Feb 11, 2018
Shades of Glory: News for the Nations
Shades of Glory
“News for the Nations”
Revelation 5:9
Revelation 7:9
Revelation: 14:6-7
Matthew 25:32-34 & 41

The Big Idea
When these scriptures are read I hope you hear two things: 1.) Because of sin every nation is under terrifying eternally damning supreme wrath of God. 2.) Because of Jesus an invitation to be forgiven and restored to God is being sent to all nations through the church (that’s you and me) and will be heard. You can have faith in mission work and evangelism because of what we see when we look in Revelation. All nations, kindred, and tongues are seen in the heavenly vison and there is only one way for them to get there. We will focus on the second point next Sunday, but for this week I want to point out the fact that every nation, and because of that every person, has a huge problem. This huge problem is sin and this sin keeps us from coming to God and worshipping Him for who He is. The punishment for this sin is death and eternal damnation from God. All nations and people, therefore, are in big trouble no matter the size, power, economy, governmental structure, education, or health care system of a nation. We cannot come together and fix the sin and punishment problem. It is impossible to think through or around the sin problem. Every Nation shares in the condemnation of sin.

A call to the Altar of Worship
Last week I mentioned that Noah built an altar after His ark experience. That is after He was saved from the flood waters by the ark He had a radical worship service. This worship service represented all the nations that were to come. Here, at Noah’s altar, all the nations gathered in one to worship God, but from Genesis 8:20- Jude collective worship with all nations is missing in history. History actually yields nations going in different directions worshiping different things. Revelation, however, takes us to a place of God honoring worship performed by all nations. I said last week we can not get back to Noah’s Altar, but we can all meet at the eternal altar of God through Jesus Christ! I pray that you are saved, and I pray the saved is spreading the good news of Jesus!
What can encourage the Lost to be saved and fuel the saved to Evangelize?

Every Christian can be fueled in evangelism and missions
By considering the following truths we glean from these scriptures
 

I. The Common Judgment to all Nations (Matthew 25:32-34 & 41)

The Power to Judge is Christ’s -In Matthew 28:18 Jesus states, “All power {authority} is given unto me in heaven and earth”. The parables and teachings in Matthew 25 echo the same truth. There is One in charge who will come and demand an account be given according to His standard. How can He demand such and judge so strictly? Because He is in charge. In the day of judgement all religious ideas, governments, people, and powers will know that they were never in charge. Deuteronomy 32:39 will be known to all people “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.” Christ will judge and who will be accepted in His sight? All those who have passed under His blood by believing on His name.

The Sentence is eternal (41)- The punishment for all nations is universal and eternal. People are dying and going to hell all over the world every day. Without the good news of salvation reaching the ears of unbelievers there is no chance of them being saved. This concrete truth should energize the church. Our prayer should be help me care. Now if we preached that there is another way of being saved apart from the gospel we make two great errors. 1.) We simply lie and do not represent the teaching of Jesus (John 14:6). 2.) We pass the buck on to other methods, or we simply become lazy believing that some other method, unknown to us, can intervene. This is the church burying the talent in the dirt.

The scripture says the wicked are “cursed” and sent to “everlasting” punishment. Today if a person commits a truly horrible crime the death sentence can be measured out to them and that is it their crime is paid for with their life. The higher the offense the higher the punishment, and in the case of sin it offends the Eternal Heights of God. Therefore, the punishment is not mere annihilation, but everlasting torment, and even at that the debt is never paid.

No Nation Left Out (32)- “All nations” including ours will be called up for judgement. America maybe a moral beacon of light, to some standard, in the world today, but in the day of Christ America will not be judge based on its war on terror or humanitarian aid given to the nations. It will be judged by its submission to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We, as a nation, have the same need of the gospel that all nations share.

Question: Will you help reach your nation for Jesus by doing everything possible to help the gospel be preached in Barnwell?
 

II. The Common need of Redemption of all nations (Revelation 5:9)
 
God is merciful and just. He shows both these qualities with how He has chosen to deal with the sins of people.

1.) He is merciful toward sinners by over looking sins for a season.

2.) He is just in how He deals with sinners that refuse to repent.

3.) He is merciful in sending Jesus Christ (His Eternal Son) to pay for the sins of the world.

4.) He is merciful in establishing the church to proclaim the good news of the Son of God, that is sins can be forgiven in His name and eternal punishment overlooked while clothing and accepting sinners as His children through Jesus Christ.

5.) He is just in condemning those who never are saved to eternal damnation and accepting those as children who repent.

So, God is both merciful and just in that He is sovereign over all things. Justice and Mercy both play major rolls in converting the soul. It is the knowledge of God’s justice that causes me to yearn for His mercy. These two things together make God great and the gospel beautiful and necessary. It is God’s judgement upon all nations that makes the need for redemption necessary. It is God’s judgment upon the nations and mercy extended to them that makes the work of the church powerful and necessary.

The How of Redemption- “thou wast slain” The Son of God was “slaughtered” that sinful men might be redeemed. This one clause shows the severity of God’s wrath toward sinners, and His depth of love for sinners. Jesus died for you carries an eternity load of implications. Redemption is, therefore, costly.

The why of Redemption- A great price was paid in order that men could be brought to God. This implies that man, by sin, is separate from God. The great price paid in order that sinful man could be brought back to God implies that God Himself is the supreme prize of eternity because the extreme price of eternity was paid that man could inherit lost fellowship with God. When the Church preaches the gospel to people we are in fact inviting them to worship God through Jesus Christ. Missions and evangelism exist in order that man can be brought to worship God. Without redemption men are left to themselves and perish. The why of redemption is God. He created everything including His plan to reveal Himself to man in precious ways. God could have allowed man to perish and have been just and no less God, but He chose to redeem man to show His glory in salvation.
 
Question: Are you rejoicing in your salvation that God has prepared and given you?
 

III. The Common Call of all Nations (Revelation 14:6-7)
 
The call to trust God by believing on the Lord Jesus is a common call for all people. It is the Gospel, the good news, of Jesus that must be presented. The gospel transcends time, culture, language, and borders. We can preach it in buildings, under bridges, or in the remote jungle and it is still the same. God is angry with sinners and will eternally damn them for their sinful ways. God in love decided He wanted to spare sinners. In order to satisfy His Justice and extend His love He offered up His Only Son in the stead of sinners that they may be saved. This is the blessed truth that is to be preached to all nations.
 
This common call is a productive one. God has elected that His call for salvation be sounded through the church. He has also elected that the church will produce fruit of EVERY NATION. The call to every nation is to hear and be saved and take it to the bank that some from every place will!

God’s Relentless Pursuit of Sinners Through the Church- In every generation since the cross God has not slacked in saving, calling, and sending men and women to preach His word to all the world. Here at Bethany we are located in Barnwell, S.C. our call is to preach the gospel to all the people in our town and county. We are to pray, give, serve, and worship right here in Barnwell, S.C. and while doing that support those who are willing to do the same elsewhere. What we do at Bethany is not first hospitality, or music, or children’s ministry. What we do first here is proclaim the gospel to all creatures. The other things we do are apart of the main thing we do and that is to proclaim the gospel of Christ to all people. God has been faithful to Barnwell by placing people like you in the midst of it. People who will at this time prepare to pray for the people within its area and beyond. People like you that will give to make the gospel message heard. People like you that will labor when you are tired in order to see some saved. People like you who believe the opening verses that your works will produce by God’s grace people to join us in the supreme prize of worshiping God in eternity!

Question: Will join with me in praying that the nations represented in our community will be saved?
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  • Feb 11, 2018Shades of Glory: News for the Nations
    Feb 11, 2018
    Shades of Glory: News for the Nations
    Shades of Glory
    “News for the Nations”
    Revelation 5:9
    Revelation 7:9
    Revelation: 14:6-7
    Matthew 25:32-34 & 41

    The Big Idea
    When these scriptures are read I hope you hear two things: 1.) Because of sin every nation is under terrifying eternally damning supreme wrath of God. 2.) Because of Jesus an invitation to be forgiven and restored to God is being sent to all nations through the church (that’s you and me) and will be heard. You can have faith in mission work and evangelism because of what we see when we look in Revelation. All nations, kindred, and tongues are seen in the heavenly vison and there is only one way for them to get there. We will focus on the second point next Sunday, but for this week I want to point out the fact that every nation, and because of that every person, has a huge problem. This huge problem is sin and this sin keeps us from coming to God and worshipping Him for who He is. The punishment for this sin is death and eternal damnation from God. All nations and people, therefore, are in big trouble no matter the size, power, economy, governmental structure, education, or health care system of a nation. We cannot come together and fix the sin and punishment problem. It is impossible to think through or around the sin problem. Every Nation shares in the condemnation of sin.

    A call to the Altar of Worship
    Last week I mentioned that Noah built an altar after His ark experience. That is after He was saved from the flood waters by the ark He had a radical worship service. This worship service represented all the nations that were to come. Here, at Noah’s altar, all the nations gathered in one to worship God, but from Genesis 8:20- Jude collective worship with all nations is missing in history. History actually yields nations going in different directions worshiping different things. Revelation, however, takes us to a place of God honoring worship performed by all nations. I said last week we can not get back to Noah’s Altar, but we can all meet at the eternal altar of God through Jesus Christ! I pray that you are saved, and I pray the saved is spreading the good news of Jesus!
    What can encourage the Lost to be saved and fuel the saved to Evangelize?

    Every Christian can be fueled in evangelism and missions
    By considering the following truths we glean from these scriptures
     

    I. The Common Judgment to all Nations (Matthew 25:32-34 & 41)

    The Power to Judge is Christ’s -In Matthew 28:18 Jesus states, “All power {authority} is given unto me in heaven and earth”. The parables and teachings in Matthew 25 echo the same truth. There is One in charge who will come and demand an account be given according to His standard. How can He demand such and judge so strictly? Because He is in charge. In the day of judgement all religious ideas, governments, people, and powers will know that they were never in charge. Deuteronomy 32:39 will be known to all people “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.” Christ will judge and who will be accepted in His sight? All those who have passed under His blood by believing on His name.

    The Sentence is eternal (41)- The punishment for all nations is universal and eternal. People are dying and going to hell all over the world every day. Without the good news of salvation reaching the ears of unbelievers there is no chance of them being saved. This concrete truth should energize the church. Our prayer should be help me care. Now if we preached that there is another way of being saved apart from the gospel we make two great errors. 1.) We simply lie and do not represent the teaching of Jesus (John 14:6). 2.) We pass the buck on to other methods, or we simply become lazy believing that some other method, unknown to us, can intervene. This is the church burying the talent in the dirt.

    The scripture says the wicked are “cursed” and sent to “everlasting” punishment. Today if a person commits a truly horrible crime the death sentence can be measured out to them and that is it their crime is paid for with their life. The higher the offense the higher the punishment, and in the case of sin it offends the Eternal Heights of God. Therefore, the punishment is not mere annihilation, but everlasting torment, and even at that the debt is never paid.

    No Nation Left Out (32)- “All nations” including ours will be called up for judgement. America maybe a moral beacon of light, to some standard, in the world today, but in the day of Christ America will not be judge based on its war on terror or humanitarian aid given to the nations. It will be judged by its submission to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We, as a nation, have the same need of the gospel that all nations share.

    Question: Will you help reach your nation for Jesus by doing everything possible to help the gospel be preached in Barnwell?
     

    II. The Common need of Redemption of all nations (Revelation 5:9)
     
    God is merciful and just. He shows both these qualities with how He has chosen to deal with the sins of people.

    1.) He is merciful toward sinners by over looking sins for a season.

    2.) He is just in how He deals with sinners that refuse to repent.

    3.) He is merciful in sending Jesus Christ (His Eternal Son) to pay for the sins of the world.

    4.) He is merciful in establishing the church to proclaim the good news of the Son of God, that is sins can be forgiven in His name and eternal punishment overlooked while clothing and accepting sinners as His children through Jesus Christ.

    5.) He is just in condemning those who never are saved to eternal damnation and accepting those as children who repent.

    So, God is both merciful and just in that He is sovereign over all things. Justice and Mercy both play major rolls in converting the soul. It is the knowledge of God’s justice that causes me to yearn for His mercy. These two things together make God great and the gospel beautiful and necessary. It is God’s judgement upon all nations that makes the need for redemption necessary. It is God’s judgment upon the nations and mercy extended to them that makes the work of the church powerful and necessary.

    The How of Redemption- “thou wast slain” The Son of God was “slaughtered” that sinful men might be redeemed. This one clause shows the severity of God’s wrath toward sinners, and His depth of love for sinners. Jesus died for you carries an eternity load of implications. Redemption is, therefore, costly.

    The why of Redemption- A great price was paid in order that men could be brought to God. This implies that man, by sin, is separate from God. The great price paid in order that sinful man could be brought back to God implies that God Himself is the supreme prize of eternity because the extreme price of eternity was paid that man could inherit lost fellowship with God. When the Church preaches the gospel to people we are in fact inviting them to worship God through Jesus Christ. Missions and evangelism exist in order that man can be brought to worship God. Without redemption men are left to themselves and perish. The why of redemption is God. He created everything including His plan to reveal Himself to man in precious ways. God could have allowed man to perish and have been just and no less God, but He chose to redeem man to show His glory in salvation.
     
    Question: Are you rejoicing in your salvation that God has prepared and given you?
     

    III. The Common Call of all Nations (Revelation 14:6-7)
     
    The call to trust God by believing on the Lord Jesus is a common call for all people. It is the Gospel, the good news, of Jesus that must be presented. The gospel transcends time, culture, language, and borders. We can preach it in buildings, under bridges, or in the remote jungle and it is still the same. God is angry with sinners and will eternally damn them for their sinful ways. God in love decided He wanted to spare sinners. In order to satisfy His Justice and extend His love He offered up His Only Son in the stead of sinners that they may be saved. This is the blessed truth that is to be preached to all nations.
     
    This common call is a productive one. God has elected that His call for salvation be sounded through the church. He has also elected that the church will produce fruit of EVERY NATION. The call to every nation is to hear and be saved and take it to the bank that some from every place will!

    God’s Relentless Pursuit of Sinners Through the Church- In every generation since the cross God has not slacked in saving, calling, and sending men and women to preach His word to all the world. Here at Bethany we are located in Barnwell, S.C. our call is to preach the gospel to all the people in our town and county. We are to pray, give, serve, and worship right here in Barnwell, S.C. and while doing that support those who are willing to do the same elsewhere. What we do at Bethany is not first hospitality, or music, or children’s ministry. What we do first here is proclaim the gospel to all creatures. The other things we do are apart of the main thing we do and that is to proclaim the gospel of Christ to all people. God has been faithful to Barnwell by placing people like you in the midst of it. People who will at this time prepare to pray for the people within its area and beyond. People like you that will give to make the gospel message heard. People like you that will labor when you are tired in order to see some saved. People like you who believe the opening verses that your works will produce by God’s grace people to join us in the supreme prize of worshiping God in eternity!

    Question: Will join with me in praying that the nations represented in our community will be saved?
  • Feb 4, 2018Shades of Glory: Noah and His Family
    Feb 4, 2018
    Shades of Glory: Noah and His Family
    Shades of Glory
    The intention of this message is to help give the people of Bethany Baptist Church a clear vision of God’s great design for the nations. We will stand on the biblical principle that there is one race (the human race) and many groupings and nations of this race. We will find, from scripture, our common ancestry, sin, Redeemer, and eternal purpose. My hope is that we will not see “shades” of skin as divisive, but of glory that radiates from an eternally holy God. My hope is that we will come together and worship God in our shades of glory!

    Part I. Noah and the Nations:
    Scripture: Genesis 10:31-32
     
    The Same Tree:
    Family makes a difference. My nieces and nephews matter to me because they are my brothers and sister-in-law children. We come from the same “tree” and are cut from the same “cloth”. My brothers are different than me, but we share a lot of similarities. Our height, build, hair, and manner of life is someone what different, but beneath these differences is the same bloodline and upbringing. We experienced many of the same trials and temptations as young men. We are connected by blood and experience. We feel a deep connection to one another because of these things, and because of these things I care in a unique for my nieces and nephews. It is my belief that we can, from scripture and because of Jesus, feel these same family desires for people we have never met because we have all fallen from the same tree.

    Have you ever seen a tree go through its natural transitions as seasons change? Tara and I love to take the kids to the mountains every fall. Most of our time there is spent driving the parkway, hiking, and looking at the sights. I have discovered by the prices, packed trails, and overlooks that we are not the only ones that enjoy looking at the multicolored leaves. When you get on the parkway to ride the top of the mountains in the fall, traffic slows as people are in awe at every turn with the surrounding trees and their shades of colors. It is the glorious colors of the leaves that makes the mountains breath taking. It is the same with the human race. We come from the same ancestor and have filled the globe with different shades of glory. When I say “shades of glory” I am not simply referring to skin pigment, although that is part of the glory, but not all. There are people who have the same skin pigment, but different languages and cultures that make them glorious as well. When we talk about shades of glory we are talking about all the differences that the groupings and nations of this world have that reveal the glory of God.
     
    Nations for His Glory
    Isaiah 43:7; Revelation 4:11
    Every person, creature, and thing has been created to bring God glory. God’s creation reveals His glory (Psalm 19:1) and the nations are no different. God is so big, so powerful, so beautiful, and so deep one kind of person cannot declare clearly how wonderful He is and so we have the nations. Every nation no matter how poor, sick, or backwards has the creative purpose to bring glory to God. The Church is made up of all nationalities. In the church the full purpose of all nations will be recognize in eternity.
     
    How the Nations began:
    Scripture: Genesis 10
    Genesis is the book of generations. God creates man in His own image. Man falls into sin with promise of a Redeemer to come. Man multiplies greatly and lives wickedly. God decides to flood the earth and wipe out sinful man, but spares Noah, his wife, their 3 kids, and their wives. It is from these 8 people that all the nations descended. Each one of us are connected to each other by Noah and his sons.
     
    The big Question:
    Today the big question is “what are the implications of us descending from Noah”? What does this mean to me as an individual and to us a church?

    We are Connected (Genesis 10:1)- Love it or hate it but you cannot choose who is in your family.

    Our Common Ancestor- If you were to get on a train and travel backwards on the track of time you would observe that the nations of people would contract until they came to Noah whom God showed grace and was found to be a righteous man walking faithfully with God (Genesis 6:8-9). This is our lineage as a worldwide people. If we were to stop on the track of time and make observations it would be noticed that we had some bad apples in the family tree, but that is not our common starting point. Our starting point is with a man God showed grace. A man who believed and obeyed God. A man who had a family, built an ark, and endured hardships to the saving of his house. Before our languages changed, before our skin took on varying shades, before we flew different flags under different governments, and before false religions emerged among us, this man was the representative of all nations to come. Our common ancestor was not a king, warrior, or statesmen, but he was a boat builder who followed God!

    The Sons of Noah (Genesis 9:18-19)- Our Common Ancestor Noah had three sons. Each Son represents people types that occupy the world today. Although nations and groups are fractured and multiplied many times over each group can find their identity in one of the three sons of Noah.

    Shem (Genesis 5:32)- Shem is the father of the Semitic people and those that have descended from them. To simplify this His people occupied the Mideastern area that joined, or separated the descendants of Japheth and Ham. The Messiah (Jesus) is a descendant of Shem.

    Ham (Genesis 5:32)- Warm, hot, and hence the south; also an Egyptian word meaning "black", the youngest son of Noah (Genesis 5:32; Comp. 9:22, 24). The curse pronounced by Noah against Ham, properly against Canaan his fourth son, was accomplished when the Jews subsequently exterminated the Canaanites.

    One of the most important facts recorded in Genesis 10 is the foundation of the earliest monarchy in Babylonia by Nimrod the grandson of Ham (6, 8, 10). The primitive Babylonian empire was thus Hamitic, and of a cognate race with the primitive inhabitants of Arabia and of Ethiopia. (see ACCAD.)
    The race of Ham were the most energetic of all the descendants of Noah in the early times of the post-diluvian world. (Easton’s Bible Dictionary).
    Ham’s descendants occupied what is the upper east region of Africa. Ham is a marvelous picture of grace. Though he was cursed, his descendants that follow Jesus still dwell in the church of the redeemed. He is a beautiful picture of the whole church, cursed but saved!

    Japheth (Genesis 5:32)- “Expansion” Japheth sons occupied what is now called Europe and some of Asia. His children are what we would call fair skinned or white. The Children of Japheth would become the Greeks and Romans. Their history is that of expansion ruling and influence.

    Knowing we are all connected should encourage us to pray for one another. Yes, the fallen tendency is to war, enslave, and murder one another, but let us put these so far to the side that we can pray for our enemies as Jesus has commanded.
    Question: Does your connection to others help fuel your care for them?
     
    We are Governor Ourselves (Genesis 9:1-7)-
    After the flood God made a covenant with Noah. This covenant is unconditional and to all people. Verse 6-7 is where God institutes human government. The right to governor human affairs was handed down to man in order to guard against abuse of life and property. Capital punishment is in the hands of human governments. Paul says that government leaders are for the good and are to punish the wicked (Romans 13:4). The sons of Noah would set up governments different in shapes, sizes, and operation. These governments would influence the operation of mankind’s relationships with one another. What can we as believers’ gleam from God’s institution of human government?

    There are different types- One size does not fit all, but each government type is supposed to uphold the same idea to protect life and property of its people.

    Voting and Becoming- If we vote or become leaders in government we are to build our decisions from the original principles of government laid forth in Genesis 9. That is, we are to protect human life and property.

    Human government will be eternal- The government of nations will perish, by Jesus, as glorified man, will rule and reign and the government will be on His shoulders. It is only in this sense the human government will be eternal.
    What does this have to do with shades of glory or the gospel?

    Governments represent its people and God in this sense it is to show the glory of God in various ways. Even evil governments show the power and sovereignty of God in some shape or form. In this sense it has to do with shades of glory.
    The church must believe we are to pray and work with the powers that be to reach people. We can not ditch governments and do our own thing. We are to work, to the farthest extent, through government to reach God’s people. The church is not here on earth to wage war, but through the gospel to live obediently and pursue peace with all men.
     
    Question: Do you pray for our governments locally and worldwide that we and our brothers and sisters around the world can live a peaceable life?
     
    We are Scattered (Genesis 10:5)-
    Noah’s sons, grandsons, great grandsons, and so on spread out in different locations. Genesis 8:20 records Noah worshipping God and we can assume it was a worship service with his family. They were there worshiping God together, but from there each went in different directions. It seems that man began to wander from God and each other from that moment. Not much later, in Genesis 11, man has come together to form a religious center worship, called the tower of Babel, that was completely opposite of the worship of the late verses of Genesis 8. The living God had already been closed out of human government and worship to the point God confounded them and various languages developed.

    We are far from Home- Now comes the sad news. Humanity is lost. We have left the altar of God and the beautiful nations are damned. Our family members are under the assumption that some religion is good enough. Around the world people have a faint knowledge of God but can not get back to the altar of Genesis 8. Humanity is far from Home. The church is to go forth and invite people back to the worship of the living God.

    Scattered with Hope- The nations are scattered and separated by many things. Languages, family, skin color, culture, religion, terrain, and seas separate the peoples of the earth; but there is HOPE! Jesus came to call all people to ONE BODY. He sent the church out to gather the nations into His Kingdom. This saving and sending of the church is so powerful and compelling it has kept me where I am! It has caused me to study, pray, preach, and stay faithful. I want to be the one to call the nations of Barnwell (The different languages, skin types, and cultures in this area) to worship God! People near us are far from God, but if you are near them then they are near God! Reach with all your heart the people that are nearest you and if called go to the nations far and wide and bring them back to the altar of forgiveness and worship through Jesus Christ!

    Question: Will you bring people that look like you and those that don’t look like you to worship God with you?