“OUR TOP PRIORITY!” Part 2

Think of it, the Holy Spirit led Phillip away from a great revival that was taking place, to this one Ethiopian, an individual.

The individual souls are just as important as the multitudes to Christ. Personal work at the altar or witnessing in the street is just as important as revival in the church.

Our job is not to change a society or the culture, but the soul of the individual. Jesus Christ is Lord of all or not at all. He is Sovereign of all: He is King of kings, Prophet, Saviour, Redeemer, etc.

If an individual does not believe that, he cannot be saved, if he rejects Christ, he cannot go to Heaven, but will go to hell. You cannot deny Christ and go to Heaven. It matters not who you are.

Isaiah 8:20, “If they speak not according to this word, if is because there is no light in them.”

Phillip and the Apostles preached Christ; our message is Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:23, “.but we preach Christ crucified.”

2 Corinthians 4:5, “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus The Lord.”

John Bunyan was in jail for 13 years, why? Preaching Christ without approval; that is a license from the established church.

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“OUR TOP PRIORITY!

Please read Acts 8:26-40

Verse 35, Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.”

Discuss our being occupied doing many things; however, our top Biblical priority is to preach Christ.

It has always been my belief that if we expect great things from God, we will see great things. If we expect little, that is exactly what we get.

Jeremiah 33:3, Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

Therefore, we need to ask and expect great things from God.

If you expect to be mediocre – that is what you will be.

If you expect to be great you may turn out to accomplish some great things for God.

Faith accomplishes the impossible.

Acts 8:5, 35 “Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus”

The sum substance of our message is Christ, because He is the object of all prophecy, preaching, and programs. The entire Bible is centered on Him. What Phillip preached to the multitudes in Samaria, he preached to the individual in a chariot. What the multitude needed the individual needed.

The message preached by Phillip is the same every preacher ought to preach 2,000 years later.

It is a message that will transform the life of an individual as well as the entire community. It is the only message that will change the heart of man.

Keep in mind that before Phillip preached, Jesus had already been there and won the woman at the well. She went into the community and then the Holy Spirit led Phillip back to Samaria.

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“QUALITIES OF A CHRISTIAN FAMILY!” Conclusion!

The Word of God is not just read, but studied and applied to the home, and to every aspect of life. The family must live out the Word of God.

A CONTINUED RELIANCE ON THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD

Philippians 2:13, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” 4:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” 3:10, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.”

Romans 8:28-29, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

The Christian approaches life different than the unsaved.

They live “daily” under the providence and a resignation to the will of God in all things.

They recognize that the wisdom of God is greater than men, and they walk in the strength that God is working out their lives in His will and plan. They know what it is to be free of worry and anxious care.

The life of the Christian home ought to be very different than that of the unsaved, or the carnal Christian home.

“QUALITIES OF A CHRISTIAN FAMILY! Part 2

We should judge every act, word, deed, use of time, music in the home, and life style as to whether it does truly bring glory to God.

A CONSTANT LIVING OUT OF THE WORD OF GOD

James 1:18-25, “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

Colossians 2:6-7, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

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: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.’

John 8:31, “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.”

The Word of God is not just read, but studied and applied to the home, and to every aspect of life. The family must live out the Word of God.

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“QUALITIES OF A CHRISTIAN FAMILY!”

Psalms 127; 128; Colossians 3:12-17; Matthew 18:1-7

It should be the goal of every family here tonight to be a success, and no one should fall due to lack of knowledge or commitment.

Several basic principles: the father is the head – the house holder.

The wife is the home maker and children are the home breakers, ha.

When you think of the perfect family, what do you think of?

None of us really know; however, some of the qualities are:

A CONSISTENT SEEKING TO BRING GLORY TO GOD

Ephesians 1:12, “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.”

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, “Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Ephesians 3:21, “Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

Revelation 4:11, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Verse 9, “And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever.”

Revelation 5:12, “Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”

This should certainly be the goal of every family today – to bring glory to God.

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“HOW CAN I KNOW HIM BETTER” Part 3

It is not an easy road to follow Him, but what a blessing to know Him better.

EXPERIENCE SOME OF HIS SUFFERINGS.

The Bible calls it, “the fellowship of His sufferings.”

That I may participate in the same kind of sufferings that He endured; that is, that I may in all things be identified with Him. Paul wished to be just like Jesus. He felt that it was an honour to live as He did; to show the spirit that He did, and to suffer in the same manner. All that Christ did and suffered was glorious in His view, and he wished in all things to be like Him.

He did not desire only to share His honors and triumphs in heaven, but, regarding His whole work as glorious, he wished to be wholly conformed to Christ and, as far as possible, to be just like Him.

Listen, many are willing to reign with Christ, but they would not be willing to suffer with him; many would be willing to wear a crown of glory like Him, but not the crown of thorns; many would be willing to put on the robes of honor which will be worn in heaven, but not the scarlet robe of contempt and mockery.

They would desire to share the glories and triumphs of redemption, but not its poverty and persecution. This was not the feeling of Paul. He wished in all things to be just like Christ, and therefore he counted it an honour to be permitted to suffer as He did.

Peter says, “rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings,” 1 Peter 4:13.

Paul says Colossians 1:24, “Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:”

The idea is, that it is an honour to suffer as Christ suffered; and that the true Christian will regard it a privilege to be made just like Him, not only in glory, but in trial.

To do this is one evidence of godliness; and we should ask ourselves whether these are the feelings of our hearts.

Are we seeking only the honors of heaven, or should we count it a privilege to be reproached and reviled, as Christ was?

Would we be willing to have our names ruined, as His was; to be made the object of reproach and ridicule, as He was?

Are we willing to be hated by the world, as He was? If so, it is evidence that we love Him; if not so, and we are just seeking the crown of glory, it is doubtful whether we have ever known anything of the nature of true faith and suffering.              Banes Notes

WATCH FOR HIS COMING Acts 1:6-11.

He will come the same way He went: personally, visibly, in the twinkling of an eye, and on the Mount of Olives.

He may come today, or He may not come for fifty years or more; but, we are to watch for His coming. Are you watching?

“HOW CAN I KNOW HIM BETTER?” Part 2.

We are not saved by giving our hearts to Jesus or making some kind of a commitment, but by believing on Him who died for our sin. We need to say, “Lord, forgive me for forgetting.”

Moses had a secret prayer life until his face shone.

Jacob was alone with God and his name was changed to Israel.

David Brainerd prayed until he changed the American Indian.

Jesus prayed until He gave it all.

Take time to be Holy; go to bed and get up in an attitude of prayer, and then He will reveal Himself to you.

WATCH YOURSELF IN SIN!

He will never leave you if you sin, but hide His face from you.

Isaiah 59:1-2, “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” 

It is the little foxes: the little foxes of envy, jealousy and hatred.

If there is sin, there is really no need to pray.

Psalm 66:18, ‘If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:’

Someone said, ‘You need to clean up your own door step before you come to mine.’

TELL OTHERS ABOUT JESUS IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HIM BETTER!

Go into all the world and preach the gospel is a command to all of us.

You and I were saved to work. We were not saved by works, but we are to work after salvation. We were saved to tell the story and be sold out for him.

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