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!
Synopsis: Diotrephes was more influenced by the culture of his day than he was by the Word of God. His spirit and mindset is very much alive in modern day churches as well. From his life we learn two very important lessons that challenge us today.
Synopsis: Beginning this magnificent masterpiece of poetry is a statement about the rarity of the kind of woman that God highly prizes and praises. Society has its ideas of what a strong woman is like but what is God's view? In this message find the number one quality God mentions that is at the top of his list as he sets forth the qualities that call for the praise of this woman. Learn some challenging truths that will help us take our next spiritual step for God!
Synopsis: Proverbs has much to say about the wrong kind of woman so it is only fitting this book should end by focusing on the right kind of woman: here's what a life that seeks to apply divine wisdom to every area of daily living looks like! In our text today, there are two primary, summary statements made about this virtuous woman that can be the overarching summary of your life as well!
Synopsis: Have you ever wondered why some churches support missionaries to go preach the gospel in various places throughout the U.S. and overseas? Is someone were to question you as to what is the biblical basis for supporting missionaries financially and materially, could you point to any passage of Scripture? These two final characteristics of Gaius' life together present the summary message of our text: The support of traveling Christian workers/missionaries is both noble and needed.
Synopsis: The number of people who commit suicide after experiencing the fame and fortune of worldly success is astonishing. They and many others have proven the truth of what Solomon said in Ecclesiastes - a man's prosperity and pleasure does not bring lasting satisfaction and fulfillment! Society has taught us what its definition of a prosperous life is, and it has deceived us. While prosperity has ruined a lot of people, it does not ruin the man who sees God as His greatest treasure! We must "learn from above how to live life below." Gaius is a great illustration of that! If we would be genuinely prosperous people, regardless of where we are on the social, economic or relational spectrum, we must embrace the same perspective of life Gaius had!
Synopsis: Wouldn't it be great if we could forget our troubles just as easily and quickly as we forget our blessings that God sends our way? In tonight's text, God's Word teaches us that there is something very important we must constantly keep before us in our thinking or we will get discouraged when hardships come. What is it we are to remember? Why must we remember it?