February 15, 2021, 4:33 PM



T6 – FOR WEEK OF 2/8/21



Let’s talk about friendship this morning! A true friend is a lover. He loves his friends in a sacrificial way, just as Jesus loved us and commands us to do. John 15:12-14

Paul had many friends who demonstrated qualities of friendship which we may learn from and should imitate.

Timothy – A Concerned Friend – Philippians 2:19-24

  • Vs. 19 - Paul was in prison, waiting to appear before the Emperor. The church at Philippi needed someone to help them Spiritually. Paul planned to send Timothy, his loyal protégé.
  • Vs. 20 – Timothy cared about people. He was concerned for the Spiritual well-being of others.
  • Vs. 21 – Timothy’s priority was not pleasing himself, but the pleasing the Lord Jesus whom he served.
  • Vs. 22 – He was a man of proven character.
  • To be a good, concerned friend, we must first seek to please our Lord Jesus Christ, doing things His way!

Epaphroditus – A Commendable Friend – Philippians 2:25-30

  • I am impressed that many people in the Word of God make an appearance, leave their mark, and are gone!
  • Epaphroditus was one these individuals. He was sent by the church of Philippi to take financial relief, and to minister to Paul on behalf of the church. Philippians 4:19-20
  • Vs. 25 – Paul was not one to flatter or give praise where praise was not due. This five-fold commendation speaks volumes of his character.
  • Vss. 26-27 – Epaphroditus had been extremely sick. The Philippians heard of it and were concerned. Epaphroditus heard that they heard, and he was concerned. The love-band between him and his church was so strong, they needed to be reunited.
  • Vs. 28 - Paul was sending Epaphroditus was being sent home so everyone, including Paul, might have joy.
  • Vss. 29-30 – Men and women who do their jobs well and sacrifice for the sake of Christ and others, should be commended by the church.

Epaphras – A Committed Friend – Colossians 4:12-13

  • Epaphras was probably the founder and pastor of the church in Colossae and totally committed to Christ, and them. Colossians 1:7
  • Epaphras was committed to praying for the Colossians and other churches under his supervision.

Colossians 4:12

  • One of the best ways of supporting a friend is to pray faithfully for their Spiritual well-being. Colossians 4:2

Aquilla and Priscilla – Congenial Friends – Acts 18:1-3, 18-19 Acts 18:24-28, 1 Corinthians 16:19

  • Bringing Paul in as a fellow tent maker and believer
  • Quietly instructing Apollos in the Gospel
  • Hosting church in their home. 1 Corinthians 16:19, Romans 16:3-5
  • There is much to say for congeniality, especially when it encourages the saints! Romans 15:7, 1 Peter 4:9

Luke – A Consistent Friend – Acts 16:10–17, 20:1–15, 21:1-17, Acts 27:1–28:16, 2 Timothy 4:11

  • Paul described Luke as “the beloved physician”. Colossians 4:14
  • He was the human author of Luke and Acts.
  • He traveled with Paul often, but seemed to be there when needed, most notably on Paul’s trip to Rome as a prisoner. He was in that shipwreck!
  • At the end of Paul’s life, when he was again in prison, he could write, “Only Luke is with me.”
  • A consistent friend maintains a friendship and tries to be available at the most important times in a person’s life.





David: A Man’s Man, God’s Man Lesson #7 of 8

This is a complete lesson.

  • If you could only have one friend, who would you choose? Why?
  • Let’s make a list of the qualities of a good friend.
  • Why is honesty an important quality in friendship?
  • Why is it sometimes hard for people in authority, such as a king or a president to have good friends?
  • Is it harder to be friends with an authority figure like a boss, a parent, or a pastor?

David knew something about friendship from his relationship with Jonathan.  Another friend was David’s “pastor” or spiritual advisor, the prophet, Nathan. Nathan proved himself to be a faithful friend.

HE CORRECTED - 1 Chronicles 17

  • Have you ever spoken in haste, and then discovered that what you said was the wrong thing? What did you do about it?
  • Vss. 1-2 – Why is it easy to think that something that sounds good is the will of God? 
  • Why is something that sounds good not always the will of God?
  • Vss. 3-15 – How do you feel when you discover you’ve given someone wrong information?
  • Why is it important for us to correct misinformation when we give it out?
  • Do you think that such corrections will help or hinder a friendship, and why?
  • What do these verses tell you about the will of God?
  • Vss. 16-27 – How does David set a good example?

HE CONFRONTED – 2 Samuel 12:1-14

  • Why is it difficult to confront friends with their faults?
  • Why would we want to confront a friend with his faults?
  • How should we go about confronting a friend with his faults?

Galatians 6:1 - Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

  • What did Nathan risk by confronting David?  What do we risk when we confront a friend?
  • Vss. 1-7 – Why was the story an effective tool in helping to convict David?
  • Why did Nathan know how to approach David? What does that teach us?
  • Vss. 7-12 – What lessons do we learn about God, sin, and discipline in these verses?
  • Vss. 13-14 – There will be times when we are the ones being confronted by a friend.  How should we react?
  • Psalm 51, which was written for this occasion by David, indicates that David’s confession of sin and repentance was real.
  • Vss. 15-23 – Why didn’t God change his mind concerning the life of this child?

HE COMFORTED – 2 Samuel 12:24-25

  • How might have Nathan been personally disappointed in David?
  • Sometimes we find it harder to forgive and move on than God does. Why?
  • Why should those who confront people, as Nathan did, be the same ones to comfort after things are dealt with?
  • Nathan brought comfort and a “nickname” from God. Jedidiah means “Beloved of the Lord”.
  • What does this nickname tell you about the character of God?
  • In what ways might we be able to comfort a person who has confessed and forsaken sin?
  • What are some other instances when our friends will need comfort?


  • David was about 70 years old and at the end of his life.
  • Nathan was perhaps around the same age.
  • Nathan was aware of David’s (and God’s) plan for Solomon to be the next king.
  • Vss. 5-9 - There was a plan to usurp David’s throne by one of Solomon’s half brothers, Adonijah.
  • Vss. 10-40 - Nathan cooperated with his friend David by cooperating with Bathsheba and those loyal to David and Solomon.  The end result was that David commanded that Solomon be anointed king.
  • Why is it important that we look out for the well-being of our friends?
  • What are some kinds of instances when our friends will especially need our help?

Proverbs 27:10 - Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

Proverbs 17:17 - A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.



  • What is the general definition of a “Home Missionary”?
  • Who are some of the home missionaries you know or have known?
  • In what sense are we all home missionaries?

I call the girl we know as Naaman's maid a home missionary.  Even though she served in a foreign country, she served as God's messenger to the people around her.  It is in this sense that I feel each one of us who knows Christ as our Savior should be a home missionary.  Let’s learn from her.


  • She was insignificant to the world, but she was not insignificant to God.
  • You are not insignificant to God. John 1:12, 1 Corinthians 1:26-29


  • Through no choice of her own, Naaman's Maid was taken away from her home, taken away from her family, taken away from her friends and all that was familiar. Romans 8:28
  • Due to the Pandemic, we all have been relocated by God. We have been placed in this situation in which God will work for good in our lives. We need to cooperate.


  • She ended up being a slave girl to the wife of an influential Syrian General named Naaman.
  • She was in a strange situation. She was in a strange land and working for strange people.
  • She served the people that God had put in her life.
  • She earned the trust of those she served.


  • Naaman was a sick man. He had the dreaded disease of leprosy!
  • Eventually the slave girl spoke up and mentioned a servant of God named Elisha who could heal the leprosy. 
  • Before you ever speak as a home missionary, you need to care about the spiritual condition of those around you.




GOD DID THE REST – Vss. 4-19


Psalm 89:7-18 – WHY REVERENCE?

Psalm 89:7 - God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.

Most commentators think that this verse is referring to a Heavenly scene with the Angels being the “holy ones” or saints mentioned here.  And this is probably true.

But if God is to be reverenced by all those that are about Him that would also apply to those of us who know the Lord Jesus as our Savior. We are “about him” because we are the temple of God. 1 Corinthians 6:19

In Psalm 9:7-18 I found some of the reasons why Christians should reverence God.


Vs. 8 – Nobody is stronger than God!

Psalm 89:9 - Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.

There are at least two times in the Bible when God stilled the ragging sea.

  • When God parted the Red Sea so the Children of Israel could go across.
  • When Jesus stood up in the boat and calmed the Sea of Galilee.

   And Jesus still calms the ragging seas of our anxiety today, if we but let Him. He is strong enough to give us peace through any difficulty.

Vs. 10 – Rahab is a term used to refer to Egypt.

Hebert Lockyer says that “Rahab” means both “Strength” and “pride”. Heberbert Lockyer, Psalms: A Devotional Commentary (Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids Michigan, 1993), pgs. 300-301

Egypt was both a strong and proud nation.

But God is stronger.

The same sea God calmed to protect Israel, was the same sea that was unleashed on Pharaoh and his army.

And just think.  No enemy of God can stand against His strength.  Even Satan is no match for God and is doomed to defeat!

Psalm 89:13 - Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.

God is pictured with a mighty arm, strong hand, and a powerful right hand.

Our problem is we don’t remember how strong God is when we worship.  And we don’t remember how strong God is when we face troubles. Jeremiah 32:17,   


Psalm 89:11 - The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.

How much should we worship God because He owns all the stars and the planets!

And how much more should we worship God because He owns the whole world.

God particularly owns the Christian. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

   Psalm 89:12 - The north and the south thou hast created them: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name.

Tabor and Hermon were mountains east and west of Israel. So, God was saying that everything, going east, west, north, south, was created by Him.


Psalm 89:14 - Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

The word justice means “righteousness”.

God is righteous.

He can always be counted on to do what is right.

Because God is righteous, his judgments are accurate.

When the wicked are judged at the Great White Throne, they will be judged righteously. Revelation 20:12

When you and I are judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ we will be judged righteously. 2 Corinthians 5:10, 1 Corinthians 4:5

I am so glad there is balance with God.

Yes, there is righteous judgment.

But part of God’s character is also mercy and truth, or we may use the words “love and faithfulness”.


  Psalm 89:15 - Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.

The Christians who know the joyful sound of worship are happy people.

The Christians who know the joyful sound of worship don’t just worship with a congregation on Sunday. They worship God continually. Psalm 89:16, Ephesians 5:18-20, Hebrews 13:15

Notice please that if you reverence God enough to worship God, God’s smile will be upon you.   

 they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.


Psalm 89:17 - For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted.

What true strength we have comes from God. Psalm 27:1

Our horn shall be exalted – Albert Barnes said, “The horn is a symbol of power... The meaning here is, that their power had been derived from God; or that all which contributed to their exaltation and honor in the world, had been derived from him.” Barnes’ Notes on the Old Testament

Psalm 89:18 - For the Lord is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.

What better defense can we ask for than to be protected by God?


LUKE 22:66-23:25 – ON TRIAL?



We continue our studies in the Life of Christ.

Last week we saw Jesus submit Himself to God’s will in the Garden of Gethsemane.

We also saw Him betrayed by Judas and arrested.

This week we are seeing Jesus on trial.

Believe it or not there were actually 6 trials that Jesus went through in a matter of hours.

This morning we are going to condense things a wee bit and basically use the account of Jesus’ trials found in Luke 22 and 23.  Here we find that Jesus was tried by the Sanhedrin, by Pilate, and by King Herod.

Actually although Jesus was indeed on trial, the people trying Jesus were also on trial to see what they would do with Jesus. And there were also issues on trial here.


Luke 22:66-71

The Sanhedrin was the Jewish Supreme Court made up of 70 people led by the High Priest.

From the time that Jesus first appeared and started doing wonderful miracles, the Sanhedrin and all of Israel was confronted with the issue of belief. John 1:11

Early on Jesus had stirred things up when he first kicked the money changers and merchants out of the temple. This was a direct attack on the income source of the high priests’ family who ran the “rackets” so to speak. Jesus was asked what authority He had to cleanse the temple.  His response in John 2:19 was …Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

Of course Jesus was talking about His death, burial and resurrection. They would destroy His body and He would rise again.

When Jesus did miracles on Saturday, which He seemed to do often, the Jews were not happy because he allegedly worked on the Sabbath violating the Sabbath rest.

The religious leaders also didn’t like it because Jesus was always exposing their hypocrisy and making pronouncements against them.  Jesus was righteous they were not.

As we have already said during the night Jesus appeared before a man named Annas. He had been the high priest and was now the father in-law of the high priest.  It appears to me that he was the real power among the religious leaders.

After appearing before Annas, he went before Caiaphas, the current high priest.  Before him and others in the Sanhedrin Jesus was tried the second time.

It was here that witnesses were brought in.  In order for Jesus to have been properly convicted of a crime the stories of both witnesses had to agree. John 14:55-59

Caiaphas was desperate because of his unbelief to find a way to have Jesus killed.  And Jesus who had always been superior to the Jews when their were discussions in the past actually helped Caiaphas, by doing what the Son of God always did, speaking the truth. Mark 14:60-64  

But this was a night trial.  It was not legal.  So the decisions of the night needed to ratified first thing in the morning.  It was a formality that needed to be observed.

This is the trial that Luke is referring to in Luke 22:66-71.

Vs. 66 – As soon as it was day the Sanhedrin met.  Finally having Jesus in their possession they would not be satisfied until they had railroaded Jesus right to the cross!   

Vs. 67 – They asked Jesus if He was the Christ, that is, the “Anointed One”, the Messiah.  Jesus knew the issue.  The issue in this trial was belief.  And they didn’t believe in Him. They had rejected Him.

If Jesus gave them the right answer, which He already had a few hours before, they were not going to believe.

There are people like that today. No matter how clearly you explain the Gospel, they don’t want to believe in Christ.

Vs. 68 – Jesus was saying that if He asked them questions that would help them understand Jesus’ answer they would not answer them. As I said, they did not want to believe.

They were bent on the destruction of the Lord Jesus. They were not going to release Him.

Vs. 69 – Now Jesus makes a very definitive statement about His identity. He uses one of His favorite titles for Himself, “the Son of Man”.  That title comes from the Book of Daniel referring to the Messiah, who Jesus was. Daniel 7:13-14

In this verse Jesus looks at His death, burial, resurrection and ascension into Heaven as a done deal.    

“From now on”, Jesus is saying, “I will be at God’s right hand.”  He was going back from where He had come and would wait until it was time to come a second time to earth to establish His Kingdom.

Hebrews 1:3, Psalm 110:1

Vs. 70 – The Sanhedrin probably asked this question with glee.  Jesus who had been so elusive in the past was now playing into their hands, so they thought.   

So they asked Him, “Are you the Son of God?”

Basically, Jesus answer was, “You said it. I am.”

Vs. 71 – Jesus was accused and convicted by them of blasphemy, claiming to be God. 

He told them the truth.

They could have believed Him.

They didn’t.

Their belief was on trial. They pronounced Jesus guilty, but they were guilty of unbelief.

Listen!  If you have never put your belief, your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior you are guilty of unbelief! John 3:36

And Christian, when we fret, worry, and doubt, we too, are guilty of the sin of unbelief!

What a slap in the face for the One who died for you! Matthew 13:58


Luke 23:1-12   

Vss. 1-2 – The Jews were not legally allowed to kill anyone.  Therefore they had to bring those they wanted executed before the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate.

Now complaining to Pilate that Jesus was guilty of blasphemy would have no impact on Pilate.  Pilate wasn’t concerned about religion. He was concerned about the Roman law and keeping the peace.

So they made up charges against Jesus.

They claimed that Jesus “perverted the nation”, that is deceived them.

They said that Jesus taught not to pay taxes. That was an outright lie! Matthew 22:21

They claimed that Jesus was claiming to be a King in the political sense.  Jesus played down His kingship most of the time.  His Kingdom on earth is yet to come.  He wasn’t seeking to rule then or upset the Roman government.

Vss. 3-4 – Pilate was no dummy. Matthew 27:18  

So Pilate says, “I find no fault in this man.”

That should have been the final word, and Jesus should have been set free.

Vs. 5 – The religious leaders were not giving up. They became more incensed.

   Vss. 6-7 – Pilate had a politically charged issue on His hands. He knew that these leaders could cause a riot that would cost Pilate His career.

When Herod was mentioned, Pilate checked to see if Jesus was from Galilee where Herod was the Roman representative.

So Pilate sent Him to Herod, getting, so he hoped, this “hot potato” off his hands.

Vs. 8 – This Herod was the one who beheaded John the Baptist to please His wife.  John had preached against the adultery that Herod and His wife had committed by getting married. Herod basically stole his half-brother’s wife.

Herod was delighted to finally meet Jesus.

It was what Herod had wanted for a long time.

But Herod’s problem was sincerity.

Herod wanted to meet Jesus for the wrong reasons.

Herod wasn’t concerned about His own spiritual well being.  He wanted to see Jesus work a miracle!

Herod had no spiritual interest. He wanted to be entertained.

He lacked sincerity.

Vs. 9 – Herod asked all sorts of questions. Herod talked a lot.  Jesus knew Herod’s lack of sincerity.  Jesus knew the condition of Herod’s heart.

At one time Herod had been under conviction when he talked with John.  But now Herod was hardened. He had no sincere interest. He did not deserve an answer from Jesus.

He got none.

Vss. 11-12 – So Herod humiliated Jesus and sent Him back to Pilate.  Herod did not find Jesus guilty of anything!

There are people who come to church or watch religious shows on the television in order to be entertained.

They like the music.

They like the preacher.

They like the show.

But they are insincere.

They have no desire to do what the preacher says.

They have no true commitment to God.

They are insincere.

Make sure that you are not one of them.


Luke 23:13-25

Let’s give Pontius Pilate a little credit.

He knew the score.

He knew Jesus was innocent.

He knew that Jesus should be set free.

He even was warned by His wife. Matthew 27:19

In verse 4 we saw Pilate proclaim Jesus’ innocence.

Vss. 13-16 – This is the second time that Pilate proclaimed the innocence of Jesus.  He stated that even Herod found nothing worthy of death.   

His plan was to have Jesus beaten and released.

Even the beating wasn’t warranted, but Pilate was trying to appease the Jewish leaders.

Vs. 17 – It was a common practice for Pilate to pardon a prisoner at Passover.  He saw this as His opportunity to release Jesus.

Vss. 18-19 – There was a great uproar instigated by the leaders. Matthew 27:20

They wanted Barabbas, a revolutionary and a murderer to be released instead of Jesus

Vss. 20-22 – Pilate again talked of releasing Jesus for the third time he proclaimed Jesus’ innocence.

Vs. 23-24 – The response was so radical, so violent, that Pilate acquiesced.    

Instead of standing for what he knew to be right, he gave in and sentenced Jesus to death.  Oh, Matthew tells us that he washed his hands of the matter, saying that he was innocent of Jesus’ blood.  But he wasn’t. He gave the sentence of death for Jesus.

Pilate lacked integrity.

He knew what was right and did what was convenient.

He kept the peace.  He nipped a riot in the bud.

But He condemned the innocent Son of God to death.

For convenience sake and for his own self interest He gave in.

How often do you lack integrity?

How often do you do what you know is wrong in order to save your skin, or save a little money?

Do you ever keep silent instead of protecting a person you know to be innocent?

Do you ever lie about your income to “Uncle Sam” in order to save you and your employer tax dollars?

Do you ever pretend to be righteous when in reality you are cheating in some way? James 4:17




   What if God put your belief on trial?

What if God put your sincerity on trial?

What if God put your integrity on trial?

How would you do?

Is it time for you to repent?



JOHN 14:12-18 – IT’S GREAT!

Here are some great things mentioned by our Lord Jesus that will enable us to serve Him victoriously.

GREAT POWER! – Vs. 12 – The greater works that Christians do are not in quality but in quantity. Nobody did greater miracles than the Lord Jesus.

GREAT PROVISION! – Vss. 13-14 – The power to do greater works is found through God answering our prayers.

GREAT PREREQUISITE! – Vs. 15 – We must love the Lord Jesus and show that love through our obedience.

GREAT PROMISE! – Vss. 16-18 – The Holy Spirit is present in our lives to empower, teach and comfort.



Often people want to know things about our church. They want to know our denomination, our beliefs, our service times and our activities.  In our text we find four important facts true of our church and all churches that truly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

WE ARE A PEOPLE. - "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people;"

WE HAVE A PURPOSE. - "...that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:"

WE RECEIVED A PROMOTION. - "Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy."

WE HAVE A PROCEDURE – “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.”


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