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A highlight from An Introduction to Acts
"So good to be back again on a Wednesday night. Good to see your faces and appreciate your prayers so much. As I was talking to Pastor Nathan, what's on my heart, I'd like to begin a series of studies from the book of Acts with you tonight. The Acts of the Apostles, or more appropriately, the Acts of the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ and through the Apostles' labors. We want to remember some things before we try to delve into the text, actual text. We need to remember that Luke, the beloved physician referred to in Colossians 12. We know that he traveled with the Apostle Paul and most commentators that I've read claim that Luke was a Gentile and that as a Gentile grew up in Antioch of Syria. And if you recall in Acts chapter 13, remember the Apostle Paul and Barnabas were members at the church at Antioch. So that's where the relationship actually began. And Brother Luke is a special character in the tapestry of God's witnesses because he in the gospel narrative that is bearing his name chronicled historically the birth and ministry of Christ as well as his death, burial, and resurrection. And I want to go to Luke chapter 24 and show you how Luke ended his gospel message that was written about 60 to 62 A .D. and connected to the first chapter of the book of Acts. Here we find Christ appearing to his disciples and verse 45, he opened their understanding that they might understand the Scriptures, which would relate to the Old Testament. Remember that's all they had at that time. They had the Old Testament Scriptures, the Old Testament from Genesis to Malachi. That's the reference here to Scriptures. And he said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations beginning at Jerusalem, and ye are witnesses of these things. Now I just want to make this note here. It's Brother Luke that mentions that the gospel is to go to all nations. Now that includes the Gentiles.
A highlight from Closed Doors
"Thank you very much for that Let's turn our Bible tonight to the book of Acts chapter 16 book of Acts chapter 16 Well look in verses 6 to 7. I'll be in a couple of other places tonight If you want to turn there you can my message is a topical message this evening And so a number of a couple of other different places where I'm going to probably read out of tonight Acts chapter 16 verses 6 and 7 is where I'm going to be in the very first Luke chapter 13 in verses 24 to 28 I'll read that here shortly and then maybe a little bit later Luke chapter 11 in verses 5 13 I'm going to talk a little bit about Closed doors this evening, you know, we went Throughout pretty much a lot of the pandemic or whatever. There was a lot of things that were closed But just kind of thinking about you know, also, you know when we read oftentimes we're reading through the scriptures We're often looking for you know, you hear messages on open doors and things like that, but you don't really hear a whole lot I don't believe about doors that have been shut doors that God shut and so in studying I was reading through the scriptures and just looking over some places where The Bible talks about doors that are shut and of course for for good reason And so we're going to take a look at some of that here tonight and just saying you know it because you know We serve a God that opens doors. We also serve a God that shuts doors And listen I can tell you what sometimes those shut doors could be just as much of a blessing if maybe not perhaps more Than doors that were open So, you know whether there's sometimes they're if they're closed they're closed for a reason you can try to open them up But God's done shut it and and if God's done shut it and then don't try to open it yourself because for one you won't be able to do it and to you waste a lot of time and effort and energy and In three if God does decide to give you what you want because you just stubborn you wish you didn't do it So you might just open up a Pandora's box and that's something you don't want to do neither and so We look throughout the scriptures We see there are lots of doors that are open but there are also doors that are shut and God did it and So let's take a look at maybe just a few of those things tonight where we can see where the Bible talks about doors That are shut and so we're going to begin here tonight in Acts chapter 16 gonna look in verses 6 and 7 and We see that Paul as he is on his missionary journey He is of course traveling around going to a number of different places and he gets here and there in verse 6 of Acts chapter 16 the Bible says that now when they had gone throughout Viagra and the region of Galatia and were forbidden of the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia And so we see there in verse 6 that for whatever reason God had forbidden them to go to To go to Asia and to preach the gospel now We can actually look through the book of Acts and see this happen a couple of different times And in a couple of the letters that we see where Paul was forbidden to go to certain places through the Holy Spirit of God For whatever reason the Bible doesn't always tell us what the reason is But the Bible does show us here in verse 6 that he was forbidden to go by the Holy Spirit of God And so of course to be obedient to the Lord one of the things that he would need to do is not to go as the Holy Spirit had had had said And he wanted to be obedient and he also wanted to make sure of course being obedient making his heart Make sure his heart was right with God and you never know Of course when you go against God, you're putting yourself in a whole lot of danger And so there in verse 6 we see that the Holy Spirit forbid him to go And so we see this door that was shut, you know, we're often preaching about, you know, Lord open up doors and you know These kinds of things and often sometimes you'll maybe hear about, you know open, you know Somebody I've heard in prayer before God open doors and if you open shut doors that need to be shut And that is a good prayer because you know As I said before those shut doors can be just as much of a blessing as these doors that are open Sometimes the doors need to shut and so we see there in verse 6 that for whatever reason The Bible shows us that the Holy Spirit had forbidden now the Apostle Paul to go into Asia and to preach the word And so we see that the very first door that was shut was this door of evangelism now, we know that God wants Evangelism to go through the four corners of the earth We know that he wants the gospel to reach every creature to reach every person But you know just because the door was shut right here for this moment doesn't mean that God wasn't going to open up that door At another time and I think that's something else that we have to understand and realize as well That just because God shut that door for him doesn't mean that God shut that door for everybody Doesn't mean he shut that door for somebody else.
A highlight from The Wonderful and Wretched Response to The Gospel
"And open your Bibles to Acts chapter 13. I'll read for us verses 42 through 52. We will get a few verses into this tonight. Again, let's listen now to the Lord's Word. Remember this is all coming right after the sermon has been preached and so the sermon which began in verse 16 and concludes in verse 41 and now we come to verse 42. As Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people kept begging that these things might be spoken to them the next Sabbath. Now when the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and of the God -fearing proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas who, speaking to them, were urging them to continue in the grace of God. The next Sabbath, nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of the Lord. But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul and were blaspheming. Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said it was necessary that the Word of God be spoken to you first. Since you repudiated and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold we are turning to the Gentiles for so the Lord has commanded us. I have placed you as a light for the Gentiles that you may bring salvation to the end of the earth. When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing in glorifying the word of the Lord and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region, but the Jews incited the devout women of prominence and the leading men of the city and instigated a persecution against Paul and Barnabas and drove them out of their district. But they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium and the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. This is the Lord's word. Would you bow with me and let's pray. Again our Lord we thank you for this day and thank you for this word and pray now that your blessing will be upon it and upon your servant and upon these your people who sit here in this building and for those upon those who may be joining from afar. Lord would you grant us understanding and would you please Oh Father edify us now in these weak efforts we ask in Jesus name. Amen. So we have spent a couple of Sunday evenings going over the sermon that the Apostle Paul preached in the synagogue in Pisidian Antioch. This is his first missionary journey and I want you to recall that the gospel my friends is not about you. I think that's one of the most freeing and wonderful things to realize. Charlie was talking about that as we before the service tonight. It is not about you. It's not about your decision -making skills or your moral choices or even your intellect. The gospel is all about the Lord. That's why it's good news. It affects you but it's about the Lord. It's about his promise to Jesus Christ whom he raised from the dead. The prophets of old foretold the truth concerning Jesus Christ. He is the descendant of David who sits and is sitting currently on the throne of Israel never again to die. He is the promised Messiah the only Savior of the world and Paul would conclude his his sermon with these words. Therefore let it be known to you brethren that through him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you and through him everyone who believes is freed from all things from which you could not be freed through the law of Moses. Therefore take heed so that the things spoken of in the prophets may not come upon you. Now is the time of salvation in essence is what Paul is saying. Believe upon the Lord and be saved or else be judged in your sin and condemned to an eternity in hell. He does not give. I want you to notice an altar call. I thought that was it was really missing in this passage.
A highlight from Pauls & Barnabas Accountability to the Local Church_10
"Amen. Thank you for tuning us in. I'm Darryl Bailey, servants for Christ as we continue on in the life of the Apostle Paul. And so here we deal with the 10th in our series of the life of the Apostle Paul. Acts chapter 14 verses 21 through 28. This closes out the first missionary journey of Paul as we continue on to get to the second and the third missionary journeys. Here, September the 13th, 20023, the 27th of Elul, 5783 of the Hebrew calendar. Now, we talk about Paul and Barnabas' accountability to the local church. Unfortunately, community ignorance is the way that many churches operate. They think that within their own selves as whatever they come up with, they can just do what they want to and not be attentive to God's Holy Spirit. But God's work is accomplished by God's power, working with God's people. And the church is not to be run by the congregation instead by God's clear standards and plan that he has. And there's a lot of churches, they're just doing their own thing and they're not taking any wisdom and leadership from the Holy Spirit of God. They say, maybe we'll get a bunch of people this way. Maybe we'll get a bunch of people that way. Maybe we'll get this and we'll get that, you know. But they're doing it in their own power and strength instead of the power of God's might. And they will never be successful. Paul and Barnabas, their accountability to the local church says volumes in this particular message of this ending of the first missionary journey of Paul. And so, I want to invite everyone to come and be with us at Theffal Crossroads Baptist Church. Our pastor, Keith Dempsey and First Lady Amy. Sunday schools 10 a .m. Sunday morning worship at 11 and Wednesday nights. Kids for Christ. Boy, did we have a bunch of kids this past Wednesday night. Bunch of, man, kids love kids. And 7 p .m. Wednesday night, come and be with us at 450 Iron Hill Road, Taylorsville, Georgia 30178. Boy, I tell you, the kids had a wonderful time. And so I hope and pray that you begin to bring your family back into the house of God you're before missing out on the greatest blessings that you could ever have. Come and be with us at Theffal Crossroads Baptist Church. Now, AD 47 to 49, if we continue on with Acts chapter 14, verses 21 through 28 of the first missionary journey that we give. And we look at Paul's Acts travels because on land, Iconium, back in Acts chapter 13, the land on Lystra, he started up in Acts chapter 14 on that last part of running and then on land to Derby in Acts chapter 14, verses six to 20 on land and Lystra in verse 21 on land, Iconium in verse 21 and on land, Antioch of Pisidia in verse 21, then on to Perga and verse 25 of Acts chapter 14 on Attila, verse 25. And then from there, he started back from where he started out from the beginning of the first missionary journey all the way back to Antioch of Syria on the Mediterranean Sea, headed back because he had completed his first missionary journey that God had sent him and Barnabas upon to go on. And so. As these sections here really tells of what we're talking about tonight in verses 21 down to verse 28. And I'm glad Charles Rice said how incredible that Christ should be kept outside of his own church, how gracious that he would still seek entry unquote. You know, here we talked about in the past, we talked about Paul's pattern for preaching and how that in chapter 14, it gives a clear picture of God's pattern for bearing a witness to his name. We saw Paul and Barnabas, all the things they experienced and how they had difficulties. They were expelled from Antioch in Pisidia. They took the dust and knocked it off their feet. And they went on to Iconium and then they went to the people where they tried to stone them. And it went on to Lystra where they were treated like gods. The crowds are different in every area of place throughout the world. And when the crowd changed their minds and began to stone Paul, he just got up and went to Derby. That wouldn't all. Paul and Barnabas had the courage to retrace their steps so that they could help encourage the new Christians when they returned home. And they told the church what the Lord had done, not what they had suffered. Paul and Barnabas put Christ first and others second and themselves last. They had a job to do and they were determined by God's grace to do it. And so every one of us, that was God's pattern. It was of seven steps that we talked about and how God expects his servant to be able to preach the glorious gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then we talked about Paul's distractions in Lystra, how there was a lot of things that distract us from Jesus. We talked about how we spelled the acrostic of Lystra, lost in thought, the Y in yourself, S for sports, the T for television and internet, R for radio and music, A for alcohol and drugs. Who here can get distracted? Everybody. All Christians get distracted and they need to maintain our focus on the Lord. And I'm glad that every one of us, that Jesus is the offer and finisher of all of our faith, amen. And so we can have distractions in these new cars because there's so many buttons and gadgets and everything that we could go down the road. These millennials think their telephone is more important than their own driving ability to drive down the road safely. That they want to text somebody and they want a conversation with somebody they can't see. And it's a sad thing because Paul and Barnas was preaching on the city streets of Lystra and they ended up healing a crippled man that had never heard the gospel message of salvation. And it stirred the crowds and the streets that got such an attention for the miracle healing that was misconstrued as they were gods. And they were a distraction and they ended up being called Mercury and Jupiter, which thought to be the gods of that first area. I believe that if we're honest and we'll look deep into our hearts with all the spiritual distractions that surprise us, we get distracted sometimes by the choir. Oh my goodness. We get caught up. Where's the ensemble today? Oh my goodness. We ain't got enough people to have the choir. And I get all distracted by all of these things. That's got to happen a certain way in the church because it's always happened that way in the church. And they've got to continue to do that that way. What a distraction. Why not just follow the Holy Spirit of God? Man, I'm going to tell you, maybe the preacher might come in one Sunday said, why don't y 'all go shut up and sit down? I got to preach. Hallelujah. Amen. And so let's get to it. Amen. And so in our own imagination, we get to pay attention to all the things except listening to God us communicate through the gospel message of the minister behind the pulpit. Then we get up and all of a sudden we got somebody that's spirit fed, but we don't want to be spirit led. And so all of a sudden we begin to overlook the message. Oh my goodness. That preacher could have preached a little bit longer. He could have preached shorter. Oh my goodness. He could have used this. He could have used that. We begin to critique the message that God is sending to the church and we get up there and get distracted by all of these things. God help us today. And so I'm glad that the life of the apostle Paul here is that message of the last part that he's talking to us about. And he's telling us that there are two great ministries when you come to church. Amen. Two great ministries in the church. Listen, I want you to look for this and remember this pastors, the two great ministries in the church is the preaching of the gospel and number two, making disciples. Did you hear me? It's preaching the gospel and then it's making disciples. We preach the gospels and some folks get saved and they don't never come back and we can't even disciple them. They all of a sudden they thought they got saved that one time and they don't need to come back. They join the church. I've had them join the church and never saw them again ever. They never came back. But how can you disciple somebody when they don't let you disciple them? And everybody's got all the answers that we can do it this way and that way. But then there's a third thing. Let me say it this way. The third most important thing in the ministry and the church is not only the preaching of the gospel, not only making disciples listen to me, the strengthening of the church, the unity of that church. It has to stay strong. It has to stay unified and there can nothing come between anything in politics or cliques or all of this or this deacon or deaconess or that that thinks they're going to run the whole picture. And this family name of the Smiths and the Joneses and the justice and all of these other last names. That's a prominent somebody in the community that they say we got to run the church because we're a prominent family name. No, that's not how God wants it. God don't want it that way. And so there's a terrible neglect in both evangelism and strengthening the church. Just how are churches made strong? That's what we're talking about. Paul and Barnabas had an accountability to the local church in this series. And in doing so, we see again.
A highlight from Our Only Hope and Comfort
"Please be seated. Our scripture lesson from this morning is from 1 Peter chapter 3 verse 8 through 7. Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another, love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous, not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit the blessing. For he who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good. Let him seek peace and pursue it, for the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are open to their prayers, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed, and do not be afraid of their threats nor be troubled. But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you. With meekness and fear, having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. In the history of theology, you had the birth of liberalism somewhere in the 1700s, where the it became search of the theologian to find what parts of the Bible were the word of God and which were not. According to liberals, the Bible was the record of man searching for God, not God's revelation to man. But in there, somewhere, there were legitimate truths, and you had to kind of ferret them out and find them, and so you had a canon in a canon that they would give to you. They would tell you the parts of the Bible that were inspired, and not surprisingly, it was the parts that whatever spirit of the age was, those were the parts that were inspired. Then there came a man called Barth, Karl Barth, who dropped a bomb on liberalism with his commentary on Romans, and he seemed to be saying that all of the Bible is actually inspired by an actual God, and it's all true. His new theology was called neo -orthodoxy. Orthodoxy means right glory, and it refers to when you rightly believe what God has given you in relation taught you in the word. Barth was called neo -orthodoxy, new orthodoxy. The reason it was called new was because Barth wasn't quite what he seemed. Barth used theological language that comes directly from the Bible, but Barth would fill up the language with other meaning, so that when Barth talked about the resurrection, you weren't really sure if he actually meant somebody came out of a tomb, or if he were talking about a philosophical or intellectual kind of concept that didn't have anything to do with dead bodies actually coming out of tombs and such. Flash forward to some 30 years ago, and I'm sitting in a seminary classroom studying the history of the evangelical movement, and the professor is talking about theology, but he's doing it from a Barthian kind of perspective. As I halfway listen, because quite frankly at this point I'm kind of zoning out and thinking about other things, but as I'm halfway listening, it occurred to me that this word game he was playing, this using biblical language but filling it with other meaning, could be a rather dangerous kind of thing because I'm actually alive, I'm an actual person, and I actually kind of care about what's going to happen in the future, especially concerning me. As the professor continued to drone on, I raised my hand and I asked a question and said, if I'm not mistaken, you're defining these things in psychological terms, really. Sanctification is not divine influence on the soul so much as it is growing in maturity in a much more natural kind of way. Conversion isn't really a change of the soul, it's maturity. Well, what about death? And the professor went, ah, what about death? Death is the leading psychological concept that is driving the evangelical movement. Evangelicals are a reaction to coming death, and I raised my hand again and said, yeah, but what about death? I'm actually a living person, I think, therefore I am. Some would say I sort of think, therefore I partly are, but I do, I think, I am, I exist. There's going to come a time where my body will cease. So what do your concepts have to say to me? And the professor said, well, really nothing. We don't actually know what happens when a person dies. There might be some sort of supernatural reality. There might not either. Theology can't really help you with that. This is all psychological constructs in the mind. Death is a symbol, and I said, I'm not a symbol, I really kind of care what happens next. Will I be or will I not be? With such language, we have entered into the realm of the definition of the Bible's word hope. Hope is an interesting quality. It's one of the big three. If you know that famous passage from 1 Corinthians chapter 13, you know that now they abide three things. They continue on forever. These three things are faith and love. But in the middle of them is hope. These three things remain, faith, hope, and love. They seem to be the big virtues into which everything else can be plugged, and you find that trinity of virtues several places. The apostle Paul, when he talks to the Thessalonian church, the first thing he says to them is, we give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, your labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, beloved brother, and your election by God. So Paul would say to the people in the church at Thessalonica, I know you're chosen, and the reason why I know you're chosen is because you have faith, love, and hope. In fact, when he writes to the church at Colossae, he again brings up this big three, and it's interesting where he places hope, writing to the Colossians. We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of your love for all the saints, and this is the interesting part, because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel. So, if you go looking for it all over the New Testament, the apostle sums up the Christian life in these three terms, and here, where does faith come from? Well, it seems to rest on hope. Where does love come from? It seems to rest on hope. Faith justifies, you're saved by faith alone. Love is said to be the big one of the three. Now there remain three things, faith, hope, and love, and the last of that verse is, but the greatest of these is love, so love is certainly the highest. But in Colossians, hope is generative. Where does faith come from? Well, partly, it comes from hope. Where does love come from? Well, at least partly, it comes from hope. What is hope? It is not what we mean usually when we use the term. In English parlance, if I say, I hope it won't rain tomorrow, I am not conveying any sort of major assurance, I'm expressing a desire of the will. You know, it'd be really nice if the event we had tomorrow wasn't rained out, so I hope it doesn't rain. The biblical word doesn't have anything to do with that at all. It's kind of like when we've taken the word grace and turned it into, she moves in a very pretty way. That woman has great grace, which usually means she's a good dancer. Doesn't have anything to do with the biblical term. Well, here, hope is an absolute assurity. It is something that in your spirit, you are convinced of and it lays hold of everything you are, and you're kind of built on this assurance. One might ask how this is different than faith, and if you do, you find out that faith and hope are deeply related. It becomes hard to pull them apart as a concept, but they are not completely synonymous, and the difference seems to be when you boil it down, faith looks back. There is something that has happened that gives you an assurance and a trust, and you look into the past and you say, I know that happened, therefore I am trusting. Whereas, hope is looking towards the future and saying, because of my assurance, I can have assurance that the future is going to be good. This hope fires forward in time, and it really doesn't have an end point. Hope, if it is hope, has to pass every end point we can muster. This week in my classes, I asked my students to define the term nihilism. Not many of them could. In fact, many of them had not heard of the term, which is surprising, because most philosophies that govern our current society are in fact nihilistic. Nihilism is a philosophy that says you were eternally not present in the past. There was a poet when you were born, yes, but there's going to come a time when you die, and when you die, since there is nothing but the world of matter, when you die, it's going to be like when you didn't exist. You're going to not exist again, and effectively, it is infinite into the past, and it is infinite into the future, and you have had at most maybe 70, perhaps 80 years to do and be and feel and think, but honestly, it don't mean nothing, because you're nothing in the beginning, you're nothing in the end, and really, nothing you do lays any significance for anything or anybody, so therefore, there is literally no meaning to be had in the world. If meaning exists, it has to be something that you invent as your own construct, because there is no objective meaning. Nihilism is kind of all the rage in academic circles. If you have only naturalism, then you have nihilism, logically. Nihilism is the opposite of this hope. Christian hope is an assurance that things will get better in the future, and it does not stop at death. The apostle Paul said, if we had only hope in Christ for this life, if Christ had not been raised and death was the end, he says, and he is a writer of Christian scripture, it is written in the Holy Covenant, if that was the only hope we had, we'd have no hope at all. We would be of all men to be most pitied. That is not what Christian hope is. Christian hope is that in coming future ages, infinitum, things will get better because there is an assurance that God will make it better, or in the words of the scripture that I read just a moment ago, there is stored up for you something in heaven, something in the eternity of eternities that will be yours forever. You will exist beyond your physical death here. Things will get better in the future. That is hope.
A highlight from What is Evangelism?
"For like three years now to try to use some of this more advanced technology to Do sermons and things from so this is the maiden voyage for this Tablet so I have it on paper also in case Technology doesn't work the way it's supposed to Yeah as Pastor John mentioned first let me say thank you Pastor John and Mary and I here and thank you for this opportunity On that back table. There are just a bunch of free books that we bought brought to Bless you guys. There's also tracks back there If you have any questions about any of the books there's books on Probably one of the great little gems back there is called listen up. It's a little booklet on how to listen to sermons Hey John, I didn't see you come in a Lot of great things back there. So please avail yourself of those resources. I'm not taking any of it home And I don't want to those are to bless you guys so The the topic this weekend is We have an evangelism summit. So in this first session I'm gonna be talking about well, what is evangelism and and why do we evangelize? So for some of you guys these this will be you know some basic stuff for you hopefully there'll be something For you to take away that'll be helpful to you in Adam session He'll be talking about how and when we evangelize and then in a final session today. I'll be talking about What about results? trusting God and evangelism, so I'd like to start out if you have your Bibles with you Turn to Romans chapter 1 Romans chapter 1 We're just gonna read verses 16 and 17 and I'll pray again as we get started Romans chapter 1 verses 16 and 17 Paul under the inspiration the Holy Spirit Gives us the Word of God. He says 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 the Greek for in it. The righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith as It is written the righteous Shall live by faith Let's pray together Heavenly Father. We do bless your name We thank you Lord God for the gospel the gospel that has redeemed Many of the souls in this room. We pray that the gospel would Be effectual for anyone in this room has not been redeemed yet that they would hear the gospel They would hear about your power to save and that they would have a desire to come to you a desire that only you can Put within them Lord God, but we know that it's Lord I pray for Myself today Lord that I would get out of the way of your word. I pray for my brother Adam Who's such a dear friend to my family that you would help us as we teach from your word? That you would bless these Saints and build them up Equip them Lord for the sharing of the gospel the good news of our Lord Jesus Pray that the things that we would say would be in accordance with your word and anything that We would say that was not would be disregarded please God be our help today in this time in Jesus name. Amen Okay, so so sometimes when you want to define Something or speak on a certain subject. There may be a lot of misconceptions or even false definitions of that subject So therefore, you know when you want to do something like that You have to point out the falsehoods about it and and address The wrong definitions of it. So the first thing we actually talk about today is is what evangelism is not Because there's a lot of things I think out there especially in the evangelical church world That are talked about as if they are evangelism, but they're not actually evangelism. Okay, so inviting people to church That might surprise some someone in here. I don't know I'm not that this is not to say that inviting people to church is a bad thing But for so long in the church world People have this idea that well, we have a pastor and so it's the pastor's job to evangelize. That's another misconception It's every Christians privilege to evangelize But inviting someone to church is not evangelism Although it's a good thing Things like you know, I I did evangelism on a university campus for many years and and still do and so there would be various You know free lemonade stands and free cookie stands and things like that and oftentimes these were Ministries that call themselves Christian ministries that were saying that was their form of evangelism. Just giving away free cookies No talk of Jesus. No literature about Jesus Not giving it away in the name of Jesus while that might be a nice kind, you know Merciful thing to do give someone a cookie. It wouldn't be merciful to give me cookies. I don't need cookies In case anybody, you know had any thoughts about that, but that's a nice thing, but it's not evangelism a really popular Evangelical teacher anybody in here ever heard of Rick Warren Rick Warren, he's got this book in the church. The Lord saved me and we used to call it the Bible light It's called the purpose -driven life Rick Warren got on national television several years ago around this time of year around Easter time and he told people They said if you could give people any message What message would you want the world to hear and he said well, I just tell people to give Jesus a try You know try them out for 40 days And if you don't like what you found then, you know, just throw them back kind of, you know But the Word of God says do not put the Lord to the test Jesus is not someone to be tested. He's someone to be worshipped and adored and followed after Another thing that sometimes gets Confused for evangelism is our personal testimony of our having been saved now Our testimony can be evangelism if it includes the gospel in it but have any of you guys ever heard like one of these testimonies where maybe the Lord saved somebody out of a really rough life and There was way more about sin and the way they were living and everything like that It was hardly really even mention of Jesus or his power or anything like that So if you're going to share your testimony with someone of how God saved you, that's a good thing If you've experienced the power of God for salvation in your life, just make sure that you include the gospel in it Sometimes I've heard testimonies that I wondered if it was actually a Christian testimony Because there was nothing about Jesus in it You know a a or na can turn somebody away from Problems in their life like alcohol and drugs, but it won't necessarily redeem their soul if it's got nothing of Jesus To it the Apostle Paul. I think is a great example. He had several opportunities as he was arrested and imprisoned to Share his testimony of what God did in changing his life In Acts 22 he says I Persecuted the way to death the early Christians were called followers of the way Jesus himself said I am the way the truth in the life Paul continued on he said when when God struck him down on the on the road to Damascus He heard a voice that said I'm Jesus of Nazareth who you are persecuting and then at the end of that Defense that he gives for his ministry. He says the God of our fathers Appointed you to know his will This is what God proclaimed to him to see the righteous one and hear a voice from his mouth for you'll be a witness for Him to every one of what you have seen and heard Okay, so Paul speaks of Jesus in his next defense He says that he speaks of the way again, and he says And it is with respect to this this resurrection of the dead that I'm on trial for you today Well, there weren't people not anybody was just running around claiming to be resurrected from the dead They knew he was speaking of Jesus when he said I'm on trial because I'm out preaching the resurrection from the dead in his third defense before King Agrippa Here's an interesting thing. He says that God made him a messenger to the Gentiles that they should repent and turn to God Performing deeds in keeping with their repentance and the very next verse. This is um 26 acts he says I went and told him to repent and turn to God and and continue repenting and Perform good works and keep her repentance and then he says verse 21 for this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me So he says I told him to repent and they tried to kill me Nowadays, there's a preacher probably a lot of you heard of Steve Lawson Excuse me, he said The problem with preachers today is nobody wants to kill them anymore You know, I mean nowadays if if someone's out preaching usually give a testimony Someone assaulted me or spit on me or maligned me a lot of times people, you know Even within the church will look at you like well, what did you do to bring that on? The Apostle Paul when he first was converted thank you, honey When he first was converted the first place he went and preached in they plotted to kill him and And his friends had to lower him in a basket down the wall a city to get out and escape More things that are not the gospel social work Social justice work or political involvement are not evangelism again. These things may complement evangelism, but they're not evangelism Unless there's the proclamation of the gospel Because evangelism the word comes from the evangel The UN galleon we're going to get to that in a minute even a pop Christian apologetics are not necessarily evangelism if they don't include the gospel anybody ever heard the There's a famous quote from a guy named st. Francis of Assisi. It's a preach the gospel if necessary use words Anybody ever heard that it's pretty famous quote. Well friends brothers sisters You can't preach the gospel without words It's impossible. The gospel is a spoken message about Who Jesus is and what he's done? lastly Another thing that is not evangelism is the results that you see from your evangelistic Efforts are not evangelism themselves one pastor said it this way quote. We don't fail in our evangelism If we faithfully tell the gospel to someone who is not converted we fail only if we don't faithfully tell the gospel at all Evangelism itself isn't converting people. It's telling them that they need to be converted and How they can be all right, so we spent a little time there on what what evangelism is Not now. Let's get to our subject. What is evangelism? All right Proverbs 11 30 says the fruit of the righteous is a tree of life and whoever captures souls is wise So I'm going to give you several Definitions of evangelism the word you are going to lead So is used 52 times in the New Testament and the literal meaning is to bring good news or to announce glad tidings specifically the glad tidings of the coming of the kingdom of God in salvation to be obtained in it through Jesus Christ and the things that relate to this salvation I Wouldn't recommend Google as an information source necessarily, but I decided I would Google Evangelism and I actually like their definition. It is the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness. I Thought that's pretty good for for Google I wouldn't advocate that like getting much information from them the Baptist faith and message of 2000 I Actually really love their their definition of evangelism. It says this listen as carefully. It's really good It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nation The new birth of a man's spirit by God's Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others We're going to get to that more later Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon the spiritual necessity of the Regenerate life and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Jesus The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the loss to Christ by verbal witness Undergirded by a Christian lifestyle and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ. What do you guys think? I thought it was pretty good Pretty good. I really liked it Another definition I found is you can tell the gospel to someone by sharing these several simple truths one Let's always remember this the gospel begins with God and so evangelism should begin with God So the first thing we need to tell people is that God is holy. He's the holy creator of all the universe Especially when we're dealing with a culture now Which is a culture of non -offense a culture that's got like a God who's like a genie in the bottle You know, he's just there when I need something or he's there when I got a problem I rub the little genie bottle and Oh God help me now, but that's not who the God of Scripture is. He's a holy God He created all things he created you and me. The next thing we need to tell them is that they're sinners Who deserve God's righteous eternal wrath and there's nothing wrong with saying I was born in the same boat. You were in We were all born the Bible says in Ephesians 2 by nature children of wrath like the rest of mankind The next thing we need to tell them is after they've heard that God is holy and we're sinful They need to hear about one who wasn't sinful. It's Jesus who's fully God and fully man He lived a sinless life and he died on the cross to bear God's wrath in place of all who would believe in him and he rose from the grave in order to give his people eternal life and Lastly is that the only way to be saved from? Eternal punishment in hell is to be wrecked and be reconciled to God is to repent of your sin and Trust in the work of Jesus for your salvation So evangelism is just basically telling others this basic message All right, so that's what is evangelism probably sounds pretty simple I mean there's I've literally got probably 20 scripture references here that support the Bible Showing an evangelism as a spoken message that you can't preach the gospel without words So I'll list them off for you. If you're taking notes, you can write them down Romans chapter 10 verses 10 through 17 mark 16 15 Colossians 128 Colossians 4 2 through 4 a whole slew of them from Acts acts 2 14 3 11 through 26 chapter 4 verses 5 through 12 chapter 8 verses 4 through 8 chapter 10 verses 34 through 43 chapter 13 verses 16 through 52 on and on and on Ephesians 6 19 and 20 1st Corinthians 1 17 Ezekiel 3 17 through 20 The gospel is a spoken message therefore to to evangelize we must Open our mouths and speak Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of Christ. And how will they hear without someone preaching to them or Proclaiming to them. All right, so That is what evangelism is and I and I want to say to I'm intending for There to be interaction So if you've got a question comment Anything like that, please don't don't be afraid or shy to raise it now next Why do we evangelize So I'm putting that question out there for y 'all And what and when I teach I'll just say this I tell my Sunday school class All the time when I ask a question and everybody just sits there looking at me. I say I'll wait So, why do we evangelize brethren John, Good so people will be saved Jason says because we're commanded to you. Yeah, there's not only one right answer to this question Thank You Hannah to glorify God Yeah for our sanctification Yeah, good all good answers anyone else have it have something they'd like to share Amen amen Praise the Lord you don't hear that in a lot of churches today be a doer of the word not a hearer only Deceiving James yourselves says right like if you're not a doer you're just to hear you're deceived Yeah, praise the Lord, I think those are all all great answers yeah, I would I would say first and foremost Right first Corinthians 10 31 whether you eat or drink or all that you do do for the glory of God So whether it's evangelism or anything else we do I would say the first and primary goal is to glorify God and we know that God is glorified through the proclamation of his Son Yeah, we're commanded to Amen, I mean we look at you know, Matthew and He says all authority in heaven on earth has been given to me therefore go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father Son and Holy Spirit and A lot of times that gets chopped off there, but he actually says in teaching them to obey All the things I've commanded you right, so It's not just to not just to evangelize and leave them there but to make disciples and teach and train those Disciples in Luke he says it in Luke 24 He says that repentance for the forgiveness of sin shall be proclaimed in my name to all nations Acts chapter 1 verse 8 Jesus before he ascends After his resurrection.
A highlight from The Straight Paths of the Lord
"Here in Acts chapter 13, we're going to read verses four through 12 as we continue our series and the acts of the risen Lord Jesus as he has revealed them to us by his spirit. So I invite you to stand out of respect for the reading of God's Word. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the Word of God in the synagogues of the Jews, and they had John to assist them. When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar -Jesus. He was with the proconsul Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the Word of but Alemus, the magician, for that is the meaning of his name, opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, You son of the devil, you enemy of all of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time. Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had occurred, for he was astonished at the teaching of the Lord. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of God abides forever. Amen. You may be seated. There's a poem by John Henry Newman, which I have come to love. I'm going to read it as we start to dive into the Word of the Lord here in Acts chapter 13. Newman writes, runs not the Paul had stayed in cot or learned shade with the priest white attire and the saints tuneful choir. Men had not gnashed their teeth nor risen to slay, but thou hadst been a heathen in thy day. What is Newman saying? Newman is saying that there was a comfortable life before the apostle Paul, and that comfortable life looked like, what, staying in Antioch, taking it easy with the saints there, seeing the church in Antioch continue to grow as he would enjoy singing hymns with them, as he would enjoy learning of the scriptures in the shade of Antioch. But Paul went forth. Paul went on several missionary journeys, and when he did that, it guaranteed two things. First of all, that he would encounter great opposition, that men would gnash their teeth at him and rise to slay him. But also, it ensured that you, you who have been called by the Lord, would come to know the gospel and believe. You see, we're about to study these missionary journeys of Paul, and there are several of them, and it's going to take us to the rest of the book of Acts. But as we lean in and look at these missionary journeys, I don't want it to just be about learning the facts. I certainly, you'll see probably next week, I'm going to put a map in front of you so you get a sense of the geography and scope of this thing. But what I want you to see is not that you just do a checklist of understanding what these missionary journeys are all about and where they go, but rather that you see that this is about God's mission toward you, towards sinners who desperately needed his gospel, who needed to hear his word. And as we study this history of Saul's travels, what I want you to see is this is really about the great missionary heart of God. And every time that Saul goes to a new city and encounters opposition there, God is saying, it's worth it because my gospel goes forth and sinners believe. That's the golden thread that runs through the rest of the book of Acts, the missionary heart of God. Every map speaks of his intent to save. Every new city that the gospel goes to shows that he's not just about maintaining the faith in some quiet little place, but he's about spreading the faith. This is your history because if Paul had not gone forth, how does the poem end? You would be a heathen in this day. You would not have heard the gospel. If he had not taken the gospel at risk of his own life to foreign lands, you probably wouldn't be here. This is the Lord's appointed means of saving sinners like you. And so I want to look at this first narrative. I want to look at the travel to the island of Cyprus because here we see a snapshot of the missionary heart of God as the gospel goes forth. You'll see that Paul and Barnabas and John Mark, the kind of pastoral interns with them, they go to the island of Cyprus. Now I would ask you if you were undergoing the first stage of a advance outside of Antioch and you could go anywhere, where would you go? I mean, you look at the map and you think there's a whole ancient world ahead of me. I could go to Rome. I could go really anywhere, but they choose to go to Cyprus. Why? Well, Cyprus is located 100 miles to the west and it could be that they just went to the first place they hit land, but Barnabas is from Cyprus. Barnabas knows a lot about Cyprus and Cyprus is also a vacation island. It's a place with tropical trees and where people would enjoy the sun. Now I don't think any of these reasons are why they sail to Cyprus. I believe they sail to Cyprus because it is a major crossroads of the ancient world. It is a major crossroads in the Mediterranean sea where people would stop and they'd refuel and Paul and Barnabas and John Mark know that if the gospel takes root in Cyprus, it goes out everywhere.
A highlight from Churches Start Churches
"Alright Acts chapter 13, let's stand for the reading of God's word. We'll look at verses 1 through 3. Acts chapter 13 verses 1 through 3, the word of God says, Now there were in the church that was the Antioch certain prophets and teachers as Barnabas and Simeon that was called Niger and Lucius of Cyrene and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch and Saul. And as they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed and they laid their hands on them, they sent them away. And let's pray. Lord, thank you for the truth in your scriptures, we're going to look at this even help us to in the world, as individuals, as a church, and Lord, may we find a cause that is greater than ourselves, that pulls us out of bed and towards a worthy goal. We pray you'd speak to our hearts tonight in Christ's name, Amen. You may be seated. So tonight I want to give you a Bible study on this subject and you'll see how it helps our church but also applies to each one of us. And that is that in the scriptures, we see that churches plant churches, churches plant churches. In Acts chapter 13, there's a lot of different ways we could go with this. But we see the church here at Antioch, which was a prominent church, really became the prototypical church of the time after the persecution pushed believers outside of Jerusalem and they scattered, taking the gospel with them. The church at Antioch became just a powerhouse of Christianity and sending missionaries and soul winners in the local community, missionaries around the region there. And in this case, we find them sending out some more folks. They had a lot of wonderful ministers there. By ministers, that just means a servant of the Lord. We think often of a minister as one who is a professional or has a position. But the words use two ways. A minister can just be a servant. A minister, capital M, can be like a pastor, an evangelist, something like that. But they obviously had a lot of mature Christians doing a mighty work. And verse 2 says these people were busy serving the Lord, they were fasting, they were seeking the Lord, they were seeking His power, they were consumed with doing the work of the Lord. Let me just remind you that you don't have to be a pastor to serve the Lord. You don't have to be a missionary or an evangelist to serve the Lord. The truth is every Christian is a servant of the Lord. You say, well, I'm an accountant, I'm a construction worker, I'm a driver, I'm a this, I'm a that. Well, that may be what you do to provide for your family, but it shouldn't be who you are. That should not be the limit of who you are. And never forget that we should always get up to make a difference, not just get up to make a living. If you get in the habit of just getting up to make a living, that gets old real fast. But if you get in the habit of waking up and your profession might be X, but your purpose is Christ and your identity is Christ, and that's a powerful way to live. And so we must never forget that. But as these men were serving the Lord, the Holy Ghost said, separate me, Barnabas and Saul. This is the call of God. Sometimes God will call specific people to a certain work outside of the church. As a young man, 17 -year -old man at Blessed Hope Baptist Church in Jasonville, Indiana, the Holy Ghost said, separate me, Paul Chapman. And God put on me the call to become a full -time preacher and a pastor.
A highlight from Sexuality and Christian Hope
"Welcome to Gospel in Life. When it comes to marriage, we often use words like soulmate or the one. These words can reveal an underlying belief that to have a good marriage, you just have to find the perfect person. But the biblical vision for marriage is starkly different. It's a way for two imperfect people to help each other become who God intended them to be. Listen as Tim Keller explores the meaning of marriage. The scripture reading this morning is found in 1 Corinthians, the 6th chapter, 13 through the 20th verse, and the 7th chapter, 27 through 31. Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord and the Lord for the body. By his power, God raised the Lord from the dead and he will raise us also. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never. Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, the two will become one flesh, but he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit. Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own. You were bought at a price, therefore honor God with your body. Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned. And if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who will marry will face many troubles in his life, and I want to spare you this. What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on, those who have wives should live as if they have none. Those who mourn as if they did not. Those who are happy as if they were not. Those who buy something as if it were not theirs to keep. And those who use the things of the world as if they were not engrossed in them. For this world, in its present form, is passing away. This is the word of the Lord. We're doing a series on hope, and we've said that we underestimate the degree to which our present behavior and our present living is determined by what we believe our ultimate future to be. We said that the Christian concept isn't very well served by our English word hope, because the English word hope connotes uncertainty. But the biblical understanding of hope is life shaping joyous certainty that your future is the eternal love and glory of God and a new heavens and new earth. Now, in the last few weeks, we've looked at what this concept is, and in some ways, there's obvious ways in which Christian hope affects the way in which we face death and troubles. But I'd like to show you over the next three weeks that Christian hope affects everything, every area of our lives. A joyous certainty that your future is the love and glory of God, a renewed heaven and new earth shapes every area of life, and I want to do three just to show this to you, sex, money, and power. Now, this passage, this week, we're looking at how Christian hope, our understanding of the future, determines, shapes, radically revolutionizes our whole attitude towards sex, romance, singleness, and marriage. The passage we just read is outrageous in all that Christianity gave the world, a revolutionary view of sex. Christianity gave the world a revolutionary view of singleness and marriage, and then it shows how it is Christian hope. It's an understanding of our future that radically reshapes and revolutionizes our view of sex and marriage and romance and singleness. So we have a revolutionary view of sex, a revolutionary view of singleness and marriage, and how Christian hope is what reshapes our approach, our actions, and our attitudes in this area. So first, let's take a look at this section from chapter six of 1 Corinthians, where we see how Christianity did give the world an unprecedented, unique, revolutionary view of sex. Paul's writing to his young church in Corinth, and he's writing about sex, and he quotes two, in chapter six and seven, he quotes two views that were current in Corinth. They were popular views of sexuality. They're very different, and the Corinthian Christians had to deal with them. They had to address them. The first one is quoted in the top of the passage that's printed for you, verse 13, food for the stomach, the stomach for food, but God will destroy them both. Now, let me paraphrase this attitude. This attitude is sex is just an appetite. When you need food, you eat. When you need sex, you have sex. Sex is just an appetite, and this little addition, but God will destroy them both, is part of this view that arises out of the Greek understanding of the material world and the physical. The Greek understanding was that the material and physical world was temporary and not all that important, and therefore, at least in this view, it was a way of saying, look, if you need to have sex, you have sex. It's not what you do with your body, what you do with your soul that really matters spiritually. The other view that Paul deals with is I didn't have it printed, but it's at the top of chapter 7. It's in the same passage, but at chapter 7, verse 1, though I didn't print it, Paul quotes this view. He says, it is good for a man, quote, it is good for a man not to even touch a woman. Now that's almost the opposite view, and yet it also arises out of the Greek understanding of the material and body being bad, and let me paraphrase this view. This view says sex is dirty, sex is defiling, and though it might be necessary for procreation in general, a holy person should abstain from it. Now these two views, sex is just an appetite, it's perfectly natural to have sex with people when you need it, you want it, or sex is dirty and defiling, you should stay away from it at all costs. These two views, interestingly enough, this is thousands of years ago, a whole different culture, a whole different time, and yet these two views are still pretty widespread. In fact, maybe they are still the two biggest views we've got. And by the way, if you want to know where they live, in the blue states that went Democratic, that's where you have the first view, it dominates. In the red states that went Republican, that's where you have the second view. The first view, of course, is sex is perfectly natural, it's perfectly natural to have sex with people that you want to have sex with. The second view, sex is kind of dirty and defile, we don't talk about it. Now Paul probably didn't belong to either political party because he says both of these views are absolutely completely wrong. What does he say about sex? First in verse 18, he says, flee sexual immorality. Now the English term sexual immorality is pretty vague, but the Greek term he uses is not. He says, flee porneia, by the way, obviously we know that's the word we get our word pornography from, but he's not talking about pornography either. The Greek word porneia meant to have sex with somebody you weren't married to. He had a perfectly good word he could have used for adultery, that is to be married and have sex with someone you're not married to, but he didn't use that. He used a word that meant any kind of sex outside of marriage. Whether you were married or not. And therefore he is, and he doesn't look, he doesn't just say in verse 18, oh, it's a, you know, it'd be good for you to refrain from sex outside marriage. He says, flee. He says, have nothing to do with it, have nothing to do with any kind of sexual activity outside of covenant of marriage. So when you look at that, you say, well, I thought you said he was different. That just sounds like the red states. That's why I moved here. That just sounds like the sex is dirty and defiling, but no. The key to this whole passage is to understand the term one flesh. In verse 16, he says, and it's a pretty amazing statement. He says, do you not know that your body, it says verse 16, do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute, now don't get too distracted by the idea that he's just after prostitution. In those days, no one, you didn't have adult singles by the way, everybody was married. And therefore, if you were single, you were a prostitute. This is the way to have sex with somebody you're not married to. But here's what he's saying. Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body for it is said, the two shall become one flesh.
A highlight from The Preeminent Attribute of Christian Love
"Well, I invite you to take your Bibles this morning and turn with me to 1 Peter chapter 4, 1 Peter chapter 4, and returning to our expositional study in 1 Peter this morning our attention will be given exclusively to verse 8 of chapter 4. And, to set verse 8 in its surrounding context, I want to begin reading in verse number 1. First Peter chapter 4, beginning in verse 1. For as much then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, alarm yourselves likewise with the same mind, for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lust of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revelings, banquedings, and abominable idolatries, wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you, who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. But the end of all things is at hand. Be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. And then our text in verse eight. And above all things, have fervent charity among yourselves, for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. And the title of my message this morning is The Preeminent Attribute of Christian Love. The Preeminent Attribute of Christian Love. Having reminded believers in verses one through four that God in Christ had saved them to live unto the will of God, and having exhorted God's people to continually live in light of eternity, in verses five through seven, the apostle Peter in verse eight now urges these scattered saints to keep the flames of Christian love fueled and burning hot among the flock. Now here at the outset of our message, I want you to carefully think of the great wisdom of God in moving Peter to speak this particular message of exhortation. Why do you suppose it was needful for Peter to preach the message of verse eight to this congregation of believers at this particular time? Why do you think God desires that these people who are weak, discouraged, sincerely struggling, and trying to fight off discouragement, hear yet another sermon on the subject of Christian love? I'll give you the answer. It's because God and Peter know that during times of trial, during times of suffering, we have this subtle sinful tendency to focus on ourselves. Often during times of great distress, the spirit of self -pity rears its ugly head and causes us to grumble. In the midst of great trials, we often think and sometimes say things like, look at what I'm dealing with. Look at all the loss and heartache that has come my way. Can't you see that I'm hurting? Don't you know what great problems I'm dealing with? Why are you not feeling sorry for me? Why are you not comforting me? Why are you not encouraging me? Why, why, why, me, me, me? Come on, it's true. When we meet with the troubles of life, often there's this little voice that sometimes fuels our pride and harmfully accuses others of not doing for us what we think others ought to be doing for ourselves. If I've seen it once, if I've heard it once, I've seen it and heard it a dozen times among the fellowship of local churches. A church member frustratingly leaves the fellowship of the flock and when asked the reason for their departure, they say, quote, nobody called me. Nobody served me. Nobody cared about what I was going through, so I'm gone. Now, sometimes the complaints are legitimate and the body of Christ has not done their part in caring for a hurting brother or sister in Christ. But most of the time, the one who is making such accusations has amnesia and has forgotten the many ways the church has sought to care for them in their trouble. Or the one suffering has become so self -consumed in their trial that they want everyone to go around feeling sorry for them to the degree that they are feeling sorry for themselves. And listen, this is the context of 1 Peter. Peter is writing to real Christians who live in a real world with a real spiritual enemy like you and me who are really hurting. And in so many words, Peter is saying, I know you are hurt. I know you are discouraged. I know you are dealing with disappointments and losses, but you must avoid turning inward in the midst of your problems. If you're tempted to say, can't you see that I'm hurting, you need to honestly look around and recognize the fact that you are not the only one hurting. In fact, everyone is hurting in their own unique way. So this is the spiritual prescription given by Dr. Peter to this hurting community. The spiritual medication is for God's people to be like Christ in esteeming others better than themselves, looking not on their own problems, but every man also on the problems of others. Peter knows that God's people need another reminder that the greatest threat to their Christian testimony is their selfishness. And Peter knows that the greatest method of evangelism to the world is their selfless love. For it's Jesus who said, by this shall all men know that you are my disciples if ye have love one for another. In other words, Jesus says the world is watching. The world may not be reading a Bible, but they are reading your life. They are reading the testimony of Christ's church. They are watching how believers act and react to the problems of life. And it's one thing to say that you love God when the circumstances of life seem to be unpleasant. It's another thing to show that you love God when the circumstances of life are against you. So Peter is saying, watch yourself. Be on guard. Don't forget your mission. Watch on the prayer. Keep your eyes on Christ. Look outward, not inward. Have fervent charity among yourselves, for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Now having considered the contextual reason for Peter's exhortation and the remainder of our time together this morning, I want to take this one verse, and I want to analyze it by setting it in four natural points of consideration. First I want us to consider the presumption of love that Peter implies upon the text. Second I want us to consider the priority of love that Peter emphasizes within the text. Third I want us to consider the practice of love that Peter suggests from the text. And then fourthly I want us to consider the perceivable product of love that Peter declares to be the tangible result of true Christian love. Four natural points of consideration that are taken from this one verse. And that being said, looking to our first point, I want you to notice with me the presumption of love, the presumption of love. Implied within the text is the foundational biblical belief that those who know Christ savingly will have a natural love for other Christians. When Peter says it is needful for those who he is addressing, namely believers, to have fervent charity among themselves, he is automatically assuming that they've been born again. Peter is naturally assuming as a result of their new birth they will have a genuine love for the brethren. And let me just say that this is the presumption of every human author of scripture because this is the truth of God. God's word clearly affirms that those who truly know God will truly love others. And Jesus says that the first and great commandment given in the law is to love God with all the heart, soul, mind, and strength. And out of that love for God, there will be love for others. The apostle John says, we know that we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death, speaking of spiritual death. We know that God has done a work in our hearts. We know that we've been born again when there is tangible, visible love for God's people. And then Paul in Galatians tells us that the fruit of the Holy Spirit is love. Not only love for God, but also love for Christ's bride. So keeping in step with the doctrine of scripture and the teachings of the apostle John and the apostle Paul, Peter is declaring through this exhortation that if somebody is right with God vertically, they will be right with others horizontally. And I think the best biblical example illustrating this truth is found in the conversion experience of Saul of Tarsus. You remember, before God changed the heart of Saul, Saul hated those who identified with Jesus Christ. With great passion, we read that Saul made havoc of the church entering into the houses of believers, dragging them to prison. In his sin, Saul lacked compassion. He was merciless. He was vengeful. He was selfish. He was hard. He was filled with self -love. But you know the account. You know his salvation testimony. When Christ gave him spiritual life, when Christ birthed him into the kingdom, Saul had a new relationship. Saul had a burning love, not only for God, but also for God's people. If you'll go back and read the whole of Acts chapter nine, you will find that this persecutor became a preacher. This blasphemer became a believer. The one who had previously hated God's people before salvation desires to be with God's people after salvation. In his lost condition, he was focused on himself, but in Christ, he became focused on loving the brethren so that the brethren might then collectively evangelize the lost. I'm submitting to you this morning that the changes brought by God in the life of Saul are the same changes God brings about in all who come to Christ in their conversion experience. If you are truly in the faith, you will have a burning love for God and his people. If you are truly in the faith, you will have a humble desire to serve others as Christ served others. If you're truly in the faith, the primary focus of your life will be the advancement of God's kingdom that comes by the edification of Christ's church. So I ask you this morning, is there evidence in your life that God has brought you to himself? You say with your lips that you love God, but do you have a sincere love for the brethren? You see, we can't go on and talk about the need of Christ -like love abounding among the church if you've never experienced Christ's love in salvation in a personal way. And for many people among the church, this is the fundamental element that is missing in their life. The reason why some are so distant, so fickle, so careless and apathetic toward the things of God among the community of the believer finds its root in the absence of true living faith in Christ. And if this is you this morning, I urge you to come to Christ now. I urge you to see that the reason for your perpetual unhappiness and indifference towards the things of God is directly related to your spiritual bankruptcy. What you need is a glimpse of God's love for you in Christ. God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. But God commendeth, God demonstrated his love towards you in that while you were yet a sinner, Christ died for you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. So in talking about Christian love among the church, we need to first understand that Christian love can only abound collectively as Christian love is known individually among its members. A Christian church cannot love as Christ loved unless a Christian church is Christian. Unless a Christian church is in Christ, you can't do it. And so we start with this presumption. The first element of love Peter highlights for us is the presumption of love beating in the souls of those who name the name of Christ. He presumes that the church is a place where there are people who love God and love one another. Now turning to our second point, I want you to take notice of the priority of love spoken in the text. Peter says, above all things, have fervent charity among yourselves. And these words of Peter remind me of Paul's words spoken to the church in Corinth. In 1 Corinthians chapter 13, Paul notes that it is possible for someone among the church to have great faith in God. It's possible for someone in the church to have great spiritual giftedness. It's possible for someone to have a great knowledge of scripture, great ability to speak the truths of scripture. Paul says that it's possible for someone to bestow all their goods to feed the poor and even lay down their own life as a martyr. But if they lack true love for God and others, it all amounts to nothing. Paul says, without charity, without love, you are nothing. This is what the church in Corinth was lacking. They were lacking true Christ -like love. They were gathering Lord's Day by Lord's Day. They were busy about ministry. They were submitting themselves to their favorite preachers, saying, I'm of Paul, I'm of Apollos, I'm of Cephas, and yet they were taking one another to court. They were involved in scandalous sins. They were boasting about their spiritual giftedness, thinking themselves to be better than their brothers. And Paul comes along and says, you can do all these things all you want. You can play church, but without love, you are nothing. So in essence, Paul is saying, you can have the best preachers. You can have the most luxurious buildings. You can have the most exciting ministries, the most expensive high -tech toys and equipment. But if you don't have love one for another, your church will be a dead church. This is what Peter is saying in verse number eight. Peter is saying that love, Christ -like love, ought to be the stimulating spirit of Christ's church. Love ought to touch every aspect of the church's existence. Without love, all other duties are dead. Let me illustrate. If I preach Sunday by Sunday, without a love for God, and without a love for God's people, for you, what will it profit? If a Sunday school teacher only performs their responsibility to lead a Sunday school class for the sake of a position or for the sake of the applause of men, while remaining cold to the ones that they are teaching, what will it profit? If you come to church with God's people, Lord's Day by Lord's Day, and you are particularly focused on what others can do for you, you will be missing out on the divine purpose for which the church has been instituted. The church has been given to us by God as an amphitheater to broadcast God's love toward the world.
A highlight from The LORD Is Faithful
"Would you please open your Bibles to Acts chapter 13. I'd like to begin reading in verse 13 and read through verse 25. This is a portion, a smaller portion than the actual sermon itself and for time I'm not going to read the whole thing. Again here we are in Acts chapter 13 verse 13 and following. Now Paul and his companions put out to sea from Paphos and came to Perga and Pamphylia. But John left them and returned to Jerusalem. The going on from Perga they arrived at Pisidian Antioch and on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down. After the reading of the law and the prophets the synagogue official sent to them saying, brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people say it. Paul stood up and motioning with his hand said, men of Israel and you who fear God listen. The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt and with an uplifted arm he led them out from it. For a period of about 40 years he put up with them in the wilderness. When he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan he distributed their land as an inheritance all of which took about 450 years. After these things he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet then they asked for a king and God gave them Saul the son of Kish a man of the tribe of Benjamin for 40 years. After he had removed him he raised up David to be their king concerning whom he also testified and said I have found David the son of Jesse a man after my heart who will do all my will. From the descendants of this man according to promise God has brought to Israel a savior Jesus. After John had proclaimed before his coming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel and while John was completing his course he kept saying what do you suppose that I am? I am not he but behold one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie. This is the Lord's word would you bow with me and let's again ask the Lord's help. We thank you Father for your scriptures and we thank you for the hymns that we are blessed to be able to sing tonight and for the reading of scripture. Our Father we come to you asking that your spirit will be present with us to help the servant and to help these your people. Those who join who are here in this building but those who will join also from afar. Oh Father we ask that you will advance your kingdom in your glory and I pray that the Lord Jesus will be lifted up faithfully. I humbly ask these things now in Jesus name amen. We are long overdue to be back in the book of Acts here and I've been stewing on this passage for some time as and wondering boy how do you how do you cover this a sermon like this in a in a sense that's intelligible. Here Paul was has preached to the Jews and God -fearing Gentles on his first missionary journey. Recall that he is in Pisidian Antioch which is central region of Galatia and it shouldn't be confused with Antioch from which Barnabas, Saul, and Mark were sent. Mark having deserted them and having gone back to Jerusalem we're told that Paul and Barnabas went on the Sabbath into the synagogue and they sat down and we are told this by Luke after the reading of the law and the prophets the synagogue officials sent to them saying brethren if you have any word of exhortation for the people say it. The Lord here presented a wonderful opportunity for Paul an open door for the gospel.
A highlight from Pauls Message: Responses to the Gospel_07
"That the the preacher rejected the rejecters of the gospel. But secondly, Paul's reaction to the people of Antioch and Iconium, that was five o. Secondly, the preacher's turn to willing hearers. Thank God here we see that reaction. Phrygian There in Moon God, this was some of the things that was competitive in the days of Pisidia of Antioch. Paul and Barnabas would continue the mission of the servant of the Lord by serving as a light for the nations and by bringing salvation to the ends of the earth, Isaiah 49 6. But the Gentiles in the audience were elated to hear that God had included them in his redemptive plan. They were amazed. They celebrated the news that God would justify them through faith in Jesus, even if they did not become Jews by accepting circumcision and committing to keep the Jewish law. Many Gentiles believe the gospel that they loot. Credits that believe not to Paul's skill as a preacher, but to God's sovereign grace, as all who had been appointed to eternal life believed in Acts Chapter 13, verse 48. Acts Chapter 13, verse 46 and Acts Chapter 13, verse 48. Express the carefully nuisance view of divine sovereignty, human responsibility. The characteristic of Paul's own theology, God and God alone, is to be praised for the salvation of sinners and all that leads to their salvation. However, there was a rebellious sinners entirely bears the blame for his rejection of the gospel, the result of condemnation. Those who believe do so because God determined that they would repent, believe and receive eternal life. And those who reject the message do so because they consider themselves unworthy of eternal life. Here you're looking at predestination because there are people out there, their own selves that reject the gospel. They don't choose themselves worthy, but I'm glad for the many that believe the synagogue leaders were alarmed by the number of Gentiles who believe Paul's message. They attempted to sabotage his ministry by stirring opposition to Paul among some of the most prominent women in the synagogue, because that day in time they were prominent women in the synagogue that did a lot of great things and that promoted the good things of the gospel. But look at the evidence. Sabotage the ministry by stirring opposition to Paul among some of the most prominent women in the synagogue. Evidence from ancient inscription suggests that about half of the Jewish proselytes and about 80 % of the God feared were women. These leading women were probably wealthy and had some measure of influence with the local government leaders. They may have been wives of some of the Greek officials. They used their influence, their urge the city officials to expel Paul and Barnabas from the district and the leaders probably did not need much encouragement. Many of them were devoted either to the worship of the local moon god men, are dedicated to the worship of the Roman emperor and the success of the Christian mission in Antioch threatened their religions even more than it threatened the local synagogues. So the Phrygian moon god men are the emperor were the things that were worshiped during that time and this is a picture of the image of that in my research of this Bible study that you probably had never saw this before but I show it to you but we continue on. And when the Gentiles heard this they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. Boy you know what when we look at this we begin to realize that in verse 48 that this deals with predestination because John chapter 6 verse 44 the Bible says no man can come to me except the father which hath sent me draw him. This verse shows both God's part and man's part in salvation because the man who comes to Christ is a person who has been drawn by God. A person who has experienced the divine initiative. A man does not act alone and come to Christ by their own effort and their own energy not by their own works whether they're mental and so a man is a dead spirit therefore he can do nothing spiritually just as a dead body can do nothing physically. The natural man prefers self and sin and therefore if a man with a dead spirit is to come to Christ they have to be acted upon and drawn by God ordained to eternal life. Paul and Barnabas would continue the mission of the servant of the Lord amen. And so by doing so both God and man have a part in salvation. God's part is to draw men man's part is to believe and so we look at the scripture out of John that tells us about that because the word translated ordained means enrolled indicates that God's people have their names written in the lamb's book of life. God's book of Luke chapter 10 verse 20 Philippians chapter 4 verse 3. But Acts chapter 13 verse 49 is the human side of evangelism. If we do not preach the word then nobody can believe and be saved. It takes both 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 verses 13 and 14 and Romans chapter 10 verses 13 14 and 15. Here we see God's part.
A highlight from Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time A Time of Lectio Divina for the Discerning Heart Podcast
"A time of Lectio Divina for the discerning heart. Friday of the 17th week in ordinary time. As you begin, take a deep breath and exhale slowly. For the next few moments, surrender all the cares and concerns of this day to the Lord. Say slowly from your heart, Jesus, I trust in you. You take over. Become aware that he is with you, looking upon you with love, wanting to be heard deep within your heart. A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew chapter 13 verses 54 through 58. A woman called Mary, and his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Jude, his sisters too, are they not all here with us? So where did the man get it all? And they would not accept him. But Jesus said to them, a prophet is only despised in his own country and in his own house, and he did not work many miracles there because of their lack of faith. What word made this passage come alive for you? What did you sense the Lord saying to you? Once more, give the Lord an opportunity to speak to you. Coming to his hometown, Jesus taught the people in their synagogue in such a way that they were astonished and said, where did the man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? This is the one thing that made Jesus so special. His brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Jude, his sisters, too, are they not all here with us? So where did the man get it all, and they would not accept him? But Jesus said to them, What did your heart feel as you listened? What did you sense the Lord saying to you? Once more, through him, with him, and in him, listen to the word. Coming to his hometown, Jesus taught the people in their synagogue in such a way that they were astonished and said, Where did the man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? This is the carpenter's son, surely? Is not his mother the woman called Mary, and his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Jude, his sisters too, are they not all here with us? So where did the man get it all? And they would not accept him. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is only despised in his own country and in his own house, and he did not work many miracles there because of their lack of faith. What touched your heart in this time of prayer? What did your heart feel as you prayed? What do you hope to carry with you from this time with the Lord? Let us now close with a prayer to the Father that Jesus gave us. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
"chapter 13" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"He was invited by the World Economic Forum to become a future leader of tomorrow. And then after discovering what that meant, Richard Warner decided to become a whistleblower. So Richard Warner was just on One America News seven days ago talking about this. And here's a little clip of what Richard Warner has to say. Listen to this, folks. Several central banks have, like the Bank of England, already prepared their microchip implant RFID chip to be implanted under your skin. And why is the sudden discussion about universal basic income from all the grassroots and inverted commerce movements and billionaires? Oh, universal basic income is the bribe for you to accept the microchip. The overarching trend of the... And again, I just feel like that feels a lot like Revelation chapter 13, verse 16 to 18, the mark of the beast. I feel like this transhumanism technology, emerging man and machine sounds a lot like Daniel chapter two. And I believe that 27 percent of my Bible is prophetic. I believe 27 percent of your listeners' Bible is prophetic. Seventy three percent of the Bible is historical. And so I believe that if you read the book of Revelation tonight, folks, don't believe me. In the first chapter, it tells you that you'll be blessed if you read that book. So don't hide from the book. I encourage you to read Revelation tonight. Just read the first chapter. Read Revelation, OK? Then if you'll read Luke chapter 21, Luke chapter 21, if you'll read Matthew chapter 24, I'm almost done. If you read Mark chapter 13, and if you read Luke, if you read Luke chapter 21, Matthew chapter 24, Mark chapter 13, and if you read Daniel chapter two, I think you'll have an idea that Jesus wasn't surprised by these events. And in fact, in his great mercy, he told us how these things would unfold so that we could be prepared and so that we could commit ourselves to Christ. And that's my entire reason for doing the We Are Awaken America Tour events, is to lead people to Christ. It's I'm trying to save America, yes, but my focus is saving Americans with a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ. That's why you'll find that a third of the speakers are pastors.
"chapter 13" Discussed on Evangelism on SermonAudio
"So we are now continuing on our study in acts we are in Acts chapter 13 and we're gonna be moving from verses 44 into 14 verse 7 now as you were if you were here last week and if not by way of summation what has happened is Paul has just finished his first sermon his first sermon that was an evangelistic sermon going from the Old Testament bringing it into the New Testament
Saul's Unlawful Sacrifice (1 Samuel 13: 1-14)
"We're reading first Samuel, chapter 13 of 14, and praying psalm 58. First Samuel chapter 13. Saul's unlawful sacrifice. Saul was years old when he began to reign. And he reigned, and two years over Israel. Saul chose 3000 men of Israel 2000 were with Saul in mik mash in the hill country of bethel. And a thousand were with Jonathan in gibi of Benjamin. The rest of the people he sent home every man to his tent. Jonathan defeated the garrison of the Philistines, which was at giba, and the Philistines heard of it. And saw blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, let the hebrews hear. And all Israel heard it and said that Saul had defeated the garrison of the Philippines, and also that Israel had become odious to the Philistines. And the people were called out to join Saul at gilgal, and the Philistines mustered to fight with Israel 30,000 chariots and 6000 horsemen and troops like the sand on the seashore in multitude. They came up and encamped at mik mash. To the east of Beth aven. When the men of Israel saw that they were in straits for the people were hard pressed, the people hid themselves in caves and in holes and in rocks and entombs and in cisterns or crossed the forge of the Jordan to the land of gad in Gilead. Saul was still at gilgal and all the people followed him trembling. He waited 7 days at the time appointed by Samuel, but Samuel did not come to gilgal. And the people were scattering from him. So Saul said, bring the burnt offering here to me, and the peace offerings, and he offered the burnt offering. As soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering behold, Samuel came and saw went out to meet him and salute him. Samuel said, what have you done? And Saul said, when I saw that the people were scattering from me and that you did not come within the day's appointed. And that the Philistines had mustered at Mick mash, I said, now the Philistines will come down upon me at gilgal, and I have not entreated the favor of the lord. So I forced myself and offered the burnt offering. In Samuel said to Saul, you have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the lord your God, which he commanded you for now. The lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The lord has sought out a man after his own heart and the lord has appointed him to be prince over his people because you have not kept what the lord commanded you.
"John chapter 13 verse 7. Jesus answered him. What I am doing, you do not understand now. But afterward, you will understand this first has meant so much to me over recent years amidst challenges and trials of various kinds to use language from first Peter. And I just want to encourage you with it today, especially if you were walking through challenge trial in your life. In any way, this picture of Jesus washing his disciples feet and Simon Peter sang. You're in a wash my feet and he's resisting what Jesus is wanting to do in his life. And she just looks at him and says, what I am doing, you don't understand now, but afterward, you will understand. And there was a moment. I was a year plus ago, and I was walking through something in an older brother in Christ, I passed her for decades who I respect deeply. I was sharing with him some of the struggles that I was walking through and he looked at me and he just quoted this verse and he said, David, you don't understand now what God is doing. But afterward, one day, you will understand. I was talking to another pastor friend later that exact same day who said something very similar. He'd been studying heaven and he said David I just don't think based on what the Bible teaches about who God is, what heaven is like, that we're going to get there one day and God's going to say to us, you know that trial, that difficulty, that challenge you walk through. Yeah, I don't know what that was about. No. And one day, we're going to understand that God was working in ways we couldn't see and didn't understand. But all throughout that challenge and trial, he was faithful, and he was wise. He was loving toward you.
A Call to Endure
"That past few years of passing and metro D.C. I believe we've gotten really good at following a really bad gospel, a gospel that prostitutes Jesus for the sake of comfort, power, prosperity, and politics in our country instead of exalting Jesus above everything in the world. And it's time for disillusioned and discouraged damaged and divided Christians and the next generation to follow Jesus into a different future. I wrote this book to encourage you asked to not hold back from experiencing the awe filled wonder of Jesus and otherworldly beauty of his church in our day, no matter what it costs. So you can find my new book don't hold back. Most anywhere you buy books or at don't hold back book dot com. Pray the word with David Platt is a resource from radical .NET. Mark chapter 13 verse 13, but the one who endures to the end will be saved. Now there's a specific context here in Mark chapter 13 as Jesus is speaking to his disciples about the end times and there's a lot we could discuss based on this passage. But this verse transcends in a sense this passage because we see it in so many different places in the Bible and specifically in the New Testament. Calls from Jesus to his followers for endurance. It's one of my favorite phrases in the book of revelation, for example, is Jesus speaking to his church in the first century in the middle of persecution and temptations to worldliness, and he tells them over and over again to endure with patience. There's this constant phrase patient endurance that you see. It's the same sentiment here and Mark 1313 the one who endures to the end will be saved. And I want to just encourage you to think about that word in your life today. Yes, there's a sense in which God is called and created us to thrive and to excel and to run the race before us. These are words and phrases, images that we see in the Bible, but we also see endure on days when it's really hard to run. On days when we don't feel like we're thriving, to endure, to patiently walk and trust in God when it's hard when it's difficult when despair or darkness seems to be setting in or surrounding you. Maybe on a particular day or maybe over many days or a mini months or many years to endure in the middle of it all, the one who endures to the end will be saved. How do you endure? You know that you're endurance is not the end of the story. You endure when you know that yourself Salvation is the end of the story. You endure when you know that darkness is not the end of the story. The deliverance is the end of the story that light is coming. Even when you can't see it and you're in the middle of the tunnel, light is coming. The one who endures to the end will be saved. In other words, and I just want to encourage you to hold on to this if you're in challenging dark, despairing days. No, that challenges are not the end and darkness is not the end in despair is not the end that in Christ, you always have hope. And you have strength to endure and you have patience to endure and love to endure and God promises you everything you need, peace, help, to endure all the way to the end. In the end, will be good. And will be no more sin, no more sorrow, no more suffering, no more difficulties, no more crying, no more pain, no more tears, he will wipe every single one of those from your eyes. The end will be glorification. The end will be you with God dwelling with God, free from all of these things, to enjoy him, and his family, forever, and eternity. So endure today in view of that day. God, I pray Mark 1313 over. Every single person listening right now has especially those who are walking through all kinds of challenges or God, I think about those who are just fighting certain temptations to send right now a guy pray for their endurance in the battle against and I pray for endurance and battles with suffering and difficulty and despair God I pray for endurance today and for new mercy tomorrow to endure tomorrow and for numerous the next day and the next day to endure all the way to the end. As we trust in where the end is going, that suffering and difficulty and despair and darkness will not have the last word got his prey that over every single person listening right now and we pray that we would be counted by your grace by your power at work within us. Counted among those who endure to the end and are saved. And God we pray that especially for brothers and sisters who much like the context here in Mark 13 are being persecuted for their faith. As we pray for unreached people around the world, like the Chong in Cambodia, we pray for those who are on the front lines sharing the gospel with the Chong in Cambodia and other unreached people around the world who are facing difficulty and danger as they do God we pray that you would help them to endure to endure we pray for missionaries. We pray for indigenous brothers and sisters and really hard places in the world to help them to endure, we pray for their endurance for their Salvation, their glorification, and for the Salvation of the Chong and Cambodian. Thousands of other people groups like them. God, we pray for endurance all the way to the end in each of our lives. In Jesus name, amen.
Increase Our Faith
"Matthew chapter 13 verse 58, and he did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Wow, what a statement. Jesus not showing mighty works because of people's unbelief because of their lack of faith. I read this verse and immediately, I think I don't want that to be the case in my life. I don't want that to be the case around me. I don't want that to be the case. And my family, I don't want that to be the case in the church. I'm a part of, I don't want that to be the case. And the place where I live, I don't want to see mighty works of God. Don't you? You want to see God's might. It work in your life. God's power at work and your family and your work and your church don't you want to see God's might. It work and place where you live, don't you want to see God's might at work and your city and in the nations of the world. He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. And so we pray God, please help our unbelief, we don't want to live in unbelief and we don't want to miss out on seeing an experiencing your mighty works in our lives because of our unbelief. So we pray today for faith
"chapter 13" Discussed on Discerning Hearts - Catholic Podcasts
"A time of alexio divina for the discerning heart. Thursday of the 30th week in ordinary time. As you begin, take a deep breath and exhale slowly. For the next few moments, surrender all the cares and concerns of the stay to the lord. Say slowly, from your heart, Jesus. I trust in you. You. Take over. Become aware that he is with you. Looking upon you with love. Wanting to be heard, deep within your heart. A reading from the holy gospel, according to Luke, chapter 13 versus 31 through 35.
"chapter 13" Discussed on Discerning Hearts - Catholic Podcasts
"A time of alexio divina for the discerning heart. One day of the 30th week in ordinary time. As you begin, take a deep breath and exhale slowly. For the next few moments, surrender all the cares and concerns of the stay to the lord. Say slowly, from your heart, Jesus. I trust in you. You. Take over. Become aware that he is with you. Looking upon you with love. Wanting to be heard, deep within your heart. A reading from the holy gospel, according to Luke, chapter 13 versus ten through 17. One
"chapter 13" Discussed on Discerning Hearts - Catholic Podcasts
"A time of alexio divina for the discerning heart. Saturday of the 29th week in ordinary time. As you begin, take a deep breath and exhale slowly. For the next few moments, surrender all the cares and concerns of the stay to the lord. Say slowly, from your heart, Jesus. I trust in you. You. Take over. Become aware that he is with you. Looking upon you with love. Wanting to be heard, deep within your heart. A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke, chapter 13 versus one through 9.
"chapter 13" Discussed on Discerning Hearts - Catholic Podcasts
"A time of alexio divina for the discerning heart. Thursday, July 28th, 17th week in ordinary time. As you begin, take a deep breath and exhale slowly. For the next few moments, surrender all the cares and concerns of the stay to the lord. Say slowly, from your heart, Jesus. I trust in you. You. Take over. Become aware that he is with you. Looking upon you with love. Wanting to be heard, deep within your heart. A reading from the holy gospel, according to Matthew, chapter 13 versus 47 through 53. Jesus
"chapter 13" Discussed on Discerning Hearts - Catholic Podcasts
"A time of alexio divina for the discerning heart. Tuesday, July 26th, 17th week in ordinary time. As you begin, take a deep breath and exhale slowly. For the next few moments, surrender all the cares and concerns of the stay to the lord. Say slowly, from your heart, Jesus. I trust in you. You. Take over. Become aware that he is with you. Looking upon you with love. Wanting to be heard, deep within your heart. A reading from the holy gospel, according to Matthew, chapter 13 versus 36 through 43. Leaving
"chapter 13" Discussed on Discerning Hearts - Catholic Podcasts
"A time of alexio divina for the discerning heart. Saturday, July 23rd, 16th week in ordinary time. As you begin, take a deep breath and exhale slowly. For the next few moments, surrender all the cares and concerns of the stay to the lord. Say slowly, from your heart, Jesus. I trust in you. You. Take over. Become aware that he is with you. Looking upon you with love. Wanting to be heard, deep within your heart. A reading from the holy gospel, according to Matthew, chapter 13 versus 24 through 30. Jesus put
"chapter 13" Discussed on Discerning Hearts - Catholic Podcasts
"A time of alexio divina for the discerning heart. Thursday, July 21st, 16th week in ordinary time. As you begin, take a deep breath and exhale slowly. For the next few moments, surrender all the cares and concerns of the stay to the lord. Say slowly, from your heart, Jesus. I trust in you. You. Take over. Become aware that he is with you. Looking upon you with love. Wanting to be heard, deep within your heart. A reading from the holy gospel, according to Matthew, chapter 13 versus ten through 17.
A Woman Came to Jesus
"Well, we're going to loop finally at this encounter between Jesus and this particular lady. So first of all, then a woman came. That's how it's introduced while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper. He was there having a meal, a woman came. Now, if your Bible is open there, you will notice that chapter 13 is essentially all of that discourse. But it's quite interesting that that particular discourse in chapter 13 is framed on either side by the introduction of two women at the end of chapter 12, remember the widow's offering that Jesus has observed and to which he has drawn his disciples attention. So in verse 40 three, he says to them truly, truly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. Why? Because he was measuring by sacrifice. Not by amount. He was measuring by proportion. So this lady had actually done something quite dramatic. And Jesus disciples were very slow to grasp the values of the kingdom. And you will notice, actually, that if your Bible is open, that it goes from Jesus pointing to this lady and saying, let me show you what it really means to be committed to the kingdom and to be involved in sacrifice. And it says, and as they came out of the temple, one of his disciples said Luke teacher what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings. He said, were you listening to me or what? But it's just like there's Sunday morning service, isn't it? The pastor preaches his heart out in somebody comes out and says do you want to go to Denny's or should we go to such and such? Well, did you hear what the man said, yeah, but we're finished with what the man said. Yes, it was something about a lady. She put in our money, but we'd rather talk about the architecture than face the challenge of Jesus words. We'd rather talk about just about anything other than face the challenge that Jesus brings.
"chapter 13" Discussed on Neon Shadows: An American Noir Tale
"I slid in between a few officers blocking the doorway. Our secret weapon was already starting to fade just over half the candles left. We need to hurry getting caught in the middle of a heist. Ina police department was a bad career. Move it was hard to not look at the statuesque cops with a medley of pity and apology. They can't see you frame humid as well. Just keep moving. Even if their eyes are open they aren't conscious in the state. But that won't last long so let's hurry. I think it's through here. Mazza made my way into evidence and unease. Settle within me. Something was here felt familiar but in a bad way all the more reason to make haste we rifled through the boxes and bags and storage until cordelia discovered something. Frankie got it. There's some other strange items in the same box scrub the whole box. Then we have less than half the candle left. What are you not kids up to. There wouldn't happen to be a key in that box. Endre was waiting in the shadows and it appeared. He was partially hindered by the hand of glory. Or whatever was left of it. This is the last thing i needed. He laboured forwards took all the strength to power through our enchanted item. Naturally i kept a wide berth as in stores the door cordelia was already in the hall. Frank cordelia go take the keys. Frank i thought we were the best of friends. Just tell me as a key in that box. It's all i'm here for. I don't know how you brought that bitch back from the brink of death but you should have left her. She'll betray you as soon as that. Befits yeah that reminds me of someone i met recently..
"chapter 13" Discussed on Neon Shadows: An American Noir Tale
"Have somehow making a site even more sinister teeth do shapes and sizes some even bending unnatural directions would have wondered how this thing even closes its mouth if i wasn't pissing myself in the alley and never felt so weak in the prisons of anything still hooded figure stepped in the alley close to the monsters hound a yelled for them to steer clear. Go get outta here. They turned to look at me and then looked away their attention back to the robber. This person not see the devil dog might lose your head. The sound of the gunman being beheaded me cringe. The rest of the lifeless body was thrown to the dogs like a snack. The hood fell down from the head of a young woman. The hill could she be doing out here with that thing. She had a sickening smile on her face. Is the hound shredded. It's new treat. The woman white blood from her acts and traced it on the deadman's for head. Then she glared at me smile growing. I'm the angel watching over the city. So you'll be a good boy or else your next come on fen rear that was just an appetizer stood dumbfounded malley. Even after she skipped out into the street swinging her bloody acts like it was a baton to twirl. That was the angel from the news. I don't know what she is. She's hor from a celestial being of grace suddenly pushed from behind. earn eda. If you hang around any longer the cops will wanna know why you were trying to do their job. Remember dusty suffering in that musty basement and even worse ulysses is probably tell him stories at this point..
"chapter 13" Discussed on Neon Shadows: An American Noir Tale
"For the stiff as a board and ula some people in some pretty bad shape not to mention any trauma. You may have caused while then. Why don't you tell me how the hell we're supposed to get has dark rooms finest. I'm sure if we time we could come up with a better idea but right now this is all we got were passed bodies diner and i noticed police cruisers with their lights on what happened here. I pulled over to get a better look. People crowded around an entrance as police ran around. The back is a lot of lisi offering. This may be our best chance to get into evidence. Hold on. I know the owner. I'm gonna go ask him about this. Whatever it was must of just happened. I suggest making a quick pulled over to the curb approaching the crowd and squeezing through a heard muffled cries when i got to the cordoned off area and officer held her hand to my chest. I recognized her. As one of the rookies. Who worked with. Joe often enough for me to remember but not often enough for me to know. Her name asked her what happened. She said some crazy ass kid came in here shooting. The place said it was revenge. He killed the owner and a few others were hurt. But they'll pull through. Which way did he go. He ran through the back alley but that was at least ten minutes ago. We just got here and take the place off shit. Hey where are you going. Don't go after him. Damn oregon just remembered. Joe got fired because of him. I have to my car to make up the time that he had been running on foot. That was going to start a few blocks down the road. The city blocks were long and probably didn't get too far yet frank. Is there a reason that we're speeding down the street so fast you'll draw attention to us..
"chapter 13" Discussed on Neon Shadows: An American Noir Tale
"The wolf manipulated the towns officials and took the city using it as a strategic base against the bear. Tourists being a warmonger obliged erasmus with siege weapons annihilating the city and reducing the walls. And it's people to dust. Every human soldier was said to have died in the breach of every awe well once stood a magnificent civilization was now only in arena for the legion of the dead. The spectate and endless battle between madman consumed my power. So what happened to them. Some say they still battle analysts in the ruins of a long lost city. Personally i believe there was a victor. Someone came out on top. Who do you think it was. I'm not sure. I only bet on brains of braun. But the fact that you have the totem for the wolf leads me to believe. Erasmus met his end. I but who's to say really. So am i just an animal with a bloodless. How long will i be stuck like this. The ones who read the spell to you didn't complete it on needs a complete. The ritual there is no cure however making the wolf whole again should allow you to transform on command to control the power. You wanna use me to fight endre don't you. I admit my motives were to conscripts you in coming fight. Andros hasn't shown up anywhere yet but he'll be back for the key to his box and frank has yes exactly. I'm sorry if it seems like. I'm using you but andros is extremely powerful. I consider myself a cautious man but going against a demon. I'm honestly petrified. You may be the advantage we need. I'm not sure how i felt about that. On one hand. I want to help my friends on the other..
"chapter 13" Discussed on Neon Shadows: An American Noir Tale
"Them within frank was out searching for the missing. Right that activates the wolf totem. I was here in a cold dark corner of a secret basement so ulysses since we have some time on her hands. Why don't you tell me the story of the totems. Since i have a captive audience. I might as well spend a yarn. In the dark ages there was widespread destruction kingdoms at war. Despite heavy losses kings are not the ones who paid dearly for it. it's the farmers whose fields were ablaze and the chain reaction of famine in desperation continuing to grow after every battle every aw was such a city you won't find it in books or maps it was torn apart by the ravages of war. That's where the totems were made. Every oil was vibrance. Lush field yielded a cornucopia of crops. And because of that they were a wealthy community. Rumor was that magic made the harvest bountiful. Earning every all the title of a magic city. Even the air in the city felt more charged with oxygen color is more vibrant and the greatest asset to its citizens autonomy. They were not bound by the wheel of a king or queen however they sat between two large kingdoms on the verge of conflagration on one side general arc tourists a mountain of malice and the other general erasmus a cunning strategist the immediate battles between the two landed and stalemates. After stalemate both men searching for an advantage. They both turns their sights to the magic city. Not for virtuous means like feeding their men they were petitioning the majors to give them power offering riches and seats of power in exchange now later have every all denied their requests seeking remain neutral in a war that didn't involve them at least not yet..
"chapter 13" Discussed on WTVN
"Were asking that not even extend into that. I mean you you're hitting on an area that I don't know. Maybe. You know, I need to down drinks to copy and experience without a little bit more. But, you know, I was always under the impression when it came to the bankruptcy stuff, Okay, I know And you know the deficiency judgments out there, but you're declaring bankruptcy. That should wipe out that. That extra $12,000 should be. I should said report repossessions, the repossession. You're responsible for the right. I'm sorry, you declared, right. So what happens a lot of times it. That's why I used to be. I don't know what is now the car got reported had to run the auction at least three times to it almost hits what they owed. That's why sometimes we get frustrated as wholesalers, you say. Chevy Cobalts coming through in the guy. Oh, 12 grand on and it keeps dropping the hammer. The auctioneer keeps stopping it 78 grand. You can't buy the car unless his hit done three runs and then you could buy it. So what I'm saying is like the chapter, 13 and stuff. What I was trying to get to was. The difference goes in your chapter 13. So in other words, if it's if it's 20 grand, and you don't reaffirm on it, even though you're fouling on it, you still have to pay the difference on what it did it the auction and what what you wrote. Yeah, People don't you know A lot of people don't understand that they're those deficiency judgments are out there. Now. Some people will say the guy's an alcoholic. He deserves what he gets. But that's not fair to his wife and kids. State was arguing. They were saying, Hey, you know he ran the risk when he was doing that. We know that he's got a drinking problem is called, But you know if he was out, looting and robbing, he'd be a hero, but because this guy's got into alcohol probably need to put him in rehab. You know, and try to save the guy before he kills somebody else who kills himself. But that's not fair to his kid's education. Say his kids going to college. Someday. The state just in my opinion, stole $28,000 net money from what that trucks were. What do you got on his attorneys would agree with you. Yeah, I think that's wrong, But and I assume you would take that case, Jack. Always. You know me. I like the difficult challenging stuff. That's why you work with us, right? That's right. Especially people that don't like night writer. Yes. Thank you, right. It was horrible. Watch it. When they turn, you'll turn back to Fox News. Rebecca Holding was great. She made the show. If people want your help, Rebecca hold she was on the show. She the brunette with the puff here. Everybody puffy here right now. You could always wanted a semi trailer that would drop a car out. No, I like that. Yeah, Exactly. That's the hardest stunt driver Hearts. Hardest stunt. That Jew were going 55 miles an hour in a car comes out. Natural to neutral, But that's you think about it. The car. The tires are going backwards. Coming out all once or surging forward. They was watching a documentary about cars out here. We could try that statement it twice for off. It takes a split second for it to reverse the wheels. And if you don't know what you're doing, you wanna point Can you do that? If we stage? No, I'm good. I'm gonna stuff. Well, Jack, if we needed your help and things other than stunts, how can we get a hold of you, sir? Busted for drunk driving. Calm. Come join us on Facebook. And if you need to talk to its 6144788 year, 05.
"chapter 13" Discussed on Capes and Lunatics
"Five people that are listening to him db for that so by process of elimination. She's at the prisoner village. Boy village girl or governor wing or the villagers. I'm guessing that's elspeth laying of courses michael biehn who but we know historians but mughal. Smith is interesting. 'cause she apparently what is this. You know how how well you don't know. I always like to be these corporations that are just building these star destroyers that are building these droids. They have that. They have designations like nine eleven. That is a model number. Not like a personal names like archer. D chew isn't even like that does need designation per se. It's just what they call it. Db eight its designation. It's like the model number psyche to fifty seven. Chevy you're making your model at Get the feeling a lot of the same way. So this woman elspeth is one of these people who was basically the ironmonger for the empire and has basically you know depleted her planet's resources in service to the empire. Because you know it makes her pretty dictator now just trying to figure out if they were the old oppressors aggressors. So it's the old oppresses or though. It's sort of one of these. It's one of these things where they built the weapons for the republic and now they build them for the empires when you realize one characteristic genetic pits for four of your human lifetime you realize the empire hasn't been around for for human life fans you know that was originally a republic genetic pit that this person was working in that all of these things were part of what the republic was. Maybe they're just a part of you. Know the nature of sending beings arguably that's that's that's the thing. Is that what it is. Is that under the republic. You had people that. Were happy to devalue human life or even non human or to be more happy to devalue non humanoid life in or non settler. Not for nothing. You do see that. There is a real. There's a common theme among people that we see in both rebellion in the empire. You know in the huts are the exception. Not the rule in the power structures should be telling people and in that structure. Yeah so they come to the planet. They use their superior technology to take what they the end that if it's for the glory of the republic and we're gonna have our we're going to have are going to have a republican democracy and rates and freedom for all Or it's going to be for the oppression of the empire. It's kind of six of one half a dozen at the end of the day. And so these these beings who and they did come up in the previous Comores story And in the end they actually make the choices. I understand it to basically side with I believe it's at the end of this. We get admiral. Thron called out this At the end of the summer was at the end of the last one. Because what's her name is looking for thron know-how looking for Gideon mafia musk. Gideon's thron is who shot as because as you also have to remember that. Ron is from the clone wars. Why right now. That's north return is from rebels. 'cause a soka actually gets thrown forward in time that's how she becomes enwrapped so after the clone wars showcased forward in time and that causes her and wrapped in the rebellion. And has this fight with admiral. Franz i believe in like one hundred percent verse of these things but or maybe it was that at the end of anyway. But ron was like out in the outer edges of the galaxy. Mapping everything coming back so we're going to see it thrown in the future shows remember. And that's that's the big reveals and all of these things is. We're gonna be getting all of this deep cannon throughout this galaxy and that's that's the glory of the end of the star skywalker story. Is that now. We can really talk about everybody else in the galaxy showcase so case. Just one story here. Because i do love. I do love this because the mandalorian is brought into the city. And it's it's an entire planet but it's ruled from this one walled city untended and untamed right for the most. Maybe it's not. maybe this is. What's going on over there. Who's thing that. There's so many dimensions and pockets of narratives that are happening. Maybe independent of each other. Not even aware that the other is practicing people about if you wanna if you wanna do good storytelling game like bamberg or where will you can have. Whatever you apply is don't expect characters to follow it. Remember whatever that is still going on so the bomb goes off at midnight at midnight even if our characters had no interest in finding out what it was about and hopefully they're far enough away from wherever the ended the bomb man. Well why that building blew up. Oh yeah definitely miss something but yeah. But that's that's the glory of the new star wars. That's the glory of what disney has decided to do with this franchise you know and i think that's sort of what i think. Star trek wants to do over on their side with the different stories. But i think that they keep on getting stuck into this fact that they wanna stay true to this idea of the federation instead of. Just you know exploring what's going on in the nf ranking merchant vessel. You know that story. What's that what's that ships adventure. Because everybody has you know. And i would love to know the merchant marine stories of frigging are. But you own your own like teams or shows that are popular with the varieties that have the farang their own version of wednesday. I explored the cosmos. Is you know mas. it's. I'm glad you asked 'cause actually if that actually there is because there's an action figure line there's an action figure line about the great. You know what his name is but basically cork had the original had his original but he took them out of the box so they lost their value. They still have value. But you know it's like you.
"chapter 13" Discussed on Capes and Lunatics
"And we'll come to see ahead. I your host. Charlie professor and with me as always excuse me rich friend and i meet its mas. He has welcome once again to flow stream ahead. Tonight's episode chapter thirteen that season. Two episode five of the mandalorian. The i land the the melendez the mandalorian travels to world ruled by a ruthless magistrate. Who is made a powerful enemy vectored. Dave salani writers this week. Dave alani lanny in john five row. Of course we get our Created by credit for john five fro. Oh actually differently. Just written by created. Baio suggest five zero george. Lucas of course is the based on star wars by so the the the softest working manage show business. We love you george lucas. But let's face it right. It would have to be dave baloney doing everything this episode. Because sodas his character that he sort of shepherd into into people's hearts right well. Yeah of course arguing. That is the thing that is that is where i get. You know those were like as i do like for everyone that you know. I don't know if you've ever seen the epic rap battle of history of walt disney versus stanley. It's interesting it's a fun one but of course it ends with you know with the making peace and then of course you know. There's no one that can mess third legacies. And then you hear. See iraq. The mike properly ak. I've got the key and it's definitely stack. Because he's the disneyland. Lord second knots. Unstoppably it is. It's a good epic rap battle and one that really makes you. Wow you know. It's not like they're wrong. You know it's not like it isn't an empire of joining one of the reasons. It is an empire they understand. The artists actually bring something to the table. They actually you know that. You can't just artist go nuts but you also have to respect what an artist rings and you know. Can they bring what they bring. Are the artists who can improvise other artists. Who can who can say here. Are the rules. Can you work with them. And you know a really good artists usually says sure you know. I mean you know you've done impromptu when you've got what give me the location career and a venereal disease key handled The character of soka from you know. When she was a child on the cartoon is quite rather unlikable and then gave her this oregon he served i. I'm sure he has a special place in his that. I wanted it to be presented properly. So i'm glad it and obviously it was all going to be him this episode end. It is well done. And a show cut is a shoka really the s my star wars pronunciations. Same thing i let me just look it up. Oh because i heard somebody getting wrong. The age for the. That's obvious soka is a soak attack but it might be one of those things where it's a so cup but it's also pronounced as shoka. I haven't heard anyone today. Okay Show or you know. So yes oh she she but that this is for those who don't know this is Anna cans Pedal one which is interesting and this is one of the things. I think most interesting. 'cause i don't know if you've seen the final episode jet of just did yes is it that entire and we're not going to see what it was interior credit after credit scene that is lifted directly from a legend story. Okay like what that says an eye. There is this quality which makes you wonder. Are we eventually going to see star killer at some point. What's that's vader's apprentice. You know i'm i mean you know. There's all sorts of things out there in the legends that says the legends aren't kennedy well. The legends were never cannon. They're just something that exists to be explored but anyway in this moment what we have is soak in a tunnel as at this point as far as anyone knows the last jedi. Because is it because you there aren't very many left so i it just makes it sound like. There's a smattering of them somewhere. But they're even more hidden than the mandalorian. Exactly exactly you know And they would rather have you believe that there is only one mandalorian exactly. It would be more than happy. Let you think there is one. Mandatory him And in this episode we have a so. Catan is basically a winning a one woman war against the magistrate of this planet who is The magistrate represents the new believer character is morgan. Elspeth is characterised by. I wanna say this. By analii in santo.