Hope for the Hopeless

Hope for the Hopeless

Hope for the Hopeless

This week’s verse from Psalm 1 describes people who are hopeless. They are different from the Christian who loves the Lord, loves His Word, and has the great hope of Heaven. In fact, God’s Word describes people who are without Christ as having no hope. Yet, the great promise from God is there is hope for the hopeless Note what Psalms 1:4 says…

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Psalms 1:4

The entire premise of this psalm rests on the fact that God’s Word is the source of all blessings and happiness in a person’s life. The man or woman who chooses to meditate day and night in God’s law is the man or woman who will prosper. Therefore, true happiness is dependent upon on how serious we are in knowing and obeying God’s Word. God’s people should revel in their desire to know God’s Word.

However, the ungodly person cares nothing about it. In fact, the ungodly (those who have no personal relationship with Christ) cannot know or even understand God’s Word. Consequently, in a spiritual sense, they are totally devoid of spiritual prosperity. They are completely opposite of the person who loves the Lord and delight in His Word. Instead of being like the tree planted by a river which is healthy and fruitful, they are like chaff.

Chaff is the dry, scaly protective casings that form around cereal grains like wheat. At the time of harvest, the wheat is winnowed allowing the dry, scaly casings to be separated from the grain. Chaff is worthless. It is nothing more than trash. Its only purpose is to protect the kernels of grain until it has matured. Then, when the grain is ready, chaff becomes useless. Chaff does not grow or become healthy. Chaff is unable to reproduce. It comes. It goes. No one remembers or even cares for it.

God’s analogy of the ungodly indicates that a person devoid of a personal relationship with Him is worthless. According to Scripture, everyone is born already separated from God. Thus, each person is destined to live their life and die with no hope of eternal life and no hope of Heaven. Their destiny is an eternity without God in a place called Hell. Their life is meaningless and without purpose. They are like chaff which come and go. Nothing is gained. Such a life is a life without hope.

There are many who live that way today. They go through life each searching for purpose. They look for that purpose in many things. Things like their job, their family, or their hobbies. Yet, we all know that none of those are truly fulfilling. There are many who are aimlessly wandering through life. They dread each day. Each day just becomes another day and another step towards death. Death is unavoidable. And, with that in mind, they try to drown out their sorrow and their hopeless state by turning to things like alcohol, drugs, and entertainment. Yet, their feelings haunt them leading them to think that all is hopeless.

However, may I say to you that there is HOPE. You see the hope is that God can change all that. He can take your life and give it meaning. He can give you purpose. Instead of being chaff, God can completely change you. You can become like the tree planted by a river that is spiritually healthy and fruitful. Additionally, you can know with great surety that you will live eternally with Him.

Great spiritual change begins with you trusting the promises of God’s Word. Again, it is God’s Word upon which we must delight and meditate. Thus, you must accept and believe these four things from God’s Word…

  • God Loves You“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
  • Everyone is a Sinner“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
  • Sin Has a Price That MUST Be Paid“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
  • Jesus Christ Died and Rose Again to Pay for YOUR Sin“But God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while were yet sinners, Christ died of us.” (Romans 5:8)

If you simply pray and ask Jesus Christ, God’s Son, to be your savior and claim His promise of eternal life, you will be completely changed. In order to that, Scriptures says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” True blessing and happiness come when a person is obedient to God’s Word. You can experience that blessing and happiness by taking the first step of obedience and placing your trust in Christ as Savior.

We would love to help you. In fact, our greatest desire is to know Christ and make Him known at Calvary Baptist Church. For that reason, we would love to help you make sure of your relationship with God. Contact us and let us know how we can help you. Our email address is calvarybaptistbedford@outlook.com and our telephone number is 540.486.3434. It is our desire to help you know Christ and make Him known around the world.



God’s Word – The Source of Happiness

The Source of Happiness

God’s Word is the Source of Happiness.

Our text today tells us that God’s Word is the source of happiness.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalms 1:3
One of my favorite things in life is trees. Right now, we are entering that time of the year when the trees begin to bud, and their leaves start to come back. Outside my office is a beautiful purple plum tree. Every year around this time it sprouts tiny little buds that are pink. It makes the entire tree look as if it is covered with pink snow. There is almost a pink glow to it.
 
God gives us a picture of a tree in Psalm 1:3. It is a tree that is enjoying perpetual health. Note that it is “planted by the rivers of water.” Being near the river means that it has a continued source of water which is essential for its health and productivity. In fact, God goes on to describe that tree as one that always brings “forth his fruit in his season.” It is a tree whose “leaf also shall not wither.” It is an extremely healthy tree producing fruit and always prospering.
 
If you go back to verse 2, you might remember that God describes happy people as those who “delight” in His law. He says they are the people who “meditate day and night” in His law. God desires that each of us be happy. He also desires that we be prosperous and healthy. To be spiritually healthy and prosperous means that we must be “planted” near the continuous source of spiritual nutrients. For this reason, it is imperative that we plant ourselves next to God’s Word. It is the source by which we grow spiritually.
 
If you desire to be truly happy and to be spiritually fruitful, then you must be in God’s Word day and night. You must live your life in tune with God’s Word. Without it, you will wither, and you will cease to produce fruit that is pleasing unto God. May I suggest that you determine to spend each day reading, learning, and knowing the Word of God. If you will keep yourself planted by its waters, there is no doubt that is will be the source that keeps you spiritually healthy. You will become a beautiful tree that is producing fruit, that does not wither when the storms of life come, and everything you do for Him will prosper.
 
If you are seeking true happiness, you can find it in God’s Word. We would love to help you. In fact, our greatest desire is to know Christ and make Him known at Calvary Baptist Church. For that reason, we would love to help you make sure of your relationship with God. Contact us and let us know how we can help you. Our email address is calvarybaptistbedford@outlook.com and our telephone number is 540.486.3434. You can hear sermons by Pastor John by clicking here.


Finding True Happiness – Part 2

Happiness is found in God's Word

Finding True Happiness

So many people as seeking true happiness. Yet, it seems to be very hard to find for most. However, God’s Word tells us that we can find true happiness. Finding true happiness begins with an understanding of our relationship with God, the Creator of the Universe.

In Psalm 1, God tells us…


But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Psalms 1:2


God is talking about the “blessed” person. The word “blessed” literally means “happiness.” Thus, God is talking about people who are truly happy.


The person who hangs with sinful people doing sinful things is not going to be happy. Verse one is very clear in that matter. Instead, a happy or blessed person is one who “delights” in the LORD’s law.


The Hebrew word “delight” means “pleasure.” Happy people are people who take great pleasure in knowing, reading, and studying God’s law. We know that God’s Word contains God’s Law. Therefore, any person who delights or takes pleasure in God’s Word will be a happy person. There are many things that people take great pleasure in these days. Many find pleasure striving to live a life of leisure. For them, leisure is a pleasure. Some find pleasure in materials goods and/or accumulation of wealth. Yet, others seek pleasure in the number of friends that can have or find.

Unfortunately, all these pleasures are temporary. They are only pleasurable for a short time. In the end, most people who delight in such things wake up one day realizing that you are not truly happy. The things of this world and this life cannot provide the happiness that only God can provide. Which brings us back to the Psalm 1:2. Happy people find pleasure in God’s Word. Consequently, they pursue God’s Word.


Note that this verse tells us that happy people delight in God’s law constantly. God says they “meditate day and night.” Again, going back to the Hebrew, we find a different understanding of the word “meditate” than today’s definition. We think of meditating as to ponder, to think about, to muse upon. Immediately in our minds we envision sitting in a room on the floor with our legs crossed and our Bibles in our laps just thinking about God’s Word with our eyes closed.

Yet, that is not the meaning of the Hebrew word for “meditate” found in this verse. Instead, we find that it means to moan, to growl, to utter, or to speak. You see happy people are people who delight in God’s Word so much that they are continually speaking it day and night. We are to speak it to ourselves, to God and to others. In the morning, we are to utter its profound wisdom. During the day, we are chattering its words of encouragement to everyone we meet. And, at night before our heads hit the pillow, we are to once again read it and speak it assuring us that God is God and He is in complete control.


If you are seeking true happiness, may we suggest that you look for it in God’s Word? Find a Bible, open it, and begin speaking it so that you hear it as well as others. We would love to help you. In fact, we love speaking the Word of God at Calvary Baptist Church. And, we would love to help you make sure of your relationship with God. Contact us and let us know how we can help you. Our email address is calvarybaptistbedford@outlook.com and our telephone number is 540.486.3434. It is our desire to help you know Christ and make Him known around the world.



Finding True Happiness – Part 1

Finding True HappinessIn response to a recent article about finding true happiness, someone commented.

“I work in a toxic environment. I love my home but toxic people living near me harass me. Every day is a fight. Now how do I stop blaming them for my unhappiness.”

Can you relate? Do you live or work in a toxic environment as well? Is everyday a constant struggle for finding true happiness? Is it possible to stop blaming others for your unhappiness? The answer is a simple “yes.” You see the Bible, God’s Word has all the answers. In the very first Psalm, God tells us…

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. Psalms 1:1

A lot of people seek true happiness in their lives and never find it. People will spend an entire fortune trying to buy happiness. Some look for happiness by acquiring as many friends as possible. Some think that if that just moves the next rung of the ladder in their business, they will achieve happiness. However, God teaches that happiness is not in what we obtain. True happiness is all about one relationship. It is about our relationship with God.

In this verse, the term “blessed” literally means happiness. The psalmist is saying “Blessed is…” or “Truly happy is…”  In other words, if you truly want to be happy then you will be the man or woman that does what God instructs next. The question then begs of itself what is that God is instructing me to do.

In this verse, God starts by telling us what NOT to do.

First, DO NOT walk according to ungodly counsel. The phrase “walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly” literally means do NOT walk according to wicked or evil advice. You cannot be truly happy if you continue to listen to the advice and counsel of wicked, evil people.

Second, DO NOT stand in the sinner’s way. In a literal sense, we must not stand on the sinner’s road. The idea is that of positioning one’s self in the place where sinful action is taken by sinful people. Just as it is dangerous to stand in the middle of a busy highway, it is also very dangerous for us to stand in the middle of sinful people’s actions. Sinful people always do sinful things. Sin always leads to death. If then you stand there, you are opening yourself to being run over by sin. There is no happiness in sin. It may satisfy for a while, but in the end, it is nothing but death and misery.

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:14-15

Third, DO NOT sit in a scorner’s seat. Here the meaning gives us the impression of living in the house or place of one who mocks God. There are many people today who mock at God, at His Word, and His Son, Jesus Christ. They scoff and mock leading others away from the truth of God’s Word. Such people are miserable people. They are always trying to find fault and, thus, have a bad attitude toward the things of God. Their negative attitude spreads like cancer to all those who are near them. And, if you live with them, you will also develop the same negative attitude.

True happiness is obtained by removing from your life sinful influences. Ungodly counsel, sinful people committing sinful actions, and those who scoff or mock the truth of God’s word are snakes in the grass that must be avoided. They will not lead you to happiness. Instead, they will just bring more misery and pain.

As you read this, perhaps God is speaking to your heart. Do you desire true happiness in your life? Are you looking in the wrong direction for that happiness? Do you find yourself having friends who are living in sin and wickedness influencing you away from God? If so, then you need to remove yourself from their company. The best way to start is by making sure that you have a personal relationship with Christ. He is the only person who can bring true happiness in your life. Seek Him first. Call out to Him today. Accept Him as your Savior.

Here at Calvary Baptist Church, we would love to help make sure of your relationship with God. Contact us and let us know how we can help you. Our email address is calvarybaptistbedford@outlook.com and our telephone number is 540.486.3434. It is our desire to help you know Christ and make Him known around the world.



Repair or Renovate Relationships

Repair or Renovate Relationships God's Way

It is far better to repair or renovate relationships God’s way instead of our way.

Over the past few years, there has been a resurgence in home renovation. Many popular TV shows like Fixer Upper, Design on a Dime, and many others have created a renewed interest in Do-It-Yourself projects. In fact, many couples have intentionally bought old homes with the idea of fixing them up themselves. There are many people who enjoy repairing or renovating something that is broken or old. It has become so popular that these people often refer to themselves as DIYers. They revel in do-it-yourself projects. There also times when we need to repair or renovate relationships as well.


Spiritually, there are many people whose lives are in need of repair. All of us are guilty of allowing our relationships to become old or stale or in need of repair. And, just as a house or a room needs renovating, so our relationships with God and/or with others needs some fixing up. The great news is that God has provided us with a great manual that shows us how to repair any relationship including our relationship with Him. That manual is His Word, the Bible. In much the same way that you can fix your physical home, you can also fix your spiritual life as well. What needs to take place is that you must learn to Do-It-God’s way instead of Doing It Your way.


Such a person is one who has purposed that they will seek God’s best for their personal life, their marriage, their family as well as their relationship with others. It is a person who is learning to view his/her circumstances from God’s perspective rather than from his/her limited frame of reference. It is one who is committed to repairing or renovating their relationships.


There is an interesting story in the Bible about one of the kings of Israel. What is most interesting about this king is that he became king at the young age of thirteen. Can you imagine ruling over an entire empire at thirteen? Surely it was a daunting task for this young man. Amazingly, he was a successful king who led the nation in what was right before God. The reason for his success is given in 2 Chronicles 26:5 which states…


And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper. (2 Chronicles 26:5)


Note that “as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.” Repairing relationships can be rewarding and you can prosper. However, in order to do so, you must seek the Lord. The person whose heart seeks after God is the person who will experience complete spiritual renovation.


Perhaps that is you! Are you looking to experience spiritual renovation? Are there some relationships that you would like to repair? If so, we at Calvary Baptist Church would love to assist you. Our desire is to help people know Christ. Please contact us and let us know if we can help in any way. Our email address is calvarybaptistbedford@outlook.com or you can call us at 540.586.3434. We would love to hear from you.



What is Our REAL PURPOSE in Life?

Freedom & Purpose

You can be free to live out your true purpose in life.

Recently, it was noted in a conversation with someone that many people today have no real purpose in life. Many are just living each day trying to survive. They are aimlessly going about their business with no real goal in life. When asked about their purpose, they simply state that they are just trying to get through the day. One of the leading catalysts of suicide today is the lack of purpose. People feel frustrated, depressed, and alone when they have no purpose. Many often ask, “Why am I here and does anyone even really care?” On the flip side, studies indicate that the people who have a real purpose in their life live longer and healthier.

I contend, based on Scripture, that many are lost and without purpose, because they are missing a key relationship in their life. Every person born into this world is born without a personal relationship with their Creator. If you read the early chapters of Genesis, it is quite clear that God in creating man created him with the purpose of fellowship with God. Genesis describes God as coming down and communing with man in the Garden. However, man ruined that relationship with sin. Since then, every man and woman born is missing that key relationship. I contend that many are searching for that relationship and just do not realize what is missing,
 
If you are reading this and have yet to affirm your personal relationship with God, then you have a spiritual problem. You are lost. You are without purpose. There is nothing that can fill the void that is missing in your life. Drugs will not fill it. Alcohol will not fill it. Sex will not fill it. Not even riches or fleshly relationships can fill the void that is missing. You see God is the only One Who can solve your spiritual problem.
The Bible describes the person who has no personal relationship with God as…
 
• Hopelessly separated from Him (read Romans 6:23a)
• Spiritually dead in their own sin (read Romans 3:23)
• Openly hostile to Him (read Romans 5:10a)
• Blinded by His enemy, Satan (read 2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
• Powerless in overcoming sin’s hold on their life (read Ecclesiastes 7:20)
• Completely unable to understand the things of God (read Proverbs 14:12)
• Unable to please Him or even walk in His ways (read Psalm 143:2b)
• And, incapable of living a spiritually fruitful and meaningful life. (read John 15:4-6)
 
Is this you? Are you living life without any real purpose? Do you feel the hopelessness of life? The great news is all that can change. You see if you will simply turn your heart and life to God, He can completely change your life. Establishing and affirming a relationship with Him will give you a real purpose.
We, at Calvary Baptist Church, would love to help you gain real purpose. For that reason, we would love to sit down with you and explain from God’s Word how to gain once again a true relationship with God. Our desire here at Calvary Baptist Church in Bedford, Virginia is to help you. Each week we preach and teach encouraging messages from Scripture that will help you grow spiritually. Our motto is to help each person know and make known the Christ of Calvary. If you would like further help, please notify us through email at calvarybaptistbedford.org or by phone at 540.586.3434 Additionally, we invite you to join us for a Sunday Worship service each Sunday at 11:00 a.m.


The Foundation of True Personal Change

Foundation of Change

Jesus Christ is the only solid foundation for true spiritual change.

If you truly want to change, you must first accept the fact that the foundation of true personal change is Jesus Christ. The amazing thing about God is He has a plan that will radically change your life. At the center of that plan is His Son, Jesus Christ. Having a relationship with Christ is the first step to realizing true change in your life. The Bible clearly states that God is perfect in every way.
 
Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy. Leviticus 19:2b
 
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48
 
Unfortunately, our issue is that there absolutely nothing that we can by our own efforts to achieve God’s level of perfection. All of us are born already with sin in our hearts. There is nothing perfect about any of us.
 
For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. Ecclesiastes 7:20
 
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23
 
We cannot save ourselves and we cannot depend upon any other person to redeem us. Deep down inside, we know this to be true. Consequently, all of us must begin by admitting that we are indeed helpless in meeting God’s standard. Admitting we have a problem is foundational in overcoming our problem. Our desire to experience real change in our life starts with us admitting our sin and our inability to overcome sin.  Then, it continues as we repent and turn to God. Repentance is a word simply meaning a change of direction. We repent by determining we are no longer going to live for ourselves, and, instead, we are going to start living God’s way.
 
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Luke 15:7
 
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;  Acts 3:19
 
The amazing thing is through God’s mercy and grace we can change. By recognizing our lost condition and believing wholeheartedly and sincerely on the Lord Jesus Christ, we can be completely changed. Additionally, we receive eternal life as well as forgiveness for our sins.
 
And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:11-13
 
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:9-13

My prayer is that you will accept Christ as the foundation of true personal change in your life today. Make the choice to follow God’s plan. Our desire here at Calvary Baptist Church in Bedford, Virginia is to help you with that choice. Each week we preach and teach encouraging messages from Scripture that will help you grow spiritually. Our motto is to help each person know and make known the Christ of Calvary. If you would like further help, please notify us through email at calvarybaptistbedford.org or by phone at 540.586.3434 Additionally, we invite you to join us for a Sunday Worship service each Sunday at 11:00 a.m.



The Most Significant Decision You Can Make in 2020

most significant decision

make the right choice and follow God

2020 is here! It is a new

 year and a new decade. As such, many people are making new decisions and seeking to take a new direction in their life. The most significant decision any person can make this year is a very simple one. It is the decision to follow God’s plan for their life. You see God has a plan for every single person. It is clearly revealed in His Word. There is no other decision that will have a direct impact on your daily life and your eternal destiny than this. In fact, your decision to follow or not follow God’s plan for life already has impacted your life. Right now, if you are not following God’s plan it is affecting you in a negative way. However, the decision to live God’s way can create a very positive impact upon you and your relationship with others.

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. (Psalms 119:165)

Perhaps you are looking for peace this year. Maybe your life is full of turmoil and strife. If that is you, then making the decision to follow God and love His law can bring great peace.

But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. (Proverbs 1:33)

Perhaps you are looking for that feeling of security and safety. Determine to follow God’s plan for your life and He guarantees that you will “dwell safely” and will have no “fear of evil.”

The Bible is full of promises to those who make the simple choice to follow God’s plan for their life. You can read about these promises further in God’s Word by looking up the following passages.

  • Matthew 6:25-34
  • Mark 8:34-38
  • John 3:16-21, 36
  • Acts 2:38-39
  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • 2 Peter 1:2-10
  • Revelation 20:15

My prayer is that you will make the most significant decision you could ever make in 2020. Make the choice to follow God’s plan. Our desire here at Calvary Baptist Church in Bedford, Virginia is to help you with that choice. Each week we preach and teach encouraging messages from Scripture that will help you grow spiritually. Our motto is to help each person know and make known the Christ of Calvary. If you would like further help, please notify us through email at calvarybaptistbedford.org or by phone at 540.586.3434 Additionally, we invite you join us for a Sunday Worship service each Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)



Objections Overruled!

What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man) God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world? For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just. (Romans 3:1-8)

How many of you enjoy watching court dramas on T.V.? I have always enjoyed some the great shows that depict how the courts operate. As most of you know already, the court scene is made of up a judge, a jury, a prosecuting lawyer, a defense lawyer, the accused, and many witnesses. One of the things that you will see often in a court of law is arguments being made over whether the accused is guilty. Usually, the prosecuting attorney is given the chance to lay out his/her case proving the accused is guilty of their crime. Afterwards, the defense given their opportunity to prove the accused innocence. Many times, during either the prosecution or the defense there are objections raised over a comment made by a witness. At such time, the attorney will say to the judge, “Your honor, I object to such and such” whatever the case may be. The judge then has the power to accept the objection or to ignore it. Usually, if the judge decides to ignore the objection, he or she will say “Objection overruled.” In effect the judge is saying to the objecting attorney “Sit down, be quiet, my ruling stands!”

Paul in Romans chapter 2 has just finished stating that a Jew cannot get to Heaven on his own merits. Now, Paul knows that there are going to be many objections. In fact, as you read our text, Paul lists three objections to his argument and, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, God gives three answers to the objections. In other words, God is saying to those who would object the idea of a Jew not getting to Heaven on his own merit, “Objection Overruled!”

Let me give the three objections and their answers quickly. Then, I want to deal with one thought from these verses that I think will be helpful to all of us as we start this New Year.

WE OBJECT!

Here are the objections!

  • #1 – Was Paul attacking God’s People?
    • The Jews hold an advantage over everyone else because they are God’s chosen signified by mark of circumcision. (verse 1)
      • God’s Answer – Yes, they do! Their advantage though is because they were given the “oracles” of God or as we might say today the Word of God. (verse 2)
  • #2 – Was Paul attacking God’s Promises?
    • Even among the Jews many did not believe. Yet, God promised that they would be His people and would be elevated above all other nations. Is Paul saying that unbelief can undermine God’s faith making it ineffective. (verse 3)
      • God’s Answer – No! God is true. Men are liars. God’s faithfulness to men remains the same despite man’s unbelief. (verse 4)
  • #3 – Was Paul attacking God’s Purity?
    • This one was a very slick objection. Basically, to sum it up, some were saying that Paul teaching indicated that God used man’s sin to bring glory to Himself. They felt that Paul was impugning the righteous purity of God. (verse 5)
      • God’s Answer – God forbid that you would think that about me. Nowhere does God encourage or condone sin in order to glorify Himself. If that were true, then how could God judge the world? (verses 6-8)
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All these objections were raised! All these objections were overruled by God!

Here is the point! Many are still objecting! Many people are still trying to question God. Many people are still trying to find flaws with God’s plan. Even today, many people when confronted with their sin try raise arguments. How do you think teachings like evolution came to be? We live a word full of agnostic and atheists who think they have it all figured out. They think that know more than God! May I say to you this morning, there is not an argument big enough to overturn God’s plan for humanity. If you have not accepted Christ as Savior, you can argue with God until you are blue in the face, but it will not change anything. In the end, you will still be a sinner. You will still be on your way to hell. You will still need Christ to save you. The best thing you can do is stop your arguing with God and simply believe and trust Him.

We Stand in Contempt

There is a phrase that is often used in the court system. You may have heard of it before. It is to be in contempt of court.

Contempt of court, often referred to simply as “contempt“, is the offence of being disobedient to or disrespectful towards a court of law and its officers in the form of behavior that opposes or defies the authority, justice, and dignity of the court.[1][2] It manifests itself in willful disregard of or disrespect for the authority of a court of law, which is often behavior that is illegal because it does not obey or respect the rules of a law court.[3][4]

However, I want you to notice something interesting. God gives us a picture here of how the Jews were in contempt before God the righteous Judge.

  • FIRST, IT IS NOTED IN VERSES 1 AND 2 THAT GOD COMMITTED TO THE JEWS THE ORACLES OF GOD. GOD ENTRUSTED TO THEM THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS. It was their responsibility to the know the law and to live a testimonial life before all nations. However, as is noted in our text and we know from reading the Old Testament, many did not believe or care to live according to God’s Word. Instead, they chose to live in sin and wickedness.
  • SECOND, THERE WAS WIDESPREAD UNBELIEF MANY TIMES DURING ISRAEL’S HISTORY. WHY THE UNBELIEF? They had abandoned the Word of God. In fact, at one point in their history, they had completely lost the manuscripts.
  • THIRD, ALONG WITH THEIR CARELESS HANDLING OF GOD’S WORD AND THEIR UNBELIEF CAME PERVERTED THOUGHTS AND IDEAS about God and His covenant relationship with them.

 

The Jewish people openly defied and opposed God. Even though God had given them so many wonderful things – His Word, His Promises, His Blessings, His Prophets, and ultimately, His only Son! Repeatedly, they manifested willful disregard and disrespect towards Him. It is a wonder that God is still willingly to keep His promises to Abraham. Yet, does it not speak to the wonderful grace, mercy, lovingkindness, and forgiveness of God?

As I thought about this, I realized the implication for us today. We are not God’s chosen people – Israel. However, as Christians who have been saved by grace, we are God’s chosen people through His Son, Jesus Christ. And, as such, God has entrusted us with some things as well. He as entrusted us with…

  • His Holy Spirit.

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)

  • His Word

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:21)

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Timothy 3:16)

  • His Mandate

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

POINT – Here is my point! Just as Paul noted that the Jews stand in contempt in God’s court, how are we any different? God gave to the Jewish nation the greatest opportunity to obey Him and to live for Him as a witness and testimony before other nations. He gave them the Law and the prophets. He empowered them with His Spirit. And, yet, here we stand today in the exact same position. God has given us the greatest opportunity ever to obey Him and to live for Him. Yet, what have we done? May I say to you this morning that we stand in contempt. We do not appreciate God’s Word. We constantly resist the Holy Spirit. We totally ignore the mandate He has given. All of us this morning stand in contempt before God.

Conclusion

What must we do? We stand on the threshold of an entirely New Year. Last year is done. It is finished. We cannot go back and relive it. What we can do is make some changes. We can ask God this morning to forgive us of our sin. We can determine we are going to study and know our Bibles like we have never done before. We can determine that we are going to stop resisting the Spirit of God and begin allowing Him to fill us. We can determine that we are going to be witnesses for Him.



The Beginning of a NEW DECADE at CBC!

Well, here we are at the end of 2019. We stand at the beginning of a new decade at CBC with the arrival of 2020. This new year brings a new opportunity to serve the Lord and carry on the commission that He gave to us. And, our excitement about what lies ahead is growing. 
 
Here are a few things that we are looking forward to this year.
 
  • A New Opportunity to GROW in our walk with Christ. This year we are challenging everyone who is a part of our church to commit to reading through the entire Bible. God’s Word is the blueprint for our relationship with Him. Thus, it is important that we spend each day learning from Him through His Word. Additionally, we are challenging everyone to spend time in personal prayer. Prayer is our avenue of praise, petition, and pardon. Again, it is a vital part of our keeping our relationship with God on the right path.
  • A New Opportunity to GO as witnesses. With each passing year, we get a little closer to Christ’s return. 2020 could be the year that trumpet sounds. If not, it still brings us that much closer to its sound. So, we must be working hard as witnesses for the Lord.
  • A New Opportunity to SERVE Christ. There are many ways to serve Him. We can serve Him by learning to serve others. There all kinds of opportunities for service at our church. If you do not have an area of service, let this be the year that you find a place to plugin and get busy for Him.
  • Calvary Baptist Church is a going, growing, and serving church. 2020 presents for us another year to do that. We are about to start a new decade at CBC and would like you to join us. Let’s get excited and let’s serve Him together!
 
 



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