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June 26, 2012

What Does the Resurrection Mean for Me?

By Tony V. Hammack

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Thesis:
The resurrection of Christ has direct and immediate implications on the daily life of the faithful believer and those relationally connected to the believer.

Outline:
1. We are saved by believing that Jesus was raised from the dead
2. Death has been overcome
3. The Spirit of God gives life to our bodies
4. Resurrection Power for Us

1. We are saved by believing that Jesus was raised from the dead

Romans 10:9,10
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

What does it mean to be saved?

Sōzō
1 a: to save b: to heal c: to deliver
2: to save a suffering one, to make well, heal, to deliver from penalties of judgment.          *saved/healed/delivered

Sōzō translated 'Saved'

Acts 2:47
47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Sōzō translated 'Healed'

Matthew 9:22
22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

Sōzō translated 'Delivered'

2 Timothy 4:18
18And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

2. Death has been overcome

1 Cor. 15:54-57
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Because Christ was raised, defeating death, we have assurance that one day, we will also be resurrected. He is the first fruits of the resurrection.

3. The Spirit of God gives life to our bodies

Romans 8:11
11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

4. Resurrection Power for Us

Unbelief
Unbelief is the biggest enemy to seeing the following truth’s manifest in our lives. In the same way God told the Israelites they could take the promised land and they didn’t believe it, is the same way you can hear what I’m getting ready to tell you and you won’t believe it. You may say amen with your head but do you really believe what I’m getting ready to tell you in your heart. It’s God’s word and truth!

Because Jesus obeyed his father unto death, even death on the cross, He was raised from the dead and he’s now seated in heavenly places above all rule and dominion.

Resurrection Power for Us

Ephesians 1:18-23
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Ephesians 2:6
6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
A. The eyes must be enlightened or this reality is not perceivable. (he who has ears to hear)
     1. Hope that he’s called us to
         a. Hopeless people are powerless people, they can’t change their circumstances.
     2. Riches of his glorious inheritance
     3. Incomparably great power for us who believe

B. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead
     1. The resurrection power of God seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
     2. far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and
     3. Above every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
     4. the fullness of Christ fills everyone in the Church in every way.

As believers in Jesus Christ we need our eyes opened to the resurrection power that’s available to us today. Is there something in your life from the enemy that’s harming you, hurting you? The Bible promises that Christ and thus you, by virtue of the covenant, are higher than this name.
* Disease
* Demons

Conclusion:
The resurrection of Christ has direct and immediate implications on the daily life of the faithful believer and those relationally connected to the believer.

Visit with us at Jubilee Family Church this Sunday at 10:15 AM (Central Standard Time U.S.A.) and Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM (Central Standard Time U.S.A.) If you can't be with us in person please visit via internet video on Jubilee T.V.
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June 23, 2012

Spiritual Heart Surgery

By Tony V. Hammack

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Thesis:
We need God’s heart in us if we’re going to be effective for God in our region of influence.

When I talk about having God’s heart I’m talking about God’s feelings and thoughts becoming our feelings and thoughts; hating what God hates and loving what God loves.
1. Can we have God’s heart?
2. How do we get God’s heart?
3. How and why do we protect our hearts?
4. What happens when we get God’s heart?

1. Can we have God’s heart?

Ezekiel 11:19-21
19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. 20 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. 21 But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD.”

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

1 Corinthians 2:16
for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

2. How do we get God’s heart?

It’s a supernatural work of God’s grace but there are some things we can do in order to position ourselves “under the spout where the glory comes out.”

James 4:8
8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Hebrews 11:6
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

We must seek God Relationally
*Bible meditation/memorization/confession
*P.U.S.H. Pray Until Something Happens
*Avoid “unnecessary” Ungodliness/Be Holy

Bible Meditation

Hebrews 4:12
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Psalm 119:11
11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

Joshua 1:8
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Prayer

In the book Successful Leadership through the Government of 12
“The growth of our church and the growth of Christianity throughout the nation of South Korea did not come by accident. It came through fervent, violent and prevailing prayer, of which the foundation of the foundation of the vision is made. As Jesus said in Matthew 11:12 “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force.” Until recently, it took great sacrifice to be a Christian in South Korea. But now at least one-fourth of our nation are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. The church in Columbia is experiencing a similar impact. Our Lord is truly moving all over the world.” ~Dr. David Younggi Cho

We must spend quality time in God’s presence through prayer if we expect to catch his heart.

Deuteronomy 4:29
But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.

James 5:16b
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (for healing)

Hebrews 5:7
During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.

3. Why and how do we Protect our Hearts?

The Why…

Matthew 15:18-20
18 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean.’”

Proverbs 4:23
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

The How…
Prayer protects the heart God has given us.

Philippians 4:6-7
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Thought Control

2 Corinthians 10:5
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

I believe we also need to control our mouth’s. I believe God’s given you creative power in your mouth and that when you speak things out into the realm of the earth they begin to take shape.

4. What Happens When we Get God’s Heart?

How you can know if you have or are developing a heart for God, is that your language will change. (Luke 6:45)  You will begin to say things from your heart, that reflect the mind, feelings, and will of God.

Jeremiah 20:9
But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.

Matthew 12:33-37
33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

A person that has God’s heart will have a heart for prayer, holiness, souls, the Word etc. These things naturally flow from God’s heart to the hearts of those who are seeking him.

People with God’s heart will love what he loves and hate what he hates.

Conclusion:
We need God’s heart in us if we’re going to be effective for God in our region of influence.

Visit with us at Jubilee Family Church this Sunday at 10:15 AM (Central Standard Time U.S.A.) and Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM (Central Standard Time U.S.A.) If you can't be with us in person please visit via internet video on Jubilee T.V.

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June 20, 2012

How Things Get Accomplished

By Tony V. Hammack

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  I.    Dream It – Understand God’s Will
  II.   Plan It – Administrate the plan
  III.  Build It – Get to Work

In order for things to happen in the Church there must be a heavenly dream, vision or direction. This is followed by an administrative plan to execute the vision, then it’s followed by work.



Dream It

Prayer and Bible Meditation

Your dream, if it’s going to be God’s plan for your life, must come from prayer and Bible meditation.

I, as well as several others in the Church, have been having visions of our Church building full of people.

The Vision

Habakkuk 2:2b
“Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald[a] may run with it.

*Or so that whoever reads it
*The vision needs to be articulated in a simple way.

Plan It

The Plan of God

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Psalm 127:1b
Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.

This passage doesn’t mean the Lord literally builds the house; it means the Lord speaks to the builders what to build, where to build, and how to build and the builder’s hear and obey the direction of the Lord.

Psalm 33:11
But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.

God will find someone to execute his plan.  We want to make sure we’re in the plan in a positive way. I want to see the glory and manifestations of God.

Luke 19:44
44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”

God came to the Jews in the person of Jesus the Messiah, but they failed to recognize him and rejected him, this resulted in national judgment.

I believe it’s in the heart of God to send a wave of renewal, revival, and awakening across the United States of America. The question then becomes, what role are we going to play in this?

*Oblivious to it?
*Watching from the sidelines?
*Riding the waves of revival?

Proverbs 15:22
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

Build It

Settle the Issue

When we’ve decided what GOD is saying then we should settle the issue and go for it.

James 1:6-8
6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

God gives the information and the inspiration to do the work.

Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Acts 4:33
With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all.

So the vision God has given us is to win souls and make disciples. This will require a plan and some work.

The Plan
  • Pray for the passion of Jesus to reside and increase in the people of this Church.
  • The plan is to teach everyone who’s willing an easy to remember, hard to forget, and fun way to share their faith.
  • Find leaders in the congregation who are willing and capable of teaching others by demonstration.
  • Release these new leaders to teach others by demonstration.
  • The end result looks like multiple, increasing, teams going out into the community effectively sharing their faith.
Nehemiah’s Response

Nehemiah 1:3b-4
The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.” 4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.

In some figurative ways, the walls of our Country are broken down. There are multitudes of people within our country, city, and even churches who don’t know the Lord.

Have we taken the time to pray and allow God to touch our emotions at a deep and consistent level?

II Chronicles 7:14
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

In order for things to happen in the Church, there must be a heavenly dream, vision, or direction. This is followed by an administrative plan to execute the vision, then it’s followed by work.

Having God’s Mind

In conclusion, I want to go back to the concept of vision and hearing from God and what this does inside the heart of a person. In the context of Nehemiah's call to rebuild the wall’s of Jerusalem.

A Call to Anguish
 ~David Wilkerson
Something from the previous generation is in danger of being lost.

Visit with us at Jubilee Family Church this Sunday at 10:15 AM (Central Standard Time U.S.A.) and Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM (Central Standard Time U.S.A.) If you can't be with us in person please visit via internet video on Jubilee T.V.
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June 14, 2012

The Incredible Value of a Soul



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Thesis - God loves you and wants a relationship with you. He’s done what’s reasonable to reach out to you. Now it’s your turn to allow him to change your heart, causing his priorities to become yours. Nothing is more important to God than a soul!

God loves Mankind and wants a relationship with the Lost! (Eph 2:12)



* The height of God’s creation
    - A word on evolution
    - Free will
* The Redemption Plan
* The Cross
* Heaven
Humanity
In Genesis 2 and 3 we see God creating mankind at the pinnacle of his creation.
All those in favor of evolution raise your right hand!
All three leaders tried to get the people to serve the state over their worship of God.
Joseph Stalin (1879-1953), surpassed even Hitler in eugenic zeal, murdering at least ten times as many "inferiors" (estimates range from 60,000,000 to 100,000,000 people). Was Stalin wrong? Not if you subscribe to the evolutionary worldview. In fact, to the philosophically consistent, uncompromised evolutionist, Hitler and Stalin ought to be considered role models. And so we see how a worldview can impact human behavior.
Eugenics is the bio-social movement which advocates the use of practices aimed at improving the genetic composition of a population, usually referring to the manipulation of human populations.
Hitler and Stalin were very much on this page rooted in evolutionary theory.

One of the best strategies to get people to not believe they are valued by God is to make them exist because of random chance. Evolution potentially causes people so see themselves as nothing more than a highly evolved animal.
Darwin published in his book The Origin of Species that he believed God orchestrated the process of evolution however there are many who have come to power and used the ideas of evolution as an alternative to God being the creator, thus devaluing people’s importance.

Romans 1:20,21
20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

God from the fall of man has been planning how to redeem mankind for himself. This effort alone shows God’s love and thus the value of a soul.

The Protovangelim
Genesis 2:15
15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
The idea of free will allows for Man to make decisions that are foreknown by God but not controlled by God. God created man to have a relationship with him knowing many would not seek after him. However, for the ones that do find Christ and surrender, he redeems them. God is after a love relationship that can only be honestly expressed if there is free will.

From the very beginning of the fall of man, God has been designing a plan to satisfy his own nature and still have a relationship with the creation he loves!

The Cross
1. Avoid the Cross
    *Come Down From the Cross
      Matthew 27:40
      Matthew 27:42
      Mark 15:30
      Mark 15:32
      "Let this Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, so that we may see and      believe!" Those who were crucified with Him were also insulting Him.

The Devil and thus the world and world system didn’t want Jesus to go to the cross. They wanted him to come down.

I believe the human side of Jesus wanted to come down also.
    * Gethsemane in Luke 22

Why would the Devil Want Jesus to avoid the Cross?

Colossians 2:15
15[God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross].

2. Announcement on the Cross

Pilate has a sign made for the cross.

John 19:19-22
19Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, "Do not write 'The King of the Jews,' but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews."  22Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written."

Why did Pilate stick to his Guns?
  • Pilate had revelation knowledge that Jesus was the King of the Jews!
  • He didn’t have the courage to release him but he did have a knowing that this man was the King of the Jews.
  • Matthew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
3. At Fault for the Cross?

Who’s Responsible for Putting Jesus on the Cross?
* Is the Romans leadership to blame?
* Is the Jewish religious leadership at fault?
* Are the people at fault?
* Is Judas to blame?

All these are natural components that were used to carry out the crucifixion event but the real reason Jesus went to the cross was because he wanted to pay for your sin debt so he could have a relationship with you.
His love desires a relationship and his justice demands payment for sin.

The solution is the cross! He went to the cross because of love.

4. Adoration of the Cross

Jesus Adored the cross because that meant he could have you!
John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Romans 5:7,8
7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Hebrews 12:2
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

5. My own Accord

John 10:17-18
17The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father."
Matthew 26:52-54
52"Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"
A suffering Messiah

The most vivid and detailed prediction about the sufferings of the Messiah is the prophecy of Isaiah, which occupies one and a half chapters of his book (the end of the 52nd and all of the 53rd). This prophecy contains such details of the sufferings of Christ, that the reader gets the impression that the prophet Isaiah wrote it at the foot of Golgotha, even though, as we know, the prophet Isaiah lived over seven centuries BC.

The “military might” of One Angel

2 Kings 19:35
That night the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies!
How many people could 12 legions of Angels handle? 13.3 Billion

6. Authority from Above

John 19:8-12
8When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9and he went back inside the palace. "Where do you come from?" he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10"Do you refuse to speak to me?" Pilate said. "Don't you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?" 11Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin." 12From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, "If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar."
Pilate in an effort to save his own skin passes the buck of responsibility over to the Jewish leaders for the crucifixion of Jesus. But as we just read, the authority behind the crucifixion was “from above”.

7. Adjusted Meaning

1 Corinthians 1:17,18
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Same Message
*Different Interpretation
  - To the perishing the cross is foolishness
  - To the saved the cross is the power of God

In View of god’s Mercy

Heaven

John 14:1-4
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

1 Thessalonians 4:17
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

Conclusion: God loves you and wants a relationship with you. He’s done what’s reasonable to reach out to you. Now it’s your turn to allow him to change your heart, causing his priorities to become yours. Nothing is more important to God than a soul!


Visit with us at Jubilee Family Church this Sunday at 10:15 AM (Central Standard Time U.S.A.) and Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM (Central Standard Time U.S.A.) If you can't be with us in person please visit via internet video on Jubilee T.V.
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June 5, 2012

The Problem with Humanism

By Tony V. Hammack


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In three different encounters with 3 different people in the last 3 days, I’ve heard people talk about themselves or someone they know who has a feeling of low self worth.  One person said they could say 1,000 nice things to the person they loved but they wouldn’t receive it but if they said one negative thing they would never forget it. 

For the Christian, their worth is found in Christ.

Humanism is an approach in study, philosophy, world view or practice that focuses on human values and concerns, attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters.

Humanism takes the centuries of Human Ethical development that should be credited to the work of the Holy Spirit on the earth through the Church and says, “I can take it from here.” A prodigal son of sorts.

After the French Revolution, the idea that human virtue could be created by human reason alone independently from traditional religious institutions developed.  Liberal reformers and radicals embraced the idea of Humanism as an alternative religion of humanity.

Thesis:
Humanism, rooted in pride, leaves people with their sinful nature still in tact and eternal life out of grasp.  This also creates a void in the daily life of the humanist as never being able to accomplish enough to find lasting peace, rest and fulfillment.

Six points from the Humanist Manifesto III released in 2003.
  • Knowledge of the world is derived by observation, experimentation, and rational analysis.
  • Humans are an integral part of nature, the result of unguided evolutionary change.
  • Ethical values are derived from human need and interest as tested by experience.
  • Life’s fulfillment emerges from individual participation in the service of humane ideals.
  • Humans are social by nature and find meaning in relationships.
  • Working to benefit society maximizes individual happiness.
The Christian works not to find fulfillment in the work but to obey the master and accomplish his will. The Christian wants to please the one who died for him/her, not trying to build self worth through accomplishments. Their worth has already been established on the cross.

Humanism sees the human as capable of solving his own problems with human effort.  Mankind is at the center of the thinking of the humanist. There is no deity.

The Nature of Fallen Man

Romans 3:23 states that all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory.

Romans 3:10-12
10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”

Humanism is the way around the cross to develop internal value.

The issue of human worth.
*The (humanist) lost person, according to Ephesians 2:12 is…
  1. Excluded from citizenship in Israel
  2. Foreigners to the covenants of the promise
  3. Without hope
  4. Without God in the World
In humanism, thinking, intellect, accomplishments, status and finances, determine the person’s internal self worth.

In a humanistic society it can be a temptation for the Christian to find their value in the same things.

A cross-less system is a system that leaves people with their sinful nature in tact. The deep issues of their hearts cannot be changed by implementing systems of humanism including, but not limited to, hypnosis, positive thinking, and extensive education.

Colossians 2:22,23
These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

A great delusion can be presented to people to give them the idea that they are basically good and don’t need a savior. One way to help people overcome this delusion is to hold up their “goodness” to the moral law found in the 10 commandments including the New Testament version of the 10 commandments.

Commandment #6 - Do not Murder

1 John 3:15
Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.

Commandment #7 - Do not commit adultery

Matthew 5:28
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Commandment #8 - Do not Steal
Stealing is stealing no matter how small. Have you ever stolen something?

Commandment #9 - Do not Lie
Have you ever lied or mis-represented the truth?  

By God’s standards of judgment on just 4 of the Ten Commandments, you’ve admitted to being a lying, thieving, murdering, adulterer at heart.

What’s a Holy God going to say to you on judgment day with these sins unresolved and accredited to your record?

The White Throne Judgment

Revelation 20:11-15
11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

Only in Christ can a person find true fulfillment.

2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

So when it comes to worth, only in Christ do I get compared to God’s son and find out that God chose me over his only begotten sinless son. This immediately ascribes to me worth, incredible worth.  However, it’s not SELF esteem, in myself I’m nothing, but in Christ I find my value. I lose myself in him to take on the life that is truly life. 1 Tim 6:19

Because of God demonstrating his love for me by sending Jesus to die for me when I was a sinner, (Romans 5:8) I no longer can think of myself as worthless. I have incredible worth to God! Who am I to tell God I’m not worthy when he’s ascribed me worth?

Humanism in it’s false attempt to exalt humanity leaves the cross out of the picture and keeps me from receiving the value God has placed on me. The humanist has a false reality of worth based on earthly accomplishments. The believer’s worth is based on what Christ did on the Cross! This frees the believer to pursue anything God leads him to, no longer under compulsion and false motivations based on an illusion of human goodness.

Visit with us at Jubilee Family Church this Sunday at 10:15 AM (Central Standard Time U.S.A.) and Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM (Central Standard Time U.S.A.) If you can't be with us in person please visit via internet video on Jubilee T.V.

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June 2, 2012

Jesus vs. Universalism

By Tony V. Hammack

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Thesis:
The Bible believing Christian cannot accept the concept of universalism because of what the Bible teaches.

*What is the doctrine of Universalism?
*The Bible, can you trust it?
*Jesus, the narrow way

Universalism

A church or community that calls itself Universalist may emphasize the universal principles of most religions and accept other religions in an inclusive manner, believing in a universal reconciliation between humanity and the divine.

Just as long as you are sincere and devout to your belief system, that’s what matters.  It doesn’t really matter what the object of your worship is.  It can be a moon, God, or a tribal system of worship based on nature, or other religious systems.  Universalism teaches there are many roads that lead to God.

In our politically correct and tolerant society, universalism has increased in popularity. It’s also a way to make peace with all the different belief systems out there thus increasing it’s appeal. (Matthew 10:34)

The Bible, Can you Trust It?

The scientific method is not the proper method to determine the accuracy of anything that has happened in the past.  Evidence must be collected and a logical, rationale decision must be made based on the evidence.

How would you “prove” that George Washington was the first president?

The Court of Evidence
  • Artifacts from the time period
  • Eyewitness accounts of his existence recorded in written form (because those people are dead now)
  • Others writing about him, (like the diaries of England’s Generals).
  • No logical person would say, “I can’t prove George Washington existed therefore I can’t believe it happened”
1. The Bible claims itself to be reliable--to set forth accurate, historical, eyewitness accounts

1 John 1:1-4
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.
2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.

2 Peter 1:16
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

2. It proves to be reliable on the basis of bibliographic, archaeological and historical tests.

There exists better manuscript evidence (a greater number of manuscripts, dated more closely to the original and with few significant variants) for the NT than for all of the other top ten pieces of ancient literature combined. (See Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell, ch. 1).


                                                                                                                      
The Doctrine of Inerrancy
Biblical inerrancy is the doctrinal position that the Bible is accurate and totally free of error, that "Scripture in the original manuscripts does not affirm anything that is contrary to God’s Word."

The Bible Claims to be the Word of God

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Peter 1:20, 21
20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
  • Evidence supports the Bible’s claim to be the word of God
  • All time best seller, most translated book in history of world.
  • Predicts the future (e.g., over 300 messianic prophecies)
  • Unique in its survival through time and persecution
  • Unique in its continuity (40 plus authors from all walks of life, over 1600 years, 3 different continents and languages, writing on hundreds of controversial subjects without contradiction, one unfolding story--reconciliation between God and man.)
World famous archaeologist Sir William Ramsey spent over 30 years examining the gospel writer Luke. He came to the following conclusion (stated in Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell, ch. 1): "Luke is a historian of first rank, not merely are his statements of fact trustworthy, but this author should be placed along with the very greatest of historians. Luke's history is unsurpassed in respect of its trustworthiness."

Other ancient historians substantiate the reliability of the NT (Cornelius Tacitus, Seutonius, Flavius Josephus, Younger Plenty, Julius Africanus A.D. 221 quotes Thallus 52 A.D.).

I have made the decision based on the historic evidence and the witness of God’s spirit inside of me to trust the Bible as inerrant. However, even if I had no inner witness I believe a person could trust the Bible as inerrant based on the evidence alone.

Jesus the narrow way

Matthew 7:13-16
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. True and False Prophets 15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them.

John 10:7-9
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.

Acts 4:12
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

John 14:5, 6
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”  6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

We need to pray for our loved ones who don’t know the Lord yet.

John 6:44
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.

Visit with us at Jubilee Family Church this Sunday at 10:15 AM (Central Standard Time U.S.A.) and Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM (Central Standard Time U.S.A.) If you can't be with us in person please visit via internet video on Jubilee T.V.

If you live in Batesville please tune into KBAP 88.1 FM to listen to contemporary worship music.

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