CHRIST IS CALLING
JOHN 11:20–29

Introduction.
   1.      Scripture story …
   2.      Text, v. 28—“The Master is come and calleth for you” …
   3.      When Christ calls, it is a personal call …

        I.      HE CALLS MEN TO HIMSELF …
   1.      This is a call to peace …
   2.      To a guiltless conscience …
   3.      To a full pardon from sin …
   4.      To a new life in Christ …

        II.      HE CALLS MEN IN THE DARK HOURS …
   1.      V. 15 …
   2.      Martha said, “If thou hadst been …”—Jesus said in effect: “I’m glad I was not” …
     (a)      That ye may believe …
     (b)      That His power might be revealed and thereby others would believe …
     (c)      That there be no mistake about His power …
   3.      Trouble is often the only door through which Jesus can get to the heart …

        III.      HE CALLS MEN IN MANY WAYS …
   1.      Through preaching of the Word—Romans 10:13–17 …
   2.      Through providence …
   3.      Through tragedy, death, sickness, etc.…
   4.      Always through the Holy Spirit—John 16:7–13 …

        IV.      HE IS CALLING YOU …
   1.      To confession of sin—1 John 3:9 …
   2.      To repentance of sin—Acts 17:30 …
   3.      To a new birth—John 3:3–6 …
   4.      To a holy life—Romans 12:1 …
   5.      He is calling you to eternal life in Heaven—John 14:2–3 …
     (a)      A place of many mansions …
     (b)      A place prepared for God’s people …

Conclusion.
   1.      That He might save your soul …
   2.      That He might make your life useful for God …
   3.      That you might dwell with Him eternally …
   “Where I am ye may be also …”
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WILL YOU ANSWER HIS CALL???
GOD’S WAY TO GOD’S HEAVEN
ISA. 1:18–20; 1 JOHN 1:7–9

Introduction. God’s way to Heaven is God’s remedy for sin—Men are constantly seeking remedies for bodily infirmities, and when they find them they gladly recommend them to others—Man has no remedy for sin, only God—Man cannot prepare a way to Heaven, only God—Before a man will seek a remedy for his sin, his infirmity must become a reality—Let’s note:

        I.      REALITY OF SIN
   1.      1 Kings 8:46 …
   2.      Isa. 64:6 …
   3.      Rom. 3:10–12 …
   4.      Gal. 3:22 …

        II.      REASONS FOR SIN
   1.      By one man’s transgressions—Rom. 5:12 …
   2.      Born in sin—Ps. 51:5 …
   3.      Ps. 58:3 …
   4.      Eph. 2:3 …

        III.      RESULTS OF SIN
   1.      Mind and conscience defiled—Titus 1:15 …
   2.      Thoughts of the heart are evil—Mark 7:21 …
   3.      Heart deceitful and desperately wicked—Jer. 17:9 …
   4.      Flesh corrupt—Rom. 7:18 …
   5.      John 8:21 …
   6.      Rom. 6:23 …

        IV.      REMEDY FOR SIN
   1.      Reformation is not a cure—Jer. 13:23 …
   2.      Religion will not suffice—Luke 18:11, 12; Phil. 3:4–9; Rom. 10:1–3 …
   3.      Repentance is necessary—Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30 …
   4.      Reconciliation must be received—2 Cor. 5:18–20 …
   5.      Redemption only through the blood of Christ—1 Peter 1:18, 19 …
   6.      Regeneration must be experienced—John 3:7; 1 Peter 1:23 …

        V.      RETURN TO GOD AND RECEIVE HIS REMEDY
   1.      Take words of confession and turn to the Lord—1 John 1:9 …
   2.      Receive Christ—God’s only remedy—John 1:12; Acts 4:12 …
   3.      God will not force us to take His remedy …
     (a)      He has diagnosed your case and prescribed the remedy …
     (b)      You must apply the prescription …

Conclusion. The diagnosis is sin—The prescription is the blood of Christ …
WILL YOU APPLY??
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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
ISA. 19:20, 21

Introduction. In this passage, Isaiah speaks of the time when Egypt will know the Lord, and worship Him—Not only would they worship the Lord, they would make a vow to Him and keep it … (1) Note the reason for their making and keep this vow—verse 20; (2) Every Christian is a recipient of God’s grace and mercy; therefore, ought to make vows to God, and keep them …
Here are some timely vows (resolutions) …

        I.      I WILL ENDEAVOR TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THREE THINGS ABOUT THE BIBLE
   1.      I will accept it as the inspired Word of God … 2 Tim. 3:16.
   2.      I will accept it as my light and guide … Ps. 119:105.
   3.      I shall keep in mind the fact that one day I will be judged by the Gospel … Rom. 2:16; 1 Cor. 3:13–15.

        II.      I SHALL ENDEAVOR TO REMEMBER THREE THINGS ABOUT THE CHURCH
   1.      It was purchased with the precious blood of Christ, and thus I will respect it … Eph. 5:25; Acts 20:28.

   2.      The church is a divine institution and thus will I honor it … Matt. 16:18.
     (a)      Jesus instituted the church …
     (b)      He protects the church …
     (c)      He is the head of the church …

   3.      It is my duty to be loyal to the church …
     (a)      Attend regularly—Heb. 10:25 …
     (b)      Keep my membership in good standing …

        III.      THREE THINGS THAT I VOW TO KEEP IN MIND CONCERNING CHRIST AND MY RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM
   1.      Through Christ only is there salvation … Acts 4:12; John 14:6.
   2.      Christ was sinless and therefore my example … 1 Peter 2:21, 22.
   3.      I am not my own but belong to Christ … 1 Cor 6:19, 20.

Conclusion. These resolutions will greatly enrich your life.
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WILL YOU ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE TO MAKE AND KEEP THESE VOWS?
THE INVINCIBLE WORD
JER. 36:1–4, 20–23, 27, 28

Introduction.
   1.      Men of all ages have attempted to destroy or make void the Word of God …

   2.      Here in this passage we find the picture of various ways men have tried to destroy the Word of God—only to find it invincible …

        I.      THE ATTEMPT IS MADE WITH FIRE
   1.      The King Jehoiakim burned the Scriptures …
   2.      Russia, likewise, gathered the Bibles and burned them …
   3.      Hitler, in his greed and power, burned the Bibles, and declared he would write his own …

        II.      THE ATTEMPT IS MADE BY CUTTING OUT PORTIONS—Verse 23
   1.      Many individuals and religious denominations are following the same procedures today …
     (a)      No music—Cut out the psalms …

     (b)      Depend on salvation by works—Cut out the Gospels, Romans, Hebrews, Ephesians, and others … such as Eph. 2:5, 8 and Rom. 3:24, 28

     (c)      Teach salvation by baptism or church membership—Cut out such passages as:
        (1)      “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ …”
        (2)      “The gift of God is eternal life …”
        (3)      “Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith …”
        (4)      “No man cometh unto the Father but by me …”
        (5)      “The blood of Jesus Christ, the Son, cleanseth us from all sin” …
        (6)      “Ye must be born again” …

     (d)      Deny that all are born in sin—Cut out such verses as Rom. 3:23; Ps. 51:5; 1 John 1:8

     (e)      Compromise with sin—Cut out the epistles of Paul, Acts, the teachings of Jesus …

   2.      No stopping until all is destroyed …

        III.      THE ATTEMPT IS MADE BY MOCKERY
   Ungodly men mock the Word of God and say, “If the Bible is authentic why does God allow thus and so?” … The Bible answers, “Whom the Lord loveth, he chasteneth” …

        IV.      THE INVINCIBLE WORD ALWAYS RETURNS WITH A SHARP WARNING TO THOSE WHO TRY TO DESTROY IT—Verses 21, 28

   The Russian people have called for Bibles … Germany … Japan

Conclusion. The Word of God (the Bible) is complete, authentic, and invincible—“All scripture is given by inspiration of God …”
   1.      To destroy the Word is to destroy your own soul …
   2.      We must accept it all—Rev. 22:19 …
   3.      Christ and Christ alone must be received for salvation—all else is secondary and follows as obedience and Christian service.
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WILL YOU RECEIVE CHRIST NOW?

THIS IS THE ANSWER
PS. 8:4a; MATT. 27:19–23

Introduction. There are many questions that come in every day life. As we raise the questions and try to answer them, we trust that we shall help you make a definite decision concerning life’s most vital question, “What shall I do with Jesus, which is called Christ?”

        I.      WHAT AM I?…
   1.      Some philosophers and students of humanity have said that man is a God …

   2.      Others have believed that man is nothing … This is the answer:
     a.      One thing we justly know, “Man is not God” …
        (1)      He is neither righteous nor holy …
        (2)      There is no sin nor crime that man has not committed …

     b.      Another thing we know, “Man is more than nothing” …
        (1)      He has climbed the heights, crossed the oceans …
        (2)      Conquered barriers of life …
        (3)      Attained intellectual knowledge …
        (4)      Discovered and utilized natural resources …
        (5)      Wherever one may look, we can see plainly that man is more than nothing—more than the animals …

     c. Man is created in divine image—he can never find his identity except by identifying himself in God …

        II.      WHY AM I HERE?…
   1.      To enjoy myself?…
   To this group, the world consists of a joke—life is a grand party …

   2.      To express myself?…
   Men ought to express their convictions—is this the main purpose of our being here?…

   3.      To find myself?… HERE IS THE ANSWER:
   Man created in the image of God for the express purpose of glorifying God …
   This can only be done by turning to God and following His will and way …

        III.      WHERE AM I GOING FROM HERE?…
   1.      Some say that death ends it all …

   2.      THIS IS THE ANSWER: … Whatever expression is used to designate the eternal destiny of the soul—there are but two destinies—HEAVEN and HELL … Scripture teaches it … The sixth sense of another world into which we will enter has marked the lives of every tribe and race of man …
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Who are YOU? Why are YOU here? Where are YOU going?

THE GREATNESS OF GOD
PS. 104:31–35

Introduction. As one meditates upon this Psalm, it sings of the greatness of God and of the heritage of man …

        I.      HIS GLORY—verses 1, 2, 31
   1.      Ps. 19:1 … He is honored in that the heavens, the elements, depict His majesty …
   2.      He is honored by the beasts of the field, the birds of the air—they obey His laws …
   3.      Man, given the power of choice, may disobey God, may reject His love, may turn a deaf ear to His call—but in the end MUST give glory to God and acknowledge that Jesus is Christ … Unfortunately, this does not bring salvation (Phil. 2:11) …

        II.      HIS POWER—verses 3–9
   1.      The winds are His messengers, the fire is His servant, the clouds are His chariot, the waters flee at His command …
   2.      His power created and controls the universe …
   3.      In His power He gives life, protects life, and preserves life … both physical and spiritual, and heals our afflictions …
   4.      Through His power we shall become victors over death, hell, and the grave …

        III.      HIS GRACE—Here we see the goodness of God in verses 10–25
   1.      God supplies water and nourishment for man and beast …
   2.      Shelter and protection for the weak … Think of small animals, birds—they are so colored as to hide in the foliage …
   3.      He has provided what we call natural resources that we might have what we need when we need it … As man makes progress God uncovers the elements to further this progress …

        IV.      THE HERITAGE OF MAN
   1.      If God provides so well for the birds and the beasts, how much more will He provide for man …
   2.      Man, if he will accept it, may have peace within that cannot be explained …
   3.      He may have assurance of the presence and power of God in his life … (a) To guide his every move … (b) To give strength for every task … (c) To provide protection from every evil …
   4.      He may have happiness and joy that can come from no other source …
   5.      He may have a home in heaven where Christ Jesus shall be the constant companion …

Conclusion. All this hinges upon one thing—It comes through Jesus Christ … God offers the gift, will you receive it??
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ACCEPT THIS GIFT AND YOU TOO WILL SING PSALMS—104:34

PREPARATION FOR THE FUTURE
AMOS 4:12

Introduction
Definition of “prepare”—Webster says, “To make ready for, to arrange” …

   1.      Nations prepare for war—for peace, etc.…
   2.      Communities prepare for elections, social events, special occasions …
   3.      Business men prepare for sales, inventory, etc.…
   4.      Individuals prepare for holidays, vacations, trips, etc.…

These are all temporal—we are thinking of the spiritual preparation for the life to come. Let’s look again at the Word of God …
   1.      Amos 4:12 (read) …
   2.      2 Kings 20:1 …
   3.      Matt. 24:44 …

The future is inevitable—let’s look at the preparation for it …
        I.      HELL HAS BEEN PREPARED
   1.      Matt. 25:41 …

   2.      Isa. 14:9 …

        II.      SATAN HAS PREPARED A TRAP
   1.      A trap to ensnare you … By deception …
   2.      This trap may seem quite innocent …
     (a)      Such as the social practices of many …
     (b)      The social drinker, dancing, etc.…
   3.      Enticements to keep you from the Lord’s house and service …
     (a)      Too busy with the temporal …
     (b)      Petty grievances within the membership …
   4.      Using moral, even religious—but lost men to influence people …
   5.      In short, the Devil has set a trap to send men to hell …

        III.      GOD HAS PREPARED
   1.      Zeph. 1:7 …
   2.      Matt. 25:34 …
   3.      John 14:1–6 …
   4.      1 Cor. 2:9 …
   5.      God has prepared salvation through Christ Jesus that will suffice in this life and the life to come …
   6.      God has prepared sufficient power and leadership in the person of the Holy Spirit …
     (a)      Power, not only to save, but to keep …
     (b)      Leadership to guide every detail of life …
   7.      A place for us when the life is done …
   8.      A crown for the faithful …

        IV.      WE MUST PREPARE
   1.      Amos 4:12 …
   2.      By accepting and trusting Jesus …
   3.      This involves repentance, faith, confession …
 
Conclusion. The Devil has prepared for the unprepared. Jesus has prepared for the prepared
ARE YOU PREPARED OR UNPREPARED?