Sermon: Is This Our Righteous King? 1 Samuel 30

Outline

  • The Tragedy (v. 1-3)
  • The Reaction (v. 4-6)
  • God Directs (v. 7-10)
  • God Provides (v. 11-15)
  • God Delivers (v. 16-31)

 

Concluding Points

  1. David & Jesus rise to the throne in humility and service
  1. David & Jesus rise to the throne in submission to God
  1. David & Jesus rise to the throne by providing for the lowly

Sermon: We Suffering in Hope Romans 8:18-25

Main Point- Eternal Glory Makes Temporary Suffering Worth It. (v. 18)

 

  1. Creation groans IN HOPE (v. 19-22)

 

  1. We groan IN HOPE (v. 23)

 

  1. Therefore, we wait in perseverance. (v. 24-25)

Teaching: The Blessings of the Kingdom Matthew 5:1-12

Introduction

  • What is the Sermon on the Mount?
    • Starts Matthew 5:1-2
    • Ends Matthew 7:28-8:1
  • Why study the Sermon on the Mount?
    • Matthew 28:16-20
  • Christians are set apart by blessings.
  • Sandwich- Jesus came to heal us and to call us to godlyness
    • 4:23 Jesus was teaching and healing
      • Matthew 5:1-7:29 Jesus TEACHES
      • Matthew 8:1-9:34 Jesus HEALS
    • 9:35 Jesus was teaching and healing

Beatitudes

  1. Blessed Emptiness (v. 3-6)

    • 3- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
    • 4- Blessed are those who morn for they shall be comforted
    • 5- Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth
    • 6- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied
  2. Overflowing Fullness (v. 7-12)

    • 7- Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy
    • 8- Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God
    • 9- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God
    • 10- Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
    • 11- Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
    • 12- Rejoice and be glad for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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Sermon: Kingdom Work Colossians 1:24-29

  1. We suffer afflictions WITH Jesus FOR the church (v. 24)
  2. We work to make the word of God fully known (v. 25-27)
  3. We proclaim, warn, teach. (v. 28)

Our Goal: present everyone mature in Christ (v. 29)

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Sermon: Suffering & Holiness in Light of Future Resurrection 1 Corinthians 15:30-34

If the Resurrection is not real: (v. 29-32)

  1. There is no gain in suffering for Jesus & Suffering is to be avoided at all costs.
  1. Sin is to be enjoyed.

BUT!!! Since The Resurrection is real (v. 33-34a)

  1. There is gain in suffering for Jesus & Suffering for Jesus is not to be avoided
  1. Sin must be eradicated in your life.

Why Does This Matter? – Some have no knowledge of God. (v. 34b)

  • Remember: Your labor is not in vain (v. 58)

Sorrow, Joy, and the Intermediate State

Since we live in a fallen world, death is a reality that even Christians have to come to grips with.  Though Jesus has redeemed us, the enemy of death has still not yet been defeated but we can have confidence that the end of death is near (1 Cor. 15:26, 54-55).  Even though our death is not a condemnation of our sin, it is true that death completes our sanctification and completes our union with Christ.  Our death and the death of other Christians should give us both sorrow and joy.  It is normal to be saddened by the loss of a brother in Christ (Acts 8:2, Phil. 2:27) but we can also find Joy that they are with Christ, a joy that we don’t experience with the loss of unbelieving friends and family see Rom. 9:1-3.

After death, the believer departs from his body and his spirit goes to be with the Lord in heaven (2 Cor. 5:8, Phil. 1:23) yet this is not the state that we are going to remain in as we were never meant to be spiritual beings but rather physical.  Though much of the American Church has learned its theology from movies and Greek tradition and therefore believes that we will be spiritual beings for eternity, the Bible says that we will be physical beings in the age to come.   When Christ returns, all the dead in Christ will be physically raised and will be given resurrection bodies that will be like Jesus’ physical body.  Our Soul will be reunited with our renewed, resurrected bodies.  The existence of soul sleep, purgatory, and annihilation all contradict what the Bible says about death and resurrection.  Unbelievers after death go to a place of judgment until their body is also raised when Jesus returns and they will stand before God in judgment (See Matt. 25:41, 46).

Even though we know that believers are in heaven right now, and unbelievers are being punished, we should not pray to them (including Mary) thinking that we can change their situation or that they can change ours.  Praying to those who are dead is condemned in the scriptures (Lev. 19:31) and those who consulted the dead were stoned to death in the Old Covenant (Lev. 20:27) and they should most definitely be corrected in the New Covenant Christian church.  We seek the Lord and him alone because those who have perished have no power or ability to control what takes place on earth, only God does.

How do I share Christ’s sufferings?

“Rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings” (1 Peter 4:13).

What did Christ’s sufferings accomplish and how do I share in them?

What did Christ’s sufferings accomplish?

(1)    To satisfy God’s wrath against sin (Rom 3:25)

(2)    To become a ransom for many (Mark 10:45)

(3)    To give eternal life to all who believe in Him (John 3:16, 1 Pet 1:3)

(4)    To reconcile us to God (Rom 5:10, 1 Pet 3:18)

(5)    An example for how we are to live (1 Pet 2:21)

(6)    That we might die to sin and live to righteousness (1 Pet 2:24)

What do my sufferings accomplish?

(1)    Tested faith: and subsequently, or hopefully, sanctification (1 Pet 1:6-7)

(2)    Rejoicing: a chance to be like Christ (1 Pet 1:7, 4:13)

(3)    A realization that I need Christ; I am inadequate to satisfy God’s wrath or make payment for sin (1 Pet 3:18)

(4)    A chance to be a witness (1 Pet 2:12, 3:15)

(5)    My sufferings do not accomplish salvation or make me right with God

How do I share Christ’s sufferings?

(1)    First and foremost, you must be in Christ, trusting in what Christ’s sufferings accomplished (1 Pet 1:3)

(2)    Be holy, as God is (1 Pet 1:15)

(3)    Subject yourself to human institutions that may act unjustly (1 Pet 2:13)

(4)    Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you (1 Pet 3:15)

(5)    Arm yourself with the thinking that you will suffer (1 Pet 4:1, 12)

(6)    Suffer for doing good, just as Christ did (1 Pet 4:17-18)