Central church of Christ 

New Smyrna Beach, Fl 

Sunday Bible Study, 9am.    Sunday Worship, 10am & 5 pm.    Wednesday Bible Study, 7pm.

Sermon Outlines

"We Worship What We Know..."
By Charles Brian Knight

Opening Text: John 4:19-22.

 

I) Knowing God is essential to having fellowship with Him

   A) Biblically speaking, true worship can only exist within the realm of Covenant Relationship.

        1) Ezra 3:10-11, 12-13; 4:1-3. 

        2) Exodus 19:1-8.

 

II) Knowing God is essential to worshiping Him properly

     A) Worship is understood from two different practices:

         Modern people tend to restrict worship to what happens in church on Sunday. But ancient Israel 

          had a much broader concept of worship.

 

         1) It involved daily living (Romans 12:1-2).

             a) Deut 6:6-7; 20-25: Know God's law--to live it!

             b) Deut 22:9-11: Social customs to be kept!

             c) Num 15:38-40: Personal loyalty and holiness were required reminders!

 

           Keeping up these customs provided the Israelite with occasions for worship each day and was a 

          reminder of God’s grace and demands.

 

         2) It involved ceremony (John 4:20).

             a) At the Temple, in Jerusalem was indeed the proper place for ceremonial worship (Deut 12:5-14).

   
"Our fathers worshiped on this mountain."

Mount Gerizim (Deut. 11:29; 27:12) was the OT setting for the pronouncement of blessings for keeping the covenant. The Samaritans’ version (see note on v. 4) of Deut. 27:4 named Mount Gerizim (rather than Ebal) as the place for the altar; this is where the Samaritans had built their temple. When the woman mentioned the “fathers” who “worshiped” on Mount Gerizim, she may well have included Abraham (Gen. 12:7) and Jacob (Gen. 33:18–20), who built altars in that region. A Samaritan temple on Mount Gerizim was recorded in Josephus (Jewish Antiquities 11.310, 346–347; 12.257–264; cf. 2 Macc. 6:2). It was destroyed by the Hasmonean leader John Hyrcanus during his reign (134–104 B.C.). The ruins of the temple probably were still visible.




III) Knowing God

     A) Our God…

          1) Is Holy

          2) Is Almighty

          3) Is Love

          4) Doesn't tolerate or accept sin

          5) Wants our hearts

          6) Will not be mocked: He's a consuming fire



Ignorance Isn't Always Bliss
By Charles Brian Knight

When Henry David Thoreau, the naturalist, was close to death, he was visited by a very pious aunt who asked, “Henry, have you made your peace with God?” “I didn’t know,” was Thoreau’s answer, “that we had ever quarreled.”


And in his answer, he revealed his profound spiritual ignorance. Too many people are like him. They are utterly unconscious of the fact that they have sinned against God and so have “quarreled” with Him, and are really lost and separated from God. The first step in coming to Christ is to realize one is a sinner, a lost sinner.


Thoreau’s answer revealed that he still was a lost man: he didn’t know he was lost and so he had never come to Christ to get saved. Here is the truth about man’s sin and lost condition by nature.


 

I) Ignorance of God is inexcusable

   A) God is made known through creation

        1) Ro 1:18-20

        2) Ps 19:1-4

        3) Ac 14:1-17

        4) Ac 17:24-28  

 

II) Ignorance of God is linked to sin, rebellion and error

    A) Ex 5:2 

    B) Jn 4:22   

    B) Eph 4:18-19

    C) 1Th 4:3-5

 

III) Human ignorance does not excuse sin

     A) Lev 4:27-35

     B) Lev 5:17-19

     C) Nu 15:27-29

     D) Eze 45:20

 

 

IV) There is no salvation outside Jesus Christ

      1Ti 2:5-6.  


V) Christians have a responsibility to remove ignorance of the gospel

     Mt 28:19-20. 




"This Hope We Have"
By Charles Brian Knight


"This hope we have an anchor of the soul, a hope
both sure and steadfast..." (Hebrews 6:19)

A) Was born out of eternal love.

    1) God has always loved us. Everything He did was out of love for us, to provide a better future for us

        (Jeremiah 29:11).       

        a) Conquering peoples and toppling nations.

        b) Allowing His son to suffer.

        c) Empowering and commissioning people to go all around the world to bring others into fellowship

           (2 Cor 5:18-20).

 

II) Is Truly An Anchor Of The Soul...

    A) The purpose of an anchor is to keep a ship safe and secure at a desired location or to help control the ship

         during bad weather. However, to accomplish these vital purposes, just having an anchor is not enough.

         The anchor must be solid, dependable, and used properly at the right time and place.

 

   B) Anchors must be solid, strong, and well maintained to be ready when needed. In addition, they must be 

       attached to a foundation capable of bearing the weight of opposing forces. (Heb 6:19-20). 

 

   C) Our Lord Jesus is such an anchor. He was prepared by the Creator of the universe for a divine purpose and

       designed to provide safety and guidance. Jesus is my anchor of Hope!


   This hope...

        1) Gives us assurance in life (1 Pet 3:15).

        2) Encourages us to live godly and boldly in an ungodly society.

        3) Enables us to face suffering  with patience (Rom 5:3-5; 1 Pet 4:12-16).

        4) Helps equip us for spiritual warfare (1 Thes 5:8-9; Eph 6:12-13).

        5) Helps us face the future with confidence and peace.

        6) Enables us to face death with confidence and joy (Heb 12:2-3).

 

III) Embracing This Hope

      1) It's a command (Heb 6:11-12).

      2) It's a Christian virtue!



 

“I WILL NOT BE PUT TO SHAME IN ANYTHING”

By Charles Brian Knight









Opening Text: Phil 1:12-20.


PAUL REMAINED DEDICATED TO HIS CHRISTIAN FAITH & WALK!

1) Paul Had rivals who preached from self-gaining motives: (Phil 1:17).

2) They wanted Paul to fail, to give up (Phil 1:17).

3) Prison couldn't stop Paul, He took it as a positive (Phil 1:12).

    a) The Praetorian guards and Caesar’s household heard the gospel (Phil 1:13; 4:22).

    b) Fellow Christians became emboldened to spread the gospel (Phil 1:14).

    c) He knew this was in God's plan to use him for the Gospel (Phil 1:19-20a).


Paul remained so dedicated to trusting God's plan of redemption, that he would not allow anything to become a hindrance to the Gospel’s participation in his life. Paul said that whether by life or death... Christ (and everything He represents) would be exalted in him!


1) How would Paul accomplish this amid so much sin and adversity in the world?

2) Paul said, "I will not be put to shame in anything..."


We should consider Paul’ determination from two different perspectives:

1) Nothing could ever happen to me (because of Christ) that would make me be ashamed to be associated with 

    Christ (2 Cor 11:24-28; Heb 10:32-34; Romans 8:35-39).

2) I will strive to live up to the principles and values of the Gospel faith---so as not to bring shame on Christ or myself:

    a) In handling, accurately, the message of the Gospel (2 Tim 2:15).

    b) In settling disputes with other Christians (1 Cor 6:1-9).

    c) In showing courtesy and respect for the circumstances of others & the Lord (1 Cor 11:19-34).

    d) In being content to being a weak Christian (1 Cor 15:33-34).

    e) In Christ’s return (1 John 2:28; Mark 8:38).


Conclusion:

Don’t live a shame-filled Christian life (1 Timothy 1:7-12).




The Value Of Your Life
By Charles Brian Knight

Opening Text: Jeremiah 1:4-10. 

 

At times, our lives may be of little value practically speaking, but not naturally speaking. There is a sense in which we make ourselves of little value to others when we waste or ignore our natural abilities and potential for spiritual greatness. (Luke 15:11-19).

 

God created mankind out of love and purpose. That makes our lives very valuable! We are very valuable to God!

 

Hence, every human life that is conceived and born is highly valuable and precious!

 

1) Our lives are valuable because God gave us life from Himself (John 1:1-4; Acts 17:26-28; John 5:21, 25-29).  

 



2) We are made in God's image (Gen 1:26-31; Psalm 8). Spiritually, morally, intellectually, Sovereignly).

 

3) We belong to Him; we are his children He is our loving father (Matt 6:25-26; 10:29-33).

 

4) We are His ambassadors to a dying world (Matt 5:13-16).




Should We Tithe?

By Charles Brian Knight

Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. -Malachi 3:8


All across America preachers and churches use Bible verses like Malachi to emphasize the practice of tithing today. Giving a tenth of one's income. But is Tithing in accordance with God's will for his people today? The answer is no. And here are a number of reasons why...



1) Tithing was authorized and practiced under the Old Testament: the Law of Moses. The Old Law has     been done away with. 

    a) Hebrews 8:6-13; 9:1-5... God made the O.T. Law (with all its practices) obsolete.

    b) Ephesians 2:11-16...Christ abolished its commandments and ordinances.

    c) Colossians 2:13-14... It  died with Christ-both being nailed to the cross.


2) Since the children of Israel were under the Old Covenant, only they were required to tithe.


3) Tithes were for the Levites. Tithes were paid to the Levites.

    a) Hebrews 7:5.

    b) Numbers 18:21-24.


4) Tithes included grain, produce, livestock etc.

    a) 2 Chronicles 31:4-8.


5) Tithes were given to the needy every 3 years

    a) Deuteronomy 14:28-29.


6) Tithes had to be paid in Jerusalem

    a) Deuteronomy 12:5-6.



Christians today are not under the Law of Moses, but are under law to Christ, which is the New Covenant. (Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 1 Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 6:2; James 2:12).


Under the New Covenant, Christians are told to participate in the weekly contribution. This is not a "Tithe."

1) 1 Corinthians 16:1-2.

2) 2 Corinthians 8:1-7; Romans 15:22-27.

3) 2 Corinthians 9:1-7. 

4) Acts 11:27-30.



Jesus Wasn't Created

By Charles Brian Knight










I) Understanding The Nature Of Words & Their Uses.

   A) In Genesis 1:1, The Hebrew word for “God,” elohim, is actually plural.

   B) The word "one," in Hebrew, (ekh·äd) is often used to express the emphasis of unity. The idea

        being that "one," consists of several. Here are some examples...

        1) Judges 20:1-2– 400,000 Israelites came together as ONE man.

        2) Gen 2:24– A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, the two become ONE flesh.

        3) Deut 6:4– The LORD our God is ONE.


II) Jesus As God In Scripture

A) God said that He will not share His glory with another! (Isaiah 42:8, Isaiah 48:11). Yet Jesus is spoken of as “God,"

     therefore, Jesus is God! Not a created being, sharing God's glory.

    1) Isa 6 & Jn 12:36-41. (Jesus identified as Jehovah)

    2) Isa 9:6.

    3) Mat 1:23. 

    4) Mat 4:5-7. 

    5) Mk 10:17-18. 

    6) 1 Pet. 2:22. 

    7) Col 2:9.  (also Rom 9:5; Titus 2:11-13; 2 Pet 1:1).


III) “The Only True God” (Jn 17:3).

The Bible is full of scriptures that, when quoted without any consideration of the immediate and remote contexts, a person can misuse in all sorts of ways (John 6:27/ 2 Thess 3:10; 1 Tim 5:8). Such is the case with John 17:3.

Allegedly, by calling the Father, “the only true God,” Jesus excluded Himself from being deity. Such an interpretation of John 17:3, however, contradicts numerous other passages within John’s own gospel account:

1) John 1:1.

2) John 1:14.

3) John 1:23.

4) John 9.

5) John 10:30-33.

6) Jesus’ statement (Jn 17:3) was made in opposition to the world's false gods, and not Himself.

 

IV) “Firstborn Of All Creation” (Colossians 1:15).

       A) The term “Firstborn,” expresses preeminence (status over all others; see v. 17). Doesn’t mean the

            first created.

       B) In its O.T. context, the term refers to a preeminent status, as the Israelites recognized the firstborn son with

            special privileges (Gen 27:19, 30-39; Deut 21:15-17).

       C) In certain O.T. passages, the special status of the firstborn did not require that he actually be the firstborn.

            1) Isaac was not Abraham’s first son, yet he was given the status of the firstborn, inheriting the right of the 

                firstborn

                (Gen 16–17; 21:1–21).

            2) When Jacob blessed the sons of Joseph he transferred the blessing of the firstborn to his second son (Gen 

                48).

 

 

 

Do You Walk With The Lord Or 

Do You Run To Him

By Charles Brian Knight


Lesson Text: Micah 6:1-8.



 






Walking with The Lord is figurative, it illustrates the idea of managing an active relationship with God. It involves genuine submission and devotion to His will (Amos 3:3; Micah 4:5).


I) Those Who WALKED WITH The Lord

    A) Enoch (Genesis 5:22-24; Heb 11:5-6).

    B) Noah (Genesis 6:5-9).

    C) Abraham (Genesis 17:1; 24:37-40; James 2:23).

 


II) Those Who RAN TO The Lord (Sought the Lord only when needed or in trouble)

Running To The Lord is figurative, it illustrates the idea of one who’s relationship to God is only self-serving. He has no genuine interest in the things of God, And only seeks the Lord when in dire circumstances or for selfish reasons.

    A) The Children of Israel (Judges 10:10-14, 21:25).

    B) King Saul (1 Samuel 28:1-20).

    C) The Rich Man (Luke 16:19-31).

 

III) To Truly Walk With The Lord I Must:

      A) Go in the same direction as the Lord.

      B) Hold His hand everyday.

      C) Commune with the Lord regularly. 

      D) Live differently from the world.

      E) Do whatever he requires.

 

 



Learning From Blind Bartimaeus

By Charles Brian Knight

Lesson Text: Mark 10:46-52.






A) He Was Blind (Mark 10:46)

     1) Everyone unsaved is blind to the truth (2 Cor. 4:3-4). 


B) He  Couldn't Heal Himself 

    1) We cannot heal our own sins (Rom. 5:6). 


C) He Called To Jesus For Help (Mark 10:47). 

     1) We must be willing to call on Him too (Rom. 10:13). 


D) He Didn't Allow Anyone To Stop Him From Seeking Jesus (Mark 10:48-51)


Conclusion: He followed Jesus (Mark 10:52). Are you ready to do the same?



You Follow Me

By Charles Brian Knight


Opening Text: Jn. 21:15-22. 







This was a new chapter in Peter's Life

1) He had left all to follow Christ

2) He had denied the Lord 3 times.

3) After the resurrection he went fishing:

    a) Jesus' question: "Do you love Me more than these?"

    b) The Lord reveals Peter's future (Jn 21:15-18) ministry and glorified death 

    c) What will this man do? What is that to you? (Jn 21:20-22). 


"What is that to you...? You, Follow Me!"


Consider our Lord's Question if you....


A) Envy Someones Talents or Position.

    1) “Lord, what shall this man do?”

    2) Peter wants to compare his work to that of John

        a. “I am going to feed the sheep. What will John do?”

        b. “I am going to die as a martyr. What will John do?”

    3) What is that you? Follow Me!

        a. God often chooses to use those who think they have little to offer

            1. Jeremiah 1:4-8.  

            2. Moses (former prince, turned humble shepherd and quiet family man: Ex 3-4).


        b. He often uses those who, others think, have little to offer

            1. David (shepherd turned warrior, psalmist, prophet, & king)

            2. 1 Sam 17:17-37. 


B) Are Allowing Someone to Keep You From Trusting & Serving God

    1) Rom 8:35-39.

        a. Family Health Issues (Mark 1:28-32).   

        b. Love of family (Matt 10:37; Luke 14:26). 

        c. Love of Friends (2 Cor 6:14-17, 18; 7:1).  . 

        d. Failures of others (Rom 14:12). 

        e. Hypocrisy of others.


C) Have Been Hurt/ Discouraged By Another Christian

     1) Sadly, some Christian can be very cruel!

     2) Many are self-righteous

          a. Many used to serve fervently who have been hurt by others.

          b. The cause of Christ harmed by careless tongues (James 3). 

          c. Bitterness has replaced blessing for many wounded believers.

          d. Casualties of caustic remarks and gossip groups are everywhere

     3) Consider...

          a. Has your Christian life or service been injured by thoughtless ones?

          b. Have others failed you?

            "WHAT IS THAT TO YOU, YOU FOLLOW ME!" -Jn 21:22. 






Citizenship Of The Saints

By Charles Brian Knight











Opening Scripture: Acts 22:25-29. 


Roman Citizenship Legal Privileges

1) Cannot be flogged without a trial.

2) No immediate imprisonment in Rome, must first go through a fair judicial process.

3) Received military protection. (Acts 21:30-40).    

4) Could appeal to the emperor for trial. (Acts 25:9-12). 

5) As Americans, we enjoy many privileges as well:

    a. Due process of law. (Innocent until proven guilty)

    b. Free society

        1. freedom of speech

        2. freedom from fear to peaceably assemble (worship or protest)

        3. free to pursue an education.

     c. many more freedoms & privileges

As Saints of God, our greatest and most important citizenship is Spiritual, not Earthly!


Do not abuse citizenship freedoms! 

1) Ga 5:13. 

2) Jn 8:34–36.

3) Matt. 13:1ff. (forgetting our ultimate purpose, & goal)



A) Our Heavenly Citizenship Is Eternal:

    1. We are citizen's of God's kingdom.

        a. Eph. 2:12-13, 19. (Privileges: Eph. 1:3-6). 

    2. We are actually citizen's of Heaven. 

        a. Phil. 3:20. (we show we are "waiting" by the lives we lead!)


B) Our Earthly Citizenship Is Temporary:

     1. We live in this world, but we do not belong here!

          a. Heb. 13:14. "we have no lasting city..."

          b. 1 Pet. 1:17; 1 Pet. 2:11. This is a temporary situation.

     2. This world is ungodly & scheduled for destruction, we shouldn't cling to it!

         a. 1 John 2:15-17.

     3. The condition of our earthly citizenship has eternal ramifications!

         a. 2 Pet. 3:10-14. 

         b. Eccl. 12:13-14. 

         c. Rom. 2:4-11. 


C) What Jesus Said About Earthly Citizenship

      1. John 18:36. "My kingdom is not of this world..."

      2. Matt. 6:19-24. Store up treasures in heaven, not on earth.

      3. Matt. 6:25ff. Don't live an anxious life!

      4. Mark 8:36-38. Condition of the soul more important than condition of life.!



PART 2

D) How Some Saints View Their Earthly Citizenship

            1) Some value earthly life more than eternal life (Jn. 6:22-27).  

            2) Physical things of more value (Mark 10:17-23). 

            3) Trying to stay alive and in good health.

            4) Some value temporary pleasure over eternal pleasure (2 Tim. 4:10).

            5) Some love earthly loyalties more than heavenly loyalties (Matt.6:33). 

                a. More involved in advancing political agendas.

                b. More loyal to family (Matt. 10:37). 

                c. Loyalty to their boss or occupation 

           6) Some more involved with and loyal to social clubs, and organizations:

                a. Health & or disease awareness.

                b. Charities, and foundations.

                c. Community volunteer programs.

 Some Christians care more about the outcome of these earthly clubs 

 and programs than they do about advancing the cause of Christ!

              

 E) How Some Saints View Their Spiritual Citizenship 

        1) Matt. 13:44. Parable of Hidden Treasure.

        2) Matt. 13:45-46. Parable of the Pearl of Great Value.

        3) Luke 19:5 (Zacchaeus). 

            a. Man of small stature. (Lk. 19:3). 

            b. Man of great power and wealth. (Lk. 19:2). 

            c. Man of great heart & Character. (Lk. 19:5-8). 

            d. Man of great perspective. (Lk. 19:9-10). 

                1. True power is God's grace! 

                2. True wealth is Jesus in your life, and being a true citizen of His eternal kingdom! (Lk. 19:6). 




Important Life Lessons From Moses, Part 1

"Love God Completely!"


By Charles Brian Knight


Introduction: Deut 6:1-4

To Live A Good & Long Life One Needs:

1) Fear the Lord (One's self and his family must learn this).

2) Keep and do all God's statues & commandments.

     a) Be careful to do them (then all will go well, and you will multiply)



Lesson 1: "Love God Completely!" (Deut 6:1-25). 


I) I Must Love Him Completely!


    A) How To Love God (Deut 6:4-8; Jude 21).      

       1) With all one's Heart (Mind' mental ability). (Ps 119:97; Ps 19:14).  

       2) With all one's soul (Inner being/ emotions). (Ps 4:7). 

       3) With all one's might (Will/ determination). (Matt 6:31-34). 

       4) This Expresses Undivided Loyalty to God!


    B) Responsibilities Of Complete Love: 

         1) Teach my family to love God completely (Deut 6:7-9; Prv 22:6).  

         2) Do not forget His love for you (Deut 6:10-12; Ps 103). 

         3) Must understand and respect God (Deut 6:13-16; James 4:1-10). 

         4) Be diligent (to keep commandments & do what's right) (Deut 6:17-19). 


   C) Love Needs Foundation & Purpose

        1) Provide youth with solid spiritual foundation for their faith (Deut 6:20-25). 





Important Life Lessons From Moses, Part 2

"Protect Your Relationship With God!"


By Charles Brian Knight








Lesson 2: "Protect Your Relationship!"


A) Remove All Obstacles & Threats (Deut 7:1-5)

    1) Don't seek to be like other sinful peoples and nations (Deut 7:1-2; Prov 14:34).

    2) Don't make covenants with sinful people (Deut 7:1-2).

    3) Protect the spiritual integrity and purity of your marriages (vs 3-4; 1 Cor 7:39; 2 Cor 6:14-18; 7:1). 

    4) Avoid evil influences (vs 5; Matt 5:29-30; 1 Thes 5:22).



B) Consider How Much God Values You (Deut 7:6-8)

    1) He made us holy (To be set apart as special, because something has been made sacred). (Deut 7:6; 1 Pet 2:9).

    2) His love isn't based on power or might, but upon genuine love and a promise (Deut 7:7-8).



C) God Blesses Those Who Keep Their Commitments To Him (Deut 7:9-15)

    1) Be steadfast to God and He will be steadfast to you (Deut 7:9).

    2) Disloyalty will be dealt with swiftly (Deut 7:10-11).

    3) You will be blessed, completely (vs 12-15; Ps 103:1-5; Eph 1:3).



D) Be Courageous In Protecting Your Relationship (Deut 7:16-26)

    1) Show no tolerance for sin (Deut 7:16; Eph 5:6-17).

    2) Don't be afraid to fight for your relationship, Remember God's work (Deut 7:18-19).

    3) God can defeat the greatest of dangers with just the smallest of things (Deut 7:20; 1 Sam 17).

    4) Be patient with God's methods (Deut 7:21-24; Prov 21:31).

    5) Protect your relationship always (Deut 7:25-26).




Important Life Lessons From Moses, Part 3

"Don't Forget About God!"


By Charles Brian Knight








Lesson 3: "Don't Forget About God!"

A) Man Does Not Live On Bread Alone (Deut 8:3; Matt 4:1-4).

     1) The greatest lesson we can ever learn in life is that God's Word is the greatest necessity  for human         

         existence (Heb 4:1-13).

     2) We were created by God for God (Rom 14:7-8; Col 1:15-17; Eccl 12:13).

 


B) God Disciplines Us Because He Loves Us (Deut 8:4-6).

     1) Israel’s prosperity clearly had a Divine cause. Under no normal circumstance would clothing not wear out over 

         nearly 40 years of wear (Matt 6:19-20).

     2) Contrary to popular belief, our lives are not always punitive, but rather, a learning experience (1 Cor 10:13;

         Heb 12:1-13).

 


C) Be Careful Not To Forget About God (Deut 8:7-16).

     1) We must constantly live our lives in the name of the Lord (Col 3:17).

     2) We must rejoice, pray without ceasing and be thankful to God, in all circumstances (1 Thes 5:16-18).



D) Beware of Self-Elevation (Deut 8:17-20).

     1) God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble(1 Pet 5:5).

     2) We are nothing without God (Gen 2:7).

     3) Neither can our own might nor our own righteous accomplish anything (Deut 9:4; Isa 64:6).

 



"Does Eternal Punishment Contradict A Loving God?"
By Charles Brian Knight



The scholar Stephen H. Travis wrote that he considered an endless hell to be “vindictive” and “incompatible with the love of God in Christ” (Christian Hope and the Future (Issues in Contemporary Theology, p. 135).


The problem of reconciling eternal retribution with the love of God has also had a significant impact on the religious world. Many religions, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh-Day Adventists, and the World-Wide Church of God, have rejected the doctrine of the eternal punishment of the wicked.


I) The Real Issue Is Not God's character, it's man's attitude (Isa 55:8,9).
   A) Job had this same problem (Job 38-42).
   B) As I let God “instruct me,” I will make up my mind as to His nature and His characteristics according to what He 

       says in His Word, not according to what I might think. I will not make up my own definition of what justice is or 

       what love should do.

   C) The truth is, the "love of God" which, according to some, is inconsistent with "endless punishment," is not the 

       "love of God" which Scripture portrays.
       1) Eternal punishment is not inconsistent with the nature of God. It is only at odds with some men’s         

           perverted sense of goodness and justice (Jonah 4).

   D) From God's Revelation of Himself, we learn that God isn't just about love (Jn 3:36; Rom 11:22Heb 10:28-31).




II) Examining The Arguments

     A) The "Mutually Exclusive" argument promotes Scripture to be inconsistent and untrustworthy.

     B) The "Punishment Must Fit The Crime, argument" Promotes the idea that eternal punishment in 

          hell is unfair.

          1) By who's standard? Can a finite being who can't even see one fraction of God's eternal universe tell the 

              great God who created it all how to define justice? (Isaiah 45:9-11)

          2) The skeptic simply wants to tell God how long the penalty should be! Remember, though, in

              a system of true justice, the offender is not allowed to set his or her own sentence!



III) What About Jesus?
     A) "The most loving man that ever lived said more about hell than anyone else in the Bible. Indeed, the One who            is himself divine love gives the most terrifying of all references as to the horrors of perdition" 

          -Pharr, David R. (2005), “The Teaching of Jesus,” The Spiritual Sword, 36:5-9, January.

         

       see also Matthew 25


    B) We must obey the gospel of Christ or face the punishment of eternal destruction. (2 Thes 1:3-10).




Husbands, Love Your Wives As Christ Loved The Church! (Ephesians 5:25)

By Charles Brian Knight


 




A Few Things To Know About Christ's Love:


1) The Love of Christ is so great & valuable, that NOTHING can disrupt it. (Rom. 8:35-39).


2) Jesus' Love has a powerful influence over those who truly embrace it! (2 Cor.  5:14).


3) The Love Jesus displayed (and displays) defies all expectations, and imaginations! (Eph. 3:17-19).


 


How Christ Loved The Church:


1) Humbly.

2) Sacrificially.

3) Courageously & Endlessly.


 


HUMBLY - How did Christ love the church, and how ought we to love our wives? Humbly. We are to lovingly serve our wives, even as God has placed us in a role of leadership in our family Phil. 2:5-11.


 


Examples of Christ's Humility:


A) He emptied Himself, and took on the form of a servant: Phil.2:7; Matt. 20:28.


B) Every day of His life was filled with tireless service to others.


C) He did all of this to prepare people to become a part of His kingdom (church).


       1) Constantly healed sick and suffering people.


       2) Constantly traveled to teach others about God's new will.


       3) He used His personal time for prayer and rest.


D) This is what characterized His daily life, "self-less serving." This was the center-piece of His entire ministry!


E) Husbands, Love your wives, as Christ loved the church..."


     1) Empty yourselves:


         a. Don't feel you are RULER of your wife.


         b. Do not allow your occupational position to make you haughty.


         c. Do not allow your gender to hinder loving service to your wife.    


    2) Take on the form of a servant:


         a. Remember, Jesus didn't come to be served, but to serve (Matt. 20:28).


         b. Your spouse should know, that you're always going to be there to serve her and not the other

             way around.


         c. The wife shouldn't have to bear the burden of asking her husband for help and the husband    

             shouldn't wait for his wife to ask him. 


 


SACRIFICIALLY - How did Christ love the church, and how ought we to love our wives? With self-sacrifice. Christ had every right to demand worship, honor, and glory from everyone He encountered, yet He served, He taught, He worked, He fed (spiritually and physically), and ultimately, He saved us by His own blood. He knew He was God and we were not, yet He served us. (Phil. 2:3-5)


 


Examples of Christ Making Sacrifices:


A) Leaving Heaven: the greatest place ever, to come to earth, the worst place (save hell). (John 17:5; John 13:3-5).


B) Gave up Glory of heaven to live in poverty, became a vagabond (2 Cor. 8:9; Luke 2:7; John 1:45-46; Mark 6:3;  

     Luke 9:58).    


C) Jesus sacrificed His own personal life, to give hope to others.


D) Jesus made costly sacrifices to make our lives better! 


E) Husbands, Love your wives, as Christ loved the church..."


     1) Make costly sacrifices on behalf of your wife's well-being!


          a. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit (Mark 10:7-8).


          b. Count your wives needs as more significant than your own.


     2) Husbands make sacrifices:


          a. Stop blowing the family finances on new "Toys."


          b. Spend more time with your wife, less with others.


          c. Listen to your wife more instead of chatting online.


          d. Put down the T.V. remote, tablet, laptop, and cell phone.


          e. Focus more on advancing your marriage, instead of your career.


 


 


COURAGEOUSLY & ENDLESSLY - How did Christ love the church, and how ought we to love our wives? Courageously and endlessly. Jesus knew the people for whom He died would fail Him innumerable times. He knew that everyday most, if not all, of us would live lives that make much of ourselves and little of Him and the cross on which He died. Yet, it did not stop Him from paying the ultimate price on the cross. His kingdom is forever, and so is His love for those who make up His kingdom (Heb. 12:1-2).


 


Examples of Christ’s Courage & Endless Love


A) He new His duty and often spoke confidently about fulfilling it! (Lk. 24:46).


     1) Matt. 16:21; Matthew 17: 22-23; Luke 18:31-33.


     2) Even though it was difficult, frustrating, and daunting at times, He remained loyal to do God's will

         and not His own. (Luke 22:39-46).


     3) Jesus displayed the greatest example of courage ever:


         a) He dared to love and serve a dying world who hated Him!


         b) He willingly suffered excruciating pain that we deserved!


         c) He gave His life, so we could have an amazing one with God, forever!


 


B) Husbands, Love your wives, as Christ loved the church..."


     1) Show endless loving courage to your spouse:


          a. Have the guts to be a real husband, a godly one!


          b. Show courage to lead (not boss) your home!


          c. Have loving courage to defend your wife, her values, and her beliefs.


          d. Have the fortitude to continue loving your wife even when difficult.


          e. Have the courage to not give up on your God Given Duty to: "...Love your wife, as Christ loved

              the church."





Wives, Submit To Your Own Husbands As To The Lord (Eph. 5:22)

By Charles Brian Knight






Submit:


STRONG’S ὑποτάσσω hupŏtassō, hoop-ot-as´-so; from 5259 and 5021; to subordinate; reflex. to obey:—be under obedience (obedient), put under, subdue unto, (be, make) subject (to, unto), be (put) in subjection (to, under), submit self unto.

-Strong, J. (2009). Vol. 1: A Concise Dictionary of the Words in the Greek Testament and The Hebrew Bible


NASB Hebrew-Aramaic & Greek Dictionary ὑποτάσσω hupotassō; from 5259 and 5021; to place or rank under, to subject, mid. to obey:—put in subjection (5), subject(16), subjected(7), subjecting(1), subjection(4), submissive(3), submit(2)

-Thomas, R. L. (1998). New American Standard Hebrew-Aramaic and Greek dictionaries



Scriptures Concerning Submitting

1) Genesis 3:16 “…and he shall rule over you”

2) 1 Corinthians 11:1-3 “…the head of a wife is her husband…”

3) Colossians 3:18 “wives, submit to your husbands…”

4) Ephesians 5:22-24 “wives, submit to your own husbands…”

5) Titus 2:3-5 “…submissive to their own husbands”

6) 1 Peter 3:1 “…wives be subject to your own husbands…”



A) Why Wives Should Submit To Their Husbands

     1) God commands it.

     2) It compliments God's command for husbands toward their wives (Eph. 5:25).

     3) It is a display of God's amazing manifold wisdom ( Eph.3:7-11).


B) By What Standards?

    1) As to the Lord (Eph.5:22); (Luke 7:1-8).

    2) How one submits to the Lord: (note: husbands are to be like the Lord!).

         a. With a true heart ( Heb.10:21-22).

         b. With absolute commitment ( Mark 12:28-33).

         c. With godly love (1 Cor.13:1-8a).

         d. With obedience (Eph.5:24).

         e. With reverence ( Ps. 2:11; 1 Peter 2:17; Eph. 5:33).

    3) As is fitting (proper, duty) to the Lord ( Col.3:18).

        a) With humility.

        b) What is not fitting ( Eph. 5:3).

            1) Challenging the husband’s authority (God gave it to Him).

            2) Provoking husband to wrath.

            3) (Being bossy) Bossing your husband around!

            4) Making your husband not feel like the leader of the home.

            5) Embarrassing your husband (publicly exposing his faults).

            6) Assuming his role as the head (1 Tim. 3:4-5).

            7) Making your husband feel guilty, or punishing him for selfish reasons:

                a) can't get your way.

                b) disagree with a decision.

                c) don't like the method(s) your husbands uses.

    4) In Everything (Eph.5:24).

        1) There is no circumstance (save sin) where a wife does not have to submit to her husband (Acts 5:29).

             a) Genesis 3:16 “…and he shall rule over you”

             b) 1 Corinthians 11:1-3 “…the head of a wife is her husband…”

             c) Colossians 3:18 “wives, submit to your husbands…”

             d) Ephesians 5:22-24 “wives, submit to your own husbands…”

             e) Titus 2:3-5 “submissive to their own husbands”

             f) 1 Peter 3:1 “…wives be subject to your own husbands…”





“Children, Obey Your Parents In The Lord…” (Eph. 6:1-3)

By Charles Brian Knight


Obey:

STRONG’S (Concise Dictionary of the Words in the Greek Testament and The Hebrew Bible) ὑπακούω hupakŏuō, hoop-ak-oo´-o; from 5259 and; to hear under (as a subordinate), i.e. to listen attentivelyby impl. to heed or conform to a command

or authority:—hearken, be obedient to, obey.




“In The Lord” -Eph.6:1

1) In the Lord may mean, on account of the commandment of the Lord; or, as far as the parents commands are according to the will and word of God. No child is called to obey any parent if he gives unreasonable or unscriptural commands. The same principle is true for wives, although in Ephesians 5:22, it is more specific.


2) The basis for any willful submission is “in the fear of God” (Eph.5:21) because we love God we will follow His standard. Why do people disobey: see Romans 3:9-18.



Children Must Obey Parents! Learning obedience early, is crucial!

1) Learning obedience and respect for parents will be the key to making many other kind of human relationships work. All other relationships are based on what is learned as a child.


2) Disobedient and unruly children will more than likely be the same way throughout their lives!



“For This Is Right” -Eph.6:1

1) God establishes what is right! (Ps.19:7-11).

2) Obeying parents accords with righteousness (2 Tim.3:16,17).



It is right because:

1) It’s appointed by God as a duty!

2) Children owe a debt of gratitude to their parents for what they have done for them (1Tim. 5:3-4)!

3) It will be for the good of the children themselves, and for the welfare of society.



“Obey Your Parents In Everything…” -Col.3:20

1) Not just certain circumstances.

2) “This pleases the Lord”

3) “Pleases” (Strong’s 701; fully agreeable:—acceptable).



This is pleasing to the Lord Because:

1) His will is always good and perfect (Rom.12:2; Jms.1:17-18).

2) Obedience to parents is obedience to God. Disobedience to parents is disobedience to God (consider the principle taught in Rom.13:1-3).

3) God gives perfect knowledge for success in life (Prv.1:1-9).



Key Scriptures For Children:

(Proverbs 6)

20 My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.

21 Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck.

22 When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.


(Proverbs 10)

1 A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.


(Proverbs 12)

1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.


(Proverbs 13)

1 A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.


(Proverbs 15)

A fool despises his father’s instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.

20 A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.


(Proverbs 17)

25 A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him.


(Proverbs 19)

26 He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother is a son who brings shame and reproach.

27 Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.



Children Must Honor Parents! –Eph.6:2

STRONG’S (Concise Dictionary of the Words in the Greek Testament and The Hebrew Bible)

5091. τιμάω timaō, tim-ah´-o; from 5093; to prize, i.e. fix a valuation upon; by impl. to revere:—honour, value.


Be respectful & grateful!

“And he who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. “ –Exodus 20:15

And you shall keep My statutes, and perform them: I am the LORD who sanctifies you. For everyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother. His blood shall be upon him. –Leviticus 20:8,9


18 If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they discipline him, will not listen to them, 19 then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gate of the place where he lives, 20 and they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ 21 Then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones. So you shall purge the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear, and fear.  –Deut. 21:18-21



God wants us to honor and respect everyone, this begins in the home!

Ephesians 6:1,2 “Honor your father and mother”

Romans 12:10 “Outdo one another in showing honor”

Romans 13:7 “pay to all what is owed them…respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed”

1 Tim.5:3 “Honor widows who are truly widows”

1 Peter 2:17 “Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.”

1 Peter 3:7 “husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel…”



Listen to your parents:


Hearing

Refers to the ear’s natural ability to register sound.


Listening

Means to pay (give one your) attention, to heed.

  • Parable of the foolish son (Lk.15:11-32)
  • King Rehoboam (1 Kings 12:1-19)

A parent who does not demand a child’s attention before the teenage years has even less respect!



Keep their commandments “Obey your parents…this is right”

Parents Beware of complicating things!

Col 3:21: “Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.” (i.e., “spirtless, that is, disheartened, dismayed”) –Thayer

1) Unreasonable demands.

2) Unreasonable expectations.

3) Push them too hard.

4) Press and pick them apart.

5) Being overly critical.



“That it may be well with you” –Eph. 6:2-3; Deut. 5:16.

  • More happiness & Joy
  • More favor from God
  • More knowledge, greater wisdom
  • More peace
  • More useful
  • Make better decisions
  • Stay away from trouble
  • Live a good life
  • Avoid problems
  • Be an example to others





The Courage of Elijah (1 Kings 16-18)

By Charles Brian Knight













1) He had the courage to answer God’s call, and serve faithfully (1 Kings 16:29-33).

     a) Israel’s king is wicked.

     b) Israel’s king marries a wicked woman (Jezebel), (1 Kings 18:13).

     c) Israel as a nation falls both spiritually & morally.



2) He journeyed to the capital of His country, and confronted its chief leader (1 Kings 17:1).

    a) Goes into hiding (3 years) & protected by God (1 Kings 17:2-16)

        1. Ravens bring him food (1 Kings 17:4-7).

        2. Drinks from a brook (1 Kings 17:4-7).

        3. A pagan woman gives him food & lodging (1 Kings 17:8-16).

        4. Influences a pagan to believe in God (1 Kings 17:17-24).


3) He comes out of hiding and boldly confronts the king again (1 Kings 18:1-2, 17-18).

    a) Commands the king to call a National meeting!” (1 Kings 18:19-20).



4) He “personally” confronted the people’s religious practices (1 Kings 21).



5) He publicly challenged the validity of the kingdom's religion and cultural practices (1 Kings 18:23-38)

    a) The people are convinced (1 Kings 18:38-39).



6) He leads the people to repent (1 Kings 18:40).




The Humanity of Elijah (1 Kings 19)

1) He “runs for his life” after being threatened once more (1 Kings 19:1-3).


2) His faith grows weaker (19:4)

    a) God’s providence and presence (19:5-6)

    b) Elijah confronted by God (19:9-14).

        1. God’s will more significant than one’s life (19:15-17).

        2. God reminds Elijah that Elijah wasn't alone (19:18).



Conclusion:

As our nation and its leaders become more corrupt, have the courage like Elijah to MAKE A STAND! And never forget, you are not alone. Even though a majority of people reject God, He will never reject a faithful remnant (Rom. 11:1-7).




 



Denominational Sainthood Vs. Biblical Sainthood

By Charles Brian Knight



In secular Christianity, a saint is one who has been recognized for having an exceptional degree of holiness, sanctity, and virtue. While the English term "saint" originated in Christianity, the term is now used by historians of religion "in a more general way to refer to the state of special holiness that many religions attribute to certain people.


In secular Christianity, "saint" has a wide variety of meanings, depending on its usage and the denomination. The original Christian usage referred to any believer who is "in Christ" and in whom Christ dwells, whether in heaven or in earth.


In Catholicism, to be canonized a saint, at least two miracles must have been performed through the saint's intercession after his or her death (i.e., an additional miracle after that granting beatification). Canonization is a statement by the Catholic church that the person certainly enjoys the Beatific Vision. The saint is assigned a feast day which may be celebrated anywhere within the Catholic Church, although it may or may not appear on the general calendar or local calendars as an obligatory feast, parish churches may be built in his or her honor, and the faithful may freely and without restriction celebrate and honor the saint.



What The Bible Teaches 

STRONG'S G-40.  ἅγιος hagiŏs, hag´-ee-os; from ἅγος hagŏs (an awful thing); sacred (phys. pure, mor. blameless or religious, cer. consecrated):—(most) holy (one, thing), saint.   The English word saint is a translation of the Greek ἅγιος (hagios), derived from the verb ἁγιάζω (hagiazo), which means "to set apart", "to sanctify" or "to make holy". To make a person or thing the opposite of koinos, "common;"


1) Sainthood, has nothing to do with a persons actions, or character. (i.e., a person isn't made a saint because of 

    outstanding, or exceptional character or service), Biblical Sainthood is simply How God identifies His people!   

    a) Rom. 1:7.    

    b) Eph. 2:17-21.      

    c) Phil.1:1.     

    d) 1 Cor. 16:1-3.     


2) Sainthood is descriptive of position, not character. It is used of N.T. Christians to describe the position of their 

    relationship with God, in contrast to the world.  A person isn't different because he is a saint, (special, worthy of 

    higher honor) rather a person must be different (from the world) because God has made him a Saint.   

    a. Eph.5:1-7.      

    b. 1 Pet. 1:13-16. 



3) Sainthood is based on Jesus' sacrificial death! The death and resurrection of Christ, makes the idea of being a 

    saint, reality.     

    a) 1 Cor. 1:1-3.     

    b) Heb.10:28-29.      

    c) Heb.13:10-12. 


4) A few key things that contribute to sanctification in Christ:   

    a) God (John 3:16; 1 Pet. 2:9-10).   

    b) The Word (Jn.17:17; Acts 20:32; Eph. 5:25-26).    

    c) Faith (Acts 26:16-18).    

    d) Baptism into Christ (1 Cor.1:2; Matt:28:18-20; Rom.6:1-4).    

    e) The Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:9-11; 1 Pet. 1:1-2). 


5) Did N.T. Christians Honor Other Christians? Yes, but not in the way it's done today among worldly religions.     

    According to the Bible, here are those who are to be honored:     

    a) Philippians 2:25-30. Those who risk their lives for Christ.   

    b) 1 Timothy 5:3. “Honor widows who are truly widows.”   

    c) 1 Timothy 5:17-18. Elders to have “double honor”   

    d) Ephesians 6:2. Children to honor their father & mother.   

    e) 1 Pet. 3:7. Husband to honor his wife.     

    f) 1 Cor. 12:14-26. Christians to honor each other.     

    g) 1 Pet. 2:17. Christians to honor & respect everyone.






The Christian & Marijuana

by Charles Brian Knight

 


Introduction:

It is the duty of every Christian disciple to remain spiritually steadfast, in an ever changing postmodern society where: Morals & ethics are determined by Generational Standards:  the norms & conventional thinking.


The Christian doesn’t conform to societal standards or those of the world. Christians are called to come out of the world (Rom. 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 6:14-18), and to be different. Christians are to set an example for the world (Phil. 2:12-16).

 

Everything a Christian involves himself in has a direct bearing and link to his relationship to God:

1) Rom. 14:7-8: “We live and die to the Lord."

2) Col. 3:17: “Do all in the name of the Lord.”

3) Eph. 5:8-10 “Must be mindful of what is pleasing to God”

4) Rom. 14:23: “Whatever is not from faith is sin”

5) Rom. 10:17: “Faith comes from hearing (learning) God’s Word.”

6) 1 Cor. 6:19: “Our bodies are not our own. Must glorify God in our bodies.”

 

A genuine Christian disciple doesn’t make life decisions based upon self-serving reasons, but rather upon how it relates to and affects his relationship with God.


1) The genuine Christian desires to make God proud of his thoughts and actions (Ps. 19:14; 1 Tim. 1:18-19). The

    genuine Christian seeks to remain in a peaceful fellowship with God.   


2) He refrains from engaging in questionable behavior and associations (Eph. 5:1-5; Gal. 5:19-21).


3) The genuine Christian seeks to avoid anything they may even hint at the possibility of jeopardizing his relationship

    with God (1 Thess. 5:21-22).   


4) The genuine Christian will not allow anything to separate Himself from the love and grace of God (Rom. 8:35-39),

    be it pride, oppression, or pleasures.





"Will A Man Rob God?"

By Charles Brian Knight



Introduction

The prophet Malachi (whose name means "my messenger") probably lived at the same time as Ezra and Nehemiah, around 460 B.C.. Malachi’s fellow Israelites were guilty of corrupt worship and unethical behavior. He called the people to renewed covenant obedience.



Purpose, Occasion, and Background

Malachi’s ministry took place nearly a hundred years after the decree of Cyrus in 538 B.C., which ended the Babylonian captivity and allowed the Jews to return to their homeland and rebuild the temple (2 Chron. 36:23). This was some 80 years after Haggai and Zechariah encouraged the rebuilding of the temple. Those two earlier prophets had said that the rebuilding of the temple would result in peace, prosperity, the conversion of people from other nations, and the return of God’s own glorious presence (see Haggai 2; Zech. 1:16–17; 2:1–13; 8:1–9:17). To the discouraged people of Malachi’s day, these predictions must have seemed a cruel mockery. In contrast to the glowing promises, they faced economic difficulties due to drought and crop failure (Mal. 3:11). They remained an insignificant territory, no longer an independent nation and no longer ruled by a Davidic king. Worst of all, despite the promise of God’s presence, they experienced only spiritual decline. Divorce was rampent, worship was routine, priesthood corrupt, no tithing.


Malachi 3:6-12.

The people experienced material adversity and were under a curse—not in spite of their behavior, but because of it. Accordingly, Malachi challenges them to conscientious tithing, which will be rewarded with divine blessing.




Sermon Body

Lesson Text: Malachi 3:8. "Will a man rob God?"


I) The Folly Of Such An Undertaking

    A) Consider the nature & power of God: (Luke 1:37). 

        1) He sees all things at all times (Job. 28:24; Prov. 15:3).  

        2) He is omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-10).

        3) He knows all things: past, present, & future. (1 John 3:20; John 21:17).

        4) His intelligence is superior: no limitations to His understanding of everything. (Prov. 3:19-20; Job 38-41).

        5) He will always get His way (Job 42:1-2).

        6) It is impossible to escape His judgment (Heb. 4:13).


II) Who Would Dare Attempt To Steal From God?

    A) Only A Fool:

         1) Psalm 94:1-5, 6-10 (esp. v7). "...they say, 'the Lord does not see'..."

         2) Prov. 1:7. "fools despise wisdom and instruction."

         3) Fools come to ruin, die for lack of wisdom!

             a. Joshua 7, Achan steals.

             b. Leviticus 10, Nadab & Abihu robbed God of His due respect.



Having considered all of this...

 


III) Will A Man (still attempt to) Rob God...? (Mal. 3:8) "How have we robbed You?"

     A) Of His natural right to rule our lives? (Ps. 22:28).     

          1) Ps. 24:1-2.

          2) Daniel 4:28-37.

          3) Man's natural reaction:

              a. consciously: "to be in awe-inspiring fear of God"

              b. emotionally: "to love God."

              c. practically: "to live in obedience His will and commandments" & "to worship & serve Him"


Will A Man Still attempt to Rob God...


     B) Of the payments of our commitments? (Eccl. 5:4-5).  

          1) Marriage vows. (Matt. 19:4-6; Eph. 5:25-28, 33). 

          2) Christian vows in baptism. (Rev. 2:8-11).

              a. Holding fast to the apostles doctrine (Col. 1:22-23).

              b. Live in submission to the commandments, instructions, & principles of the apostles doctrine

                  (Rom. 6:17-18).  


Conclusion:

1) Robbing God brings judgment (Mal. 3:9).

2) Submitting to God brings an abundance of blessings (Mal. 3:10-12).




The Kind Of Faith Needed Today

By Charles Brian Knight


He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was "counted to him as righteousness."

-Romans 4:19-22 (ESV).



Abraham Our Great Example

The above Scripture provides us with a wonderful example of the kind of faith that is so desperately needed today. Although there are many examples in the Bible regarding good solid faith, the examples of Abraham and his faith are my favorite. Abraham wasn’t perfect, Yet, the demonstrations of his faith in Scripture are exceptional! It is no wonder his name is used predominately as a standard for genuine faith in the New Testament writings. Through inspiration of the Holy Spirit: The apostles and New Testament writers were made aware of the great need for Christians to have godly acceptable faith. Hence, many Old Testament examples of good faith were used in their epistles, namely Abraham. (see Romans 4:11-12; Galatians 3:29; Hebrews 11:8-9; James 2:20-23).




The Greatness Of Abraham’s Faith

Let’s consider one story in particular and make a few applications. This story takes place in Genesis 22. God commands Abraham: "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you." -Genesis 22:2.




What made Abraham’s faith so great:


1) He acted upon God’s will without hesitation. 

    The Bible tell us that Abraham got up early in the morning to make preparations! He didn’t delay or stall for time.

    (Gen. 22:3).


 2) He obeyed God without question.

     No, "WHY ME LORD!" or "YOU PROMISED ME THIS SON, WHY ARE YOU TAKING HIM FROM ME?"

     The Bible tells us that He accepted God’s will and acted accordingly. Abraham never questioned or

     challenged God. 

 

3) He obeyed God without complaining.

    There were several things Abraham could have grumbled and complained about: The task itself, the journey, the

    terrain, the location of the mountain, etc. But from the lips of Abraham, not a single complaint.

 

4) He obeyed God completely.

    Abraham desired to not only do what God commanded him, but to do all of it, and to do it properly.

    Abraham didn't do a half job, or kind of sort of what God commanded, he did all. Abraham was so determined and

    focused to do all God told him, that  God stopped Him!

 

"Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son from Me." -Genesis 22:12.


 


Conclusion:

This is the kind of faith needed, no matter what God wills for us today in Christ! Do you have the faith of Abraham?








Believer or Follower?

By Charles Brian Knight



There are believers & there are actual followers. Followers: take their relationship with Christ seriously!

Ask yourself: "Am I a believer or a follower of Christ?




Trusting/ Believing in Jesus

1) Is fundamental, it's the first major step of a persons faith; not the culmination of it!

2) Our primary purpose is to take a lifelong journey following in the Lord’s footsteps,

    a. honoring Him with our actions and speech,

    b. and always increasing in biblical wisdom. 

    c. bearing fruit for the kingdom.



A follower’s life:

1) Is summed up in the phrase "complete obedience." (Jn.14:23).

2) When it comes to obeying God, there are really only two responses: "I will" or "I won’t." (Matt. 21:28-32).

3) Followers remain faithful to the Lord’s plan whether doing so is easy or hard.

4) Followers proclaim Christ in both blessing and calamity (Phil. 4:12-13).

5) Go even when they don’t like where He leads (Acts 20:17-23).

6) Followers pursue the Lord because:

    a. They know that the reward is a deeper, more passionate relationship with Him.

    b. They aren't waiting just waiting to spend eternity with God in heaven, they realize that eternity begins now!


 7) They take their call seriously:

     a. They take the time to hear and learn from God. (Matt. 22:14; Matt. 11:28-30).

     b. They embrace that they have been chosen to do something for Him.

 

Conclusion:

The question remains: Are you a believer in Christ, or are you a follower? Are you a hearer, or a doer? (Rom. 2:13).




Work Out Your Salvation

By Charles Brian Knight




WORK

2716.Strong's: κατεργάζομαι katĕrgazŏmai, kat-er-gad´-zom-ahee; from 2596 and 2038; to work fully, i.e. accomplish; by impl. to finish, fashion:—cause, do (deed), perform, work (out).


I) Workout Your Salvation (Phil. 2:12).

   A) It's the personal responsibility of every convert to Christ!   

       1) Marriages must be worked out (Matt. 19:1-10; 2 Pet. 1:8-12).

       2) Personal relationships must be worked out (Rom. 12:19-21).

       3) Spiritual relationship to God must be worked out (2 Cor. 6:14-18; 7:1). 


   B) We must make our relationship with the Lord work!

       1) God has always been faithful in all His relationships, and He will continue to do so (Deut. 7:9; 1 Cor. 10:13).

       2) James. 4:4-7, 8-10.

  

II) Necessary Attitudes To Work Out Our Salvation (Phil. 2:12b).

    A) Fear: "to be alarmed." to be troubled!

    B) Trembling: "quaking with fear."

    C) Having a genuine awe and caution for what God is, and for what He is capable of Heb. 10:26-31.

         1) Negative Biblical example: Rom. 3:9-13, 14-18.

         2) Positive Biblical examples: Joseph Gen. 39:9; 1 Sam. 22:16-17; Dan. 3:15-17, 18-20. 


III) Why It's Necessary To Do All This (Phil 2:13, 8-12).

     A) God is working in us!

         1) God needs to use us for His will and good pleasure!


     B) We all stand before the Lord and make confession one day

         1) Phil. 2:8-12.

         2) Rom. 14:10-13.


Conclusion: You cannot work out your salvation if you haven't yet obeyed the gospel. Become an obedient Christian today!




We Are The Lord's

By Charles Brian Knight



Lesson Text: Romans 14:7-8.



We are not our own!

Everything that we are and do in life has a direct bearing on our relationship with God. In life or death, no one is his or her own person. We are all God's!



If we are all God's, we don't have the right to play God with others! Someone's spiritual stability or fate isn't regulated or determined by the opinions of others!

1) We cannot treat our brethren in an unloving manner. (Rom. 14:1).

2) In matters of opinion, we cannot be judgmental (Rom. 14:2-3a). 

3) God embraces all who have differing opinions (Rom. 14:3).

4) God passes judgment, not us (Rom. 14:4).

5) Everyone is entitled to their own personal opinion or feeling about a particular thing (Rom. 14:5-6).




We are not our own! (Rom. 14:7-9).

We belong to God! Our body, behavior, attitude, actions, decisions, etc. are all for God's glorification, not our own!

(2 Cor. 5:15; 1 Cor. 6:19; 1 Thes. 5:10.)




No one Can:

A) Do whatever they want. We must do what God wants us to!

     1) Col. 3:17. 


B) Say whatever they want. We must say what God wants us to!

    1) Titus 2:7-8.

    2) 1 Tim. 4:12.  

    3) Eph. 4:29.

    4) Col. 4:6.


C) Act (behave) like they want. We must act (behave) like God wants us to!

    1) rude, mean, kind, hurtful: Col. 3:5-14.

 

D) Live their life like they want. We must live our lives like God wants us to!

    1) 1Pet. 4:1-2; Gal. 2:20.



Conclusion:

We are all individually accountable to God! (Rom. 14:10-12).

for our words, behaviors, beliefs, etc.


It is not the business or function of the church to be Judgmental!

Romans 14:17-19.





The Authority Of The Biblical Story

By Charles Brian Knight


Take a look at this picture. You see in this picture a fox complimenting a crow and saying, "My, you have a lovely voice. Won’t you sing me a song?"  What is the meaning of this event of the fox complimenting a crow—to eat the crow or to encourage the crow or something else?




This is an Aesop’s fable and we know that the only way we’re going to understand the meaning of this event is by putting that event within its narrative context. In the Aesop’s fable the crow sits perched high with a piece of meat in its mouth. There’s a famine in the forest and all the animals use various strategies in attempt to get that meat. But the fox compliments the crow. The crow that had never been complimented in its life opens its mouth, begins to sing, the meat falls out, the fox grabs it, and runs away with it.


It’s an Aesop’s fable and there’s always a moral to the story, and the moral to the story is don’t be deceived by flattery. Here’s the point: the point is that event can only be understood in the context of some story.



Our lives can only be understood from the context of a story:

The only way that we can understand our lives is in the context of some story. What I mean by that is some 

understanding of the world—where it has begun, where it is going, what is the meaning of history, if there is any,

that is leading to that goal. It’s only when we understand that story, that we understand the meaning of our lives.  

The Bible is one grand Story for the world; a sequence of events culminating in Christ.




The Authority of the Biblical Story:

 


I) It gives meaning to human life (Meaningful existence)

    A) If God wins & His kingdom is established...

        1) Our lives should be devoted to the coming of that kingdom (Matt. 6:33-34).


        2) The coming of the kingdom, the goal of history, gives meaning to the whole of our lives (Eph. 3:4-6).


        3) Wherever we see the story of the world going, will give meaning to our lives. (War, Materialism).

            a. The story that has been shaping western culture for several years now is the story that through science

                and technology, we'll build this better world on earth. It's a story that has a strong grip on us in western 

                culture. 

            b. If we believe that the goal of history is this better world produced by science & technology, by democratic

                government, & education, then we'll devote ourselves to that, cause that's the meaning of the story.

            c. But if the meaning of the story is the coming of the kingdom, that will shape our lives in a different way.



II) It tells us what the world is really like. (Portrays the world)

     A) Accepting the authority of a story.

         1) Richard Bauckham said, "To accept the authority of this story is to enter it and to inhabit it. It is to live in the

             world as the world is portrayed in the story."


         2) The false story that many believe today is the story in which the world is devoid of God's presence (human

             society, nature, or history). 

             a. If God exists, He exists outside the realm of cause & effect relations.

             b. If this story is true, then God's presence is something we don't worry about. His presence is not important

                 (Ps. 14:1; 1 Cor. 15:32).    


         3) But if the Biblical story is true (which It is), Then:

             a. In Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).

             b. He is present in upholding creation (Heb. 1:3).

             c. He is present in providentially guiding history towards its conclusion (Dan. 4:35).

             d. We come face-to-face in every part of our lives, in every moment of the day with the living God--the God

                 who sustains and rules the world! (Eph. 4:6).



Conclusion:

Will you accept the Authority of The Biblical Story? If not, your life will never have true meaning or purpose.






Do Not Go Beyond What Is Written

By Charles Brian Knight


Paul told the Corinthians:

"I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another."  - 1 Cor. 4:6.


Traditional Usage Of The Above Passage:

To emphasize the importance of respecting the authority of Scripture--To "not go beyond or exceed what is written."


Actual Meaning Of The Passage:

"I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos..."


What "Things?"

1 Cor. 3:5-7.

 

Q: Why did Paul apply those examples?


A: For the Corinthians benefit.


Q: How would it benefit the Corinthians?

"...that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another." 1 Cor. 4:6.

 

A: That they would learn not to think of or treat mere men beyond what was

written about men!

So that they wouldn't be puffed up with pride & division among themselves

(Showing favoritism to ministers).



1) How they should view Paul, Barnabas, & other ministers (1 Cor. 4:1).

    a. As servants:  "(to row); an under-oarsman, a subordinate."

    b. As stewards: "manager, overseer."

       1. One who manages another's property or financial affairs.

       2. One appointed by an organization or group to supervise their affairs.


2) How the Corinthians were treating their ministers

a. On the same plain, if not as important as Christ (1 Cor. 1:10-13; 3:1-4).


3) What has "been written?"

"I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit,

brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written..."


A) Concerning the WISDOM of men (1 Cor. 1:18-19; Isa. 29:14).

     1. Men are not so wise as we suppose (1 Cor. 1:19-25).

         a. Knowledge of their salvation was taught them by ministers, and their knowledge came from God!


B) Shouldn't BOAST in men (1 Cor. 1:29-31; Jer. 9:23-24).


C) Man is LIMITED:

    1) He cannot understand the things of God through human faculties; they are dependent upon the Spirit of God.

        (1 Cor. 2:7-10; Isa. 64:4). 


D) Man's wisdom is FOLLY with God (1 Cor. 3:19-20; Job 5:8-13; Psa. 94:11).



Conclusion: 1 Cor. 3:21-23.

Let no one boast in men, for it has been written that we should not. All things are from God and belong to God. Therefore, let us boast in Him!


DO NOT GO BEYOND WHAT IS WRITTEN (OF MEN)!

"By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return." -Gen. 3:19.





Is Your Godliness Evil?

By Charles Brian Knight



Lesson Text: Job Chapters 1-2.


Introduction:

1) The character & godliness of Job.

2) The challenge between God & the devil.




A) Satan’s Plan

    1) He desires to keep God and man separate.

    2) He wants to make God out to be a fool.

    3) He charges Job’s godliness as evil. It lacks all integrity: Job’s godliness is “self-serving,” because it pays 

        (Job 1:9-10).

        a) In his mind, the devil will expose Job for the fraud he is, all righteous people for the frauds they are.



B) What Satan Knows About Mankind

Humans are totally dependent upon God, for their lives and their well-being. This can tempt some to love the gifts rather than the Giver. Some people seek to please God merely for the benefits—to be religious and “good,” only because it pays.


This is the devil’s charge against Job—the deeper truth concerning Job’s godliness and upright conduct hinges only upon the blessings God has provided him with.



C) If Satan Is Right:

If the godliness of the righteous (in whom God delights) can be shown to be evil, then a chasm of alienation stands between God and mankind. The redemption and reconciliation of human beings is therefore unthinkable, and the whole of God’s work is flawed. God must destroy man.



D) Satan Is Wrong About Job

    1) Job 1:12-22.

    2) Job 2:1-10.

    3) Job 42:17.



E) Is Satan Right About Us?

1) Joseph lost everything but maintained a genuine godliness (Gen. 37-45).

2) Moses lost his status and fortune in Egypt and stayed true to the Lord (Ex. 2; Heb. 12:23-

3) Paul counted all his past accomplishments as nothing to gain Christ (Phil 3).

4) Our godliness mustn’t be based upon blessings and circumstances, but upon a genuine and absolute love of God 

    for who He is (Rom. 8:35-39).