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Abandoned by God!
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July 15, 2018 06:04 AM PDT
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cd.18.07.15 July 15, 2018 Message by Denny Mashburn

“Therefore God also gave them up….. Rom.1:24a

GOD ABANDONS SINFUL MEN:

1. Because sinful men ABANDON GOD!

“Therefore God also gave them up…..” Rom.1:24a

“(18) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, (19) because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. (20) For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, (21) because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (22) Professing to be wise, they became fools, (23) and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.” Rom.1:18-23

A. (v.18) God reveals His wrath of abandonment!
B. (v.18) Sinful men abandon truth!
C. (vs.19-20) Sinful men abandon God’s revelation!
D. (v.21) Sinful men abandon God’s glory!
E. (v.22) Sinful men abandon reality!
F. (v.23) Sinful men abandon themselves to idols!

2. So God turns the sinner over to SEXUAL IMMORALITY!

“(24) Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, (25) who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” Rom.1:24-25

A. (v.24) God abandons the sinner to immorality!
B. (v.24) God abandons the sinner to the lusts of his heart!
C. (v.25) God abandons the sinner because they believed the lie!
D. (v.25) God abandons the sinner to his idolatry!

3. So God turns the sinner over to HOMOSEXUALITY!

“(26) For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. (27) Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” Rom.1:26-27

A. (v.26) God abandons the sinner to homosexuality!
B. (v.26) God abandons the sinner to the unnatural!
C. (v.27) God abandons the sinner to the penalty associated with this perversion!

4. So God turns the sinner over to a MIND INCAPABLE OF MORAL JUDGMENT!

“(28) And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; (29) being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, (30) backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, (31) undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; (32) who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” Rom.1:28-32

A. (v.28) God abandons the sinner to the inability to think straight about right and wrong!
B. (vs.29-31) God abandons the sinner to make immoral judgments in 21 particular areas of life!
C. (v.31) God abandons the sinner to ignore the judgment of God!
D. (v.31) God abandons the sinner to encourage others to do the same things he is doing!

SO WHAT?

1. Human beings don’t evolve, they devolve!

“…who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”
Rom.1:25

<>“Man did not start low and climb high, but he devolved, he started high and because of sin sank lower than the beasts. Human history began with man knowing God. Human history is not the story of a beast that worshipped idols, and then evolved into a man worshipping one God. Human history is just the opposite: man began knowing God, but turned from the truth and rejected God.”
Warren Wiersbe<>

2. We are witnessing the devolving of America!

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2Chron.7:14

3. Addictions are nothing more than idolatry gone to seed!

“..and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image make like corruptible man---and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.”
Rom.1:23

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Rom.8:2

4. Thank God His wrath of abandonment of sinners is not permanent, yet!

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom.6:23

5. Bring your paralyzed loved ones to Christ!

“When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven you.’” Mk.2:5

Why God is angry with sinners!
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July 08, 2018 08:24 AM PDT
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cd.18.07.08 July 8, 2018 Message by Denny Mashburn

“God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”
Ps.7:11

GOD HAS A RIGHT TO BE ANGRY WITH THE WICKED BECAUSE:

1. He has revealed Himself in man’s CONSCIENCE and in CREATION!

“(19) ..because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. (20) For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”
Rom.1:19-20

A. “In them”: conscience: The God given ability to reflect on the morality of your motives, decisions and actions and to sense guilt when God’s standards are violated! Puritan Richard Sibbes called it the “soul reflecting upon itself!”

“..(14) for when the Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, (15) who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them.” Rom.2:14-15

B. “To them”: His attributes are clearly seen: “(1) The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. (2) Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. (3) There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.” Ps.19:1-3

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2. (Reason 1) But they do not give Him GLORY!

“..because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God….”
Rom.1:21a
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3. (Reason 2) And they are not THANKFUL!

“..nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Rom.1:21b
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4. (Reason 3) And they substitute IDOLS for true worship!

“(22) Professing to be wise, they became fools, (23) and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.” Rom.1:22-23
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SO WHAT?

1. If I have not put my faith in Jesus Christ, I am already experiencing the wrath of God!

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
Jn.3:36

2. There is hope, but it is time to stop making excuses!

<>“Will God give man brains to see these things and will man then fail to exercise his will toward that God? The sorrowful answer is that both of these things are true. God will give a man brains to smelt iron and make a hammer head and nails. God will grow a tree and give man strength to cut it down and brains to fashion a hammer handle from its wood. And when man has the hammer and the nails, God will put out His hand and let man drive nails through it and place Him on a cross in the supreme demonstration that men are without excuse.”
Donald Grey Barnhouse<>

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom.6:23

3. Christians need to be attentive to the consequential wrath of God!

“(7) Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Gal.6:7

4. Do I have a good conscience today?

“Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.” 1Tim.1:5

“(18) This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, (19) having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck.” 1Tim.1:18-19

5. Why drives my life?

“Therefore whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1Cor.10:31

6. Am I a thankful person and am I growing in this grace?

“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1Thes.5:18

Wrath of God: I am a lot worse than I think I am!
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July 01, 2018 08:26 AM PDT
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cd.18.07.01 July 1,2018 Message by Denny Mashburn

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”
Rom.1:18

THE GOSPEL IS GOOD NEWS, BUT THE BAD NEWS IS:

1. I am a lot worse than I think I am!

“(10) As it is written: ‘There is none righteous, no, not one. (11) There is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. (12) They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one.” Rom.3:10-12
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2. God is angry with sinners!

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven….” Rom.1:18a
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“God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” Ps.7:11

<>“The wrath of God does not end with death. This is a truth which the preacher cannot mention without trembling, nor without wondering that he does not tremble more. The eternity of punishment is a thought which crushes the heart. You have buried the man, but you have not buried his sins. His sins live and are immortal. They have gone before him to judgment, or they will follow after him to bear their witness as to the evil of his heart and the rebellion of his life. The Lord God is slow to anger, but when He is once aroused to it, as He will be against those who finally reject His Son, He will put forth all his omnipotence to crush his enemies.”
Charles Spurgeon<>

3. God has a right to be angry with sinners!

“…against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men…” Rom.1:18b
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“..among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” Eph.2:3

4. Sinners by nature suppress the truth!

“…..who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” Rom.1:18c
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SO WHAT?

1. When sensitivity to sin is lost, sensitivity to God is lost, and when sensitivity to God is lost the final result is ignorance of impending judgement!

“(37) But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. (38) For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, (39) and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Matt.24:37-39

2. I really am a lot worse than I think I am!

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Rom.3:23

3. The love of God guarantees the wrath of God!

“But He was wounded (wrath) for our transgressions (love), He was bruised (wrath) for our iniquities (love); the chastisement (wrath) for our peace was upon Him (love), and by His stripes (wrath) we are healed (love).”
Isa.53:5

“(5) …(love) thinks no evil; (6) does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.” 1Cor.13:5c-6

<>“If you will not have Jesus Christ as your Savior, you must have Him as your Judge. It is the truth that both grace and wrath proceed from the cross of Jesus Christ, that both righteousness and wrath are revealed in the gospel. Until you have bowed before the cross of Christ and have accepted the grace that He wishes to bestow on you, your life is a perpetual dishonor to the Creator, and a continual provocation of divine holiness to that wrath, which is the natural expression of God’s hatred of sin.”
Donald Grey Barnhouse<>

4. When sensitivity to sin is lost among Christians, their love can grow cold!

“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.”
Matt.24:12

5. Suppressing truth brings bondage, embracing truth brings freedom!

“(31) Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed in 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

The Gospel of Christ: The most important message I will ever hear!
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June 24, 2018 07:18 AM PDT
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cd18.06.24 SCRIPTURE READING “(16) For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (17) For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’” Rom.1:16-17 (NKJV) <><><> “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” Rom.1:16 THE GOSPEL MESSAGE: 1. No SHAME! “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ…..” Rom.1:16a __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “Then he began to curse and swear, saying, ‘I do not know the Man!’ Immediately a rooster crowed.” Matt.26:74 2. It is about JESUS CHRIST! “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ…” Rom.1:16a ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “(3) For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, (4) and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, (5) and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.” 1Cor.15:3-5 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 3. It is POWERFUL! “…. for it is the power of God to salvation…” Rom.1:16b __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ <><><> “The Romans did not believe much in ideas. Their notion of power was sharp swords and iron yokes on the necks of subject peoples. But the history of Christianity whatever else it has been, has been the history of the supremacy and revolutionary force of ideas. Thought is mightier than all visible forces. Thought dissolves and reconstructs.” Donald Grey Barnhouse <><><> __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 4. Requires FAITH! “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greeks.” Rom.1:16c __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “(8) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, (9) not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Eph.2:8-9 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 5. Reveals the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD! “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed…” Rom.1:17a __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “(8) Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ (9) and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.” Phil.3:8-9 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 6. Describes a WAY OF LIFE! “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’” Rom.1:17c SO WHAT? 1. Have I received the righteousness of God by faith? “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’” Rom.1:17 <><><> “For my case was this: however irreproachable my life as a monk, I felt myself in the presence of God to be a sinner with a most unquiet conscience, nor could I believe Him to be appeased by the satisfaction I could offer. I did not love---nay, I hated this just God who punishes sinners…and so I raged with a savage and confounded conscience; yet I knocked importunately (persistently) at Paul in this place, with a parched and burning desire to know what he could mean. At last, as I meditated day and night, God showed mercy and I turned my attention to the connection of the words, namely, ‘The righteousness of God revealed, as it is written: the righteous shall live by faith’---and there I began to understand that the righteousness of God is the righteousness in which a just man lives by the gift of God…in other words, that by which the merciful God justifies us through faith…At this I felt myself straightway born afresh and to have entered through the open gates into paradise itself.” Martin Luther <><><> 2. Do I act cowardly when it comes to the gospel? “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God.” 2Tim.1:8 3. Am I living my daily life by faith? “….the just shall live by faith.” Rom.1:17c <><><> “You believe God for your soul (salvation). Believe in Him about your property. Believe in God about your sick wife or your dying child. Believe in God about your losses and bad debts and declining business.” Charles Spurgeon <><><>
A checklist for spiritual leaders on Father's day!
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June 17, 2018 09:56 AM PDT
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cd08.06.17 SCRIPTURE READING “(8) First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. (9) For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, (10) making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you. (11) For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established—(12) that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. (13) Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles. (14) I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. (15) So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also.” Rom.1:8-15 (NKJV) <><><> “Spiritual leadership is the God given ability to move people onto God’s agenda!” Henry Blackaby <><><> “So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also.” Rom.1:15 A SPIRITUAL LEADER: 1. Has been CHANGED! “(3) As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. (4) Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ (5) And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ Then the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads. (6) So he, trembling and astonished, said, ‘Lord, what do You want me to do?’” Acts 9:3-6 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” Rom.1:16 2. Is empowered by WORSHIP! “For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son…..” Rom.1:9a “For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” Phil.3:3 3. Is THANKFUL! “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.” Rom.1:8 4. Is a man of PRAYER! “(9) For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, (10) making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you.” Rom.1:9-10 5. Empowers OTHERS! “(11) For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established.” Rom.1:11 6. Is HUMBLE! “..that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.” Rom.1:12 7. Is INDEBTED to God to serve others! “(13) Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles. (14) I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise.” Rom.1:13-14 8. Is READY to fulfill God’s purposes! “So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also.” Rom.1:15 SO WHAT? 1. ( ) Has the gospel changed my life? “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2Cor.5:17 2. ( ) Is worship a priority to me? “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” Jn.4:23 “(10) Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, ‘Ananias.’ And he said, ‘Here I am, Lord.’ (11) So the Lord said to him, ‘Arise and go to the street called Straight and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.” Acts 9:10-11 <><><> “These words are the hallmark of genuine conversion. ‘Behold he prayeth’ is a surer witness of a man’s conversion than ‘Behold he singeth’ or ‘Behold he readeth Scripture’ or ‘Behold, he preacheth.’ These things may be admirably done by men who are not regenerate. But if, in God’s sense of the term, a man really prays, we may know of a surety that he has passed from death unto life…Prayer is the thermometer of grace.” Charles Spurgeon <><><> “(1) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Rom.12:1-2 • Thankfulness is a result of worship! • Prayer is as result of worship! • Lovingly empowering others is a result of worship! • Humility is a result of worship! • Realizing my indebtedness to God is a result of worship! • Readiness to fulfill God’s purposes is a result of worship! 3. ( ) Am I ready to fulfill all of God’s purposes? “So he, trembling and astonished, said, ‘Lord, what do You want me to do?’” Acts 9:6 • ( ) When God wants me to lead? • ( ) When God wants me to use my gift? • ( ) When God wants me to suffer? • ( ) When God wants me to put the flesh to death? • ( ) When God wants me to be ready to give up my life?
Getting God’s Perspective On Adversity!
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June 10, 2018 09:56 AM PDT
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cd# 08.06.10 Getting God’s Perspective On Adversity! A message by Dr. Allen McClellan ><> SCRIPTURE READING “(1) Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities. (2) And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, `Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’ (4) Jesus answered and said to them, `Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: (5) the blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. (6) And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.’” Matt.11:1-6 (NKJV) <>< “(2) And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples (3) and said to Him, `Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’” Matt.11:2-3 TO GET GOD’S PERSPECTIVE ON ADVERSITY, I MUST: 1. Realize God does not want me to LOSE MY FAITH because of adversity! 2. Ask the question: WHAT WILL BRING GOD THE MOST GLORY?
Romans Series #1: Good News!
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June 03, 2018 09:30 AM PDT
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cd#180603 SCRIPTURE READING “(1) Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God (2) which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, (3) concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, (4) and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (5) Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, (6) among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; (7) To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints.” Rom.1:1-7 (NKJV) <><><> “If you understand the book of Romans, you understand the Bible!” Charles Spurgeon <><><> THE GOOD NEWS: 1. HAS A UNIQUE MESSENGER! “Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God.” Rom.1:1 a. A slave of Jesus Christ: ________________________ b. An apostle of Jesus Christ: _____________________ c. A set apart messenger of Jesus Christ: ___________ 2. IS A UNIQUE ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬MESSAGE! “(1c)…the gospel of God (2) which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, (3) concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, (4) and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” Rom.1:1c-4 a. (v.1c) It originated with God:____________________ _____________________________________________ b. (v.2) It was promised in the Old Testament: _______ _____________________________________________ c. (v.3a) It concerns Jesus Christ, God’s Son: ________ d. (v.3b) He was a human being:___________________ ____________________________________________ e. (v.4) He was Divine: ___________________________ _____________________________________________ 3. RESULTS IN UNIQUE BLESSINGS! “(5) Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, (6) among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ.” Rom.1:5-6 a. (v.5a) The blessing of Divine favor: _______________ b. (v.5b) The blessing of giftedness: _________________ c. ( v.5c) The blessing of obedience: ________________ _____________________________________________ d. (v.5d) The blessing of glorifying God:____________ _____________________________________________ e. (v.6) The blessing of effectual calling: ____________ _____________________________________________ 4. IS FOR A UNIQUE GROUP OF PEOPLE! “To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Rom.1:7 a. (v.7a) Beloved of God: ______________________ b. (v.7b) Saints: _________________________________ _____________________________________________ c. (v.7c) People of favor and peace: ________________ SO WHAT? 1. There is power in this book! “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” Rom.1:16 <><><> “I went to America to convert the Indians; but oh! Who shall convert me?....About a quarter before nine, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.” John Wesley <><><> 2. This book cultivates discernment and prepares the Christian to detect error! “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” Gen.3:15 <><><> sad “His covenant (Jesus’s new covenant) with the nations, His covenant with you, His covenant with us, can stand on it’s on two nail-scarred resurrection feet. It does not need propping up by the Jewish Scriptures. The Bible did not create Christianity, the resurrection of Jesus created and launched Christianity. Your whole house of Old Testament cards can come tumbling down. The question is did Jesus rise from the dead? The eyewitnesses said He did… Unhitching the Old Testament from the New is liberating for men and women who are drawn to the message that God loves you so much He sent His Son to pave the way to a relationship with you. It is liberating for people who need and understand grace, who need and understand forgiveness. And it is liberating for people who find it virtually impossible to embrace the dynamic, the worldview, and the value system depicted in the story of ancient Israel…. If you were raised on a version of Christianity that relied on the Bible as the foundation of faith, a version that was eventually dismantled by academia or the realities of life, maybe it is time for you to change your mind about Jesus. Maybe it is time for you to consider the version of Christianity that relies on the event of the resurrection of Jesus Christ as its foundation. If you gave up your faith because of something about or in the Bible, maybe you gave up unnecessarily.” Pastor Andy Stanley sad <><><> 3. This book meets my deepest needs! “For in it (the gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.” Rom.1:17 SERMON NOTES ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: Small group discussion questions and daily Bible readings will consist of content shared at WVCC Worldview Foundational Training which begins on June 6, 2018 and runs through August 22, 2018. Supper begins at 5:30 p.m. and teaching time will begin around 6 p.m. and last one hour. Come join us and let’s raise up “the foundations of many godly generations!”
Obtaining and developing a Christian worldview, pt.2
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May 27, 2018 09:12 AM PDT
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cd.18.05.27 May 27, 2018 Message by Denny Mashburn

<>“Your worldview is not what you see; your worldview is what you see with!”
Ravi Zacharias<>

OBTAINING AND DEVELOPING A CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW:

1. STARTS WITH BELIEVING GOD HAS SPOKEN NONVERBALLY IN CREATION!

“(1) The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. (2) Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. (3) There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. (4) Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, (5) which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run its race. (6) Its rising is from one end of heaven, and its circuit to the other end; and there is nothing hidden from its heat.” Ps.19:1-6

A. (vs.1-4a) the heavens communicate!

B. (vs.4a-6) the sun communicates!

C. Everyone hears God’s voice!

<>“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
C. S. Lewis<>

2. STARTS WITH BELIEVING GOD HAS SPOKEN VERBALLY IN SCRIPTURE!

“(7) The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; (8) The statutes of the LORD are
right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; (9) The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.” Ps.19:7-9

REASONS ONE CAN TRUST THE BIBLE:

A. (v.7a) It teaches (law) with all sufficiency (perfect), and it transforms and restores (converts) the inner man (soul)!
B. (v.7b) It witnesses to truth (testimony) and is worthy of trust (sure), and it makes skillful in living (wise) the undiscerning (simple)!
C. (v.8a) It gives divine guidelines (statutes) which lead into the right path (right), and they bring true joy to the inner man regardless of circumstances!
D. (v.8b) It is authoritative (commandment) and clear (pure), and it illuminates (enlightening) moral and spiritual darkness!
E. (v.9a) It reveres (fear) God and is absent of any imperfection, and it never changes nor is it to be altered (enduring forever)!
F. (v.9b) It contains God’s legal decrees (judgments) for life which are error free (true) and comprehensive in its perspective on what is right (righteous altogether)!

3. RECEIVES A SPECIAL REWARD!

“(10) More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. (11) Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward.” Ps.19:10-11

4. TRANSFORMS ONE’S DAILY WALK!

“(12) Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. (13) Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression. (14) Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.” Ps.19:12-14

SO WHAT?

1. What is truth?

“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

“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth!” Jn.17:17

2. The Scriptures are the sufficient guide to truth!

(7) The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; (8) The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; (9) The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.” Ps.19:7-9

• They are sufficient to heal and restore my inner man!
• They are sure and able to give me the ability to live life wisely with discernment!
• They have the power to give me inner joy regardless of the trials of life!
• They have the power to give me light when I face moral and spiritual darkness!
• They have no errors, imperfections, or contradictions and there is no false news in them!
• They are comprehensive about the issues of life and they never change!

<>“A truly Christian worldview begins with the conviction that God Himself has spoken in Scripture…If we simply start by affirming what the Bible says about itself, the rest of our worldview should fall into place, with the Bible as the source and touchstone of all we believe. So this is the crucial, foundational starting point in developing a Christian worldview.”
John MacArthur<>

3. The Scriptures are the only source able to make me wise to salvation!

“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.” Jn.20:31

4. Beware of everyone’s fatal flaw!

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,”
Rom.1:18
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is the key to obtaining and developing a Biblical worldview.

1. Pastor Denny opened this message with a story told by a famous pastor of a Jewish doctor whose life was in shambles and who came to him for counsel. He had multiple marriages, performed abortions for a living, was under the care of a psychoanalyst and was overcome with guilty feelings. He asked the pastor for help, and the pastor replied he couldn’t help him, but Jesus Christ could. He then encouraged the man to go home and read the gospel of John, and keep reading it until he knew who Jesus Christ was. Do I agree with this pastor’s advice? Why or why not? How would you have counseled this man? What happened to this man as a result of reading the gospel of John? Am I surprised? Are the Scriptures sufficient to save a sinner?
2. Read (Ps.19). David proclaims that God has revealed Himself. How has He revealed Himself in (vs.1-6)? How has He revealed Himself in (vs.7-9)? God’s greatest revelation is (see Heb.1:1-2)?
3. In (vs.7-9) David, led by the Holy Spirit, gives 6 reasons we can trust the sufficiency of the Bible. What are they (see #2 under the sermon outline)? Which one encourages me the most? Look up these verses for insight into the sufficiency of Scripture:

• (2Pet.1:3)
• (Jn.17:17)
• (1Cor.2:14-15)
• (Mk.12:24)
• (Lk.16:27-31)
• (Jam.1:25)

4. Pastor John MacArthur has said: “A truly Christian worldview begins with the conviction that God Himself has spoken in Scripture. This is the crucial, foundational starting point in developing a Christian worldview.” Do I agree or disagree with this quote? So what?
5. According to (Rom.1:18) how do sinners respond to truth? Can sinners begin to love the truth? But how (see 2Thes.2:10)?

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (Ps.19) God has revealed Himself
Tue (Jn.17:17) There is a source of truth
Wed (Rom.1:18) Sinful men suppress truth
Thu (2Thes.2:10) Salvation is receiving the love of the truth
Fri (2Tim.3:15) The Scriptures make one wise for loving the truth
Sat (Jam.1:25) Blessing comes to those who know and obey the truth

Obtaining and developing a Christian worldview, pt.1!
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May 20, 2018 09:13 AM PDT
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cd.18.05.20 May 20. 2018 Message by Denny Mashburn

“But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” 2Tim.3:13

<>“A truly Christian worldview begins with the conviction that God
Himself has spoken in Scripture. As Christians, we are committed to the Bible as the inerrant and authoritative Word of God. We believe it is reliable and true from cover to cover, in every jot and tittle. Scripture, therefore, is the standard by which we must test all other truth claims. Unless that axiom dominates our perspective on all of life, we cannot legitimately claim to have embraced a Christian worldview.”
John MacArthur<>

DEVELOPING A CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW:

1. IS VITAL IN DAYS OF INCREASING DECEPTION!

“But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” 2Tim.3:13

“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said you shall not eat of every tree of the garden?.’” Gen.3:1

2. IS WHAT DISCIPLE MAKING IS ALL ABOUT!

“But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them.” 2Tim.3:14

<>“A world-and-life (worldview) is a set of assumptions or presuppositions that determine the way we look at the world and our place in the world. These then largely determine how we consider everything that comes down our path.”
Dr. James Kennedy<>

“(18) And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (19) 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.’” Matt.28:18-20

3. IS THE WORK OF SCRIPTURE
IN SALVTION!

“..and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
2Tim.3:15

<>“Now I want you to understand what has happened—this is key to understanding what has happened to our culture, and key to understanding why our kids are leaving the Church. This is the crux of the issue. It is an issue of authority—biblical authority.”
Ken Ham: ALREADY GONE<>

4. IS THE WORK OF SCRIPTURE IN SPIRITUAL GROWTH!

“(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

• Scripture is God breathed!
• Scripture is sufficient for what to believe!
• Scripture is sufficient for what not to believe!
• Scripture is sufficient for what should not be done!
• Scripture is sufficient for what should be done!
• Scripture enables spiritual growth!

SO WHAT?

1. If I have not noticed, America is not what it used to be!

“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.” 2Thes.2:3

2. The authority of the Bible is under attack like never before in our history!

“(20) Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, (21) for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” 2Pet.1:20-22

<>“The age of the earth is the single most misunderstood issue among those who have left the church. (It is also the most misunderstood issue among those who are still there!). We live in an era where science has supposedly disproven the Bible in Genesis 1. What is the church doing? Just like it did in Europe, it is sticking its head in the sand, compromising with the world…When a person believes in millions of years (or Darwinian evolution), and then reinterprets the days of creation to be long periods of time, they are undermining the very authority from which they get the message of the gospel. They are undermining the authority of the Word of God by taking man’s fallible ideas on the age of the earth and using those ideas to change the clear meaning of the Word of God. It is an authority issue.”
Ken Ham<>

3. Surrender to the Lordship of Christ and defend the Word!

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” 1Pet.3:15

4. Live the Word!

“..having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.” 1Pet.3:16

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is obtaining and developing a Christian worldview!

1. In my opinion, is America what it used to be or is it radically changing? If I believe it is changing how and why?
2. Read (2Tim.3:13-17) which is Paul’s final instructions to a young pastor, Timothy. What does he say will happen in the future (v.13)? What does Paul want him to continue in (v.14)? What does Paul say has impacted Timothy’s view of salvation the most (v.15)? What does Paul say will help Timothy the most in spiritual growth (v.16-17)? Is Paul cultivating a biblical worldview in his young disciple?
3. Dr. James Kennedy said: “A worldview is a set of assumptions or presuppositions that determine the way we look at the world and our place in the world. These largely determine how we consider everything that comes down our path.” What do I think about this quote? Did I know I had a worldview? What has been the most important thing/person which has shaped my worldview?
4. According to Ken Ham, the following lies are causing elementary, middle school, and high school kids to doubt God’s word the most (and leave the church). Have these caused me to doubt?

• The Bible was written by men?
• The writers made mistakes?
• It was not translated correctly?
• The Bible contradicts itself?
• The Bible has errors?
• Evolution proved the Bible is wrong?
• The Bible is wrong about the young age for the earth?
• Genesis has been disproved by science?
• There is too much suffering and death in the Bible?

5. What does Peter say is the most important decision one makes to prepare themselves to defend what they believe (see 1Pet.3:15)?
6. Is living what I say I believe important (see 1Pet.3:16)? Why?

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (2Tim.3:13-17) Developing a Christian worldview
Tue (2Thes.2:3) A lack of a Christian worldview leads to falling away
Wed (Matt.28:18-20) Making disciples is shaping Christian worldviews
Thu (Gen.3:1) Satan’s man attack: Undermine God’s word
Fri (1Pet.3:15) Make Christ Lord first, then defend the faith
Sat (1Pet.3:16) Live the faith without hypocrisy

God’s vision for motherhood!
Clean
May 13, 2018 09:28 AM PDT
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cd.18.05.13 May 13, 2018 Message by Denny Mashburn

<>When Robert Ingersoll, the notorious skeptic, was in his heyday, two college students went to hear him lecture. As they walked down the street after the lecture, one said to the other, `Well, I guess he knocked the props out from under Christianity, didn’t he?’ The other said, `No, I don’t think he did. Ingersoll did not explain my mother’s life, and until he can explain my mother’s life, I will stand by my mother’s God.’”
James S. Hewett<>

“Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.” Prov.29:18 (ESV)

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GOD’S VISION FOR MOTHERHOOD:

1. REVEALS THE OBSTACLES!

OBSTACLES:

A. Original sin: “And the LORD God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, `The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Gen.3:13
B. Pain in childbearing: “To the woman He said: ‘I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children……” Gen.3:16a

OBSTACLES CONTINUED:

C. Controlling desire in marriage: “…your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” Gen.3:16b
D. Cultural pressure to blaspheme God’s word: “(1) But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine:…(4) that they (older women) admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, (5) to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.” Tit.2:1, 4-5

2. REVEALS THE SAVIOR!

“And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, `For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.’” Gen.4:25

“(14) So the LORD God said to the serpent: ‘Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. (15) And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”
Gen.3:14-15

“(18) Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit…(21) And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS for He will save His people from their sins.”
Matt.1:18, 21

SO WHAT?

1. The curse can be reversed!

“(13)… For Adam was formed first, then Eve. (14) And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. (15) Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.” 1Tim.2:13-15

2. Being FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT is the key!

“(17) Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (18) And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, (19) speaking to one another in psalms, and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, (20) giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, (21) submitting to one another in the fear of God…..
(22) Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. (23) For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. (24) Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything… (6:4) And you fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” Eph.5:17-24, 6:4

3. Embrace God’s vision for motherhood, and resist the radical feminist mindset of our day, which is as old as the Scriptures!

“(4) that they (older women) admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, (5) to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.” Tit.2:4-5

4. A nugget of wisdom to strengthen your relationship with your husband!

“(5) For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves (a gentle and quiet spirit), being submissive to their own husbands, (6) as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.”
1Pet.3:5-6

5. A nugget of wisdom (16 nuggets) to strengthen your child rearing skills!

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Prov.22:6

6. A woman who fears the LORD shall be praised!

“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.” Prov.31:30


SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is knowing and pursuing God’s vision for motherhood!

1. Did my mother have a vision of motherhood, and if she did what was it? Was it a Godly vision?
2. Read (Prov.29:18). Is it possible to get a Godly vision of anything, especially motherhood? Where do I find God’s vision? What happens when I obey God’s vision?
3. Read (Prov.31:10-31). What is God’s vision of motherhood in the Old Testament? Read (Tit.2:4-5). What is God’s vision of motherhood in the New Testament? What are the similarities? What are the priorities of a Godly wife and mother?
4. What are the priorities of our culture’s vision of a successful wife and mother? How do they differ from God’s vision?
5. Review the six encouragements under SO WHAT of the sermon outline. Which one encourages me the most and why? What is the most encouraging thing my husband, father, or child could say to me regarding mother’s day?

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (Prov.29:18) Obtaining vision from God
Tue (Prov.31:10-31) Old Testament vision of motherhood
Wed (Tit.2:4-5) New Testament vision of motherhood
Thu (Eph.5:17-24, 6:4) A key to fulfilling God’s vision of
motherhood
Fri (1Pet.3:5-6) A key to strengthening a mom’s relationship
to her husband
Sat (Prov.22:6) A key to strengthening a mom’s relationship
with her children

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