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April 23, 2022 8:00 pm
“For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10).
The Baptist Bible lowered no gums to you under the direction of Elder Lucero Bradley Junior will and Sharon Bradley Junior invited you to stay tuned for the message of God's sovereign grace and in and in and in and in and in and in and will and and and and and and will and in the past weeks have been greatly encouraged by the testimony of men whom Rick Hansen expressed how the messages were used of the Lord to be a blessing in their life settlement said it was just exactly what I need.thank God for blessing me to hear the message so I thank God for the privilege of being able to deliver the message, thankful that we can come your way up the same time each week. If you can help us with the expense of the program so we can remain on your station address your letter to the Baptist Bible. Our box 17/37, Cincinnati, OH 45217 and in and in and in and in and in and in and in and in and I will let you know that we are making progress on the upgrading of our website and soon the Baptist witness will be available there if you'd like to help with this project. We certainly would appreciate your assistance. I was recently reading the book of first Thessalonians.
When I came to chapter 1 verses nine and 10. I just stood out to me beyond what they ever had been previously want to read that you first Thessalonians chapter 1 beginning with verse nine, for they themselves show us what manner of entering and we had unto you and how you turned from idols to serve the living and true God and wait for his son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. There a lot of people at the sale doctrine is not really important.
You need to pay that much attention to it as long as we love Jesus. Doctrine doesn't matter, but I was impressed with how much doctrine is found in these two verses. So I decided to use these for my text today trying to think what would be an appropriate title for the message. I couldn't think of anything other than to say much truth in few words. So in this portion some of the doctrines we see first the doctrine of repentance of the word repentance is not used much doctrine of clearly set forth the truth about service serving God. The supremacy of God, the resurrection of Christ the second coming of Christ. Salvation by Christ and final judgment.
All of these are clearly laid out in this portion of Scripture. First of all, we consider conversion people were converted and we start when we go back to verse four with the doctrine of election knowing red in the loving your election of God, all the good things that happened to the people who were members of this church happen because God initiated it all goes back to his purpose in choosing the people before the foundation of the world.
Paul says the reason I knew you were God's elect not because of your miniature background. Your physical appearance because of the way you responded to the gospel. As I preached to.
So the gospel came in power according verse 55 gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance, spirit of God didn't work in the because, as Paul preached the gospel to them.
It was more than just hearing the words that he spoke they received it in the blessing and power of the Holy Spirit in regeneration man is passing.
It's the Holy Spirit of God to quicken those who were dead in trespasses and sins, but in conversion, we act, we are called to respond and we act in this matter of conversion about what is conversion acts chapter 20 verse 21 – testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. So when were talking about conversion with talking back just repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. We know that they were convicted of sin, because that led to turning turning from idols to the true and living God when there's conviction. The Holy Spirit has convicted a man of his sin. He sees himself and is a great center in the side of a holy God. Think about Isaiah saw the Lord high lifted up and heard the angelic host, saying, holy, holy, holy, what was his response always me from a man of unclean lips see God as he is when we see his holdings from receipt of his Majesty we see ourselves as we are fallen sinners with. Think of the lesson Jesus gave concerning the Pharisee and the public and the publican came crime God be merciful to me a sinner.
He made no claim to deserve anything was tried to recommend himself as the Pharisee was simply said, be merciful to me, that's what I'm not so much as lift up his eyes to have cried out, smiling upon his breast. God be merciful to me a sinner and then we think of the testimony, the apostle Paul.
Paul said this is a faithful saying and worthy of all expectation that Christ Jesus came in the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. And I believe there's a multitude of people to join that group and chief when you really amazed to see yourself when you see how far short you come of meeting the standard of perfection that would be required to be acceptable to God's sight made to say I am a great center. The very chief town's not only a matter of seeing the sins that you have committed the sins of the been a part of your life. The things that you've done that you immediately recognized have been wrong but the fact that you have failed to honor God and love God. Matthew chapter 22 verse 36 we read these words man asked Jesus master, which is the great commandment in the law. Jesus said to him thousand love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thousand, love thy neighbor as thyself on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets writes a will or just some terrible sins. I have a committed never have even been tempted toward the very sin itself would be repulsive to me when it comes to this issue which Jesus says is the greatest of all the commandments to love the Lord God with all your mind all your heart, all your soul, how you stack up. You have a side of yourself. You know that you missed the mark terribly. Who could possibly say that in every day of my life in every detail of my life in every choice I made in every activity. I have put God first. I loved him support. I love them with all of the heart, with all my strength become woefully short and will do any better on the second part of love your neighbor as yourself somewhat of a Good neighbor done a lot of nice things for people, proud of the fact that I've been generous and gracious and help people, but you haven't come close to loving your neighbor as yourself. So here are the first and second commandments and importance that Jesus says and when you see yourself in that light, you know, I'm a sinner fact if you love anything better than God. You are an idolater hymn writer says just and holy is thy name. I am all unrighteousness. False and full of sin and thou art full of truth and grace. You see yourself. You acknowledge I am all unrighteousness falls and full of sin. I will next receive genuine repentance. What's the definition.
Repentance means to think again. I'm reconsidering things I'm thinking differently that I've been thinking thinking differently about not thinking differently about myself.
It is to change one's mind or purpose which result in a change of direction that we have an example in our text, there was a change they turn from idols to serve the true and living God when they were convicted of their sin. There was action they turn they turn from their items and Jesus gives us a good example of what repentance is about when we read the book of Matthew chapter 21 verse 28 but what think he a certain man had two sons and he came to the first and said son go to work in my vineyard, and he answered and said I will not. But afterward he repented and went what gets a terrible response lack of respect. The sun had for his father of the father requesting to go work in the vineyard, and he just said I would not do it, but afterward it went and he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said I go, sir, and went not. He was he was very courteous. He was very polite father requesting we got that out though, but he didn't know he didn't open Jesus as winner of the plane did the will of his father and they said unto him, the first Jesus saith unto them, verily I say unto you, that the publicans and harlots go into the kingdom of God before you got here were religious people say we love God. Margaret will know what was about to hand publican the centers repented and did what was expected. Verse 32 for John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and he believed not, but the publicans and the harlots believed him and he when he had seen repented not afterward that she might believe you did not repent. So here we have very vivid example of what repentance is about, even though the sun at first said I will not go away and that's what counts is not what a person says what they do and we see many examples in Scripture of a call to repent.
John the Baptist came on the scene he called on men to repent. When Jesus began to preach in Matthew 417 it says. From that time Jesus began to preach at the same repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. So Jesus preached that men are to repent. Can't be any valid objection raised against breaking repentance when Jesus preached, there are those that don't mind having the doctrine of repentance reached repentance describe the problem and start calling Amanda repent. That's what Jesus was doing and then asked 17 one Paul went to Mars Hill saw the people given to the worship of idols, even to the unknown God says in acts 1730 in the times of this ignorance God winked at now commandment all men everywhere to repent with preach in a full gospel message. We call on men to repent and turn from their idols to serve the true and living God, thankfully, there is grace to repent Chapter 11 verse 18 when they heard these things these things being Peter's report about his visit to the house of Cornelius. People who were disturbed about that because Cornelius was a Gentile and they could imagine going to his house and preaching when they heard these things about how the spirit of God had blessed and visited that occasion they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, then Also to the Gentiles Granted Repentance unto Life.
God Granted Repentance, so If You Have Repented You Have. Thank God for His Grace Greatly. You Repentance. Having Worked in Your Heart to That Place That God Doesn't Repent for You. You Repent, but He Grants the Grace to Repent.
God Doesn't Believe for You, but He Gives You the Faith According to Ephesians Chapter 2 Faith Is the Gift of God Gives What We Call Men Believe Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. So Repentance Is a Gift of Grace. But If the Center Repentance and Then We Think about the Evidence of Repentance. They Turned from Idols and the People of the City of Thessalonica Worship. Many Items and People Work Talk from Early Childhood.
These Are the Gods We Worship. They Knew Them by Name.
They Knew the Descriptive Phrases That Were Attached to the Qualities of Each of These God Were of Man's Own Making for a Lifetime. This Is What the Delete That They Were Committed to the Worshiping of Numerous Books, so It Was No Doubt Challenging Thing for Them. Think I'm Gonna Turn My Back on Everything up and Talk Turn My Back on the Religion of My Parents and Grandparents and Everybody around Me. I'm Going to Become a Follower of Jesus Christ.
Well Items May Take Various Forms and Be Given the Variety of Name They're All in the Same Category As Described in Psalm 135, Beginning with the 15th Verse Items of the Heathen Are Silver and Gold. The Work of Men's Hand. They Have Mounts but They Speak Not I Have Today. But Thanks Enough They Have Ears but They Hear Not, Neither Is There Any Bread in Their Mouth They Make Them My Life under Them. So Was Every One of the Trusted in the Items Are Dead. I Used Was Paul Said in First Corinthians 12 to You Know That You Were Gentiles Carried Away under These Dumb I Even As He Related Seems Foolish to Us Thinking How Could Anybody Be so Misinformed As to Think That Title Statue, Perhaps, or Some Other Form That I Had Taken Her with the Worshiping Animals or Trees or the Sun Is Moving.
Whatever It Was like Anybody Think That Such Items Help Them and It Was Necessary to Contrast Items Are Dan God Is Living Items Are False. God Is True. Items Cannot Deliver God Does Deliver the Turn from Idols to Serve the Living and True God Now Makes It Well.
I Certainly Have Never Been and I Worship That May Well Be That You Have Never Back down before Some Kind of a Statute Some Kind of a Picture That Was Supposed to Represent One That You Would Worship Items Are Not Just Choose Items Are Not Just Creatures of One's Imagination. Idols Are Idols of the Heart. First John 216 Said for All That Is in the World, the Lust of the Flash, the Lust of the Eyes and the Pride of Life Is Not of the Father, but of the World so the Lust of the Flesh, the Desire for Sinful Gratification Can Become an Item, the Lust of the Eyes Things That You See the Thing You Want the Things That You Strive for Lust of the Eyes Can Be United. The Pride of Life. I Want to Prove I'm Superior to Others Will Have the Biggest and Best of Everything. All of the Same Can Become Items so We Talk about Turning from Items Were Not Just Talking about Turning from Worshiping Some Mystical Character Turning from a Statute Talking about Change. As Far As Our Affections in Our Own Heart.
Colossians 3276 Your Affection on Things above, Not on Things on the Earth and True Repentance Is Not Just Remorse. The Person May Be Full of Remorse Because of Some Action Because It's Complicated Their Life Which Made Things Difficult for Them.
They Wish They Had Done It and They Are Sorry They Did It, but True Repentance Includes Not Just Turning from Something, but It Is a Desire for Righteousness. A Desire to Be Holy.
Please Honor and Serve God Hymn Writer Says Old for a Heart to Praise My God from Seamanship Free Heart That Always Feels like Blood Freely Shared with Me and Will in and in and in so Many People from Saved Doctrine Not Important How Much Doctrine Is in Just Leads to Verses Deed Is Important Because It Forms Our View of Who God Is, of His Fullness of His Grace and Mercy. How Thankful We Are for the Truth Here Given Us the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit Using the Apostle Paul, in the Hope You Will Take Time to Write Her Sentiments with at the Same Time with the Lord Richly Bless and in the Baptist Bible Hour Is Come to You under the Direction of Elderly Sarah Bradley Junior Address All Mailed to the Baptist Bible Lord Cincinnati, OH 45217. That's the Baptist Bible Lord Cincinnati, OH 45217 and in and in