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Friday, February 5, 2016

Heralder of the Gospel (Part 1 )

2 Timothy 1

The standing or dignity or good name of Preacher is extremely important. We pick this up from God's Word. We all have the opportunity to be heralders of the Word.

Two things you can do on earth: 1. sin and 2. tell others about Jesus.

Seek the glory of God in everything you do.

Jesus took back the glory lost by Adam in the Garden of Eden when he went to the cross, died and rose again.

In nature the head is protected (eg by the hand). So too we in Church we should protect the leadership of the church.

Psalm 105:15

In 1798 a child was born. At school he showed potential and his father, a mechanic, consented to his education. God used him greatly. His name: Albert Barnes.

If we try to live our life outside of God's plan we will never truly achieve. We need to tell people about God's plan for their life. Paul, a Pharisee of pharisees. He went from being a murderer to a preacher. Function of gospel is to be preached to the world. We have a life to live by God's will. He has called his sons and daughters His Good News. We must live it.

Romans 4:16 We learn from the Old Testament how God wants us to live in the New Testament. The Old Testament is not done away with but fulfilled by Jesus Christ. God doesn't want us to hide in buildings but to go out and proclaim it.

Satan promises the best but pays out the worst. Satan will promise pleasure but pays with pain. Promises life but pays death.

God pays as He promises in His Word.

Paul is writing to Timothy who has been trained by women and brought him into a man's world. Timothy is young and taken under Paul's wing.

Paul lives his life as Jesus is returning tomorrow. Paul lives as though the end of the world would come at anytime. Paul lived through death to life but most people lives from life to death. Paul's foundation is Jesus Christ. Paul had it all as a Pharisee except Christ. But on road to Damascus Paul met Jesus and his foundation became Christ.

Reputation as a person of Christ was very important to Paul. In Christ we find our reputation of Christ, our foundation.

Our relationship with Christ must be held as the greatest standard. Enjoy being in God's presence, have fun and rejoice. Jesus lifted people all the time; he takes great joy in us doing this too. Paul was a heralder, an apostle, a preacher and teacher of Jesus Christ.

Paul addresses Timothy as 'my dearly beloved son' . Timothy has that youthful quality that we lose when we go out into the world and get knocked around. Timothy chose to follow the best influences in his home. Obedience is a big deal to God and Timothy showed obedience in his life. God wants us to obey Him, then we will defeat sin. There are people behind our lives, praying for us and our conversion.

Timothy had been ordained to be an elder and preacher in the church. People were questioning Timothy's ability, youth.

A great joy for an older person is to see a young person who lives their life for the Lord.

Set your foundation - Jesus Christ. Not programs, schemes, man made plans. Our foundation is the Lord Jesus.

Friday, January 29, 2016

What's In A Name?

Names are associated with important events in our lives. Either positive or negative.

Paul Bible reference Colossians chapter 4.

People had come into the church and tried to deceive people with rules that were not of Christ. What does Christ think of you? That's why names are important.

Paul - the value of Christian friendship; love God and others. God is our friend. True friendship shows care about their welfare. Paul cared about the Colossians and they cared about Paul. Mutal interest will lead to relationship of mutal dependence of caring and dependence.

God wants to see you depend on Him and he is interested in you. -

Paul wanted to go to the very heart of Christ's teachings.

- Love our brothers and sisters in the Lord
- Unity and oneness; not uniformity.
- What God cleanses; is clean.
- In Christ Jesus you are no longer a sinner but washed in the blood.
- In Christ there are no steps up a ladder
- No one is higher or greater than the other
- We are all equal in Jesus
- In Timothy we are told God wants us all to know the truth
- He wants to take the proudest to the humblest and vice versa.
- We want, like Paul to see people grow in Christ.
- Peservere in prayer with thanksgiving
- Attitude of gratitude
- Let our talk be discreet and truthful
- Everyone is a 'Minister' 2 Corinthans 5
- Beavers together build a dam wall together; accountable to each other to do their work
- We're family, great comfort to us - Romans 5:12-21
- Adam's heritage to us is disobedience; Christ heritage to us is obedience.
- You are justified before God by what Jesus Christ has done for us (on the cross)
- Titus 2:11-12 Christ saves / God saves you and teaches you
- Ephesians 4:7 God will equip you - 1 Corinthians 3:10 He enables you to do the work
- Galations 1:15-16
- dedicate ourselves each day to the Lord
- 2 Corinthians 12:7-9

Friday, January 22, 2016

Psalm 145

 I will exalt you, my God the King;I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise youand extol your name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another;they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works—and I will proclaim your great deeds. They celebrate your abundant goodnessand joyfully sing of your righteousness. The Lord is gracious and compassionate,slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all;he has compassion on all he has made. All your works praise you, Lord;your faithful people extol you. They tell of the glory of your kingdomand speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty actsand the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,and your dominion endures through all generations.The Lord is trustworthy in all he promisesand faithful in all he does. The Lord upholds all who falland lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you,and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your handand satisfy the desires of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his waysand faithful in all he does. The Lord is near to all who call on him,to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;he hears their cry and saves them. The Lord watches over all who love him,but all the wicked he will destroy. My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.Let every creature praise his holy namefor ever and ever. - Psalm 145:1-21 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm145:1-21&version=NIV

Friday, January 15, 2016

Matthew - The Parable of The Sower

 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. A large crowd gathered around him. So he got into a boat and sat down. All the people stayed on the shore. Then Jesus used stories to teach them many things. He told them this story:“A farmer went out to sow seed. While he was scattering the seed, some of it fell by the road. The birds came and ate all that seed. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where there was not enough dirt. It grew very fast there, because the soil was not deep. But when the sun rose, it burned the plants. The plants died because they did not have deep roots. Some other seed fell among thorny weeds. The weeds grew and stopped the good plants from growing. But some of the seed fell on good ground. There it grew and made grain. Some plants made 100 times more grain, some 60 times more, and some 30 times more. You people who hear me, listen!” The followers came to Jesus and asked, “Why do you use these stories to teach the people?” Jesus answered, “Only you can know the secret truths about God’s kingdom. Those other people cannot know these secret truths. The people who have some understanding will be given more. And they will have even more than they need. But those who do not have much understanding will lose even the little understanding that they have. This is why I use these stories to teach the people: They see, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really hear or understand. So they show that what Isaiah said about them is true:‘You people will listen and listen,but you will not understand.You will look and look,but you will not really see. Yes, the minds of these people are now closed.They have ears, but they don’t listen.They have eyes, but they refuse to see.If their minds were not closed,they might see with their eyes;they might hear with their ears;they might understand with their minds.Then they might turn back to me and be healed.’  But God has blessed you. You understand what you see with your eyes. And you understand what you hear with your ears. I can assure you, many prophets and godly people wanted to see what you now see. But they did not see it. And many prophets and godly people wanted to hear what you now hear. But they did not hear it. “So listen to the meaning of that story about the farmer: “What about the seed that fell by the path? That is like the people who hear the teaching about God’s kingdom but do not understand it. The Evil One comes and takes away what was planted in their hearts. “And what about the seed that fell on rocky ground? That is like the people who hear the teaching and quickly and gladly accept it. But they do not let the teaching go deep into their lives. They keep it only a short time. As soon as trouble or persecution comes because of the teaching they accepted, they give up. “And what about the seed that fell among the thorny weeds? That is like the people who hear the teaching but let worries about this life and love for money stop it from growing. So it does not produce a crop in their lives. “But what about the seed that fell on the good ground? That is like the people who hear the teaching and understand it. They grow and produce a good crop, sometimes 100 times more, sometimes 60 times more, and sometimes 30 times more.” - Matthew 13:1-23 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew13:1-23&version=ERV

Friday, January 8, 2016

1 Corinthians 13 : 1-13

 I may speak in the tongues of men, even angels;but if I lack love, I have become merelyblaring brass or a cymbal clanging. I may have the gift of prophecy,I may fathom all mysteries, know all things,have all faith — enough to move mountains;but if I lack love, I am nothing. I may give away everything that I own,I may even hand over my body to be burned;but if I lack love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind, not jealous, not boastful, not proud, rude or selfish, not easily angered,and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not gloat over other people’s sinsbut takes its delight in the truth. Love always bears up, always trusts,always hopes, always endures. Love never ends; but prophecies will pass,tongues will cease, knowledge will pass. For our knowledge is partial, and our prophecy partial; but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass. When I was a child, I spoke like a child,thought like a child, argued like a child;now that I have become a man,I have finished with childish ways. For now we see obscurely in a mirror,but then it will be face to face.Now I know partly; then I will know fully,just as God has fully known me. But for now, three things last —trust, hope, love;and the greatest of these is love. - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1Corinthians13:1-13&version=CJB

Genesis 1 : 26-27

 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image and likeness. And let them ·rule [T have dominion] over the fish in the sea and the birds in the ·sky [heavens], over the ·tame animals [beasts; livestock], over all the earth, and over all the small crawling animals on the earth.” So God created [1:1] ·human beings [T man; C the Hebrew adam can mean human beings, humankind, person, man, or the proper name Adam] in his image [C reflecting God’s nature/character and representing him in the world]. In the image of God he created them. He created them male and female. - Genesis 1:26-27 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis1:26-27&version=NIV

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