Counting the Cost

Luke 14:25-35 I: The Spirit of Seperation: 1. Ready to sacrifice all. 2. Not to hate our relatives, but to love Christ more. 3. When the Claims of Relatives, and the Claims of Christ are in conflict. 4. We must choose rather to displease relatives than our Lord. 5. Experience shows that often the greatest hinderance to a Disciple serving Christ comes from Relatives. 6. The Line of Duty ought to be clear. 7. It can never be true love to Relatives to do wrong in order to please them. (Thousands will be thankful for those that refused to compromise). II: Count the Cost! 1. It does cost something to be a Christian To be a nominal Church going Christian is cheap and easy work. 2. Jesus had no desire to enlarge his followers witn potential backsliders, (A backslider is...

Confessions of Sin

Prov. 28:13 I: Covered and unconfessed sin: 1. Covered sin keeps us rid of God. 2. Unconfessed sin keeps us from mercy. 3. There is no promise of who is the one that covers sin. II: Confessing but not worshiping. 1. Pharoah the hardened sinner: “I have sinned.”¬†Exodus 9:27 2. Balaam the double minded: “I have sinned.” Numbers 22:34 3. Doubtful confession of Achan: “I have sinned.” Josh 7:20 4. Confession of dispair: Judas. Matthew 27:4 III: Confessions and forsaking. 1. The prodical son. “I have sinned.” Luke 15:18 2. The Samaritan woman. 3. Saul or Paul. The soul that refuses to confess and turn from his sin will not find mercy at the judgment seat of...

Clean Hands and Pure Heart

Psalm 24:3-4 Through God’s Laws we learn what pleases and displeases God. Things that were displeasing in the Days of Moses are still displeasing. The Standards of Acceptable Behavior are still the same. Clean hands and pure hearts are still required of Gods People. I: The Requirements of Justice. 1. Integrity: Justice and only Justice. Psalm 16:18-20. No respect of Person before the Law. No taking of gift to blind the Judge. 2. Necessisity for Respect of the Law. Psalm 17:8-13. Contempt of Law was punished by death. He that acted in disrespect of the Law sows Anarchy. Law and order must have the coroperation of all the people. 3. Obligation of Truth and nothing but Truth. Psalm 19:15-21 a. 2 witnesses required. b. False witness to be punished. vs. 18-19 c....

Christ Interprets Life

John 6:22-44, 10:10, and Cor. 2 4:8-18 I: The day following. 1. The feeding of the 5,000. 2. The attempt to make him king. 3. He walked on the sea. II: The crowd was in quest of life. 1. They saw no life in the miracles. 2. They failed to see life in Christ’s teachings. 3. To them life was a full stomach. 4. They placed life in the material. To place life on the material is to meet heartache, disappointment, and eternal death. III: Christ was there to impart life. 1. The fundamental difference was in the interpretation of life. 2. Real life is the eternal spiritual. 3. Christ came to redeem man and to satisfy the longing heart. IV: Labouring for the eternal bread. 1. Read the bible like digging for hidden treasure. 2. Wrestle in prayer as though you...