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Let This Mind Be In You: Love

Let This Mind Be In You Love

1 John 4:7-11

I. GOD LOVES US

    A. Shown in sending His Son (1 John 4:7-11; John 3:16-17; 1 John 4:16-19)
    B. Love is the foundation of salvation (Romans 5:6-8; John 15:13)
    C. Jesus’ sacrifice was a conscious, calculated decision, understanding the consequences (Mark 10:17-22)

II. JESUS IS OUR ULTIMATE EXAMPLE

    A. He was willing to give; we must be willing to give (1 John 3:16-18; James 2:15-16)
    B. The example of the first century church (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35; 5:4)

III. GENEROSITY BASED ON LOVE

    A. Looking for opportunities (Galatians 6:2, 7-10)
    B. The example of Macedonia (2 Corinthians 8:2-5, 9, 12-15)

IV. LOVE IS SHOWN NOT ONLY IN GIVING, BUT IN LIVING

    A. Love is the basis of how we treat one another (Romans 13:8-10)
    B. Love is the basis of how we treat God (John 14:15; 1 John 5:2-3)

Let This Mind Be In You: Holy

Holy

1 Peter 1:13-16

I. OUR CONDUCT MUST DEPICT THE HOLINESS OF CHRIST

    A. Christians are not only expected to be holy; we are commanded to be holy (Hebrews 12:14)
    B. To be holy is to be different from the world (1 Peter 1:13-16)
    C. Christians are a part of “a holy priesthood” and “a holy nation” (1 Peter 2:4-5,9-10)
    D. The world opposes holiness (1 Peter 4:1-4)

II. THE SCRIPTURES HELP US TO BE HOLY AS GOD IS HOLY

    A. Psalm 1:1-2 – Be careful where you walk, stand, and sit; and meditate on the Word
    B. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 – Be on guard against temptation and look for God’s way of escape
    C. 1 Corinthians 15:33 – Choose your closest friends wisely
    D. 2 Timothy 2:22 – Run away from sin, and run toward righteousness, faith, love, and peace
    E. 1 John 1:9 – Confess and ask for forgiveness to be cleansed, justified, made holy and set apart (cf. Psalm 103:2)
    F. Romans 12:1-2 – Fully committed to God’s will as a living sacrifice
    G. Philippians 3:12-16 – We are on a journey to eternity

Let This Mind Be In You: Confidence in the Power of God

Confidence in the Power of God

Matthew 17:22-23

I. CONFIDENCE OF CHRIST AND HIS APOSTLES

    A. Jesus had confidence in the power of God to establish and sustain His church (Matthew 6:13; 24:35; 16:13-18)
    B. Jesus had confidence in the scheme of redemption (Matthew 16:21; 17:22-23)
    C. Because of His confidence, the apostles developed a similar confidence (Acts 2:22-36)

II. CONFIDENCE OF DISCIPLES TODAY

    A. We can have confidence in what God has done (Romans 6:1-10)
    B. We can have confidence in what God will do (2 Corinthians 4:13-14)
    C. Humility is needed to acknowledge God’s power (Psalm 44:6-8; James 4:10; Philippians 4:13)

III. WHAT CONFIDENCE CAN DO FOR US

    A. We can approach His throne in prayer (Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 John 5:14-15)
    B. We can boldly proclaim His truth (Acts 4:29; Ephesians 6:13-20; Romans 1:16)

Are There Degrees of Reward and Punishment in Eternity?

Degrees of Reward and Punishment

Matthew 6:19-21

I. Degrees of Reward in Heaven

    A. All who remain faithful will receive an eternal reward (Revelation 2:7, 10; 3:5, 21; Philippians 3:12-14)
    B. We cannot earn entrance to heaven, but we will be rewarded for what we have done (Luke 19:12-26)
    C. The teacher is rewarded for the faithfulness of converts (1 Corinthians 3:5-15)
    D. Wayne Jackson: “The implication is plain – the more of our converts who endure and finally arrive in heaven, the greater our joy and reward will be.”

II. Degrees of Punishment in Hell

    A. “More tolerable for Tyre and Sidon” (Matthew 11:20-24)
    B. Guy N. Woods: “The greater the responsibility, the greater the guilt; the greater the guilt, the greater the punishment, in the day of final accounting.”
    C. “Of how much worse punishment” (Hebrews 10:24-29; 2:1-4)
    D. “The latter end is worse for them than the beginning” (2 Peter 2:20)
    E. Many stripes vs. few stripes (Luke 12:41-48)

Let This Mind Be In You: Peace

Peace

Luke 2:8-14

I. PEACE WITH OUR FELLOW MAN

    A. We cannot control how another person acts, but we CAN control how we react (Romans 12:17-21)
    B. We cannot be apathetic about peace – PURSUE IT! (Romans 14:19; 2 Timothy 2:22; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 3:11)

II. PEACE WITH GOD

    A. There is a connection between faith and peace (Mark 5:24-34; Luke 7:36-50)
    B. Through Christ we can have peace not only with each other, but with God Himself (Ephesians 2:11-16)
    C. Does this mean our lives will be free from conflict when we obey the Lord? (Romans 5:1-4; Matthew 10:34-39; John 16:33)

III. WE SHOULD BE SPIRITUAL PEACEMAKERS

    A. Lead others into a peaceful relationship with the Almighty (Matthew 5:9; Ephesians 6:14-15)
    B. You know someone who needs the peace of Christ – what are you doing about it? (Romans 10:13-15; James 3:18)

Let This Mind Be In You: Compassion

Compassion

Matthew 14:13-21

I. THE COMPASSION OF CHRIST

    A. Feeding the 5000 (Matthew 14:13-21)
    B. Feeding the 4000 (Matthew 15:29-38)

II. COMPASSION NOT ONLY FOR PHYSICAL NEEDS, BUT SPIRITUAL CONDITION

    A. “Like sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:35-36; Matthew 7:15; 2 Peter 2:1-3)
    B. Jesus had compassion and demanded action (Matthew 9:37-38)

III. COMPASSION IN RESTORATION

    A. The prodigal son (Luke 15:11-24)
    B. Our role in restoration (Galatians 6:1,10; James 5:19-20)

Let This Mind Be In You: Humility

Philippians 2:5-8

I. THE HUMILITY OF CHRIST (Philippians 2:5-8)

    A. Who is Jesus? (Isaiah 9:6; 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:4)
    B. Why did He come? To accomplish the will of God (Matthew 26:39,42; 1 Peter 2:18-23)
    C. The result of Christ’s humility: God exalted Him (Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Peter 5:5-6; James 4:10)

II. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “HUMBLE YOURSELF”?

    A. The example of Christ: serving (John 13:3-17)
    B. The struggles of the apostles (Mark 10:35-45)

III. THE BLESSINGS OF HUMILITY

    A. God will lift you up (James 4:10)
    B. God will guide and teach you (Psalm 25:9; Jeremiah 10:23)
    C. God will give you grace (Proverbs 3:34; 1 Peter 5:5; Luke 18:9-14)
    D. Humility is accompanied by wisdom (Proverbs 11:2)
    E. Humility is honorable (Proverbs 16:18-19; 29:23)

“Lord, Will You At This Time Restore The Kingdom To Israel?”

Acts 1:1-8

I. PROPHECIES CONCERNING THE KINGDOM

    A. Daniel 2:31-44
    B. Isaiah 2:2-3 (cf. Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Timothy 3:15)
    C. Joel 2:28-32

II. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE KINGDOM

    A. Acts 2:1-21 (cf. Acts 11:15)
    B. When they asked the question, the apostles didn’t fully understand the nature of the kingdom (John 16:12-13; 18:36; 1 Samuel 8:1-7)

III. MANY STILL MISUNDERSTAND TODAY: THE FALSE DOCTRINE OF PREMILLENNIALISM

    A. Recommended reading: God’s Prophetic Word by Foy E. Wallace Jr.
    B. Premillennialism “means that the second coming of the Lord will occur before the millennium begins…upon his return Christ will inaugurate the earthly kingdom referred to as the millennial reign” (Wallace 346)
    C. Consequences of premillennialism

      1. Makes God false to His promises (Mark 1:14-15; Deuteronomy 18:18, 22)
      2. Alternates Judaism and Christianity (Hebrews 8:13)
      3. Demotes Christ from His place at the right hand of God in heaven to the earth (Hebrews 1:3; 8:1)

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“But Lord, What About This Man?”

John 21:15-21

I. DISTRACTIONS

    A. Peter’s distraction in this context (John 18:15-18,25-27; 21:21-22)
    B. The distractions in the parable of the sower (Luke 8:5-15)
    C. Peter’s earlier distractions

      1. When Jesus walked on water (Matthew 14:26-30)
      2. At the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-7)

II. OUR FOCUS MUST BE ON FOLLOWING THE LORD

    A. God must be first (Matthew 6:33; Colossians 3:1-2,5; Matthew 6:19-21; Hebrews 11:6)
    B. Barclay: “Let a man serve Christ where Christ has set him” (John 21:15-22; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12:12-22)
    C. Where is your focus? (Philippians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 9:27; Matthew 7:3-5; Galatians 6:1; Romans 12:1-2)

“Are You Going There Again?”


John 11:1-10

I. THE CONTEXT

    A. The Jews sought to stone and seize Him (John 10:22-39)
    B. “Let us go to Judea again” (John 11:7)
    C. Do we take the Father’s commands as seriously as the Messiah did? (John 11:9-10; James 4:13-17)

II. IS THERE ANY EXCUSE TO DISOBEY GOD OR AVOID HIS WILL?

    A. The apostles feared for their lives and for the life of their Master, but that was no excuse (Mark 8:34-37; John 11:16)
    B. Do we look for a way of escape from obedience?

      1. “I don’t feel the need to do that” (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25; Jeremiah 10:23; Acts 23:1; 1 Timothy 1:12-13)
      2. “I’ve done too many bad things” (1 Timothy 1:12-13; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
      3. “God just wants me to be happy, no matter what!” (Matthew 5:3-10; Romans 12:1-2)
      4. “I’m not ready for that level of commitment; I’ll worry about it later” (Acts 24:23-25)
      5. “I’m a good person and I love Jesus, but I don’t need organized religion”

        a. Romans 3:23
        b. John 14:15
        c. Acts 20:28; Colossians 1:24; Ephesians 5:23; Ephesians 4:4; Acts 2:47

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