Greetings and welcome! This is our daily devotional for November 22, 2023. Today we continue our study in the Book of Acts in chapter 18 with God closing one door and opening another in Corinth. The end result is that many came to know the Lord. May we never forget that God is always working. Thanks for joining us.
We have come to the final part of our series on the Holy Spirit. Through this series, we've looked at numerous ministries of the Spirit as well as three vital truths of his work in our lives. Today, we look at three other vital truths and then consider what 1 Thessalonians 5:19 actually means when we're commanded to not quench the Spirit.
This sermon was delivered on November 19, 2023 at Antioch Presbyterian Church, a mission work of Calvary Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America located in Woodruff, South Carolina. Mr. Ryan Colvin delivered this sermon entitled "The Promise of God's Presence" on Joshua 1:1-9. For more information about Antioch Presbyterian Church, please visit antiochpca.com or contact us at [email protected].
Clearly, this is a Messianic chapter. Christ is "a light to the Gentiles" (V6). Christ is "a covenant of the people" (V8). Christ is your "Savior and thy Redeemer" (V26). This message centers upon three immutable truths: God's love, God's purpose and God's salvation. "Immutable" is an old English adjective meaning unchanging over time and unable to change. God and HIs attributes cannot mutate. Being immutable, He cannot fail. Trust Him!
Sermon Series: 1 John
Sermon Title: Assurance of Salvation
Sermon Text: 1 John 3:18-23
Sermon Date: 11/19/2023
I. The condemnation we experience. 1 John 3:18-19
18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. 19 We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will [i]assure our heart before Him
II. The comfort God gives us. 1 John 3:20
20 in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.
III. The Confidence we have in Christ. 1 John 3:21-23
21Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence [k]before God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. 23 This is His commandment, that we [l]believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He [m]commanded us.
Sunday evening our seminarian Anthony Sato will bring us a timely message of rejoicing from John 2.1-11. I know he would appreciate the encouraging feedback that can come from those who attend to the worship of God, in His house - so come again Sunday night!
Reminder again, we will have Thanksgiving day worship at 10:00.Responsive Reading of Psalm 45:1-9
Scripture Reading: John 2:1-11
Text: John 2.1-11
Sermon: "Rejoice! For your True Bridegroom has come!"
First, recognize the "wineless" wedding
But rejoice! For your True Bridegroom has come!
The great joy of the Christian life is realized in ever-increasing conformity to Christ. And this includes sharing in his sufferings and death, for the world has never stopped hating Jesus. But God promises abundant comfort for those who suffer for imaging his Son character into the world. The danger is that we may react to suffering by compromising our faith by accepting another gospel and a different view of Jesus which the world will accept, and thus avoid suffering. The end of that road is eternal destruction. Don't go there. Instead, rest in the God of all comfort.
Job 23:8-14 " Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:
10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.
12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.
14 For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him."
In his fine commentary on Ezekiel Patrick Fairbairn offers one sentence of explanation on chapter seven because, "This chapter does not contain anything properly new." If Ezekiel 7 is largely repetition, why should we study it? John Calvin offers this answer: God repeats himself, "to stimulate that … sluggishness, under which the people labored." Hard truths need to be repeated. Some realities penetrate our minds the way steady rainfall waters parched earth.
The Israelites living 600 years before Christ did not think it possible for them to fall. The spiritual norm for Jewish people of the time was covenantal presumption. They took comfort in their name instead of in their Savior. Today too people call themselves Christians and so convince themselves that they are safe. We need the repetition of the hard truth of God's judgment.
And Ezekiel 7 does introduce the new idea of finality. Five times he says "the end has come!" The destruction of Jerusalem in the sixth century B.C. represented the changing of an epoch. And it points to a turning point of far grander proportions. In Ezekiel 7 at least four things were ending.
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