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3 Godly Guidelines For Great Families(위대한 가족들의 3가지 신성한 지침들)/ Deuteronomy 6:1-9(신6:1-9)/ 2012-03-25
3 Godly Guidelines For Great Families(위대한 가족들의 3가지 신성한 지침들) Deuteronomy 6:1-9(신6:1-9) 3 Godly Guidelines For Great Families Deuteronomy 6:1-9 (NIV, NIRV, TNIV, KJV) Remember last week I ask - have you ever prayer a prayer like this, “God, I just commit my child to your safe keeping”? The Pastor’s Cat… Dwight Nelson recently told a true story about the pastor of his church. He had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his yard and then was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc. The kitty would not come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and drove away so that the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten. That’s what he did, all the while checking his progress in the car. He then figured if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. But as he moved the car a little further forward, the rope broke. The tree went ”boing!” and the kitten instantly sailed through the air-out of sight. The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they’d seen a little kitten. Nobody had seen it. So he prayed, ”Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping,” and went on about his business. A few days later he was at the grocery store, and met one of his church members. He happened to look into her shopping cart and was amazed to see cat food. This woman was a cat hater and everyone knew it, so he asked her, ”Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?” She replied, ”You won’t believe this,” and then told him how her little girl had been begging her for a cat, but she kept refusing. Then a few days before, the child had begged again, so the Mom finally told her, ”Well, if God gives you a cat, I’ll let you keep it.” She said to the pastor, ”I watched my child go out in the yard, get on her knees, and ask God for a cat. And really, Pastor, you won’t believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws outspread, and landed right in front of her.” I read in the Union Democrat last week of a couple from Sonora...The Petersons - they just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Cecil, 89, and Pansy, 85, got married five days before Valentine Day, on Saturday, February 9, 1935. Cecil says, “You know you’re getting old when your children are senior citizens.” When asked the secret to their 70-year marriage, Cecil said…“The view of marriage in the early 1900s was that it was a lifelong commitment.” Then Patsy said, ”It starts from the beginning, from how you look at marriage. It’s not something you take lightly.” Carl Zimmerman wrote a very important book called, “Family and Civilization” In it he studies 3000 years of family life. This Harvard Professor makes a powerful case for the tradition family structure. The summation of the book goes something like this…so goes the children so goes the culture, or so goes the family so goes society! The declining life of children translates into a declining culture of life! President Bush has said that, “America needs to choose a culture of life rather than death.” I agree! To think that America has 1.5 million abortions a year, this brings a serious charge to the values of this country! Carl Zimmerman gives 7 warning signs to a declining nation: · An Increased rate of divorce. Quick and easy no fault divorce. · The failure to understand the permanence of the marriage model. · A looser standard of family as a solution to social problems. · Lack of respect to parental authority. · A promotion of co-habitation over marriage. · The breakdown of most inhibitions against adultery. · Acceptance of all forms of sexuality. Dr. Zimmerman wrote, “As we watch the destruction of the family, so we simultaneously watch the collapse of society.” Maybe your thinking, “This is just another Christian’s conclusions.” Wrong, this man was a secular historian and he never confessed to be a Christian. By the way, this book was written in 1947! We have a popular show called “Home Makeover”, where a crew comes in and totally remodels someone’s house. In some cases, they tear down virtually everything from room to room and all that is left are the 2 by 4’s. May I say that what is true for a house is true for a family? We might do better tearing down some family’s foundation than to tear down some family’s house only to begin again! Key: The makeover for a house comes from Hollywood, but the makeover for a home comes from heaven! Have you noticed some of the family shows produced from Hollywood? · Desperate Housewives · Wife Swap · Who’s My Daddy? · Nanny · Raising Gotti · The Simpson’s · The Osborn Family As John Stossels says, “Give me a break!” Girls, in case you don’t know how to pick a husband just watch ABC’s “The Bachalorette”! I believe that the role of the family is God’s idea. Why fight it? Why not accept the fact that our heavenly father knows best? Genesis 2:18,24 From the very beginning of human life, God has created us to be relational beings and dependent on one another! God gives us the primary foundation for society – it’s the family, it’s the relationship between a man and woman, children and parents and child to child! For the love of our children - Government service can’t replace the love of a mother and the leadership of a father! Social services can’t replace a child’s devotion to parents! All the counseling services in the world can’t bring the healing words of a parent to a child! And Moses knew this! Moses had the massive job of getting a new nation to adopt God’s guidelines for a healthy family. Moses Gives 3 Godly Guidelines For Great Families: 1. A Home Is Where Righteous Lives Are Lived. Vs. 1,2 He’s talking directly to moms and dads! 2 things I’ve come to realize as a parent – Let me share them with you: · The parental path is never ending! There’s always a bend in the road, a valley to cross and a hill to climb! And how we travel that parental path makes all the difference in our children’s lives! · The parental patterns make a big impact on children. Like it or not, the moment our children were born, God intended for us to be the primary role model for them! To be the example setter! I admire a parent that wants to deal with their past so that their past doesn’t del with them! Most of us know Bill Padelford. His younger sister Susan is coming to terms with her father who had a very abusive pattern to his parenting. She is now finding healing so she can be a good role model to her children. Recently she wrote this about her life: “It’s so hollow and dark down here Lord, why must I go here again? Been here so many times before. Why have you opened this door? Past visits have been so painful; this one is no different...I’ve tried so hard to weaken the power of truth. Maybe that’s why I’m here. But what is the purpose of these reminders, when the pain is just a thought away? I wanted to keep my resentment and anger, a way of revenge for me. The abuser is gone, no way to “get back”. But he still lives within me. Resentment, anger and revenge don’t keep me on solid ground; they destroy my heart and spirit with a root of hurt. You’ve opened this door so I could see, all the hurt within me, that which I haven’t wanted to feel. But you know about hurt too, you are not a stranger to rejection. Your power is different, it’s done with love and healing, submission is productive. I resent having to look at the truth of what I need to do from here, all this was not my fault, nor am I the one responsible. My life could have been different, but the abuse made me numb. But it is now up to me to make the right choice. I will learn from this visit to the pit, a different way now. For your faithful hand is in my healing, you are trustworthy with my heart.” In my growing up, my mother was an alcoholic and my dad had a filthy mouth. I came to hate those patterns in their lives! I prayed countless times as a young adult that I would never let my daughter see those patterns in life! I’m thankful that this is true to this day! I’m thankful that God has given me the power to rise above my parent’s patterns! How about YOU? Because it’s not just for our sakes, but also for our children’s sakes! Deuteronomy 5:29 “That it may be well with you forever.” Moms and Dads – there’s no substitute for Godly character! And only you can set that pattern for your children! With everything in you model to your children that you are a god fearing man and woman! Key: Mold your heart as a God fearing parent and then you will model your heart as a God loving parent! The great basketball player Charles Barkley once said, “I don’t want to be a role model.” Sorry, we don’t have a choice in the matter! The only real question is - will we be a good role model for our children? LifePoint: A nation never rises above its homes and a nation never rises above its parents! 2. A Home Is Where The Lord Is Loved. Vs. 4,5 2 Principles To Teach Every Child: · The Reality of God. Most parents do pretty well with this! The fact that there is a God is fairly easy to do. · A Relationship With God. This is where we struggle! We must show our children how to love God before it’s too late! In reality, parents are teaching their children what God is like! Earthly fathers mirror a heavenly father! For that matter, marriage is designed to mirror the relationship between Jesus and the church! Watch, as parents love one another and forgive one another, that mirrors the faithfulness of Jesus! And we wonder why so many children have given up on Christianity! I guarantee you – we will be fighting a loosing battle if the foundation of family fails! Do you know why so many church going parents produce children that abandon their faith? Thinks about this – it’s because children don’t understand the difference between church going parents and Christ loving parents! Let me illustrate this: we take a flu shot to fight off the flu. The doctor injects us with a small amount of the flu virus so that our body will build immunity to the flu. I firmly believe that too many parents are giving their children a small dose of Christianity, which makes them immune to the real thing! They know the religious gig on Sunday but know nothing of a relationship with God Monday thru Saturday!! When most kids look at their parents do they see a passionate relationship with God or a pitiful response to God? We are living in a culture where parents provide their children with a $300,000 house to live in and about $3.00 worth of love in the home! Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my life, but just enough to develop my ego. Not enough to love my children with, but just enough to keep them in front of the T.V. Not enough love to transform their lives, but just enough to reform their thoughts. Not enough love to let heaven in their hearts, but just a pound of it in a paper sack. 3. A Home Is Where Right Lessons Are Learned. Vs. 6-9 I remind you from last week - the primary job of parents is to teach children the right lessons to function productively as an adult! Here me - this is not the job of a Sunday school teacher! Their roll is to enforce what you are already teaching your kids! Home is the child’s fist classroom! Where actions have consequences and where character counts! A place where love is expressed and learned and forgiveness is expressed often! It’s where they learn to submit to authority, to be kind to one another, to be obedient. Our homes are where our children learn the basic skills to survive – how to use the remote control! In order for kids to function successfully in society, parents must lead their children through 3 stages: a. Parental control - Teaching kids what to do. Like keeping little Johnny from shooting the Bebe gun at the cat! Or telling little Sally why she can’t be the barber for her brothers and sisters. b. Self Control - How to discipline one’s self c. God Control - Spiritual growth! Hopefully they will be born again before they leave the home! But above all that – it’s where truth is taught! Jesus did not say that relativity sets you free or subjectivity sets you free – he said the truth shall set you FREE! Listen to me carefully – when a parent says to their child, “I’m not going to impose my religious values on my kids”, that parent has just done two things: · Created a vacuum in the heart of their child, that the worlds will be more than happy to fill! · Created the thought that God is an option for their child’s life! Maybe you’re thing, where should I start? Why not with the 10 commandments! Deuteronomy 5:1 “Hear O Israel, the statues and judgments which I speak…learn them and be careful to observe them.” He’s talking about the 10 commandments! Teach them to your kids not as 10 suggestions or as 10 offenses but God’s 10 commandments! I love this verse, Acts 16:34 “The whole family was filled with joy when they believed in God.” NLT If a contractor can take a dilapidated house and raise it up again…don’t you think Christ can take a dysfunctional home and raise it up again?
3 Godly Guidelines For Great Families(위대한 가족들의 3가지 신성한 지침들)/ Deuteronomy 6:1-9(신6:1-9)/ 2012-03-25
3 Godly Guidelines For Great Families(위대한 가족들의 3가지 신성한 지침들) Deuteronomy 6:1-9(신6:1-9) 3 Godly Guidelines For Great Families Deuteronomy 6:1-9 (NIV, NIRV, TNIV, KJV) Remember last week I ask - have you ever prayer a prayer like this, “God, I just commit my child to your safe keeping”? The Pastor’s Cat… Dwight Nelson recently told a true story about the pastor of his church. He had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his yard and then was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc. The kitty would not come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and drove away so that the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten. That’s what he did, all the while checking his progress in the car. He then figured if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. But as he moved the car a little further forward, the rope broke. The tree went ”boing!” and the kitten instantly sailed through the air-out of sight. The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they’d seen a little kitten. Nobody had seen it. So he prayed, ”Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping,” and went on about his business. A few days later he was at the grocery store, and met one of his church members. He happened to look into her shopping cart and was amazed to see cat food. This woman was a cat hater and everyone knew it, so he asked her, ”Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?” She replied, ”You won’t believe this,” and then told him how her little girl had been begging her for a cat, but she kept refusing. Then a few days before, the child had begged again, so the Mom finally told her, ”Well, if God gives you a cat, I’ll let you keep it.” She said to the pastor, ”I watched my child go out in the yard, get on her knees, and ask God for a cat. And really, Pastor, you won’t believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws outspread, and landed right in front of her.” I read in the Union Democrat last week of a couple from Sonora...The Petersons - they just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Cecil, 89, and Pansy, 85, got married five days before Valentine Day, on Saturday, February 9, 1935. Cecil says, “You know you’re getting old when your children are senior citizens.” When asked the secret to their 70-year marriage, Cecil said…“The view of marriage in the early 1900s was that it was a lifelong commitment.” Then Patsy said, ”It starts from the beginning, from how you look at marriage. It’s not something you take lightly.” Carl Zimmerman wrote a very important book called, “Family and Civilization” In it he studies 3000 years of family life. This Harvard Professor makes a powerful case for the tradition family structure. The summation of the book goes something like this…so goes the children so goes the culture, or so goes the family so goes society! The declining life of children translates into a declining culture of life! President Bush has said that, “America needs to choose a culture of life rather than death.” I agree! To think that America has 1.5 million abortions a year, this brings a serious charge to the values of this country! Carl Zimmerman gives 7 warning signs to a declining nation: · An Increased rate of divorce. Quick and easy no fault divorce. · The failure to understand the permanence of the marriage model. · A looser standard of family as a solution to social problems. · Lack of respect to parental authority. · A promotion of co-habitation over marriage. · The breakdown of most inhibitions against adultery. · Acceptance of all forms of sexuality. Dr. Zimmerman wrote, “As we watch the destruction of the family, so we simultaneously watch the collapse of society.” Maybe your thinking, “This is just another Christian’s conclusions.” Wrong, this man was a secular historian and he never confessed to be a Christian. By the way, this book was written in 1947! We have a popular show called “Home Makeover”, where a crew comes in and totally remodels someone’s house. In some cases, they tear down virtually everything from room to room and all that is left are the 2 by 4’s. May I say that what is true for a house is true for a family? We might do better tearing down some family’s foundation than to tear down some family’s house only to begin again! Key: The makeover for a house comes from Hollywood, but the makeover for a home comes from heaven! Have you noticed some of the family shows produced from Hollywood? · Desperate Housewives · Wife Swap · Who’s My Daddy? · Nanny · Raising Gotti · The Simpson’s · The Osborn Family As John Stossels says, “Give me a break!” Girls, in case you don’t know how to pick a husband just watch ABC’s “The Bachalorette”! I believe that the role of the family is God’s idea. Why fight it? Why not accept the fact that our heavenly father knows best? Genesis 2:18,24 From the very beginning of human life, God has created us to be relational beings and dependent on one another! God gives us the primary foundation for society – it’s the family, it’s the relationship between a man and woman, children and parents and child to child! For the love of our children - Government service can’t replace the love of a mother and the leadership of a father! Social services can’t replace a child’s devotion to parents! All the counseling services in the world can’t bring the healing words of a parent to a child! And Moses knew this! Moses had the massive job of getting a new nation to adopt God’s guidelines for a healthy family. Moses Gives 3 Godly Guidelines For Great Families: 1. A Home Is Where Righteous Lives Are Lived. Vs. 1,2 He’s talking directly to moms and dads! 2 things I’ve come to realize as a parent – Let me share them with you: · The parental path is never ending! There’s always a bend in the road, a valley to cross and a hill to climb! And how we travel that parental path makes all the difference in our children’s lives! · The parental patterns make a big impact on children. Like it or not, the moment our children were born, God intended for us to be the primary role model for them! To be the example setter! I admire a parent that wants to deal with their past so that their past doesn’t del with them! Most of us know Bill Padelford. His younger sister Susan is coming to terms with her father who had a very abusive pattern to his parenting. She is now finding healing so she can be a good role model to her children. Recently she wrote this about her life: “It’s so hollow and dark down here Lord, why must I go here again? Been here so many times before. Why have you opened this door? Past visits have been so painful; this one is no different...I’ve tried so hard to weaken the power of truth. Maybe that’s why I’m here. But what is the purpose of these reminders, when the pain is just a thought away? I wanted to keep my resentment and anger, a way of revenge for me. The abuser is gone, no way to “get back”. But he still lives within me. Resentment, anger and revenge don’t keep me on solid ground; they destroy my heart and spirit with a root of hurt. You’ve opened this door so I could see, all the hurt within me, that which I haven’t wanted to feel. But you know about hurt too, you are not a stranger to rejection. Your power is different, it’s done with love and healing, submission is productive. I resent having to look at the truth of what I need to do from here, all this was not my fault, nor am I the one responsible. My life could have been different, but the abuse made me numb. But it is now up to me to make the right choice. I will learn from this visit to the pit, a different way now. For your faithful hand is in my healing, you are trustworthy with my heart.” In my growing up, my mother was an alcoholic and my dad had a filthy mouth. I came to hate those patterns in their lives! I prayed countless times as a young adult that I would never let my daughter see those patterns in life! I’m thankful that this is true to this day! I’m thankful that God has given me the power to rise above my parent’s patterns! How about YOU? Because it’s not just for our sakes, but also for our children’s sakes! Deuteronomy 5:29 “That it may be well with you forever.” Moms and Dads – there’s no substitute for Godly character! And only you can set that pattern for your children! With everything in you model to your children that you are a god fearing man and woman! Key: Mold your heart as a God fearing parent and then you will model your heart as a God loving parent! The great basketball player Charles Barkley once said, “I don’t want to be a role model.” Sorry, we don’t have a choice in the matter! The only real question is - will we be a good role model for our children? LifePoint: A nation never rises above its homes and a nation never rises above its parents! 2. A Home Is Where The Lord Is Loved. Vs. 4,5 2 Principles To Teach Every Child: · The Reality of God. Most parents do pretty well with this! The fact that there is a God is fairly easy to do. · A Relationship With God. This is where we struggle! We must show our children how to love God before it’s too late! In reality, parents are teaching their children what God is like! Earthly fathers mirror a heavenly father! For that matter, marriage is designed to mirror the relationship between Jesus and the church! Watch, as parents love one another and forgive one another, that mirrors the faithfulness of Jesus! And we wonder why so many children have given up on Christianity! I guarantee you – we will be fighting a loosing battle if the foundation of family fails! Do you know why so many church going parents produce children that abandon their faith? Thinks about this – it’s because children don’t understand the difference between church going parents and Christ loving parents! Let me illustrate this: we take a flu shot to fight off the flu. The doctor injects us with a small amount of the flu virus so that our body will build immunity to the flu. I firmly believe that too many parents are giving their children a small dose of Christianity, which makes them immune to the real thing! They know the religious gig on Sunday but know nothing of a relationship with God Monday thru Saturday!! When most kids look at their parents do they see a passionate relationship with God or a pitiful response to God? We are living in a culture where parents provide their children with a $300,000 house to live in and about $3.00 worth of love in the home! Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my life, but just enough to develop my ego. Not enough to love my children with, but just enough to keep them in front of the T.V. Not enough love to transform their lives, but just enough to reform their thoughts. Not enough love to let heaven in their hearts, but just a pound of it in a paper sack. 3. A Home Is Where Right Lessons Are Learned. Vs. 6-9 I remind you from last week - the primary job of parents is to teach children the right lessons to function productively as an adult! Here me - this is not the job of a Sunday school teacher! Their roll is to enforce what you are already teaching your kids! Home is the child’s fist classroom! Where actions have consequences and where character counts! A place where love is expressed and learned and forgiveness is expressed often! It’s where they learn to submit to authority, to be kind to one another, to be obedient. Our homes are where our children learn the basic skills to survive – how to use the remote control! In order for kids to function successfully in society, parents must lead their children through 3 stages: a. Parental control - Teaching kids what to do. Like keeping little Johnny from shooting the Bebe gun at the cat! Or telling little Sally why she can’t be the barber for her brothers and sisters. b. Self Control - How to discipline one’s self c. God Control - Spiritual growth! Hopefully they will be born again before they leave the home! But above all that – it’s where truth is taught! Jesus did not say that relativity sets you free or subjectivity sets you free – he said the truth shall set you FREE! Listen to me carefully – when a parent says to their child, “I’m not going to impose my religious values on my kids”, that parent has just done two things: · Created a vacuum in the heart of their child, that the worlds will be more than happy to fill! · Created the thought that God is an option for their child’s life! Maybe you’re thing, where should I start? Why not with the 10 commandments! Deuteronomy 5:1 “Hear O Israel, the statues and judgments which I speak…learn them and be careful to observe them.” He’s talking about the 10 commandments! Teach them to your kids not as 10 suggestions or as 10 offenses but God’s 10 commandments! I love this verse, Acts 16:34 “The whole family was filled with joy when they believed in God.” NLT If a contractor can take a dilapidated house and raise it up again…don’t you think Christ can take a dysfunctional home and raise it up again?
3 Godly Guidelines For Great Families(위대한 가족들의 3가지 신성한 지침들)/ Deuteronomy 6:1-9(신6:1-9)/ 2012-03-25
3 Godly Guidelines For Great Families(위대한 가족들의 3가지 신성한 지침들) Deuteronomy 6:1-9(신6:1-9) 3 Godly Guidelines For Great Families Deuteronomy 6:1-9 (NIV, NIRV, TNIV, KJV) Remember last week I ask - have you ever prayer a prayer like this, “God, I just commit my child to your safe keeping”? The Pastor’s Cat… Dwight Nelson recently told a true story about the pastor of his church. He had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his yard and then was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc. The kitty would not come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and drove away so that the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten. That’s what he did, all the while checking his progress in the car. He then figured if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. But as he moved the car a little further forward, the rope broke. The tree went ”boing!” and the kitten instantly sailed through the air-out of sight. The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they’d seen a little kitten. Nobody had seen it. So he prayed, ”Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping,” and went on about his business. A few days later he was at the grocery store, and met one of his church members. He happened to look into her shopping cart and was amazed to see cat food. This woman was a cat hater and everyone knew it, so he asked her, ”Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?” She replied, ”You won’t believe this,” and then told him how her little girl had been begging her for a cat, but she kept refusing. Then a few days before, the child had begged again, so the Mom finally told her, ”Well, if God gives you a cat, I’ll let you keep it.” She said to the pastor, ”I watched my child go out in the yard, get on her knees, and ask God for a cat. And really, Pastor, you won’t believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws outspread, and landed right in front of her.” I read in the Union Democrat last week of a couple from Sonora...The Petersons - they just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Cecil, 89, and Pansy, 85, got married five days before Valentine Day, on Saturday, February 9, 1935. Cecil says, “You know you’re getting old when your children are senior citizens.” When asked the secret to their 70-year marriage, Cecil said…“The view of marriage in the early 1900s was that it was a lifelong commitment.” Then Patsy said, ”It starts from the beginning, from how you look at marriage. It’s not something you take lightly.” Carl Zimmerman wrote a very important book called, “Family and Civilization” In it he studies 3000 years of family life. This Harvard Professor makes a powerful case for the tradition family structure. The summation of the book goes something like this…so goes the children so goes the culture, or so goes the family so goes society! The declining life of children translates into a declining culture of life! President Bush has said that, “America needs to choose a culture of life rather than death.” I agree! To think that America has 1.5 million abortions a year, this brings a serious charge to the values of this country! Carl Zimmerman gives 7 warning signs to a declining nation: · An Increased rate of divorce. Quick and easy no fault divorce. · The failure to understand the permanence of the marriage model. · A looser standard of family as a solution to social problems. · Lack of respect to parental authority. · A promotion of co-habitation over marriage. · The breakdown of most inhibitions against adultery. · Acceptance of all forms of sexuality. Dr. Zimmerman wrote, “As we watch the destruction of the family, so we simultaneously watch the collapse of society.” Maybe your thinking, “This is just another Christian’s conclusions.” Wrong, this man was a secular historian and he never confessed to be a Christian. By the way, this book was written in 1947! We have a popular show called “Home Makeover”, where a crew comes in and totally remodels someone’s house. In some cases, they tear down virtually everything from room to room and all that is left are the 2 by 4’s. May I say that what is true for a house is true for a family? We might do better tearing down some family’s foundation than to tear down some family’s house only to begin again! Key: The makeover for a house comes from Hollywood, but the makeover for a home comes from heaven! Have you noticed some of the family shows produced from Hollywood? · Desperate Housewives · Wife Swap · Who’s My Daddy? · Nanny · Raising Gotti · The Simpson’s · The Osborn Family As John Stossels says, “Give me a break!” Girls, in case you don’t know how to pick a husband just watch ABC’s “The Bachalorette”! I believe that the role of the family is God’s idea. Why fight it? Why not accept the fact that our heavenly father knows best? Genesis 2:18,24 From the very beginning of human life, God has created us to be relational beings and dependent on one another! God gives us the primary foundation for society – it’s the family, it’s the relationship between a man and woman, children and parents and child to child! For the love of our children - Government service can’t replace the love of a mother and the leadership of a father! Social services can’t replace a child’s devotion to parents! All the counseling services in the world can’t bring the healing words of a parent to a child! And Moses knew this! Moses had the massive job of getting a new nation to adopt God’s guidelines for a healthy family. Moses Gives 3 Godly Guidelines For Great Families: 1. A Home Is Where Righteous Lives Are Lived. Vs. 1,2 He’s talking directly to moms and dads! 2 things I’ve come to realize as a parent – Let me share them with you: · The parental path is never ending! There’s always a bend in the road, a valley to cross and a hill to climb! And how we travel that parental path makes all the difference in our children’s lives! · The parental patterns make a big impact on children. Like it or not, the moment our children were born, God intended for us to be the primary role model for them! To be the example setter! I admire a parent that wants to deal with their past so that their past doesn’t del with them! Most of us know Bill Padelford. His younger sister Susan is coming to terms with her father who had a very abusive pattern to his parenting. She is now finding healing so she can be a good role model to her children. Recently she wrote this about her life: “It’s so hollow and dark down here Lord, why must I go here again? Been here so many times before. Why have you opened this door? Past visits have been so painful; this one is no different...I’ve tried so hard to weaken the power of truth. Maybe that’s why I’m here. But what is the purpose of these reminders, when the pain is just a thought away? I wanted to keep my resentment and anger, a way of revenge for me. The abuser is gone, no way to “get back”. But he still lives within me. Resentment, anger and revenge don’t keep me on solid ground; they destroy my heart and spirit with a root of hurt. You’ve opened this door so I could see, all the hurt within me, that which I haven’t wanted to feel. But you know about hurt too, you are not a stranger to rejection. Your power is different, it’s done with love and healing, submission is productive. I resent having to look at the truth of what I need to do from here, all this was not my fault, nor am I the one responsible. My life could have been different, but the abuse made me numb. But it is now up to me to make the right choice. I will learn from this visit to the pit, a different way now. For your faithful hand is in my healing, you are trustworthy with my heart.” In my growing up, my mother was an alcoholic and my dad had a filthy mouth. I came to hate those patterns in their lives! I prayed countless times as a young adult that I would never let my daughter see those patterns in life! I’m thankful that this is true to this day! I’m thankful that God has given me the power to rise above my parent’s patterns! How about YOU? Because it’s not just for our sakes, but also for our children’s sakes! Deuteronomy 5:29 “That it may be well with you forever.” Moms and Dads – there’s no substitute for Godly character! And only you can set that pattern for your children! With everything in you model to your children that you are a god fearing man and woman! Key: Mold your heart as a God fearing parent and then you will model your heart as a God loving parent! The great basketball player Charles Barkley once said, “I don’t want to be a role model.” Sorry, we don’t have a choice in the matter! The only real question is - will we be a good role model for our children? LifePoint: A nation never rises above its homes and a nation never rises above its parents! 2. A Home Is Where The Lord Is Loved. Vs. 4,5 2 Principles To Teach Every Child: · The Reality of God. Most parents do pretty well with this! The fact that there is a God is fairly easy to do. · A Relationship With God. This is where we struggle! We must show our children how to love God before it’s too late! In reality, parents are teaching their children what God is like! Earthly fathers mirror a heavenly father! For that matter, marriage is designed to mirror the relationship between Jesus and the church! Watch, as parents love one another and forgive one another, that mirrors the faithfulness of Jesus! And we wonder why so many children have given up on Christianity! I guarantee you – we will be fighting a loosing battle if the foundation of family fails! Do you know why so many church going parents produce children that abandon their faith? Thinks about this – it’s because children don’t understand the difference between church going parents and Christ loving parents! Let me illustrate this: we take a flu shot to fight off the flu. The doctor injects us with a small amount of the flu virus so that our body will build immunity to the flu. I firmly believe that too many parents are giving their children a small dose of Christianity, which makes them immune to the real thing! They know the religious gig on Sunday but know nothing of a relationship with God Monday thru Saturday!! When most kids look at their parents do they see a passionate relationship with God or a pitiful response to God? We are living in a culture where parents provide their children with a $300,000 house to live in and about $3.00 worth of love in the home! Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my life, but just enough to develop my ego. Not enough to love my children with, but just enough to keep them in front of the T.V. Not enough love to transform their lives, but just enough to reform their thoughts. Not enough love to let heaven in their hearts, but just a pound of it in a paper sack. 3. A Home Is Where Right Lessons Are Learned. Vs. 6-9 I remind you from last week - the primary job of parents is to teach children the right lessons to function productively as an adult! Here me - this is not the job of a Sunday school teacher! Their roll is to enforce what you are already teaching your kids! Home is the child’s fist classroom! Where actions have consequences and where character counts! A place where love is expressed and learned and forgiveness is expressed often! It’s where they learn to submit to authority, to be kind to one another, to be obedient. Our homes are where our children learn the basic skills to survive – how to use the remote control! In order for kids to function successfully in society, parents must lead their children through 3 stages: a. Parental control - Teaching kids what to do. Like keeping little Johnny from shooting the Bebe gun at the cat! Or telling little Sally why she can’t be the barber for her brothers and sisters. b. Self Control - How to discipline one’s self c. God Control - Spiritual growth! Hopefully they will be born again before they leave the home! But above all that – it’s where truth is taught! Jesus did not say that relativity sets you free or subjectivity sets you free – he said the truth shall set you FREE! Listen to me carefully – when a parent says to their child, “I’m not going to impose my religious values on my kids”, that parent has just done two things: · Created a vacuum in the heart of their child, that the worlds will be more than happy to fill! · Created the thought that God is an option for their child’s life! Maybe you’re thing, where should I start? Why not with the 10 commandments! Deuteronomy 5:1 “Hear O Israel, the statues and judgments which I speak…learn them and be careful to observe them.” He’s talking about the 10 commandments! Teach them to your kids not as 10 suggestions or as 10 offenses but God’s 10 commandments! I love this verse, Acts 16:34 “The whole family was filled with joy when they believed in God.” NLT If a contractor can take a dilapidated house and raise it up again…don’t you think Christ can take a dysfunctional home and raise it up again?
A challenge to be great(크게 되려고 하는 도전)/ Matthew 20:17-28(마20:17-28)/ 2006-02-03
A challenge to be great(크게 되려고 하는 도전) Matthew 20:17-28(마20:17-28) A challenge to be great Matthew 20:17-28 INTRODUCTION The setting for our text today is a time of crisis. Jesus is nearing the day of suffering and death on the cross. He takes His disciples off for a moment away from the crowd: perhaps for refreshing and energizing, but also for encouragement. It is during this momentary break that Jesus is confronted with the worldly ambitions of James and John along with their mother. Let us see how He handles their desire for pre-eminence in His Kingdom. In doing so, Jesus discusses what true greatness really is. I. MISGUIDED MOTIVES (vv. 20-21) 1. There will always be women who are status seekers. 2. There will always be men who are power hungry. II. CRITICAL CONSIDERATIONS (vv. 22-23) 1. Pre-eminence in His Kingdom is based upon suffering. 2. Pre-eminence demands service rendered in a spirit of love, not for reward. III. WORLDLY WAYS (vv. 24-25) 1. Those who seek pre-eminence stir up anger and jealousy. 2. Those who seek pre-eminence define greatness as exercising authority and ruling. IV. GODLY GREATNESS (vv. 26-27) 1. Whoever desires to be great in God’s Kingdom must be a servant. 2. Whoever desires to be pre-eminent must become a slave. V. ETERNAL EXAMPLE (v. 28) 1. Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve. 2. Jesus came to give His life for others. CONCLUSION These men and their mother got answers they were not expecting. They had hoped to reign with Jesus, to be lords over others. However, Jesus intends for His followers to be servants of others, not lords over others. He redefines greatness as ministering, as serving, as showing love in action out of a spirit of humility. True greatness involves giving your life for others, not asking others to give their lives for you! Do you understand this simple lesson from Jesus? If you do, then begin to practice the message in your life by serving others in a spirit of humility and of love. Illustration: A poor Scottish Farmer named Fleming. Pastor Dr. Glenn A. Jent
A Christian’s graces(그리스도인의 은혜)/ 1 Cor. 4:7(고전4:7)/ 2009-02-14
A Christian’s graces(그리스도인의 은혜) 1 Cor. 4:7(고전4:7) A Christian’s graces 1 Cor. 4:7 “What do you have—that you have not received?” 1 Cor. 4:7 What grace do you have—that you have not received? All the light, and all the life, and all the love, and all the joy, and all the fear, and all the faith, and all the hope, and all the patience, and all the humility, etc., that you have—are all grace gifts—they are all from God. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights.” (James 1:17) A man should never look upon his graces—but should be ready to say, “These are the jewels of glory with which God has bespangled my soul!” Look! as all light flows from the sun, and all water from the sea - so all temporal, spiritual, and eternal good flows from God. All your graces, and the greatest excellencies which are in you, do as much depend upon God, as the light does upon the sun, or as the rivers do upon the sea, or as the branches do upon the root, (John 15:1-5) All the springs of comfort that I have communicated to my soul, and all the springs of grace that I have to quicken me, they are all from God. A Christian’s graces are all such flowers of paradise as never grew in nature’s garden. Now, when a Christian looks thus upon all those costly diamonds of grace, with which his soul is bedecked, he keeps humble, though his graces are high. Dear hearts, when you look upon the stream, remember the fountain; when you look upon the flower, remember the root; and whenever you look upon your graces, then be sure to remember Christ the fountain of grace. When one of your eyes is fixed upon your graces - let the other be always fixed upon Christ the fountain of grace. “Indeed, we have all received grace after grace from His fullness.” (John 1:16) Grace is strengthened, maintained, nourished, and upheld in your souls - in life and power, in beauty and glory - by the spiritual, powerful, and glorious operations of Christ! Christians, your graces are holy and heavenly plants of Christ’s own planting and watering! It is Christ alone who can cause your graces to blossom, and your souls to be like a watered garden - green and flourishing! Therefore let the eye of your souls be firstly, mostly, and chiefly fixed upon Christ.
A Gentle Answer Avoids Wrath(부드러운 대답은 분노를 피하게 한다)/ Joshua 22:30-34(수22:30-34)/ 2015-03-21
A Gentle Answer Avoids Wrath(부드러운 대답은 분노를 피하게 한다) Joshua 22:30-34(수22:30-34) A Gentle Answer Avoids Wrath Joshua 22:30-34 30 When Phinehas the priest and the leaders of the community ―the heads of the clans of the Israelites ―heard what Reuben, Gad and Manasseh had to say, they were pleased. 31 And Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, said to Reuben, Gad and Manasseh, “Today we know that the LORD is with us, because you have not acted unfaithfully toward the LORD in this matter. Now you have rescued the Israelites from the LORD’s hand.” 32 Then Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, and the leaders returned to Canaan from their meeting with the Reubenites and Gadites in Gilead and reported to the Israelites. 33 They were glad to hear the report and praised God. And they talked no more about going to war against them to devastate the country where the Reubenites and the Gadites lived. 34 And the Reubenites and the Gadites gave the altar this name: A Witness Between Us that the LORD is God. Main Verse And Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, said to Reuben, Gad and Manasseh, “Today we know that the LORD is with us, because you have not acted unfaithfully toward the LORD in this matter. Now you have rescued the Israelites from the LORD’s hand.” Joshua 22 : 31 REFLECTION Has anyone ever accused you of something wrong that you did not commit? How did you respond to that person? Did you fly off the handle and walk away disgusted with that person? Or did you speak graciously and help bring the person into a correct understanding of the truth? We’re probably all faced the dire consequences of angry and defensive words. The Israelites who had settled on the eastern side of the Jordan River had been wrongly accused of evil. When the delegation representing the other ten tribes came, they did not first ask for an explanation, but rather started with strong accusations. They even used Peor and Achan as illustrations of their sin and how it would affect the rest of the nation. You can imagine the shocked expressions of the faces of the Transjordan tribal leaders. When it finally was their turn to respond to these false allegations, the two tribes did not return accusation for accusation. Instead, they graciously and humbly told the truth. They wanted Israel to know that their actions weren’t motivated by idolatry, but a zeal for the Lord. And they went so far as to say that if they had done anything wrong, that they should suffer the consequences for their misdeeds right there and then. The manner in which they responded should serve as a good example of what the writer of Proverbs wrote in 15:11, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Peter said a similar thing in 1 Peter 3:9, “Not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead.” The Tribe’s gracious response resulted in great peace and unity amongst the entire nation of Israel at that time. When the leaders returned to their homes to give a report of what had transpired, the people rejoiced because their earlier presumptions were false and civil war was averted. It almost seems as if the people worshiped the Lord because of the two tribes’ loyalty to the Lord. This is what a gentle, gracious, understanding response can produce. Instead of exchanging barb for barb, a right answer with a right attitude will create far greater understanding of the truth and greater unity amongst those involved. DAILY PRAYER Lord, may my speech reflect Your great character. Give me the grace to be gracious towards others. And may my reaction to wrong accusation be like that of Your beloved Son who did not return evil for evil, but gave a blessing instead. Amen. APPLICATION Next time you are hammered with a false accusation, how will you respond? A gentle answer will turn away presumption and anger. This is exactly what happened with the Israelites. Instead of firing back and getting upset over the accusation, God wants us to help others along in the truth and to give them a gracious exit out of the hole they’re dug for themselves. What’s more is the fact that our speech really gives us away. Our words tell us what’s truly in our hearts. And this can be readily seen during unexpected moments, like when we are being wrongly accused. A gentle response reveals a gentle, humble heart that is trusting in God. An angry and upset response reveals a heart that is restless and failing to trust in the all-sufficient God. It is far better to win the person than to win the argument. Anonymous.
A God of Sanctuary(성소의 하나님)/ Joshua 20:1-9(수20:1-9)/ 2015-02-21
A God of Sanctuary(성소의 하나님) Joshua 20:1-9(수20:1-9) A God of Sanctuary Joshua 20:1-9 1 Then the LORD said to Joshua: 2 “Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses, 3 so that anyone who kills a person accidentally and unintentionally may flee there and find protection from the avenger of blood. 4 “When he flees to one of these cities, he is to stand in the entrance of the city gate and state his case before the elders of that city. Then they are to admit him into their city and give him a place to live with them. 5 If the avenger of blood pursues him, they must not surrender the one accused, because he killed his neighbor unintentionally and without malice aforethought. 6 He is to stay in that city until he has stood trial before the assembly and until the death of the high priest who is serving at that time. Then he may go back to his own home in the town from which he fled.” 7 So they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali, Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the hill country of Judah. 8 On the east side of the Jordan of Jericho they designated Bezer in the desert on the plateau in the tribe of Reuben, Ramoth in Gilead in the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan in the tribe of Manasseh. 9 Any of the Israelites or any alien living among them who killed someone accidentally could flee to these designated cities and not be killed by the avenger of blood prior to standing trial before the assembly. Main Verse “Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses, Joshua 20 : 2 REFLECTION There is a lot of criticism of the book of Joshua as being very bloody and showing a heartless, warrior-like God. Yet, at the heart of the history recorded in this book is the revelation of who God was and is; even though God may seem harsh and cruel at times, He clearly is always watching and caring for His people. The book of Joshua is filled with accounts of battles and instructions to Joshua on how to deal with enemies. But here, God stops and instructs Joshua how to set up special cities of refuge for those who are in need. If someone has committed an accidental and unintentional killing, the person is to travel to one of these cities and seek sanctuary there. No one is then allowed to pursue that person while the city is required to welcome him in. It is important to note that God was not excusing or condoning the person from this act of killing, but God was ensuring that he was not harmed by revenge seeking family members or angry onlookers. This person was able to stay safe until he was brought to trial. This shows that God was and is a God of grace and justice. God provided sanctuary for those who needed it. He was not a cruel and thoughtless God who left people at the hands of others who wanted to do harm. This was an incredible statement of who God was for His people. God knew that He needed this to keep justice at hand. DAILY PRAYER Almighty God, You who see everything and know everything, You are so good to me. Thank You, that in the midst of my sinful life, You do not turn Your back on me, but You give me refuge and sanctuary. Help me, O God, to be a grateful person, and convict me that I may follow You wherever You lead me. Amen. APPLICATION God is still a God of justice today. Time and time again, we may commit sins that seem so bad and so wrong, and yet God does not turn His back on us. He provides sanctuary for us. He does not condone what we do, nor does he excuse it in any way. But He is there for us in our time of need. He comforts us with His promise of forgiveness when we find ourselves on our knees, in deep repentance He gives us refuge. God is a God of justice and fairness, but He is also a God of mercy and love. We worship a God of grace. As you spend time with the Lord today, go before Him with a humble heart that seeks true shelter from the darkness of the world your sinful nature desires to follow. Know the God of grace who promises to forgive you and to purify you from all unrighteousness. We are safest in the arms of God.
A Gospel Without Walls(장벽이 없는 복음)/ Galatians 1:13-24(갈1:13-24)/ 2015-04-23
A Gospel Without Walls(장벽이 없는 복음) Galatians 1:13-24(갈1:13-24) A Gospel Without Walls Galatians 1:13-24 Gal. 2:1 Fourteen years later I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. 2 I went in response to a revelation and set before them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. But I did this privately to those who seemed to be leaders, for fear that I was running or had run my race in vain. 3 Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. 4 [This matter arose] because some false brothers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. 5 We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might remain with you. 6 As for those who seemed to be important ―whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance ―those men added nothing to my message. 7 On the contrary, they saw that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, just as Peter had been to the Jews. 8 For God, who was at work in the ministry of Peter as an apostle to the Jews, was also at work in my ministry as an apostle to the Gentiles. 9 James, Peter and John, those reputed to be pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the Jews. 10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do. 11 When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. 12 Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. 13 The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray. 14 When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs? Main Verse When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs? Gal 2:14 REFLECTION The Great Wall of China is regarded as one of the wonders of the ancient world, and it is the only man-made artifice visible from space. No doubt you’re seen pictures of it on television and in print media. But here’s something that you may not have known about it: there were at least three earlier versions of the Wall. The ancient Chinese people had constructed previous walls surrounding their country, though none were as extensive and permanent as the one that stands today. What they all have in common is that they were built for the purpose of keeping China isolated from the rest of the world and hold strong to the solidarity of its people. Nearly halfway across the world and centuries later, Gentile believers in Galatia faced a similar dilemma: they were required to practice Jewish customs to enter into the tightly gated Christian community. After apostle Paul left this province in modern-day Asia Minor, Jewish Christians began demanding that the Gentile believers participate in typical Jewish rituals such as circumcision, Sabbath observance, and Mosaic Law observance. Furthermore, they claimed a higher authority than Paul, an authority that came from the original apostles in Jerusalem. Well, what’s a Gentile Galatian Christian to do? Certainly, they wanted to be identified with a community of believers other than those of the pagan religions. Maybe they could go to the synagogues where the Jewish Christians were. But, they had to act Jewish to be accepted. And what about Paul? Was his preaching incomplete, perhaps even incorrect? With these kinds of doubts, many chose to live by Jewish standards and kept silent their misgivings and hesitation against the Jews. It is no wonder that the tone of this letter is rather harsh. Paul wants to rebuke both the Gentile Christians and the Jewish Christians. After establishing his apostolic authority in vv.1-10, Paul shares the story of how he rebuked Peter for being a hypocrite and abandoning the Gentile Christians in vv.11-14. Essentially, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has nothing to do with observing the Jewish rituals and laws; it has everything to do with faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who died to forgive sins and resurrected to give new life. Peter was wrong to turn his back on the Galatians and abandon them. The Jewish Christians were wrong to preach a “false gospel” that bore no significance on acceptance into a community of believers. There are no walls, great or small, that isolate the Kingdom of God from the world. It doesn’t require people to perform; they need only to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. That may sound too simple, but that’s one of the great things about the Gospel: it sees beyond age, gender, or ethnicity; it looks at the heart. DAILY PRAYER Gracious God, You extended Yourself to me, You who are Holy and Almighty to me who was sinful and dead. You went beyond every that kept us apart so that You might redeem me through Jesus Christ. I thank You not only for saving me, but also for calling upon me to demonstrate that openness with others, whether they be at church, work, school, or even family. Grant me, Loving God, the power of the Holy Spirit to go beyond my walls of comfort and reach out to those who are in my circle of influence. Amen. APPLICATION The Gospel transcends all barriers. The Good News reaches out not only to us, but also to those around us, however different they may be. Whether you are new to the faith or seasoned in it, consider how you are going to display the wall-less Gospel. At your next Sunday service, commit yourself to befriending someone you don’t know, someone that may or may not be a believer. The Gospel that reconciled you to God is the same Gospel that speaks to this person so, in faith, speak to that person with warmth and charity. If that person happens to be a believer, you’re just created a link in the web of that person’s community of believers. If that person happens to be a non-believer, you’re just demonstrated the openness of God. If you feel moved by the Holy Spirit, commit yourself to spending each Sunday after service with that person for an entire month. If you feel especially moved by the Holy Spirit, have lunch with that person during the week.
A Great High Priest(대제사장)/ Hebrews 5:1-10(히5:1-10)/ 2015-02-12
A Great High Priest(대제사장) Hebrews 5:1-10(히5:1-10) A Great High Priest Hebrews 5:1-10 Several years ago I was director of the Charles Wesley Heritage Centre in Bristol, England. While I was there a colleague of mine, a retired Methodist minister now in his nineties, gave me this white cassock as a present. He had acquired it when he was a chaplain in the Royal Air Force serving in what is now Malaysia. He wore it, he said, primarily because the heat in that part of the world made any other clerical garb almost unbearable. One Sunday he was asked to preach in a Presbyterian Church in Singapore. He wore this cassock for the service. After the service, one of the bigwigs in the colonial government at that time came up to him. This man was a Scotsman and a dyed-in-the-wool Presbyterian. The man said with a bit of a growl, “I prefer the black of the prophet to the white of the Priest.” The minister friend of mine sort of hemmed and hawed a bit and made some comment about the impracticality of wearing black robes due to the weather in those parts. Then it occurred to him what dressing like a prophet would really mean, and he said, “Well sir, if you are so concerned about proper prophetic attire, perhaps all preachers should mount the pulpit dressed as Elijah or John the Baptist were - in nothing but a camel loin cloth. “I suppose that might do for some,” replied the Scot, “but in you case, Church attendance is already low enough.” Priest or Prophet. Prophet or Priest. This story points to a tension which exists in Christianity, especially within Protestantism. How does the community of faith live out Christ’s Priestly and Prophetic roles? Protestantism for the most part has tended to focus primarily (as our Scottish burocrat indicated) on the prophetic ministry. The only Protestants to have retained the use of the word “priest” is the Anglican Communion. For most Protestants the ministry of the Word as it is exercised in the pulpit is central. The prophet’s job is to instruct us in the Word of God. The prophet’s job is to call us back to God’s standard. The prophet is to make known God’s plan that we may see where we fall short, holding up the mirror of God’s Word to our imperfections. He is the voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.” I remember when I was in seminary, when people first learned about the prophetic role of the minister, the students all thought that was what they wanted to be. Push the boundaries of the acceptable, be on the cutting edge, challenge sin, all for God. They usually conveniently forgot that most prophets end up dead. Most of us, when we come to church want our minds to be engaged. We want to be intellectually and spiritually challenged. But even for us Protestants, a little prophesy goes a long way. The priestly role is different. Once we have been awakened to our own spiritual lack. Once we recognize that we are “dead in our sins,” that “there is no health in us” it is the priestly function to bring us to new life and aid us in that life. The priest leads us through death to our old selves and resurrection to new life, the cleansing of baptism. The priest serves at table where real sustenance, bread and wine, are supplied for us to live this new life. The prophet calls to the dead, “Awaken!” The priest is there to encourage the living. The prophet shows us the Word of God. The priest helps us to live the Word of God. As Christians we need a Priest as much as a prophet. And we need both for the same reason, found in the first verse of our lesson. Sin. By sin I don’t mean that which blinds of to our true spiritual state - the sleep the prophet needs to awaken us from. Rather this is the sin that clings to us after we have heard the prophets warning. Being convicted of sin, knowing we are sinners, does not make it go away. Knowing what God wants is not the same as living it. Sin is not something that is talked about much in our society. These days, it is a bit like fish have a conversation about water. Part of the problem is that when we finally do talk about sin, we turn it into legalism. We think of it as breaking one of God’s rules - transgressing a known law of God. Now I am certainly not encouraging anyone to flaunt any of God’s laws. The laws God has laid down are a reflection of God’s mind and of God’s created order. However, we know from the scriptures that one can obey the “laws” and still sin. That was the Pharisees problem. That is why Jesus said in Luke 11:42, “but woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe the mint and rue and herbs of all kinds and neglect justice and the love of God. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others.” Sin is not just about a certain set of rules. It is actually much bigger than that. The word “sin” if we translate the Greek word for it, means literally “missing the mark,” like when you shoot an arrow. Sin is not breaking a rule. Sin is “failing to reach the goal.” Sin is not finishing the race. Even if we have never competed in sports, we all know what it means to feel as though we are in a race. There is the race of our daily lives, lives which themselves seem to be made up of tiny little races. There is the race to catch the metro in the morning, the race to meet the next deadline, the race to get the sermon done for Sunday, the race to get the evening meal on the table, the race to get the kids bathed and in bed. The race to relax. There is the race to make something of our lives - the rat race as it is sometimes called. It is the race to reach the next rung of success in prestige, or finance, or love. There is the race for all those things that the world has to offer those who work hard and sacrifice. The race for the things we want - the things we think will make us happier. In this worldly race we are often discouraged. Our retirement balance is not where we thought it would be. Our kids are not turning out how we hoped. We often do not reach the goals we set for ourselves. We do not finish the race. Sin is the same concept. But sin is about not reaching the goal which God intends for us - a goal which will make us truly blessed, truly happy. This goal which God has for our lives is what we call the Word of God. Now, when we talk about the Word of God we are usually referring to the Scriptures. But as the Scriptures themselves tell us, the Word of God pre-exists the Scriptures. “In the beginning was the Word.” All things were made through the Word. Without the Word was nothing made that has been made. This Word of God is the created order of the universe. It is the logic behind it all. The Word is God’s whole, God’s complete, God’s perfect intention in creation. It is God’s plan for us and for our salvation. It is the Way we should live. It is the truth about existence. It is life. Our lives corresponding to God’s Word is the finish line in the race we call Christianity. And yet in this race we so easily stumble, so easily get turned around, so often are failing in our striving for the finish line. That is why in the Old Testament, the priest’s job was to intercede for God’s mercy, “to offer gifts and sacrifices.” He was supposed to get God’s forgiveness for the community for not reaching the goal God set out for them. And yet the problem was that the priest himself was (as it says in verse 3) not running the race very well either. He had to offer sacrifice for his own sin, his own failure to move toward the goal. It is the image of a group of runners all setting off on a race. They know the goal. They know where the finish line should be. They have been given some basic directions as to how to get there. Still they can’t follow the route. They run around in circles, tripping over each other and frequently collapsing from exhaustion. And it is clear to all, at this rate; they will never cross the finish line. The priest in this scenario is like the coach running along side and trying to encourage the other runners. Unfortunately he is just as confused, just as weak, just as incapable of reaching the end as the rest of the group. Therefore he shouts to the one who waits anxiously for the group at the finish line (the one who gave them directions to get there). He shouts out excuses hoping that he will get allowances for the fact this group is never going to get to the end. It is a pathetic scene. But we are no different from them. We have the same goal. The same struggle. The same finish line. What such a band of runners needs is a better coach, a new kind of priest. Like the old type of priest, they want someone who knows their needs - one who “to their weakness” is “no stranger.” Like the old type of priest they want someone gentle and encouraging. Like the old type of priest they want someone who is humble - someone not in it for the glory, but someone appointed by God for their sakes. Unlike the old type of priest they need a priest who really knows the Way. They need someone who has completed the race, someone who has crossed the finish line. Someone who can be of real help to the rest of us stumbling runners. Verse 7. “In the days of his flesh Jesus offered up prayers and supplication, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high Priest according to the order of Melchizedec.” Jesus is the new high priest. This Jesus is the Word made flesh. He is the Way. He is the Truth. He is the Life. So why does it say that he had to be “made perfect?” Jesus was born without sin and lived a sinless life. He never broke any of God’s rules. But the perfection the Scriptures are talking about is not avoiding breaking a rule. If this were the case, Jesus could be said to be perfect from the day he was born. I spoke about a different definition of sin earlier. Perfection is its polar opposite. Perfection is about hitting the mark. Perfection is about reaching the goal. It is about crossing the finish line. Perfection is submitting to God’s will for your life. It is living God’s way, God’s truth, God’s life all the way to the end. And it is not over till it is over. Jesus’ life was made perfect, whole, complete on the cross. After he had hung there in agony for our sakes, St. John writes, “Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the Scripture) ‘I am thirsty.’ A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘it is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” He had crossed the finish line. “And having been made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” He knows the way. He is the Way. He lives that he might be our priest to help us, as it says in Hebrews 12:1, “lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so easily and run with perseverance the race set out for us.” “He has been designated by God as a new kind of priest - a high priest according to the order of Melchizedec.” Some of you, I know, are asking yourselves, “Who the heck is Melchizedec?” Turn in your Bibles the book of Genesis, chapter 14. To set the scene, God has called Abraham (at this time known as Abram) to go to “a land that God would show him.” God has promised him possession of the land and that through this he would be blessed and be a blessing. Abram saw the land. (12:6) But as in our race, seeing what the end should be and possessing it are two very different things. There was a detour to Egypt during a terrible famine (12:10-20). There was strife among his fellow travelers (13:1-18). And there was war in the land. His nephew Lot was taken prisoner. When the war was over and Lot had been rescued, Abram was met by other kings in the Valley of Shaeveh (also known as the Kings Valley) (14:18). Here King Melchizedec of Salem (what is now Jerusalem) brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God most high. He blessed Abram and said, “Blessed by Abram by God most high, maker of heaven and earth; and blessed be God most high, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” The order of Melchizedec: An order far older than that of the Levitical priests, And order that is both Priest and King An order which offers bread and wine and a blessing. And the race continues. Derek Redmond was a runner. A very good runner - he was a member of the British Olympic team for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. He was also a part of the 1988 team, but that year, only 90 seconds before the 400 meter race was to begin he had to withdraw because of an injured Achilles tendon. After five surgeries and four years, he had again qualified for the Olympic team and was in Barcelona at the starting line of the same 400 meter race, this time in the semi-finals. The gun went off and Redmond’s muscles sprang into action. He ran for only 100 meters. Suddenly, he crumpled to the ground. He had a torn hamstring. In excruciating pain, he knew he was not going to place in this race. There would be no medals. The paramedics ran on to the track, but he refused their help. Instead, he began to crawl toward the finish line. A man stood up in the stands. He made his way down to edge of the track and through those who stood on the sidelines. He walked out walked out to where the athlete struggled forward. He reached out a hand to help him, but the athlete pushed his hand away. Then he looked up and saw the face of his father. Derek Redmond’s father lifted his son’s arm over his shoulder and the two of them hobbled the remaining 300 meters to the finish line, to the cheers of the crowd. Making it across the finish line is not about relying on our own strength. Making it across the finish line is not about knowing all the rules. Making it across the finish line is not about never stumbling. Rather, making it across the finish line is about looking up as you crawl forward, taking outstretched hand of the one who has come out of the stands for you, has stooped down, will bear your weight on his shoulders, and walk with you across the finish line. A Great High Priest. Pastor Scott Kisker
A great man estimated by Lord(주님이 평가하신 위대한 사람)/ Matthew 11:7-11(마11:7-11)/ 2003-07-27
A great man estimated by Lord(주님이 평가하신 위대한 사람) Matthew 11:7-11(마11:7-11) A great man estimated by Lord Matthew 11:7-11 Which person do you think of who a great man is? The great person regarded by lord is quite different from that estimated by men (I Samuel 16:7). The Lord says in clause 11 of this paragraph to be considered, “Among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist.” Through this word of today, let us find out the great man regarded by Lord and we should become such a man. 1. The man who has been done a great deal in self culture through living in wilderness. John the Baptist has been lived in wilderness (Luke 1:8). Until appearance to Israel, he had been improved self-culture well, praying for a long time in the wilderness. There had been John the Baptist a great mission to introduce Jesus in order to let people of Israel return to Jesus through repentance. The same John had his raiment of camel‘s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey (Matthew 3:4). When we see his food, clothing and shelter, he was very poverty but had honest living. His living was not restricted by such food, clothing and shelter. We saints should make our live, exceeding the matter of food, clothing and shelter (Philippians 4:11-12). 2. The man who exalts only Lord with the modest attitude. Nobody could realize of Jesus Christ more than John Baptist at that time. Then, Jesus said of him, “there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist.” The great man in heaven is the one who realized of the truth much. Also in John3: 30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” The Baptist John rather pleased that his disciples had followed Jesus and many disciples would be gathered together to Jesus. So he regarded as glad of that his own decreases. Then, when Jesus saw him, he applauded of him as the great man. God resists the proud, but gives grace into the humble (James 4:6). 3. The man who discharge even his live for the Gospel work. John Baptist has been done self culture well in wilderness. Then, his mission now is to make straight the way of the Lord with the modest attitude. 1) His initial saying was “Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” He only engaged with making ready the way of the Lord: bestowing the baptism of repentance, establishing the justice rightly etc. That is, it means that the substantial starting time of redemptive movement is at hand: that Jesus has come in this world to redeem us from sin by giving all kind of grace in the Kingdom of heaven. We the saints should have the heart that tries to obey according to the word as repenting everyday. From that time, the movement of Heaven Kingdom starts. 2) He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness (John1:23) The Baptist John rightly realized of his duty as being who cries the voice in wilderness. The voice disappears after revealing the word. Since the word is Jesus, it is that John himself is disappeared after revealing Jesus who is the word. This is a position of the voce. God pleased of John the Baptist and used him as the precious vessel. Therefore, Jesus said of John the Baptist, among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist. 3) He finally died a martyr for the righteousness (Matthew 14:1-12). He was imprisoned while he was reproaching of king Herod who took He-ro‘di-as his brother Phillip‘s wife. John the Baptist was headed for the righteousness. When common people in the world saw him, he seemed to be a poor man, whereas he was the greatest man among them that are born of women by the review of Jesus. 4. The man who has the truth much in the time of New Testament. Notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. The kingdom of heaven in here means the church in the time of New Testament. Whoever is least in the church of New Testament is greater than John the Baptist. This is the reason why he that is least in the church of New Testament knows of the truth through Jesus more much than that John the Baptist had been done. It was before that Jesus had been completed his work for redemption at that time John had been lived. But in the time of New Testament, since he has been completed his work: for resurrection on the cross, ascend to heaven and descend Holy Ghost into ground, whoever wants to know of it may know. Therefore, if you have received the truth much you have much work to be fulfilled. It is we of this day that have much knowledge of Christ‘s truth so that we may become a great man if we live as John the Baptist. Now, let us become a great man through doing ourselves-culture well in the world like a wilderness. Our personality must be formed according to the word by realizing the scripture through trial and trouble much. I bless you in the name of Jesus that would become a saint applauded and recognized by the Lord as “you are truly a great man” when he looks you, through completing all our mission: that we always repent of our sin, obeying the word and that we exalt only the Lord through giving his witness to them everyday. Paster S. H. Park
A love that will not let me go(나를 가게 하지 않는 사랑)/ Jeremiah 29:11-13(렘29:11-13), Psalms 37:1-7(시37:1-7), John 10:10(요10:10)/ 2006-07-04
A love that will not let me go(나를 가게 하지 않는 사랑) Jeremiah 29:11-13(렘29:11-13), Psalms 37:1-7(시37:1-7), John 10:10(요10:10) A love that will not let me go Jeremiah 29:11-13, Psalms 37:1-7, John 10:10 In 597 B. C. the Babylonians began to deport God’s chosen people, the Jewish nation, to Babylon. The people of God had chosen to walk away from their close fellowship with the Lord. What events have made a significant difference in your life? What crossroads are you facing? Which way does the Lord wants you or me to go? We need to hear his still, small voice. Jeremiah 29:11-13 1. He Knows All Things Work Together for Good for Us. Romans 8:28 assures us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” So we should remember that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us so much that He wants to have a personal relationship with us. Dr. George Wald, a Harvard biologist, once wrote, “What one really needs is not Nobel laureates but love. How does one think one gets to be a Nobel laureate? It’s a consolation prize. What matters is love.” Does, then, everything that happens in our lives come from the hand of a loving God? No, I don’t think so. On the other hand, our lives are always being guided, in the most difficult situations, by the Divine Hand of our loving Heavenly Father. If troubles come our way like it did to Israel, we can make the best of any difficult situation through trust in the Lord. I am sure as the Israelites were being removed from their homes they were asking why. We have circumstances that we create that can cause God to be displeased with us. But the Lord can work in everything to bring good out of it. When I was at a low point in my life, I stopped my truck at a red light in a small town in Texas and saw on a wooden, little sign in a window in a store that said Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans that I have for you…” That particular day I sure couldn’t see any of his plans. It was a sad day, but as time has passed, I can see that the Lord was working out His plan for me. It wasn’t my plan. My plan had no plan then. I was ready to give up. But now I can say with Paul, “That we know that in all things God works good for us…” Are you struggling with something personally? God who loves you and me and is working within our lives as well as within your circumstances. Be patient with Him. Be patient with yourself. Even evil things that happen to us work out for our good because we have Jesus in our hearts. God has the whole world in His hand. He made the earth and the heavens. He knows everything. Is it too much for the us to trust in the Lord all of the time? 2. He Knows His Plans For Us. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you.” Are you like me sometimes and say, okay Lord, what is going on here? What are you trying to tell me, Lord? Let us be patient and know that God has a plan for us. We sometimes fear God’s plan for us. Remember God loves us and genuinely wants the best for us. Remember God has thoughts of good for us not evil. God’s thoughts are working toward our good not our bad. Even when things seem bad, they will begin to mend; God says He is at work. When God is at work we can count on it being perfect. In Psalms 37:4, for example, it says, “Delight thyself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” If we put God first, in His time, He will give us His very best, if we will only wait. God’s plan can turn the worst stuff in our lives into the best. The Lord who loves us wants to bless us. God has even the timing all worked out. Also the Lord’s plans never fail. He knows how long it will take to work His plan in our lives. We do not know how long it will take God to work His plan in our lives. It takes a long time to grow a tree from an acorn. Let’s give our plans to God. Let’s see the great plans God has for us. God can have something for us so much greater than we can imagine. Which do you think will be better, your plan, my plan or God’s plan? A young chaplain friend of mine went to air assault school and put on his wings on his uniform. He wanted to go to Airborne school and Ranger school. He really was determined to go. He just knew that this was God’s will for His life. Yet, God had another plan. The Lord is sending him to a year of training in Clinical Pastoral Education at an Army hospital. When he finishes his year of studies, he will receive a doctor of ministry degree. Then He will be blessed with an assignment in an Army hospital for three years after his year of training. God blesses, doesn’t He? The Lord has thoughts of peace, grace, love and blessing for us in His beloved Son. 3. God’s Plan Includes Prayer Jeremiah 29:12 We are encouraged to pray. Since we know that God is love and He loves His children in good and in bad times, we can pray to Him. Our holy, righteous just, all powerful and loving Lord wants us to talk with Him in prayer. Call to the Lord in prayer and be assured of His answer. He gives us His promises to encourage us to seek Him. When the answer comes, which it will, we must go forward to meet it. “Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you,” the Lord Jesus said. Persevere in prayer. God will meet those who seek Him. Ask and it shall be given you; given not lent, not sold you, but given you. What is more free than a gift? Whatever we pray for according to the promise, whatever you ask, shall be given you, if God sees fit for you to have it. Ask and have. It is but ask and have. We ask and have not because we don’t ask. We don’t have because we ask selfishly. Answers to prayer sometimes are very plain and clear. Other times the answers are not as clear. Let us seek the Lord in prayer. Let us diligently seek Him. When we seek the Lord with all our heart, we can be assured that He will be found. He is not in hiding. Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” God rewards faith with His will, His way, His blessing, His grace, His presence and His answer. Never give up; the Lord is at work. By faith Jesus says, we can move mountains.
A man who is worthy of God(하나님께 가치 있는 사람)/ Matthew 10:37-39(마10:37-39)/ 2002-11-15
A man who is worthy of God(하나님께 가치 있는 사람) Matthew 10:37-39(마10:37-39) A man who is worthy of God Matthew 10:37-39 37 Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Who is Worthy of Me Over the past two weeks we have been going through our autumn season of early Morning Prayer. Through this prayer we are calling out to the title, teaching the lesson and conducting our training in the Lord. In this title, how is the Lord teaching and training us? And finally what kind of apostle he wants to make out of us? This is what we were learning during Early Morning Prayer. Today, our word will be about the conclusion of all of this training and learning over the past two weeks. What kind of apostle to we want to be? That is one who will take his cross and follow our Lord. That is the kind of apostle he wants. Lets read today’s scripture Matthew 10:37-39 Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. When we look at this word, there are three times it says “not worthy of me” what does this mean? What kind of person is worthy of me? Anyone who loves me more than his father or mother. worthy of me. Anyone who loves me more than their son or daughter. worthy of me. Who ever take his cross and follow me. worthy of me. Follow me; is not the people who say they have found their life. Even though he has lost his life and takes his cross without fear, is the person who is worthy of me. This has a very deep meaning to touch your heart. Ah, when we hear this word, we see that it is not easy to truly follow our Lord. It is not too easy to be an apostle of our Lord. It is not going to be easy to work for the lord. We can feel this through today’s scripture. And yes, this is right, it is not easy. Of everything in this world, nothing is easy. Following our Lord, is actually not that simple. Well, lets look at today’s scripture with a little more detail. Today’s scripture says “not worthy of me” a lot, but when we look through this, it shows who is worthy of our Lord. First, what people are worthy of the Lord? Looking at verse 37, Anyone who loves me more than his father or mother. worthy of me. Anyone who loves me more than their son or daughter. worthy of me. When we hear this word, we feel a frightened. What does this mean? But, Maybe by looking at this word and understanding it, people with a family who are unfaithful or with a different religion and in this family one begins to love Jesus. these are the people who I think understand this word the best. Because of the fact that this family is going to start going to church, it is going to cause difficulties among the family. I wish to give you a better understanding of today’s scripture. By looking in front of today’s reading. look at verses 34-36. 34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35For I have come to turn “a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. What? What is the “good” meaning here? This is when people start to believe in the lord. The people who have no belief and those of different religions. In this kind of family, with this new religion in Christianity comes to them. It comes to them with a new and different view. it comes with a different way of doing things. Naturally, what would automatically change in this family? What is their response? I am sure it is not peace but more than likely fighting. We need to be prepared for this. Actually, if a person wants to do something. at all costs of reason they are going to get mentally prepared for this. That is how we can make it all possible. It’s like water. if you pour water into water, you get water. but if you pour liquor into water you get liquor. Two wrongs can’t be right. you cannot be right by both ways. Even in the following of Jesus. Keeping your faith and staying on the right path this is not a simple task. So, that is why it says, in verse 37 Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; Secondly, who is worthy of the Lord? Let’s look at verse 38 of today’s reading, 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Who takes his cross and follows me. Most people in church go to church regularly and well. But most people remove their cross. What about these people? I am not sure which of you are this kind of person, but most people are like this. Let’s think about this for a minute. What do we think of ourselves on this? Are we people of faith? Do we try really hard to know our own crosses? And do we even try to carry our crosses through our life of faith? Or do we just want to take those crosses off? Which way is your faith going? If I ask you, it might be very difficult or uncomfortable to answer. We should all check our own faith. Maybe we should all do things in a little different way. While I am living my life of faith, I want to carry the smallest cross possible. Are we like this person? Or What ever the cross that our Lord has given us we carry without complaints. Are we this kind of person? What do you think? Before we check ourselves, we need to be honest with ourselves. If we are not honest we won’t be able to take care of our problems. Third, who is worthy of the Lord? Let’s look at verse 39. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Even if they loose their lives, they do not fear. This is worthy of the Lord. This word is very important. Because, without this word, all that we have learned so far might be a great big misunderstanding. Like what the Lord said in verse 37 Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. It is like these words, that it is possible for some misunderstanding, but verse 39 it makes it all easier to understand. Before closing, I would like to better organize this message. Today’s scripture tells us like this. Who is not worthy of the Lord. Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Let’s think about this one more time. Let’s look at the first and second part. Anyone who loves his own family more than Jesus is not worth of the Lord. Earlier with explanation we could understand. but let’s look at it a different way. First it says, father and mother. What does this mean? This means in our family. the people in our family that are higher than us. Of course we love, respect and support them. This is right; this is what we have to do. BUT, it is not worthy of the love of our LORD. And the second word is that of your son or daughter. and this means that in our faithful lives, we have people in our family that are of lower status than ourselves. and we love and take care of them. Yes, this is also right, but we do not do more than our love to the Lord. I hope you don’t misunderstand this part. Especially in today’s message, taking the Cross and finding our lives. This we need to look at carefully. Why do we need to look carefully? Because many people just go through the motions of church. But, we live our faith lives without worry or connection with our crosses. And, we don’t feel heavy or burdened, without pressure to believe in Jesus. There are many who live like this and come to church. Also, not just this; what I am trying to say is more important than this. That is how we try to do our faith without carrying our crosses, what kind of situation are we going to fall into? What kind of mistake will we make? What do you think of this point? Ok, we go to church, every Sunday. We do our worship service. and yep, sometimes we pray hard and learn something. We look at these people as people of faith. So, we can’t see anything in their spirit of their love for the cross of Jesus. So, when we keep our faith in this manner, how do we get in? They are falling because of their superstition. This is their mistake or error. This is very important. So, that is why the Lord said it that way as in verse 38. Anyone who wants to follow me must take his cross and follow me. Especially, we look at the middle of this word. It says, follow me. we have to be careful not to say, “Learn from me.” Follow me: How do we follow the Lord? What should we do? Not just carrying the Cross. but we must take our Crosses and follow the Lord. Maybe, not following the Lord, and just knowing of the Lord or just learning of the Lord. It is possible to do this without carrying your cross. We put our bible on our desk, and we can sit at our desk and learn. But if we follow the Lord we take our cross and follow the lord. Everything is possible. And when we follow the Lord, without carrying the cross, we can be easily tested by temptation. And we can complain and blame others easily over the smallest matters. Making it easy for us to give up and fall down. It was this point that our Lord already knew. So, anyone who wants to follow Jesus must take his cross and follow me. That is why he said clearly. 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. If we look at the hymnal, there are a lot of hymn’s about the cross. but I found one #365 that shows the meaning well. Verse one and two of this hymn. 1. Must Jesus bear the cross alone, And all the world go free? No, there’s a cross for every one, And there’s a cross for me. 2. The consecrated cross I’ll bear Till death shall set me free, and then go home my crown to wear; For there’s a crown for me. What does this mean? The Consecrated Cross I’ll Bear? This means the cross that is rightly mine. So, I hang mine from my neck to be my burden. This cross of mine I will always take care of and follow the Lord and then go home my crown to wear. That is what this Hymn was about. Lets all sing together. Verse one and two of this hymn. #365 Last week we began voting for our elders, and we have yet another week of voting this week. We have to choose. Like in today’s word. we have to choose those who are worthy of the Lord. We should never vote for someone who called in secret and asked us for help or offered a bribe. I want to be an elder please support me, vote for me. No, we shouldn’t vote for them. I don’t know who did it, or who asks a favor but you know who they are. So, who do we need to elect to these positions? Not the secret or covert people, but the ones who honestly and sincerely give worship to the lord. He who carries his cross and follows the Lord. It is that person we should support and elect. Why? Well, those people are worthy of the Lord. No doubt about it. It is this kind of person we should elect to work for our Church. So, those who ran their secrets and bribes should be blocked and not allowed to be an officer in our church. This should be made impossible. So, that is how our church can be a real church. I as your pastor, ask you all a very serious favor. This is our holy church. Not part of the outside world. Don’t vote in the way of the outside world. This would be absolutely incorrect. Does he really have the worth of the Lord? Can he give his life for the church or the Lord? Not thinking of his position of Honor. But is he in a good place of service? Let’s all take time to pray for this and the good decision of our congregation. I want our church to be a good example of a church here in Daegu. When the voting is all finished, I don’t want to hear or say anything bad about the way anyone was elected. When we vote we should pray and let the Holy Spirit help us make our selections so that we may truly celebrate the elected. And so that we may be able to help these people provide a great service to the Lord. We should support him or her in their needs. In the meantime, the ones who were not elected, we should pray to comfort them. Giving them support as well. Let’s make our church of one mind, and a beautiful congregation. Pastor Jung-suk Lim(임정석 목사)
Endurance: Mark of a Good Christian Pilgrim(인내, 훌륭한 그리스도인의 순례의 특징)/ 2 Timothy 2:1-7(딤후2:1-7)/ Rev. W.N.B. Appiah/ 영한대역설교/ 2012-02-12
Endurance: Mark of a Good Christian Pilgrim(인내, 훌륭한 그리스도인의 순례의 특징) 2 Timothy 2:1-7(딤후2:1-7) Sermon Theme: Endurance: mark of a Good Christian Pilgrim Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2:1-7 Preacher: Rev. W.N.B. Appiah 1. Introduction A story is told of a missionary, who after working in a foreign land for the whole of his life decided to return to his home country on his retirement. Seeing his retirement and his home going as a very important chapter in his life, he wrote letters to inform his relatives and few friends he could remember, that he was coming home. Having given the time of his arrival in the mail, he expected them to meet him and welcome him home. But to his shock, on arrival, there was no body to meet him. Not even one person. Filled with sadness he sat and begin to weep. But God spoke to him and said “my son you have not come home yet. You don’t have a home in this world. There are thousands of angels waiting to welcome you home. 2. Pilgrimage as a Metaphor of Christian Life This is to underscore the fact that the Christian life is a journey through this world. Jacob described his life as a pilgrimage when asked of his age by Pharaoh (Ge.47:9). King David also acknowledged this truth before God when he said in his prayer “We are aliens and strangers in your sight, as were all our forefathers...” (1 Chronicles 29:15 c/f Ps.39:12). The writer of Hebrews also testifies to this as he wrote to express the thoughts of the patriarchs “..and they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth” (Hebrews 11:13; 13:14). Again the apostle Peter also confirms it and says “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in this world, ...” (1 Pe.2:11). We can now say that the Bible confirms the Christian’s life on this earth as making a journey and our destination is heaven where our Father, God and our Lord Jesus Christ and the hosts of angels are awaiting us. 3. Risks and Dangers in the Way In every pilgrimage there are risks to take and dangers to face. There are accidents that can take one’s life and there could be discouraging heavy traffic jams that can make the journey boring. In the same way there are life threatening risks and dangers in our Christian life which we need to overcome to make a successful journey to our destination heaven. Israel often sinned against God through idol worship and had to be punished by God several times. In the New Testament Jesus suffered persecution and even death from the hands of the Jews (Mk.10:33-34) and the disciples, including Paul, also faced the threat of death and Paul especially suffered many beatings and persecutions (2 Cor.4:8-12), which could have discouraged them from continuing with the Christian life. But none of them gave up the Christian life. For when the Lord asked the twelve disciples in John 6:67 if they would want to quit, Peter answered and said “Lord to whom shall we go? ...” (6:68). How then could they survive these difficulties and remain steadfast with the Lord? In other words what was their secret for their endurance? 4. Making a Successful Journey Many things go into making a successful journey through risks and dangers. For example there is the purpose of the journey, watchfulness and good guidance. But above all these is endurance. No matter how watchful one can be, or how good the purpose or the goal of the journey is or how good one’s guidance is, without endurance it will be difficult to succeed. Endurance is therefore a very important element in our Christian life. Without it we cannot make it. 5. Endurance The apostle Paul exhorted Timothy to endure hardship as a good soldier of Christ. But earlier in chapter 1, Paul had outlined some of the difficulties and the problems that faced Timothy and for that matter our present Christian community. For example he tells him “not to be ashamed to testify” about the Lord and also not fail to stand by him in his suffering (2 Tim.1:8). Paul uses three imageries a soldier, a farmer and an athlete to emphasize this important theme. The lesson is that people in any of these professions hold on to endurance as the key to success. For that reason the soldier trains all time under all conditions to enable him/her endure in times of war so as to win his master’s favor. The farmer also endures the hard and sometimes cruel weather to tend the crops so that he/she can reap bountiful harvest. While the athlete also trains hard in order to win his/her competitions. This teaches us that the Christian like the soldier, farmer or athlete needs to endure the various temptations and difficulties, which we meet as Christians. Paul endured the persecutions that came his way. Jesus also “for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb.12:2). Neither Paul, nor any of the apostles nor Jesus enjoyed the problems, risks and dangers that faced them, yet they patiently faced them and endured them. But today many of us run away from problems because we cannot endure the discomfort involved. 6. Spiritual Exercise Paul telling Timothy to be godly wrote “..train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of value, but godliness has value for all things” (1 Tim.4:7b-8). The Christian needs to train to be godly through spiritual exercises. These are: praying without ceasing (1 Thess.5:17) sometimes with fasting, reading and devotional study of the Bible (2 Tim.3:16-17), constant meditation on the word of God (Jos.1: 8), constantly sharing the gospel with the unbelievers [(i.e. seeking the lost for the Lord) Matt. 28: 19-20], constantly being in fellowship with other believers (Heb.10:25) and constantly praising God for who He is. As we begin to practice these in the Church and at home, we fall in constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit and through Him we are strengthened to overcome. Hard training is the key to endurance but it could also be an obstacle in itself. We therefore need an incentive to urge us on. A farmer’s incentive for his hard work is what he/she expects to harvest. The athlete’s incentive is the crown or price, which is at stake. Paul’s incentive was “for the sake of others” (2 Tim.2:10) and also “in other to rule with Christ” (2 Tim.2:12a) and that of Jesus was for the joy that was ahead of Him. We must be train hard to endure because there is a great (Lk.6:23, 35) reward of incorruptible crown (1 Cor.9:25)a crown of glory (1 Pe.5:4; Rev.2:10). 7. Conclusion The Bible teaches that the Christian life on this earth is a journey that we are making. It is full of dangers, risks and problems. But we need to be able to endure all these dangers and problems. Endurance therefore becomes a key word for the Christian. But endurance comes through vigorous training in spiritual exercises. Though the training could in itself deter us, let the incentives that are there for us i.e. the incorruptible crown, encourage us to begin our spiritual exercise if we are not already doing it. But if we are already doing it then continue. May the grace of God be with you. ***************************************************************************************** 인내, 훌륭한 그리스도인의 순례의 특징 딤후2:1-7 1. 들어가며 평생을 외국에서 일을 한 후 은퇴하자마자 고국으로 돌아가겠다고 결심한 선교사 이야기가 있습니다. 그의 삶에서 은퇴 후 고향으로 가는 것은 아주 중요한 일이었기에 그는 그가 기억할 수 있는 친척들과 몇 안 되는 친구들에게 고향으로 돌아간다는 편지를 썼습니다. 편지로 자기의 도착 시간을 알려주었기에 그들이 그를 마중 나와 환영해 줄 것이라 기대했습니다. 그런데 그만 그가 놀랍게도 그를 만나러 마중 나온 사람은 아무도 없었습니다. 한 사람도 없었던 것입니다. 슬픔에 가득차서 그는 앉아 울기 시작했습니다. 그런데 하나님이 그에게 말씀 하셨습니다. “나의 아들아 너는 아직 고향에 오지 않았다. 이 세상에는 너를 위한 집이 없느니라. 네가 고향에 온 것을 환영하기 위해 기다리는 수천 명의 천사들이 있다.” 2. 그리스도인 삶의 은유로서의 순례 위의 이야기는 그리스도인들에게 삶이란 이 세상을 통과하는 여행임을 강조하기 위한 이야기입니다. 야곱은 바로 왕이 그의 나이를 물었을 때 그의 삶은 나그네의 길이라고 설명했습니다. 다윗왕도 그의 기도에서 주 앞에서 이런 진실을 인정했습니다. “우리가 우리 열조와 다름이 없이 나그네와 우거한 자라” (대상29:15, 참조 시39:12). 히브리서의 작자 또한 이스라엘 민족의 조상에 대한 생각을 표현할 때 이렇게 증거하고 있습니다. “또 땅에서는 외국인과 나그네로라 증거 하였으니”(히11:13, 히13:14). 또한 사도 베드로도 이를 확증하여 다음과 같이 말하고 있습니다. “사랑하는 자들아 나그네와 행인 같은 너희를 권하노니...”(벧전2:11). 이 세상에서의 그리스도인들의 삶이란 하나의 여행이며 우리의 종착역은 천국 - 하나님 아버지와 우리 주 예수 그리스도와 천사의 무리가 우리를 기다리는 - 임을 성경에서 확실히 밝히고 있습니다. 3. 가로막는 위급과 위험 모든 순례에는 무릅써야 할 위급과 맞서야 하는 위험이 있습니다. 목숨을 걸어야 하는 사건들이 있으며 여행을 지루하게 만들 수 있는 낙담할 만한 교통 체증이 있을 수도 있습니다. 마찬가지로 우리 그리스도인들의 삶에도 우리의 종착역인 천국까지 성공적인 여행을 완수하기 위해 극복해야 할 목숨을 위협하는 위급과 위험이 있게 마련입니다. 이스라엘은 우상 숭배를 하여 하나님에 대해 죄를 지었고 몇 번 하나님께 벌을 받아야 했습니다. 신약에서는 예수님은 박해를 받고 유대인들의 손에 의해 죽임을 당하셨으며(막10:33-34), 바울을 포함한 제자들 또한 죽음의 위협에 직면했으며 특히 바울은 그리스도인 삶을 계속할 수 없게 만들 수도 있는 많은 몰매와 핍박을 당했습니다(고후4:8-12). 그러나 어느 누구도 그리스도인의 삶을 포기하지 않았습니다. 요6:67에서 예수께서 12 제자들에게 너희도 가려느냐고 물었을 때 시몬 베드로가 대답하되 “주여 우리가 뉘에게로 가오리이까? ...”(요6:68). 그러면 그들은 어떻게 이런 어려움을 극복하고 주님과 확고부동하게 같이 갈 수 있었을까요? 즉 이런 인내의 비결은 무엇이었을까요? 4. 성공적인 여행 만들기 위급과 위험 중에서도 성공적인 여행을 만들기 위해서는 많은 것이 필요하겠지요. 예를 들면 여행의 목적, 조심성, 훌륭한 안내자 등이 있을 것입니다. 그러나 무엇보다도 인내가 있어야 합니다. 아무리 조심한다 할지라도, 여행의 목적이나 목표가 훌륭하다 할지라도, 안내자가 좋다 할지라도 인내 없이는 성공하기 어려울 것입니다. 그러므로 인내는 그리스도인의 삶에서 아주 중요한 요소입니다. 이것 없이는 성공할 수 없습니다. 5. 인내 사도 바울은 디모데에게 그리스도의 훌륭한 병사로서 어려움을 인내하라고 권고합니다. 그러나 1장 앞부분에서 바울은 디모데가 처한 어려움과 문제점을 지적하고 있으며 이 문제는 우리의 현재 기독교 공동체에서도 마찬가지입니다. 예를 들어 주에 대한 “증거 하는 것”을 부끄러워 말고 고난 중에서도 그와 함께 하라고 말하고 있습니다. 바울은 세 가지 비유적 표현, 곧 이 중요한 주제를 강조하기 위해 병사, 농부, 운동선수를 사용했습니다. 이런 직업을 가진 사람들은 성공의 열쇠로 인내를 지녀야 한다는 것입니다. 이런 이유로 병사는 상사의 호의를 얻기 위해 전쟁 시 인내할 수 있도록 어떤 상황 하에서도 항상 훈련해야 합니다. 농부 또한 풍성한 곡식을 수확하기 위해 어렵고 때로는 무자비한 날씨를 견디어 작물을 돌보아야 합니다. 운동선수 또한 경쟁에서 이기기 위해 열심히 운동해야 합니다. 이것은 그리스도인도 병사, 농부, 운동선수들처럼 그리스도인으로서 만나게 될 여러 가지 다양한 유혹과 어려움을 인내할 필요가 있다는 것을 가르쳐줍니다. 바울은 그 앞에 온 핍박을 견뎌냈습니다. 예수님 또한 “그 앞에 있는 즐거움을 위하여 십자가를 참으사 부끄러움을 개의치 아니하시더니 하나님 보좌 우편에 앉으셨느니라”(히12:2). 바울도, 제자들도, 예수님도 그들에게 직면한 문제와 위급과 위험을 즐기지는 않았지만 참을성 있게 그것들과 부딪쳐서 견뎌내셨습니다. 그런데 우리들 많은 이들은 이런 불편을 참지 못하고 문제에서 도망칩니다. 6. 영적인 훈련 디모데에게 경건하라고 말하는 바울은 “ ... 오직 경건에 이르기를 연습하라 육체의 연습은 약간의 유익이 있으나 경건은 범사에 유익하니”(딤전4:7b-8). 그리스도인들은 영적인 훈련을 통해 경건해지는 훈련을 할 필요가 있습니다. 영적인 훈련이란: 끊임없이 기도하기(살전5:17), 때로는 단식을 동반한 성경 통독과 헌신적인 성경공부(딤후3:16-17), 하나님 말씀의 꾸준한 묵상(수1:8), 믿지 않는 자에게 꾸준히 복음 전하기 [주님을 위해 잃어버린 양을 찾기], 믿는 자와의 끊임없는 교제(히10:25), 하나님을 꾸준히 찬양하기. 이런 훈련을 교회와 집에서 실시하기 시작하면 성령님과 계속적인 교제를 하게 되어 어려움을 극복할 수 있는 힘을 얻게 됩니다. 힘든 훈련은 인내의 열쇠이기도 하지만 그 차제로는 방해가 될 수도 있습니다. 그러므로 이것을 계속할 수 있는 인센티브가 필요합니다. 농부에게 있어 근면할 수 있게 해 주는 인센티브는 수확에 대한 기대감일 것입니다. 운동선수에게는 상패나 상금이겠지요. 바울에게 있어 인센티브는 “타인을 위하여”였으며(딤후2:10), “그리스도와 함께 왕 노릇하기 위해”(딤후2:12a)였습니다. 예수님에게 있어 인센티브는 그 앞에 놓여 있는 기쁨 때문이었습니다. 썩지 아니할 면류관(고전9:25), 영광의 면류관(벧전5:4, 계2:10)이라는 커다란 상(눅6:23,35)이 있으므로 우리는 인내할 수 있도록 열심히 훈련되어야 합니다. 7. 결론 성경은 이 세상에서의 그리스도인의 삶은 하나의 여행이라고 가르쳐줍니다. 위험과 위급과 문제로 가득 차 있습니다. 그러나 우리는 이 모든 위험과 문제들을 견뎌낼 수 있어야 합니다. 그러므로 인내란 그리스도인들에게는 키워드가 되는 것입니다. 인내란 영적인 훈련이라는 강건한 훈련을 통해 나오는 것입니다. 비록 훈련 그 자체가 우리를 좌절시킬 수도 있겠지만 우리를 위해 있는 - 썩지 않는 면류관 -이라는 인센티브가 우리가 영적 훈련을 아직 하고 있지 않다면 우리가 영적 훈련을 시작할 수 있도록 격려해줄 것입니다. 하지만 우리가 벌써 하고 있다면 계속 합시다. 하나님의 은혜가 함께 하시기를 축원합니다.
God Prepared Everything in Advance(모든 것을 예비하신 하나님)/ Psalms 34:8-15(시34:8-15)/ Pastor Aqeel Khan/ English Worship Service/ Full Gospel Incheon Church/ 2006-04-01
God Prepared Everything in Advance(모든 것을 예비하신 하나님) Psalms 34:8-15(시34:8-15) Friends, last Sunday we learned that we have to make a turn from our bad deeds and unfaithfulness. Otherwise we will be burn. Admit our sins, believe in Jesus, confess that Jesus is our personal Saviour. Today let’s see something else. Friends God is Jehovah Jireh. God always supply our needs. I heard from somewhere that God made a land before He made feet. God made an air before He made nose. God made an eye before He made light. God made a voice before He made an ear. God made everything delicious before He made mouth. God made everything in advance. Within 6 days God finished everything. On the very last day and very last moments, God made a man. Man maybe asked God is there anything to do? But God said, everything is finished. Genesis 2 : 2 By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work. God gave a duty to man just to take care of Garden of Eden. Nothing to do but man rebelled God’s command and tried to become God by himself. Devil deceived and guided the man on the wrong way. Then the man’s hard time begun. Man started worried about tomorrow. What to eat, wear and where to live. But God prepared everything in advance for man. Man can have all these things just by faith. Amen. Do we worry about our tomorrow or not? If not, then why not? let’s see in detail. Food & guidance planned in advance for Israelites : Israelites spent 400 years in the slavery of the Egypt. God gave them freedom. In the wilderness, where there was very hot in the day and very cold at night. Where there was no food. God provided them food and shelter each day. God was with them. Exodus 13 : 21 By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.  Exodus 16 : 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. Brothers and sisters, God is so good God. God supplied everything what Israelite needed in the wilderness. God always supply what we need in our daily lives. Dear friends do not worried about tomorrow cause tomorrow will worried about itself. God sent Joseph to Egypt in advance : At 1st. it was hard for me to understand the sufferings of Joseph. But God, do all this to save many others. God purposely sent Joseph to Egypt cause, God knew that there will be a great hunger all over Israel. So God sent Joseph in advance to save many. Genesis 45 : 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. Dear brothers and sisters, God’s planing and timings are very different than ours. Pharaoh’s daughter sent in advance: King Pharaoh commanded to kill all baby boys. But God’s ways are different. God used Pharaoh’s daughter to save Moses. Moses mother put Moses in a basket and left that basket in the river. In advance God sent Pharaoh’s daughter to save baby Moses. Exodus 2 : 6 She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said. In this way God saved Moses. God do everything in advance. We just believe in God. God sent an angel in advance to save: We can see Daniel. He was very righteous and has great value in the eyes of king and God. Daniel was blessed in his all doings. But his co-workers felt jealous and with their plan. Daniel was thrown into lions den. God sent an angel in advance to save him Daniel 6 : 22 My God sent His angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in His sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king. Dear friends, just trust in living God. God will save us from our troubles. Fish sent in advance for Jonah : Jonah the messenger of God. When he disobeyed the God and ran towards Tarshis. God saved him from the death and asked fish in advance to save Jonah. Jonah lived three days in the belly of the fish. Jonah repented there. So God saved him. Jonah 1 : 17 But the Lord provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights. Programme of Salvation in advance : Finally, we can see Adam and Eve after expelling out from the garden of Eden. God prepared salvation for human being through His son Jesus. God planned a programme of fellowship with man in advance. Jesus loves us and suffered for us on the cross. He died on cross and raised from the deads on the third day to give us an eternal life Genesis 3 : 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel.” John 14 : 2 In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. Prepared a way for me in advance : I never dreamed to come to Korea. But God closed all the doors of other countries for me except Korea. God’s hand was on me. When first time I arrived in Korea. There wasn’t anyone who help me in finding a job. Took me to doctor when sick. God prepared different people in advance who helped me to find a job, help me in language problem. When I became sick God sent someone to help. God saved and protect me until today. Friends God is good God. God is with you. He depute someone in advance for us. Wherever we go. Just trust in God and surrender ourselves to Him. Conclusion :   Dear friends, Wherever we go God’s hand is on us. God will save us from the troubles. God promised, and He always keeps His promises. We people break our promises but God never break the promises. Let’s trust in God’s grace fully. Joshua 1 : 5 and 9 5 No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.  9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” 1st. Corinthians 10 : 13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. Pastor Aqeel Khan 모든 것을 예비하신 하나님 시34:8-15 사랑하는 여러분, 지난주에 우리는 나쁜 행실과 불성실함 속에서 돌이켜야 한다는 것에 대해 배웠습니다. 그렇지 않으면 우리는 불에 던져지게 될 것입니다. 우리의 죄를 인정하고 예수님을 믿으십시오. 예수님이 개개인의 구세주가 되심을 고백하십시오. 오늘은 다른 것에 대해서 알아봅시다. 여러분, 하나님은 여호와 이레이십니다. 하나님은 언제나 우리의 필요를 채우십니다. 어디선가 들었던 이야기가 생각납니다. 하나님은 발을 만드시기 이전에 땅을 만드셨고 코를 만드시기 이전에 공기를 만드셨습니다. 눈을 만드시기 이전에 빛을 만드셨고, 귀를 만드시기 이전에 소리를 만드셨습니다. 하나님은 입을 만드시기 이전에 각기 각양 맛있는 것들을 만드셨습니다. 하나님은 모든 것을 먼저 만드셨습니다. 6일 동안 하나님은 모든 것을 끝내셨습니다. 그리고 마지막 날 마지막 순간에 하나님은 인간을 창조하셨습니다. 인간은 아마도 하나님께 무슨 할 일이 있냐고 물었을지 모르겠지만 하나님이 이미 다 끝내 놓으셨습니다. 창세기 2 : 2 하나님이 지으시던 일이 일곱째 날이 이를 때에 마치니 그 지으시던 일이 다하므로 일곱째 날에 안식하시니라 하나님은 단지 인간에게 에덴동산을 잘 돌보라고 명하셨습니다. 아무런 할 일이 없었는데 인간은 하나님의 명령을 반역하고 오히려 자신이 하나님과 같이 되려고 했습니다. 사단은 인간을 속이고 그릇된 길로 안내했습니다. 이후에 인간들의 힘든 삶이 시작되었습니다. 인간들은 내일에 대해 걱정하기 시작했습니다. 무엇을 먹을까?, 입을까? 그리고 어디서 살까? 하지만 하나님은 인간들을 위해 이미 모든 것을 준비해 놓으셨습니다. 인간들은 이 모든 것들을 오직 믿음으로 얻을 수 있습니다. 아멘. 내일에 대해 걱정하고 있습니까? 아닙니까? 만일 그렇지 않다면 왜 아닙니까? 좀 더 자세히 알아봅시다. 음식과 인도하심은 이스라엘 백성들을 위해 미리 계획되었습니다. 이스라엘 백성들은 400년 동안 이집트의 노예로 있었습니다. 하나님은 그들에게 자유를 주셨습니다. 낮에는 매우 덥고 밤에는 매우 추웠던 광야에는 음식도 없었습니다. 하나님은 매일 그들에게 음식과 안식처를 제공해 주셨고 항상 그들과 함께 계셨습니다. 출애굽기 13 : 21 여호와께서 그들 앞에 행하사 낮에는 구름기둥으로 그들의 길을 인도하시고 밤에는 불기둥으로 그들에게 비취사 주야로 진행하게 하시니 출애굽기 16 : 15 이스라엘 자손이 보고 그것이 무엇인지 알지 못하여 서로 이르되 이것이 무엇이냐 하니 모세가 그들에게 이르되 이는 여호와께서 너희에게 주어 먹게 하신 양식이라 형제자매 여러분, 하나님은 아주 좋으신 분이십니다. 하나님은 이스라엘 백성들이 광야에서 필요한 모든 것을 제공해 주셨습니다. 하나님은 우리 일상의 삶의 필요를 항상 채워주십니다. 사랑하는 여러분, 내일에 대해 걱정하지 마십시오. 왜냐하면 내일 일은 내일 걱정으로 족하기 때문입니다. 하나님은 요셉을 미리 이집트로 보내셨습니다. 처음에 제가 요셉의 고통을 이해하는 데는 어려움이 있었습니다. 하지만 하나님은 많은 사람들을 구하시기 위해 이 일을 행하셨습니다. 하나님은 요셉을 의도적으로 이집트에 보내셨습니다. 하나님은 이스라엘 전 지역에 커다란 흉년이 있을 것이라는 것을 아셨기 때문에 요셉을 미리 보내어 많은 사람들을 구원하셨던 것입니다. 창세기 45 : 7 하나님이 큰 구원으로 당신들의 생명을 보존하고 당신들의 후손을 세상에 두시려고 나를 당신들 앞서 보내셨나니 사랑하는 형제자매 여러분 하나님의 계획과 시간은 우리들의 것들과는 아주 다릅니다. 바로의 딸이 미리 보내졌다: 바로 왕은 모든 남자아기를 죽이라고 명령했습니다. 하지만 하나님의 방법은 달랐습니다. 하나님은 모세를 구하기 위해 바로의 딸을 사용하셨습니다. 모세의 엄마는 모세를 바구니에 담아 강가에 띄웠고 하나님은 미리 바로왕의 딸을 보내어서 아기 모세를 구원하셨습니다. 출애굽기 2 :; 6 열고 그 아이를 보니 아이가 우는지라 그가 불쌍히 여겨 가로되 이는 히브리 사람의 아이로다 이러한 방법으로 하나님은 모세를 구원하셨습니다. 하나님은 미리 모든 일을 하십니다. 우리는 단지 하나님을 믿기만 하면 됩니다. 하나님은 구원하시기 위해 미리 천사를 보내셨습니다. 다니엘을 살펴보면 그는 매우 의로운 사람이었고 왕과 하나님의 눈에 굉장히 맘에 드는 사람이었습니다. 다니엘은 그가 하는 모든 일에 축복을 받았습니다. 하지만 그와 함께 일하는 사람들은 그를 질투하였고 그들의 계획에 따라 다니엘은 사자 굴에 던져 졌습니다. 하나님은 그를 구원하시기 위해 미리 천사를 보내셨습니다. 다니엘 6 : 22 나의 하나님이 이미 그 천사를 보내어 사자들의 입을 봉하셨으므로 사자들이 나를 상해치 아니하였사오니 이는 나의 무죄함이 그 앞에 명백함이오며 또 왕이여 나는 왕의 앞에도 해를 끼치지 아니하였나이다. 사랑하는 여러분, 살아계신 하나님을 단지 신뢰하십시오. 하나님은 우리를 곤란 가운데서 구원하여 주실 것입니다. 물고기가 요나를 위해 미리 보내어졌다: 하나님의 심부름꾼인 요나가 하나님께 불순종하고 다시스로 도망쳤을 때 하나님은 그를 죽음 가운데서 구원하시고 물고기를 통해 요나를 구원하도록 미리 준비하셨습니다. 요나는 물고기 배속에서 삼일동안 머물러 있었고 그곳에서 회개하였습니다. 그렇게 하나님은 그를 구원하셨습니다. 요나 1 : 17 여호와께서 이미 큰 물고기를 예비하사 요나를 삼키게 하셨으므로 요나가 삼 일 삼 야를 물고기 배에 있으니라 구원의 순서를 미리 준비해 주십니다. 마지막으로 에덴동산에서 추방당한 아담과 이브를 살펴봅시다. 하나님은 그의 아들 예수 그리스도를 통하여 인간들을 구원하시고자 준비하셨습니다. 하나님은 인간들과 교제의 순서를 미리 계획하셨습니다. 예수님은 우리를 사랑하시고 우리를 위해 십자가에서 고통을 받으셨습니다. 그는 십자가에서 죽으셨고 우리에게 영원한 생명을 주시기 위해 삼일 만에 죽음에서 부활하셨습니다. 창세기 3 : 15 내가 너로 여자와 원수가 되게 하고 너의 후손도 여자의 후손과 원수가 되게 하리니 여자의 후손은 네 머리를 상하게 할 것이요 너는 그의 발꿈치를 상하게 할 것이니라 하시고 요한복음 14 : 2 내 아버지 집에 거할 곳이 많도다. 그렇지 않으면 너희에게 일렀으리라 내가 너희를 위하여 처소를 예비하러 가노니 나를 위한 길을 미리 준비해 주십니다. 저는 결코 한국에 오리라는 꿈을 꾸어본 적이 없습니다. 하지만 하나님은 한국 이외에 제가 갈 다른 나라의 문을 모두 닫으셨습니다. 하나님의 손길이 저와 함께 하셨습니다. 처음 제가 한국에 도착했을 때에는 직업을 찾거나 아플 때 의사한테 가도록 도와주는 사람이 아무도 없었습니다. 하나님은 저를 도와 직업을 찾거나 언어 문제를 도와줄 다른 사람을 미리 준비시켜 주셨습니다. 제가 아프자 하나님은 누군가를 보내어 저를 도와주게 했습니다. 하나님은 저를 구원하셨고 오늘날 까지도 저를 지켜주고 계십니다. 여러분 하나님은 좋으신 분이십니다. 하나님은 여러분과 함께 계십니다. 그분은 우리를 위해 누군가와 미리 논쟁하고 계십니다. 우리가 어디를 가든지 오직 하나님만을 신뢰 하십시오. 그리고 우리자신을 그분 앞에 복종하십시오. 결론 사랑하는 여러분, 우리가 어느 곳에 가던지 하나님의 손길은 우리와 함께 합니다. 하나님은 우리를 문제 가운데서 구원하시고 약속하셨으며 항상 약속을 지키십니다. 사람들은 약속을 깨지만 하나님은 결코 약속을 깨시지 않습니다. 하나님의 은혜를 충분히 신뢰합시다. 여호수아 1 : 5 과 9 5 너의 평생에 너를 능히 당할 자 없으리니 내가 모세와 함께 있던 것같이 너와 함께 있을 것임이라 내가 너를 떠나지 아니하며 버리지 아니하리니 9 내가 네게 명한 것이 아니냐? 마음을 강하게 하고 담대히 하라 두려워 말며 놀라지 말라 네가 어디로 가든지 네 하나님 여호와가 너와 함께 하느니라 하시니라 고린도전서 10 : 13 사람이 감당할 시험밖에는 너희에게 당한 것이 없나니 오직 하나님은 미쁘사 너희가 감당치 못할 시험 당함을 허락지 아니하시고 시험당할 즈음에 또한 피할 길을 내사 너희로 능히 감당하게 하시느니라. 아킬 칸(Aqeel Khan) 목사
Gospel SERMONNETTES 2002-02-02 18:42:00 read : 26 내용넓게보기. 프린트하기 J. C. Choate DEDICATION To Bro. Sunny David and family and members of the church in New Delhi INTRODUCTION I have written many tracts during the past twenty years. Th
Gospel SERMONNETTES 2002-02-02 18:42:00 read : 26 내용넓게보기. 프린트하기 J. C. Choate DEDICATION To Bro. Sunny David and family and members of the church in New Delhi INTRODUCTION I have written many tracts during the past twenty years. These have varried, according to where I was and the need at the time. The articles contained in this book originally appeared in tract form here in Asia. Coming to Karachi, Pakistan in 1962, I began to write tracts for the work there. Later, going to Colombo, Sri Lanka, I not only reprinted the ones that I had originally written in Karachi, but I wrote a number of new ones for the specific needs that confronted me there. Finally, coming to Delhi, once more I began to reprint the tracts I had used in Colombo and Karachi, and as time passed I wrote a dozen or so more. Not only so, but these tracts have been printed and distributed in many other parts of India and countries throughout Asia. My intention in presenting them in this form is to bring them all together in a more permanent form and to provide the reader with a variety of material that will surely lead to further study and consideration of these truths, and I pray, an acceptance of the same as taught in God's word. These tracts have been printed again and again with thousands and hundreds of thousands being put into circulation. My prayer would be that wherever they have gone that only good has been done and that the Lord has been praised and honored through them. My prayer would be no less for this volume. J. C. Choate CONTENTS 1. WHY YOU SHOULD BELIEVE THE BIBLE TO BE THE WORD OF GOD ................................…………………………………………………………….7 2. WHY YOU SHOULD BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD ......................………………………………………………………………….10 3. THE SON OF GOD ......................................………………………………. 13 4. THE SIN OF IDOLATRY ...............................………………………………. 17 5. THE BLOOD OF CHRIST ................……………………………………….. 21 6. WHY CHRIST DIED ......………………………………………………………25 7. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST? .............. 28 8. WHAT IS THE CHURCH OF CHRIST? ..............…………………………. 31 g. THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH .........…………………………………. 35 10. HOW LONG WILL THE CHURCH OF CHRIST BE IN INDIA? ................… 38 11. FOUR BIBLE QUESTIONS ..................……………………………………. 42 12. HOW YOU CAN BEGIN THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN YOUR OWN CITY OR VILLAGE… 45 13. THE NAME OF CHRIST ..........…………………………………………….. 48 14. YOU CAN BE JUST A CHRISTIAN ..............…………………………… 51 15. WHAT CHRISTIANITY CAN DO FOR YOU ........………………………... 55 16. SOME WHO ARE NOT CHRISTIANS ..………………………………… 58 17. WHAT MUST ONE DO TO BE SAVED? ......…………………………….. 61 18. THE PLAN OF SALVATION ……………………………………………….. 65 19. STEPS INTO CHRIST ……………………………………………………... 68 THE NEW BIRTH …………………………………………………………… 72 NEW TESTAMENT BAPTISM …………………………………………….. 76 22. THE PURPOSE OF BAPTISM ……………………………………………. 79 23. THE THIEF ON THE CROSS ....................................…………………….83 24. INFANT BAPTISM ......................................………………………………. 87 25. SHOULD ONE BE BAPTIZED AGAIN? ...............…………………………91 26. SALVATION BY FAITH ............……………………………………………... 94 27. NEW TESTAMENT UNITY ...................................………………………. 98 28. NEW TESTAMENT WORSHIP ..................................…………………. 102 29. THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK ...........................……………………. 105 30. WHICH LAW IS BINDING? ......................................……………………109 31. MEASURES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ......................…………………….. 113 32. THE UNKNOWN TONGUE …...................................……………………116 33. RELIGIOUS NAMES AND TITLES ........................…………………….. 120 31 INDEPENDENT PREACHERS AND CHURCHES .....................……….124 35. THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST .....................…………………….128 WHY YOU SHOULD BELIEVE THE BIBLE TO BE THE WORD OF GOD Millions of people around the world believe the Bible to be the word of God. They accept this as fact rather than to question it. Others are skeptical of it but only because they have not investigated its contents and examined its fruits. Still others reject the Bible entirely because they have been born into this world and reared to accept something else. If you are in one or the other of the last two groups then I would briefly like to give you some reasons as to why you should believe the Bible to be the word of God. The Bible claims to be word of God. It is called the word of the Lord. (Jeremiah 14:1). Peter said that holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:20,21). Christ quoted frequently from the Old Testament, calling it the word of God. (John 10: 35). Finally, Paul tells us that it was all given by the inspiration of God. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). The Bible agrees with true science. Long before man discovered that the earth was round, that there were paths in the sea, and hundreds of other facts, the Bible had said it. (Isaiah 40:22; Psalms 8). How did the writers of the Bible know this at such an early date? God had revealed it to them. The Bible is supported by the many archaeological discoveries. Such discoveries have shed light on events that took place hundreds of years before Christ, but they have fully supported the claims of the Bible. There have been those who doubted certain biblical stories, such as that of the flood, but, in 1872 George Smith found the Babylonian tablets which also tell of the flood. Many other examples could be given. The Bible and Geography agree. Many of the mountains, rivers, cities, etc., that exist now are the same as are listed in the Bible under these names. This shows that the Bible did not just list a lot of fictitious places that never really existed. The Bible and secular history support each other. For instance, many of the events that the Bible speaks of as having taken place, are described in the reading of the different histories of the world. If the Bible was a book of fables, how could this be? The Bible could not have been written by man alone, since much of it was beyond man's knowledge. If man alone, wrote it, why is it that no one has ever been able to equal it? If man had written it then someone would have written a better book by now. The Bible is a wonderful book of unity. Although it had some 40 different authors, over a period of some 1600 years, written by those of different professions at different places, yet it completely fits together as one complete book. How could this have been possible if God had not been directing the entire writing? The Bible not only contains many prophecies but reveals how they were fulfilled. For example in Joel 2:28, 29 the author speaks of the time when the spirit of the Lord would be poured out. Then in Acts 2, Peter says that which was then taking place was that which was spoken by the prophet Joel. There are many prophecies in the Old Testament concerning Christ, and there are fulfilled in the New Testament. Read Isaiah 53:5 and Luke 22: 63, 64. The Bible is shown to be the word of God inasmuch as it has stood the tests of time. It has had many enemies but it has outlived them all. It has been preserved down through the centuries and present day translations may be compared with ancient manuscripts to prove that it remains the same. The Bible answers the great questions of man. Where did man come from? What is his purpose in life? Where is he going? The Bible is the only book that gives the answers. Men came from God (Genesis 1:26, 27), his purpose is to glorify his maker (1 Peter 4:11), and he will surely spend eternity somewhere. (Matthew 25:46). The Bible has the greatest and best influence on man of any book of all the world, and bad as the world may be, it is as good as it is because of its influence. 12. The Bible will never pass away. Christ so states in John 12:48. Truly, then, the Bible is the word of God. It is from God to man. It is the truth, a guide from earth to heaven. Believe it, obey its teachings, and be blessed by its promises. Surely by now, you too, believe the Bible to be the word of God. WHY YOU SHOULD BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD If you do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God then this material is being directed to you. There are many proofs and evidences to suggest that Jesus was more than a mere man or a prophet. Rather, he was God's Son in every sense of the word and here are a number of reasons as to why you should accept him as such. Jesus was with God in the beginning. In Genesis 1:26 we read: "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness". John 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God". He goes on to show that this was Christ. Jesus was spoken of in prophecy. In Isaiah 53 the prophet gives a description of Christ and the purpose of his coming. Then in Acts 8:32-35 Philip finds the eunuch reading from Isaiah 53 and then begins at the same scripture and preached unto him Jesus. This indicates that Isaiah was prophesying of him. There are many other such prophecies in the Old Testament. Jesus was born of a Virgin. This means that Jesus had no earthly father. Rather, God was his Father. Leaving his Father in Heaven, he took upon himself the likeness of man by humbling himself and being born of a virgin, which was a miraculous birth. This was also a fulfillment of a prophecy concerning him. (Matthew 1:18-25; Isaiah 7:14). Jesus was a perfect man. He was the only man to ever live a perfect life or to live without sin. Peter declares that we should follow in the steps of Christ, "Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth." (I Peter 2:22). It was because of his sinless life that he was able to die for sinners, and thus to bring hope to the world. (I John 3:5). Jesus came to fulfill the prophecies. "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill." (Matthew 5:17). Jesus performed many miracles. He healed the sick, made the deaf to hear, the dumb to speak, the lame to walk, and raised the dead. He healed all manner of diseases, fed the multitudes, and walked on the water. We are told that "Many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did." (John 2:23). Jesus was acknowledged as the Son of God by his disciples. Peter said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Matthew 16:16). Many other such confessions could be given. Jesus was confessed to be the Son of God by devils. "And devils also came out of many, crying out and saying; Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ." (Luke 4:4). Jesus is quoted by others as saying he was the Son of God. "Say ye of him, whom the father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest: because I said, I am the Son of God" (John 10:36). Jesus acknowledged that he was the Son of God. He raised Lazarus from the dead in order that he might be glorified as the Son of God. (John 11:4). Jesus was acknowledged by God as being His Son. "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye him." (Matthew 17:5). Jesus was resurrected from the dead. Paul said, "And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead." (Romans 1:4). Jesus can give life to those who believe. "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing ye might have life through his name". (John 20:31). Jesus is coming again. "I will come again." (John 14:3). Jesus is likewise acknowledged as the Son of God in secular history. Jesus lives today and will live forever. Space will not permit us to go on with further evidences and proofs both in the Bible and outside the Bible. But you are asked to consider what has been given. Do you believe Jesus Christ to be the Son of God? If so, confess him (Matthew 10:32) and obey him that he might be your saviour and that through him, you might have the hope of eternal life (Acts 2: 38; Mark 16: 16; Colossians 1: 27). THE SON OF GOD The Bible teaches plainly that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. There are some who feel they cannot accept this. They question it, therefore, and even deny it. But their problem is that they try to understand it on a human level. They ask, "How could God have a son?" They reason, "If God has a son then he must have a wife." So in their mind they reduce it to absurdity and leave it at that. But let us reopen the case and see what the facts are. Let us begin by noticing that the Bible speaks of different senses in which one may be spoken of as a son of God: 1. Inasmuch as God created man, then physically speaking, all may be classified as the sons of God. This is brought out in Genesis 6:2. Man is the offspring of God. (Acts 17:28). So whether one is good or bad, serving God or not serving God, body and soul, he is God's creation, and in this physical world may be classified as a son of God or God's child. However, he now is in a state of having strayed away from his maker because of sin and therefore needs to be redeemed or brought back. (Ephesians 2:16; Colossians 1:14). 2. God spoke of the nation of Israel as being his son. This was true, because physically and spiritually, they were his chosen people: "And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn." (Exodus 4:22,23). 3. By obeying the commands of God, one spiritually becomes God's son. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." (Romans 8: 14). "Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law. To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ." (Galatians 4:1-'i). As sons, that makes us the children of God. Listen: "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ." (Galatians 3:26, 27). "Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children." (Ephesians 5: 1). "In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother." (1 John 3:10). "By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments." (1 John 5:2). 4. And finally, Christ is spoken of as being the Son of God in a special sense, in a personal way, in a Father and Son relationship. To begin with, God acknowledged Christ as his Son: "And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3: 17). Again, God said, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him." (Matthew 17:5). Peter confessed Christ as being the Son of the living God. (Matthew 16:16). God sent his own Son to die for the sins of the world. (John 3: 16,17; Romans 8:3). And Christ was preached as being the Son of God. (Acts 9:20). We could go on and on with many more similar statements but these should be sufficient. How then was Christ the Son of God? For one thing, he was with God in the beginning. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God." (John 1:1, 2). He participated in the creation. God said, "Let us make man in our image." (Genesis 1:26). The Hebrew writer goes on to say, "Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds." (Hebrews 1:2). John adds, "All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made." (John 1:3). Christ was a part of the Godhead, which consisted of God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:20). Speaking of Christ, Paul writes, "For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power." (Colossians 2:9,10). Read also Romans 1:20. Christ dwelt with God in the Spirit even as God is Spirit. Then finally, at the appointed time, as had been promised, he left his Father to come to this world to be born of the Virgin Mary, to take upon himself the likeness of man, to fulfill his mission, to die upon the cross for the sins of the world, to be buried, to be resurrected, and to return to his Father in Heaven where he remains to this time. (Matthew l:21;John 3: 17; Galatians 4: 1; John 4:9; 1 John 4:14; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 2). Although Christ was with God in the beginning, is eternal, is deity, and has the attributes of God, still he is not God the Father. There is one God, one Christ, and one Spirit. (Ephesians 4:1-6). They are one but they are three. Each one is a personality, has a work to do, and composes part of the Godhead. To say that God could not have a Son would be to limit God. This we cannot do. We may not understand it fully, but we do not fully understand God. God and his Son are divine, but we are human. We cannot know that which is to be accepted by faith. It is not up to you and me to guess about these things. All things point to God, and he has given us his word, and in that word he reveals to us his Son. There are many proofs, facts, and evidences that point to him as being God's Son. Therefore, he said, "Ye believe in God, believe also in me." (John 14: 1). Truly we can. We must, or else we will die in our sins. (John 8:24). THE SIN OF IDOLATRY An idol is an image made out of wood, stone, or metal which represents a "god" or "goddess" It also may be in the form of a human being, some part of nature, or anything that may demand one's time and worship. Idolatry in worship is as ancient as the past and as modern as the present. It takes many forms but it is still idolatry and idolatry is labeled a sin inasmuch as it is the worship of that which is other than the one true and living God. Concerning idols, the Bible says: "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God." (Exodus 20:4,5). "Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus said the Lord God; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols and turn away your faces from all your abominations." (Ezekiel 14:6). The New Testament writers continue: "Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles, are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood." (Acts 15:19,20). "Little children, keep yourselves from idols, Amen." (1 John 5:21). The inspired writers of God show the absurdity of idols and the worship of them: "Their land is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not." (Isaiah 2:1,2). "They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed. Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing? Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed: and the workmen, they are of men: let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall fear, and they shall be ashamed together. The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms; yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh no water, and is faint. The carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house. He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it. Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh a graven image, and falleth down thereto. He burneth part hereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire: And the residue thereof he maketh a god even, his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thouart my god. They have not known nor understood; for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand. And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree? He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand? (Isaiah 44:9-20). To show the sheer folly of such, David wrote: "Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake. Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them." (Psalms 115:1-8). Again in the New Testament, we have this record: "Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry." (Acts 17:16). Continuing, "Then Paul stood in midst of Mars Hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, l perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with the inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you." (Acts 17:22,23). He goes on to show that the God he served was the creator of all things, that he dwelt not in temples made with hands, and that he had no need of food, drink, etc. On another occasion he said, "As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him." (1 Corinthians 8:4-6). So the Bible condemns idolatry and even says that all idolators, liars, etc., shall be cast into hell. (Revelation 21:8). On the other hand, the Bible tells us, and so does nature, knowledge, and common sense, that there is but one God (Ephesians 4:6), that he is Spirit (John 4:24), and him only should we serve. (1 Thessalonians 1:9). THE BLOOD OF CHRIST Blood has always had a part in man's relationship with God. This was true in the Old Testament period as animal sacrifices were offered. But these sacrifices could not permanently take away sin, for the Hebrew writer declared, "For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins." (Hebrews 10:4). So if animal blood could not remove sin, how could man be saved? As we turn to the New Testament we are told that the blood of Christ was shed once and for all that the sinner might be cleansed of his sin upon coming in contact with it. So this is where our real lesson begins. Man being a sinner could not save himself, so Paul says, "But God commandeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8). He said in 1 Corinthians 15:3 that Christ died for our sins, and this was the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:8). By this death his blood was shed that through it we might have the remission of sins. Now the question is, how do we come in contact with that blood? The majority of religious people would say through faith. Well, faith is necessarily a part, but faith alone is not enough. In studying the scriptures we observe that we must obey him (Hebrews 5:8,9), be doers of the word (James 1:22), keep his commandments (John 14:15), etc. So we assume that when we obey him we come in contact with his blood. Now what has he commanded us to do? Let us notice a few verses. For instance, he said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." (Mark 16:16). Since Christ said that by believing and being baptized one may be saved, then we conclude that through this obedience one reaches the blood of Christ and is therefore cleansed of his sin. Again, Peter said to a multitude of sinners, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38). Once more we conclude that if one must repent and be baptized to have the remission of sins, since Christ offered himself as a perfect sacrifice, shedding his blood that man might have the remission of sins, that through obedience to these commands one contacts the blood of Jesus and his sins are remitted. Again, concerning Saul's conversion, the preacher came and said, "And now why tarriest thou? arise and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord." (Acts 22: 16). But how does baptism wash away sin? The emphasis is not on water, but on obedience. Thus when one obeys the Lord the blood of Christ washes away his Sins. It is just that simple. In turning to Romans 6:3-6 the apostle Paul reasons: "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." Now what is he showing? He is telling us that through our obedience we reach the death of Christ or that we are able to lay hold of the benefits of his death. That means that we reach the blood of Christ and are therefore cleansed and purified by the same. In Ephesians 1:7 he says that we have the forgiveness of sins through his blood, and Christ himself said in Matthew 26:28 that his blood was shed that we might have the remission of sins. Again these verses remind us of the remission of sins and salvation as taught in Acts 2:38 and Mark 16:16. Therefore, on obeying these commands we reach the blood of Christ and are cleansed. Besides this there is no other way. Now let us notice some other things about the blood of Christ: 1. The New Testament was sealed by the blood of Christ. (Matthew 26:28). 2. The blood of Christ broke down the wall between the Jew and Gentile. (Ephesians 2:13, 14). 3. We are justified by his blood. (Romans 5:9). 4. There is redemption through his blood. (Colossians 1: 14). 5. The church was purchased with his blood. (Acts 20: 28). 6. Peace comes through the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1:20). 7. Sinners are redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. (1 Peter 1:18, 19). 8. The blood of Christ cleanses from all sin. (1 John 1: 7). 9. We are washed from our sins in his own blood. (Revelation 1: 5). 10. Robes have been washed in the blood of the Lamb. (Revelation 7:14). We remember the blood of Christ in partaking of the Lord's Supper. (Matthew 26:26-28). What does the blood of Christ mean to you? Have you obeyed the Lord to come in contact with it? If not, you are still in your sin. But if you will obey the Lord's commands, you'll be saved as a result of coming into contact with it. You will then be added to the church that was purchased by the blood of Christ. Then as a Christian, if you'll remember that blood by partaking of the Lord's Supper each week and by walking in the light as he is in the light, then the blood of Jesus Christ will cleanse you from all sin and unrighteousness and keep you preserved for your final reward of eternal life. Truly, there is power in the blood. WHY CHRIST DIED Christ died. This is a fact supported by both the Bible and secular history. With this in mind we want to make a number of observations. Christ's death was no ordinary death. Many people have lived and many have died. The sacred writer says that all men must die. (Hebrews 9: 27). What is so special, then, about the death of Christ? Did he not live and die like many others have done? Yes, but his life was different and the purpose for which he died was different. He lived a sinless life and he died to save man from his sins. (2 Corinthians 5:21). Christ's death was spoken of in prophecy. The prophet Isaiah said, "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53:4-6). Christ spoke of his own death. "Jesus answered and said unto them, destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." (John 10:10). He goes on to show that he was speaking of the temple of his body and of his death and resurrection. Christ was sent of God to die. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16). Christ was obedient unto death. It was the will of his father that he should die. "And being found in the fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2: 8). Christ died without sin. Speaking of Christ, "And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin." (1John 3:5). Christ died for sinners. "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8). "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4:10). Christ died that we might live. "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him." (1 John 4:9). Christ died on the cross. This was the most cruel death possible. Apart from the physical pain that accompanied it, it was made even more painful for Christ in that he was placed between two thieves as though he were no more than a criminal himself. Read Matthew 27. "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith: who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12: 2). Christ died to take away the old law. "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross." (Colossians 2:14). Christ died to give a new law or testament. (Matthew 26:28) "In that he said, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away." (Hebrews 8:13). Christ died for the church. "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it". (Ephesians 5:25). Christ died that we might have hope. "And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." ((1 John 3:3). Christ died, but after his burial, he was resurrected and then ascended to his father in Heaven. (Matthew 28:6; Acts 1:10). Therefore Christ assured all mankind of a resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15). Truly there is victory in Christ. (1 John 5:4, 5) These are some of the reasons why Christ died. As you can see, he did not die just to be dying. Rather he died for a purpose. He died for you and for me. He died for all mankind. He died that we might not be lost but that we might be saved. He died that we might have a better way of life. He died, above all, that we might be eternally saved. The Lord has shown his love for you by giving himself for you that you might live. It is up to you now to return his love and obey his will. Christ said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." (John 14: 15). HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST? In talking to various ones in India about the church of Christ, many seemed to have never heard about it. What about you? Perhaps you have. Let me ask you, have you ever heard of the church of Christ? If not, then I am asking you as I have asked others: WHY NOT? Don't you have a Bible? What church do you read about in its pages? If you will read again you will discover that just one church is mentioned and that is the church of Christ. Why, then, haven't you heard of this church? Why haven't all the others? You have had the Bible through the years. Quite a number of people in this area are members of some church. But what about the Lord's church ? The church of Christ exists around the world. It doesn't exist everywhere but it can be found where there are people who will follow the Bible and the Bible only. This church is not denominational, sectarian, or man-made. It is neither Catholic, Protestant, nor Jewish. Then what is it? It is simply the church that you read about in the Bible, being made up of those who obey the Lord and are faithful to him. Christ is the founder of this church. Read and see for yourself. In Matthew 16:18 Christ said, "And upon this rock I will build my church." It had its beginning in the city of Jerusalem. Read Luke 24 and Acts 2 and you will see that this is true. It did not have its beginning in London, in Germany, in the U.S.A., but in Jerusalem. The church was established in about A. D. 33. This means it is almost 2000 years old. Read again in Acts 2 of how the church had its beginning and thus the date is determined on this basis. With Christ as its builder then it took the name of Christ. This was true as a church. "The churches of Christ salute you." (Romans 16:16). This was also true of its members. "And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch." (Acts 11:26). The Bible only will make Christians only. Remember that. Christ established but one church. In Ephesians 4:4 it is called the one body. In Colossians 1:18 the writer says that the body is the church. Therefore one church. Christ is the head of the church. "For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body." (Ephesians 5:23). The Lord's church does not have an earthly head or earthly headquarters. Christ is the head and he dwells in heaven at the right hand of God. Christ is the saviour of the church. This is also pointed out in Ephesians 5:23. This means that if one is to be saved then he must be a member of the church. Christ died for the church. (Ephesians 5: 25; Acts 20: 28). This is how much it meant to him. What does it mean to you? The saved are added to it. (Acts 2: 47). And Christ adds the saved to the right church, his church. He is coming back for his church. (Ephesians 5:27). What if you are not a member of it when he comes back? Think about that. The Lord's church is already in this area, in this city, and in this community. You can be a member when you love the Lord enough to read and study his word and do what it teaches. In so doing you will come to believe the Word of God, its author, and Jesus Christ, his son (Hebrews 11:6; John 14:1-3; Romans 10:17), and then you will repent of all of your sins, or turn from them (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30; Acts 2:38), confess Christ as the Son of God (Romans 10:10; Matthew 10:32), and then be baptized (buried in water) for the remission of your sins. (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Romans 6:3,4; Galatians 3:26, 27; 1 Peter 3:21). As a result, the Lord will add you to his church (Acts 2:47), and you will be a Christian only. (1 Peter 4:16). This will make you a member of the church of Christ in your area and it will remain as long as there are people who love the Lord, will obey him, and be faithful to him. This does not mean, however, that you will be a part of just another church. Neither will you be beginning a denomination, for the Lord's church is not a denomination. For the time being, if you would like to know more about this church, read your Bible. You are also invited to contact us personally for further information and for a free home Bible correspondence course. "Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." (Ephesians 3:21). WHAT IS THE CHURCH OF CHRIST? There are a multitude of churches in the world today. In many ways, they are all alike. They were established by men. They are not important, for even the members say that one can go to heaven without being a part of them. They are divided into numerous denominations but are united in their claim that one denomination is as good as another. They wear all kinds of names and titles with each having its own separate manual or creed book. But there is one church that does not belong to this group. It is different to all the rest. It is the church of Christ. The church of Christ is not a denomination. It is not inter-denominational. It is not Catholic, Protestant, or Jewish. It is not a sect. It did not have its beginning with man. It does not have a man as head. It does not have any earthly headquarters. It does not wear the names of men. It does not follow a man-made book. Neither is it political or social in nature. Then what is it? What could it be? Let us see. The word church comes from the Greek word "Ekklesia", and means the "Called Out." In other words, the church consists of those who have been called out of the world into the Lord's service. Paul speaks of a translation that takes place--translated from the world into the kingdom of God or the Lord's church. (Colossians 1:13, 14). The Bible speaks of the church in two senses. First of all. It is spoken of in a universal sense. Christ had this in mind when he said, "I will build my church." (Matthew 16: 18). In this case, he was simply speaking of the church in a general sense without thinking of it in a local setting. In the second place, the church is spoken of locally in the framework of various congregations in different communities. We read of this again and again, such as the church at Corinth, the church at Thessalonica, etc. (1 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Thessalonians 1:1) Then with all of the congregations in mind, Paul said, "The churches of Christ salute you." (Romans 16:16). This is the kind of thing that is under consideration when we read of the seven churches of Asia in the book of Revelation. The church is the spiritual body of Christ on the earth. It is made up of those who have obeyed him and who are serving him, This body has many members but only one head. (1 Corinthians 12; Colossians 1:18). There is but one body (Ephesians 4:4) and it is the church. (Ephesians 1:22, 23). To learn about the churches of men, you must go to the recent history books, to their literature, etc., for your information. You cannot go to the Bible to learn about them because they did not originate with the Lord. On the other hand, if you want to learn about the church of Christ then the Bible is precisely the place you should go. The Bible not only gives the history of the church, and everything you need to know about it, but also serves as its only guide. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; James 1:25). Christ established this church (Matthew 16:18) in the city of Jerusalem, in A. D. 33. (Acts 2). That means then that the church does not belong to me or you or any other man. It did not have its beginning in England and therefore is not the Church of England. It did not begin in America and consequently is not an American church. Rather it began in the city of Jerusalem, Asia. Neither is it a young church, having been established more than nineteen hundred years ago. In the days of the Apostles there was just one way to be a member of this church and that was through obedience to the gospel of Christ. Those who heard the gospel (Romans 10:17), believed it (Hebrews 11:6), repented of their sins (Acts 17:30), confessed Christ (Romans 10: 10), and were baptized (buried in water) for the remission of their sins (Acts 2:38), were therefore saved and added to the church. (Acts 2:47). The Lord does the same today. Its members were known as Christians only (Acts 11:26; 1 Peter 4: 16), and as a church it was known as the church of Christ or the church of God. (Romans 16:16; Acts 20:28). It is spoken of as the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27), but since the body is the church (Colossians 1:18), then this means the writer again was speaking of the church of Christ which is the spiritual body of Christ. It so honors Christ today by wearing his name. (Acts 4: 12). The church is made up of thousands of individual congregations all over the world. Each congregation is independent but all are tied together by love and unity of purpose. Christ is the head. (Ephesians 5:23). Where congregations are large enough and spiritually strong enough to have men qualified, then they have their own local Elders, Deacons, Preachers, Teachers, etc. (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1). Worship is conducted every first day of the week. (Acts 20: 7). The members assemble to study (2 Timothy 2: 15), pray (1 Thessalonians 5: 17), sing (Ephesians 5:19), partake of the Lord's Supper (1 Corinthians 11), and to give. (1 Corinthians 16:2). God requires his people to remain pure and spotless from the world. (Ephesians 5:27). Its mission is to preach the gospel to all the world (Mark 16:15, 16), and to help those in need. (James 1:27). The faithful will be given a crown of life. (Revelation 2:10; Matthew 25). This is the church of Christ - the Lord's church - the only one you can read about in the Bible. Learn more about it, and become a member of it. Only then will you be a member of the church of Christ. THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH If we are to learn the truth about the church, we must go to the New Testament to find it. Although it was spoken of in prophecy (Isaiah 2:2,3; Daniel 2:44), we must go to the teachings of Christ to see its fulfillment. Let us keep in mind that we are not interested in what man has said about the church. We desire rather to see what the scriptures themselves say. So let us begin. Christ built the church. He said himself, "..... and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18). Note that he said that he would build his church. Therefore, it belongs to him. The church had its beginning in Jerusalem. Christ commanded the Apostles to remain in Jerusalem until they received the power from on high and that "repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name beginning at Jerusalem." (Luke 24:46-48). We may read in Acts 2 how this came to pass. It began in the year A. D. 33. The church was established fifty days after the resurrection of Christ; that is, on the first Pentecost after his resurrection. (Acts 2). It wore the name of Christ, its founder. When Paul wrote the church at Rome, he sent along greetings from many other congregations of the Lord's church. Thus he said, "The churches of Christ salute you." (Romans 16: 16). In 1 Corinthians 12:27 he speaks of the body of Christ, which is the church of Christ. (Colossians 1: 18). If Christ built it then naturally it would be the church of Christ? How could it be anything else and still belong to Christ? Its members were Christians only. In Acts 11:26 we are told that they were first called Christians at Antioch. We know that this was with divine approval because later on Peter says that Christ should be glorified through the name Christian. (1 Peter 4:16). Christ loved it so much that he was willing to die for it. "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it." (Ephesians 5:25). It was purchased by the blood of Christ, Paul proclaimed to the elders of the church at Ephesus, "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood." (Acts 20:28). There is but one church. The Word of God says, "There is one body" (Ephesians 4:4), and that the body is the church. (Ephesians 1:22,23; Colossians 1:18). So if there is one body, and the body is the church, then there is but one church. That's all. Christ is its head. “And he is head of the body, the church; who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence (Colossians 1:18). He shares this with no man. Christ is the saviour of the church. We read, "For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body." (Ephesians 5:23). The Lord adds the saved to his church. The Bible teaches that one must believe and be baptized to be saved (Mark 16:16). Then Paul says that through belief and baptism one enters Christ and the church (Galatians 3:26, 27; 1 Corinthians 12: 13). Another way of putting it, after the people on the day of Pentecost had repented and had been baptized for the remission of their sins, then "the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." (Acts 2:47). Christ will return one day for his bride or his church. "That he might present to himself a glorious church, not having wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." (Ephesians 5:27). It should be kept in mind that he has but one bride, or church, and that one wears his name. Furthermore, he'll be coming for that one only. Are you a member of the church that you can read about in the New Testament? If not, how can you say that you are a member of the church of Christ? Think about these things and visit the church of Christ. HOW LONG WILL THE CHURCH OF CHRIST BE IN INDIA? The question is often asked: "How long will the church of Christ be in India?" That is a question that must be answered by the people of India. In other words, it is possible for the church to exist here indefinitely, provided there are sufficient people here who love the Lord enough to obey him and to be faithful to him. If there is no interest in such then the church cannot continue to live in this land. It is just that simple. It doesn't matter whether there are any foreigners here or not. It doesn't matter whether there is any outside support coming in or not. It doesn't matter whether there are any church buildings or not. Neither does a lot of other things matter. The thing that does matter is whether the local people want to be what the Lord wants them to be. This applies to this country but it applies to all other countries as well. The Lord's church can exist only where there are people who want to obey him and serve him. If no such people are to be found then it cannot exist there. Sometimes the local people are a little hesitant to become members of the church lest they find themselves in an organization that is here today and gone tomorrow. But have no fear, once you are born into the Lord's family then you are always a member of it. The one who came to begin the work may leave in the meantime, but he cannot take the church with him any more than he can take Christ and Christianity from you. You must learn how to carry on, along with the others who may be members of the church, in your area. It may be of some comfort to you to know that the church of Christ not only exists in the Delhi area, but also in Bombay, Lucknow, Shillong, Madras, and many other cities and villages of India. Just because it does not exist all over India, does not mean that it cannot or will not in time. Rather, it would appear that the church is spreading to all parts of the nation at a rapid pace. This indicates that it is here to stay. The church of Christ is not a new church even though it may have only recently come to India. Actually, the gospel of Christ, and the Lord's church, was first preached and established in the country by the Apostle Thomas, if secular history can be counted on in this case. We do know that Paul wrote in Colossians 1:23 that the gospel had been proclaimed to every creature under heaven and this would have included the people of India. Now supposing there were those that not only heard the gospel in that day, but also obeyed it, then what did they become? According to Acts 2:47 that would have made them members of the Lord's church. Then what happened to it? As in many other parts of the world, the same happened here in India: over a period of time the people drifted into error and thus the church ceased to resemble or to even be the church it started out to be. That means then that the Lord's church has been restored to India in the last few years as it existed in the beginning. Next, keep in mind that the church of Christ is not an American church. It did not have its beginning in America. Rather, it began in the city of Jerusalem, in Asia, almost two thousand years ago according to Acts 2. Neither is it a denominational church. It did not have its beginning with man, but with Christ. (Matthew 16: 18). The Bible gives the complete pattern for the church. Therefore, when that pattern is followed then it results in the Lord's church being established. That is true here or anywhere in the world. But take a look at this pattern: 1. It tells who established the church. (Matthew 16:18). 2. It tells where it was established. (Acts 2). 3. It tells when it was established. (Acts 2). 4. It tells what name it wore. (Romans 16:16). 5. It tells what name its members' wore. (Acts 11:26). 6. It tells how people became members of it. (Mark 16: 15, 16; Acts 2:38,47). 7. It tells the worship of it. (Acts 20:7). 8. It tells who the head was. (Colossians 1:18). 9. It tells how many there were. (Ephesians 4:4; Ephesians 1:22,23). It also tells many other things. But when the people have followed this pattern then they become members of the church of Christ and wherever you go in the world and you find people who have followed the same pattern then you will find that you are like them and they are like you -- one in Christ -- the one body of Christ which is the church of Christ. We would like to urge you to take your Bible and search the scriptures in light of the things that have been said here. If you find this to be the truth, then accept it. If you find that, it is not the truth, then reject it. But if you will honestly and sincerely study, surely you will be able to see the truth of these matters. No one is trying to deceive you. We only want to help you, and the best way we can do that is by pointing you to the word of God itself. So if you are anxious for the Lord's church to stay in India then obey the Lord, be faithful to him and encourage others to do likewise. Through you, and others like you, then the church of Christ here will live on. FOUR BIBLE QUESTIONS The Bible clearly teaches that there is but one church. (Ephesians 4:4; Colossians 1: 18). However, there are many churches in the world today, so the question is raised as to how one may know which is the one church of the Bible. It is pointed out that all churches claim to be according to God's word. Naturally, if there is but one, then all of them cannot belong to the Lord. To determine which one is the true church, all you have to do is to ask four simple questions. Many others could be asked, but four will be sufficient to tell whether one is genuine or an imitation. Let us begin by asking these questions and then giving the Bible answer: Who established the church? I think all of us would admit that the Bible plainly teaches that Christ established the church. After Christ had been confessed as the Son of God, he responded by saying, "And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church: and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18). Now if Christ promised to build the church, was it not Christ who built the church? Certainly. Furthermore, you will note that Christ was to build the church, not churches. So he built one. Then he spoke of it as belonging to him. He said it is "my church." Please remember that. For if it was going to be his then it would mean that it is not yours and neither is it mine. Where was it established? According to Acts 2 the church was established in Jerusalem. How do we know? Because Christ had commanded the apostles to tarry at Jerusalem until they received power (Luke 24:49) and they were at Jerusalem when the power came. (Acts 2: 1-4). Not only that, but the prophet Isaiah stated that the kingdom, or church, would be established in Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:2, 3). When was it established? Since the church was established by Christ in Jerusalem, as recorded in Acts 2, then it is dated around A. D. 33. That means that the Lord's church has been in existence almost two thousand years. What name did it wear? Individual members were known as Christians. (Acts 11:26; Acts 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16). All of the Christians together make up the church. In the scriptures it is referred to as the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:27), but the body is the church (Colossians 1:18), and therefore it is the Church of Christ. The different congregations of the church were spoken of as the churches of Christ in Paul's day. (Romans 16:16). If Christ established the church then it would naturally wear his name. If it is not Christ's church then whose church would it be? Could it be Christ's church if it does not wear his name? Surely not. These are four simple questions with simple Bible answers. If you are wondering whether a church is the church of Christ or not, then ask these questions concerning it and find the answers. A church may claim to be Christ's church but if it was established by a man then it could not belong to the Lord. If it was established in London, somewhere in America, or elsewhere in the world, how could it be the church of Christ? If it was established in the last few hundred years then it would be too young to be the Lord's church. And finally, if it wears some man-made name then it is merely a denominational church. Can't you see then that this is a means of testing a church to find out whether it is of God or of man? This test never fails. If you find a church that measures up to the Bible teaching in all points except one, then it still couldn't be the Lord's church. If it is the one church of the Bible then it will match the Bible teaching in every point. My friend, are you a member of the church of Christ? Ask these four questions and see for yourself. But if you do, and you find out that you are in a denominational body, then let me urge you to study your Bible and obey the Lord. And don't worry--if you'll do what the Bible teaches then the Lord will save you and add you to his church, and he won't mistakenly add you to the wrong one. He knows his church and will add you to that one. (Acts 2: 47). Then you will be a member of the church that you can read about in the Bible and you will no longer have to make excuses and try to explain why you are in this church or that church, for the Lord has only one and you'll be a member of that one. HOW YOU CAN BEGIN THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN YOUR OWN CITY OR VILLAGE Perhaps you are living in a city or village where the church of Christ does not exist. There may be denominational churches or man-made churches there, but the Lord's church has not yet been established. So you are wondering what to do. Should you become a member of one of the churches already there? Should you continue on as you are? Should you try to move to a place where the church of Christ has been established? These are important questions and the answers may not come easy. Let me make some suggestions to you. It is possible for you to become a member of the church of Christ and it is possible for you to take the lead in beginning a congregation of the Lord's church in your own city or village wherever you may be. Here are the suggested steps for you to take: Get yourself a Bible. If you are interested in doing God's will then you need a Bible, and Bibles are available here in India. After you have obtained a copy, then begin to read it and study it. Give special attention to the New Testament section which contains the law of Christ for people today. By so doing you will learn what to do to be saved, how to be a member of the Lord's church, how to worship, how to live the Christian life, etc. Obey the truth yourself. The Lord teaches that if you will believe in him, repent of your sins, confess Christ before men, and be baptized (buried in the water), then you can be saved. (Mark 16:16; Matthew 10:32; Acts 2: 38). Also, read the book of Acts to see how people were converted to Christ in the days of the Apostles. When you get ready to obey the Lord, then find some one that is willing to baptize you scripturally. Have him to take you to a place where he can bury you in the water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, for the remission of your sins. Now, on being baptized, you are automatically a member of the church of Christ, for Christ adds the saved to his Church. (Acts 2:47) You are also just a Christian. (Acts 11:26). Now begin to conduct worship in your own home. You may encourage members of your family to attend and friends who might be interested. The meeting should take place on Sunday, the First Day of the Week. In order for it to be acceptable to God there should be a period of Bible Study (2 Timothy 2:15), there should be prayer (Acts 2:42), there should be singing (Ephesians 5:19), and this without mechanical instruments of music. The Lord's Supper should be partaken of...., with the bread to remind you of the body of Christ and the cup to remind you of the blood of Christ. (Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11). The Lord said that grape juice should be used in the Lord's Supper. If you are unable to find any at the market then you can purchase some raisins, boil them, drain off the juice, and use that. And finally, you should have a contribution in order that you might give of your money as you have been prospered. (1 Corinthians 16:2). Others present may want to give also. This money should be honestly handled and used to help the poor and to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Now these acts of worship should be engaged in each first day of the week, every Sunday. (Acts 20:7). You should not only conduct meetings every Sunday in your home, but perhaps you can arrange to have meetings in other parts of the city or in other villages. In these meetings you should just have preaching services until there are those who want to obey God. Then after they have become members of the church, worship services (as already mentioned) can be conducted. But you should tell the people what to do to be saved, that they can be members of the church of Christ as revealed in the New Testament, that they should worship God each first day of the week
The Godly Portrait of Marriage(1)(결혼의 신성한 초상(1))/ Celebrate The Difference(서로 다른 것을 찬양하라)/ Genesis 2:18-25(창2:18-25)/ 2015-02-12
The Godly Portrait of Marriage(1)(결혼의 신성한 초상(1))/ Celebrate The Difference(서로 다른 것을 찬양하라) Genesis 2:18-25(창2:18-25) The Godly Portrait of Marriage, Pt. 1 “Celebrate The Difference” Genesis 2:18-2:25 (NIV, NIRV, TNIV, KJV) I’m told that an angel came to Adam before Eve was created and said, “I have a proposition for you Adam. We are going to create for you an individual like you, but a little different – a female!” So Adam said, “Well what will she be all about? What will she do?” The angel told Adam, “She will take such good care of you, smell so sweet, love and respect you 24/7, and she will look so beautiful!” To that Adam said, “Well, this sounds great, but what will she cost me?” The angel responded, “She’s going to cost an arm and a leg!” Finally Adam said, “What do you think I can get for a rib?” Question – whose better, the man or the woman? The answer is YES! A man is infinitely superior to a woman at being a man and a woman is infinitely superior to a man at being a woman! God made us completely different so that He might make man and woman ONE! Caution: let no one but God define your marriage and sexuality! Genesis 2:19-25 Adam has dominion over all the animals but yet wasn’t satisfied; none of the animals could satisfy and supply all his needs. Then God makes Eve - and Adam proclaimed, “This is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh!” So immediately we now know human sexuality is established for all generations! So let’s look at the wonderful differences that unite us in marriage. (In generalities): 1. The Beauty And The Beast. Generally women are weaker than men! 1 Peter 3:7 “Husbands, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.” God created Adam stronger than Eve for 2 purposes, not so he could abuse her, dominate her, or control her live. • To be a provider • To be a protector Eve = life giver, the root word of “woman” in Hebrew is to be soft. She is created softer, cuddlier, but not inferior to Adam. Here’s an example, silk is weaker than canvas, but not inferior to it. Porcelain is weaker than steel but not inferior to it. You can’t drink tea from a sledge hammer! Did you know? • 40% of a man’s body is muscle and 25% of a woman’s body is muscle. • There are 1½ gallons of blood in a man’s body. There is 4/5 of a gallon of blood in a woman’s body. A woman doesn’t have as many capillaries carrying blood to the skin service, that’s why they get so much colder than men. Who is superior? Neither - celebrate the difference! 2. The Tortoise And The Hare. We all know the story! Men are like the rabbit and women are like the tortoise. Men have more energy but she has a lot more stamina and durability! How do we know this? Women have a black belt in shopping! We would do good to learn the weaknesses and strength of our spouse! 3. The Romantic And The Mechanic. Men we have a job to get done – dress the garden! Hard outer shell Women are the caressers, child bearers. Romance doesn’t always come easy for men! We’re wired differently! Women, your husband may never be as romantic as you – he may have been before you got married, but soon after he had a brain transplant! Notice the book or magazines women and men look at: Women: “How To Develop Closeness With Your Mate”, “Harmony in Marriage”, “How To Achieve Intimacy”, “How To Kiss Better” Men: “How To Be A Champion Bass Fisherman”, “How Not To Get Hooked” On T.V. – “Man vs. Wild” and the “Hallmark Channel”! Go to any school campus and watch how girls carry their books – like their carrying a baby! A boy just swings them around if he has any at all! Give a girl a few dollars and she’ll buy a Barbie, give a boy a few dollars and he’ll buy a lizard! 4. The Radar And The Computer. Men are the computer and women are the radar! A USA Today article called, “Two Minds” describes the differences between the brains of men and women. Scientifically they are now showing us what we’ve known all along – most men use the left side of their brain and women use both sides of their brain! Men we really do have half a brain! The left side: logical, reasoning The right side: creativity, sympathy and emotions Did you know this fact: a women’s brain is larger on average than a man’s? Autopsies show this! Maybe this explains a woman’s intuition! A Harvard Medical Researcher studied preschoolers playing on the playground. He noticed that girls completed more sentences and communicated more then boys. He noticed that the boys made more sounds… Most women have better sensitivity and communication skills while many men have better reason and analytical skills! That’s why men and women often times struggle to see eye to eye on certain issues! This may be the source of a lot of disagreements in your marriage! Remember, women use in one day about 6000 more words than men. The trouble is, when I get home, Jill is not even winding down her communicating and so I have to be a better listener at that point! I don’t know coined this phrase, “Generally speaking, women are generally speaking!” I wonder if he lived long after saying it the first time! But this is also why men cry less then women – we’ve got a disconnect up here! This is why women are affected greater by an argument and why we men can go right on to the next subject – we’ve got a disconnect up here! God made us differently so we might be one! Celebrate the differences! Ladies – your minds are like radar, sweeping the room taking in everything! Women see and hear things that we men don’t always see and hear! Ever watch women in a room sitting around a table? They can be talking, and know exactly what’s being said over at the other table and say, “No, no, no, that’s not what happened!” And then get right back to her conversation at her table! We men tend to be a little more analytical and logical while women are mixing together emotion and facts together – it’s amazing! Women are more what I call “spider web thinkers”. Prom picture… Jill will ask me how my day went and I’ll have an answer in less than a minute in detail. Then when I ask her about her day and she’ll tell everything, and I mean everything! So many times I’ll talk with my dad and she’ll want every little detail. Careful men, this is a hard area for us because many times our wives can think that we are being evasive, secretive and even shutting her out! I’m amazed how that radar works for women… sweeping across the room and what they can pick up is incredible, hurt feelings, bad moods, etc. That radar blows my mind! Men, I think all we’ve got is a pair of rabbit ears! Ever notice a woman will say at a table, “I’ve got to go to the restroom, who wants to go?” And they all get up! I’ve never hear a man say, “How many want to go with me to the restroom?” I just don’t understand it! But which is better the radar or the computer? Neither - thank God for the difference! 5. The Code Speaker And The Reporter. LifePoint: Women use language to dispense emotion, while men use language to dispense facts. Women share, men report! Billy Graham once said “Don’t listen to what a woman says, listen to what she means.” Guys we can learn a lot from that that! Here’s an example: You come home from work and see your wife is all tense and it shows all over her face and you say to her, “Is something wrong?” and she says, “Nothing.” Her code is: “Everything is wrong!” Example: Your wife says, “Do I look alright in this dress?” How you answer that will determine how long you live! Her code is: “Am I still #1 in your parade?” or “Am I still a 10 in your eyes?” 6. The Lover And The Achiever. Ephesians 5:33 “Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself and let the wife see she respects her husband.” • Men, what is the deepest need of a woman? To be loved. • Women, what is the deepest need of a man? To be respected. So many of our arguments are connected to these 2 facts! Men, when we do not love, it damages the deepest part of a woman. There’s a new movie coming to the big screen on September 26 staring Kirk Cameron called, “Fireproof”. It’s a wonderful story of the heroism of a firefighter and 2 people overcoming a broken marriage. VIDEO From the movie ”Fireproof” Jill gets blessing when I work at being more tender with her! I get a blessing when she really show respect for my achievements! One time I can remember asking her one Sunday, “How many great preachers do you think there are in the world? She said, “One less than your think!” Men and women’s self esteems are connected to this fact also! When the Golden Gate Bridge was built, all of the parts were intertwined. Every part was vital to it all working together. In a one mile span of the bridge, it will sway as much as 20 feet in the center, so that it can be flexible and even more durable. But there are 2 great and massive pillars that make up that bridge that go down to the solid earth below and all those miles of cables connect to those 2 great pillars. Question, what keeps that bridge from collapsing? 2 things: It’s foundation and it’s flexibility! Some of this info in this sermon comes from Dr. Adrian Rodger.