Radical Christians in a Chaotic World; Responding Faithfully to the Temptation of Lust

Today’s sermon has several lists within.  To aid you in following along and making application, I have listed them below.

Mat 5:27-30  “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’  (28)  But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  (29)  If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.  (30)  And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

Three things necessary for sin,

  • Opportunity- a chance to do so,
  • Availability- items needed
  • Desire- a heart for sin

 

Serious Repenters

  • Confess sin without obscurity
  • Are willing to be under authority and accountability
  • Take ALL steps to remove stimulants
  • Desire fellowship with God, freeing separation and Hell
  • Change from pride of self-indulgence to a humility of glorifying God.
  • Their concern is to change, be free of sin, and indwelt by the Holy Spirit.
  • Will be radically deliberate in deliverance

 

Jesus died for that we not be enslaved to any sin.

Come to Christ with your sin to be set free.

Live purposefully in His strength.

  • Confess sin
  • Remove all temptations ( use Covenanteyes.com, Everaccountable.com as a means of guarding your internet use.)
  • Build an arsenal of scriptures to help combat temptation in the strength of God.
  • Devour the Word of God
  • Have accountability
  • Seek counseling
  • Prepare to be tested
  • Pray in the Spirit, knowing and trusting God.
  • Get to the heart of the problem rather than treating symptoms.
  • Essentially, fight against the gates of Hell.

On the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Editor’s note: Below are the sermon notes for Sunday October 29th.  They are in a rough draft form. The sermon itself can be found at ekronbaptistchurch.com

 

Tuesday marks the 500th anniversary of we have come to call the birth of the Protestant Reformation.

In 1517, a German Monk and professor named Martyn Luther nailed 95 Theses to the castle church door in Wittenburg.  His intention was to call a debate to the practice of the Catholic Church selling indulgences. That is, accepting money to atone for sins of those in Purgatory. This, among many other problems that were ongoing with the church at the time were seen as a stark contrast to the word of the Bible.

luther

Martin Luther was born…(1483-1546)

Lived….

Lightning bolt…..July 2, 1505

Tormented by his sin…Though predestined for destruction.

 

  • Confessing at times up to 6 hours a day.
  • Made pilgrimages
  • Feared leaving out a sin.
  • Would confess coveting the stale piece of bread that a brother monk had.
  • https://worldlysaints.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/martin-luther-his-confessions-and-battle-against-sin/
  • C. Sproul explains, “Confession was a regular part of monastic life. The other brothers came regularly to their confessors and said, ‘Father, I have sinned. Last night I stayed up after ‘lights out’ and read my Bible with a candle.’ Or, ‘Yesterday at lunchtime I coveted Brother Philip’s potato salad.’ (How much trouble can a monk get into in a monastery?) The father Confessor would hear the confession, grant priestly absolution, and assign a small penance to be performed. That was it. The whole transaction took only a few minutes. Not so with Brother Luther. He was driving his Father Confessor to distraction. Luther was not satisfied with a brief recitation of his sins. He wanted to make sure that no sin in his life was left unconfessed. He entered the confessional and stayed for hours every day.”[1]

Eventually studying the Bible, he discovered Romans 1:16-17. This is what led to his relief.

Rom 1:16-17  For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  (17)  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Led him to understand that the just shall live by faith, not works.

In Revelation 22:18 a waring is given about adding to the book.  And a reading of Scripture itself will find that salvation is only by the name of Christ and as a gift of God, not of works, lest, man may boast of his abilities rather than repent of depravities.

The Catholic church was inherently teaching a salvation by works. Whereas the Scriptures clearly do not teach that sin is atoned for by penance, indulgences, or sacraments.

 

INDULGENCES: Tetzel was teaching a false doctrine.[1]

Reading the 66 books of the Bible that the early church fathers accepted in 367, does not include any support to the idea of Purgatory.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/issues/issue-14/selling-forgiveness-how-money-sparked-protestant.html

http://www.biblestudents.com/htdbv5/r553.htm

Key Statements

Here are 13 samples of Luther’s theses:[2]

  1. When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, says “Repent ye,” etc., he means that the entire life of the faithful should be a repentance.

 

  1. This statement cannot be understood of the sacrament of penance, i.e., of confession and satisfaction, which is administered by the priesthood.

 

  1. They preach human folly who pretend that as soon as money in the coffer rings a soul from purgatory springs.

 

  1. Those who suppose that on account of their letters of indulgence they are sure of salvation will be eternally damned along with their teachers.

 

  1. Every Christian who truly repents has plenary [full] forgiveness both of punishment and guilt bestowed on him, even without letters of indulgence.

 

  1. Every true Christian, whether living or dead, has a share in all the benefits of Christ and the Church, for God has granted him these, even without letters of indulgence.

 

  1. Christians should be taught that whoever sees a person in need and, instead of helping him, uses his money for an indulgence, obtains not an indulgence of the pope but the displeasure of God.

 

  1. Christians should be taught that the pope ought and would give his own substance to the poor, from whom certain preachers of indulgences extract money, even if he had to sell St. Peter’s Cathedral to do it.

 

  1. This shameless preaching of pardons makes it hard even for learned men to defend the pope’s honor against calumny or to answer the indubitably shrewd questions of the laity.

 

  1. For example: “Why does not the pope empty purgatory for the sake of holy love … for after all, he does release countless souls for the sake of sordid money contributed for the building of a cathedral? …”

 

  1. To suppress these very telling arguments of the laity by force instead of answering them with adequate reasons would be to expose the church and the pope to the ridicule of their enemies and to render Christians unhappy.

 

  1. We should admonish Christians to follow Christ, their Head, through punishment, death, and hell.

 

  1. And so let them set their trust on entering heaven through many tribulations rather than some false security and peace.

 

Within two months, Johann Tetzel fired back with his own theses, including: “Christians should be taught that the Pope, by authority of his jurisdiction, is superior to the entire Catholic Church and its councils, and that they should humbly obey his statutes.”

Luther Stood on the promises of the Bible

Rom 1:16-17  For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  (17)  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Many false denominations and teachers today will lead you to a works righteousness.  This contradicts the character of God as a giver. They misrepresent the nature of God

They will also sell indulgences of a different type, asking for “seed money”.

 

 POWER OF SALVATION

Not just in death, but in eternal life. Salvation is being set free and adopted as an heir.

Salvation’s only cost is the blood of Christ. It is a gift of God,

We must treasure this gift or it is no treasure to us at all.  If you do not hold to this gift as above all earthly treasures, Christ has no part in you.

BELIEF is not a work of man, but a work of God within you. As depraved sinners, no one seeks for God.  But God draws all unto Himself that would be saved.(Rom 3:10-11) (John 6:44)

God’s RIGHTEOUSNESS is revealed. God does the work. While we were yet sinners,

Rom 5:6-8  For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  (7)  For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—  (8)  but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

Why is this relevant?

How shall we live? By faith, not works. But by faith in God. As revealed in His word.

lutherAt the Diet of Worms, Luther made this statement; “”Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason – I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other – my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen.”

 

[1] http://scholarship.rollins.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1006&context=mls

[2] http://www.christianitytoday.com/biblestudies/bible-answers/theology/luther-95-theses-protestant-reformation.html

Sermon Outline for Sunday May 21, 2017 Having Contentment in the Advance of the Gospel Philippians 1:1-21

These notes are  preaching outline that was used for the sermon.  There may certainly be deviations from the written text.  Audio of the sermon may be found at EkronBaptistChurch.com.

P1070328

 

Our Text

Philippians 1:1-21  Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons:  (2)  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  (3)  I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,  (4)  always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,  (5)  because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.  (6)  And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.  (7)  It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.  (8)  For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.  (9)  And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,  (10)  so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,  (11)  filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.  (12)  I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,  (13)  so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.  (14)  And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.  (15)  Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.  (16)  The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.  (17)  The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.  (18)  What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,  (19)  for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance,  (20)  as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.  (21)  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Our purpose in life is to glorify God. Therefore, the journey of meeting this goal provides the greatest joy this world can offer.

The greater the opposition, the greater we display the awesomeness of God.

Recap of last week: Paul is in chains, in prison, writing to the Philippian church about the joy he has in partnership with them, despite what they might interpret as failure.

So Paul writes about two conditions that are upon his mind, and yet God is to be glorified within.

  1. Circumstances
  2. People

Circumstances (Prison/Chains)

The Sharing of the Gospel in the Royal Guard

12-14 Paul’s imprisonment has led to the sharing of the gospel where it never would have had an audience.

Paul is speaking of himself here, and yet, he is boasting in Christ.  I am where I am by His grace.

He does not tell us the details of why he is there, they don’t matter. (We often talk too much of our selves and the injustices done to us)

What does matter is the sharing of the gospel. The imprisonment, has not restricted him, but rather provided a freedom to share the message of Christ.

 

People (Detractors/haters/Pride)

Its Not a Popularity Contest

15-18 Trouble caused by detractors does not matter.

These detractors were not outsiders, false prophets, or the like.  Rather, what hurt most was they we fellow believers who preached the same message truthfully, and yet criticized Paul.

Some did preach the Gospel faithfully with love.

Others, judged Paul and worked in a one-upmanship manner.

Paul, did not consider their approval or their standards of success to be his goals. (See verse 18 and 21)

Paul’s consideration: Philippians 1:18  What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,

Ultimately His motivation is solely; Php 1:21  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Your life situations are always a gospel opportunity to learn its application and share its power.

The gospel gives joy. It is the foundational message of the church.  Jesus suffered and counted it worthy to go to the cross to glorify His Father.  You see, Jesus died, not just to save sinners, but to more explicitly demonstrate the person of God the Father.

Consider the eternal truth in Revelation

Rev_4:11  “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

Rev_5:9  And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,

Rev_5:12  saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”

We too ought to count it a blessing to be considered worthy to suffer for the gospel of Jesus.

I often use this word Glory.  What is it to glorify God?

It is to revel in worship of the true person of God.  Not making Him in our own image, physically or mentally.  But rather to consider with great joy four aspects of the person of Christ.

  1. Aspects of His character
  • Love
  • Wrath
  • Justice
  • Grace/Mercy
  • Goodness
  • Omniscience/Omnipotence

     2.  His Transcendence (otherness) His qualities that we cannot relate to.

  • Holiness- the purity of all He is and will ever be. Without sin and unable to entertain sin.

See, The Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent

https://www.amazon.com/Gospel-Primer-Christians-Learning-Glories/dp/1885904673

     3. His accomplishment/Faithfulness/history

  • Read the Old Testament
  • Creation alone and any study of science is vital to grasping the intricacies of detail that God orchestrates.
  • Job, 34 onward

     4. Hope

  • Where has He ever failed?
  • Where has He ever broken promise?
  • Where would you be without God?
  • Look to the promises that are yet to be fulfilled and have hope in Him, and thus live.

 

Paul’s hope was not in things of this world.  They failed to bring contentment.  What does matter in the Christian life, it our being centered upon the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here we are not distracted by the world but attracted to God.  Doing so rearranges out values, goals, and motives.  It will then produce the joy that we were created to have to be worshipers of God.  Worship, always includes spirit and truth, doctrine and emotion, direction and affection.

The gospel is not just for salvation, It is daily needed for sanctification.

  • Daily abide in Him as your source of joy and strength and values.
  • Daily, walk by the Spirit (Romans 8)
  • Deny self, take up the cross, and follow Him.

I see many, like me, affected by the crud of life.  The only way to contented joy is through Christ, look no further.

Paul, even though in chains and facing opposition, was centered upon Christ.  He was convinced, that his circumstances were not chains themselves but opportunities.  We can confidently know that

Php 1:6  And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.