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People of the Book
Restoring the Word of God in Our Lives • May 31, 2020 • Dr. John Waterloo
* The Request * The Respect * The Reading-read distinctly, giving the sense (proper interpretation), application We need a... * Desire for the Word and for worship * Return of respect for God’s Word * Return to reading the Book
Come Ye After Me
The Importance of Following • May 24, 2020 • Dr. John Waterloo
A request is significant because * of the person asking * of the priority of the request * of the purpose of the request Reasons for the request * to be fishers of men (greatest purpose on the planet) Response to the request * straightway Peter and Andrew left all and followed... no buts * straightway James and John left all and followed...no buts * true disciples don’t hesitate because there will always be something in the way!
I Know Sin is Deadly, but...
The Temptation of Jesus • May 17, 2020 • Dr. John Waterloo
Satan attacks in three realms * Appetite - a desire for pleasure, I.e., the lusts of the flesh * Possessions and Material things - the lusts of the eyes * Ambition, Power, and Recognition - the pride of life Applications - Satan can entice but not enforce! We like to blame Satan, but for the Christian, the buck stops with us! - Satan is a master at twisting scripture and using it out of context... and so are we! - Scripture properly used, is a key to avoid falling into sin! - Resisting Satan will cause him to desist, for a season. He targets us; he knows. - We will battle temptations until we go home to Jesus, so we better be strong in the Lord. - Jesus offers succor to those who are tempted! Keep fighting! Have grace, avoid bring judgemental Get IN the book
Baptism: A Public Testimony of Salvation and Submission
The Significance of Baptism • May 10, 2020 • Dr. John Waterloo
Mark 1:4-11 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey; 7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. 8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. Mark 1:9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. 10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: 11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. We baptize… * Those who have repented and believed in Jesus THE Messiah and Savior (What REAL believer does not want to ID with Jesus?) to demonstrate that salvation is REAL! * Those who have come from a different doctrinal set or denomination (as a testimony that they are aligning with our Baptist doctrine) * Because Jesus commanded it (the Great Commission) * To fulfill ALL righteousness Jesus was baptized… * to validate John’s minatory and John’s God-given authority * to receive the testimony from Heaven! * to set an example for all New Testament believers who choose to follow Him! Applications: 1. Baptism is NOT a part of salvation (e.g., Jesus didn’t Baptize and Paul baptized little), but it is an example of submission and obedience to Jesus. 2. A new beginning (walking in newness of life!) 3. Baptism identifies us with our particular group, specifically our distinct doctrinal set and the authority of our particular local assembly
Preparing the Way—Pre-Evangelism - SUN AM
God Sent John, Preaching REPENTANCE, to Prepare the Nation for The Messiah • May 3, 2020 • Dr. John Waterloo
The Gospel by Mark (written by John Mark) is written to the Gentiles, specifically the Romans. This is most likely the John Mark that failed as a missionary-trainee in the book of Acts, and was refused by Paul, but then trained by Barnabas. **Mark 1:1-8** *The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; 2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey; 7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. 8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.* * John was sent to prepare the way for Jesus’ First Coming. We are here to Prepare the Way for Jesus’ Second Coming. * John made an impact because his life matched his message. He lived out his convictions and made his job his priority! He had God’s power and God’s message! He didn’t worry about fitting into his nation’s religious system or its carnal lifestyles. * Like John, we have a vital ministry! So, like John, let’s be separated, passionate, and faithful!
A Perfect Storm - SUN PM
Choose to Have FAITH in the Fray • April 26, 2020 • Bro. Lynn Schuyler
**Mark 4:35-41** *And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?* Believers are guaranteed to pass over unto the other side through life’s storms; it’s guaranteed by our Savior!
Saul's Day of Reckoning - SUN AM
Saul’s Rebellion Brought Disaster to His Family and Nation • April 26, 2020 • Dr. John Waterloo
**1Samuel 31:1-13** *Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa. 2 And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul’s sons. 3 And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers. 4 Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. 5 And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him. 6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together. 7 And when the men of Israel that were on the other side of the valley, and they that were on the other side Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities, and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them. 8 And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen in mount Gilboa. 9 And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to publish it in the house of their idols, and among the people. 10 And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth: and they fastened his body to the wall of Bethshan. 11 And when the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul; 12 All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Bethshan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there. 13 And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.* - The Death of Saul - Israel’s idol is broken in pieces! A monarchy was never God’s choice or will, He only allowed it. Israel put their trust in a man! - The Enemy Possesses the Land and desecrates the bodies of the King and his sons. - The valiant men of Jabeshgilead honor the fallen King and his sons 1. You may get what you want, but you often lose what you had! - If you reject God and choose man’s ways, then you get man’s results! 2. Your choices will leave a lasting impact on those around you. Every choice we make has a consequence and those consequences often produce collateral damage! 3. When you lose in life, you drag down the name of God with you; we bring SHAME upon our Creator!
Handling the Spoils… Without Becoming Spoiled!
The Wise Use of God’s Blessings • April 19, 2020 • Dr. John Waterloo
To whom much is given, much is expected! But be careful! If we are given much, we often expect much more! David demonstrated… * Wonderful Guidance * Wonderful Generosity * Immense Gratitude - David remembered those who had invested in his life and survival. He gave gifts of his spoil to all those who had aided them in their hiding from Saul. We ought to be giving back to those who have helped us in our lives. We need to appreciate our Savior, our parents, our grandparents, our teachers, our employers, our government, our church, our pastors, and etc. - We MUST recognize that God is the Source of all of our blessings! - When we invest… don’t do it to get back; don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing! **1Samuel 30:18-31** *And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives. 19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all. 20 And David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drave before those other cattle, and said, This is David’s spoil. 21 And David came to the two hundred men, which were so faint that they could not follow David, whom they had made also to abide at the brook Besor: and they went forth to meet David, and to meet the people that were with him: and when David came near to the people, he saluted them. 22 Then answered all the wicked men and men of Belial, of those that went with David, and said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them ought of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away, and depart. 23 Then said David, Ye shall not do so, my brethren, with that which the LORD hath given us, who hath preserved us, and delivered the company that came against us into our hand. 24 For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike. 25 And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day. 26 And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Judah, even to his friends, saying, Behold a present for you of the spoil of the enemies of the LORD; 27 To them which were in Bethel, and to them which were in south Ramoth, and to them which were in Jattir, 28 And to them which were in Aroer, and to them which were in Siphmoth, and to them which were in Eshtemoa, 29 And to them which were in Rachal, and to them which were in the cities of the Jerahmeelites, and to them which were in the cities of the Kenites, 30 And to them which were in Hormah, and to them which were in Chorashan, and to them which were in Athach, 31 And to them which were in Hebron, and to all the places where David himself and his men were wont to haunt.*
Encourage Yourself in the Lord • April 5, 2020 • Dr. John Waterloo
**1Samuel 30:1-8** *And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; 2 And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way. 3 So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. 4 Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. 5 And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. 6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. 7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David. 8 And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.* The reality of stressful days - EVERYONE goes through times of great stress. Stress is a REAL part of life. We can’t fight it; we must accept it! The normalities of stress and can and often is used by God to strengthen us (see James 1:3, 4). God will use them to develop spiritual maturity and endurance. **How did David deal with intense stress?** 1. He FOUND strength in the LORD! He encouraged HIMSELF in the LORD. This required him to be close to the Lord already. 2. He SOUGHT direction from the LORD. 1Peter 5:7, cast all your cares on Him! 3. He FOLLOWED God’s directions 1. There are battles we will face alone, but we are NEVER alone. Jesus said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5). 2. Don’t give in; don’t give up, no matter how severe it gets! Fight until the end! His grace is sufficient (1Corinthians 3:9) 3. Nothing overwhelms God! Let God bring the victory in His time.
You Don't Fit
Believers Do Not Fit in the World • March 29, 2020 • Dr. John Waterloo
Why don’t we fit? — God has condemned this World! * We are IN the World (physically) but not OF the world (spiritually); we have a different community * We use a different language; we talk about spiritual things using spiritual terms * We have a different philosophy; we THINK different (Biblical Worldview) * We have different standards! (1Peter 4:4) — Purity, Modesty, Godliness, Integrity, Honesty, Separation Consequently, The world hates and persecutes Christians because… * The World is INTOLERANT! The world touts tolerance, but it does not practice true tolerance. The world hated Jesus… without a cause! * We remind the World of their sin and their eventual judgment; we are an offense to the World * Misery loves company. The hopeless world hates Christians because Christians have HOPE! We don’t fit into the World, but… * Do we fit into the Family of God (? Do we fit in the local family, the local NT Church? (1Corinthians 2:14) * Stop being a hypocrite! Don’t try to fit into the World. If we are trying to fit into this lost and dying world, then we are being a hypocrite. * We are to love the people of this world because Jesus loved the World (the people, not the system). Remember that before we knew Jesus we were OF this World.
Consulting With a Witch!
Where Do We Get Our Information? • March 29, 2020 • Dr. John Waterloo
Where you get your information MATTERS! Saul brings about his own demise through REBELLION and seeking information through WITCHCRAFT! 1. Remove iniquity from our lives so we can have God’s presence and guidance 2. Seek and then follow godly counsel before you become desperate! 3. In whom are you placing your trust? • How much time do you spend with what source? • Who do you run to first? • You demonstrate who you trust, by what you do! In Desperate times… * We need a Savior! * We need to seek the Savior FIRST * We need to avoid Satan’s minions * We need to make sure our sources are sure: the TRUTH of the Word of God!
A Time to Fear!
What or Whom Should We Fear? • March 22, 2020 • Dr. John Waterloo
What Saul SHOULD have been afraid of… and what WE should BE afraid of… * The loss of God’s favor, guidance, and protection! — The Lord had departed from Saul because he had rebelled against and abandoned God, he had killed the prophets, and he had driven David away. God had removed His empowerment from Saul! When we rebel in sin, He will remove his empowerment and guidance from us! * Sinning before God, willfully, and flagrantly! Saul knew better, but let his pride drive his rebellion (Hebrews 10:26-31; Matthew 10:26-28) * The coming Tribulation period (Revelation 6, The Seals) - The lost are full of fear because of the current uncertain times, but it can’t even be compared to what will happen during the Tribulation, and especially the Great Tribulation. * Dying, without God’s forgiveness and spending eternity in the Lake of Fire!
Sleeping with the Enemy
David Grows Weary, Focusing Upon the Circumstances and His Emotions • March 15, 2020 • Dr. John Waterloo
We must have adequate physical and emotional rest... lest we faint. The biggest danger of weariness is COMPROMISE or GIVING IN. When David compromised and fled to the Philistines, he endangered... * His Faith * His Fellowship * His Family, and even * His Future
Deja Vu - Another Opportunity to Kill Saul
David Again Refuses to Yield to Temptation and Trials • March 15, 2020 • Dr. John Waterloo
* Be vigilant to avoid temptations... by practicing separation! * We must expect trials! They are a guaranteed part of life. * We must toughen up spiritually, and take the World’s abuse, and then learn how to rebound from failure. * Walk the Walk, and quit pretending and being a hypocrite! Our walk is much more important than our talk!