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CBR002344The Worship of God – March 29, 2009

GOD CALLS US

(Silent Preparation)

Call to Worship…………………………………………………….Psalm 18:2-3

“I love Thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.”

“A Mighty Fortress is Our God”

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,

One little word shall fell him.
That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

Invocation/Prayer of Praise…………………….………………Chuck Bengtson

Responsive Reading………………………………………..Psalm 37:39-40

Leader: The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in time of trouble.
People: And the Lord helps them and delivers them;
All: He delivers them from the wicked, and saves them, because they take refuge in Him.

“To God Thy Way Commending”
(Melody: “The Church’s One Foundation”)

To God thy way commending, Trust him whose arm of might,
The heavenly circles bending, Guides every star aright:
The winds, and clouds, and lightning, By his sure hand are led;
And he will dark shades brightening. Show thee what path to tread.

Although to make God falter, The powers of hell combine,
One jot they cannot alter Of his all wise design:
All projects and volition Of his eternal mind,
Despite all opposition, Their due fulfilment find.

No more, then, droop and languish, Thou sorrow stricken soul;
Even from depths of anguish, Whose billows o’er thee roll,
Thy Father’s hand shall draw thee: In hope and patience stay,
And joy will soon shed o’er thee An ever brightening ray.
Trust with a faith untiring In thine Omniscient King,
And thou shalt see admiring What he to light will bring.
Of all thy griefs, the reason Shall at the last appear:
Why now denied a season, Will shine in letters clear.

Prayer of Thanksgiving………………………………………………… Mark Martin

Giving and Receiving of Tithes and Offerings

GOD CLEANSES US

(Silent Confession of Sins)

Assurance of God’s Pardon…………………………………..Galatians 4:26-27

“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourself with Christ.”

Reading of the Gospel……………Galatians 2:16-3:14……………….. (OPEN)

“The Power of The Cross”

Oh, to see the dawn Of the darkest day: Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men, Torn and beaten, then Nailed to a cross of wood.

Chorus: This, the pow’r of the cross: Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain Written on Your face, Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Ev’ry bitter thought, Ev’ry evil deed Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

Now the daylight flees; Now the ground beneath Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two, Dead are raised to life; “Finished!” the vict’ry cry.

Oh, to see my name Written in the wounds, For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death; Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

Final Chorus: This, the pow’r of the cross: Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost! We stand forgiven at the cross.

Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend Copyright © 2005 Thankyou Music

GOD CONSECRATES US

The Old Testament……………….……… Numbers 3:40-51……………………………….Todd Renfrow

The New Testament ……………… Romans 8:26-39…………………….Hayden Renfrow

Pastoral Prayer…………………………………………..Pastor Chris Taylor

True Discipleship – Part 1 (Matthew 10:1-11:1)……………………………………..Pastor Chris Taylor

“Take My Life and Let it Be”

Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Let them flow in ceaseless praise

Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.
Swift and beautiful for Thee

Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.
Filled with messages from Thee

Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne.
It shall be Thy royal throne

Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.
Ever, only, all for Thee.

GOD COMMISSIONS US

Doxology: “Holy, Holy, Holy”

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Benediction

May He who guides our feet through this vain world, to lead us to His heavenly seat; Whose mercies shall ever endure, when this frail world be no more, help you to contend in the cause of the Gospel with others whose names are written in the Book of Life.

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The following is how to prepare for a “talk”. I wouldn’t recommend it for a sermon. 5 hours of prayerless, same-day, Bible-for-Idiots preparation does not a message make. You have to see it to believe it. Somewhere in my mind I have to hope this is really a joke (There is more to read after the video).

It’s possible that Brother Ed is resting on his laurels. Or, he could be resting on the fact that Spurgeon himself was a morning-of preparer. Yes, I know it’s hard to believe, but you’ll have to read it yourself. You can imagine how surprised I was to discover the following as I was searching for what I thought would be a stark contrast in preparatory techniques.

I am always sure to have the most happy day when I get a good text in the morning from my Master. When I have had to preach two or three sermons in a day, I have asked Him for the morning subject, and preached from it; and I have asked Him for the afternoon’s topic or the evening’s portion, and preached from it, after meditating on it for my own soul’s comfort, — not in the professional style of a regular sermon-maker, but feasting upon it for myself. Such simple food has done the people far more good than if I had been a week in manufacturing a sermon, for it has come warm from the heart just after it has been received in my own soul; and therefore it has been well spoken, because well known, well tasted, and well felt. (From his autobiography, The Early Years)

He goes on. . .

I confess that I frequently sit hour after hour praying and waiting for a subject, and that this is the main part of my study; much hard labour have I spent in manipulating topics, ruminating upon points of doctrine, making skeletons out of verses, and then burying every bone of them in the catacombs of oblivion, drifting on and on over leagues of broken water, till I see the red lights, and make sail direct to the desired haven. I believe that, almost any Saturday in my life, I prepare enough outlines of Sermons, if I felt at liberty to preach them, to last me for a month, but I no more dare to use them than an honest mariner would run to shore a cargo of contraband goods (ibid).

Now, before we let Brother Ed and any other pastor who prepares this way on a regular basis or even occasionally due to poor time management (including yours truly) off the hook, remember this. Spurgeon was not your average man or pastor. We may want our messages to be “warm from the heart” and not “manufactured” like he did, but we ARE NOT him and should therefore stick to prayer, lexicons, commentaries, and an hour of preparation for every minute we actually speak. Those who sit under our teaching on a weekly basis deserve nothing less. They should also expect nothing less. Just a thought.

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mpj031559800001I have had quite a few conversations lately about false teachers and false teaching. For those of you who are interested, A.W. Tozer’s book called, “Man: The Dwelling Place of God” contains 7 questions to ask when it comes to this issue. I hope this helps.

1. How does what is being taught or this teacher affect my attitude toward God? Any teaching or teacher that serves to magnify God is likely to come from God. Thus any teaching or teacher that makes God less wonderful than He is, is not from Him.

2. How does what is being taught or this teacher affect my attitude toward Jesus Christ? If the teaching or teacher makes Jesus less important than He really is, the teaching and the teacher must be rejected. And be careful. Though Jesus may be mentioned from time to time, he may be inserted into the teaching just to give it credibility. Remember, Jesus is indispensable not a sidebar.

3. How does what is being taught or this teacher affect my attitude toward the Bible? Does the teaching come directly from Scripture or did it originate outside of it? Is it in harmony with the whole council of God? Is what is being taught within the grammatical and historical context in which it is written?

4. How does what is being taught or this teacher affect my attitude toward myself? Any teaching or teacher that does not deepen your sense of humility and serve to make you less in your own eyes is false. If the teaching or teacher leaves you self-satisfied, prideful or full of self-congratulations, then it is either fleshly or of Satan.

5. How does what is being taught or this teacher affect my attitude toward my fellow believers? If the teaching or teacher causes you to feel superior to other believers or causes you to withdraw from fellowship in a spirit of fault-finding, then it is most likely does not come from God. Any teaching or teacher that causes you to feel superior to or behave less charitable toward other redeemed sinners is of the flesh. If your love for the brethren is not deepened, you should write the teaching or the teacher off.

6. How does what is being taught or this teacher affect my attitude toward the world and things of the world? The work of God in our heart will tend to make us unfit for fellowship with the world. Any teaching or teacher that permits compromise with the world is not from God.

7. How does what is being taught or this teacher affect my attitude toward sin? Any teaching or teacher that weakens your hatred for sin, or seeks to excuse sin is false. Any teaching or teacher that makes holiness more attractive and sin more intolerable may be accepted as genuine.

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A Great Sunday

BLD057For those who missed it, or are interested, here is our order of worship for today. A link to the sermon is included. Note the words to the music. What a great day of worship!

THE WORSHIP OF GOD – March 8, 2009

ADORATION

“God of Creation, All Powerful”

God of creation, all-pow’rful, all-wise,
Lord of the universe, rich with surprise,
Maker, Sustainer, and Ruler of all,
We are your children—you hear when we call.

God of the ages, through time’s troubled years,
You are the one in whom hist’ry coheres;
Nations and empires your purpose fulfill,
Moving in freedom, yet working your will.

God of redemption, who wrought our rebirth,
Called out your church from the ends of the earth,
Still you are Savior, put darkness to flight;
Overcome sin by salvation’s pure light.

God of our now, all our trust is in you,
Covenant God, ever faithful and true;
Sov’reign Creator, Redeemer, and Lord,
Now and forever your name be adored!

GOD OF CREATION, ALL-POWERFUL © 1987 Hope Publishing Company
SLANE (Hustad) © 1974 Hope Publishing Company

Call To Worship…………………..Isaiah 55:8-11

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts. Neither are your ways My ways”, declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”

Invocation/Prayer of Praise………………………Jamie Moyer

“To God be the Glory”

To God be the glory, great things He has done;
so loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
and opened the life gate that all may go in.(Refrain)

(Refrain): Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
and give Him the glory, great things He has done.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
to every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.(Refrain)

Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.(Refrain)

CONFESSION

(Silent Confession of Sin)

Assurance of God’s Pardon………………………Psalm 103: 8-12

“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”

Reading of the Gospel……………John 8:12-26……………….. Scott Monk

“How Deep the Father’s Love”

How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son to make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss, the Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the chosen One, bring many sons to glory.

Behold the Man upon a cross, my sin upon His shoulders.
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice, call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held Him there until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life, I know that it is finished.

I will not boast in anything, no gifts, no power, no wisdom;
But I will boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer.
But this I know with all my heart: His wounds have paid my ransom.

THANKSGIVING

Prayer of Thanksgiving…………………………………………….Todd Townsend

Giving and Receiving of Tithes and Offerings (Special Music………..Lauren Townsend)

“Let His Name Be Praised”

God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in troubled times
The Lord of hosts is with us now. Be still and know, He is here

Chorus:
He’s here with us, O praise His name!
So near to us, O praise His Holy name!
Why should I fear in times of trouble?
Ooh, Ooh, O let His name be praised!

When I’m afraid, I put my trust in You
In God I trust, I shall not be afraid! (Rep Chorus)

The Lord is the stronghold of my life.
Of whom shall I be afraid? (Rep Chorus 2x)

PROCLAMATION

The Old Testament ……………………. Numbers 1:27-54………………………..Rusty Bautista

The New Testament ……………… Romans 7:1-13…………….. Jeric Bautista

Pastoral Prayer……………………………………Pastor Chris Taylor

A Christian’s Response to Crisis (Various) Pastor Chris Taylor

RESPONSE

“Soli Deo Gloria”

We resolve to know nothing else but Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
We resolve to know nothing else but Jesus Christ,
the Lamb of God, and our sacrifice.
To come to God by grace alone, through faith alone in His blood spilled for us

Singing Soli Deo Gloria. To God alone be glory, to God alone be glory.
Singing Soli Deo Gloria. To God alone be glory, to God alone be glory,
in Jesus Christ.

We resolve to live for nothing else but Jesus Christ.
To know the One who is our life.
We resolve to live by nothing but Your Word alone,
Your strength alone, for Your will alone.
To make our goal to please You alone, worship You alone, our God and our King

Singing Soli Deo Gloria. To God alone be glory, to God alone be glory.
Singing Soli Deo Gloria. To God alone be glory, to God alone be glory,

Singing Soli Deo Gloria. To God alone be glory, to God alone be glory.
Singing Soli Deo Gloria. To God alone be glory, to God alone be glory

Singing Soli Deo Gloria. To God alone be glory, to God alone be glory.
Singing Soli Deo Gloria. To God alone be glory, to God alone be glory,
in Jesus Christ.

Words & music by Mark ALtrogge © 2002 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). Sovereign Grace Music, a div. of Sovereign Grace Ministries. ARR. ICS. NA admin. by Integrity Music. Int’l admin. by CopyCare Int’l. UBP. CCLI#2479741

RELEASE

“Be Still My Soul”

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side. Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide; In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend, Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise, on earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways, So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.

Benediction

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mpj043862500001THE FUTURE (Leaving a Legacy = Entrusting)

Finally, the future tense of our legacy involves leaving the faith that has been handed down to us to others. It means entrusting and teaching the faith, our faith, to others. And we have chosen to do that in five ways.

A. Expository Preaching/Teaching

The only way to learn, study and abide in the faith that’s been handed down and the only way to live that faith is to be taught the faith and that comes only as we hear the Word of God taught expositionally, which means we will unashamedly, unapologetically and boldly seek to discover the meaning of the Word as the Spirit-inspired authors intended and then relay how it applies to us today. Over the 3 years we have been together that has been done primarily through verse-by-verse, chapter-by-chapter, book-by-book. But there have been times when we also have been expositional in a topical manner as well. The bottom line is, we are not interested in pop-psychology or moralistic platitudes. We have and will continue to be exegetical not isogetical (we will determine the meaning of the passage not apply our own meaning to the passage) and we will seek to apply a proper hermeneutic by applying that 1st century meaning to us in a 21st century setting.

B. Contending for the Faith

Read 2 Timothy 1:14.

(14) Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you. – 2 Timothy 1:14

The word guard means to beware, preserve and save. Now read Jude 1-3.

(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

The phrase “contend earnestly” actually refers to defending the truth continually and vigorously. It’s a compound verb from which we transliterate our word “agonize”. Leaving or entrusting our faith to others will mean we will need to defend the faith on a continual basis because the faith and we ourselves will continually be under attack for holding to the truth. At times it will involve suffering, it will be agony, it will hurt, it will take every ounce of energy we have. But it will be worth it as we hand off the baton that has been handed to us in this relay race of faith in which we’re involved. It will mean speaking up when others choose to remain quiet. It will mean taking stands when others choose to walk away. It may mean being opposed by those both inside and outside the Christian community.

C. Parenting

The third way we will leave and entrust our faith to others is by teaching our children. Read Deuteronomy 6.

(1) “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, (2 so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. (3) “O Israel, you should listen and be careful to do it, that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. (4) “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! (5) “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (6) “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. (7) “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. (8) “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. (9) “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. – Deuteronomy 6:1-9

There are two contributors to Scriptural discipleship and spiritual maturity of each believer. The first is the family (Deuteronomy 5:32-33, 6:2, 5-7 and 13-18; Proverbs 1:8; Ephesians 6:4) and the second is the church, both the body as a whole and the individuals that constitute its membership (Ephesians 4:1-16; Colossians 3:16; Titus 2:1-8). The two are not exclusive. They work in tandem. The family is to be the primary contributor and the church is to follow as an undergirder that equips, supports and reinforces the family in its attempt to accomplish its God-given responsibility. The church as an organization is not to do it for the family, but help the family do it themselves. I am a pastor. But I am not the primary evangelizer, discipler, and equipper of your children, you are. This is why we began without Sunday school and did not have it for the first year and why we have just recently moved away from it after a couple of years of providing it. It was well-done. The quality was excellent. But it began doing what it always does. While providing much needed instruction, it gave father’s, including myself, a way out of the responsibility we have to disciple and equip our families.

D. Evangelism

The fourth way we will leave and entrust our faith to others is through evangelism. We have been given the Great Commission to fulfill. That commission says,

(19) “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, – Matthew 28:20

We will go to the highways and byways to share the truth of the Gospel to those both near and far. We will share the whole truth that our deepest need is spiritual life, and that new life only comes by repenting of our sins and believing in Jesus. We will present the gospel openly, and leave the converting to God. We will come to worship each Sunday and receive the Word with joy. We will come to soak up all God has for us. We will then go and wring ourselves out on those God brings into our paths through divine appointments. Our services are seeker-centered in that we come to worship the only seeker who is God. God the Father is seeking those who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth and God the Son came to seek and save the lost. After we have worshiped and after we have been filled through the Word and Sacrament, we then go and expend ourselves in our communities for Christ.

E. Discipleship

The final way we will leave and entrust our faith to others will be through discipleship. This is really the second half of the Great Commission. Verse 20 says,

(20) teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20

II Timothy 2:2 says,

(2) The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. – 2Timothy 2:2

We will strive to replicate ourselves. We are to pass on the baton we’ve received and we need to pass it on to faithful people who will be able to pass the baton themselves. That means we must be willing to take the time and the energy necessary to invest in people over the long-term. Simply sharing the gospel and seeking a profession of faith is not enough. We must be willing to take the time and energy over an extended period of time to teach, admonish, and encourage one another. Why? Because a one-time profession of faith is not what assures us of our salvation. We can be assured of our salvation as we continue in or persevere over time in the learning, living, and leaving of the legacy. We must do that together. We must duplicate or replicate ourselves, providing a firm foundation for the generations to come.

We will teach and preach expositionally. We will contend for the faith. We will teach our children. We will share the gospel with those around us. And we will disciple and pass on the faith that has been handed to us. That is LEAVING A LEGACY.

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mpj043860100001THE PRESENT (Living a Legacy= Applying)

The present tense of our legacy involves a living out of that faith that has been handed down to us. Read Colossians 1:9-12.

(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, (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; (11) strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously (12) giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. – Colossians 1:9-12

Now read James 2:14-26.

(14) What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? (15) If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, (16) and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? (17) Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. (18) But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (19) You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. (20) But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? (21) Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? (22) You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; (23) and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and he was called the friend of God. (24) You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. (25) In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? (26) For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. – James 2:14-26

Living our legacy involves applying the truth to life, walking in a manner worthy of the Lord and pleasing Him in all respects. It involves practicing those things fitting for sound doctrine. It involves working out our salvation with fear and trembling. It involves life transformation, servanthood, exuding the fruit of the Spirit. It involves works that are fruit of our faith.

For example, last Sunday we had the opportunity to help not only one of our own families in their moving process, but immediately after we had the opportunity to help another family who isn’t a part of our church do the same thing. These are simple acts of service but they are living the Legacy.

Another example would be what our father’s have committed themselves to do within their families. This past week we committed to the following 11 things:

1. To be the godliest men our families see.
2. To lead our families to strive in personal holiness.
3. To lead our families to know, understand, and love the Gospel.
4. To lead our families to be consumed with longing for God’s Word.
5. To lead our families to pursue doctrinal soundness.
6. To lead our families to willingly obey God’s standard for right and wrong.
7. To lead our families to remain pure.
8. To lead our families to be devoted to fellow believers.
9. To lead our families to remain in fellowship and under the authority of a local church.
10. To lead our families to be evangelistic.
11. To lead our families to be involved in ministry to others.

These are but a few example of how we are LIVING A LEGACY.

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mpj030939000001THE PAST (Learning a Legacy = Abiding)

(1) Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ: (2) May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you. (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)

Jude had originally planned to write a positive letter to what is believed to be his predominately Jewish Christian audience. He says he wanted to celebrate the salvation that he held in common with them. But word had reached him that false teachers had crept into the congregation or congregations who would read this letter and he felt compelled to change his plans. So rather than write a letter of celebration, he wrote a letter of accusation and warning and urged them to “contend for the faith.” We’ll talk about what it means to contend for the faith in a few minutes. What I want to draw your attention to now is the faith for which they were to contend.

You see the faith to which Jude is referring is the content of doctrine or the objective truth of the Gospel, or everything that pertains to the salvation that he says they held in common. It’s the content of truth that Paul told the Galatians shouldn’t be distorted or mixed with any error. It’s the content of truth that had been handed down to them once for all. The writer of Hebrews says,

(1) God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, (2) in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. (Hebrews 1:1-2)

It’s the content referred to as the “apostle’s teaching” to which those in the early church in Acts were devoted.

Jesus said in John 16,

(12) “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. (13) “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. (14) “He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. (15) “All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you. (16) “A little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me.” (John 16:12-16)

In other words, it’s the content we know to be the Bible, God’s inspired Word. Listen to this quote by John MacArthur concerning the words we read in Jude.

“Once for all refers to something that is accomplished or completed one time, with lasting results and no need of repetition. Through the Holy Spirit, God revealed the Christian faith to the apostles and their associates in the first century. Their New Testament writings, in conjunction with the Old Testament Scriptures, make up the ‘true knowledge’ of Jesus Christ, and are all that believers need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17)”.

So by choosing the name Legacy. . .

1. We acknowledged our belief in and our affirmation of the Scriptures, both Old and New Testament.

2. We acknowledged our belief in and our affirmation of what is considered Orthodox Christianity.

3. We acknowledged our belief in and our affirmation of that which has been handed down to us by God, His Son, the Apostles and men like Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, John Newton (who wrote Amazing Grace), Matthew Henry (MH Commentary), Charles Spurgeon (known as the Prince of Preaching), John Bunyan (author of Pilgrims Progress), Roger Williams (founder and pastor of the first Baptist Church in America), John Broadus (namesake of Broadman Press), JP Boyce (founder of Southern Seminary), BH Carroll (founder of Southwestern Seminary), William Carey (Baptist pastor known as the Father of Modern Missions), and AW Pink (author and Baptist pastor).

4. We acknowledged our belief in and our affirmation of the unadulterated Gospel and the confession found in Matthew 16 on which Jesus said He would build His church, “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”

5. We are acknowledging our belief in and our affirmation of the 2nd London Confession of 1689 as summarized in the Abstract of Principles of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of 1858.

Now, if we’re going to acknowledge and affirm this faith that’s been handed down, we have a responsibility to learn what it is. We have a responsibility to study and specifically abide in the Word. Listen to II John 1:9

(9) Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. (II John 1:9)

To abide means to continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry. We must tarry, stand and remain in the Word, continuing, dwelling and enduring in the study of what we are acknowledging and affirming to be true. It’s one thing to acknowledge and verbally affirm something. It’s another to know and understand it. Therefore we must abide in these truths. As the Psalmist said, our souls must be crushed with longing for the Word of God (Psalm 119:20). That is the past tense of our legacy. We are LEARNING A LEGACY.

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