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September 11, 2022 4:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today to the Bible-based teaching of Dr. Don Wilton about falling back on your faith in just a moment.
Chapter 1 beginning in verse three with Dr. Don Wilton well-known author, evangelist, pastor, and today as he opens God's word to gain some understanding of what it is to know that you have something you can fall back on, and it's your faith as we study the word know that would love to connect with you as well on the phone with 866-899-WORD 24 hours a day you can call and let us pray with you for your connect with great resources, 866899673 we'll see those resources on our website right now tewonline.org largely drop by and be sure and sign up for the daily Encouraging Word email from Dr. Don that's tewonline.org RG. What a wonderful joy to be able to stand before you open the word of God and to be able to study God's word to give. I'm going to be preaching the very deeply significant message to the I've been talking about message falling back on our faith. We going to be going to the word of God – see you. I can see you in your need you and I can see one another.
We see the Skinner family we see and we know a lot of things about one another, but there's a lot of things we don't be things that people in your God never promised us as believers that we would just simply walls our way through life to help us understand this, we lost a couple in our church to share their testimony with us.
I promise you. God is going to get your attention as you listen to Roy and Deneen Griffin.
So it was about 18 months it was December 2020 plan on Sunday within the church and came home and outside to get a bite to eat and came back my daughter called me Bailey or middle child and said that someone was going on with her son answering his phone and she was trying so I called came back came in to pick her up and she was in my truck and we would get ready go Charlotte and that's when my daughter called back and said we lost so right here on this front yard that I had to tell my wife will also soon and we came over and laid on this porch together and we held each other and change your life forever and it was that day that I had to make a decision where my faith was was not going to depend on my sale and my ability to cope with this was a have to depend on my fate in Christ that I had said that always had and I remember laying in bed at night and we were the heady children are orange and we were crying nested list price is probably the hardest prayer of ever had to make, but I said dear Lord, thank you so much that you allowed your son to die on the cross that we know that our son is in your presence right now and I don't know how we would have made it over the last 18 months without having that assurance. Yet there are lots we've had challenges, but God is always seen us through we have what we call God moments where God would show up and things always work out God and so I really had to trust God is who he said he is and that he has the best in my problems and so that's where my growth has come from over the last 18 months, told others prior I was quite well baby church. I'm alive, but there comes a point in time where the rubber meets and is really weeping merely now almost 34 years weeping for some challenges that when our 23-year-old son took his own life when we really had to make the decision.
We believe only called several times call saying he account everything is Joey and one of my favorite verses is Psalms where it says that God has placed the brokenhearted and being on this side of such tragedy versus for the first time ever mean something totally different and God is going to happen before was ever even the cost we did live in a broken world.
So I just clung to his word United there's times that he think is this verse real and we can say that his word is real and he's pretty sale over and over and over again and it's almost to the point now. The cost we knew the ends sent to speak.
We Got goggles cost. We have been one of the worst thing that anybody can and must think I've experienced first hand that he gets close to me because we've been brokenhearted and we constantly lead day-to-day trying to share that with others because we see God in the light and he still Romans 818 has become huge in this stage in our faith walk and basically it says the pain you're going through doesn't appear to the joint and there are days where I have to say that I got is not an we are promised a greater feature with her son. We would've ever had here so trust God even the hard thing not saying that EC is an easy journey never felt closer to God for me music is huge for me and he constantly since this happened. I haven't turned on the news. I just like I need to care about his name is Jesus more than four questions name United there's there are times listen to me and God speaks to through the lyrics of certain songs that this morning when I was struggling to early on as I look up to her singing was up to me so in our bathroom and I thought you got.
I don't really know what to say to you, Roy Dineen, I want to encourage use a church family to go and see the rest of the story because all of us know it because what lay ahead of them was a plane crash in which neither them nor the pilot should have survived but they did really made the statement that he said I had nowhere to go but the fullback to go back to Jesus. Let's read about this in first Peter chapter 1 and verse three. This is what Peter said is under the inspiration of the Spirit of God Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to any inheritance that is imperishable and undefiled and fighting In heaven for you, who bought God's power are being guarded through faith for salvation ready to be reviewed in the lost time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Way back in March God spoke to me and I began to lead us in a series entitled carried through.
That's the series we been on this is the final message of that series. God carries us through. He doesn't, we might not we might cannot. But God can. Would somebody say amen to that. This is Jesus, our firm foundation next week. I'm beginning a new series) first Peter entitled the triumphant church we going to be impeded full by long time. Starting next week because when God the Holy Spirit spoke to his servant Peter he saw us and he loved us.
This is God speaking to the church. This is God speaking to Roy and Dineen Griffin to Stephen J. Skinner and Jared and Emily. This is God speaking to you, you, the church, God speaking to me this is God. And when God gave us his word God. You that read the church would face various trials, and God understood that these trials would be the testing of our faith. He understood our predicament. He understood our plane. He understood the plane crashes. He understood the premature deaths in the loss of a beloved son. He understood the broken marriages.
He understood the sin that is present in the congregation.
He sold that because he knows that and he wrote for us by his spirit. This would and as we culminate the series on carried through and as we introduce what Jesus would say concerning the triumphant church, God's people triumphant to put a Don Wilton phrase on@the best is yet to be. How can that be tomorrow is far greater than today, God has us in the palm of easing God no, because he's old knowing and hearing first Peter and just as an introductory basis. I want to share with Rory and Dineen. The reason why they been able to have such incredible faith. Why is that they witness for Christ through the death of their own son through surviving a plane crash against human understanding. I want them to know we want them to know God wants them to not that we can always fall back on our fight. Please forgive the eruption will be back with the rest of today's message with Dr. Don Wilton in just a moment.
John 316 says for God so loved the world he gave his one and only son who ever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life, to reach as many people as possible with the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
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Number one because We Can Pl., God always this one. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus, I love it when upright. His team got up a minute ago and labile sense, requiring over there in the hangar as we were led by Daniel and the and the band as we praise Jesus and we lift high the name of Jesus.
It's all about Jesus. What was God saying to us what is the Holy Spirit saying to us, We Can Pl., God and he uses Jesus full redemptive name. This God this in the beginning God who is none other than the God father about Jesus Christ uses these redemptive name sovereign ruler Jesus the car made son of the living God, Christ, the anointed Messiah King. He this God who brought us his glorious inheritance because we have these great mercy and God's great mercy is God's divine motive behind grunting believers, eternal life, and hope in him. Somebody say amen this morning I love that folks we should be coming out of our seat. God bless God the father about Lord Jesus Christ. What an incredible thing one incredible thing you know you don't always feel like it. Circumstances don't make the heart inclined to say will let's just get together and focus on Jesus just bless the name of Jesus, but by the Spirit of God.
We can always fall back. We must stand upon that number one because we can bless God number two because he is given us new life we have been given new life in him.
Look what he says to us, according to his great mercy he has caused us to be born again. I love that what God is trying to tell the church here. These churches what he's trying to tell us in his word is so straight down the line. Bless God and thank him because of the new life we are not of this world weeping, born again of the spirit of the living God and the spirit of the living God into his into our hearts and into our lives.
He is the vine we all the brunches and he gives to us in our hearts and lives and that remains and he's the same. Yes and today and forever. This is Jesus he's given us new life when not of this world. I'm so grateful that Jesus came into my heart onto you. I'm so grateful that I'm governed and controlled by the spirit of the living God, not by the spirit of the evil of this world where would we be number three. We can always fall back on our faith because we have hope in the resurrection report. He says they he says giving us a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I'm going to be honest with you folks. I have preached countless countless countless numbers of funerals for a pasta minister of the gospel for you how many times do we stand at the graveside. How many times have I come in your homes.
How many times have I held hands with you. We have held hands together many times how many buckets of tears and be in shape when people deal with death and separation and loneliness. When you go I just find myself being compelled him to Paul's letter to the church at Corinth going to first Peter the first epistle of Peter going back to my faith. This Jesus, the son of God Lord Jesus Christ. This would save you this one. Who is God incarnate, became Messiah King became sin for us, who knew no sin to himself.
This one who took upon himself. My son your son was crucified and buried and get on the way by the power of God from the dead and ascended to be seated at the right hand of God the father now making intercession for you and me somebody praise side. Praise the Lord will that's hope that's a living hope, number four, because we have an inheritance Bible tells us very clearly that we have been saved to an inheritance to the resurrection of Jesus. I'm going on practice even more.
He uses three words to describe. He says this inheritance is perishable, it is undefiled it is fighting white you hear me explain that next week. God's word. We don't have to wait until the deceased on the deceased to go and sit in the lawyers office to discuss about what it is like left glass and what it is.
They didn't leave to us. God has made it abundantly clear incredible thing listen beloved friend. I don't know where you are today.
I know what you dealing with.
I know what I am.
I know what we all wear all we who are we, what are we going through, and God says yes in the plane crashes of life and the disappointments and the sin that goes on around us in the betrayal and the mistrust and all these things that we deal with his human beings as believers in Christ. Go back to your faith bears the name of the Lord go back to your place because he's given you born again life.
You are not the same. You being changed by the spirit of God. You don't March, according to the world. You March, according to the beat of the Holy Spirit of God go back to the hope that you have because of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ go back to the inheritance that is guaranteed and kept by the power of God, and he closes he puts a bow on it at this stage number five because we have a reason to rejoice.
We got a reason to rejoice. Folks I tell you that verse seven the night so the tested genuineness of your faith more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire watch list unless this in this you rejoice in this you rejoice so that in Christ regardless you might be found to result in praise and glory and honor of Anna at the foot of Jesus.
You bow your heads with me, Lord Jesus, we gather together at the foot of the cross and we rejoice because you are God in Jesus name we pray. Amen to a million times with exaggeration.
I don't know how to close the service know how to say stop when it comes to Jesus because he is mighty to save your life to Christ today.
It's the greatest thing you could ever do give your heart to Jesus without team. You cannot do it you want to negotiate blind and mountains. Give your heart to Jesus.
Put your roots down in the local believing church. You won't survive without it because it's God's plan for you surrender your life… Pray to get the Lord right now I'm trying that this worship service would overnight in the boys gone in and through Jesus Christ and frightens Jesus name, amen. Dr. Thomas Brady could be storing your heart to understand how important it is not only put down.
The Bible to start giving your heart to Jesus. It's the most important decision you ever make you been listening so well to Dr. Wilton's been teaching and preaching the pulpit now open your heart to what he wants to share next well hello again my friends are you ready to give your life to Christ, you know you been listening like us and God has been speaking like this has me and he speaking to your heart. I'd love to help you give your life to Christ right now. Why don't you pray this prayer make this your prayer because you know that God nodded and he hears our prayer, but he wants his pray this prayer with me. Dear God, I know that you love me very much. I believe Jesus came and died on the cross just for me and that he gave his life for me right now. I confess my sin to you, by faith I receive you into my heart and into my life in Jesus name I pray. Well if you prayed that prayer right now in just a moment, we gonna send you some information. I want you to listen real careful, because you can take note of. We've got the means by which we can connect together. I want to connect because you're part of my family. Part of the family of God. You are my brother, my sister in Christ, God bless you today. I times gone for the day, but stay connected with us on our website tewonline.org large that's tewonline.org arch