“PRINCIPLES TO LIVE BY!

1 Corinthians 6:9-12
 
Think about some things not expedient. Paul is writing to the local church and certainly to us in this age. We all came from these sins verses 9-10.
 
Three things should definitely change: we are washed, sanctified and justified.
 
In verse 12, all is not expedient for you, though lawful. Meaning it is not in our best interest.
 
In your own life, think for a few moments of examples of making the right choices in your life. Then the result of making one wrong choice. On the other hand the result of one right choice.
 
Remember Moses made a choice to suffer the afflictions with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasure of sin for a season.
 
Life is not determined by what we want but the choices we make.
 
Here are FIVE PRINCIPLES TO MAKE LIFE CHANGING DECISIONS BY:
 
I. THE PRINCIPLE OF OWNERSHIP 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
 
Remember you belong to God. He purchased you with a price.
 
II. THE PRINCIPLE OF INFLUENCE OR PEER PRESSURE.
 
Romans 7:14, “For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.”
 
Science says: Your feet and brains grow at the same rate and pace. Some of us let our feet get ahead of our brain. Teens often feel peer pressure (so do adults). Strong influence by friends.
 
Examples: You will wear clothes they wear, hairstyles, music, movies, etc.They spend their life adapting to the world rather than to Christ.
 
Many teens would never have had the first cigarette, booze, sex and dope were it not for the influence of another teen. Why not influence our friends with peer pressure adapting our life to Jesus Christ?
 
CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“FIVE BIBLE FILLINGS!” CONCLUSION!

Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

III. THE FILLING OF FAITH IN VERSE 8.

Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,”

Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

  1. Faith for salvation. Mark 16:16, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
  2. Faith for service. Look at Hebrews 11:1-6.
  3. Faith for sanctified living.
  4. Faith is believing.
  5. Faith is responding.
  6. Faith is receiving.

We want to receive and then believe that is humanism. Look at the examples of Abram and Sarah with the baby.

IV. THE FILLING OF GRACE.

1Grace towards others.

2. Grace towards self.

V. THE FILLING OF POWER.

  1. Power in prayer.
  2. Power in persecution.

“FIVE BIBLE FILLINGS” – it all starts with salvation!

“FIVE BIBLE FILLINGS” PART 2

Please read Acts 6:5-6.

The laying on of hands has absolutely nothing to do with receiving power. It only means that these men are set aside for and were together in service.

Having said that, I want to get into the heart of the message:

FIVE BIBLE FILLINGS:

I. THE FILLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Look again at verse 3 and Ephesians 5:18.

  1. He comforts in trouble.
  2. He empowers in service.
  3. He encourages and gives boldness.

II. THE FILLING OF WISDOM VERSE 3.

1 Corinthians 12:8, “For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;”

Luke 21:15, “For I will give you (Jesus) a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.” 

CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“FIVE BIBLE FILLINGS!”

Read Acts 6:1-7
 
In this chapter we see the result of the defection that was in the church, such as Ananias and Sapphira for lying to the Holy Ghost. Now in chapter six the defection led to the selection of deacons.
 
We need to recognize that this took place in the early church. They had attempted a form of communal living and, actually, it succeeded for a short while. Then carnality entered into the church.
 
Now we find that there was murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews. This was not a clash between the races, but with those whom had a Greek background in culture known as “Hellenists.”
 
Here in verse 2 the apostles felt that they should not give up the study of the Word of God. They felt it was important for them to continue with that.
 
If they gave up the study of the Word of God and served tables, that would weaken the church, which some say had a membership of approximately 25,000 souls.
 
I think we all recognize the importance of the man of God studying the Word of God and spending time in prayer.
 
Look at verses 3-4, May I say that the office of a deacon requires more spirituality and wisdom and prayer than any other office in the church.
 
Now notice the qualifications:
 
1. Men of honest report: Their honesty was to be unquestionable.
 
2. Men full of the Holy Ghost: Not to be filled with wine, but with the Spirit.
 
Ephesians 5:18, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”
 
3. Men of wisdom: Spiritual men who are able to apply spiritual truth.
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“FEAR NOT!”

Luke 1:26-38, verse 30 Text
 
There are many “fear not’s” recorded in the Bible. God knows our hearts, and understands how crippling the emotion of fear can be.
Many have been devastated by fear, and have become a slave to it. For the born-again Christian fear indicates one of two things:
Either he does not know what the Bible promises about victory over fear, or, if he does know, he does not trust what God has promised.
1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.”
The greatest act of love in all time was the sending of God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to this earth to die for the sins of mankind.
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
In this story there are several “fear not’s” we want to address this evening:
 
I. THE “FEAR NOT” OF SALVATION. VERSES 2:10-11.
 
A. “FEAR NOT” BECAUSE WE HAVE SALVATION. VERSE 30
 
Matthew 1:21, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
1. He has saved us from the POWER OF SIN.
2. He will continue to save us from THE PENALTY OF SIN.
3. He will yet save us from the very PRESENCE OF SIN.
B. “FEAR NOT” BECAUSE WE HAVE A SAVIOR. WHO GIVES US:
 
1. “GREAT JOY,” Matthew 2:10, “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”
2. “GREAT PEACE,” Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
 
C. “FEAR NOT” BECAUSE WE HAVE SECURITY.
 
John 10:28, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.”
 
TOMORROW, “FEAR NOT THE HUMANLY IMPOSSIBLE.

“FAMILIES REACHING FAMILIES FOR CHRIST” CONCLUSION!

Read Acts 5:17-29
 
We need some sluggers not more sluggards. Not the slothful, but the servant. Not the loser, but the winner. We covered the need of a, PREACHER, PURPOSE, PLAN, PERSPERATION and now:
 
V. THE PREACHING.
 
Must be pointed, prepared, prayed over. It must be Biblical and without compromise. It must be Holy Spirit filled and led.
 
VI. THERE MUST BE PRAISE.
 
Share defeats and victories with one another. Give God all the glory and never rob Him of it.
 
VII. THERE MUST BE POWER.
 
A preacher and church without the power of God is like a singer without a voice, an actor without a script, a carpenter without hammer, a policeman without a gun, clouds without rain, etc.
 
It is God’s power that makes a church go, and brings new people into the church. Man’s power will come to naught, but God’s power brings victory.
 
VIII.. THERE MUST BE LOTS OF PRAYER.
 
Much prayer much power, little prayer little power, no prayer no power.
 
IX. WE NEED QUITE A BIT OF PATIENCE.
 
Keep on propagating the Gospel and soul-winning. Don’t worry about the critics.
 
X. PERSEVERENCE (verses 39, 4:13-22).
 
These are some of the things necessary to MAKE THE CHURCH GO FOR JESUS IN OUR CHURCHES, AND REACH PEOPLE FOR CHRIST.

“FAMILIES REACHING FAMILIES FOR CHRIST!” PART 3.

Acts 5:17-29
 
To be a pastor of a congregation is a very high calling from God. We said first, I. THERE MUST BE A PREACHER:
 
II. THERE MUST BE A PURPOSE.
 
Matthew 28:18-20. Win souls, baptize them, teach them to be disciples—REACH PEOPLE FOR CHRIST.
 
A Church must have goals. It takes both the Saviour and the Saints to bring Souls.
 
III. THERE MUST BE A PLAN.
 
ORGANIZE: Plan your work and work your plan.
DEPUTIZE: Our workers. They are the backbone.
SUPERVISE: Their work.
 
IV. THAT LEADS US TO PERSPIRATION.
 
Good old fashioned hard work. Jesus set the example for us:
 
John 9:4, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”
John 4:34, “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.”
John 5:36, “But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.”
John 10:32, “Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?”
John 10:37, “If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.”
John 17:4, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”
 
CONCLUDED TOMORROW!