Jun 24, 2018
Legacy: After This: The Legacy of Glory After Life’s Trial
Series: Legacy

After This: The Legacy of Glory After Life’s Trial

Job 42:16-17 16After this lived Job a hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations. 17So Job died, being old and full of days.

 

Stronger than the Sands of Time

Job left a legacy that went beyond his life. His legacy has lasted through kings, empires, disasters, wars, cultural shifts, and all the power the sands of time could throw at it. His legacy lasted far beyond his trial, to the point that my two-year-old (Nehemiah) is in my lap, as I type this, singing a song inspired by the book of Job (Though You Slay Me). The glory of a godly legacy transcends time and the very affliction that helped give birth to it! No matter what you are enduring today as a child of the King, rest assured you have an “after this” that awaits you!

 

The Pain of a Loss Cause 

Setting the backdrop for a future legacy of glory can be very painful. The backdrop of Moses’s legacy was a painful one. Separated from his family, a fugitive for murder, safe away from Egypt while the people he loved dearly suffered. And then out of nowhere God appeared in a burning bush that shaped Moses’s legacy. There was an “after this” that far out matched the pain, suffering, and exile that Moses faced. Now, when considering Job’s “after this” legacy we must get a look at the great dreadful backdrop that God allowed in order to anchor Job’s legacy into the halls of eternity.

Job lost people and things that could never be recovered. The pain of death is amplified by the knowledge of what you have lost you will never get back in this world. Job was broken beyond comprehension and the legacy he thought he was building was lost in an instant. 

We see in the book of Job loss of;

Live-Stock- This is the equivalent to losing a family business in an instant. All the years you worked, calculated, saved, the people you spent time training, all gone in a moment. There have been people that lost jobs, retirement, or a much-needed source of income can relate. 

Wealth-Job's wealth came from his livestock and servants. The loss of livestock represents much time and labor lost. Wealth represents his comfort. Job did not have a chance to down size, but was left with nothing.

Children- I am sure that Job's children were the prize of his life. He held them in his arms, raised them, taught them, and prayed for them. Job was a family man, and what made him a family man was taken from him. No matter how bright the sun shined, how loud the birds chirped, or how big the flowers bloomed, the days without his children were dull, silent, and without beauty. Death does something to the atmosphere that is unexplainable. 

Wife's endurance- In the midst of great loss we depend on our spouse or that one person we are most intimate with. Job had his wife, but the sight of Jobs pain was so severe she would rather him dead than alive. She could not hold out under the great hand of affliction Job was dealt. Job was without comfort. He was completely alone in the physical world.

Friend's respect- Those who have had a failure or a run of "bad luck" understands this next loss very well. Job was a well-respected man, but when things went south everyone lectured and ridiculed but none comforted. It is true that his friends remained close, but for all the wrong reasons. They saw their role as those who should chastise and not comfort. 

Health/physical and mental- The day light was dull and the smell of the air was rot in the life of Job. Physically and mentally he was broken. Where he was once healthy and stable mentally he was now broken and confused. Job was fully depleted. 

We Are His Workmanship

Most of the Biblical account of Job’s life is harsh, but the whole account changed with one stroke of the Master’s pen!

Ephesians 2:10 states, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Job's life is part of the grand love letter written to humanity. It is a real love letter full of hurt, sickness, persecution, and loneliness. It is real because love will endure (1st Corinthians 13:7-8) all things and all those things are part of all things. The story of God's love for us is a harsh one at times. He suffered affliction, rejection, sorrow, and death for us. He was the man of sorrows. The truest love story ever told or heard is the one of Jesus Christ, His Cross, His conquest, and all for His Church. What makes God's love story great and luring is the suffering He endured in order to bring many sons to glory. John 3:16 has captured many hearts because the great price God paid in order to redeem His people. The great suffering of the Lord is very appealing because His suffering was aimed at us in love and the legacy he left was not only after all he suffered, but because of all He suffered. 

Job's story fits the grand narrative of scripture. It is through much suffering and strife that the people of God are renewed to show forth praises to the name of God. But what are they praising God for? Revelation 7:9-17 gives some insight on this matter:

9 “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 11And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, 12Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. 13And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 16They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."

 

They were praising God for His deliverance. It was His rescuing them from great tribulation that evoked their heavenly worship. Those who have been rescued from affliction have experienced the harshness of affliction and blessedness of rescue. Those who have experienced pain appreciate pleasure in a praiseworthy manner. 

I want to make the point abundantly clear that Job's affliction was a blimp in time compared to the eternal weight of glory he is experiencing. Job's trial has been over for a long time, but the eternal praise he is rendering God for His grace hasn't even warmed up good! The “after this” of our affliction celebrates the eternal glory that has magnified itself in the magnitude of our affliction. There is no glory without affliction, so thank your affliction for giving or better yet sharing with you the glory of God.

 

Your Great Legacy “After This”

Job received sons, daughters, many years, wealth, and fullness of life all the days he lived after his trial. I do not directly benefit from these things that Job personally received. What is it that benefits me and you this morning from Jobs life?

The “after this” that Job has left us is…

1. After a Trial You Know God Better (Job 42:5)

Job learned more about God meeting God than he did discussing theology with his friends. Good and bad theology was in their conversations, but they did no good in bringing Job closer to God. Job met God in his afflictions and that made all the difference in the world. Job had discussed his knowledge of God at length with his friends. They each shared the view they had of God and Job in their discourses, but none of it sunk in until God came to Job in his agony. Today we gain hope in our trials believing that suffering causes us to truly experience what we have only heard concerning God. “Taste and see that the Lord is good” is an invitation to experience the sweetness of God. I can teach more about the sweetness of honey with one drop on your tongue than a million-word description in your ears.

 

2.What God Does Not Restore He Can Replace (Job 42:12-13)

This point is a play on words. I understand that one child cannot replace, in the fullest of terms, another child but God did place in the stead of the deceased children, which were not to be restored, more children. The daughters Job were given after his trial were more beautiful than any other girls around. God placed great favor on Jobs substance and family. We will all live through tragic loss. There will be somethings and people that you will not see restored to you in this life, but God can place exceedingly great people and things in their stead for you to enjoy and be comforted by.

3.You Can Survive Your Most Devastating Life Event With Faith Intact. (Job 42:1-6)- Job had his world rocked with all Satan was allowed to throw at him. Job came out of the fires of life with his faith intact and even increased. He had heard about God and now he had seen Him in the fire. It is possible to go through a death, a divorce, deep depression, sickness, and isolation with your faith intact. Job has taught us this and we rejoice in it.

 

How Job’s Legacy Has Helped Countless Millions in Everyday Life:

Job gives hope beyond the darkness. When trials come and we sink in confusion, Job shows us that God is there in our mess. He is there to reveal Himself in the thick darkness of life. No matter how thick the darkness of life is it cannot extinguish the glory of God.

Job proves all is ours. Paul taught that all things are ours. Even death and suffering are ours. These things belonged to Jesus on this earth and we have inherited them. The deep darkness that settles in on our lives at times is not there to conquer us. They are actually there to be the Black back drops that God’s never ending glory and love for us is best seen.

Job makes us think “After this”. If we remain faithful, if we trust God, if we suffer, then will we reign.

This morning I want to end with a letter that a Southern Baptist Missionary wrote just two months before I graduated High School in 2003.

March 7, 2003

Dear Pastor Phil & Pastor Roger,

You should only be opening this letter in the event of death.

When God calls there are no regrets. I tried to share my heart with you as much as possible, my heart for the Nations. I wasn't called to a place. I was called to Him. To obey was my objective, to suffer was expected, His glory was my reward, His glory is my reward.

One of the most important things to remember right now is to preserve the work. ... I am writing this as if I am still working among my people group.

I thank you all so much for your prayers and support. Surely your reward in Heaven will be great. Thank you for investing in my life and spiritual well being. Keep sending missionaries out. Keep raising up fine young pastors.

In regards to any service, keep it small and simple. Yes simple, just preach the gospel. If Jason Buss is available or his dad have them sing a pretty song. Be bold and preach the life saving, life changing, forever eternal GOSPEL. Give glory and honor to our Father.

The Missionary Heart:

Care more than some think is wise.

Risk more than some think is safe.

Dream more than some think is practical.

Expect more than some think is possible.

I was called not to comfort or success but to obedience.

Some of my favorite scriptures are: Isaiah 6, you know the one. 2 Cor. 5:15-21, 1 Peter 1:3, Col. 4:2-6, Romans 15:20, Psalm 25 and 27. You can look through my Scofield and see where it is marked. Please use only what you want or feel is best.

There is no Joy outside of knowing Jesus and serving Him. I love you two and my church family.

In His care,

Salaam, Karen

Her “After This” legacy is here this morning. We have been introduced to a total stranger that is part of our family, the Family of God. Her life and death, although we do not know it well has inspired us this morning to make Christ the main prize and glorify Him even in our suffering.

 
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  • Jun 24, 2018Legacy: After This: The Legacy of Glory After Life’s Trial
    Jun 24, 2018
    Legacy: After This: The Legacy of Glory After Life’s Trial
    Series: Legacy

    After This: The Legacy of Glory After Life’s Trial

    Job 42:16-17 16After this lived Job a hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations. 17So Job died, being old and full of days.

     

    Stronger than the Sands of Time

    Job left a legacy that went beyond his life. His legacy has lasted through kings, empires, disasters, wars, cultural shifts, and all the power the sands of time could throw at it. His legacy lasted far beyond his trial, to the point that my two-year-old (Nehemiah) is in my lap, as I type this, singing a song inspired by the book of Job (Though You Slay Me). The glory of a godly legacy transcends time and the very affliction that helped give birth to it! No matter what you are enduring today as a child of the King, rest assured you have an “after this” that awaits you!

     

    The Pain of a Loss Cause 

    Setting the backdrop for a future legacy of glory can be very painful. The backdrop of Moses’s legacy was a painful one. Separated from his family, a fugitive for murder, safe away from Egypt while the people he loved dearly suffered. And then out of nowhere God appeared in a burning bush that shaped Moses’s legacy. There was an “after this” that far out matched the pain, suffering, and exile that Moses faced. Now, when considering Job’s “after this” legacy we must get a look at the great dreadful backdrop that God allowed in order to anchor Job’s legacy into the halls of eternity.

    Job lost people and things that could never be recovered. The pain of death is amplified by the knowledge of what you have lost you will never get back in this world. Job was broken beyond comprehension and the legacy he thought he was building was lost in an instant. 

    We see in the book of Job loss of;

    Live-Stock- This is the equivalent to losing a family business in an instant. All the years you worked, calculated, saved, the people you spent time training, all gone in a moment. There have been people that lost jobs, retirement, or a much-needed source of income can relate. 

    Wealth-Job's wealth came from his livestock and servants. The loss of livestock represents much time and labor lost. Wealth represents his comfort. Job did not have a chance to down size, but was left with nothing.

    Children- I am sure that Job's children were the prize of his life. He held them in his arms, raised them, taught them, and prayed for them. Job was a family man, and what made him a family man was taken from him. No matter how bright the sun shined, how loud the birds chirped, or how big the flowers bloomed, the days without his children were dull, silent, and without beauty. Death does something to the atmosphere that is unexplainable. 

    Wife's endurance- In the midst of great loss we depend on our spouse or that one person we are most intimate with. Job had his wife, but the sight of Jobs pain was so severe she would rather him dead than alive. She could not hold out under the great hand of affliction Job was dealt. Job was without comfort. He was completely alone in the physical world.

    Friend's respect- Those who have had a failure or a run of "bad luck" understands this next loss very well. Job was a well-respected man, but when things went south everyone lectured and ridiculed but none comforted. It is true that his friends remained close, but for all the wrong reasons. They saw their role as those who should chastise and not comfort. 

    Health/physical and mental- The day light was dull and the smell of the air was rot in the life of Job. Physically and mentally he was broken. Where he was once healthy and stable mentally he was now broken and confused. Job was fully depleted. 

    We Are His Workmanship

    Most of the Biblical account of Job’s life is harsh, but the whole account changed with one stroke of the Master’s pen!

    Ephesians 2:10 states, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Job's life is part of the grand love letter written to humanity. It is a real love letter full of hurt, sickness, persecution, and loneliness. It is real because love will endure (1st Corinthians 13:7-8) all things and all those things are part of all things. The story of God's love for us is a harsh one at times. He suffered affliction, rejection, sorrow, and death for us. He was the man of sorrows. The truest love story ever told or heard is the one of Jesus Christ, His Cross, His conquest, and all for His Church. What makes God's love story great and luring is the suffering He endured in order to bring many sons to glory. John 3:16 has captured many hearts because the great price God paid in order to redeem His people. The great suffering of the Lord is very appealing because His suffering was aimed at us in love and the legacy he left was not only after all he suffered, but because of all He suffered. 

    Job's story fits the grand narrative of scripture. It is through much suffering and strife that the people of God are renewed to show forth praises to the name of God. But what are they praising God for? Revelation 7:9-17 gives some insight on this matter:

    9 “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 11And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, 12Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. 13And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 16They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."

     

    They were praising God for His deliverance. It was His rescuing them from great tribulation that evoked their heavenly worship. Those who have been rescued from affliction have experienced the harshness of affliction and blessedness of rescue. Those who have experienced pain appreciate pleasure in a praiseworthy manner. 

    I want to make the point abundantly clear that Job's affliction was a blimp in time compared to the eternal weight of glory he is experiencing. Job's trial has been over for a long time, but the eternal praise he is rendering God for His grace hasn't even warmed up good! The “after this” of our affliction celebrates the eternal glory that has magnified itself in the magnitude of our affliction. There is no glory without affliction, so thank your affliction for giving or better yet sharing with you the glory of God.

     

    Your Great Legacy “After This”

    Job received sons, daughters, many years, wealth, and fullness of life all the days he lived after his trial. I do not directly benefit from these things that Job personally received. What is it that benefits me and you this morning from Jobs life?

    The “after this” that Job has left us is…

    1. After a Trial You Know God Better (Job 42:5)

    Job learned more about God meeting God than he did discussing theology with his friends. Good and bad theology was in their conversations, but they did no good in bringing Job closer to God. Job met God in his afflictions and that made all the difference in the world. Job had discussed his knowledge of God at length with his friends. They each shared the view they had of God and Job in their discourses, but none of it sunk in until God came to Job in his agony. Today we gain hope in our trials believing that suffering causes us to truly experience what we have only heard concerning God. “Taste and see that the Lord is good” is an invitation to experience the sweetness of God. I can teach more about the sweetness of honey with one drop on your tongue than a million-word description in your ears.

     

    2.What God Does Not Restore He Can Replace (Job 42:12-13)

    This point is a play on words. I understand that one child cannot replace, in the fullest of terms, another child but God did place in the stead of the deceased children, which were not to be restored, more children. The daughters Job were given after his trial were more beautiful than any other girls around. God placed great favor on Jobs substance and family. We will all live through tragic loss. There will be somethings and people that you will not see restored to you in this life, but God can place exceedingly great people and things in their stead for you to enjoy and be comforted by.

    3.You Can Survive Your Most Devastating Life Event With Faith Intact. (Job 42:1-6)- Job had his world rocked with all Satan was allowed to throw at him. Job came out of the fires of life with his faith intact and even increased. He had heard about God and now he had seen Him in the fire. It is possible to go through a death, a divorce, deep depression, sickness, and isolation with your faith intact. Job has taught us this and we rejoice in it.

     

    How Job’s Legacy Has Helped Countless Millions in Everyday Life:

    Job gives hope beyond the darkness. When trials come and we sink in confusion, Job shows us that God is there in our mess. He is there to reveal Himself in the thick darkness of life. No matter how thick the darkness of life is it cannot extinguish the glory of God.

    Job proves all is ours. Paul taught that all things are ours. Even death and suffering are ours. These things belonged to Jesus on this earth and we have inherited them. The deep darkness that settles in on our lives at times is not there to conquer us. They are actually there to be the Black back drops that God’s never ending glory and love for us is best seen.

    Job makes us think “After this”. If we remain faithful, if we trust God, if we suffer, then will we reign.

    This morning I want to end with a letter that a Southern Baptist Missionary wrote just two months before I graduated High School in 2003.

    March 7, 2003

    Dear Pastor Phil & Pastor Roger,

    You should only be opening this letter in the event of death.

    When God calls there are no regrets. I tried to share my heart with you as much as possible, my heart for the Nations. I wasn't called to a place. I was called to Him. To obey was my objective, to suffer was expected, His glory was my reward, His glory is my reward.

    One of the most important things to remember right now is to preserve the work. ... I am writing this as if I am still working among my people group.

    I thank you all so much for your prayers and support. Surely your reward in Heaven will be great. Thank you for investing in my life and spiritual well being. Keep sending missionaries out. Keep raising up fine young pastors.

    In regards to any service, keep it small and simple. Yes simple, just preach the gospel. If Jason Buss is available or his dad have them sing a pretty song. Be bold and preach the life saving, life changing, forever eternal GOSPEL. Give glory and honor to our Father.

    The Missionary Heart:

    Care more than some think is wise.

    Risk more than some think is safe.

    Dream more than some think is practical.

    Expect more than some think is possible.

    I was called not to comfort or success but to obedience.

    Some of my favorite scriptures are: Isaiah 6, you know the one. 2 Cor. 5:15-21, 1 Peter 1:3, Col. 4:2-6, Romans 15:20, Psalm 25 and 27. You can look through my Scofield and see where it is marked. Please use only what you want or feel is best.

    There is no Joy outside of knowing Jesus and serving Him. I love you two and my church family.

    In His care,

    Salaam, Karen

    Her “After This” legacy is here this morning. We have been introduced to a total stranger that is part of our family, the Family of God. Her life and death, although we do not know it well has inspired us this morning to make Christ the main prize and glorify Him even in our suffering.

     
  • Jun 17, 2018Legacy: Eternally Blessing Your Children
    Jun 17, 2018
    Legacy: Eternally Blessing Your Children
    Series: Legacy

    Eternally Blessing Your Children

    “Chasing the Wind for the Blessing”

    Matthew 5

    Every Father wants their child to be happy. We want them to enjoy their childhood and build memories that will shape their adult life. The desires that fathers have for their children are noble, but more often than not we find ourselves chasing the wind to catch them a blessing. What I am about to say, I hope is said and heard from a standpoint of grace. It has to be admitted that doing things for your children is certainly part of fatherhood. Teaching them to play ball, taking them on trips, teaching them a skill, or working to provide them with the funds necessary for food, clothes, and education. All these things are part of fatherhood, but none of these things are stand alone long lasting supreme blessings. Supreme eternal blessings only can come from the Supreme Eternal God. Hear what James has to say on the Subject matter: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)

    Today I want to encourage all the fathers here, along with mothers and children, to consolidate their energy and focus clearly on leaving a legacy that will eternally bless your children. I believe we find the lessons from Matthew 5 will bless our children beyond what any experience, trade, or education can manage.

     

    Speak Directly to Your Children and Let the World Over Hear.

    Verse 1 introduces us to the audience to whom Jesus spoke His now famous sermon on the mount. At the time He was an up and coming teacher. Many miracles were to come, the rejection, the cross, death, resurrection, ascension and establishment of the New Testament Church was soon to come, but for now Jesus was a teacher with an audience. His aim was to teach the disciples the characteristics of God’s kingdom citizens. He was speaking directly to those who were following Him closely and yet the crowd over heard it. One writer said, “The sermon on the mount was whispered into the ears of the church and overheard by the world.” I believe fathers should have the same mindset about teaching their children eternal truth. Speak it to them directly and through them the world will overhear the truth of God’s Word. Your best followers are your children. They are eager to learn, but will we teach?

     

    Weighty Lessons with Present and Eternal Blessings

    What Jesus spoke to His followers was short but heavy in content. His words carried with them the ability to burst open the doors of the Holiest place in all creation and introduce people to the glory of God. Only Jesus can open a door on earth that leads to heavenly blessings. The way to God was sealed shut with the weight of sin and judgment that belonged to the human race, and Jesus came to open the way to God. Picture with me, a door that has been barred shut for so many generations that everyone agrees that the door was never to be opened and led nowhere. Over time people walked by the door as it was just a decoration, part of the landscape of things and nothing more. Now Jesus has come and His ministry is to open such a door. The very door that has been shut and ignored. The very door that leads to the highest prize of heaven, a relationship with God. Our teaching who Jesus is and what Jesus taught opens the door of the glory of God for our children.

    Already not Yet

    The Sermon on the mount is filled with things that have already happened yet are not completely experienced. A key to understanding what you teach your children when you teach them the bible is to discern that all things are complete in Christ, but we have not yet experienced the fullness of its completion. Sounds complex right? I believe some illustrations may help. In the Old Testament, David was anointed King by Samuel, yet he did not occupy the throne and become the legal ruler of Israel until sometime later. Another illustration is when a couple is expecting their first child. They are already mom and dad. They both are doing things for the child. It has already changed their life and put them on course for fuller blessings. Yet they have not held the child or seen its face. The Christian life and the teachings from the Sermon on the Mount are similar. We as adults need to grasp that teaching our children about Jesus, and what Jesus taught, gives our children blessings now and places them on a path to greater blessings in eternity. There is nothing more glorious than our God. There is no reward or treasure to find in this world that comes remotely close to being as supreme as God.

     

    Speak the Truth

    When we come to verse 2 we understand that Jesus believed in speaking the truth. Yes, He went about doing good (Acts 10:38), and He also went about teaching the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God (Matthew 5:2). Paul saw preaching the gospel of Jesus as a high calling and great priority. Here at Bethany we believe in working. That is seen in the volunteer base and the work the church puts into making much of Jesus and missions. It could be Ms. Naomi teaching in nursing homes, Brother James beautifying the stage, Brother John teaching at Garden City rescue, singles and teens working at mission week, or Philip volunteering to cook for the people at VBS. I could list more and more works that are done by people at Bethany because we are a working people, but just as much as we are a working people we are a preaching and teaching people. It is the word of God that has provoked and empowered us to work. If we preach the word of God lightly, accept it half-heartedly, or ignore it for programming sake we have lost power! The Word of God is sharper than any two-edge sword and when it is wielded correctly it does personal work on each church member for the glory of God and sake of man. Here in verse two we see Jesus opening His mouth. Yes, He would soon cast out demons, heal the sick, and cleanse the temple because He had work to do, but He also had a Word to speak that would impart eternal blessing. There are many things to do as a father that generates temporal blessings, but there is also the Word of God that gives eternal blessings that no circumstance on earth can take away.

     

    The Stand-Alone Lessons of Jesus that Imparts Eternal Blessings

    The teachings of Jesus stand-alone. His teachings are the foundation of truth. When we teach our children, we begin to teach them from the foundations of Christ’s words. To do anything else means later on the word of Christ will have to be a wrecking ball to what you have instilled in your children before it can be the foundations. It is counter productive to teach your children worldly ideas and philosophies in life and then try to mix Jesus in there somewhere. When you raise your children starting from the teachings of Jesus you will find that the foundation you lay is able to make them wise unto salvation.

    1. Be Poor and Mourn (3-4)

    This first lesson is the hardest one. It is the muscle that opens a weighty door. Those that come into the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ do so with a spirit that knows it is in need and a heart that mourns over sin. It is the opposite of self-reliance and sufficiency. It teaches us to humble ourselves before God. It teaches us that God is supreme and we have supremely offended Him with our sins. This one lesson leads our children to repentance, salvation, baptism, prayer, and an attitude of God reliance. When we are poor in spirit we are nigh to the Kingdom, and when we mourn over sin comfort from the Holy Spirit is present. The truth is, as many of Jesus’ teachings, you become rich when you are poor and you find comfort when you mourn. Jesus says you find “blessedness” or inward joy that is unshakeable by outside circumstances.

    2. Be Meek (5)
     
    Meekness is a gentle spirit that does not seek to exert physical power over another for personal gain. Meekness is seen in love and gentleness toward all men. Teaching our sons or daughters to use their bodies as authority, power, or manipulation to control others is not meekness. You may think if my son is the smartest and strongest male then he will have the world by the tail, or if my daughter grows into a beauty with great appeal she will go far in this world. Such thinking is wrong. There is certainly nothing wrong with your daughter being top of her class and beautiful, or your son being the best on the team, but those good things can be lost in this world if meekness is not the foundation. It is the meek that inherits the earth. The meek gets pieces in this life, but the whole in the time to come.
     
    3. Stay Hungry and Thirsty (6)
     
    Being hungry and thirsty does not sound fun, yet Jesus taught for us to have a hunger and thirst for things that are right. What is right is that which is of God. In this world you will find little that is right, therefore those who are of another world we long after what is lacking. Brother Steve Zimmerman has been stationed overseas for many months. I talked with him this week. There are things he longs for that he does not yet have. He longs for the states, for Barnwell, for church, and family. He stays hungry and thirsty and that fuels him to keep going. As believers we stay healthy when we stay hungry and thirsty for the things of God
     
    4. Be Merciful (7)
     
    When you can execute judgment refrain and show mercy. Raising 4 boys causes me to ask myself when to be hard and when to be merciful. There have been times that Isaiah has deserved punishment, and instead I sit him down and hug him and remind him that I love him. The hope is the love that I instill in him through mercy will make him think, “I will not do this, because Daddy loves me”. Teaching children to show mercy begins with them seeing that Merciful (7)- When you can execute judgment refrain and show mercy. Raising 4 boys causes me to ask myself when to be hard and when to be merciful. There have been times that Isaiah has deserved punishment, and instead I sit him down and hug him and remind him that I love him. The hope is the love that I instill in him through mercy will make him think, “I will not do this, because Daddy loves me”. Teaching children to show mercy begins with them seeing that we as parents know how to show mercy. Jesus knows that each person will need mercy, and it is built in the economy of God that the person that shows mercy will receive the greatest mercy when they are in need of it. The gospel is an anti-bullying and anti-discrimination declaration. Christians are to show mercy to all people and love their neighbor as they love themselves. There are deep delicate thoughts about how to love and show mercy that we cannot venture into today, but what we do know we ought to do. we as parents know how to show mercy. Jesus knows that each person will need mercy, and it is built in the economy of God that the person that shows mercy will receive the greatest mercy when they are in need of it. The gospel is an anti-bullying and anti-discrimination declaration. Christians are to show mercy to all people and love their neighbor as they love themselves. There are deep delicate thoughts about how to love and show mercy that we cannot venture into today, but what we do know we ought to do.
    5. Be Pure in Heart (8)
     
    Being poor in spirit and mourning over sin to the welcoming of Jesus as Lord and Savior produces a heart that desires purity. Once our hearts desired nothing pure, but now in Jesus we want purity and we seek to have all of it we can gather on this earth. The battle for the purity of our bodies begins in our hearts. Teaching our children to love purity will open the door to eternal blessing. When they ask why we don’t listen, watch, read, or go to certain places you can declare “I (your mother and I) love purity for God is pure”. The reward of purity is seeing God. C.S. Lewis said “It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to”. When we teach our children to be seeking to be pure in heart because God is then we instill in them a desire to see God!
     
     
    6. Be Peacemakers, allow persecution, be salt, and light (9-14)
     
    Seek to make peace, pursue it at all cost, for it is Jesus who made peace with God for us at the highest cost (Romans 5:1). Peacemakers are called the children of God and rightfully so. The world has enough hurt and pain, the children of God would not stand out unless they ventured to make peace in an unpeaceful world. When you love and serve others you make peace. When missionaries build houses, feed the hungry, build orphanages, or provide medical relief to the needy peace is felt. When the church body opens its doors to people of all nationalities peace is made. When a sinner hears the gospel of Jesus and repents toward God great peace is won! If your children lack direction, if you lack direction know that your calling as a child of God is to make peace.

    It would seem that peacemakers are welcomed and at times they are and at other times they are not. Peacemakers for a country may sit down with an opposing country and set the standard of peace. The country may or may not like the terms, but the terms are the terms. Even in making peace it must be accomplished God’s way. His terms often irritate others. This is where persecution comes from. We as peacemakers are to allow persecutions to arise without stopping our peacemaking mission. Let us learn and teach to endure persecution and rejoice in them.

    Be Salt and Light- Everything listed about characteristics of kingdom citizens make Christians salt and light to the world. Our love and life are to be powerful. It is draw attention, preserve, and heal. Teaching our children these truths and accepting them for ourselves in Jesus will prove to be eternal blessings that can never be stripped away.

               

     
  • Jun 10, 2018Legacy: Building a Legacy in Your Life
    Jun 10, 2018
    Legacy: Building a Legacy in Your Life
    Series: Legacy
    Legacy: Building a Legacy in Your Life
     
    2 Kings 7:1-11; 6:24-33
     
    I. A Legacy Is Built During Times of Great Obstacle (2 Kings 7:2)
     
    a. What are you doing in great conflict?
    b. What is your attitude? (2 Kings 7:3)
     
    II. A Legacy Can Be Built By the Most Unlikely People (2 Kings 7:3a)
     
    What to consider:
     
    a. They are under a death sentence
    b. These men had little choice
    c. They decided to do what was best
     
    III. Building a Legacy Is Risky Business (2 Kings 7:4)
     
    a. A Legacy is not Statistically Comprehensive (2 Kings 7:4)
    b. A Legacy Depends on Mercy (2 Kings 7:4)
  • Jun 3, 2018Legacy: One Generation to the Next
    Jun 3, 2018
    Legacy: One Generation to the Next
    Series: Legacy
    One Generation to the Next
    “The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.” - Billy Graham
     
    Scripture: Psalm 145:1-21
     
    What is a Legacy?
    The dictionary would define Legacy as “a gift or a bequest, that is handed down, endowed or conveyed from one person to another. It is something descendible one comes into possession of that is transmitted, inherited or received from a predecessor.”
     
    Mission Week starts today. Much has been done already in preparation for a week of discipleship and service. 30 volunteers are preparing their hearts to serve Barnwell county for the next several days, others have already donated money and tools for the work, some have offered their houses so teams can shower after work, and the office staff has been administrating the operation for weeks. This is a great week for Bethany to preach the gospel and live the call Jesus has given to us. This week helps us leave a legacy that points to the supremacy of Jesus Christ over all things. How does Mission Week point to the supremacy of Jesus over all things?
     
    1. We are trusting Jesus with our money
     
    I have watched as some of you have struggled to gather up the money for your children and family to attend Mission Week. Ms. Samantha happily reports to me the charitable gifts that people are giving to fund this week. Not one person in the church, that I know of, has placed the concern of money above their concern to minister in Jesus's name to Barnwell County. This sacrificial attitude magnifies that money doesn't tell me what to do with my God, but my God tells me what to do with my money!
     
    2. We are trusting God with our time
     
    There are several that are taking time off at work, which they could have used for self, and working at Mission Week. Others are getting up early when they could sleep in to help cook breakfast. Each teen is saying, “Giving God my time is more valuable that giving it to my boyfriend, girlfriend, water park, zoo, sleepover with friends, or time just to do whatever.” We are telling Barnwell County God is God over our time.
     
    3. We are trusting the leadership of God
     
    A church that is not concerned about missions is a skeleton of a church or worse, it’s not a church at all. When we do week-long projects that take a large amount of people, energy, and money we are stating that we trust God. The leadership of this church knows it is taxing on a church body to do and support missions, but they trust God and support the mission of this church to love God, love others, and serve both.
     
    We are stating with all our might that nothing is greater than God in our lives, and I hope the heartbeat of this week continues on for years to come.
     
    The Greatest Legacy

    It is in my heart to leave the greatest legacy possible to my family, this church, and town. I want every person to know, trust, and praise the greatness of God. It is my desire that we aim all our influence as a church to the greatness of God. When this is done God is glorified and people are saved and discipled. Now the question that stands before us today is how can we leave the greatest legacy to our children and generations to come? What can we do in order to set the stage for our children to be radical Jesus followers? What seeds can we plant in order for seeds of faith to grow in our children to the point they can say "neither do I count my own life dear" (Acts 20:24). Powerful men and women of God do not grow on trees, and worldly programs and parenting tips cannot produce them either. It takes a people who are willing to trust God with the next generation to the point they obey God. I believe there are teachers and parents in here today that are willing to do whatever it takes to plant, water, and tend to the seeds of faith they plant in the next generation’s life until a harvest of radical believers emerge.

    What Do I mean When I Say Radical Believer?
     
    Jim Elliot was a spirited and gifted young man who could have been a popular minister anywhere in the developed world, but he was called to a remote tribe of people in South America. His parents wrote to make him aware of their displeasure. His response is part of his legacy that many missionaries and ministers are inspired by today.

    “I do not wonder that you were saddened at the word of my going to South America. This is nothing else than what the Lord Jesus warned us of when He told the disciples that they must become so infatuated with the kingdom and following Him that all other allegiances must become as though they were not. And he never excluded the family tie. In fact, those loves which we regard as closest, He told us must become as hate in comparison with our desires to uphold His cause. Grieve not, then, if your sons seem to desert you, but rejoice, rather, seeing the will of God done gladly. Remember how the Psalmist described children? He said that they were as an heritage from the Lord, and that every man should be happy who had his quiver full of them. And what is a quiver full of but arrows? And what are arrows for but to shoot? So, with the strong arms of prayer, draw the bowstring back and let the arrows fly–all of them, straight at the Enemy’s hosts.

    ‘Give of thy sons to bear the message glorious, Give of they wealth to speed them on their way, Pour out thy soul for them in prayer victorious, And all thou spendest Jesus will repay.'”
    -Jim Elliot-

    Jim would die seven years later at the age of 29 attempting to reach an unreached people. His wife Elisabeth continued his work and had success.

    Jim's life became a warning to those who take the call of God lightly and an encouragement to all those who want to serve with radical obedience. When I say radical believers, I mean those with the spirit of Paul who loved Jesus more than their own life.
     
    The Product of a Radical Generation

    If Bethany labored today to disciple the next generation to be radical followers of Jesus what would happen to our town, country, and world? Jim's life had a global impact. People that would have never known Jesus now knows the love of God because of Jim. Those who lacked motivation to journey to a far land to teach the gospel of God have went because of Jim's radical life. The product of a radical generation is so immensely valuable that we cannot fully imagine what would happen. We only can have faith that God would be glorified like never before and those that today have no hope would find eternal joy in Jesus.
     
    How to leave a Legacy

    Bethany Baptist Church can leave an earth-shaking legacy by equipping our children in the following ways.
     
    1.Teach Persistently (Deuteronomy 6:1-9)
     
    Moses taught that God is acknowledged as supreme when He is the focal point of family discussion. There are certainly other things families want to talk about, but none as important as God and His word.

    a.) The aim (2)
     
    The aim of teaching God’s nature in the family unit is to keep the name of God known. Knowing God was necessary to be successful in the land God provided His people. Teaching God to the family was necessary in order for generations to come. Families learn who God is through each other and the corporate assembly of the believers. Adults in the family do well teaching the children in the family about God when they are guided by gifted teachers and preachers in the local church. God gifted people in the church specifically to teach His word. The family does well with in-home discipleship when the family is being instructed by gifted ministers God has given them in the church (Ephesians 4:11-12). I believe wholeheartedly that the institutions of the church and family intersect and work together to make God’s name known to present and future generations.
     

    b.) The accuracy (8-9)
     
    The teaching of God’s word is to be presented faithful. The permanent fixture of God’s word upon the hand and house points to the accuracy of what is taught. The aim is to teach God’s word accurately. It is better to rehearse simple truth than to turn simple truth into complex error. Bethany Baptist Church can pass on a great legacy by aiming to teach the word of God accurately. That means doing what it takes to be skilled communicators of the gospel. Prayer, personal devotion, taking classes, and picking up well written, gospel-centered books. We must be committed to do whatever it takes to accurately present the word of God.
     
    2. Practically Train by Doing the Word of God (James 1:22-25)
     
    Teaching God’s word reveals two things. 1.) Who God is, which is wonderful. 2.) Who we are, which is damnable. When these two things are taught persistently our nature is redeemed and the wonderful grace of God emerges in our life. Yet teaching, in and of itself, does not leave an earth-shaking, soul-stirring legacy that affects generations to come. There must be an action of what is being taught. Doing the Word of God transforms a person radically. I promise you the effort being put into Mission Week will yield a hundred-fold in your personal life.
     
    Engaging in the sacrifice, teaching, serving, and worshiping that is involved in Mission Week will do something for you that money and time can not do. It will transform your thought life. The writer of Proverbs taught that committing your work to God would establish, direct, and steady your thought life (Proverbs 16:3). Do you know how many people have no direction and wander aimlessly through life unhappy and unfulfilled? Doing the word of God does something supernatural to the mind.
     
    3. Purposely Point Praise to God (Psalm 145:1-7)
     
    Praise is a very important part of leaving a legacy to the next generation. When teaching is attractive and works are applauded it is very easy for those who are doing it to receive the praise or for those who are around it to point praise to those faithfully teaching or working. Praising God in word and song points others to the nature of God that compels and empowers you for daily life.

    a.) It’s an Everyday Effort (2)
     
    Praising God is part of our daily routine. The effect of everyday praise is transmission of our knowledge of God’s glory to the next generation.

    b.) The Purpose is to make God Known (10-12)
     
    The greatest legacy we can leave the next generations is sound knowledge of God. Leaving a legacy takes wisdom and vision. The wisdom and vision we at Bethany want to apply to our lives are found in scripture. Greater than a building is the knowledge of God. The knowledge that He is Good, He is Creator, He is Redeemer, He is Father, Son, and Spirit. He is Supreme, He is Judge, He is Righteous, He is Provider, He is Sustainer, He is Holy, and He is Beautiful! All that we sing about and praise is to reveal and rehearse the greatness of our God!
     
    Application: Are you leaving a legacy with your children by Teaching, Working, and Praising God?