<inaudible><inaudible> Good morning. We are in first, John chapter five first John chapter five. Let’s begin with a word of prayer, our gracious father in heaven. We come before you grateful for the day that you’ve given to us honored for the opportunity to be able to serve you, to assemble together, to praise your name and glorify your name. We pray that not only as we go through this day and this hour of class and the next hour of worship,
that we praise your name and glorify your name, but also that we live in such a way that glorifies you each and every day, people can see our good works and glorify you. When they see your works in us, Lord, we pray that you’d be with those who are struggling at this time. We pray for those, especially who are struggling spiritually at this time,
pray that you give them strength, help them to hold on to that, which is right. That, which is true. That which is just that, which is pure help us to always strive to live in accordance with the standard that you have placed before us guide our lives by your word, and allow your light to shine on our path. Help us to have whore.
What is wrong and what is evil and do what is right. And forgive us. When we sin and fall short of your glory, all this, we pray in Jesus name. Amen. John ends chapter four. With if someone says, I love God and hates his brother, he’s a liar. Back in chapter three. He insisted that if we’re going to love God,
we must also love our brother back in chapter one. He insisted that if we’re going to have fellowship with one another, we must have fellowship with God. So now John comes to this passage and says, if someone says, I love God and hates his brother, he’s a liar because he doesn’t know God. A person will not claim to love God while hating their brother.
What’s the first example of someone hating their brother Kane. How many generations did we make it before someone hated their brother? Zero? Because officially speaking, there weren’t any brothers until that one. All right. First generation, uh, and, and brothers have gotten along so well ever since then, I know I had to, uh, it was like,
I got that beat, but God says you can’t claim to love me and hate your brother. You go back to Matthew chapter five in Matthew, chapter six and Matthew chapter seven. And you read where Jesus says specifically in Matthew chapter five, that to those Jews who were staying there and to his disciples, except your righteousness exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees.
You cannot enter the kingdom of heaven and people reaction to that and their, their, their faults concerning that is wait a minute. These are the teachers. These are the righteous ones among us. But what was true about the scribes and Pharisees, they were hypocritical. And what was their disposition towards sinners? What was their disposition towards publicans? What was their disposition towards Gentiles?
They hated all of them. They wouldn’t eat with them. They wouldn’t sit with them. They wouldn’t talk with them. They didn’t want anything to do with them. Jesus said, except your righteousness exceed the righteousness of the fair farracies and the scribes. You cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. Now, all of this that John’s saying goes back to, and,
and as we get into chapter five, we’ve got to see it in this context. We’ve got to get what he’s saying. All of this goes back to the single fundamental point that if we don’t put God in front of us, we don’t love him. And the reason why we would claim to love God, but hate our brother is because we do not put our brother in front of us.
You see the person who says, I love God. They, they might have a correct view point of God’s position, but they’re not listening to it. In other words, they might believe that he exists. They might claim to love him. But Jesus said, if you love me, keep my commandments. John says, hereby, do we know that we love him?
If we keep his commandments. So when John says, if you claim to love God and hate your brother, you’re a liar. It’s because you claim to love God, but you won’t keep his commandments. And it all goes back to selfishness. It’s all going back to, I love God by claim, but I won’t do it. He says, because I want to do what I want to do.
I want to treat others the way I think they should be treated. Not the way he told me to, not the way he said to treat them, but what I want. So John says this exhibition of your hate toward your brother is evidence of your lack of love toward God. Now this, he says, if anyone says, I love God and hates his brother.
He is a liar for he, who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from him that he who loves God must love his brother also. So there’s this, there’s this conclusion. If you love me, keep my commandments. And here’s the commandment that we have from him.
Love your brother. End of discussion. For a Christian. It doesn’t have to go any further. We don’t have to discuss what’s our brother done to us lately. We don’t have to discuss what’s our relationship with this person. We don’t have to discuss what, what family did this person come from? We don’t have to discuss what skin color this person has.
We don’t have to discuss what, uh, economic class this person might have come from. We don’t even have to discuss what nation they came from. What do we have to discuss? What did God say? That’s it. End of discussion. And so he says, whoever believed that Jesus is the Christ is born of God. Now this is one of those that people will come to and they will say,
see, all you have to do is believe that is not what John said. Not even in a little bit G uh, John has just said, if you love God, you do what? Keep his commandments. Now you can’t extract the next statement about believe from the previous statement about keeping his commandments. He says, whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God and everyone who loves him,
who? But God also loves him. Who is begotten of him? This person who believes God is no longer going to live. Like the person who doesn’t, he’s no longer going to live the way he wants. He is going to be born a new. Now John’s not having a discussion with non-Christians about how to be a person who believes and is born.
Again. He’s not having that discussion that discussion’s been had many times already. John’s writing to Christians. He’s not telling them how to become a Christian. He’s telling them about what they ought to be as a Christian. And they ought to not be their old selves. They ought to be born of God. But he’s also talking about inheritance here. You remember back at the beginning of chapter one and chapter two,
he talked about the us as children of God, going back to John chapter one, where he talked about Jesus brought with him, the ability for us to become the children of God. When he’s talking about birth here, he’s talking about our lineage as faithful children of God. He’s not talking about becoming a Christian. He’s talking about our inheritance as the children of God.
So notice what he says. He says by this, we know that we love the children of God lost my spot by this. We know that we love the children of God when we love God and keep his commandments. So he’s talked about loving your brother. They talks about loving the children of God. And both times he brings it back to keep God’s commandments.
So then he says, versary for this is the love of God. We keep his commandments and his commandments are not burdensome. And that’s one of those passages that you can read. And it’s very easy to go. Now, wait a minute. I’ve read some of God’s commandments and some of them are pretty hard. I mean, you even think of some of the examples from the old Testament where God tells Noah,
Hey, I want you to take the next hundred years, build a boat. Or how about Hosea? Why don’t you go marry this wife of harlotry? And then when she commits harlotry against you and commits adultery and goes off, take her back. And when she does it again, take her back again. Let’s go down the list of all the things that God’s commanded through the years.
And we might find some of them might be described as burdensome in our minds, but John’s trying to get these Christians to stop thinking about the world. And God’s commandments from the physical perspective and start thinking about God and his commandments from a higher perspective involving eternity. John wants them to see the burdens that come with God’s commandments. The difficulties that come with God’s commandments,
the struggles that come with God’s commandments in view of the end of God’s commandments. Notice what he says. He says for this is the love of God that we keep his commandments and his commandments are not burdensome for whatever is born of. God overcomes the world. He’s talking about love. He’s talking about obedience. He’s talking about being a child of God.
And he says, if God has you in his family, if you are born of him, here’s the natural result. You overcome the world. When you look at the burden, the difficulty, the struggle that we have in keeping God’s commandments, does it compare with the results of being overcome by the world? What are the results of being overcome by the world?
Sin, death, destruction, judgment, anguish, pain, misery, without hope. Now you want to talk about some burdens, try this, go. Find someone who’s grown up under the tutelage instruction and influence of the worst of the world and has lived a life overcome by the world. And you will learn and talking with that person, what burdens are.
So often we look at the burdens that we have, and we forget what it was like to be overcome by sin to have no hope. John says, if you love God, you will love your brother because you’ll keep God’s commandments. John says, if you love God, you’ll love the children of God because you’ll keep God’s commandments. And if you’re born of God,
you will overcome the world. Then notice what he says for whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world, our faith. What’s the name of that song that we sing. Faith is the victory. I know you’d know what it was. Where do you think it comes from right here? He says,
this is the victory. This, this is your guarantee of the end result your faith, who is he, who overcomes the world. But he who believes that Jesus is the son of God. Turn to John chapter 20. Now Thomas verse 24 called the twin. One of the 12 was not with them. When Jesus came, the other disciples therefore said to him,
we have seen the Lord. So he said to them, unless I see in his hands, the prints of the nails and put my finger into the print of the nails and put my hand into his side. I will not believe. And after eight days, his disciples were again inside and Thomas with them. Jesus came the doors being shut and stood in the midst and said peace to you.
Then he said to Thomas, reach your finger here and look at my hands and reach your hand here and put it in my side, do not be unbelieving, but believing. And Thomas answered and said to him, my Lord and my God, Jesus said to him, Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.
And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, and that believing somebody finished the rest of it. You might have life through his name. That statement is no different from this statement, who is he,
who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the son of God. What does it mean to overcome the world? Go back to the description of what it, what it is to be overcome by the world. Death destruction, the K hopelessness. Contrast that with what Jesus just, or what John just said, and that believing you might have life in his name.
Here’s the contrast overcome by the world and overcome by death. Believing in Christ and overcome by life. And life will always overcome death in the spiritual realm. Light will always overcome darkness. Good will always overcome evil because God will always be victorious. And so we read this as he who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not only by water,
but by water and blood. And it is the spirit who bears witness because the spirit is truth for, there are three that bear witness in heaven, the father, the word and the Holy spirit and these three are, and there are three that bear witness on earth, the spirit, the water, and the blood. And these three agree in one,
if we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater for this as the witness of God, which he has testified of his son. The whole point of this, the whole, the whole idea here goes back to what Jesus said when he was on the earth. When Jesus said over and over and over again in John’s record, I don’t bear witness of myself.
If I bear witness of myself, my witness has faults, but there are two that bear witness of me, the works that I do. And my father in heaven, John is laying forth the legal principle, that there is such a thing as a valid witness, because remember John is writing to people and to a church, struggling with those who claim Jesus Christ never came in the flesh.
And so this section here is pushing back against that saying, we have witnesses. We have witnesses that we would uphold in court. And we have witnesses that are greater than that because they’re heavenly witnesses. So you’re without excuse. You’re without excuse for claiming. If they, if you do that, Jesus Christ didn’t come in the flesh because he did come in the flesh and he shed his blood.
So he says this, if any, if we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater for this as the witness of God, which he has testified of his son. He who believes in the son of God, has the witness in himself. He does not. He who does not believe God has made him. Let me, let me try that sentence again.
We’re gonna do it one more time. Back at the beginning of verse 10, he who believes in the son of God, has the witness in himself. He who does not believe God has made him a liar because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of his son. And this is the testimony that God has given us eternal life. And this life is in his son.
John makes it clear. You reject God’s witness concerning his son and you reject eternal life. You believe God’s witness God’s testimony concerning his son. How did God give a testimony concerning his son? There’s multiple answers to that. There’s multiple ways, but let’s name a few. When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, there was the spirit descending as a dove and a voice from heaven saying this is my beloved son.
Another example, Mount of transfiguration, Matthew chapter 17, there in the mountain. And God says to in the presence of Jesus and those three disciples, this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased. Hear ye him. It’s another example. Think about the statement we just made. Jesus said over and over again. What were witnesses concerning? Who?
He was his words. He said, the words aren’t mine, but him who sent me, what else? His miracles, what else? There’s one that came after him, his resurrection, his Ascension. Those are both. But Jesus said, when I returned to the father, I’m going to send what the spirit of truth, which carries with it.
Revelation inspired revelation. So all of these things are God’s witness over and over and over and over and over again that Jesus Christ is the son of God. And that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. And that all of this is a witness that God gave God came in. Christ was manifested to us to give us eternal life turned back to first John chapter one,
that which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and our hands have handled concerning the word of life. The life was manifested and we have seen and bear witness and declare to you that eternal life, which was with the father and was manifested to us that which we have seen and heard.
We declare to you. John started here and he’s back in chapter five, still talking about the same thing. The eternal life that came and was given to us as a result of Jesus Christ coming in the flesh. So chapter five, he says, he who believes in the son of God, has the witness in himself. That is not in any way,
shape or form a declaration. That there’s going to be some miraculous witness or testimony that’s going to happen in the life of a Christian. That’s not what John said. It is that the result of a person’s obedience is they will have eternal life. And guess what? The moment they have eternal life, they become what a witness that what God said was true,
the moment they are doing what God said, and they become a child of God, the witness, they become a witness, not in a witness in the sense of someone going about testifying of things. But they stand as a witness. That what God said was true. Think about it in the sense of this. If a prophet comes and says, when Jesus comes,
when the Messiah comes, he’s going to deliver unto you eternal life. And then the Messiah comes and then eternal life is delivered. When, what is every person who receives eternal life, but a testimony concerning the truthfulness of the prophecy. They are the walking evidence. And that’s what John’s saying. John’s saying, you’re the evidence. You’re the witness that what God said was true,
he says, and this is the testimony that God has given us eternal life. And this life is in his son. That’s the same thing we read in first, John chapter one just a minute ago, uh, verse 12. He who has the son has a life. He who does not have the son of God, does not have life. John chapter 14,
Thomas said to him, Lord, we do not know where you are going and how can we know the way Jesus said, I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the father, except through me, John over here says he who has the son has life. And he who does not have the son of God does not have life.
Jesus said, I came to give you eternal life. I came to give you the knowledge of who God is, so that you might know him. And you might have eternal life. That’s John chapter 17 verses one through three, but you can’t have access to the father XL through me. So anytime someone comes to this passage and starts teaching something, that’s not here because they’re taking out of its context.
One of the things you can do is you can step right back to, okay. Wait a minute. Whoa. Before we go any further, how do you have access to the sun? How do you have access to Jesus Christ? Well, you got to keep his commandments. Okay. What did he say? From the point he ascended or a Rose,
resurrected and began to tell them what they were going to preach. What did he say? You had to do to have access to him. Start there. I’ll wait. That’s Mark. Chapter 16, verse 16. That’s acts chapter two, verse 38. That’s Luke chapter 24. That’s Matthew chapter 28 verses 18 through 20. Every time you get here,
believe repent. Confess are you baptized? So when you come to this passage and someone says, wait a minute, John’s talking about believe, believe, believe he doesn’t talk about baptism. He doesn’t talk about repentance. He doesn’t talk about confession. He says, believe, believe, believe, go wait a minute. How do you have access to the sun?
Because you can’t have access to the father, unless you have it through the son. And you only get access to the father when you keep the sons commandments. And what did Jesus say? His commandments were either believers and is baptized. Has what? What forgiveness of sin. Oh, is that kind of like being in the light? Oh, can you walk in the light if you’re covered in darkness?
No. See, what people will do is they’ll talk about a discussion. That’s happening up here at this level where all we’re talking about are Christians and whether or not they’re acting like Christians and whether or not they’re living like Christians, not a discussion about how non-Christians become Christians. And they’ll try and take the discussion about Christians and their lives and apply it to non-Christians.
You can’t do that. You’ve got to start with a non-Christian down at the discussion about non-Christians and every single one of those discussions begins with you. First have to leave this life of sin and enter into this eternal life. And how do you get there? Now we can have the discussion of all of first John, but until you leave death, until you leave the world,
you can’t have this discussion and it doesn’t apply to you yet. So John says these things I have written to you now watch this who believe I don’t don’t take what I just said as they all that’s Aaron’s opinion about what John was saying and who John was writing to, because that’s not my opinion. This is John. John says these things I have written to you who believe in the name of the son of God,
that you may know that you have eternal life. Who did John say? His audience was those who were already believers. He’s not writing this to where they might know how to become a believer. He wrote the entire book of John for that purpose. Didn’t he isn’t that? What? We just read these things. I have these things were written that you might know that Jesus Christ is the son of God.
And that you might have life in his name. John’s audience is believers. He says these things I have written to you who believe in the name of the son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life and that you may continue to believe in the name of the son of God. That present action believe is the idea. You will do this and never stop.
You will continue to believe the word continues. Not actually there in the, in the Greek, but the meaning is there. When he says that you believe, and you believe, and you believe, and you never stop believing. Now, this is the confidence that we have in him. That if we ask anything, according to his, will he hears us?
Did John say, if we ask anything at all, he hears us. No. John says, when we pray and we ask for that, which is in accordance with God’s, will he hears us? And when God hears us, that means something. Now, sometimes the answer is what? No. Did God hear Paul? When Paul asked that the thorn be removed from him?
Yes. What was the answer? No, John is not saying as long as you ask gone, and you’re a Christian, you’re going to get whatever you ask for. There are many people out there teaching that, but that’s not what John said. John said, he’ll hear you. And if we know that he hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of him.
If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin and does not lead to death or excuse me, which does not lead to death. And this is one of those passages that is very, there are some things in the Greek, in the original language that are hard to translate into English. And this is one of those passages that is hard because you’re going to notice a whole lot of italics in here.
And the italics in most versions is there to indicate that the translators supplied these words, because that was the best way they could translate what the Greek meant into English, because it’s not a true equivalency between the two languages. Okay. So if you read this and go, what, understand that part of the, what is it just doesn’t translate well, okay.
If anyone sees his brother sending a sin, which does not lead to death, he will ask and he will give him life. For those who commit sin, not leading to death, there is a sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. All unrighteousness is sin and there is a sin not leading to death. Every time you see that word leading in there,
it’s not there. They’re trying to get you to there. They’re trying to give you some equivalency. They’re trying to give you something that lets you understand what John say. So what is John saying? Let’s start with first. What’s the situation John’s describing. How many Christians do you have? And the example. I mean, give me a number. He he’s one sees one.
Okay. So you got two Christians and the one Christian sees the other Christian doing what? Committing a sin. What’s the sin. John doesn’t say, except John describes it as a sin. Not resulting in death. Okay. Let me see if I can give an example of that one. Christian observes another Christian. Say something that wasn’t completely accurate or one Christian observes,
another Christian gossiping or one Christian observes another Christian and we’ll put it this way. Committing a point. Action sin. Okay. I put it that way to indicate this is not the life of that person. This is not a person walking in darkness. This is a person who sinned. Now go back to first John chapter one. Let’s make sure we understand that John’s already talked about this.
He’s not saying anything you hadn’t already said first John chapter one, if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. Okay? So let’s not get clouded in our vision here about what John’s talking about. John’s already made it clear back in chapter one. We all sin. If we confess our sins, he is faithful.
And just to forgive us, our sins. Now the rest of what he’s about to say in first, John chapter five is the same thing as that, except two different parties are involved. One Christian observes another Christian committing a sin. And the implication is the one who committed the sin. Doesn’t know he did. Here’s a good example. When a mature Christian observes a new Christian doing something that is not right.
But they only, at that point in time, they’re not knowledgeable enough in the scriptures to know what, what they’re doing is not right. Here’s what we don’t do. We don’t convert someone out of the world. Who’s grown up in the world and every single time they do something, that’s not right. Go no, no don’t do that. We don’t do that.
Every time they use God’s name in vain, because that’s what they, the way they’ve spoken their entire lives, we don’t stop and go. No you can’t. Every time they, they let a word slip out of their mouth that shouldn’t ever come out of a Christian’s mouth. I’m not saying we don’t teach them. I’m saying we don’t immediately confront them every time they do something wrong because they’ve had a whole life of doing what’s wrong.
What John’s saying is when one Christian observant observes another Christian committing a sin. That’s not under death. They’re not veering out of the way of righteousness. They have simply committed a sin. Then that first Christian can pray for that Christian to be forgiven. That goes something like this. God. So and so they’re really trying. They just don’t know yet.
Be with them, grant them, your grace, forgive them. They’ll get there. I’m paraphrasing. But that’s what John’s saying. He says, pray for them. Now here’s what John says. Don’t pray for. Here’s a person who has heard the commandments of God and they know how God expects them to live. And they go, Hm, no,
no, no. I’m not doing that. And they turn and go the other direction. John says, don’t pray for that. You can pray all you want to that God forgives that. If you can do it, but it’s not going to do you any good. You’re not going to receive the answer to that prayer. John’s talking about their ability to pray for one another and have confidence that God’s grace,
the continuing covering of the blood of Christ will act on the behalf of that other person. But he says God’s grace. Doesn’t cover rebellion. God’s grace. Doesn’t cover rejection of God’s commandments. Oh, why? Because that person just declared. I don’t love God. I love me. And I’m going to live for me. Absolutely. What you’re dealing with specifically here.
And let’s keep in mind. There are some sins that extract you from the light and puts you in the darkness. Okay? Let’s just be clear on that. Let’s let’s let’s find one. What, what’s an example murder. Here’s one. How about blaspheming? The Holy spirit. There are lots of things that extract you immediately out of the light and put you in darkness.
Now that’s not to say Christians. Shouldn’t pray for those who have done those things that they repent, but that’s what it requires them repenting. John’s talking about a different circumstance. Absolutely. That’s a wonderful way of saying it. So verse 17, all unrighteousness is sin. John doesn’t want any, any confusion about that. All unrighteousness is sin and there is a sin not leading to death.
We know that whoever is born of God does not sin, but he who has been born of God, keeps himself. And that keeps us interesting. And we’re not going to have time to discuss it. But at some point I’m going to come back to that. And the wicked one does not touch him. We know that we are have gone and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.
And we know that the son of God has come and has given us an understanding that we may not know him, who is true. And we are in him, who is true in his son. Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. Little children keep yourselves from idols. One last admonition. John gives stay away from my dollar tree.
All right, let’s go through the questions. And then we’ll close question. Number one, children of God should a love God or be carry out his commandments. See all the above. I don’t know why they never do a C all the above, I guess it’s because every time they would have put it there, it would have been, see all of the above Jesus question.
Number two, Jesus came by a water only, or B blood only see neither he gave my both. I didn’t ride them. I didn’t ride them. I just copied them down. Alright. Number three, an individual who has blank has eternal life. The one who does not have blank does not have eternal life. The son of God. All right.
Yes or no. Can we know whether or not we have eternal life? Yes. Number five, all wrongdoing is sin. Number six of what people do. The 12 books of the old Testament history. Tell Israel number seven as a group, the old Testament books of Joe through song of Solomon are classified as poetry. All right. Thank you for your attention.
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And, uh, for those that cannot be here, be able to participate with us in that way. We do have a few announcements. We want to share with you. Uh, if you did not get your communion, it’s there on the tables in the back would that would suggest that you go ahead and get that. Now, if you did not pick it up coming on the end.
So please do that. Uh, remember that Pam shaven is down in her back and most likely she will have to have surgery. And, uh, but there’s been no date set for that. Also Sylvia pass is not able to be with us today. And she, as well as having back issues, she will be having a nerve block on the 28th of this month.
And we want to continue to pray for her as well. Uh, North end, Rodale Wilson are still at home. Both of them experiencing some health issues, pretty serious health issues. And we want to remember them and check on them and see if there’s anything that we might can help them with. Um, those that are not with us, we miss you.
We’re praying for you. Uh, we hope to be back together soon. And, uh, just want to let you know that we’re thinking about you. They’re August nationwide gospel meeting flyers are on the table. They’re in the four year. If you have not picked up one of those, please do. So if you didn’t get a bullet and they’re also out there on the table,
and then, uh, I’ve got a card here from one of the young ladies, Lilia, I believe is her name. She says, thank you for the card and the gift card. I love it. And I love you. Uh, lovely Leah, I’m going to post this on the bulletin board. This is one of the children from Potter.
We’re always trying to encourage them and help them particular on their birthdays. We acknowledge their birthdays and uh, send them a little something to encourage them. That’s a great work at Potter children’s home and that we support that work and are very closely tied to them. And we need to always be thinking about them, praying for them and encouraging them anyway with we can.
I know they’ll be by, I believe the end of the month to pick up the items we’ve collected for them. If you’re like me, sometimes I forget. So I might have to go back by the list. I might ought to just go ahead and just get something on all of those things. It wouldn’t hurt. You know, sometimes with us,
uh, not all being able to be together. Uh, we don’t have the opportunity to do that. So if you are that mind, I’d encourage you to do the same thing. So, uh, forest Hills lady today, ladies day is September 26th and they need to know if you plan to attend by August the 28th. So please respond to them.
If you do plan to go to that ladies day, September the 26th, I believe that’s out of them. The announcements I have, uh, Aaron Cozort will be leading our song service this morning. Terror Sanderson has our opening prayer. Eric Halverson will conduct our convenience service and then Mike Dale would be bringing us the lesson. And then Marie Springer has our closing prayer.
Good morning, take your songbooks if you will. And open them to number 450 to 452, the songs will be on the slides for all of these. So if you prefer to use the slides, you’re welcome to do that Thing. All blur all the verses, Standing on the promises of Christ.<inaudible> standing on the promise. I’ve gone.<inaudible> saddening all of the promises of God.
My<inaudible> I’m standing on the promises of God. Standing on the promise is that can often fill when the howling storms of doubt and fear are set by the living word of God. I shall prevail standing on the promises of God.<inaudible> standing on the promises of God.<inaudible>, I’m standing on the promises of God. Standing on the promise is of Christ.<inaudible> standing on the promises of God<inaudible> and standing on the promises of God.
I’m standing on the promises of God. Standing on the promise is I can, ah, all listening every moment to this beer. It’s called resting in my savior as my all<inaudible> standing on the promises of God<inaudible> and standing on the promises of God.<inaudible> I am standing on the promises of God. Our next song will be number 753, 753.
I have for this song, brother Sanderson will come and lead us in our opening prayer thing. All three verses Tempted and tried were off me too long. And, uh, why it should be us all the day long while there are, uh, being up, uh<inaudible> uh<inaudible> uh<inaudible> or by, um, uh, when the task a man take and,
uh, wands and leaves our homes<inaudible> then do we want, and why? Uh, those, uh, living. So with it year after year, the<inaudible>, uh, shine.<inaudible> all by him. Uh,<inaudible> uh, being massed. Uh,<inaudible> a thing as we sweep through, uh, muted,<inaudible> cheer up my<inaudible>,
uh, and shine.<inaudible> all by. And, uh, when we see she sees us come in, gain glory. When he comes from his home in a<inaudible> man, we shall be, Hey man, uh, Brian,<inaudible> all by him. Uh,<inaudible> no, uh, love, uh,<inaudible> all by and, uh, beautiful day of the week.
And the opportunity we pay had today to come together, to sing the songs of praise and TV. And to study that word, we pray that we will take the things that we learned here today to help us to become better citizens of this community, to T pose it, do not know your word, that they may learn from it and have returnable life.
We pray that you would be with those that have been mentioned this morning are unable to be with us because of health. We pray that you would strengthen them to where they can be back with us someday. And we pray that you would be with the leaders of our country. In this troubled time, we pray that something might be said to them, they will soften their hearts and that they might turn to the four direction.
We pray that you would be with the teachers of our congregation here at Collierville. We pray that they will always taste the truth and, uh, continue to guide us in the way that we should go. We pray that you would be with our military people and our first responders, police officers, and this trouble time that you would keep them safe, be with their families and strengthen them.
We pray that you would go through with us through the further sexes that for the exercise of this day and keep us safe too, and bring us back at the next component of time Christ name. We pray amen Song. As we prepare our minds for the Lord’s supper will be number 387. Tell me the story of Jesus. 387. I may have accidentally copied the song in there twice.
Do you have Stan, tell me the story of Jesus. You what everybody get after songbooks that’s my mistake, not his 387. Tell me the story of Jesus. We’ll sing all three verses<inaudible> on my heart. Every, uh, tell me the<inaudible>. Uh,<inaudible> uh<inaudible> and good tidings on, uh, tell me the us or<inaudible> us right on my hard<inaudible> was,
uh, fasting. Uh, Oh, Nan<inaudible>. Uh<inaudible> uh<inaudible> and, uh,<inaudible> uh<inaudible>. He also, he was<inaudible> home.<inaudible> tell me the us or<inaudible> us right on my Han. Every, uh,<inaudible> was, uh,<inaudible> uh,<inaudible> C stay. Let me wait.<inaudible> right on my heart.<inaudible> uh,
As we prepare to commemorate the death, and most importantly, the resurrection of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, let us go to our God and prayer. God, our father in heaven, we come to you at this time, thanking you for the sacrifice that you and your son Jesus made for us here on earth. We know that it was difficult for him to hang on that cruel cross at Calvary and let us remember.
As we prepare to partake of this bread that we think about the suffering that he did, but that suffering was for us and for our sins, so that we may live in heaven with you. One day, we pray this through your son, Jesus name. Amen. Let us continue in prayer for the fruit of the vine God, our father, we thank you for your son,
Jesus. And as we prepare to take this fruit of the vine, help us to remember that it represents the blood that he shed so that our sins may be washed away so that we may live with you in heaven. Any eternity, we pray this through your son, Jesus name, amen. As a separate part of our worship service to God, we have the opportunity to give back God,
our father in heaven. We come to you thanking you for all the blessings that you give each and every one of us. And as we prepare to give back a portion of what you so greatly blessed us with help each and every one of us do with a cheerful heart. And we ask all, so let you help the amount of this congregation make wise decisions on how these funds should be used to distribute your name and your word here on earth.
So at those that have not had the opportunity to hear your word may have that opportunity so that they too may one day become a Christian and serve you here on earth and join you in heaven. We pray this through your son, Jesus name, amen Song. Before the sermon will be number 509. I will sing the wonder story for those who may want to Mark their songbooks.
The song for the invitation song will be number 947, but it will have the slides 947 is the invitation song. Let us all stand main, standing for the song as well as the scripture reading. And then brother Michael will bring us the sermon. I will sing the wonder a story. I will see<inaudible> of the Christ to die for me. How he laughed his home.<inaudible> yeah,
it’s all<inaudible> of<inaudible> Cruise. We’ll see, I was on<inaudible>. She<inaudible> threw his arms around me, drew me back into his way.<inaudible> crystals. See, I was<inaudible> he was a grown man. Yeah. All free me from ma’am or yes,<inaudible> cruise to see<inaudible> I often<inaudible> me. My is<inaudible> I’m safely. Uh<inaudible> Cruz.
We’ll see<inaudible> eyes shall be<inaudible> Cruz. Oh, see. So the scripture reading comes from first Chronicles, chapter 16, verses 23 and 24 first Chronicles chapter 16 verses 23 and 24 sing unto the Lord. All the earth show forth from day today. His salvation declare his glory among the heathen. His marvelous works among all nations. You may be seated.
Good morning, everybody. It’s a blessing to be back. Uh, as you can tell from the peeling and the dark face, we actually got to see some sunshine for once in the year that we’ve been here and it was great this morning. I’m going to speak to you about telling the world of God and his glory, like the scripture that a brother Cozort just read,
sing unto the Lord. All the earth show forth from day to day, his salvation declare his glory among the heathen. His marvelous works among all nations. As children of the Lord. We are to sing his praises to all the world. Do you remember the old Superman movies? They were one of my favorites. Very wholesome. God loved Superman. Superman,
the man of steel, always swooping in just in the Nick of time to save Lois lane. Can you imagine how she felt, knowing that she had nothing to worry about knowing that her man of steel would always be there to save her? I remember all of the articles she put to press about how amazing Superman was singing his praises and standing for him.
When it seemed as though the world was against him. Now think how blessed David must’ve felt, knowing that the Lord was always there with him, always protecting him and the children of Israel through every event they had to endure. And this instance in first Chronicles, we see David as he has just brought the Ark of the covenant back into Jerusalem. And he has seen praises to the Lord and his song.
David tells the children of Israel to declare his, that is the Lord’s glory among the heathen. His marvelous works among all nations. First Chronicles, 16, 24 as children of the Lord. We are to sing his praises to all the world. And there are many ways in the scripture that we see the glory of the Lord shown. We can see the glory of the Lord shown through his creation.
We can see the glory of God shown through his help in times of trial. And we can see the glory of God shown through salvation. But at first, let us talk about the glory that God has shown through his creation, both human and animal life declares. God’s glory, job attest to this when chiding his accusers and Jobe chapter 12, verses seven through 10 turn with me to job chapter 12,
verses seven through 10, but as now the BESE, and they shall teach thee and the fowls of the air and they shall tell thee or speak to the earth and it shall teach thee. And the fishes of the sea shall declare unto the who know if not. And all these that the hand of the Lord has brought this and whose hand is the soul of every living thing and the breadth of all mankind.
Likewise, God’s love for mankind shows his glory read. Turn with me to Psalm eight, the eighth Psalm. It’s a short one. So we’ll just read the whole thing. Psalm eight, Oh Lord, our Lord. How excellent is thy name in all the earth who has sent thy glory above the heavens out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of nine enemies that thou mightest still the enemy and the Avenger.
When I consider thy heavens the works of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou has ordained, what is man that thou art mindful of him and the son of man that thou visit us, him for thou has made him a little lower than the angels and has crowned him with glory. And honor, thou made us Tim to have dominion over the works of thy hands that want to put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen. Yay. And the beast of the field, the fowl of the air and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passive through the paths of the sea. Oh Lord, our Lord. How excellent is thy name in all the earth? We see, we can also see that the skies declare the glory of the Lord. David proclaims,
the glory of God through the heavens Psalm 19 one through six turn with me there, Psalm chapter 19 verses one through six. The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament show with his handiwork day on today, utter speech and night on tonight. Show with knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world.
In them half, he set a tabernacle for the sun, which is a bridegroom coming out of his chamber and rejoice it as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven and his circuit unto the ends of it. And there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. The earth itself also sings the glory of God.
Turn with me to Psalm 66, Psalm chapter 66, the 66 Psalm verses one through four Psalm 66, starting in verse one, make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands, seeing forth the honor of his name, make his praise glorious saying to God how terrible that is. Awesome. Art thou and thy works through the greatness of thy power.
Shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee. All the earth shall worship the all the earth and shall sing unto thee. They shall sing thy name Salah God’s creation. Let us consider what’s his first missionary. Consider what the prophet Jeremiah States in Jeremiah 51, 15 through 19, Jeremiah 51, 15 through 19, he has made the earth by his power. He had to establish the world by his wisdom and has stretched out the heaven by his understanding.
When he uttered with his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens and he calls it the vapors to a sin from the ends of the earth. He make it lightenings with rain and bring a fourth. The wind out of his treasures, every man is brutish by his knowledge, every founder is confounded by the graven image for his molten image is falsehood and there is no breath in them.
They are vanity the work of errors and the time of their visitation, they shall perish. The portion of Jacob is not like them for he is the former of all things. And Israel is the rod of his inheritance. The Lord of hosts is his name. Paul also attest to this and Romans chapter one in verse 20, Romans chapter one and verse 24.
The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead so that they are without excuse God’s almighty power, created everything to attest to his glory, and we are to proclaim it to the world. Now we turn our thoughts to the glory of God shown through times of trial God’s glory was shown in times of war.
Consider the battle that Israelites fought against Amylah. I’m sure many of us have heard this story, but it an excellent one. Exodus chapter 17 verses eight through 16, Exodus, 17, eight through 16, then came Alec and fought with Israel and referred him. And Moses said unto Joshua, choose us out men and go out, fight with Amylah tomorrow.
I will stand on the top of the Hill with the rod of God in my hand. So Joshua did, as Moses had said to him and fought with AMAC and Moses, Aaron and Hur went up to the top of the Hill and it came to pass when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed. And when he let down his hand, Amylah prevailed,
God doesn’t let his glory show without us doing a little work, but Moses, his hands were heavy and they took a stone and put it under him. And he sat there on and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands. The one on the one side and the other on the other side, and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun and Joshua discomfited and Molech and his people with the edge of the sword.
And the Lord said unto Moses, write this for a Memorial in a book and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua for, I will utterly put out the remembrance of AMEC from under heaven and Moses built an altar and called the name of it. Jehovah Niecy, where he said, because the Lord has sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.
That’s an amazing story. All he had to do is hold up his hands and they won every single time. That gets me. The glory of the Lord is shown also in David’s youthful battles. Let’s take a look at first Samuel chapter 17, first Samuel chapter 17. And we’re going to be looking at verses 34 through 37. And David said unto Saul,
thy servant kept his father’s sheep. And there came a lion and a bear and took a lamb out of the flock. And I went out after him and smote him and delivered it out of his mouth. And when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and smote him and slew him by servant slew, both the lion and the bear and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them seeing he had defied the armies of the living.
God David said, moreover, the Lord that delivered me, David gives the glory to God. The Lord that delivered me out of the POL of the lion and out of the POL of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said, unto David go, and the Lord be with thee. Now look down a little bit further and verse 41 and the Philistine.
This is Goliath that we’re talking about, the story of David and Goliath and the Philistine came on and drew near unto David and the man that bear the shield went before him. And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him for, he was buddy youth and ruddy and a fair countenance. And the Philistine said unto David, am I a dog that they’ll come to me with staves?
And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, come to me and I will give the flesh unto the fowls of the air and unto the beasts of the field. Then David said to the Philistine that will come is to me with a sword and with a spear and with a shield. But I come to the, and the name of the Lord of hosts,
the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou has defied this, this entire battle was fought with nothing but the glory of God this day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand? And I will smite thee and take nine head from the, and I will give the carcass of the host of the Philistines this day into the fowls of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth.
That all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel and all this assembly shall know that the Lord saved with not with sword and spear for the battle is the Lord’s. And he will give you into our hands. And it came to pass when the Philistines arose and came and drew nigh to meet David that David hasted and ran toward the army to meet the Philistines.
And David put his hand in his bag and took then a stone, a single stone and slang it. And smote the Philistine in his forehead that the stone sunk into his forehead and fell. And he fell down upon his face to the earth. It wasn’t the stone that killed David that killed Goliath. It was David’s faith in God and his that killed Goliath though.
The stone is the actual physical thing that sunk into his forehead. The glory of the Lord is shown through times of tribulation as well. Let us consider Paul and Silas in prison with the Philippian jailer turn with me to acts chapter 16 in verses 25 through 34 acts chapter 15, 16, sorry, acts chapter 16, verses 25 through 34. Another story of God’s amazing glory and that midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sing praises unto God and the prisoners all heard them.
They’re in stocks, thrown into a dungeon and they’re singing praises unto God and the prisoners hear them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prison were shaken and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s bands were loosed. That’s no normal earthquake and the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep and seeing the prison doors open.
He drew out his sword and would’ve killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice saying, do thyself, no harm for, we are all here. Then he called for a light and spring in and came trembling and fell down before Paul and Silas and brought them out and said, SIRS, what must I do to be saved?
And here’s the glorious part of all this, not the earthquake, not the losing of the bands, but they said, believe on the Lord, Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved and thy house. And they speak unto him, the word of the Lord and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes and was baptized he and all his straightway.
And when he had brought them into his house, he said, meet before them and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. So through this tribulation, the glory of God was not just shown through an earthquake that loose their bonds and opened the doors. But it was shown through the fact that because of their tribulation, because of their suffering, an entire household was saved entire household.
Likewise, we can glorify God in our tribulation because we have hope Romans chapter five verses one through five, let us read of this hope. Romans chapter five, verses one through five, Therefore being justified by faith. We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom also we have access by faith, into his grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only, not only so, but we glory in tribulations. Also knowing that tribulation, worketh, patience, and patience, experience and experience hope and hope, make it not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts, by the Holy spirit, which is given unto us sufferings are not to be compared to his glory. They are nothing compared to God’s glory,
Romans chapter eight and verse 18, Romans eight 18 for I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory, which shall be revealed in us. We can never go through enough suffering to understand the glory we’re going to receive. When we get to heaven, the glory that we get to share my going out and sharing God’s word with others.
And our times of trial and tribulation God’s glory is manifest through us, giving him the praise and glory he deserves. So let us now consider the glory of God shown through salvation. We are commanded by the Lord to bring all nations to salvation and Matthew’s gospel account. We can read Matthew chapter 28 verses 18 through 20 Matthew, 28, 18 through 20.
Some of us know it well, and Jesus came and spake unto them saying all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth go ye therefore and teach all nations, all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy ghost, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever. I have commanded you and lo I am with you always even unto the end of the world.
Amen. We can also read this in Mark’s gospel account. Mark chapter 16, verses 15 and 16, Mark 16, 15 and 16. And he said, unto them go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He, that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he, that believeth not shall be damned. Salvation is God’s glory revealed,
read with me, Romans chapter nine verses 22 through 24, Romans chapter nine verses 22 through 24. What if God willing to show his wrath and to make his power known, endured with much long suffering, the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction, and that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy. What she had a four prepared unto glory,
even us whom he have called none of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles. Our salvation is God’s glory revealed our salvation gains us the glory of the Lord. Let us consider second Thessalonians chapter two verses 13 through 14, second Thessalonians chapter two, 13 and 14, but we are bound to give things all way to God for you brethren beloved of the Lord,
because God has from the beginning, chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the spirit and belief of the truth we’re in to. He called you by our gospel to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. We get to obtain that glory through our salvation. As Christians, we are called to his glory, Romans eight 28 through 30 Romans chapter eight,
verses 28 through 30. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God to them who are the called according to his purpose for whom he did for no. He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren, moreover, whom he did predestinate them. He also called and whom he called them.
He also justified and whom he justified them. He also glorified. We are the call. Those that are saved. We are those that will be glorified and glorify. Oh Lord, our Lord. How majestic is your name and all the earth Psalm eight one. We too can know that God is our savior. Our man of steel. We can feel as David did when he felt the greatness of God’s power and sing praises unto him in first Chronicles,
16, 23 and 24. God created all by speaking for his glory, just as Joe wrote, the hand of the Lord has done this job. 12, nine, we can be assured God is, was, and always will be his will be done in everything. My having peace with God through Jesus Christ. As we read earlier in Romans chapter five,
verse one, we can be assured by praising and loving him and his glory that we are saved and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God. The father Philippians two 11. You can have a savior better than any Superman. You can have Christ. All you have to do is hear his word. As you have done today,
Romans 10 17. Once you have heard, you must believe that Jesus Christ is your savior. John eight 24. Once you have that belief, you must repent of your sins, Luke 13, one through three. Once you ever painted, you must make sure make that good confession that you believe that is the Christ. The son of God, Matthew 10 32.
And once you’ve made that good confession, you must be immersed for forgiveness of your sins. And the Lord will add you to the church, acts two 38 and verse 47 to ensure you have your savior with you always, you must live faithful to him and his word forever. First, John one, six and seven. If you have yet to heed the command,
the waters of baptism are ready for you. If you have need for encouragement, please come forward. As we stand and sing<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> calling is and are they calling today? Jesus’s calling no Erie.<inaudible> calling today. Calling today, bring him<inaudible> calling is and calling today. Jesus is wait, ain’t go. Come to him now, waning today,
waiting today, come with I at his feet.<inaudible> calling is and Oh, living today. Jesus<inaudible> today. Him today,<inaudible> on his name.<inaudible><inaudible> calling is and are they calling today? Appreciate that lesson. Michael. One announcement that did need to be made, um, was handed to me. And that is that Pam’s surgery is going to be on the 28th of this month.
So keep Pam in your prayers. As she is anxiously, I talked to her last night. She is anxiously awaiting, uh, that opportunity to get the surgery and, and start the recovery process. So, uh, she’s looking forward to that. That’ll be on the 28th. Take your songbooks if you would like to, or it’ll be on the overhead number 628,
number 628 will be our closing song. And then brother Murray will lead us in a closing prayer. We want to encourage you if you will be able to be back with us Wednesday night at seven o’clock for our Bible study, and then next Sunday at nine 30 for Bible class and 10 30 for worship, 628. Will you not tell it today? If the new Name of the savior is precious to you?
If his care has been constant and tender and true ant the line of his presence, hands brine your way. Oh, will you not tell love your gladness today? Oh, will you not?<inaudible> of his presence. Has Brian<inaudible> you have found in the strength of your long<inaudible> story, the<inaudible> here’s the line of his presence has Brian your way,
or will you not? Uh, to, eh, they have this holes all around you on living in sin. If the master has told you to bid them, come here,<inaudible> tell them cheap bringing was, Oh, are you not<inaudible> to, eh, You buy with me our God and our father in heaven. We’re thankful for this opportunity that we’ve had to assemble as the church and to sing praises unto you,
to petition to you with our prayers and seek help for those that are sick, thankful that we can have forgiveness of our sins father through the blood of Jesus Christ, thankful that we can be added to his church covered by the blood of Christ, blotting out our sins so that we can be in that presence, thankful that he has made peace between us and the father.
We ask that you would be with us as we return to our respective homes. Bring us back when the time is appropriate. These things you asked in Christ’s name, amen.