An excellent example of Expository Preaching This is not a comment on the contents of the sermon. I covered that in my first message. It is about how the sermon is presented. I thought it a particularly fine example of Expository preaching. See the Wikipedia article on Expository preaching, which at the time of this message, was done very well. Â¶ It is a technique of Exegesis, as the Webster 1913 dictionary puts it, "Exposition; explanation; especially, a critical explanation of a text or portion of Scripture." It is drawing out the meaning of a verse or set of verses of Scripture rather than reading into them. Â¶ The Bible verses that relate to this technique are as follows, Â¶ 2 Timothy 3:16 Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Â¶ Besides the Wikipedia article, Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary is also useful.
No true Wisdom, without being a -true- Christian Unofficial brief Â¶ James is firm in his letter. Every other verse in effect is a command. His readers' life will be changed to be in conformity with what God said. Being free from the Mosaic law doesn't mean you're free from living an obedient life. Going through the motions of being a Christian doesn't make you one. You have to really trust Christ for salvation. Stopping short in trusting Christ doesn't save you. Â¶ Hebrews 2:3 how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvationâ€”which at the first having been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard; 4 God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders, by various works of power, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to his own will? James 1:4 Let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach; and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, without any doubting,... Â¶ Saving faith is enduring faith; it's an ongoing life of faith. God's trials are to bring a maturity to our faith. Our major problem is not to take the simple truths of God into our heart. Without the true wisdom of God that comes through our genuine salvation, we're anchorless.
Be Resolute! Have the patience of Job Unofficial Brief Â¶ James is not addressed to any particular church or individual that is why it is called a "catholic" epistle. James called himself a slave of God and Christ who wrote to Christian Jews outside the land of Israel. These people were under a double animosity from both Jews and Gentiles. James will talk about trials and tribulations Christians face and how to handle them. They should manifest their faith in all their activities. Â¶ A faith that hasn't changed a life isn't a saving faith, 54 commands are given in 108 verses. James is abrupt in both his greeting and conclusion of his letter. Getting down to business starts right in the second verse! Â¶ James 1:2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Â¶ The multifaceted trials can cause sorrow and tears, but also joy, a satisfaction, when you realize they are for God's purpose. They are a testing of your faith, and realizing this is of utmost importance. Â¶ James 5:11 Behold, we call them blessed who endured. You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the Lord in the outcome, and how the Lord is full of compassion and mercy. Â¶ Your faith is refined by the fire of trials. You learn stability and be rid of immaturity.
A life of service is usually not a life of ease Unofficial brief Â¶ When we go through trials and difficulties, they reveal our true character and spiritual condition. They answer the question, is God sovereign in our life? Â¶ Philippians 1:29 Because it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer on his behalf. 2:13 For it is God who works in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure. Â¶ Paul went through one trial and difficulty after another. The stormy sea that Paul faced as prisoner heading for Rome helped him mature as a Christian. God's grace protected Paul and the rest people on the ship. God's providence will work for saving their lives, though the ship is destroyed. Â¶ Acts 27:23 For there stood by me this night an angel, belonging to the God whose I am and whom I serve, 24 saying, â€˜Don't be afraid, Paul. You must stand before Caesar. Behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.' 25 Therefore, sirs, cheer up! For I believe God, that it will be just as it has been spoken to me. Â¶ God acts for His glory and our good. Even a viper's bite couldn't stop Paul from fulfilling God's plans. Webster's 1913 dictionary, "Providence: A manifestation of the care and superintendence which God exercises over his creatures; an event ordained by divine direction."
Acts is about action of the Holy Soirit and men Unofficial brief Â¶ The Book of Acts is the history of the Holy Spirit continuing the Christ's ministry as it relates to the early church. His purpose was securing salvation and laying the foundation for the coming Kingdom. It's not a biography of the Apostles Peter and Paul. Â¶ Acts is about the ministry of the Holy Spirit in spreading the message of Christ. The Providence of God is pointed out. It shows how the hand of God was guiding the growth of the new Church. Â¶ The Providence of God often does not spare the believer of suffering as can be seen by Paul's life as told in Acts. God said Paul was going to Rome, but Paul was probably not expecting how hand of God was going to get him there. Â¶ This was the first imprisonment in Rome of Paul. He was there in two years and wrote the prison letters, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. Paul's jail time in Rome was very productive for the Lord! Â¶ Acts 28:30 Paul stayed two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who were coming to him, 31 preaching the Kingdom of God, and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness, without hindrance. Â¶ We are to share the Gospel as Paul did, Luke pointed out that through the Holy Spirit followers of Christ are to witness about Him.
James, Slave of God, Writer to Elected Diaspora Unofficial brief Â¶ The epistles, James thru Jude, are general epistles not written to specific churches or persons. It wasn't by an apostle which made some in the early church uncomfortable in its acceptance into Canon, and since it was about the outworking and demonstration of Justifications, later Christians such as Luther had problems with it as well. As we work through the Letter of James will be seen that James is an inspired book. Â¶ After a brief greeting, While many topics are covered the general theme is the how salvation is worked out in a believer's life and without the manifestation in a person's life there is no salvation. Â¶ There were four different men with the James in the New Testament, two were Apostles, e.g., James, the brother of John. This James was the half-brother of Christ. Â¶ Galatians 1:18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Peter, and stayed with him fifteen days. 19 But of the other apostles I saw no one, except James, the Lord's brother. Â¶ James like his other brother Jude, didn't believe in Jesus until after his Resurrection. James became prominent and well known in the early church, so well known he was stoned to death in the 60's AD by the scribes and pharisees. He became a bond-servant, a slave, to Jesus. He belonged to Christ!
Great Sermon! http://www.independencebaptist.org/Articles/Articles/why_adulterous_pastors_should_not_be_restored.htm "Why Adulterous Pastors Should Not Be Restored" and http://www.gty.org/resources/articles/a256/should-fallen-pastors-be-restored "Should Fallen Pastors Be Restored?" Â¶ The first URL is for exactly the same sermon that I mentioned in my first post, but they changed the URL! Ah, one of the irritations in life. I saw the need to correct that URL. Â¶ I also just ran across a John MacArthur article from a book done late in the last century, but which I just saw on the 06/23/2015. Both these articles give examples of forgiveness -- but not restoration! Both are good articles, John MacArthur's is the shorter of the two. John certainly doesn't pull any punches in his article!
Study the life of Abraham! Unofficial brief Â¶ Paul: If you think works enter into salvation, you are going to hell. Works are not necessary to be saved. Works aren't part of what brings us into right relationship to God. Â¶ James: If you claim to have faith and have no works to prove you have that faith, you are going to hell. Works are necessary for salvation. Works are a necessary result of being brought into a right relationship with God. Â¶ James 1:21 Therefore, putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with humility the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not only hearers, deluding your own selves. James was clear on faith that it was a work of God. 2:17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead in itself. 18 Yes, a man will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without works, and I by my works will show you my faith. Â¶ You can't see faith, but you can see the manifestation of it. "A good tree bares good fruit. A bad tree bares bad fruit!" There's faith and saving faith. Demons even have faith. If you have saving faith, you'll be a new creature in Christ. Demons never change. Â¶ Abraham was tried by God when he was told to offer up Isaac--Abraham met the test of his faith by his actions.
Great Sermon to show patience and not your temper! Unofficial brief Â¶ James is concerned about the behavior of the Jewish-Christian diaspora. A believer looks at trials through a difference lens than the unbeliever. We see trials to shape and mold us to His desire for us to achieve maturity in Christ. Â¶ We are encouraged to come to God for wisdom no matter the situation. We were saved by faith; now we are to walk by faith. Sin is never part of God's plan for his people! Trials are brought into our lives so we would grow--not to sin. Â¶ James 1:16 Don't be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. Â¶ The greatest gift He's given us--our salvation. Â¶ James is concerned how the Jewish-Christians behave since they are disliked because they are both Christian and Jews. We are to demonstrate the character of God in our lives. Sometimes we don't want to be associated with a person because we may support his position, but not the way he handles it, e.g., rough-speaking pastors. We are to be quick to hear, but slow to speak and to get angry. We are to be patient.
Great Sermon on qualifications of elder/pastors! Â¶1 Timothy 3 Â¶1 This is a faithful saying: if a man seeks the office of an overseer, he desires a good work. 2 The overseer therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, modest, hospitable, good at teaching; 3 not a drinker, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; 4 one who rules his own house well, having children in subjection with all reverence; 5 (but if a man doesnâ€™t know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the assembly of God?) 6 not a new convert, lest being puffed up he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. 7 Moreover he must have good testimony from those who are outside, to avoid falling into reproach and the snare of the devil. Â¶ Comment on the first comment Â¶ I must have did the first comment on the sermon in the wrong part of the day for me! Note one of my constant failings is leaving off no's, nots, and n'ts Â¶ "He can be a slack..." should be "He --can't-- be a slack..." Â¶ This is an excellent sermon that covers material, which I don't believe was covered in later sermons by Dr. Rugh on Elders, so when studying the topic certainly put this sermon on your list! Â¶ If I made some serious mistakes in this message--ignore them.
An elder/pastor must do right and not be prideful! http://www.biblebb.com/files/gr745.htm "Elder's Marital Qualifications" and http://www.biblebb.com/files/gr746.htm "Elder's Character Qualifications" I actually saw some of these hoary files still in my reference list, and I thought they would be good to point out, They are based on sermons that were preached in 1986? I thought I would tie them in with perhaps what would also be an "ancient" sermon of Dr. Rugh's on SermonAudio and I found this one as fresh as a mint in comparison, preached in 2004. Now, I would seriously doubt that Dr. Rugh has changed his opinion on the subject of elders/pastors in this time period and the following sermon covers a couple of topics in detail that isn't emphasized in detail in the official summary so, Â¶ This is an unofficial Brief Â¶ Starting 24 minutes into the sermon, a closer look how pride can ruin a young/experience Christian can be put into the position of elder/pastor. His pride of position can lead to serious damage to himself and his congregation. An elder must have a good reputation among the realm of unbelievers. He can be a slack worker, a womanizer, a foul mouth, or a profligate, He must have a good reputation with people outside the church. This sermon --I think-- covers topics that aren't covered in some other sermons?
Choose your friends wisely! Unofficial brief Â¶ Psalm 1 lays the theme for the whole book of Psalms and even of Proverbs. It contrasts the child of God to the one who isn't. Happinesses are the lot of the children of God. This isn't superficial happiness. This is contrasted with the miserable end of the wicked. Wicked, scoffers, and sinners are all the same people. Â¶ Parallelism is an important part of Jewish poetry, as can be seen in Â¶Â¶Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who doesn't walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in Yahweh's law. On his law he meditates day and night. 3 He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season,whose leaf also does not wither. Whatever he does shall prosper. Â¶ 4 The wicked are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For Yahweh knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked shall perish.Â¶Â¶ We are to live in the World but not of the world. We are to be shaped by what God says, not what the World wants. A man who has happiness within has not joined the World's pattern of life.
Your Wealth should be your faith in Christ. Unofficial Brief Â¶ Everything is under God's control, but that doesn't free us trying times. The Christian Jews of the diaspora suffered persecution from gentiles for being Jews and were rejected by Jews because they were Christian. They needed wisdom from God to face these trials. Consider it a joy that you are going through trials because God is maturing you. A two-souled man will not receive anything from the Lord. Their confusions just get worse. Â¶ James 1:9 But let the brother in humble circumstances glory in his high position; 10 and the rich, in that he is made humble, because like the flower in the grass, he will pass away. Â¶ The book of James if filled with 54 commands in 108 verses. Those were two of the commands. Exalt having Christ as your Lord! Â¶ The people of great wealth and honor are the men come from the grace of God. Remember Americans even many of the poor are much richer than people in other parts of the world, one's material wealth is not the measure of a Christian's wealth. The Bible doesn't condemn material wealth, it warns of the danger in trusting in material wealth. Read Psalms 49:1-16 Â¶ Be content; money is the root of many evils. You should worry more that your children know the Lord, rather than get wealthy. They have to walk with the Lord.
Be Warned about the Cult of Personality I would just add since on SermonAudio we have seen stories of "Pastors" who have gained noterority for their personalities rather than from the grace of God and for accurately preaching the Word of God! Â¶ The short and accurate summary given for Dr. Rugh's sermon is fine. However, looking at what has happened that has over the last decade I give you in addition what Adam Clarke had to say on the following verse, Â¶
"I Corinthians 3:4: Â¶ Verse 4. For while one saith, I am of Paul, notorious that both Paul and Apollos held the same creed; between them there was not the slightest difference: when, therefore, the dissentients began to prefer the one to the other, it was the fullest proof of their carnality; because in the doctrines of these apostles there was no difference: so that what the people were captivated by must be something in their outward manner, Apollos being probably more eloquent than Paul. Their preferring one to another on such an account proved that they were carnal-led by their senses and mere outward appearances, without being under the guidance either of reason or grace. There are thousands of such people in the Christian Church to the present day. Â¶ 1Co 1:10,"
Trials build character--also proclaim the Gospel Unofficial Brief Â¶ God has trials come into our lives to shape us to be better Christians. It's a perfecting work. Â¶ James 1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love him. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God," for God can't be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each one is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. Â¶ Great men like Abraham, matured under trial. We aren't to sin during trials! God never, ever intends for a person to sin during a trial. Don't blame God, blame yourself when you sin. God is the good giver, He doesn't withhold good things to make us better, Any gift that is truly good is from God, and Satan only give evil things. Â¶ James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. Â¶ No one is ever saved by observing a life of a person. You must hear or read the Gospel to be saved. There is no one saving a person without hearing the Gospel. The Gospel--present it everywhere!
Men Who Commit Adultery Are Fools! Unofficial brief Â¶ The bulk of this sermon tells how the Book of Proverbs, points out what a fool an adulterous man is! Proverbs is about the man passing on wisdom to his son. This (God's) wisdom is to immerse the son in his life. Man is the leader of the home not as a petty dictator but as thoughtful leader of the home but as member of society. Man is to provide, protect, and lead in the context of God's wisdom. Â¶ Sin eats away on the inside, Its God's way or the miserable way. Don't reject the discipline of the Lord be a teachable man. The Wisdom of God will watch over you. Â¶ One of the best types of training for a child is having them thoroughly know Proverbs. Fill their lives with it. Â¶ Proverbs spend the most time about the man being faithful to his wife. A man must be devoted to his wife. Men, it's a dead-end to commit adultery. Sin makes you stupid! e.g., see Chap. 5 . Â¶ Gil who talked to men who are adulterers and profess to be believers, he calls them fools! Your wife has a fool for husband. The kids have a fool for a father! Gil told a minister who wrecked his ministry because of adultery, that he was a fool. He didn't belong in the ministry, because he kept his adulteress close. Â¶ While the stain of adultery can never be removed, God will forgive the sinner.
Great Sermon on Reading Proverbs! Unofficial Brief Â¶ Senator Moynihan, pointed that 'Marshall McCuen said, "If the bath water is raised 1Â° every 10 minutes when will a person know when to scream?" Defining deviousness down--America is undergoing a profound social crisis, and America is pretending it isn't happening. America is in denial. Being in hot water is being normalized to the point where it doesn't need to be commented on by Americans. What would be considered deviant behavior is now classified as normal. A vast social disaster is in the making. We are trying to normalize destructive behaviors' [combination of direct and indirect quotations?] Â¶ Romans 1:21 Because, knowing God, they didn't glorify him as God, neither gave thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened Â¶ The simplest, least educated believer in Jesus Christ understands what the most intelligent, educated non-Christians can't! Believing in the Bible gives the only intelligent answers to a person. Reading through Proverbs once a month would be a useful goal. Â¶ Proverbs 1:7 The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge; but the foolish despise wisdom and instruction. Â¶ The man is the center of the home. He is responsible for the condition of his home. When a fool is leading the home--chaos!
Fathers teach your sons to work! Unofficial Brief! Â¶ Remember to start with Genesis for the foundation of the roles of men and women. They are spiritual equals but they have different roles. Â¶ Colossians 3:18 Wives, be in subjection to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Â¶ 19 Husbands, love your wives, and don't be bitter against them. Â¶ Being father-centered is an integral part of being a Christian family. Â¶ The man is to be the provider. The Bible talks about man not to be lazy, but not about working too hard! It does talk about man's working to fulfill his greed which is wrong, but providing for the family is right. Men who don't function according to the Word of God, are fools. Proverbs 3:13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gets understanding. Â¶ 14 For her good profit is better than getting silver, and her return is better than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies. None of the things you can desire are to be compared to her. Proverbs 15:16 Better is little, with the fear of Yahweh, than great treasure with trouble. Â¶ Model and teach Proverbs to your children. Get of the treadmill for getting more, but the most important thing in life if not financial success, but living your life for God. This is what to teach your children! Warn your children of material vanity.