September 29, 2021, 5:35 PM



T39 – FOR WEEK OF 9/27/21

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Our friend is gone! She will do longer greet you with her warm smile, sing a sweet solo, play the piano, count money, or share testimonies and prayer requests.

Our friend is gone, and we know where she is and if we have the same faith for salvation through the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we will see her again.

Our friend is gone, and I must admit that I took her for granted. Never thought of her not being here, not smiling, singing, playing, counting money, or sharing her life with us. I think I assumed she’d always be here, and therefore, did not appreciate her as much as I should have.

I think we’re all like that. We take privileges, perks, and people for granted without really appreciating them as much as we should! What is even worse, is often, we take God’s grace for granted, and don’t act as Christians the way we should act.

Review - The Apostle Peter was writing to anyone who had “obtained like precious faith” as he. All come to faith through the righteousness of “our God and Savior Jesus Christ”. God began to pour out grace and peace to us at the moment of our decision to trust Christ.

Peter’s wish for his hearers was that God would multiply grace and peace to them through an increasing knowledge of God the Father and God the Son.

Peter was writing his Epistle because the early church already had false teachers in abundance. Peter wanted each believer to live a Christian Life that was worthy of their Lord who saved them. God, and therefore Peter, wanted every Christian to finish well. 2 Peter 3:18 sums it up.

Now if God wants you to finish well, and He does, He will fully equip you to finish well! In fact, if you are a true Christ-follower, you already have all you need. You just need to learn how to use it and actually use it. That’s what we will learn in the rest of 2 Peter.

Amazing Gift3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,

Abundant Gracesthrough the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises,

Achievable Goalthat through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Now here is where we need to watch ourselves. Although we might not admit it, we tend to get lazy, taking God’s grace for granted, and not pursuing Christ’s likeness in our own lives, not taking our Christianity seriously. Having an attitude of “I’m in! I’ll live the way I please!” That’s dangerous! Matthew 7:21-24

If you have experienced the grace of God through the Lord Jesus Christ, your life has been changed! 2 Corinthians 5:17

You have a new “want to”, that is, a new motivation to finish well. After Peter tells his readers that they are fully equipped, he says, “For this very reason, giving all diligence…” (Verse 5)

Every translation I checked either says “all diligence”, or “make every effort”. He repeats the same thought in verse 10, and even makes it even stronger.

You are not saved by your works. You do not stay saved by your works. But your works prove you are saved. It needs to be your passion to finish well, and not take grace for granted. Are you born again? Act like you appreciate it!

Before we move on to what Peter says we should do in this passage, we need think what diligence or making every effort looks like and striving to be diligent to finish well. Here are what I see as four requirements for diligence.

  • What moves you to be diligent as a Christian should be your appreciation for, and devotion to Christ. Isaiah 53:3-6
  • Love for Christ should make you diligent.

Galatians 2:20, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

  • Jesus requires devotion of those who claim to love Him. Matthew 10:37-38, Mark 12:3
  • If we can’t save ourselves, what makes us think that we can be diligent in our own power.
  • What I do with my own self-effort will not have good results. John 15:5 – “…for without me you can do nothing.” We have the resources:
  • The resource of the Word of God. Joshua 1:8
  • The resource of the control or filling of the Holy Spirit. John 14:16-18, Acts 1:8, Galatians 5:14
  • We have the resource of prayer. John 14:12-14, John 5:14-15
  • The resource of Christ’s authority. Colossians 3:17,
  • Paul’s Example – Philippians 3:10-15
  • Use someone you know as an example of diligence
  • Victory over sin
  • Answered prayer
  • Fruit of the Spirit (Including joy)
  • Fellowship with other believers
  • Rewards – 2 Timothy 4:6-8

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Have you heard of a sure cure for a toothache?  Next time you have one, drop a rock on your foot. You will forget that you have a toothache! The trouble is, after your foot stops hurting, you will still have the toothache. "Two wrongs don't make it right!"

You have also heard of that famous hero of yesteryear-named Robin Hood. Robin lived in Sherwood Forest with his band of "Merry Men". Somehow they felt justified in robbing from rich people in order to take care of poor people. Granted, the poor may have been abused by the rich, but stealing is still stealing.  "Two wrongs don't make it right!"

If a friend of yours does something wrong, is it right for you to lie for him to keep him out of trouble?  No! "Two wrongs do not make it right!"

How do I know that two wrongs, or any number of wrongs can not make it right? The Bible tells us so! When you study Romans 3 sometime make a close examination of verses 7-8. In those verses Paul condemns those who say, "Let us do evil, that good may come." He is saying that doing wrong does not make things right.

When people do wrong to make things right they forget a key principle in the Word of God. Numbers 32:23 says, "...and be sure your sin will find you out."  You can not escape the penalty for hidden or unconfessed sin. Many a man thought he could hide an affair from his wife, only to have her discover it. The marriage was ruined.  Many a woman thought she could hide her drinking habit only to discover she paid for it with family and health problems.  Even if a person could or can hide a secret sin from people, God always knows about it and will hold the person accountable. 1 Corinthians 3:13

Wrongs do not make it right.

Today we want to learn about four people who tried to do wrong in order to make things right. They failed miserably.


God's intent was that the older son, Esau, would serve the younger son, Jacob. Genesis 25:22-23

Isaac, the father, loved Esau because of the venison he prepared. Rebekah, the mother, loved Jacob. Genesis 25:28

Esau despised his birthright and because of hunger sold it to Jacob. Jacob took advantage Esau in order to gain the benefits of the birthright. Under God's plan, the birthright would be Jacob's. Jacob went about getting it the wrong way. Genesis 25:29-34

ISAAC'S PLAN - Vss. 1-3

Isaac planned to give the blessing God to Esau. This was not God's plan according to Genesis 25:22-23.

Also, the deal over the birthright indicated that Jacob should be the one receiving the blessing. His wrong did not make things right, and other problems followed.

We have to give credit to Isaac. When he realized that his plan had failed, he yielded to the will of God. Genesis 27:23

SARAH'S PLOT - Vss. 6-16

Rebekah overheard Isaac's plan. She should have confronted her husband. Instead she schemed in order to do what was right.  Her plan was to fool her husband into thinking Jacob was Esau.

The deception worked, but it did not make things right.  It developed an animosity between Esau and Jacob. Esau was ready to kill Jacob and Jacob needed to leave for his safety. As a result she never again saw the son she loved. Genesis 27:41-28:5

JACOB'S DECEIT - Vss. 18-29

Jacob told a string of lies in order to deceive his father.

Although he received the blessing, it did not make things right.

Jacob had to flee for his life, and he ended up being deceived by his father-in-law.

It wasn't until Jacob finally humbled himself before his brother that things were made right. Genesis 32:3-5, 33:8-11

ESAU'S DEFEAT - Vss. 30-41

Esau was evidently in agreement about taking the blessing away from Jacob.

He also knew that the birthright had been sold to Jacob.

His plot only ended up in defeat and disappointment.

As a result, he became so angry that he planned to murder his brother.





GOD AND PRAISE – Vss. 1-3 – He is to be at the center of our worship.

GOD AND PROPRIETY – Vss. 4-5 – He loves righteousness.

GOD AND POWER – Vss. 6-9 – His power is seen in creation.

GOD AND PEOPLE – Vss. 10-13 – He is superior to the heathen. He takes care of his own people.

GOD AND PERCEPTION – Vss. 14-15 – He sees everything.

GOD AND PROTECTION – Vss. 16-19 – He protects his own.

GOD AND PEACE – Vss. 20-22 – He gives it those who wait on Him.



This parable talks about when Jesus returns.


Wise Virgins

Foolish Virgins


The Bridegroom’s arrival was announced.

The Wise Virgins were ready.

The Foolish Virgins were not ready.


The Wise Virgins were received.

The Foolish Virgins were rejected.




If you watch television, listen to the radio, visit commercial web sites or read the newspaper, you will have seen what advertisers call "a great offer" or "an offer you can't refuse".  The trouble with many of these offers for you to make a purchase is that the offers really aren't that good.  I've see many "great deals" that weren't so great!

In our text today, the Lord Jesus is making a great offer. It is an offer that you can refuse, but you will be sorry if you do.  Jesus is talking to critics who want him to repeat his great miracle of feeding the five thousand (John 6:1-13, 26-34). He makes a very clear and great offer to them.


Jesus offers Himself as "the bread of life". Just as bread is a basic ingredient in most diets around the world, Jesus is the basic ingredient for eternal life. Jesus is the resource we need for eternal life (John 14:6). Those who truly believe on Him will never be Spiritually hungry or thirsty.

REBUKE - Vs. 36

These people had seen Jesus and the way He fed the five thousand. Although they had seen, they had not truly believed on Him for eternal life.

REASON - Vs. 38

Jesus came down from Heaven to do the Father's will. This included going to the cross to pay for our sins, and to save all those that would believe on Him.

REASSURANCE - Vss. 37, 39-40

Jesus will not reject any that sincerely come to Him by faith. Vs. 37

All those who truly believe in Christ will be saved and resurrected. Vss. 39-40


1 JOHN 4-1-6 – ON GUARD


As we continue our study of Real Christianity in 1 John we return to a theme that John has elaborated on before.  It is a warning against false teachers, and it teaches us to be On Guard concerning them and their teachings.


Usually, when we say, “Be careful”, we are concerned about someone’s well being.

When we use the words “Be careful” in conjunction with

1 John 4:1-6, we are concerned that somebody not be led astray by false teachers.

Just because a preacher sounds good, it doesn't mean the person is right. We must be careful to test the spirits to make sure we follow those teachers that are from God.

Vs. 1 - Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

We are to try or test the spirits to see if they are of God.

The best way of testing the Spirits to see if they are of God is to compare what they say with what the Word of God says. 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21,

Because of the large number of false teachers in the world we have to be careful.

1 John 4:5 - They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

False teachers are "of the world". They follow the “world system” of thinking and acting.

Worldly teachers accentuate the things of the world. 1 John 2:15-17  

Can we assume that because a person has a large following he is right?  Of course not! Many false teachers have large followings because they appeal to worldly people.

Hitler drew large crowds and was wrong.

10 spies brought back the majority report after going into the Promised Land and they were wrong!

False teachers are of the "world". Because they are worldly, those who love the world want to hear them.

BE COGNIZANT - Vss. 2-3, 6 or BE AWARE

1 John 4:2 - Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

We must be cognizant or aware of what comes from the Spirit of God.  We should be able to tell when someone is speaking for God.

A person who believes that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh must believe in His eternal deity. Colossians 1:15-17

The word Jesus means "Jehovah saves".  If a person truly believes that Jesus came in the flesh, he must believe in Him as Savior.

The word Christ means "anointed one".  It is reference to Jesus as Messiah.  If we believe that He's Messiah, He is our Lord!   

We must believe that He came in the flesh.  Jesus Christ is not just a spirit, but He became God in the flesh! Philippians 2:5-7

When a person "confesses" that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, he is making testimony of his own salvation. He is “of God”. Romans 10:9-10 

1 John 4:3 - And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

Be aware that if a person does not confess Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, he is not of God.   

Listen to what people are saying. If they are not confessing Christ as Savior and salvation through faith in Christ alone, they are false teachers.

If they are not saying that Jesus is God who has come to earth literally in a human body, they are false teachers.

A false teacher is anti-Christ.  He is against Christ.

1 John 2:18 - Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

Although the anti-Christ has not yet made his appearance, there are many today that have his Spirit.  

Be aware of the spirit of anti-Christ that is in the world.

1 John 4:6 - We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Vs. 6 - John and the Apostles were of God.  The writings of Scripture are from God.

Those who know God through Christ, especially preachers and teachers, will hear and adhere to the Word of God, which contains the teaching of John and other Apostles.

A true teacher will present God's Word accurately.

Be aware that those who are not of God will not adhere to or teach the true doctrine of the Word of God.

Because of this awareness it is not as hard as it would seem to tell if someone has the spirit of truth or the spirit of error.

If a person teaches accurate Bible doctrine he has the spirit of truth.

If a person teaches heresy he has the spirit of error.


1 John 4:4 - Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

While God wants us to be careful about the teachers we follow and cognizant of the difference between a true teacher and a false teacher, he doesn't want us to worry.

He wants us to be confident that we will be able to tell the difference.

John tells us, who are Christians, that we are of God.  That's very assuring! John likes to call us little children, and that's appropriate. John 1:12, 1 John 3:1-2

Because we are "of God", children of God, we have overcome the false teachers.  We don't have to be fooled by their false teachings.

Who is it that in us who is greater than he that is in the world?

It is the Spirit of God who is greater than Satan.

Our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:19, John 16:8-13

For detecting the false teachers, greater is he that is in you than he that is the world   

In what other ways is the Spirit of God helpful in our lives?

  • For power to witness – Acts 1:8

For victory over sin – Romans 6:14

For Fruitfulness – Galatians 5:22-23

  • For strength in prayer – Romans 8:26-27
  • For Assurance of Salvation – Romans 8:16

Indeed, greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.

So, we can be confident.   

So, let's be on guard:


BE COGNIZANT - Vss. 2-3, 6 or BE AWARE




It is our being purposely gracious or winsome that will help bring or win people to Christ.

Matthew 5:13 - Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Jesus calls Christians “salt”.

Salt is a preservative.

The world is morally and spiritually rotting away.

As Christians we act as preservatives against the rottenness.

We should be living in such a way that we are doing what is right.  The world should see us as standing against the trends of wickedness.

Salt spices things up. When a Christian is “spicy” he is giving excitement to a dull world that only thinks that life is exciting. The Christian has more abundant life in Christ.

Salt makes one thirsty.

The Christian should make non-Christians thirsty for a better life, for Christ, for having what the Christian has.

Jesus warns about salt that loses its savor or saltiness.

If Christians are not salty they are not effective.

Also, salt does no good if it’s in the salt shaker and not be spread around.

How do we become “Winsome to Win Some”.

I have a few suggestions.


Consistency is something non-Christians lack.

In order for us to act as preservatives and to make people want we have we need to be consistent in at least two ways.


If we believe in Jesus as our Savior, we also need to believe that Jesus has called us to live a holy life. Titus 2:11-12

You will not win anyone to Christ by being just like them.

If your Christianity has not made you different, why should anyone else want it?

I’m not saying you should walk around preaching everywhere you go.  I am suggesting that the way you live should reflect an element of righteousness that is noticeable. As you live a holy life, one that is different, you will have opportunities to share your faith. 1 Peter 3:15


We will not win anyone to Christ by pretending to be something we are not.

People do not like hypocrisy even when they are hypocritical themselves.

One of the worst things we can do as Christians is to pretend everything is okay when it isn’t.

Some have this convoluted idea that Christians are to always smile, always laugh, always appear on top of things even when they are not. They are to never get angry or hurt.

We Christians do have our sorrows.

We do have our hurts, trials and disappointments.

We do get angry.

We do have bad days.

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 - To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Unsaved people need to see that we are human, we are real.

But what should they see that’s different from them in this.

In our sorrow we should show hope and joy and thanksgiving. In our anger we should show forgiveness.   

Christians should not be defeated by the sorrows. 

They should use them as stepping stones towards a closer walk with God and that makes us different from the unsaved. James 1:2-4, Ephesians 4:32

So we need to be consistent with what we believe and who we are.   


Proverbs 18:24 - A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly…   

Not everyone is outgoing.

Not everyone is a back-slapper.

Not everyone treats all others as long-lost friends.

But whether we are introverted or out going, we can all be friendly.

We can take the time to say “Hello”.

We can take the time to ask how someone is doing.

We can show interest in their answers.

If a grouchy person gives you advice, are you likely to listen?

If a person won’t talk to you are you likely to take him seriously if all of a sudden he starts talking to you about religion?

If your faith in Christ as not made you a friendly person, why should anyone want what you have?


One of the most precious commodities we have is time.

None of us seem to have enough of it.

Our job demands time.

Keeping up with the yard and house demands time.

Spending time with your family demands time.

Church activities demand time.

Sitting at the feet of Jesus to hear His Word takes time.

Hobbies take time.

Friendships take time.

Developing relationships takes time.

One of the most precious gifts you can give someone is your time!

Using our time wisely takes discernment. Ephesians 5:16-18

If you want to win someone to Christ, it will take a time commitment on your part.

One of the best things you can do is find things to do socially with an unsaved person.

That doesn’t mean you have to do things that you don’t believe in, such as going to bars.

But find things such as picnics, shopping, playing games, hunting, going to ball games, and going out to eat that allow you to get to know each other better.  

If we are committed to winning people to Christ we must be committed to spending time with them.

Sometimes we will have witnessing opportunities when we hardly know people.  However being committed to a friendship will give you excellent opportunities to share.


Proverbs 27:10 - Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not…

Romans 12:15 - Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

Giving time to a friend is not just for social activities.

When things are going bad for a friend, a true friend is around to listen, to cry, to help.

When things are going well for a friend, a true friend is there to rejoice.


Sometimes the only thing we can do for a friend is be there.

Sometimes we can just listen.

Showing concern begins with just checking on our friends to see how they are doing.

Showing concern also means being sensitive to a person’s moods, and knowing when to ask if things are okay.

Showing concern may also mean tactfully warning someone when we see that they are headed in a wrong direction.

Showing concern will earn you a hearing, when you are ready to share the Gospel.

If a person knows that you are truly concerned for them, they are more likely to listen.


I realize that some of these thoughts overlap.

Being concerned should lead us to the next logical step which is to cooperate with our friend in any way that we can to help.

Galatians 6:10 - As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Our cooperation should begin with our support for the well being of those who are brothers and sisters in Christ.  The demonstration of this active love for the brethren should be such in our Christian churches that the unsaved will take notice. John 13:34-25

But our cooperation is to go beyond those who are of our faith family.  We need to reach out also to our friends and even people we don’t know with a compassion that says “I’ll help if I can.”

It might be a donation of money or groceries to a family in need.

It might be transporting someone to the hospital and/or waiting through surgery.

It might be going with someone to a hearing or some other uncomfortable situation.

It might be bringing a meal or dessert to someone during a difficult time.

You can be creative. There are many ways to cooperate in friendship.


This brings us back to what we talked about last week, clear communication.

We must be prayerfully looking for opportunities to share our faith, even if it is in little does.

We should not rush the process in wanting to witness if the door is not open.

However, when God opens a door we need to be ready to move right in and speak up for Christ.

Remember, the soul winning is a process.

1 Corinthians 3:6 - I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.


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