Kevin Cauley on April 3rd, 2004

Date written: July 3rd, 2002
Scripture ref: Psalm 1:1-3

Bible Study as Worship (Listen)

Subject: Worship

Title: Bible Study as Worship

Proposition: A study of worship in the Bible. In this lesson we will look at Bible Study as Worship. Bible Study is worshipping God because we are 1)
Reciting God’s Will. 2) Respecting and Honoring God’s Word. 3)
Retaining God’s thoughts in our hearts. 4) Retooling our
lives in God’s image.

Objectives: Each person should have the definite
understanding that when we study God’s word we are worshipping Him.

Aim: To impress the truth that studying God’s word is
reverencing and honoring and respecting God.

Introduction:

1. Read: Psalm 1:1-3

2. About the Text:

1) This first Psalm is a Psalm of introduction.

2) It introduces us to the concept of studying God’s word
with the intention of applying it to life.

3) A blessing is pronounced upon the one who does not
progress in sin.

4) He doesn’t progress in sin because he has a delight in
God’s word.

5) He meditates and thinks about God’s word day and night.

6) The beautiful results are that he is like a tree planted
by the waters that brings forth fruit.

7) This Psalm gives us a picture of worshipping God through
the study of His word.

8) Remember our definition of worship, to bend the knee and
prostate oneself toward.

9) How is this the case with Bible study?

3. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.

Discussion: Christians worship God when we study His word because we are .
. .

I.   Reciting God’s Will

1. Just reading God’s word does not constitute worship.

1) Must be within the student the right attitude toward the
Bible.

2) The student must be in a right relationship with God.

2. Must first comprehend what the Bible is.

1) Inspired. 2 Timothy3:16, 17

2) Authoritative. Matthew 28:18

3) All sufficient. 2 Peter 1:3

3. The worshipper must be in a right relationship with God.

1) No sin separating us from God (Isaiah59:2).

2) A Christian. John 4:24 “in Spirit
and in truth.”

4. Having these things in mind, when a worshipper reads the
Bible, God is speaking directly to him.

1) By letting God speak, we let God control. Jeremiah
18:6
“O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter?
saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine
hand, O house of Israel.”

2) By letting God speak, we lose self. John 12:25
“He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in
this world shall keep it unto life eternal”

3) By letting God speak, we remove thoughts of evil. Psalm
119:11
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin
against thee.”

4) By letting God speak, we focus on Him and His Will.

II.  Respecting and Honoring God’s Words

1. Studying is seeking to comprehend.

1) By studying we are seeking to understand God.

a. Deuteronomy 31:12, 13 “Gather the
people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within
thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your
God, and observe to do all the words of this law: And that their children,
which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God,
as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.”

b. 1 Timothy 2:15 “Study to show
thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly
dividing the word of truth.”

c. John 1:1 “In the beginning was the
Word . . . .”

2) We are seeking to understand His Will.

a. Nehemiah 8:8 “So they read in the book in the law
of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the
reading.”

b. Psalm 119:104 “Through thy
precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.”

c. Ephesians 3:3,4 “How that by
revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of
Christ)”

3) What higher form of respect can we have toward another
than seeking to understand them.

2. Studying also involves seeking to make application.

1) We study to understand and then apply. 2 Timothy
3:16, 17
“All scripture is inspired of God . . . .”

2) Applying means to go forth and do.

3) To do God’s will one has to know God’s will.

4) One has to know how to do God’s will.

5) We honor God through seeking to know how to do His will.

6) James 1:21-25 “Wherefore lay apart
all filthiness….”

III. Retaining God’s Thoughts in our Heart (Psalm 119:11)
gives us . . .

1. God desires truth in the inward parts. Psalm
51:6
“Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in
the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.”

2. God wants his law written in our hearts. Jeremiah
31:33
“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the
house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their
inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they
shall be my people.”

3. This gives us the ability to deal with sin. Matthew
4:1-11
, Example of Jesus when dealing with temptation. “It is
written.”

4. This gives us the ability to know good and evil. Hebrews
4:12
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper
than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and
spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart.”

5. This gives us the ability to choose good. Deuteronomy
30:14, 15, 19
. Word is nigh. Life and Death. Choose life.

6. This gives us the ability to discern opportunity. James
4:17
“Therefore, to him who knoweth to do good . . . .”

IV.  Retooling our Lives in God’s Image

1. God has revealed the standard in the person of Jesus
Christ.

1) This revelation is through the life of Christ; John
1:1, 14

2) This revelation is to us through words. 1
Corinthians 2:12, 13
“Now we have received, not the spirit of
the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that
are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words
which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing
spiritual things with spiritual.”

3) The only way we can learn how to live like Christ is to
understand his words today.

2. We are to walk in the steps of Christ.

1) John 13:15 “For I have given you
an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”

2) 1 Peter 2:21 “For even hereunto
were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example,
that ye should follow his steps:”

3. We are to conform our life to God’s word.

1) Romans 12:1,2 “I beseech you
therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a
living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of
your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect,
will of God.”

2) Psalm 19:7, 8 “The law of the LORD
is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making
wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the
commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.”

Conclusion:

1. When we . . .

1) Recite God’s words.

2) Respect God’s words.

3) Retain God’s words.

4) And Retool our lives to God’s word,

5) We are honoring and worshipping God!

6) This is what we should be doing when we study God’s word.

2. Invitation

1) If you are a Christian but have fallen away

a. Have you allowed God to speak to you recently?

b. God, through His word is calling you to repent.

2) If you are not a Christian this morning . . .

a. God has a message for you today.

b. This message comes through His word.

c. Let salvation come into your life through God’s plan.

a) Hear the word; Romans 10:17 “Faith
comes by hearing . . .”

b) Believe with all your heart; Hebrews 11:6
“For without faith it is impossible . . . .”

c) Repent of your sins (Acts 17:30).

d) Confess Jesus as the Son of God (Matthew 16:16).

e) Be baptized for the remission of your sins (Mark
16:15,16
).

Kevin Cauley on April 1st, 2004

Date written: July 12, 2002
Scripture ref: Matthew 6:9-13

SUBJECT: Worship

TITLE: Prayer as Worship

PROPOSITION: In this lesson we will study prayer as worship. Worshipping God in prayer involves 1) Ascribing to God all glory and honor, 2) Acknowledging our dependence upon God, 3) Asking for our daily needs, 4) Accepting all of the blessings with which God has provided for us in thanksgiving.

OBJECTIVE: To understand why prayer is considered worship.

INTRODUCTION:

1. Read: Matthew 6:9-13 “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

2. About the Text:

1) Jesus is in the midst of instruction regarding prayer.

2) He wants the disciples to understand that the traditions of the Pharisees regarding prayer is sinful.

3) He instructs both positively and negatively.

4) On the negative side prayer is not to be:

a. Showy.

b. Vainly repetitious.

5) On the positive side, Jesus gave us an example of how to pray.

a. This is the model prayer, not the Lord’s prayer.

b. He was instructing his disciples how to pray at that time.

6) The basic outline for prayer here is the same for us today.

3. Series on worship.

1) Worship is bending the knee in reverence to God.

2) It is those attitudes and actions in which we dedicate and devote ourselves to God in respect and honor.

3) In prayer we are dedicating and devoting ourselves to speaking to God.

4. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.

DISCUSSION: Worshipping God in prayer involves.

I.   Ascribing

1. Ascribing Praise to God.

1) The word ascribe means to attribute, assign, or credit.

2) We are to address God as our Father and attribute unto him the honor he deserves. “Our Father who art in heaven.”

a. God is honored when we call Him our Father because.

a) We acknowledge Him as our creator.

b) We acknowledge Him as our sustainer.

c) We acknowledge Him as our provider.

d) We acknowledge Him as our protector.

3) We are speaking words of glory and honor to God when we pray. “Hallowed be thy name.”

2. God is worthy of our praise to Him in prayer. Note some of these great examples of praise in prayer in the Old Testament.

1) Isaiah 12:4-6 “And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.”

2) 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 “Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.”

3) Nehemiah9:5, 6 “Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise. Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.”

3. When we ascribe to God glory and praise and honor we are worshipping Him.

II.  Acknowledging

1. We acknowledge in prayer that God is the ruler of the universe and we rely upon Him. “Thy will be done on earth as in heaven.”

1) As creator of the universe. Jeremiah 51:15 “He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.”

2) As the continued sustainer of all things. ” And he is before all things, and by him all things consist (or are sustained).” (Colossians1:17)

2. We acknowledge God’s power in providing for our lives.

1) In giving us food and gladness. Acts 14:17 “Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness”

2) In providing shelter and clothing. Matthew 6:33 — All these things will be added.

3. We acknowledge God’s power in providing for our salvation.

1) In sending His Son Jesus. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world . . . .”

2) In accepting that perfect sacrifice for our sins. Titus 3:4-7 “But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

3) In providing the plan through which man can be saved. Romans 1:16, 17 “For I am not ashamed . . . .”

4) In giving us His perpetual word so we can have the pattern. 1 Peter 1:23 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”

4. When we acknowledge God has done these things for us, we are worshipping Him.

III. Asking

1. We ask because God tells us to ask.

1) Matthew 7:7, 8 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

2) 1 John 5:14, 15 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

2. We ask because we know that God loves us and wants to give us good things. Matthew 7:9-11 “Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

3. We ask because we truly have needs for which only God can provide.

1) Philippians4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

2) Matthew 6:30-33 “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

4. We ask because we understand that God has the power to fulfill our requests.

1) Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:”

2) Ephesians 3:20, 21 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

IV.  Accepting

1. There is a difference between taking and accepting.

2. In accepting the great gifts that God has given us, we are thankful.

3. We are to be thankful in everything: Philippians4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

4. When we come before God in worship to Him, we are to be thankful. ” Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” (Psalm 100:4).

5. God considers thanksgiving our sacrifice of praise. Hebrews 13:15 “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

6. Thanksgiving is certainly worship to God.

CONCLUSION:

1. This morning we have looked at prayer as worship. When we pray properly we . . .

1) Ascribe to God all glory and honor.

2) Acknowledge God as the one true and only God.

3) Ask for the things that we have need

4) Accept the great blessings that God has given us in thanksgiving.

2. Invitation

1) If you are a Christian but have fallen away . . .

a. Ascribe to God the honor that he deserves by repenting of your sins.

b. Ask for forgiveness.

c. God will forgive those who ask.

2) If you are not a Christian this morning . . .

a. Acknowledge the great plan that God has for your salvation today.

b. Accept the mercy he has in Jesus Christ this morning by . . .

a) Hear the word; Romans 10:17 “Faith comes by hearing . . .”

b) Believe with all your heart; Hebrews 11:6 “For without faith it is impossible . . . .”

c) Repent of your sins (Acts 17:30).

d) Confess Jesus as the Son of God (Matthew 16:16).

e) Be baptized for the remission of your sins (Mark 16:15,16).

Kevin Cauley on April 1st, 2004

Date written: July 17th, 2002
Scripture ref: Colossians 3:15-17

SUBJECT: Worship

TITLE: Singing as Worship

PROPOSITION: Worshipping God in song involves understanding the role of: 1) Aesthetics; 2) Doctrine; 3) Comprehension; 4) Attitude.

OBJECTIVES: Each person should understand what constitutes proper worship to God in singing.

AIM: To emphasize that singing must be done in God’s way, not ours to worship Him.

INTRODUCTION:

1. Read: Colossians 3:15-17 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

2. About the Text:

1) Paul, in writing the book of Colossians, is writing regarding the supremacy of Christ over the philosophies of men.

2) In chapter 3, he emphasizes the relationship of Christians with Christ in the resurrection.

3) Based upon this relationship, Christians are to behave in a certain manner.

4) They are not to behave in such a way as is indicated in verses 5-11.

5) They are rather to practice the attitudes and actions of the Christian faith.

6) Singing is among those great actions of faith that indicate the superiority of Christ.

3. Worship series

1) Worship is reverence God in a way that is wholly dedicated to him.

2) It is the bending of the knee and prostrating oneself toward God in devotion.

3) Singing is universally recognized as a form of worship.

4) How should it be done?

4. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.

DISCUSSION: Worshipping God in song involves understanding the role of . . .

I.   Aesthetics

1. Aesthetics in singing are those things that are pleasing to the human ear–the beauty of the singing.

1) The beauty of the song plays a part in our Christian happiness according to James.

2) James 5:13b “Is any merry, let him sing songs.”

3) There is a certain relationship between our emotional state and singing and we should not neglect this.

4) Militaries the world over recognize the power of song.

5) Countries have national anthems.

6) Singing arouses great feelings of loyalty and patriotism in these contexts.

7) Singing should have the same effect upon the church as well.

2. But there are those who exalt aesthetics above Christ.

1) The one who sings well and emphasizes the importance of singing “correctly.”

a. Merely focusing upon singing the song correctly can lead to vain worship.

b. One can be distracted by whether one is on pitch and in time and thus not concentrate on the meaning of the song at all.

c. The person may desire that the song service be beautiful (aesthetically) above anything else failing to recognize that true beauty in the song is when we do things according to God’s will.

2) The one who fails to sing at all for fear of not singing “correctly.”

a. This is the other extreme.

b. They don’t want to make the song sound bad. So they don’t sing.

c. But they fail to realize that singing is from the heart.

d. God demands that everyone worship in song.

3. Those who don’t believe that aesthetics are involved at all.

1) There are some who don’t believe that aesthetics are involved at all.

2) How can you have a song without pitch and time?

3) In order to have singing, there must be some minimal aesthetics.

4. The proper place of aesthetics.

1) Used to compose music to sing by. Without it, there would be no songs.

2) Used to promote unity of thought and worship.

3) Used to encourage and bolster faith in the individual.

4) Used to engender emotions of loyalty and bravery.

5) Aesthetics in song focuses our emotions correctly, but they are the last thing that we should be worried about in worshipping God.

II.  Doctrine

1. In that singing is worship to God, singing doctrinally incorrect songs would be blaspheming God.

1) Would it be acceptable to sing about the glories of sin?

2) What about singing praises to Satan?

3) We understand that we must not sing in these ways, as it would be an affront to God.

4) Why would we think that some other doctrinal error would not be an equal affront to Him?

5) Acts 2:42 says that the early Christians “Continued steadfast in the apostles doctrine.” This applies to singing as anything.

6) Song books are not inspired, so we must be careful as to what we sing.

2. The scriptures say that singing is to be used to teach and admonish.

1) What are we to teach?

2) How are we to admonish?

3) Must come from sound doctrine.

3. Some examples of false teaching in songs.

1) 2nd stanza of “I Know Not Why God’s Wondrous Grace.” (291)

2) Praying to Jesus in “Tell it to Jesus Alone” and “Have a Little Talk with Jesus.”

a. Jesus taught us to address the Father when we pray.

b. It is certainly the case that Jesus knows about our prayers because he is our mediator, but there are no examples of addressing our prayers to Jesus in the scriptures.

c. Singing about praying to Jesus would, therefore, be an unscriptural concept and one in which Jesus himself told us to do otherwise.

3) Last line of chorus of “He Lives.” (220)

4) 2nd stanza of “Jesus is coming soon.” Not in our song book.

4. The other extreme, however, is not allowing song writers poetic license.

1) “In the Garden.” (805) While it is certainly not the case that we have a daily physical walk and talk with God, metaphorically we can and this song describes that in vivid language.

2) “Amazing Grace” (36) No doubt the author of this song wrote it believing the doctrine that we are saved by Grace only. However, this is not specifically stated as such, so I can sing it without thinking about that doctrine.

5. A good balance between the two is asking ourselves the question, “Is there a way that I can understand this song that harmonizes with the scriptures and think of it that way when I sing the song.” If there is no way to do this, then we must remove the song from the repertoire of our song service.

6. Finally, we must respect the decisions of the eldership in this regard as well.

III. Comprehension

1. In worship, we must sing songs that we understand. “I will sing with the Spirit; I will sing with the understanding also.” 1 Corinthians14:15

1) If there are songs that have difficult phrases then the song leader needs to explain what those songs mean if not explained in the song book.

2) “Here I raise my Ebenezer.” (500) “O Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

3) “The Spacious Firmament on High” (666)

2. This also involves thinking about the meaning of the words we are singing.

1) No daydreaming.

2) No vain repetition (Matthew 6:7).

3) We must strive to sing the song in a way that will encourage our brethren. (“Teaching and admonishing one another”; Colossians3:16)

3. How do we focus better on the meaning of songs?

1) We can think about the meaning of the stanza.

2) We can think about how the Chorus relates to the stanza.

3) Example.658, “There is Much to Do” or “Here am I, send me.”

a. When singing this song, we can think about all of the great men of the Bible who answered God’s call.

b. We can think specifically about Isaiah 6:8 “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”

c. We can think about being called by Jesus and answering the call (1st stanza).

d. We can think about being sent to those who have never heard the gospel (2nd stanza).

e. We can think about those who are in need of benevolence (3rd stanza).

f. We can think about those who need to repent (4th stanza).

g. In all of these things our attitude should be, “Here am I, send me.”

IV.  Attitude

1. Our attitude in worship must be to do only that which is authorized by God. (Colossians3:17)

1) The Bible is clear on God’s attitude toward those who go beyond His authority.

2) Nadab and Abihu (Leviticus10:1,2)

3) Uzzah (2 Samuel6:1ff)

4) 2 John 9 “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”

5) We must remain within God’s authorized pattern.

2. This means that our singing must be just that–singing.

1) God has specifically authorized singing.

2) This excludes playing.

3) This excludes humming.

4) This excludes whistling.

3. What does the Bible say?

1) There are eleven passages within the New Testament that authorize us to sing today.

2) These are: Matthew26:30; Mark 14:26; Romans 15:9; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians5:19; Colossians3:16; Hebrews2:12; James 5:13; Rev. 5:9; Rev.14:3; Rev.15:3.

3) There are ZERO passages that authorize us to play, hum, or whistle.

4) It is a matter of doing what God wants done in worship to Him, not what WE want.

4. Notice Ephesians 5:19 “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”

5. Notice Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

6. Singing is to be done from the heart. The heart is the instrument upon which we are to play today before the Lord.

CONCLUSION:

1. We have looked at singing in worship to God. Let us think about these four things in regard to our singing. Singing correctly involves . . . .

1) Aesthetics

2) Doctrine

3) Understanding

4) Attitude

2. Invitation

1) We are now about to sing the song of invitation.

2) This is a song that we sing to invite those who need to change their lives to come forward and make that known to the church.

3) If you are a Christian but have fallen away

a. The song invites you to come to Jesus and receive rest from the burden of sin.

b. Do you need that great rest today?

4) If you are not a Christian this morning . . .

a. Then you need to receive the rest of Jesus as well.

b. This song invites you to do what you need to do to respond to His call.

c. Heed the plan that it has for man’s salvation today!

a) Hear the word; Romans 10:17 “Faith comes by hearing . . .”

b) Believe with all your heart; Hebrews 11:6 “For without faith it is impossible . . . .”

c) Repent of your sins (Acts 17:30).

d) Confess Jesus as the Son of God (Matthew 16:16).

e) Be baptized for the remission of your sins (Acts 22:16).

Kevin Cauley on April 1st, 2004

Date written:5/18/01 Worship
Scripture ref: Psalm 95:6, 7

Subject: Worship

Title: Worship – Part 1 – The Object of Worship

Proposition: We want to study the Pattern of Worship. Our pattern of
worship must have the correct object. That the object of worship is not
ourselves, nor our fellow man, but it is God.

Objective: Everyone should be able to understand that the only object of
worship is God and reject all other efforts to worship other things.

Aim: To impress upon each hearer the necessity of letting God define our
worship.

Introduction:

1. Read: Psalm 95:6,7 “Oh come, let us worship and bow
down; Let us kneel before Jehovah our Maker: For he is our God, And we are
the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To-day, oh that ye
would hear his voice!” ASV 1901

2. About the Text:

1) We find in this verse the correct object of our worship – Jehovah.

2) We find in this verse the correct attitude of worship – prostrating
ourselves before God.

3) We find in these verses the foundation for the correct action in worship -
hearing His voice!

3. Read John 4:24

1) We find the correct object of worship – God who is a Spirit.

2) We find the correct attitude of worship – Worship in spirit.

3) We find the foundation for correct action in worship – Truth.

4. Definition of worship.

1) Literally the greek word (proskuneo) means “kissing toward one in
reverence.”

2) “The reverent love and allegience accorded a diety.” American
Heritage Dictionary

3) “To honor or reverence a divine being .” Websters.

4) “Make obeisance to the gods or their images” Liddel and Scott
Classic Greek Lexicon

5) In the New Testament, those sole actions in which the Christian engages so
as to specifically show reverence, obeisance, and honor directly unto God the Father, His Son
Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

Discussion:

I. The object of worship is NOT Ourselves

1. Some view worship as Pop Psychology

1) They see worship as an opportunity for self-help.

2) They say that worship is just for me.

3) Many today comfort themselves with thoughts of guardian angels and such
thinking that God takes care of them this way.

4) Colossians 2:18 “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary
humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath
not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,”

2. Some view worship as a form of personal entertainment.

1) They see worship as an opportunity for self-satisfaction.

2) They want to be distracted and entertained.

3) Have you noticed recently what the “big churches” are offering
in worship today?

4) In contrast, the psalmist writes, “O worship the LORD in the beauty
of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.” Psalm 96:9.

5) Holy worship is worship that is sanctified and set apart for the express
object of God.

a. It involves holiness.

b. Holiness is beautiful before God-NOT BEFORE MAN!

c. It involves fear.

3. Some view worship as a form of self expression.

1) They see worship as a form of self-fulfillment.

2) They want to express themselves with their talents.

3) How can you worship when you are concerned about giving a performance???

4) I would rather be a most dull and boring preacher who worships God than
someone who is interesting to listen to but causes in the minds of those who
listen to think that they are being entertained.

5) Isn’t this the Naaman mentality? “I thought that he would do some
great thing.”

6) God does not need us to express ourselves in worship.

7) We see some in Acts 17:23-25 who thought they needed to express themselves
in worship. “For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an
altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly
worship, him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all things
therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples
made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed
any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;”

a. God is not worshipped in men’s temples.

b. God is not worshipped with men’s hands.

c. Should we not simply worship God as he wants us to worship Him?

4. Remember the definition of worship.

1) To what are we giving reverence?

2) To what are we giving allegiance?

3) To what are we honoring?

4) To what are we doing obeisance?

II.The object of worship is NOT our fellow man.

1. Some actually exalt and worship men falsely. 2 Thessalonians2:4 “Let no man
deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a
falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is
worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself
that he is God.”

1) Why some would think they can get away with this, I do not know.

2) Even the apostles understood that they were not objects of worship.

3) Acts 10:25, 26 “And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and
fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying,
Stand up; I myself also am a man.”

4) If there were any mere man who would ever have been an object of worship,
would it not have been these men?

5) Yet there are some today (one in particular) who believes that He is
greater than the apostles and allows men to worship him.

2. Some view worship as a big social club thinking that they make the rules
and regulations thereof.

1) They convene great bodies of people to vote on what and who leads in
worship.

2) They add or take away anything they want to worship.

3) This is exactly what the Pharisees tried to do.

4) Matthew 15:9 “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines
the commandments of men.”

5) One of the saddest stories I ever heard was in regard to the undoing of
the first church in Eureka springs.

a. According to those who know, the old historical stone church was once the
church of Christ.

b. However, due to a VOTE on how the worship should be held, it was taken
over by the Christian church and the instrument of music was brought in.

c. When are we ever going to learn that God’s worship cannot be voted on?

3. Some view worship as merely a way to help others with earthly problems.

1) These believe in the “social gospel.”

2) The Salvation Army is a proponent of this type of religion.

3) If you solve all of man’s physical needs, then he will worship God
correctly.

4) But we read in the scriptures that we are to worship God regardless of
what our physical status is. Psalm 69:29-34 “But I am poor and
sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high. I will praise the
name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. This also
shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek
God. For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners. Let the
heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth
therein.”

5) Also, why do the angels worship God? “And again, when he bringeth in
the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God
worship him.” Hebrews1:6.

6) Worship is NOT simply a way to help others with their earthly problems.

III. The object of Worship IS God.

1. He is deserving of worship because he is holy.

1) Psalm 99:5 “Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.”

2) Psalm 99:9 “Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for
the LORD our God is holy.”

3) Revelation 4:10 “The four and twenty elders fall down before him that
sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast
their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive
glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy
pleasure they are and were created.”

4) We worship God simply because He is WORTHY of worship.

2. Nothing else is deserving of worship.

1) Matthew4:10 “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it
is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou
serve.”

2) Rev.15:4 “Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for
thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for
thy judgments are made manifest.”

3. Not even angels are worthy of worship. Rev.22:8,9 “And 1 John saw
these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to
worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith
he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy
brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book:
worship God.”

4. Hear the words of King Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel 3:28 “Then
Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in
him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they
might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.”

5. Read Poem “Worship God.”

Conclusion:

1. Let’s remember the true object of our worship.

1) The object of our worship is not self.

2) The object of our worship is not our fellow man.

3) The object of our worship is God.

2. Invitation

Kevin Cauley on April 1st, 2004

Date written: June 7th, 2002
Scripture ref: James 2:21-23

SUBJECT: Friendship (with God)

TITLE: Who is God’s Friend?

PROPOSITION: In this lesson we will look at the question, “Who is God’s Friend?” One is God’s friend when he 1) Loves God with all his heart, soul, and mind, 2) Does what God wants him to do simply because God has asked us to do it, 3) Tells others about what a great friend God is.

OBJECTIVES: Each hearer should be able to understand what it takes to be a friend of God.

AIM: I want everyone to be motivated to make God their friend.

INTRODUCTION:

1. Read: James 2:21-23 “Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 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.”

2. About the Text:

1) James is discussing the need for an active faith.

2) He says that faith without works is a dead faith.

3) As an example, he uses Abraham.

4) Abraham’s faith was a living and active faith.

5) God looked upon Abraham’s working faith and counted it for righteousness.

6) As a result of Abraham’s living and active faith, he was called the friend of God.

3. The title “Friend of God.”

1) What a great epithet to have!

2) Would you not want this to be written on your tombstone???

3) How can we be called the friend of God today?

4. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.

DISCUSSION: God’s Friend is one who . . .

I.   Loves God With All His Heart, Soul, and Mind

1. Friends love one another regardless of the circumstances.

1) We read in Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

2) True friends love us in the good times and in the bad times as well.

3) What about us, do we love God in both the good and the bad times?

4) If we only seek God when times are bad, God has a warning for us.Proverbs 1:25-28 “But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: “

2. When friends love one another, they spend time with one another and listen to one another.

1) In Proverbs 27:17 we read, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”

2) True friends listen to one another? Their jokes, stories, adventures, heartaches, trials, tribulations.

3) True friends spend time with each other. They go do things together.

4) God speaks to us and wants us to spend time with him.

a. In Hebrews 1:1 we read that God speaks to us through His Son, Jesus.

b. Jesus prayed in John 17:24 “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.”

5) Do we listen to God?

6) Do we spend time with God?

7) Do we act like God is our friend?

3. True friends show themselves to be friendly first.

1) Proverbs 18:24 “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

2) God has already showed us that He is our friend. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

3) Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

4) God has shown himself friendly to us. Will we be friendly to God?

II.  Does What God Asks Without Question

1. Friends do what other friends need without being asked to do it.

1) Story about doctor, clergyman, and lawyer being asked to put money in coffin.

2) But don’t our dearest of friends help us when we need it the most?

3) They don’t question our motives or our finances or our intentions–they just help.

4) Not talking about engaging in illegalities or sin, just everyday life.

2. Abraham was called the friend of God because he did this–he acted on faith in God.

1) When he was called out of his homeland, he went. Hebrews 11:8 ” By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.”

2) When he was asked to believe that God would bless him with a son, he believed it. Romans 4:18-21 “Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”

3) When he was asked to offer Isaac as an offering to God he did it. Hebrews 11:17-19 “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.”

4) Is it any wonder that the Holy Spirit calls him the friend of God?

3. God wants us to act this way toward Him–to do what He asks without question.

1) Jesus said, “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” (John 15:14).

2) John writes in 1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”

3) God’s commands are not grievous because they are the commands of a friend and in being a friend of God we should want to do what God wants us to do.

III. Tells Others What a Good Friend God Is

1. Friends tell others what good friends they have.

1) The best form of advertisement today is still word of mouth.

2) Friends love to tell good stories about their friends–the Internet is replete with all kinds of stories about friends.

2. Who can have a greater friend than God?

1) David considered God his friend; he spoke of Him often. Psalm 145:10-13 “All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.”

2) Isaiah prophesied that God’s people would talk of Him in the way. Isaiah 2:2, 3 “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.”

3) Indeed, God remembers those who speak about Him. Malachi 3:16 “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.”

3. God wants us to speak to others about His Son, Jesus, today.

1) Jesus said, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:18-20).

2) “So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.” (Mark 16:19-20).

3) Do we speak of our friend to others today?

4) What TRUE friend fails to talk about his greatest Friend?

CONCLUSION:

1. Will you be a friend of God today?

1) Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind.

2) Do what God asks of you.

3) Tell others what a wonderful friend God has been to you.

2. You’ve got a Friend in Me poem (if there’s time).

3. Invitation

1) Let me tell you about my Friend.

a. He loves me enough to want to spend eternity with me.

b. He gave His only Son to die for me so I could do this.

c. He sent His Holy Spirit so that I would know that He cares for me.

d. My friend gave me salvation.

e. Would you receive it today as well?

2) If you are a Christian but have fallen away

a. Have you acknowleged your friendship with God lately?

b. God is a faithful friend.

c. Will you be a faithful friend to him?

3) If you are not a Christian this morning . . .

a. You have made God your enemy through sin.

b. But, God wants to be your friend.

c. He offers you his friendship today, but you must accept his offer.

d. Make God your friend today!

e. Heed the plan that it has for man’s salvation today!

a) Hear the word; Romans 10:17 “Faith comes by hearing . . .”

b) Believe with all your heart; Hebrews 11:6 “For without faith it is impossible . . . .”

c) Repent of your sins (Acts 17:30).

d) Confess Jesus as the Son of God (Matthew 16:16).

e) Be baptized for the remission of your sins (Mark 16:15,16).

Kevin Cauley on April 1st, 2004

Date written: February 22nd, 2003
Scripture ref: 2 Peter 1:20, 21

SUBJECT: Covenants

TITLE: Uses for the Old Covenant

PROPOSITION: In this lesson we want to focus upon some uses of the Old Covenant, namely: 1) It is for our learning, 2) It provides wisdom, 3) It warns us regarding sin, 4) It helps us understand the New Covenant.

OBJECTIVES: Each person should understand why we study the Old Covenant.

AIM: To help all understand that as Christians, we must study the Old Covenant.

INTRODUCTION:

1. Read: 2 Peter 1:20, 21 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

2. About the Text:

1) From this text we understand that God inspired the things written under the Old Covenant.

2) The Old Covenant is, therefore, God’s word.

3) Today, we will be judged based upon the words of Christ under the new covenant. (John 12:48).

4) However, just because we will not be judged based upon the Old Covenant does not mean that we should completely ignore it.

5) In fact, the writers of the New Testament used the Old Covenant frequently in their teaching and preaching.

6) They viewed the Old Covenant, not as something that is useless, but as something that is useful in their studies.

7) We must view the Old Testament in the same way today.

3. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.

DISCUSSION: How is the Old Covenant useful for us today?

I.   It is useful for our learning.

1. Romans 15:4 “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

1) Paul clearly says that we can learn from the Old Covenant.

2) When we learn from the Old Covenant, we get patience, comfort, and hope.

2. We learn lessons of faith from the Old Covenant.

1) Noah (Genesis 6-8)

2) Abraham (Genesis 13-19)

3) David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17)

3. We learn that God blesses the faithful.

1) Joseph (Genesis 36-50)

2) Job

3) Joshua

4. We learn about God.

1) About his justice (Nadab and Abihu/Leviticus 10:1,2, Uzzah/2 Samuel6)

2) About his goodness (Moses/Exodus 1-15).

3) About his power (Creation, Plagues, Parting of Red Sea).

5. 1 Corinthians 10:11 “Now these things happened unto them by way of example; and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come.”

6. There are many and great things to be learned under the Old Covenant but we have to study it to learn these things.

7. Without studying the Old Covenant we miss out on many great and practical lessons.

II.  It provides wisdom.

1. Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:15 “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

1) Paul was speaking about the Old Covenant.

2) He had learned these things from his mother and grandmother. 2 Timothy1:5 “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.”

3) Paul said that it was able to make Timothy wise unto salvation.

2. There is an enormous amount of wisdom in the Old Covenant to help us on our road to heaven.

3. The Psalms contain an enormous amount of God’s wisdom.

1) Do we need help in finding words to pray to God? (Psalm 86)

2) Do we struggle to find comfort in times of grief? (Psalm 23).

3) Do we wrestle with the problem of evil men trying to undo us? (Psalm 10).

4) Do we look for words to use to praise God? (Psalm 100).

5) Do we seek to find ways to confess our sin to God? (Psalm 51).

6) Do we want to know more about the character of God’s word? (Psalm 119).

7) The Psalms contain a treasure trove of wealth in wisdom.

4. What the Psalms are to our relationship with God, the Proverbs are to our relationship with man.

1) They provide wisdom for the young. (Proverbs 1:1-7).

2) Advise on avoiding sins of the flesh such as fornication (Proverbs 7), partying (Proverbs 1:10-17), and drunkenness (Proverbs 23:29-35).

3) Proverbs provides good advice on having and raising children (Proverbs 22:6; 22:15).

4) It covers the subjects of how to get along with neighbors and friends (Proverbs 25:17-19).

5) It teaches us how to avoid foolishness (Proverbs 26:1-12).

6) There is great advice on how to use one’s tongue in this book (Proverbs 15:1-4).

7) The books gives advice on how to view wealth and poverty (Proverbs 13:7).

8) There is great instruction and wisdom in this book and it is part of the Old Covenant.

5. We need this wisdom from God to help us on our journey from earth to heaven.

III. It warns us regarding sin.

1. Though the law came a knowledge of sin.

1) Romans 3:20 “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

2) Romans 7:7 “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.”

2. The Old Covenant tells us things that are wrong and which we should avoid which the New Covenant mentions in principle, but not as explicitly as the Old Covenant.

1) The sin of mocking the deaf and blind (Leviticus19:14).

2) The sin of usury (Deuteronomy23:19, 20).

3) The sin of rebellion (1 Samuel15:23).

4) The sin of homosexuality (Leviticus 18:22).

3. Perhaps more enlightening, however is the teaching of the Old Covenant regarding how God deals with sin.

1) God hates sin (Proverbs 8:13).

2) Sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2).

3) Sin is against God (Genesis 39:9; Psalm 51:4).

4) God will punish those who sin (Ezekiel 18:4).

IV.  It helps us to understand the New Covenant

1. Think of all the prophecy we would be without.

1) Regarding the Christ (Psalm 22; Isaiah 53).

2) Regarding the Church (Isaiah 2:1-4; Daniel 2:44).

3) Regarding the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31).

2. Think of the lack of explanation we would have regarding Christ’s atoning sacrifice.

1) Christ is the fulfillment of the passover (Exodus 12).

2) Christ is the fulfillment of the High Priest (Leviticus 16).

3) Christ as the fulfillment of the firstfruits (Leviticus 23:15-22).

3. We read in 2 Corinthians 3:11-16 “For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious. Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.”

1) The Old Covenant cannot truly be understood without the New Covenant.

2) But the while the New Covenant explains the Old Covenant, the Old enlightens the new.

CONCLUSION:

1. We must study the Old Covenant.

1) It is useful for our learning.

2) In it is a treasure of wisdom.

3) It defines sin for us.

4) It helps us to understand the New Covenant.

2. Has the Old Covenant been done away?

1) Yes! Colossians2:14 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.”

2) For us to seek salvation through the terms of the Old Covenant would be sin.

3) But for us to ignore the Old Covenant would be sin as well.

4) Let us seek to have the proper balance between the two.

3. Invitation

1) If you are a Christian but have fallen away

a. God warns you regarding your precarious circumstance in sin today.

b. Repent before it is too late.

2) If you are not a Christian this morning . . .

a. The Old Covenant was not powerful enough to provide for eternal salvation, but through the New Covenant you can be saved.

b. Heed the plan that it has for man’s salvation today!

a) Hear the word; Romans 10:17 “Faith comes by hearing . . .”

b) Believe with all your heart; Hebrews 11:6 “For without faith it is impossible . . . .”

c) Repent of your sins (Acts 17:30).

d) Confess Jesus as the Son of God (Matthew 16:16).

e) Be baptized for the remission of your sins (Mark 16:15,16).

Kevin Cauley on April 1st, 2004

Date written: February 27th, 2003
Scripture ref: John 1:43-46

SUBJECT: Evangelism

TITLE: “Come and See”

PROPOSITION: When talking to others about the gospel, what do you tell them? One very simple thing to say is “come and see.” Come and see 1) The works of God, 2) The Glory of God, 3) The Son of God, and 4) The people of God.

OBJECTIVES: Each listener should be able to walk away from the lesson with something to say to someone about the gospel.

Aim: To help everyone be more confident in evangelism.

INTRODUCTION:

1. Read: John 1:43-46

2. About the Text:

1) We see in this passage the call of Philip.

2) Philip tells his brother Nathaniel that he has found the Messiah.

3) When Nathaniel questions him, Philip replies, “Come and see.”

4) We would do well to imitate Philip’s example today.

5) Often people are merely waiting for an invitation from us to learn more about the gospel.

6) We don’t have to be eloquent and polished professional speakers to talk to them.

7) The words of Philip to Nathaniel were sufficient in their day and in ours as well.

8) With these thoughts in mind, let’s see what we can say to others about the gospel.

3. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.

DISCUSSION: Come and See . . .

I.   The Works of God

1. Psalm 66:5-7 “Come and see the works of God: he is terrible (or awe inspiring) in his doing toward (or on behalf of) the children of men. He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him. He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves.”

1) The Psalmist expresses the wonderful works that God did for the children of Israel.

2) God did these works on their behalf or for their benefit.

3) These works inspired the Israelites to rejoice and give reverence to God.

2. Today we invite others to come and see the works of God on behalf of men as well.

1) We invite them to see God’s work of grace through his Son Jesus.

a. John 3:16

b. Romans 5:6-11 “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”

2) We invite them to see and understanding the work of God that is the Bible.

a. 2 Timothy3:16, 17 “All scripture is inspired of God . . . .”

b. 2 Peter 1:21 “For the prophecy came not in old time . . . “

c. The Bible is the work of God.

3) We invite them to come and see the work of God in unfolding his plan for man’s salvation.

a. The great commission; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15, 16; Luke 24:47.

b. The book of Acts and the cases of conversion.

c. “What must I do to be saved?” Acts 2, Acts 9, Acts 16.

d. Hear, Believe, Repent, Confess, Be Baptized.

3. And so we say, “Come and see the works of God.”

II.  The Glory of God

1. Isaiah 66:18 “For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.”

1) Isaiah goes on to talk about the glory of God as it would appear in the coming kingdom.

2) Isaiah speaks regarding the role of the Gentiles in this kingdom as well.

3) The language makes us think about the reconcilliation of Jews and Gentiles in the church through the blood of Christ.

4) Ephesians 2:14-17 “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.”

2. We invite men to see God’s glory in His church.

1) Ephesians 3:20, 21 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

2) This is the same church for which Christ died.

a. Acts 20:28.

b. Ephesians 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”

3) This is the church for which Jesus is the Savior. Ephesians 5:23 “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.”

3. We invite men to see God’s glory in his word.

1) 2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

2) Colossians1:27 “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:”

4. We invite men to see God’s glory in the cross.

1) Galatians 6:14 “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”

2) 1 Corinthians 1:23 ” But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness…. That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord”

5. And so we say, “Come and see the glory of God.”

III. The Son of God

1. John 1:43-46 “The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of JosEphesians And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.”

2. They saw that he is the Son of God.

1) Matthew 14:32, 33 “And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.”

2) Matthew 27:54 “Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.”

3) John 1:34, “And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.”

4) John 1:49 “Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.”

5) John 20:30, 31 “Many other signs . . . .”

3. We invite others to see the Son of God today as we live our lives.

1) John 15:4-8 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”

2) Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

4. We can invite others to see the Son of God today through the people of God.

1) 1 Peter 2:9, 10 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

2) Romans 9:25, 26 “As he saith also in Hosea, I will call that my people, which was not my people; And her beloved, that was not beloved. And it shall be, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, There shall they be called sons of the living God.”

3) We are God’s children, people, sons and daughters if we do the will of the Father.

4) Philippians2:14-16 “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”

5. And so we say, “Come and see the Son of God living within his people.”

CONCLUSION:

1. One of the simplest things that we can say to others regarding the gospel is “Come and See.”

1) Come and see the works of God.

2) Come and see the glory of God.

3) Come and see the Son of God living in His people.

2. Invitation

1) If you are a Christian but have fallen away

a. Do you manifest the works of God in your life?

b. Do you glorify God in your life?

c. Do people see Christ living in you any more?

d. If not, then you need to repent this very day.

2) If you are not a Christian this morning . . .

a. We want you to start showing in your life.

a) The works of God

b) The glory of God

c) The Son of God

b. You can start doing this by being obedient to the gospel!

a) Hear the word; Romans 10:17 “Faith comes by hearing . . .”

b) Believe with all your heart; Hebrews 11:6, “For without faith it is impossible . . . .”

c) Repent of your sins (Acts 17:30).

d) Confess Jesus as the Son of God (Matthew 16:16).

e) Be baptized for the remission of your sins (Mark 16:15,16).