March 19th, 2017

Your Body is a Tool
 - Cody Bobay -

March 12th, 2017

Who Needs Nebo? (Dealing With Disappointments)
 - Paul Burleson -

January 12th, 2014

Curtain Time - Paul Burleson

Romans 1:18-25 (NASB)

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

"Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever."

What if a four year old child asked you, "How do you know there is a God?" How would you answer?

That's what REVELATION is all about. It's the word "APOKOLIPTO" (An unveiling as a curtain going up).

  1. NATURAL REVELATION is the first curtain.
    1. The concept.
    2. The confusion.
    3. The conclusion.
  2. PERSONAL REVELATION is the second curtain.
    1. Jesus reveals God's power.
      Not like creation.
    2. Jesus reveals God's love.
      Not like a tyrant.
    3. Jesus reveals God's grace.
      Not like a judge.
  3. VERBAL REVELATION is the third curtain.
    1. It's the record of that power.
    2. It's the record of that love.
    3. It's the record of that grace.

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September 22nd, 2013

The Awe of the Gospel: Keeping the Good News from becoming Old News - Pastor Andy Wilkins

1 Peter 1:3-12 (NASB)

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 obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look.

Verse 3. The Gospel transforms us into a new birth of living hope. At new birth our life path changes significantly from death toward life. The irony of life is that everything living is moving toward Birth certified by the Empty tomb and eagerly anticipates the New Home.

Verse 4. The Gospel is the initiation of receiving permanent inheritance. Israel's inheritance, The Promised Land of Canaan, had become spoiled, faded, and tarnished by the sin of generations of conquering peoples: Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans. Our future inheritance kept in heaven for us has no sin residue.

Verse 5. The Gospel invokes God's powerful protection. Our salvation from beginning to end is protected by God himself. Salvation is given in mercy, kept in heaven, shielded by God's power. Salvation is something that God gives, keeps, and protects.

Verse 6. The Gospel is reason enough for rejoicing. This passage shifts from an understanding of our future salvation to our emotion of our present lives. Our living hope helps us look beyond the grief of our present trials. Paradox of the Christian faith is that suffereing and trials GROW our faith.

James 1:2-4. "Consider it pure joy my brothers when you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be perfect not lacking in anything."

Romans 5:3-5. "... but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character, and character hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."

Verse 7. The Gospel is more valuable than gold. Gold has represented material security and genuiness throughout civilization. Trials make our faith more valuable which is the reason the Gospel is always greater than our present trials. Your guaranteed future outweighs your current trials. Trials from outside ourselves cannot diminish the deep-rooted joy of our living hope that Christ dwells within us.

Verse 8. The Gospel anchors our love, faith and joy. Peter was in awe of the believers' faith and love in Christ despirte their lack of first hand personl experience with him.

Verse 9. The Gospel is never something we grow past but something we grow deeper into until completely changed by it. The goal of our salvation is new birth in the past, shielded by God in the present, and incomparable inheritance in the future. The goal of our salvation is accomplished when we see Jesus at his return or at our death.

Verse 10. The Gospel was the sought-after yet unattained experience of the Prophets. The prophets had a message for their original audience but they knew the fullfillment of their message was for a future audience, us.

Verse 11. The Gospel is fascinating to angels. The word translated "long to look" gives the poetic picture of angels learning out over heaven tryhing to see what his salvation of grace is all about.

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May 4th, 2014

God-Breathed Truth - Paul Burleson

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NASB)

"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."

Two questions will be asked and answered today.

  1. How did God give us the Bible?
  2. Can the Bible be trusted?

We're going to let the Bible speak about this because if we can't believe what the Bible says about INSPIRATION, why should we believe what it says about anything?

  1. The Bible is the INSPIRED Word of God.
    Theopneustos -- used only this one time in all of the New Testament [Greek] is a compound word, "Theos" or "God" and "pneustos" or "breath," which gives us the words ... "God-breathed."
    1. God-breathed FORCIBLE
    2. God-breathed CONSCIOUSLY
  2. The Bible is the INFALLIBLE Word of God.
    "Will not lead you astray, will not deceive you on anything about which it speaks."
    1. A person is not infallible. [Pope or Pastor]
    2. A Confession of Faith is not infallible. [The Baptist Faith and Message]
  3. The Bible is the INERRANT Word of God.
    "It is without error of any kind ... in the original manuscripts."
    1. Inerrancy DOES NOT mean that ordinary and common language wasn't used.
    2. Inerrancy DOES NOT mean that differing grammatical constructions were not used.

Conclusion

  1. This Book has one author really and just one theme really. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
  2. This Book came to us through a confluence of two channels. GOD and MAN
  3. This Book tells us of the ONLY one who can really change our life. THE GOD/MAN

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