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“The Living One” (Revelation 1:9–20)<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sun PM/August 17, 2014

 

Revelation 1:9–20 (NIV)

John’s Vision of Christ

I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”

12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man,  dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

 

1.       Jesus calls his servants to faithfully witness for him, even if that means painful suffering (v. 9-11)

 

2.      Jesus encourages his suffering servants with a vision of his glory and triumph (12–18).

a.      Jesus is glorious in majesty (12–16).

b.      Jesus is victorious in triumph (17–18).

                                                              i.      The Divine One – The First and the Last.

                                                           ii.      The Living One – The one who was dead.

                                                         iii.      The Triumphant One – The one who holds the keys of death and Hades.

c.       The vision of Jesus’ glory and triumph leads to worship and courage.

 

3.      Jesus instructs his suffering servants to persevere in faithful obedience (19­–20, chs. 2–3).

Main Idea: Those who are suffering under the weight of persecution or on the verge of surrender to the world can take courage and persevere, because Jesus is the risen and glorious Lord of heaven and earth.

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“Greetings, Grace, Glory, & Greatness” (Revelation 1:4­–8)

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sun PM/August 10, 2014

 

Revelation 1:4–8 (NIV)

4 John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. 7 “Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen. 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

 

1.       Greetings to the People of God (v. 4a)  

2.      Grace and Peace from the Triune God (vv. 4b–5a). 

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.  2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him-- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD--  3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;  4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.  5 Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.  (Isa. 11:1-5, NIV)

 

3.      Glory and Power to the Triumphant God-man (vv. 5b–7). 

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37, NIV)

 

5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,  6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites."  (Exod. 19:5-6, NIV)

 

4 As you come to him, the living Stone-- rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him--  5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Pet. 2:4-5, NIV)

 

13 "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.  14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. (Dan. 7:13-14, NIV)

 

34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.  35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.  36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: "Not one of his bones will be broken,"  37 and, as another scripture says, "They will look on the one they have pierced."  (John 19:34-37, NIV)

 

10 "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. (Zech. 12:10, NIV)

 

30 "Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. (Matt. 24:30, NIV)

 

4.      Greatness and Perfection of the Timeless God (v. 8) .

 

12 "Listen to me, Jacob, Israel, whom I have called: I am he; I am the first and I am the last.  13 My own hand laid the foundations of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I summon them, they all stand up together. (Isa. 48:12-13, NIV)

 

6 "This is what the LORD says-- Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.  7 Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come-- yes, let them foretell what will come.  (Isa. 44:6-7, NIV)

 

34 At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation.  35 All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: "What have you done?"  (Dan. 4:34-35, NIV) 

 

Main Idea: A gracious and peaceful blessing is afforded the people of God, because of the greatness and goodness of the Triune God.

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“Jesus, the Good Shepherd” (John 10:1–30), part 1

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sun AM/August 10, 2014

 

The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

10 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them. Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” 19 The Jews who heard these words were again divided. 20 Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?” 21 But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

 

Further Conflict Over Jesus’ Claims

22 Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

Main Idea: Jesus is the good shepherd who cares for his sheep in this life and the life to come.

1.       Jesus is the only shepherd of the sheep, and there is no other way to God.  

2.      Jesus is a truthful shepherd who never misleads or deceives his sheep.  

3.      Jesus is a loving shepherd who knows his sheep, and they know him.

3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. (John 10:3-4, NIV)

14 "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me-- (John 10:14, NIV)

27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27, NIV)

24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly."  25 Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father's name testify about me,  26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. (John 10:24-26, NIV)

4.      Jesus is a rescuing shepherd who saves his sheep and gives them abundant life.

9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.  10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:9-10, NIV)

5.      Jesus is a sacrificial shepherd who gives his life for his sheep.

11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:11, NIV)

14 "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me--  15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father-- and I lay down my life for the sheep. (John 10:14-15, NIV)

17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life-- only to take it up again.  18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father."  (John 10:17-18, NIV

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“Out of the Depths” – Psalm 130

1 A song of ascents. Out of the depths I cry to you, LORD;
2 Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
3 If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
5 I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
6 I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.
7 Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.
8 He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.

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“The Revelation of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 1:1­–3)

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sun PM/August 3, 2014

 

The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,  2 who testifies to everything he saw-- that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.  3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. (Rev. 1:1-3, NIV)

 

1.       What kind of a book is this?

a.      Revelation is unique among the books of the New Testament.

b.      Revelation is unique because it is a hybrid of 3 different literary genres (all specified in the opening verses), each with its own typical components and features:

                                                              i.      Revelation is an apocalypse.

1.        Recording visions and dreams.

2.      Language is full of imagery that is cryptic and symbolic.

3.       Formally stylized, using numbers to package the information and using symmetry, repetition, etc.

4.      However, Revelation is not pseudonymous as other apocalypses are.

5.      Also, Revelation does not intend to “seal up” the contents for a later time. John knows the end has begun in the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. The beginning of the end has arrived. It is time to open up the contents for all to see and heed.

                                                           ii.      Revelation is a prophecy.

1.        Prophets: God’s authoritative spokespersons, not necessarily predictive future prophecy.

2.      Prophets often spoke into the current situations of their hearers/readers.

                                                         iii.      Revelation is a letter.

1.        Written personally from John to the churches with pastoral care and concern, as well as urgent warning.

 

2.      What (or better, Who?) is this book about?

a.      This is a Revelation from Jesus Christ and about Jesus Christ from first to last.

b.      This is a book about worship – to worship and magnify the God of the universe, the risen Son and King, Jesus Christ, and the eternal Spirit of God. Any other response short of worship fails to understand the book as it is.

 

3.      Why is the message of this book important?

a.      For John’s readers it involved events of imminent historical importance.

b.      For Christian readers of all times, it illumines the importance of a heavenly perspective on earthly affairs.

 

4.      What is there for me in this book?

a.      The opening of the letter makes clear that there is a heavenly blessing that awaits those who read, hear, understand, and keep/obey what is written in this book.

b.      This is a book of timely importance and eternal significance.

 

Main Idea: To be truly blessed in this life and the life to come is to see Jesus Christ as the reigning King of Heaven and to heed the words of his revelation.

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“The Lord’s Table: A Sacred Opportunity of Grace” (1 Corinthians 11:17–34)

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sun AM/August 3, 2014

 

Hymn: “Holy, Holy, Holy”

 

1 Corinthians 11:17–34 (NIV)

17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval. 20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, 21 for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk. 22 Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter! 23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 32 Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world. 33 So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together. 34 Anyone who is hungry should eat something at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment. And when I come I will give further directions. 

 

1.       The Lord’s Table is an opportunity to renew our unity as the Church, the one Body of Christ (vv. 17–22, 33­–34). 

 

Romans 12:3–8 (NIV)

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. 

 

Hymn: “Our God Has Made Us One” 

2.      The Lord’s Table is an opportunity to reflect on our union with Jesus Christ, our Crucified and Risen Lord (vv. 23–26).

 

Isaiah 52:13–53:12 (NIV)

13 See, my servant will act wisely;

he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.

14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him—

his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being

and his form marred beyond human likeness—

15 so he will sprinkle many nations,

and kings will shut their mouths because of him.

For what they were not told, they will see,

and what they have not heard, they will understand.

53 Who has believed our message

and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

He grew up before him like a tender shoot,

and like a root out of dry ground.

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,

nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by mankind,

a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.

Like one from whom people hide their faces

he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain

and bore our suffering,

yet we considered him punished by God,

stricken by him, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions,

he was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was on him,

and by his wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray,

each of us has turned to our own way;

and the Lord has laid on him

the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,

yet he did not open his mouth;

he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,

and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,

so he did not open his mouth.

By oppression and judgment he was taken away.

Yet who of his generation protested?

For he was cut off from the land of the living;

for the transgression of my people he was punished.

He was assigned a grave with the wicked,

and with the rich in his death,

though he had done no violence,

nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,

and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,

he will see his offspring and prolong his days,

and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.

11 After he has suffered,

he will see the light of life and be satisfied;

by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,

and he will bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, 

and he will divide the spoils with the strong,

because he poured out his life unto death,

and was numbered with the transgressors.

For he bore the sin of many,

and made intercession for the transgressors.  

Hymn: “Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed” 

3.      The Lord’s Table is an opportunity to repent and judge ourselves now so that we will not be disciplined by the Lord or face judgment on the last day of Christ (vv. 27–32, 34).

 

Psalm 51 (NIV)

Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your unfailing love;

according to your great compassion

blot out my transgressions.

Wash away all my iniquity

and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,

and my sin is always before me.

Against you, you only, have I sinned

and done what is evil in your sight;

so you are right in your verdict

and justified when you judge.

Surely I was sinful at birth,

sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;

you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;

wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Let me hear joy and gladness;

let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

Hide your face from my sins

and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,

and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me from your presence

or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation

and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,

so that sinners will turn back to you.

14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,

you who are God my Savior,

and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

15 Open my lips, Lord,

and my mouth will declare your praise.

16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;

you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;

a broken and contrite heart

you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,

to build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,

in burnt offerings offered whole;

then bulls will be offered on your altar. 

 

Hymn: “I Lay My Sins on Jesus” 

 

Remembrance of Lord’s Supper 

 

Hymn: “In Christ Alone”

 

Benediction: 

 

Hebrews 13:20–21 (NIV) 20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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“Overcoming Evil with Good” (Romans 12:17­–21)

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Wed PM/July 30, 2014

Romans 12:17–21 (NIV)

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

1.       Treating our Persecutors with Kindness is Consistent with Christian Character:

a.     Christ’s Law of Love.

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. (Matthew 5:38–39, NIV)

44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (Matthew 5:44–45, NIV)

35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. (Luke 6:35, NIV)

21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. 22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you. (Proverbs 25:21–22, NIV)

b.     God’s Sacrificial Love for Sinners.

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. (John 3:16, NIV)

8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! (Romans 8:5–10, NIV)

2.      Treating our Persecutors with Kindness is Consistent with Christian Faith:

a.     A Secure Faith in the Justice of God.

It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.” (Deuteronomy 32:35, NIV)

b.     A Living Hope in the Coming Kingdom of Christ.

27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel  28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved-- and that by God. (Philippians 1:27-28, NIV)

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“Come See What God Has Done” (Psalm 66)

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sun PM/July 27, 2014 

The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness. The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.” (Psalm 65:12–13, NIV) 

 

Shout for joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious.” (Psalm 66:1–2, NIV)  

I.                   The Worship of the World (vv. 1–4) 

Shout for joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious. Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you. All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing the praises of your name.”” (Psalm 66:1–4, NIV) 

 

And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”” (Revelation 5:9–10, NIV) 

 

II.                The Praise of a Nation. (vv. 5–12) 

Come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind! He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the waters on foot— come, let us rejoice in him. He rules forever by his power, his eyes watch the nations— let not the rebellious rise up against him.” (Psalm 66:5–7, NIV) 

 

Praise our God, all peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard; he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.” (Psalm 66:8–12, NIV) 

 

III.             The Thanksgiving of a Man. (vv. 13–20) 

I will come to your temple with burnt offerings and fulfill my vows to you— vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke when I was in trouble. I will sacrifice fat animals to you and an offering of rams; I will offer bulls and goats.” (Psalm 66:13–15, NIV) 

 

“Speak to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites and say to them: ‘If any of you—whether an Israelite or a foreigner residing in Israel—presents a gift for a burnt offering to the Lord, either to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering, you must present a male without defect from the cattle, sheep or goats in order that it may be accepted on your behalf. Do not bring anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf. When anyone brings from the herd or flock a fellowship offering to the Lord to fulfill a special vow or as a freewill offering, it must be without defect or blemish to be acceptable.” (Leviticus 22:18–21, NIV) 

 

Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue.” (Psalm 66:16–17, NIV) 

 

If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;” (Psalm 66:18, NIV) 

 

but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.” (Psalm 66:19, NIV) 

 

Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!” (Psalm 66:20, NIV) 

 

Main Idea: God is worthy of worship and praise from the world, from all of his people, and from you.

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“Jesus, the Healer of Blind Eyes” John 9:1­–41<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sun AM/July 27, 2014

 

But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31, NIV)

 

1.      As the Creator of all flesh, Jesus is able to give sight to a man completely blind from birth.

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:3, NIV)

2.     As the Eternal Word, Jesus is able to provide perspective on the proper use of the Law (Sabbath).

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” (John 1:1–2, NIV)

3.     As the one who is Light and Life, he is able to open the spiritual eyes of a man steeped in the darkness of sin.

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4–5, NIV)

Main Idea: Jesus, the Son of God is the one who can truly open our eyes to see.

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“Be of the Same Mind” (Romans 12:15­–16)<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Wed PM/July 23, 2014

 

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” (Romans 12:15–16, NIV)

 

 

1.       Be of the same mind (way of thinking) by sharing in the emotions of one another (v. 15).

 

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15, NIV)

Parallel Passages:

 

Job 30:25 | Have I not wept for those in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor? 

1 Co 12:26 | If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 

Heb 13:3 | Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. 

 

2.      Be of the same mind (way of thinking) by sharing status/position with one another (v. 16).

NIV  Romans 12:16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. (Romans 12:16, NIV)

CEB  Romans 12:16 Consider everyone as equal, and don't think that you're better than anyone else. Instead, associate with people who have no status. Don't think that you're so smart. (Romans 12:16, CEB)

Parallel Passages:

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:” (Philippians 2:1–5, NIV)

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong? If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James 2:1–13, NIV)

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