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  SERMON

SUNDAY A.M. -  05/14/2017

A GOOD START FOR A GREAT SERVANT

2 Timothy 1:5

INTRODUCTION:  Have you ever been away from home for an extended period of time?  Vacation, business trip, etc.  Doesn’t it feel good to be back home?  Just as you drive into town you can feel the comforting feeling of, “I am where I am supposed to be…”You think…  I know this place…  You know the businesses and the people…

My Grandpa Jones used to say that “a man needs a place that he can call home.”A place where when you are sick you have a recliner or a couch to find rest and comfort.  A home with a loving family to surround you and support you in a time of need.  When Linda was pregnant with one of the boys I forget which one our neighbor at the time asked a question that struck me as odd.  She asked if Linda had been nesting with the house…  I thought what does that mean? She meant had she been getting the house ready for the baby boy that was coming.  And she had, plus a lot of sleeping.  

Mothers are one of the most important people in a home making the home and the child’s life complete.  Fathers are the other important person, but we are talking about mothers today, Amen? 5 “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” 2 Timothy 1:5

Paul’s second missionary journey was perhaps one of the greatest missionary efforts undertaken.  This missionary journey probably had a profound impact on western civilization.  At its start it looked as if things were going to go afoul in Antioch when Paul and Barnabas split due to a disagreement concerning John Mark. Paul then selected Silas to go with him in the missionary work. Paul and Silas visit the brethren through Syria and Cilicia. 

1 “Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:” Acts 16:1

Timothy was probably in his late teens or twenties when he met Paul.  This Timothy would become Paul’s replacement for John Mark who had went with Barnabas. The fact that Timothy was part Jew from his mother’s side and Greek from his father’s side made him indispensable to Paul and God’s work to spread the Gospel to the Gentile world.  An indispensable asset to the missionary service.

Paul thought the world of Timothy… 17 “For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.” 1 Corinthians 4:17

BUT, there were two ladies behind the scenes that had a profound impact on Timothy’s upbringing and faith.  Lois and Eunice were no doubt Old Testament Jewess who understood the scriptures well enough to prepare them for Paul and Silas’ Gospel message likely well enough to accept the Messiah when they first heard the Gospel from Paul.  They in-turn ensured that young Timothy be taught and understood that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ. 

I. THE LADIES SUPPLIED…  PRECIOUS MEMORIES

5 “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” 2 Timothy 1:5

A. A MOTHERS IMPORTANCE…  

There is not greater reasonability and role for a human being than that of parent. Children need their parents.  We have too many children that don’t have parents to raise them.  DHS cannot effectively raise our kids for us.  It requires parents.

A mother is…

- Someone they can talk too

- Someone they can trust to protect them

- Someone to teach them

- Someone to care for them

- Someone to nurse them when they are sick

- Someone to take them to the doctor or dentist

- Someone they can lean their head into and cry

- Someone to spank them

- Someone to fix meals for them

- Someone to clean them up and do their laundry

- Someone to teach them about personal hygiene

Lois and Eunice provided such a home for Timothy.  How do we know that?  The man he became.  Then there are those parents who fail to parent.   We have too many of those. 10 “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.”  Psalm 27:10  Which leads to my next point…

A. A MOTHERS INFLUENCE…

Mothers/parents you by fair out of anything else in the world can make the greatest influence upon your child’s life. The Word of God declares… 6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  Proverbs 22:6

I. THE LADIES SERVED AS…  PRODUCTIVE MENTORS

5 “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” 2 Timothy 1:5

A. IT DOESN’T TAKE A VILLAGE…

One of the most irritating things for me to hear is that “it takes a village to raise a child…” Hillary Clinton is notorious for making this comment. Folks, you don’t want the village raising your child.  It takes a parent to raise a child. If your child is in public schools you are getting a sample of the village. Do you agree and like everything our public schools do and align with?

- Gender neutral restrooms?

- Removal God from the schools…

Now, I went through public schools and graduated. There are many teachers that do a good job week in and week out, so don’t go getting mad at me.  Plus, I work for the federal government which is perfect, right?

A. IT DOES INVOLVE VALUES…

“The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.” Proverbs 20:7.  We don’t know much about Timothy’s father other than he was a Greek.  He could have been dead or he could have left Eunice to raise the boy alone due to abandonment. We don’t know…  He may not have been a believer like Lois, Eunice, and Timothy.  There are many families this day with an unbelieving father.  And mothers, if that is your situation, you have to step up for your children, and show them the way of Godliness.

Ideally, the man should be the spiritual leader of the family, but when dad fails because he would rather sit on the couch then mom must fill the void for the child’s sake.  Lois and Eunice maybe had to do that for Timothy.  Again we don’t know for sure. BUT mothers must work to instill the Godly values into their children.

I. THE LADIES SUPPLIED…  PROPER MOTHERING

5 “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” 2 Timothy 1:5

The REARING, NURSING, AND ENDEARING LOVE that a mother provides is precious, priceless, and irreplaceable.

A mother is there for all of your firsts…

- Walking

- Words

- Birthday

- Day of School

- Learn to ride a bike

- And so forth…

A mother should want to be there for these types of things.  Are we in the times that Jesus speaks of as the signs of the end of this age? 12 “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”  Matthew 24:12-13

Let’s not be participants of ungodliness… “A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.”  Proverbs 15:20.  Let’s demonstrate genuine love for our mother’s. For, when we do we honor God…

CONCLUSION:  Folks…  If you are not saved today then why not?  Did you not have a Godly mother like Lois or Eunice to bring you up in the ways of the Lord?

That is a possible reason, but there is no good reason not to change the situation and receive Christ. Assess your situation… Consider the consequences… Take the Gift of God…


SERMON

SUNDAY P.M. - 05/14/2017


CHRIST’S FINISH LINE

John 19:30

INTRODUCTION:  Some people have a way with words. They just have such a grasp of language and an eloquence of speech that they are always saying things that are deeply profound.  Jesus was a Person like that...  All through the years of His recorded ministry, one thing about Him kept the people spellbound, and that thing was His ability to say things in a manner in which they had never been said before.  

Just a brief glimpse into the Gospels proves this beyond question.  In Matthew 7:28-29, the Bible says that the people were astonished at His doctrine, because He had taught with POWER and AUTHORITY. In Luke 4:22, the people who heard Him speak here were again AMAZED at the POWER of His spoken word.  Even His enemies were ASTOUNDED at the word which fell from the golden tongue of the Son of Man, John 7:46. Jesus made some truly great statements! 

For example:

"Before Abraham was I am..."  John 8:58.

"I and my father are one."  John 10:30.

"...he that hath see me hath seen the father..."  John 14:9.

"...I will come again, and receive you unto myself..."  John 14:1-3.

The previous statements from our Lord on the Cross deal with tragedy when the last two statements deal with TRIUMPH…

- A cry of desolation in, “My God, My God why hast Thou forsaken Me?”

- A cry of lamentation in “I thirst…”

- A cry of Jubilation in, “IT IS FINISHED…”

From the words of the victim to the words of VICTOR…

30 “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”  John 19:30

Today we are going to focus on the sixth statement by the Lord. “IT IS FINISHED” John 19:30  As Jesus was preparing to give His life a ransom for Sin, the Bible tells us that He made this simple statement. "IT IS FINISHED!"  What is FINISHED?  God’s part is FINISHED… The ATONEMENT for mankind’s sins…

- Prophecy had declared that He should be the woman’s seed, Gen 3:15

- Prophecy had announced that His mother should be a virgin, Isa 7:14

- Prophecy revealed that He should be the seed of Abraham, Gen 22:18

- Prophecy had made it known that He should be a descendent of David, 2 Samuel 7:12

- Prophecy had said that He should be named before He was born, Isa 49:1

- Prophecy foretold that He should be born in Bethlehem of Judea, Micah 5:2

- Prophecy forewarned that His birth involved the sufferings of others, Jer 31:15

- Prophecy referred to a flight into Egypt and subsequent return to Palestine, Isa 49:3,6

- Prophecy made mention of one going before Him to make ready His way, Mal 3:1

- Prophecy spoke of Him as poor and needy, Psalm 40:17

- Prophecy had announced His triumphal entry to Jerusalem, Zech 9:9

Prophecies were literally, actually, and personally fulfilled, Man must merely believe and respond. “IT IS FINISHED” John 19:30  Therefore, it is plain to see that this word is not the cry of a defeated man, but it is instead, the shout of a victor! This is the exultant cry of one who has just won a great victory. There are THREE aspects of the Lord’s statement that were forever settled the day Jesus died on the cross. 

I. THE WORD OF COMPLETION

30 “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”  John 19:30

It is finished…  Made an end of…  it is paid…  it is performed…  it is accomplished…

- What is made an end of…  our sins and their guilt

- What is paid?  Our sin debt

- What was performed?  The utmost requirements of the law

- What is accomplished?   The work that the Father had given the Son to do…

The ATONEMENT, Many leave this world with their tasks uncompleted...

- The pen drops from the writers’ hand

- The painter’s brush falls before the painting is done

- The chisel tumbles from the grip of the sculptor

BUT, Christ is the GREAT FINISHER...  Creation Finished

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.”  Genesis 2:1 The New Heaven and New Earth…  At the end of time, when everything is wound up, and God’s purpose has been fully consummated, when everything has been done that He before determined should be done, then shall it be said again, IT IS FINISHED. “It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”  Revelation 21:6

Christ completed...

1. All the requirements of the Law...

14 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.”  Colossians 2:14-17

Christ satisfied...

2. Old Testament Sacrifices...

12 “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God;13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.”  Hebrews 10:12-18

Christ paid the penalty...

3. The suffering required to pay for our sins DEATH...

7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”       

 1 John 1:7

JESUS PAID IT ALL... The man of sorrows… sufferings at the hands of men, at the hands of Satan, and at the hands of God… Pain inflicted upon Him by enemies and friends alike…  “I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth.”  Psalm 88:15  

Folks, He knew the end from the beginning.  God accepted the Son's death and shed blood as the perfect payment for our sins.11 “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.”Isaiah 53:11

This is why the Bible can tell us that Jesus is the "Propitiation" for our sins. The word "propitiation" carries the idea of "Appeasing". It literally refers to the covering of the Ark of the Covenant, or the place where the blood was applied on the Day of Atonement. Literally, Jesus is that which satisfies and appeases God!

1. It means that we do not have to work for our salvation…

2. It means that we do not have to try to be good…

3. It means that our salvation comes to us on the basis of pure, simple faith…

4. It means that while God would never accept me as I really am, He will receive me in His Son…

XXII. THE WORD OF CONQUEST

30 “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”  John 19:30

How fickle and fake is the world’s praise, Consider that for a moment.  One day you are crowned, the next crucified. Society’s Sins… It’s pretty dog-gone sad when a man can gets in more trouble with the law for abusing animals than he does for neglecting and abusing his children. More news attention is given to such things…

- If you do not agree with a certain social movement

- Michael Vick

- Paula Dean

- The Lord Jesus Christ

The sound of hosannas had hardly died when they were crying, “Away with Him!”  “Crucify Him!”  With a loud cry, “It is finished!”  Not a sigh of defeat but a cry of VICTORY!  Loud enough for the Devil to hear...

1. The promise in the Garden of Eden...

15 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”   Genesis 3:15

2. Satan and all the demons were defeated at Calvary...

15 “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”  Colossians 2:15

The Call of the Crowd...  “Come down from the Cross!”  Ten thousand angels stood ready for the call.  BUT, Jesus stayed on the cross, defeating Satan, and defeating SIN.  We have VICTORY in Christ!

XXVI. THE WORD OF COMFORT

30 “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”  John 19:30


Why do we need comfort?  We are POOR, BROKENHEARTED, CAPTIVE, & BLIND.18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”  Luke 4:18

“It is finished”  in the Greek is “Tetelestai”  The word used for tax receipts paid in full.   How good it feels to have the debt paid!  This is a word that assures peace.

The dying thief sought it…  He found peace in Christ…  Have you? 28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”   Matthew 11:28-30

Free from the Law, O happy condition!

Jesus hath bled, and there is remission,

Cursed by the Law, and dead by the fall,

Grace hath redeemed us once for all.

CONCLUSION: Folks, in one sense… the Cross of Christ is the grave of our sins. The better we are acquainted with His sufferings, and more frequently we meditate thereon, the warmer will be our love and the deeper our gratitude. The prophecies of His sufferings are all fulfilled. The wages of sin have been paid.  Christ paid your debt too!  Its simple trust in Christ and be saved. Rest not on your feelings and experiences but on the written Word of God. Rest in His FINISHED work on the cross for you!



 

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