Sunday, August 29, 2010

Ask The Pastor - August 29, 2010 - MP3

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Sermon Notes:

Why don’t you end your prayers, “In Jesus Name”?

  • Jesus ___________ in his sample prayer: Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 11:1-4
  • The __________ __________ did not use the phrase in their prayers: Acts 1:24-25
  • It is not required or even suggested as a formula for prayer ______________ in the Bible.
  • This comes from a _______________ of John 14:13-14:
    13 Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, […] 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
    • It is abusing this verse to think adding in Jesus Name will ___________ God to act.
    • This is referring to asking according to His will or in His _____________.

What does God say about how we treat children? What about harming children?

  • Principle #5: Treat your children with _________: Prov. 19:18-19, Mal. 4:5-6, Matt. 18:1-6,10, Eph. 6:4, Col. 3:21
  • Principle #4: _____________ your children: Prov. 3:12, 13:24, 19:18-19, 29:15-17, Eph. 6:4
  • Principle #3: Plan for your children’s ________________: Prov. 13:22, 2 Cor. 12:14
  • Principle #2: __________ a relationship with God: Jer. 32:38-39, Matt. 19:13-14
  • Principle #1: ___________ your children: Titus 2:3-5

What does God say about obeying human laws?

  • We are subject to government because it is __________ by God, if you __________ Government, you are resisting God: Eccl. 8:2-5 , Rom. 13:1-7, Titus 3:1, 1 Peter 2:13-15
    • Exception: if they ask you to go against God, follow God, but _________ the consequences: Ex. 1:15-17, 1 Kings 22:13-14, Dan. 3:14-18, Acts 4:18-21, 5:27-32

  • Pray for those in authority to have wisdom and come to __________: 1 Tim. 2:1-4

My church teaches me my morals & ethics, but when it comes to choosing a political candidate my church goes silent. All other churches are getting safely involved by teaching the constitution and how it relates to Christianity. Why can’t or won’t we?

  • “All other churches” is like a kid telling his mother that ___________ is going to the party.
  • The job of the church is not to __________ morals or politics; it is to _________ you to Christ and to __________ you to serve him. When you allow God to be in control of your life, He will teach you through His word.
    • If you understand what it means not to kill, you will never ___________________ vote for a pro-choice or pro-euthanasia candidate (Ex. 20:13, 21:14; Psa. 71:6, 139:13-14)
    • This will also lead you to realize that capital punishment is ____________ in some circumstances (Lev. 24:21; Deut. 19:11-13) so you will not thoughtlessly vote for anti-death penalty candidates.
    • If you understand that sexual sin corrupts the whole person (1 Cor. 6:18), you will never thoughtlessly vote for a flagrant adulterer.
  • Paul knew his ________ and responsibilities as a Roman citizen better than most people (Acts 21:39, 22:25-28) but ________ taught how to use government, but only how to properly submit to government.
  • I encourage everyone to _________ the constitution of the US, the Declaration of Independence, the Mayflower Compact and the Michigan Constitution and then see the question about government.

How can our church get back to the Bible and Christian Morals? How can I get closer to the Lord other than taking in knowledge? (Any uplifting Scriptures?)

  • Practical Tips:
    • Set aside time each _________ to read, pray and listen.
    • ___________ Principle of Bible Learning
  • Psalms of the Day & Proverb of the Day: (The Date Plus 30s).

    • Example Today is the 29th, ∴ the Psalms of the Day are Psalm 29, 59, 89, ____, 149, and Proverbs 29
    • Beginners choose 1 Psalm/Proverb and a chapter of NT. Advanced, do all 6, +1 NT, +2 OT.

Matthew 7:1 says “Judge not, least ye be judged.” How does this apply in our lives?

Please point out how hypocritical people shouldn’t judge harshly because they in turn will be judged harshly.

  • “In the way you judge, you will be judged” so get rid of the log in your eye before the speck in someone else’s: Matt. 7:1-6, Rom. 2:1-2, 14:4
  • Judgment, ____________ and accountability are not the same: Matt. 18:15-20, James 5:19-20

    • Judging is passing sentence or ____________ a penalty (generally refers to eternity).
    • Discipline is a proper authority applying a reprimand to bring restored ______________.
    • Accountability is reminding a person of the standards they ___________ to hold.

  • Most people who are worried about this passage are judging others! This is a self-defeating attitude because it says it is ok to _________ you.

Are tattoos and piercings (body art) sinful in the New Testament?

  1. Lev. 19:27-28: __________ mention of tattoos in the Bible. If this eliminates tattoos, it also eliminates _________ your beard or __________ your hair.
  2. Ear Piercing is a symbol of loving ______________: Ex. 21:5-6, Deut. 15:16-17

    • This is why upright single women used to be denied ear piercing.

  3. The things we wear should be ___________ and not cause others to stumble: 1 Tim. 2:9-10
  4. The most important way to decorate yourself is a _________ heart: 1 Peter 3:3-4

What is the difference in the Spirit and the Holy Ghost? (Luke 4:1)

There is none. Some translations use Holy Ghost, some use Holy Spirit. In this verse, the Greek refers to the αγιος πνευμα and to the πνευμα. These terms refer to the Third Person of the ______________.

Why don’t we worship on the Sabbath? We keep all the rest of the commandments.

  1. we should keep the commandments, but Jesus showed that we _______: Matt. 5:17-48
  2. Old Testament moral/ethical law is proper _____ superseded/finished in the New Testament.
    • Old Testament sacrifices were ______________ by Christ’s sacrifice (Heb. 10:1-14).
    • Jesus ___________ the Sabbath
      • when His disciples ____ ______on the Sabbath (Matt. 12:1-8, Mark 2:23-28, Luke 6:1-5)
      • when he _________ on the Sabbath (Matt. 12:9-12, Mark 3:2-5, Luke 6:6-10, 13:10-16)
      • The Sabbath is to make us look at _______, not at a particular day of the week: Col. 2:16
    • Jesus is our ___________: Heb. 4:9-11
  3. Jesus rose on the ________ Day of the Week: Matt. 28:1-7
  4. The _________ _________ met on the first day of the week: Acts 20:7

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