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Sermon on Ephesians 4:30 by Pastor Dan Hendley.
The Lord instituted the sacraments—baptism and the Lord’s Supper—for at least four purposes, namely to sustain, nourish, confirm and increase our faith. He sustains, nourishes, confirms and increases our faith so that in turn we will be driven by grace to serve others with good works.
The message and promises of the gospel gives us the resources to face both the hardships of life and the criticism of others. What the gospel is, what happens when we believe it and why God does so much for us.
Remember what it's like to fall in love? There is elevated joy, a depth of commitment, and a desire to tell the whole world how you feel. It is appropriate that we feel this way about love since God created us for a love relationship with him. Unfortunately, mankind has often let God down. Yet, his pursuit of us persists and he has given us a specific way to respond to his love. It's called baptism and it is a profoundly powerful experience. Gen 17; Jn 8:31ff; Isa 5:1-7; Jer 31:31-34; Jn 13:12ff; 1Jn 2:3-6
While a sinner can be saved from sin apart from the signs and seals of God's covenant nonetheless these signs and seals are not unimportant. They reveal the essential character of our salvation. Circumcision as the covenant sign to Abraham was given after he had been declared righteous by God and followed upon God declaring to Abram who He is for and to Abram, and what God would do for and through Abram. Thus, as the sign of God's covenant to Abraham, circumcision is a thoroughly doctrinal matter that revolves around who God is in saving his covenant people. In particular, circumcision reveals the representative nature of God's covenant through males, the doctrinal nature of God's covenant through God's word, and the holy nature of God's covenant through blood sacrifice. In these three essential characteristics of our salvation we see and experience the underemining of three idols of American culture--individualism, choice and feminization.
GOD'S TORMENT ON THE WORLD: a Shocking and Purifying Word to the Church (Revelation 8:13 - 9:12● Message #17) 03-06-2011
INTRODUCTION. 1. Revelation 8 & 9 in Context. ● Rev 6: the first 6 Seals are opened (the Martyrs ask “how long…?” – Unbelievers ask “who can stand?”). ● Rev 7: answers “who can stand?” - the servants of God (Believers are sealed thru tribulation & victorious after the tribulation). ● Rev 8 – 9: the answer to “how long...?” (The 7th Seal is opened and the first 6 Trumpets are blown). 2. Highlights of Revelation 8 & 9. ● The first 4 Trumpets: God sends plagues on creation (source of life). ● The 5th & 6th Trumpets: God sends torment & death on unbelievers. ● Each Series (the 7 Seals, Trumpets, & Bowls) Increases in Severity: within itself and from one to another (Seals → Trumpets → Bowls). THE BLOWING OF THE 5TH TRUMPET. 1. The Torment of the Locust: God’s punishment on unbelievers (8v13; 9vs1-6). 2. The Appearance of the Locust: a shocking wake-up call (vs7-12). TAKING REVELATION TO HEART. 1. Be Humbled by the Wrath of the Lamb: who torments unrepentant sinners. 2. Read & Heed Revelation: as a prophetic-apocalyptic message which purifies the church.
LIVING AS SERVANTS OF GOD: and Protected through Tribulation (Revelation 7:1-8 ● Message #14) 02-13-2011
INTRODUCTION. 1. Review of Revelation 6. 2. Highlights of Revelation 7 - While chp 6 moves quickly through the opening of six of the seven seals, and largely focuses on the terrifying judgments of God coming upon this rebellious world, chp 7 interrupts this prophetic-flow and momentarily focuses on the church. Before the opening of the seventh seal (in chp 8), John sees two visions of the church here in chp 7, but from different perspectives. Both visions are intended to encourage believers to remain faithful through the tribulation of this age (and/or the final-great tribulation). Verses 1-8 show God’s protection of the *church through this tribulation (*perhaps the last generation of the church on earth). Verses 9-17 show the blessed-victory of Christ and His church after the tribulation and His second coming. Our security in Christ and the blessed-hope of eternal life give us confidence in the present tribulation (and the great-tribulation to come). This two-fold vision also answers the question that chp 6 ends with. In light of the terrifying day of God’s wrath and that of the Lamb, the rebellious world asks, “who can stand?” The answer is given here in chp 7: the servants of God. GOD'S SEALING OF HIS SERVANTS. 1. The Seal of the Living God: His ownership and protection of believers (vs1-3) . 2. The 144,000 Sealed by God: all believers in Christ are protected, and serve as an end-time army of suffering-saints in God’s kingdom (vs4-8). LIVING AS SERVANTS OF GOD. 1. Follow in John’s Footsteps. 2. Trust in God’s Faith-Preserving Protection.