Quote of the Day – September 29, 2015

“And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me?

Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!

He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race;
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free;
For, O my God, it found out me.

Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!

Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free;
I rose, went forth and followed Thee.

Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!”

Charles Wesley, 1738

Living With Fear

Here are the completed notes from the Sunday Morning Service September 27, 2015:

Scripture:  Luke 12:1-7

When is Fear Good?

 1.  The fear of God

  • I Peter 2:17 “Fear God”
  • Acts 9:31 – The early church walked in the fear of the Lord
  • II Corinthians 7:1 – “Perfecting holiness in the fear of God”
  • Over 150+ references in Scripture to the Fear of God

Fear Defined:  Fearing God is having a sense of awe or reverence toward Him.  The person that fears God becomes so acutely aware of His moral purity and power that one is genuinely afraid to disobey Him.  It also includes responding to Him in worship, service, trust, obedience, and commitment.

The Benefits that come from Fearing God:

  • Blessed / Happy is the man who fears the Lord – Psalm 112:1, 115:13
  • Fearing God leads to wisdom – Proverbs 9:10
  • Fearing God is a deterrent to sin – Exodus 20:20, Proverbs 3:7; 8:13

“Anytime we sin with the thought lurking in the back of our minds that God will forgive us, we aren’t living in the fear of God.”  -Jerry Bridges

Revelation 20:10

2.  The fear of eternity when you are not ready

3.  The fear of the consequences from wrong choices and of living in sin

  • Proverbs 1:20-33

4.  The fear that motivates us to pray

  • Psalm 34

When is Fear an Intruder?

 1. When you are an authentic Christian loving and living for Christ.

  • Romans 8:28

2. When you are fearful about the future (the unknown).

3. When you are going through physical adversity

4. The fear that paralyzes

  • Fear of witnessing
  • Fear of taking a stand for Biblical truth (what is right)
  • Fear of serving
  • Fear of Serving and Stepping out in faith and reliance upon God



Doctrine of the Church

Here are the completed notes from the Sunday Evening service September 27, 2015:

XIV. The Warfare of the Church

A. Our enemy—the devil (Eph. 6).

1. His cohorts:

  • Principalities. A possible reference to Satan’s “generals” who have the oversight of entire nations (see Dan. 10).
  • Powers. May speak of his “privates” who possess human beings (see Mt. 17; Mk. 5).
  • World rulers. Those demons in charge of Satan’s worldly business.
  • Spiritual wickedness. Those demons in charge of worldly religion.

2. His tactics:

  • “The wiles of the devil” (Eph. 6:11).
    • Greek scholar K. Wuest writes: “Wiles is methodeia in the Greek, referring to ‘cunning arts, deceit, craft, trickery.’ It means to follow up, or investigate by method and settled plan, to follow craftily, frame devices, deceive.” (Ephesians and Colossians, p. 141) (See also 2 Cor. 2:11; 1 Tim. 3:7.)
  • “The fiery darts of the wicked” (6:16).
    • This has reference to arrows tipped with tar, pitch, or such material, then set on fire before they were discharged (see also 1 Pet. 1:7; 4:12).

3. Our equipment—the armor of God (Eph. 6:11, 13-17).

Let us carefully note each piece of armor mentioned here. Paul very obviously takes those pieces of armor worn by the Roman soldier and makes spiritual application to each one.
Vs. 11 –“Put on the whole armor of God”
“Put on” – This is something every believer needs to be intentional about.

The whole armor of God consists of six units:

1.Loins girt about with truth – 14a (the belt of truth)

–A soldier’s tunic was tucked into a heavy leather belt that girded the soldier’s loins.
Truth (the content of that which is true) – The word of God and all its counsel
–Truth enables us to stand against the father of lies – John 8:44
Truth, as mentioned here, probably refers to truthfulness as found in a Christian. Thus a believer whose life is tainted with deceit and falsehood forfeits the very thing which holds other pieces of his armor together.

2.Having on the breastplate of righteousness – 14b

–A tough sleeveless piece of armor made of leather on to which were sewn slices of animal hooves or horns or pieces of metal. The breastplate covered the soldier’s full torso (heart, lungs, and other vital organs).
Righteousness –
A.God’s imputed righteousness to us -2 Corinthians 5:21 (clothed with the righteousness of Christ)
–Walk in dependence on Christ’s righteousness and not our own goodness.
B.Practical righteousness lived in obedience to God’s Word.
Moment by moment obedience to the Lord – holy living
–Imputed righteousness makes practical righteous possible, but only obedience to the Lord makes practical righteousness a reality.

3.Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace – Vs. 15

–A soldier’s shoes or boots were important to protect his feet. They also helped enable him to hold his ground and move quickly.
The preparation – Has the general meaning of readiness
The preparation of the gospel of peace –
A readiness to share the only message that leads to peace with God (Romans 5:1)
–Peace – the gospel brings assurance, peace and life
–Believers are at peace with God (Romans 5:1)
This may refer to the assurance and confidence which come from knowing the great doctrinal truths associated with the gospel. (See Eph. 4:14; 1 Pet. 3:15.)

4.Taking the shield of faith – vs.16

–A soldier’s shield was about two and a half feet wide and four feet high designed to protect the entire body.
The Roman shield was made of wood covered with leather and sometimes metal. Shields were designed to be drenched with water, which allowed them to withstand the fiery arrows of an enemy. A soldier needed only to kneel low and hold his shield over him. And he would be protected.
“Above all”
Faith – Basic trust in God

5.The helmet of salvation – vs.17a

–A soldier’s helmet was used to protect the head from injury; Helmets were made of thick leather covered with metal these helmets usually had cheek pieces to protect the face.
–The fact that the helmet is related to salvation indicates that Satan’s blows are directed at the believer’s security, assurance in Christ and thought life.
Salvation –
–The helmet is called “the hope of salvation” (1 Thessalonians 5:8)
Past acceptance
Present assurance – The work that is done the moment of acceptance of Christ is an eternal work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit immediately seals that decision and indwells the believer.
Eternal future salvation
The helmet protects the head – the brain, the mind
–The mind is the real spiritual battleground on which the enemy fights his strongest, dirtiest, bloodiest and most important battles.
–We need to monitor our thought life and avoid environments and things that would distort our thinking or tempt us to do evil.
May refer to the intake of Bible doctrine, lest one’s eyes be blinded, his ears deafened, and his mind confused with the attacks from the world, the flesh, and the devil.

6.The sword of the Spirit – vs.17b (See Hebrews 4:12, 13)

–The sword varied in length from six the eighteen inches. It was the principle weapon used in hand to hand combat. It was carried in a sheath attached to the soldier’s belt, it was always at hand ready to use.
–The only offensive weapon in the believer’s armor
The Word of God – the individual text or sayings of the Word of God
(A timely word of God applied to a particular situation by the Holy Spirit).
Knowledge and understanding of specific truths
–A sword does little good if we are unskilled in its use
–We put on the mind of Christ as we memorize and meditate upon God’s Word

God’s Word –

A.Gives direction – Psalm 119:105
B.Purifying agent – Psalm 119:11
C.Source of spiritual food (Nourishment) – Matthew 4:4; 1 Peter 2:
D.Discerner of truth and error – 1 John 4:6
E.Weapon to combat the adversary – Matthew 4:1-13

K. Wuest writes concerning the command in Ephesians 6:13; “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God”: “Take unto you is analambano, meaning, ‘to take up in order to use’

The Place of Prayer: Praying Always – vs.18

Persevering prayer
–Intercede as prayer warriors on behalf of others – vs.18b
A.Prayer is what we do as we put on the armor of God
–Laying hold of our position “in Christ” and God’s promises

Consciously, intentionally put on the whole Armor of God:
“Lord, please help the truth of your Word to dwell in me richly today.  I claim the righteousness that is mine only through Christ and ask that you help me live today in obedience to your Word and will.  Help me be sensitive to your Spirit this day and ready to share the gospel which has given me peace with you.  I choose as an act of my will to trust you and rely on you to accomplish much
this day. Please protect my heart and mind moment by moment as I know that you will complete the good work you have begun in me.  Use the Scriptures today in my life and in the life of others through me for your glory!”

B.Prayer is what we continue to do once we are clothed in the armor
–One of the main reasons believers are so we when the enemy attacks is they do not pray
–It is by prayer that the believer lays hold of strength from the Lord

C.Our exhortation—the trio of success.

1.We are to stand.

No less than four times does Paul exhort us to do this (vs. 11, 13, 14). The believer is never told to attack the devil, but to withstand and resist him (see 1 Pet. 5:8, 9). Thus, when tempted to do wrong, we should flee as did Joseph (Gen. 39:12), but when attacked by Satan for doing right, we should stand firm as did Daniel’s three friends (Dan. 3).

2.We are to pray. (See Mt. 17:21; 1 Thess. 5:17; 1 Tim. 2:8; Jude 20.)

3.We are to watch.

Watch: To keep awake, watch, be vigilant, wake, watchful
–Greek word gregoreo (Strongs # 1127)
–Term is used some 22 times in the NT

A. Alert against Satan
“Vigilant” (same Greek word as used for “watch”)
1 Peter 5:8, 9 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

Evil spirits – demons

B. For temptation
Mark 14:38 – Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak
–When our spiritual eyes are shut or sleepy, we can fall more easily into sin


*Some contents adapted from Dr. Harold Willmington’s notes on the church

Quote of the Day – September 25, 2015

“True and saving faith is not tipping the hat to Jesus. It is not nodding the head that he did a few things that I couldn’t do to help me get to heaven, but I was pretty much on my way given what I am in myself. Saving faith is the desperate thrust of a helpless soul upon the arms of an almighty Savior. It is clinging to Christ crucified in a death grip saying, ‘Save me, Lord, or I perish.'”  -Albert Martin

Full sermon from which this quote was taken is available here.

Quote of the Day – September 24, 2015

“Christ died that we might live. This is the opposite of abortion. Abortion kills that someone might live differently.” –John Piper

“Some wonder how a person so pro-life as me could accept the law of a death penalty. But a death sentence is a result of a lengthy and thorough judicial process applied to a person deemed guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. That’s far different from one person singularly deciding to end the life of a totally innocent and helpless unborn child. In that case, there is no process of justice, no evidence of guilt presented, no defense for the condemned child, and no appeal.”  –Mike Huckabee

“The Bible says that all people, not just believers, possess part of the image of God; that is why murder and abortion are wrong.”  –Rick Warren

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.”  -Psalm 127:3

Embracing Our God Given Responsibility

Here are the completed notes from the Sunday Morning Service, September 20, 2015:

Something not to be taken lightly

Scripture: Ezekiel 33:1-11, Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 20:24-27
-All of us have areas of Influence and opportunity
-What are we doing with that when it comes to truth/the Gospel?

1. The Need

A. Lost Condition
B. Eternal Suffering

2. The Knowledge

The Gospel: The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ
Luke 12:2-5
A. Something you personally receive
B. Something you personally share

3. The Responsibility

Matthew 28:18-20  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth.   Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:   Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
A. If not you who?
B. If not now when?
2 Corinthians 6:2b  Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

4. The Methods

-The methods of reaching people
A. Prayer.
“Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience.” A.W. Tozer
B. Sharing your heart and the gospel one on one
C. Invite to church
D. Arrange a Pastoral visit
1 Corinthians 3:5-8  Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
E. Giving literature

5. The Accountability

Acts 20:26-27  Therefore I testify to you this day that I am  innocent of the blood of all men.  For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.