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ABRAHAM’S HERITAGE

 

Genesis 25:7-11

 

July 23rd 2017

 

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Intro – We can learn several things from Abraham’s death.  I think every person wants to leave this world having had a positive influence on those who they leave behind.  Abraham did that, he showed the difference faith can make.

 

 

 

I. He died in peace. Gen.15:15

 

A. A Christian has inner peace at the time of his/her death. Lk.2:14, Lk.2:29, Jn.14:27, Lk.19:42, Ps.29:11

 

B. It is possible to have a false peace. Jer.6:14, Is.57:21,

 

C. A Christian’s peace is based on faith in Jesus Christ. Rom.5:1, Is.26:3, Phil.4:7, Col.3:15, 2Thess.3:16

 

 

 

II. He died “satisfied”. (8)

 

A. A promise fulfilled by God. Ps.107:8-9, Mt.5:6, Prov.19:23, Phil.4:11, Heb.13:5

 

B. Unbelievers will never be satisfied. Prov.27:20, Is.57:20, Lk.12:17-20

 

 

 

III. He died in faith. Heb.11:13

 

A. Believers are those who look forward to heaven. Col.3:1-4, 2Tim.4:8

 

B. He was not interested in remaining where he was. Heb.11:16, Phil.1:21

 

C. We also look forward to a better place. Jn.14:1-3

 

 

 

Con. How will you leave this world? What kind of heritage will you leave behind? Will you let your faith in the promises of God produce peace and satisfaction that others will be able to see

 

 

THE INVITATION AND THE CALL

 

John 1:35-51

 

July 16th, 2017

 

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Intro – We can learn much from the work of Jesus in calling His disciples which is what He was doing in our text today.

 

 

 

I. Notice how John points others to Christ. (36)

 

A. This was the second time that John refers to Jesus as “the Lamb of God”. Lev.5:6

 

B. John wanted them to follow Christ, not him. Jn.3:30

 

C. John knew only Jesus could forgive their sins. Jn.1:29, 1Jn.1:7, Lk.13:28, Rev.19:10,15, Lk.12:5

 

 

 

II. We are invited to “come and see”. (39, 46)

 

A. Jesus personally invites us. Mt.11:28, Jn.7:37, Jn.5:39-40

 

B. Others invite us. Jn.4:29

 

C. Our personal testimony says to others, come and see Who I have found.

 

1. The Messiah –“anointed One” – Redeemer.  Gal.3:13, 1Pet 1:18-19, Titus 2:14, Job 19:25

 

2. Salvation – Lk.2:29-30, Acts 4:12

 

3. Peace – 2Tim.1:12, Jn.14:27, Rom.5:1, Rom.15:13

 

 

 

III. We are called to follow. (37, 43)

 

A. Learn then act.  Matt.11:29, 1Pet.2:21

 

B. To follow means to commit your life to Christ. Matt.16:24

 

C. If you are committed to Christ you will encourage others to come along. Acts 1:8

 

D. Spiritual growth is directly related how committed you are to Christ. Part time Christians are lukewarm Christians. Rev.3:16

 

 

 

Con. What have you done with His call to follow?

 

 

ABRAHAM REASSURED

Genesis 15:1-6

June 25th 2017

 

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Intro – Abraham was a believer but he still needed to be re-assured of God’s plan for his life and the Lord wanted him to be sure.  As Christians we sometimes need reassurance and Jesus is always willing to give us that assurance. He wants us to be confident of His plan for our lives.


I. Abraham needed to be reminded.
            A. It had been 10 years since God called him to leave Ur. Gen.12:1-4
            B. He had some difficult times. 2Tim.3:12, 1Pet.4:15-16, 19

1. In Egypt. - What not to do. Gen.12:12-13

2. With Lot  - What we should do. Gen.13:11, Lk.6:31
C. God re-affirmed His promise to Abram with a covenant.  Gen.13:14, 15:5ff

 

 

II. Abraham believed or trusted God.

A. Assent – agreeing with God.

B. Trust – total surrender to His plan.

“Faith therefore is not merely assensus (assent), but fiducia (trust) also, unconditional trust in the Lordand His word, even where the natural course of events furnishes no ground for hope or expectation”.

Keil & Delitzsch Commentary

 

III. We need to be assured also.

A. We struggle with trials and sinful behavior. 1Cor.10:13, Rom.7:19

B. We ask sometimes if the Lord is aware, sometimes we doubt. 2Tim.2:19, Lk.12:29-30

C. Christ comes to assure us He is in control of everything. Jer.29:11, Prov.3:5-6, Col.1:17, Lk.12:32, Rom.8:28, 1Jn.1:7

 

Con. Christ wants our faith to grow. He wants us to be absolutely confident that He will take care of us and that His will is to do what is best for us,   ALWAYS.  Phil.3:13-14

 

COME TO YOUR SENSES

Luke 15:11-24

July 2nd 2017

 

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Intro – When Jesus taught through parables it is important we understand what the things or people in the parable represent. The Father = God, the house = a place of worship and the sons = people in that place of worship.

 

 

I. The Fathers house is like a place of worship.

 

A. It is not the invisible church which is made up of only believers. Col.1:18

B. But a physical church where people come on Sunday, they may be believers or unbelievers. Matt.13:38

 

II. The two sons represent 2 kinds of unbelievers.

A. The first son was, by human standards, a good son. He obeyed his Father’s commands.

1. Outwardly they appear to be Christians.  Mt.23:27-28

2. Inwardly their hearts are not right before God. Lk.18:11

 

            “they have alienated themselves from the church and even from their family; they are sure that     everyone else is wrong and they alone are right”  Wiersbe


B. The second son was an obvious sinner. “Loose living” 1Cor.6:9-10
            1. Outwardly, he took part in all the evil things of the world. Gal.5:19-21
            2. Inwardly he was in bondage to sin. Rom.7:14

 

III. They had 2 different reactions to the Father.

A. The second son was repentant and grateful the Father would take him back. Acts 3:19

B.  The first son was angry and jealous that the Father would show mercy and grace to the second son. Mt.13:15

C. Which son represents you? Have you come to your senses? Mt.11:28, Rom.5:1,

 

Con. Where would you fit in to this parable? Have you come to the Father through faith in Jesus? Have you repented of sin and come  into fellowship with God?

 

 

GOD’S CALL

 

Genesis 12:1-4

 

June 18th, 2017

 

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Intro –God had made a promise to Abraham that he would make a great nation of his descendants. In Chapter 17 of Genesis God repeats the promise and says that he would make Abraham “the father of many nations”. Abraham answered God’s call to ownership of his life. As fathers here today have you answered God’s call to you?  Have you given ownership of your life to Christ?

 

 

 

I.  We are called to move. (1)

 

A. Abraham had to leave where he was and travel to another place. Heb.11:8

 

B. We have been asked to leave one place and travel to another.

 

1. From a land of darkness to one of light. 1Peter 2:9

 

2. From a world of sin to a place in heaven. Rom.12:1-2, Eph.4:21-23, 1Jn.2:15-16

 

3. From a life of sin to one of holiness. 1Pet.1:13-16

 

C. Will you answer God’s call for your life?  Matt.22:14, Col.3:12

 

 

 

II. We are called to be a blessing. (2-3)

 

A. As Christians we have been blessed. Gal.3:13-14, Rom.4:8,

 

B. We should be a blessing to others. Lk.6:27-28

 

 

 

III. We are called to action. (4) Matt.28:19

 

A. Repentance. Matt.4:17, Lk.13:3

 

B. Confess. 1Jn.1:9, Rom.10:9

 

C. Believe.  Acts 13:31, Heb.11:6

 

D. Follow. Matt.16:24

 

 

Con. You have been called by God, the question is have you responded like Abraham. Are you being an example of faithfulness to others?

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