Chambersburg Bible Church

Let God be Magnified

Text: 1 Samuel 15
Topic: Identifying Disobedience
I. The Lord God expects total obedience from us.

A. Disobedience hurts the heart of God.

B. Disobedience affect those around us

II. The Lord God delights in total obedience from us.

A. Total obedience demonstrates love for God.

B. Total obedience is what God requires.

III. The Lord God punished partial obedience as if it were total disobedience.

A. Rebellion is them same as witchcraft.

B. Stubbornness is the same as idolatry.

 

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Posted by Pastor Yoder On April 10, 2013 Sermons

Text: 1 Corinthians 5:1-131 Corinthians 5:1-13
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

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

Series: The Laws of the Harvest
Text:
John 4:31-38John 4:31-38
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31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. 32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. 33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. 35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.  

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Topic:
Understanding how we often reap much that we did not sow ourselves

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As discussed in our introduction to this series, we are able to glean 7 distinct laws of the spiritual harvest from the scriptures. Our introductory text was Galatians 6:7-10Galatians 6:7-10
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7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.  

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. This message deals with the First Law of the Harvest: We reap much that we did not sow

Consider the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32Luke 15:11-32
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11 And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. 25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. 28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. 29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.  

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Give me what is mine!
I want my inheritance!
I have a right to it.  It belongs to me and I want it now!

The prodigal was reaping the benefit of what his father had sown

  • The father may have received an inheritance from his Father
  • The prodigal reaped what he did not sow

We will reap…

  • Some things good and some things bad
  • Some things from men and some things from God
  • We reap physical blessing that we did not sow
    • Matthew 5:45Matthew 5:45
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      45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.  

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    • Acts 17:24-28Acts 17:24-28
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      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: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.  

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  • We reap spiritual blessing which we did not sow
    • John 3:16-17John 3:16-17
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      16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  

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    • 1 John 5:9-121 John 5:9-12
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      9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. 10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.  

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An example from Billy Sunday – “What must I do to be saved?”

  • Consider John 4:31-38John 4:31-38
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. 32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. 33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. 35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.  

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Posted by Pastor Yoder On April 8, 2013 Laws of the Harvest

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