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training men to shepherd in the home, group, and church

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training men to shepherd their home, small group, and Jesus' church

The first practical purpose of Shepherd School is to help every man lead his family. The second is to help him lead his small group, if and when he has one. The third practical purpose is to train up a would-be pastor who “aspires to the office of overseer” so that he may lead Jesus’ church in faithfulness. This is truly “a noble task” (1 Timothy 3:1) and requires that one meet the qualifications laid out in Scripture (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4). In everything we want to be as practical and as helpful as possible. Therefore you will be in class once per week, and in that class you will be taught the Scriptures as well as the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. In addition, you will read helpful books throughout the week and then discuss in person with the Pastors. Finally, for those in the certificate path, you will be examined and equipped with proper instructive and corrective training as you write theological essays and biblical expositions. This will all be done so that each man may be “a good soldier of Christ Jesus“ (2 Tim. 2:1-3) to the glory of God. This is not an average Bible study or small group setting. This is training for war. We believe this will be intensely challenging and, by God’s grace, extremely edifying for all involved. WHAT WE CONFESS The 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy and Hermeneutics The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel

WHY SHEPHERD SCHOOL? 2 Timothy 2:1-4

2 Timothy 2:1-4 • January 4, 2021 • Brett Baggett

Why shepherd school? I. So that you would be strengthened by grace (v. 1) II. So that you would be taught the truth (v. 2a) III. So that you would be equipped to teach others (v. 2b) IV. So that you would be a faithful soldier of Jesus Christ (v. 3) V. So that you will adequately aim at pleasing your King (v. 4)

SERMON PREP HOW TO - Brett Baggett - Shepherd School

expository preaching • April 26, 2021 • Brett Baggett

I. GENERAL I) Context. II) Text Work. III) Big Idea/Theme. IV) Divisions/Main Doctrinal Points/Outline II. SPECIFIC I) Explain. II) Cross reference. III) Proclaim. IV) Questions. V) Children. VI) Illustrate. III. HELPFUL ADDITIONS I) Quotes. II) Catechism. III) Creeds and Confessions. IV) Hymn. IV. CLOSING CHECKLIST I) Gospel / Christ / Call to repentance and faith. II) Intro / Conclusion. III) Memorize and Pray.

HOW TO WRITE A SERMON OUTLINE: John 16:7-11 - Shepherd School

John 16:7-11 • May 3, 2021 • Brett Baggett

I. JESUS PROMISES THE HOLY SPIRIT TO COMFORT HIS PEOPLE (v. 7a) John 16:7a “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth:” II. JESUS PROMISES IT IS BETTER TO HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN YOU, THAN TO HAVE CHRIST IN THE FLESH BESIDE YOU (v. 7b) John 16:7b “it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” III. JESUS PROMISES THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL CONVICT THE WORLD CONCERNING SIN, RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND JUDGEMENT (v. 8) John 16:8 “And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:” I) Why does the Holy Spirit convict the world concerning sin? (v. 9) John 16:9 “concerning sin, because they do not believe in me;” II) Why does the Holy Spirit convict the world concerning righteousness? (v. 10) John 16:10 “concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer;”
 III) Why does the Holy Spirit convict the world concerning judgement? (v. 11) John 16:11 “concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.”

CHRIST, THE ONLY REDEEMER OF GOD’S ELECT: Galatians 3:10-14

Galatians 3:10-14 • January 11, 2021 • Brett Baggett

BIG IDEA: You are not the redeemer of God’s elect; the Lord Jesus Christ is the only redeemer of God’s elect. Christ redeemed His people by becoming a curse so that we would receive the blessing. I. YOU CANNOT JUSTIFY YOURSELF BEFORE GOD, YOU CAN ONLY DAMN YOURSELF (v. 10) Galatians 3:10 “For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” II. THE LAW CANNOT JUSTIFY YOU BEFORE GOD, YOU CAN ONLY BE JUSTIFIED THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS (v. 11-12) Galatians 3:11-12 “11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” III. YOU CAN ONLY BE JUSTIFIED BEFORE GOD BY FAITH IN CHRIST BECAUSE HE DIED TO REDEEM CURSED SINNERS (v. 13) Galatians 3:13 “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.’" IV. CHRIST WAS CURSED ON THE CROSS SO THAT YOU WOULD BLESSED BOTH NOW AND FOREVER (v. 14) Galatians 3:14 “so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.”

OF CHRIST'S INCARNATION: Isaiah 7:14

Isaiah 7:14 • January 18, 2021 • Brett Baggett

I. The LORD will not let His people be destroyed (v. 14a) II. The LORD Himself will confirm this truth by giving a sign (v. 14b) III. The LORD's sign of rescue will be a virgin conceiving and bearing a Son (v. 14c) IV. The Son shall be called "Immanuel" because that is who He is (v. 14d)

OF CHRIST'S OFFICES IN GENERAL: Zechariah 6:12-13

Zechariah 6:12-13 • January 25, 2021 • Brett Baggett

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, THOUGH IN HIS INCARNATION SEEMED TO HAVE NO GLORY, IS THE BRANCH THAT WILL ESTABLISH GOD’S SAVING RULE (v. 11-12) Zechariah 6:11-12 “11 Take from them silver and gold, and make a crown, and set it on the head of Joshua, the son of Jehozadak, the high priest.” 12 And say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he shall branch out from his place and he shall build the temple of the Lord.” I. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Prophet that builds the Temple of God through the preaching of the gospel (v. 13a) Zechariah 6:13a “It is he who shall build the temple of the Lord...” II. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the King that rules and protects God’s people as well as destroys His enemies (v. 13b) Zechariah 6:13b “and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule on his throne.” III. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Priest that purifies God’s people through the sacrifice of His flesh (v. 13c) Zechariah 6:13c “And there shall be a priest on his throne,“ IV. Think on how Christ’s offices agree! Zechariah 6:13b “and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.” The Prophet that reveals our guilt is the Priest that removes it by His death. The Priest that removes our sin-stains is the King that changes our sin-hearts by His resurrection. The King which commands our obedience is the Prophet and Priest that counts us righteous by His life. Oh, look to Christ in faith as Prophet, Priest, and King! Is Christ your Prophet? Is Jesus your Priest? Is the Son of God your King? CALVIN: “The Prophet is bid to set the two crowns on the head of the high priest. This, as I have said, was intended as a symbol to denote the union of the two dignities in the person of Christ. It was necessary until the coming of Christ to select the high priest from the posterity of Aaron; and it was also required that the kings should be from the seed of David; so that we observe a distinction between the royal office and the priesthood, not only as to the persons, but also as to the families.” CALVIN: “Doubtless we observe that there is here some change in the past order of things, and that there is something unusual set forth. But there is nothing new in this, — that the Redeemer, who had been promised, should be eminent as a king and a priest; for this had been predicted in the hundred and tenth Psalm, “Jehovah said to my Lord, sit on my right hand,” — this is what belongs to the right of a king; it afterwards follows, “Thou art a priest for ever, according to the order of Melchizedec.” Though kings must then have been chosen from the family of David and the tribe of Judah, and though priests must have then been taken from the Levitical tribe, yet the Spirit foretold, that a king would come who was to be a priest, as had been the case with Melchisedec. This very thing is what the Prophet now confirms.” “Take away the diadem; set it aside, set it aside, set it aside, until he shall come, whose it is.” (Ezekiel 21:26.) Calvin “he was to bear this honor for a time, in order that the Jews might understand that one was to arise who would be both a king and a priest. Hence he says, that there would be a man, whose name was to be Branch” Calvin: “What the Prophet then had in view, was to show to the Jews that those things were spoken in vain, as to them, if they did not attend to God. And he shows the way in which they were to be attentive, even by hearing the voice of God, that is, by renouncing their own thoughts, and by not esteeming God untrue, though he promised what seemed incredible. If then they denied themselves, banished their own imaginations, wholly attended to God’s word, and believed what he had said as a Prophet, he assures them that they would really find that which he taught them to be true to their own salvation, even this — that Christ would come to be a king and a priest, to secure perfect happiness to his people.”

OF CHRIST'S PROPHETICAL OFFICE: Deuteronomy 18:9-22

Deuteronomy 18:9-22 • February 1, 2021 • Brett Baggett

BIG IDEA: Jesus is the promised Prophet we desperately need; He is like Moses but far greater. I) Jesus Christ is the Promised Prophet (v. 18-19) Deuteronomy 18:18-19 “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.” II) We need a Prophet because there are many False Prophets (v. 9-14, 20-22) Deuteronomy 18:9-14 9 “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer 11 or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, 12 for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. 13 You shall be blameless before the Lord your God, 14 for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this. 18:20-22 20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.” III) We need a Prophet because The LORD loves to reveal Himself through words (Redemptive History) IV) We need a Prophet because The LORD is terrifying to sinners (v. 16-17) Deuteronomy 18:16-17 “just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ 17 And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken.’” CONSIDER HOW JESUS IS LIKE MOSES, BUT FAR GREATER! I) Jesus is a better revealer of God, because He is God. Hebrews 1:1-3 1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature. II) Jesus is leading His people on a better Exodus. Luke 9:28-31 28 [Jesus] took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. 30 And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory and spoke of his [Exodus], which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.

OF CHRIST'S KINGLY OFFICE: Psalm 2

Psalm 2 • February 22, 2021 • Brett Baggett

BIG IDEA: Rebels to the crown will be utterly defeated by the King of wrath and grace, the Lord Jesus Christ. I. WHAT DO REBELS DO? (vv.1-2) I) Rebels rage against the LORD (v.1a) Psalm 2:1a “Why do the nations rage” II) Rebels plot against the LORD (v.1b) Psalm 2:1b “and the peoples plot” III) Rebels raging and plotting are only vanity (v.1c) Psalm 2:1c “in vain?” IV) Rebels set themselves against the LORD and against His anointed (v.2) Psalm 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed…” V) Rebels set themselves against the LORD and against His anointed (v.2) Psalm 2:2 “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed…” II. WHAT DO REBELS SAY? (v.3) I) Rebels lie about the Law of God and say it should be overthrown (v.3) Psalm 2:3 “2b saying, 3 Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” III. WHAT DOES THE LORD SAY IN RESPONSE TO REBELS? (vv. 4-6) I) The LORD mocks the rage and vain plots of rebels (v.4) Psalm 2:4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord (adonai) holds them in derision. II) The LORD speaks wrathfully and terrifyingly against rebels (v.5) Psalm 2:5 “Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury,” III) The LORD mocks and terrifies rebels by pointing to His Anointed King (v.6) Psalm 2:6 “5b saying, 6 ‘As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.’” IV. WHAT DOES THE LORD DO IN RESPONSE TO REBELS? (vv. 7-9) I) The LORD gives solid evidence that His Son is the King (v.7) Psalm 2:7 “I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.” II) The LORD gives the nations to the King as His heritage and the ends of the earth as His possession (v.8) Psalm 2:8 “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.” III) The LORD promises the King will utterly defeat His enemies (v.9) Psalm 2:9 “You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.” V. WHAT DOES THE LORD DEMAND OF REBELS? (vv. 10-12) I) The LORD demands all to be wise, the highest to the lowest (v.10a) Psalm 2:10a “Now therefore, O kings, be wise;” II) The LORD demands all to be warned, the highest to the lowest (v.10b) Psalm 2:10a “be warned, O rulers of the earth.” III) The LORD demands that all serve Him with fear, the highest to the lowest (v.11a) Psalm 2:11a “Serve the Lord with fear” IV) The LORD demands that that all rejoice in Him with trembling (v.11b) Psalm 2:11b “and rejoice with trembling.” V) The LORD demands that all rebels Kiss His Son (v.12a) Psalm 2:12a “Kiss the Son,” VI. WHAT DOES THE LORD PROMISE REBELS? (v.12b-d) I) The LORD promises His anger on those who will not Kiss His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ Psalm 2:12b “lest he be angry,” II) The LORD promises all who refuse to submit to the Lord Jesus Christ will perish suddenly and without warning (v.12c) Psalm 2:12c “and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled.” III) The LORD promises blessing and happiness to all rebels who do lay down their arms and “Kiss the Son” in faith and obedience (v. 12d) Psalm 2:12d “Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” EXAMPLE OF MINING A TEXT FOR DOCTRINAL TRUTHS FROM RICHARD BAXTER Richard Baxter (1615–1691) once preached before a group of Judges in Worcester (WUSS-ster), England. What text did he choose? Psalm 2:10-12. He truly lived up to his famous saying, “I preached as though to never preach again; as a dying man to dying men.” In this sermon titled The Absolute Sovereignty of Christ, Baxter, almost in passing, makes 14 doctrinal points that we are to gather from the text. I have rephrased them and want to serve them to you! I) Because Christ is King, serving Him is the great work and business that the world must do II) Serving the Christ the King should be accompanied with rejoicing III) Serving the Christ the King should also be accompanied with fear and trembling IV) There is no opposition between spiritual joy and fear— they may and must consist together V) Scripture uses familiar expressions concerning man’s communion with Christ, such as “Kiss the Son” VI) There is anger in God against rebels VII) There is a way to kindle the anger of God and it is man who kindles it VIII) The chief way to kindle God’s anger is by refusing to “Kiss the Son” IX) The kindling of God’s wrath with lead to the perishing of the sinner X) The enemies of Christ shall perish suddenly and unexpectedly XI) A little of God’s anger will utterly undue sinners XII) They are blessed men that escaped God’s wrath and they are miserable that must feel it XIII) It is therefore notorious folly to neglect Christ, and stand out XIV) Kings, Judges, and Rulers of the earth, are the first men that Christ summons in, and the chief in the calamity if they stand out

OF CHRIST'S HUMILIATION: Philippians 2:5-8

Philippians 2:5-8 • March 8, 2021 • Brett Baggett

INTRO: Jesus' example of humility must be followed in life and in death (v. 5) I) Jesus humbled Himself by releasing His divine rights (v. 6) II) Jesus humbled Himself by emptying Himself of His glory (v. 7a) III) Jesus humbled Himself by taking the form of a servant (v. 7b) IV) Jesus humbled Himself by obeying His Father in life and in death (v. 8)

OF CHRIST'S EXALTATION: Philippians 2:9-11

Philippians 2:9-11 • March 15, 2021 • Brett Baggett

BIG IDEA: Jesus, because of His humble sufferings, has been hyper-exalted and will be bowed down to by every human being to the glory of God the Father! I. JESUS, BECAUSE OF HIS HUMBLE SUFFERINGS, HAS BEEN HYPER-EXALTED (v. 9a) II. JESUS, BECAUSE OF HIS HUMBLE SUFFERINGS, HAS HAD BESTOWED ON HIM THE NAME ABOVE EVERY NAME (v. 9b) III. JESUS, BECAUSE OF HIS EXALTATION, WILL HAVE EVERY KNEE BOW AND EVERY TONGUE CONFESS HIM AS LORD (v. 10) IV. THE HUMILIATION, EXALTATION, AND WORSHIP OF KING-JESUS IS SOLI DEO GLORIA (v. 10c) What should we learn from Christ's exaltation? I) See how differently Christ Jesus is in His humiliation and exaltation II) The way to exaltation is humiliation III) Suffering comes before glory; The cross before the crown Thomas Watson (1620-1686), applying the truth of Christ’ Exaltation to our hearts, serves us these five comforts. (1.) Christ, being so highly exalted, has ennobled our nature, crowned it with glory, and lifted it above angels and archangels. (2.) Christ being exalted at God's right hand, the key of government is laid upon his shoulders; he governs all the affairs of the world for his own glory. (3.) Christ being at God's right hand, we may be assured he has now finished the work of man's redemption. (4.) Though Jesus Christ is so highly exalted in glory—yet he is not forgetful of us on earth. (5.) Christ being exalted at God's right hand is for the comfort of believers—that they will one day be exalted to that place of glory where he is!

OF UNION WITH CHRIST: Ephesians 1:3-14

Ephesians 1:3-14 • March 22, 2021 • Brett Baggett

BIG IDEA: If you are united to Christ, you have been spiritually blessed by God. Indeed every spiritual blessing flows through Christ and only through Christ. These blessings are given to the praise of God’s glorious grace! I. IF YOU ARE UNITED TO CHRIST, YOU ARE SPIRITUALLY BLESSED BY GOD (v. 3) Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,” II. HOW YOU HAVE BEEN SPIRITUALLY BLESSED IN CHRIST I) If you are united to Christ, you have been blessed with election (v. 4a) Ephesians 1:4a “even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world,” II) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with positional and final holiness and blamelessness (v. 4b) Ephesians 1:4b ”that we should be holy and blameless before him.” III) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with predestination (v. 4c-5a) Ephesians 1:4c-5a “In love he predestined us” IV) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with adoption (v. 5b) Ephesians 1:5b “for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ,” V) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with God's kindness (v. 5c) Ephesians 1:5c “according to the purpose of his will,” ("kind intention of His will" NASB) VI) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with redemption (v. 7a) Ephesians 1:7a “In him we have redemption through his blood,” VII) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with forgiveness (v. 7b) Ephesians 1:7b “the forgiveness of our trespasses,” VIII) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with richly lavished grace (v. 7c-8) Ephesians 1:7c-8 “which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight” IX) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with the revelation of the mystery of God's will (v. 9-10) Ephesians 1:9-10 “making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” X) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with an inheritance (v. 11-12) Ephesians 1:11-12 “11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.” XI) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with the gift of the Holy Spirit (v. 13) Ephesians 1:13-14a “13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,” XII) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with security and assurance (v. 14a) Ephesians 1:14a “who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,” III. WHY YOU ARE BLESSED I) In Christ, you have been blessed to the praise of God's glorious grace Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,” Ephesians 1:6 “to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:12 “so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:14b “to the praise of his glory.”

THE ESSENCE OF GOD: Exodus 34:5-7

Exodus 34:5-7 • March 29, 2021 • Brett Baggett

The essence and glory of God is chiefly comprehended by reflecting on His attributes; and when you truly behold His essence and glory, the correct response is worship and pleadings for grace! I. WHEN MOSES ASKS TO SEE THE LORD’S GLORY, THE LORD ESSENTIALLY SAYS “YOU CANNOT SEE MY FACE BUT I WILL SPEAK” Exodus 33:18-23 “18 Moses said, ‘Please show me your glory.’ 19 And he said, ‘I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The LORD.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. 20 But,’ he said, ‘you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.’ 21 And the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, 22 and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.’”  II. THE ESSENCE AND GLORY OF GOD IS CHIEFLY COMPREHENDED BY REFLECTING ON HIS ATTRIBUTES (v. 5-7) Exodus 34:5-6a “5 The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6a The LORD passed before him and proclaimed...” I) The LORD is merciful (v. 6a) Exodus 34:6a The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful“ II) The LORD is gracious (v. 6b) Exodus 34:6b “and gracious,” III) The LORD is patient (v. 6c) Exodus 34:6c “slow to anger,” IV) The LORD is abounding in lovingkindness (v. 6d) Exodus 34:6d “and abounding in steadfast love (hesed)” V) The LORD is abounding in faithfulness (v. 6e) Exodus 34:6e “abounding in...faithfulness,” VI) The LORD is forgiving (v. 7a) Exodus 34:7a “keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,” VII) The LORD is holy and just (v. 7b) Exodus 34:7b “but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.’” III. HOW MOSES RESPONDS TO SEEING THE GLORY OF THE LORD (v. 8-9) I) When Moses beheld the glory of the LORD, he worshipped (v. 8) Exodus 34:8 “And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped.” II) When Moses beheld the glory of the LORD, he plead for God’s favorable presence (v. 9a) Exodus 34:9a “And he said, ‘If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us,’ III) When Moses beheld the glory of the LORD, he plead for sanctifying grace (v. 9b) Exodus 34:9b ‘for it is a stiff-necked people,’ IV) When Moses beheld the glory of the LORD, he plead for justifying grace (v. 9c) Exodus 34:9c ’and pardon our iniquity and our sin,’ V) When Moses beheld the glory of the LORD, he plead for Exodus 34:9d ’and take us for your inheritance.’”

A MAN AND HIS PERFECT GOD: 1 Timothy 6:11-16

1 Timothy 6:11-16 • April 5, 2021 • Brett Baggett

I. A MAN OF GOD FLEES SIN (v. 11a) 1 Timothy 6:11a “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things.” II. A MAN OF GOD PURSUES CHRISTLIKENESS (11b) 1 Timothy 6:11b “Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.” III. A MAN OF GOD FIGHTS THE GOOD FIGHT OF THE FAITH (v. 12a) 1 Timothy 6:12a “Fight the good fight of the faith.” IV. A MAN OF GOD TAKES HOLD OF ETERNAL LIFE (v. 12b) 1 Timothy 6:12b “Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called…” V. A MAN OF GOD CONFESSES CHRIST JESUS AS LORD (v. 12c) 1 Timothy 6:12c “and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” VI. A MAN OF GOD TAKES HIS MARCHING ORDERS FROM GOD BECAUSE HIS AIM IS TO PLEASE HIM ALONE (v. 13) 1 Timothy 6:13 “I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,” VII. A MAN OF GOD STRIVES TO KEEP GOD’S COMMANDS, AS ONE WHO IS UNSTAINED AND ABOVE REPROACH, UNTIL JESUS RETURNS (v. 14-15a) 1 Timothy 6:14-15a “14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15a which he will display at the proper time—“ VIII. A MAN OF GOD IS SUSTAINED TO PERSEVERE IN LIFE AND MINISTRY BY KNOWING AND DELIGHTING IN GOD AND HIS PERFECTIONS (v. 15b-16) 1 Timothy 6:15b he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.”

THE GOODNESS AND JUSTICE OF GOD: Romans 2:3-5

Romans 2:3-5 • April 12, 2021 • Brett Baggett

I. GOD IS JUST I) Because God is just, He does what is just. II) Because God is just, He loves justice. III) Because God is just, He hates injustice. IV) Because God is just, He will punish sinners. V) The gospel is the good news that God is both just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. VI) Because God is just, if you are in Christ, you are then as secure as anyone could possibly be. II. GOD IS GOOD I) Because God is good, He does what is good. I.II) God does what is good to all mankind. I.II) God especially does what is good to His saints. II. Because God is good, He did the highest good possible and sent His son to die so that you would have eternal life. HOW MUST YOU RESPOND TO GOD'S GOODNESS? I. You must not presume upon God’s goodness—if you do, you will go to hell and pay your sin-debts for all eternity II. You must repent and believe God’s good news—if you do, God will forgive and cleanse you III. In Christ, you must imitate God in his goodness IV. In Christ, you must tell others of God’s goodness V. In Christ, you must praise God for His goodness

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