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9/8/07
“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8

INTRODUCTION – Last week we began our discussion of this verse by first of all admitting that most of us are greatly sobered by just reading it. Then I read a couple of quotes from two of my favorite commentators on the Sermon on the Mount, both of whom admitted they too felt this emotion upon first glance at this kingdom principle.

We then spent the rest of our time talking about two things. First, how desperate our need is to see God. And second, what happens when we do see God – – noting that nothing we will ever see or experience in this life will impact us like seeing God does.

Perhaps one of the loudest megaphone messages we get from the scriptures is that much of our pain, torment, fear, anger, bitterness, confusion, and paralysis of faith comes from the lack or neglect of seeing God. One of these days I am going to do a search with my concordance of how many times God rebukes His people for not seeing or hearing Him when He came or spoke. One of those is found in Isa. 50:2 where God says to His complaining, blaming, and thus downtrodden people, “Why was there no man when I came? When I called why was there none to answer?” Continue reading Seeing God – Part II – Matthew 5:8

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August 2007?

INTRODUCTION – If, when you read this verse, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8), your shoulders kind of sag, and your spirit grieves a bit, then your response is pretty normal.

Here are a couple of rather sobering comments from two of my favorite commentators on this passage:

“Here, then, we are face to face with one of themes magnificent, and yet one of the most solemnizing and searching statements, which can be found anywhere in Scripture.” Martyn Lloyd Jones p. 108 “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount” Continue reading Seeing God – Part I – Matthew 5:8

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August 5, 2007
INTRODUCTION –

Def. of Mercy – Webster – compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power. Mercy implies compassion that forbears punishing even when justice demands it.

Vines says of merciful of Matt. 5:7 – (eleemon) – not simply possessed of pity, but actively compassionate – is used of Christ as our High Priest & of those who are like God as in Matt. 5:7 Continue reading Blessed are the Merciful – Matt. 5:7

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July 22, 2007

INTRODUCTION – One of the things I love about the Holy Spirit is that He doesn’t just stop at convicting us of sin, and leaving us to grovel in our failure and misery. No, once He truly convicts and convinces us of our sin, He then cleanses us of that sin; and then conforms us to the image and likeness of Jesus Christ. Any true work of the Holy Spirit will always result in our becoming more like our Savior.

Two of the conforming works He is doing in these days are: 1. producing true happiness and joy in His people – the kind of joy that our Savior walked in and continues to walk in; and the kind of joy that gives us inner strength to endure hardship and suffering for His sake. 2. pouring out passion and zeal on His people that is ever increasing, and not just a result of a mountain top experience. The people of God were never meant to operate without those two things. Continue reading Hungering and Thirsting for Righteousness – Matt. 5:6

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July 1, 2007

INTRODUCTION – A few weeks ago – in our ongoing series through the gospel of Matthew – we started chapter 5, which opens with the Sermon on the Mount. We learned on that day that Jesus Christ at this point was beginning to pave the way for the culture of His kingdom to be established upon the earth through His disciples. And that that culture was to be founded on the very life and character of Christ. We learned that His will for His disciples is that we walk in a lifestyle of blessedness, or joy or happiness, though not as the world defines happiness. This blessedness is a state of mind and heart that is from the inside out, and cannot be altered or snuffed out by adverse circumstances. It comes as a result – not of any set of favorable circumstances; but rather because of Christ like character that we have allowed the Holy Spirit to form in us.

The first of those characteristics we looked at last time was that of being “poor in spirit”. This characteristic in fact is the one that opens the door to all the rest of them. To be poor in spirit we learned is to be in constant awareness of how spiritually needy we always are. It is similar to being humble or broken, and it is the opposite of pride or self reliance or self sufficiency.

Today as we prepare to come to the Lord’s table and partake of communion with Him, I want to quickly touch on the next one in line, which we find in vs. 4 of Matthew ch. 5. “Blessed, happy, joyful are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Happy are those who mourn??? You gotta be kidding! How can a person mourn and be happy or joyful at the same time? Continue reading The Blessedness of Mourning – Communion Meditation Matthew 5:4

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July 8, 2007

INTRODUCTION – Review of the Big Picture of the Sermon on the Mount; summary of first two beatitudes or kingdom characteristics.

I. Understanding the term “meek” or “gentle” – Matthew 5:5
A. Various Translations
K.J. = Meek
NKJ = meek
ESV = meek
NIV = meek
LB = meek and lowly
NASV= gentle
UNASV= gentle
So why did the NASV depart from all the others? Possibly because “meek” doesn’t communicate well in our society today, and gentle or humble does and is fairly synonymous. How often do you hear of someone spoken of as meek? Continue reading Only the Meek Inherit – Matthew 5:5

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June 3, 2007

INTRODUCTION – In our Quest to know and follow Jesus Christ, and to experience more of His heavenly kingdom – here on earth in this community – in this day– we have been working our way through the gospel of Matthew. This morning we are ready to jump into chapter five, which introduces us to one of the most famous portions of all of scripture – commonly called the Sermon on the Mount. I think it is safe to say that no sermon that has ever been given by man has impacted more people than this one.

It is within this long sermon that spans 3 chapters in the gospel of Matthew that we find well known passages like the Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer, and the golden rule, which exhorts us to treat people the same way we would want to be treated.

I’m excited about what God is going to do in our midst as we live in these pages together. But I am concerned that we not lose the forest for the trees. There are some very important questions that we need to answer before we jump into the specifics of this sermon. The four I want to tackle today are: Why did Jesus stop His quickly growing ministry to give such a long teaching? Who was He targeting? What did He hope to accomplish? And why did He start it the way He started? Continue reading The Sermon on the Mount – Part I – Matthew 5:1-3

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May 29, 2007

1. Acts 2:37-41 – Peter ministering to the Jews
What is it they heard? Vs. 37
How did they respond? Vs. 37
What is the first thing Peter commanded them to do? Vs. 38
2nd thing? Vs. 38
What is Peter’s promise if they respond appropriately? Vs. 38
Note also his ongoing exhortation? Vs. 40
Who were the ones who got baptized according to vs. 41?
What was the setting of this event?
As far as we know from this passage, what is true of every person who was baptized? Continue reading Accounts of Baptism in the New Testament Post Christ’s Ascension

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March 18, 2007

INTRODUCTION – Our theme this year is ?? “Ruling and Reigning with Christ”

How that came about – New Years day – meditating on Gen. ch. 1:26 “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, etc.” vs. 28 “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky..etc.”

Why I now realize the Lord wanted this to be our theme – – because He has called us to be an army of overcomers. When the apostle Paul says in his letter to the Ephesians that Jesus Christ intends to present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless” – – one of the ways He intends for His church to shine and stand apart from the world is that she will be rid of blaming, complaining, and victimization. In other words, this people called the church will be a people who have learned to overcome adversity, trying circumstances, setbacks, parental neglect and abuse, offense, failure, financial lack, former bondages, injustice, and every other thing the enemy has used to convince us that we have a right to say and to think that it will always be this way, this is just the way I am, this is just the way my husband is, this is just the way teenagers are, and thus I cannot do what God has called me to do – or be what God has called me to be. I can’t change things. I just need to accept my lot. Continue reading Resisting the Devil III – Matt. 4:8-11

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February 25, 2007 –

INTRODUCTION – Review of Jan. 28th sermon

I John 2:13,14

If you and I are going to be overcomers of all the fiery darts thrown at us by Satan and his demons
I. We must never test God concerning the fulfillment of His promises. Vs. 5-7
A. The Setting of the Temptation – vs. 5
1. Somehow the devil physically took Jesus from the wilderness into Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple. Because Satan cannot make Jesus do anything, we have to assume Jesus willingly went there with him.

As to the significance of taking Jesus to this place before he tempted him, Dr. Stan Touisaint has some helpful insight. P. 76 – “Satan had a very evident purpose in placing the Lord at this scene for this temptation. According to a rabbinic tradition, the coming of the Messiah to mark the deliverance of Israel would be indicated by His appearance on the temple roof. Edersheim quotes a rabbi as saying, “Our Rabbis give this traditions: in the hour when King Messiah cometh, He standeth upon the roof of the Sanctuary.” For Jesus to leap unhurt from the place the Messiah was to appear would certainly identify Him as the King of Israel. John 6:30 shows the Jews anticipated the Messiah would manifest Himself with such a sign as this.” Continue reading Resisting the Devil II – Matt. 4:5-7

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January 28, 2007

INTRODUCTION – Bad news & good news
Bad news: You have an enemy – who hates your guts and wants to destroy or at least de-mobilize you; and he has thousands of demons at his command; thousands of years of experience; and lots of power to pull of his intentions.

Good news: Jesus Christ resisted him to perfection as a man; has destroyed His works as both man and God; He is continuing to destroy them primarily through His church; and He has left us an example to follow – with the full expectation that we will overcome and resist the devil like He did.

All of the New Testament writers spoke of our enemy. All of them had this expectation that we would successfully resist him. Continue reading Resisting the Devil & Temptation – Matthew 4:3-11

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January 14, 2007

INTRODUCTION – Last week we began a discussion about how our Lord and Master prepared for His short but intense three and a half years of ministry. We learned that He did not rush right into it unprepared. Rather He laid a wise foundation that His ministry could stand on. We learned that to become like Him and to minister in power like Him, we need to be three things.
1. Be a righteousness pursuer
2. Be anointed and empowered by the Holy Spirit
3. Be secure in the father’s love and approval.

This morning I want to discuss with you further this idea of preparing adequately for the complete fulfillment of God’s destiny and call on your life. Many prophetic folk are prophesying that this is going to be a year of significant breakthrough and release of power through God’s people. I’ve had a couple of non prophetic pastor types say a similar thing to me in recent days. We as a church want to be poised and ready for every opportunity to reflect Him, proclaim Him, and obey Him as He sends us out to minister to a broken world – whether there is a unusual move of God or not. Continue reading Preparing to Serve the King II – Triumphing over Temptation – Matt. 4:1,2

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January 7, 2007

INTRODUCTION – One of the things that thrilled me as I read and prayed over your prayer sheets Thursday afternoon for the first time was how many of you wanted to be more like Christ and wanted to be used of Him in a greater way.

Well we have come to the point in our series in the gospel of Matthew where we can begin to learn from our Master’s example. Turn with me in Matthew’s gospel to chapter 3 vs. 13. In this short passage we are going to find three things that each of us needs to do or experience to be able to become more like our Savior, and be used by Him in His kingdom work.

As we begin to wade through this gospel we are going to witness the amazing life and ministry of Jesus Christ. What He accomplished in 3 and a half short years is astounding.
And now that He is sitting at the right hand of the Father, He wants to continue to live His astounding life and do His astounding work through us. Continue reading Preparing to Serve the King – Matt. 3:13-17

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November 26, 2006

INTRODUCTION – The need for power to be released in the lives of our family members, neighbors, co-workers, and fellow students who are mired in addictions to food, alcohol, sex, drugs; others are in bondage to hatred, anger, resentment, bitterness and unforgiveness; and many if not all of these people are estranged and separated from God and in desperate need of His saving grace.

Charlie Christian over the years he worked at so and so company observed one of his co-workers slowly but surely sinking in the destructiveness of sin. His marriage was breaking apart; his kids were failing in school and trying to soothe their pain with alcohol and drugs; and Charlie knew he alone had the answer to his co-workers problem. But somehow week after week went by without Charlie ever taking the time and the risk to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to this needy man. He knew God wanted him to do it. He wanted to do it. But busyness, excuses, fear of rejection, etc., seemed to overrule every time Charlie started to make a move. Continue reading What Jesus Will Do Matt. 3:11,12

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July 02, 06

INTRODUCTION – In our pursuit of the King and His kingdom, which is our theme for this year, we decided to study the book of Matthew – because Matthew more than the other gospel writers emphasizes Jesus as King and and His kingdom. We first looked at the lineage of Jesus Christ; and then specifically we studied the parents God the Father sovereignly chose to parent and steward – the long awaited Messiah and Savior of the world. We also looked at the role angels played in the drama of the early days of our Lord’s life here on earth.

Today we are going to look at the man God chose to prepare the way for His precious Son. We know from the other gospels that this man – John the Baptist or John the Baptizer as some refer to him – was the cousin of Jesus – and was in his mother Elizabeth’s womb at the same time Jesus Christ was in his mother – Mary’s womb. Thus we know – they were very close to the same age, and seemed to have started their ministries at close to the same time – John perhaps a year or two before Jesus.

Luke in his gospel tells us that an angel spoke to John’s father Zechariah in great detail as to what kind of man this son of his would become. We learn a lot of things from Luke’s gospel actually, that Matthew chooses not to tell us. For instance we learn: Continue reading John the Baptist & our Witness Matthew 3:1-17

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INTRODUCTION – Read Matt. 2:13-23

I. A word about Angels
A. One of their ministries to us is to help us in our decision making when there are things endangering us that we are oblivious to and there is no way we could know what is coming down the road or around the corner. Four times in the first two chapters Joseph receives direction through dreams via angels. 1:20 “behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream;” 2:13 “behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream…”; 2:19 “behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph..” 2:22 “and being warned in a dream..”

Now these four messages occurred over a couple of years, so do not hear me saying you should be receiving messages from angels on a daily basis. But I do believe the more you and I are engaged in the ministry of the gospel, the more we will experience the ministry of angels. Continue reading Angels, Joseph & Mary, Fulfilled Prophecy, King Herod & Families – Matt. 2:13-23

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March 26, 2006
INTRODUCTION – While I am not an expert by any means in reaching the lost for Christ, I have been involved in that work to some extent for over 30 years. Not only have I been personally involved in this work, but I have read as much as I could about others’ experiences reaching the lost, or coming to faith in Christ. Two conclusions I have come to over these years can be seen in a very familiar story in the Bible that most of us know, but perhaps – we have not seen all that God wants us to see. So if you would – please turn in your bible to Matthew chapter 2. As we look at the first 12 verses of this chapter, I want to focus on two principles regarding evangelism that are crucial for us to understand and believe – if we are going to be increasingly meaningfully and effectively involved in this great work. Continue reading Believing God for His Work Among the Lost – Matthew 2:1-12

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March 5, 2006

INTRODUCTION – Last week I shared three things we need to put in place – if we want to be used by God and chosen for God sized tasks like Joseph was…
Read Matt. 1:18-23
Review 3 points

I. We need to be a whole lot slower in responding to or sizing up the circumstances of life. We often draw wrong conclusions based on what we can see with our natural eyes. As far as Joseph could tell, his wife had been unfaithful to him and while he could drag her to the elders and possibly get her stoned (not the marijuana kind), instead he chose to quietly divorce her, which seemed noble to him and to others, but still was not the action God had in mind.

God help us not waste so much emotional energy in 2006 reacting to things that end up not being what they seemed. He will if we cry out to Him and learn to live in a greater sense of dependency upon His divine interventions in our lives. Continue reading Obedience and Usefulness – Matthew 1:24, 25

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Feb. 12, 2006

INTRODUCTION – As I have grappled over the last two months for proper perspective about our ministry and focus as a church for this new year, I have found myself several times pulling out the prophetic word that the Holy Spirit gave Dutch Sheets on January 5th. There are 16 points in this 3 page word. Most of you have read it. I don’t want to take the time to read it now. But one thing is clear from this word: The year 2006 will be a pivotal year for the mobilizing of the army of God to fulfill His purposes on the earth.

God’s heart and intent is that every member of every congregation be an effective, productive and fruitful soldier in this army. To help mobilize or equip us for that – He has given us His precious word that is full of both precept and example.

This morning I want us to meditate on one of those examples as found in Matt. 1:18-25. This is the story of how God prepared Joseph to be the earthly father or caretaker of His precious Son – the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as God the Father looked down on this earth to find a man that He could entrust the stewarding and shepherding of His Son to; I believe He is looking down now to find men and women and young people that He can entrust the proclamation of His Son to. As I have meditated on this passage, I’ve found four principles that are crucial for us to be the kind of people that God can entrust such a treasure to. Continue reading How God Prepares and Shapes a Man to Steward the Treasure of His Son – Matt. 1:18-25

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Feb. 12, 2006

INTRODUCTION – Last Sunday we began our series in the gospel of Matthew. My sense is that this gospel is to be our launching pad in this new year for exploring our theme of “Pursuing the King and His Kingdom”. As I have been wrestling with the latter half of chapter one this week and thinking through the book and our pursuit as a whole, it seems prudent to me that we be willing at times to stop and strengthen our foundation when we come across a subject in this gospel that might not be as strong and vibrant in our life together as it ought to be.

Instead of expounding this passage today, I want to strengthen our foundation in one of the subjects it introduces to us – and that subject is the subject of angels. The word “angel”appears six times in Matthew; the word “angels” 13 times. If you wanted to study angels in the gospels, Matthew or Luke would be the books to study (Luke has a few more references than Matthew). Mark and John hardly have any comparatively speaking.
If you wanted to study angels in the whole Bible you would find around 300 references to angels scattered across 34 books; 165 of those in the New Testament.

Because in the month of December I spent a lot of time studying the events surrounding the birth of Christ, I kept encountering the mention of angels. About that same time, one night I did something that I rarely do – I read one of Anne’s emails from the Elijah List that gave a review of the book “Open My Eyes Lord” – a practical guide to angelic visitations and heavenly experiences by Gary Oates with Robert Paul Lamb. While I wasn’t familiar with those authors, I was struck by the many endorsements of people I respect, and intrigued by the excerpts from the book in this review. Then I did something more rare than reading an email from the Elijah list – I got on the phone and ordered the book! Continue reading Angels & the Kingdom of God – Matthew 1:18-25

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February 5, 2006

INTRODUCTION – The apostle Paul in his writings spoke very emphatically about the relevance of every word in this book.
For instance in Romans 15:4 he said, “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
In his second letter to Timothy – ch. 3:16 he wrote, “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;”

Nowhere is this claim to the relevance and inspiration of every word in this book tested more than when – in your bible reading – you come across a genealogy. The temptation often for most of us (if we’re honest) is to skim through if not totally skip genealogies to get to the passages that mean something. Continue reading The Genealogy of Jesus Christ the King – Matthew 1:1-17

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October 16, 2004
I. His Example
A. Events of momentous decision in His life/ministry: His baptism – Luke 3:21; Before He started His ministry – Matt. 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-12; When being distracted from His mission – Mark 1:35-38; Selection of 12 – Luke 6:12; Mount of Transfiguration – Luke 9:29; Last Supper – Matt. 26:27; Gethsemane – Luke 22:39-46; on the cross – Luke 23:46. Continue reading Prayer in the Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ

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INTRODUCTION – It would be foolish of me to pretend this morning that I am anything near an expert on mothering. First of all I have never been a mother. Second I have never truly given myself to diligently research the subject – – except for the week before Mother’s Day every year for the last 10 or so. But because I have tried to read up on it at least during those weeks, I have begun to notice some trends. And one of those trends is the tendency Americans have to measure a mom or define motherhood by her actions or activities. If I were to ask the average American what a good mom looks like they would probably come up with a list similar to this one that I found in a book on the family: Continue reading Motherhood from the Beginning

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March 2, 2003

INTRODUCTION – The reality & danger of discouragement – our nation is deeply divided over the war; our economy is in the pits & some say will get much worse if we go to war; warnings from the state dept. and the prophets re: terrorist attacks or other kinds of disasters; then at the local level – – friends/brothers/sisters letting us down; God not showing up, seemingly not answering our prayers – allowing our difficult circumstances to continue; discouragement of not seeming to be making an impact for Christ

The disciples’ deep discouragement

Jesus had repeatedly said that He was going away (7:34; 8:21; 12:8, 35; 13:33)
And that He would die (12:32,33)
That one of the 12 was a traitor and would betray Him (13:21)
That Peter would disown Him three times (13:38)
That all the disciples would fall away (Matt. 26:31)
The cumulative weight of these revelations must have been devastating to these men who had given up everything to be a part of Jesus’s growing movement to establish the kingdom of God

How can we beat discouragement?? John 14:1-3

I. Jesus expects us to guard over our heart and beat discouragement. Vs. 1a This is a command! Fret not, it leads to evil doing – Psa. 37
Prov 4:23 “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it – flow the Springs of life.”

Increasingly today Americans are watching what they eat, lowering their cholesterol, exercising regularly to protect their hearts.

As important as this is, taking care of our spiritual heart is even more important.

“Listen to your heart. For above all else, the Christian life is a love affair of the heart. The truth of the gospel is intended to free us to love God and others with our whole heart. When we ignore this heart aspect of our faith and try to live out our religion solely as correct doctrine or ethics, our passion is crippled , or perverted and the divorce of our soul from the heart purposes of God toward us is deepened.” John Eldridge & Brent Curtis in “The Sacred Romance”.

So how can we guard over our heart and beat this battle with discouragement??

2 things

II. Believe in or trust in the Lord – vs. 1
not your feelings, not your circumstances, not your doctrine or theology, not your church, not your heritage, but the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Specifically trust in His character/attributes & in His teaching/promises about life and the future, and His specific words, promises and prophecies to you

Ex. Of Wintston Churchill during the bombings

Interesting to me that Jesus commands them to trust in Him at a time when He has plainly told them He is going to be betrayed and killed.

Why this curious phrase, “believe in God, believe also in Me.”
Jesus often speaks of the oneness He shares with the Father.
He is also after specific intentional devotion to and faith in Him as the Son of God.

III. Place your hope in heaven, not in the things of earth. Vs. 2,3
Someone once said of some Christians that “they were so heavenly minded, they were of no earthly good.” I suppose what they were getting at is all some Christians think about is going to heaven and being with Jesus, and thus they have kind of a lame duck experience or impact on earth. They really don’t care about people around them. They really do not intend to help people come to faith in Christ and grow as His disciples.
I suppose this could be a problem with some people.

But a greater problem could be put like this: “They were so earthly minded they were of no earthly good.” You see if increasingly my hope is being in heaven with Jesus, then I can obey the Lord on earth and do His bidding, and it really doesn’t matter how it goes, how people treat me, what people think of me, … My joy and happiness and security is not wrapped up in that. My joy and happiness and security and especially my hope are wrapped up in the reality that I will soon be home with my Savior face to face and I receive at that time an inheritance that has been waiting for me

One of the things I did in preparing for this message is try to get a feel for how heaven affected the apostles.
Stephen – Acts 7:54,55
Paul – Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
II Cor. 5:1-10
Phil. 3:20, 21 “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”
Col. 1:3-5
I Thess. 1:9,10 “
Peter – I Peter 1:3-5

A. One of the things Jesus is doing in heaven is preparing a specific place for you vs. 2,3
This phrase “dwelling place” has the idea of permanence. Actually the home Jesus is preparing for you is your real permanent home. This place is temporary. That’s why the Bible calls us believers aliens or pilgrims or exiles. This really is not our home. We are truly just a passing through as the old hymn states.

A missionary returning to his church after ten years on the mission field was dismayed to find that he received no attention on his homecoming, while a returning war hero received a royal reception. While he was complaining to the Lord, the Lord spoke to him and said, “Don’t you understand? You’re not home yet!”

B. Jesus desperately wants you to be with Him in heaven vs.2, 3
Heb. 9:24 “For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;”

C. Jesus will soon come back to receive His bride to be forever with Him. Vs. 3
He is not going to leave us here. He has not forgotten about us or given up on us. He is consumed with thoughts of us.

CONCLUSION – March 3rd uncertainty –

COMMUNION – meditate on what Jesus Christ has reserved for you in heaven – thank Him and praise Him for that; thank Him that because of His spilled blood for you – the sin barrier between you and the Living God has been forever broken.

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