“SO  GREAT  SALVATION”                                        HEBREWS  2: 1-8                                                                          Verse 3

 The word “great” here means …. “magnitude; vast and mighty.”  No one who understands the doctrine of salvation would deny that salvation is the greatest thing in the world.  If a person is not saved, nothing else really matters. 

SALVATION …… Sin wrought it; God thought it; the Devil fought it; Jesus bought it; the Word taught it; the Holy Spirit brought it; Faith sought it, and “thank God”, I caught it!

I.      Salvation is great because of our CAPTAIN ………… Hebrews 2:9, 10      Salvation is a PERSON … Not a THING

2.     Salvation is great because of what it COST ………… Hebrews 9:22; Hebrews 9:11-15, 23-28;   I Peter 1:18,19

3.     Salvation is great because of its CONTENTS ………. Deliverance from …. Penalty of Sin; Power of Sin; Presence of Sin

4.     Salvation is great because of its COMPASSION …. Lamentations 3:22; Psalm 78:38; Matthew 9:36: LOVE completely

5.     Salvation is great because of its CONSTRAINING POWER …….. II Corinthians 5:14

6.     Salvation is great because of its CONSTRUCTION .. I Corinthians 3:9; Jude 20; II Corinthians 5:1; John 14:2; Ephesians 2:10

7.     Salvation is great because of its CALLING …………… Mark 2:17; I Thessalonians 5:24; Romans 10:12,13; I John 5:11-13

But, it is not so great unless it is YOURS!




Barnes Evangelistic Ministries

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“DON’T  MUZZLE  THE  OX”

 I Timothy 5: 17 – 25

 Outline:     Chapter 1 --- The WAR of the ministry;   Chapter 2 --- The WATCH of the ministry;   Chapter 3 --- The WAY of the ministry;   Chapter 4 --- The WALK of the ministry;   Chapter 5 --- The WORK of the ministry;   Chapter 6 --- The WORD of the ministry.

 The Bible teaches that there shouldn’t be anything or anyone that MUZZLES the OX or hinders the preaching of God’s Word.

However, the devil has some ways the OX can be MUZZLED:

 1.      By FAILING to be DEPENDENT                                               3.      By being FALSE about DOCTRINE

         2 Tim. 1:8;   2 Cor. 3:5;   1 Cor. 2:4                                                         1 Tim. 5:17;  2 Tim. 2:15;  2 Tim. 4:2

2.      By being FOOLISH to be DECENT                                             See ------ Rev. 2:12 – 17; 1 Tim. 3:6, 7

 

 

“REVIVING IN OUR BONDAGE”

 Ezra 7: 6 – 10; Verses 9 & 10 and Ezra 9: 8, 9

The Book of Ezra belongs to a group of books dealing with the history of the Jewish people who lived in bondage in Babylon, and with some of them who returned to Palestine.  Ezra took about two thousand Jews back to Jerusalem after Zerubbabel had taken about 50,000 back and built the Temple.  Those Jews under Ezra’s preaching had REVIVAL after Ezra did some things we can learn from.  I believe if we will do these things we can have REVIVAL in America!

Introduction:    Ezra was TOUCHED by God ------ Ezra 7:6 …..”the hand of the Lord his God was upon him.”

Why was God’s hand on Ezra?             1) Ezra’s Preparation 7:10 ….. “Ezra prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord.”     2)  Ezra’s Practice v. 10 ……. “and to do it.”     3)  Ezra’s Preaching ……. V. 10 …… “and to teach in Israel statues and judgments.”     4)  Ezra’s Prayer chap. 8:21-23; 9:6 …… In chapter nine (9) we read of Israel’s transgression and sin and Ezra’s confession of Israel’s sin.     If God’s people would do these things today ….. God would put His hand upon us and …. Where His hand is we have His PRESENCE and His POWER!

 

“SOWER, SEED, SOIL”

Luke 8: 4 – 15

                Three things are developed in this parable – The Sower; the Seed; the Soil.   The “sower” is Jesus or the Christian soul winner.   The “seed” is the Word of God.   The “soil” is man’s heart.   The seed test the soil, not the other way around.  The soil is unpredictable.   There is four kinds of soil here:

1.      Verse 12 …………………….. “THE SOLID SOIL”  …………………………… Is hard to plow (Proverbs 13:15)

2.     Verse 13 ……………….. “THE SHALLOW SOIL”   …………………. Has no life system (Matthew 13:21; Romans 11:16)

3.      Verse 14 …………………….. “THE STRANGLED SOIL”   ………………… No lasting fruit (1 John 2:15-17)

4.      Verse 15 …………………….. “THE SOFT SOIL”  ……………………………. Abundant fruitfulness (John 15:1-5)

May we search our hearts and see what kind of “soil” we find.  God’s will is for all His children have hearts of “soft” soil, (Job 23:16; Psalm 22:14).

 

“The Marks of a Great Church”

I Thessalonians 1:1-10

God has chosen the local New Testament church to work through today and until Jesus comes back. The church is the body of Christ (Colossians 1:18); the bride of Christ (Revelation 22:17); the pillar and ground of truth (I Timothy 3:15). Nothing like the church! Obviously, God wants His church to be a great church in doing His work.                                                              Here are some “marks of a great church.”

  1. A great church is an ENERGETIC church………………………..v. 1-3.
  2. A great church is an ELECT church………………………………v. 4, 5
  3. A great church is an EXAMPLE church…………………………..v. 6, 7
  4. A great church is an EVANGELISTIC church…………………....v. 8
  5. A great church is an EXPECTANT church………………………..v. 9, 10

The devil has no great interest in destroying the church; he would rather run it. People do not miss church services because they live too far from the building; they miss because they live too far from God.