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Wait on the Lord
Psalm 27

Foundational Inquiry: What four things does David tell us are needed for a right relationship with our God?

I. His Grace Is Always Needed! (v.7)

II. His Presence Is Always Needed! (v. 9)

III. His Instruction Is Always Needed! (v. 11)

Application/Challenge: I said there were four things David told us we needed to have but only listed three ... so what is the fourth? Verses 13 and 14 tell us Our Patience Is Always Needed!

Posted by J. A. Gillmartin to The SHEEP'S CRIB - Sermons

The Three Crosses
Luke 23:39-43

Intro.: The three crosses tell the history of the whole world and the destiny of every man.

I. The Cross of Rejection (v. 39)

A. A dying sinner.

B. Dying with sin in him (John 8:24).

C. On the cross of rejection:

1. He "railed" against Christ (Matt. 2:38-44).

2. He rejected the Truth that Christ is the Son of God (He said "If thou be . . .")

3. He suffered the consequences of rejection (John 12:48)

II. The Cross of Redemption

A. The dying Savior.

B. Dying for sin and as sin (Rom. 5:9, 2 Cor. 5:21).

C. On the cross of redemption:

1. He paid the price (Gal. 3:13).

2. We can be redeemed by His blood (Heb. 9:11-12).

3. Have faith in the blood (Rom. 3:23-25)!

III. The Cross of Reception (vv. 40-43)

A. A dying saint.

B. Dying to sin.

1. A heart of repentance.

2. Confession of sin and unworthiness.

3. Confession of Christ's sinlessness.

4. Asking for Christ's remembrance.

C. On the cross of reception:

1. He received Christ's promise.

2. He was bound for heaven.

3. Will you receive?

Victor Knowles

What Christians Need to Know about Their Money
Isaiah 55:1-2

Intro.: The Bible teaches that money can do many things, but not everything. So let's examine some of the principles the Bible teaches about money.

I. Money Can't Buy Everything

A. Money can't buy personal satisfaction (Isa. 55:1-2).

1. It can only buy temporal things.

2. Only the Lord can provide true satisfaction.

B. Money can't buy spiritual satisfaction (Acts 8:20).

1. God's gifts are not for sale.

2. The Lord gives freely to those who earnestly seek Him.

II. Money Is a Necessary Evil in This Life

A. You should use your money to improve your future (Luke 16:9).

1. Use it to help others find Christ

2. Put it to use to build God's Kingdom

3. Store up treasures in heaven.

B. You should use your money to pay people for their services (Matt. 22:20-21).

1. Laborers deserve their hire.

2. Our witness suffers if we are not responsible stewards.

III. Money Makes a Good Servant but a Bad Master.

A. Love of money (not money itself) is evil (1 Tim. 6:10).

1. It's what you do with it (or allow it to do to you) that counts.

2. It can be used mightily if given to God.

B. The love of God and the love of money both demand a total commitment (Luke 16:13).

1. Is your money subservient to your love for God or vice versa?

2. Control your spending or it will control you.

Conc.: John Wesley gives some of the soundest financial advice I have ever come across: "What way then can we take that our money may not sink us to the [lower]most hell? There is one way, and there is no other under heaven. If those who gain all they can,' and save all they can,' will likewise give all they can,' then the more they gain, the more they will grow in grace, and the more treasure they will lay up in heaven."

Steve D. Eustler

Seek These Things
Colossians 3:1-4 ". . .be eager for the things that are above."

Intro.: The Apostle Paul was able to say, "Life is good." "For me, to live is Christ" (Phil. 1:21). Since we have been united, inseparable, with Christ, we must live like it! The Greek word for "risen with" in Col. 3:1, sunegeiro , means "to be co-resurrected." We are commanded to "keep seeking the things above."

I. The Things Above

A. The word "above" provides a contrast between the natural and the spiritual.

1. Things above are spiritual values embedded in God's heart

2. They are bestowed upon those who humbly ask for and diligently seek them.

B. Turn your attention to what matters (Phil.4:8).

C. A contrast of what we are now vs. what we were (Col. 3:2).

1. We have been "changed." How? Where's the difference?

2. We should be dead to worldly influences, pleasures, and ambition (Col. 3:3).

II. Seeking These Things

A. The Greek word zeteo , "seek", implies an effort; seeking to obtain (i.e. treasures in heaven).

B. We are to pursue them and "strive to secure them."

C. We are making preparation for the future (Matt. 13:44).

III. Our Security Is in Christ Jesus

A. Our treasure is hid with Christ in God. That means it is safe. It is secure (2 Tim. 1:12).

B. The relationship of the Saints with the Father is hid through the relationship of Christ in the Father (Gal. 2:20; John 14:19).

Concl.: Keep your mind on the things above "because your redemption draweth nigh" (Luke 21:28).

Douglas Reiche

The Christian Worker
Matthew 4:19

The Christian worker . . .

I. Is a Messenger

A. Energetic (Jer. 20:9).

B. Evangelistic (Matt. 9:36).

C. Enduring (Gal. 6:9).

II. Has a Message

A. Christ's death (Matt. 27).

B. Christ's resurrection (Mark 16:6-14).

C. Christ's return (John 14:3).

III. Has a Mission

A. See the lost (Matt. 9:36).

B. Seek the lost (Rom. 10:13-14).

C. Save the lost (John 3:16).

IV. Has a Motivation

A. Prayer (I John 5:14).

B. Purpose (John 15:16).

C. Provision (Zech. 4:6).

Croft M. Pentz

Hold Fast
Selected Scriptures

I. Hold Fast to the Gospel of Christ

A. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2.

B. Obey and live it.

II. Hold Fast to What is Good (1 Thess. 5:21)

A. Shun evil.

B. Pursue virtuous things.

III. Hold Fast to Heavenly Hope

A. Hebrews 3:6.

B. Express your joy in the Lord.

IV. Hold Fast to the Confession of Jesus as Lord

A. Hebrews 4:14.

B. Tell others always about Him.

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