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GIVING

Mark 12:41-44

November 19th 2017

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Intro- It is no coincident that this text should come up at a time when we need special giving. The Bible has much to say about giving and this text is just one small part.  We are taught several things about giving in the Bible, I just want to mention 3 this morning.

 

I. We should give to build and maintain the Lord’s house.

A. Our text takes us back to the OT.  2 Kings 12:9-11

1. We are told to bring our offerings into the Lord’s house. Malachi 3:10,

2. We are told we should put the Lord first. 1Kings 17:14-16

B. We should give willingly. Ex.35:5, 21-22

C. God has chosen to use our gifts.

 

II. We should give cheerfully. 2Cor.9:7

A. For our own well-being. Prov.17:22

B. God knows how you feel about giving. (44) 1Sam.16:7

 

III. We should give sacrificially.

A. She gave all she had.

1. She understood it was the Lord’s anyway. Ps.50:10-12, James 1:17

2. She understood she was the Lord’s. 2Cor.8:1-5

B. Her faith was why she could give sacrificially. Luke 12:29-31

C. Surplus vs sacrifice. What’s the percentage of your giving?

 

Con.- We are celebrating Thanksgiving this week. Your giving to the Lord is a reflection of how thankful you are to Him.

 

CHURCH DISCIPLINE

Matthew 18:15-22

November 12th 2017

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Intro – Jesus is giving us instructions on how we should operate under the new covenant of grace. The church (rather than the temple priest) would now be the organization that Christ would operate through. The church is all true believers. When we gather together we should operate the way Jesus tells us to.

 

I. How do we deal with sin in the church?

A. We must first understand what sin is.

1. Immoral actions, breaking the commandments. Gal.5:19-21, 1Cor.6:9-10

2. False teaching. Mt.7:15, Acts 20:28-30, 1Tim.1:3

B. Confront the person sinning personally. 15

C. Confirm the facts through witnesses.   16

D. Convey the facts to the church.   17

 

II. We must take action against the sin.

A. End fellowship with the unrepentant person. (17b)

B. The purpose for this is 2-fold.

1. To reveal the seriousness of the sin. Rom.16:17, 1Cor.5:11, 2Thess.3:6, Titus 3:9-11

2. To keep the church pure in its teachings. 2Cor.11:2-3, Eph.5:25-27, Col.1:18, 22.

C. God works through His word in the church. 18-20  2Pet.1:20, 1Tim.6:3, 1Cor.1:10

 

III. Restore the repentant brother to fellowship.

A. Restoration is the goal of church discipline. 2Thess.3:14-15

B. 7 x 70, forgiveness is the responsibility of every believer. Matt.6:14-15,

 

Con. As a church we have certain responsibilities to carry out. Carrying out those responsibilities will bring God’s blessing on us as a church. We must call out sin and at the same time be willing to forgive.

ISRAEL & THE CHURCH

Romans 11:1-12

October 29th 2017

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Intro – Some people think that the “church” has replaced Israel when it comes to the promises God has made in His word. Romans 11 makes it clear that this is not so. Many promises apply to both the church and Israel but there are some which apply to only Israel. Understanding this truth is vital to our spiritual wellbeing. Rom.11:19-21

 

I. He has not rejected them completely. (1-2)

A. Paul is proof of this. Phil.3:5, 1Tim.1:16

B. Jewish people today are saved by faith in Christ. Gal.3:2, Jn.14:6, Heb.11:6

C. You also have not been rejected completely. Rom.5:8, Jn.6:44, 1Pet.2:9

D. Continued rejection will lead to eternal loss. Prov. 29:1

 

II.   God always has a remnant. (3-10)

A. There will always be believing Jews. Rom.9:27-28

B. The remnant today is part of the believing church. Rom.10:12, Gal.3:28

C. There are always other believers around you. (vs 4) Dan.3:25

 

III. Their hardened hearts are only temporary. (11-12) Jer.33:24-26, Zech.2:10, Joel 2:28

A. Only until the church age is complete. Rom.11:25, Lk.21:24

B. In the last days the Jewish people will be a witness to the world for Christ. Jer.30:3,7, Rev.7:3-4, 9-14

 

Con. God’s promises still hold true today.  Gen.12:3

 

SIGN SEEKERS

Matthew 16:1-4

November 5th 2017

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Intro – The Pharisees just would not believe. They kept demanding Jesus give them some sign. This is the path every unbeliever takes, telling God if He would just do this, this or this then they will believe. That’s not faith.

 

I.  The Pharisees wanted a sign.

A. Jesus had performed many signs.

1. He had just feed 4000 people.  Mt.15:36-37

2. He had performed many other miracles. Mt.12:13, 22

B. Rather than believe they would explain it away.  Mt.12:24

1. People do the same thing today. Red Sea, burning bush, etc.

2. They were blinded to the truth. Jn.12:37-40

C. Salvation is always based on faith in God’s word not signs and wonders. Mt.9:1-6, 1Jn.1:9

 

II. Their hearts were hardened by sin and unbelief.

A. Sin hardens the heart. Heb.3:12-13

B. Seeking signs is sinful. Mt.12:38-39

C. Signs do not save anyone. Lk.16:27-31

 

III. Christ would give one very clear sign.

A. Uses Jonah as an example that He would come back from the grave. Jn. 2:19, Mt.27:13, Mt.28:1

B. The Pharisees would also reject that sign.

1. Someone stole the body! Mt.28:11-13

2. The Devil will always give you a reason to reject the truth.

 

Con. Where are you today? Do you simply take Jesus at His word or are you waiting for some sign to believe?

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