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An introductory look at the letter of Jude. Jude states his main point and why he is compelled to write this letter to the assemblies.--1 Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are called, loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ. 2 May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you.--3- Dear friends, although I wa…
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Jesus had brother named, Judas and he wrote a letter we find in the New Testament with the altered name Jude. How would liked to have received first hand a hand written scrolled fro him encouraging you to contend earnestly for the faith once for all delivered to the saints---a brief introduction to this important letter tucked away in our Bibles ju…
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The first two verses of Jude are loaded with rich and crucial theological content. Two main subjects direct our thoughts into this passage--I. Jude, a Submitted Servant of Jesus Christ-II. The People of God, Secure in Their Triune God-The -effectual call of God- is an important truth this sermon presents. Those called by the Spirit are inextricably…
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Do you know what truth is-- Pilate asked this question of Jesus right after Jesus made a claim as to why he came into world. John 18-29-38-29 So Pilate went outside to them and said, -What accusation do you bring against this man--- 30 They answered him, -If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you.- 31 Pilate said …
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Often people quote Bible verses out of context to promote an idea. One such verse is John 8-32 where Jesus says, -you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.---Let's consider the verse in its context of John 8-2-30-After these opening startling claims about himself Jesus makes the statement.- So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed…
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Three basic truths are set forth in this book--I. Truth is the foundation of Christian fellowship - v.1-II. Christian Truth Does Not Stand Alone, but is Wedded to Christian Love - v. 5-III. Christian truth is based upon fact of Jesus Christ's coming in the flesh. -v.7--The truth of Jesus Christ's incarnation is essential to our salvation. --We must…
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Is it possible to know that your sins are forgiven and to have the assurance of eternal life-- Many believe this is impossible but the Apostle John asserts that it is- In fact he wrote his gospel narrative so that people would come to believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah, the Son of God and have eternal life. -Now Jesus did many other sign…
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1 John 5 v13 specifically states we can know if we have eternal life. -'I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.- He writes to believers so that they can have assurance of salvation in Jesus Christ.- To know is to enter into a personal reliance upon Jesus Christ, enter into…
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In this final section of Peter's first letter, the apostle gives several commands to the churches he was writing. He often gives a reason for the commands or a benefit from following them. God's people were commanded to...-1. Walk in humility under God's mighty hand.-2. Cast all their anxieties on him.-3. Be sober minded and watchful.-4. Resist the…
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At the very beginning of the church as we know it is the Day of Pentecost. Acts 2 records this event in detail. There are various teachings today about the meaning of this event. We are left with a clear witness as to its meaning by the witness of John to Jesus promise in the Upper Room and to Luke's account in Luke 24 and in Acts 1 and 2.-The even…
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God has called pastors to diligently shepherd and lead the congregations of God's people, as all people in the church are to be clothed in humility toward one another. --Sermon goal- -To help us understand the role-ministry of pastors so we can-- Understand the pastors' responsibilities.- Submit to their ministry as they adhere to the Word of God.-…
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The Apostle Peter closes his first letter with an exhortation to his fellow elders and the young men. They are to relate to one another in humility. It is in this immediate context that Peter issues his Devil alert alarm. The command is rooted in an immediate context as well as in the context of the whole letter.-Be sober-minded- be watchful. Your …
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Paul spent much time and words in exhorting his young ministers, Timothy and Titus to hold to the pattern of sound words in which they they had been instructed. These core beliefs of the faith are to be taught to passed on coming generations. They are the measuring line, the rule by which other teachings and teachers are to be evaluated. Their cont…
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God has appointed his Son, the Lord Jesus as the Chief Shepherd of his people.-This is the fulfillment of his own promise recorded in Ezekiel 34-11 -'For the Lord Yahweh says- -Behold, I myself, even I, will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered abr…
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Paul enumerated the qualifications for a pastor -overseer, bishop- in Titus 1-9 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.-Titus 2-1 But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.-The Apostle Paul was a great advocate of proper do…
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This sermon seeks to demonstrate that the three persons of the one triune God were all participants in the conception of our Lord Jesus Christ in the womb of the Virgin Mary. -Likewise, in all of Christ's saving and sanctifying work, the three persons of the Trinity worked together to accomplish the salvation and sanctification of God's people.…
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God as Trinity or better stated the One Eternal God as a triune Being is a crucial teaching of the Bible and therefore is essential to true Christianity. Yet this doctrine is often neglected in the pulpit by pastors. Failure to adequately instruct believers in this truth has resulted in serious errors in the faith touching many other doctrines, esp…
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Jesus in the hours before his sufferings and death on behalf of sinful people spent several hours seeking to prepare them. He spoke of leaving them. First a short leaving by his death and burial but in a little while you will see me again. He is prophesying his third day resurrection. Then of a much longer departure when he returns to the Father. I…
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In his grace Jesus not only forgave a repentant Peter on the day of his resurrection but he restored Peter 3 weeks later to his role as an apostle. John records this intimate conversation between Jesus and Peter on the shore of Lake Galilee in John 21. For every denial Peter had uttered- I do not know the man- Jesus now allows him to confess his pe…
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Although Simon Peter loved Jesus of Nazareth in the hour of trial when Peter from the courtyard was identified as a follower of Jesus, he denied even knowing him- How could this happen-- The tragic denial by Peter is recorded in all four gospel narratives. How can the designated leader of the apostles and the confessor of Jesus' messiahship deny ev…
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On several occasions during his three year ministry Jesus told his disciples about his coming suffering, death, and resurrection. But he also informed them, as we see in John's Gospel, on numerous times of his coming ascension to the Father. -In verse 28 of John 16 we see--1. Jesus' Preexistence with the Father-2. Jesus' Presence with His People-3.…
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The Apostle Peter is the great example of a true confessor of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 16-16, in answer to Jesus' question to his disciples as to who people were saying he was, Peter declared, -You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.- -On another occasion in John 6, after many of the followers of Jesus were deserting him, Jesus asked his dis…
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There are more personal interactions recorded concerning Peter and Jesus than all the other apostle's combined. Simon Peter was one the earliest disciples having been brought to meet Jesus by his brother Andrew. After the great confession of Jesus as the Christ -Messiah- the Son of the Living God he and his confession shared by all the apostle's be…
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After an exhausting night of unsuccessful fishing, seven of Jesus' disciples had a surprise encounter with their risen Lord on the shore of Lake Tiberias. Jesus not only convincingly revealed his physical, bodily resurrection to a group of his disciples for the third time, but he even prepared breakfast of fish and bread for them. -This passage is …
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Paul writes to Timothy concerning our Lord Jesus. God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, 10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and i…
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The apostle Thomas was not present when Jesus first showed himself in his resurrected body to the Apostles on the evening of the day he arose from the dead. When his fellow apostles told him he refused to believe unless he saw for himself Jesus' body bearing the marks of his crucifixion. Jesus accommodated himself to Thomas and commanded Thomas to …
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The day of Jesus' resurrection was very busy with his comings and goings to several people and climaxed in the evening with his first appearance to a group of ten of his apostles.-Jesus is raised in the physical body of incarnation and death which is now raised an immortal body. Jesus bestows his peace upon the disciples. He then gives his commissi…
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A most unique attribute of the living God, Yahweh, is his immortality. Christians many times use this term incorrectly. The Bible says God alone is immortal.--1 Timothy 1-17-To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.--1 Timothy 6-13-16-13 I command you, in the sight of God who gives life t…
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The two events of Resurrection morning according to John's Gospel are presented in this sermon. In this passage we see--I. The Astonishing Empty Tomb v.1-10-II. Mary's Deep Devotion to Jesus v.11-17-III. The Reality of Christ's Physical Resurrection v. 14-17-IV. Christ's Announcement of his Ascension v.17 V. Jesus' Unfailing Love for His Unfaithful…
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A primary reason why Christians know that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah, the Promised Anointed One, the Redeemer, is the predicted prophecies that are fulfilled in his life. Psalm 22 is a detailed picture of Jesus' sufferings on the cross. Both Matthew and John relate this in their accounts. Matthew records the behavior of people and Jesus' inne…
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After Jesus' arrest he was taken to the residence of Annas for a pretrial hearing which failed to produce a charge. From there he was taken to the Temple where a council was hastily summoned before daylight. False witnesses were called but no witness proved credible. Ultimately the High Priest by an oath compelled Jesus to answer the question, -I a…
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When the soldiers came to arrest Jesus in the garden grove where he had been praying he went out and said to them, -Who is it that you're seeking---- -Jesus of Nazareth,- they answered. He answered, -I am-. At this manifestation of his nature they fell down.-When Peter drew a hand sword and cut off the ear of servant of the High Priest, Jesus rebuk…
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In this passage we see that--1-3 -The Forces of evil set their plan in motion.-v. 4 - Jesus was not surprised by what was happening. -v. 5,8 - Jesus plainly declares his deity. -v. 9 - Jesus fulfills his own word of promise to guard his disciples.-v. 10 - Weapons of the world will not accomplish God's will.-v.11 - Jesus' commitment to drinking the …
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Jesus spoke of his approaching -hour- a number of times throughout his ministry. He used this term to refer to his coming crucifixion on the cross. The whole trajectory of his life pointed to the cross. It was there in behalf of his people that Jesus accomplished reconciliation between the holy God and a sinful people, became the propitiation for t…
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On the day of his triumph ride into Jerusalem two of Jesus' disciple approach him with a request. Some visiting Greeks who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover wish to meet with him personally. Rather that happened or not we are not told. Jesus took the occasion of the Greeks request to reveal the truth of his unfolding destiny. His hour, the hou…
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A Biblical exposition of the message Jesus the day after his supernatural came feeding of more than five thousand people by multiplying five small loves and two fish. The message takes the form of questions and responses.Jesus claims to be the Bread of Life who ame from the Father in heaven to give his flesh for the life of those whom the Father dr…
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The visit of the Jews with Jesus at the synagogue in Capernaum the day after he had fed them by the multiplication of the loaves and fish took the form of a series of questions. Questions are asked for various reasons such as information, to further a discussion, to express unbelief or belief, to express disapproval. This podcast reviews these ques…
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In this passage we see that Jesus, the Bread of life--6-41-42,46 -is heaven sent but earthly connected. -the Incarnation--6-44-45 -is given to those whom the Father draws to his Son. . - Effectual calling-election- -47 - 50 -must be believed and eaten. -Salvation by faith with personal commitment.--49-50 - cancels the power of death. -Christ's resu…
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One of the greatest signs that Jesus did that bolstered his apostle's faith in it was the feeding of the Five Thousand men plus. It is recorded in all four of the gospel narratives. Reading from John's account with some additional information from the other narratives we can relate day's the event . We can observe some obvious applications.…
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This podcast relates Jesus' third messianic sign in his healing of a paralyzed man in one of the Temple porch areas. The man had been in this condition for 38 years but on this day Jesus at the Father's direction heals him. He miraculously restores his limbs so that he instantly got up and walked carrying his own pallet. And it was the Sabbath--Now…
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On the mountainside that day, five thousand hungry and tired men, along with their families, were before Jesus and his disciples. Only five barley loaves and two fish were found to feed this multitude. What could be done-- In this incident we see--I. The Overwhelming Need-II. The Meager Supply-III. The Abundant Provision-IV. The Inescapable Conclus…
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Nicodemus , a ruler of the Jews, came to visit Jesus during the early days of his ministry in Judea. He said to Jesus, -Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.- Jesus startled him with a discourse on his need to be born again by the sovereign work of the Spirit. He then …
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Christians are referred to as God's Temple twice in Paul's letter to the Corinthians. Interestingly, Paul uses the pronoun -you- to refer to the group, a plural -you,- in 1 Corinthians 3-16-17, but later he uses the singular -you- in 1 Corinthians 6-19. This podcast considers the practical applications of the truth that we are God's Temple in both …
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