ADVENT DEVOTIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

Beloved, I encourage you to get an Advent devotional and read through it each day with your family or by yourself if you are not married. Let us meditate upon the love of God in sending His only Son to redeem us!

Here are my recommendations:

I) COME THOU LONG EXPECTED JESUS edited by Nancie Guthrie

Big idea: This is a collection of sermon and book excerpts both current and from church history that will help you say, “Come thou long expected Jesus.” I personally read this devotional every year leading up to Christmas. I treasure Nancie Guthrie’s books that she has edited.

((There is a book like this for the Good Friday and Easter season as well. It is called “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross” and it specifically made me weep when I read an excerpt by Charles Spurgeon, “Then did they spit in his face.”))

II) LOVE CAME DOWN AT CHRISTMAS by Sinclair Ferguson

Big idea: “This Advent devotional contains 24 daily readings from 1 Corinthians 13. Sinclair B Ferguson brings the rich theology of the incarnation to life with his trademark warmth and clarity. We’ll see what “love” looked like in the life of Christ and be challenged to love like him.”

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III) THE CHRISTMAS WE DIDN’T EXPECT by David Mathis

Big idea: “No Advent calendars for sale this Christmas can offer what lies behind the windows David Mathis opens in The Christmas We Didn’t Expect. True to its title, it is full of surprises. So, buy it, and carefully unwrap each Advent treat (no more than one a day, or you may spoil your appetite). Then let it melt slowly on your spiritual taste buds and enjoy what Isaiah (the Christmas prophet) called ‘rich food.’” — Sinclair Ferguson

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In Christ alone,
Brett

OUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN: Philippians 3:20-21


OUTLINE

I. SAINTS SET THEIR MINDS ON HEAVENLY THINGS (v. 20a)

II. SAINTS GLORY IN THEIR SAVIOR (v. 20b)

III. SAINTS’ GOD IS THE LORD JESUS (v. 20c)

IV. SAINTS’ END IS GLORIFICATION (v. 21)

V. SAINTS SET THEIR HEARTS ON JESUS’ SECOND COMING (v. 21b)

DISCUSSION

I. In verses 20-21, how are Christians contrasted with those that walk as enemies? Think about the contrast Paul is drawing. According to verse 20, what is a Christian’s “end”? What is a Christians “god” or “Lord”? What do Christians “glory in”? Are you awaiting your Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ?

A PASTOR MUST BE QUALIFIED: 1 Timothy 3:1-7

A pastor must have the desire, character, diligence, experience, reputation, and giftedness necessary to fulfill the noble task of shepherding the flock of God that He obtained with His own blood.

INTRODUCTION

I) The words Overseer, Elder, and Pastor are used interchangeably in the New Testament (1 Peter 5:1-2)

II) There must be a plurality of Pastors (Acts 20:17)

III) Pastors must train up pastors (2 Timothy 2:2; Titus 1:5)

IV) Women are not pastors (1 Timothy 2:12)

V) Pastors must meet the God-breathed qualifications and be appointed by Pastors (Titus 1:5, 1 Timothy 4:4; 1 Timothy 5:22; Acts 13:3)

MAIN POINTS

I. AN OVERSEER MUST HAVE THE DESIRE NECESSARY TO SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD (v. 1)

II. AN OVERSEER MUST HAVE THE CHARACTER NECESSARY TO SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD (v. 2-3)

III. AN OVERSEER MUST HAVE THE DILIGENCE NECESSARY TO SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD (v. 4-5)

IV. AN OVERSEER MUST HAVE THE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY TO SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD (v. 6)

V. AN OVERSEER MUST HAVE THE REPUTATION NECESSARY TO SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD (v. 7)

VI. AN OVERSEER MUST HAVE THE GIFTEDNESS NECESSARY TO SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD (v. 2)

TWO DAY ABORTION CONFERENCE 2020

RSVP HERE

THEME: “Rescue those being carried off to death.” Proverbs 24:11

DATES: December 4th-5th, 2020

LOCATION: 700 N 4th St. Muskogee, OK 74401

OVERVIEW: This Two Day Abortion Conference exists to help you think and act in joyful obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ concerning the abortion holocaust that is ravaging our pre-born neighbors. What does God’s word have to say about abortion? What is our responsibility as Christians concerning this travesty that happens all around us? What can we possibly do? Come; learn; and be equipped to rescue those being carried off to death.

SCHEDULE:

Friday, December 4th

  • 6pm-7pm – Registration and Fellowship
  • 7pm-7:15pm – Welcome, Song, Introduction
  • 7:15pm-8pm – Session 1
  • 8pm-8:20pm – Break
  • 8:20pm-8:30pm – Song and Introduction
  • 8:30pm-9:15pm – Session 2
  • 9:15pm-10pm – A Conversation with CR Cali.

Saturday, December 5th

  • 9am-9:15am – Welcome, Song, Introduction
  • 9:15am-10am – Session 3
  • 10am-10:20am – Break
  • 10:20am-10:30am – Song and Introduction
  • 10:30am-11:15am – Session 4
  • 11:15am-11:20am- Lunch announcement
  • 11:20am-12:20pm – Lunch
  • 12:20pm-12:30pm – Song and Introduction
  • 12:30pm-1:15pm – Session 5
  • 1:15pm-1:30pm – Break
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm – Panel Discussion (Murder Mill Ministry)
  • 2:30pm-2:50pm – Break
  • 2:50pm-3:00pm – Song and Introduction
  • 3:00pm-3:45pm – Session 6
  • 3:45pm – Dismiss with Doxology

Q9. ARE THERE MORE GODS THAN ONE?

ANSWER: There is but one only, the living and true God. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Jeremiah 10:10)

My aim is to give you three points of instruction and seven points of application concerning God being the only God—the living and true God.

INSTRUCTION

I. THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD

“There is but one only.”

Deuteronomy 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.”

II. THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUE AND LIVING GOD 

“the living and true God.”

Jeremiah 10:10 “But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King.”

Psalm 71:19 “Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you?”

III. THERE ARE MANY SO-CALLED GODS THAT ARE FALSE

1 Corinthians 8:5-6 “For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.”

I) There are traditionally named false gods. 

In the Scriptures: Amon (the chief god of Egypt), Asherah (a Canaanite goddess), Ashtoreth (a goddess of war and fertility), Baal (a Canaanite and Phoenician god of fertility and rain), Baal-Zebub (a popular deity of the Philistines), Bel (the chief deity of Babylon), Chemosh (the chief god of Moab), Dagon (worshipped in Babylonia and Philistia), Molech (the chief deity of Ammon), Tammuz (a Babylonian fertility god) Zeus and Hermes (Zeus was the patron god of the city of Lystra and his temple was there. Hermes was Zeus’ attendant and spokesman). Artemis (Artemis was the Greek name for the Roman goddess, Diana). Castor and Pollux (the two “sons of Zeus”, regarded as the guardian deities of sailors). 

II) There are created things that are trusted and bowed down to as false gods

Power, entertainment, popularity, beauty, comfort, substances, family, religion, science, sex, money, self.

III) There are perversions of the one true God in the theological cults.

Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the New Apostolic Reformation (2 Corinthians 11:12-15).

IV) There are perversions of the one true God in the minds of men.

In the beginning, God created man in His own image, and man has been trying to return the favor ever since.

APPLICATION

I. IF YOU TRUST IN ANYTHING OTHER THAN JESUS, YOU ARE TRUSTING IN SOMETHING WORTHLESS

Jeremiah 2:5 “Thus says the Lord: ‘What wrong did your fathers find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthlessness, and became worthless?’”

II. IF YOU TRUST IN ANYTHING OTHER THAN JESUS, YOU ARE TRUSTING IN SOMETHING THAT CANNOT PROFIT

Jeremiah 2:11 “Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit.”

Mark 8:36 “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”

III. IF YOU TRUST IN ANYTHING OTHER THAN JESUS, YOU ARE DOING GREAT EVIL

Jeremiah 2:13 “for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”

IV. YOU MUST TURN FROM IDOLS TO SERVE THE LIVING AND TRUE GOD THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST

1 Timothy 2:5-6 “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.”

1 Thessalonians 1:9 “[Christians have] turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.”

Acts 14:15 “we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.”

V. IN CHRIST, GOD MUST BE THE CENTER OF YOUR AFFECTIONS, LOVE, FEAR, AND JOY

Deuteronomy 6:4-5 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”

VI. IN CHRIST, YOU MUST BE THANKFUL THAT JESUS HAS SAVED YOU BECAUSE THERE IS NO OTHER GOD THAT CAN SAVE

John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.”

VII. IN CHRIST, YOU MUST TELL OTHERS THAT THERE IS ONE GOD AND ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MAN, JESUS CHRIST

John 3:36 “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”

SING THE GOSPEL

Alas and Did my Savior Bleed by Isaac Watts

VERSE 1
Alas! and did my Savior bleed And did my Sov’reign die?
Would He devote that sacred head For such a worm as I?
VERSE 2
Was it for crimes that I had done He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown! And love beyond degree!
VERSE 3
Well might the sun in darkness hide And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died, For man the creature’s sin.
VERSE 4
Thus might I hide my blushing face While His dear cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness, And melt my eyes to tears.
VERSE 5
But drops of grief can ne’er repay The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give myself away, ’Tis all that I can do.
REFRAIN
At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!
All Creatures of Our God and King by Francis of Assisi

VERSE 1
All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam! 
CHORUS
O praise Him! O praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! 
VERSE 2
Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
Ye clouds that sail in heav’n along, O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice, Ye lights of evening, find a voice! 
VERSE 3
Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear, O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That gives’t man both warmth and light. 
VERSE 4
And all ye men of tender heart,
Forgiving others, take your part, O praise Him! Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
Praise God and on Him cast your care! 
VERSE 5
Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness, O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One!
All I Have is Christ by Sovereign Grace Music

VERSE 1
I once was lost in darkest night yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life had led me to the grave
I had no hope that you would own a rebel to your will
And if you had not loved me first I would refuse you still 
VERSE 2
But as I ran my hell-bound race indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state and led me to the cross
And I beheld Gods love displayed you suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me now all I know is grace 
CHORUS
Hallelujah all I have is Christ
Hallelujah Jesus is my life
Hallelujah all I have is Christ
Hallelujah Jesus is my life 
VERSE 3
Now Lord I would be yours alone and live so all might see
The strength to follow your commands could never come from me
O father use my ransomed life in any way you choose
And let my song forever be my only boast is you 
All Praise to Christ by James Montgomery Boice and Brett Baggett

VERSE 1
To him who loved us long ago, before we came to be,
who left his throne for earth below to save a wretch like me;
All praise to Christ from grateful men forevermore. Amen.
VERSE 2
My works stacked up are filthy rags compared to Your holy name,
I have no claim for righteousness but Christ has made the way;
All praise to Christ from grateful men forevermore. Amen. 
VERSE 3
To Him who freed us from our sin by dying on the cross,
To make us whole without, within, redeemed from dreadful loss;
All praise to Christ from grateful men, forevermore. Amen. 
VERSE 4
To Him who death but yields and bows before His living face,
the sinless, risen, Sovereign, Lord, makes men alive by grace;
All praise to Christ from grateful men forevermore. Amen. 
CHORUS
All praise to Christ from grateful me, forevermore and more amen! (repeat) 
VERSE 5
With angels, saints and seraphim the new creation sings,
“All glory, power and praise to him who made us priests and kings”
All praise to Christ from grateful men forevermore. Amen.
Before the Throne of God Above by Stuart Townend

VERSE 1
Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea
A great high Priest who’s name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart. 
VERSE 2
When satan tempts me to despair
and tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin
Because the sinless Savior died
my sinful soul is counted free
For God the just is satisfied
to look on Him and pardon me,
to look on Him and pardon me 
CHORUS
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Praise the One / Risen Son / of God 
VERSE 3
Behold Him there, the risen Lamb
My perfect spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I am
The King of Glory and of grace
One in Himself, I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God
With Christ my Savior and my God
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery by Boswell, Pappa, and Bleecker

VERSE 1
Come behold the wondrous mystery in the dawning of the King.
He the theme of heaven’s praises robed in frail humanity.
In our longing, in our darkness now the light of life has come.
Look to Christ, who condescended took on flesh to ransom us 
VERSE 2
Come behold the wondrous mystery He the perfect Son of Man.
In His living, in His suffering never trace nor stain of sin.
See the true and better Adam come to save the hell-bound man.
Christ the great and sure fulfillment of the law; in Him we stand. 
VERSE 3
Come behold the wondrous mystery Christ the Lord upon the tree.
In the stead of ruined sinners hangs the Lamb in victory.
See the price of our redemption; see the Father’s plan unfold.
Bringing many sons to glory grace unmeasured, love untold. 
VERSE 4
Come behold the wondrous mystery; slain by death the God of life.
But no grave could e’er restrain Him; praise the Lord; He is alive!
What a foretaste of deliverance; how unwavering our hope.
Christ in power resurrected as we will be when he comes. 
Come Thou Fount by Robert Robinson

VERSE 1
Come thou fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing thy grace
Streams of mercy, never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it
Mount of thy redeeming love 
VERSE 2
Here I’ve found my greatest treasure
Hither to thy help I’ve come
And I hope, by thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wandering from the fold of God
He, to rescue me from danger
Interposed his precious blood 
VERSE 3
Oh, to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be
Let thy goodness, like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to Thee
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above 
Grace Greater Than Our Sin by Julia Johnstone

VERSE 1
Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled. 
VERSE 2
Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross. 
CHORUS
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin! 
VERSE 3
Dark is the stain that we cannot hide;
What can we do to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
Brighter than snow you may be today. 
VERSE 4
Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive? 
Great Is Thy Faithfulness by Thomas Obadiah Chisolm

VERSE 1
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be. 
CHORUS
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
 “Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me! 
VERSE 2
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love. 
VERSE 3
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Hallelujah! What a Savior by Philip P. Bliss

VERSE 1
“Man of Sorrows,” what a name,
for the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim!
Hallelujah! What a Savior 
Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
in my place condemned He stood
Sealed my pardon with His Blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior 
CHORUS
Hallelujah! (4x) 
VERSE 2
Guilty, vile, and helpless me,
Spotless Lamb of God was He.
Full atonement! Can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior 
Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished,” was His cry;
Now in Heaven exalted high!
Hallelujah! What a Savior 
VERSE 3
When He comes, our glorious King,
all His ransomed home to bring
Then anew this song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior
Holy, Holy, Holy by Reginald Herber

VERSE 1 
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee;
Holy, holy, holy!
merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

VERSE 2 
Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
Who wert and art and evermore shalt be.

VERSE 3 
Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
Though the eye made blind by sin
Thy glory may not see,
Only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

VERSE 4 
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise Thy name,
In earth and sky and sea;
Holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
How Deep the Father’s Love For Us by Stuart Townend

VERSE 1
How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
bring many sons to glory 
VERSE 2
Behold the man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished 
VERSE 3
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection 
ENDING
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
How Great Thou Art by Carl Boberg and Stuart K. Hine

VERSE 1
O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the Rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed. 
VERSE 2
When through the woods, the forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze 
CHORUS
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee;
How great Thou art! How great Thou art! 
VERSE 3
And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin. 
VERSE 4
When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim, my God how great Thou art!
In Christ Alone by Keith Getty

VERSE 1
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand. 
VERSE 2
In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live. 
VERSE 3
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ. 
VERSE 4
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
It Is Well by Horatio Spafford

VERSE 1
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
“It is well, it is well with my soul.” 
VERSE 2
My sin, o, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! 
CHORUS
WOMEN: It is well
MEN REPEAT: It is well
WOMEN: With my soul
MEN REPEAT: With my soul
ALL: It is well, it is well, with my soul. 
VERSE 3
And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul. 
Jesus Paid It All by Elvina M. Hall

VERSE 1
I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray, 
Find in Me thine all in all.”
For nothing good have I —
Whereby Thy grace to claim,
I’ll wash my garments white —
In the blood of Calvary’s Lamb.
CHORUS
Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.
VERSE 2
And now complete in Him
My robe His righteousness,
Close sheltered ’neath His side, I am divinely blest.
Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone, Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.
VERSE 3
When from my dying bed My ransomed soul shall rise,
“Jesus died my soul to save,” Shall rend the vaulted skies.
And when before the throne I stand in Him complete,
I’ll lay my trophies down All down at Jesus’ feet.
BRIDGE
O praise the One who paid my debt
And raised this life up from the dead
Jesus, Thank You by Sovereign Grace Music

VERSE 1
The mystery of the cross I cannot comprehend
The agonies of Calvary
You the perfect holy One crushed Your Son
Who drank the bitter cup reserved for me
CHORUS
Your blood has washed away my sin
Jesus, thank You
The Father’s wrath completely satisfied
Jesus, thank You
Once your enemy now seated at Your table
Jesus, thank You
VERSE 2
By your loving sacrifice, I’ve been brought near
Your enemy You’ve made Your friend
Pouring out the riches of Your glorious grace
Your mercy and Your kindness know no end
BRIDGE
Lover of my soul I want to live for You
Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder by John Newton

VERSE 1
Let us love and sing and wonder
Let us praise the Savior’s name
He has hushed the law’s loud thunder
He has quenched Mt. Sinai’s flame 
VERSE 2
Let us love the Lord who bought us
Pitied us when enemies
Called us by His grace and taught us
Gave us ears and gave us eyes 
CHORUS 1
He has washed us with His blood
He has washed us with His blood
He has washed us with His blood
He presents our souls to God 
VERSE 3
Let us wonder grace and justice
Join and point to mercy’s store
When through grace in Christ our trust is
Justice smiles and asks no more 
CHORUS 2
He who washed us with His blood
He who washed us with His blood
He who washed us with His blood
Has secured our way to God 
VERSE 4
Let us praise and join the chorus,
of the saints enthroned on high
Here they trusted Him before us,
now their praises fill the sky 
CHORUS 3
He has washed us with His blood
He has washed us with His blood
He has washed us with His blood
He will bring us home to God
Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go by George Matheson

VERSE 1
O Love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee
I give thee back the life I owe,
that in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be
My life is not my own, it’s Yours
My life is not my own, it’s Yours 
VERSE 2
O light that follows all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
that in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be
So light a fire in my heart, and I will burn for You
So light a fire in my heart, and I will burn for You 
VERSE 3
O Joy that seeks me through the pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
and feel the promise is not vain That morn shall tearless be
So anoint me with joy, and joyful I will be
So anoint me with joy, and joyful I will be 
VERSE 4
O Cross that’s lifting up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
and from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be 
We will sing, “Holy, Holy is the King of Kings!” (repeat) 
Rock of Ages by Augustus Toplady

VERSE 1
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed
Be of sin the double cure,
Save from wrath and make me pure 
VERSE 2
Not the labor of my hands,
can fulfill Thy law’s demands
Should my passion never fade,
should my efforts all be weighed
These for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone 
VERSE 3
Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to the cross I cling
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless look to Thee for grace
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die 
VERSE 4
While I draw this fleeting breath,
when mine eyes shall close in death
When I rise to worlds unknown,
and behold thee on thy throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.
Show Us Christ by Sovereign Grace Music

VERSE 1
Prepare our hearts, O God
Help us to receive
Break the hard and stony ground
Help our unbelief
Plant Your Word down deep in us
Cause it to bear fruit
Open up our ears to hear
Lead us in Your truth 
CHORUS
Show us Christ, show us Christ
O God, reveal Your glory
Through the preaching of Your Word
Until every heart confesses Christ is Lord 
VERSE 2
Your Word is living light
Upon our darkened eyes
Guards us through temptations
Makes the simple wise
Your Word is food for famished ones
Freedom for the slave
Riches for the needy soul
Come speak to us today 
BRIDGE
Where else can we go, Lord
Where else can we go
You have the words of eternal life
Take the World but Give Me Jesus by Fanny J. Crosby

VERSE 1
Take the world, but give me Jesus,
All it’s joys are but a name;
For His love abideth ever,
through eternal years the same 
VERSE 2
Take the world but give me Jesus,
Sweetest comforts of my soul;
With my Savior watching over me,
I can sing though billows roll 
VERSE 3
Take the world by give me Jesus,
Let me view His constant smile;
Then throughout this life’s long journey,
He will lead me all the while 
VERSE 4
Take the world, but give me Jesus.
In His cross my trust shall be,
Till, with clearer, brighter vision,
Face to face my Lord I see! 
CHORUS
Take the world, but give me Jesus! (repeat 4x) 
BRIDGE
Oh, the height and depth of mercy!
Oh the length and breadth of love!
Oh, the fullness of redemption
Oh the Pledge of endless life above! (repeat 2x) 
The Love of God by Frederick Lehmen

VERSE 1
The love of God is greater far,
than tongue or pen can ever tell
It goes beyond the highest star,
and reaches to the lowest hell
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His only Son to win
His erring child He reconciled,
you and I pardoned from our sin.
CHORUS
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure,
it shall forevermore endure
How measureless and strong
The saints’ and angels’ song we sing “Holy! Holy!” 
VERSE 2
When ancient time shall pass away,
and earthly thrones and kingdoms fall
When men here refuse to pray,
and on rocks, hills and mountains call
God’s love so sure, will still endure,
all measureless and strong
“Redeeming grace to Adam’s race”
shall be the saints’ and angels’ song.
BRIDGE
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
and were the skies of parchment made
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
and every man a scribe by trade
To write the love of God above,
would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
though stretched from sky to sky.
The Solid Rock by Edward Mote

VERSE 1
My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. 
VERSE 2
When darkness seems to hide face,
I rest on his unchanging grace;
in every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil. 
CHORUS
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand. 
VERSE 3
His oath, his covenant, his blood
support me in the whelming flood;
when all around my soul gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay. 
VERSE 4
When he shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in him be found,
dressed in his righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne.

Q8. WHAT IS GOD? (TRUTH)

ANSWER: God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth. (John 4:24; Ps. 147:5; Ps. 90:2; James 1:17; Rev. 4:8; Ps. 89:14; Exod. 34:6,7; 1 Tim. 1:17)

My aim is to give you six points of instruction and six points of application concerning God being infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in truth.

INTRUCTION

I. GOD IS TRUTH

JOHN FLAVAL: “[Truth] is an essential property of [God’s] nature, whereby He is perfectly faithful in Himself, and in all that He hath spoken.”

THOMAS BOSTON: [God’s truth] is that perfection of His nature whereby He is faithful, and in Him there is no falsehood.”

Titus 1:2 “God…never lies.” Q. Why? A. Because He not only tells the truth but He Himself is truth.

Deuteronomy 32:4, “A God of faithfulness (truthfulness) and without iniquity, just and upright is he.”

God the Holy Spirit is called “The Spirit of truth”
John 14:17, 15:26, 16:33 “The Spirit of truth”

God the Son is called “the truth”
John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life.”

THOMAS WATSON: “There is nothing true but what is in God or comes from God.”

THOMAS BOSTON: “All God’s works are true and real things, not chimeras or appearances. He executes true judgements, grants true deliverance, works true miracles; His mercies are true mercies, and His comforts are true comforts. He does not deceive or delude His people with vain shews and appearances.”

II. JESUS IS FULL OF TRUTH

John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Jesus says, “Truly” at least 30 times as He teaches, in the book of Matthew alone.

III. GOD’S WORD IS TRUTH

Psalm 18:30 “This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.”

Psalm 119:60 “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.”

I) God’s Historical narrative is true. II) God’s prophetic predictions are true. III) God’s commands are true. IV) God’s warnings are true. V) God’s promises are true.

IV. GOD’S TRUTH IS ETERNAL

Psalm 100:5 “For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his [truthfulness] to all generations.”

V. GOD’S TRUTH IS UNIVERSAL

John 17:17 “Your word is truth.”

VI. SINNERS SUPPRESS THE TRUTH

Romans 1:18 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.” 

Q. Why is the wrath of God revealed from heaven against those that suppress the truth?

Romans 1:21 “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him…”

APPLICATION

I. THERE WILL BE WRATH AND FURY FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT OBEY THE TRUTH

Romans 2:8 “for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.”

II. YOU MUST HEAR THE WORD OF TRUTH AND BELIEVE ON JESUS CHRIST

Ephesians 1:13 “In [Christ]…when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.”

Q. What is this “gospel of you salvation”?

Ephesians 1:7 “In [Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.”

III. IN CHRIST, YOU MUST KNOW THE TRUTH AND SO BE SET FREE FROM SIN

John 8:31-32 “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

IV. IN CHRIST, GOD SANCTIFIES YOU IN THE TRUTH

John 17:17 “sanctify them in the truth, your word is truth.’

V. IN CHRIST, YOU MUST IMITATE GOD IN TRUTHFULNESS

Ephesians 4:25 “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor…”

FLAVAL: “Truth and sincerity of heart is that which is most suitable and pleasing to God.”

VI. IN CHRIST, THE PROMISES OF THE GOSPEL ARE AN ACHOR FOR YOUR SOUL, BECAUSE GOD IS TRUTH

Micah 7:19 “He will again have compassion on us;
    he will tread our iniquities underfoot.
You will cast all our sins
    into the depths of the sea.”

God promised Abraham offspring and gave it because He is true.

Romans 4:20-21 “No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. “

God promised meat and gave it because He is true.

Numbers 11:23 “And the Lord said to Moses, “Is the Lord’s hand shortened? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not.”

God promised Canaan and gave it because He is true.

Joshua 21:45 “Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.”

God promised rest and fulfilled it because He is true.

1 Kings 8:56 “Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant.”

God promised the seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent and did it because He is true.

Galatians 4:4-5 “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”    

In Christ, God has promised your justification has done it because He is true.

Romans 4:5 “And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness.”

In Christ, God has promised your sanctification and is doing it because He is true.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”

In Christ, God has promised your glorification and will do it because He is true.

Romans 8:30 “And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”

Philippians 1:6 “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

In Christ, God has promised to never leave you nor forsake you and will uphold it because He is true. 

Hebrews 13:5 “[God] has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

In Christ, God has promised to take you to be with Himself and will do it because He is true. 

John 14:2-3 “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

In Christ, God has promised this eternal covenant and even swore an oath by Himself. He will not turn back because He is true.

Hebrews 6:19 “We have this (the truthfulness of God) as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.”

TRUE AND FALSE CHRISTIANS: Philippians 3:1-3

OUTLINE

I. TRUE CHRISTIANS REJOICE IN THE LORD (v.1a)

II. TRUE CHRISTIANS LOOK OUT FOR FALSE CHRISTIANS (v.1b-2)

I) You must look out for those that teach salvation by works (v.2a)
II) You must look out for those that brag about themselves (v.2b)
III) You must look out for those that make a big deal of outward signs (v.2c)

III. TRUE CHRISTIANS HAVE HAD THEIR HEARTS CHANGED BY GOD (v.3a)

IV. TRUE CHRISTIANS WORSHIP GOD BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD (v.3b)

V. TRUE CHRISTIANS BRAG ABOUT CHRIST JESUS ALONE (v.3c)

VI. TRUE CHRISTIANS PUT NO CONFIDENCE IN THEMSELVES (v.3d)

DISCUSSION

I. After giving the Philippian Christians many commands, as well as setting before them the shining examples of Timothy and Epaphroditus, what does Paul “finally” command in verse 1? Why do you think he says, “To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you”? What should we learn from this repetition?

II. Next, Paul turns but briefly to warn the Philippians of the false apostles that they are no doubt already aware of. *note the brevity of his warnings concerning these false teachers. If they were truly a threat to the Philippians Paul would have undoubtedly spent more time writing about them as he did to the Galatians.
What does he call them in verse 2 and what do these terms indicate? How are true believers (“we”) contrasted with these false teachers in verse 3? According to the last part of verse 3, what marks all true believers in Jesus Christ? Do you put “confidence in the flesh” or do you “glory in Christ” alone “by the Spirit of God”? 

Q8. WHAT IS GOD? (GOODNESS)

ANSWER. God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, GOODNESS and truth.

Psalm 34:8 “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”

I. GOD IS GOOD

Q. What is goodness? A. Goodness does not mean “the opposite of badness.” Goodness does not mean the same thing as “righteous.” Goodness means kindness, mercy, patience, generosity. That God is good means God is kind, God is merciful, God is patient, God is generous.

Psalm 100:5 “For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”

Exodus 33:18-1918 Moses said, ‘Please show me your glory.’ 19 And [The LORD] said, ‘I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The LORD.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.’”

II. GOD DOES WHAT IS GOOD

Psalm 119:68 “You (LORD) are good and do good.”

I) God does what is good to all mankind.

Matthew 5:45 “[God] makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

Acts 14:17 (Paul and Barnabas at Lystra) “[God] did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”

II) God especially does what is good to His saints.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Genesis 50:20 “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”

Psalm 23:6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Thomas Watson: “To know that nothing hurts the godly, is a matter of comfort; but to be assured that all things…shall co-operate for their good…this may fill their hearts with joy till they run over.”

III. GOD DID HIS HIGHEST GOOD BY SENDING HIS SON TO DIE SO THAT YOU COULD HAVE ETERNAL LIFE

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Concerning the word “so” in John 3:16, Thomas Boston: “This is an inexpressible so, a so that all the angels of heaven cannot analyze. None can conceive or understand the boundless extent and dimensions of it.”

C.S. Lewis: “It cost God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things: but to convert rebellious will cost him crucifixion.”

Q. How must you respond to God’s goodness?

IV. YOU MUST NOT PRESUME UPON GOD’S GOODNESS—IF YOU DO, YOU WILL GO TO HELL

Romans 2:3 “Do you suppose, O man…that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness (goodness) and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s  [goodness] is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.”

Thomas Watson: “Knowledge without repentance will be but a torch to light men to hell.”

V. YOU MUST REPENT AND BELIEVE GOD’S GOOD NEWS—IF YOU DO, GOD WILL FORGIVE AND CLEASE YOU

Mark 1:14-1514 Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’”

Psalm 86:5 “For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.”

Isaiah 55:2 “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.”

VI. IN CHRIST, YOU MUST IMITATE GOD IN HIS GOODNESS

Luke 6:35 “…love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.”

Martin Luther: “Good works do not make a good man — but a good man does make works good.”

VII. IN CHRIST, YOU MUST TELL OTHERS OF GOD’S GOODNESS

Psalm 145:4, 74 One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. … 7 They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.”

VIII. IN CHRIST, YOU MUST PRAISE GOD FOR HIS GOODNESS

1 Chronicles 16:34 “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!”

Psalm 135:3 “Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant!”

Psalm 31:19 “Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!”

CONCLUSION

Thomas Boston: “Seek not your happiness in created things and enjoyments, but in an ever-bountiful God, who is the spring and source of all goodness and mercy, and who can fully satisfy all the desires of an immortal soul.”

Psalm 34:8 “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”

FAITHFUL LABORERS (pt.2): Philippians 2:25-30

OUTLINE

I. THE IDENTITY OF A FAITHFUL LABORER (v. 25)

I) A faithful laborer is a brother (v. 25a)
II) A faithful laborer is a fellow worker (v. 25b)
III) A faithful laborer is a fellow soldier (v. 25c)
IV) A faithful laborer is a messenger (v. 25d)
V) A faithful laborer is a minister (v. 25e)

II. THE HEART OF A FAITHFUL LABORER (v. 26-27, 30)

I) The heart of a faithful laborer longs for the saints (v. 26a)
II) The heart of a faithful laborer distresses over the saints (v. 26b-27)
III) The heart of a faithful laborer is willing to risk his life for the saints (v. 30)

III. HOW FAITHFUL SAINTS TREAT FAITHFUL LABORERS (v. 26, 28-29)

I) Faithful saints are concerned with the welfare of faithful laborers (v. 26)
II) Faithful saints receive faithful laborers with all joy (v. 29a)
III) Faithful saints honor faithful laborers (v. 29b)

DISCUSSION

I. Read verses 25-27. What do we learn about Epaphroditus and therefore about faithful gospel ministry?

II. According to verse 25, how did Paul view Epaphroditus? According to verse 27, how did Paul feel about Epaphroditus? What do we learn about faithful gospel ministry from verse 30?