Into Our Hands the Gospel is Given

Into Our Hands the Gospel is Given

I. Verse 1

    A. “Swiftly…swiftly…” (James 4:14)
    B. “How are we using God’s golden moments?” (Ephesians 5:16)
    C. “Shall we reap glory? Shall we reap tears?” (Galatians 6:7)

II. Verse 2

    A. “Millions…” (Matthew 7:13-14)
    B. “Shall we sit idly…” (Matthew 9:35-38)

III. Verse 3

    A. “Souls that are precious” (John 3:16)
    B. “Souls that are dying” (Isaiah 59:1-2)
    C. “While we rejoice our sins are forgiven” (Philippians 4:4) – may our joy motivate us to tell others!
    D. “Did He not also die for these lost ones?…” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)

IV. Chorus

    A. “Into our hands the gospel is given, into our hands is given the light, Haste, let us carry God’s precious message, guiding the erring back to the right”
    B. Matthew 28:18-20

Redeeming the Time (Ephesians 5:15-17)

Redeeming the Time (Ephesians 5:15-17)

Ephesians 5:15-17; Judges 6-7

I. How is time “redeemed”?

    A. To “redeem” is to buy back again
    B. Past darkness vs. present light (Ephesians 5:8)
    C. Past mistakes should serve as motivation to make the most of present opportunities

II. The example of Gideon

    A. A time of darkness in Israel (Judges 6:1-10)
    B. Gideon’s task: save his people (Judges 6:14, 25-26)
    C. Gideon’s obstacles: fearful and careless men (Judges 7:3-7)
    D. Gideon’s needs:

      1. Faith (Judges 6:12-16)
      2. Strength (Judges 6:12)
      3. Obedience (Judges 6:27)
      4. Humility (Judges 7:2; 6:15)
      5. Courage (Judges 6:27)

III. Present parallels

    A. A time of darkness (Ephesians 5:11)
    B. Our task: save our people by pointing them to Jesus (Luke 19:10; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 9:6; 10:6; 1 Corinthians 15:1-2; 2 Timothy 2:2)
    C. Our obstacles: fear and carelessness (2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Corinthians 10:12; Ephesians 5:15)
    D. Our needs:

      1. Faith (Romans 10:17)
      2. Strength (Ephesians 6:10)
      3. Obedience (Hebrews 5:9; Matthew 7:21)
      4. Humility (James 4:6, 10)
      5. Courage (Ephesians 6:18-20; 1 Peter 3:14)

Adapted from a sermon by Curtis E. Flatt (1921-2018)

The Motivation Behind Our Actions (Matthew 6:1-18)

The Motivation Behind Our Actions (Matthew 6:1-18)

Matthew 6:1-18

I. Giving (Matthew 6:1-4)

    A. Do not seek publicity
    B. Others may cite your deeds to motivate others, but we should not publicize them for ourselves (Mark 12:41-44; Acts 4:36-37)
    C. God is the rewarder

II. Prayer (Matthew 6:5-15)

    A. Our personal prayers should be private petitions, not public proclamations (Matthew 6:5-8; Luke 18:10-14)
    B. The model prayer (Matthew 6:9-13; 1 John 1:8-9)
    C. The condition of forgiveness (Matthew 6:14-15)

III. Fasting (Matthew 6:16-18)

    A. Denying oneself food to focus on spiritual matters
    B. Practiced by the early church (Acts 13:2-3; 14:23)
    C. Jesus’ point: whatever you do, do it for God, not to draw attention to yourself!

The Christian Walk (Ephesians 5:1-17)

The Christian Walk (Ephesians 5:1-17)

Ephesians 5:1-17

I. Walk in love

    A. Imitate the love of Christ’s sacrifice (Ephesians 5:1-2; Rom 12:1-2)
    B. There are activities “not fitting for saints” (Ephesians 5:3-5; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-21)
    C. “Let no one deceive you” (Ephesians 5:6-7)

      1. Jesus was a “friend of sinners” (Luke 7:34)
      2. But He had the aim of teaching and converting, not “partying with them” – our aim must be the same (Matthew 5:13-16)

II. Walk in light

    A. Bearing the fruit of the Spirit “in all goodness, righteousness, and truth” (Ephesians 5:8-10; Galatians 5:22-23)
    B. No fellowship with darkness (Ephesians 5:11)
    C. Responsibility to expose darkness (Ephesians 5:12-14)

III. Walk in wisdom

    A. “Circumspectly” – “exactly, accurately, diligently” (Ephesians 5:15)
    B. “Redeeming the time” – taking advantage of opportunities as presented, as you do not know how many opportunities remain! (Ephesians 5:16)
    C. “Understand” (Ephesians 5:17; 3:4; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17)

The Highway of Holiness (Isaiah 35)

The Highway of Holiness (Isaiah 35)

Isaiah 35

I. Transformation of the wilderness (Isaiah 35:1-2)

    A. Contrast with the destruction of Isaiah 34
    B. Nature rejoices with man at repentance

II. Encouragement of the weak (Isaiah 35:3-4)

    A. Encouragement needed (Lk. 22:32; Rom. 15:1-2; Gal. 6:1-2; Acts 14:21-22)
    B. Fulfilled in Christian dispensation (Hebrews 12:12-13)
    C. “Do not be afraid!” (Gen. 15:1; Exo. 14:13; Deut. 20:1-3; Josh. 1:9; etc.)
    D. New Testament encouragement (Phil. 4:6; 2 Tim. 1:7; 2 Thes. 1:6-9)

III. Physical and spiritual healing (Isaiah 35:5-7)

    A. Jesus’ answer to John the Baptizer (Matthew 11:3-5)
    B. Spiritual application (Revelation 22:17)

IV. The Highway of Holiness (Isaiah 35:8-10)

    A. The Way (Matt. 7:13-14; John 14:6; Acts 9:2; 19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:14, 22; 16:17; 18:25-26)
    B. “Fool” is evil (Prov. 1:7; 24:7; 10:8, 10; 14:3; 12:15; 15:5; 20:3; 27:22; 29:9; Isaiah 19:11; Jeremiah 4:22; Hosea 9:7; Micah 2:11)
    C. The redeemed and ransomed (Acts 2:41, 46; 8:8, 39; 16:34)

The Integrity of the New Man (Ephesians 4:25-32)

The Integrity of the New Man Ephesians 4:25-32

Ephesians 4:25-32

I. Integrity of trust (Ephesians 4:25)

    A. Do not lie (Leviticus 19:11; Matthew 5:37)
    B. Relationships are built on trust (Ephesians 4:15-16)
    C. Severe consequences of lying (Revelation 21:8; 22:15)

II. Integrity of emotion (Ephesians 4:26-27)

    A. Be angry at sin, but show love to the sinner (Psalm 97:10)
    B. Do not let anger fester (Matthew 5:25; 18:15; Galatians 5:20, 23; Titus 1:7)

III. Integrity of work (Ephesians 4:28)

    A. Do not steal (Exodus 20:15; Leviticus 19:11; Titus 2:10)
    B. Work not only helps the one who labors, but allows him to help others in need (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12; Acts 4:34-35)

IV. Integrity of speech (Ephesians 4:29-30)

    A. The old man’s mouth will be stopped (Romans 3:19), but the new man’s mouth will confess Christ (Romans 10:9-10)
    B. The “grain of salt” is the responsibility of the speaker, not the hearer (Col. 4:6)

V. Integrity of love (Ephesians 4:31-32)

    A. How we feel about our brethren matters (1 John 4:20-21)
    B. Love for the brethren is demonstrated through kindness, tenderheartedness, and forgiveness (Gal. 5:22; 1 Peter 3:8; Matt. 6:14-15)

From Tragedy to Triumph (Ephesians 4:17-24)

From Tragedy to Triumph Ephesians 4:17-24

Ephesians 4:17-24

I. The tragedy of the old man (Ephesians 4:17-19)

    A. “The futility of their mind” (Ephesians 4:17; Proverbs 1:7)
    B. “The blindness of their hearts” (Ephesians 4:18; Romans 1:18-23)
    C. “Work all uncleanness” (Ephesians 4:19; Mark 7:21-23)

II. The transition from old to new (Ephesians 4:20-21)

    A. Learning Christ through the example of others (1 Corinthians 11:1; 1 Timothy 4:12; 1 Peter 3:1-2)
    B. Hearing Christ through His inspired Scriptures (Romans 10:17; James 1:21)
    C. Taught by Christ by way of faithful disciples (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2)

III. The triumph of the new man (Ephesians 4:22-24)

    A. “Put off…the old man” (Ephesians 4:22)
    B. “Be renewed” (Ephesians 4:23; Romans 12:2)
    C. “Put on the new man” (Ephesians 4:24)

      1. Put on Christ in baptism (Galatians 3:26-27)
      2. Raised to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4)
      3. Created in Christ Jesus for good works (Ephesians 2:10; Colossians 2:12)
      4. Living in “true righteousness and holiness” (Titus 2:12)

Equipping and Edifying in Love (Ephesians 4:7-16)

Equipping and Edifying in Love Ephesians 4:7-16

Ephesians 4:7-16

I. The Gifts (Ephesians 4:7-10)

    A. Grace available to all
    B. Our conquering King gives gifts (cf. Psalm 68:18)
    C. For the Son of God to ascend, He first had to descend (John 1:1-2, 14)

II. Equipping the Saints (Ephesians 4:11-14)

    A. Miraculous (first century): apostles and prophets
    B. Non-miraculous (until the end of time): evangelists and teaching pastors
    C. For the work of ministry (2 Timothy 4:5) and edification (Romans 15:2; Ephesians 4:29)
    D. Grounding the church in the doctrine of Christ (“one faith” Ephesians 4:5; Jude 3; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

III. The Growth and Edification of the Body (Ephesians 4:15-16)

    A. By speaking the truth in love (“agape”)
    B. By unity – “joined and knit together” (Ephesians 4:1-3)
    C. By the “effective working” of the whole body – “every part does its share”
    D. The key to all of this is love – “agape

Oaths and Revenge (Matthew 5:33-48)

Oaths and Revenge Matthew 5:33-48

Matthew 5:33-48

I. Oaths

    A. Old Law prohibited lying (Matthew 5:33; Exodus 20:13; Numbers 30:2; Leviticus 19:11-12)
    B. Warning against flippant oaths (Matthew 5:34-36)
    C. “Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’” (Matthew 5:37)

II. Revenge

    A. Retaliation under the Old Law (Matthew 5:38; Leviticus 24:19-20)
    B. Rise above vengeance (Matthew 5:39-41; Romans 13:4; 12:19)
    C. Respond to genuine needs (Matthew 5:42; James 1:27; 2:14-17; 1 John 3:17; Matthew 25:35-45; Galatians 6:10)
    D. Love for enemies (Matthew 5:43-47; Leviticus 19:18; Proverbs 25:21-22)
    E. Strive to be better, and to be more like God (Matthew 5:48; Philippians 3:12-14)

One Baptism (Ephesians 4:5)

One Baptism Ephesians 4:4-6

Ephesians 4:5

I. Six different “baptisms” in the New Testament

    A. Baptism of John the Immerser (Mark 1:4-7; Acts 19:1-5)
    B. Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:8; Acts 2:1-4)
    C. Baptism of suffering (Luke 12:50; 22:44; Hebrews 5:7)
    D. Baptism of fire (Matthew 3:11; 25:41, 46)
    E. Baptism for the dead (1 Corinthians 15:29)
    F. Baptism of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)

II. “There is one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5)

    A. Immersion (Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12)
    B. Authorized by the Godhead (Matthew 28:19)
    C. For the purpose of the remission of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16)
    D. For the purpose of salvation (Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21)
    E. Places one “in Christ” (Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3-4)

But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. (Acts 8:12)