Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Righteous Judgment of God (Part 3)

SERMON:             GM15-063

SERIES:              Renewal Through Romans: The Gospel Defined, Explained &           Applied

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM (July 5, 2015)

SECTION:          The Perversion of Righteousness (Romans 1:18-3:20)

SUBTITLE:        The Righteous Judgment of God (Part 3)

SCRIPTURE:     Romans 2:12-16

SUBJECT:          The Jews have no advantage

SUMMARY:       Paul denies the Jews a refuge from God’s judgment by demonstrating                                       that the possession of the law is of no advantage.

SCHEME:           To motivate each member of NKBC to trust the right criteria in                                            anticipation of the coming judgment

Our theme is:  The Jews have no advantage

 Proposition:        Paul denies the Jews a refuge from God’s judgment by demonstrating that the possession of the law is of no advantage.

Interrogatory Sentence:  Why do the Jews have no advantage before God?

Transitional Sentence: This passage reveals three reasons why the Jews have no                                                      advantage before God

·        Justification is not based on hearing or possessing the law (13)
·        The Gentiles have a form of God’s moral law (14-15)
·         God will judge according to these criteria (16)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Do We Really Need to Ask 40 Questions?

Are there really genuine believers in Christ who honestly supports and/or embraces open and practicing homosexuals as fellow believers? Are there really genuine Christian churches that also embrace open and practicing homosexuals as genuine believers? I do not mean to say that genuine Christians or genuine churches are not to demonstrate the love of Christ towards and fervently evangelize open and practicing homosexuals.

I ask these questions because circulating on social media is an article suggesting that any Christian or Christian church should ask themselves some forty (40) questions before such a decision is made. At the risk of unintentionally offending anyone, I am appalled, aghast, amazed, astonished, and even angered that any genuine believer and any genuine Christian church would even need to considered these questions.

Doesn't anyone truly read, meditate on, and study the bible anymore? If they did first of all, no genuine believer or genuine Church of Christ would embrace and/or approve of such behavior. Secondly, these questions would not be necessary.

Jesus said, "If you love Me, keep My commandments." (John 14:15, NKJV) He also said, "he who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me." (John 14:24, NKJV)

If you don't keep the words of the Father and the Son then you do not love God or Jesus Christ. This shows that you are not a genuine believer. If your church does not keep the words of the Father and the Son, then your church is not a genuine church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We do not need to ask 4, 40, or 400 questions about our decisions. Our decisions are to be based on the living word of God. It is very clear on this subject.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Righteous Judgment of God (Part 2)

SERMON:             GM15-062

SERIES:              Renewal Through Romans: The Gospel Defined, Explained &           Applied

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM (June 28, 2015)

SECTION:          The Perversion of Righteousness (Romans 1:18-3:20)

SUBTITLE:        The Righteous Judgment of God (Part 2)

SCRIPTURE:     Romans 2:6-11

SUBJECT:          The basis of God’s judgment

SUMMARY:       The basis of God’s judgment is works of men in this life

SCHEME:           To motivate each member of NKBC to pursue the things of God in                                  this life rather than the things of this world

Our theme is:  God’s will judge you according to your works

 Proposition:        The judgment of God is according to your works in this life regardless of whether your works are good or bad because God is no respecter of persons.

Interrogatory Sentence:  Why is God just in His judgment of the Jews?

Transitional Sentence: This passage supplies three reasons why God is just in His judgment of the Jews:

·        The Jews are guilty of practicing sin in their daily lives (2:1-5)
·        God judges according to the works of men in this life (2:6-11)
·         The law does not exonerate the Jews from judgment (2:12-16)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Solitariness of God

Meditate on this for awhile and tell me what your response is:

"In the beginning God..." There was no heaven, where His glory is now particularly manifested. There was no earth to engage His attention. There were no angels to hymn His praises; no universe to be upheld by the word of His power. There was nothing, no one, but God; and that not for a day, a year, or an age, but 'from everlasting.' During a past eternity. God was alone: self-contained, self-sufficient, self-satisfied; in need of nothing. Had a universe, had angels, had human beings been necessary to Him in any way, they also had been called into existence from all eternity. The creating of them when He did, added nothing to God essentially. He changes not (Mal. 3:6), therefore His essential glory can be neither augmented nor diminished."

taken from The Attributes of God, by A. W. Pink, p. 9

Monday, June 22, 2015

Another Lesson From a High-Profile Pastor

In this day and age of technology it is no secret that another high-profile pastor has had to resign from the pulpit. News travels faster than wild fire today it seems. Sadly this resignation is due to sexual uncleanness, namely adultery.

I do not desire to "pile-on" to the misery, sinfulness, and heart-ache that this man, his family, the church, and Christendom will suffer and experience. I don't even want to talk about the man's failure.

I certainly want to take heed to the apostle Paul's admonition when he said, "Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall." (1 Corinthians 10:12,NKJV). I realize that except for the grace of God there go I. At this very moment I do not know what sin desires to deceive me and to devour me. I must trust God for His grace to put to death sin in my mortal body in order to live my life pleasing to the Lord and worthy of His great salvation.

My reason for this post is that I am once again reminded that the "proof of the pudding is in the eating." I am amazed that how soon the so called evangelical world wants to jump on the band wagon of new and up-coming men who seem to be polished pulpiteers and charismatic authors or dynamic leaders. 

It seems that once you have had some level of "success" the publishers are beating down your doors for book deals. Soon these men who are not very old or have been around very long are sought after as experts, advisers, or pioneers whose methodology needs to be copied.

Just recently some one recommended to me a book by a high profile pastor turned author. I certainly don't want to put my head in the sand and avoid anything that could be beneficial to me, but I want to wait and see how these guys turn out. Do you know what I mean?

Make no mistake, I am not judging this man and his failure  or his motives, his heart, or his commitment. I have seen some glaring signs of danger in the reports that I have already read, but I am not going to focus on them. I just want Christendom, particularly evangelical Christendom to learn some valuable lessons about the promotion and even "worship" of high profile pastors.

Like most pastors I have a list of my "heroes" of the faith. These are men whom I love, respect, admire, and even try to emulate. Maybe to my detriment my list of heroes does not contain young men in the ministry or men who have not been in the ministry for long periods of time. I want to see how they turn out, how they end up. 

So along with others, I grieve for this "black-eye" on the church of Jesus Christ and for the hurt that will be experienced by all who are involved or affected. I am indignant at sin and its awful, horrid, deceptive, and destructive work in the lives of God's children. I am concerned for myself that I do not give into temptation and sin in some fashion that would grieve the Holy Spirit of God and hurt others. And I certainly want to continue with my "wait and see how they run their course" attitude toward high-profile celebrity type pastors.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Romans 2:1-16 (Part 1)

Disclaimer:  I spent a great deal of time fixing the formatting problems this page (editing page) and had it all lined up properly. I then hit the publish button thinking the format was OK. This morning while checking the post I discovered it is all "messed up" again. I am sorry. I hope it will not keep you from reading.

A Study and Exposition of Romans 2:1-16
(Part 1) * 2:1-5

A.        Introduction

Those who condemn sin in other people, but commit the same or worse sins are inexcusable.

He made free use of Christian vocabulary. He talked about the blessing of the Almighty and the Christian confessions which would become the pillars of the new government. He assumed the earnestness of a man weighed down by historic responsibility. He handed out pious stories to the press, especially to the church papers. He showed his tattered Bible and declared that he drew the strength for his great work from it as scores of pious people welcomed him as a man sent from God. Yes, Adolf Hitler was a master of outward religiosity-- with no inward reality!

We're all like the moon, we have a dark side we don't want anyone to see. (Mark Twain)