Defending the Triunity of God
Sermon by Pastor Austin Huggins
Preached at FBCB, October 2023
Isaiah 6:3–8 NASB95
3 And one called out to another and said,
"Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory."
4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.
5 Then I said, "Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts."
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, "Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven."
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
Our sense of blessing will bring us to His house this Lord's Day to exalt Him in thanksgiving. In the morning sermon, Mark 12.18-27 the next group in line to attack the Lord try to trap Him regarding the resurrection. The Lord answers them deftly and His instruction is immensely helpful to the church today, including on the question of whether we will be married in heaven. Come Sunday morning for more!Scripture Reading: Mark 12:18-27
Text: Mark 12.18-27
Message: "Resurrection is Real"
Theme: The Lord springs the next trap by proving the truth of resurrection
The priestly Sadducees intentionally misuse the Scriptures
The first line of defense for the church is to know the Scriptures
The reality of the resurrected state is more glorious than we can accept
Our "dead" are seen by God alive – resurrection is real
PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, THERE IS A PERSISTENT "BUZZING" SOUND UNDERLYING THIS RECORDING.
This sermon was delivered on October 8, 2023 at Antioch Presbyterian Church, a mission work of Calvary Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America located in Woodruff, South Carolina. Mr. Alex Dwyer delivered this sermon entitled "When Trouble Comes" on Psalm 46. For more information about Antioch Presbyterian Church, please visit antiochpca.com or contact us at [email protected].
Christ Church Presbyterian is a new church in the Northwest Knox area of Knoxville. You're invited to join us Sundays at 9:30 am to worship our Triune-God. Christ Church also gathers Sunday evenings at 5:00 pm and Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. Visit www.ComeToChrist.Church to learn more. We pray the Lord will bless you through the pulpit ministry of Christ Church Presbyterian. Soli Deo Gloria!
1 Peter 3:15-16
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.
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We're in the final part of Acts and Paul's journey to Jerusalem then to Rome (chapters 21–28). The Holy Spirit has led Paul to Jerusalem to be arrested and we hear his fourth defense before the Roman Governor of Judea, Festus.
Introduction: A Restatement of this Story
WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM IT: WHY DO WE SUFFER IF WE ARE RIGHTEOUS?
WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM IT: HOW DO WE RESPOND IN SUFFERING?
We're in the final part of Acts and Paul's journey to Jerusalem then to Rome (chapters 21–28). The Holy Spirit has led Paul to Jerusalem to be arrested and we hear his third defense before the Roman Governor of Judea, Felix.
THE FIRST INJUSTICE: FALSE ACCUSATION (VV. 1–9)
THE SECOND INJUSTICE: INACTION (VV. 22–27)
PAUL'S DEFENSE, OUR RESPONSE (VV. 10–21)
Explaining the Defense
Paul had been in the temple with four believers; a mob formed trying to kill him; saved by the Romans then made his first defense(apology) before the crowd of a Jewish worshippers ( ch. 21:27-22:21)
"The next day" Claudius Lydias, the Roman tribune "desiring to know the real reason why he was being accused by the Jews…commanded…all the council (Sanhedrin) to meet (22:30)
The Sanhedrin has been called the "supreme court of the Jewish nation" (F.F. Bruce)
it was made up of the two parties of Pharisees & Sadducees which were either "chief priests, elders, scribes," with high priest as chairman.
Paul's defense (Greek, apologia, "apology")
"I have lived my life (Greek, politeuoma, has political overtones of "being a good citizen") before God I all good conscience up to this day" (23:1)
"The high priest Ananias commanded…to strike him on the mouth" (23:2)
-Became high priest in AD 48, reputation as violent, untrustworthy, taker of bribes, confiscator of the old tithes, and being pro-Roman.
"God is going to strike you whitewashed wall!" (23:3)
-In AD 66, the Jews burned his house casing him to flee, where he was found in an aqueduct and
"I did not know he was the high priest" (23:5); citing Exodus 22:28
"I am a Pharisee…it is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial"
Applying the Defense
1st Entrust your life to loving providence of God very moment in every area
2nd Be confident that God has a plan & purpose for the evil that befalls you
3rd Embrace the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ with you in suffering