SUNDAY SERMON SERIES – The World, the Flesh, and the Devil

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Ephesians 2:1-10


COMMENTS 

There is a popular show on TV called The Walking Dead. Although I have never seen an actual episode, the commercial made it clear it is all about the aftermath of an apocalypse and zombies. 

While the bible does not specifically refer to the unsaved as “zombies” but when we really think about it that is exactly what we were. Those apart from Christ are walking about the earth with no hope, children of wrath, just waiting for the day of eternal judgment. 


SERMON

Today’s sermon comes from Voddie Bauchman, who at the time was Pastoring a church in Houston, TX but now is Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Zambia. 

Voddie Baucham: The World, the Flesh, and the Devil

To become a Christian is to be enlisted in a war, one that is fought on three main fronts. In this session, Rev. Voddie Baucham will remind us how the world, the flesh, and the devil work against the kingdom of God. He will explain why battle, struggle, and hardship should not surprise us as Christians. 

This message is from our (Ligonier) 2014 National Conference, Overcoming the World: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...

Sunday Sermon Series – You are the Temple

Second Corinthians 6:16


Context

If you have read any of my posts you know my obsession with the context of scripture, so here is the link to the full chapter of our text; 2 Corinthians 6.

Chapter 5 of 2nd Corinthians is all about the Eternal versus the Temporal. It is a great lead in to the message(s) of Chapter 6:

v.1-10 Faithful workers of Gospel Ministry

v.11-18 Urging no fellowship with idolaters and unbelievers.

Our text focus can be taken from v.15-17 where Paul is basically saying;

V.15 – If God can have no concord, that is meaningful fellowship or partnership, with Belial, that is anything with no Godly intent (evil); what gives us the right to associate with persons of that character?

 V.16 – I will leave for the sermon but note Paul’s opening phrase, And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?  Ask yourself what are my idols; money, booze, material things, work, what is it that keeps you from being as Holy as God intended? 

v.17 – Wherefore come out from among them Paul make it plain and simple, whatever you are involved with that entails Spiritual Partnership or Fellowship with unbelievers you need to flee from it immediately. This is not a prohibition against being around unbelievers (as some legalist would have you think). Rather is a prohibition from you sinning and being involved with those who sin.

Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible

2 Corinthians 6:17

If we are entangled in the love of the world, or fast bound and fettered with worldly anxieties, and the spirit of the world is rife in our bosom, all our profession will be vapid, if not worthless. We may use the language of prayer, but the heart is not in earnest; we may still manage to hold our head high in a profession of the truth, but its power and blessedness are neither known nor felt.

To enjoy any measure of communion with the Lord, whether on the cross or on the throne, we must go forth from a world which is at enmity against him. We must also go forth out of SELF, for to deny it, renounce it, and go forth out of it lies at the very foundation of vital godliness. There must be “a mortifying, through the Spirit, of the deeds of the body;” a being “always delivered unto death for Jesus” sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh;” and unless there is a going forth out of self by this self-crucifixion, there is no walking in hand with Christ, no manifest union, no heavenly communion with him; for there can no more be a partnership between Christ, the soul, and self than there can be a partnership between Christ, the soul, and sin.

One more quick comment then today’s sermon. This applies equally to the church. The church is supposed to be the Body of Christ, the Holy of Holies, a place where folks go and know God is Glorified. Yet more and more today it is becoming hard to see the difference between society and churches. 😥

A good friend Pastor Gary Burd of Mission M25 Ministries posted the other day a devotional on Acts 11, wrote:

we are praying through Acts, noticing how the early church responded, there were no gimmicks, promises, neat advertising to motivate people to give. 

I responded:

So sad how modern churches have become SO worldly to attract numbers. 

He answered:

Yes, it is driven – too- far – when I was a kid, the numbers meant nothing, translated they were not as evangelistic. Today we are all about the numbers to the point that we water the Gospel down, use gimmicks and promises to some simple prayer, and think we are growing – really sad

I pray you are a member of a church that preaches and teaches only the Genuine Gospel without compromise. 


SERMON

2 Corinthians 6:16 – Christians, Temples of the Living God, by George Whitefield

 

Sunday Sermon Series – Deceitful Heart

The religions of the world offer an enormous range of solutions to human problems. Some promulgate various forms of religious self-help exercises; some advocate a kind of faithful fatalism; others urge tapping into an impersonal energy or force in the universe; still others claim that mystical experience are available to those who pursue them, experiences that relativize all evil. One of the critical questions to ask is this: What constitutes the irreducible heart of human problems?

The Bible insists that the heart of all human problems is rebellion against the God who is our Maker, whose image we bear, and whose rule we seek to overthrow. All of our problems, without exception, can be traced to this fundamental source: our rebellion and the just curse of God that we have attracted by our rebellion. – From TGC Today’s Reading Genesis 3


What Does Jeremiah 17:9 Mean?

Jeremiah 17:1-18


CONTEXT

The fatal consequences of the idolatry of the Jews. (1-4) The happiness of the man that trusts in God; the end of the opposite character. (5-11) The malice of the prophet’s enemies. (12-18) – Matthew Henry Concise Commentary

V.1-4 The Jews had hardened their hearts, which is the natural act of man since the fall, to all God’s commands, and turned to their own schemes of what was righteous.

v. 5-6 The Jews (and all mankind) is cursed for trusting in mans ways and not the Lord’s. 

v.7-8 There is a great blessing for those who trust in the Lord.

v.9-11   Yet foolish man (apart from Christ) will always end up paying the  consequences of trusting in our own deceitful hearts.

John Owen on v.9   The Heart’s Deceitfulness Towards Itself 

I. IT ABOUNDS IN CONTRADICTIONS, so that it is not to be dealt with on any constant rule.

1. The frame of the heart is ready to contradict itself every moment. Facile now, then obstinate; open, then reserved; gentle, then revengeful.

2. This ensues from the disorder wrought upon our faculties by sin.

II. ITS DECEIT LIES IN ITS FULL PROMISINGS UPON THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF THINGS.

1. Never let us think our work in contending against indwelling sin is ended. The place of its habitation is unsearchable. There are still new stratagems and wiles to be dealt with. Many conquerors have been ruined by their carelessness after a victory.

2. The fact that the heart is inconstant calls for perpetual watchfulness. An open enemy, that deals by violence only, always gives some respite; but against adversaries that deal by treachery nothing but perpetual watchfulness will give security.

3. Commit the whole matter, therefore, to Him who searcheth the heart. Here lies our safety. There is no deceit in our hearts but He can disappoint it. 

v.12-13 Praising God for His character and Justice

v.14-18 Praying for healing and help from enemies. 


SERMOM

THE DECEITFULNESS OF THE HEART

by David Black

(David Black, 1762-1806, was pastor in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 1794 until his death. With regard to his sermon delivery, it was said that “His manner was solemn and affectionate, earnest and persuasive. When expostulating with sinners, or unfolding to Christians the consolations of the gospel, there was often an animation in his address — a sacred fervor — a divine unction, which powerfully impressed the auditory. He evidently felt the truths he was delivering, and spoke as one standing in the presence of God, animated with a pure zeal for the glory of the Redeemer, and the salvation of immortal souls.”) – Grace Gems


 

OTHER RESOURCES

Mark 7:20-23 – Hideous Discovery, SERMON DELIVERED ON LORD’S-DAY MORNING, JULY 25, 1886, BY C. H. SPURGEON,

The Heart DeceitfulBY R. M. M’CHEYNE

What does it mean that the heart is desperately wicked in Jeremiah 17:9? GotQuestions.Org

Sunday Sermon Series – The First Promise

Protoevangelium is the combining word of two Greek words, protos meaning “first” and evangelion meaning “good news” or “gospel”. Genesis 3:15 is commonly referred to as the first mention of the good news of salvation in the Bible and is therefore called the Protoevangelium.

The first promise Genesis 3:15 is like the first small spring or head of a great river, which the farther it runs the bigger it grows by the accession of more waters to it. Or like the sun in the heavens, which the higher it mounts the more bright and glorious the day still grows. – John Flavel 

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GENESIS 3 


CONTEXT

Anyone even remotely familiar with the bible knows the basic story of Genesis 3.  As a reminder here is my condensed outline of the first 15 verses. 

      • v.1 – A cunning serpent (the fallen angel Satan) temps Eve in the garden of Eden
      • v.2-3 – Eve reply’s to the serpent
      • v.4-5 – The serpent calls God a liar
      • v. 6-7 – Adam and Eve both sin against God (eat the forbidden fruit) and their sinfulness is revealed to them
      • v.8-9 – Adam and Eve try (unsuccessfully) and hide their sin from God 
      • v.10-12,13 – Adam makes excuses for sinning (blames Eve), Eve answers God
      • v.14-15 – God curses the serpent

SERMON

The Seed of the Woman, and the Seed of the Serpent

George Whitefield, (1714-1770)


OTHER RESOURCES

The Proto-Evangelium | Reformed Bible Studies …

 

Sunday Sermon Series – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

A Christmas Carol's Link to the Gutenberg Printing Press | WQXR Editorial | WQXR

Luke 2:13-14


HISTORY 

When Charles Wesley wrote this carol in 1739, he had no idea it would become famous. He first named it “Hark, how all the welkin ring,” welkin being an archaic English term for the heavens. When George Whitefield published it in 1753, he changed the first line to read, “Hark! The herald angels sing,” and so it has remained that way ever since.

For the first 120 years, the words were sung to various tunes. But that changed in 1856 when William Cummings joined the lyrics with a tune written by Felix Mendelssohn for the Gutenberg Festival in 1840 to celebrate the introduction of printing. Mendelssohn would be surprised by that because he had written that his tune would be welcomed by singers and hearers, “but it will never do to sacred words.”

Charles Wesley’s hymn offers us a good survey of theology. It mentions many of the names and titles of Christ: King, Lord, Prince of Peace, Sun of Righteousness, Everlasting Lord, Desire of Nations, Incarnate Deity, and Emmanuel. After the first stanza’s call to praise “the new-born King,” the following stanzas celebrate the virgin birth, the deity of Christ, the resurrection of the body, and the truth of the new birth. Two phrases, in particular, deserve comment: “Mild he lays his glory by” refers to Christ’s willingness to lay aside the glory of heaven to take on human nature and become one of us. “Late in time behold him come” reminds us of Hebrews 1:2 where we are told “in these last days” God has spoken to us through his Son. – Godtube.com 


SERMON

The First Christmas Carol

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, December 20, 1857

Scripture: Luke 2:14

From: New Park Street Pulpit Volume 4


RELATED SERMONS

Songs of Christmas: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Sermon by J. Ligon Duncan on December 19, 2004

The Announcement of Jesus’ Birth, Part 1

The Announcement of Jesus’ Birth, Part 2, John MacArthur, 1999

The Announcement of Jesus’ Birth, Part 3

Sunday Sermon Series – Man’s Natural Blindness

When we appreciate grace, we show it to others! - ppt download

PSALM 94


 I was reading this Psalm this morning and I thought of our nation,  how far we have fallen, how miserable we have become as a “people.” There was a time when we were a God fearing nation, that is to say for the most part folks honored the law of the land, respected others and had common curtesy  towards each other. Sadly that has, for much of the land, gone by the wayside.

After four years of massive growth (financial stability and wealth)  for all Americans, one need only look to the daily news to see riots, media bias, fraud on a scale unprecedented in history and a massive movement to rewrite our history to realize we have become a nation of senseless people. 

I urge everyone to PRAY, pray for God’s Chastisement, pray for His Mercy,  Pray for America for I fear the America I new and defended proudly is doomed. 


SERMON

Man’s Natural Blindness in Things of Religion 

 Jonathan Edwards
 (1703-1758)

Dated February 1739/1740.

“Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise? He that planted the ear, shall he not hear?
he that formed the eye, shall he not see? He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge,
shall not he know? The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.” — 
Psalm 94:8-11

Subject: There is an extreme and brutish blindness in things of religion that naturally possesses the hearts of mankind.

Sunday Sermon Series – Fall and Recovery

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LUKE 22:31-34

AMP and RVR 1960


Peter’s Sifting

J. R. Miller, D. D.


And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:…

I. THE DISCRIMINATION WHICH OUR LORD MAKES IN PRAYING FOR HIS DISCIPLES. Why single out Simon for this peculiar distinction? Because he was the weakest, the most in danger, the most liable to fall. His rashness and impulsiveness would expose him to the fiercest assaults, and render him least able to resist. Let us learn from this that the easily tempted ones are they to whom Christ’s sympathy and helpfulness go out in most tender interest.

II. THE NATURE OF THE HELP WHICH CHRIST GAVE TO PETER IN HIS PERIL.

1. Notice the individuality of this intercession. “For thee.” Each one of us is the object of Christ’s particular watchfulness and care.

2. Christ made His supplication before the danger came. “I have prayed.” He did not wait until the disciple was in the snare before He sought help for him.

3. The petition itself. What did Jesus ask for His imperiled disciple? Not that he might escape the trial, for he needed just this experience, not even that he might not fail; but that his faith might not fail, might not suffer an utter and endless eclipse as had that of Judas.

III. THE RESULT OF PETER’S SIFTING. Chaff sifted out, pure wheat left.

IV. THROUGH HIS PAINFUL EXPERIENCE, SIMON WAS PREPARED TO BE A MORE HELPFUL MAN. “When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” He was to use his new knowledge, gained by his sad and painful experiences, in blessing others. Whatever God does for us, He wants us to do in turn for others. All the lessons He teaches us, He wants us to teach again.


SERMON

A GREAT FALL AND A GREAT RECOVERY

Alexander Maclaren, Luke 22:32


Additional Resources:

Peter after His Restoration

Charles Haddon Spurgeon; July 26, 1888

Scripture: Luke 22:32

From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 34

Devotional Thought for Today – 12/01/2020

Praying Psalm 65 | Upward Ever...

AMP and RVR 1960

The Way to Approach God


CONTEXT: This thanksgiving psalm, which is specifically described as a song, praises God for blessing the land with fertility. Israelites probably used it in a time of harvest. It may also have been a prayer asking for and anticipating God’s blessing. The psalmist begins by praising God’s presence and protection (vv. 1–4). He then praises God’s awesome strength and sovereignty over creation (vv. 5–8), and concludes by thanking God for His provision and blessing on the land (vv. 9–13). – Faithlife Study Bible

Have you ever considered the what it must have been like for Abraham, Moses or Paul to meet the living God? While is is most doubtful any of in this life will have an opportunity to walk and talk with God, we all the same need to approach Him on a regular (hopefully daily basis). For some that is just as intimidating, but should it be?

Most commentaries think this to be a Psalm to commemorate a remarkable harvest. David begins the Psalm with a lesson on how to approach God v.1-4 let us break it down:

To You belongs silence [the submissive wonder of reverence], and [it bursts into] praise in Zion, O God;  David is says he and the chosen of Israel are just can not wait to burst into praise and adoration for the coming harvest. This is the heart of man that is required entering into prayer. One that has pre-determined that it will praise and adore God no matter the outcome. 

O You who hear prayer,  David acknowledges that God hears and answers prayers of the faithful

Wickedness and guilt prevail against me; Yet as for our transgressions,
You forgive them [removing them from Your sight].  David says even with all the evil encompassed about me my trust is paced in you. For you alone are the sovereign God above all.

Blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near. To dwell in Your courts.  David acknowledges that he will be greatly blessed by being chosen of God and God’s will being applied to his life. 

As David understood approaching the Throne of Grace understood, it is all about having the right attitude of humility and submissive response to His authority;  Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment]. –Hebrews 4:16

Are you prepared today?


Dr. Steven Lawson, Rightly Approaching God’s Presence 

Sunday Sermon Series – Hearers

KJV Bible Wallpapers: Doers of the Word - James 1:25

JAMES 1 


CONTEXT

There is little doubt whom wrote this Epistle James, a Servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,  although the New Testament mentions a few James’ this is clearly Jesus’ half brother who had become a leader of the Church in Jerusalem. 

The overarching theme of the book is Faith but it has garnished much criticism over the years because James associates Faith with Works. A diligent Berean however should be able to distinguish that James is not say that works are required for Faith but that Faith naturally produces works.

Such is the case beginning in v.19  through to the end of the chapter including our text v.25 today. James is saying that a true Christians actions (works) are a good indicator of their underlying Faith, be doers of the word and not hearers only v.22. 

What are you doing for the Kingdom today? 


SERMON

Two Sorts of Hearers

Charles Haddon Spurgeon,  January 01, 1970

Scripture: James 1:22-25;  From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 25

Giving Thanks

Even with  COVID,  Political and Financial uncertainties, we all have much to be grateful for this year.  Maybe, just maybe if we spent more time thinking on that instead of our woes we would be in a better place? 

From all of us at FSM and FSMWO Happy Thanksgiving. 

Remembering All His Benefits

This message was originally preached on September 30, 2018.

It was 1519 in Leipzig, Germany, two centuries before Johann Sebastian Bach came to that city, became the music director in the church there, and wrote new music for every Sunday – a body of work which all of us have come to know and love. But about two centuries before Bach in Leipzig, a powerful force had been unleashed in Germany and all across Europe in the form of Martin Luther. Martin Luther was a Catholic monk, a very powerful personality, a very powerful figure and very capable teacher. He had posted his 95 Theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany – 95 theses, 95 issues that he felt needed to be addressed and corrected in the Roman Catholic Church

Source: Remembering All His Benefits