Soul Winning

November 11, 2010

Text: Psalm 126:5-6
Title: Soul Winning
This psalm is entitled simply “A Song of Degrees.” There can be no doubt as to the occasion on which it was written, for it bears evidence of having been written with reference to the return from Babylon. It may have been designed to be sung as the returning captives went up to Jerusalem, but was more probably written following that event, as to keep it in remembrance.

Note: Psalm 126 Here the restored exiles rejoice in the Lord’s deliverance (vv. 1-3), pray for the restoration of others (v. 4), and take confidence in the principle of sowing and reaping (vv. 5-6).
126:5-6 The efforts of the exiles to reestablish the nation amid difficulties will someday come to fruition like a harvest, a principle applicable to Christian work as well.

Note: It is both a prayer for captives and a testimony to the conviction that God will bring His people home rejoicing.

Note: We can also make a Practical application of this verse in relation to soul winning.

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The God of All Comfort

November 11, 2010

Text: 2 Corinthians 1:1-6
The God of All Comfort
Introduction: Paul wrote 1 Corinthians from Ephesus, where he had been ministering for three years. He sent this letter to the church by Timothy (1 Cor. 4:17), but problems in the church only grew worse.
Paul had organized the Corinthian church during his second missionary trip.
Perhaps it was young Timothy’s timidity that made the believers at Corinth disobey Paul’s words. At any rate, Paul then sent Titus to Corinth to make sure the church obeyed the apostolic orders Paul had given them (2 Cor. 7:13-15). Paul had promised the Corinthians that he would visit them (1 Cor. 16:3-7), but circumstances were such that he was delayed along the way. He had hoped to meet Titus at Troas but this plan failed.
As you read 2 Cor. 1-2, you feel the burden and heartache of Paul, suffering both physically and emotionally. While at Troas, Paul did some preaching, then made his way to Macedonia. He and Titus finally met, most likely at Philippi (2 Cor. 7:5-6), and Titus gave Paul the good news that the majority at Corinth were behind him and would obey his word. It was this joy that prompted him to write this second letter to the Corinthians.

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Earnest Prayer

November 11, 2010

Text: James 5:16-18
Title: Earnest Prayer
Introduction: Little Johnnie was saying his bedtime prayers a week before his birthday. In a loud voice he listed all the things he wanted. “Do not pray so loudly,” his mother instructed. “The Lord is not hard of hearing!” “Maybe He isn’t,” admitted Johnnie, “but Grandma is.” A lot of our prayers may be like Johnnie’s.
Note – Today, we will learn what it means to pray earnestly!

  1. Our Engagement in Prayer – v16
    1. Confession
      Note – vs 14-15

      Note –
      Confess your faults one to another,…. Which must be understood of sins committed against one anothe
      Note – It is not the anointing that heals, but the praying. The Greek word translated “anointing” is a medicinal term. This may be an indication that James suggests using available means for healing along with asking the Lord for His divine touch. God can heal with or without means; in each case, it is God who does the healing.)Psalms 66:18
      If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

      Proverbs 28:13
      He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

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Fellowship or Socializing

November 11, 2010

“There is a Christian failure to distinguish between socializing and fellowship. Although socializing is often both a part of and the context of fellowship, it is possible to socialize without having fellowship. Socializing involves the sharing of human and earthly life. Christian fellowship, New Testament koinonia, involves the sharing of spiritual life. Don’t misunderstand— socializing is a valuable asset to the church and necessary for a balanced life. But we have gone beyond giving socializing the place it deserves. We have become willing to accept it as a substitute for fellowship, almost cheating ourselves of the Christian birthright of true fellowship altogether.”—Donald Whitney

The Power of God

July 23, 2010

Much of the power of Christianity today is the natural result of organized forces. Many a successful church owes its prosperity, in a great measure, to the business principles on which it is run, and its influence is made up largely of the social elements which constitute it, the numbers which attend it, or the effective machinery by which it is moved; but this may involve no spiritual power whatever.

It is not inconsistent with spiritual power; the Holy Ghost may work in the channels of order and systematic work, but all of this may exist in the most complete form and yet it be simply a religious club and ecclesiastical machinery.

A minister may build up his church just as a man builds up his business, and the ambition which accomplishes his splendid ideal may be of precisely the same kind as that which has founded and consummated the great financial enterprises of our age. There is a no more perfect organization in the world than Romanism. Its machinery is superb, but it knows nothing of spiritual power.

(Excerpt from his book “Walking in the Spirit” by A.B. Simpson; Chapter 11: The Spirit of Power)

“Special Hour” Schedule

July 1, 2010

This year, I have again the privilege of teaching in our Bible Institute. The President gave me the responsibility of handling the “Special Hour” class, often called the “Inspiration” class. I’d like to share to you the schedule of lessons that will be taught in the class. I’m praying that through these messages, the Lord would stir the hearts of the students to be more yielded to His Spirit.

“Special Hour” Schedule

Bible Baptist Institute School Year 2010

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Why Use the King James Bible 1611?

June 4, 2010

Text: 2 Peter 1:19-21
Title: Why We Use the King James Bible 1611 and avoid new Translations?

Psalm 12:6-7: God promised He would preserve His Inspired Word.
Psalm 119:160; Matthew 5:18; Matthew 24:35; 1 Pet. 1:25; 2 Tim. 3:16

Terms we need to understand:
Bibliology is the study of the Bible.

Inspiration: the recording, or giving of God’s Word. The Holy Spirit used holy men to give us the holy Scriptures. The literal definition of the word translated “inspiration” in 2 Tim. 3:16 is “God-breathed”

Revelation: The act whereby God communicates truth to mankind that was previously unknown (and no other way to be known). God reveals truth.

Note – During Bible times, God used dreams and visions as a means to reveal His truth.

We no longer have those since we have God’s final revelation.

Illumination: The act in which God clarifies His Word so that man can understand and apply it.

Quote – You may get illumination on the already-given revelation, that was written down by verbal inspiration but you don’t get new revelation!

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