Seven Things We Ought to Do in The New Year!

Matt 23:23, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”

We should take this sharp rebuke by Jesus to the legalist of His day seriously today. Although we are saved by grace alone, there are many things we ought to do, not as a matter of credit toward salvation, but as gratitude for our salvation. Surely judgment, mercy, and faithfulness are high on such a list. Other “ought” of the born-again Christian life would include the following incomplete list. “Ought to” appears some ninety-nine times in the entire Bible. We have listed just a few to cause us to think about “SEVEN THINGS WE OUGHT TO DO IN THE NEW YEAR”.

WE OUGHT TO ALWAYS PRAY: “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.”

Luke 18:1-14.   Also see notes in Daniel chapter six.

WE OUGHT TO OBEY GOD IN ALL THINGS: Acts 5:29-32. “We ought to obey God rather than men.”

1 Samuel 15:22, “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”

WE OUGHT TO WORK AND SHARE WITH OTHERS.

Acts 20:35, “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

1 Corinthians 9:9, “For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?”

TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“SETTING PRIORITIES IN YOUR HOME!” Conclusion!

Please read Ephesians 5:21-32 again.

There are also other important things in which the Christian must be involved.

  1. As a young person, an important priority is the question of “whom you are going to spend your life with?”
  2. Another important priority is the Christian home and family.

This always comes as a shock to some but, the husband’s first priority is to serve God. Many homes are broken because of the misunderstanding of this Biblical truth. However, before we as men get too comfortable, we need to understand that our first work is our family.

What am I saying? We are commanded to serve God with all our heart and teach our family to follow. Let me illustrate by God’s line of authority: God, husband, wife and children.

Someone said, “God never bi-passes the proper chain of command.” The husband is not to be the taskmaster, but he is to be the master of the home. If husbands were in charge of their home we would not need the woman to go out in the world and do the man’s work.

So, the first priority of the husband is to serve God – His work. A man does not stay home all day and care for the home, but he has been given charge of his home. An employer does not clean the toilet (though he may be willing) if he is going to have a successful business he must administrate and that is exactly what the husband must do in the home.

The wife’s first responsibility is to her husband and help-meet in his first work – the home. Now, I know it is all backwards in today’s culture, but this is God’s priority for the wife: care for her husband, children and the home. I believe we need to return to some kind of normalcy in the home, and I understand that our whole culture and system are all working against the Christian home.

Children need mothers who provide a schedule and well balanced diet for them. No wonder our children do not like to eat so many things today. They are not used to eating good nutritious food anymore. Fruit and vegetable are still good for them, and I believe it is important for children to see mom cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing and dressing the children.

Thank God for the Christian home. It is still the best way to go. So, let’s get our home in order for the New Year.

  • Husband as head of the home.
  • Wife in submission to her husband.
  • Children obey their parents.

God is in everything we do. Let’s make our homes more like a Christian home.

“SETTING PRIORITIES IN YOUR HOME!”

Ephesians 5:21-32

There are many things we could do to appease or try to please God. There are many things we can do for one another. There are many things we should do, and yet there are others we must do to please God and one another.

How can we discern those that are “must” between those that are a “may” in our life?

Today, it is my prayer that each one of us will understand the importance of God’s priorities verses our homes verses our own preferences.\

Do you realize that we can do some very necessary things and still be doing the wrong thing? Look for example at the disciples of Jesus ascension in Acts chapter one. Was it wrong for them to gaze at Jesus? Absolutely not! But what about their priorities.

In Matthew 24:36-44, they were doing some very necessary things, was it wrong for them to eat, drink and be marry. I do not think it was. But in verse 39, “they knew not until the flood came.”\

Noah preached to people for 120 years giving them ample warning, but they would not listen. Their priorities were all messed up because they were not prepared. They had the wrong things in priorities. They did the good but in the wrong way. We can do the good thing but in the wrong way.

It seems as though God often gets the short end of things. When we do well in the wrong way it is still wrong. It is good to have Christian fellowship, but it is wrong to have it on Sunday or Wednesday evening.

Then how we can know our proper priorities?

  • THE FIRST PRIORITIES IS TO BE SAVED.
  • THE SECOND IS TO SUBMIT TO BAPTISM.
  • THE THIRD IS TO SIGN UP FOR MEMBERSHIP OF THE LOCAL CHURCH.
  • AND THE FOURTH IS TO SERVE THE LORD FAITHFULLY.

These are the obvious priorities we must all keep.

TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“Marriage Built Upon Biblical Love in The Home!”

Genesis 2:18-24.

Love is stronger than death, the Bible says, and “Many waters cannot quench love…”

How can one have and develop love in the home?

  • BY HAVING THE RIGHT RESPECT FOR GOD AND EACH OTHER.
  • BY PUTTING CHRIST IN HIS PROPER PLACE AS THE HEAD OF THE HOME.
  • BY BEING OPEN AND HONEST IN YOUR AFFECTIONS TOWARDS ONE ANOTHER.
  • BY SPEAKING KINDLY TO ONE ANOTHER AND STRIVING FOR AN ATTITUDE OF TOGETHERNESS.
  • BY REALIZING THAT MAN AND WOMAN ARE BASICALLY DIFFERENT IN THREE AREAS:
  1. God made man and woman different Genesis 1:26-27.
  2. God recognized man’s need of a companion 2:18-23.
  3. God established certain principles in marriage 2:24-25.
  • The principle of separation – to give up, abandon.
  • The principle of singleness – to cleave (glued, pasted together).
  • The principle of one flesh – one mind, purpose.
  • The principle of openness – must be an open relationship, no secrets.

The Lord will then give you that spiritual heart you desire and enable you to demonstrate and experience the blessings of true Biblical love in your home.

“Three Christian Responsibilities After Baptism!” Conclusion!

Commitment is the principle, preaching is the precept, and a changed life is the responsibility 2 Corinthians 5:17.

DISCIPLESHIP IS THE PRINCIPLE Matthew 28:18-20.

Discipleship is the principle, preparation (teaching) is the precept, and soul winning is the responsibility.

2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Verse 9, “Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds, but the word of God is not bound.”

John 14:23-24, “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. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.”

WORKMANSHIP IS THE PRINCIPLE Ephesians 2:10.

Workmanship is the principle, leadership is the precept, and Christ likeness is the responsibility. Philippians 1:3-11; 2:1-8; 3:14-17.

It is really interesting to note that Jesus in Matthew chapter ten gave charge to the twelve and in chapter sixteen He gave charge to the church. Let me say in closing, that all these are our responsibilities, and not ours only but every person who calls himself/herself a Christian.

Yes, we are Ambassador’s for Christ and for that reason we must humble ourselves in serving. Follow our leader and be willing to make a personal sacrifice by making a commitment to live for others.

The question is: are you living up to your Christian responsibilities?

 

Three Christian Responsibilities After Baptism!

Romans 6:1-13

We have a responsibility to teach and train those whom God has placed under our leadership; however, you have a responsibility also. Before we go into that, let’s see what the meaning of responsibility really is: In the Webster’s Dictionary it is defined as:

  • The state of being responsible or accountable.
  • That for which one is answerable – a duty or a trust.
  • The ability to meet obligations, or to act without Superior authority or guidance.

So, to be responsible means:

  1. To be answerable legally or morally for the discharge of a duty, trust or a debt.
  2. Being able to discern between right and wrong.
  3. Being able to meet legitimate claims and having sufficient property or means to meet an obligation.
  4. Accountability and obligation.

We all have an obligation to Christ to meet our Christian obligations.

In this message will consider THREE BASIC PRINCIPLES, or RESPONSIBILITIES and OBLIGATIONS we have to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

COMMITMENT IS THE PRINCIPLE 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

We are Ambassadors for Christ, and we are dead with no rights of our own. But you say, preacher that is quite a charge. Yes, to whom much is given, much is required.

CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS!” Conclusion!

The simple truth is that we are not going to break down if stepped upon.

This hope we have in Jesus Christ is an anchor of the soul which cannot be made to totter or brake under stress or strain.

This is beautiful: “Which entereth” goes back to the anchor. “That within” speaks of something farther within or the place within the veil of the Tabernacle.

So, the anchor is within the veil. The veil was used to separate the Holy Of Holies from the Holy Place. God is not speaking of the “type” Tabernacle here on earth, but the original Holy of Holies in heaven.

WE HAVE A GREAT HIGH PRIEST

The Priest is our High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ and He is the Rock on whom we are anchored. Glory! That is why our salvation in Christ is sure and steadfast. We are literally fastened to the Rock, Jesus (The Messiah) within the veil.

Hebrews 8:1, “Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heaven.”

We could say that in Him we have an Altar Hebrews 13:10; but best of all: In Him we have salvation – the unspeakable gift.

Unspeakable Precious:

No other gift can e’r compare,

Nor was there ever gift so fair;

Yet, there’s a gift we all may share:

His unspeakable precious gift.

From heaven afar this gift was sent,

A sacrifice for sin t’was meant:

It spoke to earth of God’s intent:

His unspeakable precious gift.

Unspeakable no tongue can tell,

So precious without parallel;

Tis Christ, the Lord Immanuel,

God’s unspeakable precious gift.

                                                  Author unknown

“Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15. These are some of the reasons for, KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS! Do you have this gift.