Our God of Second Chances

Acts 7:20-36

As we come to the close of 2018, surely we all have some regrets from this year. The anticipation of a new year is a good time to follow the Apostle Paul’s advice and “…forget what lies behind and reach forward to what lies ahead.” Today, we consider the life of Moses and see that our God is graciously a God of second chances!

v. 20-22 - Moses was widely respected.

v. 23-29 - Moses was eventually rejected
Things rarely work out well when we do things our way rather than God’s way.
We must remember that we cannot do God’s work in our own strength.
Ref Zechariah 4:6 and John 15:5

v. 30-36 - Moses was gracious restored (when he learned the lesson)
Ref Hebrews 11:23-29

Our God is a God of second chances!

Read Luke 15:11-24 for a reminder of the example of the prodigal son and his second chance!

The Love God Hates

I John 2:12-17

We recently learned how a person’s deep, abiding love for the brethren was an indicator or sign that person was truly in the faith. Today’s study shows how a love for the world might indicate something else. Let me show you four reasons why a Christian should not get too cozy with the world.

v. 12-14 - Reason #1 - Who is the Christian?
reference: I John 5:12-13; I Peter 2:1-3; 2 Peter 3:17-18

v. 15 - Reason #2 - What is the world?
Kosmos = the anti-God/Anti-Bible world system
Ephesians 6:11-12

v. 15-16 - Reason #3 What does the world do to us?
Saps our spiritual vitality!
I John 1:9

v. 17 - Reason #4 - Where is the world going?
Matthew 7:24-27

Changing My Major: Relationships not Religion

Mark 7:1-9

I graduated from Dallas Baptist College in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts.  My major was "Religion."  That is what they called it back then!  I have never liked that as my declared major because I don't think it was a true reflection of the many courses that were required.  The term "religion" has many connotations and our text today in the book of Mark makes a distinction between religion as the Pharisees knew it and a relationship that God desires to have with us. 

>  The Pharisees placed 'Religion' over having a Right Heart  (v. 1-2)

          Ref:  Matthew 23:27-28  and Psalm 51:15-17

>  The Pharisees added Tradition to the Truth  (v.3-5)

           Ref:  Exodus 30:17-21 - Biblical precept for priests before entering the Tabernacle to worship. 

>  The Lord rebuked them, not Reckoned them as Right  (v.6-9)

            Ref:  Isaiah 29:13