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"Mothers of Faith and Godly Fear" (Exodus 2:1-10)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Mother's Day Sunday, May 9, 2021

Exodus 2:1–10 (NIV)

2 Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.

Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.

Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”

“Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”

 

23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. (Hebrews 11:23, NIV)

24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. (Hebrews 11:24–26, NIV)

"Jesus and Divorce" (Luke 16:18)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, May 2, 2021

18 “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. (Luke 16:18, NIV)

32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. (Matthew 5:32, NIV)

7 “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?” 8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. (Matthew 19:7–8, NIV)

Main Idea: Live as a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ and keep the commitments that you make to God and others.

"The Law and the Kingdom" (Luke 16:16-17)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, April 25, 2021
 
Luke 16:16–17 NIV

16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it. 17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.
 
Matthew 11:12–13 NIV

12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.
 

Jesus initiated a new era in God’s program.

 

Luke 16:16 NIV

16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it.
 

The new era that Jesus begins involves the proclamation and advance of the Kingdom of God.

 

Luke 16:16 NIV

16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it.
 

The coming of Jesus Christ initiates a new role for the Law.

 

Luke 16:17 NIV

17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.
 
Matthew 5:17–18 NIV

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
 
Matthew 24:35 NIV

35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
 
Matthew 28:18–20 NIV

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Main Idea: Jesus initiated a new era in God’s program, and it is his words that hold divine authority.

"The Problem of Injustice" (Ecclesiastes 3:16–22)

A Bible Study of Ecclesiastes
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

A Problem Observed (Ecclesiastes 3:16)

Ecclesiastes 3:16 NIV
16 And I saw something else under the sun: In the place of judgment—wickedness was there, in the place of justice—wickedness was there.

What is the problem?

  • The presence of injustice in the world.
  • Living righteously is supposed to lead to blessing, and living wickedly is supposed to lead to judgment.

Two Potential Solutions (Ecclesiastes 3:17–21)

Potential Solution # 1: Justice Delayed (Ecclesiastes 3:17)

Ecclesiastes 3:17 NIV
17 I said to myself, “God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed.”

If Justice is Delayed…

  • The wicked will eventually be held accountable by God and will be punished.

    • It could be delayed until later in this life.
    • It could be delayed until a judgment after death.

Potential Solution # 2: Justice Denied (Ecclesiastes 3:18–21)

Ecclesiastes 3:18–21 NIV
18 I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19 Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”

If There Is No Justice…

  • The wicked will get away with it and never be held accountable.
  • If this is the case, then what advantage is there in being a human being over an animal?
  • Because death is our common fate.
Ecclesiastes 3:20–21 NIV
20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”

Provisional Advice (Ecclesiastes 3:22)

Ecclesiastes 3:22 NIV
22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?
  • Death is coming, whether you are righteous or wicked, whether you are a person or an animal.
  • Enjoy the life God has given you and make the most of the time and opportunities you have.
  • Live in light of future judgment.

"The Shrewd Steward" (Luke 16:1-15)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, April 18, 2021

Luke 16:1-15, NIV

16 Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’

“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’

“So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’

“‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied.

“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’

“Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’

“‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied.

“He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’

“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.

Main Idea: A disciple of Jesus will be wise in planning for his eternal future by being a generous and faithful steward of his resources.

"The Mystery of Time and Providence" (Ecclesiastes 3:1-15)
A Bible Study of Ecclesiastes
Eastside Baptist Church
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 

Seeing the Bigger Picture

  • *Life in this world (“under the sun”) may be characterized as “Hebel” – mysterious, enigmatic, frustrating, and at times elusive. (1:2)
  • *Where (or how) can we find ultimate “gain” or “significance” in this world? (1:3)
  • *Opening Poem: Life is enigmatic and frustrating (1:4–11).
  • *“Gain” cannot ultimately be found in the pursuit of wisdom (1:12–18).
  • *“Gain” cannot ultimately be found in the pursuit of pleasure or projects (2:1–12).
  • *Wisdom is so much better than foolishness, but again, pursuing wisdom for its own sake will not bring “gain” (2:12–23).
  • *Preliminary Advice: Enjoy God’s good gifts in this world but realize that if they are pursued as “gain” they will disappoint (2:24–26).

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

  • *An obstacle to the pursuit of “gain” in this world:

    • -We are bound by the limits of time.
    • -Many events in this world are outside of our control and are ultimately under God’s providence.

3 There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

15 Whatever is has already been,
    and what will be has been before;
    and God will call the past to account.

"Welcoming Home the Prodigal" (Luke 15:11-32)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, April 11, 2021
 
Luke 15:11–32 NIV

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

  • *The son is ruined by his sin.
Luke 15:11–13 NIV

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.
 
Isaiah 53:6 NIV

6 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.
 
Luke 15:14–16 NIV

14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
  • *The son repents and returns home.
Luke 15:17–19 NIV

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’

The Father rejoices when a lost sinner repents and comes home.

Luke 15:20–24 NIV

20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

Luke 15:25–32 NIV

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

  • *The brother responded with self-righteous jealousy.
Luke 15:29 NIV

29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.
 
Mark 10:45 NIV

45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
  • *The father invites the self-righteous to come home.
  • *As far as we know, the self-righteous brother never came inside.

The Father rejoices when a self-righteous sinner repents and comes in off the porch.

Main Idea: God rejoices when a repentant sinner comes to him, and so should we (Whether of the ruined kind or the self-righteous kind).
"Wisdom, Work, and What Is Worthwhile" (Ecclesiastes 2:12-26)
A Bible Study of Ecclesiastes
Eastside Baptist Church
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Guiding Question

  • *In a world that is marked by enigmas, frustration, and futility, where can a person find “profit”?
  • *Where can human beings find meaning in this finite life “under the sun”?

Finding “Profit” or “Gain”

Wisdom is Better than folly, but… (Ecclesiastes 2:12-16)

Ecclesiastes 2:12–16 NIV

12 Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom,
    and also madness and folly.
What more can the king’s successor do
    than what has already been done?
13 I saw that wisdom is better than folly,
    just as light is better than darkness.
14 The wise have eyes in their heads,
    while the fool walks in the darkness;
but I came to realize
    that the same fate overtakes them both.

15 Then I said to myself,

“The fate of the fool will overtake me also.
    What then do I gain by being wise?”
I said to myself,
    “This too is meaningless.”
16 For the wise, like the fool, will not be long remembered;
    the days have already come when both have been forgotten.
Like the fool, the wise too must die!

There is Reward for our Labor, But… (Ecclesiastes 2:17-23)

Ecclesiastes 2:17–23 NIV

17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. 19 And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. 21 For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. 22 What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? 23 All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.

Putting Things in Perspective (Ecclesiastes 2:24-26)

Ecclesiastes 2:24–26 NIV

24 A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? 26 To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Concluding Thoughts

  • *We should pursue wisdom, because it is so much better than foolishness. But we must realize that death comes to the wise and the fool, and wisdom in and of itself is not ultimately what we are seeking for.
  • *We can find satisfaction and reward in our work and efforts. But we must realize that those benefits are fleeting, and someone else will one day take over the fruit of our labors.
  • *It is worthwhile to pursue wisdom and live a wise life.
  • *It is worthwhile to give our time and efforts to quality work.
  • *But these will not bring us eternal “profit.” These also cannot hold off death, which overtakes us all.

"Resurrection Hope" (Ephesians 1:15-23)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Easter Sunday AM, April 4, 2021

Ephesians 1:15-23, NIV

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

  1. A Glorious Hope (vv. 18-19a)

    18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

  2. A Hope Guaranteed by the Power of God (vv. 19b-20)

    That power is the same as the mighty strength20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,

  3. A Hope Assured by the Authority of Christ (vv. 20b-23)

    and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

  4. A Hope that Fulfills God's Glorious Plan for the Ages (v. 22b-23)

    and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Main Idea: As Christians, we have a glorious resurrection hope, that is guaranteed by the power of God and the authority of Jesus Christ. The glorious hope that awaits us is the fulfillment of God's eternal plan for the ages.

"The Next Triumphal Entry" (Revelation 19:11-16)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021

Revelation 19:11-16, NIV

11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

king of kings and lord of lords.

  1. A Righteous King

    11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war.12 His eyes are like blazing fire,

  2. A Majestic King

    ...and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.

  3. A Gracious King

    14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.

  4. A Victorious King

    15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

    king of kings and lord of lords.

    Main Idea: The next time Jesus triumphantly enters it will be on the clouds of heaven as the righteous, majestic, gracious, and victorious King.

"The Pursuit of Pleasure" (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11)
A Study of the Book of Ecclesiastes
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11, NIV

2 I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. “Laughter,” I said, “is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?” I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly—my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was good for people to do under the heavens during the few days of their lives.

I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired male and female singers, and a harem as well—the delights of a man’s heart. I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.

10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
    I refused my heart no pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my labor,
    and this was the reward for all my toil.
11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done
    and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;
    nothing was gained under the sun.

"Seeking the Lost" (Luke 15:1-10)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, March 21, 2021

Luke 15:1–7 (NIV)

15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

 

Isaiah 53:6–7 (NIV)

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.

Luke 15:8–10 (NIV)

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

 

Main Idea: If you are going to lead unbelievers home to God, you must go out and find them where they are.

"Counting the Cost" (Luke 14:25-35)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, March 14, 2021

Luke 14:25–35 NIV

25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

 

Luke 13:33 NIV

33 In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!

 

Luke 14:25–26 NIV

25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.

 

Genesis 29:30–31 NIV

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. 31 When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless.

 

Luke 12:53 NIV

53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

 

Luke 9:23–24 NIV

23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.

 

Luke 14:27–35 NIV

27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

 

Main Idea: To believe in Jesus Christ as Savior is to make the ultimate commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord.

"The Pursuit of Wisdom" (Ecclesiastes 1:12-18)
A Bible Study of Ecclesiastes
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
 
Where Are We?
  • Title (1:1)
  • Theme Word: “Hebel” (1:2)
  • Programmatic Question: “Where is ‘yitron’ or ‘profit’?” (1:3)
  • Poem about the Enigma of Life (1:4-11)
Life keeps moving. Round and round it goes. Where can we find ultimate meaning and significance if there is nothing really new and we are so quickly forgotten? This ultimate meaning and significance cannot be found ‘under the sun.’ It must be found in eternity with our Creator (1:4-11).
 
Where Are We Going?
  • First Discourse: Observations on Various Areas of Life in Order to Demonstrate Finite Man’s Lack of Ultimate Gain (1:12-6:9)

    • Personal Observations on Various Life Situations (1:12-3:22)

      • Observations on Human Achievement and Wisdom (1:12-2:26)

        • The Pursuit of Wisdom (1:12-18)

Ecclesiastes 1:12–18 (NIV)

12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

15 What is crooked cannot be straightened;

what is lacking cannot be counted.

16 I said to myself, “Look, I have increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.

18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;

the more knowledge, the more grief.

Ecclesiastes 1:12 NIV
12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
 
Teacher
  • Qoheleth - קֹהֶ֫לֶת
  • Solomon?
Ecclesiastes 1:13 NIV
13 I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind!
 
Mind
  • Lit. “heart”
To Study and to Explore
  • Pursuit
Wisdom
  • Goal of the Pursuit
Under the Heavens
  • Another way of saying “under the sun” - finite humanity
Heavy Burden
  • “evil task” or “unhappy business”
Ecclesiastes 1:14 NIV
14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
 
Seen
  • Observational nature of wisdom literature
Under the Sun
  • Limited, finite perspective
Meaningless
  • Hebel - הֶ֫בֶל
  • “enigmatic” and “frustrating”
Chasing after the Wind
  • Elusive, uncontrollable by finite man
Ecclesiastes 1:15 NIV
15 What is crooked cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.
 
What is Crooked Cannot Be Straightened
  • Finite power or control
What is Lacking Cannot Be Counted
  • Finite knowledge or understanding
Ecclesiastes 1:16 NIV
16 I said to myself, “Look, I have increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.”
 
Ecclesiastes 1:13 NIV
13 I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind!
 
Wisdom and Knowledge
  • The goal of the current pursuit to find ‘yitron’ or ‘profit’
More Than/Much
  • Superlative pursuit
Ecclesiastes 1:17 NIV
17 Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.
 
Understanding of Wisdom
  • Beyond gaining wisdom to seeking to understand it and how it works
Madness and Folly
  • The other side of wisdom - to look at “both sides of the coin”
  • Exhaustive Pursuit
This Too - Chasing after the Wind
  • The superlative and exhaustive pursuit of wisdom is an unsatisfactory answer to the question of 1:3.
Ecclesiastes 1:3 NIV
3 What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?
 
Gain
  • “Profit” or “Advantage” - יִתְרוֹן
Ecclesiastes 1:18 NIV
18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.
 
Sorrow/Grief
  • Frequent attendant circumstances of the pursuit of wisdom and knowledge
  • The pursuit of wisdom and knowledge is not simple.
  • It is complex.
What Is the Main Point?
It is not that the pursuit of wisdom is completely pointless or useless. Wisdom has many advantages and can result in many positive outcomes. But… If your pursuit of wisdom is in order to find life’s ultimate “profit” or “advantage” or “value,” then your pursuit is misguided and will ultimately leave you disappointed.
“Human accomplishments are as insubstantial and fleeting as a puff of air; trying to find ultimate meaning in them is as futile as trying to catch the wind.” - Edward Curtis

"Who Will Come to the Banquet?" (Luke 14:15-24)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, March 7, 2021

Luke 14:15–24 (NIV)

15 When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”

16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’

19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’

20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

21 “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’

22 “ ‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’

23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”

 

Acts 13:44–47 (NIV)

44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. 45 When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy. They began to contradict what Paul was saying and heaped abuse on him.

46 Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: “We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. 47 For this is what the Lord has commanded us:

“ ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles,

that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”

Acts 28:28 (NIV)

28 “Therefore I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!”

Luke 13:30 (NIV)

30 Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.”

 

Main Idea: Christ rejects those who try to make themselves righteous. Rather, he graciously makes righteous the spiritually blind, poor, and crippled.
"Running in Circles" (Ecclesiastes 1:4-11)
A Bible Study of Ecclesiastes
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
 
Ecclesiastes 1:2 NIV

2“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”
  • Life is enigmatic and puzzling. This enigmatic nature of life (without a heavenly perspective) can lead to frustration, discouragement, and desperation (verse 2).
Ecclesiastes 1:3 NIV

3What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?
  • Life is full of work and labor. But what are we really achieving with all of our labor? Is there any enduring profit or advantage as a result of all this work (verse 3)?
  • Verses 4-11 are a poem that addresses the programmatic question of verse 3 and sets the stage for the discussion that follows.
  • Are we really getting anywhere? Things come and go. Everything is cyclical. The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same (v. 4-7). Is there any “profit” in pursuing our desires or in achieving new things (vv. 8-10)? What does our labor get us if we are soon forgotten (v. 11)?
The Cyclical Pattern of Nature and Life (vv. 4-8).
  • The cyclical vs. the enduring (v. 4).
Ecclesiastes 1:4 NIV

4Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.
    • The Hebrew term “dor” could refer to a generation of people, which replaces the one that came before it. However, the root idea of “dor” is a “circle” or “circular motion.”
    • “Verse 4 contrasts a circular movement within nature with the steadfast and immovable earth.” - Graham Ogden
  • The cyclical pattern of the days (the rising and setting of the sun) (v. 5).
Ecclesiastes 1:5 NIV

5The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.
    • The emphasis is on the constancy of movement. It is a never-ceasing activity which constantly repeats itself.
  • The cyclical pattern of the wind (v. 6).
Ecclesiastes 1:6 NIV

6The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.
    • The sun moves east to west, and the wind is said to move north to south and back again. So, verses 5-6 cover all directions on earth.
  • The cyclical pattern of water (v. 7).
Ecclesiastes 1:7 NIV

7All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.
“The never-ending motion within nature ... does not move toward completion; it knows only constant and cyclic motion.” - Graham Ogden.
  • The cyclical pattern of human activity (v. 8).
Ecclesiastes 1:8 NIV

8All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.
 
Ecclesiastes 1:8 KJV

8All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
    • Human labor goes on and on.
    • The mouth never runs out of things to say.
    • The eye never runs out of things to see.
    • The ear never runs out of things to hear.
    • Like the sea is never filled up though water keeps flowing into it, so the words that people can speak are limitless, the things that people can see are limitless, and the things that people can hear are limitless.
“The ceaseless activity which has already been exemplified in the natural world of sun, wind, and stream in vv. 5-7, is true also of the human world.” - Graham Ogden
Something New, Something Old (vv. 9-10).
  • The repetitive nature of human achievement (v. 9).
Ecclesiastes 1:9 NIV

9What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
  • The deceptive appearance of the “new” (v. 10).
Ecclesiastes 1:10 NIV

10Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.
“The world remains, yet within it there is a flow, a cycle of regular and unceasing activity. Such cyclic motion may give the impression that certain occurrences are actually new and novel. Qoheleth suggests that what appears new is but the recurrence of some aspect of the past; it is new only to the one who newly experiences it.” - Graham Ogden
“‘Newness is not a category for describing this-worldly matters… Qoheleth has asked whether yitrôn [“profit” or “advantage”] is attainable ‘under the sun.’ He now suggests (v. 10) that ‘under the sun’ is not the appropriate place to look for yitrôn. For that which is completely new we must step outside this world and think in other-worldly terms.” - Graham Ogden
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (v. 11).
 
Ecclesiastes 1:11 NIV

11No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.
“One cannot expect to live on in the collective memory, and thus have an ‘after life’. Such hope is illusory.” - Graham Ogden
What is the purpose of this poem?
  • It justifies and sets the stage for the study of life and human existence “under the sun.”
  • Life is a permanent feature of the world, though it is marked by ebb and flow and repetitive cylces.
  • In this world that is permanent but has repetitive cycles of actions and events, humanity struggles for comprehension of life.
  • That which is seen as ‘new’ is actually the ‘recurrent past’.
  • Neither ‘newness’ nor yitrôn [‘profit’] can ultimately be found “under the sun.” We need a meaning for our existence that comes from ‘beyond the sun.’
“The poem alerts us to two key issues that Qohelet will struggle with as he explores the benefit of labor and thus the meaning of life: the repetitiveness of history and the fact that people are not remembered...if on the basis of observation one concludes that history is endlessly repetitive, then it is indeed hard to see the value of labor and of life. One might find meaning in the fact that one’s hard work and achievements will be remembered, but as the poem notes, no matter what one’s achievements, people are quickly forgotten, so that meaning cannot be grounded in remembrance. Theologically, the poem therefore raises the issue of how we view history and of where we locate our identity or meaning in life. Scripture and the Christian tradition rightly recognize, with this poem, that a cyclical view of history is hope-less, and also alert us to the fact that we cannot root our identity in others and their remembrance of us.” - Craig Bartholomew
Life keeps moving. Round and round it goes. Where can we find ultimate meaning and significance if there is nothing really new and we are so quickly forgotten? This ultimate meaning and signficance cannot be found ‘under the sun.’ it must be found in eternity with our Creator.

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