Heavenly Clorox

Isaiah 11:18-20

Our apologies - we continue to have technical difficulties resulting in today's and last Sunday's sermons not being recorded. We hope to have the issues resolved by next Sunday. 

Today's sermon outline: 

Introduction:  Isaiah the prophet, is warning Judah they are going down the same path as Israel, which led to their demise.  As usual, the Lord gives wandering sinners an opportunity to come to Him or to come back to Him, and make things right.   

Pretend you have the awesome opportunity to have the Lord Jesus sitting across the table from you.  Some things he might say to you....

1) "You have to recognize your most basic problem in life."    Man's basic problem is sin!  We sin because we have a sin nature.  We have to deal with the root of the problem.  The Holy Spirit reveals our sin to us to show us our need for a Savior.   
Reference scriptures Romans 3:23; Romans 3:10, and Isaiah 53:6

2)  "I love you in spite of your problem."  Reference Romans 5:8 - Christ died for us, despite the fact that we are all sinners. 

3)  "I have the solution to your problem." 
Reference Ephesians 2:8-9 - We are saved by grace, it is a gift of God. 
Romans 10:13 - Call upon the name of the Lord to be saved. 
Romans 10:9-10 - Confess Jesus as Lord and believe God raised Him from the dead and be saved. 

What is our heavenly Clorox?  The Blood of Jesus - which washes us clean and makes us white as snow!  

 

What is the true Gospel?

Have you ever wondered about all the people over the years who "made decisions" for Christ but you never see them again?  Why is that?  Did they really have a genuine heart conversion, or did they just come forward, fill out a card and repeat a prayer?  Today, we look at the Master Evangelist's way of sharing the gospel. 

> v. 17-20 The Method of the Lord's evangelism.  Ref: Galatians 3:21-25

> v. 21a  The motive for the Lord's evangelism.  Ref:  Hebrews 10:7, John 8:29, John 17:4

> v. 21b-22  The message of the Lord's evangelism  Ref:  Luke 24:45-47

The Real Deal

James 2:14-26

Today we will look at James’ discussion of three kinds of faith.  One is true faith and the other two are imposters.  We will see that we are justified by faith and faith alone.  But a true faith will always be followed by good works.

Ø  A Dead faith (v. 14-17)

o   Matthew 7:21

Ø  A Demonic faith (v. 18-19)

Ø  A Doing faith (v. 20-26)

o   Romans 3:24, 28

o   Ephesians 2:8-10

o   Genesis 15:6

o   Genesis 22:18

Spiritual Warfare Series - Battle for your Mind

Ephesians 6:10-17

Again, we see a Roman soldier standing nearby as the Apostle Paul pens these words and we notice he is wearing appropriate head gear, because when people are swinging swords and spiked balls around, it is a pretty good idea to protect the head.  Today we want to transfer that image to the spiritual realm and talk about "taking up" the helmet of salvation.

Salvation means "to deliver" and it comes as a 3 phase process in the Christian's life.
1.  Justification - (Past) We are justified by faith apart from the law.  We are delivered from the penalty of sin.  Romans 3:28, John 3:16, Romans 5:8

2.  Glorification - (Future) We are glorified at the point of death because we are delivered from the presence of sin.  Ephesians 5:25-27, Revelation 21:1-4

3.  Sanctification - (Present) Taking up the helmet of salvation.  The daily Christian life being conformed to the image of Christ.  2 Corinthians 3:18, Romans 12:1-2

How are we delivered from the "power" of Sin?  Ephesians 2:8-10
1.  Grace - God's undeserved favor.  We do nothing to earn God's grace.
2.  Faith - We plug into God's power through faith.
      Good works do not save us but if we are saved, good works will follow. 

How do we grow in our faith?  John 17:14-17Jesus prayed to the Father to keep us from the evil one.