THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 10-27-19



LESSON TITLE: THE HALF WAS NOT TOLD ME - GOD'S PLAN



WELCOME

HOW WONDERFUL IT IS TO KNOW GOD AND TO HAVE THE HEALTH, STRENGTH, AND WILLPOWER TO GIVE THIS TIME TO HIM ON THIS LORD'S DAY MORNING. THANK YOU FOR PUTTING GOD FIRST TODAY AND CHOOSING TO COMMIT THIS TIME OF OFFERING TO HIS SERVICE. TODAY, WE WILL AGAIN BE UPLIFTED THROUGH OUR COMMITMENT TO SERVING GOD AS COMMANDED, AS WE APPROACH HIS ALMIGHTY THRONE. HOW ENJOYABLE IT WILL BE TO WORSHIP OUR GOD THROUGH PRAYER, SONG AND THE STUDY OF HIS MATCHLESS WORD. WON'T YOU DO YOUR PART THIS MORNING TO SEE THAT OUR WORSHIP TOGETHER IS ACCEPTABLE SO THAT OUR GLORIOUS CREATOR MAY BE GLORIFIED? NOW, AS WE BEGIN OUR OFFERING TO GOD, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY OF LIFE AND EVERYDAY OF LIFE. WE KNOW THAT EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE IN LIFE IS A BLESSING FROM YOU AND FATHER ALL GOOD THINGS COME FROM YOU FOR YOU ARE A LOVING GOD AND A CARING GOD. WE MOST OF ALL THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT GIFT OF JESUS FOR WE KNOW THAT HE GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND JUSTIFIED NOT ONLY THIS DAY BUT EVERY DAY OF LIFE AS WE ARE OBEDIENT TO YOUR WILL. UNDERSTANDING THAT THOSE WHO ARE JUSTIFIED BY GRACE LOVE AND MERCY THAT YOU OFFERED THROUGH JESUS WILL HAVE NOT ONLY HOPE TODAY BUT HOPE ETERNALLY. AND FATHER HELP US TO LIVE EACH AND EVERY DAY KNOWING THAT THIS IS OUR GOAL AND THAT WE WANT TO LIVE IN HEAVEN WITH YOU FOREVER. FATHER MAY WE DO ALL THINGS IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH NOW AS YOU HAVE COMMANDED US AS WE WORSHIP YOU. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY AMEN.

HOW EXCITING IT IS TO WATCH THE FIRST STEPS OF A SMALL LITTLE BABY. AND HOW MANY THINGS A CHILD HAS TO LEARN AS THEY BEGIN TO WALK AND BECOME MOBILE IN THIS LIFE. EVEN AS ADULTS WE OFTEN WONDER WHICH WAY TO GO OR WHICH ROAD TO TAKE. THIS MORNING, WE WANT TO BEGIN WITH A SONG THAT REMINDS US THAT GOD WILL SHOW US THE WAY, FOR HE HAS LAID DOWN THE STEPS AND GONE BEFORE US. SO, WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING, "I KNOW THE LORD WILL FIND A WAY."



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



WE MENTIONED EARLIER THOSE FIRST STEPS IN LIFE THAT A BABY TAKES AND WHETHER YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT A BABY IN A LITERAL SENSE OR A BABY IN A SPIRITUAL SENSE, WE ALL HAVE TO BEGIN SOMEWHERE TO BECOME WHAT WE ARE TODAY. THE GOOD THING IS, WE CAN COUNT ON A LOT OF HELP ON THE WAY. AGAIN, WHETHER WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE FIRST STEPS OF A CHILD OR THE FIRST STEPS OF A NEW CHILD OF GOD WE ALL NEED HELP. THAT PARENT THERE BESIDE US HOLDING OUR HAND. THAT LOVING INDIVIDUAL READY TO CATCH US WHEN WE FALL. WELL IN OUR PHYSICAL PARENTS WE HAVE THAT HELP AND THUS WE LEARN TO WALK, WE GROW AND WE BECOME THE ADULTS WE ARE. SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING, WE ALSO HAVE THE PARENT, GOD IN HEAVEN. AGAIN, HE IS THERE, HOLDING OUR HAND, READY TO CATCH US WHEN WE FALL. I THINK THAT DAVID UNDERSTOOD THIS WHEN HE SAID, "OUR HELP IS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH," PSALM 124:8. WOW, WHAT A STATEMENT! YES, WE HAVE HELP, AND IT COMES FROM GOD HIMSELF. BUT CONSIDER THE POWER OF THIS GOD WHO EXTENDS TO US THIS HELPING HAND. THE VERSE SAID, HE IS THE ONE, "WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH." NOW THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A MINUTE. IF OUR GOD IS ABLE TO MAKE HEAVEN AND EARTH, AND IF HE IS ABLE TO MAKE US AND EVEN BREATH INTO OUR BODIES THE BRETHREN OF LIFE. JUST WHAT CAN'T HE DO? THE SAME OLD TESTAMENT WRITER GOES ON TO SAY, "HE IS OUR HELP AND OUR SHIELD," PSALM 33:20. IN PSALM 30:10, HE AGAIN CLARIFIES THAT GOD IS OUR, "HELPER!" IN CHAPTER 55:4, WE READ, "GOD IS MY HELPER; THE LORD IS WITH THOSE WHO UPHOLD MY LIFE." HOW WONDERFUL IT IS TO KNOW THAT OUR GOD IS THERE AND THAT HE IS NOT ONLY WILLING BUT ABLE TO UPHOLD OUR LIVES. WHY NOT TRUST MORE IN THE LORD AND TURN YOUR LIFE OVER TO HIM. AND NOT ACCORDING TO WHAT YOU WANT OR THINK, BUT ACCORDING TO WHAT HE DESIRES ACCORDING TO HIS LOVING AND PRECIOUS WILL. ARE YOU RELYING ON THE HELP OF GOD? ARE YOU COMPLETELY SUBMITTING TO HIS WILL?

TODAY WE WILL BE CONCLUDING OUR SERIES ENTITLED, "THE HALF WAS NOT TOLD ME!" OUR FINAL LESSON IN THE SERIES WILL DEAL WITH, "GOD'S PLAN FOR SALVATION!" SO STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, I WILL BE LEADING US IN THE MAIN THOUGHTS OF THE DAY. BUT FOR NOW LET'S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, "WHO AT THE DOOR IS STANDING."



LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS



WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING WITH US AT THIS TIME AS WE NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD AND CONSIDER OUR FINAL LESSON THAT WITHIN OUR SERIES OF THE HALF IS NOT BEEN TOLD. YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME A VERY FAMILIAR PASSAGE IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 11. WHERE JESUS IN VERSE 28 SPOKE OF THE NEED THAT WE HAVE TO COME TO HIM IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO FIND REST. REST FROM LABORERS REST FROM OUR WEARINESS AND CERTAINLY ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS THAT GOD OFFERS US AS THOSE WHO KNOW OR DESIRE TO KNOW HIM OR WHO LOVE HIM OR DESIRE TO LOVE HIM IS THE HOPE OF NOT ONLY THE THINGS OF THIS LIFE BUT ALSO THE PROMISES OF THAT LIFE TO COME. AS OF THE QUESTION WE NEED TO BEGIN TO ASK AND THAT WE DESIRE TO ASK THIS DAY IS WHAT IS IT THEN WITHIN THE MEANING OF COMING TO CHRIST HOW DO WE COME TO CHRIST IF? I WERE TO WANT TO KNOW HOW TO COME TO CHRIST CERTAINLY THE PERSON THAT I WOULD NEED TO CONSULT IS CHRIST OR GOD HIMSELF. WE KNOW THAT JESUS TELLS US THAT THE WORD THAT HE SPOKE WAS THE WORD OF THE FATHER AND AT THE WORD OF GOD THE WILL OF GOD IS DELIVERED FOR US REVEALED FOR US IN THE SCRIPTURE. THE WORD OF GOD. SO IF I WANT TO KNOW HOW TO COME TO JESUS OR TO FIND MY WAY TO GOD I GO TO THE SCRIPTURE. AND SO THEN WE LOOK AT FAMILIAR VERSES LIKE JOHN 14 VERSE 6 WHERE JESUS SPOKE OF BEING THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE AND HE SAID NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME SO WE CAN VERY QUICKLY BEGAN TO ASSESS AND UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS A CERTAIN WAY A CERTAIN METHOD TO FIND OURSELVES IN CHRIST OR A FOLLOWER OF GOD A PART OF THE FAMILY OF GOD AND THEN WE WOULD UNDERSTAND AS WELL BASED ON WHAT GOD HAS ALWAYS REQUIRED EVEN UNDER THE OLD LAW THAT THEN THERE ARE THINGS THAT ARE REQUIRED TO BE FAITHFUL IN THAT. SUCH AS UNDER THE OLD LAW THOSE OF ISRAEL WHO ARE FAITHFUL HAD TO BE CIRCUMCISED THERE WERE CERTAIN PARTS OF THE LAW THAT WERE REQUIRED TO BE OBEYED IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED AS AN OBEDIENT OR A FAITHFUL CHILD.

ONCE AGAIN IF I WERE TO SAY THEN HOW DO I COME TO CHRIST AND BY COMING TO CHRIST THAT I HAVE ACCESS TO THE FATHER WHILE THE WAY THAT I COME TO CHRIST IS I ASKED CHRIST I FIND OUT FROM CHRIST WHAT HE REQUIRES AND I'M MENTIONING THAT AGAIN BECAUSE WHEN WE LOOK AT WE READ THE BIBLE WE CAN UNDERSTAND NOT ONLY BY COMMANDMENT BY EXAMPLE AND EXAMPLES OF THOSE WHO DID SUCH WHAT IS REQUIRED TO COME TO CHRIST OR TO OBEY IN ORDER THAT WE ARE IN CHRIST OR A PART OF CHRIST. AND SO CERTAINLY WOULDN'T BE ENOUGH FOR YOU TO SIMPLY CONSIDER ONLY WHAT I SAY AND JUST DO WHAT I SAY. OR YOU LOOK AT ANOTHER RELIGIOUS INDIVIDUAL OR A PREACHER ARE SOME SORT OF RELIGIOUS LEADER AND YOU JUST DO WHAT THEY SAY WHAT THEY CLAIM TO BELIEVE AND CERTAINLY WOULDN'T BE ENOUGH JUST TO DO WHAT SOME RELIGIONS SAYS WHAT SOME GROUP OF RELIGIOUS PEOPLE SAY AND THE REASON IS OBVIOUS BECAUSE WE LOOK AROUND SPRINGFIELD ARE YOU LOOK AROUND MISSOURI YOU'LL FIND A DIFFERENT ANSWER EVERYWHERE YOU GO AND YOU IF YOU GO TO ONE GROUP AND YOU SAY WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO BE SAVED? HOW DO I COME TO CHRIST? THEY MIGHT TELL YOU ONE THING AND SOMEONE ELSE MIGHT TELL YOU ANOTHER. YOU'VE HEARD THE ANSWERS BEFORE SOME PEOPLE MIGHT SAY WELL BASICALLY DOESN'T MATTER WHY YOU DO BECAUSE CHRIST IS ALL READY PREDETERMINED HE'S ALREADY PREDESTINED ALL THINGS AND ALL PEOPLE AND SO IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU DO, GOD'S GONNA MAKE HIS DECISION AS HE ALREADY HAS AND THEN YOU'RE JUST GOING TO BE A PAWN IN THE DECISION THAT GOD MAKES. WELL THAT'S THE CONCEPT AT LEAST IN PART OF CALVINISM THAT OFTEN IS TAUGHT. WE CAN GO TO ANOTHER IDEA. SOMEONE MIGHT SAY WELL IF YOU'LL JUST ACCEPT JESUS IN YOUR HEART NO MATTER WHAT ELSE JUST ACCEPT JESUS IN YOUR HEART THEN YOU'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO COME TO GOD AND THEN HE'S GOING TO COME TO YOU AND YOU'RE GOING TO BE ONE WITH GOD WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? WHERE IS THE SCRIPTURE THAT SAYS ACCEPT JESUS IN YOUR HEART AND YOU'RE JUST SAVED NOTHING, NO OTHER THINGS REQUIRED. WHERE IS THE SCRIPTURE THAT THAT WOULD SAY FAITH ONLY OR THE CONCEPT IT WOULD SAY GRACE ONLY WELL CERTAINLY WE HAVE TO LOOK BEEN DEEPER AT WHAT JESUS SAID. YOU KNOW WHAT BECAUSE THOSE ARE THING MEN SAY. THAT'S WHY YOU DON'T RECOGNIZE THEM AS BEING SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN GO TO A BOOK CHAPTER IN THE VERSE AND FIND BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT MEN SAY NOT WHAT GOD SAYS. WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU LOOK IN YOUR BIBLE FOR ANOTHER MAYBE POSSIBILITY WHERE SOME MIGHT SAY WELL ALL YOU GOT TO DO IS PRAY THIS PRAYER AND YOU PRAY THE SINNER'S PRAYER THEN YOU WILL BE SAVED. WHERE IS THERE A COMMANDMENT IN THE BIBLE AN EXAMPLE OF THE PRAYER OR AN EXAMPLE OF ANYONE THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT THAT PRAYED A PRAYER AND THEN THEY SAY UPON THIS PRAYER YOU HAVE NOW BEEN SAVED THERE'S NOTHING ELSE THAT YOU MUST DO WHERE IS THAT FOUND? IT'S NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE, NONE OF THOSE THINGS ARE FOUND IN THE BIBLE. AGAIN PROVING THE VERY POINT THAT I TRIED TO START WITH AN UNDERSTANDING.

IF I WANT TO COME TO JESUS I NEED TO KNOW WHAT JESUS SAYS. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT MEN SAY BECAUSE WHAT JESUS SAID IS WHAT THE FATHER SAYS. HE AND THE FATHER ARE ONE. GOD WHO MADE US GOD WHO SENT HIS SON IN ORDER TO SAVE US CERTAINLY ONLY GOD AND THE WILL OF GOD IS WHAT WE CAN FOLLOW TO COME TO GOD AND TO BE SAVED IN GOD. THAT'S INTERESTING BECAUSE AS WE GO TO THE NEW TESTAMENT THERE ARE MANY PASSAGES THAT TALK ABOUT BY COMMANDMENT QUESTIONS WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED? SIRS WHAT MUST WE DO TO BE SAVED THE CONCEPTS THERE MANY TIMES ESPECIALLY IN THE BOOK OF ACTS ARE MENTIONED IN RELATIONSHIP TO WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED AND THEIR CLEAR ANSWERS GIVEN THEY ARE RESPONDED TO VERBATIM IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE COMMANDMENTS REQUIRED.

BUT NOW IF YOU'LL NOTICE WITH ME AN EXAMPLE IT'S THE SAME WE FIND THAT THERE WERE EXAMPLES OF THOSE WHO DID SUCH. OF ALL THE EXAMPLES, ONE OF MY FAVORITE ONE THAT CERTAINLY MIGHT STAND OUT TO YOU AS THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH FOUND THERE IN ACTS CHAPTER 8 AND THE REASON IS SIGNIFICANT IS BECAUSE HERE WE HAVE A MAN WHO WOULD NOT HAVE HAD THAT JEWISH BACKGROUND. HE WAS A PROSELYTE. HE HAD FOUND INTERESTING JUDAISM AND HAVE BEGIN TO BELIEVE IN THE GOD OF THE HEBREWS. PERHAPS BECAUSE OF THE SEPTUAGINT OR BECAUSE OF SOME OF THE ACCESS EVENTUALLY THAT HAD BEEN GIVEN TO SOME OF PROMINENCE TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO READ SCRIPTURE. AND WE KNOW THAT IF YOU'LL NOTICE WITH ME BECAUSE HE HAS A SCROLL OR A BOOK OF ISAIAH IN THAT DAY. THAT TELLS US MOST LIKELY AS THE TREASURER FOR THE QUEEN THAT HE HAD ACCESS TO MANY VALUABLE THINGS. MANY ANCIENT THINGS WITHIN THAT COLLECTION THAT HE IS A TREASURER HAD CARE OF AND THEREFORE HAD ACCESS TO. SO WHAT IS HE ACTUALLY DOING ON THE ROAD? HE'S ACTUALLY READING FROM THE PROPHET ISAIAH. I TELL YOU ONE THING BACK IN THAT DAY THERE WEREN'T TOO MANY PEOPLE THAT COULD DO THAT. WHO HAD THE ABILITY TO DO THAT. WHO HAD THE ACCESS OR TO BE AROUND THOSE WHO HAVE ACCESS TO THE BOOKS. SO HOW INTERESTED IN ACTS CHAPTER 8 THAT IT IS PHILIP, ONE OF THOSE OF BEEN A DISCIPLE A FOLLOWER OF JESUS, WHO IS CHOSEN AND LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO GO AND IN A WAY INTERCEPTED THAT HE MIGHT TEACH THE EUNUCH. YOU'LL NOTICE THAT HE WAS ALREADY READING SCRIPTURE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT BUT HE NEEDED SOMEONE TO GUIDE HIM EVEN THE EUNUCH UNDERSTOOD THAT. AS WE BEGIN TO LOOK INTO THE STORY WE KNOW THERE IN THAT PHILIP COMES OUT TO THE CHARIOT. AND AS PHILIP ARRIVED AT THE CHARIOT THERE SOMETHING THAT IS VERY INTERESTING THAT TAKES PLACE. HE READS AND KNOWS OR RECOGNIZES THAT HE IS READING FROM THE PROPHET ISAIAH IN VERSE 30. AND THEN PHILIP ASKED HIM THIS QUESTION, HE SAYS "DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE READING?". AND IN VERSE 31 THE EUNUCH SAYS "HOW CAN I UNDERSTAND UNLESS SOMEONE GUIDES ME." AND SO THEN PHILIP, LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT AND A SERVANT OF GOD WITH MIRACULOUS POWER GET TO THE CHARIOT, BEGINS TO TEACH THE EUNUCH. AND GUESS WHAT IT IS THAT THE EUNUCH IS READING? HE IS READING FROM ISAIAH THERE IN VERSE 32 OF THIS TEXT WHICH IS FROM CHAPTER 53 IN ISAIAH AND THIS IS THE TEXT THAT IS QUOTED "HE WAS LEAD AS A SHEEP TO THE SLAUGHTER AND AS A LAMB BEFORE THE SHEARER SILENCED. SO HE OPENED NOT HIS MOUTH AND IN HIS HUMILIATION HIS JUSTICE WAS TAKEN AWAY AND WHO WILL DECLARE HIS GENERATION?" NOTICE THIS "FOR HIS LIFE IS TAKEN FROM THE EARTH." WHAT IS IT THAT WAS BEING READ ABOUT? THE PROPHETIC CONCEPT OF A LAMB THAT WAS COMING, YOU AND I KNOW THE LAMB TO BE THE SON OF GOD, AND WHAT WAS THAT LAMB COMING TO DO? TO DIE, TO GIVE HIS LIFE. THE LIFE WOULD BE TAKEN FROM THE LAMB THAT HE MIGHT SHED HIS BLOOD. AND WHAT DO WE KNOW THE RESULTS OF THE SHEDDING OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS ARE? THE RESULTS ARE, ACCORDING TO ACTS 2:38, THAT WE WOULD HAVE FORGIVENESS OF SINS THRU THE SHEDDING OF THE BLOOD, IF WE RESPOND TO THE OBEDIENT REQUIREMENT OF GOD. BUT IN THE SECOND THING WE FIND IN SCRIPTURE IS IN ACTS CHAPTER 20. AND THERE IN VERSE 28 IF YOU'LL NOTICE IS FOUND THERE THAT THE ELDERS OF THE CHURCH AT EPHESUS WERE TOLD THIS, THAT THEY SHOULD SHEPHERD THE CHURCH OF GOD WHICH WAS PURCHASED WITH THE BLOOD OF JESUS. BY THE WAY IN REVELATION CHAPTER 1 VERSE FIVE, WE AGAIN LEARNED THAT THOSE WHO ARE FAITHFUL TO GOD ARE WASHED IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS. SO THE JESUS WAS A CULMINATION OF THE DESIRE OF FORGIVENESS OF SINS TO RECEIVE THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS AND THEN TO BE ADDED TO THE WHAT? THE CHURCH THAT WAS PURCHASED WITH THE BLOOD. AS WE READ HERE GUESS WHAT IT IS THAT BEGINS TO SPEAK ABOUT? OH WHAT ISAIAH SAID NO. NOT JUST WHAT ISAIAH WAS TALKING ON HIS DAY BUT THE PROPHECY ISAIAH WAS DEALING WITH. AND IF YOU'LL NOTICE THERE IT SAYS IN, VERSE 34, THAT HE OPENS UP HIS MOUTH AND BEGINS TO SPEAK TO THE EUNUCH AND IN VERSE 35 IT SAYS AND FROM THE SAME SCRIPTURE PREACH TO HIM JESUS REMEMBER. THE QUESTION WE STARTED? WITH COME TO ME ALL YOU THAT ARE WEARY THAT ARE HEAVY LADEN I'LL GIVE YOU. READ HE PREACHED HIM JESUS TO KNOW JESUS TO KNOW ABOUT JESUS? THE SACRIFICE, THE LAMB, DUMB BEFORE THE SHEARER. AND EVEN GIVING HIS LIFE FOR THOSE WHO WOULD DESIRE TO BE SAVED. THAT'S WHAT HE WAS READING ABOUT. AND THEN PHILIP SAYS THE ONE YOU'RE READING ABOUT IS THE SAME CHRIST THIS SAME JESUS WHO WAS ALREADY CAME AND DIED, SHED HIS BLOOD ON THE CROSS AND NOW HAS RETURNED TO HEAVEN. WHO HAS PURCHASED WITH THAT BLOOD THE CHURCH. NOW AS HE BEGINS TO HEAR ABOUT JESUS FROM THE PROPHECIES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT THERE IN ISAIAH, WHAT THEN IS THE NEXT REACTION THAT WE FIND IN THE EUNUCH? THE EUNUCH DOESN'T SAY WHAT SHOULD I DO? SHOULD I ACCEPT JESUS IN MY HEART? WHAT SHOULD I DO SHOULD I SAY THE SINNER'S PRAYER? HE DOESN'T SAY THAT. PHILIP DOESN'T SAY THAT. WHAT IS THE ONE THING THAT PHILIP EVIDENTLY HAS TAUGHT HIM IN PREACHING JESUS TO HIM. WELL WE KNOW OBVIOUSLY AND VERY MUCH CLEARLY WHAT IT WAS. BECAUSE HERE'S WHAT THE EUNUCH SAYS AS HE PREACHES JESUS TO HIM HE SAYS VERSE 36 AND NOW AS THEY WERE GOING ON HE COMES TO A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF WATER AND THE EUNUCH AND THEN SAID TO PHILIP AS PREACHING JESUS HERE'S WATER WHAT HINDERS ME TO BE BAPTIZED. SO WHAT DO WE KNOW THAT PHILIP WAS PREACHING? WE KNOW THAT HE WAS PREACHING JESUS. WE KNOW THAT HE WAS PREACHING THE KINGDOM BECAUSE ALL THOSE IN THE BOOK OF JOHN MATTHEW MARK LUKE AND JOHN WERE PREACHING IN THE COMING OF CHRIST AND THROUGH THE COMING OF CHRIST, JESUS AND THE KINGDOM. WHY? BECAUSE THE BLOOD WAS GOING TO BE SHED TO PURCHASE THE KINGDOM. THE KINGDOM THAT YOU AND I WILL BE ADDED TO TO WHEN WE BY FAITH DO WHAT GOD SAYS. AND SO HE PREACHES TO HIM JESUS AND HE SAID I WANT TO BE BAPTIZED. YOU THINK HE WOULD'VE BEEN REQUIRED TO REPENT? ACCORDING TO JESUS LUKE 13:3. ACCORDING TO PETER ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST ACTS 2:38 REPENT AND LET EVERYONE OF YOU...REPENTANCE WOULD'VE BEEN REQUIRED. SO CERTAINLY HE HAD BE TAUGHT ABOUT JESUS AND ABOUT WHAT ABOUT BAPTISM AND ABOUT WHAT ABOUT REPENTANCE AND WHAT ABOUT CONFESSION ROMANS CHAPTER 10 VERSES 9 AND 10. CONFESSION IS MADE WITH THE MOUTH UNDER WHAT SALVATION. SO WE KNOW ALL THESE THINGS WERE INVOLVED AND WHAT DO THEY DO? JUST SAY THE PRAYER SAVE THEN WE'RE GOING TO BAPTIZE YOU SO YOU CAN JOIN THE CHURCH. NO. JUST SIT HERE AND ACCEPT JESUS IN YOUR HEART THEN WERE GOING TO BAPTIZED TO JOIN THE CHURCH. NO. HE SAYS HERE'S WATER THEN PHILIP AND THE EUNUCH STOPPED THE CHARIOT. AND HE SAID IF YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART THERE IT IS IN YOUR HEART. A CHANGE OF HEART AND YOU'RE WILLING TO SAY WITH YOUR MOUTH AND WHAT IS IT THAT THE EUNUCH SAYS HE SAYS I BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST THE SON OF GOD/ THEN VERSE 38 THEY BOTH GO DOWN THE WATER PHILIP BAPTIZES THE EUNUCH AND THE EUNUCH COMES OUT REJOICING OUT OF THE WATER REJOICING. WHY WASN'T HE JUST REJOICING BEFORE? WHY DID HE JUST GO ON HIS WAY REJOICING SAYING I GOT BETTER WATER SOMEWHERE ELSE TO BE BAPTIZED IN.

BECAUSE ALL THESE THINGS WERE A PART OF THE PLAN THAT JESUS, THE SAME PLAN THAT IS SEEN IN ACTS CHAPTER 2. ON THE DAY THE CHURCH BEGAN THAT THEY WERE OBEDIENT TO TO REPENT AND LET EVERYONE YOU BE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS AND TO RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AND JUST IMAGINE WHAT VERSE 47 SAYS. IT SAYS THAT THOSE WHO ARE BEING BAPTIZED IN VERSE 31, OVER 3000, WERE BEING ADDED BY THE LORD TO THE CHURCH. HAVE YOU BEEN BY THE LORD TO THE CHURCH TODAY? YOU HAVE YOU DONE WHAT HE COMMANDS. IF NOT, WHY NOT FOLLOW JESUS AND JESUS ALONE, EVEN NOW TO BE FOUND FAITHFUL IN HIS SIGHT.



CLOSING COMMENTS

WHAT A BLESSING IT HAS BEEN TO JOIN TOGETHER IN THE THINGS OF GOD THIS MORNING. THANK YOU FOR DOING YOUR PART IN MAKING ALL THESE THINGS TO BE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. AS ALWAYS, WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY LORD'S DAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OUR SELVES TO THIS OFFERING FOR GOD!

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THANKS BE TO GOD FOR HIS WORD AND THE CLEAR PLAN GIVEN IN IT TO THOSE WHO DESIRE TO BE SAVED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL WE CHOOSE TO SUBMIT TO GOD'S WILL AND GOD'S WILL ALONE? WILL WE BE SATISFIED WITH HIS PERFECT PLAN, OR WILL WE LOOK FOR ANOTHER? BRETHREN AND FRIENDS, "BE NOT DECEIVED," THE ONLY WAY TO ETERNAL LIFE IS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.