“A New Testament Church In The 21st Century!”

 

Acts 5:17-29, verse 28 is the text.

You could call this message, “Principles that make a church go.”

To empower any ministry, you must realize that where God is working, the devil is fighting verse 18, and is “filled with indignation.”

It is always trust God when you are doing His will according to verse 19.

God has His angels to minister to us in verse 20, and He gives the Holy Spirit to those who ask in verse 32.

To be an effective witness or church for the Lord, we have to be in partnership with Him, verse 32.

Surrender all to Him, and receive all He has to offer.

When God initiates a work, and I believe He initiated your local Church without question; then He will prosper and complete it according to verses 38-39.

If it is of men – it will come to nought … nothing.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“A NEW GARMENT AND VESSEL!”

Read Matthew 9:14-17 again.

If there were no new garment you might cherish the old. But there is a new garment! Throw those old soiled rags of works away and trust Jesus Christ alone for salvation.

The second part of the parable deals with new wine in old vessels.

The “bottles” were the wineskins of that day. They were made of animal skin.

When new wine was put into a new wineskin, it would expand as it fermented, but an old wineskin had reached the place of maximum expansion already; when it was filled with new wine, it would naturally burst open and the wine would be lost.

Our Lord is saying this, “I have not come to sew patches on an old garment.  I have come to present a new garment, something which is altogether new.”

John 1:17 says, “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

“The old wine is human experience and human satisfaction. When Christ comes, He needs a vessel surrendered to Him. It cannot be mixed with the old – all must be new. Oh yes, you can get satisfaction out of the old world, but in time of need, in death or in sickness, that old bottle will leak.” My Morning Manna’ by Ed Nelson

But, when we come to Christ for salvation we must be prepared for new ways to live, a new way to look at people and a new way to serve.

Jesus did not come to “patch up” the old religious  system of Judaism with its rules and traditions.

His purpose was to bring something new, though it had been prophesied for centuries.

This message was the Gospel, that Jesus Christ was the Son of God who came to earth to offer men forgiveness as they repent of their sin. And that’s what you need today.

Friend, why not trust Christ alone for salvation today.

2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

 

“A NEW GARMENT AND VESSEL!”

Matthew 9:14-17 

John the Baptist’s message was harsh and focused on the law, and when people compare themselves they realize how far they fall short and that they must repent.

Jesus message focused on grace and the result, not only eternal life, but abundant life.

John’s disciples had the right start, but they needed to take the next step and trust Jesus.

Our Lord is saying this: The old covenant, the old law was ending and He had not come to project it or to continue under it, but he had come to provide a new garment, and that new garment was of righteousness which He gives to those who trust only in Him.

In verse 16 Jesus said, “No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.”

Then He spoke of new wine in new vessels. He was speaking in these verses of the absolute necessity of the new birth and a new life in Christ.

Some people picture salvation as just a patched  – up life. They have a problem, so they get a patch. They may patch  with some good works or some nice deeds. How utterly foolish!

A person who  cuts up a new piece of cloth to patch an old garment is playing the fool!

The garment will tear near the new patch.

And one who patches up his life by some good works is making a dreadful and eternal mistake.

You cannot earn salvation by doing good work to cover up a sin or bad living.

The whole fabric of your salvation will be destroyed.

  • Christ in not a patch, but a new garment.
  • Christ is not a helper, but He is The Saviour.
  • Christ is not a crutch, but He is the Physician.
  • Christ is not a pebble, but He is the Rock of Ages.

Christ is saying you cannot mix works with grace. Salvation comes by grace through faith alone.

TO BE CONTINUED ON SATURDAY APRIL 29, 2017

“A LIVING FAITH!” CONCLUSION!

Read John 6:1-13 again:

THERE ARE THREE KINDS OF FAITH:

A PESSIMISTIC FAITH – Philippians in verses 5-7.

  • All he could see was money and human resources. Only what was available.
  • He does not see the Power of God.
  • He professes but not possession.
  • He stresses only the impossibility of the problem and prays safely.

AN OPTOMISTIC FAITH – Andrew verses 8-9.

But still, a questioning faith. He searched for and bought food with what he had; but he questioned the supply.

  • He loves and is committed to the Lord.
  • He lays what he has before the Lord.
  • He looks at his meager recourses.

The problem with this kind of faith is that it leads us to    complaining and being anxious, grumbling and griping over quality.

A POSITIVE FAITH – Jesus in v. 10.

This was an unwavering faith and some great lessons for us:

  • He took what He had and thanked God for it.
  • He gave what He had.
  • He used the disciples to help those in need.

This is the same faith as the one that got you saved – WOW!

A LIVING FAITH – DO YOU HAVE IT?

“A LIVING FAITH!” Part 2

Look again at verse 9, there are some unusual truths in this verse.

Why was he the only one with food? Here is a poor boy with a poor lunch. Someone said, “It takes more faith to give a weeks living than a day’s lunch.”

“Faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted.”

The Christian life is a life of faith. Look at Luke 6:36-38.

All of us give a tithe: as someone said, “we tithe on freewill or freeway.” Please read 2 Corinthians 9:6-10.

This is a classic case of proven faith on the part of the boy.

  • THE MULTITUES ARE HUNGRY FOR A SENSE OF NEED VERSE 2.
  • THE BOY WAS THERE TO SELL HIS LUNCH BUT GAVE IT VERSE 9.
  • THEY WERE SET DOWN BY 50-100 DECENTLY& IN ORDER.
  • THE BASKETS KEPT FILLING – THEY DID NOT HAVE TRUCK LOADS.
  • THEY DID NOT WASTE ANY PART OF IT.

Here is a wonderful truth: the boy started by giving what he had, little and ended with much left over. Oh what faith?

  • THE BOY TOOK UP TWELVE BASKETS TO SELL IN PLACE OF ONE BAG, GLORY TO GOD!

TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“A LIVING FAITH!”

John 6:1-13

Verse 1, Jesus went over. Went to the east side of the sea. The place to which he went was Bethsaida, Lu 9:10.

The account of this miracle of feeding the five thousand is recorded also in Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:32-44; Lu 9:10-17.  John has added a few circumstances omitted by the other evangelists.

Verse 6 To prove him. To try him; to see if he had faith, or if he would show that he believed that Jesus had power to supply them.

Verse 12.  Gather up the fragments. This command is omitted by the other gospels. It shows the care of Jesus that there should be no waste.

Though he had power to provide any quantity of God, yet he has here taught us that the blessings of God are not to be squandered.

In all things Jesus set us an example of frugality, though he had an infinite supply at his disposal; he was himself economical, though he was Lord of all.

If he was that, it behooves us dependent creatures not to waste the supplies of a gracious God. And it especially becomes the rich not to squander the blessings of He supplies.

They often feel that they are rich. They have enough. They have no fear of want, and they do not feel the necessity of being careful. ‘Yet let them remember that what they have is the gift of God–just as certainly as the loaves and fishes created by the Saviour were his gift.’

It is not given them to waste, nor to spend in waste; but it is given to sustain life, to excite gratitude, to make fit for the active service of God.

Everything should be applied to its appropriate end, and nothing should be squandered or lost.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“A GOOD NAME!” Conclusion!

Ecclesiastes 7:1, “A good name is better than precious ointment and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.”

More important than anything the world offers to make you. More important than to look and smell pretty though you ought to do both.

You cannot cover your reputation with makeup.

So, what is a good name?

  1. One who is responsible and faithful.
  2. One who is loyal to his superiors, parents, preacher and teachers.
  3. One who is clean in his daily walk. “Walk circumspectly.”
  4. One who will finish what he starts and never quits.
  5. One who stays close to God.

Little boy who was afraid one night and cuddled up to his Dad and said, “Dad are you there, are you there? I can’t see you. Is your face turned toward me?” “Yes son, feel my face.” He wanted to stay close to his Dad.

    6. One who gives his all in all his work.

Have you fought a good fight?

What kind of name do we have?

Noah – a preacher of righteousness.

Abraham – the father of the faithful.

Moses – the lawgiver.

David – the man who sought after God’s own heart.

John – the beloved disciple.

Peter – the man of rock.

Paul – The apostle to the Gentiles.

My and your name?????