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Breaking the Chains of Financial Bondage
(Adapted from Money Matters – Crown Financial Ministry)
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Sermon: Sunday 6th January 2013
Introduction: Keys are designed to open things that are locked up. Jesus said to Peter, “I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven…” He was saying to Him, that which was previously unavailable to him, that which was at one time, inaccessible, is now within his grasp.
In the next few weeks I will be talking a bit about money. No, I am not here to compel you to give more, I simply want to tell you what the Bible says about giving. Most people don’t realize that Jesus spoke quite a lot about money, more than any other topic in the scriptures. Jesus knew that even back then, as it is today, money is important. The old saying, “money makes the world go around” is somewhat true. If money stops flowing, the economies of the world will come to a grinding halt. You may recall, after the terrorist attacks here in New York, the President (George Bush) encouraged people to go out and shop. Why did he do that. He understood that the markets were taking a tumble and if people stopped spending their money, the economy would suffer grave harm and the terrorists would have won. Ladies you may not realize it but when you buy as many shoes as you do, you actually help the economy…but I am getting a bit ahead of myself here. Let’s talk about money!
People are poor! People in the church are poor, struggling to get by. Over the years we have heard so many sermons about wealth and prosperity that you would think by now believers would not be living paycheck to paycheck; the church will not be struggling to pay its bills; the wok of missions would not be so under funded, but yet it is. Why?
In the next few weeks I want to share with you, biblical principles, keys to unlocking God’s treasure chest. It is my intention to teach you biblical truths; what the Bible says about giving; truths that if you follow them you will see a dramatic change in your financial situation. I challenge you commit yourself to following these keys for the next six months. God says in Malachi: “Prove Me now!” He has thrown down a challenge to you
1. PAY GOD FIRST!
a) Tithing is a biblical concept
- Tithe is ten percent
- Ten percent of the “fruit of your labor”
- Leviticus 27:30 “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.
- “You shall truly tithe all the increase of your grain that the field produces year by year. Deut 14:22
-“ Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.” Malachi:3:10
- The tithe comes off the top…before you pay bills, buy clothes, you should tithe first
b) Tithing pre-dates the law
- Some people teach that tithing is not necessary in the New Testament church
- Tithing is not a “legalistic” concept
- Abraham gave a tithe to the Kung of Salem (Melchiszedek)
- “And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.” Genesis 14:20
- Jacob vowed to give a tithe
- And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.” Genesis 28:22
c) Non-tithers are thieves!
- It was / is a serious offense not to give back what belongs to God
- If the tithe is His, it should be given to Him (Leviticus 27:30)
- “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.
- “Will a man rob God?
Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say,
‘In what way have we robbed You?’
In tithes and offerings.” Malachi 3:8
d) Tithing is commanded!
--“ Bring the full tithe into the storehouse…” Malachi 3:10
- “At the end of every third year you shall bring out the tithe of your produce of that year and store it up within your gates. 29 And the Levite, because he has no portion nor inheritance with you, and the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are within your gates, may come and eat and be satisfied, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do. Deuteronomy 14:28-29
-WHY? “So that there might be food in My house”
- Spiritual food – The Word of God
- The tithe would be for the priests who are charged with giving spiritual direction
- Physical food – to feed the poor and the hungry and destitute
APPLICATION: The Word of God commands God’s people to support His work through the acts of tithing and free-willed offerings (which we will talk about). The church should not have to depend on hand-outs from the government; nor should the church have to run fundraisers. This only happens when people are unable to trust God and fail to put into effect Biblical principles.
ILLUSTRATE: Holding fundraisers from 2009-2010. We struggled to pay our bills. In 2011, the Lord said, no more fundraisers! We have been able to pay our bills more effectively and give more to Missions. The downside of not tithing:
- You are cursed with a curse
- The devourer will come2.SOW YOUR SEED IN GOOD GROUND
a) You should know the ground your are planting in
- Don’t just give your money away because someone asks for it
- Give it where it will do the most good
- Don’t support the televangelists, if you can’t support your church
b) Your seed should bring forth fruit
- Keep the best seed for planting
- The best seed brings the best crops
- God says He will refuse an imperfect offering
- “You offer defiled food…”
- “You offer blind sacrifices…”
- “You offer the lame and the sick…”
- “Offer it then to your governor!
Would he be pleased with you?
Would he accept you favorably?” Malachi 1:7-8
c) Your seed must die when it goes into the ground
- Or it will be ineffective
- “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” John 12:24
- People worry too much about how the money is being spent
- When it leaves your hand it is God’s
- If it is being misused, God would deal with that
- It there is evidence of improper use, stop giving
- But the bottom line is that you must be willing to give it unto God
APPLICATION: The law of sowing and reaping is a natural law. Plant corn, reap corn, plant wheat, reap wheat, plant a financial seed, reap a financial benefit. You cannot be blessed financially unless you learn the secret of giving.
3. HILARIOUS GIVING
a) Giving should be easy
- People are never ambivalent about their money
- People are either very free and generous or stingy and tightfisted
- Seldom are they in-between
- How do you feel when the Pastor talks about money?
- How do you feel right now?
- Since I announced a few weeks ago that I will be talking more about money, how did that make you feel???
- Did you think it was a good idea or did you start feeling uncomfortable?
- Are you uncomfortable now?
- Your reactions should tell you a lot about where you stand on giving.
- I am not giving my opinions here, I am preaching the Word
b) Giving should be done cheerfully!
- So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
- We must not give out of compulsion…not because someone says so
- You must give because you enjoy doing it
- Not because you hope to get something out of it
- But because you know it will do much good
- Your grumpiness in giving will negate any blessings you might receive because of it
c) Giving must come from the heart
- Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering. 3 And this is the offering which you shall take from them: gold, silver, and bronze; 4 blue, purple, and scarlet thread, fine linen, and goats’ hair; 5 ram skins dyed red, badger skins, and acacia wood; 6 oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense; 7 onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod and in the breastplate.
- Exodus 36:5 “The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which the Lord commanded us to do.”
- Then Moses commanded that the people be restrained from giving
APPLICATION: Will the church ever get to the point where there is more than enough? Where people have bought into the vision of the church to the extent where it has to be said, enough? Will it ever come to the point where, people love God enough to want to fund His work? There is an old saying: “show me your checkbook and I will show you where your heart is!” Jesus put it this way: For where your treasure is, there will your heart also be” (Matthew 6:21).
According to the Barna Research group only about 5 – 7% of Christians tithe. What happened to the other 93-95%? Would the church be more effective or less effective if all who called themselves Christians fulfilled the Biblical mandate to give to the work of God?
4. SUPPORT YOUR PASTOR
a) Pastors (genuine) are not in for the money
- Being a Pastor is a calling from God
- Peter says: “Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.” 1 Peter 5:2-4
- There are many “wolves in sheep’s clothing” so be careful
- Remember when I said: Sow in good ground
- If you are part of a ministry, there should come a time when you decide in your heart, Is my pastor trustworthy, is he feeding me, is he open to my needs and the needs of the church???
b) Pastoral support is recommended in scripture
- In an Old Testament context the tithes was for taking care of the priests primarily (See Deut 25:4)
- In the New Testament Paul says: ”Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.” 1 Corinthians 9:14
- Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead,[c] cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. 9 Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, 10 nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food. Matthew 10:8-10
- In that same Passage the Apostle says: Do we have no right to eat and drink? 5 Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas? 6 Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working? 7 Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock?
c) Pastoral support is the way to your needs being met
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
- A favorite of the prosperity teachers
- Not a blanket promise in the Bible
- A conditional promise
- Based on the care and support of the Philippian church
- “Your care for me has flourished again…”
- “You have shared in my distress…”
-“no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only…” (Philippians).
- “you sent aid once and again for my necessities…”
- Paul concludes the passage by saying:
- Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
CONCLUSION: Giving should not make you uncomfortable, it should bring you joy. If sermons on giving and money make you uncomfortable, you need deliverance…ha ha. The church is here to exemplify the kingdom of God but it will take the financial support of the people of God. It is easy to stand and say that God will supply, the wealth of the unjust, laid up for the righteous, no recession in heaven…those things sound good but they are meaningless unless the Word of God is cutting you deep and showing you that giving is a part of the Biblical mandate.
There are churches today, closing down because they can’t pay their bills. That is not because they are not people of faith or because they are doing the wrong thing; it may be that the people are not being taught correctly. No unbeliever is going to come in here and give money to see this ministry live out its purpose. I will not go begging on the street corners for money. Each of you that is identified with this ministry has a divine obligation to its upkeep…plain and simple…
I believe this is good ground…
Remember these four keys, if you remember nothing else:
a) PAY GOD FIRST!
b) SOW YOUR SEED IN GOOD GROUND
c) GIVE HILARIOUSLY
d) SUPPORT YOUR PASTOR / MINISTRY
Sunday 29th April 2012
Pastor Dave’s Sermon: Saved
TEXT: “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13
What does it mean to be saved? To the un-churched, the terms “saved” or “salvation” has a different connotation. To such a person the question “Are you saved?” may elicit a response like: ”Why, I’m not drowning?” To those of us who have been in the faith for sometime now, we know exactly what it means and we will not question the use of the term. The unbeliever however will find it difficult to understand. In fact there is a lot of terminology used in the church today that outsiders may have a hard time understanding.
Have you heard someone testify like this: “Once I was lost and undone, without God and His Son. My feet were sinking in the miry clay, but Jesus…ahh Jesus…He saved me by putting my feet on the rock to stay…” That’s a simple example but I am sure you have heard similar.
But the truth is salvation is an important concept that the Bible mentions approximately 150 times depending on which version you use. The term “salvation” or “to be saved” means redemption from the power of sin. It is indeed a free gift offered by God as a means of securing eternal life in Him.
Today I want to get back to basics for a bit. We will be having a baptismal service in the near future and it is important that we understand the whole idea of salvation as it pertains to us. For some it might mean a refresher, to others it might be an eye-opener. In any event we all need to know the gift of God that has been given to us.
In the book of Romans – Paul the Apostle’s most important work – he explains very clearly God’s plan of Salvation. In this book you will find a series of scripture verses that easily lay out this plan…some call it the Romans Road or the way to Salvation. Taking the Romans road you will easily find:
1. Who needs salvation
2. Why salvation is necessary
3. How God provides salvation
4. How we can receive salvation
5. What happens after we have been saved
1. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
a) NO ONE RIGHTEOUS (Romans 3:10)
-It is not something we like to hear
- In the eyes of God there is no one that meets His holy standards - We are all sinners
– “there is none righteous, no not one”
- The prophet Isaiah states: “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” Isaiah 64:6
- Filthy rags are literally translated – cloths soiled by a menstrual flow - “ukabeged ehdim” Hebrew
b) A STANDARD THAT GOD HAS SET
- God has established a standard of righteousness for His people
- There is a reasonable expectation of living by and adhering to God’s standards
- It can be likened to children living in a home
- Children must abide by the “rules and regulations” set by their parents
- These “rules” are non-negotiable
- A loving parent must establish a system of “righteousness” in the home;If not anarchy will take over
c) SIN IS MISSING THE MARK
- Mankind has contravened God’s standard of righteousness
- Man has sinned before God
– all have sinned and fallen short
- The word sin literally means “missing the target”
- In the eyes of God we are all sinners
- We have all missed the mark
- It is important to note the difference between sinful acts and a state of sin
- From birth everyone is in a state of sin
- A state that has been handed down to us from Adam
- Paul says: “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned…” Romans 5:12
APPLICATION: The Psalmist David once said: “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” Psalm 51:5 The implication here being found in a “state of sin” from conception which is the real condition of mortal man. It is not about the things that we do…that will come later in life. An individual will go on to commit sinful acts precisely because of this sate of sinfull ness
2. THE PRICE (OR CONSEQUENCE) OF SIN IS DEATH
a) “FOR THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH…” (Romans 6:23)
- Paul reminds us that: “…sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people…” (5:12)
- Death is two-fold: physical death (which we will all face) - Spiritual death – separation from God - This is the ultimate price of sin
b) EVERYONE MUST PAY THE PRICE
- But not everyone will!!! -
- This is the price that we are all required to pay
c) WITHOUT THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD
- In the Old Testament God set up a system of redemption - Animal would die to bring about an atonement of sins
- “…the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Hebrews 9:22
APPLICATION: The old saying you do the crime so do the time aptly fits. There is a penalty for everything that contravenes established rules and regulations. A holy God must have a holy standard and contravening that standard brings a penalty. By virtue of man’s sinful nature the penalty is death. There is no other way…no other punishment that fits the offense. The good news is that even though we have been found guilty, another has paid the price…
3. JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS
a) A DEMONSTRATION OF GOD’S LOVE
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
- The key phrase being: while we were yet sinners..
- Another time Paul said: when we were dead in trespasses and sin…God has made us alive
- The songwriter says it thus: “Oh how marvelous, Oh how wonderful…is my Savior’s love for me.”
- JESUS’ DEATH ON THE CROSS IS THE ULTIMATE ACT OF GOD’S LOVE -
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13
- But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5
b) WE RECEIVE SALVATION THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST
- “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10
Verse 13: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
APPLICATION: Christ has paid the price for our sins. There is nothing that you or I could do that would bring us into a right standing with God. You see because we are sinful everything that we can possibly do has already been compromised. That is why in the Old Testament a spotless lamb was offered up. What sin could that (the lamb) possibly do. It is an innocent animal that has no part in the infractions of man. Yet God said take its’ life and let its blood be the price of a man’s freedom.
The only problem is that you had to do it over and over again…every year at the Passover…one time was not enough. Thank God for Jesus, our sinless lamb who paid the price for us
4. SALVATION BRINGS US INTO A RELATION SHIP OF PEACE WITH GOD
a) Through Jesus alone
- There is no one else who can possibly bring us into a peaceful relationship with God
- Jesus said: I am the Way…
b)Peace with God
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…” Romans 5:1
c) No condemnation
- “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2
CONCLUSION: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
Sunday 15th April 2012
Pastor Dave’s Sermon
“And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book;
but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” John 20:30-31
The “Big Idea”: After the resurrection what happened? It must have been an exciting time for the Disciples but it was also a chance for Jesus to reinforce His pre-crucifixion teachings and to help us believe in His mission and His message
Have you wondered what it must have been like for the Disciples of Jesus after died and before He rose from the dead? It must have been a time of confusion and sorrow. Never mind what He had taught them! The horrors of the crucifixion were all too real. You see as much as we know and believe about life after death it never precludes our sadness when a loved one dies. I remember when my mother died. I did not doubt for a second that she was going to heaven but I was full of grief and sorrow.
After the resurrection Jesus spent some time with His Disciples, though not much. He boosted their courage and their belief and then shortly afterwards He was gone, away from them, taken up into heaven. The Gospel writers do not spend much time talking abut Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances other than to tell us that they had seen Him and to record what they though was important about these sightings. Matthew’s gospel goes from the resurrection to the Great Commission while Mark briefly summarizes Jesus’ appearance and His command to go and preach the Gospel. Luke and John however spend some more time putting in context the whole death, burial and resurrection scenario. Luke tells us about the two men on the road to Emmaus to whom Jesus had to explain the whole thing “beginning at Moses and all the Prophets.”
The apostle John – probably because He referred to Himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” – makes it more personal. He takes the time to talk about appearances that touch on intimate incidents in Jesus’ appearances. For example, he talks about Thomas’ unbelief and the manner in which Jesus helped him to believe and of Thomas’ conversion experience. He also has Jesus sharing a meal of bread and fish with them and of Jesus’ reinstatement of Peter.
The next month or so the disciples spent the time gathered in a little room playing a waiting game. Jesus had instructed them to “ wait for the Promise of the Father” which He had told them about.
(The aftermath of the resurrection - Post-resurrection appearances - According to John three in number - According to Paul in 1 Corinthians He was seen alive by Peter, by the disciples, by 500 witnesses, by James and then by Paul)
Jesus used His post-resurrection appearance to:
1. To dispel doubt and strengthen belief
2. To Fellowship and leave a lasting impression
3. To re-instate Peter who had denied Him
4. Commission them
1. TO DISPEL DOUBT AND STRENGTHEN BELIEF
- There was doubt and confusion after the crucifixion / resurrection
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. Matthew 28:16-17 - Jesus questioned their doubts And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” Luke 24:38-39 - Jesus rebuked their unbelief Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. Mark 16:14
- The Biggest Doubter – Thomas
Disciples: “We have seen the Lord!” “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” John 20:25 - Eight days later Jesus makes an appearance - The doors are shut and He appears in their midst - He addresses (Doubting) Thomas - “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 20:26 - Thomas’ response: “My Lord and my God!”
- The Significance of the scars
Scars tell a story
Illustrate: I have a scar on my thigh from an encounter with barbed wire and a scar on my left lower arm from a kitchen knife. I wish I could have said it was something more dramatic…like a knife fight scaring away muggers or something. But no…it was just carelessness in the kitchen
- Jesus made it a point to show His scars - The Disciples did not recognize Him readily - But they would recognize the scars - The scars will also serve to identify Jesus on His return to earth -
“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. Zechariah 12:10
APPLICATION: Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
…but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. John 20:29-31
In His last few days on earth Jesus had to strengthen His disciples belief in all that had happened. On their own ( and with the Holy Spirit’s help) they would have to conquer the world with the gospel but in order to do so effectively they would have to know that what they were saying was the “gospel truth.”
You see there would be millions who would not have the privilege that Thomas had but they would have to be convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt.
2. TO FELLOWSHIP AND LEAVE A LASTING IMPRESSION
- The Disciples had fellowshiped with the “human” Christ
- They had to spend some time with the “glorified” Christ
- The message of the Gospel is not a message about a good man
- The message of the Gospel the message of Immanuel - “God with us…” Matthew 1:23
- The closest Disciples got a chance to see both sides of Him
- When the Apostle john sets pen to paper He begins His letter: - “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1: 1-5
- He continues in verse 14: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
- Jesus ate with His Disciples and showed them His wounds
- They had an opportunity to touch and see - They saw the nail prints…they saw where the spear went in
- John again in writing one of his epistles puts it this way: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.” 1 John 1:1-3
- Jesus made a lasting impression
- The disciples were ordinary men who were quite afraid after the crucifixion - They ran away and they hid themselves
- They were afraid of the Romans and the Jewish officials - Their attitudes can be summed up in the behavior of Peter - He denied that he knew Jesus - They were afraid for their lives - Not long afterwards – something changed - They became bold - They became fearless
- They became less concerned about their lives and safety
- WHY??? Because they had seen the evidence of God’s powerAPPLICATION: Jesus must make a lasting impression on you. It is the only way your faith will survive. Many people live on the margins of the faith because they don’t really know or they have not had a personal experience with Christ. Every encounter with the disciples…He made personal…touch and see…give Me something to eat…Peter, do you love Me… The post- resurrection appearances of Jesus were deeply personal and intimate.
Is your experience with Jesus a personal one???
3. TO RE-INSTATE PETER THE ONE WHO DENIED HIM
- Peter was the closest to Jesus
- Yet He denied Him - Peter had declared that He would die for Jesus - Jesus responded by predicting that he would deny Him three times - On the night on which Jesus was betrayed Peter vehemently denied any knowledge of Jesus - Jesus never gave up on Peter
- Breakfast by the sea
- Jesus appears to the disciples at the sea shore - They had gone fishing just to find something to do - Jesus appeared on the shore and asked f they had food - They said no> He instructed them where to cat the net - They caught 153 fish and brought it ashore - They had breakfast by the sea - It was Jesus’ third appearance to the Disciples (John 21:14
- “Feed My Lambs…”
- “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”
- “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” - “Feed My lambs.”
- “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” - Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” - “Tend My sheep.”
- “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” - “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” - “Feed My sheep…” John 21:15-17
APPLICATION: Though you may have had occasion to deny the Master, He will re-instate you if you are penitent. The Psalmist David once said: A broken and a contrite heart God will not despise.
4. TO COMMISSION THEM
- “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:19-20
- A Command to Go and make Disciples
- Disciples can make disciples
- The Great Commission of the Christian church
- The church is to go to all nations
- The Gospel is for every kindred tribe and tongue
- A Command to Baptize
- It is not enough to believe - One must also identify - baptism is the act of identifying oneself with Christ
- A Command to teach
- Teach them to observe all that He taught - True Discipleship means following the teachings of the Master
- A promise of His presence
“…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
APPLICATION: The church has been commissioned. Jesus’ ultimate purpose on this earth was to go to the cross for mankind. The cross is the way to God! But some one has to lead people to the cross…that’s where the church comes in.
Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances strengthened the Disciples. They were simple cowardly men after the crucifixion, but something happened to change them. Jesus had promised to send the “comforter” to be with them.
As He was about to make His departure up in to heaven, He instructed them to wait for the ‘promise” (Acts1) of the Father. Several days later the Holy Spirit descended on them and empowered them for service. They were changed men then and they proceeded to turn the world upside down for the cause of Christ.
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