We come to our Thanksgiving service and hear that we have received grace that we would deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, living instead, soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world - looking forward towards the hope of glory that Christ has set before us. In this way we find the remedy for our ungodliness and the use of the grace we have received at the Supper. Titus 2:11-15.
I just wanted to give you a few thoughts on having faith in God and in Christ no matter how bad things get in our society. Or, no matter how bad things get in your own life. Jesus' closing statement in verse 8 asks this very important question: When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth? This may give us an indication of how many true Christians there will be, even at the end of the world, who will be brought to a very low place in the exercise of their faith just before Christ returns. It will be the case, that they were not prayerful, and that they will have lost heart concerning Christ's coming to deliver them from the problems coming upon Christ's church and the whole world at that time. However, Christ Himself reproves this kind of thinking through this parable that He gives. He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.
The story of Blind Bartimaeus is the story of faith in exercise. Faith in Jesus Christ which is put into fervent exercise will always obtain what it is seeking for; if it is according to the will of God. So this afternoon we want to look together at this man's exercise of faith which is so very commendable. And we want to ask ourselves if we have this kind of faith in exercise. If we do, we shall indeed find salvation and eternal life, and many other blessings besides.
Our faith will make us well, and if we are sin-sick, it will make us well over and over again, all the way to heaven. There are 3 double acts of faith which Bartimaeus exhibits for us here in his seeking and finding of this great miracle from Jesus. 1st of all – We will think about his begging and his crying. Then, 2nd – We will look at his rising and his throwing off. And then 3rd – We will think about his receiving and his following Jesus.
Jesus is who He claimed to be.
Driving home this understanding, John says
in chapter twenty's end his purpose for writing his
gospel, " . . .these were written that you may
believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that believing you may have life in His name."
Showing compassion for people's needs as well as
demonstrating His power and authority over all creation
(and therefore His right to teach and be taken seriously)
was also His purpose for the miracles He demonstrated.
These thoughts among others visiting former
pastor Phil Poe develops in this 06-18-2023 sermon.
EXERCISE CHURCH DISCIPLINE -- 2 Thes 3:1-18
A PRAYER REQUEST THAT LEADS TO PAUL'S BURDEN (v1-5)
a. Pray for our ministry of the Word to succeed. v1
b. Pray for our deliverance from the enemies of the Word. v2
c. 'just as it is with you' – Paul's difficult ministry in Corinth compared to Thessalonica.
d. Expresses confidence in God's faithful keeping. v3
e. Expresses confidence in the believer's faithful obedience. v4
f. Expresses the believer's need for divine help. v5
i. A motivation – God's love towards us.
ii. An example – Jesus' endurance amidst hostility. Heb 12:3-4
DISORDERLY CONDUCT – DETECTED AGAIN (v7-11)
a. The problem revealed – idleness. v11
b. The problem repeated – See 1 Thes 4:11.
c. The problem reviewed.
i. Instruction through Paul's life. v7-9
ii. Instruction through Paul's lips. v10
DISORDERLY CONDUCT – DEAL WITH IT! (v6, 10, 12-15)
a. A command from Christ. v6, 10, 12
b. Start with – 'command and exhort' appeal with words. v12
c. Progress to – 'withdraw', 'do not keep company' appeal by distancing. v6, 14
i. Purpose: 'ashamed' – turn in shame reformation. v14
ii. Premise: 'brother' – tough love restoration. v15
iii. Precaution: 'not weary to do good' – tempted to follow resistance. v13
d. The end?
i. Paul's silence after v15 – situation at Thessalonica not at tipping point.
ii. Paul's silence broken if the disorderly conduct persists – excommunication. See Titus 3:10 and Jesus' command in Matt 18:17.
DISORDERLY CONDUCT – DEAL WITH IT WITH GOD'S HELP (v16-18)
a. A struggling church plagued on the outside and inside.
b. A struggling church looks to God for:
Jesus' announcement of His death and resurrection (vv. 32-34).
James and John's request for greatness (vv. 35-40).
Jesus' example of greatness (vv. 41-45).
Jesus came to serve and to give, and He calls us to follow His example.
Every believer must chase after godliness. Paul teaches young Timothy, his son in the faith, that godliness is profitable for all things in time and eternity, but bodily exercise profits only a little. We set out the main disciplines that enable us to make progress in the pursuit of godliness.
Paul gives personal insight and great encouragement to the Corinthian believers. God's will, Grace, and Peace can be practiced each day! This is our introduction to 2 Corinthians.
Scatter Session #1
Scatter Season #1
How should ministers serve the brethren? 1Timothy 4:6–11 looks forward to the second reading in morning public worship on the coming Lord's Day. In these six verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that ministers serve the brethren by teaching good Christology and commanding its application to life.
I. The Growth of the Christian Plant to Mature Ripeness in 7 Stages:
The Blade becomes a head of grain by practicing righteousness and loving the brethren.
The Full Head of Grain shows increasing ripeness which is Christian maturity.
Progress to Maturity will Ultimately Depend Upon What You Sow To.
Maturity in Regard to Bearing One Another's Burdens.
Maturity in Becoming Like Christ in our Thoughts and Behavior by Learning to Bear Reproach.
Maturity in learning to give and receive Reproof.
Today we will look at:
7. Maturity in Perseverance and Steadfastness.