03-14-2021 – Live Stream – Acts 13 (Class) and Michael Dale (Sermon)

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Okay, we are Going to be in acts chapter 13. This morning. We’ll begin with our questions from acts chapter 12, just by way of a review. And then we’ll get into chapter 13. Let’s get started with a word of prayer, Our gracious father in heaven. We come before you exalting your name, humbling ourselves, mindful of the glories that you present to us every day,

the mercy that you have shown us that the sun might rise, that the weather might be nice, that we might be able to have the health to get out. And to see this day, we are mindful of those who because of illness or difficulties are unable to get out. And we pray for their comfort and strength in the hardships that they have.

We pray for those who were dealing with the difficulties of COVID trying to recover from it. Perhaps they’ve had it in the, in the past. And though they no longer have the disease, the aftermath is causing difficulties in their lives. We pray for those who are still at home. We pray for those who deal with health problems on a continual basis.

We know the struggles that many endure, and yet we are so grateful that the largest struggle that we have in life has been resolved by your son. And that is sin. We thank you for your son who came and died on the cross for our sins to provide the hope of the world. And we pray that we might boldly speak his name and proclaim the truth that you would have us to proclaim that we might teach the truth in love,

but yet in boldness and firmness, we might never back down from the truth because others might not like it help us to always strive to do what’s right in your sight. Forgive us when we sin and fall short of your glory. And may we always with humility, seek to follow your, your path? All this, we pray in Jesus name. Amen.

Acts chapter 12. Questions, Question Number one. Yes or no. Were the Jews pleased when Herod had James, the brother of John put to death? Yes, they were pleased question two from verses four and six. How did Herod have Peter guarded in prison? Bound in chains between two guards, guards at the door. Alright. And he had put him under how many guards?

Four squads is the new King James there. Okay. What events led to Peter’s release from prison? All right. An angel showed up a light, showed up. All right. The, the angel struck him to wake him up. All right. To get up, get dressed and his chains were off. Okay. And then the angel led him out through the,

through the Gates. In what way? Verse. This is acts chapter 12, verses five, 12 and 16. In what way was the church trying to aid? To Peter’s release from prison. All right. They were praying for him. What was the reaction of the church when they saw Peter had been released astonishment and disbelief a yes or no. Did Herod find Peter after the angel had led his escape from prison?

No, he did not question six. Describe the occasion of Herod’s death. Alright. Eaten by worms from the inside, having received the praise of being a God. And instead of giving God, the glory took the glory for himself. Describe the growth of the word in acts chapter 12, according to verse 24, grew and multiplied. Okay. So in the last few chapters,

we’ve seen a couple of, of integral things to the account of the book of acts. We’ve seen the gospel taken to Cornelius and the Gentiles at the mouth of Peter at the behest of the Holy spirit. We’ve seen word of that. And news of that come back to the Jews in Jerusalem, the Jewish Christians in Jerusalem, who Initially were upset about it,

but eventually having heard what the Holy spirit did gave glory to God and praise God for it. Now that doesn’t mean that every Jewish Christian was happy about it. Okay. Or that every Jewish Christian thought it was being handled the way they thought it should be handled. And this becomes the singular biggest issue in the Christian or in the church in the first century is the Jew and Gentile strife going on within the church.

It’s the background of the book of Romans. It’s the background of the book of Galatians. It’s the background to a lot of the events that we’re going to read about still further in the book of acts. And we’re going to see here in chapter 13, what it is that’s really dividing. The church is the perspectives, the attitudes, and the mentality that they brought into the church as Jews,

not the teachings of the apostles or the prophets or the Holy spirit. Okay. We’re going to see that exemplified in the Jews that Saul and Barnabas are going to be sent to as they begin their first missionary journey. Now acts chapter 13. The shift takes place where we’ve gone from looking at the church in Jerusalem, in the first eight chapters. And then with one of those chapters being Jerusalem and Judea,

and then Samarria. So the church in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria acts chapters one through eight, then chapters nine through 12, the church going to the Gentiles and going out of Jerusalem because of persecution into the other regions of Judea and in the remainder of the land of Palestine. And then beginning in acts, chapter 13, we have the church go and the gospel going to the rest of the world and all the way by the end of this book to Rome.

Okay. So that’s the path that we’re on. Verse 25 of chapter 12 says, and Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their ministry. And they also took with them, John, whose surname was Mark? Why did they go to Jerusalem? Me again? All right. To take the benevolence that the churches in these other regions that had heard about the famine and knew,

knew of the, and the plight of the Jews in Jerusalem, the Jewish Christians in Jerusalem had sent aid to Jerusalem. And so Saul and Barnabas took that money to Jerusalem. And now they’ve returned. Who did they take with them when they went Mark? And now when they come back, John Mark is, is with them. All right, verse 13 or chapter 13,

verse one. Now in the church that was at Antioch, there were certain prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon, who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene Menin, who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch and Saul. A couple of these individuals we don’t know much about, but it’s of interest that here is one who’s mentioned in Antioch, who biology from the indications of the text grew up with Herod.

And yet here he is serving as a teacher, as a preacher, as a prophet in Antioch. So in the city of Antioch, we read earlier that disciples, when, when the persecution began in Jerusalem, disciples dispersed, and one of the regions, they went to, one of the places was this Antioch. And as a result of that, the church was,

was founded, began to be, they began to teach, but in Antioch, there was something different. What happened in Antioch that didn’t happen in most other places when the church left Jerusalem, what did we read about? All right. They were called Christians there first, but the disciples, when they got there, they didn’t just teach. Right? They didn’t just teach the Jews.

They also taught as the text uses the word there, the Hellenistic, the Grecians. So they didn’t just teach the Jews. They also taught the Grecians, the Gentiles and they taught them the gospel also. So it is from this point that the Holy spirit will begin to make Antioch. The, the, really the church that reaches out to the Gentile world.

So these four Saul, Barnabas, Simeon, sorry, these five Lucius and minivan were serving there as prophets and teachers in the church in Antioch, as they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy spirit said now separate to me, Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. Then having fasted and prayed and laid hands on them.

They sent them away. Okay. So a couple things that we have in this text first and foremost, the Holy spirit says, I have a task for these two. I have something that I want Saul and Barnabas to be doing. Now, did the Holy spirit send Saul and Barnabas to some other location because they weren’t doing anything in it? No.

Was it Because Saul and Barnabas were no longer being effective in teaching and converting people? No. Sometimes I think we, we imagine That Things are going well in a location and that an evangelist or a minister or preacher is converting people. He needs to stay there till the supply runs out. He needs to stay there until nobody else has left for him to convert.

But that’s not even the way the Holy spirit operated. The Holy spirit said, I need these two and I need them over here. But notice something else that’s important About that is It wasn’t Saul and Barnabas who were the only ones working the work in Antioch. Didn’t see, because Saul and Barnabas were led by the Holy spirit to go on this missionary journey.

The work in Antioch continued because there were others there who were also doing the work. And that’s one of the things I think we struggle with sometimes in maybe the way we structure teaching and preaching in churches. And this isn’t the first time I’ve said this here in, in our modern times is quite often, we’ve got one preacher, one congregation. And if that preacher ever relocates or moves on,

now, the question is, well, who’s going to You do the breaching. Whereas the first century church, while they’re preachers may not have been, as it were, full-time employed preachers. Quite often, they work, but they had a number of them. They, they had a multitude of them. And when there wasn’t a Reacher, the members were doing the evangelism.

You know, when those disciples left Jerusalem, it wasn’t the apostles that went. It wasn’t the apostles who started the work in Antioch. It was the Christians. And so it goes back to this same point that Paul makes to Timothy when Paul writes to Timothy and he says in first Timothy chapter two verses one and two, that one of Timothy’s jobs was to find faithful men and to instill in them the ability to teach other faithful men.

And so there’s this responsibility and it’s at the it’s at the, the response, or it is Glade upon the responsibility of preachers to teach other Teachers to train up people who can teach others. So that is, It’s not just left to them. It’s one of the mistakes that I think preachers make. And as one I know how easy it is to make it where you just,

well, I’ll just do it. I’ll just do it. And everything that comes along, I’ll just do it. I’ll just do it. And sometimes you have situations where preachers kind of get, they get frustrated. They think, well, I have to do everything, but they’ve never asked anybody else to do anything. Well, it kind Of goes back to this whole James chapter one.

You have not because you ask not. And so How often preachers get so busy and wrapped up in thinking they have to do everything. They never ask anybody to do anything and they’ve crippled themselves Doing so, Paul and Barnabas are Working with other teachers, other profits. Now it is interesting to note and specific to this context That these teachers And profits were those who had these miraculous gifts to do these things okay.

Through the laying on of the apostles hands. These are those who had been given the gift of prophecy, given the gift of speaking, the revelation of God, they didn’t have a new Testament to reference, and they didn’t have the book of acts for Matthew, Mark, Luke, John. They didn’t have any of that. They had the old Testament scriptures,

but more often than not, these individuals were those who had been given these gifts by the Holy spirit, but they were using them. And as one who had the talent, the ability and the responsibility, they were fulfilling that role. So the Holy spirit calls Saul and, And says, or tells the church, send solemn Barnabas, that they might do this.

What is it that the teachers are doing when The Holy spirit calls solemn, Barnabas? What does the Text tell us? They were in the midst of doing Fasting and pray. Now we We’ve often had conversations and we’ve had them here before, but it’s worth mentioning because it’s in the text. Is there anything wrong in the 21st century with facts? No,

it is. Is there any passage in the new Testament that commands us to Fast? No. This was a Jewish practice and had One, one, again In the old Testament where it was under one circumstance, they were commanded to fast, but it had had grown up as a principle and something that, that was a spiritual discipline. And it’s, there is absolutely nothing wrong with fasting,

but maybe we should define what is fasting. Okay. It is the exertion of self-control by depriving yourself, withholding from yourself, some substance in this case, generally food or food and water for a limited period of time to utilize that self-control and that deprivation to focus your mind on a spiritual matter. Okay. So they are in a time of specific focused spiritual thought when this happens.

Okay. Usually when you’re fasting, you don’t go, all right, this is a great time to go out and do evangelism and run everywhere. And, and, and no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. You’re, you’re going without the natural fuel for the body. This isn’t the time of exertion physically. This is the time of taking time out and being settled in your physical situation to be exerted spiritually.

Okay. So this was a spiritual exercise and it was connected in this passage to what prayer. So this is a period of time where there, these teachers, these profits are talking to God. And during that fasting, that spiritual discipline and that line of communication to God, God, through the Holy spirit, communicates back to them. Okay. We should not be expecting that to happen if we faster pray today.

Okay. But all of that is to say, there’s nothing wrong with taking out time at an, on an individual or collective basis to devote oneself, to spiritual actions and thoughts, and to utilize fasting as a tool to do that. But then something else happens in this text. That again, is nothing that is, is withhold withheld from us. So it’s not a normal practice in America among the church that I’m aware of.

And that is when the Holy spirit calls solemn, Barnabas. What does the church do before they leave? They laid hands on them. Okay. Now there are two different laying on of hands that we read about in the church in the first century, one had To do with the apostles laying on hands and imparting the miraculous gifts in doing so. The apostles alone were the ones with the ability to do this.

No one else was given that ability. It was exclusive to them, but it happened, but through the laying on of hands and really all this is, I mean, there’s, there’s no missed thing about it. It was literally putting your hand on someone and usually was connected with a prayer. Okay. So you’ve seen in bald teams do this, you know,

when they all get in the huddle and they all put their hand in the middle, that that’s the say that no, that’s 21st century example, but that’s the same basic I did. Why, why are they putting their hands in the middle to show unity? Okay. So this is not something thing. And, and I know of one congregation that does this before they,

they have a group or some groups that go out and go on mission trips a couple of times a year before those mission, before those members leave on that mission trip on a Sunday, before they leave, they have all of them go to the front and the elders and the preacher lay their hands on them and pray over them. Now, is there anything wrong with that?

Not at all. Would we feel perhaps not having ever experienced that in person feel maybe, ah, ha is this okay? You know, because we do that. We, we think things are not okay because we’ve never done them, but is there anything that the Bible says that against that? Not at all, as a matter of fact, here’s a perfect biblical example of now.

Is there anywhere that the Bible commands us to do it? No, but it is an approved example. So if a church chooses to do it by all means, it’s a perfectly acceptable thing to do. All right. We’re going to have a hard time getting through chapter 13. If I take this long on every verse. So they ministered to the Lord verse two and fasted,

the Holy spirit has said now separate to me, Barnabas and Saul for the work which I have called them. Then having fasted and prayed and laid hands on them. They sent them away. By the way, I will mention concerning laying on her hands. This isn’t the only time this happens. We see this happen again. When the elders from emphasis meet with Saul or meet with Paul in acts chapter 20,

before he departs from them, they know it’s the last time they’re ever going to see him alive. And it, and it will be, and they lay their hands on him and they walk with him and minister to him as he leaves to go on that journey back to Jerusalem. So being sent out by the Holy spirit, they went down to Solutia and from there,

they sailed to Cyprus. Now, when they arrived in Solomon, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had John as their assistant or minister. One of the things that they did in the first century, which I think is a wonderful idea for long-term missionary Journeys is They would send out those who were the teachers and preachers,

but they wouldn’t send them by themselves. They would send them with others whose job it was to work labor and bring in the financial support that was needed by the missionaries To continue their work. So when Paul reaches Athens and he’s all by himself, what do we find him doing in short order, Making tents? Is he making tents? Did he just have in the itch to go back to his old occupation?

No, none of his ministers, none of his assistance as it were, are there functioning to work and labor for the money necessary to continue preaching. So he has to provide for himself. When Paul writes to the church at Corinth and says, I took nothing From you. I Robbed other churches to preach to you. There were churches that would help as,

as we do when we support missionaries and we helped with their missionary works, we send them eight that there were churches. That’s a new Testament example. The church at flip, I did that to Paul and we read, we read about that, but quite often in the day to day Needs, there would be those Associates assistance, Timothy Titus, John Mark,

in this occasion, who would be a long on the journey who their main function was to work, to provide for The group And be able to sustain their physical Financial needs. All right. So they took John Mark with them, verse six, by the way, I’m not going to talk a whole lot about the geography of this. You all have a map in the back of your Bible,

open it up and go look at the map yourself. We don’t have time to go look at maps in this class. If we’re going to get through all of these, these chapters in one lesson. Now, when they had gone through the Island of payphones, they found a certain source for a false prophet, a Jew. Now notice this, this is a Jew,

whose name was Barjesus. What does the word bar mean? When we come across it in the day? Son of it means Son of Jesus. Okay. Now this doesn’t mean he was connected to Jesus of Nazareth. The name Jesus, which is the old Testament equivalent of Joshua is not an abnormal name, a Hebrew lineage. And so he is the son of a man named Jesus.

Okay. Who was with the pro council? Now this pro council, would he have been a Jew or a Gentile? Probably a Roman. He’s probably a Gentile. He he’s, he is one who’s part of the Roman government. Okay. So they’re on the Island of Patmos, a certain sorcerer. Who’s a Jew and a certain pro counsel. Who’s a Gentile is they run into this man called for Barnabas.

Sergius Paulus. That is called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. Now, here is a Roman official, who is most likely a Gentile Sergius Paulus is his name. And he has heard about this gospel and he wants to hear it. So he calls for Saul and Barnabas, but<inaudible> now Musk is what? By nationality.

He’s a Jew. And yet he is an adviser. This illness, the sorcerer for, so his name is translated, withstood them seeking to turn the pro council away from the faith. Then Saul, who is also called Paul filled with the Holy spirit, looked intently at him and said, Oh, full of all this seed and all fraud. You son of the devil,

you enemy of all righteousness, will you not seize perverting the straight ways of the Lord. And now indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you. And you shall be blind not seeing the sun for a time. And immediately a dark mist fell on him. And he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. Then the pro council believed when he saw what had been done.

I’m going to stop right there. Why is it that? Cause, cause we know the rest of the story. We, we know he’s about to go into a synagogue and he’s about to teach people and there’s going to be Jews who reject him. Why is it that this Jew get struck blind when all the other Jews that reject the gospel don’t okay.

So you have a couple of things. Number one, by performing the miracle, he confirms the message, but what is this man? But what is alumnis? He’s a sorcerer. He might be a Jew nationally, but what is he occupationally? This same thing we read about in acts chapter six, He’s a sorcerer, sorry. Acts chapter eight. Is it eight?

I think it’s eight. All right. He’s a sourcer. He’s not a Faithful Jew. Following the Old Testament. What was, what was commanded in the old Testament to happen to sorcerers, sorcerers, witches, neck romance, All, all of those type of individuals were to be put to death. This man is not a faithful Jew. Who’s hearing the gospel.

This man is someone who opposes not only the old Testament, but the gospel as well. And this man is standing in the way of Sergius Paulus, hearing the gospel. Now a point that was made. And I think it’s incredibly interesting. You go back and look at the old Testament. We don’t have time to do it for this study, but it might be something we do at some point in the future.

And you look at God’s laws concerning with those who, who practice witchcraft. Those who practiced, just throw all of rounder, the quote, unquote, dark arts and practice them. Not in, you know, the sense of some, you know, magicians for show slight of hand type way, but in truly believing they were practicing these things and did it from a spiritual perspective.

Here they are. They’re practicing these things and God Condemns them to death For it. And some might look at that and say, well, isn’t that kind of kind of harsh, but here’s the thing. What was Israel in relationship to God, they were in what kind of relationship, a covenant relationship with God. And these people were committing the equivalent of treason against their nation.

Because If the nation Lost favor with God, because of sin, because of departing from him, what was going to happen in the nation, they’d be punished, they’d be lost, they’d be destroyed. And ultimately what did happen to the nation, that exact thing. Now what is treason from a national perspective, a person Who commits treason is one Who takes actions that Are in favor of an opposing national power that bring harm on their own Nation.

And what are, What do the U S laws State as the most Severe penalty for treason under Us law death, C w w nothing’s changed. We still understand treason is worthy of death. And that’s what this is. That’s The same thing in Deuteronomy chapter 13, when a person came in into them or came out from the Israelites and was teaching them to depart from the Lord,

he was a false prophet. The condemnation, there was also Death. Why? Because He’s literally destroying their standing with God and destroying the nation and Is a threat to the entire nation’s continued benefit by doing what he’s doing. And even today, Hey, we recognize a person who takes that kind of action against their own nation. The punishment should be including the possibility of death.

And so here, Saul will Through the power of the Holy spirit will cause this man to become blind, but I stopped halfway through verse 12, for a reason, verse 12, then the pro council Having or winning, He saw what had been done. So the pro council believed because What he saw, right? Read the rest of the verse. You see,

because All throughout the gospels, we see lots of people who see miracles happen And they don’t what they don’t obey. They don’t believe they asked for another sign at heritage Wants Jesus to come to him when he’s on trial, because he wants to see a miracle performed. Do you think it’s because Herod wanted to hear the gospel and wanted to believe and obey Jesus.

No, he wanted to see it a miracle, but this man, when he sees what occurs, read the rest of the text, being astonished by the miracle. No, at the teaching of the Lord, this man witnessed a miracle, but his astonishment, his all wasn’t the miracle that was performed. It was the gospel of Christ. And it is when the Visuals put more emphasis on the gospel,

Then the miracle that they’re converted When people are more interested in the miracles than the gospel that Jesus confronts them like he did in John chapter, when he said, why are you here? Because they had followed him because he had fed 5,000 of them the day before. And they followed him not to hear what he had to say. They wanted to be fed again.

They put more emphasis in the miracles than the message Searchie is Paula’s was more astonished by the message than the miracle. Okay. Verse 13, we don’t have nearly enough time for this. Now when Paul and his party set sail from payphones, they came Perga in Pamphylia and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem. And, but when they departed from Perga,

they came to Antioch in<inaudible> and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down. Now this Antioch is not the same Antioch that they left. This is a separate Antioch and interestingly, a smaller by way of population Antioch. And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them saying men and brethren,

if you have any word of exhortation for the people say on, so this is a normal practice in the synagogue. When a Jew in good standing would come into the synagogue. And by the way, Barnabas And Saul are both Jews. They come into The synagogue, they’re there on the, on the Sabbath day. And the normal reading takes place. They would read from the law,

they would read from the profits. And then, Then they would ask if there was anyone who had anything that they wanted to Get up and say, and so Saul And Barnabas do, and Saul’s going to use this, this method to his advantage all throughout his missionary journeys, the attribute of the synagogues, Just to let someone get up and speak. So he’d always go to the synagogue first.

So he’s And men and brethren, if you have any, or they said to the men in brother, and if you have any word of exhortation For the people say on, then Paul stood up. By the way, what just happened when he left Antioch, what was he called earlier in this chapter? Saul. Now he’s not all throughout scripture. We have people’s names changed,

but Saul is a Jewish name. And Paul isn’t. Paul is a Roman name. And now the gins, the gospel going to the Gentiles through Saul. And so right here, the Holy spirit stops calling him Saul. Okay. Notice what happens. Then Paul stood up And motion with his hands or motioning with his hand, said, men of Israel and you who fear Odd.

Listen, the God of this people, Israel chose Our fathers and exalted the bull when they dwelled as strangers in the land of Egypt and with an uplifted arm, Brought them out of it. All right, that’s the book of Exodus. Now for a time of about 40 years, he put up with their ways in the wilderness. And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan,

he distributed their land to them. My allotment, that’s the book of numbers, Deuteronomy and Joshua. And when he had, or verse 20, after that, he gave them judges for about 450 years until Samuel The prophet. That’s the book of judges and the book of first Samuel. All right. And afterward they asked for a King. So God gave them solved the son of Kish,

a man of the tribe of Benjamin for 40 years. And when he had Removed him, he raised up for them. David, as King to whom he gave testimony and said, I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will do all my will from this man seed. According to the promise, God raised up for Israel,

a savior, Jesus, that would be first Samuel and second Samuel Part of first Kings. And when he had removed him or I’ve skipped down verse 24, after John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John was finishing his course, he said, who do you think that I am now? Why is Paul over here in Gentile areas,

talking to them about John, the bat They’re Jews. They knew the old Testament prophecies. And what, what did devout Jews from all over the world? Do They traveled back to Jerusalem for the feasts, and then Everyone who traveled back to Jerusalem for the fees. When they came and John, the Baptist was preaching, they would have heard about this prophet.

Now you remember when Jesus asked the, The Pharisees John’s baptism, was it from heaven or from men? The Pharisees reason within themselves, because the people believed John to be a prophet. Do you think all these Jews And the town didn’t hear about John, the prophet there hadn’t been a prophet in 400 years. Do you think they heard about John the prophet?

Oh yes, they are. I heard from their countrymen in Judea about John the prophet. And so Paul brings John into discussion and says, God said to David, I’m going to raise up my son through your lineage. And John, the prophet who you already know about before he said this, John to whom Or John Don was Finn. And as John was finishing his course,

he said, who do you think I am? I am not he the Messiah, but the whole, there comes one after me, the samples of whose feet, I am not worthy to lose men and brethren, sons of the family of Abraham. And those among you, who fear God to you? The word of this salvation has been sent. They knew what John preached,

but they also knew that John said, I’m not the Messiah, but John did identify the Messiah. And the good news that would be preached. He said, there’s one coming after me, who will Give to you the kingdom. Okay. Now Seven, for those who dwell in Jerusalem in their rulers, because they did not know him. That is the Messiah,

nor even the voice of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath. What did they just heard Before Paul got up below on the profits. So He just references the profits. They’ve just heard the profits read in their, in their hearing, which are read. Every Sabbath, have fulfilled them in condemning him. And though they found no cause for death in him,

they asked pilot that he should be put to death. So some might say, well, wait a minute. If this is the Messiah, why would our countrymen in Judea? Why would our countrymen in Jerusalem put him to death? And Paul already answers the argument it’s made because they were fulfilling. The prophet said, even though they didn’t know it. Okay.

So yeah. Now when they had fulfilled all, it was written concerning him. Verse 29. They took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead. He was seen for many days by those who came up from him or came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses to the people.

And we declared to you glad tidings that promise that promise, which was made to the fathers. God has fulfilled this for us, their children, in that he raised up Jesus, as it was written in the second Psalm. You are my son today. I have forgotten you. And that he raised him from the dead. No more to return to corruption.

He has thus spoken. I will give you the sure mercies of David. Therefore, he also says in another song, you will not allow your Holy one to see corruption for David. After he had served his own generation by the will of God fell asleep, was buried with his fathers and saw corruption, but he whom God raised up, saw no corruption.

This is the same thing. Peter preached on the day of Pentecost in acts chapter Two, he preached About David. He preached about David’s tomb being with us to this day. But Jesus Christ whom God raised up, never died again. Okay. Verse 38. Therefore let it be known to you. Brethren that through this man is preached to you, the forgiveness of sins and by him,

everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. Do you not think that they knew all the things that the law of Moses couldn’t handle? All the sins that the law of Moses couldn’t take care of in their lives. And every time they had to make sacrifices, but here’s Jews who don’t have access,

ready access to the temple. They don’t have ready access to a priest. They can’t go make sacrifices every day when, when they’re commanded by the law to make atonement for this and that and this and that and this and that. Can they go do that? Not at all. And yet they’re in bondage to a law living no longer in Palestine that they can’t really fulfill.

And they know it. Okay. We’re going to put a pin in it since we’re out of time and we’re going to leave it there. We’re going to deal with the rest of chapter 13 as we start chapter 14 on Wednesday. Thank you for your attention.<inaudible><inaudible> good morning. Welcome to Collierville. Church Christ. Sunday morning, worship service. If you are a visitor,

we’re glad to have you here and appreciate it. If you would fill out a visitor’s card, did this in the back of the Pew in front of you. And I think right there that I said an Easter card. It doesn’t say what people say anyway. I quit looking at it, but anyway, we’re glad to have any visitors that we do have.

We’ve got a long list of announcements this morning, just bear with me. And I hope I get them all right. If you hadn’t gotten your Lord’s supper, it’s on the back table. Be a convenient time for you to get it while we’re going through these. We need to remember our sick Bombardier steel. I guess you’re still making plans to have the surgery on her show.

I don’t think she’s had it.<inaudible> Okay. She’s going to be having S I tried to STEM cell treatment on her shoulder, but it didn’t work. So she’s going to have the rotor cuff surgery done on that. But Maria said, Joan, still doing just a little bit better, but still very sick. Janie. Marlon is still having a fab issues and Rodale Wilson still it’s sick.

And Dorothy has had a she’s back home from the ER and has still has her high blood pressure and stomach issues. BJ Clark had the COVID virus and got over that. And now she’s got pneumonia and he’s recovering. He was at home recovering from that Caleb Nelson, this 13 year old friend of the Springer’s is well, will be re moved to an inpatient rehab pretty soon.

And James Luna, who’s a member here, but he’s in a assisted living in Nashville. And he’s in the hospital St. Thomas hospital in Nashville. He’s out of the ICU and has a, a stone in the common duck piled up and a colon infection. When the infection gets better, they will try to remove the stone. Lee Lee van Cleef that’s Becky’s niece.

She had a kidney and a pancreas transplant last week. She’s doing well, but still had a lot of pain and nausea from the may edge. And the transplanted organs are doing good. And as she continued to improve, she might come home as early as Tuesday. And Becky has a new nephew. It has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and her sister had been diagnosed with COPD and asthma.

Diane Schaeffer is going to have thyroid surgery. Tomorrow is that right? Monday. Rebecca gave me, this is before we got up here. So Nathan has a 16 year old nephew of her sister-in-law Aliyah Rushmore has a bacterial infection and has damaged his heart. There’s no pediatric cardiologists in Guam where they, I guess they live in there is missionary. And they’re making plans to come back to LA to get some treatment on him and Aaliyah Leon’s uncle passed away this past week.

So we need to keep all of these on our prayer. And that’s all our announcements except the man’s meeting tomorrow night. So if you have anything that we need to bring up, there’s probably an agenda land back there on the bulletin board. And we’d ask you to put it on that song later for this morning. No one else. Olson, opening,

prayer, Aaron Cozort lower supper will be Jay Shafir. Michael Dale has a sermon and Joe caisson has a closing prayer. Thank you. Good morning. We will begin with oft. We come together is not in the book, but it will be on the PowerPoint. We’ll sing all three verses this song. Let us think off We come to<inaudible> off me saying and bring him here.

We bring our offering on this all the day.<inaudible> to sing. May we all lane truth and spirit.<inaudible> the may we<inaudible> all that.<inaudible> may we truly worship as me?<inaudible> help us. Lord.<inaudible> may we all then truth and spirit.<inaudible> the name? May we all<inaudible> and always one, ah, tank this<inaudible> thing,

given my, the<inaudible> may we all in truth and<inaudible> the, The next song is going to be number 604, six zero four. I want to be ready to meet him. We’ll sing all three verses of this song, and then we’ll have an opening prayer. My brother, Aaron, and Cozort, there were six zero four. I want to be ready to meet him.

Let’s say you may have Of your worldly pleasures, your silver and your gold. You may pile up all the riches than this on well can hold mud. I’d rather add my savior, ran with him, stand for, I want to be ready to meet him and the glory land. I want to be ready to meet him. My and my high one to be ready to meet him in a scotch time.

Oh, I want to me more like, as a man knew his Glasgow and or I wanted to be ready to meet him and the glory. And you may talk about your rich is your diamonds and your pearls. You may gain the wealth for ages of this and no world, but the save your is more precious. And when I’ll take my stand or I want to be ready to meet him and the glory land,

I want to be ready to meet him by and by. I want to be ready to meet him in the sky. Oh, I want to be more like him. Mandu is Blasko Mandy, or I want to be ready to meet him and the glory. And there is one thing I can, most of salvation from the fall I’m in Erin. Well thing,

Gloria, my father owns it all. Now, as my I’m shouting happy Django at his go man, or I want to be ready to meet him and the glory. And I want to be ready to meet him by and by. I want to be ready to meet him in the sky. Oh, I want to be more like him, man,

do his bless gum and four. I want to be ready to meet him and the glory. Let us pray. Our gracious father in heaven. We bound before you at this time grateful for all of the many blessings that you give to us grateful for the life that we have for the health that we have the ability to assemble together, mindful of those who are not with us this morning.

We pray for those who are struggling because of health. We pray for those who were struggling because of loss of loved ones. In recent days, we pray for those who are struggling because of spiritual issues. We pray most, especially for those who are dealing with spiritual issues, that their hearts and minds may be open to your word, to examine your scriptures,

to set their lives on the course that you would have them to be on. We Know the struggles that come in this life struggles in our homes, struggles in our personal lives, struggles in the economy, struggles in this nation and the world. But we have confidence in the one who reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And we know that each and every one of those areas is in your power and under your command,

if we will, but hear and obey. And even if we won’t, we also know that your power reigns and will reign now and in return. Yeah, We thank you for all that you do for us. We thank you for the good times, even in the hard times. And we thank you for the hard times where we grow in wisdom and knowledge and stature and understanding.

We pray for those who are traveling and we pray that they reach their destination safely and return home to us safely as well. And we pray for this time of worship. We pray for Michael and the message that he will bring us. We pray that the word spoken, the things done will be in accordance with your will and always in a right spirit and a right attitude.

Before you, we ask that you forgive us when we sin and fall short of your glory. Those times when we sin willfully and knowingly. And those times when we don’t even realize what we have done, we pray that your grace will be given to us. And the blood of Christ will continue to cleanse us from our sins. As we walk in the light,

as he is in the light, all this, we pray in Jesus name, Amen long before the Lord supper to help prepare our minds. We’ll be number 176, one seven six lamb of God. We’ll sing all three verses of this song. You are on the no sin, a Guide, but you have<inaudible> from yours. A time to walk up<inaudible> and to me come the lamb of God.

Oh,<inaudible> I love the Holy lamb of God. Oh, wash me and is precious. My gene is Christ. The lamb of God. You are a gift of the crews. If they laughed and<inaudible> him, as he died,<inaudible> King, they named a tough Roth and sacrifice the lamb of God.<inaudible> SMI them have gone on. I love the whole knee.

Them gone. Oh, wash me and his precious bla, my Jesus Christ. The lamb of God. I was so lost. I should add, you have wronged me to your, on to be led by your staff and wrong and to be called a lamb of God. Oh,<inaudible> me them. I’ve gone. I love the whole knee them.

Oh, wash me. My Jesus Christ. The lamb of God. We now come to a very special time in our worship service. When we remember the death of our Lord and savior Jesus to Christ. So let’s displace all the worldly thoughts from our minds and focus upon the cross and his death there and what it truly means for the forgiveness of our sins.

Let’s pray, heavenly father. We’re so very grateful to be considered your children and to be able to gather about this table and participate in these emblems. As we partake of this bread, which represents his body that was sacrificed on that grew across, help us to do so in a worthy manner in Jesus name, we pray amen. As we continue our Thanksgiving for this Memorial feast and participate in this fruit of the vine,

which represents the blood that was shed for the remission of our sins. May we do so with knowledge of what it truly represents and partake in a worthy manner in Jesus name that we pray. Amen. We find this a convenient time to offer back to the Lord. What we S have. So richly been blessed with through the week. So once again,

let’s go back to our father in prayer, Heavenly father. We’re so very grateful for the many materials listings you so richly, bestowed upon our lives. Help us always to remember that truly come from you and that we are merely stewards of these blessings, help us to cheerfully, give back a portion of what we’ve. So richly been blessed with. Ask this in Jesus name also,

Hey man, you want to, if you’re using a song book, if you want to go ahead and Mark number 903 there’s power in the blood 903 with a song of invitation song before the last one will be number 647, six, four seven, soldiers of Christ arise. Five verses. Let us think. Jurors of Christ.<inaudible> put your armor on strong in the strength,

which<inaudible> strong in the strength, which God supplies through his being love is strong in the Lord of hosts. Stan is my who in the strength. Jeez, us trust us who and the strength of Jesus trust is more than gone.<inaudible> Stan. Then in his grade,<inaudible> all his strength.<inaudible> but take two arm you for the<inaudible>, but take to arm you for the fight.<inaudible> leave NOLA,

unguarded play. Hey, snow weakness. So take every Birch. You add every gray.<inaudible> take every virtue. You, every grace and four, 10, five Oh nine, having all things and all your<inaudible>. You may or come through<inaudible>. You may or come through Christ alone and sad. And<inaudible>, I’m going to be reading for our scripture reading this morning,

Psalm 100 Psalm, 100 verses one through five, make a joyful noise unto the Lord. All you lands, serve the Lord with gladness. Come before his presence with singing know, you know, ye that the Lord he is gone. It is he that hath made us and not we ourselves. We are his people and the sheep of his pasture enter into his Gates with Thanksgiving and into his courts with praise,

be thankful unto him and bless his name. But the Lord is good. His mercy is everlasting and his truth and Durham to all generations. Good morning brethren. So before I get started, I wanted to announce that my mother-in-law and her family is moving to Topeka, Kansas starting tomorrow morning. And my wife forgot to tell them to put it in the announcements,

but it’s a long drive. They are older. So it’s a, it’s a long drive for them. So just ask that you keep them in your prayers and that they have a safe journey and that they get to where they’re going safely this morning. I want to talk to you about worshiping God while the evangelist preaches. I want us all to consider our coming together for worship,

with an understanding that we are collectively worshiping our God as a congregation. At the same time, we recognize that we are participating in an act of worship individually. Okay? Worship is the act of demonstrating our respect and reverence towards God. It is an act of love. The worship we offer God on Sunday is carried out in various acts of worship. One of those acts of worship is preaching.

Now preaching may not seem to fit into my worship of God because I’m just sitting in the Pew, right? No, the fact of the matter is preaching is an act of worship and like all acts of worship. I must be sure I am engaged in it so I can offer God acceptable worship. Turn with me to Romans chapter 15, Romans chapter,

and we’ll read verses 15 and 16, Never Less brethren. I have written the more boldly unto you in some sword as putting you in mind because of the grace that is given to me of God, that I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles ministering the gospel of God that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable. Being sanctified by the Holy ghost.

In this passage, Paul reveals some very interesting facts about preaching. The word Paul uses here for minister is the word for public servant or often a priest. The word ministering is related to the word for temple. And the word offering is a sacrificial offering. So Paul is comparing his preaching to a priest, offering a sacrifice that Gentiles converted and established in the faith by his preaching are compared to a sacrifice.

He is presenting to God because preaching is a sacrificial act, offered to God. It is acceptable worship to him. How does this apply to all of those who are not preaching though? The early Christians held the public exhortation of God’s word and very high regard. They continually devoted themselves. Let’s look in acts chapter two, acts chapter two. And this is after the preaching of Peter and the conversion of everybody.

We’re going to begin, just read verse 47 on the day of Pentecost, it says it’s written and they continued steadfastly in the Apostle’s doctrine and fellowship and in breaking of bread. And in prayers, they devoted themselves continuously to the apostles teaching all the time. They gave full attention to the scriptures. Let’s read first Timothy chapter four first Timothy chapter four. And we’ll read verses 10 through six.

All right. Timothy says for therefore we both labor and suffer reproach because we trust in the living God, who is the savior of all men, especially of those that believe these things command and teach. Let no man despise the youth, but be thou an example of the believers in word, in conversation in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity,

till I come give attendance to the reading to exhortation, to doctrine neglect, not the gift that is in the, which was given the, by prophecy with the laying on of one of the hands of the Presbytery, meditate upon these things, give myself Holy to them that thy profiting may appear to all take heed unto thy self and unto the doctrine. Continue in them for doing this.

Thou shalt, both saved myself and them that here the we as Christians today should do no less. We should desire to take in and ponder the message that is presented. So as to worship God through the preaching of his word, we worship God during the sermon. When we set our minds on the word of God, reverencing it. And its source Jesus stated in John chapter four and verse 24,

that the true worshipers worship God in spirit. And in truth, since preaching preaching is an act of worship and must follow these two tenants. The preaching of God’s word must be in spirit and it must be in truth. And our lesson this morning, we will consider these two points first preaching and spirit. Second preaching in truth to begin preaching. God’s word is not something that should be done.

Half-heartedly preaching must be in conjunction with the right attitude or spirit. There are two aspects to this. There’s the one doing the preaching. And there are the ones listening to the preaching. The one preaching must have the desire to do the preaching. Some have preached with the wrong spirit, as we can read in Philippians chapter one and we’ll turn their Philippians chapter one,

and we’ll read verses 15 through 17, Some preaching in the wrong spirit. Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife and some also of Goodwill. The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely supposing to add affliction to my bonds, but the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel, a desire to raise up God and Christ before men must be formed most on the preacher’s mind.

Let’s turn to first Corinthians chapter one first Corinthians chapter one, excuse me. My allergies are getting the better of me this morning and we’ll begin in verse 22 of first Corinthians chapter one For the Jews require a sign and the Greeks seek after wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified unto the Jews, a stumbling block and unto the Greeks foolishness, but unto them,

which are called both Jews and Greeks Christ. The power of God and the wisdom of God, because the foolishness of God is wiser than men. And the weakness of God is stronger than men. A desire to call attention to God’s. Holiness must be presented as well. Let’s turn to Matthew chapter six, Matthew chapter six, Jesus, the disciples have asked Jesus how they should pray.

And Jesus begins by telling them exactly how they should start after this manner. Therefore pray ye our father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Jesus. The son lets them know from the beginning, you first call attention to how Holy God is all glory or fought. The father is all glory must be directed towards God. In other words, the preacher must get out of the way.

No showboating, no outlandish dramatics, no huge voice and Fluxions and you know, you’ve seen those preachers on TV sometimes to just start pounding on everything and go crazy when they’re preaching. That’s not what preaching is about. It’s about focusing our attention on God’s word for God is the only wise God Romans 16, 25 through 27. Let’s turn to Romans chapter 16,

Beginning in verse 25. Now to him, that is a power to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ. According to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest. And by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandments of the everlasting, God may known to all nations for the obedience of faith to God only wise be glory through Jesus Christ forever.

Amen. Let’s also consider Philippians chapter one verses nine through 11, Philippians chapter one, okay. Verses nine through 11, Paul writes through inspiration to the churches and Philippa. And this, I pray that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment that you may approve things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense,

till the day of Christ and pay attention to this verse, being filled with the fruits of righteousness, righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ unto the glory and praise of God. I want to consider one more passage on this point, Jude, the book of Jude verses 24 and 25, there’s only one chapter verses 24 and 25 half-brother of Jesus writes now unto him.

That is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory, with exceeding joy, to the only wise God, our savior be glory and majesty, dominion and power both now and ever. Amen. So those who are listening to the preaching of God’s word must have the proper attitude as well. Not just the preacher,

but those listening to the sermon. There must be a longing to hear God’s word on all of our parts. Let’s read Psalm 119, the 119 song beginning in verse one. No, I’m not going to read the whole thing. So don’t worry. 119 verse one through eight. Blessed are the undefiled in the way who walk in the law of the Lord,

blessed are they that keep his testimonies and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no inequity. They walk in his ways that will has commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes. Then shall I not be ashamed? When I have respect unto all thy commandments, I will praise thee with uprightness of heart.

When I shall have learned thy righteous judgments, I will keep thy statutes. Oh, forsake me not utterly. We were to have a love for the law for the word. There must be a desire to lift God up in your heart. And before the world let’s turn back a few songs, 111 Psalm 111, and we’ll begin in verse one. The Psalmist writes,

pray the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart and the assembly of the upright and in the congregation. The works of the Lord are great. Sought out of them that have pleasure there in his work is honorable and glorious and his righteousness and Joris forever. He has made his wonderful works to be remembered. The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

He has given me to unto them that fear him. He will ever be mindful of his covenant. He has showed his people the power of his works that they may give them the heritage of the heathen. The works of his hands are very Verity and judgment. All his commandments are sure they stand fast forever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.

He sent redemption unto his people. He has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and Reverend is his name. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. A good understanding have all they that do his commandments, his praise endureth forever. So the Psalm begins by telling us that we need to praise the Lord in our heart, in the assembly and in the congregation and then starts praising the Lord.

Just like all of us should, there must also be a desire to hear God’s word so that we may be a doer of God’s. How can we do the word if we don’t hear it? James chapter one verses 21 through 25. Let’s turn to James Chapter one and we’ll begin in verse 21 Or lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness and receive with meekness,

the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls, receive it with meekness, but be ye doers of the word and not hearers only deceiving your own selves for if any, be a hearer of the word and not a doer. He is like unto a man, beholding his natural face in a glass for he beholdeth himself and go with his way and straightway forgets what manner of man he was,

but who so look if into the perfect law of Liberty and continue with their, in he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work. This man shall be blessed in his deed. No. I want you to imagine a congregation where the preacher is preaching. Not because he desires to preach, but because he wants a paycheck. Just imagine that for a second,

how great that preaching might be, right? And the same congregation. Can you visualize members that feel they have to come and hear God’s word and have no real intent on changing their lives when God’s word is preached, should we believe these individuals are worshiping God in the preaching of his word? It is a joyous thing to be able to come and hear God’s word presented in a proper manner by the preacher.

When one preaches out of law, out of the love of God’s word, then those listening can truly engross their whole being into the beauty and holiness of the Lord’s word. It is a joy to know that one on this Lord’s day, we are coming together with a desire to lift up and bring glory to our father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Through the preaching of his word.

As a member of the Lord’s body, there should be no greater joy than to hear as it were another portion of God’s word. We worship God during the sermon. When we set our minds on the word of God, reverencing it. And its source. We worship in the preaching when we do so in Spirit, not Only must the preaching be with the right attitude,

but it must also be according to the second aspect of God’s approved worship preaching must be in accordance with truth, for preaching to be according to truth. We must preach what God has authorized us to preach. Let us consider what Paul wrote to and his second epistle, the Timothy chapter one second, Timothy chapter one. And we’ll begin in verse 11, second,

Timothy one 11 through 14, Where on two, I am appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher of the Gentiles for the which, cause I also suffer these things. Nevertheless, I am not ashamed for, I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that, which I have committed unto him against that day. Hold fast.

The form of sound words, which thou has heard of me in faith and love, which is in Christ Jesus, that good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy ghost, which dwelleth in us. Let us also consider what he wrote. Just a couple of chapters later in chapter three and verses 14 and 15, maybe a page over in your Bibles.

Second Timothy three, 14 and 15, but continue thou in the things which thou has learned and has been assured of knowing of whom the hast learned them. Can’t learn things if you’re not hearing for li for understanding and that from a child thou has known the Holy scriptures, which are able to make the wise unto salvation through face faith, which is in Christ Jesus.

We are to preach the word. Let’s turn this one more chapter over to chapter four and read verses one and two second Timothy four verses one and two. I charged the therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom preach the word. Be instant in season, out of season reprove,

rebuke exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. We preach the word. There are three reasons for this. The scriptures come from God reason. Number one, just turn right back to chapter three of second Timothy and let’s continue reading down in verse 16 and 17. All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine for reproof, for correction,

for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect or complete thoroughly furnished or adequately, adequately furnished unto all good works. God’s word is our, is the truth, not our truth. The true let’s turn to the gospel of John and chapter 17, John chapter 17. And I could have quoted this verse, but I want you to read it.

John 17 and verse 17, sanctify them through the eye truth. Thy word is truth. His word is the only truth that we need to go to heaven. It is the truth that will set us all free. Turn over a few chapters to John chapter eight and let’s read verses 31 and 32, John eight 31 and 32. Okay. Jesus said to those Jews,

which believed on him. If he continue in my word, then argue my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth. What’s the truth, his word. And the truth shall make you free. If honor and glory Are to be given to God and preaching his word must be proclaimed in truth, separate from our opinions and unfounded beliefs. As a matter of fact,

we are warned against preaching error. Let’s turn to Romans chapter 16, verses 17 and 18 Romans 16, verses 17 and 18. Now I beseech you brethren Mark them, which caused divisions. We have to Mark them in offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you have learned and avoid them, Mark them and avoid them for they that are such serve, not our Lord Jesus Christ,

but their own belly. And by good words and fair speeches deceive the heart of the symbol. This makes me think of a lot of those false teachers out there who are out there just for the money so they could fill their bellies. The consequences of teaching error are very serious. The gospel must be preserved. Let’s turn to Galatians chapter one, the epistle to the Galatians chapter one.

And we’ll read verses six through nine, All rights to the brethren. And Glacia a lot of brother. And in glacier, I Marvel that ye are so soon removed from him. That called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel, which is not another, but there’ll be some that trouble you and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel and to you,

then that which we have preached unto you, let him be a curse. So we have to know the word so we can understand that they’re perverting the word and they are to be a curse to because they are perverting the word as he, as we said before. So say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you, then that you have received,

let him be a cursed. Excuse me. Teachers will receive a stricter judgment turn to James chapter three, James chapter three and verse one, James, right through inspiration. My brethren be not many masters or teachers knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. We will receive a greater judgment because we decide to teach the word. And we are all to teach the word.

As for those who are listening to what is being preached, we should be as the Bereans of acts chapter 17 and verse 11, let’s go ahead and read acts chapter 17, 11 acts chapter 17 and verse 11. Luke writes, these were more noble than those in Tesla Nika. And that they received the word with all readiness of mind and search the scriptures daily,

whether those things were so, so they receive the word. Then they search the scriptures daily to make sure what the word that they had received was right. They received the word with eagerness yet sought to seek the things, seek out all of those things to make sure that they were. So, in other words, we are to see if it is the truth and if it is not,

we are to reject it. So it is not just my job to make sure that I am preaching you the truth. It is also your job to make sure that I am preaching you, that truth or any preacher is preaching you the truth. One who is a preacher must preach the truth, regardless of any situation or any pressures that might be upon him to do other ones.

It is God’s word that will set us all free. We must desire to preach that word. We must desire to hear that word. We worshiped God during the sermon. When we set our minds on the word of God, reverencing it. And it’s source. I do this. When we, when the truth is being preached and received, it is a joyous thing to be able to come and hear God’s word presented in a proper manner with the right spirit and in truth.

It is a joyous thing to be able to come and hear God’s word presented in a proper manner with the right spirit and truth. I can not imagine someone desiring to hear any preacher who preaches with an improper attitude and adds to this by not preaching the truth. We worship God during the sermon. When we set our minds on the word of God, reverencing him and it’s source.

If we are to TRIBE, truly worship God in the preaching of his word, two things must be present. The preaching must be in conjunction with the right attitude or spirit, both by the one preaching and the ones who are listening. The preaching must be in accordance with God’s word. The truth. If these two things are involved, then we can worship God through the preaching of his word.

As stated earlier, we are not only to be hearers of the word, but doers, James chapter one in verse 22, Jesus commanded us all as Christians to go and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16, 15, all they have to do is hear the word as you have all done today, Romans 10 17. Once they hear it,

it must be believed that Jesus is the Christ. Your savior, John eight 24. Once you have the belief, you must repent of your sins because it is commanded by God, acts 17. In verse 30. Once you have repented, you must make the good confession that you believe that Jesus is the Christ. The son of God, Matthew 10 32.

And also with the story of the Ethiopian UNIC in acts chapter eight. Once you have made that good confession, you must be immersed for the forgiveness of your sins. And the Lord will add you to the church. Acts chapter two, verse 38 and verse 47 to ensure you have your savior with you always, you must live faithful to him and his word forever revelation two 10,

and first John one, six and seven. All of this you can know by hearing the word by studying the word. If you have yet to heed the word of the Lord, the waters of baptism are ready for you. If you have any other need of encouragement or prayers from the brother, and remember the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avail with much James,

five 16, whatever you need, please come forward. As we stand and sing<inaudible> would you Ari Vola victory when there’s wonderful power and blah,<inaudible> one new working<inaudible><inaudible> one new working power, no precious, blah. Would you be free from your passion and pride there’s power in the bla<inaudible> come for a cleansing to Calvary’s time. There’s wonderful power in the blood.<inaudible> wonder working power in the,

Oh, the<inaudible><inaudible> wonder working power in the French blot of the lab. Would you do so service for Jesus, your King there’s power in the bla power in the bla would you live day? And the, his braises to seeing there’s wonderful power in the blood<inaudible> wonder working power<inaudible><inaudible> wonder working power in the precious blot of the lab to think Michael,

for that great lesson this morning closing song this morning, this morning will be number 634 six three four we’ll work till Jesus comes. We’ll sing the first verse of the song, and then we’ll have our closing prayer we’ll work till Jesus comes. Let us sing. Oh, land for brass for the Eisai. When will the moment when I chalet my arm,

Aruba and well and P sat home well<inaudible> till Jesus comes well, till Jesus comes and will being a guy gathered home.<inaudible> God for the songs of praise that we’ve been able to sing To encourage one another and give the praise. We are thankful for Noah’s. He’s led us in this song service, and we pray that you continue to be with him in his studies at the school of preaching.

We’re thankful dear father, for Michael, as he’s delivered your word today, and we pray your continued blessings to be upon him and his family. As they prepare themselves to be a servant in the kingdom, by preaching and teaching the gospel with some congregation and some work, bless them and watch over them. Father. We’re thankful for Aaron and his work here with us and for his ability to teach and preach the gospel.

We pray that you be with Eddie and the boys as they are away from home and pray that you be with air and as they continue to labor and be a part of this congregation and encouraged us as we go through life, to be better people to go on board involved and in the work of the kingdom to serve and glorify use to the best of our ability.

We’re thankful father for those that, that have their health to improve some, and we pray you continue to be with them, pray for the others that are still suffering from various infirmities, help us to be mindful of them, especially those that are not able to be with us this day, that we might encourage them and help them as they go through life and let them know how much we love them and care about them.

Father continue to be with us and watch over us, help us to be better servants in the kingdom. Be more productive, help us to be more faithful in our work, our service to the, and help us father to Shaun the evil one. As he’s always there to try to draw us away from our goal and that’s to give the, the honor and the glory and the praise that we might have that home in heaven with even when this life is over father,

be with those that will be administering to Diana as she has her surgery tomorrow, we pray that it goes well and that she would recover quickly blessed his fathers. We’re about to depart, help us to be mindful of one another and be an encouragement to those that are preaching and teaching in other countries in Jesus name, we pray. Amen.<inaudible>.