Sermons

A Christian’s Voice – May 1, 2005

A Christian’s Voice From Van Buren: Man uses his voice and pen to convey thoughts. Paul mentions using words that by his voice he might “teach others” (1 Cor. 14:19). John says, “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Rev. 22:17). My aim is to challenge, inform, and invite – us all to Listen to the VOICE of God. Editor Bill Sexton. 802 Adeline Lane, Van Buren, AR 72956-3530. Phone 479-474-2617. Car phone: 479-650-8399>>> I Have Voice Mail, call me and I can pick it up

Volume 7 May 1, 2005 Number 24


This Week’s Challenges

We are practicing: Memory, Meditation, and Application

1. Memorize: (Ezra 1:5)

2. Mediation: Understand how God had spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah, the Prophet. How God kept His promise.

3. Application: Can/Do we find comfort in the fact that God will keep His promise to save the obedient?

Comment from a brother in India, Joshua.

“Dear Brother in Christ…Bill Sexton,

Thank you for your Gospel Material, you are doing a great job by sending these materials to many people. WE are so thankful for your help. My kind regards to all of you. In Christian Love,

Joshau and family.

Another Comment: “My dear beloved brother Sexton, Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Thank you very much for your post with a good sermon, about Abraham’s Temptation. It gives moral strength to all of our Brothers, we need this kind of lessons, The VAN BUREN church doing good Job to all of Christians. I appreciate the Christian voice, my great thankful to you, Closing with Christian Love. In His Work, S.Lenin Babu.

Editor’s comment: We appreciate hearing from others who read this bulletin, and especially from those across the waters. Our prayers for these brothers in India shall continue that they’ll be faithful to the lord, putting their trust in Him that He’ll see them through what ever difficulties they face. That is what we desire for all of us, of course. The Lord is able and we can survive if we so act.

LEAVE IT TO THE DEVIL

I read about a French atheist who died and willed his house and farm to, of all people, the Devil. The courts deliberated on the curious case for quite some time. Finally it was determined that the best way to carry out the wishes of the deceased testator was to allow the farm to grow up in weeds and briars and to leave the house to decay and ruin.

It occurs to me that the same thing can be said about our soul salvation. It’s not necessary to commit some terrible sin, nor, to engage in great evil in order to be lost. All we have to do is nothing. “Allow the farm to grow up in weeds and briars and leave the house to decay and ruin.” Dear reader, neglect, indifference, and unconcern will just as surely condemn us in the judgment as murder, theft, or immorality.

The Bible asks, “How shall we escape (eternal punishment) if we NEGLECT so great a salvation…?” (Hebrews 2:3). The answer is, “We won’t.”– –Mike Benson, Forthright Magazine, via, SUSQUEHANNA SENTINEL May 1, 2005

Editor’s comment: Yes, It is easy to leave our spiritual house unattended, and consequently be a complete failure in life. If at the end of life, regardless of what we have accumulated, we are going to leave it behind (Cf. 1 Tim. 6:7) But what we do with our spiritual treasures (Matt. 6:19-2l).

We at Van Buren had a very good meeting last week with brother Bill Cavender. Thanks to him. He preached the gospel (Rom. 1:16-17)!!!

Today’s Schedule of Yours truly: 10:00 AM at Waveland Church of Christ, Philippians chapter 3; 11:00 AM – Sermon: The Book of Life (Phil. 4:3; 2: PM, speak at Belt Cemetery; 6:00 PM, attending evening service. at Access Road in Van Buren.


The Head of The Body, The Church


Colossians 1:17 “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; “

What is our attitude toward the church?

Facts:

1. He, Christ, is before all things!

2. By Him, Christ, all things consist.

3. He, Christ, is the head of the body.

4. The “body” is The Church.

5. He, Christ, has the “preeminence.”

6. This, the preeminence, was given him By the Father.

7. Such pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell!

Question: Is our attitude in tune with the Father’s? If it isn’t, what should we do?

It seems clear that many do not have the attitude toward the body of Christ that they should have. When Christ loved it so much that He gave His life for it, then can one honestly love Christ and at the same time show little or no appreciation for the Church which he manifested so much love for. Can we?

No, I believe that many people who claim to believe in and Love the Lord Jesus Christ don’t have the right attitude toward His body, the church. I find many saying such things as the “church can’t save you. You can be saved and never be in the church…” Often they speak lightly, unappreciatively of the CHURCH which He purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:28). Can you degrade the church and not include its head?

True, the church does not save; Christ is the Savior. However, the saved constitute the church. The Lord adds the SAVED to the church ( Acts 2:47 ). Consequently, no one will be saved who is not a MEMBER of the church. Neither will anyone be saved who is not under the authority of it’s head!

That means that we must be governed by His authority in all that we do. When we do not obey Him in becoming a Christian, we are not under His rule, even though we may claim that He is our Savior. The question He asked long ago is still appropriate:

Luke 6:46 “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”

Congregations which do not allow Him to govern them in all that they do: in work, worship, organization and terms of membership, even though they may wear His name, in fact do not belong to Him. Look at the statement that Jesus made in Matt. 15:13: “But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up” Beloved he was talking about corn or plants in the field or garden, but the context shows he was talking about religious people who were not governed by His father in Heaven! There is coming a rooting time. If we are not in that which has been planted by the Creator, we shall be gathered and burned! I don’t want to be there, and I really don’t want you to be there either.

The church at Ephesus was told that it’s candlestick, meaning it’s identity, would be removed unless it returned to it’s “first love.” It was called upon to recognize it’s fallen state, repent, and do it’s “first works.” ( Rev. 2:5). Beloved where are you, spiritually? What is your REAL attitude and disposition toward the family of God?

“God is the family name of the Deity, of which Christ is a member, making that word his own name as well as the Father. Hence the name church of God is equivalent to ‘church of Christ.’ It is his church because he purchased it with his own blood.” (E. M. Zerr Bible Commentary, page 333) William C. “Bill” Sexton


Despising One’s Birthright!

( Gen. 25:34; Hebrews 12:16‑17 )



“Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.”

History records many transactions of men in which a great deal was given away for a moment of pleasure. Seen in its light, such is really so foolish! Many in our day, like Esau of old, are selling their birthright for a mess of meat.

I mean that people are trading their soul, their

Right to Heaven, for a moment of worldly pleasure.

The per son who does that, like Esau, despises the

birthright. failing to value it as highly as he should.

What a poor trade! Think with me briefly:

1. One has to be born again, “of the water and of

the Spirit” ( Jn. 3:5), “of incorruptible” seed, the

word of God (I Peter 1:22‑23) to become a child of

God. In short that means giving adequate hearing

to the word of God, allowing it to enter and dwell in

the intellect, touch the emotions, and activate the

will. In obeying from the heart (Rom. 6:16-18), one

purifies his/her soul in that obedience (1 Pet. 1:22

23)

2. Having believed in Jesus, repented of one’s

sins and Confessed his/her faith in Him ( Acts

8:36‑37) and been baptized in water for the

remission of sins ( Acts 22:16) one is a child of

God. Heaven is their home, conditioned upon them

remaining faithful till death Rev. 2:10; Mt.

24:13).

3. Yet, many look away‑‑to the world‑‑ and learn

to love this Present world to the extent that they turn

back and walk no more with Jesus in the path of

righteousness ( 2 Tim. 4:10; 2 Pet. 2:20‑22). When

one so acts, he/she, like Esau of long ago—is

making a very unwise, foolish TRADE! Time will

cause them to see that they made a foolish

exchange, but it will be too late then.

While their soul is worth more than the whole

world, they exchange it ( Matt. 16:24‑26) for

something that will pass with the time and materials

( I Jn.2:15‑17). Beloved, we ask each of us to

examine our selves (2 Cor. 13:5) to see if we be IN

the Faith. We can and we must continue in the faith,

if we are to be eternally secure! Yes, I’m aware of

the teachings that says once you get it you can’t lose

it. However, there are many passages that tell us

other wise. Listen to the Hebrew writer: “Takes

heed brethren lest there bi in any of you an evil

heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.”

(Heb. 3:12). Beloved, in all seriousness: You can

depart from a place you’ve never been!

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in ex‑change for his soul?”

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” (1 Jn. 2:15-17).

Beloved, don’t despise your spiritual birthright! It is in your hands to respond to the Lord as directed and be ASSURED that heaven will be your home, or be negligent or careless and lose it. The alternative is a place as horrible as you can imagine.

If you have not rendered obedience to the gospel, God’s power to save (Rom. 1:16-17), tomorrow won’t be a good time to do that; do it now, today (2 Cor 6:1-2).

If you have initially denied your self and submitted you life to Christ by obeying the first principles, being purified, born anew, please not allow persecution, difficulties, of worldly things to keep you from enduring to the end (Matt. 24:13). –William C. “Bill” Sexton


A Study in Book of Philippians Chapter 4

Rejoice in Steadfastness in the Lord


Introduction: This fourth chapter we describe as the joy of standing steadfast in the Lord, making their request known to the Him. That is where each of us should be SURE we are, and find a measure of satisfaction in that, even is difficult times and situations. Also, be in frequent communication with God in prayer.

1. Based on what has been said before, Paul appeals to them, as “beloved,” to “stand fast in the Lord.” Then he mentions some individuals: two ladies whom he asks to “be of the same mind,” suggesting that perhaps they were at odds with each other. Additionally, he speaks of those who labor with him in the gospel, naming Clement, all of which he affirms: “whose names are in the book of life.” (Phil. 4:1-3)

2. He calls upon them to “rejoice always,” and even repeating that call, which seems to indicate that it is something we can do, but may be more reluctant to do that we ought. We need to be able and willing to let our stand “known to all men,” recognizing that the Lord is at hand. We need be anxious for nothing, instead speak to God about the matter. Ask for His wisdom, making “supplication with thanksgiving. “With that trusting behavior, he says: “the peace of God,” which passes all understanding, “shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” What a promise! (Phil. 4:4-7)

3. Finally he advises them to THINK on the right things and names seven different things: true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good report, adding “if there be any praise.” Then he says what they have: learned, received, heard and seen in him to DO, affirming “the God of peace shall be with you.” Now, he tells them that he rejoices to witness their “care” for him has “flourished again,” in that they have taken advantage of the “opportunity to provide support to him. He expressed that this was not so much for his good, as it was to see their spiritual growth, strength, and willingness to “communicate” with his affliction. (Phil. 4:8-14).

4. He refers to their behavior of sending to his sup-port from early in their existence as a congregation. This is in harmony with what is stated in (2 Cor. 11:8-9) instead of creating another origination or some sponsoring church to send money through. He points to Epaphroditus having brought the “things which were sent” from them. He describes them as ,”a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.” He expressed his confident that “God shall supply” their needs according to His riches through Christ. Closing out, he sends salutations to every saint in Christ. Also, he says all the saints in Caesar’s household, along with all saints salute them. (Phil. 4:15-23)

Questions:

1. What did Paul say about his “joy and crown” (Phil. 4:1)?

2. What is mentioned about certain people (Phil. 4:2-3)?

3. What behavior did he repeat and what was to be made known “unto all men” (Phil. 4:4-5)?

4. What is said about praying, instead of what, with what promise (Phil. 4:6-7)?

5. Name the things they were to “think on,” and” DO (Phil. 4:8-9)?

6. What had “flourished again” and how did he fell about it and why (Phil. 4:10-11)

7. What had Paul come to “know” and his real concern (Phil. 4:12-14)?

8. What has these Philippians done in the “beginning” (Phil. 4:15-17)?

9. What had Epaphroditus done and what promise did Paul make to these (Phil. 4:18-19)?

10. What is said about “Caesar’s household?

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Corner of Highways 10 and 309

Waveland AR 72

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A Christian’s Voice – April 17, 2005

A Christian’s Voice From Van Buren: Man uses his voice and pen to convey thoughts. Paul mentions using words that by his voice he might “teach others” (1 Cor. 14:19). John says, “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Rev. 22:17). My aim is to challenge, inform, and invite – us all to Listen to the VOICE of God. Editor Bill Sexton. 802 Adeline Lane, Van Buren, AR 72956-3530. Phone 479-474-2617. Car phone: 479-650-8399>>> I Have Voice Mail, call me and I can pick it up

Volume 7 April 17, 2005 Number 22

This Week’s Challenges

We are practicing: Memory, Meditation, and Application

1. Memorize: (2 kings. 22:8)
2. Mediation: See what was found in the House of the Lord and conditions that had developed.
3. Application: Is this same item lost to many today in our land and that accounts for similar conditions!

Quote: “Wise men learn by the mistakes of others; fools insist on learning by their own.”

Gospel Meetings: In my area there has been five gospel meetings going on this last week, within driving distance. I have not been able to attend them all. But have attended the one’s I can. I find it a bit disturbing that so many in the same area will schedule a meeting at the same time. However, I guess the argument can be made that we are trying to reach the lost rather than the saved. However, I like to attend meeting. I wish we didn’t conflict so much.

I’ll be speaking this week, Sunday 17th to Friday 22, in a meeting with the Prairie Hills congregation in Saint Joseph, Missouri. I’m looking forward to meeting a number of people I’ve know in the past, and perhaps meet some I haven’t met before, and hopefully the Gospel preached will be what is needed and people will be lifted up, and drawn closer to the Lord and be encouraged to work harder for the Lord’s cause

Next week we plan to be back in Van Buren, and be in a meeting at the Access Road congregation, Brother Bill Cavender doing the preaching. We tried to schedule it at an earlier date, so it wouldn’t conflict with others in the area, but Brother Cavender couldn’t make it at the earlier date. It conflicted with his schedule.

Paul says that God has chosen that through preaching (which some call foolish) to save them that believe. I’m a bit discouraged with what I see today as far as how many look at gospel meetings. Years ago, it was not unlikely to see a meeting last two weeks, or at least start on Sunday and go a week and then to Friday night the next week. Now, many of them are just weekend meetings and perhaps three or four days. That indicates to me that people are not as hungry for or as appreciative of spiritual matters as they used to be. I recognize, too that most are busy in so many different things. Yet, I wonder if the evil one is not making it easy for us to get our attention focused on material things rather than on the spiritual. That would suit him fine, would it not? Are we mindful of the opportunities?
–William C. Sexton

Today’s Schedule of Yours truly: 10:00 AM at Prairie Hills congregation, St. Joseph, MO. Lift Up Your Eyes and Look (Jn. 4:35-42) 11:00A.M, Sermon- FAMILY God Designed (Gen. 2:18-24); PM. FAMILY that produces Happiness (Eph. 5:22-64).

This week’s subjects

Monday, Our view of the Bible (Matt. 22:29)
Tuesday: Eternal Destiny Heaven (Jn. 14:1-6; Rev. 21:4)
Wednesday: Real Hope (I Pet. 3:15)
Thursday: Eternal Punishment (Mk. 9:43-37; Matt. 25:31-46)
Friday: Methods of Growth, Individual and Congregational (Eph. 4:15-16)

ABRAHAM TEMPTED TO OFFER HIS ONLY SON!

At times we have things in the Bible, the word of God that requires a lot of mental effort and reasoning in order to understand. Such presents us with a challenge! Once we work our way through such, we can be stronger than before.
In Genesis 22:1 2 we have such a challenge: 1) We are told that “God did tempt Abraham,..”; 2: Abraham was told to offer his “only son Isaac…” We learn form other passages that God does NOT TEMPT man (James 1:13) and that Abraham had other sons, ( Gen. 25:1 7). How can we understand these passages?
God’s word does not contradict: its truths are always harmonious. Where is the key to understanding?
1. First regarding temptation: There are two meaning in temptation. One is to try or test with “a beneficial purpose and effect. “Such testing and or trying God does permit as He did with Abraham to test his faith. Two, temptation is used in the sense of exciting or soliciting to sin, as we bait a hook to catch a fish God never does participate in such, rather all such is the work of the devil or/and of the flesh.
2. Meaning of Genesis 22:2, “Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou loveth,…”
Hebrews 11:17 “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,”
Note he actually had two sons at this time: Ishmael and Isaac!
Pulpit Comm.: “meaning the only son of Sarah, the only legitimate offspring he possessed, the only heir of the promise, the only child that remained to him after Ishamel’s departure…” page 283.
“Isaac was Abraham’s ‘only begotten son’ in respect of Sarah and the promises: he sent away his other sons by other wives ( Gen.25:6.” Jameson, Fausset and BROWN, page 1434.
This is somewhat akin to the fact that we, Christians, are all sons of God ( Gal. 4:5 6). Yet, Christ is the “only Begotten Son” ( Jn. 3:16) This points to and affirms his uniqueness, His divine nature. Let us read with discernment and appreciation. When God speaks we should be eager to listen and learn. He never says something that is unimportant. His word is truth and it’s forever “settled in heaven” (Psalms 119:89).
Let us understand that there is a sense in which Christians are children of Abraham, when like Abraham they manifest their faith in God, to do what He teaches without question, doubting, understanding that God never tells man to do what he is unable to do. Also, what God tells us to do is for our good. When we have this disposition and attitude we’ll be careful to act BY FAITH to do all that the Lord demands of us, knowing that He’ll keep His promises, regardless of the time element involved! We may not always understand just how or why something it, but with faith in God, we act as directed. Observe the following scriptures:
“And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: Rom. 4:11)
“16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,” Rom. 4:16)
Gal. 3: “6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.”
“9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.”
James: 2:23-24: And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”
William C. Sexton

Baptism that leaves one unsaved!

Baptism is a subject that if one goes to the Bible and looks carefully they will have little trouble understanding that baptism is essential to being saved. If one will just take the passages on baptism and mark on a piece of paper the order which is presented, one will see that baptism always comes be fore salvation in any and every passages where the two are mentioned. Example:

Mk.16:16: Believeth and is baptized=salvation
Acts 2:38: Repent and be baptized == remission of sins!
IPet.3:21:Baptism does also save us: baptism==salvation!
In order for baptism to be effective, however, it has to meet God given conditions! We need to be aware of those conditions and be sure that we have met them.
Acts 19 gives us an example where people who were in a sense “disciples,” and had been baptized, but they had not meet the conditions God has set forth, so thy had to be baptized in order to meet God’s condition to be SAVED!
Let us look at this passage and keep it in mind as we consider the subject of baptism:
Acts 19:1 5 “And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Notice that these had been baptized, but for the wrong reason!
When Paul discovered the reality of their case, he taught them the truth and they then were ready candidates for baptism and they were baptized.
1. They had been baptized unto John’s baptism, which required that one look forward to the one who was to come. That is the Christ.
2. Now that Christ had come and died, they had to look back to the one who had come, and put their trust in Him. When Paul pointed to this plain teaching, these people easily saw that they had not been baptized for the correct reason, so they were baptized as the New Testament teaches.
3. The New Testament teaches that in order for one to be a valid candidate for baptism he/she has to believe ( Mk. 16:15 16); repent ( Acts 2:38) confess (Acts 8:37; Matt. 10:32 33) then one is to be baptized in order to have the “remission of sins.”
Many people have been baptized without these conditions being met. They are not saved by the blood of Jesus, they are still lost in their sins, and the only biblical thing for them to do is to hear the truth, believe it, turn to God, confessing their faith and be buried with him in baptism ( Rom. 6:3 4).
Beloved, salvation is too precious; being lost is too terrible, to go to the judgment without complying with God’s teachings. Be as sure as you can about your soul’s salvation. Satan has many ministers, persuading people to remain in their unsaved state ( 2 Cor. 11:13 15).
Beloved God’s word is right, understandable, and practicable. Will you study it carefully and find what it says and then DO IT!
I recognize that when you teach such today, many people will become angry at you. Some charge you with being a person that is not likable, perhaps “mean,” and with believing in various things that are not true. Having been there once, due to having been taught the wrong thing in the first place, it was difficult for me to open my eyes to the truth, and accept it. However, having that honest and good heart (Lk. 8:15), in time I saw the simple teaching, and admitted that I was wrong and submitted to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is because I love the souls of people that I try to get ALL to see the truth, by which they can be saved! God loves all. William C. Sexton

Study Of Book of Philippians Chapter 2
The Joy of Having the Mind of Christ

Introduction: In this second chapter, Paul tells how these Christians can “fulfill my Joy” by conducting themselves in the way that is appropriate. “that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” Strife and vain glory is to be rejected in favor of lowliness of mind and care for each other (Phil. 1:1 4).

1.The behavior that is to be exhibited is seen in Christ. Thus each is urged to have the mind of Christ. See Him who was willing to come to earth from His place with the Father, become a man and take upon himself the form of a servant, that He might enable men to be saved! He humbled Himself and became “obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Having done that, it becomes a fact that ultimately every knee shall bow to His rule and confess His name. However, each has the opportunity to voluntarily submit NOW, in this life, and be eternally blessed. If not, finally they’ll do so to their eternal ruin, ultimately come to the realization that He is who He claims to be and deserves to be submitted to (Phil. 2:5-11).

2. “Therefore” having considered this example, Paul advises them to work out their own salvation by allowing God to work in and through them. I have seen people misuse this passage to claim that God does all the working. Beloved, be not deceived. If that were the case, Paul’s advice to them would be useless, if there were noting for them to do! There is something that each of us has to do in order to make our salvation secure. All the teaching to the contrary has it origin in the evil one, whose aim is to deter us from the blessing God has provided!(Phil. 2:12-13)
3. He instructs them to be “blameless” and harmless as children of God, holding forth the word of life in the midst of crookedness and darkness of the world. This is to be done without grumbling and complaining. This would enable this apostle to rejoice even if he is sacrificed fro what he has taught and encouraged people to serve God (Phil. 2:14-18)
4. In the last section of this chapter, he speaks of sending two of his helpers to them: Timothy and Epaphroditus Paul says this will make it possible for him and them to be encouraged an comforted. These were faithful men who deserve to be respected for their work in the Lord. They had served with Paul and on the behalf of the Philippian Christians, evidently taking their support and regard to Paul.

Questions:
1. How could these Philippians “fulfill” Paul’s “joy” (Phil. 2:12)

2. How where these to let “noting be done,” instead how to “look”(Phil. 2:3-4)?

3. What kind of “mind” were these to have (Phil. 2:5-8)?

4. What will all people do ultimately (Phil. 2:9-11)

5. What were these to “work out” and how (Phil. 2:12-13)?

6. How were all things to be done with what results (Phil. 2:14-16)?

7. Under what conditions would Paul be able to “rejoice” for what reason (Phil. 2:17-19)?

8. How did the one he was sending to them stand in contrast with others he mentioned (Phil. 2:20-23)?

9. What did he hope to do soon (Phil. 2:24)?

10. What is said about Epaphroditus (Phil. 2:25-30)?
Waveland Church of Christ
Corner of Highways 10 and 309
Waveland, AR 72842

A Christian’s Voice From Van Buren: Man uses his voice and pen to convey thoughts. Paul mentions using words that by his voice he might “teach others” (1 Cor. 14:19). John says, “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Rev. 22:17). My aim is to challenge, inform, and invite – us all to Listen to the VOICE of God. Editor Bill Sexton. 802 Adeline Lane, Van Buren, AR 72956-3530. Phone 479-474-2617. Car phone: 479-650-8399>>> I Have Voice Mail, call me and I can pick it up

Volume 7 April 17, 2005 Number 22

This Week’s Challenges

We are practicing: Memory, Meditation, and Application

1. Memorize: (2 kings. 22:8)
2. Mediation: See what was found in the House of the Lord and conditions that had developed.
3. Application: Is this same item lost to many today in our land and that accounts for similar conditions!

Quote: “Wise men learn by the mistakes of others; fools insist on learning by their own.”

Gospel Meetings: In my area there has been five gospel meetings going on this last week, within driving distance. I have not been able to attend them all. But have attended the one’s I can. I find it a bit disturbing that so many in the same area will schedule a meeting at the same time. However, I guess the argument can be made that we are trying to reach the lost rather than the saved. However, I like to attend meeting. I wish we didn’t conflict so much.

I’ll be speaking this week, Sunday 17th to Friday 22, in a meeting with the Prairie Hills congregation in Saint Joseph, Missouri. I’m looking forward to meeting a number of people I’ve know in the past, and perhaps meet some I haven’t met before, and hopefully the Gospel preached will be what is needed and people will be lifted up, and drawn closer to the Lord and be encouraged to work harder for the Lord’s cause

Next week we plan to be back in Van Buren, and be in a meeting at the Access Road congregation, Brother Bill Cavender doing the preaching. We tried to schedule it at an earlier date, so it wouldn’t conflict with others in the area, but Brother Cavender couldn’t make it at the earlier date. It conflicted with his schedule.

Paul says that God has chosen that through preaching (which some call foolish) to save them that believe. I’m a bit discouraged with what I see today as far as how many look at gospel meetings. Years ago, it was not unlikely to see a meeting last two weeks, or at least start on Sunday and go a week and then to Friday night the next week. Now, many of them are just weekend meetings and perhaps three or four days. That indicates to me that people are not as hungry for or as appreciative of spiritual matters as they used to be. I recognize, too that most are busy in so many different things. Yet, I wonder if the evil one is not making it easy for us to get our attention focused on material things rather than on the spiritual. That would suit him fine, would it not? Are we mindful of the opportunities?
–William C. Sexton

Today’s Schedule of Yours truly: 10:00 AM at Prairie Hills congregation, St. Joseph, MO. Lift Up Your Eyes and Look (Jn. 4:35-42) 11:00A.M, Sermon- FAMILY God Designed (Gen. 2:18-24); PM. FAMILY that produces Happiness (Eph. 5:22-64).

This week’s subjects

Monday, Our view of the Bible (Matt. 22:29)
Tuesday: Eternal Destiny Heaven (Jn. 14:1-6; Rev. 21:4)
Wednesday: Real Hope (I Pet. 3:15)
Thursday: Eternal Punishment (Mk. 9:43-37; Matt. 25:31-46)
Friday: Methods of Growth, Individual and Congregational (Eph. 4:15-16)

ABRAHAM TEMPTED TO OFFER HIS ONLY SON!

At times we have things in the Bible, the word of God that requires a lot of mental effort and reasoning in order to understand. Such presents us with a challenge! Once we work our way through such, we can be stronger than before.
In Genesis 22:1 2 we have such a challenge: 1) We are told that “God did tempt Abraham,..”; 2: Abraham was told to offer his “only son Isaac…” We learn form other passages that God does NOT TEMPT man (James 1:13) and that Abraham had other sons, ( Gen. 25:1 7). How can we understand these passages?
God’s word does not contradict: its truths are always harmonious. Where is the key to understanding?
1. First regarding temptation: There are two meaning in temptation. One is to try or test with “a beneficial purpose and effect. “Such testing and or trying God does permit as He did with Abraham to test his faith. Two, temptation is used in the sense of exciting or soliciting to sin, as we bait a hook to catch a fish God never does participate in such, rather all such is the work of the devil or/and of the flesh.
2. Meaning of Genesis 22:2, “Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou loveth,…”
Hebrews 11:17 “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,”
Note he actually had two sons at this time: Ishmael and Isaac!
Pulpit Comm.: “meaning the only son of Sarah, the only legitimate offspring he possessed, the only heir of the promise, the only child that remained to him after Ishamel’s departure…” page 283.
“Isaac was Abraham’s ‘only begotten son’ in respect of Sarah and the promises: he sent away his other sons by other wives ( Gen.25:6.” Jameson, Fausset and BROWN, page 1434.
This is somewhat akin to the fact that we, Christians, are all sons of God ( Gal. 4:5 6). Yet, Christ is the “only Begotten Son” ( Jn. 3:16) This points to and affirms his uniqueness, His divine nature. Let us read with discernment and appreciation. When God speaks we should be eager to listen and learn. He never says something that is unimportant. His word is truth and it’s forever “settled in heaven” (Psalms 119:89).
Let us understand that there is a sense in which Christians are children of Abraham, when like Abraham they manifest their faith in God, to do what He teaches without question, doubting, understanding that God never tells man to do what he is unable to do. Also, what God tells us to do is for our good. When we have this disposition and attitude we’ll be careful to act BY FAITH to do all that the Lord demands of us, knowing that He’ll keep His promises, regardless of the time element involved! We may not always understand just how or why something it, but with faith in God, we act as directed. Observe the following scriptures:
“And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: Rom. 4:11)
“16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,” Rom. 4:16)
Gal. 3: “6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.”
“9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.”
James: 2:23-24: And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”
William C. Sexton

Baptism that leaves one unsaved!

Baptism is a subject that if one goes to the Bible and looks carefully they will have little trouble understanding that baptism is essential to being saved. If one will just take the passages on baptism and mark on a piece of paper the order which is presented, one will see that baptism always comes be fore salvation in any and every passages where the two are mentioned. Example:

Mk.16:16: Believeth and is baptized=salvation
Acts 2:38: Repent and be baptized == remission of sins!
IPet.3:21:Baptism does also save us: baptism==salvation!
In order for baptism to be effective, however, it has to meet God given conditions! We need to be aware of those conditions and be sure that we have met them.
Acts 19 gives us an example where people who were in a sense “disciples,” and had been baptized, but they had not meet the conditions God has set forth, so thy had to be baptized in order to meet God’s condition to be SAVED!
Let us look at this passage and keep it in mind as we consider the subject of baptism:
Acts 19:1 5 “And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Notice that these had been baptized, but for the wrong reason!
When Paul discovered the reality of their case, he taught them the truth and they then were ready candidates for baptism and they were baptized.
1. They had been baptized unto John’s baptism, which required that one look forward to the one who was to come. That is the Christ.
2. Now that Christ had come and died, they had to look back to the one who had come, and put their trust in Him. When Paul pointed to this plain teaching, these people easily saw that they had not been baptized for the correct reason, so they were baptized as the New Testament teaches.
3. The New Testament teaches that in order for one to be a valid candidate for baptism he/she has to believe ( Mk. 16:15 16); repent ( Acts 2:38) confess (Acts 8:37; Matt. 10:32 33) then one is to be baptized in order to have the “remission of sins.”
Many people have been baptized without these conditions being met. They are not saved by the blood of Jesus, they are still lost in their sins, and the only biblical thing for them to do is to hear the truth, believe it, turn to God, confessing their faith and be buried with him in baptism ( Rom. 6:3 4).
Beloved, salvation is too precious; being lost is too terrible, to go to the judgment without complying with God’s teachings. Be as sure as you can about your soul’s salvation. Satan has many ministers, persuading people to remain in their unsaved state ( 2 Cor. 11:13 15).
Beloved God’s word is right, understandable, and practicable. Will you study it carefully and find what it says and then DO IT!
I recognize that when you teach such today, many people will become angry at you. Some charge you with being a person that is not likable, perhaps “mean,” and with believing in various things that are not true. Having been there once, due to having been taught the wrong thing in the first place, it was difficult for me to open my eyes to the truth, and accept it. However, having that honest and good heart (Lk. 8:15), in time I saw the simple teaching, and admitted that I was wrong and submitted to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is because I love the souls of people that I try to get ALL to see the truth, by which they can be saved! God loves all. William C. Sexton

Study Of Book of Philippians Chapter 2
The Joy of Having the Mind of Christ

Introduction: In this second chapter, Paul tells how these Christians can “fulfill my Joy” by conducting themselves in the way that is appropriate. “that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” Strife and vain glory is to be rejected in favor of lowliness of mind and care for each other (Phil. 1:1 4).

1.The behavior that is to be exhibited is seen in Christ. Thus each is urged to have the mind of Christ. See Him who was willing to come to earth from His place with the Father, become a man and take upon himself the form of a servant, that He might enable men to be saved! He humbled Himself and became “obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Having done that, it becomes a fact that ultimately every knee shall bow to His rule and confess His name. However, each has the opportunity to voluntarily submit NOW, in this life, and be eternally blessed. If not, finally they’ll do so to their eternal ruin, ultimately come to the realization that He is who He claims to be and deserves to be submitted to (Phil. 2:5-11).

2. “Therefore” having considered this example, Paul advises them to work out their own salvation by allowing God to work in and through them. I have seen people misuse this passage to claim that God does all the working. Beloved, be not deceived. If that were the case, Paul’s advice to them would be useless, if there were noting for them to do! There is something that each of us has to do in order to make our salvation secure. All the teaching to the contrary has it origin in the evil one, whose aim is to deter us from the blessing God has provided!(Phil. 2:12-13)
3. He instructs them to be “blameless” and harmless as children of God, holding forth the word of life in the midst of crookedness and darkness of the world. This is to be done without grumbling and complaining. This would enable this apostle to rejoice even if he is sacrificed fro what he has taught and encouraged people to serve God (Phil. 2:14-18)
4. In the last section of this chapter, he speaks of sending two of his helpers to them: Timothy and Epaphroditus Paul says this will make it possible for him and them to be encouraged an comforted. These were faithful men who deserve to be respected for their work in the Lord. They had served with Paul and on the behalf of the Philippian Christians, evidently taking their support and regard to Paul.

Questions:
1. How could these Philippians “fulfill” Paul’s “joy” (Phil. 2:12)

2. How where these to let “noting be done,” instead how to “look”(Phil. 2:3-4)?

3. What kind of “mind” were these to have (Phil. 2:5-8)?

4. What will all people do ultimately (Phil. 2:9-11)

5. What were these to “work out” and how (Phil. 2:12-13)?

6. How were all things to be done with what results (Phil. 2:14-16)?

7. Under what conditions would Paul be able to “rejoice” for what reason (Phil. 2:17-19)?

8. How did the one he was sending to them stand in contrast with others he mentioned (Phil. 2:20-23)?

9. What did he hope to do soon (Phil. 2:24)?

10. What is said about Epaphroditus (Phil. 2:25-30)?
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Corner of Highways 10 and 309
Waveland, AR 72842

A Christian’s Voice From Van Buren: Man uses his voice and pen to convey thoughts. Paul mentions using words that by his voice he might “teach others” (1 Cor. 14:19). John says, “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Rev. 22:17). My aim is to challenge, inform, and invite – us all to Listen to the VOICE of God. Editor Bill Sexton. 802 Adeline Lane, Van Buren, AR 72956-3530. Phone 479-474-2617. Car phone: 479-650-8399>>> I Have Voice Mail, call me and I can pick it up

Volume 7 April 17, 2005 Number 22

This Week’s Challenges

We are practicing: Memory, Meditation, and Application

1. Memorize: (2 kings. 22:8)
2. Mediation: See what was found in the House of the Lord and conditions that had developed.
3. Application: Is this same item lost to many today in our land and that accounts for similar conditions!

Quote: “Wise men learn by the mistakes of others; fools insist on learning by their own.”

Gospel Meetings: In my area there has been five gospel meetings going on this last week, within driving distance. I have not been able to attend them all. But have attended the one’s I can. I find it a bit disturbing that so many in the same area will schedule a meeting at the same time. However, I guess the argument can be made that we are trying to reach the lost rather than the saved. However, I like to attend meeting. I wish we didn’t conflict so much.

I’ll be speaking this week, Sunday 17th to Friday 22, in a meeting with the Prairie Hills congregation in Saint Joseph, Missouri. I’m looking forward to meeting a number of people I’ve know in the past, and perhaps meet some I haven’t met before, and hopefully the Gospel preached will be what is needed and people will be lifted up, and drawn closer to the Lord and be encouraged to work harder for the Lord’s cause

Next week we plan to be back in Van Buren, and be in a meeting at the Access Road congregation, Brother Bill Cavender doing the preaching. We tried to schedule it at an earlier date, so it wouldn’t conflict with others in the area, but Brother Cavender couldn’t make it at the earlier date. It conflicted with his schedule.

Paul says that God has chosen that through preaching (which some call foolish) to save them that believe. I’m a bit discouraged with what I see today as far as how many look at gospel meetings. Years ago, it was not unlikely to see a meeting last two weeks, or at least start on Sunday and go a week and then to Friday night the next week. Now, many of them are just weekend meetings and perhaps three or four days. That indicates to me that people are not as hungry for or as appreciative of spiritual matters as they used to be. I recognize, too that most are busy in so many different things. Yet, I wonder if the evil one is not making it easy for us to get our attention focused on material things rather than on the spiritual. That would suit him fine, would it not? Are we mindful of the opportunities?
–William C. Sexton

Today’s Schedule of Yours truly: 10:00 AM at Prairie Hills congregation, St. Joseph, MO. Lift Up Your Eyes and Look (Jn. 4:35-42) 11:00A.M, Sermon- FAMILY God Designed (Gen. 2:18-24); PM. FAMILY that produces Happiness (Eph. 5:22-64).

This week’s subjects

Monday, Our view of the Bible (Matt. 22:29)
Tuesday: Eternal Destiny Heaven (Jn. 14:1-6; Rev. 21:4)
Wednesday: Real Hope (I Pet. 3:15)
Thursday: Eternal Punishment (Mk. 9:43-37; Matt. 25:31-46)
Friday: Methods of Growth, Individual and Congregational (Eph. 4:15-16)

ABRAHAM TEMPTED TO OFFER HIS ONLY SON!

At times we have things in the Bible, the word of God that requires a lot of mental effort and reasoning in order to understand. Such presents us with a challenge! Once we work our way through such, we can be stronger than before.
In Genesis 22:1 2 we have such a challenge: 1) We are told that “God did tempt Abraham,..”; 2: Abraham was told to offer his “only son Isaac…” We learn form other passages that God does NOT TEMPT man (James 1:13) and that Abraham had other sons, ( Gen. 25:1 7). How can we understand these passages?
God’s word does not contradict: its truths are always harmonious. Where is the key to understanding?
1. First regarding temptation: There are two meaning in temptation. One is to try or test with “a beneficial purpose and effect. “Such testing and or trying God does permit as He did with Abraham to test his faith. Two, temptation is used in the sense of exciting or soliciting to sin, as we bait a hook to catch a fish God never does participate in such, rather all such is the work of the devil or/and of the flesh.
2. Meaning of Genesis 22:2, “Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou loveth,…”
Hebrews 11:17 “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,”
Note he actually had two sons at this time: Ishmael and Isaac!
Pulpit Comm.: “meaning the only son of Sarah, the only legitimate offspring he possessed, the only heir of the promise, the only child that remained to him after Ishamel’s departure…” page 283.
“Isaac was Abraham’s ‘only begotten son’ in respect of Sarah and the promises: he sent away his other sons by other wives ( Gen.25:6.” Jameson, Fausset and BROWN, page 1434.
This is somewhat akin to the fact that we, Christians, are all sons of God ( Gal. 4:5 6). Yet, Christ is the “only Begotten Son” ( Jn. 3:16) This points to and affirms his uniqueness, His divine nature. Let us read with discernment and appreciation. When God speaks we should be eager to listen and learn. He never says something that is unimportant. His word is truth and it’s forever “settled in heaven” (Psalms 119:89).
Let us understand that there is a sense in which Christians are children of Abraham, when like Abraham they manifest their faith in God, to do what He teaches without question, doubting, understanding that God never tells man to do what he is unable to do. Also, what God tells us to do is for our good. When we have this disposition and attitude we’ll be careful to act BY FAITH to do all that the Lord demands of us, knowing that He’ll keep His promises, regardless of the time element involved! We may not always understand just how or why something it, but with faith in God, we act as directed. Observe the following scriptures:
“And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: Rom. 4:11)
“16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,” Rom. 4:16)
Gal. 3: “6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.”
“9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.”
James: 2:23-24: And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”
William C. Sexton

Baptism that leaves one unsaved!

Baptism is a subject that if one goes to the Bible and looks carefully they will have little trouble understanding that baptism is essential to being saved. If one will just take the passages on baptism and mark on a piece of paper the order which is presented, one will see that baptism always comes be fore salvation in any and every passages where the two are mentioned. Example:

Mk.16:16: Believeth and is baptized=salvation
Acts 2:38: Repent and be baptized == remission of sins!
IPet.3:21:Baptism does also save us: baptism==salvation!
In order for baptism to be effective, however, it has to meet God given conditions! We need to be aware of those conditions and be sure that we have met them.
Acts 19 gives us an example where people who were in a sense “disciples,” and had been baptized, but they had not meet the conditions God has set forth, so thy had to be baptized in order to meet God’s condition to be SAVED!
Let us look at this passage and keep it in mind as we consider the subject of baptism:
Acts 19:1 5 “And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Notice that these had been baptized, but for the wrong reason!
When Paul discovered the reality of their case, he taught them the truth and they then were ready candidates for baptism and they were baptized.
1. They had been baptized unto John’s baptism, which required that one look forward to the one who was to come. That is the Christ.
2. Now that Christ had come and died, they had to look back to the one who had come, and put their trust in Him. When Paul pointed to this plain teaching, these people easily saw that they had not been baptized for the correct reason, so they were baptized as the New Testament teaches.
3. The New Testament teaches that in order for one to be a valid candidate for baptism he/she has to believe ( Mk. 16:15 16); repent ( Acts 2:38) confess (Acts 8:37; Matt. 10:32 33) then one is to be baptized in order to have the “remission of sins.”
Many people have been baptized without these conditions being met. They are not saved by the blood of Jesus, they are still lost in their sins, and the only biblical thing for them to do is to hear the truth, believe it, turn to God, confessing their faith and be buried with him in baptism ( Rom. 6:3 4).
Beloved, salvation is too precious; being lost is too terrible, to go to the judgment without complying with God’s teachings. Be as sure as you can about your soul’s salvation. Satan has many ministers, persuading people to remain in their unsaved state ( 2 Cor. 11:13 15).
Beloved God’s word is right, understandable, and practicable. Will you study it carefully and find what it says and then DO IT!
I recognize that when you teach such today, many people will become angry at you. Some charge you with being a person that is not likable, perhaps “mean,” and with believing in various things that are not true. Having been there once, due to having been taught the wrong thing in the first place, it was difficult for me to open my eyes to the truth, and accept it. However, having that honest and good heart (Lk. 8:15), in time I saw the simple teaching, and admitted that I was wrong and submitted to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is because I love the souls of people that I try to get ALL to see the truth, by which they can be saved! God loves all. William C. Sexton

Study Of Book of Philippians Chapter 2
The Joy of Having the Mind of Christ

Introduction: In this second chapter, Paul tells how these Christians can “fulfill my Joy” by conducting themselves in the way that is appropriate. “that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” Strife and vain glory is to be rejected in favor of lowliness of mind and care for each other (Phil. 1:1 4).

1.The behavior that is to be exhibited is seen in Christ. Thus each is urged to have the mind of Christ. See Him who was willing to come to earth from His place with the Father, become a man and take upon himself the form of a servant, that He might enable men to be saved! He humbled Himself and became “obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Having done that, it becomes a fact that ultimately every knee shall bow to His rule and confess His name. However, each has the opportunity to voluntarily submit NOW, in this life, and be eternally blessed. If not, finally they’ll do so to their eternal ruin, ultimately come to the realization that He is who He claims to be and deserves to be submitted to (Phil. 2:5-11).

2. “Therefore” having considered this example, Paul advises them to work out their own salvation by allowing God to work in and through them. I have seen people misuse this passage to claim that God does all the working. Beloved, be not deceived. If that were the case, Paul’s advice to them would be useless, if there were noting for them to do! There is something that each of us has to do in order to make our salvation secure. All the teaching to the contrary has it origin in the evil one, whose aim is to deter us from the blessing God has provided!(Phil. 2:12-13)
3. He instructs them to be “blameless” and harmless as children of God, holding forth the word of life in the midst of crookedness and darkness of the world. This is to be done without grumbling and complaining. This would enable this apostle to rejoice even if he is sacrificed fro what he has taught and encouraged people to serve God (Phil. 2:14-18)
4. In the last section of this chapter, he speaks of sending two of his helpers to them: Timothy and Epaphroditus Paul says this will make it possible for him and them to be encouraged an comforted. These were faithful men who deserve to be respected for their work in the Lord. They had served with Paul and on the behalf of the Philippian Christians, evidently taking their support and regard to Paul.

Questions:
1. How could these Philippians “fulfill” Paul’s “joy” (Phil. 2:12)

2. How where these to let “noting be done,” instead how to “look”(Phil. 2:3-4)?

3. What kind of “mind” were these to have (Phil. 2:5-8)?

4. What will all people do ultimately (Phil. 2:9-11)

5. What were these to “work out” and how (Phil. 2:12-13)?

6. How were all things to be done with what results (Phil. 2:14-16)?

7. Under what conditions would Paul be able to “rejoice” for what reason (Phil. 2:17-19)?

8. How did the one he was sending to them stand in contrast with others he mentioned (Phil. 2:20-23)?

9. What did he hope to do soon (Phil. 2:24)?

10. What is said about Epaphroditus (Phil. 2:25-30)?
Waveland Church of Christ
Corner of Highways 10 and 309
Waveland, AR 72842

A Christians Voice, April 17, 2005

Keeping Oneself in the Love of God

Thursday Evening Sermon: Keeping Oneself in the Love of God (Jude 20-21)

Introduction: See sermon outline elsewhere. The idea may seem to be a bit strange to some, because they have been taught that it is IMPOSSIBLE to do otherwise. However, The Lord gives instruction that are meanful, understandable, and practical. It can be done. It needs to be done. It MUST be done, requiring action on the part of each one, who would be the ultimate victories in the Common Salvation.

1. Provide by the love of God (Jn. 3:16)

2. Who is it that really are loves of God (Jn. 14:21-24).

When we claim to be in God’s love, and we are not following His instructions we are deceived or seeking to deceive!

When are we disciples and are free men and women (Jn. 8:31-32).

Nothing can separate us from the love of God, but we can separate ourselves (Rom. 8)

Spiritual Critics

There seems to be a great need in the Lord’s church today for “Spiritual Critics.” There are many critics of the destructive type, who seem to have something of the negative nature to say about a lot of people. But they usually show a deficiency in spirituality, lacking the qualities which would enable them to carry out the Lord’s instructions to the faulty trespassers in an effective manner.

A “critic” in the strictest use indicates a person who attempts to make an objective judging so as to determine both merits and faults. A “spiritual” person is one who is concerned with the eternal well-being of himself and others. He is conscious of his duty and privilege of observing the life of his fellow-citizens in the kingdom of Christ, and when he sees a brother “overtaken in a fault,” he recognizes that it is his job to try to “restore” that brother. He, likewise, realizes that there is danger involved-he may be “tempted” himself and thus fall into the same trap. He is very conscious, also, of the seriousness of the brother’s condition. If not restored, he will lose his soul. If he does not attempt to restore his faulty brother, his soul also then is at stake!

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Faith That Righteousness Is Rewarded!

“I have long been convinced that, if a young person will give his job, though a humble one, the best that is in him, he will be trusted and promoted to better jobs. A strong desire to succeed, loyal and faithful service will still be rewarded” (W.W. Otey: The Tree of Life Lost and Regained, p. 60)

The above statement was written by an aged warrior, claiming a faith that is so lacking in many people today. Yet, it is a faith that should be re-established, manifested and acted upon for the good of individuals and society, too.

Continue reading Faith That Righteousness Is Rewarded!

Is “Continued Striving” The Only Condition Essential For The Forgiveness of Sin?

Recently an article came across my path wherein the writer ridiculed the idea that repentance and confession are necessary conditions for forgiveness of sins. After his ridicule and rationalization, then he dogmatically declared, “The condition is continued striving after Christ and truth . . . .” Let us consider that declaration in light of God’s word and our soul’s eternal salvation.

1. The Bible says, “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; . .”; (1 Pet. 4:11). Also, Paul, the inspired apostle, said if we would be “justified” in our “sayings” and “overcome” when we are judged, we must “let God be true, but every man a liar” (Rom. 3:4).

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Word Use –How do we evaluate such????

Jesus was very serious when He mentioned the use of words. He said by them we’d be justified or by them we’d be condemned (Matt 12:36-37). Of course, the context was where people had charged Him with casting our demons by the prince of he devil. He points to the fact that people could blasphemy The Father and Him and still be saved, but when they blasphemed the Holy Spirit they could not be saved. This may be that people who did not yield to God in His early dealing with man, before Christ came on the scene, and even when He sent His Son, people might not yield. After the death of Christ and the Holy Spirit came guiding men to speak the total truth (Jn. 16:13), there would be no additional directions.

We know that people who rejected Christ as He was on the earth, and demanded that He be crucified, were convinced of His legitimate claim in being the Only Begotten Son of God, submitted to His authority and were thus saved (Cf. Acs 2:22-41).

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The Grace of God: What It Provides!

Titus 2:11-13 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;..”

The Grace of God is one of the most wonderful factors in the universe. It is talked about by many, appreciated by some, and understood by few.

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Redeeming the time? Time Change

Volume 8, March 26, 2006 Number 20

Next weekend we shall spring forward with the clock -in other words we’ll skip an hour. Therefore, at six in the morning, (when I usually get up to start my morning walk) it will still be dark, for a few days. As I THINK about the change, I recall the admonition to redeem the time:

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Eph. 5:15-16).

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