Chambersburg Bible Church

Let God be Magnified

Text: Matthew 5:13-16Matthew 5:13-16
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13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. a bushel: the word in the original signifieth a measure containing about a pint less than a peck 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  

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Admonishing the believer to fulfill his patriotic duty

On this Independence Day 2010, we should examine our patriotic duty as understood from the scripture, while also considering our freedom in Christ from sin and death.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” We as American Christians have a patriotic duty as citizens in the greatest nation on earth to stand up for and defend the freedoms God has blessed us with.

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  • Our patriotic duty to government (Romans 13:1-5Romans 13:1-5
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    13 1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. ordained: or, ordered 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.  

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    • Obedience to our government and laws
    • Prayer for our government
      • President
      • Economy
      • Law Enforcement
  • Remain educated and informed on current issues
  • Our patriotic duty to our Creator (Acts 17:22-27Acts 17:22-27
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    22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. Mars' hill: or, the court of the Areopagites 23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. devotions: or, gods that ye worship 24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:  

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    • Understanding that God is “knowable”
      • Paul was not indifferent to those who were in spiritual darkness (v 17)
      • Paul sought to make known the “Unknown God”
  • Established governments are used to promote the knowledge of God (v 27)
  • Our God offers freedom from sin and death through Salvation

Challenge

  • We celebrate America’s 234th year of proclaimed independence – God has ordained and allowed the USA to exist for these many years that men and women may have opportunity to find and know God
  • Have you found the Lord? He is near and awaiting your faith and dependence in Him!
  • Thank God for the independence of our great Nation, do your patriotic duty for our Nation and in our service for the Lord!
Posted by Pastor Yoder On April 10, 2013 Sermons

Text: Jonah 4:1-3Jonah 4:1-3
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4 1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. 2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. 3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.  

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Gleaning life principles from the Book of Jonah

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The book of Exodus tells us that Moses received a very clear command from the Lord at the burning bush. God had called him to be a deliverer of His people, and instead of responding to the call, Moses offered excuses (fear, speech, incapable).

The book of Judges tells us that Gideon received a very clear command from the Lord while he was beating out the wheat at the wine press at Ophrah. God called Gideon to deliver His people from the oppression of the Midianites, but instead of responding to God’s call, Gideon offered excuses (fear, lack of family prominence, youngest child).

In the book of Jonah, we also find a servant of God running from the calling of God, only not simply through excuses, but through a naïve response, fleeing the presence of the Lord! In Jonah 1:1-2Jonah 1:1-2
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Jonah 1 1 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Jonah: Gr. Jonas 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.  

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, the prophet receives a very clear calling to preach deliverance to Nineveh.

Jonah 4:1-3Jonah 4:1-3
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4 1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. 2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. 3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.  

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tells us why Jonah fled.

  • Jonah knew that God delighted in mercy
  • Jonah knew that God was longsuffering
  • Jonah knew that if God was willing to spare the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah for the sake of 10 righteous souls, He would most certainly spare Nineveh should the people repent.

Jonah did not disobey out fear, but he disobeyed because he was partial

  • Jonah fled because he knew God well
  • Jonah fled because he knew what kind of people the Assyrians were
  • Jonah hated the Assyrian people
  • The servant of the Lord is not free to choose his place of service
    • Jonah was a true prophet
      • Even though the Book of Jonah contains no prophetic message, it is still one of the minor prophetic books
      • Jesus refers to the Book of Jonah twice
      • Jonah was zealous for the Lord’s righteousness
        • Jonah understood God’s character
          • Jonah understood God’s grace and mercy
          • Being a Jew he was a member of God’s chosen people
          • Jonah understood God’s power
            • Jonah 1:8-9Jonah 1:8-9
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              8 Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou? 9 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land. the LORD: or, JEHOVAH  

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              – God controls nature
            • Jonah 2:7-9Jonah 2:7-9
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              7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. 8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. 9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.  

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              – God hears prayers
        • Jonah was a good man
          • He was passionate for God’s glory
          • G. Campbell Morgan said: “A passion for righteousness, which makes us vindictive and incapable of forgiveness, even in the case of those as cruel as Nineveh, puts us out of fellowship with God.”
        • Jonah was willing to go anywhere except to Nineveh
          • The servant of the Lord becomes disobedient if he limits God’s call to service with any exception clause.

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Posted by Pastor Yoder On April 4, 2013 Sermons

Do you love God?  Do you really love God? I am amazed at the number of people who say they love God yet seem to have little or no understanding as to what love for God is.  It is easy to say “I love God,” but love for God is difficult to measure.  Love cannot be measured with a ruler or a yardstick.  You cannot pour love into a measuring cup to find out how much you actually have.  Love in not a commodity that you can carry in a paper sack.  Love for God is an allusive concept!

Does that mean that those who say they love God simply must be taken at their word?  Is it possible to determine if a person’s love for God is genuine?  Is there an objective standard by which love is gauged?  Is it possible to be involved in religious activities and not love God?

Many people deceive themselves when they equate religious activity with love for God.  Jesus predicted that there would be those who were outwardly connected to God through religious activity, but who did not truly love Him (Matthew 25:31-40Matthew 25:31-40
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31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.  

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).  Fortunately, Jesus addressed the issue of loving God with His disciples in John 14:15John 14:15
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15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.  

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.  Jesus declared that active obedience to His commandments was proof that a person loved Him.  Based upon Jesus’ statement it is possible to evaluate a person’s proclaimed affection for God by examining their willingness to order their lives after His words.  Habitual obedience to the commandments of Christ is the acid test of one’s love.

The obvious question then is this: “Which commandments must we obey?” If obedience is the standard, which commands require obedience?  The short answer is all of them!  God has not issued any superfluous commandments.  Everything that God speaks is important and He expects complete obedience.  Since obedience indicates love and since God demands complete obedience, where do we begin?  It is impossible to examine all that God commands in this short article, but I want to look at one.

In Acts17:30, God commands all men to repent.  No matter whom you are or where you live, God universally commands everyone to repent.  The idea behind the word “repent” is to change your mind.  God expects man to think differently, but think differently about what?  God commands us to repent of our sin!  Sin is breaking God’s law (I John 3:4John 3:4
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4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?  

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).  If you have ever broken any of God’s laws (this includes The Ten Commandments), you have sinned.  In God’s eyes you are a law-breaker (James 2:10James 2:10
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10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.  

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).  You are a sinner (Romans 3:23Romans 3:23
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23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  

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) and your sin has separated you from God (Isaiah 59:2Isaiah 59:2
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2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. have hid: or, have made him hide  

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)!  Not only that, but your sin has earned you death (both physical death and spiritual death) (Romans 6:23Romans 6:23
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23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  

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).  To further complicate the matter, sin makes you God’s enemy (Romans 5:10Romans 5:10
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10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  

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In light of these basic truths, you can see why God commands you to repent (Acts 17:30Acts 17:30
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30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:  

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).  Sin is the very thing that hinders you from loving Him.  Sin separates us from God and man is powerless to close the distance (Romans 5:6Romans 5:6
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6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. in due time: or, according to the time  

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).  God sent His Son, Jesus, to bridge the gap that sin created.  Jesus bridged the gap by paying the penalty for our sin when He died on the cross.  By repenting of your sin and asking Jesus to forgive and save you, you obey the commandment of God.  It is impossible for a person to say they love God if they are unwilling to obey God’s foundational commandment.  Do you love God?  Do you really love Him?  If you really love Him you will keep His commandments!

Posted by Pastor Yoder On April 2, 2013 Pastor's Desk

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