Sermons tagged #Defensive
Tonight we continue studying the second part of the sixth petition of the Lord's Prayer guided by Thomas Watson with His first three uses of previous studies: Take heed of sins of omission, secret sins, and besetting (pet) sins. The most attention was given to "besetting sins" warning that they are  most cherished as the master of all other sins and most tended and waited upon;  the darling sins one loves not to be reproved for;  those sins which have most power over a man, and most easily lead him captive as the beloved of his soul;  the darling sins which men use arguments to defend;  Those beloved sins which most trouble a man, and fly in his face in an hour of sickness and distress;  Those darling sins which a man is most unwilling to part with. Many excerpts were shared near the end related to "besetting sins" from Dr. Derek Thomas's chapter, "The World, the Flesh, and the Devil," from Our Ancient Foe: Satan's History, Activity, and Ultimate Demise published by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and P&R Publishing.
The word of the Lord says, "I am thy shield," to Abram. We will connect the dots and see that Jesus is our shield and how that statement does not contradict our text. Also Reference: Psalm 3:2-3, Ephesians 6:16, Romans 10:17, Revelation 19:13, Revelation 19:21, Psalm 33:20 https://bbfohio.com
There are consequences for ignoring or rejecting God's word and doing things as you see fit. Being a companion of fools is one major example. If you choose not to be wise and walk with wise men, you will suffer destruction by being a companion of fools, not only in this life but at Judgment. https://bbfohio.com
Luke's account of the martyrdom of Stephen is surprisingly long, suggesting a meaning in the Book of Acts that is bigger than Stephen himself. Why is the Sanhedrin so hostile to Stephen? Why do these conservative Jewish men feel threatened by Stephen's preaching, and who or what do they really represent? In this sermon we consider the true nature of Christianity's struggle in the world and why it is important for the Church to remain on the offensive.
A. HOW TO DISCERN TRUE DISCIPLES (V30-32) B. HOW TO UNDERSTAND SPIRITUAL FREEDOM (V33-36) NEW: A Deceptive Counterfeit Spiritual Freedom...V33 a. What kind of freedom did these Jews think they had...? b. Why did they think they were spiritually free...? The Slavery These Guys Could Not See...V34 a. Who is a slave of sin...? b. What does it mean to be a slave of sin...?
Always be Ready to Testify Always be Ready to Testify (Peter's Call to Proper Apologetics in Message and Manner)
Christians must always be ready to answer hostile questions about their resurrection hope with gentle respect. Always be ready to give a defense of Christianity. But always give a defense of Christianity without being defensive. Always be Ready to Testify.
Families Dealing with Problems Shaping a coming generation... (2 Timothy 1:7) How we deal with problems. (2 Timothy 1:7 Remember, God has given us "a spirit of power). Learning how to deal and diminish the threat of every day problems helps us let down our guard so we can love people and not be so abrasive or defensive. And when we have real solutions from God to deal with our own issues we'll be at ease to help others, love people and teach others how we all should treat people. God never promised to deliver us FROM things BUT He has promised to deliver us THROUGH THEM. Psalm 34:17-19 Wasting a trial or the troubles we go through is worse than shedding or throwing away $100 bills. A trial with Jesus is worth way more than a 100 $100 bills (2 Corinthians 1:3-11). *New Montpelier Revival Meeting 2016 #leadthemwell #jeremiah1 #jeremiah1and5 #jeremiah1and4thru10 #psalm71#psalm71and18 #gideon #jotham #judges #judges9 #2timothy1and7 #shapingarrows #kingdomminded #leadership #blessings #howtodealwithproblems #howtohandlepride #howtotreatpeople #productsofblessings #productsofthefall #remindersofthefall #psalm72and18 #mayitbe #newmontpelierrevival #newmontpelier2016
How do we relate to people who are different to us? Today there is such a strong public attitude that you should not judge. Even if people don't care about the Bible, they us it to support their objection that you should not judge them. God's wrath is certainly not instructing us to never make a judgement. It that were true, it would make it impossible for society to function. Notice that people who criticise other for judging, are actually judging. Rather, Jesus provided a framework in which people should judge. Firstly, the judgement He is speaking about is spiteful criticism. James calls this speaking evil against a person. This prohibits judging people's motives. Ever. Rather, gather information before concluding. Don't assume. Beware of holding people to your own personal standard--whether regarding, food, culture, anything. Don't be harder on other people than you are on yourself. Look out for a defensive position in you when other people criticise you. You have something missing in your understanding of the gospel. Are you failing to see your own sin? Are you failing to be merciful? Such is a major issue. It is God's word that helps us to see our own sin. It is close relationships with other people that help us to see our own sin too. This is what love looks like. Judgement is a blessing, not a curse. It also creates opportunity for you to help others. Critical judgement; no. Kind, loving judgement; yes!
Today we will look at an offensive and defensive weapon, the only piece of the armor to fulfill both roles. We will look at 8 general areas to defend against the tormentor, the heretic, the lusts of our own hearts and afflictions. 8 Points: 1. Believe the Word of God is true 2. Love the Word of God 3. Realize the Word is sufficient and efficient 4. Cherish and treasure the Word of God 5. Seek the full counsel of God, all of His Word, not parts of it. 6. Know and apply the word (read study and listen to it in context) 7. Your life should be governed by the Word 8. Avoid false Words or false images of God
It has been said, "Touch their gods and they will kill you". That is the way it is with all of us. If people touch the things we love, the ugly comes out. The word of God will mess with your idols because idols are an insult to God and damaging to those who worship them. Idols change your attitude toward anyone who stands in the way of your enjoyment of them. Anger, rather than repentance, passionlessness rather than passion. Then, in this context, Jesus speaks about the glorious dawning of the kingdom age, and the way in which people are now forcing their way into it. The Spirit is waking people up to their to their disastrous idolatry and granting them eyes to see the kingdom! Idols make you sleepy and legalistic, avoiding passion and vulnerability. Because Jesus touched on the pharisees' idols, they were angry. But in order to protect their idol, they had to get angry with Him for a different reason. But suddenly there is a verse on divorce. Because the pharisees who were very tight on the law, were very loose on divorce! Breaking the law they are claiming to keep. To escape this, you need a new heart!
Life is protected by putting to death intentional murderers. Two witnesses are required to prevent malicious witnesses & fraudulent prosecution. Avoid war with diplomacy first. Defensive war only. Only against military, & only defending Christian countries. Marriage is a private & church function, not state. Property is defended. Thieves must pay restitution.
As we look down through this passage and examine all the various pieces of armor which Christ has given us, we remember that there are certain pieces which are worn as clothing, which we “put on” in verses 14 and 15, and there are certain pieces which we “take up” found in verses 16-18. There are 3 of each. We find that of those that we take up, only one of them is a weapon and that is our focus this afternoon. The weapon of choice for every Christian is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
Since it was now clear that Pilate was merely repeating the charge of the Jewish leaders, Jesus answered his question. He was a king, but not a political ruler intent on challenging Rome's rule. "My kingdom is not of (Greek ek; "out from the midst of") this world," He declared. Its source was not the world system, nor did Jesus derive His authority from any human source. As noted earlier, He had rejected the crowd's attempt to crown Him king. He also passed up an opportunity to proclaim Himself king at the triumphal entry, when He rode into Jerusalem at the head of tens of thousands of frenzied hopefuls. To reinforce His point, Jesus noted that if His kingdom were of this world, then His servants would be fighting so that He would not be handed over to the Jews. No earthly king would have allowed himself to have been captured so easily. But when one of His followers (Peter) attempted to defend Him, Jesus rebuked him. The messianic kingdom does not originate from human effort, but through the Son of Man's conquering of sin in the lives of those who belong to His spiritual kingdom... http://www.gty.org/Radio
The Fallen world is a world in rebellion. The world is under the sway of Satan and we should seek to walk in the Lord. We look at David and how he was let down. Our Lord will NEVER let us down.He will give us grace to live repentant and believing lives.
Written by Mack Tomlinson who is an elder at Providence Chapel in Krum, Texas, which is right next to Denton. Their website is: http://www.providencedenton.org To download a high quality MP4 to show at your church, go to: http://www.vimeo.com/9848749 This video was produced by a ministry of Grace Community Church in San Antonio, TX: http://www.illbehonest.com