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Skills God requires in biblical parenting!
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May 07, 2017 10:56 AM PDT
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cd.17.05.07 May 7, 2017 Baby Dedication Service Denny Mashburn Preaching

GOD’S REQUIRED SKILLS IN
PARENTING ARE:

1. THE SKILL OF ACKNOWLEDGING __who is in charge__!

“Hear, O Israel: `The LORD our God, the LORD is one!’” Duet.6:4

2. THE SKILL OF first things first!

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Deut.6:5

3. THE SKILL OF personal example!

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.”
Deut.6:6

4. THE SKILL OF TRAINING in truth!

“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk with them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” Deut.6:7

5. THE SKILL OF physical reminders !

“(8) You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. (9) You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deut. 6:8-9

6. THE SKILL OF warnings !

“(10) So it shall be, when the LORD your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, (11) houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full-- (12) then beware, lest you forget the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. (13) You shall fear the LORD your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name. (14) You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you (15) (for the LORD your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the LORD your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.” Deut.6:10-15

SO WHAT?

1. Do my children know by living with me that that God is in charge?

“Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.”
Ps.127:1

2. Is there clear evidence in my life that God is my first love?

“(37) Jesus said to him, `You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. (38) This is the first and great commandment. (39) And the second is like it: `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (40) On these two commandments hang all the law and the Prophets.” Matt.22:37-40

• (1Jn.4:19) Have I experienced His love personally?
• (Gal.5:22) Do I know what this love is?
• (Eph.5:18) Am I allowing the Spirit to control me?
• (1Cor.13:4-7) Am I acting these ways on a regular basis: patient, kind, not envying, not bragging, good manners, not having to have my own way all the time, not easily angered, keeps short accounts of being wronged, delight in the truth but not in evil?
3. Does my example back up what I say I believe?

“They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.” Tit.1:16

4. Am I balancing loving discipline with verbal instruction in the truth?

“He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly.” Prov.13:24

“And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Eph.6:4 (NAS)

5. Are there physical reminders that God is the Lord of my home?

6. Do I warn my children about neglecting the fear of the Lord?

“(3) The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies. (4) Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; they are like the deaf cobra that stops its ear.” Ps.58:3-4

“(6) Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—(7) saying with a loud voice, `Fear God
and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” Rev.14:6-7

NOW WHAT?

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is learning to parent from God’s point of view, which is wisdom!

1. What is the best piece of advice I have ever gotten about parenting? Was it biblical? How would I say most people parent?
2. Read (Deut.6:4-15). The children of Israel were poised to go into the Promised Land. One of the skills they needed to stay and flourish in the land was parenting God’s way. What strikes me about God’s wisdom in parenting as displayed in this passage?
Does it resemble modern advice about parenting? How does it differ?
3. How does this passage compare with Eph.6:4? Are loving discipline and biblical instruction keys to both?
Look up these verses on parenting and discuss:

• (Isa.1:2-4) God’s experience in parenting
• (Pr.22:6) Early training and its effects
• (Pr.13:24) The importance of loving discipline
• (Pr.22:15) Children come into the world as fools
• (Ps.34:11) Teaching the fear of the Lord
• (Pr.23:15-16, 24; Pr.29:17) The joy of raising wise children
• (Jn.3:16) The gospel even a child can embrace

4. Paul Meyer, M.D. said 5 things are essential to right parent/child relationships: “Love, discipline, consistency, example, and a man at the head of the home.” How does that compare to what we have learned in this message? Is there hope for single moms or moms living with an unbelieving husband (see 1Cor.7:13-15; Ps.27:10)?
5. What do I need to work on, with God’s help, in my parenting skills? Close in prayer.

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (Deut.6:4-15) Parenting God’s way
Tue (Eph.6:4) Parenting God’s way, part 2
Wed (Isa.1:2-4) God’s experience with parenting
Thu (Pr.22:6) Early training, lifelong habits
Fri (Ps.34:11) Teaching children the fear of the Lord
Sat (Acts 2:38-39) The hope of our children’s salvation

Learning how to smile in suffering!
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April 30, 2017 09:19 AM PDT
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cd.17.04.30 April 30, 2017 Denny Mashburn Preaching

“For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came
to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that
we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves…” 2Cor.1:8-9a

<>“You seem to imagine that I have no ups and downs, but just a level and
lofty stretch of spiritual attainment with unbroken joy and calmness. By no
means! I am often perfectly wretched and everything appears most murky.”
Dr. John Henry Jowett<>

I NEED TO BELIEVE IN:

1. GOD’S PRAISE!

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
mercies and God of all comfort.” 2Cor.1:3

• FATHER OF JESUS CHRIST

• FATHER OF PITY

• GOD OF STRENGTH

2. GOD’S PROMISE!

“who comforts us in all our tribulations…….” 2Cor.1:4a

3. GOD’S PURPOSE!

“(4)….that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the
comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (5) For as the
sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through
Christ. (6) Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and
salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also
suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. (7)
And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers
of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.” 2Cor.1:4b-7

• The purpose of discipline for sin! (Jonah 2:1-9)
• The purpose of testing the reality of my faith! (1Peter 1:6-7)
• The purpose of perfecting my character! (Rom.5:1-5)
• The purpose of teaching me obedience! (Ps.119:67)
• The purpose of increasing my love for God! (Ps.116:1-5)
• The purpose of spiritual growth! (Jam.1:2-4)
• The purpose of destroying self-reliance! (2Cor.1:9)
• The purpose of obtaining power! (2Cor.12:9-10)

4. GOD’S POWER!

“(8) For we do not want you to be ignorant brethren, of our trouble which
came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength,
so that we despaired even of life. (9) Yes, we had the sentence of death in
ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the
dead, (10) who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in
whom we trust that He will still deliver us, (11) you also helping together
in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for
the gift granted to us through many.” 2Cor.1:8-11

SO WHAT?

1. Am I praising God in the midst of my suffering?

<>“One advantage of blessing God is that it takes a man’s thoughts off his
own trials and sorrows. We make our troubles much greater than they need
be by turning them over, considering them from all points of view,
weighing them, and thinking and meditating upon them…Nothing can
keep your head above the waters of trouble better than crying out, `Bless
the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.’”
Charles Spurgeon<>

2. Don’t short circuit the strength that comes
through weakness!

“(7) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the
power may be of God and not of us. (8) We are hard-pressed on every side,
yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; (9) persecuted, but not
forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed---(10) always carrying about in the
body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be
manifested in our body. (11) For we who live are always delivered to
death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our
mortal flesh. (12) So then death is working in us, but life in you.”
2Cor.4:7-12

<>Once you see your affliction as a preparation to meet God, you won’t be
quick to call it suffering again. Even though I have rough moments in
my wheelchair, for the most part I consider my paralysis a gift. Just as
Jesus exchanged the meaning of the cross from a symbol of torture to
one of hope and salvation, He gives me the grace to do the same with
my chair. If a cross can become a blessing, so can a wheelchair. The
wheelchair, in a sense, is behind me now. The despair is over. There are
now other crosses to bear, other `wheelchairs’ in my life to be
exchanged into gifts.”
Johnny Eareckson Tada<>

3. My suffering is purpose driven that I may be
a channel of blessing and not a cistern!

“Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation….”
2Cor.1:6a

4. I need to accept my sentence and put my
trust in God today!

“(9) Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves that we should not
trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, (10) who delivered us
from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will
deliver us.” 2Cor.1:9-10

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is how to experience the comfort of
God in my trials in order that I may be prepared to comfort
others!

1. What was the most thought provoking, the most
challenging, or the most encouraging truth I heard in
this message? Share it with the group.
2. Read (2Cor.1:3-10). Now read (2Cor.11:22-29). Was
Paul familiar with suffering? How could he possibly
praise God in the midst of all that? Of the four key
truths I need to believe in the midst of suffering
mentioned in this message, which one got my
attention? Why?
3. Look up and consider the following purposes God
has for his disciples in suffering:

• (Jonah 2:1-9) The purpose of discipline
• (1Pet.1:6-7) The purpose of testing the reality of my faith
• (Rom.5:1-5) The purpose of perfecting my character
• (Ps.119:67) The purpose of teaching me obedience
• (Ps.116:1-5) The purpose of increasing my love for God
• (Jam.1:2-4) The purpose of spiritual growth
• (2Cor.1:9) The purpose of destroying self-reliance
• (2Cor.12:7-10) The purpose of obtaining power
• (2Cor.1:4-7) The purpose of saving others

4. What is the worst thing that has ever happened to
me? Has it occurred to me that God wants to use the
lessons learned and the comfort experienced in that
trial to help other people find hope in God?
5. Read Johnny Eareckson Tada’s quote on pg. 3 of the
sermon outline. Am I ready to bear my crosses?

Daily Bible Reading

Mon (2Cor.1:3-11) Learning to smile in suffering
Tue (2Cor.1:4-6) Am I a cistern or a channel of blessing to others
Wed (2Cor.1:9) God uses suffering to destroy trust in myself
Thu (2Cor.1:3) It is God’s character to comfort in suffering
Fri (2Cor.1:4) God has promised to comfort me in all sufferings
Sat (2Cor.12:7-10) A great paradox: strength comes through weakness

God and Us: Can We be Faithful in Error? Joerge Oliva Preaching
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April 23, 2017 09:25 AM PDT

cd.17.04.23 April 24, 2017

Galatians 5:9

A little leven levens the whole lump.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
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April 16, 2017 09:24 AM PDT
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cd17.4.16 April 16, 2017 <>< SCRIPTURE READING “(14) But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, `Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. (15) For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. (16) But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: (17) `And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. (18) And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. (19)I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. (20) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. (21) And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.’ (22) Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know—(23) Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; (24) whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. (25) For David says concerning Him: `I foresaw the LORD always before my face, for He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken. (26) Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; moreover my flesh also will rest in hope. (27) For You will not leave my soul in Hades, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. (28) You have made known to me the ways of life. You will make me full of joy in Your presence. (29) Men and brethren let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. (30) Therefore, being a prophet and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, (31) he, foreseeing this spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. (32) This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. (33) Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. (34) For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: `The LORD said to my LORD, sit at My right hand, (35) till I make Your enemies Your footstool.’ (36) Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. (37) Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, `Men and brethren, what shall we do?’ (38) Then Peter said to them, `Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (39) For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call. (40) And with many others words he testified and exhorted them saying, `Be saved from this perverse generation.’ (41) Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” Acts 2:14-41 (NKJV) <><><> “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, `Men and brethren, what shall we do?’” Acts 2:37 THOSE WHO HEARD THIS SERMON WERE CUT TO THE HEART: 1. NOT BECAUSE OF THE APPARENT MIRACLES! “(2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. (3) Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them, (4) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (5) And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven, (6) and when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.” Acts 2:2-6 2. NOT BECAUSE THE FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY! “(14) But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, `Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. (15) For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. (16) But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: (17) And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Yours sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams…” Acts 2:14-17 3. NOT BECAUSE OF THE AMAZING LIFE OF CHRIST! “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves know.” Acts 2:22 4. NOT BECAUSE OF HIS UNUSUAL DEATH! “Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death.” Acts 2:23 5. BECAUSE OF HIS RESURRECTION! “(24)….whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it….(32) This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. (33) Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear…(36) Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Acts 2:24, 32-33, 36 <><><> “I know the resurrection is a fact, and Watergate proved it to me. How? Because 12 men testified they had seen Jesus raised from the dead, then they proclaimed that truth for 40 years, never once denying it. Everyone was beaten, tortured, stoned, and put in prison. They would not have endured that if it were not true. Watergate embroiled 12 of the most powerful men in the world, and they couldn’t keep a lie for 3 weeks. You are telling me 12 apostles could keep a lie for 40 years? Absolutely impossible!” Chuck Colson <><><> SO WHAT? A. Since Jesus rose from the dead, I am responsible! “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart…. Acts 2:37a B. Since Jesus rose from the dead, I am accountable! “(28) Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice, (29) and come forth---those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.” John 5:28-29 NOW WHAT? C. Since Jesus rose from the dead, I am redeemable! “(37) Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, `Men and brethren, what shall we do?’ (38) Then Peter said to them, `Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:37-38 D. Since Jesus rose from the dead, my children are redeemable and so is every Jew and Gentile who repents and is baptized! “(39) For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call. (40) And with many words he testified and exhorted them, saying, `Be saved from this perverse generation.’ (41) Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” Acts 2:39-41 E. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow! “(25) Jesus said to her, `I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. (26) And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this? Jn.11:25-26 SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is the resurrection of Jesus Christ and its implications for my salvation and daily life! 1. Do I remember the first sermon I heard that cut me to the heart with conviction? What was it about? How did it affect me? 2. (Read Acts 2:1-42). What was it about Peter’s sermon at Pentecost that “cut to the heart” his listeners? 3. This first sermon preached in “The First Church” and every sermon in Acts emphasized the resurrection. It has been said that: “All of Christianity rises and falls on the resurrection. If Christ was not raised, then every truth in Christianity collapses like a house of cards!” Do I agree? Discuss. 4. Look up these verses and discuss what they teach about the resurrection: • (Rom.1:4) What does it teach about Jesus Christ? • (Rom.4:25) What does it teach about our justification? • (Rom.10:9) What does it teach about how to be saved? • (1Th.4:14) What does it teach about Christian loved ones who have died? • (1Pet.1:3) What does it teach about hope? • (Acts 24:15-16) What does it teach about the just and the unjust and motivation for godly living? • (1Cor.15:42-45) What does it teach about my new body? • (1Cor.15:58) What does it teach about my labor to do what is right? 5. Read (Jn.11:25-26) The account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Do these verses comfort me in the face of daily struggles? Do I buy into the verse of the hymn “Because He Lives” which says, because He lives, I can face tomorrow? Daily Bible Reading Mon (Acts 2:1-47) The first sermon in the first church Tue (Rom.1:4) The resurrection declares Jesus as God’s Son Wed (Rom.4:25) The resurrection teaches God can declare me not guilty Thu (Rom.10:9) I can’t be saved if I don’t stake my life on the resurrection Fri (1Pet.1:3) The resurrection gives me a living hope Sat (1Cor.15:58) The resurrection guarantees my labor is not in vain
The cross: the saving power of God!
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cd#17.04.09 April 4, 2017 SCRIPTURE READING “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1Cor.1:18 (NKJV) “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1Cor.1:18 THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS IS A GREAT PARADOX: 1. TO THOSE IN THE PROCESS OF GOING TO HELL, IT IS MORONIC! “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing….” 1Cor.1:18a A. A stumbling block to some: “but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block…” 1Cor.1:23a B. Foolishness to others: “…and to the Greeks foolishness,.. 1Cor.1:23b C. This is how those who are perishing eternally think! 2. TO THOSE IN THE PROCESS OF BEING SAVED, IT IS THE POWER OF GOD! “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1Cor.1:18 SALVATION HAS 3 ASPECTS: A. The PENALTY of my sin is gone: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Rom.8:1 B. The POWER of my sin is being broken: “For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Rom.8:13 C. The PRESENCE of my sin will one day be removed: “Not only that, but we also who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.” Rom.8:23 THE POWER OF GOD IN THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS IS DESCRIBED AS: A. The power of substitution: Jesus died in my place! B. The power of justification: God declares me not guilty! C. The power of reconciliation: God is at peace with me! D. The power of adoption: God brings me into His family! E. The power of redemption: God purchases me from the slave market of sin! F. The power of propitiation: God is satisfied, my debt is paid! G. The power of forgiveness: God casts my sins away as far as east is from west! “(8) And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (9) Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.” Phil.2:8-9 <><><> “The old cross slew men, the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemns, the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh, the new cross encourages it.” A.W. Tozer <><><> SO WHAT? THE CROSS’S POWER: 1. Removes my CURSE: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, `Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.’” Gal.3:13 2. Cleanses my CONSCIENCE: “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” Heb.9:14 3. Qualifies me to be A DISCIPLE: “(23) Then He said to them all, `If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. (24) For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.” Lk.9:23-24 4. Unifies THE DIVIDED: “(11) For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. (12) Now I say this, that each of you says, `I am of Paul,’ or `I am of Apollos,’ or `I am of Cephas,’ or `I am of Christ.’ (13) Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?” 1Cor.1:11-13 5. Destroys SELFISHNESS: “And He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2Cor.5:15 6. Defines SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP: “Husbands love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.” Eph.5:25 7. Provides victory over SIN and stirs PASSION for ministry: “Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people zealous for good works.” Tit.2:14 8. It heals me SPITIRTUALLY, EMOTIONALLY, AND ULTIMATELY PHYSICALLY:“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.” Isa.53:5 NOW, WHAT DO I NEED TO DO? SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is the cross and the power of God it releases in my life when I submit to it! • When I think of power, does the cross of Jesus Christ come to mind? Why or why not? • Read (1Cor.1:18). Who is the message of the cross foolishness to? Who is the message of the cross the power of God to? Why would someone consider the cross as foolishness? • Read (Eph.5:25). What implications does the power of the cross have for spiritual leadership in marriage? What are its implications for marriage in general (see Eph.5:21)? • What does the cross’s power do in each of these verses (look them up). • (Gal.3:13) • (Lk.9:23-24) • (1Cor.1:11-13) • (2Cor.5:15) • (Tit.2:14) • (Isa.53:5) • Read (Phil.2:8-9) What attitude does “obedience to the point of death” demonstrate? When I embrace this attitude, what root sin is neutralized in my life (hint: it begins with an s and ends with ness, which is another word for pride)? What insight does (Gal.5:24) give me into how to appropriate this power on a daily basis? (Hint: trust and…….)? DAILY BIBLE READING Mon (1Cor.1:18) The power of the cross Tue (Gal.3:13) It removes my curse of sin Wed (Heb.9;14) It cleanses my guilty conscience Thu (Lk.9:23-24) It qualifies me to be a disciple Fri (2Cor.5:15) It destroys my pride and selfishness Sat (Tit.2:14) It provides victory over sin and stirs passion for ministry
When I look at the cross, what do I see?
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cd#17.04.02 April 2, 2017 SCRIPTURE READING “(45) Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. (46) And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, `Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, `My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’ (47) Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, `This Man is calling for Elijah!’ (48) Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink. (49) The rest said, `Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.’ (50) And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. (51) Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, (52) and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; (53) and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. (54) So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, `Truly this was the Son of God!’ (55) And many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, were there looking on from afar, (56) among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.” Matt.27:45-56 (NKJV) <>< “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, `Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, `My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” Matt.27:46 <>< >>>>> “When belief in God becomes difficult, the tendency is to turn away from Him; but in heaven’s name to what?” G. K. Chesterton >>>>> <>< WHEN I LOOK AT THE CROSS AND I HEAR THIS CRY OF JESUS: 1. I SEE SUFFERING THAT SEEMS SO UNECESSARY! “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, `Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, `My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?’ Matt.27:46 WHEN I LOOK AT THE CROSS: • I see an execution! • I see untold physical pain and suffering! • I see a man feeling forsaken by God! • I see suffering that seems so unnecessary! • I see a situation that moves me to ask why? 2. GOD SEES THE CULMINATION OF HIS PERFECT PLAN! WHEN GOD LOOKS AT THE CROSS: A. He sees divine judgment: “Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.” Matt.27:45 B. He sees a break in intimate fellowship: “(46) And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, `Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, `My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? (47) Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, `This Man is calling for Elijah!’ (48) Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink. (49) The rest said, `Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.’” Matt.27:46-49 C. He sees the voluntary, self-giving death of His Son: "And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.” Matt.27:50 D. He sees access into His presence: “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” Matt.27:51a E. He sees a miracle signifying the demands of His law have been fulfilled: “…and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,” Matt.27:51b F. He sees death has been conquered: “(52) and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; (53) and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.” Matt.27:52-53 G. He sees changed lives: “(54) So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, `Truly this was the Son of God!’ (55) And many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, were there looking on from afar, (56) among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.” Matt.27:54-56 “(27) For indeed in this city the rulers have joined together against the holy servant Jesus, thine anointed—yes, Herod and Pontius Pilate, the gentiles and the peoples of Israel have gathered together (28) to carry out what thine hand and will had planned to happen.” Acts 4:27-28 (Phillips) <>< >>>>> “Suffering is necessary. It is impossible to live a complete life without suffering. If life is to be fully understood and lived, suffering is necessary.” Unnamed Indonesian Pastor >>>>> NOW WHAT? >>>>> “The most profound thing we can say about suffering and evil is that, in Jesus Christ, God entered into it and turned it for good.” John Piper >>>>> <>< 1. I need to see God has a solution to my sin problem! “(10) Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief, when You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. (11) He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied…” Isa.53:10-11a “Then Peter said to them, `Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38 2. I need to turn, or turn back, to God in my sufferings! “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance.” Rom.2:4 <>< >>>>> “I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. The only God I believe in is the One Nietzsche ridiculed as `God on the cross.’ In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it? I have entered many Buddhist temples in different Asian countries and stood respectfully before the statue of the Buddha, his legs crossed, arms folded, eyes closed, the ghost of a smile playing round his mouth, a remote look on his face, detached from the agonies of the world. But each time after a while I have had to turn away, and in imagination, I have turned instead to that lonely, twisted, tortured figure on the cross, nails through hands and feet, back lacerated, limbs wrenched, brow bleeding from thorn-pricks, mouth dry and intolerably thirsty, plunged in God-forsaken darkness. That is the God for me! He laid aside His immunity to pain. He entered our world of flesh and blood, tears and death. He suffered for us. Our sufferings become more manageable in the light of His. There is still a question mark against human suffering, but over it we boldly stamp another mark, the cross that symbolizes divine suffering.” John Stott >>>>> SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The big idea of this message is how I look at the cross compared to how God looks at it, and how the innocent suffering of Jesus heals my sin and helps me face the sufferings of this life. 1. If I could talk to Jesus right now, face to face, what would I ask Him about suffering? 2. Read (Matt.27:45-56). How do I see the crucifixion of Christ? How does God see the crucifixion of Christ? What do these verses teach me about the crucifixion of Christ: • (Acts 4:27-28) • (Isa.53:5-6) • (Isa.53:10-11) • (Jn.10:17-18) • (Gal.3:13) • (Rom.5:7-8) • (Col.2:13) 3. Read (Job 42:1-6). Take note of v.5. What turned the tide of Job’s struggles in his suffering? (Hint: it was relational!). What means the most to us when we are in the throes of suffering (hint: loving relationships)! 4. Read John Stott’s lengthy quote on the last page of the sermon outline. Do I agree or disagree? Why? Take note of his last line: “There is still a question mark against human suffering, but over it we boldly stamp another mark, the cross that symbolizes divine suffering.” How do I feel about that? 5. What does (Rom.2:4) tell me about what leads me to repentance? What did Danny Hall say in his testimony that drew him back to the Lord? Do I need to come back to the Lord right now? DAILY BIBLE READING Mon (Matt.27:45-56) The crucifixion of Christ Tue (Acts 4:27-28) It was part of God’s plan of redemption Wed (Rev.13:8) It was planned before the foundation of the world Thu (Isa.53:5-6) Christ’s death heals my sin problem Fri (Isa.53:10-11) Christ’s death was God’s offering for my sin Sat (Rom.8:28) Christ’s suffering brings good out of my suffering
A wake up call for discernment!
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March 26, 2017 09:21 AM PDT
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cd.17.03.26 March 26,2017 Pastor Denny Mashburn

3 situations needing discernment:

1. Do I know what John 3:16 is referring to?
2. Is this statement from the popular movie The Shack true:
“Those who love me come from every system (religious) that
exists. They were Buddhists or Mormons, Baptists or Muslims,
Democrats, Republicans, and many who don’t vote and who are
not part of any Sunday morning or religious institutions. (Jesus
speaking) I have no desire to make them Christian, but I do
want to join them in their transformation into sons and
daughters of my Papa (the Father) into my brothers and sisters,
my beloved.”
3. Is transgenderism an acceptable alternative lifestyle?

THE BASICS OF DISCERNMENT:

1. DON’T PUT YOUR FIRE OUT!

“Do not quench the Spirit.” 1Thes.5:19

(6)Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you
through the laying on of my hands, (7) for God has not given us a spirit of
fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2Tim.1:6-7

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into
all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears
He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” Jn.16:13

2. DON’T NEGLECT THE PROCLAMATION OF GOD’S WORD!

“Do not despise prophecies.” 1Thes.5:20

“(18) For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this
book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that
are written in this book; (19) and if anyone takes away from the words of
the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of
Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
Rev.22:18-19

3. EXAMINE EVERYTHING CRITICALLY!

“Test all things.” 1Thes.5:21a

<>“Discernment is the skill that enables us to differentiate. It is the ability to
see issues clearly. We desperately need to cultivate this spiritual skill that
will enable us to know right from wrong. We must be prepared to
distinguish light from darkness, truth from error, best from better,
righteousness from unrighteousness, purity from defilement, and principles
from pragmatics.”
Joseph Stowell<>

4. HOLD FAST WHAT IS RIGHT!

“Hold fast what is good.”

“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.”
Rom.12:9

5. SHUN EVIL TEACHING!

“Abstain from every form of evil.” 1Thes.5:22

NOW WHAT?

1. I need to thank God for the gift of discerning
spiritual truth!

“(11) He answered and said to them, `Because it has been given to you to
know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been
given. (12) For whoever has to him more will be given and he will have
abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away
from him.” Matt.13:11-12

“Do not quench the Spirit.” 1Thes.5:19

2. I am responsible to stoke the fire, and it
begins with daily submission!

“(6) Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you
through the laying on of my hands, (7) for God has not given us a spirit of
fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2Tim.1:6-7

“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with
the Spirit.” Eph.5:18

3. The fire is stoked with Scripture!

“(1) My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within
you, (2) so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to
understanding; (3) yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your
voice for understanding, (4) if you seek her as silver, and search for her as
for hidden treasures; (5) then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and
find the knowledge of God. (6) For the LORD gives wisdom; from His
mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Pr.2:1-6

“(16) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (17) that
the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good
work.” 2Tim.3:16-17

4. The fire is stoked with obedience!

“For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after
other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the LORD his God, as was the
heart of his father David.” 1Kgs.11:4

5. The fire is stoked when I walk with wise men!

“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will
be destroyed.” Pr.13:20

6. The fire is stoked when I judge righteously!

“Do not judge according to appearance; but judge with righteous judgment.” Jn.7:24

• Answer 1: How to obtain eternal life! (Jn.3:16)
• Answer 2: “Jesus said to him, `I am the way, the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (Jn.14:6)
• Answer 3: “So God created man in His own image; in the image of
God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen.1:27)

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The big idea of this message is a wake-up call for Christians to
practice discernment, to define what it is, and to consider practical
ways to live a discerning life!

1. In a survey in 1994 by George Barna half of the people
who described themselves as “born again” had no clue
what John 3:16 referred to! How could this be? Do I
know what John 3:16 refers to? As a Christian, should I
be concerned if I don’t know?
2. Read (1Thes.5:19-22). According to verse 19, where
does discernment begin? How does someone receive the
gift of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:38-39)? What is one
of the key ministries of the Holy Spirit in the life of a
Christian (see Jn.16:13)? How am I to respond to the
Spirit (see Eph.5:18)? Then, what should be my attitude
regarding Scripture (see Col.3:16)? As one wise man has
said: “Discernment cannot survive without doctrine!”
3. Think back on my Christian experience? What quenches
the fire of the Holy Spirit in my life? Review on page 3
of the outline the things that stoke the fire of the Spirit.
Which one gets my attention? Why?
4. Should a Christian judge? What is the key difference
between the judging described in (Matt.7:1-5) and
(Jn.7:24). Do I agree with how the 3 questions opening
the sermon were answered? What is my guide to judging
righteously?
5. This week, when I read my Bible, ask God to give me a
verse. Then apply the 4 questions of (2Tim.3:16-17),
which are: what do I need to believe, what do I need to
stop believing, what do I need to stop doing, and what
do I need to start doing. Then pray for the Spirit’s power
and desire to get it done!

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (1Thes.5:19-22) Cultivating discernment in my spiritual growth!
Tue (Matt.7:1-6) How I am not to judge!
Wed (Jn.7:24) How I am to judge righteously!
Thu (Jn.16:13) The Holy Spirit guides me into truth to discern!
Fri. (Col.3:16) The Holy Spirit uses the Word to guide me!
Sat (Eph.5:18) The Holy Spirit desires to control me by His word!

How to finish with joy the ministry the LORD has given you
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cd.17.03.19 March 19, 2017. Sermon by Pastor Adel Rovayna and interpreted by George Oliva <>Special thanks to Iglesia Bautista Hispana Kilpatric and Iglesia Bautista Hispana Fort Payne!<>
Temple talk: Finding comfort and strength in God’s prophetic timetable! (Pt.2)
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March 12, 2017 11:19 AM PDT
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cd.17.03.12 March 12,2017 Denny Mashburn

KEY EVENTS MUST TAKE PLACE
BEFORE THE DAY OF THE LORD, SO:

1. DON’T BE DECEIVED!

“(3) Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come
unless the falling away comes first and the man of sin is revealed, the son of
perdition, (4) who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or
that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing
himself that he is God. (5) Do you not remember that when I was still with
you I told you these things? 2Thes.2:3-5

• Falling away
• Man of sin is revealed
• Son of perdition

2. DON’T FORGET WHO IS IN CHARGE!

“(6) And now you know what is restraining that he may be revealed in his
own times. (7) For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He
who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. (8) And
then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the
breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.”
2Thes.2:6-8

• A force restrains
• He restrains
• The lawless one is revealed in God’s time
• Destroyed by the breath of the Lord’s mouth

3. DON’T BE UNINFORMED!

“(9) The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan,
with all power, signs, and lying wonders, (10) and with all unrighteous
deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of
the truth, that they might be saved. (11) And for this reason God will send
them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, (12) that they all may
be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in
unrighteousness.” 2Thes.2:9-12

• Lawless one comes with power, signs, lying wonders
• Deceives those who won’t receive the love of the truth
• Judicial judgment of delusion to believe the lie (what is false)
• Condemned because they have pleasure in un-righteousness

4. DON’T TURN BACK FROM WHAT
YOU’VE BEEN TAUGHT!

“(13) But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren
beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for
salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, (14) to
which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord
Jesus Christ. (15) Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions
which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. 2Thes.2:13-15

• You are loved by the Lord and chosen
• You are set apart, called for God’s glory
• So, hold to what you have been taught

5. DON’T WORRY!

(16) Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who
has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace,
(17) comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.”
2Thes.2:16-17
SO WHAT?

1. Conquer your fears with TRUTH!

“(31) Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him. If you abide in My
word, you are My disciples indeed. (32) And you shall know the truth, and
the truth shall make you free.” Jn.8:31-32

2. Be DISCERNING!

<>“(Papa-God represented as a woman) I don’t need to punish people for
sin. Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside. It’s not
my purpose to punish; it’s my joy to cure it.”
The Shack<>

3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but
according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap
up for themselves teachers; (4) and they will turn their ears away from the
truth, and be turned aside to fables.” 2Tim.4:3-4

3. Remember, the devil is GOD’S DEVIL!

“(6) And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his
own time. (7) For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He
who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.”2Thes.2:6-7

4. Recognize the marks of an UNBELIEVER!

“(9) The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan,
with all power, signs, and lying wonders, (10) and with all unrighteous
deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of
the truth, that they might be saved. (11) And for this reason God will send
them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, (12) that they all may
be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in
unrighteousness.” 2Thes.2:9-12

“(9) And He said, `Go and tell this people: Keep on hearing, but do not
understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ (10) Make the heart of
this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes, lest they see with
their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and
return and be healed.” Isa.6:9-10

5. MY ORDERS: Hold to the truth, be comforted
by the truth, and practice the truth!

“(11) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some
evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, (12) for the equipping of the
saints for the work of ministry….(14) that we should no longer be children,
tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the
trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting.”
Eph.4:11-12, 14

NOW WHAT?

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is the recent current events regarding
revived interest in rebuilding the 3rd Jewish Temple in Jerusalem
and the comfort to be found in God’s prophetic timetable regarding
the rapture and the second coming of Jesus Christ!

1. In the book and the movie called “The Shack” Papa (God
represented as a woman) says: “I don’t need to punish people for
sin. Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside. It’s
not my purpose to punish; it’s my joy to cure it.” Is that true?
Look up and read (Rev.20:11-15). What happens to those
people whose names are not written in the Book of life (See
Lk.10:20; Rev.3:5)? Should untrue statements like this about
God concern God’s people (see 2Tim.4:1-4)?
2. Why are these people at the Great White Throne judged (see
2Thes.2:9-11)? What does it mean to love the truth (see
Jn.14:6)? What does it mean to have pleasure in
unrighteousness (see Jn.3:19-21)?
3. Look up (Isa.6:9-10). What can happen to people who
persistently reject the truth and harden their hearts to God?
What does God do to their hard hearts? What does (Ex.8:15)
tell us Pharaoh did when the plague of frogs was removed?
What does (Ex.4:21) tell us God did to Pharaoh’s hard heart?
Which comes first? So what?
4. Which of the unique blessings of the people of God listed in
(2Thes.2:13-14) gets your attention? When did God choose you
for salvation (see Eph.1:3-6)? How does that truth make you
feel, or that you are beloved, set apart and called to glorify
God?
5. What did Jesus promise us in (Jn.16:12-13) that is so important
in learning to discern truth? How is the Spirit quenched (see
1Thes.4:19)? How is the Spirit grieved (see Eph.4:25-32)? How
am I to relate to the Holy Spirit according to (Eph.5:18)? What
am I to do daily as mentioned in (Gal.5:16)?

Daily Bible Reading

Mon (2Thes.2:3-17) Key events preceding the Second Coming
Tue (2Thes.2:1-3) The rapture must precede these events
Wed (1Tim.4:1-2) In the last days, some will be deceived and depart from the faith
Thu (Jn.16:12-13) The promise of the Spirit leading believers to truth
Fri (1Thes.4:19) The Spirit can be quenched by disobedience
Sat (Eph.4:25-32) The Spirit can be grieved by sin

cd.17.03.05 Temple talk: Finding comfort and strength in God’s prophetic timetable! (Pt.1)
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March 05, 2017 09:17 AM PST
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March 5,2017 Pastor Denny Mashburn

“(3) Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless
the falling away comes first and the man of sin is revealed, the son of
perdition, (4) who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or
that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing
himself he is God.” 2Thes.2:3-4

TEMPLE TALK SHOULD BE
COMFORTING, SO:

1. CALM DOWN, YOU’VE BEEN
GIVEN FAKE NEWS!

“(1) Now brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our
gathering together to Him, we ask you, (2) not to be shaken in mind or
troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the
day of Christ had come….Do you not remember that when I was still with
you I told you these things?” 2Thes.2:1-2, 5

A. You haven’t missed the gathering together, remember?

“(13) But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who
have fallen asleep, let you sorrow as others who have no hope. (14) For if we
believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him
those who sleep in Jesus. (15) For this we say to you by the word of the
Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by
no means precede those who are asleep. (16) For the Lord Himself will
descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with
the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. (17) Then we who
are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to
meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. (18)
Therefore comfort one another with these words.” 1Thes.4:13-18

• (1Thes.1:9-10) Sign-less event, imminent!
• Christ will come in the air!
• Christ with and for believers only!
• Christ will come from heaven surprisingly, suddenly!
• Christ will come in spectacular fashion!
• Christ will gather together His redeemed people in sequence!
• Christ will snatch His people away in the air!
• Christ’s disciples will always be with the Lord from then on!
• This is the comfort of those who have turned to God from idols!

B. You are not in the day of the Lord, remember?

“(1) But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need
that I should write to you. (2) For you yourselves know perfectly that the day
of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. (3) For when they say, `Peace
and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a
pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. (4) But you, brethren, are not
in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. (5) You are all
sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. (6)
Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. (7) For
those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.
(8) But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breast-plate of faith
and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. (9) For God did not appoint
us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, (10) who
died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with
Him. (11) Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as
you also are doing.” 1Thes.5:1-11

• Christ comes to judge after the gathering together!
• Christ comes to bring unexpected, inescapable calamity!
• This calamity is not for the brethren, sons of light, sons of the
day and not of darkness!
• It is for those of the night and darkness, who sleep at night, get
drunk at night, and are appointed for wrath!

2. DON’T BE DECEIVED, BECAUSE
FUTURE EVENTS MUST HAPPEN!

“(3) Let no one deceive you by any means; for that day will not come unless
the falling away comes first and the man of sin is revealed, the son of
perdition, (4) who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or
this is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God showing
himself that he is God. (5) Do you not remember that when I was still
with you I told you these things? 2Thes.2:3-5

SO WHAT?

1. Am I waiting and serving?

“(9) For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had
to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true
God, (10) and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the
dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” 1Thes.1:9-10

<>“The word wait has the connotation of hanging over the head, or the sense
of always being there. They continually had the attitude of looking for the
return of Christ. They waited for Him like a person would wait for a guest
coming to their home. If you knew when they were coming you would not
wait….You can’t set dates and believe in imminence. Setting dates
destroys imminence. The first century Christians believed Jesus could
come at any moment and they would be taken up.”
Dr. Ronald Showers<>

“Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.”
Matt.24:42

2. Be comforted by this great truth!

“(1) Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
(2) In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have
told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (3) And if I go and prepare a place
for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am,
there you may be also.” Jn.14:1-3

“And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have
confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. (29) If you
know He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness
is born of Him.” 1Jn.2:28-29

3. Stand fast, hold to, be comforted and
strengthened!

“(15) Therefore brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were
taught, whether by word or our epistle. (16) Now may our Lord Jesus
Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us
everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, (17) comfort your hearts
and establish you in every good word and work.” 2Thes.2:15-17

NOW WHAT?

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is recent current events regarding
the rebuilding of the 3rd Jewish temple and its significance in
God’s prophetic timetable of the rapture and second coming!

1. As I watched the clip from CBN news on the
preparations being made for the rebuilding of the 3rd
Jewish temple, what was my reaction?
2. Why had the Thessalonians lost their comfort and
joy about these truths (see vs.1-2). Is fake news
dangerous? What had it done to these believer’s
confidence and hope?
3. Read (Jn.14:1-4) Does the truth of the rapture
(Christ receiving me to Himself) bring peace to my
troubled heart? Why or why not? Before they were
shaken by false teaching, what was the source of the
Thessalonians confidence and hope (see.1Thess.1:6-10)?
4. Read (1Thes.5:1-11). Here Paul describes unbelievers
who will experience wrath at the Second Coming of
Christ. How does he identify believers? How does he
identify unbelievers? So what?
5. Read (1Jn.2:28-29). If Christ were to come for me
tonight, would I meet Him confidently or would I be
ashamed? Why or why not? Let’s close in prayer and
ask Him for His grace right now to be ready!

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (2Thes.2:1-16) Comfort/readiness for the end times
Tue (1Thes.4:13-18) Finding comfort in the rapture
Wed (1Thes.5:1-11) Finding comfort in missing God’s wrath
Thu (1Thes.1:6-10) Salvation in Christ, the basis of comfort
and anticipation of the future
Fri (Jn.14:1-4) Let not your heart be troubled
Sat (1Jn.2:28-29) Living so as not to be caught ashamed

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