Sunday, April 23, 2017

ONE MAN’S JOURNEY FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT

1 TIMOTHY 1:8-17

Pastor Rick Jackson

I. THE DEPTHS OF HIS DARKNESS [v. 15]

1. Blasphemer- Hater of Christ, sins of the Head [v. 13]

2. Persecutor- Hater of Christians, sins of the Heart [v. 13]

3. Injurious-Harmer of Christians & the cause of Christ, sins of the hands [v. 13]

II. THE DEFINITION OF HIS DARKNESS [v. 15]

1. Ignorant [v. 13]

2. Unbelieving [v. 13, Hebrews 4:6]

3. Sinner [v. 15]

III. THE DELIVERANCE FROM HIS DARKNESS [Colossians 1:13]

1. Abundant Grace with a Purpose [v. 14]

2. Incarnate Saviour with a Purpose [v. 15]

3. Mercy Obtained with a Purpose [v. 16]

ALL GLORY TO JESUS [v. 17]

Saturday, April 22, 2017

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Friday, April 21, 2017

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

Prayer is the normal way for a Christian to have things. I am shocked to find that most Christians - I wonder about you - could not in a year's time remember some definite answer to prayer, a prayer so definitely answered that he and others would know God had miraculously intervened. Oh, Christians ought to daily have prayers answered. "Ye have not, because ye ask not." Prayer is the way for a Christian to get things. - John R. Rice 

To deny the resurrection of Christ is to deny His deity. To deny the resurrection of Christ is to deny historic Christianity. To deny the resurrection of Christ is to deny the Bible. To deny the resurrection of Christ is to place one's self beside the infidels and scoffers. If Bob Ingersoll and Tom Paine were to join a church and put on clerical robes, yet believe and preach their infidelity, that would not make them Christians. So, infidels in the church today are not Christians. Those who deny the resurrection of Jesus Christ deny Christ and Christianity. - John R. Rice

James 5:14-15 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
That Scripture does not say it is always God's will to heal. That Scripture does not say that God will always give the faith to heal. Sometimes God does want a Christian to die and go on to Heaven. Sometimes he is to lie flat on his back and know God is with him and can comfort him in time of sorrow. Sometimes a Christian needs to get things right. Still we are plainly commanded, "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed" (vs. 16). Christians usually ought to be healed when they are sick. And they ought to pray day by day about health. - John R. Rice

There are some people who cannot pay their bills. They ought to check up and quit spending money they do not have. Perhaps they ought to live a little cheaper. Nobody has a right to spend money he doesn't have. But if a Christian has bills he ought to pay, then he ought to pray about it and get God's help. - John R. Rice

Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
What does that say? Be anxious for nothing, or be careful for nothing. To be full of care is wrong. It is sin. These Christians who have to have tranquilizing pills, have to have Sominex pills to sleep; these Christians who worry and fret and get high blood pressure and ulcerated stomach - that is wrong. A Christian ought to learn to rest in the Lord and have peace. - John R. Rice


Worry is a "respectable" sin. Nearly everybody worries some. But you ought to admit it is a sin. What is it? It is unbelief. You don't really believe all these promises of God. You don't really think that God is going to take care of you as He said He would, and so you worry and fret. How are you going to cure it?
Take it to God in prayer! Take all your burden and stay there until you can thank Him and come away happy. You don't ever have to worry. You don't ever need to have tension that draws, drains, and kills. A Christian can have peace of mind all the time. Prayer is God's cure for worry. - John R. Rice

You say, "But Brother Rice, I read in a theology book where it said that prayer might mean praise and adoration, thanksgiving, confession, petition, etc." You may have read that in a book, but that is not what the Bible calls prayer. Prayer is the petition part. You say, "Is thanksgiving wrong?" No. We read in Colossians 4:2, "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving." So prayer goes with thanksgiving. That means thanksgiving is not prayer. It accompanies prayer sometimes. Daniel said in Daniel, chapter 9, "I prayed. . .and made my confession" (vs. 4). What did you do Daniel? "I did two things. I prayed (I asked Him to deliver Israel from bondage), and I made my confession." Confession is good, but it is not prayer. Prayer in the Bible is asking. - John R. Rice

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

DOES GOD CARE ABOUT YOUR CLOTHES?

GENESIS 3:21, MATT. 6:25-33



Pastor Rick Jackson



Someone said, “Clothes makes the man.” Brother Lester Roloff said, “No, man makes the clothes.”

Benjamin Franklin said, “Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others.“

It was John Wesley who said, “As to the matter of dress, I would recommend one never to be first in the fashion, nor the last out of it.”



I. SOME USES OF EARTHLY GARMENTS



1. Cover [Gn. 3:21, 1 Timothy 2:9-10, Matthew 5:28]



Proponents of nudism often say they want to get back to the way God intended man to be in the Garden of Eden but they have forgotten that was man in a state of innocence, before the fall, without a sin nature. They forget that it was God who introduced viable clothing to the first man and the first woman to be used as a covering.



2. Comfort [II Tm. 4:13]



3. Categorize [II Chr. 18:28-32]



“An emperor in his night-cap would not meet with half the respect of an emperor with a crown.” - Goldsmith



4. Camouflage [Mt. 7:15]



II. SOME LIMITATIONS OF EARTHLY GARMENTS



1. Cannot Cover Sin [Gn. 3:7-10]



2. Cannot Camouflage Us from God [II Chr. 18:15-16, 33-34]



3. Cannot Change Our Nature [Mt. 7:15]



Wearing scrubs doesn’t make you a surgeon, wearing a Superman cape…



III. SPECIAL HEAVENLY GARMENTS WE ALL NEED



1. The Garment of Salvation [Is. 61:10, II Cor. 5:21]



2. The New Nature [Eph. 4:21-32]



3. The Armor of God [Eph. 6:10-18]

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Quotes of the Week

There is enough of a revelation of God in creation that it should have kept ancient man from idolatry and modern man from atheism. - J. Vernon McGee

Man's history does not indicate any degree of evolution, but it does declare a sordid record of revolution. - J. Vernon McGee

Men are not saved by the light they have. Men are judged by the light they have. - J. Vernon McGee

A saved sinner has a much in heaven as Christ has, for he has all the merit and righteousness of Christ. - J. Vernon McGee

Justification by faith is not just the subtraction of guilt from the sinner but rather the addition of the righteousness of Christ. It means that God pronounces or declares the sinner righteous because he is in Christ. - J. Vernon McGee

The sinner is declared to be righteous because he is in Christ. The sinner is as much saved the moment he trusts God as he will be a million years from today. This is justification by faith. - J. Vernon McGee

Justification by faith is more than the subtraction of our sin (forgiveness); it is the addition of the righteousness of Christ. We are not merely restored to Adam's former position, but now we are placed in Christ where we shall ever be throughout the endless ages of eternity. - J. Vernon McGee

God saved men on credit in the Old Testament. The penalty was never paid in the Old Testament and the guilt was not removed. There was merely atonement - a covering for sin. It looked as if the justice of God was sleeping. The death of Christ paid the penalty for all the sins of the Old Testament economy. The cross reveals God's righteousness whether men believe or not. It honors God and can save men. - J. Vernon McGee

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. Rm. 5:9
The Believer is delivered from all judgment both present and future, which includes the Great Tribulation. To contend that the Church, which He purchased with His blood, must go through the Great Tribulation is to impugn the doctrine of justification by faith. Justification by faith looks to the future and offers security in Christ, which was made possible by His blood. - J. Vernon McGee

Predestination has application only to those who love God - God's children - and it simply guarantees that God's high and holy purpose will be consummated in them. - J. Vernon McGee

[all of these quotes are taken from the book - Reasoning Through Romans, Part I]



Monday, April 17, 2017

THE MESSAGE OF THE GATES, THE WALLS, THE LIFE

NEHEMIAH 3                                                      



Pastor Rick Jackson

I. THE SHEEP GATE [v. 1-2, John 1:29, 5:1-2] – the beginning of the journey

II. THE FISH GATE [v. 3-5] – the result of following Jesus [Matthew 4:19]
-the workers are known by God [v. 3-5a]
-the shirkers are known by God [v. 5b]

III. THE OLD GATE [v. 6-12, Jer. 6:16]
-God can use anybody [v. 6-12]
-God can use you anywhere [v. 7, 10]

IV. THE VALLEY GATE [v. 13, Psalms 23:4]

V. THE DUNG GATE [v. 14, 2 Cor. 7:1, 1 Jn. 1:9]

VI. THE GATE OF THE FOUNTAIN [v. 15-25, John 9:7, 7:38-39]

VII. THE WATER GATE [v. 26-27, Ephesians 5:26] note the gate was evidently intact – 2 Tm. 3:16-17

VIII. THE HORSE GATE [v. 28, Proverbs 21:31]

IX. THE EAST GATE [v. 29-30, Ez. 43]

X. THE GATE MIPHKAD [v. 31] - מפקד; assignment; 2 Cor. 5:10


Conclusion [v. 32, Revelation 1:8, 22:13]

Sunday, April 16, 2017

RESURRECTION TRUTH

1 CORINTHIANS 15



Pastor Rick Jackson



I. THE RESURRECTION IS ESSENTIAL TRUTH [v. 1-11]



1. Essential to the Soul-Saving Gospel [v. 1-8]



2. Essential to the Life-Changing Gospel [v. 8-10]



3. Essential to the God-Given Gospel [v. 10-11, Gal. 1:11-12]



II. THE RESURRECTION IS INTERTWINED TRUTH [v. 12-19]



1. Christ’s Resurrection is Intertwined with the Christians’ Resurrection [v. 12-13, 16]



2. Christ’s Resurrection is Intertwined with Salvation [v. 14, 17-18]



3. Christ’s Resurrection is Intertwined with the Christian Message [v. 15, 19]



III. THE RESURRECTION IS ESTABLISHED TRUTH [v. 20-58]



1. The Order is Established [v. 21-28]



2. The Urgency is Established [v. 29-34]



3. The Victory is Established [v. 35-58]
 
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