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Mt.Gilead CHURCH OF CHRIST

"Where you are always welcome"

Lessons for 5-7-17 to 5-10-17

Morning Sermon

Evening Sermon

These are the sermons of the Pippin Meeting!

This is simply Acts 2. The phrases I am stressing are in bold, italics, or underlined.

Acts 2:1 - 47 (KJV with NKJ edit) 1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 

5And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 

6Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.  7And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?  8And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

 

9Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia 10Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,  11Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

 

12And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? 

13Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. 14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:  15For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.  16But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

 

17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 

18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 

19And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:  20The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: 

21And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

22Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know

23Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:  24Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be held by it.

 

25For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:  26Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:  27Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.  28Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

 

29Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. 

30Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;  31He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

 

32This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses

 33Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear

34For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,  35Until I make thy foes thy footstool.

 

36Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

37Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?  38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 

41Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 

43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles

44And all that believed were together, and had all things common;  45And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 

46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,  47Praising God, and having favour with all the people.

And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved

 




 Evening Sermons:

Sunday:

Impact of the Home

Introduction

I.                   I can’t convert them because of the home

II.                You can’t speak for anyone else’s home, Joshua 24:15, there is no telling what goes on in homes that you don’t know about – things good and bad

III.             How we will proceed

Body

I.                   The impact of children

a.      Rethinking Prov. 22:6

                                                             i.      Consider David’s sons in 1 Chron.3: Amnon, Chileab (Daniel), Absalom, as opposed to a much later son – Solomon

                                                           ii.      Think of the grief that the children put him through! If he could do anything over, it would surely be with respect to his family matters

b.     The world DOES NOT need to worry about overpopulation

c.      Children require commitment (news article)

                                                             i.      The lack of commitment among parents means that grandparents need to be more insistent about spiritual matters

                                                           ii.      The root of the problem is that the parents won’t give up their life of hedonism

II.                Impact of Multiple marriages

a.      When should someone marry?

                                                             i.      The beauty of motherhood, 1 Tim. 2

                                                           ii.      The beauty of dedication to God, 1 Corinthians 7

b.     When should someone remarry?

                                                             i.      Reasons for remarriage

III.             The impact of just ONE obeying the gospel in the home

Conclusion

You don’t want to shed bitter tears over your family members. You want fix the problem starting NOW! Don’t add to the grief, turn yourself and your family toward Christ NOW

Monday:

One Body

Introduction

Each institution has its own purpose (like the Home and the State).  The church was purposed by God as the organization of his people on earth:

A.           Isaiah 2:2 - 5  2And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.  3And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.  4And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.  5O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

B.          Isaiah 62:1 - 2  1For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.  2And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. 

II.           This organization is so important, that God proclaims its unity along with His own in Ephesians 4:1-6

A.          Ephesians 4:1 - 6 (KJV) 1I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;  3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;  5One Lord, one faith, one baptism,  6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 

B.           The “one body” is the focus of our study tonight.

Body

III.          Identification of the body.

A.           Ephesians 1:22 - 23 (KJV) 22And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,  23Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

B.           Colossians 1:18 (KJV) 18And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 

IV.         How many bodies are there?

A.           Not 2 or 3 or 300.  Just as the others are one, so this one is as well.

B.           Many have a problem with this.  Try to understand where your religious friends are coming from.

V.          Why does he call the church “the body”?

A.           Obviously we are not a physical body, so it is a spiritual body, with Jesus as the “Head”.

B.           Ephesians 4:16 (KJV) 16From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

C.           The description of the church this way allows us to understand its working:

1.                  Hand and foot – appropriate ministries according to our talents and responsibilities

2.                  Physical disability – like a nerve disease where the body will not do what the head says.

3.                  Attacks within the body, viruses – gossipers and heretics

4.                  Attacks from without the body – defend the church!

 

Conclusion

VI.         Where does the blood flow?

A.           We are cleansed by the blood of Christ – 1 John 1:7

This agrees with Ephesians 2:16-19, we are made right with God IN THE BODY Ephesians 2:16 - 19 (KJV) 16And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  17And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.  18For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  19Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God

Tuesday:

SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD

by Jonathan Edwards

-Their foot shall slide in due time- Deut.32. 35

I.                   What to expect in the sermon.

a.     Degrees of Punishment – Matt.23; Luke 12:47-48

b.     Balance in teaching is a hallmark of the Bible – Matt. 25:46

II.                Appropriateness of the study as seen from the Scriptures used.

a.     People have an unhealthy attitude toward the Judgment – Romans 8:37; Rev. 22

b.     2 Thess. 1:5-6

III.             Body

III.

III.1.It implies, that they were always exposed to sudden unexpected destruction. As he that walks in slippery places is every moment liable to fall, he cannot foresee one moment whether he shall stand or fall the next; and when he does fall, he falls at once without warning: Which is also expressed in Psalm 73:18, 19. "Surely thou didst set them in slippery places; thou castedst them down into destruction: How are they brought into desolation as in a moment!"

III.2. Another thing implied is, that they are liable to fall of themselves, without being thrown down by the hand of another; as he that stands or walks on slippery ground needs nothing but his own weight to throw him down.  It is their own doing.

III.3. That the reason why they are not fallen already, and do not fall now, is only that God's appointed time is not come. For it is said, that when that due time, or appointed time comes, their foot shall slide. Then they shall be left to fall, as they are inclined by their own weight. God will not hold them up in these slippery places any longer, but will let them go; and then at that very instant, they shall fall into destruction; as he that stands on such slippery declining ground, on the edge of a pit, he cannot stand alone, when he is let go he immediately falls and is lost.

III.The observation from the words that I would now insist upon is this. "There is nothing that keeps wicked men at any one moment out of hell, but the mercy of God." By the mercy of God, I mean His grace in the sense of withholding punishment, restrained by no obligation, hindered by no manner of difficulty.

IV.           The proof of the statement.

IV.1. There is no lack of power in God to cast wicked men into hell at any moment. Men's hands cannot be strong when God rises up. Consider if you will

IV.Daniel 4:35 through Daniel 4:37         All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;

          He does according to His will in the army of heaven

          And among the inhabitants of the earth.

          No one can restrain His hand

          Or say to Him, “What have You done?”

The strongest have no power to resist him, nor can any deliver out of his hands.-He is not only able to cast wicked men into hell, but he can most easily do it. Sometimes an earthly prince meets with a great deal of difficulty to subdue a rebel, who has found means to fortify himself, and has made himself strong by the numbers of his followers. But it is not so with God. There is no fortress that is any defence from the power of God. Though hand join in hand, and vast multitudes of God's enemies combine and associate themselves, they are easily broken in pieces. What are we, that we should think to stand before him, at whose rebuke the earth trembles, and before whom the rocks are thrown down?

2. The disobedient deserve to be cast into hell; so that divine justice never stands in the way, it makes no objection against God's using his power at any moment to destroy them. Yea, on the contrary, justice calls aloud for an infinite punishment of their sins. What does God say of those that bring forth evil works?  "Cut it down, why cumbereth it the ground?" Luke 13:7.   Did not Abraham say, “Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?”, and He shall.  The sword of divine justice is every moment brandished over their heads, and it is nothing but the hand of mercy, and God's will, that holds it back.

3. God is already punishing or reserving some for torment, and He has the same anger for those who are disobedient today.  Jesus said, John 8:23. "Ye are from beneath." And that’s where wicked men are bound; it is the place that justice demands they go to. And the reason why they do not go down to hell at each moment, is not because God, in whose power they are, is not then very angry with them; as he is with many miserable creatures now in torment, who there feel and bear the fierceness of his wrath. Yea, God is also angry with great numbers that are now on earth: doubtless, with many of us, who it may be are at ease.  2 Peter 2:4

4. God is now at work restraining those condemning principles, that is, lusts, choices that would cause this earth to go to ruin quickly, if it were not for God's restraints.   Consider AIDS, also consider what happens to those who don’t have to work.  There is laid in the soul of carnal men, a foundation for the torments of hell. There are those corrupt principles, in reigning power in them, and in full possession of them, that are seeds of punishment. These principles are active and powerful, exceeding violent in their nature, and if it were not for the restraining hand of God upon them, they would soon break out.  The souls of the wicked are in scripture compared to the troubled sea

Isaiah 57:20 through Isaiah 57:21 20        But the wicked are like the troubled sea,

          When it cannot rest,

          Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.

21       There is no peace,”

          Says my God, “for the wicked.”

 

 If God did not restrain it would be like in the days of Noah.  So then God is waiting for His appointed time.

5. It is no security to wicked men for one moment, that there are no visible means of death at hand. Consider the case of Baalim and his donkey.  It is no security to a natural man, that he is now in health, and that he does not see which way he should now immediately go out of the world by any accident, and that there is no visible danger in any respect in his circumstances.. Whether by accident or design, you will depart from this earth, and when that happens God doesn’t need a miracle to have the right to punish you or me for our sins, if we don’t obey.  Consider the rich man and Lazarus.

6. There is no protection in being careful.   Eccles. 2. 16. "How dieth the wise man? even as the fool."

7. There is no way for the disobedient to make a plan for getting out of the judgment of God.  Two choices for why men don’t obey:  1.  They never have serious enough thoughts to render obedience.  Or 2. Whether it is simple (I’ll just be a good person) or complex (like with catholic rituals), people think that they have a plan for getting them out of condemnation.

But the foolish children of men miserably delude themselves in their own schemes, and in confidence in their own strength and wisdom; they trust to nothing but a shadow. The greater part of those who heretofore have lived under the same means of grace, and are now dead, are undoubtedly gone to hell; and it was not because they were not as wise as those who are now alive: it was not because they did not lay out matters as well for themselves to secure their own escape. If we could speak with them, and inquire of them, one by one, whether they expected, when alive, and when they used to hear about hell ever to be the subects of that misery: we doubtless, should hear one and another reply, "No, I never intended to come here: I was saying, Peace and safety, then suddenly destruction came upon me.”

8. God has laid himself under no obligation, by any promise to keep any carnal man out of hell one moment. God certainly has made no promises either of eternal life, or of any deliverance or preservation from eternal death, but what are contained in the covenant of grace, the promises that are given in Christ.

So my point is, whatever some have imagined and pretended about promises made to natural men's earnest seeking and knocking, it is plain and manifest, that whatever plans a worldly man makes in religion, whatever prayers he makes, till he believes and obeys Christ, God is under no manner of obligation to keep him a moment from eternal destruction.

So that, thus it is that disobedient men are held in the hand of God, over the pit of hell; they have deserved the fiery pit, and are already sentenced to it; and God is dreadfully provoked, his anger is as great towards them as to those that are actually suffering the executions of the fierceness of his wrath in torment, and they have done nothing in the least to appease or abate that anger, neither is God in the least bound by any promise to hold them up one moment; the devil is waiting for them, hell is gaping for them, the flames gather and flash about them, and would fain lay hold on them, and swallow them up; the fire pent up in their own hearts is struggling to break out: and they have no interest in any Savior, there are no means within reach that can be any security to them. In short, they have no refuge, nothing to take hold of, all that preserves them every moment is the mercy of God.

APPLICATION

The use of this awful subject may be for awakening unconverted persons in this congregation. It is to get us to convert that loved on who, as far as we know, is without Christ.

You probably are not sensible of this; you find you are kept out of hell, but do not see the hand of God in it; but look at other things, as the good state of your bodily constitution, your care of your own life, and the means you use for your own preservation. But indeed these things are nothing.  If your strength were ten thousand times greater than it is, yea, ten thousand times greater than the strength of the stoutest, sturdiest devil in hell, there would be no way to withstand or endure God’s judgment.

The bow of God's wrath is bent, and the arrow made ready on the string, and justice bends the arrow at your heart, and strains the bow, and it is nothing but the will of God, and that of an angry God, without any promise or obligation at all, that keeps the arrow one moment from being made drunk with your blood. This is true for all who have not obeyed the gospel.  What?  You don’t wish to serve such a God?  What injustice has God done to you?  He’s done nothing to us. Jesus has said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Conclusion

 1. Whose wrath it is: it is the wrath of the infinite God. If it were only the wrath of man, that would be bad enough. How much more then, if we sin, should we fear the wrath of God.   Luke 12. 4, 5. "And I say unto you, my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that, have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom you shall fear: fear him, which after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell: yea, I say unto you, Fear him."  People misunderstand that statement, “Perfect love casts out fear.”

2. It is the fierceness of his wrath that you are exposed to. We often read of the fury of God; as in Isaiah 59. 18. "According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay fury to his adversaries." So Isaiah 66. 15. "For behold, the Lord will come with fire, and wifh his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire." And in many other places. So, Rev. 19. 15, we read of "the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God." The words are exceeding terrible. If it had only been said, "the wrath of God," the words would have implied that which is infinitely dreadful: but it is "the fierceness and wrath of God." The fury of God! the fierceness of Jehovah! Oh, how dreadful must that be! Who can utter or conceive what such expressions carry in them! But it is also "the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God." Consider this, you that are here present, that yet remain in an unregenerate state. That God will execute the fierceness of his anger, implies, that he will inflict wrath without any pity. When God beholds the ineffable extremity of your case, and sees your torment to be so vastly disproportioned to your strength, and sees how your poor soul is crushed, and sinks down, as it were, into an infinite gloom; he will have no compassion upon you, he will not forbear the executions of his wrath, or in the least lighten his hand; there shall be no moderation or mercy, nor will God hold back for a while; he will have no regard to your welfare, you will be separated from Him, nor be at all careful lest you should suffer too much in any other sense, than only that you shall not suffer beyond what strict justice requires. You will not be able to cry out “it’s not fair!” on that day.  God already tells you that it is not too hard to serve Him and fight temptation (1 Cor. 10:13).  Nothing shall be withheld, because it is so hard for you to bear. Ezek. 8. 18. "Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity; and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet I will not hear them." Now God stands ready to pity you; this is a day of mercy; you may cry now with some encouragement of obtaining mercy. But when once the day of mercy is past, your most lamentable cries and shrieks will be in vain; you will be wholly lost and thrown away of God. God will have no other use to put you to, but to suffer misery; you shall be continued in being to no other end; for you will be a vessel of wrath fitted to destruction; and there will be no other use of this vessel, but to be filled full of wrath. God will be so far from pitying you when you cry to him, that it is said he will only "laugh and mock," Prov. i. 25, 26 

How awful are those words, Isa. 63. 3, which are the words of the great God. "I will tread them in mine anger, and will trample them in my fury, and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment."

The misery you are exposed to is that which God will inflict that he might show what His wrath is. Rom. 9. 22. "What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endure with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction?" Thus it will be with you that are in an unconverted state, if you continue in it; the infinite might, and majesty, and terribleness of the omnipotent God shall be magnified upon you, in the ineffable strength of your torments. All the righteous of Heaven will be brought to bear witness to your destruction.  Isa. 66:23, 24. "And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord. And they shall go forth and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me; for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched, and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh."

3. It is everlasting wrath. It would be dreadful to suffer this fierceness and wrath of Almighty God one moment; but you must suffer it to all eternity. There will be no end to this horrible misery. When you look forward, you shall see a long for ever, a boundless duration before you, which will swallow up your thoughts, and amaze your soul; and you will absolutely despair of ever having any deliverance, any end, any mitigation, any rest at all. You will know certainly that you must wear out long ages, millions of millions of ages, in wrestling and conflicting with this almighty merciless vengeance; and then when you have so done, when so many ages have actually been spent by you in this manner, you will know that all is but a point to what remains. So that your punishment will indeed be infinite. Oh, who can express what the state of a soul in such circumstances is! All that we can possibly say about it, gives but a very feeble, faint representation of it; it is inexpressible and inconceivable: For "who knows the power of God's anger?"

How dreadful is the state of those that are daily and hourly in the danger of this great wrath and infinite misery! But this is the dismal case of every accountable soul in this congregation that has not been born again, however moral and strict, sober and religious, they may otherwise be. Oh that you would consider it, whether you be young or old! There is reason to think, that there are some among us now hearing this discourse, that will actually be the subjects of this very misery to all eternity. We know not who they are, or in what seats they sit, or what thoughts they now have. It may be they are now at ease, and hear all these things without much disturbance, and are now flattering themselves that they are not the persons, promising themselves that they shall escape.  But they don’t have the promise of God.  If we knew that there was one person, and but one, in the whole congregation, that was to be the subject of this misery, what an awful thing would it be to think of! If we knew who it was, what an awful sight would it be to see such a person! How might all the rest of the congregation lift up a lamentable and bitter cry over him!  And consider those who have already passed on without God. What would not those poor damned hopeless souls give for one day's opportunity such as you now enjoy!

And now you have an extraordinary opportunity, a day wherein Christ has thrown the door of mercy wide open, and stands in calling and crying with a loud voice to poor sinners; a day wherein many are flocking to him, and pressing into the kingdom of God. Many are daily coming from the east, west, north and south; many that were very lately in the same miserable condition that you may now be in, are now in a happy state, with their hearts filled with love to him who has loved them, and washed them from their sins in his own blood, and rejoicing in hope of the glory of God. How awful is it to be left behind at such a day! To see so many others feasting, while you are pining and perishing! To see so many rejoicing and singing for joy of heart, while you have cause to mourn for sorrow of heart, and howl for vexation of spirit! How can you rest one moment in such a condition? Are not your souls as precious as the souls of the people at Pentecost?

 Are there not some here who have lived long in the world, and are not to this day born again? and so are aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and have done nothing ever since they have lived, but treasure up wrath against the day of wrath? Oh, sirs, your case, in an especial manner, is extremely dangerous. Your guilt and hardness of heart is extremely great. You had need to consider yourselves, and awake thoroughly out of sleep. You cannot bear the fierceness and wrath of the infinite God.-And you, young men, and young women, will you neglect this precious season which you now enjoy, when so many others of your age are renouncing all youthful vanities, and flocking to Christ? You especially have now an extraordinary opportunity; but if you neglect it, it will soon be with you as with those persons who spent all the precious days of youth in sin, and are now come to such a dreadful pass in blindness and hardness.

 

Therefore, let every one that is out of Christ, now awake and flee from the wrath to come. Run to the safe arms of Jesus.

CONCLUSION

I.                   God warns you not to torment, but to convert you. If you avoid hell, only good can come to you. Salvation awaits those who come to Jesus.

Acts 2:40

Wednesday:

Heaven

Introduction

I.             Read (Matthew 6:19-20)  “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: {20} But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:”

II.           Heaven mentioned about 700 times, over 100 times by Jesus.

III.          Why is more preaching not done on heaven?

A.           Some are unwilling to preach on Hell, so they don’t preach on heaven

B.           Some don’t really believe, or don’t study enough to know what the Bible says about it

Body

IV.         Heaven is a spiritual abode

A.           A place (outerspace, atmosphere, Spiritual abode)

B.           I don’t know everything about it, I don’t have to.  (e.g. I don’t completely understand the sun, but know it’s there)

V.          Belief in Heaven

A.           Based on the resurrection, Acts 26:8

B.           How is entrance into it accomplished, and what is its nature?  cf. I Cor. 15

VI.         Pictures of Heaven, what it is like:

A.           Heaven is a great reunion

1.                  With God, (Hebrews 9:24)  “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:”

2.                  With the obedient, (1 Peter 1:3-4)  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, {4} To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,”

3.                  With the Faithful loved ones who have passed on, (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)  “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. {14} For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. {15} For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. {16} For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: {17} Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. {18} Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

B.            Heaven is vindication for Christians - (2 Timothy 4:6-8)  “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. {7} I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: {8} Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

C.           Heaven is our reward, Matthew 5:12

D.           Heaven is rest:  Rev. 14:13 “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them”.

1.                  2 Thessalonians 1:7

2.                  You know how comfortable you are when you wake up at 4am and then realize you can go back to bed – that’s heaven.

E.           Heaven is a bright summer day; Rev. 7:9-17

F.            Heaven is a precious stone – Rev. 21:10-11

Conclusion

Close: (1 Corinthians 15:55,57,58)  “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. {58} Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

 


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