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S21 – THE WEEK OF MAY 21, 2020

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1 PETER 4:7-11– LIVING WITH ANTICIPATION

HOLY LIVING IN A HOSTILE WORLD #15

One of the ministries that we here at First Baptist involve ourselves in is “Operation Christmas Child” sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. Better known as Packing Shoe Boxes or Shoe Box Packing, millions of shoe boxes are packed every year in many countries for boys and girls around the world. Each box is full of Christmas Gifts for boys and girls in certain age groups. Each box contains items, for hygiene, clothes, school supplies, (pencils, pens, crayons, markers, note books, coloring books), reading material (often a Bible or New Testament) and toys. A correspondence course which teaches the Gospel is also included. Usually local churches hold events in which the boxes are given to local children in certain towns, villages and cities throughout the world.

Here at First Baptist we hold shoe box packing events and last year packed over 550 boxes.

Of course, to pack this many boxes, there needs to be the collecting of materials including boxes that are often wrapped, and all the things that go in the boxes. As you can imagine, this takes a lot of stuff!

How do our ladies and men achieve of this? Dottie Peters and other ladies live with anticipation of the shoebox packing parties. No sooner is one shoe box packing done for the year and the boxes delivered, than folks are planning for the next packing! All through the year shopping is done for shoe box items. When someone sees a good deal, they buy it for the shoeboxes! One who is always looking for donations of left-over toys, dolls, stuffed animals etc. that didn’t sell, and has come up with some great bargains and gifts. She also makes soap pouches, pencil pouches and other things. Sewing kits and fishing kits are made by another couple. Dottie has also made several items. So far, she has knitted over 100 hats for girls for the next shoebox packing. Other ladies also are contributing!

Living with anticipation is an important part of packing shoeboxes or any other worthwhile endeavor. Living with anticipation is also the way God wants us to live as Christians.

1 John 3:2-3

We return to our series on 1 Peter, “Holy Living in a Hostile World”, and after giving us some pointers on how we should live as new creatures who have been changed by Jesus in 1 Peter 4:1-6, Peter now shows us how to live with anticipation of our Lord’s return for us either on the family plan or individually.

BE AWARE! - 1 Peter 4:7a

But the end of all things is at hand;

End means consummation.

The Lord’s Coming is imminent. He could come for his church at any time! There is nothing that needs to be fulfilled for him to return.

The Lord’s Coming is imminent for each person, even you! He could come today for you!

Mark 13:33-37, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Revelation 20:15

Although Jesus’ coming could happen anytime, there are clues that it might be close.

Technology for “Mark of Beast” through micro-chips planted is available.

Hints towards “one world government”. Reducing the importance of nationalism, looking for one source to control covid19 world-wide.

BE ALERT! - 1 Peter 4:7b

…therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.

1 Peter 4:7 (ESV) …therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.

Self-controlled – Thinking Clearly, my mind is under God’s control.

Sober-minded – Not drunk or under the influence to any unhealthy thought patterns.

This is for the sake of our prayers.

Prayers for Saints - Ephesians 6:18

Prayers for the Lost - 1 Timothy 2:1-6

BE ACTIVE! - 1 Peter 4:8

This verse reminds us of a very important truth: Agape love is not passive!

The idea is of a horse or a human being giving all he or she has, “stretched out”, using every muscle to the mas. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13

Love covers a multitude of sins – When we love each other this way, forgiveness, compassion, and cooperation will abound. We will want to forgive.

BE ACCEPTING! - 1 Peter 4:9

Hospitality, entertaining Christians who were traveling, was essential.

Jesus showed hospitality. Luke 9:11-13

We need to receive people in our homes! This reminds me that we must receive fellow believers in our hearts! Romans 15:5-7

BE ASSISTING - 1 Peter 4:10-11

Vs. 10 – God has gifted you. Romans 12:3-8

God has placed you in Christ’s body, the church, and given you a combination of gifts unique to you! 1 Corinthians 12:4-7

Vs. 11 – Two types or categories of gifts into which each gift falls.

Speaking Gifts – Those who speak must speak the utterances of God. In other words, when a person teaches, exhorts, or preaches, he must preach the Word of God accurately, because he representing God.

Serving Gifts – Use the ability that God has given you to the max.

The goal in the use of any gift is that God would be glorified through our Lord Jesus Christ.

When Jesus is glorified, the Father is glorified.

LIVING WITH EXPECTATION:

BE AWARE!

BE ALERT!

BE ACTIVE!

BE ACCEPTING!

BE ASSISTING!

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1 SAMUEL 3:9 – GREAT ADVICE

I have received and have given some good advice in my team.

One good word of advice came from my Dad when I was dating Dottie Adams. He said, "If you let this one get away you're crazy."  I didn't. We've been married for almost 48 years.

In pre-marital counseling I give what I feel is a good piece of advice. I tell the future husband to eat whatever his wife serves him for a year without complaining. He'll make a great cook!

In 1 Samuel 3:9 Eli the priest gives the young boy Samuel a piece of great advice, that we should take as well. "Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place."

There are several lessons that we learn from this passage and other Scriptures.

GOD SPEAKS AT QUIET TIMES

When God spoke to Samuel it was at night.

When God spoke to Joseph, or Daniel it was often in a dream.

When God spoke to John it was at a quiet time. He was "in the Spirit on the Lord's Day." (Revelation 1:10)

When God spoke to Elijah on Mount Horeb, it was with a still, small voice (1 Kings 19:12).

It seems that it is during the times of solitude and quiet. Psalm 46:10-11, Isaiah 30:15

GOD WOULD SPEAK TO US REGULARLY

Once God started speaking to Samuel, He continued to communicate. 1 Samuel 3:19-21

God wants to communicate with us regularly as we abide in Christ. John 15:4-7

GOD WANTS A WILLING LISTENER

Eli told Samuel to say to the Lord, "Speak."

In other words, Samuel was to be willing to hear from the Lord.

God wants a willing listener.

God wants his servants to listen for His voice.

GOD WANTS A YIELDED LISTENER

Eli told Samuel to say "Speak Lord; for thy servant heareth."

Jesus is Lord and He has every right to instruct and command us.

We are also are the Lord's servants. If we are the Lord's servants, we must therefore be yielded to His plans for our lives.

GOD WANTS AN ATTENTIVE LISTENER

Samuel was told to say "Thy servant heareth."

In other words, Samuel was to be alert.

He was to be desirous of hearing what the Lord had to say.

He was to listen with a "ready ear".

We are to listen to God, trying to get as much from Him as we can. Go to speak, we are to hang on every word.

I have received and have given some good advice in my team.

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PSALM 14 – WHEN EVIL ABOUNDS

ABANDONMENT OF THE WICKED - Vss. 1,4

The wicked act as if God does not exist. They have no fear of Him.

ASSESSMENT BY GOD - Vss. 2-3

God evaluates the wicked and is fully familiar with their sin.

ASSISTANCE FOR THE RIGHTEOUS - Vss. 5-7

God is there to help the righteous. Deliverance will come!

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RUNNING FROM GOD – JONAH 1

JONAH, PROPHET ON THE RUN, LESSON 1

INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK OF JONAH

  1. REALITY – Jonah Is No Fairytale – 2 Kings 14:25, Matthew 12:40-41
  2. REASON – To Show God’s Interaction with His Servants
  3. RELEVANCE – Our Times Need Mature Saints

Chapter 1 introduces us to Jonah the Prophet as one who has chosen to rebel against God’s known will for him. Because God loves Jonah, He disciplines him. In the process of discipline, God also brings some mariners to faith!

GOD, THE REVEALER

  1. He Revealed His Word. Vs. 1
  2. He Revealed His Will, Vs. 2 – Romans 12:2
  3. He Revealed His Wrath, Vs. 4 – Hebrews 12:5-11
  4. He Revealed His Wonder, Vss. 4, 15, 17 – Deuteronomy 10:10, 17

JONAH, THE REBEL

  1. He Rebelled Against Going – Vs. 3
  2. He Rebelled Against Knowing – Vss. 6-7 – Jonah could sleep during the storm because he did want to acknowledge or know that he was the cause of it. He was very rebellious.
  3. He Rebelled Against Repenting – Vs. 13 – It appears that Jonah would have rather drowned than repent and go to Nineveh!

THE MARINERS – THE RESPONSIVE

  1. They Responded with Fear – Vs. 5
  2. They Responded with Prayer – Vs. 5
  3. They Responded with Action – Vss. 5-6,
  4. They Responded with Examination – Vss. 7-9
  5. They Responded with Amazement – Vs. 10
  6. They Responded with Reluctance – Vss. 11-13
  7. They Responded with Respect – Vs. 14
  8. They Responded with Obedience – Vs. 15
  9. They Responded with Faith – Vs. 16

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LUKE 7:36-50 – MAKE A CHOICE

LIFE OF CHRIST #21

Life is full of choices. Every day you are invited to pick. You pick what you are going to eat, what you are going to wear, how you are going to act, what you are going to do, and where you are going to go.

In this morning’s message you also have a choice.

You chose who you are like in this Bible story, the Pharisee or the woman. It is your pick.  The good news is, if you want to change your choice at the end, you can.

Vs. 36 – After the incident involving John the Baptist, a Pharisee, one of a strict sect that was very legalistic, invited Jesus to dinner.  As the story unfolds, we will see that he did not invite Him out of belief in or love for Jesus.

In fact he probably either invited Jesus out of curiosity, or in an effort to find a way to find fault with Jesus either in word of deed.

Vs. 37 - We need to understand something. Dinners in those days were different from dinners today. The guests would have reclined, leaning on their left arms and reaching for the food and eating with their right hand. Everyone would recline facing the table. That's why the woman in our story could reach Jesus' feet.

There is another thing you must realize. Banquets like this were "open" in the sense that anyone who wanted to could walk in. Uninvited guest could come in and sit along the wall, listen to conversation, and even speak to the guests.

This woman could enter into the banquet, and although certainly not welcome, could not be stopped from being there.

To make matters worse, this woman was a known sinner.  Most people seem to think that she was what we might call a woman of ill repute or a prostitute.  She did not have a good reputation.

It is evident that this lady had already had an encounter with the Lord Jesus. Her life had been changed.  Earlier in this chapter Jesus talked to a crowd  about John the Baptist. According to Matthew, after He talked about John, Jesus said more, including this great invitation:

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

Perhaps it was at that time that she placed her faith in Christ. This time she came to show her appreciation. She brought with her an "alabaster box of ointment". This was a bottle or jar that contained precious perfume! This was the good stuff! It was expensive! Her show of appreciation was to anoint Jesus with this perfume.

Vs. 38 - This woman was evidently overcome with the reality of our sin.  She probably realized how much Jesus had forgiven her. She was overwhelmed with the greatness of her sin and the greatness of her forgiveness. She began to cry, and the tears fell on the feet of Jesus.  She dried his feet by loosening the tresses in her hair and using her hair as a towel. And out of love she kissed his feet, and anointed Jesus feet with the perfume.

Vs. 39 - Simon, the Pharisee, is scandalized.  Here was a woman with a terrible reputation, and Jesus was allowing this terrible sinner, to wash, kiss, and anoint his feet.

The Pharisee's conclusion is, "This man is no prophet! If he were a prophet he would know about this sinful woman! He would turn her away, if he knew the type of woman she is!

Vs. 40 - Jesus tells Simon that he has something to say.

             And whether Simon wants to hear it or not, he's polite enough to give Jesus permission to say what was on His heart.

Vss. 41-42 - Jesus tells a story of a moneylender who has two clients who owe him money. One owed him the equivalent of 50 days wages for the common laborer. The other owed Him the equivalent of 500 days wages.

Neither of them could pay the moneylender, and he freely forgave both of them.

This story reminds me that in man's way of thinking, some are not as big sinners as others. 

Looking at the woman in the story, it is clear that she was a great sinner, and owed a debt for her sin that she could not pay.

There are other people, like this Simon, who especially in front of others, do not appear to be very big sinners at all. They appear to be good, moral people.  Their sins are not as great or as obvious.

But before God, whether a person is a moral sinner, or an immoral sinner, he or she is a sinner who owes a debt for their sin to God. Isaiah 64:6, Ezekiel 18:4

My dear friend, no matter how little or how great a sinner you consider yourself to be, you are bankrupt!  You can not pay for your sin!

Only Jesus could pay for your sin, and He did! 2 Corinthians 5:21

2 Corinthians 5:21 - For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Jesus already paid the debt for your sin.

All you had to do is apply it to your account! Romans 6:23, John 3:16

What gave this woman in our story her forgiveness? Was it the tears? Was it the foot washing? Was it the expensive perfume?

NO! IT WAS HER FAITH!

Luke 7:50 - And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

It is not our actions that save us. It is our faith that saves us.

Our actions are a reflection of our faith. Our actions show that we have faith!

The difference between the Simon the Pharisee and this woman was, she knew she was a sinner who needed a Savior. Simon did not consider himself a bad enough sinner to need a Savior! He was wrong, along with any who might have the same attitude.

Vss. 42-43 - Jesus asks Simon "Which one of these two, the man who was forgiven for 500 pence, or the one that was forgiven for 50 pence, would love the moneylender most?"

Simon supposed the one who had been forgiven the most.

Jesus assures Simon that He has answered correctly.

Now Jesus applies the story to Simon and this woman.

Vs. 44 - It was a common courtesy of that day to have a servant wash the feet of a guest.  They wore open sandals, and though every other body part might have been clean, feet very easily got dirty. A servant was sent around to wash the feet. Simon failed to do this for Jesus.

The woman, on the other hand, not only washed Jesus feet, but used her own tears, and dried the feet with her own hair.

I believe this action of the woman speaks of acknowledgement.

This woman looked back at her past life.

This woman looked back at her failures.

This woman looked back at the forgiveness which Jesus gave her and shed tears of sorrow and gratitude.

You have met ungrateful, forgetful people who have not remembered the kindness shown to them.  Eventually they might even turn on the people who had been so kind to them.

I wonder how many of us have been forgetful about how much the Lord Jesus has done for us.

We need to remind ourselves of what we were before we were saved.

We need to remind ourselves that we had past failures, many of them, but Jesus has forgiven every last one of them.

We need to remind ourselves that even today, when we sin we have a Savior who forgives us, and restores us to fellowship as we confess. 1 John 1:9

It wouldn't hurt us to shed some tears of sorrow and gratitude for what he has done.

This morning we will celebrate what is called the Lord's Table, or communion. Jesus says to us, "Do this in remembrance of me".

We are to acknowledge before God and others just what sinners we were and what a Savior we have!

Acknowledgement

Vs. 45 - Another custom of that day was to greet a guest with a kiss on the cheek.  Simon did not offer that kiss.

The woman however covered Jesus feet with kisses! Now I don't know about you, but I'd far rather kiss somebody on the cheek than the feet!

This woman not only acknowledged her sin, but she showed her affection for the Lord Jesus. She loved Him for what He had done for her!  The kisses were the sign of her affection.

How do your loved ones know you love them?

You tell them.

You thank them for the things they do for you.

You are loyal to them.

You are there when needed.

You will do whatever you can to help!

How does your Lord Jesus know that you love Him?

Do you tell Him that you love Him?

Do you sing songs of praise and worship from the heart?

Do you thank Him for all that He's done?

How does your Lord Jesus know that you love Him?

Are you loyal to Him?

Do you spend time with Him?

Do you speak up for Him?

How does your Lord Jesus know that you love Him?

Are you there when needed?

Will you do anything that He asks?

Before you say, "Yes". Let me ask you another question. Have you been baptized since you were saved? How can you say you are loyal, if you haven't taken the first step of obedience?

How does your Lord Jesus know that you love Him?

Will you do whatever you can to help?

What if He wants you to join this church?

What if He wants you to teach for Him?

What if He wants you to help with the young people?

What if He wants you to serve on council?

What if He wants you sing in the choir?

What if He wants you to be a pastor or go to the mission field?

This woman acknowledged her sin.

This woman showed affection.

Vs. 46 - Another custom was for a host to anoint his guest's hair with oil. Simon had offered no oil!

The woman took a flask of expensive perfume and anointed Jesus' feet.  She showed her appreciation for all that Jesus had done for her.

Has it occurred to you that what we give to the Lord is an indication of how much we appreciate Him.

When we give our tithe to the local church, we are showing our appreciation.

When we give to missions we are showing our appreciation.

When we give to those in need, we are showing our appreciation.

2 Corinthians 9:7 - Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Vs. 47 - The woman's love for Jesus was a reflection of how much she had been forgiven.

She realized just how great a sin debt had been paid!

Oh, may we realize the great debt of sin that has been paid for us, and may we love Him accordingly!

Have you been forgiven much?

Do you love the Lord Jesus accordingly?

Vss. 48-50 - The woman was reassured, and those who didn't believe didn't understand that Jesus could forgive sin.

But now it's time for you to Pick One!

Right now are you like the Pharisee who:

Shows no acknowledgement of sin

Shows no affection for Jesus

Shows no appreciation for Jesus?

Or are you like this woman who

Acknowledges sin.

Shows affection.

Shows appreciation.

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JOHN 11 – LESSONS DURING HEARTBREAK

(A COMPLETE LESSON THAT CAN BE CHANGED INTO A SERMON, IF YOU WORK AT IT!)

What is the biggest heartbreak you have ever seen or experienced?

  • What are some of the different types of heartbreak that people experience?
  • How can heartbreak ruin someone?
  • How can heartbreak help someone?

We turn our attention to a familiar story that pictures the heartbreak of two sisters, Martha and Mary, who lost their brother, Lazarus, to death.  There are some valuable lessons for us to learn here.

JESUS LOVES US DURING OUR TRIALS – Vss. 1-5

· Why did Mary and Martha send for Jesus?

· What was evident about their perception of Jesus?

· How can all sickness in a Christian, even if it results in death, bring glory to God?

· How is verse 5 a good reminder to us?

JESUS LETS US WAIT FOR HIS PERFECT TIMING Vss. 6-16

· Why did Jesus delay His departure for Bethany? Vs. 6

· What would Mary and Martha have thought concerning Jesus’ delay?  Often we think the same sort of things.

· Jesus gave His reason for going to Bethany in spite of the obvious danger.  He was to wake Lazarus out of the sleep of death. Vss. 7-15

· Why is God’s perfect timing always exciting?

· Why do we get nervous, worried, and upset when we must wait for God?  What is the solution to that problem?

JESUS LEADS US TO BETTER UNDERSTANDING – Vss. 17-27

· Why do you think Martha rushed out to meet Jesus?

     Vss. 18-20

· Why do you think Mary did not go out to meet Jesus? Vs. 20.

· What do verses 21-22 tell you about Martha’s faith?

· What was Jesus predicting in verse 23?  How was Martha interpreting His statement in verse 24?

· How would Martha be comforted by Jesus’ words in Vss. 25-26, even if Lazarus hadn’t risen from the dead.

· Why did Martha need a better understanding of the situation and of the Lord Jesus?

· How does Jesus lead us to better understanding in times of sorrow?

· Why is Martha’s statement in verse 27 so precious?

JESUS LONGS FOR US WHEN WE HURT – Vss. 28-37

· Why do you think Martha privately told Mary that Jesus was there? Vs. 28

· How was Mary’s response to Jesus different than Martha’s?  Why? Vss. 29-32

· Why do you think Jesus was troubled? Vss. 33-34

· Why did Jesus weep when He knew that He would raise Lazarus from the dead?  How is His weeping an encouragement to us?

Hebrews 4:15-16 - For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. [16] Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

· How would you respond to the words of Jesus’ critics in verses 36-37?

JESUS LEAVES NO DOUBT ABOUT HIS POWER – Vss. 38-45

  • What does Martha’s response in verse 39 tell you about her understanding of Jesus’ previous words to her?
  • How was Jesus’ response to Martha a real challenge? Vs. 40
  • Why is our faith necessary for God to work? Matthew 13:58, Hebrews 3:18-19, Hebrews 11:6
  • How does Jesus manifest His power in our times of sorrow?
  • Why did Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead? Vss. 41-42
  • What lesson is found in the fact that Jesus had others remove the grave clothes? Vss. 43-44
  • How would Mary and Martha have felt?
  • How can God’s power in our trials help unbelievers? Vs. 45?

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HEBREWS 1:1-4 – GOD’S FINAL WORD

God's last or final Word to man is the Lord Jesus Christ.

JESUS IS HEIR OF ALL THINGS - "... whom he hath appointed heir of all things..."

JESUS IS CREATOR OF THE WORLD - "... by whom also he made the worlds;"

JESUS IS GOD HIMSELF - " Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person..."

JESUS IS UPHOLDER OF ALL THINGS - "and upholding all things by the word of his power..."

JESUS IS THE PURGER OF OUR SINS - "... when he had by himself purged our sins..."

JESUS IS SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD - "...sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;"

JESUS IS BETTER THAN THE ANGELS - "Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they."

 

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