Archive for December, 2020

Passages That Deal With Sins Committed In Ignorance

December 24, 2020

Luke 12:46-48 “The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”

Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

Matthew 15:14 “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”

practically all of Leviticus chapters 4 and 5

II Thess 2:10-12 “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be d-a-m-n-e-d who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

Matt 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”

John 7:17 “If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.” (ESV)

Matt 5:6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

Heb 5:9 Illustrates The Difference In The Source And Conditions of Salvation

December 17, 2020

Hebrews 5:9 illustrates well how Eph 2:8-9 (“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”) and James 2:24 (“Ye see then how that by works a man is justified and not by faith only”) do not contradict. Heb 5:9 reads “And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him” (ESV). Do you see the difference in the source and the condition in that verse? Jesus is the source of salvation; our obedience is the condition. We have to obey to receive salvation, but that does not make us the source of salvation.

Similarly, Eph 2:8-9 is talking about the source of our salvation; the source is not our works/obedience, but Jesus. On the other hand, James 2:24 is not discussing the source of our salvation, but the fact that salvation is conditioned upon our obedience. Meeting the conditions does not make us the source of our salvation, but the conditions are necessary to be met in order to receive salvation from the source.

Your Evangelism Measures Your Faith by Carey Scott (adapted)

December 10, 2020

Christians like to talk about evangelism. They might brag about evangelistic efforts of the past. They are really happy if their local preacher talks about evangelism, or if he actually goes out and evangelizes. The Christians want to encourage other Christians to evangelize. And this is all well and good to talk about it.

Frankly, we should be tired and weary of the talk without action. We get tired of our politicians making promises; why should we not get tired of Christians talking about evangelism, but not doing anything about it?

It is something that is commanded of God. Jesus gave His disciples the command to go into all the world and teach all nations (Matthew 28:19). Jesus told His disciples what to teach: the gospel (Mark 16:15). His disciples took the message to the world, and taught others to do the same (2 Timothy 2:2). Persecution arose, and Christians were scattered everywhere, yet they carried the gospel with them. The Scripture says that they went everywhere preaching the word (Acts 8:4).

It seems most of the time that members of the church expect others to evangelize and they say they are ready to offer support. Most Christians know the importance of evangelism, and they expect their preacher to evangelize others. They go to church and sing songs about evangelism. They listen to the preacher talk about evangelism, and might even give him a pat on the back for his words. They want other members to evangelize, but they never do any evangelism on their own.

Why is that? I would suggest that they do not evangelize because they do not believe the message of the Cross They have very little faith or no faith to build upon.

The gospel we preach today is no different than it was in the first century. Those in that day were so excited about the gospel; they were willing to die for what they believed. Is there any indication that Christians today would do the same? Probably very few!

Praise God that there are a few souls who believe in the saving power of the Gospel enough to share it with others. Folks, this is the right thing to do, and if you do not evangelize others, you will be guilty of sin. James 4:17 reads: “He that knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin”.

The responsibility to evangelize is placed upon every Christian, young or old, rich or poor. Each one needs to examine everything to see if they are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). If you are not evangelizing, you demonstrate that you have little or no faith.

Self Defense

December 3, 2020

Here is the outline for the sermon I preached on Self Defense this past Sunday: