Chambersburg Bible Church

Let God be Magnified

I felt like I was standing at the edge of a great precipice!  There was no doubt that God was speaking and that what He was asking me to do was big.  I was not unaccustomed to hearing the voice of God.  I do not mean by that that I heard an audible voice speaking to me, but that God was impressing upon my spirit that He had something for me to do.

I have heard the “voice of God” several times since my salvation at the age of ten.  I soon learned that hearing and heeding the voice of the Lord meant a time of spiritual-stretching for me as I submitted to Him in obedience.  At first His voice was heard in the areas of soul-winning, studying the word, and teaching others.  Yielding to the Lord in these areas definitely moved me outside my “comfort zone” and required some rearranging of my personal life in order to accomplish God’s will.  As I look back over my Christian pilgrimage, I realize that the Lord never allowed me to get comfortable in what I was doing for Him.

When I was in my early twenties, I felt God calling me to full time Christian service.  I did not know it then (probably a good thing), but obeying the voice of the Lord would take me places where I never thought I would go and do things I never thought I would do.  While in seminary, God gave me many opportunities to serve Him in a local church.  Just prior to finishing seminary, the Lord called me to serve as a missionary in South Africa.  While in Africa, I was privileged to plant a church, begin a Bible Institute, and evangelize the people in the northern suburbs of Cape Town.  By God’s grace, I am now serving as senior pastor to a wonderful group of people in Chambersburg, PA.

Many Christians struggle with the concept of the “call of God.”  Let me close by listing some things I have learned the call of God on the believer’s life.

  1. The Lord will make His will known to us if we ask Him to reveal it (Colossians 1:9Colossians 1:9
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    9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;  

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  2. The Lord will make His will known to us if we are willing to do it (John 7:17John 7:17
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    17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.  

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  3. The Lord will supply the necessary ability to accomplish His will if we trust Him for it (Philippians 4:13Philippians 4:13
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    13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  

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Posted by Pastor Yoder On April 7, 2013 Pastor's Desk

Series: Lessons From Lot’s Life
Text: Genesis 19:1-38Genesis 19:1-38
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

19 1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; 2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night. 3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat. 4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: 5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them. 6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, 7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. 8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof. 9 And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door. 10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. 11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door. 12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: 13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it. 14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law. 15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. are here: Heb. are found iniquity: or, punishment 16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. 17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. 18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord: 19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: 20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, and my soul shall live. 21 And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. thee: Heb. thy face 22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. Zoar: that is, Little 23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. risen: Heb. gone forth 24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. 26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. 27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD: 28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace. 29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt. 30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters. 31 And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth: 32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. 33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. 34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. 35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. 36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. 37 And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day. 38 And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.  

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Topic: The consequences of sin in a believer’s life will have an effect on others

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“What’s the harm in it?” “There is nothing wrong with it?” “It really doesn’t make a difference on way or the other!”

  • These are some of the things believers say in answer to the Biblical command to be separated from sin.
  • They contend that living in the world and living like the world really does not affect the believer.

Reviewing 1 Corinthians 15:33-341 Corinthians 15:33-34
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33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.  

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  • The context is the resurrection of the body
    • Verses 1-19, Paul lists several proofs showing that the dead are raised
    • Verses 18-28, Paul discusses when the dead will be raised
  • Paul then gives reasons why the dead are raised (1 Corinthians 15:29-34, 49-581 Corinthians 15:29-34, 49-58
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    29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? 30 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? 31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. your: some read our 32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die. after...: or, to speak after the manner of men 33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? grave: or, hell 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  

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    • Verses 35-48 tell us how the dead are raised
    • Verses 33 and 34 for dealing with the believer’s obligation to avoid sin because of our future resurrection

“Evil company, corrupts good morals”
This expression illustrates exactly what happened to Lot when we find him in Genesis 19. This chapter records the judgment of God on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The account is one of the most frequent illustrations of God’s wrath in the Bible (mentioned 22 times).

Lot’s decision to pitch his tent toward Sodom had ramifications, negatively affecting his own life, his wife, and his children.

  • Our sinful choices affect other’s attitude toward spiritual issues
    • Others will make light of sin (vs. 14)
    • They will not listen to the truth
  • Our sinful choices affect our own ability to understand spiritual truths
    • Sinful choices erode our spiritual resolve
    • Sinful choices erode our spiritual stamina
  • Sinful choices affect other’s attitude toward worldly pleasures
  • Sinful choices affect other’s attitudes toward worldly philosophies

Supporting Texts:

  • 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:12 Corinthians 6:14-7:1
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    14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. 7 1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.  

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  • Ephesians 5:6-17Ephesians 5:6-17
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    6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. disobedience: or, unbelief 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. reproved: or, discovered 14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. he: or, it 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.  

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Posted by Pastor Yoder On April 2, 2013 Sermons

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