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

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Jan 3rd. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:45 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistavonpark/  We also provide the services through our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net

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

A New Year is an opportunity for a New You

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

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

Well…lets consider a few things.

Why does a new year make our life better?

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

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

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

I AM GOING TO LIVE MY LIFE WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notice the text:

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

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

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

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

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Dec 20th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:45 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistavonpark/  We also provide the services through our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net

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

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

THE LONG-AWAITED MESSIAH HAS ARRIVED!!!

Jesus the Son of Abraham – The Father of the Nations

Christ is the fulfillment of the promise made to Abraham.

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

To all the nations, for all the people.

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

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

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

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

v. 1 – HIS NAME points to it

Jesus – Jehovah Saves

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

The GOSPEL.

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

v. 17 – All of HISTORY points to it

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

From Abraham to King David

  • Father of the nation to the First King

David – Josiah

  • From the Greatest King to the Last Free King

From Jeconiah to Jesus

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

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

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

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

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

International Mission Board (IMB) – Motivation and Fast Facts

WE CANNOT ALL DO EVERYTHING, BUT WE CAN ALL DO SOMETHING

PRAY – GIVE – GO – SEND

As Southern Baptist, we have a great opportunity this Christmas season to REACH THE NATIONS WITH THE GOSPEL. The uniqueness of the Southern Baptist Convention is the idea that all SBC churches have the privilege of working TOGETHER to live out Matthew 28:18-20.

Matthew 28:19–20 – Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)

We believe a great way to accomplish this is through the ministries of the International Mission Board. (imb.org) For 175 years, the IMB has been on the field providing HOPE that can only be found as the GOSPEL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST is proclaimed to the NATIONS.

Fast Facts of the IMB

Total Field Personnel as of 11/30/2020 – 3,532
People Groups and Urban Centers Engaged by IMB – 1,209
Pastoral Trainings Given – 18,598
Advanced Theological Trainings Given – 33,068
Church Planting Trainings Given – 38,866
New Churches Planted – 12,368
Baptisms – 47,929
People Groups Globally [peoplegroups.org (IMB)] – 11,732
Unengaged, Unreached People Groups – 3,056

The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is an annual offering collected by believers around the world to support international missions. The offering was officially named in 1918 by Woman’s Missionary Union in honor of the missionary to China who urged churches to start it and give sacrificially.

This offering is unique from other mission offerings in that 100% of gifts provide for missionaries all over the world. It is a valuable part of Southern Baptists’ 175-year history of reaching the nations with the gospel and vital to reaching the vision of a multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation knowing and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ. imb.org/lottie-moon-christmas-offering/

Each year we set aside the Christmas Season to take up this special offering. This allows everyone at FBCAP to give support that will go directly to our missionaries and the work that is taking place.

WE CANNOT ALL DO EVERYTHING, BUT WE CAN ALL DO SOMETHING

PRAY – GIVE – GO – SEND

(More detailed information about the ministries of our church and background of the SBC can be found in a previous message I shared. What it means to be SBC)

Matthew 28:18-20 & Acts 11:19-26 – “Go Therefore and Make Disciples”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Dec 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

Today as we gather the focus is on International Mission. This time of year our church prays for and gives to support the work of the SBC and International Missions. Today, I want us to consider what is this idea of MISSIONS…What is it that we as a church are to be doing.

Matthew 28:18–20 [18] And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. [19] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)

  • Go – Make Disciples – All the nations
Acts 11:19-26 is Matthew 28 being lived out

Acts 11:19–26 – [19] Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. [20] But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus. [21] And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. [22] The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. [23] When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, [24] for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. [25] So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, [26] and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians. (ESV)

After reading the text we could define Missions – The activity of God’s people, the church, to live out Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 11:19-26 to all the nations.

  • (believe the words are true and do our best to fulfill them)
NOTICE WHAT THE FOCUS IS… DISCIPLE
  • A disciple is a saved person that is learning to live under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
  • Knowing, Growing, Going.
  • Believing, Trusting, Following, (Adore and Worship)

KEYS TO BEING A DISCIPLE and MAKING DISCIPLES

I must be growing daily in my relationship with the Lord (my personal holiness and spiritual growth…growing and changing into the likeness of Christ)

I must reach out to others with the Gospel message (my circle of influence)

I must build up believers in their faith (Invest in others…help them become disciples) 

  • In their knowledge of God through His Word.
  • In their daily growing and changing (The Spirit of God through the Word of God causes this growth… as we believe and obey the WORD…We begin to live less like us and more like HIM)
  • In their ministry within the local church
  • In their loving and serving one another

TRUTHS TO CONSIDER

THIS INVOLVES EVERYONE

  • We all are uniquely qualified to fulfill Matthew 28 and Acts 11
  • USING MY GOD GIVEN PERSONALITY AND GIFTS TO LIVE OUT THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST…MAKING A DIFFERENCE! IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS.

NOT AN EVENT, BUT A PROCESS

  • I am afraid we have turned evangelism within the SBC into an event and simple prayer.

WE MUST RELY ON AND TRUST IN GOD’S GRACE

  • His presence, power, and promises to do only what He can do.

WE MUST REMEMBER THE MISSION

  • Make disciples (Not just seeking a decision)
  • NO WHERE IS SCRIPTURE DOES IT TELL US THAT BELIEVING IN JESUS ALONE SAVES YOU

WE MUST TAKE SERIOUS WHAT IS AT STAKE

  • The souls of those we know and love are at stake.
  • All ETERNITY IS AT STAKE
  • IT IS NOT OUR PLACE TO JUDGE, BUT WE MUST REALIZE THAT EACH ONE OF US ARE GOING TO BE JUDGED.
  • Matthew 7:21–23 – [21] “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. [22] On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ [23] And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ (ESV)
  • We must not be satisfied with what someone may tell us…we must love them enough to seek the deeper things of their heart. (NOT IN A JUDGMENTAL WAY, BUT LOVING AND SINCERE WAY)
  • What we believe with our mind, should impact our heart, and change our life.
  • Do they know Jesus Christ?  When they came to Christ was THEIR SIN THE ISSUE.  THE OLD MAN IS GONE…THEY ARE A NEW CREATION. 2 Corinthians 5:17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

WE MUST POINT THEM TO WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE

1 Corinthians 6:9–11 – [9] Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, [10] nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. [11] And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (ESV)

BUT YOU WERE

Washed – cleansed (guilt over the power of sin)

Sanctified – Set apart.  A break from sin.

  • Love of sin
  • The power and practice of Sin
  • On-going growth. Progressive

Justified – Not guilty. Romans 8:33

  • Declared righteous. (opposite of unrighteous)
  • Christ’s righteousness. 1 Cor. 1:30

Romans 5:1 – Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (ESV)

Romans 8:1 – There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (ESV)

SCRIPTURE:

Romans 8:33 – Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. (ESV)

1 Corinthians 1:30–31 – [30] And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, [31] so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (ESV)

Hanging of the Christmas Green. A service for the beginning of Advent.

Hanging of the Christmas Green at FBCAP

The Meaning of the Service

Since the second-century, Christians have set aside a time of the year to commemorate and remember the incarnation of the Son of God through the birth of Jesus Christ. Though cultures, traditions, and decorations may change; the truth of the gospel that is made clear during the Advent and Christmas season remains the same.

When Adam and Eve fell into sin, all of humanity fell with them. But even as God was pronouncing judgment on them, he promised a future deliverer and Savior who would come. When cursing the serpent, God said these words,

“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:15 ESV)

Even from the beginning, God made a promise to conquer sin and to crush the head of the serpent. This is the promise of Christmas:  that God has come to deliver us from sin and the power of Satan.

We will be decorating our Sanctuary with different items today, each meant to illustrate something about the gospel to us.

As we see familiar Christmas decorations being displayed this morning, we hope that they will be filled with new meaning for those whose hope is in Jesus, the Light of the World.

The Christmas Wreaths

When God created the world, it was an act of pure joy as His beauty and wisdom were written on everything that had been made. The Apostle Paul reminds us of this in Romans 1

“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.” (Romans 1:20 ESV)

And the Psalmist declared, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”(Psalm 19:1 ESV)

So God’s nature can be perceived through the things he has made. God communicates small parts of himself through the simplest things like the rushing waters, the mountain peaks, or the wind blowing through the trees.

At Christmastime, we hang wreaths. Most people think nothing of putting a wreath on their door; it’s just something you do because it’s Christmas after all. But what if a lesson could be learned in something as simple as a Christmas wreath?

The circle carries tremendous significance when we think about the nature of God. Just as God has no beginning and no end, so the circle of the Christmas wreath is without beginning and end. God is eternal. As the Psalm declares, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90:2 ESV)

The color of the Christmas wreath is green, reminding us that God is the source and creator of all life. Without him, there would be nothing. He is the Creator, sustainer, and provider of all things and as such, He alone has every right to demand worship and adoration from His creatures.

Garland and Pew Bows

Unfortunately, even though Paul says that God reveals himself in many ways through the created world; there’s a big problem.

Instead of turning to thank God for creation and the blessings he gives; men naturally turn to idols. Whether this is by worshipping created things like trees, rocks, and carved images or arrogantly trusting in our own power and might; the hearts of men are factories for idols.

In that same passage we read earlier, Paul goes on saying, “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. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things… they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator.” (Romans 1:21-25 ESV)

Even though men turn to idols and refuse to worship God; God still loves all creation, including humanity. Though many will always refuse God and will always be rebels against him and his Law; God promises mercy and pardon to those who turn to him.

Even when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, God showed mercy by covering their shame. When they ate the forbidden fruit, out first parents were made aware of their nakedness and were ashamed and tried to cover themselves with leaves.

But God in his kindness made them clothing from animal skins so that they might not be ashamed. Not only that, but he made a promise to one day deliver not only them, but all of humanity from the curse of sin and death.

The evergreen we will hang tonight reminds us of God’s eternal faithfulness and mercy toward us, his sinful creatures. Even though we deserve nothing more than death and hell, God’s infinite patience and mercy offers pardon and redemption. But this pardon does not come without a price.

Just like Adam and Eve’s nakedness was covered by a sacrificial animal, our sins must also be atoned for by nothing less than a blood-sacrifice. The red of the pew bows will remind us of the blood that God required throughout the Old Testament.

But these blood sacrifices were not the end of God’s plan. No, but they pointed to something far greater than themselves, one perfect sacrifice that would be once and for all:  the sacrifice of a perfect, spotless lamb.

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-24 ESV)

Poinsettias

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4-7 ESV)

Those words by the Apostle Paul to the Galatians contain the beauty of the Christmas story and the whole of the gospel. The eternal Son of God became a man in the person of Jesus Christ so that he might offer himself as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of humanity.

No more sacrifices of birds and goats and rams were needed; nor was there any more need for a high priest because Jesus became our High Priest and our perfect sacrifice when he offered himself on the cross.

Christmas is a time of beauty and light, but only because Christ endured a season of suffering and anguish on our behalf.

Paul said, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV)

Because Jesus became our sin and crucified it to the cross, we are able to be the very righteousness of God. That’s what makes this a season of light, a season of love, and a season of beauty.

Without the cross of Christ at the center; our celebration would be meaningless and we would still be in our sins. The poinsettias that we will display tonight have been given in honor of loved ones from families of our church; but their significance goes far deeper.

When we look at the poinsettia, we are reminded again of the suffering of Jesus. The red reminds us of his blood. Jesus said this was the blood of the New Covenant. It is the only blood that makes us right with God. The points of the flower remind of the nails and spear that pierced Jesus’ hands, feet, and side and the crown of thorns that pierced his brow.

By this simple flower, we are reminded of the great price that Jesus paid for our salvation. As we remember Christ’s sacrifice, let us also remember that this great gift makes Christmas as special as it is.

Men are sinful and in need of a Savior. God, in love and mercy sent his only Son, Jesus to be the Savior so that by offering himself as a sacrifice, Christ would save all of those who believe in him. That’s the story of Christmas, and it’s the story of the gospel.

Candles

When Jesus entered the world, he came as a light shining in a dark place. The Prophet Isaiah said, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.” (Isaiah 9:2 ESV)

This was foretelling a time when the light of God would break through the darkness of the world with the birth of Jesus Christ to Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem.

Indeed, not only did Jesus represent the light of God to humanity, but he himself is “the light of the world.”

But even Jesus didn’t stop there, but he said, ““You are the light of the world.” Who was he talking to? He was talking to us, his followers, his disciples. Yes, Jesus is the light of the world who shows the way to God, but he has also called us to be lights in the world; lights that point the way to him.

Before he left earth, Jesus gave his disciples this mission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV)

The mission Jesus left us is to shine as his lights in the world; to shine the light of the gospel in a world of sin and darkness. As we light the candles in the window, let us remember that Christ has commanded us to not only celebrate, but share the joy of the Christmas message.

(Script was written by Rev. Matthew Price and Joy Loomis of FBCAP)

Deuteronomy 6:10-25 – “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one” part 2

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Nov 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 6:10-25

INTRO
  • HEAR, O ISRAEL
  • The Shema – 6:1-9 (Hear, Love, Teach, Talk, Bind, Write)
  • In this section the emphasis is on…ONCE YOU GET IN THE LAND.  LIVING OUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH YAHWEH.
    • Living out their love for Him – Their devotion unto Him
    • LIVING LIKE THERE IS NO OTHER GOD!!!
WHEN the Lord brings you into the Land – vv. 10-11
  • He is going to do it.
  • He DID DO IT.
TAKE CARE LEST YOU FORGET – vv. 12-19

Forget what? (the Lord our God the Lord is one)

  • Forget who God is. – What He has done. – What He will continue to do.

How God’s people are to live. – v. 13

  • Fear the Lord – Reverence, Submission
  • Serve the Lord – Obedience/Worship/Follow
  • Honor His name – Our words.

How God’s people are not to live – v. 14

  • Do not walk after other Gods
    • Loyal devotion to YAHWEH

Because God is a jealous God – v. 15

  • (Passionate) God is not jealous of us, BUT JEALOUS FOR US.
  • WILL NOT SHARE HIS LOVE WITH ANOTHER
DO NOT TEST, BUT TRUST – vv. 16-19

Genuinely believe – diligently keepv. 17

  • Believe His Word and Trust in His Word

Faithfully KeepDo what is right and good – v. 18a

  • In sight of the Lord

Joyfully Trust vv. 18b-19

  • Blesses those that are His – that it may go well with you
  • Judges those that are His enemies – thrusting out enemies
CONTINUE TO PASS ALONG – vv. 20-25

When your sons ask what the meaning is – v. 20

Then you shall tell him – vv. 21-23

  • KEEP THE TRUTH GOING…Do not deviate.

Where we were

  • Their need of salvation – v. 21a

What God Did

  • God’s deliverance – v. 21b
  • God’s demonstration of power – v. 22
  • Their possession– v. 23
    • Brought out to give
    • Egypt to the promise land.
    • Bondage to prosperity
    • Dead to alive

How God told us to live. – vv. 24-25 (summation)

  • Do all these statues v. 24a
    • Hear, acknowledge, Do
  • Fear the Lord our Godv. 24b

SO THAT

  • He will bless us always – for our good alwaysv. 24c
  • He will keep us – Preserve us alive
  • It will be righteousness for usv. 25 a

IF WE ARE CAREFUL TO DO ALL THIS COMMANDMENT BEFORE THE LORD OUR GOD, AS HE HAS COMMANDED US.

Once this was impossible, but now in Christ…and because of His righteousness… we can obey these commandments.

  • We can be blessed
  • We can live in the land
  • We can truly trust
  • We can pass them along

Deuteronomy 6:1–9 – “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Nov 15th 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 6:1–9 – “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one”

INTRO:
  1. (Chapter 5) Moses has finished the reading of the 10 Commandments. God then instructs Moses to listen…then share with the people all the law and commandments.
  2. He now addresses this generation about the importance of acknowledging God’s Word, believing in them and doing them.  SO THAT they can live like God’s Covenant people.  Living in such a way that they acknowledge Him as YAHWEH….LIVING AS COVENANT PEOPLE IN THE LAND.
  3. His concern and warning…DO NOT TO REPEAT THE MISTAKES OF THE PREVIOUS GENERATION.
THE TEXT
THE PREFACE – A PLEA FOR UNDERSTANGING – 6:1-3

AN INTRO TO THE REST OF THIS BIG SECTION (Chapters 6:4-26:19).  Moses is conveying the authority & importance of these words.

So, that they will know how to live as God’s people.

“Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules—that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, [2] that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. [3] Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. – vv. 1-3

  • NOW…listen, take heed, pay attention, are you listening???  ALL THAT FOLLOWS IS VERY IMPORTANT!!!!! – v. 1
  • God gave it to Moses. (FROM GOD to Moses…to the People) – v. 1
  • To teach the people (instruction, with a purpose… a changed life) – v. 1
  • That they may DO them (Goal is change. Understanding and Action) – v. 1
  • In the land they are to possess. (GOD GAVE IT TO THEM.  TO TAKE, but they need to keep obeying to keep) – v. 1
  • That you may fear the Lord (Honor, Reverence, Worship)– v. 2
  • All the days of your life…your son, and your son’s son. (KEEP ON BELIEVING, TRUSTING AND DOING) – v. 2
  • That your days may be long (BLESSED BY THE LORD) – v. 2
  • Hear.  (let it sink in) – v. 3
  • Be careful to do (dedication, diligence, determination….MOTIVATED BY LOVE AND DEVOTION) – v. 3
  • That it may go well with you.  Multiply greatly (HIS BLESSING) – v. 3
  • As the Lord has promised you (God’s Word is trustworthy…always has been…always will be) – v. 3
  • In a land flowing with milk and honey (satisfying) – v. 3
THE SHEMA – (Hebrew for Hear)
  • THEY KEY PRINCIPLE OF THIER FAITH
  • THE FOUNDATION FOR THE WAS TO FOLLOW.  THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS.
  • Israel’s pledge of allegiance
  • Even today…Devote Jews pray this prayer twice a day.  A Christians and the LORD’S PRAYER

[4] “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. [5] You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. [6] And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. [7] You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. [8] You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. [9] You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

HEAR, LOVE, TEACH, TALK, BIND, WRITE

HearThe Lord is One.  HE IS GOD. – v. 4

For an in-depth study on the “Doctrine of God” – The Attributes of God – A.W. Pink (this is “big boy reading”)

Love the Lord with (exclusive and constant) – v.5-6

  • Heart – inner being. Intellect. ALL OUR BEING
  • Soul – Desire, literally appetite. Emotions.  EVERY ASPECT OF OUR PERSONALITY
  • Might – word means greatness, exceedingly. Our Will power. WITHOUT EXCEPTION OR RESERVATION.
  • They shall be on your heart. WHO YOU ARE.  FROM THE INSIDE OUT – v. 6

Teach them diligently to your children – v. 7

  • Serious, Priority, Continuous
  • Instruct. Knowledge and application (INFO then WISDOM)
  • Pass along

Talk of them – v. 7

  • Part of every aspect of one’s life
  • Everything thing done is done under the call TO LIVE AS GOD’S PEOPLE
  • All of life is an opportunity to GLORIFY GOD

Bind them on hands and eyes – v. 8

  • Permeates our life. Shows importance

Write them on the door posts and gates – v.9

  • Coming and Going
  • Everywhere we go we live for God
CONCLUSION

The command was PLAN. It was ACKNOWLEDGED. It was UNDERSTOOD

Yet, 2 Kings ends very tragically.

  • Slowly and surely…with the passing of time…
  • Little by little they deviated from the Word

Jesus repeats this passage in Matthew 22:34 & Mark 12:28

  • Tuesday of Holy Week
  • In the midst of the religious leaders challenging Him.
  • Love your neighbor – Lev. 19
  • Summation of all the Law and Prophets

Under the OT it was impossible to obey completely. In the NT…JESUS DID.

THE GOSPEL MAKES this the greatest commandment? – THAT WE CAN KNOW TRULY OBEY AND FULFILL.

  • To be born again…to a living Hope
  • As new creations in Christ.
  • Through Christ….I CAN TRULY LOVE

1 Peter 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

Deuteronomy 5:21 – “And you shall not covet.”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Nov 8th 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 5:21 – And you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. And you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, or his male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.

COVET

To want and DESIRE wrongly. To wrongly want something someone else has. (an unhealthy ambition)

You neighbor’s spouse

  • They are nice looking
  • They act differently then my spouse
  • I wish my spouse treated me like that

Your neighbor’s house, servant, ox, donkey

  • They have nice stuff.
  • More than me, better than me

Or anything that is your neighbors

  • their talents and abilities
  • job, success,
  • family
We should take it very serious

Romans 1:28–32 – [28] And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. [29] They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, [30] slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, [31] foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. [32] Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (ESV)

Ephesians 5:1–5 – [1] Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. [2] And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.[3] But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. [4] Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. [5] For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. (ESV)

THIS DOES NOT MEAN we cannot have ambition… a desire for things or for a desire for things to be different.

The Key to not COVETING is CONTENTMENT

We want what someone else has….AND when our DESIRE leads to DISCONTENTMENT

Not satisfied with what GOD HAS GIVEN (HIS PROVISION AND CARE)

  • Confusing needs and wants
  • Colossians 3:5 –  Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (ESV)

WE BEGIN TO GRUMBLE ABOUT OUR MARRIAGE, OUR HOME, OUR JOB.

  • WHEN WE GRUMBLE we are questioning God
    • His Wisdom – He knows what is best
    • His Love – He knows what is best for His glory and our benefit.
The Seriousness of it

To Covent…or lack of Contentment (the 10th commandment) could be viewed as a summation of the other 9 commandments

  • Contentment with my HEAVENLY RELATIONSHIP
  • Contentment with my EARTHLY RELATIONSHIPS

HEART FOR God

  • I am content in who He is and my relationship with Him.
    • HE IS ENOUGH
  • I am content in my daily life with HIM
    • LIVING DAILY FOR HIS GLORY…not dependent on stuff that I do not have, but in what God has provided.
    • PROVIDED FROM HIM TO ME
    • WHAT I HAVE AND HOW I SHOW IT. (GRARTITUDE!!!!)

1 Timothy 6:6–10 – [6] But godliness with contentment is great gain, [7] for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. [8] But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. [9] 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. [10] 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. (ESV)

OUR GREATEST UNDERSTANDING OF CONTENTMENT AND GRATITUDE IS REMEMBERING AND REJOICING IN WHO I AM IN CHRIST. (Paul gives a great example)

Philippians 4:10–13 – [10] I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. [11] Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. [12] 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. [13] I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (ESV)

Deuteronomy 5:20 “And you shall not bear false witness”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Nov 1st 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 5:20

And you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

  • Our words are powerful
  • Hard to take back things we have said
  • OUR TONGUE…James 1:26, Chp. 33:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.
False Witness
  • Giving false information against another.  To discredit someone… by your words.
  • To lie.

In Biblical times…the words of a witness were crucial (different today with the technology we have to prove a crime)

  • 1 Kings 21 – Ahab, Jezebel, and Naboth’s vineyard

We may not be asked to testify as a witness, but still…our words about ONE ANOTHER ARE VERY IMPORTANT.

Gossip
  • False about someone
  • True that is not necessary

Proverbs 18:8 – The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body. (ESV)

2 Corinthians 12:20 – For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder. (ESV)

Gossip in the Bible

Slander
  • Deliberately passing along what is false about someone

Matthew 15:19–20a – [19] For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. [20] These are what defile a person. (ESV)

Judging
  • Forming and declaring an opinion of someone without doing the due diligence to determine the facts.
  • Condemning someone rashly
  • Twitter/Facebook today….IS TERRIBLE

Matthew 7:2–5 – [2] For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. [3] Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? [4] Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? [5] You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. (ESV)

Conclusion

Proverbs 19:5 – A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.

Proverbs 6:16–19 – [16] There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: [17] haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, [18] a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, [19] a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. (ESV)

Something else to consider:

ARE WE KNOWN FOR BUILDING UP OR TEARING DOWN?

Ephesians 4:29–32 – [29] Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. [30] And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. [31] Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. [32] Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (ESV)

  • We can be right and not handle it right
  • We can be right but not allow God to utilize me to help others

2 Timothy 2:22–26 – [22] So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. [23] Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. [24] And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, [25] correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, [26] and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. (ESV)

1 Peter 3:8–12 – [8] Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. [9] Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. [10] For

              “Whoever desires to love life

                             and see good days,

              let him keep his tongue from evil

                             and his lips from speaking deceit;

              [11] let him turn away from evil and do good;

                             let him seek peace and pursue it.

              [12] For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,

                             and his ears are open to their prayer.

              But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (ESV)

WE CAN EITHER BY A FALSE WITNESS OR A GOSPEL WITNESS

Acts 1:8 – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (ESV)

OUR WORDS SHOULD BE A WITNESS TO THE GRACE, LOVE, MERCY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST UPON OUR LIFE.

OUR WORDS SHOULD FIRST AND FOREMOST BRING GLORY AND HONOR TO GOD.