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Rom. 5:12-21 - The Death of Death in the Death of Christ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Black   
Sunday, 05 April 2009 02:00
  1. Introduction

    1. We have been learning of the works of the kingdom in Matthew 8 and 9, and in anticipation of Easter we turn to consider Christ's greatest work in His death and resurrection.

    2. Before Christ's death, His disciples did not understand when He told them He would die. After Christ died, His disciples mourned His death, confused about why God would let this great evil happen. Why did Jesus Christ die on the cross? There was good reason.

    3. But it is easy to miss that reason. The majority of Protestant churches in America, and the majority in Caney, are Arminian. Their gospel message goes this way: "Christ died to make it possible for you to be forgiven for your sins, if you believe in Jesus Christ." These words are Biblical, but their Arminian meaning is not true. Specifically, Arminians claim Christ died to make salvation possible for all who will believe. But they will not teach that Christ actually saved His people by dying on the cross. Their reason is they believe your faith is what actually saves you. Christ's death only made your salvation possible. In believing this, Arminians make Jesus Christ no Savior, and they empty His death of its true meaning. As they and we consider Christ's death this week approaching Easter Sunday, I challenge you to believe the full biblical gospel that Jesus' death on the cross actually saved you from your sins. Anything less is not truly worth celebrating.

    4. Of the many passages which reveal the meaning of Christ's death, this passage is eminently clear that God saved us from death through the death of Christ. Why did Christ die? To save you from death. To save you from sin, condemnation, and their final result of death, in that order. The outstanding English Puritan theologian John Owen wrote an excellent book titled "The Death of Death in the Death of Christ." Through careful exegesis of many passages he demonstrates this truth—scripture teaches that Christ died not to make salvation possible for all men, but to actually save the elect. You see, if Christ merely made salvation possible, even for all men, then He did not defeat death for you! The Arminian doctrine that Christ died to make salvation possible for all men is called "Universal Atonement." The Biblical doctrine that Christ died to actually save the elect is the third of the five points of Calvinism, called "Limited Atonement," "Definite Atonement," or "Particular Redemption." Christ definitely saved a limited number of particular people when He died on the cross. And that is the real reason Christians celebrate Jesus' death.

    5. Outline. We will consider this passage in 3 parts.

      1. The One Man vv. 12-14

      2. The Free Gift vv. 15-17

      3. The One Act vv. 18-21

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Matt. 9:14-17 - Feast or Fast? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Black   
Sunday, 29 March 2009 02:00
  1. Introduction

    1. You remember that during our congregational meeting I said this may be a year of famine. A year of suffering, and pain, because of our economy, because we are a small congregation. I want to remind you that though it may be a year of famine, it is still a year of our Lord. It is still a year when we can say Jesus Christ has come to earth and He is doing the work of His kingdom today. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, and is at work in the world through His church by His word and Spirit, transforming men's hearts and lives and societies in this life in preparation for the life to come. His kingdom is coming, and His will is being done, on earth as it is in heaven!

    2. We have been learning about the works of the kingdom as they flow from Christ's power and mercy. Now Jesus teaches us how we should respond to His work as our Savior—we should celebrate! Should we feast or fast? We should feast! But in the process Jesus also teaches us when we should feast or fast, and who should feast or fast.

    3. Christ has power and authority not only over nature and demons, sin and sickness, but He also has power to lead in the true religion. In this passage Jesus is asked a question whose essence is this—is Jesus' religion really the true religion? If the true believers fast, why don't Jesus' disciples?

    4. Outline. The question comes in v. 14. Jesus' answer is in vv. 15-17, telling us when to feast or fast, and who should feast or fast.

      1. Question: Feast or Fast? v. 14

      2. Answer: Feast with Christ; Fast without! vv. 15-17

        1. When to Feast or Fast v. 15

        2. Who Should Feast or Fast vv. 16-17

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Matt. 9:9-13 - I Desire Mercy and not Sacrifice PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Black   
Sunday, 22 March 2009 02:00
  1. Introduction

    1. In this passage Jesus told the Pharisees to "Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.'" I want you to search out what Jesus' words mean as we study this passage. Jesus' words express this principle: "Holy things are for unholy people, because holy things sanctify unholy people. Holy things give God's mercy to unholy people." Christ has power not only to heal and forgive sins, but to sanctify—to make the unholy holy.

    2. Outline. You can see God's intent to mercifully sanctify unholy people in the two parts of this passage. V. 9 presents the sanctification of Matthew. Vv. 10-13 present the sanctification of sinners.

      1. The Sanctification of Matthew v. 9

      2. The Sanctification of Sinners vv. 10-13

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James 3:17-18 - The Description of Victory PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 March 2009 02:00

James: A Handbook on Holiness

 

The Description of Victory

James 3:17-18

 

General outline:

 

  1. The Way to Holiness: The Divine Perspective 1:2-27

    1. The Trial-Temptation Complex 1:2-18

    2. The Word of God 1:19-27

  2. The Principles of Holiness: The Biblical Framework 2:1-26

    1. The Law is the Structure of Holiness 2:1-13

    2. Faith is the Dynamics of Holiness 2:14-26

  3. The Implementation of Holiness: The Christian Experience 3:1-4:10

    1. The Obstacle to Victory: Human Impotence 3:1-9

    2. The Nature of Victory 3:10-18

      1. The Rejection of Compromise 3:10-13

      2. The Description of Defeat 3:14-16

      3. The Description of Victory 3:17-18

 

James 3:17-18

The Explanation of Victory

17 But the wisdom from above

The Evidence of Victory

is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

The Effect of Victory

18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

 

Discussion Questions:

 

  1. V. 17a – We are told to "kill" sin (Rom. 8:13; Col. 3ff). Victory over sin is the will of God the Father (1 Thess. 4:3), flows from the Savior (John 15:5; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 1:3; Phil. 4:13), is applied by the Spirit (Ez. 36:27; John 7:38-39; Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:9-13; Gal. 5:22-23; Heb. 10:16), presented through scripture (Ps. 119:11; John 17:17; 1 Pet. 2:2), and received by prayer (1 Tim. 4:5; 2 Cor. 3:18). Because our salvation comes "from above," is the Christian's fight with sin ___ a winning or ___ losing battle? Or ___ a tie?

  2. V. 17b – Think of an example from scripture or life of each of these traits of Godly wisdom. _____________________________________________________________________________
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  3. V. 18 – How does making peace with your neighbor today bring "a harvest of righteousness" tomorrow? ___________________________________________________________________

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Matt. 9:1-8 - Power to Forgive Sins PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 15 March 2009 02:00
  1. Introduction

    1. Outline. Matthew is intent to convince us of the power of Jesus Christ over the wind and waves, over demons, and now in today's passage, over our sins. He teaches that Christ has power to forgive sins by showing us justification by faith in vv. 1-2, condemnation through unbelief in vv. 3-5, and the proof to all in vv. 6-8.

      1. Justification by Faith vv. 1-2

      2. Condemnation through Unbelief vv. 3-5

      3. The Proof to All vv. 6-8

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