Sunday Sermon – Serving

June 23, 2018 - KJV - Bible verse of the day - Romans 12:11 -  DailyVerses.net

AMP and RVR 1960


This section of scripture begins with one of the most quoted two verses I know. Paul says to …to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God,… and do not be conformed to this world while doing so. This whole chapter is about dedication to serving the Lord.

Having just completed the driving part of a 50 hour Cross Country ride in support of Pro-Life; (we have 2 rallies left in Advance and Falcon, N.C.) I can tell you first hand I was with a group of men (and my 13 year old grandson) who understood the meaning of serving. Also we can not forget the service of hundreds of folks who worked behind the scenes collecting diapers, wipes and monies; preparing food, hosting rallies and so much more to make our trip successful and less stressful.

It was and is an honor to serve with the folks of Mission M25 Ministries. 


SERMON

Serving the Lord

Charles Haddon Spurgeon August 15, 1869 Scripture: Romans 12:11 From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 15

 

Daily Devotional – Righteous Laborers

Average Hourly Wage of Construction Laborers, By State — Construction Junkie

Psalm 127:1a

AMP and RVR 1960


COMMENTS:

Today in America we celebration Labor Day. First celebrated in 1882 and continually since 1894, it is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. 

After 8 years of near record high unemployment the nations laborers had much to celebrate in Jan 2020 when for the a full quarter unemployment hovered at 3.5% the lowest in decades. Then COVID-19 and everything changed overnight. 

If you watch any political news on either side of the isle all they seem to want to do is play the “Blame Game“. While I believe it is important to point out the differences in POLICY between your positions and your opponents today that does not seem to matter only who has a better more likable personality. 

So today 07 September 2020, as we celebrate the 126th Labor Day,  let us put aside the Blame Game and concentrate on what really matters Laboring Together to Build A Better America. Is that not what the Founding Founder’s wanted. 


BREAKDOWN:

(A Song of degrees for Solomon.)

Except the LORD build the house, – Whatever you are building a family, a house, a nation the LORD is the essential ingredient our founding fathers (despite the naysayers) understood this. 

they labour in vain that build it: – there have been many “great men” in the world who have taken nothing with them to an eternity of self condemnation in hell. 


APPLICATION: 

We all have a choice, Individually and as a Nation, to Labor and Build upon the Constitutional Republic our Founding Fathers set forth, or let America dissolve.  

Further we can choose to Righteously Labor with God or Not. We have all seen the chaos and depravity running amok on many of our cities streets. Is that the building up of America we want to leave for the future?

 


The Treasury of David Psalm 127:1
John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible
Calvin’s Commentary on the Bible

FAITH BUILDERS MINISTRY Our Church Building and Disaster Relief Ministry 

Sunday Sermon Series – O Sleeper?

 

Jesus: The Way, The Truth, & The Life: Jonah 1:5-8 - Jonah's Sin Begins To  Affect Others

Jonah 1:5-6

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COMMENTS AND CONTEXT:

Jonah was wrapped up in personal sin and running from God. His escape of course was useless whom are we to think that we can run from the all-knowing, all-powerful and ever-present God of all creation? In our text Jonah’s sin has begun to effect others but he is refusing to do anything about it.

This sermon addresses both saints and sinners who have personal transgression against God but are just almost causally moving through life. I would also say it can be applies in another manner. 

With all the turmoil going on in America, with all the anti-Christian propaganda, anti-biblical rhetoric being spewed, one would think “TRUE CHRISTIANS” (170 million, 54% of the population claim to be) voices would be heard resonating loudly. Yet all but a few are silent, so my question for you today is simple: What Meanest Thou, O Sleeper? 

 


SERMON:

What Meanest Thou, O Sleeper?

Charles Haddon Spurgeon September 14, 1862

Scripture: Jonah 1:5-6

From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 8

 

Sunday Sermon Series – Nailed it (to the cross)

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Romans 6:6

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SERMON:

 


OTHER RESOURCES

Luke 23:38; The Placard Above Christ’s Head by Geoff Thomas



Thanks to my friend LP jr for this:


 

Daily Devotional – Ordered in all Things

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CONTEXT:

Chapter 23 almost universally begins with Now these are the last words of David or something very similar. 

C.H. Spurgeon preached a sermon on April 15, 1855, on this text entitled “David’s Dying Song”. His opening remarks are worthy of relating here: 

These be the last words of David; so we read at the commencement of the chapter. Many have been the precious sentences which have fallen front his inspired lips; seraphic has been the music which has dropped from his fingers when they flew along the strings of his harp; but now that sweet voice is to be hushed in death, and now the son of Jesse is to sleep with his fathers. Surely it were well to press around his bed, to hear the dying monarch’s last testimony; yea, we can conceive that angels themselves would for an instant check their rapid flight, that they might visit the chamber of the dying mighty one, and listen to his last death song. It is always blessed to hear the words of departing saints. How many choice thoughts have we gained in the bedchamber of the righteous, beloved? I remember one sweet idea, which I once won from a death-bed. A dying man desired to have one of the Psalms read to him, and the 17th being chosen, he stopped at the 6th verse, “Incline thine ear unto me and hear my speech,” and faintly whispering, said, “Ah, Lord, I cannot speak, my voice fails me; incline thine ear, put it against my mouth, that thou mayest hear me.” None but a weak and dying man, whose life was ebbing fast, could have conceived such a thought. It is well to hear saints’ words when they are near heaven—when they stand upon the banks of Jordan. But here is a special case, for these be the last words of David. They are something more than human utterances; for we are told that the Spirit of the Lord spake by him, and his word was in his tongue. These were his closing accents. Ah! methinks, lisping these words he rose from earth to join the chorus of the skies. He commenced the sentence upon earth, and he finished it in heaven. He began, “Although my house be not so with God;” and as he winged his flight to heaven, he still sang, “yet hast thou made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: “and now before the throne he constantly hymns the same strain—”yet hast thou made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure.” I hope, my friends, there are many of us who can join in this verse this morning, and who hope to close our earthly pilgrimage with this upon our tongue.


BREAKDOWN: 

“Although my house is not so with God, – While the Bible is very explicit about Solomon following David, there is not great detail about all his sons. We do know that David himself did not always live a upright life and many of his sons followed suit. Further David’s rule as a King left much to be desired. 

** It should be noted that many modern translations wrongly have this as “If my house were not right with God” or some such implying all was perfectly well which was not true. 

Yet He has made with me an everlasting covenant, – Yet He, GRACE on display, even though David’s house was not completely in order God’s held firm to His covenant with David.  David understood that covenant was not based upon David’s accomplishments but God’s promise. 

Ordered in all things and secure. – God is not the author of confusion 1 Corinthians 14:33-40 and that includes this and any covenant or promise He makes. David uses a sort of technical jargon here as one who would drawn up a binding legal contract between parties to insure no loopholes, providing for all possibilities and leaving no room for misunderstandings. 

 For this is all my salvation and all my desire; – David’s greatest desire is for God’s promise His covenant to be fulfilled. David does not want riches for his sons or fame for them, he desires God’s Will Be Done.  

Will He not make it increase? –  This is a simple statement of a confident dying man, will God not make it so? 


APPLICATION:

I do not know where you are reading this today, but wherever it may be, I am relatively sure there is some sort of turmoil going on. Whether it is COVID-19 restrictions, Riots in major cities across the U.S., Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Famine or something else we live in a world full of chaos.  

Chaos can be defined as without due form or order, which is the exact opposite of what David says the Lord God brings, Ordered in all things and secure(ity). We have many choices before us today in this crazy chaotic world, we can turn to “self-help” books, written by the same humans causing all the chaos. Many turn to drugs, alcohol and other forms of escape. Or we can turn the True Convant Maker, the one who was powerful enough and brought order to the great void. If you are going to rely on someone to bring order in the midst of chaos whom would you rather depend on man or God? 

 

 

Daily Devotional – God’s Called

The saying below has become very popular on Social Media and among evangelicals in general but is it Biblical? Today we will briefly look at God’s Called.

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1 Corinthians 1:26-31

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CONTEXT:

As always we must take into consideration the Whole Counsel of God. Failure to do so even in this instance could lead to false or heretical teachings as you will see. 

So first let us look at the saying does God call unqualified folks. If we are speaking in the terms of Salvation, YES, of course our text will prove that.

On the other hand if we are speaking of ministry the answer is SORT OF. A careful reading of other bible text lists pre-qualifications for; Pastors, Deacons, Evangelists, etc. 1 Tim. 3:1-13, Tit. 1:5-9 then God further qualifies these chosen men through their study 2 Timothy 2:15 of scripture. To call someone to Pastor a church ignoring these qualifications is the same as saying God’s Word does not apply to our church and that is false teaching and HERESY, a term I never use lightly. 

Our text this morning,  1 Corinthians 1:26-31, comes from Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth. This is a church divided by two factions one I will call the Arrogant and Well Off, the other the Humble and Poor

A breakdown of 1st Corinthians 1 is as follows: 

In v.1-3 Greetings and Salutations to the church

In v.4-9 He thanks God for Christ and the fellowship therein

In v.10-17 He makes a plea for unity amongst the body of believers 

In v.18-25 He describes the Power and Wisdom of Christ

In v.26-31 He closes by reminding the Corinthians of their lowly state before Christ


BREAKDOWN:

25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.Paul begins to closes chapter one, by insulting the church at Corinth. Seriously there is no other way I can read this, he is not pulling punches to lovingly sugar coating anything. WARNING; do not read into the text; Paul is not implying God is foolish or weak; he is implying that the those who think God is such a Greek, Moron, for sacrificing His only begotten son are the truly week and follish.

26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: – Look at your own calling to Salvation, and those around you in the church, how many are of the high and mighty the intellectual elite (prior to conversion did they have that distinction?). Paul points out it is the rare rich noble that believes in Christ.

27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; – Instead of Mr. or Mrs. Fancy Pants, God chooses those that the world looks upon as foolish and weak to confuse the world and their so called mightiness. 

28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: – The Greek word here translated in the KJV as base things, is the word Nothing.  Paul says God calls the nothings of the world (modern word would be insignificant) to Christ. He uses the nobodies to shame the somebodies. 

29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. – WHY? The answer is simple so no one can brag about themselves in God’s presence. As stupid as that sounds I am convinced there are those who try when they day comes when we all stand before God on judgement day.

30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: –  Not only do true believers not boast in themselves they understand that God is the source of our Life in Christ. 

31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. – Paul is quoting Jeremiah 9:23-24 here, and makes it clear if you need boast boast in the Lord. 


APPLICATION:

Paul makes clear in his writing to the church at Corinth that God is please to Call the foolish and weak, that truly believe the Gospel of Christ and Him Crucified. God purposely chose the base or insignificant as far as “the world” was concerned just to prove to who in the end is really foolish and weak.  

The Question is are you to High and Mighty to heed God’s Call? 

 

Saturday’s Military Devotional – BEING STRONG

 

Joshua 1:9

2 Timothy 2:4

AMP and RVR 1960 


CONTEXT:

This is the Apostle Paul’s second letter to his young disciple Timothy. In Chapter 1  Paul urges Timothy to guard all he has been entrusted with. Specifically the Gospel and it’s Good News of Christ.

Chapter 2 v.1-13 begins with Paul telling Timothy to be Strong. Not just any ordinary strength (in the faith) but that of a soldier for he is surely to endure many battles.


BREAKDOWN:

No soldier – This is not the first time Paul has referenced Christians as soldiers Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 

gets entangled – He is making it clear then (Ephesians) and here that we are in a serious battle and we have no time for 

in civilian pursuits, outside distractions. I want to be clear that is not to say we should be ignorant of the world around you, or silent about it either (See yesterday’s devotional) Paul is making the case for our FOCUS.  

since his aim – What is the aim, goal or mission at hand? Is it to be tied up in worldly affairs while trying to Pastor a church or serve overseas missions? The obvious answer is no. 

is to please – Our aim, focus, goal, mission is always to please…

the one who enlisted him. (superiors) –  That is to be a well disciplined soldier for God 


APPLICATION:

In the military a Soldier, Marine (or any servicemember) does not obey orders and focus on the mission to “please” their superiors. They do it because discipline and training has taught them it saves lives in battle.

The same applies to the Christian soldier in their daily walk. Life’s distractions and the interloping of Satan’s minions to temp us can easily sway our focus. That is why Paul in Ephesians stresses the need to Armor Up and here encouraging Timothy to BE Strong and stay focused. 

C.H. Spurgeon said it best: 

The man who has given himself wholly to the service of Christ must not undertake any other business that would prevent his giving his whole strength to his Master’s work. 


Today’s Questions:

Say What?

Observation: What did I read? What struck you as most meaningful?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful? Did it change your view on Being Strong?     

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do? How can I start living it out today?

Sunday’s Sermon Series – Lycanthropy

Luke 10:3 | Back of the Choir

Lycanthropy which is Greek, for Wolf and Man, may seem like a strange title for a sermon. But then again so was the statement from Jesus in Luke 10:3 (KJV) to His disciples “Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.” 


CONTEXT: 

In order to fully understand this verse and Chapter 10 which begins in v.1 with After these things the Lord… we must start back in Chapter 9. These opening words demand knowledge of what preceded them. After what things must be known.

A recap shows that:

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

Jesus Foretells His Death

Jesus says to follow Him you must Take Up Your Cross 

The Transfiguration Occurs 

Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit

Jesus tells of His Coming Death

The Disciples what to know Who Will be the Greatest?

A Samaritan Village Rejects Jesus

The Cost of Following Jesus

So only after all these things happened did Jesus then v.1 appoint 72 more trusted disciples and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. 

Why so many and why now? I think the initial clue lies first in all the happenings of Chapter 9. It is here that two keys to the ministry happen. First Take up your cross and the cost of following Jesus are made clear. Man can not be fooled into thinking that being a “Christian” never mind being part of a Christian ministry of any sort will be easy and without significant personal cost.

Secondly the Transfiguration without a doubt one of the most amazing and important events in history. Without it their is no Calvary, no propitiation for sins, no call from the Father Mathew 17:5 (ESV parallel verse) …behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” 

Moving back to v.2 of Chapter 10 Jesus explains the immediate reason why now. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. There be a whole bunch of folks that need to hear what needs to be said, and not a lot of trustworthy folks to tell the story. The world will always be hostile to those share the Good News because it is an affront to their own self centered standard of goodness. That is why the the believer will  always venture out among wolves. 


SERMON: 

 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Luke 10:3

Lycanthropy, or, The Wolf Worrying the Lambs,

Thomas Adams (Luke 10:3)[pdf]


Parallel Verse Sermon

Sheep Among Wolves

By Charles Haddon Spurgeon Aug 19, 1877 Scripture: Matthew 10:16 Sermon No. 1,370 From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 23

Reformed Evangelism

As I noted yesterday in the post What is a Reformed Baptist? one of the greatest misconceptions about anyone in adhering to tenets of Reformed or Covenant Theology is that they do not care about evangelism. It stems from the aversion to the term Unconditional Election but holds no foundation in biblical or historical truth. 

Reformed Spirit: On Evangelism - David Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The following comes from A Puritans Mind, please note that while they chose the word Witnessing (sharing personal testimony) they really mean Evangelizing (Declaring the Good News (salvation) through Christ Alone).

Witnessing

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear,” (1 Peter 3:15).

For Christians with a solid biblical worldview, it is extremely important to them to know how to share their faith, and be ready to give an answer for the truth which lies in both their heart and mind. As a help to this, we ask the question, “How did the Puritans witness to a lost and dying world? How should we learn from their biblical models?” The Puritans were masters at declaring and publishing the Gospel as preachers, and as Christians. We can learn much from their practice.

Online Books and Articles on Witnessing and Evangelism here at A Puritan’s Mind: Note the ones with an * I have read and can recommend

Joseph Alleine’s, A Sure Guide to Heaven PDF.
*Thomas Brook’s, Young Men Exhorted to Come to Christ PDF.
*Thomas Boston’s, The Art of Man Fishing PDF
Ichabod Spencer’s, Pastor’s Sketches (Dealing with Anxious Souls) PDF
*Calvin’s Evangelism by Joel Beeke PDF


Other resources:

Telling People the Truth in Love: A Reformed Approach to Evangelism

Spurgeon’s Three R’s: A Useful Method for Evangelism

What Is Evangelism?

Calvinism and Evangelism

AJ-DeVisser-on-Evangelism

Reflections on Psalm 76

I found this while looking for a devotional to post write this morning. As you read Psalm 76 reflect upon:

v.1 God is known everywhere,

v.4 God is Glorious above all else, 

v.7 God is to be feared (greatly revered) 

v.8 God will judge all the earth (mankind)

v.12 God is sovereign (ruler) over all the earth


Psalm 76 (AMP)

Salmos 76 (RVR 1960) 


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My dear enemy’s time’s nearly up,
His sleeplessness nights,
Are a sign of what’s coming,
The stench of hatred’s words,
Will be smelt by everyone,
No perfume can hide its putrid odour,
It’s the smell of fear,
That is seen in God’s coming victory.

There is only one sure thing in life,
This is God’s love to those who trust him,
Power hungry liars will die like everyone else,
The greedy life destroyer’s time is running out,
God’s final work will set it all right,
His word will still the hater’s tongue for ever,
His word will bring life to the broken hearted.

In the midst of the great silence,
God is watching every evil act,
Nothing is missed,
I will wait for him,
Certain that my voice is heard,
And, that God’s love will protect me.


Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David Commentary on Psalm 76

My favorite (maybe 🙂 ) is from verse 7: 

“The fear of man is a snare, but the fear of God is a great virtue, and has great power for good over the human mind. God is to be feared profoundly, continually, and alone. Let all worship be to him only. And who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry? Who indeed? The angels fell when their rebellion provoked his justice; Adam lost his place in Paradise in the same manner; Pharaoh and other proud monarchs passed away at his frown; neither is there in earth or hell any who can abide the terror of his wrath. How blest are they who are sheltered in the atonement of Jesus, and hence have Fear of God

no cause to fear the righteous anger of the Judge of all the earth.”