Jesus

From Co-Laborers-in-Christ Around the World

The following post is a 2-hour film produced by the Jesus Film Project in Orlando, Florida, United States. It is posted here with permission.

Jesus

This film is a perfect introduction to Jesus through the Gospel of Luke. Jesus constantly surprises and confounds people, from His miraculous birth to His rise from the grave. Follow His life through excerpts from the Book of Luke, all the miracles, the teachings, and the passion.God creates everything and loves mankind. But mankind disobeys God. God and mankind are separated, but God loves mankind so much, He arranges redemption for mankind. He sends his Son Jesus to be a perfect sacrifice to make amends for us.

Before Jesus arrives, God prepares mankind. Prophets speak of the birth, the life, and the death of Jesus.

Jesus attracts attention. He teaches in parables no one really understands, gives sight to the blind, and helps those who no one sees as worth helping.

He scares the Jewish leaders, they see him as a threat. So they arrange, through Judas the traitor and their Roman oppressors, for the crucifixion of Jesus. They think the matter is settled. But the women who serve Jesus discover an empty tomb. The disciples panic. When Jesus appears, they doubt He’s real. But it’s what He proclaimed all along: He is their perfect sacrifice, their Savior, victor over death. He ascends to heaven, telling His followers to tell others about Him and His teachings.

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Shepherd’s Heart – Saturday, August 11, 2018

From Co-Laborers-in-Christ Around the World

The following post is an article written by Dr. John Temple, Senior Pastor of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church in Meridian, Mississippi, United States of America. It is posted here with permission.

Bro. John was one of my seminary professors at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Bro. Chris

Shepherd’s Heart – Saturday, August 11, 2018

From the Shepherd’s Heart

“And rising early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” Mark 1:35

How do you begin the day? Are your first conscious moments a focus on shutting off the alarm and pulling up the covers to avoid the agenda of the day? Maybe you are so rushed, you finish dressing and eating breakfast as you drive to the first appointment of the day.

Who sets the agenda of those first waking moments each day? Are you responsible for your world, or, is your world responsible for what you think, how you act, or what you say? Jesus set an example on how to control your day. Notice how Jesus remained in control of every day He lived.

First, Jesus focused on fellowship with His Father in Heaven. Jesus focused on His purpose instead of His circumstances. While His disciples focused on the demands of the crowds, Jesus focused on the source of power, and wisdom needed to meet each day. The time to communicate with the Heavenly Father prepared Jesus to meet the demands that come.

Second, Jesus made that fellowship with the Heavenly Father, priority. Jesus’ consistency in prayer provided consistency in doing and saying the right things when He met life. The greater the demand, the quicker He resorted to prayer. The more popular He became with successful ministry, the more He felt the need to stay aligned with the Father’s will. The closer Jesus came to life-threatening events, the longer He communed with the Father above. Instead of allowing life to crowd out prayer, Jesus allowed prayer to prioritize life.

Third, Jesus used prayer as a time of renewal and preparation. For Jesus, this was a time to recharge His batteries. The greater the drain on life, the greater the power needed to come. That power would not be found in the opinions of man. It will only be found in the authoritative advice of God. The same will be true for us. Opinions are cheap. Wisdom is priceless, and it only comes from above.

If you want to be more like Jesus, add time to the beginning of your day to have fellowship with Him. It is much more rewarding to commit your day to the Lord at its beginning, than to apologize for your mismanagement of the day at its end. Try beginning your day with the priority of prayer and see if life becomes easier to face.

Bro. John

Source: Dr. John A. Temple (2018)

Reprinted with permission.

Temple, J. A. (2018, August 11). Shepherd's Heart - Saturday, August 11, 2018 Message August 11, 2018, posted to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.temple.98

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Shepherd’s Heart – Saturday, August 4, 2018

From Co-Laborers-in-Christ Around the World

The following post is an article written by Dr. John Temple, Senior Pastor of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church in Meridian, Mississippi, United States of America. It is posted here with permission.

Bro. John was one of my seminary professors at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Bro. Chris

Shepherd’s Heart – Saturday, August 4, 2018

From the Shepherd’s Heart

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalms 19:14

Usually, discussions about the Lord’s approval revolve around our actions. Most rules people cite refer to what we can “do,” and what we can’t “do.” For example, we think it doesn’t matter how much we hate someone if we don’t harm them. Jesus broadened the standard when He said to hate someone is as bad as to kill someone. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

The Psalmist wrote, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Within this phrase is the awareness that God sees within the person as well as outward actions. Notice the impact of this simple admonition.

Realize that our desire to be acceptable by the Lord is the motive for the rest of the admonition. “Acceptable” is a priestly term that indicates a sacrifice is suitable to be given unto the Lord. If the sacrifice is acceptable, the worshipper is acceptable. If the sacrifice is unacceptable, the worshipper is unacceptable. Both the worshipper and what he offers to the Lord must be right with God. Both thoughts and actions must be suitable for God to see us acceptable before Him.

Secondly, notice that acceptance is in the eye of the Lord, not the worshipper. Therefore, it is important to yield to God’s standards of acceptability. His word of “good” or “bad” is final in that decision.

Thirdly, know that God knows our heart and the heart must be on godly thoughts and values if we are to be pleasing to God. It is when we are consistent with His Word that we are pleasing to Him. Therefore, we should weigh every thought against the guidance we find in scripture. Scripture should guide our thoughts and control our actions.

Fourth, realize that what we say is a product of who we are on the inside. Clean lives produce clean conversations. Corrupt lives produce unholy conversations. Regardless of situations, the Lord expects His people to reflect His character, not that of the world.

Finally, we come with the sacrifice of our hearts and lives to the Lord because of what He means to us. The psalmist calls the Lord, “my Rock and my Redeemer.” As Redeemer He has paid the price to set us free from the dirt of the world. As our Rock He is the safe place to stand in the midst of the storm.

Every breath should be expressed as an act of worship to a Lord who has made life worth living. When lived with constant celebration of His grace, we will find He is pleased.

Bro. John

Source: Dr. John A. Temple (2018)

Reprinted with permission.

Temple, J. A. (2018, August 4). Shepherd's Heart - Saturday, August 4, 2018 Message August 4, 2018, posted to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.temple.98

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Shepherd’s Heart – Saturday, July 14, 2018

From Co-Laborers-in-Christ Around the World

The following post is an article written by Dr. John Temple, Senior Pastor of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church in Meridian, Mississippi, United States of America. It is posted here with permission.

Bro. John was one of my seminary professors at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Bro. Chris

Shepherd’s Heart – Saturday, July 14, 2018

Acts 14:22b (NASB)
22  … “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

Expectations about life determine our reaction to the dynamics of life. Some believe life should be an ongoing party. They think that really living is enjoying food, fun, and fellowship. They measure life by the number of laughs they have in a day. Assumed is that life should be light and frivolous.

Others believe life is ongoing conflict. They think that really living is anticipating the next attack and defending against enemies and villains. They measure life by the number of victories they have in a day. Assumed is that life should be dark and threatening.

Today’s scripture is an interesting quote, “Through many tribulations, we must enter the kingdom of God.” The context is Paul and Barnabas returning to churches they had begun. Their intent was to encourage the young believers assuming that they were facing oppositions and difficulties. As a statement of encouragement, this quote was their message. Notice what we learn.

First, we must accept the life of faith is a life facing tribulations. A Tribulation is a burden or pressure that causes distress or opposition to a desired purpose or plan. Tribulations load life with trouble or resistance so accomplishing our purpose is threatened. Tribulations are trouble. Tribulations are roadblocks in our way. Tribulations are resistance.

Second, we must acknowledge why tribulations occur. Tribulations are the battlefield of the kingdom of light against the kingdom of darkness. It is Satan who resists our efforts to be what the Lord wants us to be. It is Satan who wants to “rain on our parade.” It is Satan who wants us to fail. It is Satan who wants us to resign from our assignment.

Thirdly, we must know that God allows tribulations to come. His reason is not that we have deserved it. God, in allowing the two kingdoms to continue to exist and compete is a way for Him to give us options, but to prove our choice that He is the Master of our life. Like faithful love, the Christian life is proven by endurance in good times and bad.

Fourth, it should be expected that we must go through these times to enter God’s kingdom. If we never felt threat or pressure, we would never realize our need of Christ and our urgency to trust in His power instead of ours. The tribulations of life help us turn from the darkness around us and stay on the straight and narrow aimed at the light.

Finally, we should celebrate what we learn in tribulations. More than identifying the threats, tribulations identify our purpose. The degree we suffer for the cause of Christ is the degree we share in His glory. Luke, the writer of the book of “Acts” is reminding us what he has learned; the way of spiritual heroes has always been the way of the cross.

It has been said that an expectation is a premeditated resentment. Make your expectation today be that you need the Lord in your life and you know where to find Him.

Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow me.” Today will have tribulations, but the Lord is the answer. Fellowship with Him in the shadow of the cross. There is where you find your victory.

Bro. John

Source: Dr. John A. Temple (2018)

Reprinted with permission.

Temple, J. A. (2018, July 14). Shepherd's Heart - Saturday, July 14, 2018 Message July 14, 2018, posted to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.temple.98

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Gospel Tract – But Who Do You Say That I Am? (NASB) – July 9, 2018

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2018 and You: What Is Your Personal Vision?

From Co-Laborers-in-Christ Around the World

The following post is an article written by Rev. Rodney Francis, Founder and Director of The Gospel Faith Messenger, based in Paraparaumu, New Zealand. It was originally published in January 2015, and recently republished July 2018. It is posted here with permission.

Bro. Rodney’s article inspired me. I pray it inspires you.

Bro. Chris

2018 and You: What Is Your Personal Vision?

As we enter a whole new year, it is important that we Christians have a vision and purpose as to where we are heading this year in order to fulfill the purposes of God for our lives. Christianity is far more than simply attending Christian meetings. They should be a means to an end so that we are equipped to accomplish greater things in 2018 than we ever have before. It is all about progressing on in the calling of God that is on our lives. Every Christian is called of God to fulfill a vision ~ His vision and purpose as to why we are here on this earth right now. Jesus Christ has saved us to be part of the Answer to a needy and troubled world. Christians are “witnesses unto Jesus” (Acts 1:8) so the world will know that Jesus loves them and died to save them ~ and that He has risen from the dead to demonstrate that the power of God and the Gospel is very different to every other belief system. To be effective witnesses of Jesus we have to have a personal relationship with Him and know His voice and what He has chosen us for. We cannot afford to function “by habit” but to be awake and alive in Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit to make a positive difference in a negative world. People of the world do not read their Bible ~ they read us the Christians! When we are inspired and motivated by a personal up-to-date vision of what we are called to be doing today, then they see that we are very different to most other people they meet. They will want to know why we are different. And your personal vision, inspired by the Holy Spirit, will lift you up out of negativity, despair and depression (of which far too many Christians seem to trapped in these days). Jesus comes into our lives to make a positive difference. At this time of the year it is good for us to do some self-evaluation/appraisal and ask ourselves some real questions:

  • What will your focus be this year?
  • Will it be more clearly defined than last year? Remember, it is God’s will that you live life to the full through Jesus Christ Who lives in you. With Him in your life you can be an overcomer every day.
  • What changes do you think are needed in order for you to accomplish your destiny in God in 2018 and beyond?
  • Do you need to have a heart-to-heart talk with another committed-to-the-will-of-God Christian so that you can be more clear in your thinking as to what your specific calling and giftings are?
  • You can achieve what He created you to achieve! “You can do all things through Christ Who strengthens you!” (Philippians 4:13)
  • Remember, there is no room for excuses when it comes to doing the will of God.

We all need to be encouraged, exhorted, inspired, challenged, even provoked at times to rise up more into that which God has purposed for us. The world situation is such that unless they hear, see and know a demonstration of the Living Jesus Christ, then they will continue to slide into a hopeless and lost eternity.

  • Jesus Christ has saved us to make a positive difference.
  • He has filled us with His Holy Spirit to make us effective witnesses of Him.

If the world does not see Jesus in us, then they don’t see Him at all! Be inspired to know who you are as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ! My heart for you is that 2018 (and beyond) will be the greatest and grandest times yet in your walk with God and in your service for Jesus Christ the Lord. To do this you will need to have a right and positive confession ~ based on the Word of God ~ that will cause you to rise above every obstacle, and to enable you to triumph in every situation. I pray that your life will not be hindered by the frustration of wanting to serve God and yet not knowing where you fit. So many Christians are disillusioned and frustrated because they are not being trained, equipped and released into their God-ordained calling.

  • Right now our generation needs every born-again, Holy Spirit-filled Christian believer to be living and occupied in the very centre of God’s will.
  • His heart for us is that we not only know God’s will for our life, but that we prove God’s will for our life by our living and walking in it (Romans 12:1-2)! Jesus said: “The labourers are few!” (see Matthew 9:35-38).
  • Does this not concern us?
  • We DO reap what we sow! (see Galatians 6:1-10).
  • We ARE the products of our believing, or our not believing!

The Holy Spirit, Who lives inside of every born-again, Holy Spirit-filled believer, is power for service (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8). Service, not simply an added blessing! We cannot experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit ~ which is power for service ~ and then simply sit in church or meetings as passive hearers only. That frustrates the Holy Spirit within us! And if He is frustrated within us, you can guarantee we will be frustrated more! Be where you are able to function in your giftings! So…

  • What obstacles are there in the way?
  • What decisions need to be made?
  • What excuses need to be deleted?
  • What is stopping you?
  • What changes need to be made?
  • What challenges need to be faced up to?
  • The call and will of God does not just “fall into our laps” ~ we have to pursue it with all our heart.

The fact is that unless we do something about desiring change, then nothing changes! To change means making some definite decisions that show God you are serious about wanting to change for the better. Whatever the time, date and year, YOU CAN cultivate YOUR faith in the Promises of God NOW and be the man or woman He says you can be, and what He has called you to be. It is not too late!

  • Say what God says about you today ~ it really does do wonders, increases your vision, opens up new dimensions to you, and gives opportunity to be a powerful witness for Jesus Christ.
  • Does your faith move mountains ~ or do mountains move your faith?

Be a mountain mover in 2018 and beyond! Be a mountain mover on the authority of God’s Word given to you through Jesus Christ and the revelation of the Holy Spirit! He will not fail you. Right now the doors of opportunity are open for those who will hear God’s voice, listen to what He says and are prepared to demonstrate to God by our faith actions that we do believe Him. Faith is an action that is inspired by vision. Faith is demonstrated by what we do with what God says. He is speaking today to His people.

“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, ‘Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them’” (Mark 11:23-24, NKJV).

Other helpful Scriptures to consider: Isaiah 6 and 54; Acts 2; Hebrews 11

Rev. Rodney W. Francis
“The Gospel Faith Messenger” Ministry
PO Box 57, Paraparaumu 5254, New Zealand
Email gfm@gospel.org.nz

Source: Rev. Rodney W. Francis (2015)

Reprinted with permission.

Francis, R. W. (2015, January). 2015 and You: What Is Your Personal Vision? Message January 9, 2015, posted to The Gospel Faith Messenger: http://Gospel.org.nz

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Dissolution of Saved by Grace Inc.

Greetings All,

For the past couple years, it has been increasingly difficult to carry on the international missions projects with respect to man-hours, financial costs, due-diligence, local, state, federal, and international regulations, and many other significant efforts and requirements, every detail of which, must be strictly adhered to, in order to perform fund-raising and financially assist impoverished ministries and others in need around the world. Saved by Grace, Inc. simply does not have the resources to properly vet everyone we would like to assist to make sure they are “who they say they are” and that every penny of every dollar reaches its intended destination once it leaves Saved by Grace Inc.’s control.

After considerable prayer and meditation, I have made the difficult (but, I feel God-led) decision to dissolve Saved by Grace, Inc. and its operations. Please note that Saved by Grace Ministries, the Internet-based ministry I began in April 2003, to spread the Truth of God’s Word and the Gospel of His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will not be affected. This website and ministry will still exist. However, Saved by Grace, Inc. will no longer exist. I will no longer be performing any fund-raising or corporately seeking financial assistance to provide aid to impoverished ministries and others around the world. I will trust that responsibility and ministry to other organizations who have the resources and expertise to provide that assistance in today’s chaotic climate. I will return to my roots and focus on the ministry of sharing God’s Word and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

To that end, please be in prayer for me as I am in the process of redesigning the format of this website. Please check back soon. I should have the new format ready within the next month. May God be glorified in everything that is done.

Thank you for your support over the past few years.

An orphanage was saved from closure in Kenya…

A church was rebuilt after destruction from a storm in Kenya…

Many received life-saving medical treatment in Kenya and Liberia…

Orphans received food, clothing, and education in India, Kenya, and Liberia…

And pastors were educated and encouraged to evangelize their congregations, villages, and surrounding communities in India, Kenya, Liberia, and Sierra Leone…

These things happened because of your generous support and compassion.

May God richly bless each of you exceedingly beyond your ability to measure as you have selflessly, generously, and compassionately blessed those in need.

In Christ’s service and yours,
Bro. Chris

Shepherd’s Heart – Saturday, August 13, 2016

From Co-Laborers-in-Christ Around the World

The following post is an article written by Dr. John Temple, Senior Pastor of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church in Meridian, Mississippi, United States of America. It is posted here with permission. I should also note that Bro. John was one of my seminary professors at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Bro. John’s article caused me to pause and reflect on my own life, taking an assessment of my focus and values. I pray you have a meaningful experience as well.

Bro. Chris

Shepherd’s Heart – Saturday, August 13, 2016

Romans 12:2 (NASB)
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

I have been searching for the word that describes our society. The word is “lasciviousness.” This is a big word, often used in the New Testament (nine times) yet rarely understood. Let me describe “lasciviousness” for you, and ask yourself if this doesn’t describe your culture.

Lasciviousness is an inclusive term for any form of excess. It describes a lack of boundaries. There is no concept of right and wrong. There is no distinction of proper and improper. There is no remorse or shame when actions are considered unacceptable.

Lasciviousness expresses itself with insensitivity to others. It does not care about the impact on other people. The desire to please self supersedes the collateral damage caused. Statements reflect this concept: “Rights” override “responsibilities.” “If it feels good, do it.” “If you think it, say it.” “If you like it, take it.” “The end justifies the means.” Public decency is behind the times. Being over the top is to be popular and accepted.

Lasciviousness is reckless. There is no reference point to consequences. Many believe there should be no consequences. Such a person is outraged that someone calls their hand. They consider anyone who opposes their excess to be hateful and intolerant. Without reference to the future, living in the moment is all that matters.

Lasciviousness is a life without feeling. Such people become calloused. Nothing shocks them anymore. Bored with the latest excess, the next act must be even more outrageous. They search for fulfillment little realizing that the direction they travel will never completely satisfy.

Because lasciviousness is so prevalent in our society, Christians are tempted to join in the excess. Christians entertain themselves with the excesses of the world and consider it normal without realizing that such things are not the kingdom of God. Like the world, Christians, dress provocatively, speak crudely, think perverse thoughts, laugh at dirty jokes, and generally wallow in the excesses of a society that has turned from God. All the while, the Christians fail to see that their world is out of God’s purpose and so are they if they live like the misguided around them.

The wise believer will strive to not be conformed to the world. Their fulfillment will be realized by pleasing the Lord. Their desire is to walk worthy of their calling. Their mission is to live a life that encourages others to join in, being a compassionate neighbor and a considerate citizen. As we consider the future of our land, let us look for true character and merit.

Bro. John

Source: Dr. John A. Temple (2016)

Reprinted with permission.

Temple, J. A. (2016, August 13). Shepherd's Heart - Saturday, August 13, 2016 Message August 13, 2016, posted to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.temple.98

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, permissions granted by Guest Authors to post or reprint their posts on Saved by Grace Ministries' website does not constitute any formal partnership, business relationship, or endorsement between, of, or by, the Guest Author and/or their organization(s) and Rev. Christopher M. Fulgham or Saved by Grace Ministries.

“Given Revelation 3:5, Can Salvation Be Lost?”

The question of losing your salvation has been covered before: “Is It Possible for Me to Lose My Salvation?”. However, as mentioned in that post:

This question has troubled many Christians throughout history. In fact, many still struggle with it today. To make matters worse, many theologians are divided on the issue making it even more difficult for laymen to arrive at a definitive answer to the question since both sides have Scripture to support their viewpoint.

One passage of Scripture which adds to the confusion for some is Revelation 3:5, in which Jesus is having John write to the church in Sardis:

Revelation 3:5 (NASB)
5 ‘He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

The question becomes, for those who do not overcome, will their names be erased from the book of life? What does the Bible say about it?

The key to understanding Revelation 3:5 is understanding to whom Jesus is referring in this verse. To determine this, the verse must be examined in the context of the entire passage.

Revelation 3:1-6 (NASB)
1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 ‘Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. 3 ‘So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you. 4 ‘But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 5 ‘He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. 6 ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

By examining the entire passage, it becomes evident that Jesus was talking to people who were Christians in name only; but, were actually not. In other words, they were never truly saved.

Revelation 3:1b (NASB)
1 ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.

Matthew 7:21-23 (NASB)
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS .’

In the main passage, Jesus goes on to warn them to “wake up” to their current state (i.e., being lost) and repent before it is too late.

Revelation 3:2-3 (NASB)
2 ‘Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. 3 ‘So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.

Jesus then promises to the few who are saved and to those who will be saved (i.e., “He who overcomes”), they will be dressed in white garments and their names will not be erased from the book of life. Or, as those who believe in the “perseverance of the saints” would say, “once saved, always saved.”

Revelation 3:4-5 (NASB)
4 ‘But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 5 ‘He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

Concerning those who do not overcome (i.e., are lost), their names are never written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. However, to those who do overcome (i.e., are saved), their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and will never be erased.

John 10:27-30 (NASB)
27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 “I and the Father are one.”

Glorify God In All Things

Scripture

1 Peter 4:7-11 (NASB)
7  The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaint. 10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Opening Prayer

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation; but, deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Probing Question

How can a Christian glorify God in all things?

Transitional Sentence

Christians can glorify God in all things by…

Main Points

1. Being Alert

1 Peter 4:7 (NASB)
7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.

End of All Things

  • Illustrations (sources unknown)
    • When your 5, 18 sounds old; when your 18, 40 sounds old; when your 40, 70 sounds old; when your 70, 90 sounds old; and when your 90, nothing sounds old.
    • A little boy asked his grandma, “Grandma, were you on the ark?”
      “Of course not!” she replied.
      Then the little boy said, “Well grandma, why didn’t you drown?”
  • Peter’s Perspective (ca. 60-61AD)
    • Pending destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans
    • End of the Levitical Priesthood
    • End of the Jewish economy
  • Our Perspective (20th-21st Century)
    • World conflicts/terrorism
    • Worldwide religious persecution/terrorism
    • Economic collapse of nations (e.g., Soviet Union)
  • There is NO TIME to procrastinate; we are in the last days now.  They began at Pentecost and will conclude upon the Second Coming of Jesus.

Acts 2:17-21 (NASB)
17 ‘AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,’ God says, ‘THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS; 18  EVEN ON MY BONDSLAVES, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I WILL IN THOSE DAYS POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT And they shall prophesy. 19 ‘AND I WILL GRANT WONDERS IN THE SKY ABOVE AND SIGNS ON THE EARTH BELOW, BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND VAPOR OF SMOKE. 20 ‘THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD SHALL COME. 21 ‘AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.’

Sober

  • Be of sound mind
    • This literally means to have a correct understanding of what being a Christian is all about
    • Having a thorough and correct understanding of God’s Word
    • The last days will be days of
      • Religious deception
      • Spiritual illusion
      • Deceiving spirits and doctrines of devils
      • Abandonment of sound doctrine

Jude 1:17-25 (NASB)
17  But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, 18 that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” 19 These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on some, who are doubting; 23 save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh. 24  Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

  • Make a prudent and moderate use of all you possess
  • Self-restrained (the opposite of lasciviousness)

1 Peter 4:3 (NASB)
3  For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.

Watch unto Prayer

  • Watch against all occasions of sin
  • Be soberly vigilant
  • Watch that ye may pray and pray that ye may watch

Ephesians 6:18 (NASB)
18  With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

2. Loving One Another

1 Peter 4:8-9 (NASB)
8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaint.

Fervent – intense, earnest

Charity (i.e., love) shall cover the multitude of sins

So as not to harshly condemn or expose one another’s faults; but, to bear the others’ burdens, forgiving and forgetting past offenses.

“As God with His love covers my sins if I believe, so must I also cover the sins of my neighbor.” – Luther

Proverbs 17:9 (NASB)
9 He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.

Hospitality one to another

Romans 12:13 (NASB)
13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

But not just to other saints…

Hebrews 13:1-2 (NASB)
1 Let love of the brethren continue. 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.

Without Grudging – done out of love, and not obligation

Matthew 22:36-40 (NASB)
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, ” ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART , AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL , AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND .’ 38 “This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF .’ 40 “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

3. Ministering One to Another

1 Peter 4:10-11a (NASB)
10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; …

Good Stewards of God’s Gracious Gifts

  • Some people, well aware of their abilities, believe that they have the right to use them as they please
  • Others feel that they have no special talents at all
  • Peter addresses both groups in these verses
  • Everyone has some gifts; find yours and use them
  • All our abilities should be used in serving others; none are for our own exclusive enjoyment
  • Peter mentions speaking and serving
  • Paul lists these and other abilities

Romans 12:6-8 (NASB)
6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

1 Corinthians 12:8-11 (NASB)
8 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. 11  But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

Ephesians 4:11-12 (NASB)
11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

Speak Only as God Directs

John 12:49-50 (NASB)
49 “For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. 50 “I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.”

Acts 2:4 (NASB)
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

Give God All Credit

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NASB)
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20  For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

Matthew 5:16 (NASB)
16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Conclusion

How can a Christian glorify God in all things?  By…

  • Being alert,
  • Loving one another, and
  • Ministering one to another

1 Peter 4:11b (NASB)
11  … so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

And as Paul also reminded the church at Corinth,

1 Corinthians 10:31 (NASB)
31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Closing Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love, mercy, and grace. You are worthy of honor, glory, and praise. Please lead, guide, and direct all that we think, say, and do, so that in all, Your name will be glorified throughout all creation. We pray this in the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Gospel Invitation

Is the Holy Spirit stirring within your heart? Is He convicting you of the need to make changes in your life and/or calling you to take action? The Bible says:

James 4:17 (NASB)
17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

1 John 5:3 (NASB)
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

If the Holy Spirit is urging you to take action, it is important to respond with immediate obedience. Delayed obedience is disobedience. Please read the following sections that apply to your current situation and prayerfully consider the suggested course of actions.

I am lost. I need to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

John 3:16-18 (NASB)
16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Action

  • To learn more about Jesus and His gift of redemption, read God's Plan of Salvation. If you are already familiar with the Plan of Savation, skip forward to section How to Become a Christian.
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I am saved; but, I have sin in my life that I need to confess and repent.

1 John 1:8-9 (NASB)
8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Acts 3:19 (NASB)
19  "Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;

Action

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I am saved; but, I need to rededicate my life to the Lord.

Praise the Lord.

Action

  • In your own words, pray a prayer similar to the following:

Heavenly Father, I have fallen short of Your glory and have failed to live up to Your expecttions for me. Please forgive me. Lord, I rededicate my life to You. Not my will; but, Your will be done. Thank You for being a God of second chances. Use me Lord. Shape me and mold me into the person You would have me to be. I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.

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I need to discuss my situation confidentially.

James 5:16 (NASB)
16  Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

Action

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