Verse by verse exposition through the book of 2 Thessalonians. (Sermon also includes the reading and exhortation from the Lord's Table liturgy) 2 Thes 1:3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, 4 knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. 5 For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. 6 And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. 8 For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything.
This sermon is our first attempt at an in-house converting of audio cassettes into digital form of sermons recorded during the 30 year ministry of Rev. Wallace A. Bell at PRPC to make his service available to new generations of Christians. This sermon is part of a 2-part series and was preached on November 21, 1999. If you would like to help us hire a company to convert thousands of tapes and make them available at a much quicker rate, please donate online or in the mail and note "Pastor Bell Tape Project". The estimated cost is about $25K (and that's a discount and hard to find, we looked around and are ready to work with a friend of our current pastor located out of state). Thank you!
Verse by verse exposition through the book of 1 Kings.
29 And he set up one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan. 30 Now this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one as far as Dan. 31 He made shrines on the high places, and made priests from every class of people, who were not of the sons of Levi.
32 Jeroboam [b]ordained a feast on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, like the feast that was in Judah, and offered sacrifices on the altar. So he did at Bethel, sacrificing to the calves that he had made. And at Bethel he installed the priests of the high places which he had made. 33 So he made offerings on the altar which he had made at Bethel on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, in the month which he had devised in his own heart. And he ordained a feast for the children of Israel, and offered sacrifices on the altar and burned incense.
The Bellwether Matthew 18:11-14;John 21:15-17 One day a shepherd counts his sheep. He expects to find 100 in his flock but is dismayed to discover that one of the flock is missing. Motivated by the danger to the sheep and the loss to himself, the shepherd takes immediate action to restore this sheep to its proper place in the fold. The ninety and nine are the many that go to church today. But that one little lost sheep is the sinner that has lost his way. In this vivid account of searching, saving and shouting, we can see a clear picture of the love, longing and labor of the Lord Jesus for the lost. There is a picture of salvation in these verses that we do not want to miss today. If you are here lost today, you are going to hear how what Jesus has done for you and how you can be saved today and become His bellwether. If you are saved, you will be reminded of His love and His grace and you will be given an opportunity to thank Him and become the bellwether in your flock. If you are saved but aren't as close to the Shepherd as you need to be, you will be given an opportunity to set that right today as well. The shepherd didn't have a sheep dog, but they used a bellwether. It was a little lamb that was kept by the shepherd , trained, taught by the shepherd and the lamb would grow to become a mature sheep so that one day when it was ready. The shepherd would tie a bell around the mature sheep's neck and it would keep watch on the rest of the flock. Jesus was our bellwether trained by God the father to love the flock and take care of the body of Christ.
When Jesus came the first time the "princes of this world" missed it. The world walks in a direction away from Christ so they fail to recognize the wonderful person and work of the Savior. It's the Christians job to make Him known to the world and why He should be their greatest desire!
When Christ came into this realm, the "princes of this world" missed Him and who He really was. This world also fails to recognize the Savior and what He has done for mankind. Its the Christian's responsibility to make Christ known to this wayward world.
In part 16 of our Journey through Jeremiah Bible study, we look at Jeremiah 14:1-22 which details dearth (drought) that Judah was going through due to God withholding the rains from them and also a look at the false prophets of Jeremiah’s day in comparison with the false prophets of our present day.
The doctrinal importance of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. Modernists in former days, such as Harry Emerson Fosdick and today's Emerging Church modernists such as Rob Bell deny and cast doubt on Christ's virgin birth.
Rob Bell returns to Unbelievable? 2 years after his debate on the controversial best-seller 'Love Wins,' to talk about his latest book 'What we talk about when we talk about God'. Andrew Wilson is an author and theologian with the New Frontiers church network. He quizzes Rob about his view of God, and his recently stated support for gay marriage. For more theological discussion between Christians visit www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable
Love your brothers for Christ loves them
Hell is real (41, Rev. 20:10)
Now, why is redefining Hell a big deal? (46, Matt. 1:21)
Is judgment based on our works? (31-32, 34, 41-43, 7:23, 13:49, 19:28, Rom. 5:1, Eph. 2:8-10)
Know Christ’s love for His brothers and sisters, even for the least of these (40, 45)
Love your brothers in this way (35-36, 40)
Ephesians 5:5 Are certain people excluded from going to heaven? This verse of scripture seems to indicate that. Pastor Ron Lewis unpacks this verse to help us understand just who are excluded from heaven, and how we can be sure that we are not one of them.
D. THE JUDGEMENT (V5-6)
Exclusion from the Kingdom V5
a. What do we know with certainty…?
b. Who are the people involved…?
c. How do we know what we know…?
d. Why does the church need this reminder…?