Pulpit Ready Sermon Outlines 39-56

39. CALLED TO THE MINISTRY (2 Cor. 1 - Selected)
40. WHY JESUS CAME (Luke 4:18-19; Isaiah 61:1-2)
41. BREAKING FREE FROM AN UNHEALTHY FEAR OF GOD (Luke 15:18-21)
42. THE REMEDY OF REDEMPTION ((Selected)
43. THE BEAUTY OF PSALM 23
44. LIVING BY THE WORD OF GOD (Psalm 119 Selected)
45. THE JUDGMENT OF THE UNSAVED (Rev. 20:11-15)
46. ROMANS 12:1 - A WILLING SACRIFICE
47. CONTRASTING MOTHERHOODS - ABIGAIL AND ATHALIAH (1 Samuel 25; 1 Kings 11:1-16)
48. THE AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE ((Selected)
49. FRUIT FROM THE ROOT (GAL. 5:22-23)
50. RESULTS OF LIVING A SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE (NOT CHARISMATIC) (Ephesians 5:18)
51. YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN (VERY BASIC EVANGELISTIC MESSAGE) (John 3:3, 7)
52. MODERN TONGUES: IS IT BIBLICAL? (Acts 2:1-11 & Selected)
53. THE DANGERS OF THE CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT (Selected)
54. WHAT IS A BIBLICAL MAN? (Designed for all men in mind not just the married) (Selected)
55. SEVEN WAYS TO GROW IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE (Romans 12: 9-14)
56. LIVING IN THE FEAR OF GOD (Selected)

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CALLED TO THE MINISTRY
The Accepted Statement: He was called to the ministry. He/She has the call of God on their life
Call: "Kaleo" which means to summon or invite
Ministry: "Diakonia" which means service or attendance"
 
Pondering Questions
1. Does the Bible teach that God calls only a certain few to ministry?
2. Do we consider private ministry to be of less value than public ministry?
3. Or could it be that we have the wrong perspective on ministry?
    Romans 12:7 - The Gift of Ministry - Is it only for these people with this gift?
    Philemon 1 - Philemon - What is known of his ministry?
    Philemon 2 - (Answer) - There was a church in his home!
The Question of the Ages: HAS GOD CALLED YOU TO THE MINISTRY?
 
2 Corinthians 1
Vs 4 Ministry of Comfort
Vs 6 Ministry of Example
Vs 7 Ministry of Encouragement
Vs 8 Ministry of Enlightenment
Vs 9 Ministry of Direction - Pointing people to Christ
Vs 11 Ministry of Prayer
Vs 11 Minister of Giving
Vs 12 Ministry of Conduct
Vs 13 Ministry of the Written Word
Vs 15 Ministry of Visitation
Vs 21 Ministry of Confirmation
 
Epilogue
Matthew 25:21
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WHY JESUS CAME
Primary text 1: Luke 4:18-19
Text 2: Isaiah 61:1-2
 
1. PREACH THE GOSPEL
A. Preach - Announce the good news
B. Poor - Beggar, beggarly ( Fig. - Destitute and Pitiful) - Romans 3:10
C. Matt. 5:3 - Poor/First beatitude/No pride
D. Mark 16:15 - Preach - "Karusso" = Proclaim/First command
E. It is first/foremost need of man because:
    1. Man is spiritually dead - Eph. 2:1-3
    2. Man is rebellious toward God, results are:
    3. Eternal damnation
 
2. HEAL THE BROKEN HEARTED
A. Brokenhearted=Broken in pieces-fragmented life
B. Psalm 41:4 > Isaiah 53:5 > 1 Peter 2:24
C. Heals what?
    1. Our relationship to God - Doctrine and reconciliation (peace on earth - real peace between God and man)
    2. Our relationship with each other
    3. Our ability to maintain intimate relationships
 
3. PREACH DELIVERANCE TO THE CAPTIVES
A. Deliverance = Pardon, forgiveness of sins - Col. 1:14
B. Who are the captives? - Isaiah 14:15-17 - Captives are those under sin - Ex. 1:14 - Isaiah 61:1 - opens prison
C. Captives do their masters command - serve sin - Romans 6:16
 
4. AND RECOVERING THE SIGHT TO THE BLIND
A. Gehazi - 2 Kings 6:17 - Only saw what was around him - Why?
B. Isaiah 59:10 - Judah's spiritual condition - is typical of our condition
C. We needed to see our real condition in contrast to assumed condition (good)
D. John 3:3 - Born again - Key word "see kingdom"
 
5. SET AT LIBERTY THOSE THAT ARE BRUISED
A. Bruised - Crushed or shattered
B. Liberty - (Apostellai) to send forth like an apostle
C. Peter in prison - set free to preach and proclaim
 
6. PREACH THE ACCEPTABLE DAY OF THE LORD
A. A specific year - The year of Jubilee the year of freedom
B. Initial freeing from our sins
C. Maintenance of death to sin - from initial salvation to our homegoing
D. The final freedom in heaven
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BREAKING FREE FROM AN UNHEALTHY FEAR OF GOD
The Dangers of an Unhealthy Fear of God - Luke 15:18-21 > 22
1. Religion - Mars Hill - Acts 17
2. Fear of service - Hid one talent - Matthew 25:24-25
3. Serving with wrong motivation
4. "Abundant Requirement Mentality" - What does God require of me and how much?
5. Good works to appease God
6. Misconceptions about the character of God
7. Unconscious tool of parents to keep children disciplined (God will get you or punish you)
8. The belief God is untouchable or unreachable
 
These 8 points represent religious fear
AN UNHEALTHY FEAR OF GOD CAUSES ONE TO LIVE UNDER A CLOUD OF BONDAGE OF A CLOUDED IMAGE WE FABRICATE IN OUR MINDS.
 
A HEALTHY FEAR OF GOD DISCIPLINED OUR LIFE WITHOUT EXCEEDING BIBLICAL PARAMETERS WHICH GOD HAS GIVEN IN THE SCRIPTURES. WE NEED TO GAIN GOD'S PERSPECTIVE ON THE ISSUES OF LIFE TO BREAK THE CHAIN OF RELIGIOUS FEAR.
 
Unclouding the false image of God in our life
1. Pre-salvation sins
A. Ephesians 1:7 - How far did grace stretch? (notice the word "according")
B. Psalm 103:12 - East and west never meet (we will never be judged for our sins)
C. Isaiah 38:17 - Behind His back
D. Micah 7:18-19 - The sea
E. Colossians 2:13-14 - How many sins? ALL
     Calvary was a great judgment day - God was judged for my sin and found guilty, but we were judged and found not guilty.
 
2. Post-salvation sins
A. Romans 7:15-20
B. Romans 7:21-22
C. Romans 8:1 - The final declaration
 
3. Peace with God
A. Acts 10:36
B. Colossians 1:19-21
C. Romans 5:1
 
4. God loves His children (John 13:1)
A. Jeremiah 31:3
B. Romans 5:8 - 'Toward us"
C. Ephesians 2:4 - "He loved us"
D. 1 John 3:1 - "Toward us"
 
5. God secures His children
A. Psalm 34:7
B. Psalm 91:4
C. Psalm 125:2
D. (example) Daniel 6:22
In reference to the relationship of God and His children, we need not fear God's wrath or adversity.
We need not fear evil or death because Romans 8:37 because He made us "more than conquerors."
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THE REMEDY OF REDEMPTION
1. How could David be a man after God's own heart after what he did? 1 Samuel 13:14 1 Chronicles 21:13-14
2. How could God love Jacob after he cheated his brother Esau, twice? Romans 9:13
3. How could God use someone like Moses, who murdered an Egyptian? Exodus 2:11-12
    The answer is simple: They were redeemed by God
 
Man's Condition
Romans 3:10-20
 
How God views the sinner
Psalm 5:4-7
 
God understands the mire of sin
Isaiah 41:14
 
God enacts the remedy of Redemption
 
The Old Covenant
1. The people agreed to obey God - 618 Laws - Ex. 19:5-8
2. Book of Leviticus - A digest of divine law. The theme is 'How can sinful man approach a holy God?" Holy is mentioned 89 times in Leviticus alone and 430 times in the old Testament alone. Isn't it interesting that holy is mentioned 430 times, one time for every year Israel was in Egypt. It occurs 181 times in the New Testament. 611 Times totally in the entire Bible. Holiness is serious to God.
Hebrews 12:14
 
The New Covenant
1. Foretold - Jeremiah 31:31-34; Isaiah 9:6-7
2. Fulfilled - Luke 22:19-20; Heb. 10:4, 9, 12, 14; 12:24
 
4 Results of receiving Christ as Savior
1. From sinner to saint - Psalm 50:5
2. From being at war with God to being at peace - Romans 5:1
3. Strangers to God to Family God - Ephesians 2:19-22
4. From hell bound to heaven bound - 1 Peter 1:4
 
Only 1 Result of rejecting Christ
Revelation 20:11-15
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THE BEAUTY OF PSALM 23
Vs 1 - My Shepherd - satisfies a personal need
Shall not want - Spiritual life is satisfied, void is filled - Isaiah 40:3-4
 
Vs 2 - In this world, who offers us green pastures=a pleasant place
Still waters - Waters of quietness - Isaiah 30:15
 
Vs 3 - Restoreth - Turn around or back
Leadeth - Guide
Righteousness - Straightness, the Right thing
 
Vs 4 - Shadow of death - Deepest, darkest places
Death is only a shadow because we have eternal life - John 11:25
God is with us - Romans 8:38-39
Rod - A branch or a stick for walking
Staff - A support or a protector
(Rod and Staff denote guidance and protection by correction)
Comfort - because God cares enough to pay attention and correct us - Hebrews 12:6
 
Vs 5 - Preparest a table - Set in order a table=Table represents feasting while the rest of the world Satisfies itself with husks that the swine ate (Prodigal Son) - God gives a feast in front of the World
Oil- A figure of the Holy Spirit
Cup runneth over - He fills us with himself till we overflow - rivers of living water (John 7:38)
 
Vs 6 - Surely - certainty
Goodness - Good in the widest sense of the word
Mercy - Also means loving kindness and favor
All the days of my life - 60 or 70 years? - Think Eternally
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LIVING BY THE WORD OF GOD
Psalm 119: Selected Verses
Vs 4 - We are commanded
Vs 9 - It purifies our ways (cleanse-purifies)
Vs11 - Keeps us from presumptuous sin (Vs 133)
Vs 18 - Spiritual discernment (Vs 130)
Vs 24 - We will extract solid counsel
Vs 27 - Teaches us to be a witness (Vss 74 & 79)
Vs 33 - To give us perseverance (Vs 112)
Vs 36 - Refocus my goals (Vs 59)
Vs 38 -  It teaches us to reverence God (Vs 120)
Vs 40 -  It satisfies the searching soul
Vs 46 -  It gives us boldness
Vs 49 -  Gives us hope (Vs 92)
Vs 51 -  Gives a clear path during confused times
Vs 52 -  Comfort in hard times (Vs 143)
Vs 54 -  Gives deep inward joy (Vs 103)
Vs 69 -  Gives strength under persecution (Vs 85)
Vs 72 -  It reveals true riches
Vs 89 -  It is an eternal word (Vs 160)
Vs 93 -  It is the word of life
Vs 97 -  The word of God is our sufficiency
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THE JUDGMENT OF THE UNSAVED - Revelation 20:11-15
Some works which will be judged
Proverbs 21:27 Good works
Matthew 5:27-28 Sins of the Heart
Matthew 10:26 Private sins
Matthew 12:36 Idle words (idle=unemployed)
Matthew 15:19 Thoughts
 
What you will face as you stand for judgment
Zephaniah 2:2 Fierce Anger
Matthew 25:32-33 Separation
2 Thessalonians 1:8 Flaming vengeance
Hebrews 10:31 Fear
Revelation 20:13 Loneliness
 
What will be the outcome
Revelation 20:15
 
Does the Bible describe this place?
Matthew 3:12 Unquenchable fire (unquenchable fire=never goes out)
Matthew 5:22 Burning Garbage dump symbolizes Hell
Matthew 5:29 The Whole Body
Matthew 13:42 Fire of a furnace (Blast furnace which melts metals)
Matthew 18:8 Everlasting
Revelation 14:10 Fire and Brimstone
 
How can I avoid this terrible place?
1. Ask God to save you
2. Ask Christ to come into your life
3. Repent of your sins
4. Ask Christ to be Lord of your life
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ROMANS 12:1 - A WILLING SACRIFICE
This verse tells us that we must become a living sacrifice to the things of God and for others. Here are seven principles of sacrifice:
1. A sacrifice is fully burned which means total commitment
2. A sacrifice is messy which means that we may suffer in service to others.
3. A sacrifice is presented to God, which means we must be sincere in our duties. To have an an alternative
     motive in service means a sacrifice to a false god, namely self.
4. A sacrifice is groomed for that purpose. The Bible teaches us that we should arm our mind that we will suffer
      in the service of God. (1 Peter 4:1-2)
5. A sacrifice dies which means we must be dead to self when we serve God.  (Romans 6:11-12)
6. A sacrifice receives no reward. The only reward we are to expect is knowing that we have done that which
    was required of us. (Luke 17:10)
7. A sacrifice is bound to the altar till it is completed. God will keep us in the frying pan until the job He sent us to
    do is completed to His satisfaction. This is why if you do not think you may finish a job, do not accept the
     responsibility for it. (Psalm 118:27)
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CONTRASTING MOTHERHOODS - ATHALIAH AND ABIGAIL
Selected Texts out of 1 Samuel 25; 1 Kings 11:1-16; 2 Chronicles 22;2-3, 10-12
Athaliah's Character - Her name "Jehovah has afflicted" - Daughter of Ahab and Jezebel - Granddaughter of Omri (idolater)
A. Wicked Counselor (2 Chronicles 22:3)
1. Keep an open mind on religion
2. Make up their own mind
 
B. Vengeful Personality (2 Chron. 22:10)
1. Focuses on self
2. Vilifies others while projecting self-purity
3. Idolater
    A. Never finds truth - 2 Tim. 3:7
    B. A god of personal goals and achievements
    C. When one god fails, create another
    D. Murderer (2 Chron. 22:10)
4. Revelation 2:20-23 - Spiritual murder (second death)
5. She destroyed the true worshippers of Jehovah
    A. Opposed true worship of God
    B. Leaves door open for other gods
    C. Opposes Christianity
6. Usurper (2 Kings 11:3)
    A. Takes advantage of situation
    B. Secret desire to rule
    C. Like Omri, she had no right to the THRONE of Judah
 
Abigail's Character - name means "Cause of Joy) - 1 Sam. 25
Vs 3 - A woman of good understanding ( intelligence, knowledge, providence, sense, wisdom, wise)
Vs 14 - She was a woman of trust - normally all business was done by the males but here the servant risks firing by going to Abigail and not Nabal
Vs 18 - Abigail acted not reacted - She met the problem head on
Vs 19 - She was an organizer
Vs 23 - She was well informed - She knew David was to be king (Vs 30)
Vs 24 - She knew how to appease the king - We appease God through the gospel by coming to Christ
Vs 26 - She stood in the gap
Vs 26 - "My Lord Nabal" - She had respect for a reprobate (1 Peter 3:1)
Vs 31 - She understood situations and their effect on people
Vs 33 - She was a wise counselor
Vs 39 - She was desirable because of her wisdom
Vs 43 - David's big mistake - he should have not taken other wives because Abigail was a great blessing
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THE AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE
1. Its Source - 2 Timothy 3:16
2. Its Central figure - John 5:39
3. Its endorsement - Psalm 138:2
4. Its ability to convict - Ezra 10:3
5. Its ability to save - Romans 10:16-17
6. Its universal message - Matthew 28:19
7. Its ability to search the depths of man - 1 Cor. 2:10-11
8. Its ability to open the spiritual eyes - Psalm 119:18
9. Its inviolate nature - Titus 1:2
10. Its ability to bring man and God together - Isaiah 1:18
       In the area of thought, goal, and desire
11. Its authority in the genesis of the world - Gen. 1:1
       In reference to Creation Vs Evolution
12. Its holiness - 2 Timothy 3:15
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FRUIT FROM THE ROOT
Text: Galatians 5:22-23
Love -  The ability to overlook the sins of others (Matthew 18:21-22)
Joy - The ability to worship God from the heart under adverse conditions (Job 1:21)
Peace - The ability "to be still and know that I am God" during tough times (Psalm 46:10)
Longsuffering - The ability to wait on the Lord (Psalm 62:5)
Gentleness -  The ability to put others before you in kindness and benevolence (Phil. 2:4)
Goodness - The ability to live by good, moral worth, even in private. (Hebrews 4:13)
Faith - The ability to believe God when common sense says otherwise (Hebrews 11:6)
Meekness - The ability to be tender in spirit, exhibiting no spiritual pride (Numbers 12:3)
Temperance - The ability to rule over the desires of the flesh (Romans 8:13)
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RESULTS OF LIVING THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE
Text: Ephesians 5:18
The spirit controlled believer:
1. will bring forth a repentant heart and a change of attitude toward sin. They see things from God's point of
     view. (John 16:7-11)
2. can face the world daily with confidence. (Romans 14:17)
3. is sanctified, washed, and justified in a possessive manner, not just positional (1 Cor. 6:9-11)
4. has the strength to put off the old man and pout on the new man (Romans 6:6)
5. is a vessel in which the Holy Spirit can communicate biblical thought to others (Matthew 10:20)
6. can teach or preach the true gospel without college or seminary training (1 John 2:27)
7. can communicate the gospel on the literacy level of their hearers (1 Cor. 2:4-5)
8. has inward joy, not superficial elation (Ephesians 5:18-19)
9. has the peace of God flowing through them (Romans 15:13)
10. develops their spiritual gifts to be usable in God's service (2 Timothy 1:6)
11. will serve others in Christ's name for the furthering of the kingdom (Exodus 31:1-3)
12. is open to the testimony about Christ (John15:26)
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YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN
Text: John 3:3, 7
 
What is it?
A. The spiritual resurrection - Ephesians 2:1
B. The exchanged life - Ezekiel - 36:25-28
 
Where does it take place?
In our soul existence - Eph. 2:6 - 'Raised up together" and "seated together" are in the aorist tense, which reveals a past action still in force.
 
Why is it essential?
A. Man is under condemnation - John 3:18
B. Man is helpless to save himself - Romans 3:10-12
C. For proper worship of God - John 4:23-24 (Lydia-Acts 16:14)
D. To get to heaven - Revelation 21:24
E. To do good works - Ephesians 2:10
F. To become true children of god - John 1:12-13
 
How does one obtain eternal life?
By receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as savior - Romans 10:9-10
 
The Permanence of Salvation
You cannot lose your salvation:
John 3:15
Ephesians 2:8-9
Romans 6:23
Romans 11:29
Ephesians 4:30
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MODERN TONGUES: IS IT BIBLICAL?
Acts 2:1-11 (33 AD circa.)
Definition - Tongues were legitimate - Used of God to send forth the gospel - 18 Languages represented in Vss 9-11 - 50 uses of glwssa (glossa) which means "language" Vs 4 or the physical tongue (Mark 7:33)
"eteroglwssos" - (heteroglossos) 1 Cor. 14:21 - "other tongues"
3 Legitimacy's of Biblical tongues:
A. Evangelistic - Vs 8
B. Needed while Bible headed toward completion - Vs 11
C. 1 Cor. 14:10 - Edifying - "afonon" (aphonon) = without signification=without sound - interpretation in Vs 5
Tongues spoken by Mormons, Roman Catholics, Jehovah's Witnesses, Witches & Voo Doo chants as witnessed by many missionaries in Africa and the Caribbean or wherever evil dominates.
Charismatic Movement believes tongues are achieved by the baptism of the Holy Spirit
Acts 1:5 - The prophecy of the baptism - "with" = "en" also translated "In"
Acts 2:38 & 41 - Baptized in water? - No, the Holy Spirit
Baptism in the Holy Ghost is our pledge of eternal life and is received at the moment of salvation
(2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30)
 
Prayer Language - 1 Cor, 14:14-20
1. The Lord's Prayer 2. John 17 - These were given in the language of the hearers. Prayer language is:Adoration/Thanksgiving/Praise/Petition
 
Heavenly Language or language of angels - 1 Cor. 13:1
Appearance to Abraham - Gen. 18:1 & 9
Appearance to Mary - Luke 1:26 & 28
Both appearances were given in the language of the hearers - no interpreter needed
 
1 Corinthians 14:21-22
Vs 21 - Judgment - Isaiah 28:10-11, 15-19; 29:1-4; Jer. 21:4-6, 10, 14; Lam. 1:3-5 (after the capture)
All this warning to Judah will be of no avail because they will not listen.
All the attempts to bring the church back to biblical sanity will be to no avail - They will not listen - Tongues are the judgment of God of the church - "Men of stammering lips" is God's judgment on the church
 
Vs 22 - Tongue speakers see this as a sign from God ( Assembly of God doctrinal statement)
           Jesus speaks of signs - Matthew 12:38-39 > 2 Thess. 2:9-12
           Mark 16:17-18 - What are these signs
A. Cast out devils - Mary Magdalene/Gadarene demoniac the results are important - they became saved
B. Speak with new tongues - from swearing to praise - Psalm 96:1; Mark 16:17 - "New" tongues = "kainas" - one meaning - only
     place in 4 gospels that speaks of tongues (is not prophecy that Christians will be speaking in tongues)
C. Take up serpents - Luke 10:19 - The serpent in the garden of Eden - Satan has no power over the believer
D. Drink any deadly thing - False gospels not poison
E. Lay hands on the sick - Matt. 9:12-13
    Tongues are a sign for unbelievers but prophesying is for those who believe
    Tongues cause confusion - 1 Cor. 14:33
    Tongues cause people to seek the other signs that are associated with it creating the "gimme gospel"
KEEP IN MIND SATAN COMES AS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT CREATING GOSPELS THAT LOOK LIKE THE REAL THING AND HAS GREAT CAPABILITY TO DECEIVE EVEN THE VERY ELECT. (2 Cor. 11:14-15)
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THE DANGERS OF THE CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT
Charismatic comes from carismata (charismata) which means "a gift of grace."
1. It is a worldwide movement
2. Every church is affected by its teaching
3. Every Christian is drawn into the conflict - pro or con
4. Big money - Media ministries either adapt or face financial ruin
5. It is linked to end time prophecy.
 
Brief History
1. Montanus - 2nd century church father - proliferated the teachings
2. It stayed subdued till the early part of the 20th century
3. Azuza Street Mission in California - turn of the 20th century - resurgence of heavy tongue speaking - Satan made his move - The
    Assemblies of God was founded in 1914 and was the major force in this movement.
4. Pentacostalism begins to spread but not rapidly
5. The early Pentacostals refuted the ecumenical movement and the amalgamation of church and world
6. The 1960's was the decade of moral, spiritual, and political decadence
7. The birth of the modern charismatic movement which escalated worldwide at a rapid rate - Today it is everywhere
 
SOME DANGEROUS TEACHINGS OF THE CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT
1. Speak in tongues or you are not saved - It is evidence of Holy Spirit!
2. Speak in tongues or you do not have the Holy Spirit - Romans 8:9
3. Agreement in Prayer - Matt. 18:19 - Prayer becomes the command of man to God
4. Bodily healing - Isaiah 53:5 - No one is to be sick, it isn't God's will - Phil. 2:25-27
5. Certain people are "anointed" - 1 John 2:27 & 2 Cor. 1:21 say all believers are anointed
6. God is still giving verbal messages - It widens their authority from the Bible to the "Bible Plus."
    Deut. 4:2 - A Command not To Add
    Prov. 30:6 - A Liar = Reproof
Rev. 22:18-19 - Plagues>out of the Holy City>Out of the book of life - Judgment and damnation
I am not saying you can lose salvation, but these people were never saved or they are totally deceived.
Some say that tongues is only speaking Scripture back to God and that is not revelation: Let's test it:
    A. Romans 3:10 comes from Psalm 14:1-3
    B. Romans 3:11-12 comes from Psalm 53:1-3
    C. Acts 2:16-21 comes from Joel 2:28-32
        Conclusion: Repeated Scripture is Divine Revelation because New Testament books were new revelation from God.
7. Prosperity - (Word not found in NT) - God wants you rich - Jerry Savelle, "It is part of our salvation" 7/2/95
8. Dreams, signs and visions are accepted without hesitation - written word takes second place
    A. Jesse Duplantis on Ken Copeland stated he was in heaven 5 hours
    B. Those who claim they went to hell are deceived
    C. Those who saw themselves in the operating room are deceived (satanic deception)
9. Overstresses the power of Satan - he is a defeated foe
10. Their music mimics the world - 1 John 2:15-17 - Christian rock is charismatic based
11. Over emphasizes and distorts the doctrine of the Holy Spirit
12. It encourages women to usurp authority in the church - 1 Cor. 14:34 & 1 Tim. 2:11-15
13. Miracles are glorified and supposedly used to authenticate a special calling from God
      Pat Robertson raised a dead person but in an interview he stated he can't remember where or when - Where is the one he
      supposedly raised.
14. Slain in the Spirit (Backward) - John 18:6; 1 Sam. 4:18; Isa. 1:4; 28:13
15. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a separate event - Eph. 5:18 (notice contrast in verse) walking in spirit -Rom. 8:1 & 5
16. Disregards the doctrine of separation - 2 Cor. 6:14-18
    A. It dictates that God is at work in a dead Protestant church
    B. It teaches that God is at work in the Catholic Church - Catholic Charismatic
    C. When a person becomes saved the charismatic movement says stay in your apostate church.
17. Always preaching joy, happiness, worldly satisfaction, the best things in life, etc.
18. The charismatic movement is the binding link in the ecumenical movement - Look at Promise Keepers and "Creation" music
      festivals alias religious woodstocks
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WHAT IS A BIBLICAL MAN?
Is it John Wayne? Clint Eastwood Charles Bronson Al Bundy?
How does the world assess a real man?
1. Muscular - The perfect body
2. Ready to fight - War monger
3. Sports freak - No brains
4. Insensitive to the needs of others
5. Emotionless
6. Sex freak - 2 Samuel 13:1-3, 11-12
Why is the American Male so friendless?
    A. Fear of labels - Homo - Wimp - Weak - Espousing Femininity
    B. Fear of crossing societal boundaries:
 
1. Men not allowed to cry
2. Men not allowed to hug or put arm around another male.
3. True sympathy unacceptable
4. Empathy must be for analytical purposes only, not understanding
    C. Fear of openness - Others may discover I am not a tough guy
    D. Fear of triviality - We are threatened by deeds which we believe are below our masculinity.
    E. Fear of plateau living - So we become obsessed with work to the neglect of our families or spiritual fellowship with Christ. We  
        are dissatisfied where God has placed us. We believe that somehow we must progress to a place where we believe we will
         be contented.
 
How To Become a Biblical Man!
All from Proverbs:
1:5 Men of Wisdom
9:9 Accept Criticism without defenses
10:11 Speak of heavenly things, not only worldly things
10:23 We must do things in keeping with a godly testimony
11:17 We must show mercy as God shows it to us each day
16:27 We must watch our tongues
18:24 Learn to accept new friends - Break out of the rut of hanging with the same guys continually
19:11 Every transgression against us need not be answered
22:29 Become diligent in the Lord's business and not petty squabbles (taste great - less filling)
25:19 Can you be depended on?
26:21 Do you tend to hold grudges
29:20 We must learn to control our tongues
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SEVEN WAYS TO GROW IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
ROMANS 12:9-14
1. Vss 9 - 10 - Love without hypocrisy
A. True love does not use a person
B. True love does not exalt self
C. True love gives and expects nothing in return
 
2. Vs 11 - Be fervent in spirit
A. Seek to be busy in the Lord's work
B. Finish what you start
C. Avoid laziness (it is sin)
 
3. Vs 12 - Rejoice in hope (Rom. 4:18)
A. The blessed hope - Titus 2:13
B. Worldly dreams never satisfy
C. Hope in the world soon vanishes
 
4. Vs 12 - Patient (qliyis) [tribluation] in oppression, affliction, pressure
A. Patience in hard times shows trust in God - Isaiah 40:31
B. Trials will come - 1 Peter 4:1 - trials focus on faith - 1 Peter 1:7
 
5. Vs 12 - Steadfastly continue in prayer
A. Importunate prayer - Luke 18:1
B. Pick out 3 people and pray for them - without telling them you are praying
C. It is impossible to dislike someone you pray for.
 
6. Vs 13 - A Hospitable person
A. Give with wisdom (don't keep giving handouts to the church leech)
B. Luke 6:38 principle
C. 2 Corinthians 9:6
D. 2 Principles for giving: (2 Cor. 8:12)
    1. Willing mind
    2. According to what you have
 
7. Vs 14 - Do not return evil for evil
A. Bless (eulogew) Eulogize - speak well of, praise
B. "Curse" to condemn to hell - Rev. 14:10-11
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LIVING IN THE FEAR OF GOD
The Definition
The fear of God is a reverential respect and deference of self to the almighty, sovereign God of this universe. When a child of God lives their life in the fear of God, they have found the key to living an instrumental life for God and accordingly increases in the knowledge of God - Prov. 2:1-5
 
Hebrews 12:28-29 - "godly fear" - not a paralyzing fear as in approaching danger rather it is a prudent fear which causes one to consistently exercise self-examination as a person stands in the reverent awe of God.
Unbelieving fear develops in the unregenerate mind and usually develops scenarios or anxieties and is always linked to physical anxiety and bodily degeneration. The fear of God in a believer's life is a healthy fear.
When we submit ourselves to the fear of God or the reverential respect of God, He promises us special blessings and understandings.
 
WHAT IS THE WORKING DEFINITION OF THE FEAR OF GOD?
1. Psalm 103:13 - The fear of God brings the compassion of God (Matthew 6:26 & 30)
    A. "Pitieth" - "fondled, to love in a compassion way"
    B. Isaiah 63:9 - God protects those who live in His fear.
    C. The ultimate compassion - salvation
    D. The fear of God opens the Father heart of God:
        1. Life
        2. Circumstances
        3. Relationship to God
2. Prov. 8:13 - The fear of God is to hate what He hates.
    A. Hate evil
    B. Sins like this must never be named among the brethren
    C. We must live a Christ-like lifestyle:
        1. Attitude
        2. Action
3. Prov. 10:27 - The fear of God lengthens days
    A. Living in God's fear keeps us aloof from the world
    B. The fear of God goes on into eternity
4. 2 Cor. 7:1 - The fear of God is the umbrella for Christian growth (start from 2 Cor. 6:17 for context)
    A. Fearing God is a maturing process - "perfecting" = to bring to completion
    B. As we strip off the old nature, the new nature begins to poke through - 2 Tim. 2:21 - "meet" useful, profitable
    C. The more of the new nature pokes through, the closer to God we become which is a sanctifying effect. Thus the process of     
         sanctification, not salvation. (James 4:8)
5. Eph. 5:21 - The fear of God is the method of consistent reconciliation
    A. "Submitting" - "put in subjection to or to submit one's self"
    B. Phil 2:4 - Be concerned with others
    C. Heb. 12:14 - Follow peace with all - "social peace"
    D. It maintains our fellowship with God - we will fear to sin
6. The fear of God is the realization of who He is!
    A. Matt. 10:28 - He destroys body and soul in hell
    B. Heb. 10:31 - Fall into the hands
    C. Heb. 12:29 - A consuming fire
    D. Ex. 19:16-18 - God in his totality is awesome, unexplainable and approachable
 
The epilogue: Ecclesiastes 12:13
(Eccl 12:13 KJV) Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

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