Shalem India Pentecostal church, New Jersey.

Sunday Messages:Jan 2010

January 03, 2010

 Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12 (vv.2-8)

Subject: True Worship -3

Theme: Acts of True Worship.

 ·   In Christian worship, there are certain acts that will express our gratitude and devotion to our Lord.

·   There are ways of true worship.

·   This passage talks to us about different acts of true worship

·   Last week we talked about one of such acts, that is, SACRIFICE IS AN ACT OF TRUE WORSHIP (VV. 1-8)

·   The Magi sacrificed a lot to find Jesus, the King of the Jews.

·   They came from the East and in the pursuit of finding and worshipping Jesus; the Magi traveled around 600 miles in the desert by camels.

·   It took almost 2 to 3 months for them to reach Bethlehem.

·   Because of their desire to know Christ, and find him, they did not regard pains or perils in seeking after him.

·   These magi sacrificed their best of time, money, and health to come and worship the king of kings.

·   May the Lord help us to give our best in worshipping our Lord!

·   Today we will look at the second act of worship

 2. REJOICING IS AN ACT OF WORSHIP (9-10)

A. What happened to the Wise men when they were not able to find Jesus?

·   When they were not able to find Jesus in Jerusalem they went to Bethlehem.

·   They decided to seek Him until they find Him and they went alone without taking anybody from the court of the King.

 *Note, We must continue our attendance upon Christ, though we are alone in it;

   whatever others do, we must serve the Lord;

   if they will not go to heaven with us, yet we must not go to hell with them.

 B. How they found out Christ?

·   Let’s see how they found out Christ by the same star that they had seen in their own country.

·   We see God’s gracious direction upon them -the star which they saw in the east went before them.

·   Here they were at a loss in Jerusalem because the star disappeared. 

·   Do you know why the star disappeared?

·   It is because they tried to seek their own.

·   But it was not the end of their faith, they believed that God, who had brought them till Jerusalem would not leave them there.

·   So they went out of the court and began to observe again.

·   Then they saw the star and verse 10 says, “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.”

*Note, Those who really seek Christ will find him.

 ·   Observe how joyfully they followed God’s direction.

·   Now they saw they were not deceived, and had not taken this long journey in vain.

·   They were sure that God was with them.

·   Now they could laugh at the Jews in Jerusalem, who, probably, had laughed at them as coming on a fool’s errand.

*Note, We should be glad of everything that will show us the way to Christ.

·   Ps. 105:3 says, “Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

·    God is pleased when we rejoice in his presence.

 B. Application

·   The question that comes to us is this, Are we able to rejoice in the presence of God?

·    Joy is an expression of true worship.

·   When we think of coming together and worshipping God, there itself come the joy into our heart.

·   Or if we think Oh! One more Sunday! 2 Hours? Anyway pastor will ask if I don’t come.

·   Then no real worship will take place.

·   The Wise men were overjoyed when they saw the star, not because of the star, but because of their hope of meeting Jesus the King.

·   We are not supposed to be fascinated by the church building, the number of people, the number of cars parked outside and the musical instruments and even the fellowship with people.

·   Of course we need fellowship, but that should not be the purpose of coming to the church.

·   We are to be overjoyed by the very thought that somehow I can be with the saints and see the face of Jesus and worship the living God.

Mathewphilip©2010

 

January 1o, 2010

 Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12 (v.11a)

Subject: True Worship -4

Theme: Acts of True Worship.

·   In Christian worship, there are certain acts that will express our gratitude and devotion to our Lord.

·   This passage talks us about different acts of true worship.

 ·   At first we talked about SACRIFICE AS AN ACT OF TRUE WORSHIP (VV. 1-8)

·   The Magi sacrificed a lot to find Jesus, the King of the Jews.

·   They came from the East and in the pursuit of finding and worshipping Jesus; the Magi traveled around 600 miles in the desert by camels.

·   It took almost 2 to 3 months for them to reach Bethlehem.

·   Because of their desire to know Christ, and find him, they did not regard pains or perils in seeking after him.

·   These magi sacrificed their best of time, money, and health to come and worship the king of kings.

 Secondly we said REJOICINGAS AN ACT OF WORSHIP (VV.9-10)

·   “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.”

·   The Magi joyfully followed God’s direction.

·   We should be glad of everything that will show us the way to Christ.

·   Are we able to rejoice in the presence of God?

·    Joy is an expression of true worship.

 Today we will see the third one: HUMILITY IS AN ACT OF WORSHIP (vv. 11a)

 A. What was the attitude of the wise men when they saw Jesus?

·   Here we see the wise men’s humble attendance upon this new-born King of the Jews.

·   On coming to the house - It might have been a discouragement to these wise men to find him whom they sought thus neglected at home.

·   What a disappointment it was to them when they found a cottage was his palace, and his own poor mother was all the attendants he had.

·   Is this the Savior of the world? Is this the King of the Jews? Is this the Prince of the kings of the earth?

·   Yes, this is he, who, though he was rich, yet, for our sake, became thus poor.

·   He became the poorest of the poor so that we become rich in faith.

·   But one thing is interesting to note - these wise men were so wise to discern in this despised babe the glory as of the Only-begotten of the Father.

·   They did not think themselves fooled or perplexed in their enquiry, but as having found the King they sought.

 ·   So they presented themselves to him first - how?

·   They fell down and worshipped him.

·   We do not read that they gave such honor to Herod, though he was the king.

·   But they gave this honor to this babe, not only as to a king but as to a God.

*Note: All those who have found Christ fall down before him; they adore him, and submit themselves to him.

 ·   It will be the wisdom of the wisest of people to humble themselves before God and worship him.

·   We need to humble ourselves to be the faithful worshippers of the Lord Jesus.

·   For example, we see John’s vision of the Lord.  Revelation 1:17 reads, “When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.”

*Note: A Proud and self-sufficient person cannot worship God.

 B. Application:

·   As an act of true worship, we may close our eyes or fold our hands or kneel down before him when we pray.

·   We may lift up our hands in worship

·   We fall fore-strait before him in our private prayer with the Lord.

·   But the humility in life and heart is the one that ascribes to true worship.

Mathewphilip©2010

January 17, 2010

 

Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12 (v.11b)

Subject: True Worship -5

Theme: Acts of True Worship.

·   In Christian worship, there are certain acts that will express our gratitude and devotion to our Lord.

·   This passage talks us about different acts of true worship.

 ·   At first we talked about SACRIFICE AS AN ACT OF TRUE WORSHIP (VV. 1-8)

·   The Magi sacrificed a lot to find Jesus, the King of the Jews.

·   They came from the East and in the pursuit of finding and worshipping Jesus; the Magi traveled around 600 miles in the desert by camels.

·   It took almost 2 to 3 months for them to reach Bethlehem.

·   Because of their desire to know Christ, and find him, they did not regard pains or perils in seeking after him.

·   These magi sacrificed their best of time, money, and health to come and worship the king of kings.

 Secondly we said REJOICING AS AN ACT OF WORSHIP (VV.9-10)

·   “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.”

·   The Magi joyfully followed God’s direction.

·   We should be glad of everything that will show us the way to Christ.

·   Are we able to rejoice in the presence of God?

·    Joy is an expression of true worship.

 Then we looked at the third one: HUMILITY IS AN ACT OF WORSHIP (vv. 11a)

·   We noticed the wise men’s humble attendance upon this new-born King of the Jews.

·   They never had a doubt about this child whether he was the Savior of the world or the King of the Jews?

·   These wise men were so wise to discern in this despised babe the glory as of the Only-begotten of the Father.

·   They did not think themselves fooled or perplexed in their enquiry.

·   So they fell down and worshipped him and thus they presented themselves to him first.

·   They gave this honor to this babe, not only as to a king but as to a God.

·   It will be the wisdom of the wisest of people to humble themselves before God and worship him.

 Fourthly,

4. GIVING IS AN ACT OF WORSHIP (v. 11b)

 A. What did the wise men give to Jesus?

·   They presented their gifts to him.

·   In the eastern nations, when they did homage to their kings, they made them present first and then the gifts.

·   The wise men presented themselves to him first and then the gifts.

*Note, we shall not be unwilling to give away what is dearest to us, and most valuable to Jesus if we first surrender ourselves to him.

 B. What were the gifts?

·   The gifts they presented were, gold, frankincense/ incense, and myrrh

·   God must have sent this providence for a seasonable relief to Joseph and Mary in their present poor condition.

·   These were the products of their own country.

·   Three gifts perhaps gave rise to the legend that there were three wise men, but the Bible does not indicate the number of Magi who visited Jesus.

·   Some think there was an implication in their gifts.

·   They offered him gold, as a king; frankincense, as a Priest; and myrrh, as a Man that should die, for myrrh was used in embalming dead bodies.

·   Wise men were able to discern Jesus Christ as the King, as the Priest and the Savior of the world.

 ·    Jesus is our King

·    He was born to be the king. 

·   He wants to rule, not by force, but by love.

·   No one is ever compelled to be under the kingship of Jesus.

·   He rules the hearts of those who love him.

·   We need to crown him king of our hearts.

 ·   Jesus is our great high priest.

·   Hebrews 4: 12 says, “Since we have a great high priest who have gone through heavens, let’s hold fast our faith…”

·     ·   He offered himself on the Cross of Calvary for our salvation.

·   The blood that was shed on the Cross of Calvary is sufficient for the salvation of the entire human beings.

·   By offering his own body and blood for humanity, be became the great high priest.

 ·   Jesus is our Savior.

·   Christ came to this world to die for our sins.

·   When the whole earth was rejoicing because Christ was born, the Father in heaven was in great agony of the departure of his Son and the suffering that he had to endure. 

·   Jesus gave great price to redeem us.

·   He had to leave the great light for this dark world.

·   He is rich, but he became the poorest of the poor to save you and me.

 C. Application

·   What do we have to give Jesus?

·   The wise men gave their best.

·   Shall we be wise enough to give him the very best in the service of Christ? Whether it is our time, physical help, money, or anything?

·   It is not only giving to the Lord is considered as worship, but also giving to the poor and needy.

·   Hebrews 13:16 reads, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

 ·   How to give? – Scripture teaches four things about giving:

  1. Giving is to be done cheerfully and with joy.
  2. God promises blessings to those who give.
  3. Giving is an expression of our love and care.
  4. Giving now assures eternal treasures in heaven.

·   So giving is an act of true worship.

 Conclusion

·   Sacrifice is an act of true worship

·   Rejoicing is an act of true worship

·   Humility is an act of true worship

·   And now giving is an act of true worship

·   May the Lord help us to sacrifice our best to the Lord, rejoice in the Lord always, to humble ourselves in our hearts and lives and give our best so that we become the true worshipers of our Lord!

Mathewphilip©2010

 

 

Febrayrt 07, 2010

 

Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12 (v.12)

Subject: True Worship -6

Theme: Acts of True Worship.

·   In Christian worship, there are certain acts that will express our gratitude and devotion to our Lord.

·   This passage talks us about different acts of true worship.

 ·   At the very outset of this narrative we found that the Magi sacrificed a lot to find Jesus, the King of the Jews.

·   They came from the East and in the pursuit of finding and worshipping Jesus; the Magi traveled around 600 miles in the desert by camels.

·   It took almost 2 to 3 months for them to reach Bethlehem.

·   Because of their desire to know Christ, and find him, they did not regard pains or perils in seeking after him.

·   These magi sacrificed their best of time, money, and health to come and worship the king of kings.

·   So we said, SACRIFICE AS AN ACT OF TRUE WORSHIP (VV. 1-8)

 ·   Secondly, “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.”

·   The Magi joyfully followed God’s direction.

·   We should be glad of everything that will show us the way to Christ.

·   Joy is an expression of true worship.

·   So we said, REJOICING AS AN ACT OF WORSHIP (VV.9-10)

 ·   Thirdly, we noticed the wise men’s humble attendance upon this new-born King of the Jews.

·   They fell down and worshipped him and thus they presented themselves to him first.

·   It will be the wisdom of the wisest of people to humble themselves before God and worship him.

·   So we said, HUMILITY IS AN ACT OF WORSHIP (vv. 11a)

 A. What did the wise men give to Jesus?

·   Fourthly, they presented their gifts to him.

·   The gifts they presented were, gold, frankincense/ incense, and myrrh

·   These were the products of their own country.

·   They offered him gold, as a king; frankincense, as a Priest; and myrrh, as a Man that should die for the sins of the world.

·   The wise men gave their best.

·   So we said, GIVING IS AN ACT OF WORSHIP (v. 11b)

 5. OBEDIENCE IS AN ACT OF TRUE WORSHIP (v. 12).

·   We see how the Magi left baby Jesus when they had made their address to him.

·   Herod asked them to come back and report to him.

·   We do not find that the wise men promised to come back to Herod.

·   God warned them in a dream that they should not report to Herod.

·   Some think that they asked counsel of God, and that this was the answer.

*Note, Those who act cautiously, and are afraid of sin and snares, if they apply themselves to God for direction, may expect to be led in the right way.

·   They returned to their country by another route.

·   My point is this: They obeyed God rather than the King.

·   Obedience is an act of true worship.

·   It is a submission to God’s will and direction.

·   What is God’s will for us? - To obey his commands and follow him.

·   Some people say that they obey only God and that’s all.

·   Look at Heb. 13:17: “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.”

·   In many places pastors’ or leaders’ work is not considered as joy, but a burden.

·   Do you know why?

·   As it is mentioned in Heb 13:18, they do not maintain a clear conscience and they do not have a desire to live honorably in every way!

·   It is not only obeying God, but obeying our leaders and submit to their authority is also an act of worship.

·   Obedience is an act of worship.

 Conclusion:

·   John 4: 24 says, “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.

·   True worship is in keeping with God’s nature.

·   Truth is associated with Christ.

·   Let us continue to worship the Lord

·         By sacrificing our best

·         By humbling ourselves to God

·         By being joyful in his presence

·         By giving our best to the Lord

·         By obeying the Lord Jesus Christ.

·   Such worship is the worship in truth and spirit.

 Mathew Philip©2010

February 7, 2010

Scripture:  Proverb 31:1-9

Subject: The conduct of a King/Ruler -1

Theme: How to behave oneself in godly leadership?

 Introduction

·       There are different offices in leadership

·       People expect those in leadership to behave well.

·       People look for the character, personality, temperament, qualification, behavior and a lot such things in a leader.

·       For example, the office of an Ambassador.

·       The particular country he represents expects and demands certain conduct for the Ambassador, especially in regards to his life and speech.

·       Since he represents his country, he is the spokesman of his country.

·       He has to uphold the dignity of his country

·       Another example is the office of a Director

·       His company expects and demands certain things regarding his life, work, and conduct, especially how he manages the whole thing.

 ·       Like wise God appoints individuals in leadership of his people.

·       In the Church we find that God appointed leaders – five fold ministry gifts.

·       We have apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.

·       Then we see various gifts bestowed on people to lead his people.

·       It is very important how they lead God’s people.

·       All of us are leaders in one way or other.

·       At the same time, we are the followers too.

Context

·       From our text today let us see how a godly leader is supposed to conduct himself or herself in the office of leadership whether ruling his subject as a King or leading the congregation as a Pastor, or instructing students as a teacher or working with team as a team leader or leading a department of staff as department in-charge and so on.

·       Thus this text is very much applicable to each one of us in the area of our service.

·       How to conduct oneself as a leader?

 1. Rulers or Leaders should get out of their own luxury and Irresponsibility (Vv. 1-7)

A. In v. 1 we see the sayings of King Lemuel

·       Most interpreters are of the opinion that Lemuel is Solomon.

·       Others say that Lemuel is another author, but because of the same nature of Proverbs, it is added to Solomon’s proverbs.

·       According to them, Lemuel was a prince of some neighbouring country, whose mother was a daughter of Israel perhaps of the house of David, and taught him these good lessons.

·       Whatever it may be it is a prophecy, and therefore given by inspiration and direction of God.

·       Lemuel means “for God,” or “devoted to God.”

·       In 2 Samuel 12:25 we see that Solomon’s Father, David, and mother, Bathsheba, gave him the same name.

·       But the Lord, because he loved him, sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him Jedidiah, which means “loved by the Lord.”

·       So I personally think Lemuel is supposed to be a pretty, fond, charming name, by which his mother Bathsheba used to call Solomon.

·       Also this Lemuel claims that this is the oracle of his mother which she taught him.

·       In Proverbs 4:4, Solomon writes about what his father taught.

·       Few things to learn from this:

1.    It is the duty of mothers, as well as fathers, to teach their children what is good, that they may do it, and what is evil, that they may avoid it.  It is possible only when they are young and tender.

2.    Even the Kings must learn.  Whoever we are we will not be greater than God.  So those who are in authority must give heed to God’s ordinance and be willing to learn.

3.    It is also honorable to remember what we were taught in the early years of life and especially, people who taught us and guided us in the past.

B. Kings must avoid certain things in their lives.

·       Few things cautioned here.

 1. They should not go after women. 

·       It is because many women will turn their attention from ruling.

·       They will loose their concentration and control.

·       Solomon may be telling from his own experience of going after many women in his life.

·       What happened to him?  They deviated his attention not only from ruling the kingdom wisely, but also from the living God.

·       They turned his mind to serve their gods and goddesses.

·       Listening to many women will be a real problem.

·       This may be one of the reasons that apostle Paul while writing to Titus cautioned that the elders of church must be the husband of one wife.

 2. They should not join those who ruin kings.

·       It simply means that the kings or rulers should be wise enough to have company with their friends.

·       They must have enough discretion to know who are real friends and who are enemies.

·       They should not have friendship with those who try to plot against them, and thus ruin their kingdom.

·       This is very true to us as God’s people.

 3. They should not drink wine 

·        They should not give themselves to wine. 

·        If they drink too much wine and get intoxicated they will forget the law.

·        They will loose their interest in ruling.

·        Sound mind and spirit is needed to take decision, but a drunkard will not have such quality.

·        This will badly affect their decisions in matters of rule.

 4. They should not crave beer.

·        It is because they will have only time to go after beer and will have no time for their people. 

·        They will deprive all the oppressed of their rights.

·        The more they drink and intoxicated, the more they will go after such things.

·        They will find very less time for their administrative matters.

C. Application:

·     Involving too much with wine, beer, wealth, property and women are considered to be luxurious things for kings.

·     Being involved in such things will make them irresponsible for their rule.

·     Being responsible people in godly leadership, we should not go after people or things that will deviate our attention from following God.

·     We should avoid anything and everything that will deter us from guiding leading God’s people.

·     We as believers and Christian leaders may not go after women, wine or beer, but there is always the temptation of being intoxicated with power, politics and money.

·     Christian leaders may go after popularity, and crave for prestige.

·     So when those who are in leadership go after power, politics and money, they will have less time to minister to their people.

·     I think this is a very good caution for us.

·     Spiritual leaders must avoid the temptation of being powerful, popular and spectacular.

·     We should not involve with people who will ruin our calling.

·     We are to give an account of every thing that is given under our care – weather money or property or a church with building and people or departments, and so on.

·     We should never allow anything that will prevent us from doing God’s work or anything that will disturb us in our leadership so that we may become sluggish or lazy or irresponsible.

·     When we are involved in vain and useless matters, we will forget about our Father’s business.

·     That’s why we have to remind each other of God’s will desire for his people through His Word.

·     May the Lord help us to give importance to His will for our life!

Mathew Philip ©2010

February 14, 2010

Scripture:  Proverb 31:1-9

Subject: The conduct of a King/Ruler -2

Theme: How to behave oneself in godly leadership?

 ·       Our text talks about the conduct of a king/ruler

·       A godly leader is supposed to conduct himself or herself in the office of leadership

·       Our text is very much applicable to each of us in the area of our service.

·       How to conduct oneself as a leader?

 First of all from vv. 1-7 we observed that rulers or Leaders should get out of their own luxury and  rresponsibility (Vv. 1-7)

·       Few things cautioned here.

  1. They should not go after women. 

·       It is because many women will turn their attention from ruling.

·       They will loose their concentration and control.

·       Solomon may be telling from his own experience of going after many women in his life.

·       What happened to him?  They deviated his attention not only from ruling the kingdom wisely, but also from the living God.

  1. They should not join those who ruin kings.

·       It simply means that the kings or rulers should be wise enough to have company with their friends.

·       We must have enough discretion to know who are real friends and who are enemies.

  1. They should not drink wine 

·        They should not give themselves to wine. 

·        If they drink wine and get intoxicated they will forget the law.

·        They will loose their interest in ruling.

·        Sound mind and spirit is needed to take decision, but a drunkard will not have such quality.

  1. They should not crave beer.

·        It is because they will have only time to go after beer and will have no time for their people. 

·        They will find very less time for their administrative matters.

Today we will see the next conduct that is appropriate for a leader:

 They should stand for the cause of the destitute (v.8)

·     We read in v.8: "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute."

·     Those who are in charge are responsible for their group or departments.

·     They must administer justice with care, courage, and compassion.

·     A king is admonished here to stand for the cause of the poor and oppressed.

·     It is because God is on the side of the poor.

·     We see many instructions in the Old Testament regarding this.

·     Duet. 15:4 says, “There will be no poor among you.”

·     God is against poverty.

·     According to Deut. 15, an Israelite was never to oppress a fellow Hebrew.

·     He was not to charge him interest (Exodus 22:25) and every seven years he was to cancel any debt.

·     God cares about poverty; his people are to be concerned for the poor.

·     Duet. 15:7 says, “If there is a poor man among your brothers…do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother…”

·     God, it seems clear, is on the side of the poor, and He demands from His people a ‘preferential option for the poor.’

·     We read in the Book of Acts that the early church took care of its own widows and orphans.

·     Leaders must be compassionate.

·     Those who are in leadership must stand for the cause of the destitute.

 Application

·     We as God's people and responsible for God's work in various capacities, must administer with justice and truth.

·     We must stand for the cause of the poor and oppressed.

·     Paul in Philippians 2:4 admonishes, "Each of should look not only to your own interest, but also to the interests of others."

·     Let's involve in God's work with much care and responsibility!

·     May the Lord help us to administer justice with care, courage, and compassion!

·     Let's have the mind of Christ in our leadership.

Mathew Philip ©2010

 

February 21

Scripture:  Proverb 31:8

Subject: The conduct of a King/Ruler -2

Theme: How to behave oneself in godly leadership?

 ·       Our text talks about the conduct of a king/ruler

·       A godly leader is supposed to conduct himself or herself in the office of leadership

·       Our text is very much applicable to each of us in the area of our service.

·       How to conduct oneself as a leader?

 First of all from vv. 1-7 we observed that rulers or Leaders should get out of their own luxury and irresponsibility

·       We were able to see that they should not go after women. 

·       It is because many women will turn their attention from ruling.

·       They should not join those who ruin kings.

·       It simply means that the kings or rulers should be wise enough to have company with their friends.

·       They must know who are real friends and who are enemies.

·        They should not give themselves to wine. 

·        If they drink wine and get intoxicated they will forget the law.

·        They will loose their interest in ruling.

·        They should not crave beer.

·        It is because they will have only time to go after beer and will have no time for their people. 

·        They will find very less time for their administrative matters.

Secondly from v.8 we learned that leaders should stand for the cause of the destitute.

·     Leaders must administer justice with care, courage, and compassion.

·     A king is admonished here to stand for the cause of the poor and oppressed.

·     It is because God is on the side of the poor.

·     Those who are in leadership must stand for the cause of the destitute.

Today we will see another conduct of  a ruler or leaders 

 They should judge fairly and defend the rights of the poor and needy (v.9)

·     They must judge righteously in all matters that come before them.

·     They must do it without fearing people.

·     They must especially look upon themselves as obliged to be the patrons of oppressed innocence.

·     The inferior and coward magistrates may not have a zeal and tenderness to plead the cause of the poor and needy.

·     So the king himself must interpose, and appear as an advocate, mouth, which denotes the liberty of speech that princes and judges ought to use in passing sentence.

·     God is concerned for justice in all areas of life.

·     Dt. 16:20 says, “Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land.”

·     God gave His people a system of government, which provided for the appointment of judges and officials representing the various tribes at the local level (Dt. 16:18).

·     God was so concerned that these officials remain uncorrupted in order to judge fairly.

·     We have the example of Eli’s sons who were corrupt and wicked in their days.

·     The complaint against Samuel’s sons was that they were corrupt judges who ‘took bribes and perverted justice.” (1 Sam. 8:3)

·     This evil practice was a violation of God’s Law and a denial of justice to the People of God.

·     God is against exploitation, and this violation of human dignity was one of the reasons for the collapse and division of the Solomon’s kingdom (1 Kings 12).

·     Even today nations or rulers  who have practiced injustice and exploited their people have had experienced God's judgment.

·     God used another ruler or country to defeat and overthrow them.

·     The concern for justice extends to the poor.

·     Exodus 23;6says,  “Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits”

·     Special consideration is to be given to the disadvantaged: “Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan (Exodus 22:22)

·     God is against anything, which causes injustice: “Do not spread false reports” (Ex 23:1); “Do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd” (Exodus 23:9).

·     God’s concern for justice extends to the foreigners resident within Israel’s borders.

·     Part of the produce that the Israelites were required to tithe and store was to provide for the aliens living in Israel’s towns (Dt. 14:29).

·     It was specifically forbidden to abuse or take advantage of a foreigner.

·     Our God is against any kind of injustice.

 Conclusion

·     God has appointed us in different arena of ministry.

·     All of us in one way or the other way will have the opportunity to lead.

·     In our leadership we have to take not of these things:

·     Beware of people and things that will deviate our attention from the very business we are involved in.

·     Nothing in life should separate us from the love of Christ.

·     Nothing in life should deviate us from leading God’s people who are under our care

·     There is no place for laziness or sluggishness in our leadership ministry.

·     We should stand for the cause of the destitute.

·     We should judge fairly and defend the rights of the poor and needy.

·     We may not be able to do it in our strength and wisdom

·     As Apostle Paul says, “His grace is sufficient for us.”

·     Let’s try our best to be closer to God’s love, peace, justice, equality, and such noble things that will help us effective in Christian ministry.

Mathew Philip ©2010

 

February 28

 

Scripture: Matthew 3:1-11 (vv.1-2)

Subject: Repentance -1

Theme: The Necessity of Repentance

 Introduction:

·         Some things in life are absolutely necessary.

For Example,

1.      Paying Income Tax: Governments do not support themselves financially. They need a percentage of each person's income to operate and carry out services such as legislation, civil justice, and military protection.

2.      College training for a Dentist: A dentist must have a college degree in dentistry before he can qualify to work on your teeth. Who would go to someone to have a tooth drilled and filled if that person had no professional training?

·         Likewise, in the spiritual realm some things are absolutely necessary.

·         This message will present the biblical truth that people must repent of their sin.

·         We will consider the reasons why people must repent of sin.

 1. People must repent of sin because the Kingdom of Heaven is Near (3:2).

 A. What do we mean by repentance?

·         Repentance is a change of mind, attitude and will.

·         In repentance a person turns around from serving sin to serve God.

·         Sin is seen as a horrible offense against God and one's own soul, and there is sorrow about it.

 B. Why is repentance necessary?

·         People must repent because the Kingdom of Heaven is near.

·         Repentance is the means through which one enters heaven.

 C. What is the Kingdom of Heaven?

·         It is not a territory or kingdom.

·         It is God's rule, His authority, His kingship.

·         Usually we think of a "kingdom" as a realm or a country over which a king exercises his authority.

·         Heaven and earth are the realm of God's kingdom.

·         But here in Matthew 3:2, and in many passages, the primary meaning of kingdom is meant - God's rule.

 D. Two Aspect of God's Kingdom

·         God's rule has both a present and a future aspect.

·         His present rule is His redemptive rule in Christ, defeating Satan and the powers of evil and delivering people from sin.

·         In this sense the kingdom of heaven has come in to history in the person and work of Christ (Mtt. 12:28; Lk 9:20; 17:21)

·         Matthew 17:21 says, "the kingdom of God is within you."

·         God's rule is in your midst.

·         But there is also a future aspect of the Kingdom.

·         That is at the end of the age.

·         This is when Christ returns in glory to set up His earthly kingdom  and bring in a new age(Rev. 11:15).

·         So there is both a present and future aspect of the kingdom of heaven.

·         It already has come into history in the person of Christ, and so it is inaugurated and present here and now in the gospel of Christ.

·         Yet it will come in its future aspects-be consummated-when Christ returns in glory at the end of the age.

 E. Application

Now we must know that the Kingdom of God is near to people today.

People can receive Christ's rule in their life and have the rule of sin and Satan broken in defeat.

Only thing is that they must enter the Kingdom.

They must accept the Lordship of Christ.

It is possible only through repentance.

I praise God for you and I are already in the Kingdom.

We are able to experience the rights and privileges of the Kingdom even while we live on this earth.

At the same time it is our responsibility to proclaim Christ so that many may repent and come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Mathew Philip ©2010

March 7

 

Scripture: Matthew 3:1-11 (VV. 3-7)

Subject: Repentance -2

Theme: The Necessity of Repentance

 Introduction:

·         Just many of the things in life are absolutely necessary, repentance also extremely necessary in spiritual realm.

·         This passage presents the biblical truth that people must repent of their sin.

·         We are considering  the reasons why people must repent of sin.

·         Last week, we said, People must repent of sin because the Kingdom of Heaven is Near (3:2).

·         We said repentance is a change of mind, attitude and will.

·         In repentance a person turns around from serving sin to serve God.

·         People must repent because the Kingdom of Heaven is near.

·         Repentance is the means through which one enters heaven.

·         We also said the Kingdom of God is God's rule, His authority, His kingship.

·         We turn around from serving the kingdom of Satan to serving God's Kingdom.

·         Today we will look into the next point.

 People Must Repent of Sin Because God will not Accept Self-Righteousness (3:7-10).

A. Explanation of self-righteousness

·         This means that we try to make ourselves acceptable before God on the basis of our own moral acts such as prayer and good works.

·         God will not accept self-righteousness.

B. Why God will not accept Self-righteousness

·         Every person is a sinner

·         Rom 3:23 says, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

·         No one can cancel his guilt and punishment for sin and make himself righteous by anything he does.

·         Only Christ’s death for our sins is sufficient to remove them and to give us a righteous standing before God.

C. Exposition of 3:7-10

·         John the Baptist rebukes the Pharisees and Sadducees because they are self-righteous.

·         They felt no need of repentance.

·         These religious leaders are told to prove their repentance of sin and not to think they are safe from God’s wrath.

·         God does not accept their self-righteousness.

·         They also do not gain any religious merit because they are “sons of Abraham.”

·         God can, if he chooses, raise up physical descendents from stones.

·         Nothing but repentance can bring them to receive Christ and be saved from their sins.

D. Application

We must also face this truth: every one must repent to be saved from their sins.

Our self-righteousness cannot save our soul.

Salvation is not what we do for God, but what God does for us when we repent.

God declares us to be righteous before Him because we receive Christ and His perfect righteousness.

So let’s thank God for the great salvation he wrought for us on the Cross through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Let’s also thank God for the provision of repentance He set before us!

Mathew Philip ©2010

March 14

 

Scripture: Matthew 3:1-11 (VV. 10-11)

Subject: Repentance -3

Theme: The Necessity of Repentance

 Introduction:

·         Just many things in life are absolutely necessary, repentance also extremely necessary in spiritual realm.

·         This passage presents the biblical truth that people must repent of their sin.

·         We are considering  the reasons why people must repent of sin.

·         First of all, we said, People must repent of sin because the Kingdom of Heaven is near (3:1-2).

·         People must repent because the Kingdom of Heaven is near.

·         Repentance is the means through which one enters heaven.

Last week we said, People Must Repent of Sin Because God will not Accept Self-Righteousness (3:7-10).

·         God will not accept self-righteousness.

·         It is because no one can cancel his guilt and punishment for sin and make himself righteous by anything he does.

·         Nothing but repentance can bring them to receive Christ and be saved from their sins.

 ·         Today we will see again why people must repent of their sin.

People must repent of their sin because Judgment is coming (vv.10-12).

 A. Explanation of judgement

·         Every person is held accountable for his sins before God who has appointed a day when He will judge the world ().

·         Acts 17:31 says, "For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”

 B. Exposition of vv. 10-12

·         "The axe is already at the root of the trees" speaks of judgment that is to come upon those who do not repent.

·         They will be "cut down and thrown into the fire" speaks of punishment.

·         This is the destiny of those who refuse to repent, and the fire is "unquenchable fire (v.12).

 C. When final judgment takes place?

·         It takes place at the end of history when God raises the unrighteous dead (2 Pet 3:7; Rev 20:10-15).

 D. Application

·          If any one does not repent of his or her sins, he or she will be there at the judgment recorded in Revelation 20.

·         People will be there, not because Christ does not love them, but because they do not love Christ, the only savior.

·         The Bible says in 2 Peter 3:9, God does not want" anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."

 Conclusion

·         There is a fact that will always speak from this passage.

·         It is that people must repent of their sins.

·         We must repent because the Kingdom of God is near.

·         We must repent because God will not accept self-righteousness.

·         It is also absolutely necessary for everyone because God’s judgment is coming.

·         Therefore one can change the spiritual direction of his or her life by repenting of sins.

·         I praise God for God’s provision of salvation.

·         In salvation one comes back from his or her own way to God’s way.

·         Isaiah 55:7 says, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the evil man his thoughts; Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him.”

·         As long as one has sin in heart, holding on to it and not willing to give it up, he or she cannot be saved.

·         One must turn away from it and forsake it.

·         Repentance is the only way that one can enter God’s kingdom.

·         Let’s pray that many in these days may turn from their sins and come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through which God’s kingdom will be enlarged!

Mathew Philip ©2010

April 04

 The Power of His Resurrection

 Paul says in Philippians 3: 10-11

 "I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead."

 ·   There are certain things Paul wants to know in his life.

·   We mainly see five things:

1. He wants to know Christ.

2. He wants to know the power of His resurrection.

3. He wants to know the fellowship of  sharing in His suffering.

4. He wants to become like Him in His death.

5. He wants somehow to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

·   We see the whole purpose of his life in these two verses.

·   The resurrection of Christ is important in our lives

·   It is because our Faith is anchored on the fact of Resurrection

·   The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the central fact of the Christian faith.

·   The entire structure of Christianity – any hope for eternal life and any meaning to human existence – stands or falls with Christ’s resurrection.

·   Jesus died for our sins, buried, and raised on the third day for you and me.

 ·   We must hold fast to the fact that Christ died, buried, and raised.

·   If we fail to believe this fact, Paul says that our faith is groundless and empty.

 Let's look at the desire of Apostle Paul in his life!

 1. He wants to know Christ

·   Paul's desire in his life was to know Christ.

·   We must develop a growing friendship with Jesus.

·   As we get to know Christ intimately, we will grow in our understanding of the Father.

·   And as we get to know Christ better, we learn to know ourselves better—

·   Our weakness and His strength, our limitations and His possibilities, our sin and His holiness, our humanness and His power.

·   And with this knowledge, we seek to worship Him and wish to spend our lives serving others in His name to His glory.

·   Knowing the Lord Jesus more fully and intimately must be the supreme desire of our lives.

·   If we knew Jesus better, we would be a better Christian.

·   If we knew Jesus better, we would be a more grateful Christian.

·   If we knew Jesus better, we would be more joyful Christians.

·   If we knew Jesus better, we would be a victorious Christian.

·   If we knew Jesus better, we would be a more compassionate Christian.

·   If we knew Jesus better, we would be a more courageous Christian.

·   If we knew Jesus better we would be a more merciful Christian.

·   If we knew Jesus better we would hate sin more.

·   If we knew Jesus better, we wouldn't make moral compromises.

·   If we knew Jesus better, we would want others to know Him too.

 2. He wants to know the power of His resurrection.

·   Secondly Paul wanted to know the power of His resurrection.

·   And at this point we also say, "Ya, ya, power, I want power. I would like to know Him in the power of His resurrection. Give me the power," and we are so power-hungry.

·   This power is the power of the Divine Spirit, which raised Him from literal death.

·   What is the advantage of knowing the power of His resurrection?

·   With the same power He can raise you and me from our spiritual death now ( Eph 1:19, 20 ),

·   Then with the same power he shall raise our bodies from literal death ( Rom 8:11 ).

·   But Paul didn't stop there with the power.

 3. He wants to know the fellowship of  sharing in His suffering

·   We like the power, but we don't like the suffering.

·   Our flesh always rebels against suffering.

·   The disciples found it difficult to handle when Jesus started talking about the suffering that he was to experience, and Peter cried out, "Lord, be that far from you."

·   And Jesus said, "Get behind me, Satan, you offend me."

·   It was the natural cry of man, "Spare yourself from suffering."

·   But Paul is willing to follow Jesus to the cross. "I want to know him; I want to know him completely."

·   Yes, the power of the resurrection, but we must know that we can never know the power of the resurrection until we have, first of all, know the cross.

·   Jesus was not resurrected until he first went to the cross.

·   The resurrected life always follows the crucified life.

·   The power of the resurrection follows the fellowship of the suffering and the cross.

·   I want to know the power of the resurrection, but if I am to experience that, I have got to, first of all, experience the fellowship of the suffering

·   That is the death on the cross, the death to my old self, my old nature.

 4. He wants to become like Him in His death.

·   How can we attain the resurrection of the dead unless we, first of all, have died?

·   You see, Jesus could not experience the power of the resurrection until the cross.

·   The cross was essential and necessary for Him to experience the power of the resurrection.

·   So it is true with us.

·   I am crucified with Christ, now I can experience the power of the resurrected life.

·   And many people have never experienced the power of the resurrected life, because they have shied away from the fellowship of the suffering.

·   "I want to hang on to the flesh. I don't want to see it nailed to the cross. I want to hold on to the things of the flesh."

·   But we will never know the life of the resurrected Christ until we have experienced the fellowship of the sufferings.

 5. He wants somehow to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

·   It is very sad that so many people seem to feel that they have attained, or they have achieved their spiritual walk.

·   They sort of sit on little pedestals, little ivory towers. "I have attained, I have achieved. Here I am, you know, come and I will teach you. Sit at my feet and learn."

·   But Paul the apostle said, "Look, I don't consider that I have attained; I don't look at myself as being perfect, the work of the Lord is not yet complete in me."

·   Somehow I want to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

·   Why we must somehow attain to the resurrection from the dead?

·   When we die, our soul depart and be with Christ.

·   Yet the heavenly happiness in its full sense will not be complete till the general resurrection of the dead at the last day.

·   It is then our soul and body shall be glorified together.

·   To the saints it will be indeed a resurrection, a return to bliss, and life, and glory; while the resurrection of the wicked is a rising from the grave, but a return to a second death.

 Conclusion

·   The death of the Lord Jesus, the cross, proves the love of God.

·    The resurrection proves the power of God

·   We are dead in our sins, raised with the Lord, and hope for our bodily resurrection.

·   As we live here on earth, let’s continue to experience the power of Christ’s resurrection.

·   Let’s pray that the transforming power of Christ’s resurrection may continue to transform many lives today!

Mathew Philip ©2010

April 18

Acts 17:16-34

Paul's Witness in Athens -1

 Introduction

·         My whole purpose of this series of sermon is to look at the content of Paul's message and see what we can learn and understand from his message to the people in Athens.

·         Apostle Paul was on his second missionary journey

·         In Ch. 17 we Paul came to Thessalonica

·         There he preached the gospel along with Silas and others and won many converts.

·         But there was much opposition from Jews and he came from there to Berea.

·         In Berea Paul preached the gospel along with Silas and Timothy.

·         Many Jews and Greeks believed  in the Lord Jesus Christ..

·         Jews in Thessalonica heard about it and came to oppose them.

·         So the believers in Berea sent Paul to Athens.

·         Silas and Timothy stayed back in Berea.

·         So the background is that Paul was waiting in Athens for Silas and Timothy.

·         He could not keep quiet in Athens. He began to preach the gospel in Athens too.

·         The rest of the things we read in the passage happened while he was waiting for them in Athens.

 The City of Athens:

·         Paul was sitting in the midst of the glories of ancient Greece.

·         Paul knew about Athens since his boyhood.

·         Everybody knew about Athens.

·         Athens had been the foremost Greek city-state since the 5th Century.

·         Still it retained a proud intellectual independence and also became a free city.

·         The city boasted of its rich philosophical tradition inherited from Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.

·         It also boasted of its literature and art, and of its notable achievements in the cause of human liberty.

·         And now for the first time Paul visited Athens of which he had heard so much.

·         As he was waiting for the arrival of Silas and Timothy, Paul found himself alone in the cultural capital of the world.

·         What was his reaction?

·         What should be the reaction of a Christian who visits or lives in a city that is dominated by a non-
Christian ideology or religion, a city which may be aesthetically magnificent and culturally sophisticated, but morally decadent and spiritually deceived or dead?

·         We find four parts to Paul's reactions. Luke tells us it very clearly:

1. What he saw in the city.

2. What he felt in the city.

3. What he did in the city.

4. What he said in the city.

 1. What Paul saw in the city of Athens (v.16)

·         Paul could have walked about Athens as a tourist, as we would probably have done, in order for the sightseeing.

·         What some good Christians will look for when they go to a new place/city?

·         we may look for: buildings and monuments - Park/museum/zoo -Architecture and sculpture - Shopping complex/super market - Good hotels/A/c theaters - 

Athens had all these.

·         In our terms Paul was a graduate of the universities of Tarsus and Jerusalem and God had endowed him with a massive intellect.

·         So he might have been fascinated by the sheer splendor of the city's architecture, history and wisdom.

·         Yet it was none of these things which struck him.

·         First and foremost what he saw was neither the beauty nor the brilliance of the city, but its IDOLATRY.

·         The term used there is "full of idols."

·         We might say that it was smothered with idols or swamped by them.

·         There were more gods in Athens that in all the rest of the country.

·         As an exaggeration, we can say that 'it was easier to find a god there than a man.'

·         There were innumerable temples, shrines, statues and alters.

·         There was a huge gold and ivory statue of Athena, whose glowing spear-point was visible forty miles away.

·         There were made not only of stone and brass, but also of gold, silver, ivory and marble, and they had been elegantly fashioned by the finest Greek sculptors.

·         Paul could have easily been blind to their beauty.

·         But the beauty of all these did not impress him because it did not honor God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

·         Instead of being impressed by the beauty of idols, Paul was more oppressed by the wrongness of idolatry.

·         This is what Paul saw; a city submerged in its idols.

 Application

·         What should be our attitude when we see the wrong notion of worship in and around us?

·         There are many beautiful things even in Christianity.

·         There are even more fascinating things outside in the world.

·         Our point is this as God's people:

·         Anything that will not bring glory and honor to Jesus should not impress you and me.

·         Instead of being fascinated and marveled by the splendor and beauty of the things of this world, we must be burdened with the passion and zeal to be effective witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ where ever we are.,

·         May the Lord help us to see the evils in the society so that we may be able to take a stand against them.

Mathew Philip ©2010

 

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