"Heretics and Their Enablers" – Eph. 5:11
I. You will know them by their fruit (Mt. 7:15-20)
A. False prophets secretly introduce heresies (2 Pet. 2:1)
B. Using words cleverly and deceptively
F. Red Herrings
G. Straw men
H. Motte and Bailey stratagems
II. Lessons learned
A. We should not be surprised when men are proud of their tolerance (1 Cor. 5:1-2, 6)
B. Bad company corrupts good morals (1 Cor. 15:33)
C. Elders must be above reproach (1 Tim. 3:2-5; Titus 1:6, 9)
D. You just never know about people (Mt. 13:20-21)
E. Religious men may love self, family and friends more than Christ (Gal. 1:8-9; Dt. 13:6-11; 2 Jn. 1:9-11)
Jehovah presents Him as the eternal God, without beginning or end. He is the great "I AM" of all time and eternity, wonderfully in charge of all His creation, working all things after the counsel of His own will. Here we look at our Savior's claim to be the true vine. Israel failed to be the vine in God's vineyard that He intended them to be, so that in His wonderful plan, only His beloved Son could be the "true vine" as the great I am, producing the fruit that God desired. But in the plan of God, it is now His purpose to make us the branches of the true vine so that we become the fruit bearers as we abide in Him. He has graciously chosen to bear the Son's fruit through us! In this message we look at what the Word has to say about how we are to abide in the Lord Jesus Christ and therefore bear much fruit.
Today Pastor Bill Bradshaw continues his series on Romans with the congregation of Chardon Christian Fellowship. So far we have established that we are beyond help to live as God would require but now God has made a way for us. Listen as Pastor Bradshaw begins to law out the plan that God had to allow us to stand before him blameless. God bless you this week!
The death of Christ began immediately to produce fruit. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus were secret disciples of Christ for fear of the Jews. But when Christ died they publicly received the body of Christ to bury it properly. What brought them out of darkness and secrecy? The death of Christ. This is a picture how that the death of Christ saves and draws out from death and darkness all God's people. It is through the death of Christ that we are redeemed unto God.
Theme: Jesus Teaches that There are Many Obstacles to Truly Hearing the Gospel and Bearing Fruit; the Grace to Hear and Believe is a Gift of God, Multiplied.
I. God Reveals His Word Through Parables – vv. 1-18
A. Jesus Speaks to the Multitudes in Parables – vv. 1-3a
B. The Parable of the Sower – vv. 3b-8
II. Parables Hide the Gospel from Those Not Chosen by God to Hear – vv. 9-18
A. The Disciples Wonder at Jesus' Use of Parables – vv. 9-10
B. To Whomever Understanding Has Been Given, More Will Be Given – vv. 11-13
C. God is Sovereign, but Man is Willfully Dull – vv. 14-15
D. You are Blessed in that God Has Opened Your Ears – vv. 16-18
III. There are Many Obstacles to Truly Hearing the Gospel, We Must be Actively Listening – vv. 19-23
A. Hearing Without Understanding – v. 19
B. Stumbling because of Trials – vv. 20-21
C. Choked by Cares and Deceitful Riches – v. 22
D. Hearing, Understanding, and Bearing Fruit – v. 23
Jehovah presents Him as the eternal God, without beginning or end. He is the great "I AM" of all time and eternity, wonderfully in charge of all His creation, working all things after the counsel of His own will. Here we look at our Savior's claim to be the true vine. Israel failed to be the vine in God's vineyard that He intended them to be, so that in His wonderful plan, only His beloved Son could be the "true vine" as the great I am, producing the fruit that God desired. But in the plan of God it is now His purpose to make us the branches of the true vine so that we become the fruit bearers as we abide in Him. He has graciously chosen to bear the Son's fruit through us! This message we try to understand what it means to be removed as a branch from the vine and then burned.
We understand that true joy is Spiritual as is a fruit of the spirit that God gives and one that grows, and that through our actions we can dull the sense of enjoying it. We can not lose our salvation but not experience joy because of sin and lack of proper relationship with God
Why didn't things go differently when Jesus entered Jerusalem? Why didn't the leaders of the people acknowledge Christ as the Messiah? It was part of God's sovereign plan, and they did not want to give up their authority.
After Jesus would not answer their question about His authority, He told them this allegorical parable. The man in the vineyard (representing God) went to great expense to set up this vineyard, and He rented it out to tenant-farmers. These men were blessed to be stewards of the vineyard, but they went from enjoying the blessing to thinking they were entitled to owning the place. When the owner sent for his portion of the wine – which was contractually obligated – they became defensive and wouldn't give it up. They persecuted and killed the servants (the prophets); and when God finally sent His well-beloved Son into the world, they killed Him too. With ridiculous logic, they thought they would kill the heir and then receive his inheritance. This is what sin does; it twists our thinking and causes us to rationalize and justify what we have done.
Jesus took the scribes to school and asked them if they had ever read the 118th Psalm, which speaks of the rejected stone becoming the Chief Cornerstone. They had tossed this stone aside and built up a crooked system of their own. But Jesus now stands before them and says He will bear the weight of the structure and make it square and sturdy.
Jesus is still the Chief Cornerstone today! And the vineyard is God's. The Church does not belong to any pastor or man. Every pastor will fail somehow, but Christ is our Head – and we need to keep our eyes on Him!
Scripture warns against hypocritical judgement, wrong-criteria judgement, impatient judgement, and no judgement. This message will address the subject of pre-mature judgement. (Message #1 in the Judgement series)