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The Lord's Worker in Satan's Field

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Lord’s Workers In Satan’s Field By Jimmy Stevens

INTRODUCTION: Matt 9:35-10:7, a principle applies today.

  1. The work of the church is to declare “the gospel of the kingdom Christ” to save the lost

    and edify the saved.

  2. Sin causes anyone to be lost whether Christian or not. The church must deal with sin directly and through prevention. 1 Tim 3:15

D. There are three things necessary for the church to do her work.

  1. FIELD or area of work.

  2. TOOL to that will work in the FIELD.

  3. PERSONNEL ready to use the TOOL in the FIELD.

  4. FIELD. Sin.

  5. TOOL to defeat sin.

    1. The Gospel, Rom 1:16, Heb 4:12, Eph 6:11, 14-17, 2 Cor 10:4-6

    2. The gospel is useless unless used correctly. Gal 1:6-7, 2 Pet 3:14-16, 2 Tim 2:2

    3. The gospel can only be properly used by the right PERSONNEL.

III. PERSONNEL.Matt9:38,"laborers”

  1. The Lord needs those who understand the FIELD—the needs of sinners, know how to

    use the TOOL—the gospel, and who will do their best to use the TOOL in the FIELD.

  2. PERSONNEL named:

  3. Teachers, Eph 4:11, 1 Cor 12:28

  4. Preachers, 2 Tim 4:2-5

  5. Elders, 1 Tim 3:1, Acts 20:28

  6. Deacons, Phil 1:1, 1 Tim 3:13

  7. Christians, Eph 4:16, 1 Pet 3:15

IV. Wrong source for PERSONNEL
A. Where does the PERSONNEL come from?

  1. Elders? Born? Default? Age? Simply Married with children? Business leadership? Civic Involvement?

  2. Deacons? Popularity?

  3. Preachers? Universities? Schools of preaching? Seminaries? If all else fails?

  4. Teachers? Delinquency? “Somebody else do it?”

  5. Christian leaders and examples? Popular denominational figures—Billy or Franklin

    Graham? Joel Osteen? Max Lucado? Pope?

B. Satan provides the FIELD, God provides the TOOL, and every local church should strive

to produce the PERSONNEL.

V. Right source for PERSONNEL

  1. Individual Christian, 2 Tim 2:15, 1 Pet 3:15, 2 Pet 3:18, Heb 5:12-14

  2. The church, Acts 20:28, Eph 4:11-12, Col 3:16, Heb 10:24-25

VI. Challenges in becoming part of the PERSONNEL.

  1. Ask, “Can I improve and grow to fit the Lord’s needs in these areas?” Decide what you

    can do, then do it.

  2. If you can do more as a worker for the Lord, what would God say you if you don’t?

  3. Many wait for a better time, an unsought calling or unexpected surge of talent. It is possible for one to suppress God given ability by being dishonest with himself? You and

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only you can determine the divine calling to work. There will not be some mysterious or mystical vision or sign. If you truly love the Lord, study his word and see what God wants his people to do, you will always be seeking to improve in your service.

VII. Producing PERSONNEL.
A. Personally prepare to preach and teach the gospel, in any capacity.

  1. Men, work to serve as a qualified elders, deacons or strong members.

  2. Women, be teachers of friends, children, young ladies. Titus 2:3. Being a capable

    “older” teacher begins when you are young or when older than others who need

    teaching.

  3. Wives, be godly examples and sources of knowledge, strength, courage, dignity,

    maturity, decency, and energy for their husbands and children, especially to husbands

    who serve as elders, deacons, preachers, godly Christians men.

  4. Parents, teach children how to serve God. Regular Bible reading and study. Be seen

    reading and studying the Bible. Commend (not run-down) the efforts of faithful members of the church. You are training children to be responsible adults to be part of the PERSONNEL of God’s workers.

  5. WARNING! To Christians who are not trying their best, Matt 12:30, 6:24, Rev 3:16

  6. If we don’t become the PERSONNEL to do the Lord’s work WHO WILL?

CONCLUSION: Only you and I can help the church here. Let us always look for ways to improve as the Lord’s Workers in Satan’s Field.

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Two Views of "Once Saves Always Saved"

Sunday, December 11, 2016

By Jimmy Stevens

INTRODUCTION: Popular doctrine of “Once saved, always saved” or “One once saved cannot fall from grace”, teaches once a person is saved they cannot so sin as to be eternally lost.

Sample doctrine. “All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the cause of Christ, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.”1

Context is important.
The Bible teaches no outside force, power or influence can steal a person away from God against that person’s will.
The Bible also teaches that a person can lose his salvation by giving it away.

Scriptures showing God’s power for keeping one saved.
Rom 8:31-39, This is not a discussion about a Christian’s choice, but of God’s choice to keep one saved. Nothing of this world can cause God to let go of faithful Christians.
John 10:27-29, What is not discussed is sheep leaving the safety of the fold. The emphasis of this entire chapter is on Jesus’ power to protect those who are his. It teaches that those who will be protected have chosen to “hear” and “follow” Jesus. (v 3-4).

Scriptures showing Christians can give away their salvation and be lost.

Acts 8:13, 18-23, “Then Simon himself also believed; ...“Your money perish with you,...you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”

Rom 11:21-22, (context 11-25), “if you continue. Otherwise you also will be cut off.”
1 Cor 10:12, (context 1-13). “let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”

1 Cor 15:1-2, “by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word”
Gal 5:1-4, “you have fallen from grace.”
Gal 5:19-21, “those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Col 1:21-23, "you, now He has reconciled.. if indeed you continue in the faith,
1 Tim 4:1, “some will depart from the faith
1 Tim 5:15, “For some have already turned aside after Satan.”
Heb 2:1-3, “lest we drift away.”
Heb 3:12-14, “brethren,...evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; Heb 6:4-6, “once enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, if they fall away,
Heb 10:26-31, “sin after received the knowledge of the truth, fearful expectation Jas 5:19-20, “Brethren wanders from the truth, save a soul from death
1 Pet 5:8, “seeking whom he may devour.”
2 Pet 2:20-22, “escaped the pollutions of the world.. again
2 John 9-11, "does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God.

Some may say, “Not saved in the first place.” The following scriptures describe Christians in the context. (“believed”, “brethren”, etc.). Salvation is conditional and the word “if” is often used to show such. Where there are warnings of being lost, it will always be because Christian choose to give up their faith, not because God’s power is overcome to steal the Christian away. Scriptures which show “Once saved, not always saved.”

 CONCLUSION: There are two ways to look at “Once saved, always saved”. 1) God has the power to preserve all who faithfully serve him and 2) a person can give away his salvation and be lost.

1 The Baptist Faith and Message, published by The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Nashville, Tennessee, 1963

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Three Things You Cannot Obtain By Seeking Them

Sunday, December 04, 2016

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Comparing Apples and Oranges

Sunday, November 27, 2016

“Comparing Apples and Oranges”

By Jimmy Stevens

INTRODUCTION: What does the word “comparison” mean to you?

A. Things that we compare: Baby milestones, aches and pains, garden seed, vehicles.

B. Rules when making comparisons. 

  1. Objects compared must be of the same class with the same purposes. Expression: “Like comparing Apples & Oranges or Horses & Cows”.

  2. Conclusions drawn depend on the things compared and the opinions of those making the comparisons.

I. The principles of “comparisons” also apply to spiritual things. Yet, many will try to 

compare their idea about religion with God’s. A. NO CHURCH LIKE THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

  1. No other was bought with the blood of Christ, Acts 20:28

  2. No other has Christ as its head. Eph 1:22-23, Col 1:18

  3. Christ has given himself to no other church. Eph 5:25, Polygamy?

  4. Christ will save only one church. Eph 5:23

  5. No other is blessed with all spiritual blessings, Eph 1:3

  6. All so-called Christ-centered religions began since 33 A.D. (Most in the 1500’s).

B. NO BOOK LIKE THE BIBLE:

II. No one has ever written a book, from a purely human viewpoint, that can correctly deal with the most basic human needs.
 The Bible has successfully addressed all needs, since the beginning of time.

It answers: WHERE DID WE COME FROM? WHY ARE WE HERE? WHERE ARE WE GOING?
How to raise children, overcome emotional distress, what is morally right and wrong, how to be successful in life, how to have a happy marriage, or anything that deals with human relationships.

Other reasons: Never pass away, Matt 24:35, 1 Pet 1:23-25. Tells of origins, Psa 19:1.

Tells how to live right, 2 Pet 1:3. Sufficient, spiritual guide, 2 Tim 3:16-17

C. NO PLACE LIKE HEAVEN

  1. Jehovah’s Witnesses--The righteous will live on a purged earth.

  2. Some Christians live as if this earth is all there is. 2 Pet 3:10-11, Luke 12:13-21

  3. Why we cannot compare the earth with heaven. No night there. Rev 21:25-27. Daylight

    from God, Rev 22:5. Faithful will live in a permanent, heavenly home. 2 Cor 4:17-5:1. An

    inheritance, 1 Pet 1:4

D. NO LIFE LIKE THE CHRISTIAN’S LIFE.

  1. People have tried to find joy and happiness in many earthly, material things: Money and/or what it can buy, entertainment, which lasts only as long as the performance, alcoholic drink, drugs, environments which promote immorality such as dances, nightclubs, etc. When the thrill is gone nothing is left but loss, regret, wasted time.

  2. Solomon on the futility of earthly things. Eccl 1:14, 2:26, 5:10, 6:2, 12:13

  3. Eternal hope. Rom 12:1-2, 1 Pet 1:15, Gal 2:20, 1:3, Rom 6:1-4

E. NO GOD LIKE OUR GOD IN HEAVEN

  1. Remember the golden calf in the wilderness. Exod 32:1-4

  2. Buddha, Allah, worldly riches, other gods do not compare with the God of heaven.

  3. Only the God in heaven can be described as having power to create all things. Psa 19:1;

    raise the dead, Eph 1:19-20; superior goodness, Psa 52:1; superior wisdom, 1 Cor 2:1-9; Psa 139

CONCLUSION: We have the freedom to live any way we want, but nothing can compare with the eternal value of God’s provisions. 

Can God Compliment Your Life?

Sunday, November 20, 2016

By Jimmy Stevens

INTRODUCTION: A compliment is “an expression of praise, admiration, or congratulation. A formal act of civility, courtesy, or respect.” 

A. Compliments can be powerful gifts.

  1. The power lies in the reason for and giver of the compliment. “Flattery”—“excessive

    or insincere praise.” 2 can be insincere compliments, sometimes for things we have

    not done. Also, like flattery, compliments from those with selfish, ulterior motives.

  2. On the other hand, simply doing things just to get compliments is a form of

    selfishness and pride. Matt 6:1, 23:5

  3. Genuine compliments can encourage people to greater accomplishments, especially

    when they perform difficult tasks or tasks that often go unnoticed by others.

B. No greater compliments can be given than those from God’s examples in the New

Testament. Ask, “Can God compliment me like these in the New Testament?

I. “What zeal”

  1. 2 Cor 7:11, One can have godly sorrow and repentance, but will he become zealous?

  2. Concerning giving. 2 Cor 9:2

  3. God expects all Christians to be zealous. Titus 2:14, Rev 3:19

  4. Zeal for the wrong reason. Rom 10:1-3, Zeal for unauthorized activities in

    denominationalism and the church of Christ.

  5. Can God compliment your “zeal”?

II.“Faithful brethren”

  1. Col 1:2, Loyal, true and trustworthy.

  2. 1 Cor 4:2, A steward is one entrusted with the proper use of the goods of another.

  3. Rev 2:10, Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

  4. Can God have confidence in those who don’t keep appointments of the church?

  5. Can God compliment you for being trustworthy in faith and actions?

III. “Full of good works and charitable deeds”

  1. Acts 9:36, (36-42), Dorcas, Tabitha. Doing, not just saying, Jas 2:14-18,

  2. God expects Christians to be busy. Titus 3:1, 2:11-15, 1 Tim 2:8-10

  3. What are good works. Not simply refraining from bad works but “doing” good works

  1. What God calls good. Matt 19:16-17, Acts 10:37-38, John 4:34, 5:30, Matt 12:50

  2. Scriptures show good works, established before creation. 2 Tim 3:16-17, Eph 2:10.

    Many practice what they call good works that are not what scriptures call good works.

D. Can God compliment you for being “full of good works”?

IV. “For they refreshed my spirit”

  1. Christians refreshed Paul, 1 Cor 16:17-18, 2 Cor 7:13-16, 2 Tim 1:16-17, Phile 7

  2. Times when Christians need refreshing: Sickness, death in the family, struggles with

    problems, when facing corruption in this world.

  3. Can God compliment your efforts to refresh the spirits of the saints?

V. “She has done what she could”

1 American Heritage Talking Dictionary. Copyright © 1997 The Learning Company, Inc. 2 Ibid

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  1. Mark 14:8, (3-9), Many do not do what they can. Often blinded by what they cannot do, to be able to see what they can do, such as attend regular assemblies of the church, give time, effort, money and encouragement, or seek ways to teach others the gospel.

  2. Are you doing your best in what you are blessed to do? Everyone excels in something. God does not require you to do what you think others expect of you. He requires you to do what he expects of you, and he expects your best in whatever that is. He also expects you to be honest when deciding what you can do.

  3. Can God compliment you for doing your best?

VI. “First gave themselves to the Lord”

  1. 2 Cor 8:5, (1-15), The key to getting people to obey the Lord is to convince them to first

    give themselves to the Lord, then do what he wants.

  2. Can God compliment you for giving yourself to him first above all else?

CONCLUSION: Can God compliment you like he did in these examples?

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