“THE BLOOD AND THE RESURRECTION!”

Hebrews 9:1-14, verses 12-14 text.
 
How do the blood and the resurrection go together? Without the shedding of blood there would be no need of the resurrection. Acts 20:28, “which He purchased with His own blood.”
 
What did Jesus purchase? His local church. Acts 20:17, “the church is EklesiaMore was purchased on Calvary than your salvation.
 
Isaiah 53:4-5, “Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: But He was wounded (tormented) for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”
 
So, He purchased more than our salvation and church, but also our grief, sorrow, iniquity and healing. “Which He hath purchased with His own blood.”
 
TWO THINGS are necessary for a purchase:
 
1. You have to have money.
2. It has to be paid in the right place.
 
You can write a check, but must take it to the right place.
 
Take your power and phone bill for example. If you mail your phone bill to the power company neither bill is paid.
 
Now follow me: If Jesus purchased us with His own blood:
 
1. He had to pay the price.
2. He had to take it to the right place.
 
You will remember that the priest had to go into the Holy of Holies once a year to make atonement for his people.
 
The price had to be paid – the lamb had to be sacrificed, and the blood had to be put in the right place – on the mercy seat.
 
CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“HOW TO DISCOURAGE YOUR CHILD!”

Ephesians 6:1-4
 
Colossians 3:21, “Fathers, provoke not your children [to anger], lest they be discouraged.”
 
I. CONSTANTLY FUSS AT THEM.
 
II. THINK OF YOUR NEEDS FIRST.
 
III. EMBARRASS THEM PUBLICLY.
 
IV. COMPARE THEM WITH SOMEONE BETTER.
 
V. DON’T SPEND MUCH TIME WITH THEM.
 
VI. DON’T TAKE TIME TO LOVE THEM AFTER DISCIPLINE.
 
VII. WHEN THEY HAVE A QUESTION, SAY, “NOT NOW, I AM TOO BUSY.”
 
VIII. FUSS AT THEM WHEN THEY MAKE A MISTAKE, EVEN IF NOT REBELLION.
 
IX. NEVER LET THEM HEAR YOU PRAY, READ THE BIBLE, OR SING A SONG.
 
X. NEVER TELL THEM OR ASSURE THEM OF YOUR LOVE.
 
XI. DON’T HUG THEM OR BE AFFECTIONATE TOO MUCH.
 
XII. NEVER REWARD THEM FOR DOING RIGHT.
 
XIII. ARGUE OR DISAGREE WITH YOUR SPOUSE IN FRONT OF THEM.
 
XIV. SMOTHER THEM WITH YOUR LOVE.
 
LET’S LEARN WHAT WE CAN DO TO REALLY ENCOURAGE OUR CHILD.

“HOW TO BE A FRIEND” CONCLUSION!

Read Proverbs 27:5-17.
 
We said yesterday, it takes, I. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.
 
II. UNCOMPROMISING LOYALTY.
 
We may not always agree, but we can all be loyal one to another. Even the humanists are loyal to their cause as well as to each other.
 
A. It involves sustaining the relationship.
 
In other words, you are more concerned about being a friend than having a friend.
 
But you say, “nobody likes me or nobody wants me for a friend.”
Be more concerned about being a friend, because a friend is concerned about being a friend rather than having a friend. If we will learn to be a friend we will never run out of friendships.
 
B. It involves sacrifice to keep the relationship.
 
Say, “I am your friend and you are going to have to live with that. And now, go out to be a friend to someone who needs a friends.

“HOW TO BE A FRIEND” PART 3

Read Proverbs 27:5-17.
 
It was unconditional love whereby He committed Himself unto them. That means we must accept all faults and failures of our friends.
POINT # I WAS “THIS KIND IS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE”
A. This kind commands commitment.
B. This kind commands confrontation.
 
Proverbs 27:5, “Open rebuke is better than secret love.” “A friend is one who warns you.” Old Jewish proverb.
Some people make enemies instead of friends because it is less trouble. E.C. McKenzie.
 
This is a friendship that cares enough to confront and is willing to correct a brother who has fallen by the wayside. Your concern is strong enough to want to help.
 
Don’t broadcast all your faults but learn to keep them to yourself. Use some discretion, because you don’t have to tell all your sin.
Proverbs 17:9, “He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.”
Proverbs 16:28, “A froward man soweth strife:and a whisperer separateth chief friends.”
 
A true friend will confront you in a loving way in the right spirit. Sometimes we need to be “faithfully wounded.”
 
A devoted friend will confront you to your face and if he is not sincere; it will soon show. The Holy Spirit will bear witness.
 
C. A true friend commits and confronts.
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOW TO BE A FRIEND!” PART 2

So, what is a biblical friendship?
Proverbs 27:5-17, 17:17
Review yesterday’s devotional.
1. In the Old Testament a friend is “Awhab.”
2. “ an acquaintance is “Reyan.”
3. In the New Testament a friend (true) is “Philos.”
4. “ an acquaintance is “Hetairos.”
 
I. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.
A. This kind commands commitment.
Such as the love between a husband and a wife because they should be the best of friends (Philos).
The cry of many today is, “I want somebody who cares about me.” It is unselfish and gives more than it receives.
“I can choose you to be my friend – you can’t do anything about it. I may just be an acquaintance to you, but you are my friend. No matter how you may treat me or how you respond to my friendship, I am your friend.”
So, it means commitment even if nothing is returned to you. It will always take the initiative to build the friendship.
When we are together, we do not keep score…”I bought last time and now it is your turn,” etc. There is no reciprocation needed in a real friendship, because a friend “loveth at all times.”
We have a twisted understanding of what a friendship really is. The Bible says, “give and it shall be given unto you.”
Why don’t we have more friends than we do? Could it be that we fear rejection of the one we are trying to befriend?
There are some who are “servants” and others are “friends” to like Jesus.
Here is what I am saying, “You commit yourself to the other person unconditionally until the end.” John 13:1.
CONTINUED ON MONDAY!

“HOW TO BE A FRIEND!”

Proverbs 27:5-17, 17:17

Introduction: Teacher, ask for some comments as to what a friend is in their mind. Ask, “how many friends do you have?” Are they friends or acquaintances? How many of these “friends” would you be willing to die for, and vise versa?

There is a difference between a “friend” and an “acquaintance.” As a matter of fact, I believe that we use our friendships a little too loosely in this country.

We ought not to take a friendship lightly, because there seems to be much confusion today about friends even in our Christian circles. The Book of Proverbs has much to say about friendships

“Friend” was a title given to Abraham because of his close relationship with God. A friend of a king was usually a high court official. It was also used as a greeting for either friend or foe.

The story of David and Jonathan is an example of true human to human friendship relationship. In the Old Testament the Hebrew word “Reyan” means brother, lover and is used more for an acquaintance than a friendship. The second Hebrew word is “Awhab” and is used for a deep love and affection for.

This is the word that God used in Proverbs 18:24, “there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Also 27:6, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend (Awhab); but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”

Do you know what that means? Jesus loves us as a brother with that deep love and affection. “Friend” is a very sacred word and in the NT means: dearly beloved. See John 15:13-16.

Bro. Hyles said, “One of the great joys of my life is loving people for whom I would die and having the love of people who would die for me.” 

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOW TO GET AND STAY MOTIVATED!”

Here are some practical thoughts on how to stay motivated all the time:

A. Evaluate your motivation

Are you naturally motivated or do you need someone to continually motivate you? Is it hard for you to sustain momentum or are you always moving forward? You need to be honest about yourself and how well you do in moving toward your goals in your spiritual life and staying motivated as a member of the church.

B. Use every available tool

Staying motivated and sustaining momentum takes continual work. You have to keep pushing yourself or you will run out of gas.

The best way to do this is to use every available resource to keep you going. Read portions of the Bible that will motivate you. Listen to preaching and music tapes that will inspire and motivate you. Make yourself accountable to someone that will keep you focused on your goals.

Be faithful to all the services in church to help you in your spiritual walk with God, and being motivated. The point is do something. Don’t leave motivation to chance. There is too much at stake.

C. Start Today

It is easy to read about or to hear preaching on motivation but it is another thing to put them into practice.  Decide right now on what you’re going to do that will help you to stay motivated and sustain momentum.

Put into practice what you have just heard or you will find yourself moving back and forth like a rocking chair…lots of movement but no progress. Chris Sonksen (with some editing)