Behold the Goodness and Severity of God – If God and Jesus so Love us, how can he send us to Hell? Some people have trouble with this scenario but when we better understand God’s nature, we can see how this is so. Take sometime to listen and hopefully be blessed by todays Sermon. Please see below for scriptures used in todays sermon. The Goodness of God Righteous/Holy Psa 145:17 Life Gen 2:7-9 Mercy/Lovingkindness Psa 100:3-5 Longsuffering Psa 86:15 The Cross Isa 53:2-11 The Severity of God The Destruction of the Old World Gen 6:5-7 The Proposed Destruction of His People Exo 32:7-10 The Lord Pours out His Fury Like Fire Lam 2:1-17 The Judgement Seat of God The Day Of Judgement Psa 9:7-8 Jesus is the Righteous Judge Joh-24 Jesus will send the Righteous to heaven and the Unrighteous to Punishment Mat -34
the Bible shows us that we are unique compared to the rest of nature:
Solomon was the king of Israel at the height of its prosperity 1 Kings 10:21
So Solomon had all the resources to experiment with any kind of enjoyment in life – things like earthly wisdom, pleasure, wine, possessions, entertainment, etc. (scan Ecc. 1:16 to 2:17).
Ecc 2:11 Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labour which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.
But don’t people today try exactly the same kind of things which Solomon did, only usually on a lesser scale?
After all Solomon’s pursuits, he finally arrived at this simple truth:
Why are there so many churches today with different beliefs and practices?
– Where did they all come from?
– Does God approve of such division and confusion? i.e., Does it really matter?
The church which Jesus built:
Matt. 16:16-18 Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God’. And Jesus said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
1. Jesus would build His church (in the future).
2. It would be built upon the content of Peter’s confession: “Christ, the Son of the living God”.
3. It would always exist once it was built (so where is it today??).
When did Jesus built His church?
Well, we know it was in existence by the time of Acts 5 …
– Acts 5:11 And great fear came over the whole church, and over all who heard of these things.
We also know that people were first added to it in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) in A.D. 30:
– Acts 2:41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.
A most important question in this life is: “What must I do to be saved?”
– This is the question that every person must answer correctly in their lives if they hope to spend eternity with God in heaven.
– Sadly, in the world today, there are many wrong answers given to this question:
e.g., Some trust their own feelings in the matter; but feelings are, of course, unreliable:
Prov 16:25 There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
e.g., Others trust in the advice of people (where some say one thing, and others another thing!) but this is useless as well:
Matt. 15:9 BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN
Surely Jesus is the only One who truly knows how we can be saved (cf. Rom. 1:4)!
So let’s “listen to Him!” (as God commanded the disciples to do in Matt. 17:5) …
Believe, repent, baptism for forgiveness of sins. Luke. 24:47, Mark. 16:15-16, Matt. 28:18-19, Acts 2:36-40
– All parts of the process contribute to the result of being saved; all parts, therefore, are essential.
– Under the NT, someone who is baptized without believing, or believes without being baptized, is not saved!
Have you been saved according to Jesus’ instructions?
– Don’t trust your own feelings! Don’t trust in other people (e.g., “faith only”, “saved without baptism in water”, etc.)! Listen only to Jesus on how to be saved!
– We would urge you, as Saul/Paul was urged: Acts 22:16 Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.
Jesus’ command to all His disciples:
How are we to “make disciples”?
Sowing the Seed
Rom. 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
Sometimes Christians may become discouraged by the apparent lack of response to the direct telling of the gospel.
It is equally discouraging to see people respond to the gospel and then fall away some time later.
So there is a great temptation, at times, to try devious means to entice people to Christ!
But to employ such:
(i) is to practise deception (like the devil, Rev. 12:9), and
(ii) may cause people to be attracted to the wrong thing (i.e. not to Christ).
Let’s consider four (4) questions this morning:
What is the key to true happiness?
The book of Psalms with its very first Psalm shares with us the key to true happiness
Other parts of the Bible also share with us this same key to true happiness …
The way to true happiness:
There were many people of tremendous faith in the bible and in this mornings sermon we look at Abraham. Spending the majority of his life in his father house it would appear like a failure to launch for Abraham until he received a Promise from God that he will have a legacy and land to call his own. Abraham knew the promise of physical land didn’t compare to the promise of an eternity in heaven. Because of his Faith in that promise and ultimately in God many have access to this same promise through Christ Jesus. Join us in learning more about his wonderful gift of salvation through todays sermon. Enjoy.