What The Church Should Be Doing
Matthew 16 :18 , Today we're going to talk today about what he want his church doing. He started the church he owns a church. The church belongs to Sam so what specific instructions do we find about the church and I've just picked out five things that are pretty clear that you're speaking to the church about the church. It's an exciting thing to look at. So let's read Matthew's 16:18 if you would the Bible said and I say under the that Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it and I will give under the the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven and whatever thou shall bind donors shall be bound in heaven and whatever thou shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Now I go back to 18 with me and let's read together.
Starting with I will be old. Let's read that together in one strong voice aloud everybody ready. The Bible says I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And so today we're going to see that and remember this. Whereas the church built in Versey 18 said Thou art Peter upon this rock I will build my church and the rock that's being talked about Jesus which is the confession that is made in the previous verse when Peter said we know you are the Christ the son of the living God and Jesus. Yep that's right. And that's the rock I'll build my church on. And so the church is built on Jesus Christ and we're excited to be able to say the Bible to God that we love you and thank you so very much for saving us. I think of these two young people today that obeyed you and followed you in believers baptism.
And I pray God to you to help them to live out their faith. The rest of their lives. I pray to God that they have truly been born again and that we will see the fruit of that many years from now. Thank you for the word of God. Thank you for what you're doing in our lives and I pray today that you show your power draw us closer to your work and our lives and God for somebody here today that doesn't know you. As their personal savior I pray that they would get saved. I pray they would see from the Bible how to know that they have sinned against the Holy God and how that Jesus paid our debt and they can be saved and I'll give you praise and honoring glory for all you do in Jesus name amen. Write your bibles if you would turn to Matthew 16 18 just before we start the message and look at that.
I would like to introduce to you on Thursday night we ordained a new Deacon and installed a new Deacon. And so if I could get Brett Johnson to stand up Brett Johnson's our newest ordained deacon and their brother John Pierson was installed as the deacon Brother John where could you stand up or back there and back the other two deacons over there in the office there in my office. You can see straight in there by the way there's no walls. You've heard of the church without walls and the office without walls. And they're over there so there are four deacons I want you to know that I think they've got a picture of them. They're the four deacons behind me John Pierson Mike Roselli Brett Johnson and Chuck Littlefield. We're better known as chunka Littlefield.
If you were here the other night take your bibles that go and meet Matthew 16 18. I am excited to show you this right here what did he want his church to do. You know I'm afraid we don't understand. It's his church. You should have figured that out by now we've said that we got for weeks like five weeks down. We've looked at that.
So is church and what he want his church to do. And so today if you go to church you got your way of doing church might not be his way but you've got your way and you've got what you expect out of a church but not me. Might not be what he wants out of a church and so the Bible says of Matthew 16:18 I say also under the that our Peter upon this rock I will build my church and you should have marked that I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. So I want to talk to you about what he wanted what he said clearly that he wanted this church to accomplish. I will start off of my last point. If you happen to be one of those people you get the sermon outlined and I'm going to go right to the last one just because I'm not sure I'll get there so I'm going to go out and get that one and not come back to the beginning.
But look at your bobs of wouldn't Ephesians chapter 3 opened your Bible to Ephesians chapter 3 and Verse 10. Now I've got a question for you. How many of you have ever just felt like showing off. You know you had something you were proud of and you wanted people to see it. You want to show it off and you wanted to say. Check this out. Check me out. I went to high school. I weighed 145 pounds I was a little country boy without indoor plumbing and so I took a bath on the back porch in a tub and used a bathroom in an outhouse and people in town in the big city of McEuen ten miles away. There were 2000 people in less than two. They've never crossed 2000. Think and so. So I wanted to be able to show off and you know I was it when they were picking up the superlatives in my school you know the people that were like the most likely to succeed the best looking the friendliest the funniest when I pick it up.
They didn't pick me for any of them. I didn't get picked or only 50 people in their class probably 30 got picked. I didn't get picked. So I was most likely not to get picked. That's my superlative. And so when I married Betty I married this beautiful lady. I was so proud like can you believe this even a blind dog could find an acre never Nanning. Had a sport understand but I was excited. And then God gave me for gorgeous children. Sorry. That's just how I felt about it. And so I wanted desperately to go back for the 10 year reunion. They didn't have one little town 50 people 50 people graduated they didn't think about having a ten year reunion but I wanted them to have one because I want to walk in and say check them out. I might not be much but I shall hit the jackpot.
They may Ephesians chapter 3 inversed hand. That's what Jesus does. Ephesians chapter 3 verse said one of his purposes in the church is to say check me out. I am really good. Check me out and watch what I have done with my church. I want you to read Ephesians 3 tell me they were going to read a couple of the verses there but look at the features three in the Bible is to the intent you ought to mark that this is the reason to the NTA to the intent that now unto the principalities and powers and heavenly places might be may it might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God. If you got your bible open the Ephesians chapter 3 up and verse 6 he said I'm bringing the Gentiles and the Jews together and I'm forming the church and it's called The Fellowship of the called fellow heirs in verse sonnets of fellowship of the mystery things that nobody understood in the Old Testament that's what the church was and it was exciting.
I want to read Ephesians 310 to you in Tennessee hillbilly because I think sometimes you might read that verse and be like what big words I understand don't know what's going on. So let me explain to you he said what was my purpose in the church so that the principalities in power saw that the demons and all the powers of the devil and all the wickedness of the world that up there and the heavenly regions are there not here we don't see them but the demons that are in the clouds and the demons that are the prince of the air so that they might know by looking at my church how smart I am. The manifold Many Splendored wow lookin crazy wonderful wisdom of God. So Jesus said would you check out my church and here's what he did he said. I came down and I say to a bunch of dirty rotten saken centers that ain't worth anything.
And I brought them up and I saved them and I changed them and I put them all together this group called the church. Check out my church Damons. Look at this. You said I was a failure. You said I couldn't do it. You said you could beat me. You sent good way. But send it away. And I won. I saved them. I changed them. I made something new out of it he wants to show off his wisdom to the demons. He uses the church to show how good he is. He has saved horrible people that deserve help. He has shown his grace. You should write this down. We are trophies of his grace. Everybody in the world in some fake some fashion or other has a me wall or a me room know me place. That's where you put your trophies. You want him in little league baseball you still got him.
Maybe you got him in a closet but you still got him. You've got all these sayings that show off who you are. Somebody gave you a plaque you have that black on the wall. Or somebody you got a picture of you with your baseball team or your ball team or whatever you got a picture of you was some important person you got this me wall this place where you say this is who I have seen all day. That's all the nice things people have said about me don't take up much room but there it is. I would just look at it. That's me.
They're bragging omae. So here's what Jesus said. I've got a trophy case too and y'all are my trophies. What the Bible says he feels it's Chapter 2 in verse 6. Look what your Bible says. And he has raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus that in the ages he might show the exceeding or riches of his grace and his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. Now put that to the sea here for you. You ready. This is what he said.
He said he raised us up he took us out of what we were it made it into something bigger and that he made us all sit together and Heavenly places In Christ were in heaven were with him were sent there with Jesus so that in the ages to come millions of years from now in future he could show the how great his Grace was how great his kindness was he could say that. So what did it say. Better church was one of the purposes of his church to show off how good he is. So he went down to where you lived and he found a guy who was messed up in drugs and alcohol and the guy who was messed up had sex and perversion. He found the guy who was messed up in all these sayings and he saved you and he transformed you and he changed you into a new creature and a new person.
You were a senator and now you're saying. And he set you up on there and he walks you. I go and you'll see I'm going to look about what I got. I got him out of the nastiest place you ever seen. Check out what I did. I am good. Then he found another guy who was really moral and really good and really arrogant and really proud of how better he was than everybody else and he still say him even though he was so arrogant proud in his own self. You brought him to a place where he would humble himself and trust KRAS and he took us to the status and put us on the wall and so up and have a god will try and say I'm a really great God you won't prove this.
That's also Gardner. That guy is a scumbag. I mean if anybody ought to go on the Hill it was the. But I went down and I say to him I went down and I found him and I brought him to Christ my dad. Trophy of Grace he's in heaven now. But before it went before I was ever born my dad at the age of six his mother was killed in an illegal abortion. He was raised in a hard rough time. He was orphaned at the age of six lived in foster homes passed about from place to place. Horrible things happen to him. Things that just ruined his past and he got every kind of CNN's STATE and doing everything wrong with drugs and alcohol and women and every kind of perversion. His own testimony to me and one day he was set in an old country church up on the heels of Tennessee and a preacher said you can be saved today.
You can have new life I can. I could show you the God of Heaven who changes people and my dad said that guy I was talking to me. It was like he was talking directly to me and my dad said Dad I got saved. I never knew my dad is any of those bad things. I always knew my dad is the new man a trophy of grace. So one of the things that the Lord Jesus does with the church is show off he likes to show the devil. I wanted to go to the classic unit and I wanted to say the class for. I may be skinny and I may not be much I may not be smart. I might have come from a poor area but God sure blessed me and gave me all this wonderful blessings in my life and the God of Heaven says I am a lot.
But I can show you how I know I'm a lot. Let me show you. You ought to underline in verse 70 exceeding riches. That means that bigger riches than you could ever imagine of his grace how he saved us. If you're here today you're born again you're born again because of what Jesus did on the cross of calvary a man if you can look back and think if everybody knew the deepest darkest secrets you have. If everybody knew the thoughts that you have if everybody knew the Fair Use you have you'd realize it's really a good God saves a man. You ever go to church. I did not go to church and the preachers who get up are named say the day has come and when God is going to turn on the video screen and show everybody everything. Every hour a word you've ever said.
Every fellow you've ever had everything you've ever done wrong he's going to show the whole world. I can remember when I heard that I was like oh my stink. And so that is going to be one bad day. I don't know how long it's going to take him to show all my mess because there's a bunch of. I don't tell everybody those signs. All of those things Megyn. I like those things to be under the blood and then to pass I'd like them to be gone. And he's going to show those. I can remember thinking when he does I would dig a hole under the pew. I would dig a hole in the ground will find every way back into hot myself.
But here's the beauty of his grace. He said I know all that about you but they won't nobody else. No. I raced all your sand. I cleaned up your past. I made a new creature out of you. And one day I'll stand up and say Let me introduce you to St. Alston and never say Austin how did you get to be a saint.
He's going to say a good they've had a good look how good I am lokai changed lives. Look I'll make new people. Here comes Rihab. The Harlot even mentioned is that in the Bible and she's in the lineage of Jesus Christ and somebody might say has a harlot getting a little Jesus Christ because he loves to show off how good he is and how he saves dirty rotten people that don't deserve to be saved man. So what is say in Matthew 16 didn't remember. Look at it Matthew 60 90. The Bible said I will build my church. And once he wanted to do with his church one of the many purposes of his church is to show off how good he is by the way so it's going to be real Jesus. Let's invite people to Krass let's not judge people no matter what their past has been or how much they messed up because we know that we are trophies of grace of how good our God is and our God can save anybody no matter where they are no matter how they messed up our God can save them a man.
Our God changes lives. He said I will build my church. Let me show you another and I will look at if you would take your bibles or go with me to Matthew go with me to Matthew chapter 22 adverse 36 and then Matthew 16 18 he said I will build my church. And in Matthew 22 he's talking to him and the guys are saying to him lord tell us what the what's the biggest thing you want to do what's the greatest commandment. And so as a church here it vision. What's the Lord want out of us what she's looking for from us what he wants to show off. He wants the demons of hell to know how good he is. The site. Want to rise up and think he was as good as God and Gods and you never was as good as me. You always had your own interests at heart.
I have others interests at heart. And then look if you would. Now Matthew 22 he says here's a great commandment verse 36 Mascha which is the great commandment in the law. And Jesus said unto him thou shalt love the Lord God with all the heart with all that soul with all the mind. This is the first and great commandment and the second is likened to it. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as myself on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets you want to know what I want to accomplish. I'll just go out and tell you up front. Here is here's what I want to say to you. The great commandment number one is to love God with all your heart with all your soul and all your mind. So let me show you real quickly how we do that. The first commandment I see that is so clear in the scriptures to the entire church we are to love God with everything in us loving God means obeying God and John.
John 14 15 the Bible said if you love me keep my commandments You could read that this way since you love me. You will keep my commandments. If you love the Lord Jesus it will show up in the way you keep his commandments. Because you want to do what pleases him. You want to do what pleases him better. I've been married for 41 years. I want to please her. I want her to be happy with me. I have I have four wonderful grandchildren living in my house right now and my daughter she always says I'll leave her and my daughter and her husband and they're in my house but I'll be honest with you I won't my little grandkids love me. There are times I go downstairs I say you had a good time. You think I was sweet to him. Betty you think I said something nice to him.
I want my grandkids to be like. We love grand daddy. Anybody else. Grandparents in this room. Y'all like dad or you feel like it. No you don't feel that way. But I just want them to because when you love somebody you want to place them a man. All right look what the Bible says John 14 21 it says he has my commandments that keeps him. That's the God that lives for me and he that last we will be loved by my father and I will love him I will manifest myself to him. He says that I you know that God does what I want him to do. God loves me.
That's a guy that loves me. It's amazing you won't wanna do you want to do what the person you love wants you to do. Do you love God he said I want you to love God with all your heart.
You do not obey to get out of love again. To get love because you do love you don't love. You don't obey God's law. He'll love you. You obey because you do love God and he already loves you so that's what's going on. And John and 14 23 said John John Jesus Sachem said if a man loves me he will keep my words and my father love him and come will come and make our abode your actions show how you feel and your heart. Your actions show how you feel in your heart. In John 15 10 he said if you keep my commandments You are bought and my love. John 15 14 he said You are my friends. If you do whatever I command you to. If you love God. You just want to do what he likes you man. If you love God and by the way if you don't see that at your own house how many of you grew up in a home where the best meals were when daddy was home.
When Daddy wasn't home mama wasn't that worried about it. You can eat hotdogs and ketchup and you get here. We raise your hand for praying you're a travel. You're not the only one but when daddy's home mom puts on the dog that's how we used to say it Mama fixes the food because daddy's home when daddy's going is a grilled cheese sandwiches a man when daddy's home you're going to eat good food. And when Daddy's not home mom is like I would just get by. We don't matter. Dad you'll be home. And they will eat good. That's for school. Don't you love your life. Hey it goes everything in the world you know at my house the toilet seat goes down any time a man uses it you always put it back down. You say what. Because that's the way she likes it man. That's the only reason I don't think it makes logical sense. But when you're in love you just do what she wants you man. And this is what Jesus said you love me you do what I want you to do. If you love God you want to do what God wants. That makes sense it really does make sense when you're in love. You won't. I sometimes get around my grandkids just got here a couple of months ago and I sometimes sit around thinking I can figure out some things to do for my grandkids.
I just want to do stuff for him. I don't want him to be happy because I'm in love. You understand if you love Jesus you're wanting to do. By the way you don't think it's hard to do that either.
The Bible says it first. John 5 3 for this is the love of God that we keep his commandments and his commandments are not grievous his commandments are not hard for us. It is not like you're saying oh boy I love my wife but it is hard.
I'll do everything to do with a man that are being married is hard and loving her hard work.
I don't think it's what you really think you're in love it's like yeah you know I'm counseling a couple right now and we're talking and when we talk she's like anyone.
And he looks Argo's and then I say oh God nightlights move to the next point real quick a man. That's what loving people do. Hey man say man. It's a sweet thing. It's a sweet thing because you're in love. That's the truth. There's a brand new married couple over there stuck at the hip Medicaids Sarah will not help his million. Hurry up payment because she's short he's tall but but it's a sweet thing because you're in love say man. He said If you love me keep my commandments and we walk apterous commandments. So how do you love God with all your heart.
How do you love me. We said Love God with all your heart. Well the way you do it is you don't have a divided heart. The Bible says it's your Chronicles Chapter 16 verse 9 for the Oslo Lord run to and fro throughout the whole heart to show Himself strong and behalf of all of them whose heart is perfect. Twardy him.
So what God is looking for someone who says I just love you nobody else. I just love you nobody else. You see I don't have. I am not a perfect husband and I am I have not been perfect but I can tell you this I've had a perfect car. I've never took a piece of my heart and given it to another woman I've never taken a piece of art give it to somebody else. I love Betty. She gets all my heart. I'm a blow it as a husband. I may not be the best. I may not always be the kindest. I might always be the sweetest. And always do what I wanted to do but my heart's for her.
Here's what God says I would you love me would you love me with everything in you.
Money never even rival me. Things are not Raval may stuff all not Raval me. I am God love me with your whole heart in the Bible. David the sinner had a perfect heart towards God.
What did he didn't say and it was that he just loved God. Solomon the wisest man didn't have a perfect heart because he loved God but he also built temples for other gods. He divided his heart. So love him with all of your affection that your love him with all of your soul. The Bible says in Matthew 16 26 for what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul. That's you. But you use a soul of theirs. How about you. By the way when an airplane crashes they'll say something like there were 168 souls on that plane 168 people on that plane. So it's you love it with who you are you deciding to live out what you know pleases him loving him with your soul means you make godly choices.
And you're obedient because in your heart you love him in your mind and your will your said no. I love Jesus and I want to make the right decisions. I want to make the right decision. If you ever meet a couple in love and I hope Betty and I have more goo goo eyes and the young couple getting married and hope hope that we're joined after 41 years of marriage as a young couple and just getting married I really hope we are that. But here's the whole deal. Here's how did you know what we ought to make decisions. Is what she likes. I won't do this because that's what she likes. You don't do what she likes because it's your birthday you don't do what she likes because it's your anniversary you don't do what she like says it's Christmas.
You do what she likes because you love the same man. And that true. You're in love you living with all your heart. You love me with all your mind as you make decisions and then you love him. You love it was all yours though then you have with all your mine. Romans chapter 11 verse 2 you renew your mind in Romans 12 to the Bible said and not conform to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that a prove. What is that good and acceptable and perfect. Will it change the way you think.
And second grade is Chapter 10 unversed 5 you throw away thoughts that don't please God you're like I don't think he likes it when I think like that. I don't think he likes it when those and had him Hartsell will throw those away so I can serve him and I will get every thought and I will say if this does this please you Jesus because I want my mind to be pleasing to Him.
Colossians 316 the Bible says let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. So if you want to serve him would your mind you feel your heart and mind up with the word of God. That's what our big Bible readers here.
Hey man that's how we carry a Bible. We read the Bible through. That's how we started Genesis. Read it all the way through to revelation. That's why our church services aren't based on emotion it's based on. I love him with my mind.
I read my bible study it because either way whatever you put in your mind that's what comes out of your mouth. That's what Jesus said in Matthew 1852 he said what's in your heart is what comes out of your mouth. So what comes out of your mouth by the way. Because I might not get to it another part of the message that's why our foundation is important for you.
That's why learning all about Jesus is important for you. That's why Sunday school is important for you. That's right Sunday morning and Sunday night at started to import it for you. That's why everything we're doing because we want to fill our minds. I love him with my mind. I love him with who I am. I love him with my heart. Living with everything that's in me. You understand it's a man.
What do you want his church to do the church in the battle is actually called the bride of Christ. And so we ought to be kind of like that young girl about to get married Senner going to marry me I'm in love she's in love with her mind she's in love with her heart she's in love with everything about her. I love him.
Jesus said hey I want you to know the great commandment to love me love God with all your heart all your soul and all your mind. Then he said Love God Love your neighbor. He said the next part to love your neighbor. And that when he wanted to explain that he told the story of the Good Samaritan because they've wanted to figure out who their neighbor was and that's found in Luke Chapter and Verse 29. And he and I don't have time to go through the story with you. But love says I show mercy. The Good Neighbor showed mercy. Own him good neighbors not mean and vengeful and angry and aggravate. You might deserve to be but you are not. You show mercy a good neighbor does do his neighbor wrong in Romans 13. He works no evil toward his neighbor in Romans chapter 15 of Verse Two he tries to please his neighbor and Ephesians chapter and verse 25 he tells his neighbor the truth about every commandment hangs on those two commandments.
There's commandments that talk about how to love God and put him first. That's when we have time for worship. There's a commandment to talk about how I love my neighbor. I don't have time and I won't go into this one with you today because you hear it all the time. But the next and really you've got the great commandment then you got the great commission the great command to love God with all your heart your mind and your soul and love your neighbor as yourself great commitment to the Great Commission which will take the gospel message take it to the entire world.
Make sure everybody knows that Jesus died on the cross. We're not about spreading Baptist stuff we're not about spreading capitalism. We're not about spreading religion. We're about spreading good news. Jesus died for a lost people. We're about spreading the word that changes lives. Matthew 28 18 he said all power all authorities given to me. I'd go and tell everybody Go teach them baptized but teach them to observe all things whatsoever.
Commanded Jew so I got a great commandment to love God with all of my heart. To love God with all my mind and all my soul and love my neighbor that I'm to take the gospel to the world. We've already seen the gods and the business is showing us off gods and the business is showing us how it ought to be like. I really want to please them. I really do want to do what we do because what he says check out my kid. I want to be living a laugh. He's like Yeah I'm working in that guy's life a man you ought not say I got. I once saved always saved that saved for been lived like the devil ever I will go to heaven when I die. What. I'm glad your wife don't talk that way.
I have heard care how to treat them how I like everything because you know I got married once and always marriage.
Will act like a devil woman a devil man that nobody believes like that going to be believed I could have done Baptist a man. If you're really in love with Jesus you're like I want to please him. You want to please him.
You want to honor him. Third purpose that I have that I want to show you. Number one great commandment number two great commission number three. Getting the word. You know what makes a good church.
You ready a lot of this.
That's a good church like this morning you're here in a bunch of Bible Jesus said I will build my church. It's his church. What did he want his church to be about obeying him and loving him loving your neighbor. What do you want his church to be about telling the world about Jesus what do you want his church to be about getting. In his book. Look again if you would at Colossians Chapter 3 Verse 16 Colossians Chapter 3 Verse 16. Look at this great verse you've already seen it once but look at this great verse. Look what it says in collections Sempra verse 16 that the word of Christ dwell in you richly teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs singing with grace in your heart so Lord whatever you do do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus. Now won't you look ever so much underline it the word of God is to dwell in you.
Now that's an old word.
But how many of you have a dwelling hold your hand up. You have a dwelling hold your hand up. That's an old word. It means house. That means a place to stay. It could be an apartment. It could be a tent but it's a place where you live where you inhabit where that's where you do well and here's what God said he wanted Christians to do. He said I want my word to dwell in you. I want the Bible to move into your heart and take up residence. I wanted to live in you. The sad he is the only time we ever get around in the Bible sometimes is Sunday morning. Suddenly more we come to church as a preacher. You've got 30 minutes unload it all give it to me as fast as you can because I think about this for the next 268 hours. 168 hours like a Megami another shot. That's not what he said. See it was never about an occasional. Find out something about the Bible. It's not about a Bible conference. It's not about a revival meeting. It's about let it move on and dwell anew you and take up residence. Let the Word of God living you let let it.
Your house is your heart's where the house where the Lord's word lives. It means we learn what it means. It means we learn enough of it that it affects the way we think.
Either way if you get enough of this book in your heart you're going to love your wife like nobody else ever lived there why you love your husband like nobody ever loved you. You can pay your bills. You're going to be a good neighbor you don't do all of the stuff because the book moved and you don't think like Americans think you think like Jesus thinks a man in. I used to tell him all the time we don't want to think like Peruvians that we don't want to think like Americans we want to think like Gods people and God's people think differently. So the Bible moves in it becomes a part of our thinking process. We learn to think what the Bible says in Psalm 119 169.
I was told that my cracker near before the old god give me understanding according to our God help me understand things based on what your Bible says helped me understand my job based on what your Bible says Help me understand and raise my family based on what your Bible says Help me out manage my money based on what your Bible says. According to your word I want to leave everything out I want it to be about the word said a preacher. That's your opinion he said. I will build what word I will be what. My church. It's not our church. Vision is an Austin church. Vision is that the Church of the deacons and visitors isn't the Church of the members it belongs to Jesus. It's his church. Man.
And he said I like my word to dwell in you.
I like my word to dwell in you preaching and teaching the Bible is like the most important thing. We're supposed to be doing in Acts Chapter 20 in Verse 28. The apostle Paul said Take heed therefore unto yourselves and to all the flock of God all the flock over which the Holy Ghost have made you Overseer's to feed the Church of God which you purchased for his blood. Feed them. People come to church and we ought to be Slosson off Bible and putting it in our heart.
So we live in it. So we've been in Matthew sixty taking so long I'll never forget it. Good good. It's going to be ordinary ain't it. You say that's what you want. That is what I want. I what the book and you wrote the book in you. That's what he said preaching and teaching the Word of God as the most important ministry. First Timothy 517. Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. It's how we get saved. The preaching of the word First Corinthians 121 for that and the wisdom of God the world was a new god new not God please God by the foolish a preaching to save them that believe in the Bible talks about preaching is not all about how you jail how you spin it how fast you run. I grew up in churches where the preacher run on top of the pews and screaming you spit going everywhere. Tom they got through men are close to half all of them. That's how a preacher did. You can do that. I'm not against you doing that but preaching is not about the antiques it's about what you say. It's not about the antics. Another guy might be a far better far better talker than I am. A far better speaker than I am. But the whole point is speak the book Speak the book. Someone
got me coming here and he may talk a really low and monotone and you're like that guy he just don't get excited. He ain't preachin. That's because you understand preach and preaches not your antics. It's what you're saying. It's what you're saying. They need someone to preach to and the Bible says that Romans 10 14 How then shall they call on him and whom they have not believed. How so they believe in Him whom they've not heard how so they hear without a preacher that he's somebody that's just an announcer's all that is by the way somebody who announces the book with the word across dwells in us.
We want to bring everyone to maturity. Our church ought to have in mind. We're going to grow them all up oh 39 years ago Betty and I almost 40 years ago and I guess 40 years ago Betty was pregnant with a baby and we were just kids.
Good night we were like 21 years. Oh and we had just a little baby. When you have a baby guess what your goal is your goals not to show off a baby your goal is to bring him to maturity. You want your kid to grow up. You want your kid learn how to pay their bills learn how to live their life. Kid your kids to have a wife or a husband. You want your kid to go to live a good proper life because you want to bring them to maturity because they can't stay babies forever. And if they did stay babies forever something's wrong. There was a lady in Peru who had a little girl and her name was Stephanie and I'll never forget what she was like 4 years old and never learned to walk. She was stiff as a board three or four years of age she died not Priester funeral.
She never got out of the baby said something was bad wrong but you don't want a baby to say that you wanted to go on to maturity. Every church ought to have in mind. I want to grow them up. We saw four people we have four deacons here in our church so that will not be the honest truth as ever by this church ought to be Deacon material. Every man in his church but I'll be grown up and mature and that ought not be anything in this church like what the real men of God.
No we're all his trophies a man and we're all he is. He walks around said and you suggest I went out I bade him check out when I changed the check. I went out and that's for me and for women.
That's why that's why that the sample ship is so important. If you come to our church you need to get involved in foundations will be somebody out here.
You can talk to them attribute he said. I've got to learn more. I want the Bible to move in and take up residence in me. I want to know the battle so much and when you poke me babbles spills out I want to be full of the Bible so another person has been further down the road than you'll take the Bible and teach you the word of God and you'll grow as foundations were trying to grow you into maturity.
So why did you get involved in a Sunday school class. You say why do I have so many services. The new churches don't have so many services. Well we are so busy trying to get so much of this in you were thinking about adding some services.
A man we got to get more in you. Not less. We're not trying to back IPCA can't we cut out some bottle around here. We're to it Ellis add some more Bible. You might come in and say y'all don't saying much.
Well we don't we try to get this in you you always want to get home on time but you really liked at churches things 50 minutes and read the Bible for two and let you go home for each and get the book in and get the book in. It's the word of God that changes you. So the word of God it changes all of us.
First Thessalonians chapter two in Verse 13 for this cause also thank God without CC because when you receive the word of God which you heard of us you received it not as a word of man but as it is in truth the word of God and Lunder on this in your model which effectually work of also and you that believe. I don't know what happens but when you get enough of this in you and you just keep sticking it in your heart. Stick it in your heart and you don't even want a change. You don't even want to change and are not even trying to change what you get in the Bible in your heart. I was a new guy. I don't know why I think different.
I used to. I don't know why but I do different. I used to. I changed. Well what changed you. I don't know. What change you get Kinison you say a lot of churches it's like self-help. Let me give you 12 steps to fix yourself to get better. Here's what he said.
It gets in your heart to stick us in your heart. It'll work about the change in you. It worked about the change last one and I quit he wanted the church to encourage and motivate each other. And Hebrews 10 24 he said Let us consider one another to provoke and love and good works. Not forsaking the assembling of yourselves as a matter of Samia's of ourselves as a matter some is but exhorting one another we are to attend church together. Bob says the first Thessalonians 511 conference yourselves together edify one another. So we're a church and we come in this room. It's really kind of exciting John Pearson's one just brought this to my attention. You could come in division Baptist Church on a Thursday night. John did it not long ago he started taking pictures or a couple sitting over here said Nababan who is a couple said over and about again as the couple said over Senator Bob and there's people all around who've set about together.
It's not even church time what the people don't know some that they do know something. They know that with the Bible in them and it's one another encouraging the other one to live for Jesus. We had a meeting of our men and the deacons are getting prepared and one of the men looked at another of them and said You motivate me you make me want to serve God. That's the point. That's the point. We want to motivate each other to serve the Lord. Love lost people to live victorious lives. We want to comfort each other when it's time for me to quit. So let me remind you of the first one I said and I'll make it. It was supposed to be the last one. Do you really get it. I will build what my church I will be all my church usually likes to do. For ever from now and forever Jesus and God and the Holy Spirit walk around and have a go and.
Check him out. Take him out I made him what he is I say to him get back over and get over.
Look that get overlooked a girl run over that girl was in perversion and say I changed her. Nobody will ever know what she used to be. And so you look on the counter you see things are nicer than the Oscar ever made the Oscars. You see something nastier Nietos the golden statues you see live and breathe and people that are brand new creatures you don't even know their past you just look at them and say man that's a fancy trophy. And he said it's serious. And he said that that's my goodness that's my race. So you got a family in here and you've learned to love Jesus. He's walking around said that's me to my family like that it's me that did that. It's the grace of God that did it. And he said I just want to show off. Can I read the first to you before we close. Ephesians chapter 3 inversed.
Here's what he says that'll come out. Let me show you something but. Check them out. You say that's what they're saying.
He actually did that in the book of Job in the book Jope.
He was airness and Devil was and Jesus Jesus God looked at the devil and he said Hey you ever noticed my man Joe if you ever checked him out he said Yeah I know him.
And God says good.
He's a good man. Love don't tell the truth.
The devil said what course he does because everything about him you just protect him in him someone one loves you.
God said why he loves me he loves me because he loves me he loves me because I loved him. He loves me because I made him who he is. The devil said Well yeah but you know if he's so protected the devils god said go after you kill his family. Do you think you won't to him he'll still love me. Now he's 10 kids are dead and all these riches are gone. And his wife says they want you curse God and die he said Lady I came in as role neck and I'm leaving next. He's been good to me. He could take it he can get but I love him. I love him. And then his friends came to his house and said more.
God is working you over.
And he said oh he's not. He said you're all wrong. I don't like you don't like you being here lousy friends and I promise you this I'll die someday but I will see him.
I will see him. He's mine.
I'm his and he's mine. That's exactly what's going on right now in.
Got to have a say in WoW he calls our names he calls them names of those that have gone before that have been saved by grace washed his buddy Klans and made new creatures and he says I'm a good God.
I'm a good guy. Look what I did with those messed up people.
And it's good that they meant he said in a stepped three inversed and he said I want the devil to know it when he looks at the church.
I want him to see how smart I am how wise I am how good I am. Are you saved.
Do you know if you died you go to heaven. Have you been made new. Are you a trophy of his grace. Can you say man if you just knew me before Jesus. If you can't today's the day you ought to get say. And if you are saying made your fall in love with Jesus love him with all your heart all your soul and all your mind all your body loving with everything about you. If you're Saib you ought to want to do what he wants because it's his church. Matthew 16:18 he said I will build my church. I will be all my church. And he said devil. Check out how good I am trophies of my grace with your hands Broudy eyes closed as a father thank you for the opportunity to be in your house today. Thank you for the opportunity to talk to these wonderful people. I know I don't deserve it. I know that I am nothing but saved by your grace. God I pray you deal with hearts and draw people to you. I pray you have saved somebody I pray you change somebodies life and I pray that something great would happen in somebody's heart today. I pray that Christians and fall more in love with you and more in love with your church and I will give you pray this message.