FBCN Sermon Notes from service 3-29-2015

Unmasking your idols:

  • For whom and what do I make sacrifices?
  • If I could have anything or experience what would that be?
  • Who and what makes me the most happy?
  • What one person or thing can I not live without?
  • What do I think about when my mind is in neutral?

Words of affirmation and glory to God:

  • Hosanna!
  • Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
  • Peace in Heaven!
  • Glory in the highest!

 

Choose what you watch, wisely…

I remember a line from the Indiana Jones Movie “The Last Crusade” in which Indiana Jones is faced with making a choice as to what cup he should drink from in order to find the one that would heal his dying father. The villain of the movie chooses what he thought was the cup of Christ by choosing the most elaborate cup on the shelf. We soon find out that he chose “Poorly”. Well many of us know what happens to that guy in the movie and rejoice in the fact that Indiana Jones makes the correct choice and ends up saving his father. We to must remember that we have to make correct choices in life that impact how we will live.

The Bible says, “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;” in Psalm 101:3 (KJV). What does that mean? Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (KJV)  We are to be Holy as He is Holy (Leviticus 11:44) We are to be like Christ (Philippians 2). It in fact says in the Bible we are to be PERFECT as HE IS PERFECT (Matthew 5:48). It looks to me that we better be careful as to what we put before our eyes and allow to enter our minds. As the old saying goes, “We are what we eat.” If we are “eating” things that are evil, wicked, or opposite of what Philippians 4:8 tells us, then why do it? Why do we need to put that into our minds? Why do we need to watch that TV Show? Why do we need to watch that Movie? Listen to that music? Read that book? The answer is we don’t have to.

breaking-bad

Speaking with a group of friends this last Saturday night, we embarked on a side subject of recent TV shows. “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead” came up as some of their favorite shows. I asked the question, “Why?” Most of them answered saying they enjoyed the story or the “Killing of zombies”. This discussion finished the evenings study as I felt the Holy Spirit leading us to ask the question of “Why?”  I have never watched “Breaking Bad” and wondered why everyone was in such a up-roar over the finale. Seems this show is about a guy who ends up becoming terminally ill and has no money. So he begins to manufacture drugs and starts to sell them to create the “nest egg” for his family. From there I guess the guy just keeps going down the slippery slope of moral relativism by killing people in the name of “what I need for my family”. To me I can’t help to wonder why anyone would want to watch a show that portrayed someone who is evil and doing nearly everything wrong as the “Good guy?” My friends told me that in some episodes the torture and violence was so great that they had to turn it off. Now mind you this is on regular network TV. The same is true for the show “The Walking Dead”.

Jay Z

Why? Why would you want to fill your mind with images that portray things that satan himself finds entertaining? Why would you continue to watch Miley Cyrus videos? Jay Z videos? Well, just about any music video now-a-days? If God has called us to be salt and light, then we need to be that. We don’t need to be doing what the rest of the world is doing.

In 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 Paul speaks about becoming everything to all men. In verses 19 – 20 he talks about becoming a “Jew to the Jew” and then “A Greek to a Greek”. But in verse 21 he speaks about becoming like those without the “Law” BUT qualifies that by saying, “though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law”. Paul says that He still has to honor what Christ has told him to do. As Christians we must try and do our best to honor what we have been told to do. I believe it is time for all Christians to stop allowing the propaganda machine of TV, Movies and News brain washing us into what it wants us to be. The desensitization to all things that are against God is on us and they aren’t holding back until they make us an un-godly, un-civilized society responding to everything that comes our way with an animalistic, reactionary engagement.  We wonder why there are so many people going insane and engaging in shooting rampages across America seemingly on a weekly basis, but claim that 1st person shooter video games have nothing to do with it. WE TURN OUR EYES FROM THE TRUTH BECAUSE IT DOESN’T FIT WHAT WE DESIRE. People, that is the same thing that got us in this predicament in the first place. Adam chose to do what HE WANTED verses WE HE KNEW WAS TRUE. It is abundantly clear that it was a choice.

My pastor’s sermon this weekend fit this topic extraordinarily well. He was preaching on demon possession and centered on the Scripture texts of Mark 1:21-28; Mark 5:1-20. In those sections of Scripture, it tells of 2 men who were demon possessed. Both of the stories show the men as being violently enraged and consumed by the demons that dwelt inside of them. Scary stuff. One of his major points was about the fact that these men had CHOSEN to open their lives up to satanic indwelling. The men had purposely messed around with satanic activities and thereby created an opportunity for some really nasty demons to inhabit their bodies. They disregarded what they knew to be true and thereby opened themselves up. Why? At the time they never thought it would ever lead to what it lead to. They never thought it would mean that they would be cast-outs, feared, violent, murderous, un-clean, blasphemous, wild, … chained. Yes, chained. They were chained to satan in ways they never would have imagined. It may look like freedom from the outside, but yielding to your wanting pleasures ends up making you “chained”. We are bent towards sin, not righteousness. We don’t gravitate towards good, but bad. Only when we invite the One who died and rose again into our lives does our lives begin to “resonate” for Him. He shoves satan out. There are choices that need to be made…

Adam chose poorly. For his poor choice God’s only Son had to die to save us from his decision. I challenge you today to make the choice to STOP filling your minds with evil/detestable things and start filling them with things that are TRUE, HONORABLE AND JUST. We are the light to this world. We are Jesus to the lost. They are watching us…very closely. It is how we live that speaks to them about the validity of our faith. Let’s make today count and the rest of our days count for the God that loves us and died a costly death for us.

What is happening should be no surprise

The World’s Hatred

18 “If the world hates you, be aware that it hated Me first.
19 If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you do not belong to the world, but I chose you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you.
20 Remember what I told you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed My word, they will obey yours too.
21 But they will do all these things to you on account of My name, because they do not know the one who sent Me.
22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. But they no longer have any excuse for their sin.
23 The one who hates Me hates My Father too.

The heart of the matter….

Thought you all would like to see this:

“There are only two possibilities as to how life arose. One is spontaneous generation arising to evolution; the other is a supernatural creative act of God. There is no third possibility. Spontaneous generation, that life arose from non-living matter was scientifically disproved 120 years ago by Louis Pasture and others. That leaves us with the only possible conclusion that life arose as a supernatural creative act of God.” He then went on to say that “I will not accept that philosophically because I do not want to believe in God therefore, I choose to believe in that which I know is scientifically impossible; spontaneous generation arising to evolution.” (Dr. George Wall professor emeritus of biology at Harvard University. Nobel Prize winner in biology. From an article in Scientific America)

So, there you have it. It is a choice, just as God said in Psalm 14:1

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds;
There is no one who does good.

BE LIKE JESUS

Acts 4:13  And they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

A Christian should be a striking likeness of Jesus Christ. You have read lives of Christ, beautifully and eloque

Be Like Jesus

ntly written, but the best life of Christ is his living biography, written out in the words and actions of his people. If we were what we profess to be, and what we should be, we should be pictures of Christ; yea, such striking likenesses of him, that the world would not have to hold us up by the hour together, and say, “Well, it seems somewhat of a likeness;” but they would, when they once beheld us, exclaim, “He has been with Jesus; he has been taught of him; he is like him; he has caught the very idea of the holy Man of Nazareth, and he works it out in his life and every-day actions.”

A Christian should be like Christ in his boldness. Never blush to own your religion; your profession will never disgrace you: take care you never disgrace that. Be like Jesus, very valiant for your God. Imitate him in your loving spirit; think kindly, speak kindly, and do kindly, that men may say of you, “He has been with Jesus.” Imitate Jesus in his holiness. Was he zealous for his Master? So be you; ever go about doing good. Let not time be wasted: it is too precious. Was he self-denying, never looking to his own interest? Be the same. Was he devout? Be you fervent in your prayers. Had he deference to his Father’s will? So submit yourselves to him. Was he patient? So learn to endure. And best of all, as the highest portraiture of Jesus, try to forgive your enemies, as he did; and let those sublime words of your Master, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do,” always ring in your ears. Forgive, as you hope to be forgiven. Heap coals of fire on the head of your foe by your kindness to him. Good for evil, recollect, is godlike. Be godlike, then; and in all ways and by all means, so live that all may say of you, “He has been with Jesus.” — By: Charles Spurgeon

 

Convicting, simple, pure. BE LIKE JESUS.