Expressway Baptist Church We will air weekly sermons recorded at Expressway Baptist Church. Sermons are written and delivered by our Pastor Daniel McCrosky.

Sermon Series: The Life of Jesus: From Creation to the Cradle to the Cross to the Crown

Sermon Title: The Sermon on the Mount: The King’s Mandate-The Importance of Fasting

Sermon Text: Matthew 6: 16-18

Sermon Date: January 29, 2017

Someone well said about prayer.  It is not the arithmetic of our prayers that count—how many there are.  It is not the rhetoric of our prayers that count—how eloquent it might be.  It is not the music of our prayers—how long they are.  It’s not the logic of our prayers—how argumentative they may be or the method of our prayers—how methodical they are.  According to scripture, God measures the effectiveness of our prayers by two things.  By our faith and our fervency.  James 5:16 says  The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

We need to realize that prayer can do anything God can do, and God can do anything. 

Jesus, speaking to His disciples knows they are praying, fasting and giving.  God calls us all to do these things. 

Jesus in Matthew 9: 14 is confronted and asked why His disciples are not fasting. Jesus replies is verse 15 “ And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.

In the history of the church, when mighty men of God was used to start great revivals were men who fasted.  John Wesley said “When you seek God with fasting added to prayer, you cannot seek His face in vain.”

John Calvin was a man of prayer and fasting and almost the entire city of Geneva came to Christ. Jonathan Edwards, who God used to start the First Great Awakening, was said to have fasted and prayed until he was almost too weak to stand in the pulpit but when he preached God moved in a mighty way.

 

  1. The Meaning of Fasting

    Fasting means going without food, or drink, or certain pleasures, for the purpose of seeking God—for a time of spiritual seeking after God.

                    Now what we’re talking about now is bringing our hearts, and our lives, into such a

                    burning focus—seeking the heart, the face of God—that we set aside food and other

                    pleasures to seek God. In the Bible, God links fasting with spiritual purposes. We find

such phrases as prayer and fasting, watching and fasting, worshipping and fasting.

 

  1. The Motivation of Fasting Matthew 6: 16-18
  1. To Avoid Egotism
  2. To Avoid Legalism

                          Fasting is not a way to get God indebted to you. Fasting lays hold of God’s grace;                           

remember, you cannot buy a blessing.

  1. To Avoid Ritualism

     

  1. The Ministry of Fasting
  1. Fasting Strengthens Your prayer Life

    21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods. 22 For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, “The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.” 23 So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty. Ezra 8: 21-23

    Jeremiah 29:13

  2. Fasting Subdues Self

    Fasting helps discipline our fleshly desire.

    1 Corinthians 9:27: But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

  3. Fasting Stalls the Judgment of God

    Jonah 3:5 And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

    Jonah 3:10- 10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it

  4. Fasting Stops Your Enemies

    2 Chronicles 20: 1-4 After this the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites,[a] came against Jehoshaphat for battle. Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from Edom,[b] from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar” (that is, Engedi). Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah assembled to seek help from the Lord; from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.

  5. Fasting Brings Wisdom and Guidance

    Acts 13: 2-3 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

  6. Fasting Shatters Strongholds in Your Life

    Isaiah 58: 6 Is not this the fast that I choose:
        to loose the bonds of wickedness,
        to undo the straps of the yoke,
    to let the oppressed[b] go free,
        and to break every yoke?

  1. The Methods of Fasting
  1. Be Sure of Motivation Do as unto the Lord
  2. Prayerfully seek your fast-No rules for fasting in the Bible
  3. Avoid Extremism-Don’t do anything that will hurt yourself.

Sermon Series: The Life of Jesus: From Creation to the Cradle to the Cross to the Crown

Sermon Title: The Sermon on the Mount: The King’s Mandate-The Lord’s Prayer

Sermon Text: Matthew 6: 9-15

Sermon Date: January 22, 2017

 

Prayer is continuing a conversation that God has started through his Word and his grace, which eventually becomes a full encounter with him. . . . The power of our prayers, then, lies not primarily in our effort and striving, or in any technique, but rather in our knowledge of God.  Tim Keller

prayer is second only to the intake of God’s Word importance.” Prayer is second in importance because it relies on our knowledge of God, which comes from reading his Word. Without engagement with Scripture, our prayers are lacking. It’s like having a phone conversation in which the other person can hear us, but we can’t hear them. Don Whitney

Prayer is an encounter with God that is initiated by him through his Word and that changes our hearts as we humbly communicate and worship the Lord, confess our sins and transgressions, and ask him to fulfill both our needs and also the desires of our heart.

 

Eloquence impresses people, not God.  The Lord is interested in humility and sincerity, not stage presence.

  1. Pray God’s Person v 9 Our Father in Heaven hallowed be your name
  2. God is personal and we have a unique relationship with Him so we can call him Father or daddy.
  3. God is also an awesome, all-power Creator of the universe in which we all “live and breathe and have our being.” Familiarity must never give way to disrespect.

In biblical times, names reflected the character.  So if you take the time to understand who God is, you’ll also know why He is waiting with opens open wide to meet you at your point of need.

Let’s examine some of the names of God in the OT and explore for a moment the lessons they teach us about him

  1. Elohim-the creator God “In the beginning Elohim”
  2. Adonai-the Lord
  3. Jehovah-the God who keeps covenant
  4. El Elyon-The most high God. The God who sits in heaven and looks down and says, “I got this.  Everything is under my control.”
  5. El Olam-The Everlasting, Unchanging God. No matter how unpredictable your circumstances, no matter how unstable your life may seem, you serve a God who is consistent and steadfast, unmovable over all time.
  6. El Shaddai-God Almighty, full of grace. When I need what I don’t deserve.
  7. Jehovah Raah-The Lord, my Shepherd. When you don’t know what direction to take pray to the great Shepherd to aim His sheep in the perfect direction.
  8. Jehovah Jireh “The Lord will Provide. When you have a real need in your life.  Call on the great provider.
  9. Jehovah Shalom ‘The Lord, my peace” When you have confusion and chaos in your life, cry out to the Lord of peace to give you the peace of God that passes all understand.
  10. Pray God’s Priority v-10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

How is God’s will done in heaven.

  1. Angels do God’s will without question. The last citizen of heaven who tried to follow a different agenda doesn’t live there anymore. 

Angels respond to God’s commands readily, eagerly, fervently and constantly.

If we are not willing to offer angel like obedience to the Lord, we might as well get up off our knees because we are not praying the way Jesus taught us to pray.

  • Pray God’s Provision v-11 Give us this day our daily bread

God wants us to trust him for our todays, tomorrows, our next week, next month and next year.  God wants us to living in today’s blessings.  “His mercies are new every morning” Lamentation 3:21 says.  Don’t live on yesterday’s blessings.

  1. Pray God’s Perfect Mercy v-12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors   

Five words in the New Testament for sin:

  1. Harmartia-missing the mark. A bowman who takes his best shot but misses the bullseye.     
  2. Tarabasis-stepping over the line. God establishes boundaries on our behavior and we cross over the line.
  3. Anomia-means lawlessness or rebellion. When you say, “God I know what you say but I am just not going to do it.”
  4. Paraptoma-means slipping or falling. When you make an unintentional mistake or sin.
  5. Opheilema-this has to do with balanced owned. Every time we sin, you go into debt with God.  You have taken on an obligation you can’t possibly meet. Sin makes us overdrawn debtors to God.        
  6. Pray God’s Protection v-13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

In our prayers we ask God to meet our physical needs one day at a time. We pray for our spiritual needs, regularly asking for and granting forgiveness. Now we are asking God to help us with our emotional needs.

You might pray, “Lord, I want to live this day for You. Don’t let anything cross my path that may

wind up giving a victory to the evil one. Lord, I’m on my way to work, and the folks there will try to get me to compromise my faith. I can handle some of them. But don’t let me get in over my head. I don’t want to compromise your Kingdom. Watch out for me today, Lord, so that even if people blow up at me, I won’t go near the one who will make me retaliate. I don’t want to make you look bad. Lord, lead me down the paths that enable me to glorify you and resist the evil one.

 

January 30, 2017  

Sermon Title: Practical Prayer

Matthew 6: 4-5

 

  1. The purpose of prayer
  2. So that we get to know God Himself
  3. So that we will be changed

To say that prayer changes things is not nearly as close to the truth as Prayer changes me and I change things.

  1. It’s the method by which God uses to meet our needs James 4:2 “you have because you do not ask”
  2. It is through prayer that we get our source of guidance as we seek God’s direction Ps 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my eye upon you

 

  1. The Problems in our Prayers
  1. The problem of indifference we don’t want to pray.
  2. The problem of ignorance we don’t know how to pray or what to pray for.
  1. The problem of interference when we go to pray, the enemy will try everything to keep us from praying.

III. The priority of prayer

“Though there be not an express rule particularly set down how often we should be with God,” yet God’s commands and calls to prayer “are very large.” He pointed out that the Word commands us to

  1. “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17) and to be “praying always” (Eph. 6:18). This implies a continual habit of prayer, and also set times especially devoted to prayer.
  2. He offered us the examples of David (Ps. 55:17) and Daniel (Dan. 6:10), both of whom prayed three times a day.
  3. It is true that we can shoot up sudden prayers (Neh. 2:4) in the middle of our ordinary work. D. But we must also “strive” in prayer (Rom. 15:30), which implies a longer time given exclusively to prayer. Some of those longer prayer times are with the family or with the church, but
  4. Christ taught us especially to pray alone in a secret place (Matt. 6:6), and in that same context to pray “daily” (Matt. 6:11)

 

  1. The power of prayer

 

God uses our time in prayer to strengthen us in times of temptation and weakness as we believe His promises and seek His help. I Corn 10:13

 

  1. The presence of Christ in prayer
  2. Abiding in Christ If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7 Abide in the Greek means to wait, dwell, endure to the end.
  3. through His word
  4. through His will (obedience to His word)
  5. Confessing sin (If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. Psalm 66:18)
January 10, 2017  

Sermon Series: The Life of Jesus: From Creation to the Cradle to the Cross to the Crown

Sermon Title: Public vs Private Piety

Sermon Text: Matthew 6 1-4

Sermon Date: January 8, 2017

 

 

“Jesus recognizes how easy it is for sinners to engage in worthy, philanthropic and even religious activities, less in order to do what is right than to be admired for doing what is right. If being thought generous is more important than being generous, if gaining a reputation for prayerfulness is more important to us than praying when no one but God is listening, if fasting is something in which we engage only if we can disingenuously talk about it, then these acts of piety become acts of impiety.

Jesus takes to task outward works without inward motivation.  Prayer, fasting and giving are all good things to do and we should be doing them.  Jesus is giving warning about our hypocrisy in our devotions (when we pray), in our disciplines (when we fast) and in our deeds (when we give).

 “In each of these three traditional acts of piety, genuine Christian living is characterized by a simple yet profound desire to please God, and not by the ostentation that is in reality more interested in generating the impression among our peers that we are pleasing God.”

 

 

  1. Some Cautions Regarding Public Piety
  2. Be wary of Wrong Motives

Motives matter.  Proverbs 16:2 says “All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LROD weights the spirit.” ESV, also in Proverbs 21:2. All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives

Colossians 3:17 “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…”

I Samuel 16:7 “the Lord looks at the heart.”

The problem with hypocrisy

  1. Hypocrites believe that outward appearance is all that matters
  2. Hypocrites believe not having problems or trouble means a good-standing with God.
  3. Hypocrites believe delayed judgment means no judgment.
  4. All will be judge by our actions

Matthew 25:40 “ ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

  1. All will be judge by our attitudes
  • All will be judged by our advantages.

“Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.” Luke 12:48

  1. Be aware of Wrong Methods
  2. Some Council Regarding Private Piety
  3. Private Piety should be a Priority
  4. Private Piety should be Personal
  5. At that moment it will be precious
  6. At the moment it will be powerful
  • Some Conditions Regarding Personal Piety
  1. Rest in Your Relationship in Jesus
  2. Rely on His Resources

 

January 10, 2017  

Sermon Title: A Resolution with God

Sermon Text: Isaiah 6: 1-9

Sermon Date: January 1, 2017

Here are some funny New Year Resolutions

  • “Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average. Which means you’ve met your New Year’s resolution.” -Jay Leno
  • I will not bore my boss with the same excuse for taking leaves. I will think of some more excuses.

I will give up chocolates totally

  • When I hear a funny joke, I will not reply.

I will learn what the “resolution” means

My New Year’s Resolution is to join a gym for two weeks in January and then quit.  Now shut up and hand me another slice of cake.

Accomplish the goals of 2016 which I should have done in 2015 because I promised them in 2014 and planned in 2013

2017 Marks a New Year but nothing is really new.

We still struggle with sin and need rescuing grace.

Our Lord is still sovereign,

His promises are still true, and His divine mercies

Are New Every Morning

The way to have a resolution with God every morning is to have the right concept of the Creator, of His Creation, of the your Confession, of your Conversion and your call.

 

  1. Right understanding of the Creator- 1-4
  2. He is Sovereign
  3. He is Holy, Holy, Holy
  4. Right understanding of the Creation 5-
  5. He is a sinner
  6. He is in need of a savior
  • Right understanding of the Confession

Comprehends his standing before God

  1. Woe is me- woe is a passionate cry of grief and despair.
  2. I am lost
  3. I am a man of unclean lips
  4. I dwell in the midst of a people with unclean lips
  5. Right understanding of the Conversion 6-7
  6. Repentance is painful
  7. Atonement is complete
  8. Right understanding of the Call – 8-9

Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God. William Carey

  1. I would challenge the church to be more proactive in personal witnessing.
  • People talk about the things they know about and people know about the things they love.
  1. I would like to place in the budget money for a part time minister of youth and music.
  2. I would like to pray about getting involved in Haiti.

http://www.childrenfirstloveandhope.org/

  1. I would like to budget money for three new computers.

Sermon Series: The Life Of Jesus: From Creation to the Cradle to the Cross to the Crown

Sermon Title: The Sermon on the Mount: The King’s Mandate-Jesus! You Want Me to Love Who?

Sermon Text: Matthew 5: 43-48

Sermon Date: November 19, 2016

We are called to love those who hate us.  We are called to love our enemies but we aren’t to love everything.

 There are some things we are called to hate. 

  1. Psalm 97:10 says we are to hate evil.
  2.  Romans 12:9 we are to abhor that which is evil
  3.  1John 2: 15-17 we are commanded to “love not the world.”

Why?

  1. Because of the world’s prince-Satan
  2. Because of the world’s philosophy-unbridle passion, unlimited possessions and unquestioned position.
  3. Because of the world’s purpose-which is to draw us away from God.
  4. But not the world’s people.

 

  1. The Custom Mentioned – verse 43
  1. The Tradition-You have heard it said Leviticus 19:17-28

    Tradition is useful but only in that it lines up with Scripture.

  2. The Truth-Thou shall love your neighbor
  3. The Tragedy-and hate your enemy

    1. This speaks of limited love-not willing to love outside of their own realm.

    2. This speak of fact less doctrine-nowhere in scriptures does it say to hate your enemies.

     

  1. The Correction Made – verse 44 – But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
  1. Unconditional Love “Love your enemies”
  2. Unhindered love “bless them that curse you”
  3. Undeniable Love “do good to them that hate you”
  1. 1 Thes.5:15 – See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
  2.  Rom.12:20-21 – Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. [21] Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
  1. Unlimited Love “pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

     

  1. The Character Modeled – verse 45-47
  1. The Relationship- verse 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
  2. The Reflection-verse 46-47 – For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? [47] And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

    If we are to reflect the change that has been made in our lives and the Lord we serve, we must be willing to love all people, regardless of color, creed, denomination,  sexual orientation. That does not mean we must love their ways or ideals, but we must love them!  We can’t win them if we don’t love them.

     

  1. The Command Manifested-verse 48
  1. The Expectation-Be you therefore perfect”
  2. The Example-“as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”

Sermon Series: The Life of Christ: From Creation to the Cradle to the Cross to the Crown

Sermon Title: The Sermon on the Mount: The King’s Mandate: Going the Extra Mile

Sermon Text: Matthew 5: 38-42

Sermon Date: 11-13-2016

 

  1. The Principle of the Extra Mile

You must do more than what is required by the law.  The Pharisees and many Christians today have a minimum morality, a loveless legalism.  Just do enough that is required but not a step, a penny, a thought or effort more.

Life is lived on three levels:

1-The Hellish Level-Return evil for good.

  1. The Human Level-Return evil for evil and good for good.
  2. The Heavenly Level-Return good for evil.

 

There is the law mile, and there is a legal mile but Jesus is calling us to walk the love mile.

 

  1. The Practice of the Extra Mile
  2. When People Strike Us v 39
  3. When People Sue Us vs 40
  4. When People Seize us vs 41
  5. When People Solicit Us vs 42

 

III. The Power of the Extra Mile

 

  1. It Will Change Your Attitude

The first mile is the slave mile, the second mile is the smile mile.   In the first mile you are the victim, the second mile you are the victor.  In the first mile you are controlled, in the second mile you controlling.  The first mile will make you bitter but the second mile will give you joy.  The first mile you are conquered, in the second mile you are the conquer yourself and the person asking you.  The first mile drudgery, the second mile is victory because you are saying I am not doing this because I want to, I am doing do because I have to—because I am doing it as unto the Lord.

 

  1. It Will Make You a Success

All successful people are second milers.  The reason people are not getting victory in their spiritual life, the reason people are living with joy unspeakable and full of glory, the reason people are not living an abundant life in Christ is because they are first milers.  Just doing enough to check off their list. 

 

     2. It Is the Key to Better Relationships and Witness

Sermon Series: The Life of Christ: From Creation to the Cradle to the Cross to the Crown

Sermon Title: The Sermon on the Mount: The King’s Mandate: To Tell the Truth

Sermon Text: Matthew 5: 33-37

Sermon Date: November 6, 2016

 What Jesus says in these passages touch on every area of life.

 He deals with our church life (vv. 21-26),

 our thought life (vv. 27-30),

 our married life (vv. 31-32),

our business life (vv. 33-37),

our personal rights and possessions (vv. 38-42),

and even our relationship toward our enemies (vv. 43-48).

  1. The Perception of the Law – verse 33
  1. The Tradition of an Oath
  1. Old Testament-Gen 21: 23-24
  2. New Testament-Gal 1:20
  3. Jesus-anytime he used the word verily, verily
  1. The Corruption of the Oath-“You shall not swear falsely”
  2. The Obligation to the Oath-“but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.”

    God fully expects His people to keep their promise

    Num.30:2 If a man vows a vow to the LORD, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth

    Ecclesiastes 5: 4-5 When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.

     

  1. The Proclamation of the Lord –verses 34-36
  1. The Caution “But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all”
  2. The Application -34-36

    Jesus makes application to the other oaths and offers a reminder that regardless of the oath, it is in essence made unto the Lord. He speaks of:

  1. A Moral Oath – 34 Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,”  We know of people who seek to appear moral and upright, but really are deceptive and manipulative.  They seek to use the appearance of morality to further their greed and immoral desires.
  2. A Material Oath -35a “or by the earth, for it is his footstool,” This is a reference to their material good and gain.  They seek to use their wealth and possessions as a means of influence and never give God the praise for His blessing in their life. Romans 14:6 warns “The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.
  3. A Positional Oath -35b “or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.” This is a reference to the pride and arrogance of some because they bear special privilege and they abuse that influence for their own gain.  They believe they are above the law.
  4. A Personal Oath – 36 “And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.”  This is the most arrogant of all.  They feel as if they have acquired all they possess by themselves and they don’t need the help of others. They refuse to acknowledge God, or anyone else, in regard to their lives and possessions. They assume they are their own man and have acquired it all by their own sweat, hard work, and wisdom. What they fail to realize is that God has given them all that ability. Without Him they could do nothing. They feel as if they are the one in control, but in reality they are no less dependent upon the Lord than any other.

     

  1. The Principle for Life –verse 37  “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’;  anything more than this comes from evil.”
  1. Involves Honesty – Say what we mean and mean what we say. No deception or dishonesty in our communications.
  2. Involves Integrity –We must be willing to stand for truth and oppose that which is not right based on the clear teaching of Scripture.
  3. Involves Purity –“anything more than this comes from evil.” When we stray from the will and ways of God, we have given in to the influence of evil. All of life should be based upon the Word of God and in accordance to it. If God commands us to do it, we should obey. If He warns us to avoid something, we must be willing to refrain from that. If we seek to live according to the Word and please Him in all we do, we will enjoy a life of victory and abundance!

Sermon Series: The Life of Jesus: From Creation to the Cradle to the Cross to the Crown

Sermon Title: The Sermon on the Mount-The King’s Mandate: God’s Design for Marriage

Sermon Text: Matthew 5: 31-32

Sermon Date: October 30, 2016

 

We live in a culture today that wants to redefine things that they don’t have the right to redefine. Morality is one of many and marriage is another.  It is not an unimportant issue and hopefully today I will be able to explain to you why God’s original way is the best way for all of humanity.

Jesus speaks in Matthew 19: 4 “He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Jesus says, very clearly, “Marriage is defined by God.” He authored it, He designed it, and therefore He defines it.  It’s a huge issue in our culture, by the way. Today’s culture is seeking to redefine what only God has the prerogative to define. The one-flesh union of a man and a woman in wholehearted, mutual, lifelong clinging to one another.

Jay Adams, a well known Christian author and who is called the “father of Christian counseling” say. “If marriage were of human origin, then human beings would have a right to set it aside. But since God instituted marriage, only He has the right to do so. Marriage as an institution (which includes individual marriages, of course) is subject to the rules and regulations set down by God. Individuals may marry, be divorced and be remarried only if, when and how He says they may without sinning. The state has been given the task of keeping orderly records, etc., but it has no right (or competence) to determine the rules for marriage and for divorce; that prerogative is God’s.

 

With that in mind I want to look at God’s Design for Marriage.

 

  1. The God Designed Plan for Marriage
  1. God’s Trustworthy Math-Two become One Genesis 2:15-25
  2. God’s Post Fall Decree Genesis 3: 16-19
  1. The God-ordain role of the man
  1. Love the wife like Christ loved the church
  2. Cherish Her – Value her as a priceless gift from God
  3. Nuture her – Help her grow in her walk with Christ
  1. The God-ordain role of the women
  1. Love Him
  2. Respect Him
  3. Submit to Him – to align yourself under his protection
  1. The God Designed Purpose of Marriage
  1. For Companionship Genesis 3:16-19
  1. The Husband-Wife relationship with Each Other
  2. The Husband-Wife relationship with God
  1. For Procreation
  2. For the Restraining of Sin
  1. The God Designed Preeminence of Marriage

Ephesian 5:22-23 Paul refers to the Divine institution of marriage to remind us that God created marriage, from the very beginning, to be a depiction of Christ’s love for His Church.

 

 

  1. The God Declared Pardon for a Failed Marriage.
  1. God clearly hates divorce Malachi 2:16

And it makes sense. If God created marriage to be the union of a man and a woman, then divorce is fundamentally at odds with His purpose in creation.

  1. God regulates divorce
  1. Un-repented adultery Matthew 19
  2. Abandonment – I Corinthians 7
  1. God redeems divorce

If you are divorced and re-married for non Biblical reasons I want to remind you that Jesus is always forgiving and He is always faithful. While your initial marriage covenant has been broken rest assure that your saving, relationship covenant is firmly intact.  

Amidst pain and hurt, gaze upon the God who picks you up where you are, not where you wish you were, where you thought you’d be, or where you think you should have been. He picks you up daily where you are, and He carries on His covenant of love with you. He will never commit adultery against you and He will never abandon you. No matter what happens in this world, Jesus never forsakes His bride – never. Regardless of whether you have been married once or fifty times, as a follower of Christ, the reality is: You are His bride forever. This is the gospel.

 

 

Sermon Series: The Life of Jesus: From Creation to the Cradle to the Cross to the Crown

Sermon Title: The Sermon on the Mount: The King’s Mandate-It’s the Thought that Counts

Sermon Text:  Matthew 5: 27-31

Sermon Date: October 23, 2013

Proverbs 4: 23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

The New Century Version translates that verse 23 Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.

Romans 12:2 “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Matthew 15:11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”

Philippians 4: 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think on these things.

  1. The Present Day Predicament 
  1. In the World

    55 per cent of all marriages end in divorce because of infidelity.

    40% more likely to get a divorce if you live together first.

    Porn addiction was cited as a factor in 56% of the divorces. 

    The average divorce cost state and federal tax payers #30,000 per divorce.  

55 per cent of all marriages end in divorce because of infidelity.

40% more likely to get a divorce if you live together first.

Porn addiction was cited as a factor in 56% of the divorces. 

The average divorce cost state and federal tax payers #30,000 per divorce.  

  1. In the Church

68% of church going men view pornography on a regular basis
76% of Christian young adults 18-24 actively seek out porn
49% of Christian young adults say all or most of their friends seek out porn
62% of Christian teens say they have received nude images
40% of Christian teens have sent nude images
33% of Christian females age 13-24 use porn regularly

  1. The Problem with Pornography
  2. Psychological Poison – It’s addictive
  3. Social Sickness – It causes great harm in the world as people act out what they see

Not everyone who uses porn is a sexual predator but every sexual predator uses porn.

  1. Domestic Damage – It devalues the spouse because it tells them they aren’t enough.
  2. Spiritual Destruction – It destroys the soul like a cancer.

III. The Pathway to Purity Psalm 119: 9-16

9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
    By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you;
    let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
    that I might not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O Lord;
    teach me your statutes!
13 With my lips I declare
    all the rules[a] of your mouth.
14 In the way of your testimonies I delight
    as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on your precepts
    and fix my eyes on your ways.
16 I will delight in your statutes;
    I will not forget your word.

  1. Living according to God's word. "By guarding it according to your word"
  2. Seeking God with all of your heart "I seek you with all my whole heart"
  3. Not straying from God's Law “let me not wander from your commandments!”
  4. Memorize the Word of God "11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
    that I might not sin against you."
  5. Verbalize the Word of God " With my lips I declare
    all the rules of your mouth.
    14 In the way of your testimonies I delight
        as much as in all riches."
  6. Internalize the Word of God "15 I will meditate on your precepts
        and fix my eyes on your ways.
    16 I will delight in your statutes;
        I will not forget your word."

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