Chambersburg Bible Church

Let God be Magnified

Text: Luke 18:9-14Luke 18:9-14
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9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: that...: or, as being righteous 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.  

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Topic: Understanding how man can have a right relationship with a Holy God

Jesus often used parables to teach spiritual truths in physical illustrations. His teachings were difficult concepts to some of the Jewish people, and his use of parables assisted in his ministry. Jesus often used very common things in his parables, such as soil, wind, and sheep to illustrate things such as “what God is like” and “what the Kingdom is like.”

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One such parable can be found in Luke 18:9-14Luke 18:9-14
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9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: that...: or, as being righteous 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.  

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. This parable illustrates how a man can enter into a right relationship with the Holy God. The parable contrasts two men participating in a common activity in the temple: praying. One man was a Pharisee; the other was a tax collector. Both were speaking to God, but they were communicating very different things.

  • Those who trust themselves
    • An Inflated view of oneself
      • Verse 9 indicates that Jesus told this parable to those who were trusting in their own righteousness and ability
      • They were convinced and confident that God would accept them because of who they were and what they did (Verse 10-12)
      • The Pharisee speaks of himself and his religion and thanks HIMSELF not God
    • An inferior view of others
      • “I’m not as sinful as other people”
      • Guilty of lateral comparison of righteousness – between men
      • Displayed his arrogance and haughty spirit
  • Those who understand themselves
    • Separated from God
      • Illustrated in verse 13 by the tax collector
      • He knew he was a great sinner, a traitor, despised by men
      • He did not consider himself worthy of entering God’s presence
      • He was aware of his relational distance from God
    • Broken before God
      • Unwilling to lift his eyes towards the Holy God
      • Feelings of guilt and remorse
      • Hopelessness and contrition for sin
  • Those who are right before God
    • Understanding the nature of God
      • Verse 14 indicates that this parable is also about the nature of God
      • God is HOLY and JUST
    • Understanding the nature of Man
      • Man is a sinner
      • Man is dead to righteousness and must pay the penalty for sin
    • Understanding the nature of mercy
      • We need forgiveness, although we don’t deserve it
      • God is merciful to those who come to him in God’s Way
      • God is gracious and offers righteousness and a relationship
      • God will save!

Are you right with God?

Are you right with God because of who you are and what you do? Or are you right with God because you understand the holiness of God and the depravity of self and have called upon God for mercy and grace through repentance and faith in the sacrificial Lamb of God?

Posted by Pastor Yoder On April 10, 2013 Sermons

Text: 1 Corinthians 5:1-131 Corinthians 5:1-13
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5 1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. 2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, judged: or, determined 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: is sacrificed; or, is slain 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. the feast: or, holyday 9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: 10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? expedient: or, profitable 13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.  

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Topic: Understanding the local church’s responsibility to deal with sin within the church

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Consider some of the most deadliest diseases in history…

  • Smallpox – During its deadliest years, this highly contagious disease killed as many as 30% of people who contracted it, and most survivors were left with lasting impacts
  • Spanish Flu – In 1918, the Spanish flu struck quickly, leaving a death toll at estimates around 50 million
  • Bubonic Plague / Black Death – A plague of recurrence, killing a possible 25 million in Europe in the mid 1300s
  • Tuberculosis – Ranked as the 8th leading cause of death worldwide by the WHO
  • Malaria – Caused by a parasite, often transmitted by infected mosquitoes, leading to an estimated 1 million deaths annually

1 Corinthians 5 mentions a disease in the Church of God which is every bit as deadly… Immorality was being tolerated in the church at Corinth (verse 1), and this sin affected the entire body of Christ, like leaven affects a lump of dough. Sin affects others, and when left alone, defiles the entire body.

  • Sin in the Church of God is Scandalous
    • It is impossible to conceal sin in the church
      • Consider the universal spread of ‘such news’
      • Sin in the church becomes the ‘talk of the town’
      • Draws out accusations of hypocrisy and degrades the name of Christ
    • How the church deals with sin is important
      • Corinth was very slow to deal with this sin
      • Verses 1-4 indicate an arrogant spirit of tolerance in the body
      • Believers are not perfect, but tolerating sin is not pleasing to our Holy God
  • Sin in the Church of God is Serious
    • It is to be mourned by God’s people
      • Verse 2 indicates the seriousness of our response towards sin – mourning
      • When our brother or sister in Christ is living in sin, it should grieve us as if someone has died
      • We ought to be moved with emotion
    • It is to be judged by God’s people
      • The word ‘judged’ in verse 3 means to ‘pass judgment’ or ‘reach a decision’
      • Judgment should not be based upon personal feelings or an arbitrary standard
      • Judgment should be of the Word of God, publically (verse 4)
      • Public sin should be dealt with publically
    • It is to be removed from God’s people
      • Verses 6-13 instruct the church concerning their actions when an offender of God’s law is unwilling to repent
      • Drastic measures are to be employed by God’s people
        • Verse 2 – ‘taken away from you’
        • Verse 5 – ‘deliver one to Satan’ (not an issue of salvation, but removing from the hand of God’s protection)
        • Verse 13 – ‘to put away’
      • The relationship has been damaged – sin changes everything
  • Sin in the Church of God Demands Separation
    • The sinful believer must be removed from the assembly
      • Why? Because tolerated, unrepented sin damages the body
      • Church discipline is difficult, but commanded
    • The sinful believer must be avoided by the assembly
      • Verse 9 – ‘no company with them’ – speaking of public association
      • So-called brothers cannot walk together as one in Christ when their lives are diametrically different – it confuses the holiness of God before the world

This issue within the church is NOT easy, nor is it popular… many times, such discipline by a local church is misunderstood or misapplied. However, when properly administered in accordance with God’s Word, the desired outcome often results in repentance, reconciliation, and restoration. 2 Corinthians 2:1-112 Corinthians 2:1-11
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2 1 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness. 2 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me? 3 And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all. 4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you. 5 But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all. 6 Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many. punishment: or, censure 7 So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. 8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him. 9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. 10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; person: or, sight 11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.  

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speaks of the return of the repentant… embracing, welcoming, loving… The defense of the Holiness of God and his demands upon his people must be made! Consider 2 Corinthians 13:142 Corinthians 13:14
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14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. The second epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.  

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Posted by Pastor Yoder On April 10, 2013 Sermons

Text: John 17:1-19John 17:1-19
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17 1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. 6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. sanctified...: or, truly sanctified  

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Topic: An examination of Christ’s prayer for the Church as recorded in the book of John

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James 5:16James 5:16
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16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  

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tells us that the effectual prayers of a righteous man availeth much. If a man is right with God, that man is on praying ground, and God will not only hear his prayer, but He will answer it (e.g. Elijah).

1 John 2:11 John 2:1
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2 1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  

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& Hebrews 7:25Hebrews 7:25
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25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. to the...: or, evermore  

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tell us that Jesus Christ, our High Priest, is constantly making intercession for us.

John 17 records the nature of Jesus’ prayer for the believer.

  • Verses 1-5, Jesus prayed for the mutual glorification of the Father and the Son
  • Verses 6-26 record Jesus’ prayer for the saint
    • Personal preservation
    • Spiritual sanctification
    • Familial unification
  • A request for the spiritual sanctification of the saint

  • The measure of sanctification

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  • Hebrews 4:12-13Hebrews 4:12-13
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    12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.  

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Posted by Pastor Yoder On April 1, 2013 Sermons

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