Nehemiah 9:1-5

Nehemiah 9:1-5 – “Prayer and Praise

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 – A Nation/People set apart for God
  • Nehemiah continues to encourage REVIVAL within the people.
  • We do not need to overthink what brings upon TRUE REVIVAL

They prepared to encounter God – v. 1

  • Gathered
    • Assembled
    • We are meant to be TOGETHER
    • Corporate worship (Singing, Praying)
  • Fasted
    • Set aside, so they could meet with God
  • In sackcloth
  • Earth on their heads

They pursued holiness in fear of God – v. 2

  • Separated themselves
    • From the ways of the world
    • Contrary to God’s ways
    • FOR THE PURPOSE OF HOLINESS
  • Confessed sin
    • Individually
    • Corporately
  • Confession and Repentance
    • Acknowledgment OF the sin
    • Sorrow OVER the sin
    • Turning FROM the sin

They positioned themselves to hear from God – v. 3

  • Stood
  • Read from book of the law
  • Quarter of the day
  • With expectation
  • Confessed after hearing

The voice of God. The Word of God

  • Hear
  • Believe
  • Respond

With a joyful heart they praised God – vv. 4-5

  • Scripture – He speaks to us
  • Praise – We speak to Him

1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1- “Our Responsibility with Christian Liberties”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, July 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.

1 Corinthians 10:23–11:1

INTRO

  • Previously – 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 on May 8th
  • Then… meat sacrificed to idols
  • Now… the freedoms we have as Christians
  • How much freedom/Christian liberties do I have as Christian?
    • Legalisms – I have rules I must follow
    • License – I can do anything
  • What are we free to do?
  • I think we can ask ourselves a few questions to get to the right outcome.
    • What can I do?
    • What should I do?
    • Why am I doing it? (this helps us with the should)
    • How will it impact others? (this helps us with the should)

What can I do?

All things are lawful for me…v. 22a

  • Obviously, Scripture is the absolute in our decision making.
  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • 2 Peter 1:3-4; 10
  • We should never go against what Scripture teaches.
    • Old Testament
    • New Testament
  • Our liberties are the decisions in the “gray” area…. where Scripture does not speak.

What should I do?

But not all things are helpful… not all things build up. v. 23

Remember, the thing we are “doing” is seen by others.  This is not just a personal decision between me and the Lord.  It is a decision that has public consequences.

You can, but should you?

  • Is it helpful (profitable)?
  • Does it buildup (edify)?
  • Will it build up?
  • Will it tear down?

Think about the impact it will have on you and on others.

  • At the end of the day, what is the benefit.
  • I ask myself this more as I have gotten a little older

v. 24 – Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.

Two other questions that help with the SHOULD

Why am I doing it?

The passion behind our decisions … the reason we do what we do

For Me or Others

What if we changed our WHY?????

  • Our life (purpose, passion) would change for all eternity.
  • Most of our why is self… rather than others.
    • Even with our liberties… we become self-serving and flaunt our freedoms in Christ.
    • We focus on our life, future, peace, and happiness

How will it impact others?

Build up others – v. 23

  • Sanctification

That they might be saved – v. 33

  • Salvation

vv. 32-33 – Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.  11-:1   Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Not seeking my own advantage

  • Just as Christ lived

Imitate me as I imitate Christ

  • What if we all lived in this way
  • I follow who is in front… ultimately Jesus
  • Example, after Example, after Example

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 5:9-13 – “Tough Love part 2”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Feb. 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 our Worship Guides, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

[9] I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—[10] not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. [11] But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. [12] For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? [13] God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” (ESV)

INTRO:

  • This week is “Tough Love” part 2.
  • God is concerned about who we are as a church…about our fellowship with Him…about our influence as a church.
  • TWO THINGS
    • We are to be in the world, but not of it.
    • God desires for His Church to strive toward holiness (not perfect, but blameless)
  • GOD IS HOLY AND WE NEED TO REFLECT HIS HOLINESS 1 Peter 1:13-16
  • It does matter HOW we live and WHO we do life with
  • Let us consider these three words as we apply God’s Word to our life this morning.
  • AS WE DO CONSIDER THIS… Our Attitude AS A CHURCH BECOMES THE CULTURE OF OUR CHURCH
  • (PROACTIVE OUR REACTIVE)

ASSOCIATE – vv. 9-11

Mix Up Together. Intimate. Close in relationships

We are not to be isolated

  • They had pulled away from the worldly influence, yet were allowing the world to influence the Church
  • We cannot avoid contact, but we should avoid contamination
  • Phil 2:15
  • Acts 1:8

(This Wednesday night we will consider the balance of living IN but not being OF the world)

But we are to be separated

  • Bears the name of brother
  • Not those outside the faith – But those within the body of Christ
  • Sexual immorality, Greed, Idolater, reviler, drunkard, swindler
  • On-going, openly living contrary to God’s Will.

Eat with

  • Friendships that agree
  • Meals at that time were a sign of acceptance and fellowship

JUDGE – v.12

To discern right or wrong

The measuring rod is the WORD OF GOD

  • Not just my opinion
  • Not having a judgmental spirit
  • STATING A FACT
  • Calling something what God calls it (Sin)

PURGE – v. 13

To take away. Complete removal

The evil from among you

  • the importance of holiness.
  • BECAUSE HE IS HOLY
  • If we tolerate… are we agreeing?

TO ME… it is an ATTITUDE and EXPECTATION on the front end that then becomes the CULTURE of the Church.

Too often we ignore the front end and then we are left with a mess.

  • A perfect example is the raising of children

CONCLUSION

It is clear God wants us to take seriously our relationships within the church.  WHY?

So that we can be a holy church (The Church God is calling us to be)

  • Blessed Church
  • God Honoring Church
  • Loving Church
  • Caring Church
  • A Disciple Making Church
    • Where people are being changed

Tough Love is Tough Love for a Reason.

  • Do we have people within our church that love us enough to care?
    • That love us enough to walk with us. Pray for us.
    • To encourage and admonish.
    • To disciple us as we disciple others
KEY IS BEING PROACTIVE… NOT REACTIVE
  • Instead of dealing with things once they are bad.
  • We have a culture of Biblical love, encouragement, and discipleship
  • (Just like raising our children…SAME CONCEPT!)
ATTITUDE LEADS TO CULTURE