… what “worship” in the Temple had come to.
  • Activity rather than worship
  • Man-focused worship rather than God-focused worship

The temple should have been a place for true worship to take place, but it had turned into a religious business endeavor.

  • Pilgrims coming for the Passover celebration
  • Purchasing animals for sacrifices
  • Jeremiah 7:9-11

The gentile court was for the gentiles to come and have access to the Temple.  The idea was so that they could come and learn about the ONE TRUE GOD

  • House of Prayer…Den of thieves. v. 13
  • The nation of Israel should have cherished and protected this area.
  • YET IT WAS A CONVENIENT AREA FOR BUSINESS
  • What was designed for worship of God was now a worship of man.
  • It also points to the character lived out in their daily lives. Thieves gathering… robbing God.

What are some dangers that we have today?  Have we lost focus on our worship?  Are we here for God or for man?

  • Listen to our excuses about why people do not faithfully attend church…. Your will hear the heart!

The level of hypocrisy is astonishing. v. 14

  • The temple is cleared
  • Jesus begins to minister and heal
  • REMEMBER… JESUS IS PROPHET, PRIEST, AND KING.
  • Yet, the religious leaders are furious over what He is doing and has done in God’s House.
  • THE IRONY of this picture.

Cursing the Fig Tree – vv. 18-22

The tree was fruitless

  • He could have just caused the tree to produce fruit
  • Instead, He judged
  • This was a divine object lesson (John MacArthur)

Israel was fruitless

  • Israel had all the rights and privileges to bear fruit
  • Yet, the temple was a clear picture of their fruitlessness
  • Morally and Religiously
  • The tree represents Israel.  The lack of fruit is their disobedience.

A lesson on faith and prayer – vv. 20-22

  • Faith =Trust
    • Hear, believe, embrace, do.
    • Head, Heart, Hands
  • Prayer
    • The temple was supposed to be a house of prayer
    • Prayer is the bedrock of our understanding of true faith.
    • The intimate relationship that one has with God.
    • To be a people of prayer is to be a people that truly know God.
  • Israel did not live by true FAITH AND PRAYER and were judged.
  • Jesus is teaching on the fruitfulness of true faithfulness
    • This is not a “name it and claim it” teaching.

Conclusion

  • What a great time to consider our own heart… as we anticipate Easter.
  • We will be a people of activity or people of true worship