Because He . . . Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013

– Chris’ story
– Because He died – I am forgiven (Isaiah 53:1-12)
  – transgressions – rebellion
  – iniquities – guilt, depravity, our inherent propensity to sin
– Emily’s story
– Because He rose – I can see (John 20:1-9)
  – 3 types of seeing:
    – blepi – a partial viewing from the entrance. It means to acknowledge. He simple acknowledged what Mary saw was true. (John 20:5)
    – theorei – to behold something astounding, perceive and look with scrutiny (John 20:6)
    – ho-ra-o – to see with the eyes or the mind, to perceive, know, to become acquainted with by experience, to the point of belief.
  – 3 responses: acknowledgement, scrutiny, and perceive and believe
– the stone was rolled away from the tomb not to permit Christ to come out, but to enable the disciples to go in.
– the question for each of us today is how do we respond to the resurrection? The resurrection did not produce the same thing in everyone present: some fled in terror, some were bribed to lie, some doubted, and some worshipped and believed
– Because He lives – I have hope (1 Cor. 15:12-26)

In Pursuit Of Godliness, Part 4, Time to get to the gym, Mar 17, 2013

– Time to get to the gym
1 Tim. 4:7-11
– gymnazo – greek, means to train, discipline, exercise. Means to exercise vigorously, in any way, either the body or the mind
Heb. 5:12-14
– paideia – greek, means the whol training and education of children (which relates to the cultivation of mind and morals, and employs for this purpose now commands and admonitions, now reproof and punishment) it also includes the training and care of the body. Another definition means whatever in adults also cultivates the soul, esp. by correcting mistakes an curbing passions
Heb. 12:1-15
– 4 things to settle:
  1. discipline is part of the Christian walk (1 Cor. 9:24-27)
  2. you are not your own (1 Cor. 6:12-20)
  3. you will be a slave to something (Rom. 6:16-18)
  4. you must set your mind on the Spirit (Rom. 8:1-14)

In Pursuit Of Godliness, Part 3, Mar 10, 2013

1 Tim. 3:16 – 4:16
– The Pursuit of Godliness Involves Fulfilling Your Calling (1 Tim. 4:6)
– this involves instruction and modeling with life and practice
– it means remaining anchored in God’s Word and following sound doctrine
– it means keeping priorities straight (1 Tim. 4:7-10)
  – reject profane and old wives’ fables
  – exercise yourself toward Godliness
  – Godliness is profitable for all things
Isa. 26:3, Rom. 8:6
– the Savior of all men
– especially for those who believe
– personal instruction in Godliness (1 Tim. 4:11-16)
  – these things command
  – let no one despise your youth
  – be an example to the believers
    – by what you say (word)
    – by what you do (conduct)
    – in love
    – in attitude (spirit)
    – in faith (in the sense of faithfulness)
    – in purity
  – reading, exhortation, doctrine
  – do not neglect the gift that is in you
  – “God’s gifts groan under our disuse or misuse.” – Trapp
  – meditate on these things
  – give yourself entirely to them
  – take heed
  – save both yourself and those who hear you

In Pursuit Of Godliness, Part 2, Mar 3, 2013

1 Tim. 3:16, 4:1-16
– Godliness without Jesus Christ is just man made
– no man can come to the Father except through Jesus
– ungodliness will manifest in:
  – speaking lies in hypocrisy
  – a seared conscience (“well I know I shouldn’t but…”)
  – forbidding to marry and commanding to abstain from foods (following man-made rules) Rom. 3:24
– a refutation of legalism
  – for every creature of God is good
  – nothing is to be refused
  – it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer (Gen. 1:29, 9:3)