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The God Who Is There
Written by D. A. Carson

“The God Who Triumphs” – Chapter Fourteen

What Is Our Treasure?

  • “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matt 6:21)
  • Is our imagination captured more by the delights of the present world or the new heaven and new earth to come?
  • We need to be reminded about the glorious future that is to come.

Revelation 21:1–8 (NIV)
21 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
     5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
     6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

What is New (Rev 21:1-8)

  • New heaven and new earth
  • New Jerusalem
  • New permanent dwelling of God’s presence with his people
  • Making everything new!

Revelation 21:9–21 (NIV)
9 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. 14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
     15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17 The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits thick. 18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.

What is Symbolic (21:9-21)

  • Shining with the glory of God
  • A perfect cube of 12,000 stadia
  • Wall that is 144 cubits thick
  • 12x12=144 – the combined old and new covenant peoples of God
  • Perfect cube = the Most Holy Place now accessible by all of God’s people

Revelation 21:22–27 (NIV)
22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

What is Missing (21:22-27)

  • Sea
  • Temple
  • Sun and Moon
  • Impurity

Revelation 22:1–5 (NIV)
22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

What is Central (22:1-5)

  • Water of life flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
  • The Vision of God
  • God will be so central and glorious that for the first time we will know by experience what it means to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

“Jacob’s Deception for the Blessing” (Genesis 26:34–28:9)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, May 22, 2016
1. Those who have become spiritually dim by loving the world’s delights can often overlook glaring flaws in their own family and forget about God’s greater blessings (27:1–4).

2. God’s people need to be patient in waiting on God’s promised blessings, refusing to resort to manipulative practices in an effort to help guide the process along (27:5–24).

3. God’s sovereign purposes will be fulfilled, even in spite of our misguided steps along faith’s journey (27:25–29).

4. Those who disregard God’s promises cannot expect to receive blessing (26:34–35; 28:6­–9; 27:30–40; cf. 25:29–34: Esau sells his birthright).

a. His disregard for his birthright (25:29­–34)

b. His Hittite marriages (26:34–35)

c. His misguided attempts to win back his parents’ favor after the blessing had been given (28:6–9)

5. Disregard for God’s ways often creates strife and conflict between people (27:41–45).

6. God’s grace and his blessings are sovereignly bestowed and unmerited, but we must respond in faith and obey his word (27:46–28:5).

Main Idea: God’s purposes will unfailingly unfold; let us be faithful and obedient participants in the accomplishment of those purposes.
“The Old-New Command” (1 John 2:7–11)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, May 22, 2016

7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining. 9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister1 is still in the darkness. 10Anyone who loves their brother and sister1 lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness.They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them. (1 John 2:7-11, NIV)

1. How can something be old and yet new (vv. 7–8)?
a. It is old… 
i. because love for one another was built into our moral consciousness, being made in the image of God.
ii. because love for neighbor was a part of Israel’s Law and reiterated by Christ in the two great commands (Lev19:18; Matt 22:34–40
iii. because the command to love is a part of the Gospel (message you have heard) of Jesus that has been preached since the beginning of this new age.
b. It is new… 
i. because Jesus’ self-sacrificial love has given love a new standard and example.
ii. because the new age of the age of Christ and his Spirit has come.
iii. because it is a command that is renewed every day in the life of the believer in Christ. It should never grow old or boring because it is the highest goal of Christlikeness that we can strive to attain.

2. What is one of the clearest indications that you are a Christian who is walking in the light (vv. 9–11)?
a. A person who hates is not a Christian and is still in darkness (v. 9).
i. Your life can be accompanied by a number of other righteous looking traits, but if you do not love others your religion is a fake.
ii. A person characterized by hatred of others is not a Christian and has never been a Christian (in darkness until now). 
b. A person who loves others shows that he is a Christian and that he is walking in the light of God (vv. 10–11).
i. Those who walk in the light will not stumble, because there is nothing in the light to cause him to stumble (v. 10).
ii. Those who walk in darkness are blind and are prone to stumbling and falling (an image of judgment) (v. 11).

Big Idea: One of the clearest indications that you are a Christian and have the assurance of eternal life (1 John 5:13) is if you love other people.

The God Who Is There
by D. A. Carson

"The God Who Is Very Angry" - Chapter Thirteen

Revelation 14:6–20 (NIV)

Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

A second angel followed and said, “ ‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great,’  which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.”

A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, 10 they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.” 12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.

13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”

14 I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man  with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15 Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, “Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.

17 Another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 18 Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, “Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because its grapes are ripe.” 19 The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath. 20 They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia.

  • Biblical-Theological Reflections on God's Wrath
    • The person who talks the most about hell in the Bible is Jesus.
    • The Bible teaches that hell is a place of eternal suffering.
    • Those in hell can no longer repent.
    • When we speak of the wrath of God we must speak of it with compassion and sorrow, remembering the grace that we have been shown.

“Christians Are Christians” (1 John 2:3–6)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, May 15, 2016

3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 4 Whoever says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. (1 John 2:3-6, NIV)

  1. A Christian obeys the commands of God (3).
  2. Christians obey God’s Word, thus fulfilling God’s loving purpose in saving them (5).
  3. Christians model their pattern of living after that of Jesus (6)
  4. Christians have an assurance of their standing as God’s children when they demonstrate family resemblance by living as Christ did (3, 6).
  5. Those who claim to be Christians but do not live like Christians have no basis to claim that they know God. More than likely, their profession is a lie and they are not Christians at all (4).

Main Idea: Christians are to live like Christians, obeying God’s commands, remaining in God’s Word, and modeling their lives after Jesus. This fulfills the purpose of God’s love in saving us and brings us assurance that we are in fact God’s children.

The God Who Is There
Written by D. A. Carson

“The God Who Gathers and Transforms His People” – Chapter Twelve

  • What is of life changing, ultimate importance to you?
  • Everyone will “transcendentalize” someone or something. 
  • Is God your Creator of ultimate importance to you?
  • If not, then it is a manmade idol that has captured your worship.

Not about Rules
  • Christianity is not about making a set of rules or keeping rules.
  • Christianity is about the grace of God that gathers and transforms his people. 
  • When God’s grace (not our own efforts) is central, it humbles us and transforms us.

Ephesians 2
  • We need to be reconciled to God, but we ourselves must be changed.
  • God performs a work of new creation in his people. He transforms them.
  • Good works flow from this grace-granted transformation. They are the outcome not the cause.

Ephesians 2
  • This transformation is brought about by God’s Spirit. He is already at work within us, changing our hearts and minds.
  • God transforms and gathers his people.
  • God is gathering a community of believers from every race.

Ephesians 2
  • The gathered church is the place where God meets with his people-it is the temple where God dwells.
  • The church is not a building, but a gathering of transformed believers.
  • The NT knows nothing of unbaptized or unchurched “Christians.”

Ephesians 4:17-5:10
  • The living out of our Christian faith in our daily lives is not driven by rules, but by the gospel—our faith in and our gratitude for the cross and resurrection of Christ.
  • Our morality is first and foremost a function of gratitude to God for what Christ has already done.

Ephesians 4:17-5:10
  • The Holy Spirit whom Jesus sent empowers us to live in a way that is different form the way we lived before.
  • Our ethical behavior is driven by our redemption by Christ—we are not our own.

Ephesians 4:17-5:10
  • The Holy Spirit gives us a desire to please God. We are eager to find out what pleases him.
  • The Holy Spirit has not yet perfected us—We are not yet what we will be, but by the grace of God we are not what we used to be.

Galatians 5:13-26
  • We are justified by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ.
  • It is not enough for us to stand acquitted before God and be reconciled to him. We must also be transformed.
  • Where there is no transformation, there is no saving faith.

Take Up Your Cross
  • Being bought with a price and transformed by God means that we come under the lordship of Christ, following him wherever it may lead us and whatever it may cost.
  • It has been granted to us by grace to believe in Christ and to suffer for Christ (Phil 1:29).

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“God’s Design for Motherhood”
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, May 8, 2016

1. God ordained that motherhood would be essential to fulfilling his purposes for the creation of the world and the propagation of the human race.

27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.  28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground."  (Genesis 1:27-28, NIV)

20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living. (Genesis 3:20, NIV)

2. God ordained that his means of salvation for sinners would come through motherhood.

15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." (Genesis 3:15, NIV)

4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,  5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.  (Gal. 4:4-5, NIV)

3. God ordained that godly motherhood is crucial to the spiritual well-being of the family.

8 Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. (Prov. 1:8, NIV)

15 A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother. (Prov. 29:15, NIV)

The sayings of King Lemuel-- an inspired utterance his mother taught him. (Prov. 31:1, NIV)

5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. (2 Timothy 1:5, NIV)

4. God ordained that mothers are to be loved by their husbands with a self-sacrificing love.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her (Eph. 5:25, NIV)

28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. (Eph. 5:28, NIV)

5. God ordained that mothers are to be honored and obeyed by their children.

16 "Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you. (Deut. 5:16, NIV)

16 "Cursed is anyone who dishonors their father or mother." Then all the people shall say, "Amen!" (Deut. 27:16, NIV)

A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother. (Prov. 10:1, NIV)

22 Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. (Prov. 23:22, NIV)

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  2 "Honor your father and mother"-- which is the first commandment with a promise--  3 "so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."  (Eph. 6:1-3, NIV)

6. God ordained that he would receive glory through motherhood and especially through godly Christian mothers who love and faithfully serve their families for the Lord.

16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matt. 5:16, NIV)


The God Who Is There
Written by D. A. Carson

The God Who Declares the Guilty Just”– Chapter Eleven

Declaring Someone Just

  • The accumulation of good acts cannot “undo” an evil act. In the court of justice, good acts cannot acquit someone of a crime.
  • So too with God, there is no scale that will be used to weigh good deeds against bad. If we have done evil, then we are guilty.
  • The holy God does not pretend that good deeds make up for bad ones.
  • Rather, God has found a way to declare guilty people “just” without contradicting his own integrity or attribute of justice.

Romans 1:18 – 3:20

  • Paul’s entire argument is to show us that we are guilty.
  • This is the story of the Bible from Genesis 3.
  • Both Jews (who have God’s Law) and Gentiles (who don’t) are all sinful and guilty before God.
  • “There is no one who does good, not even one.” (Rom 3:10)
  • “Good” things that sinful people do are due to God’s common grace, and they can’t erase their sinful acts.
  • The heart of evil is wanting to go our own way and disowning the God who made us.
  • If the measure of our goodness is obedience to the 2 great commands:
    • Love God with all of our heart/soul/mind
    • Love our neighbor as ourselves
  • …then we have all miserably failed and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23).

Romans 3:21-26

  • Revelation of God’s righteousness in its relationship to the OT.

But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. (v. 21)

  • Availability of God’s righteousness to all without racial distinction on condition of faith.

This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (vv. 22-23)

  • Source of God’s righteousness in the gracious provision of Christ Jesus as the propitiation for our sins

and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (v. 24) God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood -- to be received by faith. (v. 25)

  • Redemption
  • Propitiation
  • Demonstration of God’s righteousness through the cross of Jesus Christ.

He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished -- (v. 25) he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. (v. 26)

Romans 3:27-31

27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith.  28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.  29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.  31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.   

  • Faith excludes boasting
  • Faith preserves grace
  • Faith is necessary to save Jews and Gentiles alike
  • Christian faith fulfills the OT

Final Word on Faith

  • Faith is not a subjective feeling or a personal, religious choice.
  • Faith is always in an object—what or whom you believe.
  • Faith’s validation depends in part on the truthfulness of faith’s object.
  • Faith is unavoidable, because you will trust someone or something.

In Romans 3, Paul desires us to have a “God-given ability to perceive what God has done by hanging Jesus on the cross, reconciling us to himself, setting aside his own just wrath, demonstrating his love, and declaring us just, even though we are not, because the righteousness of Christ Jesus is now counted as ours and our sin is now counted as his.”


“Like Father, Like Son” (Genesis 26)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday PM, May 1, 2016

Genesis 26 (NIV) 

26 Now there was a famine in the land—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar. 2 The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. 3 Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. 4 I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed,  5 because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.” 6 So Isaac stayed in Gerar. 

7 When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” because he was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.” 

8 When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelek king of the Philistines looked down from a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah. 9 So Abimelek summoned Isaac and said, “She is really your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” 

Isaac answered him, “Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her.” 

10 Then Abimelek said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.” 

11 So Abimelek gave orders to all the people: “Anyone who harms this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.” 

12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. 15 So all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth. 

16 Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us.” 

17 So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled. 18 Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them. 

19 Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. 20 But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him. 21 Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah. 22 He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth,  saying, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.” 

23 From there he went up to Beersheba. 24 That night the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.” 

25 Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well. 

26 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?” 

28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the Lord was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the Lord.” 

30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully. 

32 That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, “We’ve found water!” 33 He called it Shibah, and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.  

34 When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35 They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah. 

1. Patterns that we establish in our own lives may very well be imitated by those who follow us.

a. Patterns of doubt and deception

b. Patterns of faith and devotion

c. We have a responsibility to try to establish positive patterns of faith and obedience for others to follow, because those who come after us will likely follow in our footsteps.

2. The promises that we have received from God can and should be handed down to the next generation.

a. Isaac is the rightful inheritor of God’s promises to Abraham.

i. Land

ii. Descendants

iii. Blessing to the world

b. We too have been granted promises from God – we have a responsibility to pass these on to the next generation.

3. God’s blessing will be with each generation of his people who walk in faith and obedience before him.


“Fellowship with God through Christ's Atonement” (1 John 2:1–2)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, May 1, 2016

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father-- Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.  2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
(1 John 2:1-2, NIV)

1.    Christians take sin seriously and strive diligently in the power of the Spirit to eliminate sin from their lives (1a).

2.    Our salvation, though, does not rest on our ability to live a sinless life but on Christ’s perfect atoning sacrifice (1b–2).

Main Idea: Christians fight against sin in their own lives, but their trust is in Christ’s atonement to bring them home to God.


The God Who Is There
Written by D. A. Carson

“The God Who Died and Lives Again” – Chapter Ten

Born to Die

  • The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the center of the Bible’s message.
  • Jesus was born and came to earth to die. “He will save his people from their sins.” (Matt 1:21)
  • This is the unique message of the Christian gospel.

The Ironies of the Cross

  • “Hail, king of the Jews!”
    • The Man who is mocked as king is in fact the King.
  • “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself!”
    • The Man who is utterly powerless is transcendently powerful.
  •  “He saved others, but he can’t save himself!”
    • The Man who can’t save himself saves others.
  • “He trusts God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him!”
    • The Man who cries out in despair trusts God.

Can God Die?

  • The Bible never speaks of God the Father dying. He is the eternal Spirit.
  • It does speak of Jesus, who is the Word (=God) in the flesh, dying.
  • It does speak of the cross in terms of God’s sacrifice. It is God’s action in Christ, the man who is also God.

The Resurrection

  • Overwhelming eyewitness testimony
  • Why doubt the resurrection of Jesus?
  • Only the offended party can forgive.
  • “My Lord and my God!”


"Esau Trades His Birthright" (Genesis 25:27-34)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, April 24, 2016

Genesis 25:27–34 (NIV)

27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)

31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”

32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.

So Esau despised his birthright.


"Fellowship with God through Confession" (1 John 1:8-10)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, April 24, 2016

1 John 1:8–10 (NIV)
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

1. Christians do not deny the presence of sin in their lives (vv. 8, 10).

2. Christians do not deny the presence of sin in their lives; instead they openly and continually confess their sins to God (v. 9).

Big Idea: Christians do not deny the presence of sin in their lives; instead, they honestly and continually confess their sins and receive the forgiveness that has been offered to us by God through Jesus Christ.

Christians do not cover-up; they confess.


The God Who Is There
Written by D. A. Carson

“The God Who Loves” – Chapter Nine

Confused about God’s Love

  • If someone believes in God today, the one attribute they are likely to ascribe to God is love.
  • However, the world’s definition of love—a love that is non-discriminating, non-judgmental is not the Bible’s picture of the love of God at all.
  • God is also holy, righteous, true, and just.
  • Any definition of God’s love that is true to the Bible must see that his love operates in full harmony with all of the other attributes of his being, without taking away from any of them.

Speaking of God’s Love

  • The Intra-Trinitarian love of God
  • God’s general care and grace for all of creation
  • God’s moral, inviting, yearning love calling people to turn from sin and destruction.
  • God’s love is sometimes described as selective.
  • Once in relationship with his covenant people—the love of God may be spoken of in a conditional sense:
    • “Keep yourselves in God’s love”
    • Connected with obedience
    • A relational love (including discipline)

John 3:16-21
 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.  21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

God’s Love in John 3:16

  • In the Bible it is simply astonishing that God loves us.
  • The measure of God’s love for us is Jesus.
  • The purpose of God’s love for us is that we might have life.
  • The means by which we come to enjoy this love and life is faith.

"The Lord Chooses Jacob" (Genesis 25:19-26)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, April 17, 2016

Genesis 25:19–26 (NIV)

19 This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac.

Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram  and sister of Laban the Aramean.

21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.

23 The Lord said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb,

and two peoples from within you will be separated;

one people will be stronger than the other,

and the older will serve the younger.”

24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.  26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.  Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.

1. God provides for the continuation of his promises by supernatural grace (19-21).

2. God chooses the recipient of the promises by sovereign grace (22-23).

3. God's people must respond in faith to the outworking of God's sovereign plans (24-26).

Main Idea: Those who owe their existence to sovereign creation and divine election must be able to respond in faith and acknowledge the hand of God in the circumstances of life.


"Fellowship with God, Who Is Light" (1 John 1:5-7)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, April 17, 2016

1 John 1:5–7 (NIV)

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

  1. God is pure, uncorrupted Light (v. 5).
  2. We are deceiving ourselves and others if we claim to be in fellowship with God all the while we are walking in darkness (v. 6).
  3. Walking in the light with God provides assurance that we are in fellowship with Him, with other believers, and that our sins have been forgiven (v. 7).

Main Idea: We have no basis for claiming that we are in fellowship with God or that our sins have been forgiven if we are not walking in the light.


The God Who Is There
Written by D. A. Carson

“The God Who Grants New Birth” – Chapter Eight

Our Ultimate Need

  • We are in rebellion against God.
  • Instead of wiping out the whole race, God has mercifully chosen to save a remnant by grace.
  • We deserve death, but God provided atonement-provisionally in animal sacrifices, but finally in Christ Jesus our Redeemer.
  • We have rebelled, and God’s wrath is against us-we need to be reconciled to God.
  • We need to be morally transformed, or we will just go on sinning.
  • We need all of the effects of sin to be overcome and reversed.

The New Birth

  • The new birth is not a name change, a human decision, or a religious experience.
  • The new birth is a powerful regeneration, by God himself, in the human life, such that those who are born again are necessarily transformed.

What Did Jesus Say?

  • “No one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
  • “No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.”
  • “I will sprinkle clean water on you and you will be clean” (Ezek 36:25)
  • “I will put my Spirit in you” (v. 27)
  • The new birth is bound up with the dawning of a new covenant that would be characterized by moral transformation and by the power and life of God to transform and renew.
  • “Spirit gives birth to spirit.”
  • “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
  • We may not be able to explain exactly how the new birth comes about, but we can see its effects.
  • Where there is genuine new birth, you always see the results.
  • Where the new birth has genuinely come from God, you will see transformation-a changed life.
  • Not perfection, but the beginning of life from God that shapes our existence in a new direction.
  • Christianity is not about ritualism, religious practice, or self-directed morality.
  • The new birth signals more than a profession of faith; it signals transforming power.
  • The new birth transforms, because it is God’s work not ours.

Jesus’ Authority to Speak

  • “We speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen...No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.”
  • Jesus can speak of the new birth, because it originates in heaven—where he is from.

How Jesus Brings New Birth

  • We provide the sin, death and destruction; God provides forgiveness and life.
  • We receive life not by ritual or effort, but by looking to God’s salvation in faith.
  • On his cross Jesus provided the means by which we have new birth.
  • In John 3, eternal life is the product of new birth.
  • If you have new birth, you have life, and this life is eternal.
  • New birth causes us to see—looking to the crucified and risen Christ for eternal life.
  • By his death we have life.

"Abraham's Final Days" (Genesis 25:1-18)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, April 10, 2016

Genesis 25:1–18 (NIV)

25 Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah. She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan; the descendants of Dedan were the Ashurites, the Letushites and the Leummites. The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanok, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.

Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac. But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.

Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years. Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people. His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, 10 the field Abraham had bought from the Hittites.  There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.

12 This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Ishmael, whom Sarah’s slave, Hagar the Egyptian, bore to Abraham.

13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, listed in the order of their birth: Nebaioth the firstborn of Ishmael, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah. 16 These were the sons of Ishmael, and these are the names of the twelve tribal rulers according to their settlements and camps. 17 Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years. He breathed his last and died, and he was gathered to his people. 18 His descendants settled in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt, as you go toward Ashur. And they lived in hostility toward all the tribes related to them.


"Fellowship with God Incarnate" (1 John 1:1-4)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, April 10, 2016

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched-- this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.  2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.  3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.  4 We write this to make our joy complete.  (1 John 1:1-4, NIV)


The God Who Is There
Written by D. A. Carson

“The God Who Becomes a Human Being”: Chapter Seven

A God Who Is Coming

  • The prophets speak of a time when God would come to his people.
  • The mystery is that sometimes this coming of God is also linked with the coming of a man, a Davidic king
  • The little child is also the Mighty God, Everlasting Father (Is 9:6).

New Testament

  • Matthew and Luke: a child born of a virgin who is the “Son of God” come to “save his people from their sins.”
  • Jesus is God’s solution to the sin problem begun in Genesis 3.

John 1:1-18

  • John’s gospel does not begin with the story of Jesus’ birth but by thinking about what the coming of Jesus means.
  • Jesus is the eternal Word, the eternal God who became human and came to us.

John 1:1

  • OT understanding of “Word”
    • God’s self-expression
    • God’s revelation
    • The agent of God in creation
    • The agent of God that comes to save and transform God’s people.
  • “was with God” – God’s peer
  • “was God” – God himself

The Three-in-One God

  • John’s Gospel helps us to understand the complexity of the eternal Triune God.
  • Jesus is to be differentiated from God and yet at the same time is God.
  • God (Father, Son, and Spirit) sharing eternal love before time.

John 1:2-13

  • The Word creates us:
    • The agent of God in creation
  • The Word gives us light and life:
    • The same light that brought life to creation brings eternal life to this world of corruption and death.
  • The Word confronts and divides.
    • Belief in Jesus by being born of God

John 1:14-18

  • The Word became a human being.
  • Allusions to Exodus 32-34
    • Tabernacle/Temple
    • Glory
    • Grace & Truth (Love & Faithfulness)
    • Grace & Law
    • Seeing God

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