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

Matthew 21:1-11 – “The Triumphal Entry”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, April 3rd.  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

  • Over the next couple of Sunday’s and Wednesday’s we are going to look at the major events of the days leading up to the crucifixtion.
  • The only public demonstration Christ allowed.
  • Mentioned in all the Gospels
  • Jesus entering Jerusalem the Sunday before His crucifixion
  • Is fulfillment of OT prophecy
  • Jesus is the righteous redeeming, King!

The significance of this setting on this day.

The Reception

Pilgrims from outside Judea

Locals from the area

  • Would have been part of the crowd when Lazarus was raised from the dead.

Religious leaders

  • Never understand who He is, where He is from, why He came.

Spreading Cloaks and Palm branches

  • joy/celebration
  • treatment of royalty/King

He is king.  At his birth.  HE IS KING.  THE WISE MEN.  HE IS KING.  His last public entrance into the city.  HE IS KING

The Fulfillment

Gen 49:9-11 – Jacobs prophecy for his descendants on the last days.  The scepter/ruler will not depart from Judah.  Vine – Israel.  Choice vine – Christ.

Dan 9:24-27 – Israel’s captivity in Babylon.  The time form then to the time of their transgressions should be finished and everlasting righteousness brought in.

Zech. 9:9 – The donkey.  Young.  Never ridden.  In the sacrificial law it must be an animal that has never been worked.

Exodus 12 – The redemption of Israel from slavery… by the blood a a lamb. The TRUE LAMB OF GOD would be sacrificed during the time of the Passover.

The Significance

ROCKS will CRY OUT (Luke) – The Ushering in of the King

Peace and Victory

  • Welcome Him with palm branches as garments as a symbol of peace and victory. Rev. 7:9.
  • They were hoping that Jesus would bring peace, yet Jesus knew of all the struggles that lay ahead.
    • Angels at His birth – “Peace on Earth” Luke 2:12-14
  • Crowd proclaimed – “Peace in Heaven” Luke 19:38

Salvation

  • Hosanna – “Save”

Reign and rule

The Now (coming into Jerusalem) and the Not Yet (His Second Coming) – Revelation 19:11–16

  • He will come in glory
  • The armies of heaven will accompany Him
  • As great ruler and judge
  • Scene of true victory as He establishes His Kingdom

CONCLUSION

Think about that day…

  • It DID fulfill Scripture
  • It DID usher in the Kingdom of Christ
  • v.11 – WHO IS THIS?
  • They honored Him as king… YET, the reaction was not true.  They honored him with their lips, but not their heart. Matthew 15:8-9

Q & A with Pastor Jon – “What is God like?” The Attributes of God part 3

Q & A with Pastor Jon is a teaching time utilized to answer questions that I have been asked over the course of my ministry. 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.

“The foundation of all true knowledge of God must be a clear mental apprehension of His perfections as revealed in Holy Scripture. An unknown God can neither be trusted, served, nor worshipped.”

A.W. Pink

God is Omnipresent

Jer. 23:23-24

Ps. 139:7-12

  • In every place
  • At every time
  • Here with us
    • Great comfort
    • All powerful, yet all personal

God Is Righteous

Ps. 145:17

  • God always acts in accordance with what is right and is himself the final standard of what is right. (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology)
  • His righteousness is synonymous with His justice
  • His righteousness and justice is natural expression of His holiness
  • The righteousness of God is the divine attribute that describes God as acting always in a way that is consistent with his own character. (Fred Zaspel – https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/essay/the-righteousness-of-god/)
  • Redemptive Righteousness
    • Romans 1:17
    • 1 John 1:9
    • 1 John 4:10

God is Merciful

Ex. 34:6-7

  • Not getting what we do deserve
  • God’s goodness to those in need
  • Mercy, Grace, and Patience (Wayne Grudem discusses the closeness of the three)

1 Corinthians 7:6-16 “God’s Design for Marriage” part 2

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, March 27th.  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

  • 7:1-40 is Paul responding to questions about marriage.
  • Today, the matter is still crucial.
  • What is right? What is pleasing to the Lord?
  • What is God’s plan?  What does God bless?
  • I am afraid there is not much of a difference from the church and our society when it comes to this matter.
  • His words then to Corinth need to be heard and embraced today!
  • Key verse Matthew 19:1-12

Singleness – vv. 6-9

I wish that all were as I myself am. (Paul was currently single)

  • It is s gift (we receive and accept)
  • Allows one to focus more intently on the Lord and His Kingdom
  • Fewer distractions…. More intentional focus

Matt 19:11

We should not remain single and live like we are married

We should not remain single out of selfishness or lack of commitment.

  • Not viewing singleness as a gift… but just convenience and freedom

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/four-things-god-says-singles/

Divorce – vv. 10-16

Matt. 19:3-6

Marriage Vows

  • Covenant
  • Before God and others
  • Death do us part

Biblical Divorce

  • Sexual Immorality
  • Abandonment

How to prepare for marriage is key

As parents… how do we raise our children?

  • Dating is normal.  In and out of relationships.

As individuals… who are we dating?

  • Should we date anyone we would not marry?
  • Do they LOVE AND LIVE FOR THE LORD?
  • No one is perfect, but are they bearing fruit worthy of repentance.

Keys to growing in our marriages

  • None of us are there yet. (no perfect marriages)
  • Work hard (IT IS A MIND SET)
  • Deny self and love Jesus (IT IS A HEART ISSUE)
  • Allow your church to walk with you
    • Reprove, Rebuke, Exhort 2 Timothy 4:2
    • Remember the purpose of the church
    • Reach out…BUILD UP
    • VERY IMPORTANT AS A CHURCH FOR US TO HAVE THIS MINDSET.
    • FAMILIES… Encouraging and Equipping families.
  • Refocus every season
    • Newlyweds, Kids, Older kids, No kids
  • Have a short memory
  • Forgive, Forgive, Forgive

After Divorce

  • 1 John 1:9
  • Move on. Look forward.
  • Grow where you are now (single or married)
  • Encourage others

Q & A with Pastor Jon- “What is God like?” The Attributes of God part 2

Q & A with Pastor Jon is a teaching time utilized to answer questions that have been asked over the course of my ministry. 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.

“The foundation of all true knowledge of God must be a clear mental apprehension of His perfections as revealed in Holy Scripture. An unknown God can neither be trusted, served, nor worshipped.”

A. W. Pink

God is a Consuming Fire

Heb. 12:29

  • A warning against idolatry Deut 4:23-25
  • Wrath and Judgment
  • Holiness and Power
  • His judgment in relation to His Holiness…THIS IS KEY

God is Omnipotent

Gen. 17:1, Jer. 32:17, Is. 43:13, Amos 9:2-3, Rom. 8:28

  • Perfect power
  • Perfect control
  • Power and control over everything Matt 6:26-30

God is Omniscient

Ps. 139:1-6, Rom. 11:33-36

  • God knows everything
  • God knows the details of life
  • Present and Future
  • His knowledge and His authority…He is the ultimate judge

The omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence of God. (The Gospel Coalition)

Truths to consider:

What we believe about God will be demonstrated by the way we live our life.

  • How we handle circumstances, adversity, & day to day trials.
  • How we handle and cultivate relationships inside and outside the body of Christ.

What we believe about God will be demonstrated by the way the Church…

  • Reaches out with the Gospel
  • Disciples and encourages within the body
  • Assembles for worship

Our life should point people to the greatness of God.  We must point people to the God of the Bible.

1 Corinthians 7:1-5 – “God’s Design for Marriage”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, March 20th.  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

  • 7:1-40 is Paul responding to questions about marriage.
  • Today, the matter is still crucial.
  • What is right? What is pleasing to the Lord?
  • What is God’s plan? What does God bless?
  • I am afraid there is not much of a difference from the church and our society when it comes to this matter.
  • His words to Corinth need to be heard and embraced today!

Personal Accountability– vv. 1-2a

Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.”  But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, 

We are accountable before God for what we do with our body

Our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit – 1 Cor. 6:19

Sexual Immorality – ANYTHING outside of God’s covenant of Marriage

  • God’s design for the family (THE BEST FOR THE FAMILY)
    • Consider our current culture and the decimation of the family
  • As believers we should embrace and trust in God’s design!
  • Remember Wed night…. God’s Sovereignty and God’s Love
  • He knows what is best…His Will. His Plan.
  • Things will not end well when we take matters into our own hands

Marital Responsibility – vv. 2b-5

each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 

Marital Union – v. 2

  • One man and one woman
  • A Covenant Relationship
    • Malachi 2:13-14
    • Relationship of 3.
    • Man, Woman, and God
    • Witness… before others

Marital Intimacy – vv. 3-5

  • It is a gift from (not a weapon or tool… to hurt or manipulate.)
    • Should be honored and respected.
    • Should be discussed from a Christian perspective. (if our kids do not hear it from us they will hear it from the world)
  • We are one
    • Physical and Spiritual
    • The spiritual governs the physical.
    • 1 Peter 3:7 (My relationship with my spouse impacts my relationship with the Lord)
    • Remember. We are a temple of the Holy Spirit. (The stewardship of our body is a spiritual matter)

I have heard… “We have a great marriage expect for the intimacy.”

  • This is sad, the intimacy issue is a symptom of something else.

A few things to consider with intimacy

  • It is a gift from the Lord, so therefore it is good
    • It is a spiritual union (the devil takes what God has said is good and turns it into a selfish desire)
  • Embrace that we are created different (different by design)
    • Men and their expectations
    • Women and their expectations
  • Our body is not our own
    • Talk. Communicate the specifics of your relationships.
    • Open, Honest, and Loving
  • Live sacrificially
    • Place the needs of your spouse above yours

Q & A with Pastor Jon- “What is God like?” The attributes of God part 1

Q & A with Pastor Jon is a teaching time utilized to answer questions that have been asked over the course of my ministry. 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.

“The foundation of all true knowledge of God must be a clear mental apprehension of His perfections as revealed in Holy Scripture. An unknown God can neither be trusted, served, nor worshipped.”  A.W. Pink

God is Holy

Is. 6:1-5; 5:16; Rev.4:8-11

God is Sovereign

1 Chron. 29:10-19; Ps. 135:6; Dan. 4:35; Eph. 1:21

God is Love

1 John. 4:8, 16

Truths to consider:

What we believe about God will be demonstrated by the way we live our life.

  • How we handle circumstances, adversity, & day to day trials.
  • How we handle and cultivate relationships inside and outside the body of Christ.

What we believe about God will be demonstrated by the way the Church…

  • Reaches out with the Gospel
  • Disciples and encourages within the body
  • Assembles for worship

Our life should point people to the greatness of God.  We must point people to the God of the Bible.

1 Corinthians 6:12-20 “Our Christian Freedom and God’s Glory”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, March 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 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 Word this morning is dealing with Christian Freedom.
  • How free are we as believers?
  • Another component of the text is the idea of our sanctification.  Christians should grow and mature in their KNOWLEDGE of the Lord and in their CHARACTER for the Lord.
  • What are we free to do? What does scripture teach?
  • Just because it is acceptable in society… is is acceptable for a Christian?
  • What should we do? If scripture us silent…then what?
  • Verses 12 & 20 are the bookends of the text. We have freedom to live our life, yet we are to glorify God with that freedom.  We could also say that our freedom is what prevents us from giving God the glorify that He does deserve.

A refresher – 1 Cor. 6:9-11

There has been a SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION

  • We are washed – a new life
  • We are sanctified – a new behavior
  • We are justified – a new standing

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ & by the Spirit of God.

Understanding the TRANSFORMATION THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE, THEN WE CAN APPLY THE FOLLOWING TRUTHS TO OUR LIFE.

All Things are Lawful

We do have freedom

  • Our sins have been forgiven (we are justified)
  • Outside of Scripture I am free to live my life and embrace the freedom that I have as a Christian.

We can do as we wish, but it does come with a cost

Not all Things are Helpful

Helpful

  • Worthwhile, advisable, profitable

Here is where the rubber hits the road.

  • I CAN DO… BUT SHOULD I
  • Here is where wisdom and maturity take hold.
  • Good, Better, Best
  • 1 Timothy 3:2 – Elder. Above reproach

I Should Not be Dominated by Anything

Dominated

  • Enslaved, mastered

Romans 6:1-4; 12-14 (Let no sin reign) - 1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life….12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

The problem is allowing a God given desire to take hold of us.

  • When the GOOD takes place of the BEST
  • Our focus
    • TIME, TALENT, TREASURES
  • So many examples.
    • Job, family, children, success

Our Bodies are Temples of the Holy Spirit

DO YOU NOT KNOW (remember, consider)

We are Temples of the Holy Spirit

  • Your bodies are members of Christ v.15
  • When are saved, we become one with Christ
  • Eph. 1:1-14
  • We are joined with Christ v. 17
  • We are not our own

You were Bought with a Price – So glorify God with your body

You were washed

You were sanctified

You were justified