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Sermon Audio: What Is The Name To You?

Scripture References: Acts 2:21; 4:12 Matthew 7:21-23 Acts 19:13-16

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Sermon Audio: Christ Or Christians

Scripture Reference:  Romans 14:1-13

Leviticus Bible Study – Lesson #7

Lesson 7:  Leviticus 16              

THE DAY OF ATONEMENT

This chapter holds the greatest spiritual lesson for us. The subjects treated so far in Leviticus have been offerings, priests, and sin. None of these have dealt finally and completely with sin. We now come to that which more completely than any other deals with the subject of sin. It at least points more specifically and adequately to the work of Christ in redemption. It is a shadow of His redemptive work. Continue Reading Here

Sermon Audio: Words Of Advent (Part 2)

Scripture Reference:  John 10:7-16

 

Sermon Auio: Don’t Run With The Crowd

Scripture Reference:  1 Peter 4:1-11

Sermon Audio: More Hard Sayings

Scripture Reference:  2 Thessalonians 1:3-12

Sermon Audio: The Gospel – Parts 1 & 2

Scripture References: 

1 Corinthians 15:1-6
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

Matthew 28:18-20
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Sermon Audio: The Masterpiece Of Grace

Scripture Reference:  Ephesians 2:1-10

    1   And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
    2   Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
    3   Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
    4   But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
    5   Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
    6   And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
    7   That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
    8   For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
    9   Not of works, lest any man should boast.
  10   For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Sermon Audio: Membership Has Its Privileges

Scripture Reference:  Ephesians 2:11-22

  11   Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
  12   That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
  13   But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
  14   For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
  15   Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
  16   And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
  17   And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
  18   For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
  19   Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
  20   And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
  21   In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
  22   In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Sermon Audio: Let It Shine

 Scripture Reference:  2 Corinthians 4:1-11

1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

 

Sermon Audio: Focus On The Things That Last

Scripture Reference:  2 Peter 3:10-18

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Sermon Audio: The Keys To Our Victory Over Satan

Scripture Reference:  Revelation 12:7-12

7   And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8   And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9   And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10   And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11   And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12   Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Sermon Audio: Draw Closer To The Bible This Year

Scripture Reference:  2 Timothy 3:1-17

 

Pastor Roy’s Commentary:

The apostle now gives Timothy a description of conditions that will exist in the world prior to the Lord’s coming. It has often been pointed out that the list of sins that follows is very similar to the description of the ungodly heathen in Romans 1. The remarkable thing is that the very conditions that exist among the heathen in their savagery and uncivilized state will characterize professing believers in the last days. How solemn this is! Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #20 – Mary Of Nazareth – Mother Of Jesus

MARY OF NAZARETH, MOTHER OF JESUS

Scripture references:  Matthew 1; 2; 12:46–50; 13:55; Mark 3:31–35; Luke 1; 2; 8:19, 20; John 2:1–11; 7:5; 19:25–27; Acts 1:14. See also pages 163–64.   Bible Search Tool

Date:  5 b.c.

Name:  Mary [in the Hebrew “Miriam”, meaning “rebellion”]

Main contribution:  Mary gave birth to Jesus, the Savior.

When Mary was a teenager betrothed to a man named Joseph, the angel Gabriel announced to her that she had been chosen by God to give birth to the promised Messiah. Mary responded with simple faith, accepting the privileged role despite the fact that her pregnancy would seem to Joseph to mark unfaithfulness and might mark her as a harlot in her community. God guarded Mary’s reputation and sent the angel to speak to Joseph.   It is interesting to note that although her name means “rebellion”, she was faithfully obedient to the Lord. Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #19 The Rabbinic View Of Women In the NT

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The “Rabbinic” View of Women in the New Testament Era, and the Contrast with Jesus’ Interactions with them

The rabbis of Jesus’ day had little use for women. Their attitude, reflected in the sayings and rulings of the sages recorded during the two centuries after Christ, seem especially strange today. Take for example the dictum of Yose b. Yohanan of Jerusalem, “Talk not much with womankind” (mAbot 1.5). Rabbinic writings contain many comments on this pronouncement. The Mishna (IV, 493) notes, “They said this of a man’s own wife; how much more of his fellow’s wife,” while the Talmud says, “It was taught: Do not speak excessively with a woman lest this ultimately lead you to adultery” (bNed.201). Continue Reading Here

Commentary: How Strong Is The Promise

By:  Pastor Roy Crane

Listen to Pastor Roy’s Sermon regarding this commentary here.

God’s promise concerning the perpetuation of the Davidic dynasty and the Levitical priesthood would be as unbreakable as God’s covenant of day and night.  Some of the people were accusing God of forsaking His two houses – Israel and Judah, and were thus despising the Jews as being cast-offs, a non-people. 

The Lord replies that His covenant with His people is as fixed as the laws of nature,  The descendants of David would be as innumerable as the host of Heaven and the sand of the sea.  This promise (covenant) will be fulfilled in the fullness of the Body of Christ, who are made kings and priests as recorded in the Book of the Revelation.

John addressed the Revelation to the seven churches located in the Roman province of Asia.  First, John wishes for these churches grace…and peace.  Grace means the undeserved favor of God and the strength that is needed in the Christian life day by day.  Peace is the resulting calm that enables the believer to face persecution, sorrow, and even death itself.

It comes from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.  This clearly describes God the Son.  He is the dependable witness.  As firstborn from the dead, He is the first One to rise from the dead to die no more, and the one who holds the place of honor and pre-eminence among all who are raised from the dead to enjoy eternal life.  He is also the ruler over all earthly kings. 

Following his initial greetings, John writes a tribute of praise to the Lord Jesus.  First of all, he speaks of the Savior as the One who loved us (loves us) and washed us from our sins in His own blood. 

Note the tenses of the verbs: loves, a present, continuous action; washed, a past, completed work.  Note too the order:  He loves us, and indeed loved us long before He washed us.  And note the price He paid: His own blood. 

Honest self-evaluation forces us to confess that the cost was too high.  We did not deserve to be washed at such an exorbitant price.

His love did not stop at washing us, though it could have done so.  He mad us kings and priests to His God and Father.  As holy priests, we offer spiritual sacrifices to God: our persons, our possessions, our praise, and our services.  As royal priests, we tell forth the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.

If we meditate on such love, we can only conclude that He is worthy of all the glory, honor, worship, and praise that we can heap on Him.  And He is worthy of the dominion over our lives, the church, the world, and the entire universe.

Amen.

Commentary: What Are We Saved From?

By: Pastor Roy L. Crane

What Are We Saved From? (Revelation 20:7-15)   Listen to Pastor Roy’s Sermon on this subject here!

The devil himself is cast into the lake of fire to join the beast and the false prophet.

Next we are introduced to the great white throne judgment. It is great because of the issues involved and white because of the perfection and purity of the decisions handed down. The Lord Jesus is sitting as Judge (John 5:22, 27). All of the dead, small and great, stand before God. Two sets of books are opened. The Book of Life contains the names of all who have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. The other books contain a detailed record of the works of the individual.

The sea will yield up the bodies of those who have been buried in it. The graves, here represented by Death, will deliver up the bodies of all those who have been interred. Hades will give up the souls of all who have died. The bodies and souls will be reunited to stand before the Judge.

This then is what we are saved from: the Lake of Fire, the final abode of the Devil, the Antichrist, the False Prophet, and of all who have not accepted Christ. Period.  We are not saved from the effects of bad habits; from the social pain of our relationships, or from the loneliness of poor self-esteem. We are saved from an eternity of fire in the company of the most evil persons ever.

When we down-play what it is we are saved from, we cheapen what Christ has done.  He gave His LIFE to keep you out of the Lake, even though by any standard of measurement you truly DESERVED and had EARNED your place there.  As a sinner, in rebellion against your Creator, in violation of His Word and ways, you were truly destined for the Lake.  However, in love and grace, Jesus gave Himself willingly as the atoning sacrifice for your sin so that you could be SAVED from the Lake.  The only issue that we carry into eternity with us is this; how did we respond to Jesus’ purchased salvation?  Did we accept it with repentance, gladness, and joy; or did we reject it and refuse to grasp the life-line that we have been offered?

Bible Study: The Book of Joel

The Book of Joel

“Joel, … was probably the first of the so called writing prophets; so this book provides a valuable insight into the history of prophecy, particularly as it furnishes a framework for the end times which is faithfully followed by all subsequent Scripture. God started a new work with the writing of Joel, that of preparing the human race for the end of this temporal era, and thus gave an outline of His total plan. Later prophets, including even our Lord, would only flesh out this outline, but in keeping with the divine nature of true Scripture, never found it necessary to deviate from this, the initial revelation.” Montague S. Mills

The prophecy of Joel is short but certainly not lacking in beauty or interest. The prophet uses many literary devices to produce his vivid style: alliteration, metaphors, similes, and both synonymous and contrasting parallelism. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of Micah

Micah

Micah is the fourth largest of the minor prophets. It is quoted five times in the NT, once by our Lord. The most famous quotation (Matt. 2:6) is from 5:2, the verse that predicts that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem Ephrathah (there was another Bethlehem up north).

Another fascinating feature of Micah is the prophet’s fondness for “punning.” Many people enjoy making plays on words. In English- speaking cultures this is not generally considered a serious literary form (although Shakespeare used it often). In Hebrew, however, such serious writings as constitute the OT have many plays on words. Unfortunately, this is one of the hardest types of literature to translate, since no two languages have the same sets of double meanings. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The ‘Trend Sets’ In Biblical Prophecy

How do we know that prophecy is being fulfilled?  We can look at “trends”.  In today’s world we can see many “trends” that can be compared to biblical prophecy.  Biblical prophecies are the warnings, and the prophetic outcome of events that the Prophets of Biblical times gave to us.  Below are the three “Trend Sets” we can use when we apply current events to biblical prophecy. Continue Reading Here