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      This is April 1, 2017. We have a new sermon title " Flesh" on the more sermons page.

      This is March 24th,2017. I JUST FINISHED MY THIRD SERMON CONCERNING ELECTING PASTORS. Check them out on the more sermon page.

     Here is another sermon which goes with the same thought as " Time to Wake up" and "The Selecting of the Twelve Apostles."  This one is titled "God's Leadership." The Bible says, "Out of the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be established. Choosing the right people for ministry is of great importance. These three sermons does not exhaust the subject but they do cover important procedures in the selecting process.


 
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The Selecting of the Twelve Apostles

Introduction: This morning we will discuss from the Bible how God would have us to choose those who are to be leaders among us. Since we are in the process of trying to find a pastor for Pine Hill Holiness Church this message is timely and necessary.

          Text: "And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes,  And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor." Luke 6:12-16

 

I. The Selecting Process begins in prayer.

            a. What is Prayer? Prayer is the activity of speaking to God.

            b. How are we able to say in another way to what prayer is? Prayer is the words a person says when they speak to God.

 

II. There are three elements or factors which we will discuss that brings about success in making right decisions in selecting people for Church service. In our text today we will see how Jesus goes about reaching his decision on who would be his Twelve Apostles out of all the disciples which followed him.

 

III.The first step in His process of prayer was:

            A. The length of Time - "And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

            Night speaks of a certain period of time, which one is in darkness. A time in which there is no light. A time in which one has eyes to see but still yet cannot see. Jesus was in a time of darkness and needed to see or understand who God wanted to be his twelve Apostles. Jesus had to wait through his night to enter his day. Let me speak of another man who was in his night.

            John 3:1-4 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

            1 Cor 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

            Nicodemus could not see ( which meant understand) the things of God because he was not born again. He was religious and a ruler of the Jews but he was spiritually blind, and could not see. He was in his night. Jesus would bring Nicodemus from his darkness to his light by the Words which he spoke to Nicodemus. Whether Nicodemus took this time to enter his day we don't know but we know that the door of opportunity was open to leave his night, because Jesus makes the way of salvation known. The entrance of God's words bring light, and understanding.

 

IV. The second step in the process of this prayer is:

            A. The Laboring in Time - All night in prayer speaks of labor which most of us are not willing to do. Another time which Jesus labored in prayer to show us the way to success.

            "And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners." Matt 26:37-45

 

IV. The Third and final step in the process of this prayer is:

            A. The Light in Time -  "And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;

            Jesus prays all night until the light came. The day speaks of light and light speaks of the understanding that comes when we enter that light. Jesus now has  the answer. He knew who to choose out of all those disciples. When God brings his Words (in this event with Jesus choosing his 12 Apostles) there will be light which will be an understanding of whom God chooses.

            "The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. Ps 119:130

            "For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Ps 30:5

Conclusion:  Let me say that in order to get answers to our questions in life we must go to God in prayer, and stay with it, just like the Word of God says, "whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:"

 

 


Time to wake up

(What to do when there is a Need for New Leadership)

Introduction: Israel's history is somewhat like that of the Church. They were delivered from Egypt and had their wilderness experience. Once in their promise land they lost their way, and became just like the people of the land. They had adopted the lifestyles of the people and incorporated Baal worship and offering up their children to the god of Molech, the fire god. Because of this God began to judge Israel by allowing the Assyrians to invade the land and take the northern kingdom to Assyria. The ten tribes which were called Samaria were carried away around 720 BCE. The Southern kingdom which was Judah lasted until 606 BCE and the final deportations ended somewhere around 586 BCE. Judah was taken to Babylon. God allowed a space of time for Israel to change their ways, and gave them instructions from the prophet Jeremiah, from which we will take our text, and with all of this they still failed to take the warning.

          The years prior to 1776 which was the year the America colonies declared their independence from their mother country Great Britain, the people of England decided to move to the American colonies to flee the tyranny of the King of England. The people wanted freedom of religion and many more liberties which are mentioned in our great constitution. America's beginnings are somewhat like Israel's beginnings. God has blessed America because she trusted God and had God in her form of government. The people who came here from England were willing to adopt God's way of living and God has blessed us for that.

          The American Church is repeating the history of Israel. We are in our promise land and have turned to our own ways, which are the ways of the ungodly. We are adopting the ways of the peoples of our land. The ways of the ungodly. In the sixties we took prayer out of schools and the Ten Commandments were outlawed in our public places. In 1973 the supreme court passed laws to abort babies, and since that time over 56,662,169 babies have been killed. In our recent years, back in 2015 the supreme court passed a law 5-4 in favor of same- sex marriage in all of the states. The supreme court reinterpreted the 14th amendment which was intended to protect the black man who had just come out of slavery. The judges broaden the protection clause to allow protection for gay men and gay women. In other words gave homosexuals the same rights as straight people.  I guess most of you saw the White House with the rainbow colors in light when this law was passed. What a sad day for America.

          On November 8, 2016 the American people brought about an historic victory which shock the entire world. The Church in America and those who still have some fear of God knew that America was at a crossroad. They knew in their hearts that if Hillary Rodham Clinton got the presidency the country would never be the same. It would be over, as far as being a country which represented God. There was a miracle took place, which I believe that God's people began to pray for God's intervention. There is no way that I would believe anything else than that God heard his people's prayer. I think we can believe that God forgave us for our past actions as well as given us this victory in the election. We as a country need to continue to turn from wicked ways and continue to pray in order for God to finish his promise to heal our land.

          "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chron 7:14

          We as the American Church still have a chance to escape God's wrath against  sin. We need to get more conservative judges on the courts and reverse those ungodly laws which the liberal judges have brought into our nation. The Church which prayed and brought about this great movement for change with the Trump administration needs to remember to take God's warnings which we are to mention in the Book of Jeremiah. These warnings are for a nation, a people, and a church. Now let us turn to:

 

I. Jeremiah 3:11-12  "And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah. Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.

Announcement-If you announce something you tell people about it publicly or officially.

          We as the ministers of God have an awesome responsibility to warn those to whom we have been given the privilege of making known the Word of God. The 9/11/2001 terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York city was a wake-up call for American. This attack was to get our attention, which only lasted for a few years. So about fifteen years later we got another one. The passing of the same-sex marriage which awakened the Church. So in November 8, 2016 the Church knew that something had to be done in order for America to survive. So across America the Church through her ministers  proclaimed a warning which she believed and received. Thank God another tragedy was averted. What America had done, through God's people interceding for the nation, was that they got a postponement, a grace period, a reprieve, a deferment, a delay of God's judgment to see what we are going to do about our ways. We the church will have to make up the hedge for America by acknowledging, which is confessing our sins. We have sinned by killing the unborn, by taking prayer out of school, by taking down the commandments from our institutions, and sinning by passing laws for the gays and lesbians to practice their ungodly ways.

 

II. Jeremiah 3:13 "Only acknowledgethine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD."

          Acknowledgement- If you acknowledge a fact or situation you accept or admit that it is true.

          1 John 1:8-10  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 

III. Jeremiah 3:14 "Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:

          About - face - Is a complete change of attitude or opinion. Military about- face is a 180 degree from the position of attention. No longer stuck in a position. In this case, stuck in sin. We are not only to be sorry for our sin, but we must turn away from our sin. This is repentance.

          When we confess our sins, and turn away from them then God will show up. He will intervene into our situation. Whether it be a nation or the Church. God will become our administrator. I believe that God gave us Donald Trump to show us that He heard our prayers. God loves America and He loves the Church. In our text today we are getting instructions how we are to get help for our country and the Church. In our church here at Pine Hill we are needing a Pastor. Like our nation needed a leader and God gave us one. God is telling us how to get the right one. Allow me to give you instructions by announcing, that is proclaim these words of Return to the Lord, acknowledge your sins, do A-bout face by repenting, that is no longer engaging in that sin, and then God will show up in our lives. In our nation, and in our church.

 

IV.  Jeremiah 3:15  "And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding."

          Administer - If someone administers something such as a country,  or church they take responsibility for organizing and supervising it.

          Administrator - Is a person whose job involves helping to organize and supervising the way that an organization functions.

          Those pastors which God gives are able to feed with knowledge and understanding. Then there will be an increase in numbers which will be added to the church.

V. Jeremiah 3:16  "And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more."

          Addition - An addition to something is a thing which is added to it. In this passage it is people.

          When we speak of an addition to a home or building we are adding to an existing building. When we say we are adding to the church (we mean members) are being added to the existing congregation. One of the telltale signs, or the revealing signs that a church is being governed by the Lord is that it will increase in numbers. Maybe not at once, but it shall come to pass.

 

VI. Jeremiah 3:17 "At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart."


          Amassing - To amass is to come together. To gather for oneself.

          John 12:32 " And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me."

          Jesus - Is God

          When Jesus is in the house (in the church).

          Mark 2:1-2 And again he entered into Capernaum, after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.

          The Holy Ghost - Is God

          When the Holy Ghost is in charge

          Acts 2:1-6 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

          The nation of Israel blessings would be delayed because they failed to heed God's instructions, and the Church of Jesus Christ is the covenant people of God today, however we must take heed to these warnings in order for God to fulfill these promises to us.

 

VII. Jeremiah 3:18 "In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers."

          Accord - To be in agreement, or harmony.

          "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell        together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head,      the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew      that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD   commanded the blessing, even life for evermore." Ps 133:1-3

Conclusion: God is still giving us advice on how to build a nation and a Church. The central message in this text is to get our house in order and then God will give us the right leaders whether it be for a nation or a Church.




The Progressive Church

Introduction: John the Baptist spoke of Jesus as a man with a movement. A progressive movement. Unlike the progressive movement that we see in the political arena which accepts the wrong concepts such as homosexuality, same sex marriages, pro-choice, and other liberal policies. The progressive movement of Jesus was spoken by John like this.

            Text: "He must increase, but I must decrease." John 3:30

I. Jesus taught that his kingdom would be progressive in terms such as this."Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof."Matt 13:31-32

II. The small group of twelve men was like a mustard seed contrasted to the number that would follow Jesus. We read where the ministry grew to seventy men who had the commission to go, and the concepts to win. We want to expound on the four concepts in this progressive ministry.

            1. The Location of the Service.

            2. The Lord of the Servants.

            3. The Layout of the Strategy.

            4. The Licking of Satan.

 

III.The Four Concepts

 

            A. The Location of Service

            "After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come." Luke 10:1

            2. A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. Luke 14:16-23

            3. "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." Matt 28:19-20

            4. "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
 
            The preaching of the Gospel begins at Jerusalem. Then throughout
Judea, Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the world. This is the nature of the progressive church of Jesus Christ.
 

            B. The Lord of the Servants

            "Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest." Luke 10:2

            2. "And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.' Matt 16:17-18

            3. "And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?" Luke 2:48-49

            4. "Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matt 7:21-23
              
            In the early part of my Christian experience I made Jesus my Savior by believing on Him. As my walk progressed with Him my obedience made Him the Lord of my life.
           

            C. The Layout of the Strategy

            3. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.

            4. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.

            5. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.

            6. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.

            7. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.

            8.And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are setbefore you:

            9. And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

            10. But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways outinto the streets of the same, and say,

            11. Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

            12. But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. Luke 10:3-12

            To have a strategy is simply following a plan of action. In the kingdom of God one must follow Jesus in His Word in order to win.

            D. The Licking of Satan

            "And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subjectunto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Luke 10:17-18

            "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. Luke 10:19-20

              In Genesis 3:15 the Bible tells us that there would be a conflict between the seed of the woman (Christ and His followers) and thy seed (which is Satan). Satan's defeat is predicted. This defeat began on the cross and was completed by the resurrection from the dead. Jesus is in heaven watching over us to make sure we get the victory.

Conclusion: God has a proven record of winning. Praise God for  the victory that is in Jesus Christ our Lord.   

 





 
Thirsty for God?
 
Introduction: David longs for his soul to be satisfied as one in need for water to quench his thirst.
 
Text:  “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;” Ps 63:1
 
I.What is the thirstin his dry and thirsty land?
 
 
To see thy power and thy glory, soas I have seenthee in the sanctuary. Ps 63:2
 
 
II.Why is that importantto David?
 
 
Because thy lovingkindness is better than life,” my lips shall praise thee. Ps 63:3
 
 
III.Who are the thirsty? The poor and needy.
 
 
“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. Isa 41:17
 
 
a. Woman at the well who was in need. She had a thirst which had not been quenched. She had five husbands and the one she was living with was not her own.
 
 
John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
 
 
IV.What is likened to cold water?
 
 
“As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” Prov 25:25
 
 
A. The good news is the gospel and the far country is heaven.
 
 
a. Jesus was rich in heaven and became poor on this earth so you could be rich.
 
 
“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” 2 Cor 8:9
 
 
b. Jesus speaks from heaven which is a far country.
 
 
“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Rev 22:16-17
 
 
c. Jesus promises us a prepared place in heaven.
 
 
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3
 
 
d. He promises to come in the clouds to get his church.
 
 
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thess 4:13-18
 
 
e. He promises to come back to earth and all his saints will be with him.
 
 
“And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.” Zech 14:4
 
 
V. How is that thirst for God quenched? God pours water upon him that is thirsty.
 
 
 “For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: Isa 44:3
 
 
VI. Who will give us that water today? Jesus
 
 
“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)” John 7:37-39
 
 
a. In Acts the 8 chapter Samaria received Christ and were filled with Joy, however they were not filled the Holy Ghost because He had not fallen on them yet. When Peter and John came down they laid hands on them and they were filled.
b. In Acts 19 the Ephesians had not heard that there was such a thing as the Holy Ghost. Paul preaches to them about the Holy Ghost and they were filled.
 
 
VII. Can we be filled today?
 
 
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matt 5:6
Eph 5:18
 
 
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”
 
 
Conclusion: Jesus is the only way to peace and satisfaction. You’ll never find contentment apart from Christ. Ask Him to come into your heart today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This sermon " No Child Left Behind" is a  revision  of the sermon that is in the Book!
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No Child Left Behind?
 
Introduction:  Many children in America are viewed as being left behind in many areas of the academics. The NCLB ( no child left behind ) Act of 2001, a government initiative that focuses on promoting and improving academic achievement standards for all children has made considerable progress to insure that all children get an quality education. In God’s Business we have the same high standards. God has sent down His Holy Spirit to have the oversight in teaching His children the Word of God. In the following passages we have the perfect setting for receiving a quality Christ centered education. They found the Word (Jesus) in the Temple.
 
 
Text: “Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? Behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, how is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?” (Luke 2:41-49)
 
I. You’ll never find Jesus outside of His father’s business. The Church is God’s business. There is no age limit when to start seeking for Him.
 
A. Rec-ol-lect-ion - We the ministers of God are to remember that our children are to have an headstart in their education with God like these young men in the Bible.
 
“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them ;”( Eccl 12:1)
 
“Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 19:13-14)
 
  • Samuel
 
“But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod. Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.” (1 Sam 2:18-19)
 
  • Jeremiah
 
“Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.”(Jer. 1:6-10)
 
II. Having proper training at home will give children a head start in their quest for God. Josiah was sixteen years old when he began to pray.
 
A. Re-flect-ion- Thinking on the ways of his father David.
 
“Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years. And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left. For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father:” (2 Chron. 34:1-3)
 
III.We should train our children in the early stages of their life by:
 
a. Rep-eti-tion -  By repeating instuction inthe way.
 
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”(Prov. 22:6)
 
b.Re-mon-strat-ion-  By admonishing and nurturing in the way
 
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother;  (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”(Eph. 6:1-4)   
 
IV. Josiah began to make reforms. We call that sanctification. Sanctification is a process of removing things in our lives that hinders our growth in Christ.
 
A. Re-mov-ing
 
“…and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images. And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the images, that were on high above them, he cut down; and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake in pieces, and made dust of them, and strowed it upon the graves of them that had sacrificed unto them.” (2 Chron. 34:3-4)
 
a. Timothy
 
“If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid,knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, (2 Tim 2:21-24)
 
b. Church of Corinth
 
“Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What ? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”(1 Cor. 6:18-19)
 
V.After Josiah had removed the things which hindered his walk with God he began to repair the house of the Lord.
 
B. Re-con-dition-ing 
 
“Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land, and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, and Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the LORD his God.” (2 Chron. 34:8)
 
a.  How are we to repair the things of God in our personel lives? By rehearsing the Word.
You do know that you are the temple of God?
 
 Re-hears-ing
 
“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour asbecometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” (Titus 2:1-8)
 
  •      Sound ( Having a firm basis; unshakable: a sound foundation.)
  •      Doctrine ( Body of principles presented for acceptance or belief.)
  •      Sober ( Marked by seriousness, or solemnity of conduct or character.)
  •      Gravity (The condition or quality of being serious and impressive.)
  •      Incorruptness ( Free of corruption or immorality.)
  •      Sincere ( Being without hypocrisy or pretense; genuine.)
  •      Pattern ( A person or thing considered worthy of imitation.)
 
VI. In Josiah's quest for the things of God he found the Book of the law in the house of the Lord. Our success in the lives of our children will be based upon them finding the Word of God in the house of the Lord. Recovery only comes through the truth of God's Word.
 
C.Re-cover-ing
 
“And when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of the LORD, Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law of the LORD given by Moses. And Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah delivered the book to Shaphan.” (2 Chron 34:14-15)
 
 
“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” (2 Tim 2:24-26)
 
VII. When the Word is found in the temple no child will be left behind. We do this best when we get back to the basics. The Three R's.
 
A. Read-ing
 
“Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath given me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.” (2 Chron. 34:18)
 
1. Study-ing the Word.
 
“Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.”( 2 Tim 2:14-16)
 
2. Search-ing the Word.
 
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”(John 5:39)
 
“And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:10-11)
 
 3. Speak-ing the Word.
 
 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”(Josh 1:8)
 
a. Speak-ing to one another.
 
“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.” (Mal. 3:16)
 
b. Speak-ing to Satan.
 
“And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matt 4:3-4)
 
4.  Sett-ling in the Word. 
“If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;”(Col 1:23)
 
5. Stay-ing with the Word
 
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Tim 4:2-4)
 
B. Rit-ing
 
“And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the priests, and the Levites, and all the people, great and small: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant that was found in the house of the LORD. And the king stood in his place, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments, and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all his heart, and with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant which are written in this book. And he caused all that were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand to it. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem didaccording to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers.” (2 Chron. 34:30-32)
 
1.Re-stor-ing - The inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant.
 
 
2.Re-pent-ing - He caused all that were presnt to stand to it.
 
 
3.Re-new-ing - They began to perform the Words of the Covenant.
 
 
C. Reckon-ing - Rithmetic
 
a. Subtrac-tion
 
 
1. Deduc-tion
 
"And Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries that pertained to the children of Israel, and made all that were present in Israel to serve, even to serve the LORD their God. And all his days they departed not from following the LORD, the God of their fathers." 2 Chron 34:33
 
 
“But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie notone to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;” (Col 3:8-9)
 
2. Divi-sion
 
"And prepare yourselves by the houses of your fathers, after your courses, according to the writing of David king of Israel, and according to the writing of Solomon his son. And stand in the holy place according to the divisions of the families of the fathers of your brethren the people, and after the division of the families of the Levites."2 Chron 35:4-5
 
b. Addi-tion
 
Moreover Josiah kept a passover unto the LORD in Jerusalem: and they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the first month. And he set the priests in their charges, and encouraged them to the service of the house of the LORD, And said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, which were holy unto the LORD, Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David king of Israel did build; it shall not be a burden upon your shoulders: serve now the LORD your God, and his people Israel, And prepare yourselves by the houses of your fathers, after your courses, according to the writing of David king of Israel, and according to the writing of Solomon his son.” (2 Chron. 35:1-4)
 
1.Ac-qui-si-tion- Quantifying- Like Josiah "Moreover"
 
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” (Col 3:12-14)
 
2. Sum-ma-tion - Sum- "Moreover"
 
" And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge.  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness: And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 1:5-8
 
 
Conclusion: God has made provisions that no one is left behind in receiving a quality Christ centered education. The agency or medium He has chosen to accomplish this is the Church. Are you attending a church on a regular basis? Have you made Jesus the Lord of your life? Receive Him today and be saved.
 
 
 

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