Bringing in the Sheaves (Psalm 126)

Bringing in the Sheaves

Psalm 126

I. “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad” (Psalm 126:1-4)

    A. Do we express joy as we should for the blessings of God?
    B. Delivered from the bondage of sin, do we now laugh and sing and tell everyone about Jesus?

II. Bringing in the sheaves (Psalm 126:5-6)

    A. “Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4)
    B. “Winners for souls are first weepers for souls.” (Spurgeon)
    C. At the harvest, after the hard work of reaping, “We shall come rejoicing”

The Eternal Purpose of God (Ephesians 3:8-13)

The Eternal Purpose of God Ephesians 3:8-13

Ephesians 3:8-13

I. Another portrait of Paul (Ephesians 3:8)

    A. His humility: “Less than the least of all the saints” (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:9; 1 Timothy 1:15)
    B. His task: “To preach…the unsearchable riches of Christ” (2 Timothy 4:2)

II. God’s manifold wisdom (Ephesians 3:9-11)

    A. From creation, was hidden – even from the prophets and the angels (1 Peter 1:10-12)
    B. Now made known by the church
    C. This was God’s eternal purpose, accomplished in Jesus

III. Our boldness and confidence

    A. Comes through faith (Romans 10:17; Hebrews 10:19-25)
    B. We should not be discouraged, but keep working (1 Corinthians 15:58; Galatians 6:9)

Murder (Matthew 5:17-26)

Murder Matthew 5:17-26

Matthew 5:17-26

I. The Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17-20)

    A. No intention to destroy, but fulfill (Matthew 5:17-18; Colossians 2:14)
    B. Jesus never encouraged anyone to disregard any of the Old Law while it was still in effect (Matthew 5:19)
    C. He did, however, call for a more excellent righteousness (Matthew 5:20; Romans 10:1-3)

II. A progressive heart problem

    A. The straight-forward command (Matthew 5:21; Exodus 20:13)
    B. Starts with an attitude: anger (Matthew 5:22; Psalm 4:4; Ephesians 4:26-27)
    C. Progresses to vocalized intent: “Raca; you fool!” (Matthew 5:22; Ephesians 4:29)

III. Make peace with your brother!

    A. If you are the cause of strife with a brother, you cannot be at peace with God (Matthew 5:23-26; 1 Timothy 2:8; 1 John 2:9-11; 3:10, 15)
    B. You cannot be forgiven if you do not forgive (Matthew 6:14-15)

The Mystery Revealed (Ephesians 3:1-7)

The Mystery Revealed Ephesians 3:1-7

Ephesians 3:1-7

I. Who was Paul?

    A. The prisoner of Christ (Ephesians 3:1; 6:20; 2 Corinthians 11:23)
    B. A recipient of God’s revelation (Ephesians 3:3)
    C. A minister (servant) for the Gentiles (Ephesians 3:1-2, 7; Galatians 2:7; 1:15-16)

II. Comprehension upon reading

    A. The mystery was concealed (Ephesians 3:5; 1 Peter 1:10-11; Luke 10:23-24)
    B. The mystery is now revealed (Ephesians 3:4; John 8:32; 17:17; 14:26; 16:13)

III. Unity of both Jew and Gentile: “of the same body”

    A. Fellow-heirs, fellow-members, fellow-partakers (Ephesians 3:6 ASV)
    B. “Through the gospel” (Ephesians 3:6; Romans 1:16)
    C. “In Christ” (Ephesians 3:6; 1:3)

Come and See (John 1:29-51)

Come and See John 1:29-51

John 1:29-51

I. “Behold! The Lamb of God!”

    A. Jesus takes away sin (John 1:29; Isaiah 53:6)
    B. John’s testimony of Jesus (John 1:30-35; Matthew 3:16-17)
    C. John’s desire to turn people to Christ (John 1:36; 3:30)

II. “What do you seek?”

    A. Jesus invites them to “Come and see” (John 1:37-40)
    B. Andrews then brings Peter (John 1:41-42; c. 6:8-9; 12:20-22)

III. “Come and see!”

    A. Jesus to Philip: “Follow Me” (John 1:43; Luke 9:23-26, 57-62)
    B. Philip to Nathanael: “Come and see!” (John 1:44-49; Acts 17:11)
    C. “You will see greater things than these” (John 1:50-51)

Christ Our Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:19-22)

Christ Our Cornerstone Ephesians 2:19-22

Ephesians 2:19-22

I. Past vs. present (Ephesians 2:19)

    A. Past: strangers and foreigners
    B. Present: fellow citizens with the saints (Philippians 3:20; Matthew 5:3-12) and members of the household of God (Galatians 6:10; 1 Timothy 3:15)

II. The building (Ephesians 2:20-21)

    A. The foundation (Acts 2:42; Matthew 16:16-19)
    B. The chief cornerstone (Psalm 118:22 [cf. Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17; Acts 4:9-12; 1 Peter 2:7]; Isaiah 28:16 [cf. 1 Peter 2:6])
    C. The integrity (Ephesians 4:13, 16; 1 Peter 1:15-16)

III. The purpose (Ephesians 2:22)

    A. Unity (Ephesians 2:19, 21, 22)
    B. For a dwelling place of God in the Spirit (Ephesians 3:17; Colossians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Acts 17:24)

Isaiah’s Parable of the Vineyard (Isaiah 5:1-12)

Isaiah's Parable of the Vineyard Isaiah 5:1-12

Isaiah 5:1-12

I. The vineyard as a symbol of Israel (5:1-2; Ps. 80; Jer. 12:10; Mark 12:1-10)

    A. “My Well-beloved” = God
    B. “The choicest vine” = Abraham, Isaac, Jacob
    C. “Wild grapes” are poisonous and toxic

II. A song of lament (5:3-6)

    A. Similar in method to Nathan (2 Samuel 12:1-15) and Jesus (Matthew 21:33-43; Mark 12:1-9)
    B. Limits of God’s power: He will not violate man’s free will (Matthew 23:37; 2 Peter 3:9)

III. The meaning of the parable (5:7)

    A. Paronomasia (pun in which the words sound similar but have different meanings)
    B. Justice (mishpat) vs. oppression/bloodshed (mispah)
    C. Righteousness (sedakah) vs. a cry (seakah)

IV. The first woe (5:8-10)

    A. Against land-grabbing (Micah 2:2; Jeremiah 22:13-17; Habakkuk 2:9-12)
    B. Drastically reduced harvest (Lev. 26:20; Deut. 26:15, 18; Haggai 1:5-6)

V. The second woe (5:11-12)

    A. Against drunken revelry (1 Peter 4:1-4; Eph. 5:18; Rom. 13:13; Gal. 5:19-21)
    B. God was not a priority (Amos 6:1-7; Matthew 6:33; Colossians 3:1-2)

Christ Our Peace (Ephesians 2:14-18)

Christ Our Peace Ephesians 2:14-18

Ephesians 2:14-18

I. True peace (2:14)

    A. Prophesied (Isaiah 9:6-7; 52:7; 53:5; 57:19-21)
    B. Peace is a part of unity (Acts 2:42-47)

II. Peace among different nationalities (2:14-17)

    A. The peace of Christ is found only in the church [“in one body”] (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)
    B. Made possible for all “through the cross” (John 3:16; Romans 5:8-11)

III. Peace with the Father (2:18)

    A. Access to the Father restored through Christ by one Spirit (Isa. 59:1-2)
    B. There can be no peace apart from the blood of Christ (2:13), the cross of Christ (2:16)

Church Discipline and Fellowship

Church Discipline and Fellowship

I. The desire for restoration

    A. God’s desire (2 Peter 3:9)
    B. Our desire (Galatians 6:1)

II. The process of confrontation

    A. Talk to the offender, not about the offender (Matthew 18:15)
    B. If the problem persists, take witnesses (Matthew 18:16)
    C. If he still refuses to repent, take the matter before the church (Matthew 18:17-20)

III. The reasons for withdrawal

    A. Unsound doctrine (1 Timothy 6:3-5; 2 John 9-11)
    B. Unbiblical practice (2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14)
    C. Immoral behavior (1 Corinthians 5:1-9)
    D. Instigation of strife (Romans 16:17-18; Titus 3:10-11)
    E. All of this applies to withdrawing of fellowship from a Christian, not to our relationship with the world at large (1 Corinthians 5:9-13)

IV. The aim of discipline

    A. In regards to the individual…

      1. Admonishment (2 Thessalonians 3:15)
      2. Restoration (James 5:19-20)
      3. Forgiveness and reaffirmation of love (2 Cor. 2:6-8)

    B. In regards to the church…

      1. Protection of the flock (Acts 20:28; Titus 1:10-11)
      2. Maintain the unity of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:1-3) and fellowship with God (Revelation 2:14-16)

Our Relationship to the World (Matthew 5:13-16)

Our Relationship to the World Matthew 5:13-16

Matthew 5:13-16

I. Salt (5:13)

    A. Must come into contact with something to affect it (Romans 12:1-2)
    B. What happens when it loses its effectiveness? (Luke 14:34-35)

II. Light (5:14)

    A. Jesus (John 8:12; 1:4-5)
    B. Disciples (Ephesians 5:8)
    C. More than mere reflection, we must burn as lamps lit from His fire! (John 12:36; Philippians 2:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:4-8)

III. “On a hill” … “on a lampstand” (5:14-15)

    A. Covert discipleship is forbidden (Matthew 10:32-33)
    B. As part of the local church (Revelation 1:20)

IV. Motivation (5:16)

    A. Marshall Keeble: “The Bible does not say to make your light shine, but it says to let it shine!”
    B. Good works to glorify God (Ephesians 2:10; Galatians 6:10; James 2:20-22, 24)

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)