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 2:1-161 Corinthians 2:1-16
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2 1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: enticing: or, persuasible 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. stand: Gr. be 6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. judgeth: or, discerneth judged: or, discerned 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. may: Gr. shall  

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Topic: Examining the wisdom of God

We live in an information driven world. Never before in the history of the world has access to information been readily available. The creation and expansion of the Internet has dramatically increased the availability of information to almost anyone. If you can type it, or in some cases, even speak it, you can find it. People in this day and age have immediate, continuous access to information via the Internet in their very pocket! There is hardly a day that goes by that I do not tap into the Internet for some kind of information. The Internet is a gateway into the  understanding man’s wisdom, yet as good and as helpful as man’s wisdom can be, it falls short in that it can not explain the wisdom of God.

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1 Corinthians 1 draws a contrast between man’s wisdom and God’s wisdom. Paul states that what God considers wisdom, man calls foolishness. A contrast between the wisdom of the world and the wisdom of God is seen throughout the chapter with words such as Foolish/foolishness (6 times) and Wisdom/wise (8 times). The wisdom of God is mentioned 4 times in chapters 1 and 2 (1 Corinthians 1:21, 11 Corinthians 1:21, 1
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21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,  

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Corinthians 1:24, 1 Corinthians 1:30, 11 Corinthians 1:30, 1
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30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,  

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  • Identifying the wisdom of God  (1 Corinthians 1:1-51 Corinthians 1:1-5
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    The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: 3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; 5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;  

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    • Wisdom of God Delivered/Demonstrated
      • The wisdom of God is not demonstrated through man’s abilities
      • The wisdom of God is demonstrated by the power of the Spirit.
        • The Spirit demonstrates (proves) that the gospel if truth
        • The Holy Spirit is responsible for changing lives
        • The wisdom of God is “Determined” – a deliberate act of His will (verse 2)
    • Application: Understand the how Paul felt! 2 Corinthians 3:52 Corinthians 3:5
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      5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;  

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  • Understanding the wisdom of God (1 Corinthias 1:6-13)
    • It was a mystery of God (Verse 7)
      • Hidden
      • Veiled
    • It is revealed by God (Verse 10)
      • Unveil
      • Make known
    • It is received by Christians (Verse 12)
    • Application: Have you come to understand the wisdom of God through Salvation? (Jude 1:24, 25Jude 1:24, 25
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      24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.  

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Posted by Pastor Yoder On April 10, 2013 Sermons

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

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