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June 16, 2021 6:00 am
Welcome to the Kerwin Baptist Church broadcast today. Our desire is for the word of God spread throughout so that all may know join is now for a portion of one of our services here at Kerwin Baptist Church located in Kernersville, North Carolina Joel chapter 2 sound the alarm.
Notice verse one blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain. Let's pray Lord I love you pray that you would bless and work. Lord help my speech to be plain and clear help my throat this morning. Lord I pray that you would open up the hearts of listeners and Lord I pray that you would use your word in our heart and Lord help us to understand the importance of making sure we are right with God and Lord.
It's very easy to sometimes be around an atmosphere where God is doing great things in the lives of people and is very easy to be around that to almost think that it's happened to us when it hasn't to almost think that I've gotten excited when we really haven't to think that we've made progress in our relationship with you and maybe we really haven't taken those steps and Lord I pray as you'd help me this morning to explain to our people the importance of making an emotional decision, and following it up with the physical chain Lord.
We love you in Jesus name we pray. Amen. Number one in this passage were given prophetic here about what is called the day of the Lord, and on that.
I just give you some highlights real quickly but in these first 11 verses we have what I would call the description of the terror of the Lord. We believe this is a prophetic reference to the Lord coming back and setting up his kingdom that we believe that God is calling out those that are saved and that we which are alive and will and well will be caught up together with them in the clouds in the Lord is taking us back to heaven. But then we will be coming back to earth to set up his kingdom here on earth. This is in Joel this prophetic book is a little bit of this reference and so I want to remind you that this is coming you know there's not a lot of preaching on the second coming of Christ and this is what I would call his coming back to set up his kingdom on earth I want you to look at some of the things you 90 to keep this in our mind that these events are happening. Jesus is coming again folks. Not only is Jesus coming again to get us, but he is coming again to this earth to set up his kingdom and he will rule and reign, the matter who makes fun of men. The matter what talkshow comedian. Whatever has some funny and sarcastic to say about Jesus. They can have at it. If they want their knocking me laugh in this day. I want you to know the terror of the Lord. Let's look at just look at verse one after that first phrase, sound an alarm in my holy mountain.
Look, he just begins to describe notices that all the inhabitants of the land tremble for the day of the Lord cometh is nigh at hand. It is closer than you think. Verse two a day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, look at the middle of verse two. A great people and a strong there have not been ever the like. Neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. What are we talking about were talking about Jesus coming back to earth with those that have been saved and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. We will be his army notice. If you would. Verse three a fire devours them behind them a flame. Barnett noticed the end of verse three, EAN, nothing shall escape them.
Notice verse four as were given the description of us, the Army of God. The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses and of as horsemen, so shall they run like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devours the stubble as a strong people set in battle array. When the Lord comes back to the earth to rule and reign and set up his kingdom there is no little baby Jesus in a manger. He is King of Kings and Lord of lords.
He's the captain of the Army is exciting is some you're like 11. We were six before their face the people shall be much pained all faces shall gather blackness.
See this is when they realize what they had been told is true. This is when they realize that the truth that was given that they rejected was true. Sad, but verse eight, the Bible describes us as the Army of the Lord says neither shall one thrust another, they shall walk everyone in his path, and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded in this great battle.
You and I it doesn't matter if we staff all the sword, whatever were knocking to be wounded. You know it's a reminder that when you and I are in Christ that there's a lot of things that come against us, but they don't have to defeat us.
That means in life. Listen, you can be stabbed by so few swords, but it doesn't mean you have to be wounded. Some of you been stabbed a little bit but when God your captain done have to wound you. I can give you more verses for that, but for sake of time, I'm getting more excited here than I know probably you are, but I've been in this a little bit this week and this is exciting to me. Notice verse 10 the earth shall quake before them, the heavens shall tremble the sun and the moon shall be dark. It doesn't mean there can be hidden.
See when it gets dark here means the sons hidden from our view doesn't mean that there hidden means there dark means God turns the light out. Not only that notice this and the stars shall withdraw their shining total complete black darkness instantly notice verse 11 of the Lord shall utter his voice before his army for his camp is very great. This is the one time you need to be a camp now in Bible circles. We have different camps. Something got to do things this way and something got to do things that way and I can have it and not that it matters to you much. It's probably more stuff. The preacher's face and things but if I give you some advice to worry about camps you need to be in a camp, but this is one you to be in and by the way, I don't think you know your waste your time to go camping but this is one camp but you ought to be in see what I did there okay his camp is very great. Notice this, for he is strong that executed his word that means this is all about God doing what he said he would do for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible.
Who can abide. Nobody can. If you're not in his army.
You're his enemy, the terror of the Lord. This ought to wake us up a little bit.
This is going to happen. Folks, this is as real as if it's already taken place. The terror of the Lord is they will thank you for the encouragement. On a Sunday morning, but I really like going to now. Thank you preacher number two want you to see the turning to the Lord.
You see, God will execute his word and because of that of God to do what he said he would do and of God warned us that is warmest for a reason. Notice verse 12. Therefore you've always heard a deceiver brother preachers. My dad's under Frears when you see the word therefore always stop and see what it's therefore that means all that is been told you. Therefore, because of all this notice now saith the Lord turned that he even sent me. That's what repentance is turning to God. Why should we turn to God because God will execute his word. God will do what he said is going to do. He is a merciful loving God, but the day is coming where he keeps his word, so I preacher what is that mean well.
In verse 12 we are told the entire process and beginning of verse 13 where told the entire process of repentance that here's where I'm look, here's where I'm a bit scared that we can, we can have revival and we can hear about repentance and we can hear about revival and we can hear about change and we can hear about all the things that we heard about that and we can be excited and we can get in the environment because we have the knowledge you feel better and and we can't have a little bit more and we feel good that hey I was there for the services if I was ever revival I was here experiencing all this one about everything. But, dear friend I'm here to tell you that if you get in the middle of all that and you really don't change, it's going to be wired for you with the end were responsible now for what we've been through and for us to come through it and if we go we go through the motions but there's no change that our heart will only get harder and harder for him to take another stab at it. Two weeks later got a kitchen from here to sound the alarm.
What is real biblical repentance and I would ask you this. Has this taken place in your life. Notice number one. He says this turn. He even to me.
Verse 12 with all your heart. Number one. Real repentance involves sincerity. Turning to the Lord involves sincerity with all our heart because it is a lot that goes on a church that's insincere. There's a lot of fake that can go on in the church you know it we argue with each other in our throats out of runaway to church back there.
Tell our kids whatever know enough to say that word just hypothetical never takes place in our home but you don't saying get me were bigger back-and-forth real fun understand why we doing this I will relay already.
What you been doing funny you get taken out of your hair and it takes five hours to shower the world from trying to get is probably a good morning. How are you doing got so wonderful. Thank you mommy will say we been nothing.
We have been in our Bible and pray that not during the week but bless, choir member told me to sit here and we stand and sing returns rules to Koontz room. You say you be blessed God we can put on a show and we cannot do it and we can do a whole a lot of wonderful things that everybody can thing all they're doing.
Got all their due goblet you all in the great to worship in the house of the Lord this morning will probably teenager see they know it's fake.
They know we act like we do here and they know how we acted home and I know it's fake and I know that there's nothing real to and also very commonly cited revival been great revivals only gray we change from liquid what's going on Sunday morning I'm I must end up in the wrong charge dear friend this morning with the right sincerity. You turn to me with all your heart different look at me. I can turn with part of my heart and I can fool you, and I can turn to goblet just 1/4 of my heart, and you would think that all here in this wonderful car dear brother so sold out to God, but God knows our heart and dear friend I'm here to tell you first really trying to God, we have to turn the fan sincerity when our heart has that happened. Secondly he says turned to me with all your heart and with fasting, so what you say and I'm saying this that repentance.
Turning to the Lord revolves number one sincerity number two would involve second fasting means I'm sacrificing something I'm setting aside something that I desire so that I can prove to God and show to God that deep down I am sincere about this so I'm going to sacrifice something perhaps what got me a lot of good to get to another cell. God help me with what ever we go back home and nothing changes, nothing sacrificed for still watching the same stop were still looking at the same stuff were still spending no time in prayer no time in the Bible but yet we got revived. No we didn't know no one told the truth this morning preaching to me is outside preaching to you turning to God involves sincerity that involves sacrifice. What have we given what have we really let go of so that we can really turn to God. Have you sacrificed anything lately, for God's being as it's mentioned here. Have we sacrificed the lunch. Hope you note resale pretreat is going to pray for my child up in prayer to pray and pray will have you sacrificed a breakfast or lunch or you know, maybe a week full of lunches to pray for the opera. Charles gone my life.
It doubles just all over my back what we give up a lunch or something and say God get the devil off my back were not desperate enough. There's no sacrifice so we go through the motions. We continue to play charge and we wonder why things really don't change because there's not sincerity and there's not sacrifice knows what he says here love this turn even to me with all your heart and with fasting and with weeping preacher. What is this mean it means that to turn to the Lord. It must be done in sincerity must be done with sacrifice number three. It must be done with series weeping serious about this. This is in a passing thing. This is it an emotional moment. This isn't a decision that I make on money not of revival and by Thursday morning, it's done, there's no playing games serious about this, dear friend, this is real biblical repentance.
We can't play around with that we can't put on a show at church for that weeping is something that you can put on were not talking about a fatal artist you don't know to know were told about weeping. This term is going seriousness how serious are you turning to God how serious in my about really really turning to God different. Listen, I'm not here to make you feel guilty I didn't write anything I'm here to encourage you to make myself aware that we better get serious because verses one through 11 is coming.
It's coming. Notice if you would verse 12 he said turned to me with all your heart, sincerity, and with fasting sacrifice and with weeping seriousness and notice this and with morning. This means sorrow takes sorrow for repentance. This is the word for look at me brokenness, sorrow, broken. It means I am broken.
Let's be honest.
Usually we don't turn to God until we are broken. I mean, we would love to get up and motivate everybody to change before that has to happen and I believe I have literally had times. I am own prayer life say God I want to change enough and I want to want to change and I want to have those desires and I want to be motivated to do that without you having to break me because I know there's certain things are not going to do until your broken sorrow.
That's what happens when we finally get to the point we realize I've blown it. I made a mess. I can't fix it.
I'm desperate until you and I are willing to admit until we are willing to admit that we are broken and we're really knocking to repent. I would ask myself this with trembling and I would ask you this. What is God going to have to break for us to repent.
What would God have to break in your life for you to finally get rid of that sin. What would God have to break God have to break to get through you that again for me to get morning notice this last. This is my favorite like with this has been real positive yet preacher what can I get you in a little secret. Not all the Bible's positive we just need to get over that. Right now, if we want to go somewhere where is always just positive always feel good were the wrong this is in the place because with them.
There were knocking to share the whole truth. They're just going to become some days you know what I have found in my life. Sometimes I need to hear. I need to be told. My wife has to tell me Scott notice verse 13 sure and read your hearts and not your garments in turn under the Lord your God, did you just hear that. I feel like I study the Bible a lot over the years and I never saw this week and get to tell you something. This what God said, all for the Old Testament, you'll find anybody in repentance they would rend their garments they would take off their clothes ripped their clothes as a sign that they are humble before God, and God looks to the people. He said this guy got a guy ask a favor for you this time to go over all the motions of taking off your garments and ripping them and thought them down. Why don't you take your heart. This time while you change your heart is just your jacket stage after Garnet don't waste your time with that anymore. I've seen you do it. I've watched you go right back. Don't you worry about written your garments anymore. That's just a tradition 10 rend your heart instead. This is surrender.
Why don't you just get real. Why don't you just get down to the point that you admitted God as much as I want to act like it on the outside, it is much as I want to pretend that I am much as I actually want to make myself believe that I'm getting closer to you. My heart's not right. Part got that you can come to me with sincerity driven up to come to me with sacrifice urine at the company was seriousness and you have to come to me was sorrow but most importantly that the company was surrender don't go through all the motions again. Don't put on the show anymore.
Get your I'm right about this folks because that's what the Bible says verses 1 to 11's coming which I summoned when that time comes, you're not going to stand up and convince God somehow will got out, but I really was right with you. Will God help but look what I did.
Hey have I not prophesied in my name and my name, and cast out devils and the many wonderful words and then will I profess and you convince God of anything when I can argue our way through this. Either we surrender.
We didn't either were sincere or not. Either were serious or not. Number three the time to beg the Lord, the chair of the Lord of the turning to the Lord.
We see here the time to beg the Lord let me save you a little bit of time here. It's time we verse 14 if he will rip turn and repent and leave a blessing behind him. God says you need to turn to me and you need to do this you need to be said for 13 or says he is a gracious and merciful, slow to anger, of great kindness and repentance him of the evil does want. Who knows what he might do. I love this. Who knows if he might return. Repent and in the process leave a blessing behind.
We don't deserve that little blessing, leaving behind we don't deserve it but I know that you have turned to God many times from doing wrong and getting repentance and forgiving and saying God I just blown it, blown it, I messed up I got no reason got no excuse. I just got a humble myself before you have done wrong and I don't deserve forgiveness but just like the prodigal son came home. I have found that when God returns and repent and forgive me there's a ring and there's around the fatted calf had there's a blessing.
He leaves behind. Time to beg the Lord. Look at verse 15, number one sound the alarm below the trumpet in Zion's time to beg God's time to ask them.
So here's what we do number one sound the alarm. Number two. Notice this sanctify a fast verse 15 blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast notice number three call a solemn assembly.
This is a fun activity for the family.
This isn't a fellowship dinner after church. This is a solemn a serious assembly.
Hey, if you believe verses 111's common you need to turn many with sincerity. You need to turn to me what sacrifice you need to turn to me was seriousness you need to turn to me was sorrow then you need to turn to me with surrender and if you are call the assembly sound the alarm.
Sanctify a fast start doing something called everybody together and I love this on it is what you to see this, for we go this morning. Solemn assembly.
We were 16.
Gather the people, sanctify the congregation assemble who number one the elders get them together.
These would be the leaders. If anybody ought to be get right with God of the leaders. If anybody ought to take the first move to repent and turn to God and admit it and get serious as the leaders get the elder. Second, the children, all of this, gather the children. He says literally, those that are nursing. That means babies so we have elders we have children then the babies notice this let the bridegroom go for that's husbands, and the bride out of her closet. That's why he sent gather together the leaders, the elders, the older people get the children, babies, mom and dad. Husbands and wives. This is serious. That's what I'm trying to do this morning trying to get the mom, dad and the live chandelier our wine is still a group missing from this. Oh, he's got a cover.
Trust me you were 17 let the priests the ministers of the Lord. So we have ministers.
What are the minister supposed to do what's interesting he says gather these individuals, but he gives instruction to the preachers. We were 17 hot never seen this either. In this got me really excited. But the priest, the ministers of the Lord. We between the porch and the altar. What does that mean you at the porch is I found out looking it up. The porch is the foyer of the temple. Thank you for listening to me whom you received a blessing from our broadcast. The current Baptist Church is located at 4520 Old Hollow Rd. in Kernersville, NC. You may also contact us by phone in 33699351924 Kerwin Baptist Church.com enjoy our services live all Armenian on her website and church.
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