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Progressive Sanctification & the True Church Conference

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February 9, 2020 7:00 am

Progressive Sanctification & the True Church Conference

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Was grabber Bibles list go to first Timothy chapter 4 verse 16. I want to build off of this verse again. I did this last Sunday night.

But as I was praying and meditating about the Sunday morning before our conference truth jumped out at me that I want to develop from this passage and talk about this morning. Progressive sanctification and the true church conference Lenny going just defined sanctification literally simply means to set apart to set aside you know my favorite illustration is that when I used to say me and I think were down to one God now but there's been men and a man in our church who likes to cropping fish and he does quite well at it and occasionally as he's bringing in a big old stringer of cropping will start filleting those things and you'll start setting fillets over to the side for me there, set apart their sanctified, cropping, sanctified, goodness limiting the Holy Spirit to work as being set apart and so he said when I've set them apart for special because the past is more special than anyone else is just that he sets them apart for different use than ordinary use go to my house and my family loves and we enjoyed well that's what happens to you and I when we are converted. We are set apart for God. We used to be under the master of the world, the master of the flesh and the master of the devil. But now we been taken out of that domains were placed under God and the master Jesus Christ were set apart.

Now there is a positional sanctification what your truly converted you stand justified. We've Artie talked about that a few weeks ago, we have a new standing before God has nothing to do with our ethics or morality. Our behavior no changes is just a new standing justification. It and then after that standing or you could also call that a positional sanctification that we stand that set apart from God, but in this life in time and space history. We are to be growing or progressing in sanctification. More and more yielded to more and more honoring more and more treasuring of Christ. More and more committed to Christ and his church. And that's the journey that every single truly born again child of God is all progressing insight to vacation. That's what Paul. I'm convinced it is alluding to our out and out saying here in verse 16, the first Timothy four verse 16.

Let's read it together.

Paul says to Timothy, who is overseeing the church there in Ephesus, the Timothy plate.

Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and those who hear you everything. I might not say everything but a large emphasis of the text from the written language is a continuing action persevere in these things, Timothy.

Keep on doing them as you continue in these things keep on doing them and even the word as they hear you is that as it is up a present tense it means to keep on hearing it has the idea of going forward. Progressing forward, continuing forward. So Timothy, as you are faithful to take care of yourself. Make sure you don't let yourself in your your own emotional, physical, mental constitution is is worn out. Make sure you take care of yourself and also be faithful in your preaching teaching ministry, then by that process continually you are saving yourselves that you are saving those who hear you because I thought once saved always say what that's just justification. Salvation includes justification and sanctification which we are to be progressing in and glorification. So he's telling Timothy preaching the faithful preaching of the word will be the primary means not the only but the primary means whereby whereby you and your people will show forth their truly God's children by progressing own, and sanctification of the thousand one, things we can say about the ministry preaching and how it affects us and prods us on reproves us rebukes us instruction instructs us helps us to continue on in this progressive sanctification. But now talk about progress is going to vacation and the true church conference that we have coming up a week from Thursday.

I don't talk in the sense that not only are you as an individual Christian being progressively sanctified, but us as a corporate body. A local church fat family. We are progressively being sanctified and done, you have to understand that the New Testament truth actually in biblical truth. God always views us always teaches us always instructs us as we live out our lives in concert with in this reciprocal relationship with our brothers and sisters in the local church. The New Testament knows nothing of Christianity. Apart from that certain you live your individual home lives to individual marriages things out there in the world understand that that's of God. God's glorified when you honor him in those areas, but all of that is inseparably linked to your communion, your fellowship, your oneness with your local church family.

That's why many many women out many decades ago when we begin reforming our church to biblical health. That's so vitally important because we need in the church. Those who are truly God's so we can enjoy this connectivity.

This reciprocal relationship and be pleasing to God and therefore glorify God. Now back to Paul instructing Timothy edge as you look at Paul's instructions.

All of them that is not just the physical text you find that Paul talks a lot about fighting the pastor is something of a fight. You fight your own flesh you fight the world you fight the devil and then you fight false teachers and false doctrines and in divisions and on and on. All we could go. Paul said, I have fought the good fight, and then he tells Timothy. Timothy you fight the good fight and is Artie told Timothy end up these chapters we've Artie gone through that he's the fight against the false teachers and the false teachings and the endless genealogies in the myths and on and on we could go in God against women who becoming feminist in the church is just that with lots of things now. I think we need to understand is that as we progress in sanctification as a church.

Not only do we maintain our courage and our fight what we must learn with wisdom where we are to be fighting so many of us pastors and particularly young pastors. I used to be one of those we just found everything and they're not all bad. Find symmetric they may all be good fights. They just may not be necessary, fight we have to grow in wisdom to find out.

Not this matters in this matters in this matter.

But those other 12 things. Not only were I just let that stuff go. It takes time to have courage balance with wisdom. So many of us we discharge often to the battle, what were Michael Sam Houston Sam Houston was a Tennessee boy who was a member of the United States Army young man. His commanding general was Andrew Jackson, the Tennessean and a how it went, was Andrew Jackson was the Donald Trump of the day. He was not in the establishment. The Washington DC and the East Coast elites kept the presidency within their circle until Andrew Jackson was elected and I thought what we don't do this while bull and Andrew Jackson was while bull compared to them, but they needed Jackson because every time there's a skirmish like the Battle of New Orleans are an Indian uprising down in the southern region or territories. The guys up in DC in the Northeast would call up Andrew Jackson. He grabbed up his Tennessee volunteers and go take care of it by scout, hat work, we became so popular later he becomes president, but at this point is not president.

At this point he's the commanding general of the Army for the southern region and under him was a man named Sam Houston Sam Houston of the young man was a soldier of unusual courage and valor. On occasion Andrew Jackson was leading his forces to take vengeance on the red stick Indians red stick Indians had massacred a village in Mississippi and they will go get him and sure enough Sam Houston typical Sam rushed into the front line. He takes the arrow to his thigh and Arab bids deep into his thigh. He tells one of his soldiers beside the side. It's a bad pull that out.

The guy try to pull it out when, some use against it pulled out a guy try to get it would come out.

Then Sam Houston said pull it at this time.

If you don't get out.

I'm going. While the guy got it out pulled it out, left a gaping hole, blood gushing everywhere. The minute wrapped it up. He went right back in the front lot that he took a mini ball to the shoulder that fragmented there's shrapnel all in his shoulder that night after the battle. The medic operated on Sam Houston. He said to some of the other soldier said I'm not going take all these fragments out. Sam Houston is not will live through the night anyway. Michael putting through it.

Sam Houston so that was the longest night of his life cold, damp ground in Mississippi. Somehow he lived a few weeks later he's convalesced to the point where he's at least able to travel but is very weak and unable duty fighting makes its way back to Washington DC during the battle of 1812 when he arrived in DC his heart was broken and the thousand thesis British had burned down our capital and it occupied the city. Sam Houston said here I am. I'm weakened and broken emanations in peril and I can do nothing to help historians tell us that after that event.

Sam Houston was changed forever.

He realized from that point onward. Not only must a man have valor encouragement he must balance that with wisdom and discernment and not destroy and ruin his life and over resilience, courage and attacks was the same way in a church so often times we hear of this thing and that thing this new front in that new front. This new approach in that new approach and we charge often all these ministries and we need to back up and not only just have courage and the conviction to go for things that ask are these why are not going to explain my energies over here and find out that one the best when used by Anderson energies to advance my call calls my Lord, what talking about progressive sanctification. Let me give you some marks of progressive sanctification. Some marks now these things not only help you progress in sanctification, but these are also indicators that you are indeed progressing in sanctification.

Let me outline on this way. Number one, and increasing humility and increasing you could say growth in humility.

As we grow in Christ as we study our Bibles all the means and I'll talk about those in just a moment. But as we are progressive being singled in sanctification. There is an increasing knowledge of God or of the divine nature and as we increasingly know of who God is high. Even if you need to be sitting under preacher who is faithful to tell you what the book says about God, not what human sentiment and emotions feels about God. Did you hear me church. We want to know who God is, according to how God revealed himself in the sacred text not to how we feel. He ought to be, as we learn about who you truly is on the other things the glorious doctrine of holiness that God is in every respect. Immeasurably superior to us in the communicable attributes he's given us the things that he's given us that are somewhat like him and then he has those glorious incommunicable attributes were God has things about him like he spirit. He's eternal that are nothing like us and in every way were in all of this grand immeasurable wonder, mystery and glory of the greatness of our God and the more you learn of this, God the more correspondingly you are righteously and rightly bold before this God. We do not preach and we got starved and we do not Treas. God, we can grasp bigger than the he puts us in all, he stirs us with a trembling you are God alone. We just say this increasing humility in Isaiah chapter 6, Isaiah gets a vision of the Lord in the trade: these are angels are crying out holy, holy, holy, the Crowd anything else even bad in in then the human vernacular falls woefully short of the worthiness of who he is and is person indignity. What was Isaiah the righteous.

Isaiah was Isaiah's first response to seeing God woes me. I am ruined. I'm a man of unclean lips, which means what comes out of the heart comes to the lips my heart and cleanup ruin, and I live among a people of unclean lips, would you say with your pastor, though far from perfect, like your pastor today. Your more humbled before the glory and awesomeness of this God than you were 10 years ago.

20 years ago.

Whatever it might be.

There's just a sense of when the spirit helps me and I think on what the Scripture says about my God, I'm just kinda halted in my spirit, and a sense of all in reverence overtakes me, there's an increasing of that as your progressing. In Revelation 1 of the apostle Paul said, I am the chief of sinners.

Repentance is the first cousin of godly humidity, humility, we find ourselves repenting regularly continually of what we are before him and treasuring immensely that Christ is our adequate Savior that we might stand before him, and even know him and be welcomed by well and increasing humility. Secondly, will be an increasing desire for the means of sanctification.

I'm not listing all that can be said about progressive segregation but some of the basic or central thing. Some of the means God has ordained. First of all we have to start with his word.

The word of God. John 17 verse 17's Jesus had sanctified them. In truth, thy word is truth. Now getting into the word for your sanctification. Include your reading the word of God.

Are you reading the word of God regularly and include your study of the word of God though. Don't be an independent spirit. Do all your studying on things you're interested in being part of the harnessing that's wrong on this thing make sure you're starting your Sunday school lesson study were the pastors going in his book preaching is just a preaching. Are you memorizing the word of God. You always have a bursar to always have a verse of the site again always have a verse or two your member you're memorizing in a week and then meditating on it.

Meditation has the idea of regurgitation bringing it back up and musing on it.

I would say the overwhelming majority of the insights God gives me for preaching that seem to really help you and really help me, not in my study, but in my meditation. After I've studied reading and studying and memorizing meditating on it and of course hearing the word preached is not one of the others. All the above.

All these are the means assigned to vacation as we are progressing in sanctification will find ourselves with a deeper desire for these a deeper and higher esteem of these Psalm one verse two says. I delight in the law of the Lord and in his law he meditates day and night prayer.

Another means of sanctification when we neglect prayer or if we are heartless in our prayers that our sanctification is severely hindered. You know, one of the true marks of sanctification progressing in sync vacation at even confirming your salvation is that he is the one you run to, and your trial. He's the one you run to in your prayer, sanctification flounders in a prayerless soul have a biblical structure to your prayer. The model prayer. Such a beautiful prayer to pattern our prayers. After let me free phrase, it is not just that it's beautiful, though it is, is that it's true. Our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Start with howling God to glorify God to making much of God.

The further you progressive thinking patient, the more your prayer life will center on the glory of God. Focus policy. God made much of in my marriage to say God see God made much of him in my children to see God made much of it I called to see God made much of it is church bazaar single will drive an automobile. Of course God is to be made much of and all of her life, particularly in our churches have to say that is almost ridiculous. Of course he should be is the reason we exist is all about him and his glory. I'll get on that in a moment by the way, I think in our private prayers who thinks it's helped me so much of the year just praying to the book of Psalms. Just praying the Psalms back to God. You'll find that it resonates with your own struggles and difficulties, enjoys and victories good thing to do group prayers and that centers here primarily in our small groups where we bonded learned each other know of each other's heart aches and burdens and trials, and we come we we we commit together in to pray for one another and intercede for another, certainly in our family's intermarriages.

Then something I called all instructor, prayer, private prayers group prayers what I call lifestyle praying and I think this might be if I can set this way the height the progressive thinker vacationing prayer life is when your communion with God is pretty well without break you, pray without ceasing.

As you go along in life you just intercede and pray to God. Well, the third thing the means that I will mention only the word normally prayer, but the church family, your treasuring of your embrace of the importance of the local church family to you. You begin to see our God sees it because more valuable to you. Your love for it the way you work with it the way you support the church encouragement you get from the accountability you welcome from it, reproved the disciplines all the things involved in body life that centers here primarily in our small groups as you progressive sanctification that becomes more and more special. You may know some good Christian brothers and sisters at school. Young people you may know some good brothers and sisters in your neighborhood. Some good brothers and sisters in your family, and some good brothers and sisters in your work environment less wonderful and praise God for that.

But all of those things will eventually pass away, but the church will not will always be a church and are steam our treasuring of the local church is increasing as were progressing inside. These are the means of sanctification. So as we progress in sanctification being set apart from God.

Useful for God yielded to God. We see a progression in this gospel humility. I call it, we see a progression in grasping and employing the means assigned to vacation. I then thirdly, we see an increasing look to heaven and increasing look toward heaven there something to this Colossians 3134 if then you have been raised up with Christ. Here's the commander's instruction keep seeking the things above, where Christ is seated at the right in God. This would include the bit the wisdom and the principles of of of heavenly nests that ought to be in our lives. Even the world. The earth, but it also means the very place of heaven that we are increasingly as we progress in syndication, longing to be first to set your mind on things above, not on the things that are on the earth, for you have died in your life is hidden with Christ in God in Christ Christ to his our life is revealed the new also will be revealed with him in glory. Our names are written there in heaven. Our citizenship is recorded there in heaven. Our place is prepared. There in heaven our Lord and Savior is visibly physically present their heaven, our treasure is permanently stored there in heaven. You got really more in heaven and you got here you thought on that lately will progression in sanctification means that there is a growing yearning in your heart that cries out over father to be perfected with you one day in glory. That's the greatest of the greatest of the greatest to me and if you not longing for heaven. You're on the locket long on the earth either because he's coming back here and he's making earth like heaven. Eagle losing the way you might as well get along. Longing for now. Could you don't get it. Then if you don't know him, you won't last long when he gets back he was 1110 Abraham speaking of Abraham, for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. As Abraham was building a physical family and even kingdom you would say from his heart of hearts he was saying I'm looking for greater women. This window an increasing progressing, looking toward heaven. One effect of increasing sanctification is a weakening of the ties to this world and a strengthening of our ties to heaven as the old song says, in the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace. Paul writing here to Timothy says Timothy as you persevere as you continue on and they keep hearing the faithful preaching the word of God, then there progress in syndication.

They will be being saved to good theological way to say that a good bit was like you're not only saved.

Sealed forever justification you are being saved.

Sanctification that's returned here to think you will ensure that you and your people will keep on being saved from the powers of the world the flesh and the devil you progress in syndication enough, you might look at this weight regeneration is birth. Sanctification is growth when you're born, you have a standing you're so-and-so son that just you didn't put you knew anything about that yet you just have that steady all you did was pop out the one we did nothing but you took your father's name that you're standing. That's like justification and from that moment when you took your first breath outside the one that could be parallel to regeneration life outside the womb began rest of this growth rest of its length occasion. Hopefully, as you may use in the human ram as a metaphor. As you grow in this life you live up to the man's name who gave you his name so we spiritually want to live up to the name of the one whose birth tests and regenerated us spiritually and gave us new life.

Well, one final key evidence is so important for where we are and grace laughter to the shows today and for this season leading up to the true church conference and that is an increasing of wisdom and increasing wisdom now want to be careful with how we define wisdom it's it's misunderstood and misused. Often there is a wisdom of the world talk little bit about that, the moment when I thought about that. This is not the collection of knowledge so often in the intellectual are those collected a lot of knowledge.

I just had to have the brain capacity to bring it back up when I need it. That's a good gift that's on the silly thing to do.

Wisdom some of the most wicked things ever walked the earth women intellectuals must not wisdom. I mean, we don't want to be like the foolish/sleep sinful gullible women, some of which were in the church at Ephesus that Timothy's pastor because Paul told Timothy in second Timothy 37 concerning these very fleshly Carl gullible women. They were easy prey for false teachers and false teaching PC-based women are always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the true if I might exemplify a childish if intimate mentor sinful fleshly woman is like dear so-and-so, did you hear someone so they got it. Did you want some self-interest all in their emotions and their just easy prey for the next new fad some false teacher brings up the drive. Their pastors insane. It's your job to lovingly affectionately compassionately be the head of your wives, and if you have a wife who sprawled the chasing the next so-and-so. She loves Beth Moore she loves Jesus so much. Yes, you violate Scripture never thinks teaches I don't care passionately about.

Should is what they're telling you. True to the word of the sea.

Wisdom is not knowledge and wisdom is not passion and emotion.

Wisdom is wisdom. Now, for my purposes in the perhaps there many good definitions maybe one better than my but I will give you a definition of wisdom this morning.

Wisdom is knowledge or intellect rightly divided that glorifies God and achieves his purposes. Taking information, knowledge, Scripture otherwise rightly understanding how it works together all to the end of God being glorified and we are actually achieving his purposes think that's a good place was a thing pastors that apply where where were well where would it not apply your marriages for the glory of God and to achieve his first marriage is not about you prominence by God God and define marriage.

The Supreme Court of the United States does not define marriage God defined marriage, and he hasn't changed his mind so wisdom is taking information and saying okay, let's glorify God, and let's honor his will reveal his word or his purposes.

That's that's a wise person is wisdom first Corinthians 120 reminds us where is the wise man wears the scribe wears intellectual elite of the day wears the dictator.

This age has not God made foolish the so-called wisdom of this world think all that they come out with all their great learning all this stuff all the disciplines all the studies all the research papers all the PhD's winter not God when they are godless just amounts to a bunch of much in the God will make it all foolishness in the end.

In second Corinthians, Paul talked about fleshly wisdom so the wisdom of the world. It's it's not that which comes down out of heaven as the Bible said is that certain earthly demonic wisdom that comes about of the natural man is not wisdom at all exactly called wisdom is actually none wisdom. You see the wisdom of this world misses out on the only thing that matters the wisdom of the world misses everything is for God's glory and to fulfill God's purposes.

Your business is on earth to glorify God and fulfill his purposes.

Your marriage is to glorify God and fulfill his purposes. Your life as a single or young person is to glorify God and fulfill his purposes and certainly God's local churches. How dare we ever think of anything but this are hard to the end of glorifying God and fulfilling his purpose well a few verses cross-references here to think on Colossians 2, two and three that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge not just knowledge but a true knowledge of God's mystery that is Christ himself were three in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge while Ephesians 117 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of glory, may give to you a spirit of the wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. So all the sudden the word of God says it all centers in Jesus Christ stem centers in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the treasuring of true wisdom. So here's what I wanted on so can't comment them if it's all centered in Jesus. He is the embodiment of true wisdom and listening for second, what was Jesus all about what was Jesus all about two things in the broadest sense two things glorify his father achieve his father's purposes. You break it down to save sinners here because that was his father's purposes for his own glory, but all you've got to stop and start with God's glory. God's purpose it's and then the practical things that come under that. That's what people miss it miss it miss it makes it let me show you how prominent we don't have time to do much for me show you a quick how prominent this is Jesus all about God's glory and honor God's will or God's purposes.

John 12 2728 right before the cross, Jesus cries out to his father and said now my soul has become troubled, and what shall I say father, save me from this hour.

Here we see that mystery we can comprehend of the humanity of Jesus saying I'm not looking forward to the torment of death on the cross. Nothing more than that, he saying I'm not looking forward to being separated from you on the cross. He sunk his father and again, be careful here trying to figure out all that you can't figure out the holiness of the communion between the God in this point, but we can figure out the next phrase, but for this purpose I came to this hour so I'm here. This isn't one of several things.

This is anything I'm here for this is if everything else comes under this verse 28 so. Father, glorify your name. This is about God's glory.

Jesus dying on the cross for sinners is more about God than it is about sinners. Are you hearing me it's more about God than it is about sinners is a book about God being glorified that he can save wretches like us who does us missing hail as wonderful as that is.

You start with God and his glory, you always start there.

Don't start if you start anywhere else you've worked wisdom so his first statement of his outcome for this purpose.

This cross verse 20. Father, glorify your name. The voice came out of heaven. I have both glorified it, and I will glorified again. I just have to comment on that. It's as if the father saying old son unit extensive but I'm all about glorifying my name and I'm going to continue to be all about, and the father don't have to say so, so I'm glad you're in agreement.

He knows his sons in agreement.

Just in the anthropomorphic expression of things. The sun is saying to the father where his father worked together on this young glory in your listing to magnify your power was a big glory. I'm going to across and saving for us a people will be ours forever. Jesus is all about God's glory and achieving God's glory through God's will and God's purposes for a lot of us young pastors are usually one of those Lotta church leaders and people get off this for the glory of God.

I will start this ministry for the bar got on the way to minute.

Is it in the book you don't charge up to glorify God in your way. You glorify God his way. That's why Jesus said, is there any other way that this cup could depart for me and the father should know this is the purpose and will apply my plan, my wisdom is for you to doubt across very well then Jesus is the father that swim glorify you your way, according to your John 17 one into Jesus spoke these things and lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said father, the hour has come. This is for the cross. Glorify your son that the son may glorify you to Jesus is all about the glory father even as you gave him a couple authority over all flesh that all whom you have given him. He may give eternal life. So the purpose father must be glorified the plan. I'm going to redeem all those you give to me that they might have eternal life.

The glory of God and the fulfillment of his will is purposes. That's wisdom. That's wisdom.

John 17 nine I asked, not on their behalf. A rather ask on their behalf.

I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom you have given me, for they are yours now so this too many times before, in conjunction with this text, you may not believe in limited atonement. You can still go to church here will still love you but right here. You have to believe in limited intercession before Jesus goes to the cross pieces clearly, you can't exegete that make it mean anything else. I'm not asking on behalf of the world, but only those whom you've given me, for they are yours, that you may have set under skipping exposition skip over these things, but you will. Here's what happened. You miss that it's all about the glory of God not saving the soul that we ought to be about so well be witnessing all the people we can witness to charging everyone. We seek to repent and believe the gospel in anyone everywhere to repent and believe the gospel, God will save them, but in our heart motives. We understand the purpose of it all was that God like Jesus. He had I the treasury wisdom was in Jesus and he was about the glory of God and accomplishing God's purpose and will save those whom the father had given and that is i.e. build churches for time and space history. The kingdom of God is organizing the local churches and were one of those. So Jesus makes it clear my death is not first and foremost about saving everyone that's possible though he's given us the commission is the church to be about that, but from his perspective. His death was not first and foremost about saving everyone that's possible, but by glorifying God fully. You think Jesus would have any problem with saving every person who ever lived. If he chose to think Jesus would have any problem saving everyone who ever lived at the father's will have been for that to be the case. Don't come to me with an impotent limited Jesus. The effectual nature of his atonement and his saving work might be limited.

I believe he is limited, but he is not limited to artists of the world to sinners hiding wanted to because one then Jesus, what's your main thing I main thing is to glorify my father and I do love sinners and I do wish that all repent and believe.

But they won't.

The father has ensured that I not fail is marked out some whom he will work upon by his spirit, and they will repent belief and then we will build our church of all these local churches and they will be to the end of glorifying God, fulfilling his purposes, so now were Christians were little Christ. He saved us he indwells us he is the example for us. He leads us to walk in his wisdom, that is to walk for God's glory and God's purposes and God's glory and God's purposes are centered in God's local churches. Ephesians 321 it's always amaze me the horizontal or the other of the level ground between these two. To him be glory in the church conjunction level ground Christ Jesus. Wow, I would put Jesus above the church and certainly biblical text show is that's the way it is. But the Bible doesn't want to separate the two because he's bad for the body. You don't separate the head and the body that's that's that's that's that's weird that's war. Jesus makes us one with him and he makes the father wants Jesus to be honored and praised along with the church he's redeemed and made one with himself the church is about the glory of God. You can't glorify Jesus without warning going to be glorified through the church to because he loves the church and its connected to him now. Roman Catholics take this and run off to fantasyland with it. Make the church the means of redemption. That's wrong. Christ alone is Christ redeemed churches, one with him now real quick, don't you go sleep on me yet listen to how we close this so now we had Grace live church embrace God's wisdom. We embrace God glorifying himself to the church if we are growing ever progressing in sanctification and walking in a new humility were gaining biblical true wisdom then were growing to embrace. We want God to be glorified in his church, if that's the case, then this upcoming true church conference will be paramount in our hearts, our plans and our resources.

If that's true, then we must pray the true church conference, we must attend faithfully. I know some of you can't come during the daytime sessions but the evening sessions are the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked with the biblical Texas got a big unite here will put your face upon the spring the next Sunday I been threatened that for years have pray attend come to encourage you just don't know how desperately weak. Some of these passes are.

They want to know.

Can I continue on biblically will I make it you got to hear me. I talk to these guys every week you got a bigger you put her arm around him. You gotta shake your hand. You gotta save man. We love you were praying for. Come encourage, pray, attend, encourage, give, give a one time gift for the conference make a generous pledge on that envelope front of what to do for missions of the next year. Here's my challenge to you can this year just to at least a little more than last year.

If it's $0.50 if it's five dollars of his 25 it's if it's 2500 is 25,000 at least side will do little more than last year, missions committee this year. You know we could of never going down this road we could never go down this road we could just stay focused on ourselves would need some of the staff members we could just said no we want our senior pastor to be here for us. We don't we want to give him up to be involved in all of these of the pastor/the church is because if you don't do that you should know about it on our vision statement to be biblical church. God uses as a model for others when you did that you voted to give me away to some extent, nobody's fostering complaint. We did not go down this road website but we did because you are embracing true wisdom God's glory through his churches member Sam Houston after Sam Houston goes to DC and he sees with the British have done to our capital burning ground occupied at Sam Houston changed his view of things little bit later he becomes Gov. Tennessee and then goes through his third divorce adapters. Their divorce he falls in disrepute with the people Tennessean he leaves to go where a lot of men went to go for second chance and that was Texas ones that you have just Texas.

They were talking to the same thing from Lawrence County to say he wouldn't voted back in the office people Tennessee bones about office and he said you can go to you know where I'm going, Texas was a William Travis Jim Daly all those guys, many of them had their own volunteer band of fighters. They all go toward Texas well.

Sam Houston becomes the commander of the Army, Texas, Santa Ana, and his Mexican forces are marching north out of old Mexico one to claim the entire region for Mexico one Davy Crockett, William Travis was the command of Alamo and Jim Daly big booty knife.

All of the leaders of Alamo effort there in that little mission church in in San Antonio called Alamo in general.

Sam Houston told Davy Crockett, William, Travis told those guys get out of their retreat back. You can't overcome sin and he did to mind his armies to strong space and will fight right here.that's what the Santa Ana forces collapsed on San Antonio commandeer the animal and executed everyone there. Santa Ana was a bloodthirsty murderer.

He kept marching north and every time he came upon some of the Texas forces.

He just executed even though they surrender and so his legend grew, Sam Houston, the man of unusual courage and valor did something very unusual. Every time Santa Ana's forces would go north. He calls his Texas are together and they would retreat north further Santa Ana would go a little further north. He retreat further from that goal a bit further north and inside and Sam Houston would retreat his Texas Army further away from so much so he did so many times that his commanders and many of us so to should power which is destroying our brothers in slaughtering our women and children. Sam Houston did mention a word what he was doing he retreat again Santa Ana came forward.

He retreat again and finally an advance scout came back to Sam Houston and said Santa Ana has split his arm into three divisions in the middle divisions marching straight for us and it's Linda Santa Ana himself some uses to patch 1.4 there in center seat that he drew a line in the sand. He rather districts and said when Santa Ana and his forces get here I'll give the command hears all and tell you men remember the Alamo gave the command they charge to get Santa Ana forces at this time divided down into 1/3 and they defeated the Mexicans in a teen minutes, Sam Houston. He's known for taking bullet shots be taken a shot to his leg at a mini ball stuck in his ankle's leg got him propped up under trade.

The battles been one also hears this loud commotion is an income up Dragon on general Santa Ana with them shouting and screaming like we got a executed route air 70s in Sedona and alive. Santa Ana is better than a dead Santa Ana. He said you won't Santa Ana. I will Texas. He got out the formal papers and had sent and a sign over all the property north of the Rio Grande to Texas a few weeks later he had Santa Ana go to Washington DC and declared to our's government that he had seceded all the rights to all that territory to Texas even had to go back to Mexico until the Mexican government. I've given it all to the people of Texas later became state. What's the difference in the Sam Houston who retreated until it was right and the young Sam Houston who charge the red sticks and almost died. He still had the courage and valor, but this time he had wished brothers and sisters what God's leg before us is a true church conference is not just one more thing to charge blindly.

This is Koch. If you can impact this many pastors you better not go the judgment bar of God and said I coasted on that one that we like Sam Houston say now that they're finally down to where I warned about in the third. I can take. So let's lose none of our valor for our Lord and of our courage for our Lord. Let's utilize wisdom. If we can impact church leaders, we can impact multiplied's for the glory of God and by the way Sam Houston did make Santa Ana march up that rivers like it just happened. We didn't ask these guys to come. They asked to come were just doing what God's light before us. Let's give our best for God's glory. If this your true church conference is not just conference. It's impacting pastors of local churches and by the way crisis, the treasury wisdom he's all about the glory of God and God's purposes, which is to build church or school so were right in line with Jesus and orifices

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