And take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17
Vol 13, Num 34, 09/26/2010
In this issue:
Mt. Baker Church of Christ
Invites you to our
October 3-8, 2010
Monday-Friday at 7:00 PM
(From I-5 take Exit # 255 and go East 4.2 miles)
In our society, we are used to people “getting away” with certain things, aren’t we? It has become almost commonplace to hear about a person hiring a “dream team” of lawyers so as to avoid criminal charges and prosecution. Closer to home, we may notice people “getting away” with theft by eating displayed food at the grocery store without buying it; or someone taking extra time on their breaks at work and getting paid for it. Perhaps someone we know has been dishonest (lying), and yet men tend to ignore this sin. It seems that we have reared a society which thinks that we can escape certain sins by ignoring them and no one is the wiser. Is this really the case?
God says there are things we cannot escape in this life no matter how hard we try! Just like Adam and Eve could not escape God (Gen. 3:7-10); just like Jonah could not escape God (Jonah 1:3-17, ch. 2); neither can we escape God (Prov. 15:3; Heb. 4:13; Ecc. 12:14; Rom. 2:16)! Nor can we escape the truth He has revealed.
We Cannot Escape
We have reared a society of people who are under the impression that they can “bury” their sins deep enough that no one will find out about them. Sometimes, folks have the idea that they can somehow escape the consequences of sin if they pay enough money, run far enough away, deny it, or whatever. In truth, this is not possible! “Be sure your sin will find you out” (Num. 32:23)! We need to understand that independently of Christ and His shed blood (Rom. 6:3-6), we cannot escape sin (Acts 2:38, 22:16)! Whether we are looking at this from the aspect of the physical or the spiritual consequences of sin, we cannot escape this without Christ! Lest we forget, go back and read Romans 6:23, which tells us, “the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” In addition to this, God compares physical sowing and reaping with spiritual sowing and reaping in Galatians 6:7-8. Be sure, there will be a “bitter harvest” awaiting us if we have sown a life of sin and have not repented nor have been forgiven!
We Cannot Escape Death.
As hard as men try through medicines, vitamins, exercise, food choices, etc., we cannot escape death! “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27). Death was something God promised as a physical consequence of Adam and Eve’s sin (Gen. 3:19) and it continues to this day. Solomon put it this way: “The living know that they shall die” (Ecc. 9:5a)! How true this is! In fact, “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (I Cor. 15:26). Therefore, be assured we will not escape death because it will be with us until the Lord returns!
We Cannot Escape The Judgment.
Friends, there is a Judgment Day coming in which all mankind will be judged by The Judge, Christ (Acts 17:30-31; Jn. 5:22). Just like death, no one will escape this event! How do I know this? I know this because the Bible reveals this truth in passages like the following:
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 - “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
Matthew 25:31-33, 46 - “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left …. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”
II Corinthians 5:10 - “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
Can there be any question as to the coming Judgment? Can there be any question as to who is going to be there? We will all be present before Christ in Judgment. The question is: “Are you ready?” If not, why not?
Yes, some things we cannot escape! Yet, we can come through anything successfully when we are in Christ. Are you in Him? (Eph. 1:7-13; Gal. 3:26-27)
You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS
Scripture Reading: 1 CHRONICLES 29:16-20
1. God given us
the responsibility to be builders:
I. NOAH’S ARK, Gen 6:13-21; 7:5.
A. An Obedient Heart, 6:22; 7:5; Lk
II. THE TABERNACLE (Exo 25-40).
A. God’s Pattern must be Followed,
Exo 25:8-9; Eph 4:15-16; Acts 20:32; Ro 15:2-3
III. TEMPLE OF SOLOMON, 1 Chrn 28-29.
A. Preparation is needed to
Successfully Build, 1 Chrn 28:2; 29:2; Col 3:1-2.
IV. THE WALL OF JERUSALEM, Neh 1-6.
A. Commitment to God’s Work, Neh
1:2-4; Acts 20:19-20; Neh 4:6; 1 Cor 15:58.
1. God wants us to
be builders (Heb 3:4).
Gathering to hear God’s word (Acts 10:33)
Opportunity to grow in Christ (1 Pet 2:1-2)
Saving power of the gospel (Rom 1:16)
Preaching the word (2 Tim 4:2)
Edifying the saints with gospel (Acts 20:32)
Looking unto Jesus (Heb 12:1-2)
Minding the things of the Spirit (Rom 8:5)
Exposing the works of darkness (Eph 5:11)
Enduring faith (Heb 10:36-39)
Taking time to be holy (1 Pet 1:13-17)
Interceding in prayer (1 Tim 2:1)
Now is the day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2)
Go and teach all nations (Matt 28:19)
October 3-8 the Mt. Baker church will be having a gospel meeting. Our purposes are to reach the lost with the gospel and to edify the people of God in the most holy faith.
Dennis Scroggins has prepared the following lessons for the gospel meeting:• Sunday Class: God’s Discipline • Sunday AM: Do We Tremble at His Word? • Sunday PM: How Is It You Do Not Understand?
• Monday: Is Marriage for Life? • Tuesday: Do You Have to be Baptized?
• Wednesday: Should You Help the Wicked? • Thursday: Autonomous Churches–Are they Christ Ruled?
• Friday: What is Your Life?
Let’s use this opportunity to invite teach the lost, to grow in our personal faith and to glorify our great God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Created by Chuck Sibbing. 09/27/2010
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