SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 5/2/22
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SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

U14 – FOR WEEK OF 5/2/22

First Baptist Church of New Holland PA - SERMON SEEDS (fbcnhremembers.com)

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COLOSSIANS 1:14-19 – THE STAR OF THE SHOW

Let's have a little fun. I'll name a show, and you tell me the names of the star or stars of that show.

 

The Tonight Show

M*A*S*H

Lassie

I Love Lucy

The Hour of Decision

This morning, there is a show going on throughout America.  The show is actually many shows meeting as the church.  Who is the star of the show?

Is it the song leader, worship team leader, choir director?

Is it a special soloist, a choir, or a visiting musical group?

Is it the trustees, deacons and/or elders?

Is it the pastor of the church?

Is it a guest speaker?

All too often in local churches there are those who wouldn't necessarily admit it, but they consider themselves to be the stars of the show.  And there are people in the congregation who attend church because of a musical personality or because of the talents of the preacher.

In reality, however, there is to be only one star of the show.  And that star of the show is the one whom we have gathered to worship and to serve, that is our Lord Jesus Christ.

When Jesus is the star, God the Father gets the glory.

Ephesians 3:21 - to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

I want to help us focus better when we come to worship, and to understand why the Lord Jesus Christ is the star of this show, the First Baptist Church of New Holland, PA!

Therefore, we are turning our attention to Colossians 1:14-19.  In these verses I find five reasons why Jesus is the star of the show.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary said, No comparable listing of so many characteristics of Christ and His deity are found in any other Scripture passage. Christ is the supreme Sovereign of the universe!  John F. Walvoord, Roy B. Zuck, editors, The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Testament Edition, © 1983 by SP Pulications Inc. Victor Books, Wheaton, Illinois, Page 672

HE IS REDEEMER - Vs. 14

Vs. 14 - Leslie B. Flynn told of an orphaned boy was living with his grandmother when their house caught fire. The grandmother, trying to get upstairs to rescue the boy, perished in the flames. The boy’s cries for help were finally answered by a man who climbed an iron drainpipe and came back down with the boy hanging tightly to his neck.

Several weeks later, a public hearing was held to determine who would receive custody of the child. A farmer, a teacher, and the town’s wealthiest citizen all gave the reasons they felt they should be chosen to give the boy a home. But as they talked, the lad’s eyes remained focused on the floor. Then a stranger walked to the front and slowly took his hands from his pockets, revealing severe scars on them.

As the crowd gasped, the boy cried out in recognition. This was the man who had saved his life. His hands had been burned when he climbed the hot pipe. With a leap the boy threw his arms around the man’s neck and held on for dear life. The other men silently walked away, leaving the boy and his rescuer alone. Those marred hands had settled the issue. -D.C.E.Our Daily Bread, December , http://www.bible.org/illus/r/r-16.htm#TopOfPage

The rescuer had redeemed the boy from a fiery grave.  The price he paid was scarred hands.  But in the eyes of that boy, The rescuer was the star of the show.

You and I were under a death sentence because of our sins.

Romans 6:23 says in part, For the wages of sin is death;

The Lord Jesus Christ, God's Son, died in our place for our sins. 2 Corinthians 5:21 

When Jesus died for our sins, his blood was shed for our sins. 1 Peter 1:18-19

 When Jesus rose from the dead he had something to show his disciples.  He showed them the scars.  Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins and has every right to be the Star of the Show.

The word translated "redemption" refers to someone being set free because of the paying of a price.  Because of the payment blood of Christ, the person who trusts Christ as Savior is set free from bondage to sin and set free from the punishment for sin.  

With redemption comes forgiveness for sins. The charges of sin against us have been dismissed!

One of our favorite hymns around here is It Is Well With My Soul by Horatio Spafford. My favorite verse of that hymn goes like this:

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/i/t/itiswell.htm

There is only one requirement for being redeemed and forgiven. You must trust Jesus as your Savior, your way to Heaven.

You must believe that it is He who died for your sins, and that He is your only hope of Heaven. John 3:16

See the scars in His hands.  He has redeemed you with His own blood!  He is the star of the show!   

 

HE IS REDEEMER - Vs. 14

HE IS REFLECTOR - Vs. 15

 If Jesus were just our redeemer, that would be reason enough for him to the Star of the Show, but there is more.

So many times we have said, or heard it said, "He's just like his father!"  In the case of Jesus, this statement is absolutely true! 

Vs. 15 - He is the image of the invisible God.  Do you want to know what God is like?  He is the exact duplicate!  How can Jesus be an exact duplicate?  He is God in the flesh!

John 1:1-2, John 1:14

Jesus said in John 14:9 …He that hath seen me hath seen the Father;   

What a great privilege it is for us Christians to study and learn from the Lord Jesus who is the reflector of who God is.

HE IS REFLECTOR - Vs. 15

HE HAS RANK - Vs. 15

According to verse 15, not only is the Lord Jesus The image of the invisible God, but the firstborn of every creature.   

In many societies, current and historical, there is rank and privilege that goes with being the first born.

Jesus of course is eternal. He has always existed.

John 1:2 - The same was in the beginning with God.

Charles Erdman - "'Firstborn' here means two things: priority in time and supremacy in place or position. Christ existed before the Creation, but He held the rank commonly assigned to the 'firstborn,' the rank of eminence and dominion.  Christ is thus declared to be the universal sovereign." Charles Erdman, The Epistles of Paul to the Colossians and to Philemon, © 1966 by W.L. Jenkins, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Page 52   

Can I be blunt? The Lord Jesus Christ outranks us all!

In this church and in our lives, we are to treat the Lord Jesus as preeminent. He's the Star of the show.

  • The singing in this church should be in heart-felt praise to the Lord Jesus.
  • The preaching and teaching in this church should be in heart-felt submission to the Lord Jesus.
  • The decisions made by the Leadership Team and congregation of this church should be in heart-felt recognition that He is the highest-ranking member of this church!  He is the star of the show!

HE IS RESPONSIBLE - Vss. 16-17

Vs. 16 - The Lord Jesus is responsible for two things mentioned in verses 16-17.  The first thing He is responsible for is creation.

The things that we can see in Heaven, He created.

The things that we can not see in Heaven, He created.

The things that you can see on earth, He created.

The things that you can not see on earth, He created.

 

Why do you think Jesus could feed the 5,000?

He is the creator!

Why do you think Demons had to do as He said?

He is creator.

Why do you think Jesus could heal the sick?

He is creator.

Why do you think Jesus could control the weather?

He is the creator!

Please don't miss the last line of the text.

All things were created by him, and for him.

You were created by and for the Lord Jesus Christ.

He didn't create you to please yourself, or to please anyone else, but to please God! And as you please the Son, you please the Father!  

And when we please the Lord, everyone else will be best served.

According to Romans 12:2 says that the will of God is "good and acceptable and perfect".

Proverbs 16:7 - When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

So, the best question you can ask yourself, especially when you are considering doing something different or questionable, is "Is the Lord Jesus pleased with what I am doing?"   

Not only is "The Star of the Show", the Lord Jesus responsible for creation.  He is also responsible for holding everything together. Colossians 1:17

According to Warren Wiersbe, "A guide took a group of people through an atomic laboratory and explained how all matter was composed of rapidly moving electric particles. The tourists studied models of molecules and were amazed to learn that matter is made up primarily of space.

During the question period, one visitor asked, 'If this is the way matter works, what holds it all together?' For that the guide had no answer.

But we have the answer!  The Lord Jesus is the glue that holds the universe together!

And let me tell you something even more comforting than that.

The Lord Jesus wants to be the glue that holds your life together.  Just as molecules could fly apart if the Lord Jesus didn't hold them together, your life will fall apart if the Lord Jesus doesn't hold it together. 

Just think of Psalm 23

The Lord Jesus is responsible for creating the universe and for holding everything together.

HE IS RULER - Vss. 18-19

Vs. 18 - In the New Testament the church is sometimes viewed as a body, the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:13,  

1 Corinthians 12:27

Think of the head as the control center of the body.  There are several body parts that you can do without and still survive, but not the head.  That's where the computer is, your brain, that runs everything else!   

As the head of the body, the church, Christ is the ruler!

He is in control.  He has every right to tell you and I, and this church what to do! He is the star of the show.

He is the firstborn from the dead.  Again, we are thinking of rank.  He is first in position and authority when it comes to resurrection.  Nobody else's resurrection has been or will be as grand as His. Ephesians 1:19-23

Colossians 1:18 - And 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.

When you get to Heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ will have preeminence in your life. He will be the star of the show.

What Jesus wants from us right now is for us to allow him to be in our hearts and in our church, what He already is in the universe, the preeminent ruler.   

Is He ruler over your thoughts?

Is He ruler over your behavior?

Is He ruler over your marriage?

Is He ruler over your relationships with family and friends?

Is He ruler over your time?

Is He ruler over your money?

In other words, is He the star of your show?

He won't be truly the star of the show called the church, until He is the star of the show that is your life.

Colossians 1:19 - For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

Charles Erdman - "'The fulness' denotes the sum total of the powers and attributes of God. All these are said to reside in Christ. The word 'dwell' indicates not a temporary but a permanent residence." Ibid Page 56

All that is God is found in Christ. He is the ruler.

He is the star of the show!

HE IS REDEEMER - Vs. 14

HE IS REFLECTOR - Vs. 15a

HE HAS RANK - Vs. 15b

HE IS RESPONSIBLE - Vss. 16-17

HE IS RULER - Vss. 18-19

As I asked a moment ago, is He the star of your show?

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COURAGEOUS! – 2 Chronicles 18

  • Please give me an example of a courageous person you have known.
  • Why is courage such an admirable trait?
  • What examples of courage can you think of that are found in the Bible?
  • Courage, the ability to stand for what you know to be right, is a Biblical principle. Joshua 1:7, Joshua 1:9

A great model for us to follow when we need courage is that of the prophet Micaiah.

THE HATED PROPHET - Vss. 1-7

  • It is likely that you will be hated by somebody when you take a stand for what is right.
  • What do you know about King Ahab and Queen Jezebel? 1 Kings 16:30-33
  • Vs. 1 – King Jehoshaphat, a good king of Judah (Southern Kingdom), made the mistake of forming an alliance with Ahab. 2 Chronicles 19:1-3
  • Vss. 2-3 – Ahab convinced Jehoshaphat to help him reclaim a town named Ramoth-Gilead.
  • Vs. 4 – Jehoshaphat consented, but then asked about God’s guidance.
  • Vs. 5 – King Ahab’s prophets who claimed to prophesy for the Lord promised a victory. 
  • Vs. 6 – I think Jehoshaphat, who had Spiritual insight, realized these were not prophets of the Lord. He asked if there was another prophet who could be consulted.
  • Vs. 7 – Ahab conceded that Micaiah was available. What was Ahab’s problem with him?
  • If you are a Christian who is trying to live a Godly life, there will be a time when you are hated for Christ’s sake. John 15:18-19

THE HONEST PROPHET - Vss. 8-22

  • Vs. 8 – There are those who feel that Micaiah was already in custody when he was called.
  • Vss. 10-11 – Meanwhile the false prophets put on quite a show.
  • These prophets were deceived. They were foolish prophets. Ezekiel 13:3
  • Vs. 12 – What was the messenger was trying to do when he suggested a favorable prophecy?
  • Vs. 13 – Why should we have the courage of our convictions as Micaiah did? Why do we sometimes lack courage to speak up?
  • Vs. 14 – Please understand that Micaiah is being sarcastic.
  • Vs. 15 – Ahab claims that he wants the truth.
  • Vs. 16 – In this case the shepherd of Israel would have been Ahab.  The people were scattered and told to return home in peace.  Ahab would be removed. 
  • Vs. 17 – Ahab tells Jehoshaphat, “I told you so.  He always gives me bad news.”
  • Vss. 18-22 – Psalm 18:25-26 - Ahab was told by Micaiah that he was deceived.  Ahab had opportunity to believe Micaiah and not listen to his deceiving prophets. 

THE HUMILIATED PROPHET - Vss. 23-27

  • Honest people are not always honored. Sometimes they are humiliated.
  • Vs. 23 – What must we remember if we are ever humiliated like Micaiah?
  • Vs. 24 – Micaiah’s response to Zedekiah was to tell him of his own impending problems on the day of Ahab’s defeat. He’d be hiding himself.
  • Vss. 25-26 – Ahab chose to punish Micaiah until he, Ahab, would return. Ahab believed the majority report.  Micaiah was further humiliated.
  • Vs. 27 – Micaiah makes a very honest statement here. If Ahab returned from battle, then God had not spoken through Micaiah.
  • A great test of a true man or woman of God is the outcome of their words.

THE HONORED PROPHET - Vss. 28-34

  • Vss. 28-34 – God honored Micaiah with the fulfillment of His prophecy. Ahab died and did not return in peace. We do not know if Micaiah was released from prison.
  • People with courage are often honored by God when their words are fulfilled. They are shown to be right. Ezekiel 2:5
  • Micaiah is still honored today.  His story is told in two books of the Bible, and he stands in Scripture as a courageous, honest man.
  • God will honor all his servants who stand for righteousness. 1 Corinthians 4:1-5  

 

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TEN THINGS ABOUT THE WORD OF GOD

Psalm 119

Let's look at 10 things about the wonderful Word of God. Each one of these things is a source, a place you get something.

  1. THE BIBLE IS A SOURCE OF CLEANSING. - Vss. 9, 11

Psalm 119:9 - Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

Psalm 119:11 - Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

  1. THE BIBLE IS A SOURCE OF STRENGTH. - Vs. 28

Psalm 119:28 - My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

  1. THE BIBLE IS A SOURCE OF LIBERTY - Vss. 44-45

Psalm 119:44-45 - So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.
And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.

  1. THE BIBLE IS A SOURCE OF FRIENDSHIP - Vs. 63

Psalm 119:63 - I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.

  1. THE BIBLE IS A SOURCE OF TRUE WEALTH - Vs. 72

Psalm 119:72 - The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
Psalm 119:162 - I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.

  1. THE BIBLE IS A SOURCE OF WISDOM - Vss. 98, 130

Psalm 119:98 - Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
Psalm 119:130 - The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

  1. THE BIBLE IS A SOURCE OF GUIDANCE - Vss. 105

Psalm 119:105 - Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

  1. THE BIBLE IS A SOURCE OF TRUTH - Vs. 160

Psalm 119:160 - Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

  1. THE BIBLE IS A SOURCE OF PEACE - Vs. 165

Psalm 119:165 - Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

  1. THE BIBLE IS A PERMANENT SOURCE - Vs. 89

Psalm 119:89 - For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

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ROMANS 15:13 etc. - CHRISTIAN OPTIMISM

I passed a sand lot yesterday, Some kids were playing ball.
I strolled along the third base line
Within the fielder’s call.
“Say, what’s the score?” I asked.
He yelled to beat the stuffing,
“There’s no one out, the bases full,
They’re winning forty-two to nothing!”

“You’re getting beat, aren’t you my friend?”
And then in no time flat
He answered, “No, sir, not as yet!
Our side hasn’t been up to bat!”
Source unknown

The Baseball Game | Bible.org

Now that's optimism!

 

Robert and Mary Moffat were missionaries in Africa, and for 10 years labored without a convert.  In fact the mission they were with was considering removing the Moffats from that particular field.  A friend from England wrote asking what gift would be of help.  Mrs. Moffat wrote back saying that surely a communion set would be needed soon.  There had not been a convert in 10 years, but she was optimistic.

In those days shipping something like a communion set took a lot of time. But eventually it did arrive - one day before the first communion service was held with six new converts. Encyclopedia of 7,700 Illustrations compiled by Paul Lee Tan. © 1979 by the author  Assurance Publishers, Rockville, Maryland

I've met quite a few optimists in my time and probably far more pessimists and cynics. I like optimists better because they tend to lift me up. 

Pessimists tend to drag me down with them. Like anywhere else, in the church there are both optimists and pessimists. 

Often a pessimist will hold a church back with it's gloom and doom while an optimist will get the church to think and act in positive ways.

Now, I'll admit that there are times when Christians are unrealistically optimistic.  But by and large, I feel that we Christians are not optimistic enough.

Why should Christians be optimistic?  It's because of a little four letter word called "hope".  Hope is something that God provides for the Christian. Romans 5:1-2, 5, Romans 15:13,

1 Corinthians 13:13 - There are 3 things that abide and the greatest of these is love.  The other two things that abide are faith and hope.  Hope for the Christian is an important commodity and the source of optimism.  

Now when we think of the word hope, we often think of something wishy-washy, like "I hope I get that raise," or "I hope I pass that test", or "I hope the Phillies win the World Series," or "I hope Mom serves apple pie for dessert."

But according to James Montgomery Boice, in the Bible the word hope means certainty.

It is my desire that this church would be full of Christian optimists.  Christian optimists have a tremendous impact on other Christians and on unsaved people.

 

Hebrews 10:24-25 - If we exhort someone we encourage them. When we encourage someone, we are helping to give them hope.  Christians need to be encouraged so Christians will have hope!

   

1 Peter 3:15 - The unsaved should see our hope and ask about it! If we are going to be Christian optimists we need to know something about hope. 

 

WE NEED TO ASK IN HOPE

WE NEED TO ACT IN HOPE

WE NEED TO ABIDE IN HOPE

WE NEED TO ABOUND IN HOPE  

WE NEED TO ASK IN HOPE

Now, you probably already know that faith is a requirement for answered prayer. James 1:5-8, Mark 11:24

If we are going to see God answer our prayers, we certainly need to pray in faith.  I think of hope as an extension of faith.  First we believe that God is going to answer our prayers, and then we look forward to the answer.   

1 John 5:14-15 - When we ask for something that is the will of God, we believe that God will answer the prayer and we are also confident. I believe that confidence is akin to hope!  If I am not confident I don't have hope.  If I am confident, I have hope. Example – LABORERS, LEADERS, LOVERS

In 1 Kings 18 I believe we neet one of the greatest prayer warriors of all time was Elijah the prophet.  He had prayed that it would not rain and it didn't for three and half years. 

Towards the end of this draught, there was a confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of a false god named Baal.

Elijah proposed that both the prophets of Baal and he prepare sacrifices and that neither of them light the sacrifices.  They would pray to their gods and the one that answered with fire was the true God.  Well, the prophets of Baal were unable to pray down fire from Heaven, and then it was Elijah's turn.

Read Verses 32-38 - By dousing that offering with water, Elijah showed more than faith. He showed hope! His confidence was in his God.

A little while later Elijah prayed for rain.

Read and Comment on Verses 41-45.

Elijah certainly asked in hope!

What is it that is God's will that you are asking God for?

ASK IN HOPE!

WE NEED TO ACT IN HOPE

The way we act should be a reflection of our hope.

If we are Christians we should want other people to become Christians too.  Therefore we will want to act in such a way that will bring others to Christ and encourage other Christians.

Matthew 5:14-16 - The first way to impact others for Christ is to preach a sermon to them.  I mean a sermon of actions, not a sermon of words.  Let them see your good works of acting the way a Christian should and they will glorify God because of you. 

You don’t know Bob Farster, but there was an unsaved man, who, on more than one occasion had commented on Bob's godly way of life.

Christians are also supposed to use their words for Christ, but people will not listen to you unless your words are backed up by your life's actions.

1 Peter 3:15 - As people see in your actions the hope that Jesus gives, they will want to hear your words.  As you live a godly life, people will ask you the secret of your hope in Christ. 

And our actions of living and witnessing for Christ will be blessed!

Psalm 126:5-6 - The precious seed is God's Word. As we sow it in tears, we will reap results in joy. It might be the joy of a soul saved or of a Christian who was helped to grow.

 Christian, when you act in hope, you live and speak for Christ. We need to ask and abide in hope!

WE NEED TO ABIDE IN HOPE

The Christian has a very special hope.

The Christian's very special hope is that Jesus is coming.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 - We are to look forward to the coming of our Lord Jesus.

And we need to realize that Jesus could come at any time.

Luke 12:40 - Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Looking forward to the Lord's coming is to affect our behavior and our attitude.   

 Titus 2:11-13 - The blessed hope of the Christian is the return of Christ. It is His glorious appearing. If you are looking forward to his coming you need to deny ungodliness. Ungodliness is simply anything God does not approve of. There should be no time for it in your life.

If you are looking forward to his coming, you should also deny worldly lusts. Worldly lusts are those desires that get out of hand and cause us to sin.  In 1 John 2 they are described as the "lust of flesh", the "lust of the eyes" and the "pride of life".

If you are looking forward to Jesus coming, you're sober or serious about your behavior.

If you are looking forward to Jesus' coming, you're doing what is right or righteous.  How would you feel if Jesus returned and He caught you doing something that did not please Him?

If you are looking forward to Jesus' coming, you are doing what pleases God or what is like God.  Your standard of behavior is high. That's godliness.

The coming of Jesus for you should be such a blessed hope, that you look forward to His coming and want your life to be in order when He arrives!

 

WE NEED TO ABOUND IN HOPE  

Now, come with me to one of my favorite Bible verses.

Romans 15:13 - First of all notice that God is the God of hope. God is the one who is responsible for hope.

The reason you have hope at all is because of what Jesus did for you on the cross.

Jesus died for you there.  Because of His death and your faith in Christ, you have hope! God made the plan that made your hope possible. He is the God of hope.   

Notice two essential things that God wants you to have.

God wants you to have joy.

God wants you have peace.

And He doesn't want you to have just a little joy.

And He doesn't want you to have a little peace.

He wants you to be filled with joy! John 15:11

He wants you to be filled with peace! John 14:27

Joy and peace come in believing! If you trust Jesus enough to obey Him, you will be filled with joy.  If you trust Jesus enough to pray and cast all my care upon Him, you will be filled with peace.

If I am filled with joy and peace, I will abound with hope. Hope appears to be a result of my joy and peace!

But hope is also the result of the work of the Holy Spirit in my life.  The fruit of the Spirit includes both joy and peace.  The filling of the Spirit also fills me with hope.

God wants you and I to abound in hope, and He helps us to do this through His Holy Spirit!   

To be a Christian Optimist:

WE NEED TO ASK IN HOPE

WE NEED TO ACT IN HOPE

WE NEED TO ABIDE IN HOPE

WE NEED TO ABOUND IN HOPE  

 

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REVELATION 2:1-7 – KEEP THE LIGHT ON!

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine,

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine,

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

Hide it under a bushel, no!

I'm gonna let it shine

Hide it under a bushel, no!

I'm gonna let it shine,

Hide it under a bushel, no!

I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine,

Let it shine, let it shine

Don't let Satan blow it out

I'm gonna let it shine

Don't let Satan blow it out

I'm gonna let it shine

Don't let Satan blow it out

I'm gonna let it shine,

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

Let it shine til Jesus comes

I'm gonna let it shine

Let it shine til Jesus comes

I'm gonna let it shine,

Let it shine til Jesus comes

I'm gonna let it shine, Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

This little Gospel children’s song has a great message for children and adults alike. We are to be resloved to shine for Jesus as Christians. We need to keep the light of our testimony shinning brightly for Him.

In Revelation 2-3 the Lord Jesus is speaking to seven churches in Asia and as Head of the Church, He is giving an evaluation of each church. I believe these seven churches represent types of churches and their members that have existed throughout church history.

The first church mentioned, the Church, in Ephesus was a good church with a fatal flaw. As a result, they were in danger of the light of their corporate and personal testimonies going out!   

COMMUNICATOR – Revelation 2:1

  • The angel was a messenger, probably the senior Pastor of the Church. He is referred to as one of seven “stars” in Revelation 1:27
  • The lampstand refers to the church itself.
  • We are told that the messengers are being held onto by the Lord Himself. That should be both a humbling, daunting and encouraging thought to any pastor.
  • Jesus walks in the midst of all the churches. He knows whats going on and is present at all times. He knows you and what you are doing. “Lo, I am with you always…”

CRITIQUE – Revelation 2:2-4, 6

COMMENDATION – Vss. 2-3, 6

  • Vss. 2-3, 6  – This was a church that worked hard, persevered, was faithful in doctrine, and could not tolerate false teaching.
  • This was a church that was doing all the right things, made up of pastors and people who did all the right things.
  • Criticism – Vs. 4
  • They were still going through the motions, but they abondoned their “first love” for the Lord Jesus.
  • There was no fervency. There was no passion.
  • They were guilty of Spiritual adultery. James 4:4, Ezekiel 16:30, 32, 1 John 2:15-19
  • I see myself as guilty!

COUNSEL – Revelation 2:5

  • Remember – What was it like when you were most passionate about your Savior?
  • What were your priorities?
  • Were you joyful?
  • Were you devouring the Word?
  • Were you faithful in attendance?
  • Were you sharing your faith?
  • Or have you never truly been born-again?
  • Repent – James 4:6-10, 2 Corinthians 7:10
  • Repeat – All motivated by love for our Lord Jesus Christ.
  1. Worship – Motivated by love and joy.
  • Praise and Thanksgiving – Philippians 4:4, Hebrews 13:15
  • Prayer – Ephesians 6:18, Luke 11:9-13
  1. Word – Psalm 119:97, Jeremiah 15:16, Colossians 3:16
  2. Witness – 1 Peter 3:15, Matthew 28:18-20
  • (Or) Removal – Your personal light of witness and the church’s light will go out.

COMFORT – Revelation 2:7

1 John 5:4-5 - For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

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