Finding Strength in Times of Crisis
Intro.: Cassie Bernal encountered huge crisis in Columbine school shooting (1999). She stood true to her faith when the shooter asked if she believed in Jesus Christ.
I. Your Adversary Will Sift You.
A. Sifted to remove impurities, as wheat is sifted.
B. Why sifted?
1) Satan has his reasons.
2) God has His overarching reasons.
C. ‑The Holy Spirit points out faults to cleanse us.
II. Your Abilities Will Sabotage You.
A. Peter was sure of himself.
1) ‑Self-confidence-he that trusts in himself is a fool.
2) ‑Prayerless-Peter was sleeping instead of praying.
3) Fleshly courage [v. 33] will fail us.
B. We can't win in the strength of flesh.
III. Your Actions Will Surprise You [v. 33].
A. If you trust in yourself you will fail: 1 Cor. 10:12; Prov. 28:26; Jer. 17:9.
B. Our Lord was not surprised.
IV. ‑Your Advocate Will Secure You (1 John 2:1).
A. As with Peter, so with us.
B. If God be for us: [Rom. 8:31ff].
C. Jesus is praying for you [John 17:15,20].
D. He ever lives to make intercession for us [Heb. 7:25].
Conclusion: The stumbling disciple became the flaming apostle. Your faith in the Advocate will save you.
Why did Jesus allow Satan to sift Peter? To reveal to us what is in our hearts. Peter wept bitterly [Luke 22:62].
The happiest person is one who takes slings and arrows for Jesus' sake.
The most miserable is a saved one out of fellowship with Jesus.
From a sermon by Adrian Rogers, aired on Love Worth Finding
The Lamb of God
I. The Looking-"Behold":
A. The Christ-the Savior.
B. The Christ-the Sacrifice.
C. The Christ-the Servant.
II. The Lamb-"the Lamb of God":
A. The promised Lamb.
B. The prepared Lamb.
C. The perfect Lamb.
D. The purging Lamb.
III. ‑The Liberty-"which taketh away the sins of the world":
A. The power of sin.
B. The pardon from sin.
C. the problem of sin.
Croft M. Pentz
When God Says No
Intro.: God answers prayers sometimes by saying "yes"; sometimes He says "wait"; but sometimes He says "no."
I. We are to Pray in His Name
A. John 14:6; John 14:13-14; John 16:23-24.
B. What it means to pray in God's name:
1. Means to pray w/His approval.
2. Means to pray for His glory.
3. Means to pray in His authority.
II. We Are to Pray in the Spirit; Eph. 6:18; Jude 1:20.
A. In our weakness.
B. To make our prayer acceptable.
1. We need to be under the Blood.
III. We Are to Be in the Will of God.
A. Prayer is not bending God to our will, but conforming our will to His (Rom. 12:1-2).
B. The prayer that gets to heaven is the prayer that starts in heaven.
C. We can ask for personal needs but not selfish desires (James 4:1-3).
1. Asking amiss (James 4:1.3).
2. Seek first the Kingdom of God (Matt. 6:33).
D. Examples of "no" answers:
IV. We Are to Pray in Obedience
A. God would only reinforce our sin nature if He granted selfish prayers. Texts: Ps. 66:18; Isa. 1:15; Isa. 59:1-4;
1 Sam. 8l:18; Eze. 9:6; 1 John 3:22.
B. Beware of sins of omission as well as commission (Prov. 21:13; Luke 6:38).
V. We Are to Pray in Fellowship.
A. Forgive others (Mark 11:25-26).
B. Especially forgive spouses (1 Pet. 3:7).
VI. Pray in Faith
A. Believe and receive (Matt. 21:22).
B. If we do the first 5 (above), #6 will come automatically.
Conclusion: We cannot pray in the name of Jesus if we have not asked Him to be our Savior.
Adapted from a Love Worth Finding sermon
When the Master Marveled
Matthew 8:5-13; Mark 6:1-6
Intro.: On only two occasions is it recorded that Jesus ever marveled: One was at the faith of a Gentile; the other at the unbelief of the Jews!
I. Case #1: The Believing Gentile:
A. He regarded himself unworthy of Christ (Matt. 8:5-8).
B. He realized that all Jesus had to do was "speak the word only" (Matt. 8:8). What trust!
C. He recognized authority in One greater than himself (Matt. 8:9-10).
II. Case #2: The Unbelieving Jews:
A. They despised Jesus (Mark 6:1-3).
B. They dishonored Him (v. 6:4).
C. They disbelieved Him (vv. 5-6).
1. Note how the unbelief of those who thought they knew Him best actually limited the power of God! "He could do no mighty works there...because of their unbelief"!
2. This clearly shows that our Lord's miracles were not mere magic; they were vitally related to the moral condition and faith of the people.
a. "As thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour" (Matt. 8:13).
b. "According to your faith be it unto you...and their eyes were opened" (Matt. 9:29-30).
3. The implications are obvious:
a. No person can be pleasing to God who does not manifest faith (Heb. 11:6).
b. No church can ever grow for God if they do not go forward in faith, trust and confidence in God.
Conclusion: Take the route followed by Mary:
1. Her anxiety-"How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?" (Luke 1:34).
2. God's assurance-"For with God nothing shall be impossible" (v. 37).
3. Her acceptance-"Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word" (v. 38).
Peace on Earth Ministries
I. Selfish Ears (2 Tim. 4:3-4).
II. Sinful Ears (Isa. 6:10).
III. Stubborn Ears (Acts 7:37).
IV. Spiritual Ears (Matt. 11:15).
V. Shameful Ears (Prov. 23:9).
Croft M. Pentz
I. The Foundation: "Upon this ROCK will I build my church."
II. The Formation: "Upon this rock will I BUILD my church."
III. The Fellowship: "Upon this rock will I build MY CHURCH."
IV. The future: "And the gates of hell shall NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT."
V. The Function: "And I will give unto thee THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM."
Croft M. Pentz
Our High Priest
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-10
I. The Priest's Position (4:14-16).
II. The Priest's Personality (5:1-4).
III. The Priest's Perfection (5:5-6).
IV. The Priest's Prayer (5:7-10.
Croft M. Pentz