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November 17, 2021 12:30 am
Pastor Russ Andrews continues his dive into Luke chapter 3.
Hey this is Jim Graham from the masculine dirty podcast where we explore relationship instead a religion every week your chosen Truth Network podcast is starting in just a few seconds. Enjoy it. Sure, but most of all, thank you for listening you for choosing The Truth Podcast Network. This is the Truth Network do you feel like you're on a religious treadmill.
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Find God, and please God do you feel like your faith is dead or alive today. Pastor Russ Andrews will walk us through Scripture to answer these questions join us on finding purpose of local Triangle ministry glorifying God by helping men find their purpose for living. For more information and to connect with Russ Andrews and finding purpose could visit us firstname.lastname@example.org connect with us on Facebook. Now let's listen to Russ Andrews as he teaches us how to be a Christian without being religious. Romans 1013 said everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be what say say from what say from sin saved from God's wrath saved from hell if you want to get graphic a safe and Jesus knows more about hell than anybody about the way Hemphill was not created for us who's created for site and all the demons the problem areas. If you don't repent you you pushing God into a corner when you die because he's a God of justice and ENU using God when you know you got no choice, and he has no choice at that point, and he's got to send you in there with Satan and all the demons where you live, how long forever.
Can you imagine that got us up off the altar before about what would it be like if Russ Andrews died, and I will somehow missed it and I faced an eternity where I can never change that. That's ace very scary thought. See Jesus set you free from the fear he gives you blessed assurance. John Smith was first and foremost a message of repentance. But it was also a message warning of coming wrath and judgment. Look at verses seven through 10 okay go with me tracking with me.
I think this is interesting. I think I mentioned the job I'm kidding.
Look at verses seven through 10. Actually I don't. I used to read the Bible at night were not my kids were little skill increases. It also boring that she said would you give me the Bible does not fall asleep, so he got up, would you guess asleep. Luke says.
Luke writes, he said, therefore, to the Christmas John the Baptist. It came out to be baptizing you brood of vipers, how to let go to church and is the first and comes how the minister's mouth.
You brood of vipers. What we are doing last night who want you to flee from the wrath to come. Bear fruit in keeping with repentance and do not begin to say to you since we have Abraham as our father can't tell you God is able from these stones to raise up children of Abraham. Even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire and the crowds ask out from over this question.
What then shall we do today will convicted city. I'm reminded to write here when that one year they would say we have Abraham as our father, Franklin Graham week. It is a lot Billy as my father, but Joe Billy Graham told him one time and it did not encounter primarily sunless and you can't get into my coattails. This is when he was 22 is run around your affinity or six with 1/5 of bourbon in his car. He was a rebel and the guy got hold of him after his father had no national chat with them maybe to a chat with some your sons and he became a rebel with a calls in front and is a rebel. That's why like him. The Jews believe they will.
God's chosen people. Which one since they were but they believed it because they with the physical descendents of Abraham, and they pointed to circumcision as outward proof that, don't we, as Gentiles are the same thing. What would point to a good moral behavior. I'm not as bad as that young death Roy report on church membership report on good works can we do that, but remember what God says for single 16. Seven. The remember the Lord does not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at what what is Scott see when you look into your heart. You see, the Jews were sinners just like the rest of us were all sinners and this is what John the Baptist baptize both Jews and Gentiles and the Pharisees will I you gotta be kidding me. We don't need to be baptized were Abraham's descendents now want you to notice that John did not mince words. In fact, if he will write you to Russ want you to step aside, let me take it from here, but since he's not, I will try not to embarrass myself.
So why did John the Baptist call his audience vipers can't here use the offer for two a lot this year. He's got that great, if you're looking option. God, he said he writes he was saying they were like snakes fleeing a brush fire tried to escape but having no intention of allowing their evil natures to be changed.
See that's what a lot of men do up and observing that I'm not the judge, by the way guys, I don't stand in judgment of anyone, but I do discern.
I make judgments about what I say were all supposed to do that and up and observing men for 40 years who were members of churches and come in and out of Bible studies that have led in the John Youngs is led in the Joe nonslip.
We have thousands in Raleigh go through these Bible studies and they say they believe, but their lives do not show evidence of any change. You see, what a man truly repents. That is when he really recognizes the depravity of his heart and he turns away from it. You think people will notice that this one Bible says that you become a new creation seat is an end, God has a doing inside is an inside job is gotta change us from the inside out in the end the only one who can do that is the Holy Spirit.
His question number two what a John proclaim such a foreboding message with so many warnings you know why you love people anymore. Tell them the truth. You want to save them from an eternity in a place that is without light with joy. God and he didn't care what people thought about him all he cared about was saving souls because easy John had the heart of God, nor the heart of God is like. It's a heart full of love. Second Peter 39 says he is patient with you not wanting anyone to perish, but let everyone to come to repentance. When I was not there last night I go back in his little room before, you're not really get on my knees and I see God listen if you don't if you don't put somehow in this message is Colby like empty words on the page and I thanked him for his patience with me. I became a believer when I was like 10 and I was I was really growing it I would call myself a fairly strong believer at age 14. Bring about O'Brien going to church and then I went to Carolina and I want to go and that will in the end of an AMI. I started doing things I would never dreamed of doing. And yet God in his mercy has allowed me to be a preacher of his word Jossey Grayson that if you knew what I know about me. You go very God really is a God of grace Charles Spurgeon puts it like this, if sinners will be down at least let them link to hail over our bodies. Also, if they perish, let them perish without arms about their knees employing them to stay if Hill must be filled.
At least let me fill in the teeth of our exertions and let not one go there on warned and on.
Pray for such was the man Charles Spurgeon. Only if we had preachers like that today. That's what we need in America. Preachers who don't care what anybody thinks willing to preach the good and the bad news is my third question, why don't have preach like that today wow dude I preachers warning this something a lot worse and I revolves still Hill Solano Mr. preach the truth of God toward war. First, most ministers believe it or not. Don't really believe in the wrath of God and the reason I don't believe in the wrath of God is because I really don't believe the Bible and if you think I'm making this up you kidding yourself.
Secondly, the same ministers are more concerned about pleasing demand and pleasing God bless their sermons fall right in step with modern culture.
What of the world says is good. They repeat whatever direction the cultural wind is blowing.
They stick their finger up in their church is going the exact same direction. Welcome to woke America, we need to wake up. We'd wake up that our country is under God's judgment and if we don't repent as a nation. I told the scouts the other day that what we need is a revival in revivals typically begin with young people now with a bunch of old people like you and me. John 1243 says talking to some of the Pharisees of Jesus day. They love praise from men more than praise from God.
That's wildly strolled around with with their roots. And there were dignified and they expected the deceits of honor in the public arena and their love affair but come and call them father really Jesus came and looked at them and tell them that their father was the devil they were brood of vipers. What they do with him crucified.
Do you know of Jesus and waited until 2021 income the same crowd would've crucified him the same religious group think that you get to heaven by joining the church and being a good man. There are no good men. So when the people listening to John heard this, they were convicted to the Cold War and they asked a very logical question. What then should we do same question we should ask and John proceeded to tell them produce fruits in keeping with repentance and then he told them in verse 11 through 14 which I'm not going to read because of time he's told of some of the good things I should be doing. So what did you mean by produce fruits in keeping with repentance, limiting what he did not mean he did not mean that salvation comes by you been a good person but do about your good deeds and the Bible makes this very clear is if you don't remember one thing to not remember this salvation comes by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
According to Scripture alone. Did you get that salvation is by faith, not by works.
Read Ephesians 28389 got good. These are simply a byproduct of genuine faith.
When you repent and turn to the Lord by faith the Holy Spirit comes in you, he changes your heart a change your desires. You actually get into the good works that God has prepared in advance for you to do this, these good works are the result of repentance and this is what John was trying to explain it.
Anyone on to warn them that their loss did not reflect good works. That is, if there left to not reflect a change life development. They had not truly repented and listen if you not true, repented, then guess what judgment is coming for you from God because he will have no choice. You push them in a corner and he will have any choice. It is a God of what justice see right now the door for the year of mercy and grace are available, but one day that's coming to an end and that's why I'm preaching this message to life to make sure that if it's a man sitting here is not prepared for his death in you. But listen carefully what I'm saying it's a look at the strong warning he gives in verse not even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. What party talking about.
Look at verses 15 to 15 through 17 you with me as a plea for an expectation all questioning in their hearts concerning John what he might be the Christ.
John answered them all saying, I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and what fire his winnowing fork is in his hand is already in the hand of Jesus to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with what kind of far unquenchable neural cookie guys there to baptism much in here. John's baptism was simply an outward baptism by water. It was only symbolic of a man sitting there who said yes I want it don't repent. I want to turn away from Gus or John would baptize them.
But it didn't cure the power of real baptism in guess I'm not talking about water baptism is a baptism behind it. Screenwriter, baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus baptism wasn't internal baptism of the heart by the Holy Spirit and it came with the same resurrection power that raised him from the did verse 16 says he that is Jesus will baptize with the Holy Spirit and with far this far here has two meanings, I think. First, it means that when the Holy Spirit comes in. You he begins to burn away the sinful desires of your heart is like a silversmith hitting up silver in the impurities roster the truck to the top is called the drawl's and the silversmith takes the drawl sound into that silver becomes more and more what pure and he doesn't until he sees his reflection. His is what God is doing with us. He will heat you up sometimes with some circumstance.
You don't like is just his way of putting you in his workshop and he's heat is heating up the fire to purge the sin out of your life. Why does he hate you because he loves you he wants you to be like the man that he want he created you to be like his son Jesus. Acts 238 of the battle with this baptism by the spirit occurs at the moment a man is what the other was the two words are looking for. John three born-again. I heard a minister Leah torches before the just anatomy of it who said that Jesus never said you to be born again since was coming out of some pulpits here in Raleigh's church is popular with young people out good in my winnowing fork to take him out, but I'm sorry under this not a Christian like attitude. This is the way I feel.
In acts 238 Peter said repent and be baptized every one of you this from city Mennonites in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, we would get when God sees that you believe in his son. He sent the Holy Spirit into immediately and is like his signet ring and he's taken his spirit in us a deposit and you guaranteeing your what salvation so that you don't have to fear the coming wrath enclosing the river to close up so I'm going longer like this too important to cut it short, I want to conclude since I have been very serious to my with warnings don't conclude with a verse there's a second fire for John was referring to in this reserve for the end of the world.
It will be the fire of God's final judgment against all evil. God is going to bring evil to an in one days of our said and those who've never repented and turned it is by faith will face God's wrath. Look at verse 17 again John says he has his helmet.
Jesus is one wing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire to his was going to happen guys and I believe it is sure as I'm standing here when when the Lord returns he's come about that sword he's bringing to divide the nation's he's going to is a time of great separation Jesus that I did not come to bring peace to the world, but to what what what a sword you bring a sword down on a loaf of bread and it divides it. That's what is going to do with his winnowing for occasional take the wheat and separated from the chaff is going to take the sheep and separate them from the goats will take unbelievers and separate them from believers two wickets ago my wife and I traveled up to Charlottesville or my son rush when lives rushed. I hope I hope you're listening to her talk about you and you know I got my two oldest grandsons want to see if it was going to my son Smith and one is Campbell was born Russian and Neil and I challenge the message as if y'all read the New Testament that our big pot will take you very special trip will go down. Rod and I revolved I'm getting off auto automotive anomaly. Some specialists a when I was up there, we would've liked. Again, this is like truth versus the guys will have Thursday Friday and Saturday and capital has been any way soon is reading the Bible out loud to my son rush in Russia literally said dad I don't you find it interesting that the God is my children draw closer to Jesus, son never pick it Russian to read the Bible like it. Scott got his son bring it to consider what he said that once you read the Bible with with A lot then read it to you. So we sit delivering Thursday night and Friday night's reading from acts, and then Saturday night is like around 8 o'clock a Crecy in Russia when and Neil will putting the other two boys Thomason cross to bed and in brushes, it didn't want you to see if Campbell is ready to pray and asked Jesus to come into his heart message so cavalry at his two lessons to me from acts Nancy Campbell and Campbell. He's he's a good reader. These he's a bright young man he heat you an angel can understand the gospel guys a five-year-old can understand it. So I explained the gospel to them clearly and talk about how that you know you know it went when you sin About discipline your parents will be in Ocotillo brothers or telling a lie you this is sin city US if you recognize your sin is again after that Bob and so by this time I sit so we just sits. Would you like to pray and invite the Lord into your heart and life. You have left the nextso by this time rush when and Neil and Chris to come back and deliver them so they're sitting there and I cannot explain the gospel to them. I see What you want to pray right here with mom and dad and cc here you will get back did you dance to big Bob is a big pot this you may get back to the study, just the two of us I get is that so we went back into the study and we got down on all fours and his face is right here on the floor. He's got this huge smile on his face and sassy Look, pray this the primitive right and I explained setting the prayer. Talk about repentance and ask God to forgive you and ask Jesus come into your heart and didn't want to live for him and I see If that is an express the desire of your heart, and he said yes it does sit on list displays and you bright so he could remember. So I walked in through the prayer and about halfway through he giggled it's something I said and we got for he's a big pot was located on laughter and the prince got mad at me for doing that I should know because he could tell you just full of joy and some I ate your son invited Jesus into his heart and I don't know who was more excited rush one will Campbell or me but I me it was just incredible. So the next morning when he got up as a cabin. I will explain to you why is so good that you've invited Jesus into your heart message and ask you something. One day Jesus is coming back to separate the sheep from the goats.
We drove to be a sheep or goat is a big part out of your good civil wave and then explained to you did, you can so I asked him. We went to the living room again and I sat down and opened up to Matthew 25 and elect all of Matthew 25 on board in with this and I want to I want to show you that you were Jesus is holding the winnowing for he's coming back to separate the sheep from the goats. The wheat from the chaff, believers and unbelievers and so Luke actually Jesus is speaking here in Matthew 25 and he is talking about the second coming man and will happen at some point I want to win, they could be tomorrow in his what Luke and see what Matthew writes, when the Son of Man who was that Jesus comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. I believe it will be of thrown down here on earth in Jerusalem, all the nations will be gathered before him, I have no idea how this will happen.
That's what it says and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats and he will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left verse 34 then the king that is she's will say to those on his right, you who are blessed by my father take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you. Since when the creation of the world skip down to verse 41 video say to those on his left, depart from me, you are cursed into the eternal fire prepared for who the devil and his angels because these in your Bible. If you have a Bible with letters and release of Jesus's words not there anymore important in Paul's book the Jesus wars then verse 46 and then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. You see what this is so important. So what is the church not to clear this truth every Sunday, is like standing by Niagara falls in sin I don't have a great time. God loves you is what I want you to know heaven is real in hell is real.
Jesus is the only way to heaven in order to be safe in the coming wrath of God. You must come to Jesus while the door heaven remains open. Romans five analysis will since we been justified by his blood. If you are in Christ is because if your site is because Jesus shed his blood for you sent and that means you been justified before God. He's declared righteous in his sight is a legal declaration that can never be changed.
If you are in Christ, since we've now been justified by his blood, how much more shall be saved from God's wrath through him. The Bible says Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath. When you rerun to the cross. Your standing with her wrath is already been and you just go to the shelter of the cross Jesus shield you from his father's wrath. Why is he bore God's wrath for you and me. That's what the gospel is all about and what questions should you ask Russ what then should we do repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out. The times of refreshing may come from the Lord that he may send the Christ the being a Christian is not about being religious but about having a dynamic alive relationship with Jesus Christ you been listening to finding purpose with pastor Russ Sanders local triangle ministry glorifying God by helping men and their purpose for living. You can discover more about finding your purpose in life by checking out the email@example.com will connect to finding purpose on Facebook pastor Russ would also like to extend a special invitation for you to join him in over 300 other local tribal men to study God's word together every Tuesday night at 7 PM in downtown Raleigh. Find out more finding purpose.net.
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