THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 5-3-15

LESSON TITLE: “FAITHFUL BRETHREN ARE OURS!”

WELCOME

WHAT A WONDERFUL LORD’S DAY IT IS, AS WE AGAIN GATHER TOGETHER BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD TO WORSHIP OUR MAKER! WE ARE SO HAPPY THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO BE WITH US TODAY AND TO GIVE THIS TIME TO THE LORD. IN FACT, IT IS OUR PRIVILEGE TO BE WITH YOU EVERY SUNDAY MORNING, AS WE CONSIDER TOGETHER, GOD’S LIVING WORD.

IT IS MY HOPE AND PRAYER TODAY THAT WE ARE ALL UPLIFTED IN OUR FELLOWSHIP TOGETHER. FURTHERMORE, I PRAY THAT WE WILL GLORIFY AND PRAISE OUR CREATOR IN THESE ACTS OF WORSHIP WHICH WE PARTICIPATE IN COLLECTIVELY AS THOSE WHO LOVE GOD. AS WE BEGIN OUR HOMAGE TO GOD ON THIS DAY, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY BLESSINGS OF LIFE - THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO SERVE YOU EACH AND EVERY DAY. AND FATHER, HELP US TO ALWAYS LOOK TO JESUS FOR THAT STRENGTH THAT WE NEED TO LIVE AS WE SHOULD AND TO SPEAK AS WE SHOULD. THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT THAT HE GAVE ON THE CROSS THAT MAKES ALL THINGS POSSIBLE. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

I HOPE EVERYONE IS READY TO WORSHIP GOD IN SONG AT THIS TIME! THIS MORNING WE WILL BEGIN BY SINGING A BEAUTIFUL HYMN THAT REMINDS US THAT WE ARE NEVER ALONE WITH GOD, FOR HE IS ALWAYS THERE TO HELP US IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES. SO, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “SING TO ME OF HEAVEN.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

IN MATTHEW 28:18, JESUS SAID, “ALL AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH.” HOW WONDERFUL IT IS TO KNOW THAT THE VERY SAVIOR WHO DIED FOR US, IS THE SAME JESUS WHO WAS GIVEN COMPLETE AUTHORITY FROM THE FATHER! WITH THIS IN MIND, WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT IF JESUS WAS GIVEN ALL AUTHORITY, THEN THE WORDS HE SPOKE ARE AUTHORITATIVE.

I REMEMBER WHAT OUR LORD SAID IN JOHN 14:10-11, THERE WE READ, “DO YOU NOT BELIEVE THAT I AM IN THE FATHER, AND THE FATHER IN ME? THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK TO YOU I DO NOT SPEAK ON MY OWN AUTHORITY; BUT THE FATHER WHO DWELLS IN ME DOES THE WORKS. BELIEVE ME THAT I AM IN THE FATHER AND THE FATHER IN ME, OR ELSE BELIEVE ME FOR THE SAKE OF THE WORKS THEMSELVES.” LATER IN THE SAME BOOK IN CHAPTER 17, AND VERSE 17, JESUS FURTHER SAID, “GOD’S WORD IS TRUTH!” NOW IF JESUS WAS GIVEN ALL AUTHORITY FROM GOD, AND THAT WHICH HE SPOKE WAS OF THE FATHER, AND THE FATHER’S WORD IS TRUTH - THEN WE CAN KNOW THAT JESUS WORDS ARE TRUTH AND THUS ALL AUTHORITATIVE! FURTHERMORE WE CAN KNOW THAT THIS TRUTH CAN GIVE US FREEDOM, JUST AS WE READ IN JOHN 8:32, WHERE JESUS PROCLAIMED, “AND YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.”

WITH THIS IN MIND, THE REAL QUESTION IS, “DO PEOPLE IN OUR TIME REALLY RESPECT THE AUTHORITY OF GOD?” AND WHAT ABOUT YOU, “DO YOU RESPECT THE WORD OF GOD AND IT’S AUTHORITY? WELL, IF YOU DON’T IT’S NOTHING NEW, BECAUSE MANY IN NEW TESTAMENT TIMES DID NOT RESPECT JESUS OR HIS AUTHORITY AND THUS WERE CONSIDERED TO BE THOSE WHO “KNEW NOT GOD.” YOU MUST DECIDE TODAY WHO YOU WILL SUBMIT TO! YOU MUST DETERMINE WHO IS MOST WORTHY OF OUR PRAISE AND DEVOTION. FOR THE BIBLE CLEARLY TEACHERS THAT ALL AUTHORITY REST WITH GOD AND HIS WORD!

TODAY, WE WILL AGAIN BE CONSIDERING A LESSON CONCERNING THE BLESSING FROM GOD. OUR SERIES IS ENTITLED, “FOR ALL THINGS ARE YOURS.” OUR DISCUSSION OF THE DAY WILL DEAL WITH THE FACT THAT, “FAITHFUL BRETHREN ARE OURS!” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US THIS MORNING AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, WE WILL BE LEAD IN THIS STUDY FROM GODS WORD.

AS FAR AS OUR SPEAKER OF THE MORNING, WE ARE HAPPY TO AGAIN HAVE BROTHER JERRY SULLINS WITH US. BROTHER JERRY IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI, HERE IN SPRINGFIELD. WE’RE GLAD HE IS WITH US TODAY AND WE THANK HIM FOR GIVING HIS TIME TO GUIDE OUR THOUGHTS FROM GOD’S WORD. BUT FOR NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “SOFTLY AND TENDERLY.”

LESSON

BY JERRY SULLINS

I’D LIKE TO WELCOME YOU AGAIN TO THE LIVING WORD BROADCAST. WE'RE SO HAPPY THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN THIS OPPORTUNITY TO BE WITH US THIS MORNING. IT IS OUR PURPOSE AND DESIRE THAT WE PREACH ONLY THE WORD OF GOD, THAT'S THE ONLY THING WE HAVE A RIGHT TO PREACH. AND WE HOPE AND PRAY THAT AS WE SPEAK FORTH THE WORDS OF GOD THAT YOU WILL EXAMINE THE THINGS THAT WE SAY AND CERTAINLY LOOK AT GOD'S WORD TO MAKE SURE THAT WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS THE TRUTH. SUCH WERE THE BRETHREN AT BEREA, AS IS MENTIONED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. THEY WERE MORE NOBLE THAN THOSE IN THESSALONICA BECAUSE THEY SEARCHED THE SCRIPTURES DAILY TO SEE IF WHAT PAUL AND OTHERS WERE TELLING THEM WAS THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH. AND SO WE INVITE YOU TO DO THAT - IN FACT, NOT ONLY DO WE INVITE YOU TO DO THAT, WE INVITE YOU TO CORRESPOND WITH US; TO CALL US, TO ASK US QUESTIONS, BECAUSE WE'RE INTERESTED IN KNOWING WHAT YOU CONSIDER CONCERNING WHAT IS BEING TAUGHT HERE ON THIS TELEVISION PROGRAM. AND CERTAINLY WE'RE OPEN TO ANY SUGGESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE AND ARE WILLING TO DISCUSS ANY MATTERS THAT PERTAIN TO RELIGION.

AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US THIS MORNING. FOR THE PAST FEW WEEKS WE'VE BEEN DISCUSSING A NEW SERIES THAT HAS BEEN BROUGHT INTO OUR THOUGHTS AND IDEAS - AND THAT IS A SERIES THAT IS BASED UPON 1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3, AND ACTUALLY IT BEGINS AT THE FIRST OF THE BOOK OF FIRST CORINTHIANS. BUT THIS IS SORT OF A CULMINATION OF MANY THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN SAID IN THE FIRST FEW CHAPTERS OF THE BOOK OF FIRST CORINTHIANS. AND PAUL SAID HERE IN VERSE 21, THAT'S FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3:21, “THEREFORE LET NO ONE BOAST IN MEN.” NOW WHY WOULD HE BE SAYING THAT? BECAUSE IN THE VERY FIRST CHAPTER WE SEE THAT PAUL WAS WARNING THESE BRETHREN THAT SOME OF THEM WERE CALLING THEMSELVES AFTER HIM AND AFTER APOLIS AND AFTER CEPHAS, THAT IS PETER - AND SOME EVEN AFTER CHRIST. AND WHAT WAS THIS CAUSING? IT WAS CAUSING A GREAT DIVISION IN THE LORD'S CHURCH. AND YOU MIGHT REMEMBER THAT PAUL SAID IN CHAPTER 1 - DID I BAPTIZE YOU? AND HE WENT ON TO MAKE EXPLANATION THAT THESE WERE THE THINGS THAT WERE CAUSING GREAT DIVISION IN THE CHURCH. AND SO HE MADE THIS STATEMENT HERE IN VERSE 21 OF CHAPTER 3, “THEREFORE LET NO ONE BOAST IN MEN.” DON'T BOAST IN PAUL, DON'T BOAST IN APOLIS, DON'T BOAST IN CEPHAS BECAUSE THESE ARE WHAT? THESE ARE MERELY JUST MEN.

WE HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM GOING ON IN THE RELIGIOUS WORLD TODAY - AND THAT IS PEOPLE WILLING TO BOAST IN SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT DESERVE OUR BOASTING. AND THAT IS SOME PASTORS, SOME PREACHERS, SOME PRIESTS - PEOPLE WHO REPRESENT, AS THEY SAY, THE WORD OF GOD WITHIN THEMSELVES. THEY ARE REALLY NOT PREACHING AND TEACHING GOD'S WORD. NOW, YOU MIGHT SAY TO YOURSELF - WELL, ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THAT? WELL YES. I MIGHT ASK YOU TO LOOK AT YOUR OWN RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATION, YOUR OWN RELIGIOUS GROUP, YOUR OWN WHAT YOU MIGHT REFER TO AS A DENOMINATION. PERSONALLY I'M NOT A PART OF ANY DENOMINATION. I'M A PART OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH, THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST ROMANS 16:16, THAT YOU READ ABOUT IN ACTS CHAPTER 2. BUT YET WE HAVE EVEN SOME IN THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST WHO ARE BOASTING AFTER MEN. BUT AGAIN BACK TO WHAT I WAS SAYING - THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO PUT THEIR SOUL SALVATION IN THE HANDS OF THOSE WHOM THEY CLAIM TO BE THEIR RELIGIOUS LEADERS, AND REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEY SAY WHETHER IT'S FROM THE BIBLE OR NOT, THEY BOAST CONCERNING THAT PERSON. THEY HOLD UP THAT PERSON AND I GUESS SOMEDAY THEY HOPE TO HAVE THAT PERSON STANDING BEFORE GOD WITH THEM BECAUSE THEY TRUST COMPLETELY IN WHAT THAT PERSON SAYS.

WELL NOW, THE BIBLE AS FAR AS THE NEW TESTAMENT IS CONCERNED - AS FAR AS CHRIST HIMSELF IS CONCERNED, HE MENTIONED THERE ARE WOLVES IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING. HE ALSO MENTIONED TO HIS DISCIPLES ON MANY OCCASIONS THAT THEY NEEDED TO BE CAUTIOUS CONCERNING THE PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD; HOW THEY WOULD LEAD PEOPLE AWAY FROM GOD. THIS CONTINUED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT BEGINNING WITH THE BOOK OF ACTS AND ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE APOSTLES AND EVEN IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION, WARNING AFTER WARNING IS GIVEN CONCERNING FALSE TEACHERS. THOSE WHO CLAIM TO BE SERVANTS OF GOD BUT YET WHO WERE NOT TRUE SERVANTS OF GOD, AS THEY PROCLAIMED NOT GOD'S WORD BUT THEIR OWN WORD AND ATTRIBUTED IT TO GOD HIMSELF. SHOULD WE NOT PAY ATTENTION TO THIS? SHOULD WE NOT BE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS? YES, CERTAINLY. I HONESTLY DO NOT CARE WHO IS PREACHING THE WORD OF GOD - AND IF HE'S PREACHING THE WORD OF GOD, THAT IS IN THE CHURCH. NOW, PEOPLE WHO ARE ASSOCIATING THEMSELVES WITH THE RELIGIONS OF THIS WORLD - THEY PREACH AND THEY PREACH THEIR OWN GOSPEL AND YET IT IS NOT A GOSPEL. IT IS NOT A TRUTH THAT CAN BE FOUND IN GOD'S WORD.

THERE'S A WORD THAT WE NEED TO CONSIDER HERE THIS MORNING - AND THAT IS FAITHFUL. REMEMBER WHAT PAUL SAID TO THE YOUNG PREACHER TIMOTHY IN 2 TIMOTHY 2:2? HE SAID THE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED FROM ME AMONG MANY WITNESSES THE SAME COMMIT THOU TO FAITHFUL MEN WHO SHALL BE ABLE TO TEACH OTHERS ALSO. WHAT DO WE MEAN BY FAITHFULNESS? IT HAS TO RELATE TO GOD'S ETERNAL WORD. THOSE WHO PREACH THE WORD OF GOD AFTER THEY HAVE WHAT? 2 TIMOTHY 2:15, WHERE IN THE KING JAMES VERSION OF THE BIBLE IT SAYS STUDY, NEW KING JAMES SAYS GIVE DILIGENCE, TO SHOW THAT YOU ARE A SERVANT OF GOD RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH. STUDY TO SHOW YOURSELF APPROVED UNDER GOD. A WORKMAN THAT NEEDS NOT TO BE ASHAMED RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH. THERE IS A WORD OF TRUTH. THERE IS A TRUTH THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US, BUT YET SOMETIMES EVEN SO-CALLED PASTORS AND PREACHERS AND PRIESTS AND OTHERS SAY WELL, DON'T BELIEVE WHAT'S IN THE BIBLE. THAT WAS WRITTEN IN ANOTHER AGE AND SO THEREFORE, I'M TELLING YOU WHAT GOD SAID OR THEY SAY THEY RECEIVED A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM GOD, THAT'S WHEN YOU REALLY NEED TO BE CONCERNED BECAUSE THAT PERSON IS TRYING TO LEAD YOU DOWN A PATHWAY TO NOT BELIEVING THE TRUTH THAT IS ABSOLUTELY FOUND IN GOD'S WORD.

DO PEOPLE FALL AWAY FROM THE TRUTH, THAT IS ARE THERE PREACHERS WHO DO NOT PREACH THE TRUTH? WELL, MOST CERTAINLY! WHAT DID PAUL SAY IN GALATIANS 1:6-9? HE ESTABLISHED CHURCHES THROUGHOUT THE PROVIDENCE OF GALATIA. AND HE WROTE THEM BACK A LETTER JUST A FEW YEARS LATER AND HE WARNED THEM - HE SAID, BRETHREN (THIS IS GALATIANS 1:6-9) I MARVEL THAT YOU ARE SO REMOVED FROM THE WORD THAT HAS BEEN SPOKEN UNTO YOU. AND HE SAID HERE'S THE PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM THAT YOU'VE BEEN REMOVED FROM THAT WORD IS BECAUSE YOU HAVE ACCEPTED WHAT MEN HAVE COME AND TAUGHT YOU THAT IS NOT IN GOD'S WORD. HE SAYS, BUT THERE ARE SOME AMONG YOU WHO WOULD PERVERT THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. AND THEN HE WENT ON TO SAY, BUT IF WE OR ANYONE COMES UNTO YOU AND PREACHES ANY OTHER GOSPEL UNTO YOU THAN WHAT HAS BEEN PREACHED UNTO YOU, LET HIM BE ACCURSED OF GOD. I THINKS THAT'S A PRETTY SERIOUS WARNING DON'T YOU?

PAUL, WHEN HE WAS SPEAKING TO THE ELDERS AT THE CHURCH OF THE CHURCH OF EPHESUS WHEN HE WAS THERE IN MELITA WITH THEM, HE MADE A STATEMENT IN ACTS 20. I'D LIKE FOR US TO TURN OVER TO ACTS CHAPTER 20:29-30. ACTS 20:29-30. NOW PAUL WAS ABOUT TO LEAVE MELITA AND HE WAS GOING TO GO TO JERUSALEM WHERE THE BRETHREN WERE WARNING HIM THAT HE WOULD BE KILLED IN JERUSALEM. AND HE WASN'T CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. HE WANTED TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. BUT WE SEE HERE IN ACTS 20:29-30 IT SAYS, AS WE READ THAT PAUL WAS VERY CONCERNED BECAUSE HE SAID, “FOR I KNOW THIS, THAT AFTER MY DEPARTURE SAVAGE WOLVES,” WILL DO WHAT, “WILL COME IN AMONG YOU, NOT SPARING THE FLOCK. ALSO FROM AMONG YOURSELVES MEN WILL RISE UP, SPEAKING PERVERSE THINGS, TO DRAW AWAY THE DISCIPLES AFTER THEMSELVES.” SO WHAT WAS PAUL EXPECTING? HE WAS EXPECTING FALSE TEACHERS TO COME IN - FIVE BOOKS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT ARE WRITTEN MAINLY TO CONFRONT THE PROBLEM OF FALSE TEACHERS.

SO DO WE NEED TO TRY THE SPIRITS TO SEE WHETHER THEY ARE OF GOD? MOST CERTAINLY. AND HOW DO WE TRY THOSE SPIRITS? BY LOOKING INTO THE PAGES OF GOD'S WORD AND TO RIGHTLY DIVIDE THE WORD OF GOD; UNDERSTANDING THE WORDS AND THE CONCEPTS AND IDEAS ACCORDING TO GOD'S MIND, NOT OUR MIND OR SOME PRECONCEIVED DOCTRINE, AND FOLLOW AFTER THOSE TEACHINGS - THE TEACHINGS OF GOD. IF ANY MAN PREACH, LET HIM PREACH WHAT? PETER SAID THE ORACLES OF GOD. AND SOME PASTORS AND TEACHERS AND SOME PRIESTS AND OTHERS WILL SAY IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS. THIS IS THE TRADITION OF OUR CHURCH AND THIS IS WHAT WE BELIEVE AND THIS IS WHAT WE'RE GOING TO PRACTICE. AND WHAT HAPPENS? THOSE SHEEP JUST FOLLOW THOSE GRIEVOUS WOES THAT ARE DRESSED IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING.

NOW I'M GIVING YOU A WARNING AND IT'S RIGHTFULLY SO BECAUSE PAUL SAID TO THE ELDERS FROM EPHESUS THAT HE HAD WARNED THEM FOR A PERIOD OF SEVERAL YEARS WITH TEARS, CONCERNING WHAT? THE FACT THAT THERE WOULD BE SOME WHO WOULD COME AMONG THEM AND PERVERT THE GOSPEL. ARE YOU IN THAT CONDITION TODAY MY FRIEND? WHETHER YOU'RE IN THE CHURCH OR WHETHER YOU'RE IN A DENOMINATION - ARE YOU IN THAT CONDITION? ARE YOU BEING LED BY SOME SAYING I'M OF PAUL, I'M OF APOLIS, AND I'M OF CEPHAS, I'M OF JERRY, I'M OF JOHN? ARE YOU FOLLOWING AFTER MEN? WELL CERTAINLY THAT SHOULD NOT BE THE CASE.

WHAT WAS THE POSITION OF THIS FAITHFUL PREACHER - THE APOSTLE PAUL? I CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO WHAT HE SAID IN THE BOOK OF 1 THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 2. WE KNOW THAT THE APOSTLE PAUL APPROACHED THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL IN A VERY UNIQUE WAY BUT THE WAY THAT GOD WANTED HIM TO APPROACH THE PREACHING THE GOSPEL. YES, ON THE SECOND MISSIONARY JOURNEY OF PAUL WHEN SILAS WAS WITH HIM, PAUL ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH IN THESSALONICA - ACTS 17:1-10. HE WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL IN THESSALONICA, LEADING PEOPLE TO GOD THROUGH AN OBEDIENCE TO THE GOSPEL. BUT HOW DID HE ACHIEVE THAT? NOW, THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO LOOK INTO WHEN YOU LOOK AT THOSE WHOM YOU CLAIM ARE YOUR SPIRITUAL LEADERS. WHO ARE THEY? WHAT ARE THEY DOING? WHAT ARE THEY TEACHING? PAUL SAID, AND WE SEE IN VERSE 2 OF CHAPTER 2 - THAT HE WAS STRAIGHTFORWARD AND HONEST AND HE WAS STRONG AND COURAGEOUS.(VERSE 2) BUT EVEN AFTER WE HAD SUFFERED BEFORE AND WERE SPITEFULLY TREATED AT PHILIPPI, AS YOU KNOW, WE WERE BOLD IN OUR GOD TO SPEAK TO YOU THE GOSPEL OF GOD IN MUCH CONFLICT. BEING HONEST WITH THEM, AS WE SAID LIKE IN VERSE 3, “FOR OUR EXORTATION DID NOT COME FROM ERROR OR UNCLEANESS, NOR WAS IT IN DECEIT.” YES, HE WAS TEACHING AND PREACHING THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.

IN VERSES 4 AND 5, WE SEE THAT HE WASN'T NECESSARILY A CHARISMATIC PERSON. IN FACT, AS YOU READ THE HISTORY OF THE APOSTLE PAUL - EVEN IN THE TEXT ITSELF, HE CLAIMED NOT TO BE ELOQUENT OF SPEECH. EVIDENTLY HE WASN'T A MAN THAT WAS VERY PLEASANT TO LOOK UPON. HE WAS NOT A CHARISMATIC PERSON BUT HE WAS A PREACHER WHO WAS PREACHING THE WORD OF GOD. HE SAID HERE IN CHAPTER 2 OF 1 THESSALONIANS, “BUT AS WE HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY GOD TO BE ENTRUSTED WITH THE GOSPEL, EVEN SO WE SPEAK; NOT AS PLEASING MEN, BUT GOD WHO TESTS OUR HEARTS. FOR NEITHER AT ANY TIME DID WE USE FLATTERING WORDS, AS YOU KNOW, NOR A CLOAK OF COVETOUSNESS. GOD IS WITNESS.” SO THEY WEREN'T REQUIRING ANYTHING FROM THOSE PEOPLE. THEY WANTED TO PREACH AND TEACH THE WORD OF GOD IN ITS SIMPLICITY AND IN TRUTH. AND THEY WERE NOT SEEKING THE PRAISE OF MEN. O'HOW SO MANY PREACHERS AND SO-CALLED RELIGIOUS LEADERS DO THIS. BUT PAUL SAID IN 1 THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 2:6, “NOR DID WE SEEK GLORY FROM MEN, EITHER FROM YOU OR FROM OTHERS, WHEN WE MIGHT HAVE MADE DEMANDS AS APOSTLES OF CHRIST.” THEY COULD'VE MADE DEMANDS AS APOSTLES OF CHRIST. THEY COULD'VE PLAYED UP THE POINT THAT WE ARE APOSTLES OF CHRIST.

AND HE HAD TO PROVE HIS APOSTLESHIP TO THE CORINTHIAN BRETHREN BECAUSE THERE WERE FALSE TEACHERS CLAIMING TO BE APOSTLES OF GOD AND PREACHING THE WORD OF GOD. AND THEY WERE NOT IN THE CITY OF CORINTH. BUT PAUL WAS PREACHING AND TEACHING THE WORD OF GOD AND HE WAS NOT SEEKING THE PRAISE OF MEN. HE SAID TO THE CHURCHES OF GALATIA IN GALATIANS 1:10, IF I WOULD SEEK TO PLEASE MAN, I WOULD NOT BE A SERVANT OF GOD. IS THAT THE TYPE OF SPIRITUAL LEADER THAT YOU HAVE? ONE WHO'S TRULY HUMBLE BEFORE GOD AND PREACHES THE WORD OF GOD IN SIMPLICITY AND IN TRUTH. CONSIDER THIS VERSE IN 2 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 2:17 - PAUL SAID TO THE CHURCH AT CORINTH, “FOR WE ARE NOT, AS SO MANY, PEDDLING THE WORD OF GOD.” IS YOUR PREACHER INTERESTED IN MONEY MORE THAN HE IS IN PREACHING THE TRUTH FROM GOD'S WORD? IS HE MORE INTERESTED IN PLEASING MEN RATHER THAN PREACHING THE TRUTH FROM GOD'S WORD? HE SAID WE'RE NOT PEDDLING THE WORD OF GOD BUT OF SINCERITY - BUT AS FROM GOD WE SPEAK IN THE SIGHT OF GOD IN CHRIST.

BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST AND FRIENDS AND THOSE WHO ARE WANTING AND SEEKING TO DO GOD'S WILL, WE NEED TO BE SURE THAT THOSE WHO ARE TEACHING US ARE TEACHING US THE TRUTH. AND THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY THAT I KNOW TO KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THAT IS TRUE OR NOT - AND THAT IS FOR YOU TO OPEN UP YOUR BIBLES AND TAKE WHAT GOD'S WORD SAYS AND TAKE IT SERIOUSLY AND UNDERSTAND THAT THIS BOOK OF BOOKS CONTAINS THE INHERRANT, ALL-SUFFICIENT, INSPIRED WORD OF GOD. AND THAT'S WHAT WE MUST FOLLOW. AND THAT'S WHAT WE MUST PRACTICE.

SO TODAY THE LESSON THE YOURS. YOU HAVE THE POWER WITHIN YOURSELF TO ACCEPT GOD'S TRUTH OR TO REJECT GOD'S TRUTH. AND I SINCERELY PLEAD WITH YOU TODAY - NOT TO LISTEN TO RAY, WHO IS THE ONE WHO IS BASICALLY ON THIS PROGRAM FROM WEEK TO WEEK OR MYSELF OR ANY OTHERS - UNLESS YOU UNDERSTAND AND KNOW FOR SURE THAT WE ARE PREACHING AND TEACHING GOD'S WORD AND THAT ALONE. THAT'S WHAT'S SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE UPON THAT DECISION IN OUR MIND TO DO SO, WILL DETERMINE WHETHER WE SPEND AN ETERNITY IN HEAVEN OR HELL. I PLEAD WITH YOU AND I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU THAT YOU ACCEPT HIS WORD AND FOLLOW IT THROUGHOUT YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. MAY GOD BLESS YOU.

CLOSING COMMENTS

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY, IN GIVING THIS TIME TO GOD. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND BLESSING TO ALL OF US. WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY LORD’S DAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS OFFERING FOR GOD!

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PRAISE BE TO GOD FOR THE BROTHERHOOD WHICH WE HAVE AS A BLESSING FROM OUR CREATOR, TO ENJOY THE LOVE AND SUPPORT OF THOSE OF LIKE PRECIOUS FAITH ON THIS EARTH. TRULY IT IS A WONDERFUL THING TO BE AMONG THE FAITHFUL OF CHRIST. THANK GOD FOR THIS WONDROUS GIFT!