When Paul stared death in the eye, it was so that he could trust God more. We learn that God is able to deliver in the past, present and future, with our ultimate deliverance in the resurrection. Never under estimate prayer, for it is God's means of allowing us to work with Him in fulfilling His purposes and plans for His glory.
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Today we concluded the passage on the Seven Trumpets.
The Seventh Trumpet corresponds to the Last Trumpet of 1 Corinthians 15:51-53.
Our souls do not sleep (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; Hebrews 12:23; Revelation 6:9), but our bodies do, awaiting their resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:51-55).
Adam rebelled against God, and Satan seized control (John 12:31; 14:30; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:1–3; Matthew 4:8-10; Luke 4:5-8).
But the Lord Jesus defeated Satan, sin, and death on the mountain where Jerusalem sits, as Isaiah foretold some 700 years before (Isaiah 25:7-8).
Because the Lord Jesus put others ahead of himself (Philippians 2:5-7), when he fulfilled the task of the first Adam, he gave it all up to the Father (1 Corinthians 15:20-29).
The return of Christ is still future for us. The Seventh Trumpet has not yet blown. However, there is a foreshadowing of this in the universal preaching of the gospel to all nations following the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple in AD 70 (Matthew 24:29-31).
Nobody likes delays, we simply do not have time for them. However, as we see here in John 11, the Lord will cause a "divine delay" to be brought into our lives. Thankfully, they are accidental, but appointed for a wonderful purpose. What are you going to do with you "divine delays"?
Luke 24:1-35 – Christ's Resurrection Confirmed – Sermon Outline
Intro: You sometimes hear of Christians who do not actually believe Christ is risen, but like the story and idea of redemption found in the Bible. But Paul says in I Cor. 15:14-20 if Christ is not risen, all preaching and all faith in Christ is in vain, foolishness, false witnessing/preaching and false believing. Foolishness.
Need: But Christ is risen, unto glory, forever, in human flesh, confirmed in many ways and revealed in all of Scripture. In Christ, we have nothing to fear, not even death, for we have died to sin in Christ and are risen in Him apart from sin, to serve Him now, awaiting His return to raise up even our mortal flesh to immortality.
Theme: Christ's resurrection unto eternal, glorious life is confirmed:
By Angels, the Empty Tomb, and the Linen Cloths.
By Christ's own explanation of all the Scriptures speaking of Him.
By His own appearances to the 2 disciples and the Apostle Simon Peter.
Peter is addressing the Jewish believers who were forced to flee Jerusalem, when a great persecution began on the day that Stephen was stoned to death. By God's great mercy which flows out of His love for us, we have been born again to the living hope of resurrection.
What is the inner life of a believer like? Matthew 5:4–6 prepares us for the morning sermon on the Lord's Day. In these three verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that the inner life of a believer is one of longing for Christ, and for what we shall be like, in Him, at last.
Secrets of Kingdom "Losers"
Following the losers who have learned the value of losing — that they may gain what is most valuable —
in this life and all that is coming for those whose citizenship is in heaven.
This was originally delivered in a series, nearly twenty years ago (2004), while serving the sweet faith family at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church. I pray that this message will encourage, edify, and equip you for the life and calling you've been set apart for.
• The impact of a gift box from Samaritan's Purse on a family in Northern Iraq.
◦ A missionary in Jordan received a box of toys from Mount Horeb Baptist Church in Mississippi, which was sent to a family in northern Iraq, and the recipients want to connect with the donors to give glory to God.
• Following Jesus Christ as a path to true success.
◦ Pastor Nick invites the congregation to turn to Philippians chapter 3 and verse 15, encouraging them to have the mind of Christ and follow His example.
◦ Pastor Nick prays for redemptive measures to be done, for the lost to be called out by the power of the Spirit, and for the church to be revived, with a focus on putting on the mind of Christ and following Him.
◦ Pastor Nick emphasizes the importance of following Jesus Christ, and this will always look like losing in the world's eyes.
◦ He encourages listeners to prioritize their relationship with Jesus above all else, and this will mean sacrificing everything, including earthly success.
• Maturity and perfection in Christ.
◦ Pastor Nick emphasizes the importance of having the mind of Christ, as seen in Philippians 3:7, where Paul counts everything else as loss for the sake of Christ.
Major conflict among nations especially if it involves Israel usually leads to many people feeling the end of the world is at hand. However, a careful read of Jesus words in Luke 21, Mark 13 and Matthew 24 reveals that Jesus said, this is the beginning of birth pangs and the end is not yet. He went on to say no one knows or can know the time of his return in power and glory.
Let's assume that the end is near. How then should we prepare? Jesus, Peter, Paul and the author of Hebrews all speak to this question.