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Opening Up Proverbs
A study by Jim Newheiser

The Theology of Proverbs” (Chapter 7)

The Theology of Proverbs
  • The biblical proverbs are unique.
  • The attributes of God are revealed in Proverbs.
  • How can you know God?

God’s Omnipotence (Power)
  • God is the almighty Creator.
  • God controls all things through his providence.
  • Humble yourself before God.

God’s Omniscience (Knowledge)
  • God is wise.
  • God knows everything.
  • God knows you.
  • Be humble about what you think you know.

God’s Justice
  • God is just.
  • God’s justice is perfect.
  • Live in light of God’s justice.

God’s Grace
  • God is holy, and we are not.
  • We all deserve God’s judgment.
  • Proverbs declares that there is hope for sinners.
  • Wisdom calls out to sinners to turn and live.
  • God offers atonement and forgiveness to those who repent.
  • God’s grace is fully revealed in NT.

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“From Jacob to Israel” (Genesis 32:1-32)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, July 24, 2016


Genesis 32:1–32 (NIV) 


32  Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him. 2 When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is the camp of God!” So he named that place Mahanaim.  
3 Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. 4 He instructed them: “This is what you are to say to my lord Esau: ‘Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now. 5 I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, male and female servants. Now I am sending this message to my lord, that I may find favor in your eyes.’” 
6 When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, “We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.” 
7 In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups, and the flocks and herds and camels as well. 8 He thought, “If Esau comes and attacks one group, the group that is left may escape.” 
9 Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, Lord, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’ 10 I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps. 11 Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children. 12 But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.’” 
13 He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a gift for his brother Esau: 14 two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 15 thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys. 16 He put them in the care of his servants, each herd by itself, and said to his servants, “Go ahead of me, and keep some space between the herds.” 
17 He instructed the one in the lead: “When my brother Esau meets you and asks, ‘Who do you belong to, and where are you going, and who owns all these animals in front of you?’ 18 then you are to say, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a gift sent to my lord Esau, and he is coming behind us.’” 
19 He also instructed the second, the third and all the others who followed the herds: “You are to say the same thing to Esau when you meet him. 20 And be sure to say, ‘Your servant Jacob is coming behind us.’” For he thought, “I will pacify him with these gifts I am sending on ahead; later, when I see him, perhaps he will receive me.” 21 So Jacob’s gifts went on ahead of him, but he himself spent the night in the camp. 
22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” 
But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 
27 The man asked him, “What is your name?” 
“Jacob,” he answered. 
28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.” 
29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.” 
But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there. 
30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.” 
31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon. 


Textual Outline


1. Jacob’s Journey to Meet Esau (1-21).
a. Jacob at the Camp of God (1-2).
b. Jacob’s benevolent message to Esau (3-5).
c. Esau’s ominous response (6).
d. Jacob’s fear-inspired plan (7-8).
e. Jacob’s prayer (9-12)
f. Jacob’s over-the-top gift to Esau (13-21). 


2. Jacob’s Wrestling Match with God for His Blessing (22-32).
a. The all night wrestling match (22-29).
i. Jacob’s fear (22-24a)
ii. Jacob wrestles with a “man” until daybreak (24b).
iii. Jacob’s hip injury (25).
iv. Jacob’s refusal to let the man go without a blessing (26).
v. Jacob becomes Israel (27-28).
vi. Jacob cannot know the “man’s” name (29).
b. Jacob’s Response to his Struggle with God (30-32).
i. Peniel – Jacob’s awareness of God’s presence (30).
ii. Jacob’s permanent hip disability and reminder of his weakness (31).
iii. Israel’s perpetual memorial of this event (32).


Sermon Lessons/Applications


1. God reassures his people of his abiding protection and presence.
2. We should be willing to humble ourselves before others as Jacob did before Esau and admit our faults.
3. When faced with fear or difficult situations, we should not trust in our own abilities or our own wisdom; instead, we must trust in God’s provision and strength.
4. God is faithful to his promises and responds to earnest prayers that are prayed in line with God’s Word and God’s glory.
5. When God chooses and calls us, he radically changes us and causes us to renounce our self-sufficiency and depend wholly on him.
6. God cannot be controlled or manipulated by people, but he is a gracious God who delights in blessing his people.
7. Sometimes, God leaves permanent reminders of the weakness of self-sufficiency, so that we can be reminded to trust in Him.

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“Assurance in God’s Presence” (1 John 3:19–24)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, July 24, 2016


1 John 3:19–24 (NIV) 
19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. 


Working through the passage in reverse:


Main overriding question: “How do we know that we belong to God?” (v. 24)


Main overriding answer: “By the Holy Spirit he has given to us” (v. 24).


Clarifying question: “How do we know that we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us?”


Clarifying answer (3 works of the Spirit): John weaves together all 3 of the main indicators that we are the children of God (vv. 23–24).


1. Faith in Jesus Christ (v. 23).

2. Obedience to the commands of Christ (v. 24). 

3. Love for one another (v. 23). 


*All three of these indicators are produced by the indwelling Holy Spirit. These are not human initiated, self-produced works. These are works of God. 


*The presence of these three works of the Spirit provides two great benefits to us as believers:
1. Boldness/confidence in prayer (vv. 21–22; cf. 5:13–15). 

2. Assurance/confidence in God’s presence when our hearts (consciences) accuse us (vv. 19–20; cf. 4:13–18). 


Main Idea: “The fruit that the Holy Spirit produces in our lives gives us confidence before the presence of God in judgment and in prayer.”

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Opening Up Proverbs
A study by Jim Newheiser


“The Call of Wisdom and of Christ” ­ Chapter 6


Who Is Wisdom?
  • Personified as Lady Wisdom in Proverbs
  • Wisdom is an attribute of God that he shares with those who are faithful to his covenant.
  • God’s Wisdom is revealed in Scripture.


Adulteress Lady Wisdom
Calls from the darkness and secret Call is open and public
Sexually loose Holy
Unreliable liar Truthful and Faithful
Gives body but not herself Offers true love
Offers fleeting pleasures Provides everlasting joy
Selfish; giving only to get Delights to give, serve
Leads to a chamber of death Gives everlasting life


Jesus Christ Is Wisdom Incarnate
    • Isaiah 11:2 says that the Spirit of Wisdom and of Understanding would rest on the Messiah.
    • 1 Cor. 1:30 says that Jesus is the Wisdom of God to us.
    • Proverbs, like all Scripture points us to Christ. 
    • When Wisdom speaks, Christ speaks.
  • Wisdom and Christ call out to you (8:1-5).
  • Wisdom and Christ should be treasured (8:6-11).
  • Wisdom and Christ teach you to humbly fear God (8:12-13).
  • Wisdom and Christ offer you success (8:14-16).
  • Wisdom and Christ offer you great rewards (8:17-21).
  • Wisdom displays its glory in creation (8:22-31).
  • Wisdom will bless you with life (8:32-36).
  • Wisdom invites you to a feast (9:1-5).


What is Your Reply to the Call?
  • Don’t be a scoffer.
  • Hunger after God, and he will fill you. 
  • Thus says the Lord, ‘Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,’ declares the Lord (Jer. 9:23–24).


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“Jacob’s Exodus” (Genesis 31:1–55)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, July 17, 2016


Genesis 31:1–55 (NIV) 
31 Jacob heard that Laban’s sons were saying, “Jacob has taken everything our father owned and has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father.” 2 And Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude toward him was not what it had been. 
3 Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.” 
4 So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to come out to the fields where his flocks were. 5 He said to them, “I see that your father’s attitude toward me is not what it was before, but the God of my father has been with me. 6 You know that I’ve worked for your father with all my strength, 7 yet your father has cheated me by changing my wages ten times. However, God has not allowed him to harm me. 8 If he said, ‘The speckled ones will be your wages,’ then all the flocks gave birth to speckled young; and if he said, ‘The streaked ones will be your wages,’ then all the flocks bore streaked young. 9 So God has taken away your father’s livestock and has given them to me. 
10 “In breeding season I once had a dream in which I looked up and saw that the male goats mating with the flock were streaked, speckled or spotted. 11 The angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob.’ I answered, ‘Here I am.’ 12 And he said, ‘Look up and see that all the male goats mating with the flock are streaked, speckled or spotted, for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you. 13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.’” 
14 Then Rachel and Leah replied, “Do we still have any share in the inheritance of our father’s estate? 15 Does he not regard us as foreigners? Not only has he sold us, but he has used up what was paid for us. 16 Surely all the wealth that God took away from our father belongs to us and our children. So do whatever God has told you.” 
17 Then Jacob put his children and his wives on camels, 18 and he drove all his livestock ahead of him, along with all the goods he had accumulated in Paddan Aram, to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan. 
19 When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father’s household gods. 20 Moreover, Jacob deceived Laban the Aramean by not telling him he was running away. 21 So he fled with all he had, crossed the Euphrates River, and headed for the hill country of Gilead. 
22 On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled. 23 Taking his relatives with him, he pursued Jacob for seven days and caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead. 24 Then God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream at night and said to him, “Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.” 
25 Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country of Gilead when Laban overtook him, and Laban and his relatives camped there too. 26 Then Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done? You’ve deceived me, and you’ve carried off my daughters like captives in war. 27 Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn’t you tell me, so I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of timbrels and harps? 28 You didn’t even let me kiss my grandchildren and my daughters goodbye. You have done a foolish thing. 29 I have the power to harm you; but last night the God of your father said to me, ‘Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.’ 30 Now you have gone off because you longed to return to your father’s household. But why did you steal my gods?” 
31 Jacob answered Laban, “I was afraid, because I thought you would take your daughters away from me by force. 32 But if you find anyone who has your gods, that person shall not live. In the presence of our relatives, see for yourself whether there is anything of yours here with me; and if so, take it.” Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen the gods. 
33 So Laban went into Jacob’s tent and into Leah’s tent and into the tent of the two female servants, but he found nothing. After he came out of Leah’s tent, he entered Rachel’s tent. 34 Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them inside her camel’s saddle and was sitting on them. Laban searched through everything in the tent but found nothing. 
35 Rachel said to her father, “Don’t be angry, my lord, that I cannot stand up in your presence; I’m having my period.” So he searched but could not find the household gods. 
36 Jacob was angry and took Laban to task. “What is my crime?” he asked Laban. “How have I wronged you that you hunt me down? 37 Now that you have searched through all my goods, what have you found that belongs to your household? Put it here in front of your relatives and mine, and let them judge between the two of us. 
38 “I have been with you for twenty years now. Your sheep and goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten rams from your flocks. 39 I did not bring you animals torn by wild beasts; I bore the loss myself. And you demanded payment from me for whatever was stolen by day or night. 40 This was my situation: The heat consumed me in the daytime and the cold at night, and sleep fled from my eyes. 41 It was like this for the twenty years I was in your household. I worked for you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flocks, and you changed my wages ten times. 42 If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you.” 
43 Laban answered Jacob, “The women are my daughters, the children are my children, and the flocks are my flocks. All you see is mine. Yet what can I do today about these daughters of mine, or about the children they have borne? 44 Come now, let’s make a covenant, you and I, and let it serve as a witness between us.” 
45 So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar. 46 He said to his relatives, “Gather some stones.” So they took stones and piled them in a heap, and they ate there by the heap. 47 Laban called it Jegar Sahadutha, and Jacob called it Galeed.  
48 Laban said, “This heap is a witness between you and me today.” That is why it was called Galeed. 49 It was also called Mizpah,  because he said, “May the Lord keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other. 50 If you mistreat my daughters or if you take any wives besides my daughters, even though no one is with us, remember that God is a witness between you and me.” 
51 Laban also said to Jacob, “Here is this heap, and here is this pillar I have set up between you and me. 52 This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a witness, that I will not go past this heap to your side to harm you and that you will not go past this heap and pillar to my side to harm me. 53 May the God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us.” 
So Jacob took an oath in the name of the Fear of his father Isaac. 54 He offered a sacrifice there in the hill country and invited his relatives to a meal. After they had eaten, they spent the night there. 
55 Early the next morning Laban kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them. Then he left and returned home.  


Applications and Main Idea:


1. This story shows God’s abiding care and blessing on Jacob’s life.


2. This story demonstrates God’s faithfulness in keeping his promised word to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.


3. This story shows the importance of the chosen land that has been promised to Abraham and his descendants. Abraham’s descendants are to dwell in Canaan. Even when they are away for a time, Canaan is their home.


4. This story foreshadows the exodus of God’s people and Jacob’s descendants the Israelites when they leave a difficult sojourn in a foreign land to return home wealthier and more numerous than when they left.


Main Idea: God watches over his people, even in times of suffering. He will not forsake them, and in his appointed time he will bless them and bring them home.

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“The Mark of Love” (1 John 3:11–18)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, July 17, 2016


1 John 3:11–18 (NIV) 
11 For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. 
16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 


1. We have been given a clear command to love one another (11).
a. The Message: The gospel compels us to love.
b. From the beginning: From the point of conversion, love for one another is a primary act of obedience to Christ.
c. One another: Love is personal. We are to care for one another in the body of Christ. 


2. The devil and the world are characterized by hatred, not love (12–15).
a. The devil is characterized by hatred and murder. 
b. Cain was a child of the devil, and revealed his family resemblance when he killed his brother in anger.
i. Cain was an evildoer (1 John 3:12; Gen 4:6–7).
ii. Cain lacked faith (Heb. 11:4)
c. The world is characterized by hatred.
d. Hatred is a mark of worldliness, unbelief, the family resemblance of Satan, and confirmation that one is still in death/condemnation (14).
e. Hatred/lack of love is murder. Murderers are not children of God.


3. Christ and his church are characterized by love, not hatred (14a, 16–18).
a. Jesus Christ gave us the ultimate demonstration of love when he gave his life for ours (16).
b. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we must follow the example of Christ and give our lives for our brothers and sisters in Christ (16).
c. Our love for one another is demonstrated in real life actions, not thoughts and words only (17–18).
d. Love for one another is a clear mark that we are God’s children and disciples of Christ.
e. Love for one another gives us assurance that we have crossed over from death to life (14a).


Main Idea: Love for other people is a clear mark that we have been born into God’s family.

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Opening Up Proverbs

A study by Jim Newheiser

 

“Sexual Wisdom” Chapter 5

(Proverbs 5:1–23; 6:20–35; 7:1–27)

 

Introduction

Ø  Wisdom in the area of sexual relations is a major theme in Proverbs.

Ø  Ironically, Solomon was ultimately ruined by his many pagan wives.

Ø  This issue is just as relevant today as it was 3,000 years ago.

Ø  Our culture is wholly given over to sexuality. It is the main “god” of our current culture.

Ø  Proverbs speaks of moral purity in both symbolic and literal terms.

 

Sex Education Takes Place in the Home (5:1-4; 6:20-24; 7:1-5)

Ø  These three discourses are addressed from a father to a son.

Ø  Parents need to be the primary teachers on his issue.

Ø  Teach children that sex is a gift from God for joy in marriage and for bringing children into the world.

Ø  Teach children that sex (like all of God’s gifts) can be abused and used for evil.

 

The Adulteress Can Destroy You (7:6–23)

Ø  Proverbs 7 dramatically describes the temptation of a naïve young man.

o  The prey(6-9)

o  The huntress and her tactics (10-20)

ü  She besieges every sense (10-17).

ü  She lures you with the promise of ultimate sensual exhilaration (16, 18).

ü  She overcomes your doubts and fears (19-20).

o  The kill(21-23)

 

Make Wisdom Your First Love (4:5–9;7:4–5)

Ø  Lady Wisdom will deliver you from immorality.

Ø  Lady Wisdom helps you see the true nature of he seductress.

Ø  Lady Wisdom shows you why sexual immorality is wrong.

Ø  Lady Wisdom reminds you of the deadly consequences of immorality (5:4–5, 11–12, 22–23; 6:26–35; 7:22–27).

o  Sexual sin will affect you physically (5:9, 11; 6:34–35).

o  Sexual sin will ruin you financially (5:10; 6:26a, 30–31; 29:3).

o  Sexual sin will destroy your reputation (5:14; 6:33).

o  Sexual sin will break apart your family (5:16–17).

o  Your sin will find you out (6:27–29; Num. 32:23).

Ø  Lady Wisdom trains you to stay far away from sexual temptation.

 

Your Wife Can Also Protect You (5:15–23)

Ø  Your wife can also protect you from sexual immorality.

o  Find sexual happiness with your spouse (5:15–17).

o  Marital sex brings a greater joy (5:18–19).

o  Sexual happiness in marriage serves as a guard against the wiles of the adulteress (5:20–23).

o  Clarifications:

ü  Marital joy assumes a godly marriage.

ü  God and his wisdom must be your first love.

ü  If you are not wise, your wife will not protect you from temptation.

 

Conclusion

Ø  Proverbs 5-7 tells us about three women:

o  The adulteress can destroy you. 

o  Lady Wisdom will save you.

o  Your wife can help you.

Ø  Christ is our ultimate treasure.

o  We have all been unfaithful to God.

o  We all deserve God’s wrath.

o  Jesus Christ cleanses us and makes us wise.

o  Christ purifies and transforms us (1 Cor. 6:9–11; 2 Cor. 5:17).

o  He quenches our spiritual thirst and provides the ultimate satisfaction for our souls (Prov. 14:27; Isa. 12:3; Zech.13:1; John 4:14).

  

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“Jacob Prospers” (Genesis 30:25–43)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday PM, July 10, 2016

 

Genesis 30:25–43 (NIV)

25 After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me on my way so I can go back to my own homeland. 26 Give me my wives and children, for whom I have served you, and I will be on my way. You know how much work I’ve done for you.”

27 But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes, please stay. I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you.” 28 He added, “Name your wages, and I will pay them.”

29 Jacob said to him, “You know how I have worked for you and how your livestock has fared under my care. 30 The little you had before I came has increased greatly, and the Lord has blessed you wherever I have been. But now, when may I do something for my own household?”

31 “What shall I give you?” he asked.

“Don’t give me anything,” Jacob replied.“But if you will do this one thing for me, I will go on tending your flocks and watching over them: 32 Let me go through all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb and every spotted or speckled goat. They will be my wages. 33 And my honesty will testify for me in the future, whenever you check on the wages you have paid me. Any goat in my possession that is not speckled or spotted, or any lamb that is not dark-colored, will be considered stolen.”

34 “Agreed,” said Laban. “Let it be as you have said.” 35 That same day he removed all the male goats that were streaked or spotted, and all the speckled or spotted female goats (all that had white on them) and all the dark-colored lambs, and he placed them in the care of his sons. 36 Then he put a three-day journey between himself and Jacob, while Jacob continued to tend the rest of Laban’s flocks.

37 Jacob, however,took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond and plane trees and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches. 38 Then he placed the peeled branches in all the watering troughs, so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink. When the flocks were in heat and came to drink, 39 they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted. 40 Jacob set apart the young of the flock by themselves, but made the rest face the streaked and dark-colored animals that belonged to Laban. Thus he made separate flocks for himself and did not put them with Laban’s animals. 41 Whenever the stronger females were in heat, Jacob would place the branches in the troughs in front of the animals so they would mate near the branches, 42 but if the animals were weak, he would not place them there. So the weak animals went to Laban and the strong ones to Jacob. 43 In this way the man grew exceedingly prosperous and came to own large flocks, and female and male servants, and camels and donkeys.

 

1.1 1. Jacob fulfills his contractual obligations to Laban and desires to take his wives, children, and possessions and leave (25–26).

 

2.          2. Laban desires for Jacob to stay because the Lord’s blessings on Jacob have overflowed on him as well (27–28).

 

3.    3. Jacob desires to work for more than wages and the price of his wives. He wants to build his own household possessions and flocks (29–30).

 

4.    4. Jacob and Laban come to an agreement in which Jacob will keep all the spotted and dark colored sheep/goats for himself as his own while he maintains Laban’s flocks (31–36).

 

5.     5. Jacob wisely outmaneuvers Laban, and God causes Jacob’s flocks to grow to be more numerous than Laban’s while under his care (37–43).

 

Textual Main Idea: In fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant, God blessed Abraham’s grandson Jacob and caused him to prosper with flocks, servants, and wealth as he did Abraham and Isaac before him, and Jacob’s prosperity ended up spilling over to Laban as well.

 

Applications/Lessons

 

1.    1. God delights in using his people to bless others around them.

 

2.  2. In keeping with his promises, God faithfully blesses his people and cares for them.

 

3.  3. We can’t rush God’s timing for blessing.

 

Sermon Main Idea: Because God is merciful and faithful, he blesses and prospers his covenant people, and he often uses his covenant people to be a blessing to others around them.

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“Bearing the Family Resemblance” (1 John 3:4–10)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, July 10, 2016


1 John 3:4–10 (NIV) 
4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. 
7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. 


1. Sin is incompatible with the righteous character of God (v. 4).


2. Sin is incompatible with the Work of Christ (v. 5)


3. Sin is incompatible with the ministry of the Holy Spirit (9–10).


Main Idea: If sin is a part of your life, then it presents evidence that you may not be a child of God. However, an attitude of repentance and growth in righteousness prevents evidence that you are a part of God’s family.

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Opening Up Proverbs
A study by Jim Newheiser


“A Crash Course in Success” Chapter 4


Pay Attention (1-4)
  • The father pleads with the son to remember and internalize what he is being taught.
  • The wise father portrays wisdom and lovingkindness as bound around one’s neck or written on the tablet of the heart.
  • The father reminds the son of the great benefits of wisdom (vv. 2, 4).
  • Wisdom will bring you favor and a good reputation before both God and men.


4 Ways to Act Wisely towards God (5-12)
  • Trust in the Lord (5-6).
    • Trust God entirely.
    • Trust God exclusively.
    • Trust God extensively.
  • Fear the Lord (7-8).
  • Honor the Lord w/ your wealth (9-10).
  • Embrace the Lord’s Discipline (11-12).


3 Ways to Act Wisely towards Men (27-35)
  • Repay your needy neighbor (27-28).
  • Do not harm your innocent neighbor (29-30).
  • Do not envy your wicked neighbor (31-35).


If You Act Wisely towards God and Men, You will Enjoy Success (2, 4, 13-26, 32-35)
  • Long, healthy, pleasant life (2, 6, 8, 16a, 17-18)
  • Enjoy the favor of God and men (4, 35a)
  • Enjoy material prosperity (10, 16b)
  • Enriched with spiritual treasures (14-15)
  • Partake of the wisdom of God, which created the world (19-20)
  • Protected from trouble and fear (22-26)
  • Know the counsels of God and have close fellowship with Him (32b)
  • Honored by God (35a)


Does Proverbs Promise Too Much?
  • Proverbs contains maxims that describe the way life generally works in God’s world. 
  • Not necessarily promises to each individual, especially in the short term.
  • God is sovereign and may allow his children to suffer for his glory (Rom 8:28).
  • Proverbs written in the old covenant connected with land and blessing.
  • Proverbs look ahead to eschatological blessings in God’s kingdom.

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“Jacob’s House” (Genesis 29:31–30:24)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, July 3, 2016

Genesis 29:31–30:24 (NIV) 
31 When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless. 32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben,  for she said, “It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.” 
33 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Because the Lord heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon.  
34 Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” So he was named Levi.  
35 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” So she named him Judah.  Then she stopped having children. 
30 When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!” 
2 Jacob became angry with her and said, “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?” 
3 Then she said, “Here is Bilhah, my servant. Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and I too can build a family through her.” 
4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her, 5 and she became pregnant and bore him a son. 6 Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me; he has listened to my plea and given me a son.” Because of this she named him Dan.  
7 Rachel’s servant Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son. 8 Then Rachel said, “I have had a great struggle with my sister, and I have won.” So she named him Naphtali.  
9 When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her servant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. 10 Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son. 11 Then Leah said, “What good fortune!” So she named him Gad.  
12 Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. 13 Then Leah said, “How happy I am! The women will call me happy.” So she named him Asher.  
14 During wheat harvest, Reuben went out into the fields and found some mandrake plants, which he brought to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.” 
15 But she said to her, “Wasn’t it enough that you took away my husband? Will you take my son’s mandrakes too?” 
“Very well,” Rachel said, “he can sleep with you tonight in return for your son’s mandrakes.” 
16 So when Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him. “You must sleep with me,” she said. “I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he slept with her that night. 
17 God listened to Leah, and she became pregnant and bore Jacob a fifth son. 18 Then Leah said, “God has rewarded me for giving my servant to my husband.” So she named him Issachar.  
19 Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son. 20 Then Leah said, “God has presented me with a precious gift. This time my husband will treat me with honor, because I have borne him six sons.” So she named him Zebulun.  
21 Some time later she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah. 
22 Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and enabled her to conceive. 23 She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, “God has taken away my disgrace.” 24 She named him Joseph, and said, "May the Lord add to me another son.” 

What is going on with the human characters in this story and what we can learn from them? 

1. Leah’s misguided pursuit (29:31–35)

2. Rachel’s jealousy and selfish rivalry (30:1–8)

3. Leah’s counter-scheme (30:9–13)

4. Leah’s manipulation of Rachel (30:14-21)

5. Rachel blessed and yet dissatisfied (30:22–24)

Where is God in this story?

1. God loves the unloved and has special concern for the downtrodden.

2. God demonstrates grace even to those who are not seeking him with all their heart.

3. God sometimes mercifully answers prayer, even when it is not asked for the right reasons. 

4. God doesn’t need our manipulation or schemes to accomplish his purposes.

5. God was going to build the house of Jacob regardless, but God mercifully uses these two sinful and selfish rival sisters to build the house of Israel. 

6. God is faithful to his covenant. 

11 Then the elders and all the people at the gate said, "We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the family of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. (Ruth 4:11, NIV)

Textual Main Idea: God mercifully and providentially built the house of Jacob through the sinful, selfish, sibling rivalry between Leah and Rachel as they competed for Jacob’s love by bearing him sons.

Application Main Idea: God mercifully and providentially accomplishes his gracious purposes, even through and in spite of our sinful and selfish actions.
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“Confidence at His Coming” (1 John 2:28–3:3)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, July 3, 2016


28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.  29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.  1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.  3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.  (1 John 2:28-3:3, NIV)

1. Confidence for the day of Christ comes by abiding in Christ now (2:28).


2. Confidence for the day of Christ comes by the righteous character that is produced in us by the regenerating and indwelling Holy Spirit (2:29).


3. Confidence for the day of Christ does not ultimately rest in us, but rests in God’s love for us that has made us his children (3:1).


4. Confidence for the day of Christ comes through the development of Christlikeness that will one day be perfected at his coming (3:2).


5. In light of Christ’s coming we have a responsibility to purify ourselves and in so doing nurture a confident expectation for his return (3:3).


Big Idea: Christians can have confidence that they are in Christ now, which will lead to confidence and not shame at the future coming of Jesus Christ.

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Opening Up Proverbs

A study by Jim Newheiser


“The Blessings of Wisdom” Chapter 3


The Blessings of Wisdom

  • The book of Proverbs calls upon us to search for wisdom as a hidden treasure.
  • The benefits of wisdom far outweigh what one can receive from earthly riches.
  • True wisdom is not merely intellectual knowledge but a transformation of character.
  • Proverbs 2 tells us how to pursue wisdom (vv. 1–4) and then sets forth the great benefits of wisdom (vv. 5–22).


Earnestly Seek Wisdom (1-4)

  • Be receptive to wisdom (1-2)
  • Earnestly pursue wisdom (3-4)
    • Cry out to God in prayer for understanding (3).
    • Search, through diligent study, for wisdom as treasure (4).
      • Keep seeking wisdom.
      • Seek wisdom in Christ.


Wisdom Will Bless You in Many Ways (5-22)

  • You will know God personally (5-8).
  • Wisdom will transform you as a person (9-11).
  • Wisdom will deliver you from dangerous people (12-22).
    • Protect you from evil men (12-15)
    • Deliver you from loose women (16-19)
      • Be aware of her methods (16b)
      • Recognize her true character (16a, 17)
      • Realize where she will lead you (18-19, 22)
      • When you see the adulteress as she really is, she is no longer a threat to you.
  • Wisdom will keep you safe (20-22).


Christ Offers True Joy and Happiness

  • The key to avoiding sin is not to try to ignore the temptation, but to find a higher and more fulfilling joy.
  • Lady Wisdom, who is a personification of Christ, is more beautiful and sings a sweeter song than Madame Folly.
  • Wisdom is the path to true joy and fulfillment. Seek Christ, in whom are the treasures of wisdom and life.


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“The Deceiver Deceived” (Genesis 29:15–30)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, June 26, 2016


Genesis 29:15-30, NIV
     15 Laban said to him, "Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be."  
     16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.        17 Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful.  18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, "I'll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel."  
     19 Laban said, "It's better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me."  20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.  
     21 Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her."  
     22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.  23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her.  24 And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant.  
     25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn't I? Why have you deceived me?"  
     26 Laban replied, "It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one.  27 Finish this daughter's bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work."  
     28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.  29 Laban gave his servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her attendant.  30 Jacob made love to Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.  

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“Abiding in the Spirit and in Truth” (1 John 2:18–27)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday AM, June 26, 2016

 

1 John 2:18-27, NIV

18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.  19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.  

20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.  21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.  22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist-- denying the Father and the Son.  23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.  

24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.  25 And this is what he promised us-- eternal life.  

26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.  27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit-- just as it has taught you, remain in him.

 

1.              1. Those who walk away from the faith give evidence that they were never truly God’s children (18–19).

 

2.              2. The anointing of the indwelling Holy Spirit is a gift from God to keep his true children from error (20–23).

 

3.               3. The abiding presence of the Word is a gracious gift from God to keep his true children from error.

 

Main Idea: The Holy Spirit and the Word are the primary means that God uses to keep his children from falling away from the faith. And those who are truly his will abide in the Spirit and in truth. So abide in Him!

 

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“A Father’s Job Description” (Ephesians 6:4)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, June 19, 2016

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. (Eph. 6:4, NIV)

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord. (Eph. 6:4, NLT)

1. Don’t stir up anger in your children by the way you treat them.

2. Instead, nurture them and raise them.
a. With training, discipline, and correction
b. With Godly instruction
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Opening Up Proverbs
A study by Jim Newheiser

“Two Invitations with One Moral” Chapter 2

Wisdom Begins at Home
  • God’s plan is that parents are to be the primary teachers of wisdom.
  • Deuteronomy 6:6-7
  • A major purpose of Proverbs is to prepare a young man to wisely and effectively assume the responsibilities of life. 
  • Children are exhorted to listen and receive wisdom.
  • Parents cannot pass off their responsibility to impart wisdom to the school, church, or other means.
  • Many parents are so busy trying to provide the best material things for their children that they abdicate their responsibility to properly train them in wisdom.

Refuse the appeal of ungodly companions
  • The enticement of moral misfits.
  • Gullibility and malleability of youth
  • False promises of happiness and belonging
  • If you follow evil companions, you will reap destruction. 
  • Foolishness is short-sighted.
  • Foolishness is self-destructive.
  • Choose your companions wisely.

Heed the appeal of Wisdom before it’s too late
  • Wisdom calls out to you (20-23).
  • Wisdom appeals to four different kinds of fools (v. 22):
  • The naïve: simple and vulnerable
  • The fool: rejected wisdom and is morally insensitive
  • The rebel (1:7): loves folly and despises wisdom
  • The scoffer: mocks God, sin, judgment
  • Wisdom promises blessings to those who repent (23).
  • If you reject Wisdom’s appeal, you will reap calamity (24-32).
  • Those who seek Wisdom are secure (33).

Conclusion
  • The voice of wisdom is the voice of God.
  • Jesus is wisdom incarnate.
  • You are the voice of wisdom in a foolish world.
  • Are you wise?
  • Wisdom cries out, pleading with people to turn away from foolishness and enjoy true life.
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“God Guides and Provides for Jacob” (Genesis 29:1–14)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

SundayPM, June 12, 2016

 

Genesis 29:1–14 (NIV)

29 Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples. There he saw a well in the open country, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well. The stone over the mouth of the well was large. When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well’s mouth and water the sheep.Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.

Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?”

“We’re from Harran,” they replied.

He said to them, “Do you know Laban, Nahor’s grandson?”

“Yes,we know him,” they answered.

Then Jacob asked them, “Is he well?”

“Yes,he is,” they said, “and here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep.”

“Look,”he said, “the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered.Water the sheep and take them back to pasture.”

“We can’t,” they replied, “until all the flocks are gathered and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the well. Then we will water the sheep.”

While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherd. 10 When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of his uncle Laban,and Laban’s sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle’s sheep. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud. 12 He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah. So she ran and told her father.

13 As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he hurried to meet him.He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things. 14 Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.”

And he stayed with him for a whole month.

 

Main Idea: The God we worship is the same God who guided Jacob. He is still providentially watching over our lives.He is still guiding and protecting his people.

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“You Are What You Love” (1 John 2:15–17)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday AM, June 12, 2016


1 John 2:15–17, NIV

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  16 For everything in the world-- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-- comes not from the Father but from the world.  17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.


1. You cannot love the world and God (v. 15).


2. Love for the world begins with our inner desires and a misplaced affection for the pleasures of the world (v. 16).

 

3. Love for the world is a fools’ errand, because it is passing away and will soon be destroyed (v. 17).


4. The only path to eternal life is through a love for God that reveals itself by obeying his will (v. 17).


Main Idea: A Christian who has truly been born again by the grace of God does not replace their love for God with a love for the world and its pleasures.

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Opening Up Proverbs
A study by Jim Newheiser
“Wisdom & the Fear of the Lord” Chapter 1

Proverbs 1:1-7
1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:  2 for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight;  3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair;  4 for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young-- 5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance--  6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.  7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Purpose of the Book of Proverbs (2-6)
  • Proverbs will train God’s People to live wisely (skillfully) (2a, 3-5).
    • What is wisdom?
    • Wisdom is gained through disciplined instruction.
    • The student benefits from instruction.
    • Wisdom benefits the young and the simple.
    • Those already wise will grow in wisdom.
  • Proverbs will impart mental discernment (2b, 6).
    • You need insight into reality.
    • You need insight into God’s Word.
    • You need to understand the figures of speech in Proverbs.
    • Studying the book of Proverbs will sharpen your mind.

The Credo for the book of Proverbs
  • The Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.
    • What does it mean to fear the LORD?
    • Don’t be a fool! Fools despise wisdom and instruction (7b).

Questions
  • Other than Solomon, what are some other examples of wise men/women in the Bible?
  • Biblical examples of fools?
  • What is a proverb?
  • What is wisdom? How do we impart it to others?
  • How can we demonstrate the fear of God at work and in our homes?
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