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“And,” Not “Or”

And Not Or

John 4:19-24

I. “In spirit”

    A. The proper attitude (Psalm 122:1; Acts 2:46-47; Hebrews 10:19-25)
    B. Is spirit enough? (1 Samuel 15:7-9, 13-15, 22-23)

II. “In truth”

    A. Prayer (Acts 2:42; 1 Timothy 2:1,8; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Acts 12:12)
    B. Singing (Colossians 3:16-17)
    C. Preaching (1 Timothy 4:2; Acts 17:11)
    D. Communing (Matthew 26:26-29; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
    E. Giving (1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 8:7-9)
    F. Is truth enough? (Matthew 15:7-9)

Who Is My Neighbor? (Luke 10:25-37)

The Good Samaritan sermon Who Is My Neighbor Luke 10

Luke 10:25-37

I. The question(s)

    A. “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 10:25)
    B. “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” (Luke 10:26-28; cf. Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18)
    C. “Who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29)

II. The parable

    A. The priest (Luke 10:30-31; cf. Deuteronomy 22:1-4; Exodus 23:4-5)
    B. The Levite (Luke 10:32)
    C. The Samaritan (Luke 10:33-35)
    D. Which acted as a neighbor to the victim? (Luke 10:36-37a)

III. The call to action

    A. “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37b)
    B. A timeless truth (Micah 6:8; Matthew 23:23; Romans 13:10; Galatians 6:10)

Deludedism*

Deludedism

John 8:31-32

I. Applications from life and nature

    A. What is 2+2? What happens when you drink poison? When you shoot a loaded gun at someone?
    B. In nature, you reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7-8)
    C. The spiritual application (Matthew 7:15-23)

II. Applications from the Old Testament

    A. Eve believed a lie (Genesis 3:1-6, 16-19)
    B. Jacob believed a lie (Genesis 37:28, 31-35)
    C. The prophet believed a lie (1 Kings 13:11-24)

III. Applications from the New Testament

    A. Saul of Tarsus (Acts 7:59-8:1; 9:1-2; 23:1)
    B. Cornelius (Acts 10-11)
    C. Apollos (Acts 18)
    D. Our advantage (John 8:31-32)

* You will not find this word in the dictionary. If you type “deludedism” into Microsoft Word, it will get the squiggly red underline. The word was made up by the late brother Paul Hodges, and I first heard it in a lesson he presented at Lehman Avenue church of Christ in Bowling Green, Kentucky, over fifteen years ago. On July 11, 2016, brother Hodges went home to his reward, and I know the Lord’s kingdom was benefited greatly by his service over the years. He was a gifted song leader and a dedicated servant, and he was staunch in his opposition to the various false “ism’s” of the religious world, including “deludedism.” The idea behind “deludedism” is this: it doesn’t matter what you believe, as long as you are honest and sincere, God will save you. What do you think? Is it a valid system of belief?

Rejecting God

Rejecting God Luke 10

Luke 10:1-16

I. The opportunity and responsibility to spread the gospel (Luke 10:2)

    A. The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20)
    B. The perpetual commission (1 Timothy 4:12,16; 2 Timothy 2:15; 4:3-4; 2:2; Titus 2:1,3-5)

II. Many will reject God

    A. Jesus predicted such (Matthew 7:21-23)
    B. Jesus’ instruction to the seventy (Luke 10:10-11)
    C. We must not waste time (Matthew 7:6), but do not doubt the power of the gospel (Romans 1:16)

III. Rejecting God puts one in an eternally dangerous position

    A. Sodom (Luke 10:12; Genesis 13:13; 18:32)
    B. Tyre and Sidon (Luke 10:13-15; Acts 21:3-4; 27:3)

IV. Rejection is hurtful and disappointing (Luke 10:16)

    A. Our success is measured in faithfulness
    B. Remember what God told Samuel (1 Samuel 8:4-7)

Worthy Art Thou

Worthy Art Thou Tillit S Teddlie

Revelation 5:11-12

An Examination of the Song by Tillit S. Teddlie

I. First verse

    A. “Worthy of praise is Christ our Redeemer” (Titus 2:11-14)
    B. “Worthy of praise…glory, honor, and power” (Hebrews 13:15)
    C. “Worthy of all our soul’s adoration” (Psalm 103:1-5)

II. Second verse

    A. “Lift up the voice in praise and devotion, saints of all earth before Him should bow (Colossians 3:16)
    B. “Angels in heaven worship Him saying, Worthy art Thou!” (Hebrews 1:6; 2:7; Joshua 5:13-15)

III. Third verse

    A. “Lord may we come before Thee with singing, filled with Thy Spirit, wisdom and power” (Ephesians 5:17-21; 2 Timothy 1:7; Acts 17:2,17; 18:4,19; 19:8-9; 24:24-25)
    B. “May we ascribe Thee glory and honor, worthy art Thou!” (Hebrews 11:6)

Yes, But… (Luke 9:57-62)

Yes But Luke 9

Luke 9:57-62

I. The zealous go-getter

    A. “I’m excited about what you’re doing! Can I call you Lord?” (Luke 9:57)
    B. Jesus said, “Yes, but…” (Luke 9:58; 9:51-53; 14:28-30; 8:13; John 15:18-20; 2 Timothy 3:10-12)

II. The procrastinator

    A. This man said, “Yes, I will follow, but…” (Luke 9:59)
    B. There are things more important than family (Luke 9:60; 14:26; 1 Corinthians 7:12-15; Romans 12:18)

III. The one who looked back

    A. This man said, “Yes, I will follow, but…” (Luke 9:61)
    B. Jesus said, “Don’t look back!” (Luke 9:62; Hebrews 10:24-25; John 6:66; James 3:1-2; Ephesians 4:15; Galatians 2:11-13)

When They Had Come Down From The Mountain (Luke 9:37-45)

When They Had Come Down From The Mountain Luke 9:37-45

Luke 9:37-45

I. The perversity of people

    A. “Help my unbelief” (Luke 9:41; Mark 9:22-24; Luke 17:5)
    B. We must be a positive influence for righteousness (Matthew 5:16; 13:33)

II. The power of prayer

    A. Prayerlessness and powerlessness go hand-in-hand (Luke 9:1, 42; Mark 9:28-29)
    B. The providence of God (Esther 4:13-14)
    C. Pray for opportunities (Ephesians 6:18-20)

III. The pitfalls of popularity

    A. The Lord’s purpose (Luke 9:43-44; 5:32; 19:10)
    B. We will face opposition (Luke 6:22-23)
    C. We will be treated unfairly, like the Lord (1 Peter 2:18-24; 4:1-2)

What is the Church?

What is the church

I. The church is not a denomination

    A. Started in Jerusalem, then expanded to the whole world (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; Acts 1:8; 8:1,4)
    B. “Church” is used in a universal sense (Matthew 16:18; Act 2:47) and a local sense (Romans 16:1,5)
    C. Division and teaching things contrary to Scripture is condemned (1 Corinthians 1:10; Galatians 1:6-9)

II. The church is the collection of the saved

    A. The Lord adds to His one body, the church (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 5:23; 1:22-23; 4:4)
    B. The church is a body of unity (Ephesians 4:1-6; John 17:20-21)
    C. Only the faithful will be saved (Hebrews 5:8-9; Revelation 2:10; Matthew 16:24)

III. How does one become a member of the Lord’s church?

    A. Or, “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 2:38-41)
    B. How does one get into Christ? (Romans 6:3-7; Colossians 2:12; Galatians 3:26-27)
    C. How does one get into the church? (1 Corinthians 12:13; Acts 2:47)

Are You Listening To Jesus? (Luke 9:28-36)

Transfiguration Luke 9:28-36

Luke 9:28-36

I. The participants

    A. Moses [“the Law”] and Elijah [“the Prophets”] (Luke 9:30; cf. Matthew 7:12; 22:37-39; Luke 16:16; Matthew 5:17; Luke 24:44)
    B. The topic: “His decease” [Greek exodos] (Luke 9:31; Hebrews 2:14-15)

II. The disciples’ reaction

    A. They woke up! (Luke 9:32)
    B. Peter had good intentions, but didn’t think through to the consequences of his suggestion (Luke 9:33)

III. The command of God

    A. The cloud (Luke 9:34; cf. Exodus 14:19; 1 Kings 8:10-11)
    B. “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Luke 9:35)

      1. God spoke from heaven on other occasions (Luke 3:22; John 12:28-30)
      2. Final authority rests with Jesus (John 12:48; Matthew 7:24-27; 28:18; Ephesians 1:22-23)

The Blessing of Compassion (Psalm 41)

Psalm 41

I. The Lord’s view of the compassionate

    A. Repay the mercy that was shown to you (Psalm 41:1a)
    B. Six manifestations of the Lord’s mercy (Psalm 41:1b-3)

II. Enemies will mistreat you

    A. A penitent prayer for mercy (Psalm 41:4)
    B. Our enemy’s unwillingness to forgive (Psalm 41:5-8)
    C. A betrayal of close friends (Psalm 41:9; cf. 2 Samuel 15:1-12; John 13:18)

III. Men can be fickle, but God is faithful

    A. God’s justice will be served (Psalm 41:10-11)
    B. Integrity based on repentance (Psalm 41:12)
    C. Praise the One who shows compassion on His creation (Psalm 41:13)