It is absolutely critical for we disciples of Jesus Christ to be grounded in the truth of both our sin nature and our new nature or identity in Christ. Only when we are regularly reminded of how we were before Christ saved us, will we appreciate the greatness of His salvation. Only when we are regularly reminded of who we are in the flesh in the present, will we appreciate the greatness of His grace, and cleansing blood, and impartation of the life of Christ by His Spirit. I’m hoping this will especially serve us all in having more meaningful times at the Lord’s table. The following chart is given to that end. It is not exhaustive by any means. I have confined this study to the New Testament. Continue reading A Primer on Our Sin Nature vs. our New Nature/Identity in Christ
I handed out this primer yesterday in our service as a resource for those longing to experience Christ more at His table!
I. Communion Passages: Jesus – Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20; John 6:53-56; Luke – Acts 2:42. 20:7; Paul – I Cor. 10:21; I Cor. 11:20-22; I Cor. 11:23-29; (see full passages under “resources”)
II. Names of in Scripture: Lord’s Supper – I Cor. 11:20; Table of the Lord – I Cor. 10:21; Breaking of Bread – Acts 2:42 & 20:7; Sacrament & Eucharist are not found in the New American Standard Bible
III. A Prayer Before Holy Communion from the Agbia: “Lord, I am not worthy to have You come under my roof because I am a sinner, but only say the word; “your sins are forgiven” and my soul will be healed. I am barren and empty of any goodness; I have nothing but Your compassion, mercy and love to mankind. You descended from Your Heavenly Glory to our humility and consented to be born in a manger. O’ Holy Savior, do not reject my humble and miserable soul which is waiting for Your glorified coming. As You did not refuse to enter the leper’s house to heal him, please Lord, come into my soul to cleanse it. As You did not stop the adulteress from kissing Your feet, please do not prevent me from coming near You to receive Your Holy Body and Your Sacred Blood. May this Holy Communion banish every corruption and mortify all my evil desires. Help me to obey Your commandments and heal my soul and my body from every sin. May Your Spirit dwell within me and make me united with You, so I may live for the Glory of Your Name. Amen.” (The Agbia is the prayer book of the Egyptian Coptic Church, which was started 2,000 years ago by the apostle Mark). Continue reading Primer for Coming to the Lord’s Table/Partaking of Communion
Matt. 26:26-30 – – “While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom. After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”
Mark 14:22-26 – – “While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly I say to you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mt. of Olives.” Continue reading Communion Passages in N.T.
When planning a wedding with a couple this list has come in handy.
Lighting of Candles
Seating of Grandmothers
Seating of Parents
Pastor and Groomsmen enter
Bride and Father enter
Welcome/Greeting from Pastor
The Question: “Who gives this woman in marriage?”
Sermon about marriage directed to couple
Exchange of Vows
Exchange of Rings
Lighting of Unity Candle (inside only)
Communion to Couple (usually inside, and not very common)
Warning: “What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.”
Introduction of new married couple
Announcement re: Reception
Songs, relevant poems, and scripture readings can be mixed in anywhere
January 3, 2017
“To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.” William Temple
“The theme of worship is far more central and significant in scripture than many Christians might imagine. Far from being a peripheral subject, it has to do with the fundamental question of how we can be in a right relationship with God and please Him in all that we do. Worship in the New Testament is a comprehensive category describing the Christian’s total existence. Worship is a subject that should dominate our live seven days a week.” David Peterson Continue reading Worship quotes
One of the ways God chooses to bless and minister to people is through our words of blessing. Our words have power especially when spoken in faith and when spoken by the leading and power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit had men record these for a reason. May He show you and I how to use them to bless others, and may tangible fruit result from our words of blessing.
Numbers 6:24-26 The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace. Continue reading The Blessings of the Bible
Because truth has such a transforming effect on the lives of Jesus followers, Satan is always trying to pervert or corrupt it. A great or sad example of that is how he has sought to pervert and twist the wonderful truths regarding the blood of Jesus. There is a whole genre now of movies and T.V. shows that are obsessed with blood,… anyone’s but Jesus’s that is.
I guess that is your right if you work in Hollywood. But to be a disciple of Jesus, you must learn to relish and cherish the blood of Jesus. Jesus made this starkly clear in John 6:53, where He is quoted as saying, “….Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.” Continue reading The Blood of Jesus
We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again. Dr. G. Campbell Morgan
A revival is not a special service or a crusade or an evangelistic campaign. A revival is a refreshing from God, a reviving of existing spiritual life, a fire from Heaven, a moving of God’s Holy Ghost in and upon the lives of born again people. Tom Malone
A true revival means nothing less than a revolution, casting out the spirit of worldliness and selfishness, and making God and His love triumph in the heart and life. Andrew Murray Continue reading Quotes on Revival
Prayer lays hold of God’s plan and becomes the link between His will and its accomplishment on earth. Amazing things happen, and we are given the privilege of being the channels of the Holy Spirit’s prayer.
Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden. Corrie Ten Boom
Prayer must carry on our work as much as preaching; he preacheth not heartily to his people that will not pray for them.
Richard Baxter, 1615 – 1691
Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused. Spurgeon Continue reading Quotes on Prayer
These notes are one of the studies I do with pre-marital couples. The question I like to ask them is this: Why is the longest passage in the Bible about marriage in the book of Ephesians? Here’s the answer in a nutshell:
Understanding Ephesians vs. Other N.T. Books: Ephesians, like Romans, is more of a theological treatise than a personalized letter aimed at a specific congregation dealing with specific problems, questions or issues. Great thought went into presenting a complete package in the writing of Ephesians. Therefore it is imperative that in the pursuit of understanding any particular passage within Ephesians that we evaluate that passage in light of the whole of its teaching. Ephesians is a great example of the dictum, “The Whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
Continue reading Marriage in light of the Big Picture in Ephesians
Prov. 8:12-16 – “..by me kings reign…”
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Prov. 9:10
1. Pray for our gov’t leaders to grow in their fear of the Lord.
2. Pray that our gov’t leaders will see the value of wisdom from above.
Prov. 14:34 “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”
1. Pray that our gov’t leaders will pursue righteousness, and flee from sin.
2. Pray that see the value of righteousness, and the destructiveness of sin. Continue reading Prayer Guide from Proverbs for Government Leaders
When the devil is called the god of this world, it is not because he made it, but because we serve him with our worldliness. Simeon
The triumphant Christian does not fight for victory; he celebrates a victory already won. Captain Reginald Wallis
A blind, anemic, weak-kneed flea on crutches would have a greater chance of defeating a herd of a thousand wild stampeding elephants, than the enemy has of defeating God. Ray Comfort
We…are locked in a battle. This is not a friendly, gentleman’s discussion. It is a life and death conflict between the spiritual hosts of wickedness and those who claim the name of Christ. Francis A. Schaeffer Continue reading Spiritual Warfare Quotes
Lots of talk out there about spiritual warfare these days. Seems best to me to start with what is very clear in scripture re: our responsibility. Encouraging to me from meditating on these commands that we have the power and authority in Christ to resist the most powerful supernatural being (other than Jesus Christ and His angels) in the Universe. Being familiar with the context of these passages is very helpful in obeying the commands. May he be an increasingly defeated foe!
1. “Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry….and I do not want you to become sharers in demons…” I Cor. 10:14-21
2. “….and do not give the devil an opportunity.” Eph. 4:27 Continue reading Commands in the New Testament to Believers Re: Satan & Demons
We may never be martyrs but we can die to self, to sin, to the world, to our plans and ambitions. That is the significance of baptism; we died with Christ and rose to new life.
Our justification from sins takes place at the point of saving faith, not at the point of water baptism, which usually occurs later. But if a person is already justified and has sins forgiven eternally at the point of saving faith, then baptism is not necessary for forgiveness of sins nor for the bestowal of new spiritual life. Baptism, then, is not necessary for salvation. But it is necessary if we are to be obedient to Christ, for he commanded baptism for all who believe in him.
WAYNE A. GRUDEM, Bible Doctrine
Baptism is rich in meaning. It suggests cleansing. When you are a disciple, you understand that you are cleansed by Christ. You understand that Christ died in your place on the cross, paying for your sins, fully forgiving you for all your wrongs. You are cleansed from guilt, and you are becoming a cleaner, healthier, more whole person.
BRIAN D. MCLAREN, More Ready Than You Realize
Continue reading QUOTES ON WATER BAPTISM
INTRODUCTION – We get what we expect in life. “I was a terrible student, so I can’t really expect them to be any different.” Our Society and American culture has greatly lowered the bar or standard, and the consequences of that have been devastating.
When the Duke of Windsor was asked what impressed him most in America, he replied, “the way American parents obey their children.” Continue reading What We Should Expect From Our Children or Defining the End Product of our Parenting
INTRODUCTION – possible class topics to be covered (subject to change)
Prov. 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision (or revelation), the people are unrestrained (cast off restraint or are discouraged), But happy is he who keeps the law.”
Very few parents that I have known over the years have a clear vision or understanding or revelation from God and His word about what they are clearly called to be and do as parents.
Most parenting books give more advice on the practical aspects of parenting like: how to get them to sleep at night; how to help them stay motivated in school; how to help them get along with people; how to get them potty trained; how to keep them from getting on drugs and drinking alcohol. Continue reading A Parent’s Building Permit
Psalms 37:8 “Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.”
Proverbs 14:29 “He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.”
Proverbs 15:1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Proverbs 15:18 “A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But the slow to anger calms a dispute.”
Proverbs 16:32 “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty. And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.” Continue reading Helpful Scriptures on Anger
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. Mark Twain
Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one. Benjamin Franklin
If you get down and quarrel everyday, you’re saying prayers to the devil, I say. Bob Marley
Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. Thomas a Kempis Continue reading Helpful Quotes re: Anger
Psalm 119:12b, 26 “Teach me Your statutes.”
Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law.”
Psalm 119:25b “Revive me according to Your word.”
Psalm 119: 27 “Make me understand the way of Your precepts, So I will meditate on Your wonders.”
Psalm 119:28b “Strengthen me according to Your word.”
Psalm 119:29 “Remove the false way from me, And graciously grant me Your law.”
Psalm 119:33 “Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes.”
Psalm 119:38 “Establish Your word to Your servant, As that which produces reverence for You.”
Psalm 119:73b “Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.”
John 17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” (Jesus praying for His disciples)
I. God Opens and Closes Wombs – He Alone Decides Whether a Woman Can get Pregnant
– Gen. 29:31 “…and He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.”
– Gen. 30:2 place of God, who has withheld from the fruit of the womb?”
– I Sam. 1:5,6 “for he loved Hannah, but the Lord had closed her womb.
– Psalm 127:3 “Behold children are a gift of the Lord,
Thus the ability to get pregnant is an intentional gift or grace from God. Continue reading Foundational Principles for Life January 19, 2014
I use this little tool especially with young pre-marital couples – encouraging them to seek counsel as a lifestyle for the rest of their lives from anyone who has a solid marriage.
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.” Prov. 12:15
“Through insolence comes nothing but strife, But wisdom is with those who receive counsel.” Prov. 13:10
“Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed.” Prov. 15:22
“He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise.” Prov. 15:31
“He who neglects discipline despises himself, But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.” Prov. 15:32
“Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days.” Prov. 19:20
While hundreds of thousands (many of whom are adult educated women) march in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and other cities today to mourn the tragic U.S. Supreme Court decision infamously known as Roe vs. Wade, I thought I would post some quotes on the subject by women…starting with a former abortionist
“I got to where I couldn’t stand to look at the little bodies anymore”. -Dr. Beverly McMillan, former abortionist
Sorrow, quite apart from the sense of shame, is exhibited in some way by virtually every woman for whom I performed an abortion, and that’s 20,000 as of 1995. The sorrow is revealed by the fact that most women cry at some point during the experience… The grieving process may last from several days to several years… Grief is sometimes delayed… The grief may lie sublimated and dormant for years. -Dr. Susan Poppema, abortionist Continue reading Women Who See Life in the Womb Differently – 1/19/14
I am ever more thankful that our God is a living relational God, who speaks to His children (and even to those who aren’t His children yet) in the now. But it is the written word of God – the Scriptures – that give us guardrails for hearing the voice of God and that reveal so much of His person, His will and His ways. He longs to speak to us and reveal Himself to us as we meditate in His wonderfully preserved written Word. So this resource is provided as a stimulus to motivate us all to carve out more time to commune with God in and through His written word. (some of this was inspired by the good ole Navigators)
I. Its Authority
A. Inspired by God – II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:21
B. Endures Forever – I Peter 1:24,25; Matt. 24:35
C. Standard of Truth – Psalm 119:43, 142, 151, 160; John 17:17b; Acts 17:11
D. Verified by Jesus – Matt. 5:17,18; Luke 24:44; John 5:46,47 Continue reading The Scriptures – Our Foundation for Life and Ministry
The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.– A. W. Tozer
The Bible is the written word of God, and because it is written it is confined and limited by the necessities of ink and paper and leather. The Voice of God, however, is alive and free as the sovereign God is free. ‘The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.’ The life is in the speaking words. God’s word in the Bible can have power only because it corresponds to God’s Word in the universe. It is the present Voice which makes the written word powerful. Otherwise it would lie locked in slumber within the covers of a book. –A. W. Tozer
To preach the Bible as ‘the handbook for life,’ or as the answer to every question, rather than as the revelation of Christ, is to turn the Bible into an entirely different book. This is how the Pharisees approached Scripture, as we can see clearly from the questions they asked Jesus. For the Pharisees, the Scriptures were a source of trivia for life’s dilemmas. –Michael Horton Continue reading Pertinent Quotes about the Bible
Dear Fellow Shepherds and Leaders of Christ’s Church,
I hope this finds you standing in the grace of God, and believing God for great things for our Coastal community in the days ahead. I have put a lot of time and prayer into the material you are about to read. It came out of a six week series I did in our church on Biblical unity. Actually it has come out of years of seeking God on this subject. I know you are busy especially at this time of year. But I urge you to give some prayerful consideration to the thoughts below. In all humility I strongly believe our response to these scriptures and principles will have great bearing on the health, maturity and impact of Christ’s church in the days to come in our region.
Having grown up in a sports driven family, I learned early on what it was to engage in bitter rivalries. We literally grew to hate the athletes and in general the schools that were in our league in East Tennessee – especially the high school closest to us. Rivalry starts with siblings as early as one’s first year of life, and especially in the world of sports can continue to be a big part of our consciousness throughout adulthood. Continue reading An Open Letter to Church Leaders re: Unity – 11/12/2006