Monday, October 16, 2017

THE KING UNDER PRESSURE

MATTHEW 14

THAT’S MY KING                                                              


Pastor Rick Jackson

I. THE PRESSURE OF PERSECUTION [v. 1-14]

1. A Guilty Conscience [v. 1-2]

2. A Corrupt Politician [v. 3-12]

3. A Compassionate King [v. 13-14]

II. THE PRESSURE OF POPULARITY [v. 15-23]

1. Remember Your Place [v. 15-16]

2. Respect Your Provision [v. 17-21]

3. Stay the Path [v. 22-23, John 6:15, Ps. 2:6ff.]

III. THE PRESSURE OF PLACEMENT [v. 22-36]

1. The Place of God’s Peril [v. 22, 24]

2. The Place of God’s Power [v. 23, 25-33]


3. The Place of God’s Presence [v. 34-36]

Sunday, October 15, 2017

CONFORMED OR TRANSFORMED?

RM. 12:1-2, 1 CHRONICLES 13                                   

Pastor Rick Jackson

I. DAVID DISPLEASED THE LORD [v. 1-13]

1. David’s idea [v. 1-6]

-David wanted to do a good thing
-He consulted other men. Proverbs 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
-He didn’t consult the Lord.
Deuteronomy 32:28 For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.
Psalm 16:7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
Psalm 33:11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
Psalm 119:24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.

2. David’s plan [v. 7-8]

-David followed the way of the world.
1 Sam. 6:7-8 Now therefore make a new cart, and take two milch kine, on which there hath come no yoke, and tie the kine to the cart, and bring their calves home from them: And take the ark of the LORD, and lay it upon the cart; and put the jewels of gold, which ye return him for a trespass offering, in a coffer by the side thereof; and send it away, that it may go.

-Israel always wanted to be like the world
1 Samuel 8:5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

Some Christians want to be like the world but that is not God’s will for our lives. Remember our text-
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

-He had much zeal
Romans 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

-He ignored God’s Word which said the Levites were to bear the ark on their shoulders. Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

3. David’s disaster [v. 9-13]

-David was partially responsible for Uzza’s death [v. 9-10]
“It’s never right to do wrong in order to do right.” God’s Word was at stake!

-David got mad at God though he was at fault [v. 11]

-David feared [v. 12-13]

II. DAVID CONSIDERS THE LORD [13:14-14:1-2]

1. Obed-edom, a Levite (1 Chr. 26), was blessed [v. 14]

2. David realized his position [14:1-2a]

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

3. David observed the undeserved blessing of God [v. 2b, Romans 4:6-7]
Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

III. DAVID PLEASES THE LORD

1. David consults the Lord [14:10, 14, 17]

2. David studies the Word [15:2, 11-13]


3. David is in the place of blessing [15:25-26]

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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Friday, October 13, 2017

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

One preacher said to me, "Brother Rice, you talk as if the Devil is a person and that he constantly opposes the Gospel and threatens the happiness and useful of Christians and would even take their lives. You act as if the Devil is a constant menace. Why," he said, "the Devil never bothers me that way."
I replied, "If you twisted the Devil's tail as much as I do, if you pulled out of his hand drunkards and harlots and infidels, old men and women as well as young people and children, the Devil would bother you." Ah yes, we ought to be reminded that "the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). And we ought to "put on the whole armour of God," for the constant warfare (Eph. 6:11). - John R. Rice

Satan promises happiness, but in the bottom of the cup of nectar is gall and bitterness! - John R. Rice

All Satan's apples have worms. - John R. Rice

All Satan's promises are lies. - John R. Rice 

All Satan's good times end in heartbreak. - John R. Rice

All Satan's scholarship leads to the darkness of eternal night, with blinded mind, perverted heart, soul estranged from God. - John R. Rice

The charming story of Hannah and how she prayed with such holy concern and devotion for a boy to serve the Lord is told in I Samuel chapter 1. The child was conceived and born in prayer and after she had loved him and trained him and taught him for a season, then she took him to the temple, and said, "As long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord." Oh, we would have more Samuels if we had more Hannahs! - John R. Rice

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

THE GLORY OF GOD



1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Pastor Rick Jackson

“The glory of God” is sometimes a strange concept to us- we kind of know what it is but we kind of don’t. We kind of want to give God the glory but we would like to have a little glory, or maybe more than a little, for ourselves. What we probably all could use is a little refresher course on the subject – the Glory of God.

I. GOD DESERVES GLORY BECAUSE HE IS THE CREATOR

-Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.
-Rm. 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
-1 Cor. 11:7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.

II. GOD DESERVES GLORY BECAUSE HE IS THE SAVIOUR

-Ps. 79:9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake.
-Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
-Rm. 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
-Rm. 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
-Rm. 15:7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
-2 Cor. 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

III. GOD DESERVES GLORY BECAUSE HE IS THE HEALER

-Luke 17:18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
-John 11:4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

IV. GOD RECEIVES GLORY WHEN WE
1. Exercise Faith in His Word –
-Jn. 11:40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
-Rm. 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
-2 Cor. 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
-Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

2. Specifically Give Him the Glory -
-Acts 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
-Rm. 16:27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.
-1 Cor. 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
-2 Cor. 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
-Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

3. Live for Him –
-Gal. 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
-Philippians 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
-Philippians 4:20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

-1 Cor. 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Monday, October 09, 2017

THE KING’S WISDOM

MATTHEW 13:24-58                                                                                        

THAT’S MY KING                                             



Pastor Rick Jackson

I. THE WHEAT AND THE TARES [v.24-30, 36-43]

1. The Sower & the Seed [v. 24, 36-37, 3-4 cp. w/Luke 8:11]

2. The Devil’s Counterfeits [v. 25-28a, 38-39a]

3. The End of the Age [v. 28b-30, 39b-43] – not the Rapture, end of the Tribulation before the Millennium

II. MORE ON THE MIXTURE [v. 31-33, 47-50]

1. The Birds [v. 31-32]

2. The Bread [v. 33]

3. The Bad Fish [v. 47-50]

III. GOD AT WORK [v. 34-35, 44-46, 51-58]

1. The Book [v. 34-35, Ps. 78:2]

2. Two Parables One Meaning [v. 44-46]

3. New and Old [v. 51-52]


4. Limiting God [v. 53-58]

Sunday, October 08, 2017

THE KING’S EMPHASIS

MATTHEW 13:1-23                                          

THAT’S MY KING                                              

Pastor Rick Jackson

I. THE REACTION TO THE REJECTION [v. 1-3]

1. The Master Continues [v. 1]

2. The Multitudes Followed [v. 2]

3. The Method Tweaked [v. 3]

II. THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER [v. 3-8, 18-23]

1. Some Lost are Way Sided by the Devil [v. 3-4, 18-19]

2. Some Lost are Skin Deep by the Flesh [v. 5-6, 20-21]

3. Some Saved are Choked by the World [v. 7, 22]

4. Some Saved are Fruitful Followers [v. 8, 23]

III. THE PURPOSE OF THE PARABLES [v. 9-17]

1. God Rewards Faith [v. 9-12]

2. God Resists Pride [v. 13-15] “Attitude determines altitude”


3. God Grants Privilege [v. 16-17] [we have the whole Bible]
 
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