When is there No More Forgiveness?


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When is there No More Forgiveness?

  1. What brings us to asking this question?
    1. We recognize our sins and shortcomings. Romans 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; None of us are perfect. We all sin, and need God’s Forgiveness.
    2. We recognize our inability to change in our own strength. Romans 7:16-17: If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Even after becoming saved, we battle with the sin nature, and continually need to repent and ask forgiveness.


  1. What is Forgiveness?
    1. Forgiveness is defined as the letting go of sin. In the Bible. This includes forgiving everyone, every time, of everything, as an act of obedience and gratefulness to God. It acknowledges the sacrifice God made through His Son Jesus who died to restore the relationship between God and man.


We read in 1st Timothy 2:5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. We also read in 1st John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

  1. How does this apply to you and me?
    1. We all need to receive God’s Forgiveness. Ephesians 1:5-7: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; We all need to trust Jesus to forgive us, and adopt us into His family. Before coming to Christ, we are at enmity with God. Now as Christians we receive His Forgiveness and are family!
    2. We all need to forgive one another. Ephesians 4:32: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Out of gratitude for what God has done for us, we should extend forgiveness to other people.

The good news is that He can enable us to do this as we yield our lives to Him.


  1. Who in the bible needed forgiveness?
    1. King David: After being confronted about his adultery with Bathsheba, he wrote this: Psalm 51:1-3: Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. He knew only God could cleanse him of his sin. Later in this chapter he asks God to restore the joy of his salvation. He had consequences for his sin, but he received God’s Forgiveness and restoration.
    2. Peter: Luke 5:8: When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.  for he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:  Peter came face to face with the miracle working power of Jesus, and his first reaction was to recognize his own sinfulness and need of salvation.



  1. Mary Magdalene: Luke 7:47: Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. Though we don’t know exactly what her past was like, we know Mary had lived a sinful life, and was forgiven much. Because of that, she loved Jesus and was sold out to Him.


  1. Who do we need to forgive? Ourselves or others?
    1. We do need to forgive ourselves. Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  Sometimes we can be harder on ourselves than we are on others who have wronged us.
    2. We are also called to forgive others. Matthew 6:12: And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. That’s in the Lord’s Prayer. If we want to experience God’s Forgiveness to us, we need to forgive others.


  1. What did Jesus say about forgiveness and who we need to forgive?
    1. Jesus said we are to forgive not seven times, but seventy times seven. Matthew 18:21-22: Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?

till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until 70 times seven.  In other words, if we truly forgive, we are not keeping count.

  1. Jesus says this in Mark 11:25: And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. We are reminded again here that our forgiveness from God is connected to how we forgive others.


  1. Conclusion
    1. Ask yourself this question: Have you forgiven yourself for things that happened in your life? Have you forgiven others who have wronged you?
    2. Has it been a while since you’ve felt the love, peace and presence of God in your life? Maybe there’s someone you have withheld forgiveness from. Ask God to search your heart and He will show you.
    3. In answer to the question we started with, “When is there no more forgiveness”, I would say this: As long as you are alive and breathing, you can find forgiveness. Jesus says this in John 6:37: All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
    4. Have you come to Jesus and given your heart and life to Him? If not, let’s get that taken care of today.
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Can God Keep Us Until The End?

  1. Introduction
    1. You and I many times (at least I know I ) have asked the question can God keep us until the end? I remember when I first became a Christian, I wrestled with this, being a novice in the Word. It’s hard to understand when you’re coming from the world, and joining God’s World. It’s a whole different mind set and way of thinking. As I began to press into God’s Word, and study, I began to see not only the world changing around me, but how I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God could keep me until the end.  You and I will always face ups and downs, ins and outs, twists and turns, tornadoes and storms, seeming like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. The one thing I know is that when I asked Jesus to be my own personal Savior, he would secure me until the end. I realized I wasn’t working my way to Heaven and that there was nothing I could do to earn my salvation. In return I had to accept the free gift and the thought is sometimes is just too simple. The reality is that it is just that simple.  How about you? Have you thought like I did? Maybe you thought something different.
  2. Can God truly keep us until the end? Here’s what the Word of God says.
    1. Psalm 94:14: For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance. When you came to Jesus Christ, you joined the Family of God. You are His Inheritance. You are His People. He will never cast you off or forsake you.
    2. Deuteronomy 31:8: And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed. Here again we see that God is with us and goes before us. He will never fail us. We don’t have to fear. Take this promise to the bank.
    3. John 14:18: I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Jesus is as close as the mention of His Name. Just call upon Him and He will answer.
    4. James 1:17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. God doesn’t change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.




  1. What must I do to be saved or redeemed from the world in which we live?
    1. You must be born again. You must ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart and be your Lord and Savior. John 3:3-6: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit When we call upon Jesus to come into our hearts, His Holy Spirit comes in and brings our dead spirit to life.
    2. Realize that you are not your own. You’ve given your birthright to Jesus. Your life from this time on should be lived according to His Will, and not your agenda. Romans 12:1-2:I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
    3. God wants us to be different from the rest of the world. He transforms us as we read His Word and pray. Romans 12:2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


  1. Can God take away your salvation? What does He say about this?
    1. Did you know that the Holy Spirit is referred to as a dove, and doves mate for life? Ephesians 4:30: And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Once you have given your heart to Jesus Christ, you are permanently sealed as one of His Own.
    2. John 6:37: All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. This is Jesus speaking. If you came to Him, the Father gave you to Him, and in no way will He cast you out.




  1. Some people say there’s no God. How do I know this isn’t true?
    1. The Bible has strong words for those who say there is no God. Psalm 53:1: The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
    2. I don’t know how anyone can see all that is around us and not believe in God. Psalm 19:1: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. All of nature shows us there’s a God. Everything has a purpose. Everything is designed for a reason. This just didn’t happen randomly.


  1. Where will I go when I die?
    1. For all of us, unless we go up in the rapture, we have an appointed time when we will die, and then go before the Lord for judgment. Hebrews 9:27: And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: In a minute we’ll discuss the two kinds of judgment we will face.
    2. For the Christian, we have the assurance, that once we pass from this life, we are with the Lord.



2nd Corinthians 5:8: We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  What a glorious day that will be.


  1. What judgment will I go to as a Christian? What judgment will the unsaved go to?
    1. As a Christian, you and I will go to the Judgment Seat of Christ. 2nd Corithians 5:10: For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. This is where we will be judged for what we should have done but didn’t. Missed opportunities, times we didn’t obey the call of God.
    2. For those who reject the salvation offered through Jesus Christ, they will go to the Great White Throne Judgment. Revelation 20:11: And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. This is where their lives will be reviewed. Their names will not be found in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and they will be cast into the Lake of Fire.



  1. Is faith enough to keep me?
    1. We are saved by grace through faith. Ephesians 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Even the faith itself is a gift of God. This shows we are completely dependent on God for salvation.
    2. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:6: But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Believing is the first step in the Christian walk. We must have faith, because on our own efforts, we can’t even reach God.
    3. Once we have put our faith in Christ, we do good works out of gratitude for what He has done. We show our faith by our good works. James 2:18: Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. If you aren’t doing anything for God, you might not have much faith. We show God and the world our faith by the works we do for God.



  1. What will Heaven be like when I get there?
    1. He’s preparing a place for you. There’s a mansion with your name on it. John 14:2-3:n my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
    2. He will give you a glorious body like His Own. There’ll be no sickness, no arthritis, bursitis, deafness, blindness, or any other ailment there. Philippians 3:20-21: For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
    3. We will never perish or fade away. We will live forever with Jesus. 1 Peter 1:3-4: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
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Who Crucified Jesus?

Who Crucified Jesus?

  1. Introduction
    1. When I was a young boy and first came to know Christ as my own Savior, I was young in the Lord at the time. I had just given my heart to Jesus. I didn’t know much about the crucifixion. I just knew that Jesus had died for me. When I was saved in Tulsa Oklahoma at a concert that Don Francisco was playing for, I gave my heart to the Lord.
    2. I then came home and got rooted in a little Bible believing church called Calvary Baptist Church. There I learned the Bible. I learned all about who Jesus Christ the man was, and who the people were that crucified him. I’m so thankful for all of the education that I received at Calvary Baptist Church. It has molded and shaped me into the man I am today, the pastor of the Little House of Hope and Prayer.  Now let us proceed to find out why Christ was crucified on the cross.


  1. Who is this man they call Jesus?
    1. He is God, and is known as the Word of God. John 1:1 and 2: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.

This passage makes it very clear that Jesus is God. He wasn’t a creation of God. He was there from the beginning.

  1. He created the Heavens and the Earth. John 1:3: All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. Here again, we see that Jesus was not created, but is the creator. Nothing was created without him.
  2. He was the long awaited Messiah. Isaiah 7:14: Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. This is an Old testament prophecy concerning the coming Messiah who is Jesus Christ our Lord. This was given centuries before Jesus was born.
  3. He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24: A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Jesus is a friend you can call on any time and He’s always right there with you.


  1. What was His Reason for Leaving Heaven and Coming to Earth?
    1. Because God is Holy and can’t look upon sin, sin separates us from God, and also leads to death. Ezekiel 18:20: The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
    2. God loved you and I so much that He came to restore that relationship that was broken by sin, and give us eternal life. John 3;16-17:or God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He gave the ultimate sacrifice by carrying the sin of the whole world on His Shoulders, and dying on the cross to save us.
    3. He left the glories of Heaven, humbled Himself, died for us, and is now exalted in Heaven. Philippians 2:5-9: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  He’s the Name above all names. There is no other name whereby we can find salvation, healing, and freedom.


  1. When someone talks about the Godhead, what do they mean? Though the word trinity is not in the Bible, the word Godhead is, and refers to one God in three persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Here are some scriptures to clarify this.
    1. Here is a prophecy about the birth of Jesus that refers to Him as the Mighty God and everlasting Father. Isaiah 9:6: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
    2. Further ahead in Isaiah we see another indication of Jesus as God. Isaiah 44:6: Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
    3. Again here we see that in Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead. Colossians 2:9: For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
    4. Finally let’s look at a prayer of the Apostle Paul that ties all three together, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. 2 Cotinthians 13:14: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.


  1. When He spoke, He spoke with authority and people listened. Here are some scriptures about the power and authority of Jesus.
    1. Matthew 7:28-29: And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. They knew this was no ordinary preacher. They knew that when Jesus spoke, there was power and authority behind His Words.
    2. Matthew 28:18: And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. This relates to what we discussed earlier about Jesus being God. All power and authority in heaven and Earth are His.
    3. Mark 1:27: nd they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. This again shows that Jesus has authority over all. No devil in Hell can prevail against Him. When He speaks, even they listen.


  1. Who was it that actually crucified Him?
    1. It was Jesus’ own People, the Jews that arrested Jesus and led Him to Pilate to be crucified. John 18:31-32: Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death: That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die.
    2. The people God had promised to send a Messiah to did not know who was in their midst. Luke 19:41-44: And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. For centuries they had prayed for the promised Messiah to come. Many of them are still praying, not realizing that He already came. His Name was Jesus. They missed the time of their visitation. I would add that Jesus is here right now in this service. Are you enjoying His Love and Presence, or are you missing out on the time of His Visitation?


  1. What were His Last Words before He went to Heaven?
    1. He was giving the Great Commission just before ascending to Heaven. Matthew 28:19-20: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. He promised to always be with us, now and forever. Let’s win as many souls to Him as we can before the Trumpet Sounds and we’re called home.
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Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Wayne’s Introduction

We need to Study

  1. Why do we need to study?
    1. Psalm 119:105-Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. We live in a dark world. It’s not a good idea to go stumbling around in the dark without a flashlight. There may be roots, stumps, rocks, and other obstacles that you could stumble on and fall if you’re not careful. When we study God’s word, it’s a light unto our path. It tells us the obstacles to watch for, and how to overcome them. It gives us a clear path as we study

 Joshua 1:8-This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Wondering what God’s will is for your life? Spend time in His Word, meditate on it. Think about it. Obey it, and you will be blessed.

  1. Hebrews 4:12-For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. God’s word is powerful. It speaks to every area of life. When Jesus was tempted by the devil, the weapon of choice was the Word of God. When Satan attacks you, get into the Word. Obey it. Stand on the promises it has within. Let God’s Word be your two edged sword.

 What does God say about us studying?

    1. 2 Timothy 3:16-All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: All scripture is from God. It is all important. It’s profitable for doctrine, our belief system. It is good for reproof, to correct us when we’re wrong, and it teaches us what is right.
    2. Romans 15:4-For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. We should always be learning. The only people who have learned all there is to learn in this world are those who have gone on to Heaven. As we study the Word, we will learn more and more about who God is. We also gain hope and comfort from the scriptures.


  1. By studying, how does it affect you and me?
    1. Isaiah 53:6-All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. The more we study, the more we know what God has to say about us, our sin, and our need of a savior.

 Matthew 5:16-Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. The more we study, the more Christ-like we are, and people will see how we live, and many will glorify God.

  1. 2 Timothy 4:2- Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. The more we study, the more we can help others by pointing them to what they need in the Word.


We need to be approved

  1. For what reason? Are we just trying to prove something?
    1. Romans 12:2-And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.We don’t study the Word to prove how spiritual we are, or how smart we are, but we prove what is acceptable to God…what His Will is, and how He wants us to live.

 Acts 9:22-But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. By studying and obeying God’s word, more and more, we prove to the world around us that Christ is real, and living and active in our lives.


  1. That kind of seems prideful in a way, doesn’t it? but not really. Here’s what the bible has to say about pride.
    1. Proverbs 16:18-Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
    2. 1 John 2:16-For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
    3. When we study the Word, live it, and share it with others, it is always to be in humility. There’s nothing prideful about studying and being approved by God.

 Why can’t we just go about our business and not worry about proving anything to anyone?

    1. Romans 10:14-How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? If we just go about our business, who will tell our family and friends about Jesus?
    2. In a bible study video on a Thursday night, the speaker said “Christianity is always one generation away from dying. It’s up to each one of us to share the Gospel with people around us. In fact, if you want to be spiritually healthy, sharing the Gospel is an important part of your life.


  1. Why does God want us to be approved of Him?
    1. Galatians 1:10- For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. As Christians, we are to live our lives in service to Jesus Christ, and to seek to please Him and be approved by Him.


 Colossians 3:23-24-And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. Here again, whatever you do, you should be serving the Lord and you will be approved, and be blessed by Him



  1. what is a workman?
    1. Psalm 119:1-2: Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. A workman is one who seeks to live according to God’s Word.
    2. Titus 2:9-Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again. A workman is diligent at his job or ministry, seeking to please those they work for, doing their workas unto the Lord.
    3. James 1:22-25: But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. Bottom line, a workman is one who doesn’t just hear the word, but does what it says.


 What is his function?

    1. Luke 14:23-And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. .Job 1 of every Christian is to go out and tell people about Jesus, compelling them to come into the Kingdom of God.


  1. Are we just working our way to heaven?
    1. Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. We are not working our way to heaven because no good works we could possibly do would get us there. It’s only by grace.
    2. Our good works are done out of love and gratitude for what He has done for us.


We need not to be ashamed

  1. Why do we need not to be ashamed?
    1. Hebrews 12:2-Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. God despises shame. He went to the cross to take our shame and our sin upon Himself.
    2. Romans 1:16-17: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. God doesn’t want His People to be ashamed. We are the King’s Kids. We have the Power of God for salvation. We have what the world needs. If we’re studying the Word, and living for Him, we won’t be ashamed.


  1. How do we know we are rightly dividing the word of truth?
    1. Isaiah 28:10-For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: We need to let scripture interpret scripture.



  1. 2 Corinthians 13:1-his is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. Two or three witnesses are needed to make a doctrine. You can’t make a teaching out of one verse.
  2. Study to whom a Scripture is written, and what time it is written about.


  1. There are so many interpretations, so many bibles, so many people telling you this and that. What is the truth?
    1. John 14:6-esus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Jesus is the truth. There may be other voices telling you this and that, but the words of Jesus are truth and life.
    2. John 8:31-32: Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.As you seek God, and read His Word the bible, you will know the truth. He will make it plain to you.


 When we do find the truth, how do we stand on it?

    1. 1 Corinthians 15:58- Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. We are to stand on the truth, confidently, unwaveringly, boldly, no matter what comes our way.
    2. Galatians 5:1-Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. We read earlier that we will know the truth, and the truth will make us free. As we study the Word, believing what it says, wea re made free in Jesus. God wants us to stand on that Word, and not ever go back to being in bondage, as we were before we believed.


Conclusion to all of the above.

So we’ve broken down the scripture, 2 Timothy 2:15. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

  1. We’ve talked about why we need to study: It is the lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. It shows us God’s will for our lives. God’s Word gives peace and long life to those who study. IT speaks to every area of our lives.
  2. We discussed What does God say about us studying? The bible is all from God. It shows us what to beleive, corrects us when we’re wrong and teaches us what is right.
  3. We talked about how studying affects you and me. We shared that the more we study, we know what God says about us. We talked about how studying makes us more like Christ, and are able to help others.
  4. We talked about being approved. We talked about how as we study the Word, we prove what is God’s Will. We are more like Christ, and by studying and obeying the Word, we prove to the world that He is real. We discussed how our efforts to study and be approved by God are not prideful, but are done in humble service to God.
  5. We talked about What is a workman? A workman seeks to live according to God’s Word. He or she is diligent at his job or ministry, seeking to please God and the person we serve under. Bottom line, a workman is a doer of the word, and not a hearer only. His or her function is to share the Gospel with everyone they meet. A workman is not someone trying to work their wayto heaven. The works they do are in gratitude and obedience to God.
  6. We asked Why do we not need to be ashamed? God despises shame and doesn’t want His Kids to be ashamed. We have the power of God for salvation. We have what the world needs. If our trust is in God, and we are studying the Word and living by it, we need not be ashamed.
  7. We talked about how we know we are rightly dividing the Word of truth. If we let scripture interpret scripture, don’t try to make a doctrine out of just one verse, and study to find out who is being written about and what time period, we are rightly dividing the Word of truth.
  8. We asked the question, what is the truth, when there are so many bibles and people telling us this and that. We shared that Jesus is the truth. His words are truth and life. We talked about the fact that if we seek Him, and His Word, we will know the truth and the truth will make us free. We also talked about standing firmly on the truth, boldly, confidently, unwaveringly.

So where are you in relation to 2nd Timothy 2:15?

  1. Do you study the Word? Do you dust off that bible and study it?
  2. Are you a Berean, searching out the scriptures, or do you just go by what someone says?
  3. Are you seeking to be approved by God, or is it more the approval of men that you seek?
  4. Are you a workman, rightly dividing the Word of truth who needs not to be ashamed?


  1. I think every one of us can grow in this area. Let’s all endeavor to study God’s Word, be a doer of the Word, and share the Gospel with those we meet. We will be approved by God and not ever need to be ashamed.
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A House Divided Against Itself

  1. Introduction
    1. God’s Word says a lot about the importance of being in unity. We see this in Psalm 133:1: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! A kingdom, a house, a church, and a nation divided against itself can not stand. We’ll talk about a house divided in this message.
  2. Let’s look into the subject of A house divided against itself.
    1. Mark 3:25: And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
  3. What does this mean?
    1. Let’s look at the verses surrounding the one we just read. Mark 3:22-26: And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils. And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.
    2. The scribes were saying that Jesus was casting out demons by Satan’s power.
    3. Jesus responds that a kingdom and a house divided against itself cannot stand, and will not survive.
    4. This shows the importance of unity. As Christians, we all are working towards the same goal, bringing souls to Jesus Christ, and encouraging our brothers and sisters in Christ. We must be in unity and not be divided.
  4. How can you and I stand firm knowing that we as Christians are not divided?
    1. Pray for one another. James 5:16: Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
    2. Be in church and fellowship often with other believers. Hebrews 10:25: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
    3. Be involved in a ministry, where your gifts and talents are being used to reach souls and encourage the saints. Ask your pastor how you can help in the church. Ephesians 4:16: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.


  1. If I had to ask you what side you were on, the Christian side or the side of the enemy, what would you say, and how would you explain it to someone who doesn’t know whether they are on one side or another.
    1. We are encouraged to choose sides. We are either on the Lord’s side, or that of the enemy. Exodus 32:26: Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.
    2. If you have not given your heart to Jesus, and are not consciously living for God, serving and obeying Him, you are not on His Side, but are on the side of the devil. Jesus had these strong words to say in John 8:44: Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
    3. One sign that shows that you are on God’s side, is if you pray regularly. Matthew 6:6: But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
    4. Another sign that you are on God’s side is if you are studying the Word. 2nd Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
    5. Are you in church regularly? This will be a good indication of which side you are on. Hebrews 10:25: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
    6. Finally, are you fulfilling the great commission, and telling people about Jesus. Those on the Lord’s side are doing this in one form or another. Luke 14:23: And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
  2. What does God’s Word say about a house divided against itself?
    1. We read Jesus’ Words earlier. Here is another recording of this saying: Matthew 12:24-25: But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
    2. Here are a couple of other places where the bible talks about the need for us to be in unity and not divided. Psalm 133:1: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
    3. And now for the New Testament: Ephesians 4:3: Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
  3. Some examples of a house divided against itself.
    1. A church or ministry where everyone is following their own agendas, instead of working with the pastor and leadership to achieve a common goal, namely seeking to save that which was lost, and building up the Body of Christ.
    2. A job site where everyone has their own ideas about how a job should be done, instead of following the guidance of the owner.
    3. A home in which family members don’t communicate and go about doing their own things, instead of coming together as a family.
    4. Our nation has become more and more of a house divided. Coming together to get things done in our nation has become increasingly hard, and tensions on all side continue to escalate.
  4. How should you and I explain to someone else when we know for a fact that their house has been divided?
    1. First, pray for them.
    2. Then, speak the truth in Love to them. Ephesians 4:14-15:  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
    3. Encourage them to pray for one another and confess their faults to one another. James 5:16: Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
    4. Encourage the people involved to forgive and have peace. Colossians 3:13: Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
    5. Encourage them to continue to love one another, as love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8: And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
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  1. Introduction
    1. You’ve heard it said that God’s Word is line upon line, precept upon precept. What does this mean? Where did this concept come from? Who spoke this into existence? How important is this concept when sharing God’s Word with others? We’ll talk about these things and more in this message about line upon line, precept upon precept.
  2. Where did this concept come from?
    1. In Isaiah 28, God is speaking through the prophet Isaiah to people who don’t know His Word and His ways. Just like many of us today. You and I have the complete Bible, the Word of God, and yet many of us don’t take time to study it and get to know who God is. Let’s look at a few of these verses.
    2. Isaiah 28:9-10:Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:


  1. Who spoke this into existance?
    1. This concept is from God. God has something to say about every area of our lives, and the more we delve into His Word, the more we are prepared for what is in store for us, and what God has planned for us. To get a better understanding of this concept, let’s look at a few other translations of verse 10.
    2. New International Version: For it is: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there.”
    3. New Living Translation:He tells us everything over and over— one line at a time, one line at a time, a little here, and a little there!”
    4. Berean Study Bible: For He says, “Order on order, order on order, line on line, line on line; a little here, a little there.”
    5. Good News Translation:He is trying to teach us letter by letter, line by line, lesson by lesson.”


  1. Why Can’t We just pick Up the Bible and Read It?
    1. God wants us to study His Word, to get to know Him, His Will, His Ways. He wants us to do this for ourselves, but so we can share His Word with others.
    2. 2nd Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
    3. We see here that as we study God’s Word, line upon line, precept upon precept, we are approved unto God. He is pleased with us.
    4. When we study the Word, and share it with others, we need not to be ashamed, because we are rightly dividing the Word, not just making a complete doctrine out of one section of scripture.


  1. Is it true that when a statement is made in the Bible that other passages relate to it between the Old and New Testament?Yes, here are a few examples.
    1. We learn that Jesus was a descendant of Abraham by looking at these 2 verses:
      1. Matthew 1:1: The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
      2. Genesis 22:18: And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
    2. Throughout the Old and New Testament, we see passages telling and foretelling of how Jesus would give His Life to save you and me from our sins.
      1. Isaiah 53:5: But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
      2. Matthew 20:28: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
  • 1 Peter 2:24-25:Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
  1. 2 Corinthians 5:21: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
  1. The apostle John, and the prophet Isaiah both had a vision of Heaven, and Jesus sitting on the throne.
    1. Revelation 4:2-3: And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
    2. Isaiah 6:1-2: In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.


  1. Is this Line Upon Line old testament only, or is it New Testament also?
    1. As we’ve seen with these examples, we can use Bible cross references to go between the Old and New Testament, often gaining deeper insight into what God is saying by digging a little bit deeper, than just the one passage we might be looking at.


  1. When Explaining God’s Word to someone, how important is this concept?
    1. 1 Peter 3:15-16: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: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
    2. In this world, there are many voices, with many different messages, often contrary to the Word of God. If you study the Word, line upon line, precept upon precept, using the Old and New Testament, you are more equipped to give an answer, and share what God has to say about Himself, and the issues of the day. There are many who say they speak from God but their knowledge of the Word is extremely limited.


  1. Is this a tool made for winning souls?
    1. Those who profess to receive and believe the truth are to be shown the deadly influence of selfishness and its tainting, corrupting power. The Holy Spirit must work upon the human agent, else another power will control mind and judgment. Spiritual knowledge of God and Jesus Christ whom He hath sent is the only hope of the soul. Each soul is to be taught of God, line upon line, precept upon precept; he must feel his individual accountability to God to engage in service for his Master, whose he is, and whom he is required to serve in the work of saving souls from death.


  1. How can this help us in the complete study of all 66 books? Here are some guidelines for studying the bible line upon line, precept upon precept.
    1. Begin with Scriptures that are easy to understand.
    2. Let the Bible interpret and prove the Bible. Don’t look for what you want to prove – look for what the Bible actually says.
    3. Understand the context—the verses before and after, and the chapters before and after. Does your understanding of a particular verse harmonize with the rest of the Bible?
    4. Ask: What does the Scripture clearly say?
    5. Ask: What does the Scripture not say?
    6. Ask: Who was the book written to?
    7. Ask: Who wrote it and who said it?
    8. Understand the historical time frame in which the book was written.
    9. Do not allow personal assumptions or preconceived ideas to influence your understanding and conclusions.
    10. Do not form conclusions based on partial facts, insufficient information, or the opinions and speculations of others.
    11. Opinions—regardless of how strongly you feel about them—don’t necessarily count. Scripture alone must be your standard and guide.
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You Will Know them By Their Fruits

Why Did Jesus Say “Ye Shall Know Them By Their Fruits”?

  1. Introduction:
    1. In our world today there are a lot of people that say they are Christians, or say they are ministers of the Gospel. Which ones are truly Christian and serving God? Jesus said we can know who is truly our brother or sister by the fruits they bear.


  1. Where is the Scripture Found?
    1. We’ll be looking at Matthew 7:15-20. The verse we are referring to here is Matthew 7: 16: Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?


  1. Who is it that Jesus is referring to?
    1. Not everyone that says they are a Christian or even a minister is of God. Jesus warns us about that in verse 15: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. We often hear of preachers or singers that bring inspiring messages or songs, and then later we hear of them tearing up the bible or saying they no longer believe.


  1. What are the Fruits?
    1. Matthew 7:17 to 20 says “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
    2. Jesus talks a lot about trees, seeds, and soil. To learn more about the fruit Jesus is talking about in our original passage, let’s look at the parable of the sower and the seed as Jesus is explaining it to His Disciples.. Matthew 13:18-23: Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
    3. So the seed is the Word of the Kingdom, the gospel message. The message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
    4. The sower is me and you. We are all called to plant seeds, to present the gospel to people we come in contact with.
    5. The good fruit Jesus is talking about in our original passage is sharing the gospel with people, and living a life of service to our Lord. We are not doing this to get into Heaven, but because we love God and are thankful for what He’s done for us.


  1. How to know if someone is a true brother or sister, or a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? Ask yourself these questions about that person:
    1. Is the person in question sharing the Gospel in one way or another with people in need? Luke 14:23: And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
    2. Does he or she put God and others first? Matthew 6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
    3. Philippians 2:3: Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
    4. Is he or she a person of prayer and study of God’s Word? Philippians 4:6: e careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
    5. 2 Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
    6. Is the person preaching the Word accurately, or leading people astray? Galatians 1:8-9: But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
  2. It Sounds like you are talking about Judging. Doesn’t Jesus teach against judging others?
    1. Here is the scripture people often use. Matthew 7:1-5: udge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
    2. So what is Jesus saying here, that we are not to ever make a judgment call about someone ‘s spiritual condition? No. He’s telling us to check our own selves out first. Get the beam out of your own eye so you can clearly see the mote in the other person’s eye.  1 Corinthians 11:31:  For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
    3. We see in this next verse that God does want us to discern who is truly a servant of the Lord, and who is wicked, and actually of the enemy. It says this in 1 Corinthians 5:12-13: For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
    4. When dealing with another who is a brother but who we know to be doing wrong, the bible says this in Galatians 6:1-2: rethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.


  1. How can you and I bear More Fruit?
    1. First, you must be born again before you can bear fruit. John 3:3: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
    2. Spend time in the Word and prayer every day. Psalm 119:11: Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
    3. Philippians 4:6: e careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
    4. Share Jesus with people you come in contact with.
    5. Submit to God’s Pruning process. John 15:2: Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
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Why Go To Church

Why Do I Need to go to Church?

  1. Introduction
    1. We live in a time when more and more people are saying that they can be a Christian without being involved in a church.
    2. What does the bible say about this? Does going to church make you a Christian? What is the church? Isn’t it enough to be born again? We’ll tackle these questions and more in this important message.


  1. Does Church make me a Christian?
    1. You become a Christian, not by going to church, but by accepting Jesus into your heart as Lord and Savior. Romans 10:9-10: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
    2. Once you have believed in Jesus and are saved, you love Him, and want to please Him and learn all you can about Him. You want to connect with others who share your faith.


  1. If the church is significant, why does the bible say God doesn’t live in buildings made with hands?
    1. Though God has places set apart for His Purposes, he doesn’t live in man-made buildings. Acts 7:46-49: Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob. But Solomon built him an house.Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?
    2. The church building is not a place where God lives, it is a place where people come together to hear the Word, fellowship, and serve God. Acts 2:41-42: hen they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.


  1. What is the church?
    1. The church is a body of believers, a family of brothers and sisters in Christ. This is the family you are adopted into once you accept Jesus and are saved. Romans 12:5: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
    2. When we are adopted into God’s Family, we have Jesus Christ as the Head. Colossians 1:18: And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.


  1. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Who is the Holy Spirit, and what is the temple?
    1. We see this scripture in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
    2. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity.
    3. He is spoken of by Jesus as the Comforter. John 14:16: And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.
    4. As we study the Word, the Holy Spirit will teach us, and bring things to our remembrance. John 14:26:But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
    5. He is the Spirit of Truth who leads us and guides us. John 16:13: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
    6. The temple in this case is where God lives, not in man made buildings, but in the hearts of those who call upon the Name of the Lord for salvation. Ephesians 4:30: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.


  1. I’m a Home Baptist. I don’t feel I need to go to church. Isn’t it enough to be born again and know I’m going to Heaven? Why do I need to do anything else?
    1. Being a Christian isn’t simply praying a prayer, being born again, and then you’re done. If you truly are saved, you want to obey God and serve Him. There will be works that accompany your faith. It is not enough to just believe, we must live for Him. James 2:17-18:Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.


  1. Does going to Church make me a better Christian?
    1. When you go to church, you are fed the true, powerful Word of God through the messages.2 Timothy 4:2:Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
    2. You have a family to worship and pray with.1 Corinthians 14:26:How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
    3. You have brothers and sisters that can encourage you as you grow in your walk with the Lord. Hebrews 10:24: And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
    4. You do become a better Christian as you continue to fellowship and study with other believers.


  1. What does God say about all of this? Do I need to change my thinking?
    1. God clearly warns us to stay in fellowship with other believers, especially as we see the end approaching. Hebrews 10:25: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
    2. We see in Acts how the people spent time daily in the temple, and having fellowship at one another’s houses. This shows the church being a family, not just coming together for a message and a few songs, but spending time to fellowship together.Acts 2:46: And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
    3. Here’s another scripture that shows the importance of being with like minded believers. Philippians 2:1-2: If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
    4. You’re an important part of the Body. When you are not there, there is a missing part that God intended to be there. Because of this, you should get involved in a church, pray for and support your pastor, and see what part God has for you to play in the life of that local body of believers. Ephesians 4:16: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
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Do You Have A Dream


  1. What is a Dream?
    1. a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep.
    2. a cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal.
    3. Dreams are often used by God to communicate His Will, and what his calling on your life is. Acts 2:17 says And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
    4. Numbers 12:6: And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.


  1. Who do we know that dreamed in the Bible? There arer countless examples of how God used dreams in the bible. Let’s look at a few examples.
    1. Abimelech in Genesis 20:3: But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife.
    2. Jacob dreamed about Jesus in Genesis 28:12: And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
    3. Joseph dreamed of his brothers and parents bowing down to him in Genesis 37:9: And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
    4. The butler and baker had dreams that Joseph interpreted. Genesis 40:5: And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison.
    5. Joseph reminds the butler and baker that God interprets dreams. Genesis 40 Verse 8: And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.
    6. Solomon had a dream from God in 1st Kings 3:5: In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
    7. Joseph, Mary’s husband in Matthew 1:20: But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
    8. Herod’s servants in Matthew 2:12-13: And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.


  1. Do you want to see your dream come to pass?
    1. If you have a dream, pray about it. Submit it to God, and share it with people you are close to. Habakkuk 2:2-3: And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
    2. Remember that the dream God gives is irrevocable. He doesn’t change His Mind about it.Romans 11:29: For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
    3. As you continue to submit your dreams to God, spend time in His Word, and let Him teach you, guide you, and prepare you for the fulfillment of the dream.Romans 10:17: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.


  1. Are you just acknowledging a dream, or knowing it is God’s dream for your life?
    1. As you think about your dreams, visions, and desires, remember that God has thoughts, and plans for your life, for your good, and for His Glory.Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
    2. If your dream is of God, it will line up with His Word. Be confident in it. Commit it to Him, and He will bring it to pass.2nd Timothy 1:12: For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.




  1. Do you believe a dream is from God? Here are a couple of ways you can know your dream has come from God.
    1. Information from Heaven:You can tell if it’s a God-dream if it contains some element of the supernatural. There is information in the dream that obviously comes from heaven – something you wouldn’t ordinarily know or that points to a future time. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would help us by ‘speaking of things to come’ (John 6:13-14) and that when we call to God, he will tell us ‘unsearchable things we do not know’ (Jeremiah 33:3).
    2. It is Part of an Ongoing Conversation:Secondly, we recognize God’s voice in a dream because it is part of an ongoing conversation. Dreams are one of the ways God speaks to us but it’s not the only way. It’s just one mode of communication he uses in the context of an ongoing relationship. So if you have a dream you think may be from God, ask yourself, what has God been speaking to me about lately? What prayers have I been praying?


  1. What are you willing to do to see it come true?
    1. Whatever your dream, remember that for it to fully succeed, the Lord must be the one who is in charge of bringing it about. Maybe your dream is to preach in a small church, or to sing and preach to thousands around the world. The Lord must be the one building the ministry.Psalms 127:1: Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
    2. As you submit your dream to God, trust Him with it. Acknowledge Him in everything you do, and He will direct your path, right to the fulfillment of that dream He gave you.Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
    3. Proverbs 16:3: Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.
    4. While waiting for your dream to come to pass, there will be seasons where your faith is tested. God is giving you patience, and sharpening the skills you will need when the dream comes to pass.James 1:3-4: Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.


  1. Conclusion:
    1. We’d like to have your comments and hear about your dreams and what God has done, and what you have done to see it through.
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King Saul


  1. Who Was King Saul?
    1. Saul was from the tribe of Benjamin, the son of a man named Kish.
    2. He is described as a choice young man. He was considered the most goodly or attractive person in all of the children of Israel.1 Samuel 9:2: nd he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.


  1. In What Time Period did He Reign?
    1. Saul was born around1076 BC in the land of Benjamin in Israel. He became the first King of Israel around 1046 BC where he united tribes and defeated enemies such as the Ammonites, Philistines, Moabites, and Amalekites.Apr 18, 2019


  1. How Did He Become King? Did God Call Him or was He Voted In By Man?
    1. First, the people reject the reign of God and call for a king.1 Samuel 10:17-19: And Samuel called the people together unto the Lord to Mizpeh; And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you: And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes, and by your thousands.
    2. Next, Saul is revealed and the people embrace him as king.1 Samuel 10:22-24: Therefore they enquired of the Lord further, if the man should yet come thither. And the Lord answered, Behold he hath hid himself among the stuff. And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward. And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the Lord hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.


  1. Why did Israel Need a King?
    1. Samuel was getting on in years, and the sons he had appointed as judges were not walking in the Ways of the Lord.
    2. The people of Israel took notice that other nations had kings to rule over them, and wanted to be like the other nations.
    3. 1 Samuel 8:3-6: And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment. Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord.


  1. Was God Happy with the Decision the People Made?
    1. God had been ruling over Israel Himself. It was a theocracy, a government ruled by God, and the people rejected the rule of God and called for a human king.1 Samuel 8:7-10: And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them. And Samuel told all the words of the Lord unto the people that asked of him a king.
    2. 1 Samuel 12:12-14: 12 And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the Lord your God was your king. Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the Lord hath set a king over you. If ye will fear the Lord, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the Lord your God:


  1. Where Did He Reign?
    1. He was officially made king in a place called Gilgal.1 Samuel 11:14-15: Then said Samuel to the people, Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom there. And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king before the Lord in Gilgal; and there they sacrificed sacrifices of peace offerings before the Lord; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.
    2. 1 Samuel 13:2: Saul chose him three thousand men of Israel; whereof two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and in mount Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of the people he sent every man to his tent.


  1. What was Saul’s Sin?
    1. Saul was disobedient to the Word of the Lord. He had stopped following after God’s Will and did his own thing. We see the Word given in1 Samuel 15:1-3: Samuel also said unto Saul, The Lord sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
    2. To see how Saul disobeyed, and how God responded, let’s skip down to1 Samuel 15:9-11: But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly. Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying, Itrepenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night.


  1. What was Saul’s Role with David?
    1. When we first meet David, he is a shepherd boy, the son of Jesse. Samuel is about to anoint him as king. 1 Samuel 16:11-12: And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, Thereremaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.
    2. He does not take over as king for some time, but from this point on, God was preparing him. He meets Saul as a harpist whose playing can calm his troubled soul.1st Samuel 16:14-16: But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him. And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee. Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.
    3. When Goliath comes and intimidates the people of Israel, only David stands up to him. 1 Samuel 17:45-46: Then said David to the Philistine, Thoucomest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
    4. When David kills Goliath, this draws the attention of King Saul.Skipping down to verses 55-57: And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said unto Abner, the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And Abner said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell. And the king said, Enquire thou whose son the stripling is. And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand.
    5. David and Saul’s son Jonathan become like brothers, and David is kept in the king’s household.1 Samuel 18:1-2: And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.
    6. From there, Saul became more and more jealous of David, because he knew that God was with David and had left Saul. David would eventually become the king.


  1. How Did Saul Die?
    1. Saul ultimately meets his end in an all-out battle with the Philistines. We can read about this in1 Samuel 31:1-6: Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa. And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Melchishua, Saul’s sons. And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers. Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him. So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.


  1. What Can We Learn from King Saul?
    1. The people wanted a king because they saw that other nations had one. How often do we see something someone else has, and wish for it. It might not be what God wants for us. He may want something better.
    2. We should never put humans on a pedestal, as the people did with Saul. He looked good, was admired by the people, but he had quite a fall, as often happens when we put our trust in a man.
    3. It is important not only to know God’s Word and study it, but we need to obey it to the best of our ability. Saul heard the Word of the Lord, but did not obey, leading him to ultimately be rejected as king.
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