Can you Chew Tobacco and Preach the Bible at the Same Time?

Well Italian preachers did during the beginning of the 20th-century! This is my kind of preaching…

In Paul Bull’s Lectures on Preaching and Sermon Construction (Chapter 7, Section 5, Point 5) titled “Make a Right Use of Your Voice” he states,

“In normal sermons Italian preachers, arrived at the end of their first point, sit down, mop their faces with a large colored handkerchief, spit, take a pinch of snuff, and then, after two minutes, go on to their next point much refreshed. This would not be suitable in the present state of public opinion in England.”

Footnote: Paul B. Bull, Lectures on Preaching and Sermon Construction. (The MacMillan Co.: New York and Toronto, 1922), pp. 283.


Christ the Advocate for Sinners

Christ the Advocate for Sinners

Let me invite you to turn in your Bibles to One John chapter 2, verses 1 and 2. The context of these verses start in chapter one verse 5, but due to time’s sake we will only read our text.

KJV– 1 John 2:1-2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

This is the Word of God . . . .

Introduction- I must start off with saying what a great privilege it is for us as preachers of the gospel to preach a text like this; it is simply life changing when we read passages like this about our Savior Jesus Christ. My first thought after reading this text was how is it possible to fully describe the overflowing amounts of exceeding joys of the gospel that are presented here for the believer? My plan today is to preach these gleams of the gospel found in this text so that you may see Christ as more beautiful and lovelier to your salvation than when you came in here.[1] I will follow John’s own example, by showing the sickness of sin and the truths of Christ. John writes this letter knowing his audience was a well established group of believers who were standing firm to what they knew to be true about Christ.[2] John gets right to the point in why he is writing this letter. We see John’s mood change from that which he had been writing in the previous chapter when he was dealing with the Gnostics. John had to defend areas that were crucial to these believers. In chapter one he was defending the gospel and here in chapter two, he is teaching the importance of the gospel. This is why Christ is shown so magnificently throughout this entire book, and most beautifully in 1 John 2:1-2.

Propositional Statement (#, Noun, Application, action)

Today, let us consider four important truths in seeing and making known how Christ is the advocate for sinners. They are:

*First, Sin is serious. Sin is the problem within all of mankind, and man cannot nor will he ever find remedy from its disease without Jesus Christ.

*Secondly, In Christ we have an advocate. Christ conquered the cross (death, burial and resurrection) so that he might stand in the courts of heaven and plea to his father, being our Great High Priest.

*Thirdly, Christ is our propitiation. This, however, is twofold. First, Christ, when giving himself up on the cross, reconciled us to God. Secondly, this sacrifice satisfied the wrath of God, so that God could allow mankind to stand in front of him clothed in Christ’s righteousness.

* Fourthly, Christ is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world. When Christ died he provided a way that was cross cultural, multi ethnical, and barrier destroying to that which had been previously, namely the law and Jews.

Instructional Point- Sin is serious. It must be clearly understood what sin does in a relationship with God. Sin must be looked at as the absolutely, positively most offensive act against God.

Illustration- what does the Bible give us?

In verse one of our text, when John says, “My little children, these things write I unto you,” what are “these things” that he talking about? Things like in chapter one, verse three, “that ye also may have fellowship with us,” things like in verse four, “that your joy may be full,” things like verse five, “God is light.” Things like “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” in verse seven and also these things in verse nine like “and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” to things in verse ten like, “if we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar.” These are the things which John is talking about when he says, “these things write I unto you.” But why does he write about “these things” at all? He writes them so “that ye sin not.” John’s desire is that believers should strive for the art of perfection and for the pursuit of holiness. Anything short of that is not what they should be striving towards. John wants these people to see the seriousness of sin. Sin is not a part of the loving light that John describes to these believers in chapter one, and he is writing these things in chapter one and later in the book so that they may not sin. Look with me in 1 John 3:4, where we find John’s definition of sin. It says, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” It says that everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.

Application- what does this mean?

What this means for the believer is that your sin is sick to God. When you sin, you break the law and that is a serious, serious offense to God. Now, I happened to come across an article in January when reading Charles Spurgeon’s magazine The Sword and the Trowel and I could not think of a better way to help picture exactly what this lawlessness and what the seriousness of sin does to the relationship between man and God. Thomas Brooks wrote this portrait of how we must see sin:

“You shall as soon espouse light and darkness, and marry midnight to the noonday, as you shall espouse or marry a holy God to an unhumbled sinner. Oh, who can look upon sin as an offense against a holy God, as the breach of a holy law, as the wounding and crucifying of a holy Savior, as the grieving and saddening of a holy Sanctifier, and as an eternal loss and undoing of his own soul, and not mourn over it? Oh, who can east a serious eye upon the nature of sin, or upon the exceeding sinfulness of sin, or upon the aggravations of sin, and not have his heart humbled, his soul grieved, and his spirit melted for sin? Oh who, can look upon sin as it strikes at the honor of God, the name of God, the being of God, the glory of God, and the design of God,’ and not have his mouth full of penitential confessions, his eyes full of penitential tears, and his heart fall of penitential sorrow?”[3]

Interaction- what would that look like?

Let me ask you a couple of questions; when was the last time you asked God for the forgiveness of your sins? When was the last time you or anyone you saw wept over their sins? Do people today in your churches even know the seriousness of sin? I hope that you know the seriousness of sin. Denials of truth, deceiving others to get what you want, lusting after another woman on the sidewalk or in the super market, looking at images that are not God honoring, and the greed in wanting something you don’t need – these are all sin. Gluttony in the eating as much of something as much as you would like and the pride of feeling well-liked and well-praised qualify as sin. What about anger and uncontrolled actions when something happens that doesn’t go your way? This is sin! What about the words that express your feelings? What about words and how they are used towards others? Doing someone wrong because life has supposedly dealt you a deck of bad cards is sin. It’s sin and it’s serious. It is serious because it creates a huge barrier in the relationship between you and God. How often do we as the elect forget about our sins and never confess them to God? This is serious in so many ways. It is serious because these sins are part of nature of the devil and do not represent anything of the nature in which Christ died for, bought you, gave you – who you are now. It is serious because when you sin, you are telling Christ that his cross, his death, and his blood were not good enough for you. And it is serious because if you continue in the same sin or sins continually day after day, I tell you, you should wonder about the assurance of your salvation. Have you continued to sin so much that your heart has become hardened, to the point that you don’t even realize that it is sin any longer? The seriousness of sin is more serious than anything, period! It condemns you to hell and without an advocate there is no hope, which leads me to my next point.

Instructional Point –We have an advocate. Not only has Christ finished his outpouring of blood upon the cross in the purchasing of his elect, he now also pleads on behalf of his elect for their forgiveness of sins.

Illustration- what does the Bible give us?

Now look with me to the second half of verse one, “if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Now when you read this, you almost would think that John is trying to say that you shouldn’t sin, but it is okay if you do, because you have an advocate. To that I would say that is not at all what he is trying to tell his readers. What kind of advocate is this? Read with me in the previous chapter in verse seven, “But if we walk in the light, as he is the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” From how much sin are we cleansed? We are cleansed from all sin. For it is in the blood of Christ that we the church can be forgiven by God for our sins. So what John is giving us here is that number one, don’t sin and number two, if you do sin, we have an advocate. This here is the center piece of my text. This word here is not used often in the New Testament and when used in all cases, it is used in describing what the Holy Spirit does. But John uses this to display the beauty of Christ as our best friend, our advocate. For starters, I need to give the biblical definition of what an advocate does or what it is. I believe the best definition of this is found in Scripture, in Hebrews 4:14-16. It reads,

“Seeing then that we have a great high priest that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

Application- what does this mean?

That is what an advocate is. Do you get that? Does your family get that? Does your church get that? This is what I am trying to describe to you, that when you know you have a sin issue, when you are struggling more than you ever have in your life, when you think your marriage is at its seams because of the selfish decisions you have made, when your kids do not listen because of the times that you have treated them un-Christ-like manner, Christ is there. When you have left God’s side and disobeyed his word time and time again constantly and willingly, Christ will plead for you, if you are his. And if you are not, today may be the day to meet your lawyer. When you have left God’s side and you have nowhere to run, no one to go to help any longer, and nowhere to hide in your sin, and no arms to comfort you, Christ will take care of His own.

When you are discouraged by your present state, depressed about the decisions you have made, feel abandoned because of the barriers you build between God, hurt because of the loneliness that you have created, and abused by the torment of sin in your lives, Christ is there pleading on your behalf. This is why you pray “in Christ’s name.” All of your problems, all of your troubles, all of your asking of forgiveness of sin, are in Christ’s name. This is crucial to praying to God. Christ sets and pleads and intercedes on your behalf. And as sinners you need an advocate.

Interaction- what would that look like?

What makes this the most amazing is the way that Christ’s intercedes for his bride. In the heavens, he is sitting beside his father in perfect communion, and when you pray, and you ask God for forgiveness from what you have done. What do you think happens? You think Christ says, “Well father he’s really sorry this time.” You think he says, “Well he has not lusted in 3 weeks father, or he hasn’t been prideful lately, father.” You think that’s how God works? No! Christ says, “Look at my cross father, look at it. And look at my hands father, you see them, and my feet, you see my side, look at my cross father; look at my cross. My blood purchased these men father, and I plead on behalf of them with my redeeming, purchasing, sin cleansing pure blood father. That is my plea.” And that is your plea every time you pray to God in Christ’s name and ask for forgiveness before the almighty judge. Amen! God forgives you because he looks at your best friend, your lawyer; he looks at Christ’s blood and not you. This brings me to my next point.

Instructional Point- Christ is our propitiation. The one time single act of atonement for sin by the all together perfect, holy, innocent, unstained, and separated- from-sinners sacrifice of Jesus Christ not only reconciles us to God, but satisfies the wrath of God which was upon us.

Illustration- what does the Bible give us?

Look at our text, the first half of verse two. “And he is the propitiation for our sins.” Propitiation is Christ paying the penalty for all your sins, taking on all of the wrath God that you deserve, enduring all of your condemnation, dying in your place and rising from the dead for your salvation, so that he may reconcile you to God. You must know this to have a solid foundation in understanding our advocate, Jesus Christ.[4] This, however, is not a hard thing to understand. No propitiation and no advocate mean that no pleas and no intercession occur and, therefore, there is no forgiveness of sin in the manner and grace that God has allowed today. No wrath bearing Savior, no propitiation, no advocate, no forgiveness of sins, no gospel. This is how God adopts sinners. This is how you are made righteous and blameless before God. Christ’s sacrifice is complete in reconciling you to God’s wrath so that God is happy with His son, and it is what will allow you to one day stand before God! What thankfulness does this God deserve for saving a sinner like you? You were damned in sin, with God’s wrath on your head, you were a servant of Satan, and when God’s sovereign voice called you, it was Christ’s righteousness that you were clothed in, made possible by his being your propitiation.

Application- what does this mean?

R. C. Sproul says on this issue,

“A Substitute has appeared in space and time, appointed by God Himself, to bear the weight and burden of our transgressions, to make expiation for our guilt, and to propitiate the wrath of God on our behalf. This is the gospel. Therefore, if you take away the substitutionary atonement, you empty the cross of its meaning and drain all the significance out of the passion of our Lord Himself. If you do that, you take away Christianity itself.”[5]

He died in our place, taking on the payment for our sins so that we might be reconciled to God. And yes, it was for the glory of God that Christ died so that the wrath of God would be satisfied and that the wrath of God could and would be removed from his elect. Therefore, he may now plead on the behalf of his people. This is twofold, and without one or the other you lose the foundation and the very center of the gospel. This is not controversial, like many make it today. We must stand for the truth of the wrath of God and our wrath bearing Savior.[6]

Interaction- what would that look like?

In the culture in which we live today it is extremely sad that we have leaders, pastors, teachers, and theologians who belittle Christ, the atonement, and the heart of the gospel when they write books with sections in them like this, and I quote;

“The fact is that the cross isn’t a form of cosmic child abuse-a vengeful Father, punishing his Son for an offence he has not even committed. Understandably, both people inside and outside of the Church have found this twisted version of events morally dubious and a huge barrier to faith. Deeper than that, however, is that such a concept stands in total contradiction to the statement: God is love”. If the cross is a personal act of violence perpetrated by God towards humankind but borne by his Son, then it makes a mockery of Jesus’ own teaching to love your enemies and to refuse to repay evil with evil.”[7]

Let me quote a few more; “there is a need to construct a new paradigm of the atonement in the 21st century; the sacramental model is flawed.”[8] Another one, “on the cross, God was not punishing Jesus.”[9] And one more argues that our view is, “the moral equivalent of the killer who murdered Amish children at the Pennsylvania schoolhouse.”[10]

Some of these quotes came from what once was a Reformed publishing house. Now today they have left the very center of what they once stood upon. And as reformed believers, students, and professors of the truth and the gospel we must stand firmly against issues that are utterly false to our Propitiation, Jesus Christ. If there is no wrath-satisfier, then there is no gospel.

And without the correct understanding of this, Christ’s person and work are belittled and distorted. Listen to me, the loss of this doctrine is nothing but the loss of the gospel. And to someone who would say such junk as this, I would read to them John’s other place that he mentions propitiation in his book, in 1 John 4:10, it sates “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” For God is love, it is his very love that Christ did die! How beautiful is this that it was because of God’s love, this propitiation did take place. It was because of God’s love that Christ took on your entire wrath, it was because of God’s love that he reconciled you to himself, and it was because of God’s love that you didn’t hang on a cross, whipped, beaten, mocked, scorned, spit on and that you were not murdered naked and nail upon a cross. It was God’s love that allows you to sit here today and know Christ, see Christ, savor Christ, live for Christ because of the propitiation of Christ. The loss of this doctrine is nothing but the loss of the gospel.

Instructional Point- Christ is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world! This propitiation for sinners reaches to all nations, all countries, all states and provinces, all cultures, all colors, all types, and all different groups of the world.

Illustration- what does the Bible give us?

As we draw to an end, follow with me in the last portion of our text in verse two, “and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” This does not mean Christ purchased every soul at the cross. It means that whoever comes to him in repentance and belief has limitless access to the benefits of his gospel, his atoning death, his blood, and his cross. It is open for all.

Application- what does this mean?

This is crucial to living out what Christ has given us, the gospel. Understanding the sickness of sin and knowing that his propitiation has allowed him to become the advocate of his elect should not call us to sit in our pews and rest in only knowing about the great benefits of Christ. That is not what the gospel does. And that most certainly is not what it has done for you. We must preach Christ to the whole world. His elect are scattered throughout this world in remote places, so that those who know the gospel can reach those who need to be reached. Are we reaching them? Are we reaching our hands out to further the ministry of the gospel to which Christ so willingly gave his life for? Are we preaching the gospel freely to those who might have not yet received it? Or are we happy and content in the comfort zone of our everyday circles of Christianity and denominations? The gospel is that all that repent and believe on Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Is that your life today? Do you want to see others come to this Christ? Do you want to preach this good news to those who may have not heard or even to those who do not want to hear? Must I ask, when was the last time you offered the gospel to someone? Or should I ask this: do you only offer the gospel to those that you want to or do you only offer the gospel to the small groups society where you feel most comfortable?

Interaction- what would that look like?

Christ’s gospel is not cultural, and it is not only meant for one solid group of reformed individuals. If you want to live out the gospel then live out what you believe. You must preach it to all of mankind. The gospel is wealth to the poor, it is a home to the needy, and it is sight to the blind. What about the punk with chains all down his pants, the goth with black lips, what about the rich and prideful, the obese, the divorced woman with 5 kids, the homeless, the drug-addict, the alcohol-abuser, the tattooed freak, the wife beater, the “trailer park trash”, the prostitute, the orphan, the pimp, the adulterer? And the list goes on. And I ask where they are in our churches? They are sitting right outside, waiting for the gospel. Do we have them in our churches today? Or should I ask, would you have them in your churches today? Sadly, I am afraid that many of our conservative mainstream churches would never desire to deal with these issues or these types of people because of the problems they may bring. But oh, I tell you that the gospel of Christ has been offered to them all. They sit in our cities and our towns every day here in America waiting to hear Christ. We as the bride of Christ need to live out what saved us, the gospel of Christ. And if we do not reach them, we are not living a gospel-centered life like Christ did and has offered to all of us today. Must I remind you that the only reason that you sit here today and are not one of them is because of the gospel? Must I ask you, are you living out the gospel?

Conclusion- When will the church see this? When will the culture of lost men see the hope that lies in Christ, our advocate and our propitiation? Oh, what is more beautiful than this? I am asking now, tell me one thing greater, one thing more beautiful, one truth that surpasses this; I want one! There is none! There is nothing greater in life than the gospel. It is great to the lost, it is great to those young in the faith, it is what is great to the experienced believer, and it is what the old saint depends on in his later years. And in ending, we must know these truths of the Scripture so that we can carry out Christ’s message to this world. Sin is sick, and it has dragged mankind down to the state which he is in today. Sin has captured many souls over the years and is doing so as we speak. As John says, “And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” We have a Savior who has given the perfect sacrifice that can redeem those lost sinners, just like he did for you. His death on the cross on which He bore the sins of many has given hope to us and many more that will come to Christ before his return. Christ has reconciled his elect to his father and drank the cup of wrath so that God may forgive you. And he did this for the world. Amen!

[1] This will be hard to do, with already having Dr. Beeke, Dr. Murray, and Rev. Lanning having preached this text before.

[2] 1 John 2:7; 3:11

[3] Thomas Brooks, The Sword and the Trowel, vol. 7, 1884, p. 403.

[4] Hebrews 7:26

[5] R. C. Sproul, The Truth of the Cross, (Orlando, Reformation Trust, 2007), p. 81.

[6] Isaiah 53: 4-6, 10, Romans 8:3, and Galatians 3:13

[7] Steve Chakle and Alan Mann, The Lost Message of Jesus, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003), p. 182-3.

[8] Brad Jersak and Michael Hardin, eds., Stricken by God? Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007), p.14.

[9] Jersak, Stricken by God?, p. 31.

[10] Hardin, Stricken by God?, p. 55.

The Gospel Must be Boasted: Audio

I apologize for giving the wrong text at the beginning of the message. The text is, 1 Corinthians 1:30-31 and not 30-33 in which i state at the beginning of the message. Sorry!

The Gospel Must Be Boasted

The Gospel Must be Boasted

Let me invite you to turn in your Bible to One Corinthians 1:30-31. We will start reading at verse 18.

KJV 1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

This is the Word of God . . . .

I. Introduction- The city of Corinth at this time was great in power and extremely important for it was the political capital of Greece. It had become the chief city of Greece in authority, wealth, brilliance, literature, arts, and luxury, and its geography was incredible. Being near three seas, it had become the center of trade; and with trade, brought much money for the city. With money came many recreations– namely athletics–and the ability to build, most notably the temple of Aphrodite, the centerpiece of Corinth. Not only was the culture of Corinth corrupt, but corruption had begun to seep into the church. The church of Corinth filled itself with vanity, sexuality, self-wanting desires, and pleasures of the wrong kind. The church was using the Lord’s Supper for a common meal, and had begun to allow women to speak in the church publically. The mindset of the culture crept into the church of Corinth and they wanted to have some type of feeling, or experience so they began to use tongues without regard to its order or its edification. Then due to the philosophy of its culture, some of them denied the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and changed the base of the gospel. I believe that the problem in Corinth, and namely, the church of Corinth, was that they boasted in themselves. They found their pleasure in what they themselves had done. They found their glory in what they had accomplished. Paul tells them fourteen different times throughout his letter to this church, to boast in Christ, and not themselves.[1] The city of Corinth seems very similar to America. The problem in Corinth is the same problem that exists in America. Corinth did not find its contentment in Christ, and what He had done, but in the pleasurable desires of their city. Corinth did not glory or boast in God, but found delight in what they had, what they had made, and what they were capable of doing. I tell you today, that this is what is wrong with our culture and our churches.

Propositional Statement (#, Noun, Application, action)

Today, let us consider two areas of the gospel in which one must boast. Now, I do not believe these to be the only areas of the Gospel to be boasted. I just believe that these are the two main areas in which the context of our text is keying in on, or trying to get across. So even though there is hundreds, thousand and maybe infinite areas of the Gospel in which you are to boast in, I am only talking about these two, in our text. So when I titled this message, the Gospel must be boasted, it didn’t mean I was going to give you every reason in boasting in the Gospel. That is why we have 66 books and not one or two verses in which I am going to bring to the table, on why the Gospel must be boasted. So therefore our areas are;

*First man must not boast in any of his wisdom. For the wisdom of God has brought you to him, not to boast in anything but Him.

*Secondly, a man must not boast in his work. For there is no work in which you can do that will bring you to the wisdom of God. The work of Christ is what has brought you to the wisdom of God.

II. Instructional Point- Boast in the wisdom of God. The wisdom of God is greater than any wisdom man has, can, and will be. God’s wisdom is so great, so satisfying, and so enjoyable that you should not boast in any wisdom but God’s wisdom.

A. Illustration- What does the Bible gives us?

I would like to look at our text, mainly verses 30 and 31, but in the light of its given context starting in verse 18. I believe verses 18-30 give the biblical reason for the biblical principle found in verse 31. “He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord,” Paul knows that there is nothing to boast in of himself. That is why he is quoting from the Old Testament here.[2] Paul is not bringing new ideas or new principles to the table, but he is reminding God’s people of the principle that they were made for,[3] that is to Glory in God! Let us quickly look at what he says in the preceding verses.

In verse 19, Paul is once again quoting from the Old Testament, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise”.[4] Look at verse 20: “Hath not God made the foolish the wisdom of the world?” Verse 21 says, and “the world by wisdom knew not God.” The wisdom of man does not know the cross, and it cannot comprehend the cross without the knowledge of God. And verse 22, “the Jews required a sign,” and “the Greeks see after wisdom.” The Jews wanted power, the Greeks wanted knowledge, and no one wanted God!

B. Application- What does this mean?

Look at our culture today. We have businesses bigger than ever before, we have buildings bigger than ever before, we have nicer cars, bigger houses, bigger wallets, and bigger toys; we have it all! And what does America want you to do? They want you to buy into this lie of pride, or boasting in yourself, of glorifying yourself. Now, I am not saying that if you have big houses and nice cars that this is wrong, but if you seek the things this world has to offer more than the wisdom of God, you have fallen into idolatry. Think about this: the world admires your birth and your name. If your parents are well known, you are too. If your social status is good and if you have many friends, people will like you and consider you an intelligent being. You should be proud of yourself! If you have financial success, you are rich. If you can make money, everyone likes you. Many people value man’s authority and power. If you are the type of person that can get things accomplished and it always seems that you come out on top, then it is quite possible you will have many friends. Then some look at popularity. If you are pretty, you look good, you sound good, you wear the right things, you dress the right way, or you make the right movies, you can make the headlines of national news by getting a DUI, Your a role model now for America! So often, we buy the lies of this world. We think we need a new car, a new house, a new suit, even a new Bible. How many times do we start looking everywhere else in this world for our own personal desires? How often do we begin to search for treasures on this earth? It seems to me, that the problem in Corinth is no different from that of America. We glory in ourselves; we look for our own wants; we desire what this world has to offer. In addition, many times, we seek the wisdom of this world and not God’s wisdom. Paul reminds Corinth, and reminds us, that we must boast only in the Lord.

C. Interaction- What would that look like?

Look with me at verse 25. “The foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” How foolish it would be of us to boast in ourselves. Man’s wisdom does not and never will, find God, nor will it ever begin to compare with God’s wisdom. The 63-volume set of Charles Spurgeon’s sermons just begin to explore the foolishness of God. Luther’s works in 54 volumes just barely start to touch the edges of the foolishness of God. Calvin’s institutes and his 22 volume set of commentaries is only a grain of sand in the vast amount of shores upon this earth in describing the wisdom of God. The 23-volume set of John Owens, the 12 volumes of Thomas Goodwin, and the 12 volumes of Thomas Boston together are only but a hint of the wisdom of God. Every commentary, every systematic theology volume, every dictionary, every encyclopedia, and every book ever written is but a drop of water in the vast oceans of the Lord’s knowledge and depth. Compared to the Lord’s wisdom, man’s knowledge is foolishness. And this is what Paul told the people of Corinth: boast in this Wisdom. This is the reason why you are made: to know the wisdom of God. The foolish, weak, despised, and lowly are made to boast in God alone. You were made by God to give Him glory. You are to boast in the wisdom of God, and it should be your utmost desire for God, not you, to be made known. Man must boast in God’s wisdom, for God’s glory. This brings me to my second point.

III. Instructional Point- Boast in the work of Christ. The work of Christ is greater than any work that man has, can, or ever will be. Christ crucified is so beautiful, so marvelous, and so astonishing that it allows you to boast in Him. This is a hard concept to grasp. Christ died so that you could boast in God, boast in Christ, and the cross. Christ died so that you might boast in the gospel.

A. Illustration- What does the Bible gives us?

Follow with me while I read verse 30, “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” Your wisdom, your righteousness, your sanctification, and the only reason you can one day be redeemed and spend eternity with God, is a result of Christ’s work. For those of you who know the gospel, your whole life centers on Christ’s work accomplished on the cross. For those of you that may be sitting here today and have not heard or given up yourselves to the work of Christ on the cross, I tell you listen now, listen to the Savior, the Son of Man, Jesus Christ and recognize that what He has done gives hope to those who are lost.

B. Application- What does this mean?

One might stop and ask here, “What do you mean when you say that we should boast in “Christ’s work?” What I mean is that Christ died on a cross for His own glorification. Christ died in order that He might be boasted in. Moreover, He does this through you. How are you doing church? Are you boasting in the fact that the death of Christ is why, is how, and is where you can enjoy the wisdom of God? The denial of Christ was for your satisfaction in God. The mocking was for your ability to boast in the wisdom of God. The beating, the whipping, the spit, the beard plucking, the torment by the Roman soldiers, was for your righteousness before God. The wood He carried to His death, the nails driven into His hands, the sponge, the sword driven into the side of Him, was for your sanctification. Most importantly, I must tell you that His resurrection was for your redemption, and one day because of the work of Christ you will see God in all His glory, boasting in Him forever, and ever, and ever!

C. Interaction- What would that look like?

When you truly see the work of Christ, you will boast in God. He paid for all of your sins. He took on all of your condemnation, and in perfect righteousness, He purchased your eternal life. This is why you can come to God and bring Him praise. This is how you can wake up in the morning and live for God. This is why you can worship God. Christ died so that you can boast in God and only Him. Christ died for you, so that you can become dead to yourselves, and dead to this world. As a believer, you will get little satisfaction in finding happiness in yourself. Yet you will receive an overflowing amount of joy and satisfaction in Him alone. Nevertheless, I must add, only when you are truly satisfied with the work of Christ, can you boast in the Lord. You were made to find your desires in Christ; you were made to find your pleasure, your happiness, your enjoyment, your bliss, your enthusiasm, zeal, and passions in Christ alone. Exalt Christ among everything else; rejoice and boast in Christ above everything else.

IV. Conclusion- Today in America we have many churches that have bought into the idols of this world. We even have churches that have bought into this day’s philosophy and denied the doctrines of the cross, like penal substitutionary atonement, a literal hell, and original sin. I believe the most disheartening is postmodern churches that deny the truth of the Word of God. Churches have fallen into this dream called “America.” They let pride run its course and we are left with nothing but men seeking their own pleasures, their own desires, and their own pride. Paul could have told Corinth to boast in anything, the philosophy of its age, the culture of its time, its pride its lust, its worldly conformity and Paul says, “He that Boast, Boast in the Lord, He that glorith, let him glory in the Lord.” Believers today, I call you to boast in the work of Christ and the wisdom of God. May it never be said of us that we did not find our satisfaction, our identity, our wisdom, and our work in the Lord! The wisdom of God is far better than anything this world offers. It is better than any pleasure you can image that is short term on this earth. The work of Christ is our hope to enjoying the wisdom of God. It is nothing we have to do, Christ work has paved a way that which we can find all of our desires, all of our pleasures, and all good enjoyment in the wisdom of God. Dear friends must I remind you, it is the wisdom of God that allowed the work of Christ to pay your death penalty, so that you could enjoy Him! Let us all boast in that wisdom and in that work! Amen.

[1] 1 Cor. 1:29, 31, 3:7, 21, 4:6, 7, 4:18, 5:2, 8:1, 13:4, 2 Cor. 1:9, 3:5, 4:7, 12:9

[2] Jeremiah 9:23-24

[3] 1Chornicles 16:10,35; Psalms 105:3; Isaiah 41:16, 45:25; Jeremiah 4:2, 9:23-24; 2Corinthians 10:17; Galatians 6:13-14; Philippians 3:3

[4] Isaiah 29:14

Lecviticus 1: 1-17

Let me invite you to turn in your Bibles to Leviticus 1

[Read Chapter Leviticus 1]

Background: Today we will deal with only a few important aspects of this passage. I do not intend to break this chapter down, nor do I intend to deal with the Jewish background of dealing with the Law. I will not, therefore, deal in depth with the offerings or the process of them. When going to a passage such as this, and preaching from it, I am concerned with the church, you the congregation, and most of all Christ. For an in-depth study of the offerings and the Law given here I would need a great deal of time and it is something that should be taught elsewhere. I want it understood that since we are not Jews we are not reading this as original Jews at the original time. Therefore, I will look at this passage with the church and our congregations today in mind.

In light of the New Testament, mainly the book of Hebrews, I will show you the significance of the two key messages of this text. I have read this chapter in Leviticus over and over, and not one time did I come away with a different focus. The focus of the chapter concentrates on the LORD, and secondly the offering that is to be given to the LORD. Listen to me when I say this, for this is the key to my message today. I am not going to give you the significance of this passage in its Biblical theology. But my plan today is to look at its systematical importance in the whole of Scripture, which our church has been given by the LORD, in Christ, and through the Holy Spirit. I might add at this point that my dispensational brother would probably become hard of hearing from this point on. For I know and understand his hermeneutics on Scripture is based only on preaching the Word in its original form, from its original writer, to its original hearer. None of us should allow ourselves to be so shallow in our reason to stud. Do not allow the system or methods you use to be the only way. Secondly, the Prophets did not and could not fully understand their writings let alone their readers at given times (1 Peter 1: 10-12). So, why would I continue to only use one verse, one chapter, and one book of the Book, when the LORD has given us all of His cannon? We have more than the original readers of this passage so that we can see how this passage fits into the light of all passages that have been given to the church. Thirdly, I cannot preach just the Law! For we the church live not under the Law but in the covenant of Grace! For me to leave out, forget about, and not mention how this chapter in Leviticus deals with Grace would only belittle our Christ and what He has so willingly done for His bride.

So, therefore, I plan to look at the two major thoughts of this text that I have brought to you. The first issue is the LORD and what he is commanding to be done. The second issue dealt with is the offerings and how they are to be given to the LORD. The passage here shows the intended guidelines of the brunt offerings that were to be given to the LORD. We have listed in this chapter how to give the offering of a bull from a herd (verses 3-9), how to give sheep or goats from a flock (verses 10-13), and lastly the offering of turtledoves and pigeons from birds (verses 14-17). We see the methods in which how the LORD’s people are to go about offering gifts, and what His people are to bring for the sacrifices. We see what the priest and his sons are to go through and what exactly they have to do in the process of these offerings. And lastly the Lord gives direction regarding the mode of the slaying of the offerings.

As the church considers this text in Leviticus, may we compare this with that of Christ! May we look at the Law and how it foreshadowed Christ. May we see the offering in the Law and how it reminds us of the one-time perfect offering of Christ. May we see the blood which had to be spilled for the covering of sins and have it only point us to the perfect blood spilled on Calvary nearly 2,000 years ago for you and me! Most of all, may we look at the difference between these offerings and that of our one-time offering, Jesus Christ.

Propositional Statement (Number, Noun, Application, Action)

I have three key elements to mediate on when looking at our offering in Christ.

I. Instructional Points- the first element is a twofold process; we must look at the offering without blemish, and secondly the blood that must be spilt.

A. Illustration- what does the Bible gives us?

What we have in our text is a way that the LORD makes for man to come to Him. The offerings given to the Jews were merely a hint of what humans should have taken on for eternity. These acts of offerings by the Jews were done willingly on the part of the man in coming to correct worship before the LORD their God. The placing of the hand by the individual was an act of identification with the victim of the sacrifice. The wealth of the man did not matter, for the LORD gave a way in which either rich or poor could partake in this act of worship with the LORD. For the poor a turtledove or pigeon was acceptable. For the Lord has given His people a way to come before Him, no matter their means of wealth.

I want to look now at the key aspects of this passage. We see in the offering of the bull and sheep that the offering must be given to the LORD without blemish or imperfection. This offering is to be complete and sound in the fact that it must be the best and perfect pick from the herd or flock. We also see the blood of the bull, sheep, goat, turtledove, or pigeon must be spilt to cover the sins of the one who is making the sacrifice.

B. Applicationwhat does this mean?

It did not matter if the blood was thrown against the sides of the altar at the entrance of the tent, thrown on the sides of the altar, or drained out on the side of the altar. The importance was that there needed to be the spilling of the blood for the covering of man’s sin. Perfection! The LORD calls for and gets perfection! Blood! Oh! What an image of the perfect sacrifice! Do I dare to remind you today that God called for perfection and His Son Jesus Christ willingly gave! Our LORD called for blood to be spilled for your sins, and Christ willingly gave! The means of sacrifice has changed! Oh, worship and praise be given to the One who made the means of our New Covenant. The sacrifice here in this passage we read of is only but a shadow of the true perfection. The sacrifice is without blemish and complete in all of its self, for Christ was not only in perfection but His pure blood was spilt for you! For me! I plead for you to think on these things! Look at your sacrifice this day and cast all your cares on the cross of Christ. You will need no more. No more bulls, no more goats, sheep, or birds, for Christ has sacrificed Himself so that you could come to Him this day in perfection before the LORD and worship.

C. Interaction-what would that look like?

I read to you as a reminder of what the writer of Hebrews told his listeners in Hebrews 9:17-22:

“For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

May you look upon this and remember what Christ has done for you. Remind yourselves that you are now a living sacrifice to the one who took your place, took your shame, your guilt, your cross, and drink every last drop of the cup of wrath from our Lord. For this is the only means we by which we can come to God. This is the way Christ took in all of you and how you can come here today and worship your God. This brings me to the second element.

II. Instructional Points- the second element of this offering I want to look at is the fact that God makes a way to come to Him.

A. Illustration- what does the Bible give us?

In light of the passage in Hebrews, I want to look now at not only what Christ has done for us but how He accomplished it. For the sacrifice in the Law, and even more today by Christ, we have a way to our God. For with Christ’s perfect blood is the acceptance of the covenant. These sacrifices in the Law were the way that man could come to worship with the LORD. The giving of perfection and the spilling of blood was to cover the sins of man. So, therefore man could now come before the LORD knowing his sin, in all of its guilt, was forgiven and could stand before Him in His entire splendor. For these means of perfection and blood bring about the mode which man is to come to God. This is hard! It is hard to understand why God would allow sinners to come to Him. For man to stand in the presence of the LORD is hard to even comprehend, to even think about. It almost seems unjust for God to allow sinners to come to Him. But these are the means in which God has given us our mode. And our mode is to stand in awe and be happy, be blessed, find our joy, and worship our Lord. Don’t try to grasp these hard, intellectual, uncomprehending measures that almost seem unjust. Just stand in awe and worship God for allowing you–a sinner that was bound to eternal death–to stand in awe of your Savior today.

B. Applicationwhat does this mean?

Hebrews 9:20 says, “This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.” God commanded the Law so that His people could come to Him. Might I say, “Oh” again, Oh how the LORD has given His Son in today’s New Covenant. For there is no need of this command or this Law anymore! I do not say forget the Law in the sense of its need to be fulfilled, but forget the Law, forget the command in which God told His people before. For there is no reason any longer to carry out these commands. God has prepared you a new way to come to Him. It’s Christ! Christ is now our way to God. This way is complete and stands apart from all the sacrifices. For today you have no reason to bring your sheep; we have been given the perfect sheep so that we can come before the Shepherd this day and worship! May we stand in awe once more of our perfect Shepherd which laid down His life for His sheep? Once more we have another shadow here in Leviticus of the way to God. For the Law’s way to God was but a shadow of what we have today. It was only a shadow of what our perfect Savior would provide for us! Let me remind you again that there is no more need for bulls, goats, sheep, or birds, for Christ has sacrificed Himself so that you could come to Him this day in perfection and worship the LORD. And I might that the only way to come to God is through His Son, and it will be the only way you will ever come to God.

B. Interaction-what would that look like?

I hope that you have thanked God today for what He gave you. Thank Christ for giving Himself for you. I hope you have thanked the Spirit for giving you the heart to partake in this. Listen to these words written down long ago from the writer of Hebrews, in chapter 9:23-28.

It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

Christ’s necessity for the payment of sins is your necessity to stand in worship of the LORD. Have you thought on that this morning? For it is not what you have done today that brings you to God. Look upon the hope and foundation of your faith. May every heart and soul bow before the LORD this day in humble adoration of Christ who shed His blood for your sins. Look upon the ultimate sacrifice, for that is where your hope, joy, and redemption lie. Your way to God is through Christ’s death, his cross, and his perfect, pure, sacrifice on the cross. May praise and honor be to Him who has allowed His people to come in communion with the almighty Lord.

III. Instructional Points- the last and final element I want to look at is the significance in Jesus Christ, our sacrifice.

A. Illustration- what the Bible gives us?

We have looked at the perfect sacrifice. We have looked at the pure blood in being spilled for His people in that sacrifice. Secondly I have discussed that this pure blood has allowed us to actually stand before the LORD, and stand firm in our salvation before the LORD. But most or all, Jesus Christ death was different than these sacrifices here in the Law.

First of all, Jesus’s sacrifice was not a continual process. Christ died once! Secondly, there is now no need to having individual sacrifices. Christ’s sacrifice was enough to cover the sins of many sinners! There are many differences between the Lord and that of the Law, and I do not have time to continually break them all down at this time. It is so much more satisfying to find redemption in the blood of Christ than in some system that you have to continually do. And how great is the cross, for from His sacrifice only grace, mercy, and love flowed. Love flowed before, but the Law caused all men to fall short of God. Here Christ’s cross and His sacrifice brought us something we did not deserve. How merciful it is for God to pass judgment on us and give us everyday grace to live in Him! The love of Christ gives us joy and hope in time of need and in time of happiness.

B. Applicationwhat does this mean?

Have you thought about the cross of Christ this week? When was the last time that you read Leviticus and thought of the shadows that Christ not only came to fulfill but to destroy? Let me ask you, hearer of the Word, have you turned your eyes on Christ this morning? Is Christ’s death the center of your life? For this act of sacrifice far surpasses that which is of the Law. Christ came to fulfill the Law, so that you might be fulfilled in Him this day! Think about that! Many of us find contentment in other activities such as sports, TV, movies, music, or whatever might be idolatry in your life. We look for contentment in lust, adultery, pornography and other sexual sins; we look for happiness in ourselves. Look at Christ now! Look at the cross! Look at the sacrifice! Why would you ever find contentment in any other image than the cross? Christ’s image on the cross should be enough to change your heart. May your image be found in Christ alone. May you hold firm to your groom and be satisfied in Him alone. And never place anything or anyone in front of your devotion to Christ, no matter who, what, where, when, why, or how you think you can. We are called to be a living sacrifice. This sacrifice calls for more than bringing something to the altar; this sacrifice makes you a living sacrifice to Christ everyday. May you continue to look to Christ in all of his splendor and glory! For your Christ, my Christ, our Christ, accomplished what bulls, goats, sheep, and birds could never do!

C. Interaction-what would that look like?

Please, I pled with you to look at Christ this day and give him all you have! If you do not know him then there is no better day than today. And if you do, praise Christ today for what He’s done for His people. At this time I can do nothing more to end this sermon than use the words once more from Hebrews in 9:11-14:

But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

The centrality of the Gospel/Bible is…?

First off I am not stating that any of you believe this. Some of you might. Secondly, this is because of the lack of knowledge of Christology in today culture. This is my argument, that Jesus Christ is the center of the canon, and is the main message through out Gods working history with his people. Not individuals, like Abraham, Moses, Aaron, David, Peter, Paul, or even yourself. The main focus from Genesis to Revelation, the very center to the Gospel its self is Jesus Christ our redeemer.
For my argument, I have 5 passages I want to look at briefly and let you read them as I go over them, then we will spend the rest of our time on one more passage in Luke, which I believe to be one of the far most important claims in all of scripture.
First I want to look at Col.2:2-3…“all the treasurers” obviously includes all the truths of all the verses of scripture. All of them are hidden in Christ. I ask about this what is hard to understand about all?
Now secondly turn to John 1:1… This indicates that Jesus Christ is the Word of God. From the beginning to the end of the Word are manifestations of this incarnate Word being Christ. Rev. 19:13…and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.
My third passage for my argument is 2 Cor.1:20… no matter how many promises God ever made, they were done in Christ. You understand every promise made by God is or will be fulfilled by Christ. Starting in Eden, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and to His church, every single one of the them either has been, is being, or will be fulfilled by Jesus Christ.
And fourthly, 1 Tim.2:5… this is by which we are saved and are able to listen to God without dying. Christ is indispensable for our right reception of scripture. And since scripture has the function of bringing men to God, it is fundamentally about Christ.
Now for my last passage to define my argument, one of the most profound claim/passage over the centrality of the bible made by Jesus Christ Himself. First turn to Luke 24:25-27…Here the disciples are on the road to Emmaus, felt defeat after Jesus’ crucifixion, Jesus stops and rebukes them in verse 25. Some people here in verse 27 believe Jesus is referring to Him and future events. But I do not here believe this is the case at all. I see here Jesus mention the beginning of the cannon with Moses and ending with what ends the O.T. the prophets. Here Jesus identifies himself as the beginning to the end of the O.T. being all about himself. Which you would say to that…the whole O.T. is about God working out salvation? Right? And I would then reply yes, salvation in which is founded only in our Savior Jesus Christ.
Now for the last part of this in Luke 24:44-47… I believe makes this claim more clear then anywhere in scripture. “the law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms” cover most if not all of the O.T. Jews broke the O.T. into three major parts; Law of Moses being the first five books, the Prophets included the former prophets, Joshua, Judges, 1-2 Samuel and Kings, to the latter prophets in the back of the O.T. lastly the Writings included all the other writings not only referring to Psalms but all the rest of the writings in the O.T. Then Jesus opens their minds in verse 45 and 46 he says that “it was written” that the O.T. is about the work of Christ, in that it points forward to this work as what “must be fulfilled” which he said in verse 44.
Many of you if not all of you would agree with me when I make a statement like, “the N.T. is clearly about Jesus Christ, but most of you would either disagree or maybe never even thought of the statement, “the O.T. is the core of the N.T. and central to Christology. In no way do I want to force a Christ centric message into any text. But if you are not Christocentric in your O.T., then I would say that you are not understanding it rightly, nor are you understanding it the way Christ desired you to.
I end with this, for you that are going to be missionaries, I plead with you not to make Christ just merely some evangelistic message that you preach to lead people to Him. But Christ better be the center of your field…
Pastors, or soon to be youth workers, do not make Christ a message that is meant for big time events when a lot of people that are unsaved come. Christ better come out of the scriptures every single time you preach it. I ask you soon to be one day pastors this, “can you preach a message without mentioning Christ?”. If you say yes then we can talk later.
Fellow brothers whatever you do, in ministry, in your one day to be family, the church you serve, the times you teach, speak, and preach… if you forget about Christ, you have forgotten about the hope to your faith. Jesus Christ is your hope in which enables you to look and boast in the cross and not yourselves. I beg and plead with you for your futures, do not, please do not forget the center of the bible, do not forget the center of the gospel, and most of all do not forget the meaning of the reason your living,… which is…looking at Christ which shows you, (by the enabling of the Sprit) to Glorify God most.

The centrality of the Gospel/Bible is God revealing His gorily, through the work of His Son Jesus.


I was asked by the sophomore class to speak on the topic of apathy. Going through Hebrews class and also studying for my self i best thought this text would fit the need of Christ to be the center need in our lives and not ourselves.

Let me invite you to turn in your bibles to…Hebrews 2:1-3
Apathy/Apathetic-is the lack of feeling, emotion, interest, concern, or spiritless, and I would say that if anyone is to be spiritless in life, it is not Gods people…let’s pray…

Background: Today I have one goal, object, and purpose of what I am trying to communicate with you. That is, I am deeply concerned about the gradual loss of interest in Christianity. So what I would like to do with the next 15 minutes is to help you all try to grasp and get a grip of the significance of your Savior. I believe with all my heart that Christ does not, I repeat does not take and I repeat will not take Christianity lightly. In no way does Jesus Christ portray apathy, in any area. Sin, or praise, Jesus Christ cares about each decision you make, and each act you commit in your everyday lives. Christ is too valuable, too important, and far too precious for us to go on through 3 more years of school, just to “get by”. Please do not commit the error of taking Christ for granted, but please live out life in constant appreciation of the one who saved, died, and bought you from the pit of hell. Today I ask you to not be apathetic (spiritless) towards your salvation, but nurture your salvation and be concerned for it.

Prepositional Statement (#, Noun, Application, action)
There are two areas of the Gospel that conquer apathy (“here at BBC bubble”)

I. Instructional Points-Must not become apathetic towards Jesus Christ
A. Illustration-Therefore, we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard
B. Application-what does this mean?
Therefore-The “therefore” shows us that what we must listen to is in chapter one. In chapter one we see that Jesus is…Son of God is the heir of all things (v. 2), he made the world (v. 2), he is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of God’s nature (v. 3), he upholds all things by the word of his power (v. 3), he made purification for sins (v. 3), he sat down at the right hand of God’s majesty (v. 3) and he is greater than any angel (v. 4), because angels worship him (v. 6). He is the mighty God (v. 8).
This is Christ! This is your Christ! Does this make you apathetic? Does Christ make you spiritless? And I would say to that no…but why? The rest of the verse shows us why.
C. Interaction-what would that look like?
We must pay much closer attention to what we have heard-you can not look at these attributes of Christ in chapter one and be apathetic. If the writer goes from a chapter fully on Christology, then the first command, application, is that to remember these gospel centered truths of our Christ, so that you don’t fall away. If you are apathetic in life, in school, and in Gods Word in class, then you have forgotten these truths of Jesus in chapter one. You understand that when we reflect on the gospel/Jesus as a moral remedy, it takes care of our moral disease(sin & apathy). And these truths of Jesus must be kept in front of your mind, for your everyday lives, before you go to class, before you study, before you even wake up. To just hear is not sufficient enough, but we must meditate on it, and hold to these truths of our Savior. If this makes you apathetic in your Christianity after hearing just how great your Savior is, what is the sense of being here (in the BBC bubble)? Do you understand that Jesus Christ was Gods spoken Word. To be apathetic of Jesus is being apathetic of God, and being apathetic of God is being apathetic of the reason you even exist.

II. Instructional Points-Must not become apathetic towards your salvation
A. Illustration-least we drift away from it…verse 3
B. Application-what does this mean?
Drift away- the use of this wordage (pararrhueo) is something of the use of water. Only used one time in the whole New Testament, I think there could be something about this word. The word here is used like flowing by, slip on by, or carelessly pass on by in your life. This is a real danger! It is a danger to let the Word of God pass on by. What do you pass by, or what do you lose heart for, when we become apathetic we become apathetic of our salvation. You neglect your salvation (verse 3) when you become apathetic. Many of you are neglecting your salvation. Many of you I am sure today are setting here and have drifted away from your great salvation that Jesus gave you. There is hope for that, it lies in the good news…the gospel in which Jesus Christ died for you.
C. Interaction-what would that look like?
You know what the hope of the good new is, that if you to care, you can. Listen to me.
Students if you got what was coming to you, God would have killed you the second you came out of the womb. And then God, using the Holy Sprit came in and ripped down the doors, knocking over every demon in the way, wiping your sinned stained heart of every mark, giving you a new nature from that old rotten flesh, a hope to live, and most of all defeating Satan by the power of His son, Jesus Christ,…saving you from hell, saving you from Satan, and from eternal death, do not neglect that, don’t forget that, don’t stop for one second of today. Wake up remembering constantly that when your focus is on the gospel, the good news of God, which redeemed you, Jesus Christ ,you will never become apathetic, but you will then find the Great Salvation that was bought, paid for, and given to you. (2:14???) So I asked my self, why would I ever become apathetic in anything!
Sophomores it is very, easy to drift along (very easy to become apathetic in life) with the current, but it is difficult to return against the stream. Our Jesus has let us partake in a great gospel,
Read Heb.2:3-I ask you… “How can you neglect it?”-“How can you become Apathetic of that?” Student,… Christ has already defeated your apathy at the cross. Your sin, and apathy was destroy at the act of your Savior hanging on the cross. Praise be to our God who spoke to us, Praise be to our Christ that made it possible, and Praise to the Holy Spirit that dwells in us. He the (read the verses in chapter one) has given you victory in his life, death, and resurrection. The good news is not just to help you, it has already gave you its’ good news, and it has already gave you victory over apathy, it gives you victory over all sin.

Heb. 1:1-4, 13-14

Propositional Statement (#, Noun, Application, action)
I have 3 reasons why the “Word” in Hebrews is vital to your lives.

I. Instructional Points-the importance of Gods spoken word
A. Illustration-verse one
I don’t tell my car to open my door. I might be able to explain it, but I can’t open it. I can’t tell my car to start, I know how and can do that, but I can’t just speak some command to make it start. I can’t tell my car to drive, I can have a lady tell me how to now, but I can’t just set back and let my car do everything. The point of this is that Gods word is not only explanatory, but it achieves what it is post to.
B. Application-what does this mean?
Gen.1:3- The story of creation shows Gods spoken word does more then just explain on how to do something, or show what to do. The word of God speaks and not only shows how to do something, or why, but when God speaks “let there be“ it actually happens. This shows not only what he says, but also what he is doing. John 21:24-25 there are also many other things Jesus did, not all the books could write what Christ has. And then God gave John to write only a few chapters when he could give us so much more. Gods word is not meant for reading only but to be used.
C. Interaction-what would that look like?
Understanding this should make us realize how important actual scripture is in our lives. Scripture is not just meant for reading, and saying, “wow”, “ahh”, or even “man that is a good story”, but it is meant for changing hearts, in a way that they will glorify God. Heb.4:12 you see scripture is what makes you who you are. The word is what instructs your life, your beliefs, your morals, you conscious, your thinking, the list goes on and on and on. To know the scripture that the Lord our savior has given us, is to know him. Know what pleases him, know what makes him known, to know what is most Glorying to him, in obedience and honoring his name, and not ours.

II. Instructional Points-the importance of Gods spoken word through His Son
A. Illustration-Chiastic Structure of Heb.1:2-3
B. Application-what does this mean?
The middle of these two verses show us exactly who the Son of God is. The outside so to speak of these verses show us how Jesus was and is our messiah today.
A. heir of all things-all of Jesus power came directly form the Father.
“The heir is lord of all” (Gal_4:1).
B. through him creation- the word and God are not separate Through his agency or instrumentality. Christ, the Logos, is represented as God’s medium in creation. See note on John 1:1.
B. who being: radiance of God-A manifestation of the glory of God.
exact imprint of the nature-In Christ we have a tangible, visible representation of the substance of God. The image of God in person. John 14:9.
upholding all things- The Son has all power, and his power was always manifested by his word. He spoke and it was done, whether it was to still the winds or to raise the dead. So in creation, the word was spoken and it was done.
A. He sat down- The right hand was always and is always the place of honor. See note on Eph_1:20.
C. Interaction-what would that look like?
Knowing that God spoke to his people at times, through successive generations, and in different manners, many times by personal matters, directions, dreams, visions, Divine influences on the minds of the prophets. The gospel revelation today is so much better in that we have all the Word to show us now. That is the revelation we now have in which we know and can see through Jesus from God.
When, the sin of man, the world was breaking to pieces under the wrath and curse of God, the Son of God, doing the work of redemption, sustained it by his almighty power and goodness. From the glory of the person and office of Christ, we proceed to the glory of his grace. The glory of His person and nature, gave to his sufferings such merit as was a full satisfaction to the honor of God, who suffered an infinite injury and affront by the sins of men. We never can be thankful enough that God has in so many ways, and with such increasing clearness, spoken to us fallen sinners concerning salvation. That he should by himself cleanse us from our sins is a wonder of love beyond our utmost powers of admiration, gratitude, and praise.

III. Instructional Points-the importance of Gods spoken word through His Son is better than the angels
A. Illustration- verse 13-14
B. Application-what does this mean?
Christ being better than the angels shows us how much better the spoken word of God is to us today. In the beginning of verse 13 the writer shows us that no angel has ever been held in honor by God, not one has ever been lifted high. We see in the second half of verse 13 that Christ is the only one that sets beside God. God did not call even one angel to that position, but Jesus Christ the son.
C. Interaction-what would that look like?
Knowing this, brings us to that much more of beautiful picture of how much Christ is. The only Son of God, that now speaks to us, God uses him to make a way for us to even have a relationship with the heavenly father. He uses his son, to not only make a way, but his spirit to lead us to him, where then Christ sitting at this right hand pleas on our behalf all day, all week, all year long on our behalf so that God might spare us from the pit of hell. Seeing Christ and the importance of him through speaking Gods word to us, makes us change our view not only to the fact of how great our King is, but better yet on how we are to live this out and remember this constantly throughout our everyday lives. Then we change are life not because something we want, or gain, but seeing how amazingly Christ is in love with his people.

2 Tim.4:1-2

During my past summer at Lake Ann Camp, I was asked to do devo.’s for the high-school boys that worked there. After much thought, and consideration of the post-modern world today, I had decided to explain to them how God’s Word should be used in their lives and in their churches they attend.

let me invite you to turn in your bibles to…2 Timothy 4:1-2

Last letter written by Paul, end of Nero’s reign around 67 (who had began in 54 and started killing Christians in 64).
Paul in prison(1.16), had lost most of his friends, time for him to depart(4.6), he is alone (4.10-12) talks about the condition of what the last days will look like.
Writing to His son of faith, who is his number one disciple probably coming to Paul somewhere between Acts 13-14.
Soon after this Paul would be beheaded on the Ostian way (road that lead to a sea port where now actually a RCC church is today called St. Paul), west of Rome in 67.
The reason Paul wrote this is cause he was scared for his son that he might become in danger to weaken the truth. (there was an attack on the Word) read the scripture…

I. Prepositional Statement (#, Noun, Application, action)
I have 3 instructions on the Word of God on how you need to hear it.

II. Instructional Points V.2 Hear the Word all the Time
A. Illustration-how many of you hate doing something when you don’t feel like it?
I think of the great example of the council of Elrond. Were everyone was present, elves, dwarfs, hobbits, the grey wizard, humans, all the “good guys” was present. I think of how Frodo stood up saying, “I will take it, I will take the ring” how many you think he actually wanted to and actually was readying to take the ring, as Gandalf head starts to fall and closing his eyes knows the pain and struggle Fordo is about to go into to.
B. Application-you like to hear the Word all the time?
1. In season and out of season-The dictates of popular culture, tradition, reputation, acceptance, or esteem in the community may never alter the preaching. So no matter what time it is you always are ready to hear the Word. There is going to be times when we don’t want to go to chapel, we don’t want to get into the Word. That is the problem!
What the problem might be is we don’t know it at all!!! (Jos.1:8)
C. Interaction-what would this look like?
1. How many times do we get sick of going to chapel, or going to church, youth group? We need to want (we need) and be ready even when we don’t to see how God’s Word is going to change our very lives today.
2. Some you haven’t even opened the book up in last week, summer, been months since you saw a page. Say, “I don’t have time, or I’m busy at camp, or school just to much. And you can’t stand up for the Lord if you don’t know Him! You need to know His Word, His Truth, what He says is right and wrong, and if you don’t start now you won’t ever do it! You wont ever do it, never! How your expect to know God? How you expect to know Him? You need the word to know God! You need the scriptures to show what is right in the eyes of the Lord!

III. Instructional Points V.2 Hear the Word to reprove, rebuke, and exhort you life
A. Illustration-ever put something together with instructions?
I had to put these shelves together for work right? And starting to put it together, and I never looked at the instructions once. Half way through I realized it was upside down. So I took it apart and started all over again, to only get half way again and realize I had done the same thing again. So after a little over a hour and a half I got out the instructions.
Just because I know what a shelve looks like doesn’t mean I know how to put one together, and just because I know what a Christian life looks like doesn’t mean I can prove it, show it, live it.
B. Application-you listen to the Word the way its to be given?
1. Reprove- is to prove or better word convince a man of his sins, or the Word. Convict one of their errors. When he/she already knows that they are in those sins.
1Tim.5:20, 2Tim.3:16, Tit. 1:13, 2:15, 1Thess.2:12, 5:14, 20.
2. Rebuke- The idea is, that the minister is not merely to reason about sin, and convince men that it is wrong, but he may solemnly admonish them not to do it, and warn them of the consequences. Leading someone to repentance. See difference between this and reprove is that here the sinner does not know they are in sin. Where as reproving is an individual that knows his sin and is dealt with.
Luke 17:3
3. Exhort- common word Paul uses. Meaning basically to do so with comfort. The positive side of preaching, done with doctrine and instruction.
1Tim.4:13, Rom.12:8
C. Interaction-what would these look?
1. Reprove- A sermon or when reading the Word should look on how to change my life to be in correct relationship with the Lord. Do you look for how to improve your errors when reading the scripture? Or do you look for what you want to read? What you need to feel? Get your high for the day? Like popping a pill? That is what alcoholic’s and drug abusers do, which is no difference.
2. Rebuke- When last time you heard a sermon that sent you home thinking “man I need to get things straitened up” or walked out with your head down realizing that your sin this past week has keep you from your Savior. The Word is meant for Gods glory not mine! When I try to read it for me or find what I want I rob God of His glory!
3. Exhort- So pastor need to be instructing us the church in these areas with comfort and lifting up. How many churches today are watering down the Word?

IV. Instructional Points V.2 Hear the Word given with patience and instruction
A. Illustration-how do you go about hearing the Word?
Theology means “the science of God,” and I think any man who wants to think about God at all would like to have the clearest and most accurate ideas about Him that are available.—C. S. Lewis
It would be impossible to overemphasize the importance of sound doctrine in the life of a Christian. Right thinking about all spiritual matters is imperative if we would have right living. As men do not gather grapes of thorns nor figs of thistles, so sound character does not grow out of unsound teaching.—A.W. Tozer
B. Application-you listen to the Word with what its to be given with?
1. Patience-longsuffering, “Those that give into error, and oppose themselves to the truth, should be instructed in meekness; and those who are overtaken in a fault should be gently rebuked, and restored in such a spirit; and every exhortation should be pressed as persons are able to bear it.”-John Gill
2. Instruction-doctrine that has been taught, in a way that is instructive and teaching, and in agreement with the doctrine of the Scriptures, which are profitable for that purpose.
C. Interaction-what would these look like?
1. Patience-Longsuffering is to be given so that the stubborn man will not lose heart.
Rom. 2:4, 9:22,2, Cor. 6:6, Gal 5:22, Eph 4:2; Col 1:11; Col 3:12; 1Ti 1:16, 2Ti 2:24-25, 3:10.
2. Instruction- So Calvin states this at its best: “Those who are strong only in fervor and sharpness, but are not fortified with solid doctrine(instruction), weary themselves in their vigorous efforts, make a great noise, rave,… make no headway because they build without foundation.” Men will not be won to the truth by scolding. They should understand what they hear, and learn by perceiving why they are rebuked.

2 Tim.4:3-5

let me invite you to turn in your bibles to…2 Timothy 4:3-5
Paul is troubled with the last days, 3:1 he is troubled with apostasy.
What is apostasy? It is the act of professed Christians who deliberately reject the revealed truth.
This could be due to many of reasons, such as ignorance(Acts19:1-6), or I believe heresy which is a snare of the devil (2Tim.2:25-26).
A apostate is perfectly describe in 2Tim.4:3-4 which we will study today.
Apostate will depart from the truth but will continue in calling themselves Christians (2Tim.3:5).
Apostasy can not be corrected (Heb.6:4-6) and will await the Judgment of Christ 2 Thess.2:10-12, 2.Pet.2:17,21, Jude11-15, and Rev.3:14-16.
This is caused by worldliness. Example (2Tim.4:10)

I. Prepositional Statement (#, Noun, Application, action)
I have 2 instructions from the Word of God to teach you on how NOT to become an Apostate.

II. Instructional Points-V.3-4 Don’t hear the Word on how you want it (Apostasy)
A. Illustration-“there is a beautiful example of this in The Lord of the Rings”
In Lord of the Rings we see the character of Gollum and how the ring had corrupted him from his original being, Sméagol. Sméagol was a hobbit which had fell into to the path of the ring. The world and the corruption of it has blinded him from what he was meant to be/do. What happens when the ring/world has corrupted our purpose and our ears and eyes to the Word. We lose focus, and miss the original mark or meaning to Gods Word.
B. Application-since when did God tell us we could hear what we want?
1. That men have preachers preach what they want, what they feel. Its up to their own desires on what they want to hear from the pulpit. So the pastors today want numbers and so they would rather compromise the Word for the people so they don’t convict one’s soul. People want to follow their own desires and don’t want the Word to confront it.
2. People want to know today’s philosophy, they want to think for themselves what may be right or wrong. Today we have stopped preaching about abortion, gays, lesbians, we have stopped preaching about divorce, lust, we have stopped preaching to all the things that offend us, or make us uncomfortable. I ask since when did God ask you or me about how we feel?
C. Interaction-Since when did God ask us how we want His Word?
1. People today want to know Jesus. They want a experience. They want something they can feel or see and touch. They want to see Jesus looking at the sun. They need to get to know Jesus by the Word! Since when did God stop using the Word? If it was good enough for Jesus to use over 2,000 years ago its good now! (Matt.4:4)
2. They want everything that opposes doctrine! Truth! We stop preaching against sin is what our churches have done. We start compromising the Word for what we think or what we feel at the time. Sunday morning becomes a time on how many cups a coffee I can get, or donuts, or talk to that hot girl, or the worship time sounding good, or maybe today I’ll get to see a drama in stead of hearing the Word! What it means to have your ears tickled is to have them entertained. Since when did God write the Word to be an entertainment show? Its meant to change lives! Its meant to change souls, change your heart, I’ll tell you what it did, it change an alcoholic, locked up man that had no home no family like my self and grabbed a hold my heart and change my life. That is what it was meant for, and I am not about to let today’s world start abusing it and raping the Word for themselves. What about yourself?

III. Instructional Points- V.5 Don’t fulfill your ministry on how you want it
A. Illustration-have you forgotten what has saved your souls?
There is another great example of this in Lord of the Rings when the fellowship of the ring takes the path of Canadheas, the mountains (with the snow coming down as Saruman is speaking from the his tower.) Gimli wants to pass through the mines of Moria, and then Boromir wants to pass through the gap of Rohan which would be the west road to his city. The fellowship had forgotten its purpose of their journey and wanted to see their people, and do what they knew best, and what they wanted. Do not forget the purpose which saved your so. Never forget the root of what has brought your life and bought your life. That is the gospel, and when you fall off of that, is when life gets dangerous. And that is when you can fall into the snares of today’s worldliness. (reread to you Rev.3:14-16.)
B. Application-are you compromising the Gospel?
Evangelist is a preacher of the Gospel, you are all workers of the gospel. Timothy was not an evangelist but a preacher, so how could Paul say this to him? Because Paul wants Timothy to never to stop the work of the gospel. Paul doesn’t call him to be an evangelist but do the work of one. That is way this is all about. When we compromise the doctrines, and the use of the Word. We have compromise the Gospel.
C. Interaction-how much have you lessen the work of the gospel?
Listen we must first start our truth, doctrines, and the Word with what is important. That is the Gospel. When we can understand this and study this and come to the love and realization of what Paul is telling Timothy to always remember the gospel then we will not fall out of Christianly but only fall yet more in love with our Savior. Your ministry is can only be fulfilled when you do the work of the gospel. Fill your life, your work here at camp, you friends, your ministry with the work of the evangelist, the work of the good news the work of the Gospel and then there is where we find fulfillment in the Word.

I have been given the opportunity to teach 5th and 6th grade boys and girls at Summit Baptist Church, in Clarks Summit, PA. I have been doing this for about 8 months, and will continue till Dec. of 2006. I have started to post the lessons along with my other blogs for the use of readers on this site.

Let me invite you to turn in your bibles to…Hebrews 8:1-2
Background: Heb.5:11-14, we must want to think

Prepositional Statement (#, Noun, Application, action)
I have three points that you should know about Christ being your High Priest

I. Instructional Points-my first point is Christ is to be your High Priest
Such an high priest – As the one described in chapters 4:16-7:28
A. Illustration-Lord of the Rings
Like in the Lord of the Rings, the purpose of the ring was to rule them all. We have many different fights, scenes, characters, story lines, and everything leads up to the ring. When your watching the movie you don’t lose focus of the ring, but it sticks in the back of your mind constantly through all three movies. This is the same mind set we must have in reading the book of Hebrews here. The main point and mind set of the writer of the book of Hebrews, is that Jesus Christ is our Great High Priest.
B. Application-what does this mean?
We can call on the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at anytime. Jesus Christ is the one mediator that intercedes to God the Father for us on our behalf. One of thee main things we have in Christ is that he is our High priest, but this one is different then all the others, no other age nor world has had one like our Jesus. No one has ever been in order like this one. The ones you’ve read or heard (Levi) of before are only shadows of this one. This one is Jesus who suffered, bled, died and resurrected the third day so that he may have victory over death, sin, and most of all his sheep’s souls.
C. Interaction-what would that look like?
We don’t have to see any catholic priests, we don’t need to buy some piece of paper to get rid of our sins. We have a Savior that we can go to at all times, in your bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and car. Jesus is always waiting to hear your plea! He wants your prayers, and he loves your praises. So what we need to have a mindset to constantly think of Christ is waiting for your prayers, and constantly live a life that is constantly praying in all we do.

II. Instructional Points-another point is where Christ sits in the heavens
A. Illustration-Lord of the rings
In the lord of the rings, first movie, the hobbits had just meet Galadriel, which was one of the wood elves. They were in awe of her, “just to have one golden lock of your hair“, was Gimle’s last words to her as he left. The woods, the realm in which they were in was a cite they had never saw, never been, and may never get to live out once again. Like the site we see the day we face God and Jesus setting there waiting for his family. I can not even comprehend or begin to image the cite, and let alone the awe of seeing the stuffing servant that made it able for me to stand in His fathers presence.
B. Application-what does this mean?
God in all his glory and majesty setting in Heaven and beside him on the right hand sets a Man that does the interceding for you and me(his chosen). That mediator is placed at the right hand of God possessing all authority and power in Heaven and on earth. This set which he has been given is because of the humiliation and suffering he had to endure for you and mines soul (Luke 24:44-47). This authority that he has is for only but His fathers name, for his fathers honor, and his fathers glory. Setting there in heavens bringing every single one of his sheep before him at the throne of God in heaven, that is where we one day will be as well.
C. Interaction-what would that look like?
Can you even image what it is going to be like before God the father and Jesus in front of you? I think we must start seeing that it is about him, and his name and who God is, and what Jesus has allowed for you and me, and stop merely thinking about our own minds, our own thinking, our own problems, sins, temptations that we dwell upon, but we must look heavenly bound! Lets read…Col.3:1, we need to have the mind set of that tends to look at Christ and in a eternal perspective and not now. If we look at now, we start to think about ourselves, our problems, and what we are facing but when looking at Christ we see the past, the cross what it has done for us, then the future of His kingdom to come, in which he is doing for us as we speak, we can not miss the mark with that kind of joy, and hope found in Christ.

III. Instructional Points-last point is Christ does not dwell in man made tent
A. Illustration-
B. Application-what does this mean?
Now the old tabernacle was made by man. In the outer part of the tabernacle was the alter where the sacrifices had to be taken, in which was a symbol of Christ’s payment one day later. In the inter part of it was the veil in which was also a symbol which like the priest that Christ was an interceder. This tabernacle in heaven is the true one due to Christ paying the due to his father, so might he become a Minster of that sanctuary in heaven. There Jesus takes care of our needs, and our sin problems we might have with his father and because of his burden on the cross in which the Lord finds satisfactory in. People listen not only is Jesus Christ setting next to God in heaven, but he is your high priest, the high priest of today’s church. And for you that are in it remember all that are, are place by his hand, and there for his will.
C. Interaction-what would that look like?
Heb. 5:8-10
It looks at the factors and brings the cross to a even fuller enjoyment of our lives. That fact that the cross which Christ suffered upon, paved the way for his high priestly ministry in the heavens, this makes us enjoy our salvation that much more. That act of the cross of Jesus Christ has allowed him to take throne with his father and constantly intercede for his people. And if we our those people, then take heed to the sin of our everyday lives, and remember what Christ had to do, in order to be our forgiver and interceder.

This summer i worked at Lake Ann Camp. i was asked to speak to the Sr. Higher’s during the 8th and 9th week on Thursday mornings.

Let me invite you to turn in your bibles to…Daniel 6… Daniel 1:8
#1 What Daniel Did:
Overview through chapters 6-2, what made God Glorified most?
Chapter 1, I want to know what was different in Daniel’s life to have men not even believer’s know his God.

#2 What God is Doing:
Is.43:6-7, you were made for Gods Glory! 25- He forgive you for His Glory!
If your born again, you are owned by?…God, you’re his chosen people.
Born again individuals should desire what their leader desires…
God doesn’t not desire sin… why do we?
You don’t have a desire to stop sin, you can never grow in your walk with God.
If you don’t have a desire for God, you are in horrible spiritual condition.

#3 What are You Going to Do?
Propositional Statement (#, Noun, Application, action)
I want to share with you-Three desires a teenager should seek in their lives to glorify God.

Read Verse 8, (A)
I. Instructional Points-the first desire is to seek a Purpose in your mind to not sin
A. Illustration-you have a purpose to stop sin?
Law found in Lev.11-to touch this food would be sinning. The illustration here is Daniel had to and wanted to remain true to the law. Why? Because it was Gods Word. Daniel is thee best illustration I can think of for this. He was changed in every way. Taken away from everything, and knew enough that they could not and would not change his heart. Daniel did not want to mix the pagan culture with the Word of God. We can not mix what is the world’s with what is God’s, and if you are setting there today and are apart of God’s chosen then you better not desire what is of this word.
B. Application-is your desire true to stop sin?
It’s true that hard times and crises not only build character, they also reveal it. In other words, how a person handles difficulties says a lot about that person’s character and beliefs.
When you have the possibility to sin, do you? I mean from the moment you wake up we need to have a mind set like Daniel to not sin. That is where we have mixed up today’s culture with the word of God. We have desired the wrong things in stead of desiring our pursuit of Holiness with our Savior. A Christian walk is hard, but it is not as hard as Daniel life. I’ll tell you what is hard, wakening up not knowing if your parents are alive, not seeing your family since you were 14! Your named changed, watching his king die in the hands of his now ruler that won’t let you speak your own langue and Daniel still said in verse 8 that he has made up his mind, heart, he desires God more then anything!
C. Interaction-what would this look like?
You Glorify what you enjoy… you must desire God over…your…sin such as
Here is some truths are you standing for them? (Get the brown book and look up)
Prov.20, 21, 23-Drunkeness, Prov.14-Anger, Eph.4-Bitterness, Eph.4-Gossip, and Lying, 1Tim.6-Coveting, 2Cor.4-Depression, 2Tim.2-Fear, Eph.4-Forgiving each other, Rom.1-Homosexuality, Rom.8-Lust and evil desires, Rom.12-Overcomign Evil, and Overcoming Sin, James 3-Self-Centerness, Gal.5-Self Controlled, 1Cor.6-Sex Immorality, 2Thess.3-Laziness, Ps.37-Anxiety
John 14:15- If you Love me you will keep my commandments.
Read Verse 8, (B)

II. Instructional Points-the second desire is to have God the center of your Life
A. Illustration-can the world change your true desire?
This is what happens when God is not the center of your life…
Let me read to you here a little bit about what the world teenagers have to offer America today…Children’s Defense Fund.
Every second a public school student is suspended.
Every 9 seconds a high school student drops out.
Every 13 seconds a public school student is corporally punished.
Every 20 seconds a teen is arrested.
Every minute teen mother had a child.
Every 4 minutes a teen is arrested for drug abuse.
Every 8 minutes a teen is arrested for violent crimes.
Every 41 minutes a teen dies in an accident.
Every 3 hours a teen is killed by a firearm.
Every 5 hours a teen commits suicide.
Every 6 hours a teen is killed by abuse or neglect.
B. Application-“what will make a man useful is a man’s heart”-Dwight Peterson
See everyone else was eating the food that the king had to offer. Everyone was doing it. But Daniel goes out of his way to not just not eat it, but to ask for something honoring to his Lord. Something that would be right before the eyes of the Lord. Listen to me kids, listen to me… Daniel wasn’t classed “cool”!!! But he was classed a Man of God. Daniel knew that God was watching him.
God is watching you today. He is watching you tonight, tomorrow, next week when your home, next few month back at home, and school, Gods watching to see if you’ve made a heart change and not a week change. The rest your life, if this week has been true it will not be a weak/week change but a desire to continually change everyday you wake up yelling from your morning breath God is the center of my life!

C. Interaction-what will this look like?
How do you guys and girls respond to difficult circumstances? God the center of your life? See everyone is drinking. I mean when you out Friday nights? When you’re out with your girlfriends, alone? What you Desire? Just when your alone period doing nothing, is God sill the center of your life? Because if you don’t make God the center of your every day life, then your headed down the same road as these here teenagers I have read to you about.
And if you don’t make God the center of your life then your going to be the next statistic. You just want to become a statistic? Or has God really become the center of your lives? Some of you have made decisions for Christ, some have dedicated your lives, some even have meet Christ here this week and made Him the Lord of your life in salvation. Daniel desired to remain true to God, do you?

III. Instructional Points-the third desire is to give the glory to God and not yourself
A. Illustration-A Great Example
A man that stuck up for what he believes in, a man that knew and showed what he knew to be true. A man that was constant in his walk. A man that stayed true in faith and knew that Gods provision was Gods protection. The reason why the next 5 chapters show Daniel as a Leader is because of his decision he had made in verse 8. If you don’t stand for what is to be true then it that much easier to pollute your mind, your body, your way of living, and that is then there where sin comes, and creeps in your life. They had changed his name, but they could not change his nature to live for God.
B. Application-How you do this is? Where can I find hope for this?
These are the questions. You do this realizing what the Gospel had to do with you being born again, becoming a “saved” individual, Teenagers… Gods grace allows you to wake up every morning breathing another breath for Gods own Glory and not yours. If you wake up tomorrow morning without remembering what the cross did and how it saved your soul from the pit of hell, you and I have missed the mark. We miss the whole mark/reason that your even alive.
C. Interaction-The Giver gets the Glory
My only hope is that I have a Savior that could bear my sins, Christ was condemn as if he loved sin, so that we may be embraced by the Farther. Christ looked like a sin lover. So we may be come a sin hater. The Giver is God, He gives you enough grace every morning in order that you desire to stop sin, that you desire Him first and foremost. God is the giver of grace and you give Him His Glory. Do not take Gods grace for granted but live Gods Grace in constant servitude to God who should be thee Desire of your lives.

last year in spring of 06 i was asked to speak for the senior class before they graduated.

How to Have Joy in Gods Sovereignty?
Chapter one: Babylonian captivity, training program, shows faith, see the excellent of God’s men.
Chapter two:
V.1-3-Kings second year he has a dream, and asked for all the magicians to come in and tell him the dream.
V.4-11-Tells them that if they can do it they will be given gifts and if not they will dead. Then they could not tell the dream and the king looks for all the wise men to kill.
V.12-13-Even Daniel!
V.14-16-Daniel ask for some time and him and his friends not to be killed
V.17-18-went to find his friends and tell his friends about the matter. And ask God for compassion on his friends and himself.

V.19- is the transaction verse-seeing what God is doing in the situation and not Daniel.
So the title of my message is…even when death is upon you, still have joy, one of the greatest fears in ministry is its going to be hard…Daniel prayed for his ministry!!! But he also praises God for it.
Problem with us we have everything to begin with, it is easy being a Christian when we have everything. But time is coming to see if all your praises have been real to Jesus? See Daniel never worried about himself in the situation. See Daniel didn’t work for his name, but he realized Gods and there showed God first and foremost. That brings me to the first point…

Prepositional Statement (#, Noun, Application, action)
I have two questions for you, to take into your ministry.

I. Instructional Points-V.20-22 are you praising God for being a part of His plan?
20Daniel said,…”Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever,For wisdom and power belong to Him. 21″It is He who changes the times and the epochs;He removes kings and establishes kings;He gives wisdom to wise menAnd knowledge to men of understanding. 22″It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things;He knows what is in the darkness,And the light dwells with Him.
A. Illustration-If I stopped everything in middle of a crisis you’d say I was ridiculous? We have one of the best illustrations of praising in what God is doing here! I mean Daniel doesn’t even know what hit him before the captain of the kings bodyguard is like, “Daniel come on we are killing you, o and all your friends too, ok.” First thing is he stands up for what he believes in, and shows faith for what he believes in and goes strait to the king! Says I’ll tell you tomorrow. Let me have a day to live. God first sees if he’s going to have faith and then allows Daniel to see this in a night vision and it comes to him. And the first thing he does is praise the Almighty God he showed his faith in. That is what God wants…
B. Application-are you an example of biblical praise?
v.20-This is what praise is, it is looking at what God has done! Then reflecting on what that tells us about God, and then the wonderful chance to come to Him and express those reflections in words to our Savior. Why don’t we remember what God has done he’s bought you so far along pretty good huh? You think God is going to do something wrong for you life?
v.21-Nebuchadnezzar was the most powerful king at the time, but he had been granted his power by the sovereign Lord and was under His complete control. Some times in your life you might think that you have made it somewhere in life, but I remind you the only reason is because God has placed you there and you are doing His will and it wouldn’t matter if an unsaved person was doing if the Lord would terry without you any given day. Some of you want to boast in your name, your job, your wife, your family, your father, your house, your car, but there is no better name to boast in the name God.
God wants His praise! -IMPORTANT-thee example of biblical praise…thee ultimate praise is the Cross- Jesus cries out in Matt.27:46“MY GOD, MY GOD WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME” which is a direct quotation form Ps.22:1 when David states the exact cry to God. Which was a form of praise. Jesus Christ going through what he did for 33 year’s of a sinless and blameless life and this is what he got, the cross… that is the way a lot of you respond like… you say, “I’ve done my best in my life and this is what you give me, this is what I am worth you God. To be a Christian is to take up your cross… this doesn’t mean that there’s going to be a kid in your suite that has harmed you wrong by using your shampoo or that is a 4 point instead of 5 on Calvinism, crosses are where people die, nails through your hands, hanging for three days until the crows come to eat at your mouth and pick you eyes out. Crosses are a year into ministry and your church splits, your youth group is falling at the seems, or crosses are you loosing your child after a year, crosses are maybe graduating without a mate, crosses are not knowing what your doing after you do graduate, crosses are going back to the factory cause you don’t have a job, you say I have went 4 years of schooling for you God and you give me this job, this kind of life? Praise God for His Sovereign plan in your life.
C. Interaction-what do you do when hard times come?
When we see and understand that God is in control, we must have the cross first in life. We then know our salvation to its fullest and there we show our true hearts in boosting form the cross saying, “it is ok, it’s ok, it must be ok because God is on control.” There is where we can find joy. In knowing God and not ourselves.
Daniel understood the sovereignty of God like no other, do we really trust God in hard times? Or does it become just a talk that we must talk. When we do not live out in which we believe to be true we then commit heresy and that is in a sin and a failure to Christ in itself.

II. Instructional Points-V.23 are you rejoicing in God for being a piece of His plan?
The difference is that don’t just praise God for His plan but you GET you be a part of the plan.
23″To You, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise,For You have given me wisdom and power;Even now You have made known to me what we requested of You,For You have made known to us the king’s matter.
A. Illustration-do you rejoice when big events ruin you plans?
Read from Dan Cruvers book…pages, 75-76
B. Application-are you an example of Biblical rejoicing?
Some of you are going into big ministry, some of you might be going home to hell, a father that is unsaved, some might go to a job that is dirty and worthless, when you go home rejoice in what you have. Part of Gods plan is there, cutting edge of what Gods doing selling fires, flipping burgers, washing cars, and even factories.
What do you think Daniels first reaction was when finding out he was going to be killed? Some you going to walk out this school, and hit home, those jobs and then the worst the Lords ministry and won’t even rejoice or praise God for one thing! Daniel chose to rejoice! He knew God was in control! Daniel could have said now God you took me out of my country, then made me learn under a pagan god and now I have to die!!! No he had faith in Gods severity and praise God through his circumstances, constantly reminded him self of just being able to serve God.
God wants His rejoice!
C. Interaction-do you truly have faith in Gods Sovereignty to even rejoice in him?
Review of the two points…
This is a 18 year old boy, lost his mentor Jeremiah, he lost his family! Watch his home be burnt down, lost his brothers, sister, and had no contact with them again, lost his king, his ruler, watched 5 of them in Jerusalem die and fall to pieces.