Presentation on theme: "God Sent. 1. God Sent Man Out to Die “therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove."— Presentation transcript:
1. God Sent Man Out to Die “therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life” (Gen. 3:23, 24, NKJV). –while God is a God of love, he is also severe –Romans 11:22
2 Kings 17:18 “Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them from His sight; there was none left but the tribe of Judah alone.” –He removed Israel from His sight –He can remove you too!
God Requires the Church To put away the evil people who are among them –1 Cor. 5:2, “And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you.” –1Co 5:13, “But those who are outside God judges. Therefore ‘put away from yourselves the evil person.’” –Pergamos had brethren within the church “holding” to false doctrine (Rev. 2:14, 15).
The Ultimate Sending Out “But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!” (Lk. 12:5, NKJV) –“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20:15, NKJV) –“These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” (2 Thess. 1:9, NKJV)
2. God Sent to Preserve Life Joseph, “But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life” (Gen. 45:5, NKJV) –a chain of events of “downs” and “ups” led to the deliverance of Jacob’s posterity (45:7) –as well as a preservation of life for other nations –typified Christ’s deliverance
Jesus & Joseph brought a bad report of brethren (Gen. 37:2; cf. Jn. 4:44; 8:44; Matt. 23) were hated by brethren (Gen. 37:4; cf. Lk. 19:14; Lk. 21:17; Jn. 7:7; 15:23, 24) –without a cause (Jn. 15:25) sold by brethren (Gen. 37:28; cf. Matt. 27:9) preserved the life of many (Gen. 45:5; cf. Mk. 10:45; Jn. 10:10) sent by God
3. God Sent Moses to Rule “This Moses whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ is the one God sent to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the Angel who appeared to him in the bush” (Acts 7:35, NKJV) MOSES God’s Choices Are Frequently Rejected by Men Rejected by Men Accepted by God
God’s Choice in Jesus being chief was rejected by men –“The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone” (Ps. 118:22, NKJV) in the sufficiency of the word is rejected by those who supplement it with creeds/opinions –“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified” (Acts 20:32, NKJV)
God’s Choice in the sufficiency of the local church is rejected by those who supplement human institutions to carry out the work of the Lord –“So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” (2 Cor. 9:7, 8, NKJV)
The Work GOD’S CHOICE MAN’S CHOICE EVANGELISM Local Church (Phil 4:15) sponsoring church, missionary society EDIFICATION Local Church (Eph. 4:11, 12) human Institution (e.g., church sponsored college) BENEVOLENCE (limited) Local Church (1 Tim. 5:16; 1 Cor. 16:1ff) human Institution (e.g., church sponsored home) God’s Choice Versus Man’s Machinery
God’s Choice in limiting benevolence to needy saints is rejected by churches that funnel the treasury to “human benevolent societies” and to non-Christians –“But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem” (Rom. 15:25, 26)
LIMITED Benevolence 27 And in these days prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar. 29 Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea. 30 This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
God’s Choice in using the crucified Christ as the means to draw the world into the church is rejected by those who add a social agenda to the gospel –church kitchens –church camping retreats –church BBQ’s –church breakfasts/dinners –church carnivals –family crisis center –church gyms “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it...” (Deut. 4:2; cf. Rev. 22:18, 19)
God’s Choice in using the crucified Christ as the means to draw the world into the church is rejected by those who add a social agenda to the gospel –church kitchens –church camping retreats –church BBQ’s –church breakfasts/dinners –church carnivals –family crisis center –church gyms “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself” (Jn. 12:32, NKJV)
God Sent the Carnal Agenda AWAY FROM THE CHURCH! “What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you” (1 Cor. 11:22, NKJV) Two Errors Addressed: 1.DESPISING THE CHURCH, viz., placing a common meal into the church (note: “when you come together as a church” v. 18). Answer: do you not have houses to eat and drink in? (1)
God Sent the Carnal Agenda AWAY FROM THE CHURCH! “What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you” (1 Cor. 11:22, NKJV) Two Errors Addressed: 2.SHAMING THE POOR, viz., parading food before those who have none (some are hungry, v. 21); class warfare/division (cf. v. 18; Jas. 2:1-7). Answer: wait for one another to eat the Supper (v. 33), eat your common meal at home (v. 34) (1) (2)
God Sent the Carnal Agenda AWAY FROM THE CHURCH! “Don’t you have homes in which to eat and drink? Do you despise God’s church and embarrass people who don’t have anything to eat? What can I say to you? Should I praise you? I won’t praise you for this.” (1 Cor. 11:22, GWV) What organization is it that God wants to provide common meals for hunger? The church? The home? ABSURDITY would suggest that the family cannot eat in a restaurant, in a park, out in the yard, in a car, etc.
Authority MOSES (Lawgiver) God Chose Moses to Rule/Deliver Dathan Miriam Korah Abiram On Aaron LEVI (Priesthood) Ephraim Judah Dan Naphtali Reuben Priesthood Heb. 7:12-14 Acts 7:35
Authority & The Church Poor Saints Church Benevolence non-saints rich saints lazy saints Speaking Spiritual Songs hum & drum mech. S. 1 secular S. immoral S. Church Songs Rom. 15:24 2 Thess. 3:10 Eph. 5:19 1 S. = Songs
Authority & The Church evangelism edification (gospel) Church Work camp. retreat secular ed. other gospel Lord’s Supper espresso & donuts carnal meal church kitchen Church Eating 1 Tim. 3:15 Mt. 28: Cor. 11:20 Rom. 14:17
Example of Generic Authority evangelism edification (gospel) Church Work teaching aids secure meet. place various media Lord’s Supper sink serving containers refrigerator Church Eating 1 Tim. 3:15 Mt. 28: Cor. 11:20 Rom. 14:17
Lord’s Supper sink serving containers refrigerator 1 Cor. 11:20 Rom. 14:17 COMMAND church builds a facility to eat a common meal in (fellowship hall) church rents a restaurant to feed people church purchases espresso machines church sponsored chili feeds Innovations VIOLATING Bible Authority
Early Example of Paul’s Teaching 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers Now all who believed were to- gether, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, Lord’s Supper Common Meal in the temple, “as a church” (1 Cor. 11:18), “in one place” (ibid. v. 20). at home (1 Cor. 11:22)
Calvin’s Comment “We know for what exercises a Church should assemble -- to hear doctrine, to pour forth prayers, and sing hymns to God, to observe the sacraments, to make confession of their faith, and to engage in pious observances, and other exercises of piety. If anything else is done there, it is out of place. Every one has his own house appointed him for eating and drinking, and hence that is an unseemly thing in a sacred assembly” (Calvin’s Commentaries, 1 Corinthians 11:22) “for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking” (Rom. 14:17)
4. God Sent Forth His Son “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (Gal. 4:5, NKJV) –He sent His Son to be born of a woman –He sent His Son to be born under the law –He sent His Son to redeem men
Redemption redemption is in the blood “In Him we have redemption through His blood...” (Eph. 1:7; cf. 1 Pet. 1:18, 19) baptism is into the blood-death (Rom. 6:3-4) therefore people are redeemed when baptized (Acts 22:16; 1 Pet. 3:21)
1 PETER 3:21 “There is also an antitype which NOW SAVES us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ”
1 Peter 3:21, “There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” Baptism Saves Baptism has nothing to do with a physical cleansing Baptism is an answer of a good conscience Baptism is something done “toward God”
1 Peter 3:21, “There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” The Power In Baptism Is Not The Water, But Through The Resurrection! To contend that baptism is not necessary is to insult the RESURRECTION!