And take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17
Volume X, Number 44 September 02, 2007
In this issue:
September 23-28, 2007
lessons Nightly Mon-Fri at 7:00 PM
-WHAT KIND OF PREACHING?
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The Genesis account of God’s creation of “the heavens and the earth” is divinely inspired. God’s power created all things, and his powerful word of inspiration faithfully records the event.
The things which are seen (the heavens and the earth) convince the discerning observer that they were not made out of things that are visible (Heb. 11:3). “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. 1:20).
While the observable evidence in this universe shouts out the presence of the creative God who possesses all power, it is only through the revelation of His word that we are given accurate information about how God created the heavens and the earth. That revelation is given in Genesis 1.
The Bible says, “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth…For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” (Psa. 33:6, 9).
Many deny the Bible account of creation. They reject the evidence of God’s powerful existence and the Biblical record of His creative acts. These are “without excuse” and under divine wrath for their sins (Rom. 1:18-23).
The Genesis record of creation affirms that God created everything in six days, and then rested the seventh day.
Some Christians have suggested that “days” in Genesis 1 are not literally 24 hour days. Other Christians say that the “days” in which God spoke were 24 hours, but there were long periods of time (millions and millions of years) between each creative day. Both of these are false doctrines that deny the God-given account of creation.
1) Before there were six days of creation, there was God. “In the beginning, God…” (Gen. 1:1). God alone was present at creation. His word should be heard about the days of creation above any other voice.
2) There were six days of creation. No more, no less. God based Israel’s week of six work days followed by the Sabbath upon his six days of creation, after which “He rested on the seventh day” (Gen. 2:2). None can successfully redefine God definition of the days of creation.
3) Each day contained “the evening and the morning.” The Bible says each day of the week of creation was twenty-four hours in length.
4) After one day, “then” another day followed. There were not long periods of time between each day of creation. To assert that is to read into the text what is not there. What is there is plain: “So the evening and morning were the first day. Then God said…” (Gen. 1:5-6, emp. mine). Following the events of the first day, God immediately continued his creative work on the second day. There is no “gap” of time between Genesis 1, verses 5 and 6, just as there is no gap of time between verses 1 and 2. Such views are error, the false assumptions and assertions of men who rely upon “what is falsely called knowledge” instead of trusting the accuracy of God’s word (1 Tim. 6:20; Psa. 119:160).
5) The days of creation compel us to fear, worship and obey our Creator. “Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” (Psa. 33:8-9) “Let them praise the name of the Lord; for He commanded, and they were created.” (Psa. 148:5)
You can find the complete outline of this sermon at BIBLE ANSWERS
Scripture Reading: Acts 26:9-11
1. Emotions express our
convictions & attitudes, whether right or wrong.
I. THE ROLE OF EMOTIONS IN THE CHRISTIAN’S LIFE.
A. Emotions do not Determine
True Doctrine, 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2:7.
II. RULE OF EMOTIONS: EMOTIONALISM.
A. When Emotions Rule Us, the
Authority of God’s Revealed Word Becomes Clouded and Minimized.
1. Keep emotions in their proper
place: the result of the power of truth in your life (Acts 8:39; 1 Cor.
You can find the complete outline of this sermon at BIBLE ANSWERS
Scripture Reading: Matthew 16:13-19
1. Jesus would build his church
on the truth that he is the Christ, the Son of the living God (v. 16).
I. WHAT IS THE CHURCH OF CHRIST?
A. The Church of Christ Is
Not… (1 Cor. 1:10).
II. WHOSE CHURCH IS IT, ANYWAY?
A. “Church of Christ” Denotes
Possession, Matt. 16:18 (Rom. 16:16; 1 Cor. 1:2).
III. THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN THE N.T.
A. Composed of Christians, not
Churches, Acts 2:47; 1 Cor. 12:13, 14, 18, 24-28.
IV. RECOGNIZING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST:
A. Worship, Acts 2:42 (1 Cor.
1. Churches of men are not the
church of Christ.
Trial of Jesus on Trial
A religious group called Friends of Jesus has petitioned the High Court of Kenya to clear the name of Jesus:
“A group called Friends of Jesus is seeking to clear the name of Jesus Christ. They say his human rights were violated when he was convicted and crucified without a fair trial. They also want a ruling on whether Jesus' sentencing was legal, arguing that the correct penalty for blasphemy at the time was stoning, not crucifixion.” (“Jesus case before Kenyan court,” reuters.com)
Why is this legal action being pursued? According to the man leading the legal effort, Jesus remains a “convicted criminal” and, due to the illegal nature of his trial, that ruling should be reversed.
There is no doubt that Jesus did not receive a fair trial, “In his humiliation his justice was taken away” (Acts 8:33). But, does one really believe that a human court has jurisdiction to overturn the ruling of both a Jewish court (the Sanhedrin) and the Roman court (Pilate) two thousand years later? Furthermore, is Jesus really a criminal because a human court said so?
The resurrection of Jesus declared him to be the Son of God (Rom. 1:4; Acts 10:39-43). That pretty much renders null and void any ruling of human courts. Rulings from above overthrow the rulings of men (Acts 4:19-20; 5:38-39).
The courts of men do not establish divine truth. The trial of Jesus shows this to be so. While Pilate acted with authority given him from above, he abused his power to judge and sinned in condemning Jesus, as did the Jewish rulers (Jno. 19:10-11; Acts 2:23; 3:13).
Jesus does not need a ruling from a Kenyan court to pronounce his innocence. The gospel does that; and it is His gospel that we must preach to the world (1 Cor. 15:1-4; Rom. 1:16-17).
Created by Chuck Sibbing. 09/03/2007
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