Synopsis: How do we get our children and grandchildren to know God--not just to know about Him (know all the stories), but to see His power at work in their lives? We can't discount nor dismiss the work of the Holy Spirit and divine grace but while He does His job, there is work for us to do! In our text there are four commands parents and grandparents must obey in order to influence their children towards a growing, personal relationship with God.
Today's message covers the first of these four commands.
Synopsis: In our text today, we are introduced to three generations of Jews - each one having a different response to God; each one shaped by a particular influence to respond they way they did--God's or society's. God's plan is for parents to influence their children so they bear God's imprint rather than society's.
Synopsis: The New Jerusalem is the prepared place for all born-again believers that our Lord Jesus referred to in John 14:1-3. After having looked at the construction of this city, we now move to consider its contents. As we do, there is great truth to encourage us in our daily walk with the Lord.
Synopsis: If we are to express the faith of Abraham, our faith must have the same characteristics his had! In part one we looked at the first three. Today, in part 2 of this message from Romans 4:20-21, we look at the fourth characteristic of the kind of strong faith that Abraham expressed and that we can express as well--a faith that pleases God.
Synopsis: Other than possibly Samuel, what is expressly said about David in our text, is not said of any other person in the entire Bible--a man after God's own heart. Yet, David's reputation is stained with two unfortunate and catastrophic choices he made. So how do we justify God labeling David the way He did? What does it mean when God says He is looking for a man after his own heart? Find out in tonight's message.
Synopsis: This very short, simple yet profoundly life-changing challenge was issued to Solomon by King David as he neared the end of his reign. Have you accepted this challenge yourself? Have you ever delivered this challenge to your own children?
Synopsis: Our passage tonight describes for us the uniqueness and incredible beauty of the foundations upon which the walls of the New Jerusalem rest. Not only are foundations stones testimony of the lavishness with which God has adorned this City as being expressive of the beauty of His own Person, but there are great points of application for us to draw from this passage. Valuable lessons are here to motivate us to a proper focus and proper perspective on life on earth as we live with an upward and forward look.
Synopsis: If we are to express the faith of Abraham, then our faith must have the same characteristics his had. And whether we are talking about saving faith or sanctifying faith, these characteristics are the same in either case! In part one, this message covers the first three characteristics to help us in this regard.
Synopsis: Not only is the New Jerusalem glorious because God's radiant splendor shines right through everything, but it is glorious also because of its construction. Tonight we look at that construction. What a blessing that God not only has the power to create such a real and beautiful place but the power to save us so we can enjoy that beautiful place. That same power also assures us He is able to keep His promises to bring all of this to pass. Will you be there?
Synopsis: What makes for a good name? What is a good testimony? Our text this morning presents to us a portrait of what a good man looks like. The apostle John commends him to Gaius as a worthy role model to follow. So what made him stand out from the rest so that his life was worthy of imitation?
Synopsis: "Lest We Forget" holds significance for us in a patriotic sense and also in a spiritual sense.
How significant it is that when admonishing Israel to teach their children diligently "these words," that the first words out of God's mouth were regarding His own nature: what kind of God He is. If verse five presents to us the imperative of wholehearted devotion to God, v. 4 declares the logic for that devotion. Solid Bible doctrine provides the "why" behind the "what"; the reason behind the requirement. Once God's nature is clearly understood (v. 4) and its truth impacts the heart, the consequent response will be an unreserved, unconditional devotion to Him (v. 5) that will be expressed by obedience to His commands (vv. 6-9). To fail to teach the words of God to the next generation is to ignore the warning of v. 12 - "lest thou forget."
Synopsis: Our text today declares three truths that must be remembered. How can we pay attention to the warning given? How do we preserve the freedoms God has graciously given us to enjoy? We must renew our commitment to remember The LORD. How do we do that? Deuteronomy 6 provides the answer!