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The Tragedy of Sin (Genesis 3:1-13)

The Tragedy of Sin

Genesis 3:1-13

I. The temptation (Genesis 3:1-5)

    A. Focuses on the negative
    B. Suggests we can interpret what God says however we please
    C. Creates a false distance between man and his Lord
    D. Even Eve adds her own prohibition – “nor shall you touch it” (cf. Genesis 2:16-17)

II. The sin (Genesis 3:6)

    A. Eve was deceived (John 8:44; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 15:33; Galatians 6:7-8; James 1:12-17)
    B. Adam was not innocent – he was “with her”

III. Who is to blame? (Genesis 3:8-13)

    A. Adam blamed both God and Eve (James 1:13)
    B. Eve blamed Satan (1 Corinthians 10:13)

For an excellent in-depth study of the book of Genesis, I highly recommend Michael Whitworth’s The Epic of God. Purchase at this link.

Using Good for the Gospel (Acts 3:1-26)

Using Good for the Gospel

Acts 3:1-26

I. God gives more than we ask for

    A. The man’s request (Acts 3:1-7)
    B. God goes above and beyond (1 Kings 3:5-14; Ephesians 3:20-21; Psalm 147:5)

II. Create an opportunity to praise God

    A. The apostles refused praise (Acts 3:8-12)
    B. Our good works should be seen and praise directed toward God (Ephesians 2:10; Galatians 6:10; Matthew 5:13-16)

III. Using those opportunities of praise, we should preach the gospel

    A. Peter points to “the God of Abraham” (Acts 3:13)
    B. Peter points to God’s “Servant Jesus” (Acts 3:13; Isaiah 53; 52:11; 42:1-4)
    C. Words of comfort and hope (Acts 3:17-19)
    D. We must teach our sincere religious neighbors the truth of the one body (Ephesians 4:4), the Savior of the body (Ephesians 5:23), how to enter that body (Galatians 3:27)

In The Beginning Was The Word…

In the Beginning was the Word

John 1:1-5, 14

I. “In the beginning…” (John 1:1)

    A. Compare with Genesis 1:1
    B. “…was the Word” (Proverbs 8:23; John 17:5; 8:53-58)
    C. He was the creative agent through whom the beginning began (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17)

II. “And the Word was with God” (John 1:1)

    A. Not “in” or “from,” but “with”
    B. “…and the Word was God” (Philippians 2:6; Judges 13:19-22; Joshua 5:13-15; Revelation 5:12)

III. “The Word became flesh” (John 1:14)

    A. He chose to become flesh so He could redeem mankind (Philippians 2:7; John 1:5)
    B. We must shine as lights (John 1:6-9; Matthew 5:16)
    C. Show the love of Christ (Philippians 2:8; Romans 5:6-11)

The Gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38)

The Gift of the Holy Spirit Acts 2:38

Acts 2:38

I. Voices of the past

    A. Non-miraculous indwelling? (Coffman, McGarvey, Jackson)
    B. Miraculous gifts of first century? (Boles, Camp, Woods)

II. Context

    A. Joel’s prophecy of the miraculous (Joel 2:28-32)
    B. Pentecost as the fulfillment of that prophecy (Acts 2)

III. “Receive”

    A. Samaria (Acts 8:14-17)
    B. Cornelius (Acts 10:44-47)
    C. Ephesus (Acts 19:1-6)

IV. “Gift”

    A. Samaria (Acts 8:18-20)
    B. Cornelius (Acts 10:45; 11:15-17)

V. Parallel with Mark 16:16-18

    A. Salvation and its divine conditions (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38a)
    B. The gift of the Holy Spirit (Mark 16:17-18; Acts 2:38b)

Christian Sacrifice

Christian Sacrifice

Romans 12:1-2

I. A proper sacrifice is done in love

    A. Love for God (John 14:15; 1 John 5:3)
    B. Complete love (Mark 12:29)

II. “Be not conformed to this world”

    A. The world will pull you away from God (James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17)
    B. Warnings against greed (Matthew 6:24, 33; 1 Timothy 6:6-10)
    C. Sinful attitudes and activities must be avoided (2 Timothy 3:1-7; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Peter 4:1-4)

III. “But be transformed by the renewing of your mind”

    A. Stop serving the evil one, start serving the Just One (Romans 6:16-18)
    B. The blessing of spiritual protection (1 John 4:4; John 10:27-29; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Thessalonians 5:11)
    C. The blessing of joy (Philippians 4:4, 6-7; James 1:2-3)

Christ’s Kingdom: Now Established or Yet To Come?

Christ's Kingdom Now Established or Yet To Come

Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-21

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. The nature of the kingdom (Acts 1:6; John 16:12-13; 18:36; 1 Samuel 8:1-7)

III. Modern misunderstanding of the nature of the kingdom: premillennialism and its consequences

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

God Exists

God Exists

Hebrews 11:6

I. The Law of Cause and Effect

    A. “Every material effect must have an adequate cause that existed before the effect”
    B. God is the cause of the universe (Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:11; Acts 17:24-25; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 3:4)
    C. But then, what caused God? (God is not material; He is Spirit – John 4:24)

II. Which God?

    A. Moses anticipated this question (Exodus 3:13-14)
    B. God’s general revelation (Romans 1:20; Psalm 14:1; 19:1-4; 8:3-4)
    C. God’s specific revelation (Hebrews 1:1-2; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

III. God-pleasing faith

    A. Believes that He exists (Hebrews 11:6; Acts 17:24-25)
    B. Causes man to seek Him (Hebrews 11:6; Acts 17:26-28)

New Year…New You?

New Year New You

2 Corinthians 5:17

I. Healthy diet

    A. Not physical, but spiritual (Matthew 4:4)
    B. Spend time in the Word and with sound study materials (2 Timothy 2:15-16)

II. Exercise more

    A. Spiritual fitness (1 Timothy 4:8; 1 Corinthians 6:19)
    B. Athletics as a metaphor (1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Hebrews 12:1; 2 Timothy 4:7)

III. Spend money more wisely

    A. Give to God freely, liberally, and cheerfully (2 Corinthians 8:1-7; 9:7)
    B. The result of giving as God commands (2 Corinthians 9:6, 8; Malachi 3:8-10; Luke 6:38)

IV. Spend more time with friends and family

    A. The church is the family of God (Matthew 12:46-50; 1 Timothy 5:1-2; 3:15)
    B. The importance of fellowship (Acts 2:42, 46-47; Psalm 122:1; Hebrews 10:24-25)

The Road To Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)

The Road To Emmaus

Luke 24:13-35

I. The importance of listening to all things revealed

    A. The disciples’ despair (Luke 24:13-24; 23:53,55)
    B. Jesus contrasts their misunderstanding with the actual inspired record (Luke 24:25-27; Genesis 3:15; 22:18; Exodus 12; Leviticus 16:1-34; Deuteronomy 18:15; Isaiah 7:14; 40:10-11; 50:6; 53:3-4; Ezekiel 34:23; Micah 5:2; Zechariah 6:12; 9:9; 12:10; 13:7; Malachi 3:1)
    C. Application for today (Matthew 7:21; Mark 16:16; John 12:48)

II. The necessity of hospitality

    A. The disciples’ hospitality (Luke 24:28-29)
    B. A requirement for Christians, both leaders (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8) and all members (1 Peter 4:9)
    C. Jesus was not going to force Himself into their lives or homes – He required the invitation

III. Our attitude toward the Scriptures

    A. Their hearts burned (Luke 24:32; James 1:21; 2 Timothy 2:15)
    B. They were so excited, they could not wait to tell others (Luke 24:33-35; Mark 16:15)

What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

1 Thessalonians 1:6-10

I. Be converted

    A. Turn from idols (1 Thessalonians 1:9; Colossians 3:5)
    B. Turn to God (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:1-6; Matthew 18:3; Ephesians 4:17, 22-24)

II. Serve God

    A. Includes service to neighbors (Philippians 2:3-4; Galatians 6:10)
    B. Involving ourselves in God’s will (Galatians 2:20)

III. Be an example

    A. Imitating the apostles (1 Thessalonians 1:6-8; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 3:17)
    B. Imitating Christian leaders inasmuch as they imitate Christ (Hebrews 13:7; 1 Peter 5:2-3)
    C. Providing a good example for others (Titus 2:7; Philippians 2:14-15; Matthew 5:16)

IV. Looking forward to His return

    A. He promised He will come back (1 Thessalonians 1:10; John 14:1-3; Matthew 24:36, 42; 1 Thessalonians 5:2)
    B. “There’s a Great Day Coming” (2 Thessalonians 1:7)