Light 6

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Published on February 4, 2008

Author: Pasquale

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Slide1:  Being Light in a Dark World - Week 6 Shining The L I G H T of Jesus! :  Shining The L I G H T of Jesus! Mat 4:16 "THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SITTING IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT, AND THOSE WHO WERE SITTING IN THE LAND AND SHADOW OF DEATH, UPON THEM A LIGHT DAWNED." Mat 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Mat 4:18 Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Mat 4:19 And He *said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." Slide3:  Mat 5:14 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; Mat 5:15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Mat 5:16 "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Slide4:  Mat 10:27 "What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops. Mat 10:28 "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Mat 10:29 "Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. Mat 10:30 "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Mat 10:31 "So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. Mat 10:32 "Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. Mat 10:33 "But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. Slide5:  Joh 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, "I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life." Slide6:  Rom 13:12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Rom 13:13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. Rom 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. Slide7:  Eph 5:8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light Eph 5:9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), Eph 5:10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Eph 5:11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; Eph 5:12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. Eph 5:13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. Eph 5:14 For this reason it says, "Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you." Eph 5:15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, Eph 5:16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. Slide8:  Phi 2:13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Phi 2:14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; Phi 2:15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, Slide9:  1Th 5:4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 1Th 5:5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 1Th 5:6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 1Th 5:7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 1Th 5:8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. It’s all about love…:  It’s all about love… 1Jo 2:9 The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. 1Jo 2:10 The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 1Jo 2:11 But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes. Truth: Jesus Christ – The Word of God – the Light of the Word!:  Truth: Jesus Christ – The Word of God – the Light of the Word! Then Jesus said to those Jewish people who had believed him, “If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves to sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were entrusted to. Romans 6:17 Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 We must stand for truth..:  We must stand for truth.. Even if we stand alone Even when it is not politically correct Even when some churches refuse to do so The Bible is our sole source for faith and practice! Jesus said…:  Jesus said… “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by Me.” John 14:6 There is an attack against Evangelical Christianity today…:  There is an attack against Evangelical Christianity today… We need to know how to answer these attacks… “Jesus said to him, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matt. 22:37-38 (NET) “But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess.” I Pet 3:18 (NET) Slide15:  In these days, we can observe an outright attack against the Bible and Judeo Christian ethics. Some Recent Examples:  Some Recent Examples The Last Temptation of Christ Jesus Christ Superstar The Passover Plot The Sacred Mushroom & the Cross Jesus the Magician The DaVinci Code The Gospel of Judas The Last Temptation of Christ:  The Last Temptation of Christ Novel (1955) - Nikos Kazantzakas Film (1988) - Martin Scorsese Plot: Makes crosses for Romans Gathers followers as prophet Not based on facts Gets Judas to betray him Fantasies on cross re/ sex & marriage Rejects temptation, dies Jesus Christ Superstar:  Jesus Christ Superstar Rock opera (1971) & film (73) by Andrew Lloyd-Weber & Tim Rice Plot: Jesus a superstar religious guru, his fame goes to his head Begins believing what others say about him, leading to cross Blames God, but dies anyway Judas speaks from grave, also blaming God No resurrection The Passover Plot:  The Passover Plot Book (1966) – Schonfield Here Jesus has (almost) everything under control: Learns to interpret prophecy Decides he is Messiah Sets out to fulfill prophecy Stages triumphal entry Uses Judas to betray him Times events so only on cross briefly But speared by soldier Revived in tomb, sends message, dies Sacred Mushroom & the Cross:  Sacred Mushroom & the Cross Book (1970) by John M. Allegro A super plot theory! Jesus never existed. Neither did Christianity! Or Judaism! All are code-words or covers for a super-secret sex-drug cult. When the all in one secret dies, movements continue as Christianity & Judaism. Jesus the Magician:  Jesus the Magician Book (1978) by Morton Smith Jesus a gnostic magician Possessed by a spirit Claimed to be deity Develops self-hypnosis Claimed to fly & teach flying Visited heaven, saw God Freed by God from Law The DaVinci Code:  The DaVinci Code A murder mystery (2003), set in the present Yet the plot turns on the idea that Jesus was merely human, that he had children, and that the Holy Grail is Jesus’ royal blood-line. The Gospel of Judas:  The Gospel of Judas Jesus told Judas to betray him Basic Gnostic theology articulated in a pseudopigraphal manuscript None of these are new attacks!:  None of these are new attacks! Gnostics began to proclaim their false doctrine when Paul was alive! All the early church writers condemned their writing and teaching! The apocryphal and pseudopigraphal books were never included in the canon of scripture! We need to shine the light of the Truth in the midst of these attacks!:  We need to shine the light of the Truth in the midst of these attacks! We have already established the reliability of the Bible. We have already looked at the historical and archeological proof of the Bible and it’s account of antiquity. Let’s proclaim the Truth! Let’s shine the Light of Jesus!:  Let’s shine the Light of Jesus! The Gospel is ‘good news’ We are all sinners saved by grace Jesus paid the debt for all our sins 1 PETER 3:15-17 “BUT IN YOUR HEARTS REGARD CHRIST THE LORD AS HOLY, ALWAYS BEING PREPARED TO MAKE A DEFENSE TO ANYONE WHO ASKS YOU FOR A REASON FOR THE HOPE THAT IS IN YOU; YET DO IT WITH GENTLENESS AND RESPECT, HAVING A GOOD CONSCIENCE, SO THAT, WHEN YOU ARE SLANDERED, THOSE WHO REVILE YOUR GOOD BEHAVIOR IN CHRIST MAY BE PUT TO SHAME.” --ESV Jude 1:3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.:  Jude 1:3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. Are you shinning the Light of Jesus?:  Are you shinning the Light of Jesus? 2 Peter 2:1-3 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. (2) Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; (3) and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.:  2 Peter 2:1-3 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. (2) Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; (3) and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. They tried to combat false doctrine in the early church::  They tried to combat false doctrine in the early church: These current attacks on the Bible and Christianity are not new! We knew attacks would come; Mat 16:16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Mat 16:17 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. Mat 16:18 "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. 1Tim. 1:3 As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus, in order that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines:  1Tim. 1:3 As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus, in order that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines The church at Ephesus began to be under attack - not from the world's persecutions, but from wolves in sheeps' clothing - corrupt and reprobate teachers. :  The church at Ephesus began to be under attack - not from the world's persecutions, but from wolves in sheeps' clothing - corrupt and reprobate teachers. Paul warned them. Timothy warned them. Did they endure? Jesus dictates, to the Church at Ephesus::  Paul warned them. Timothy warned them. Did they endure? Jesus dictates, to the Church at Ephesus: Rev. 2:2 "...you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false". :  Rev. 2:2 "...you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false". It is time to measure everything according to the standard given to us in Scripture. To contend for the Faith! :  It is time to measure everything according to the standard given to us in Scripture. To contend for the Faith! In Acts 17, the Lord commends the Bereans for doing this::  In Acts 17, the Lord commends the Bereans for doing this: Acts 17:11 Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so.:  Acts 17:11 Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so. The apostle John also wrote,:  The apostle John also wrote, 1John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.:  1John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. Slide40:  Rom 1:21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Rom 1:22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, And now we must be more diligent than ever to do this, since 1Timothy 4 states, 1Tim. 4:1 ...The Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, :  And now we must be more diligent than ever to do this, since 1Timothy 4 states, 1Tim. 4:1 ...The Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, I personally pray and study diligently to make sure what I teach is God’s Word, not man’s ideas. :  I personally pray and study diligently to make sure what I teach is God’s Word, not man’s ideas. Paul wrote in no uncertain terms,:  Paul wrote in no uncertain terms, Gal. 1:6-9 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you, and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed. The cannon (measuring rod) of scripture is our final authority and gives us the answer for everything we need for life and Godliness!:  The cannon (measuring rod) of scripture is our final authority and gives us the answer for everything we need for life and Godliness! Slide45:  2Pe 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 2Pe 1:3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 2Pe 1:4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. Desire to please God, not man…:  Desire to please God, not man… Pro 16:7 When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 2Co 5:9 Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. Slide47:  Col 1:9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, Col 1:10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; Col 1:11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously Slide48:  Gal 1:9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. Gal 1:10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Gal 1:11 For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man's gospel. Accountability:  Accountability We need to make sure what we teach is in line with the Word of God! This is why we are told: James 3:1 Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment.:  James 3:1 Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment. And Paul told Titus that an Elder must be...:  And Paul told Titus that an Elder must be... Titus 1:9-2:1 holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, that he may be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine. So we as teachers and hearers absolutely MUST strive for doctrinal purity, as Peter says::  So we as teachers and hearers absolutely MUST strive for doctrinal purity, as Peter says: 2Pet. 2:1 ...There will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies – [divisions – false doctrines]:  2Pet. 2:1 ...There will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies – [divisions – false doctrines] It is amazing to see how unwilling the church is to obey the overwhelming amount of Scripture that tells us to test all things. We are told so clearly::  It is amazing to see how unwilling the church is to obey the overwhelming amount of Scripture that tells us to test all things. We are told so clearly: 1Ths. 5:19-21 Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; :  1Ths. 5:19-21 Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; America used to be a country that ‘held fast to what is good’.:  America used to be a country that ‘held fast to what is good’. What happened? The church lost it’s saltiness The church compromised Truth The philosophy of the world permeated the and contaminated the simplicity of the Truth! It began when we removed the 10 commandments from our schools in the early 60’s. When Christians no longer lived by the Word of God!:  It began when we removed the 10 commandments from our schools in the early 60’s. When Christians no longer lived by the Word of God! (Luke 11:27) While Jesus was saying these things, one of the women in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, "Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed.":  (Luke 11:27) While Jesus was saying these things, one of the women in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, "Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed." (Luke 11:28) But He said, "On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.":  (Luke 11:28) But He said, "On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it." (Revelation 1:3) Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.:  (Revelation 1:3) Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near. It is time for the church to again hear His words and do them!:  It is time for the church to again hear His words and do them! Heb 3:15 while it is said, "TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS, AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME." :  Heb 3:15 while it is said, "TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS, AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME." Next week…:  Next week… We will address some of the current attacks against the Bible…. Next week…:  Next week… We will go over evidence that negates the attacks and helps us give an answer! Mat 10:32 "Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. Mat 10:33 "But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. Week Seven…:  Week Seven… Separating Fact from Fiction

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