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Giving

Speaking of our possessions, whether many or few, Deuteronomy 8 says, “Beware . . . thou say not in thine heart, my power and the might of my hand hath gotten me this wealth. Thou shalt remember the Lord thy God; . . . it is he who gives thee power to get wealth.
Since this is so, it is right to thank God for what we have, to trust Him for what we need, and to give Him some in the same liberal fashion He has given us, that is, a proportionate gift.
With an awareness of the source of our resources, let us worship the Lord with our tithes and offerings.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we come before Thy throne this morning thru Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. We glorify Thy name this day as we worship You. Thou art worthy of all praise and honor. Thou who art so great and so mighty.
Heavenly Father, forgive us our trespasses and failures and renew our spirits that we might walk in fellowship with Thee. We desire to draw near to Thee and walk in the light of Thy wonderful Word.
Heavenly Father, we pray for our country. We pray that there will be no armed protests at the inauguration of our new President in Washington nor anywhere else in our country. We pray for a smooth and peaceful transition of leadership. Heavenly Father, forgive our foolish pride and sense of ownership of what You have given to us. We acknowledge by our giving that all things come from Thee, and what is Thine own have we given Thee.
Heavenly Father, we ask that our worship will be pleasing in Thy sight and edifying to Thy people and speak to the hearts of those who know not Christ. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen .



CHORUS
I AM NOT WORTHY - (OFFERTORY)

(Played by Pat)




CHORUS
HE GIVETH MORE GRACE #836

(Played by Pat)






He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

 


CHORUS
TRUST AND OBEY #414

(Played by Pat)




When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.


Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.


Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.


Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.


Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

 


SCRIPTURE: JOHN 21:15-19

15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. 19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.


SERMON:

January 17th, 2021: Pastor Ed Scaglione



 

Message: OBEDIENCE


The Christian life is one of obedience. Now, lest you misunderstand me, I’m not talking about observing rules and regulations. What I mean is obedience from the heart. Some of you might have seen the Dennis the Menace comic strip when he had disobeyed his mother. She made him sit in the corner. The caption read: "I may be siting down on the outside but I’m standing on the inside." Now, that kind of obedience is not Christian obedience. That is simply legalism, Phariseeism. When we obey outwardly but we’re disobeying God in our hearts, we are not living the Christian life. Living the Christian life is, a willingness to obey. And that willingness comes because we love the Lord..

Let’s turn to Matthew’s gospel and chapter 26. Jesus warned the disciples before He went to the cross that they would stumble in their walk. “Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.” (Matt. 26:31-35) Jesus told them that they would scatter when He was taken away and crucified. But He also told them to meet Him in Galilee after His resurrection. But Peter, being Peter, assured Jesus that even if everyone else failed he wouldn’t. (v. 33) Jesus assures Peter that he will fail and how often. (v. 34) Peter is certain that he will never deny the Lord. (v. 35)

Well, you know the story. Peter denies Jesus three times. (Matt. 26:69-75) But Jesus had a ministry for Peter. He had a will for his life. Jesus wanted Peter and the other disciples to go out into all the world and preach the gospel. (Matt. 28:16-20; Mark 16:15) The problem was that Peter had denied the Lord three times. Also, Jesus had told the disciples to go to Galilee and wait for him. They went there and then decided to go back to their old jobs. Turn to John 21. “After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself. There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathaniel of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.” (John 21:1-4) Then Jesus shows up and instead of rebuking them, He tells them to try to catch fish again. “Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.” (John 21:5-6) Jesus isn’t telling them to go back to their old jobs. But He is telling them that they can’t do anything without Him. But with Him, they can do all things.

Jesus questions Peter. “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?” (John 21:15a) Jesus calls Peter by his old name because he is acting like his old self. Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him. Jesus uses the Greek word “agape.” Jesus is asking Peter if he really loves Jesus, like Jesus loves him. Did Peter love Jesus more than anything else? After all, he had told Jesus that he would never forsake Him and yet he did. Peter answers Jesus’ question. “He saith unto him, Yes, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.” (John 21:15b) Peter doesn’t say that that is the way he loved Jesus. He loves Jesus like a friend, not like his Lord.


Jesus gives Peter a command. “He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.” (John 21:15c) Jesus wants Peter to go forth and preach the gospel. He wants him to preach the Word, to reach souls for Christ. Jesus asks Peter the second time if he loved Him. “He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?” (John 21:16a) Again, Jesus uses the word “agape.” And again Peter uses the lesser word, “Phileo.” And again Jesus tells Peter what He wants him to do. “Yea, Lord: thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.” (John 21:16b)

One more time Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him. “He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee.” (John 21:17a-b) This time Jesus uses the word that Peter used. “Peter, do you have affection for Me?” This grieved Peter’s heart. Again, Peter assures Jesus that he has a strong affection for Him. And surprisingly enough, Jesus still wants Peter to minister. “Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.” (John 21:17c) Jesus can’t use anyone who doesn’t love Him. If we’re going to serve the Lord, if we’re going to glorify Him, if we’re going to grow spiritually, then we must love the Lord and obey Him.

But, maybe you’re like Peter. And you know that you love the Lord, but not as much as you want or that you know you should. Well, just like Peter, God can still use you. Jesus will take you from where you are to where He wants you to be. Jesus wanted Peter to minister and He knew that though Peter’s love wasn’t the highest love, eventually it would be.

Jesus wasn’t finished. He said, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God.” John 21:18-19a) Jesus is saying, “Peter, do you really love Me? Peter, your going to die for Me. If you continue in My service and feed My sheep, it will cost you your life.” Then Jesus says, “Follow Me.” (John 21:19b) Jesus doesn’t say to Peter, “Follow Me and I’ll make you a success in life. Follow Me and I’ll make you rich and famous. Follow Me and you’ll be healthy, wealthy, and happy.” That’s the promise that is given to so many people today.

No, Jesus tells Peter, “Peter, if you love Me, follow Me.” Notice what Peter does. “Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, “Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?” (John 21:20-21) Peter wants to know what’s going to happen to John. Jesus replies, “Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me.” (John 21:22) In other words, “If John lives until I return, that’s none of your business. Your business is to simply follow Me.”

What was the result? Peter goes forth and preaches the gospel. In Acts 2:12-17, Peter preaches and 3,000 people come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Acts 3:1-8 tells us that Peter and John heal a lame man at the entrance to the temple. Acts 4:5-21 tells us that Peter stood up to the Sanhedrin. Peter also becomes one of the authors of Scripture. God uses Peter to write two letters to the Body of Christ. In those letters he expresses his joy in being called by the Lord to service. In 2 Peter 1:14-15 he says, “Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.” Peter wanted to serve the Lord until he died.

Peter loved Jesus enough to die for Him. A principle of spiritual maturity is that we glorify God when we love Him enough to obey Him, no matter what, no matter the cost. God is glorified when we are willing to sacrifice for His sake. We’ll grow spiritually as we yield ourselves to Him and learn to obey Him no matter what it costs. Spiritual growth is giving ourselves completely to the will of God. Every time we obey the Lord, we grow. Every time we disobey the Lord, we stop growing.

Prayer


Heavenly Father, we love Thee but not as much as we want. We want to live in obedience to Thee but we often fail. I’m thankful Lord that You never fail us and You know our weaknesses and You forgive and restore us when we confess our sins and failures. Help each of us to search our hearts and lives and see how much we are living in obedience to Your commands. Help each of us to desire and pursue a life of obedience to Your glory. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

If you don't know Christ as your Savior, I beg you to read the gospel presentation by clicking on the link below. Ask God to open your heart and your mind, so that you can come to know Christ as your Savior.


WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

WhatMustIDoToBeSaved


CLOSING HYMN:
FAITH IS THE VICTORY #418


Encamped along the hills of light,
Ye Christian soldiers, rise,
And press the battle ere the night
Shall veil the glowing skies.
Against the foe in vales below
Let all our strength be hurled;
Faith is the victory, we know,
That overcomes the world.

Faith is the victory!
Faith is the victory!
Oh, glorious victory,
That overcomes the world.

His banner over us is love,
Our sword the Word of God;
We tread the road the saints above
With shouts of triumph trod.
By faith, they like a whirlwind’s breath,
Swept on o’er every field;
The faith by which they conquered death
Is still our shining shield.


Faith is the victory!
Faith is the victory!
Oh, glorious victory,
That overcomes the world.

On every hand the foe we find
Drawn up in dread array;
Let tents of ease be left behind,
And onward to the fray.
Salvation’s helmet on each head,
With truth all girt about,
The earth shall tremble ’neath our tread,
And echo with our shout.


Faith is the victory!
Faith is the victory!
Oh, glorious victory,
That overcomes the world.

To him that overcomes the foe,
White raiment shall be giv’n;
Before the angels he shall know
His name confessed in heav’n.
Then onward from the hills of light,
Our hearts with love aflame,
We’ll vanquish all the hosts of night,
In Jesus’ conqu’ring name.

Faith is the victory!
Faith is the victory!
Oh, glorious victory,
That overcomes the world.

Closing Prayer


Lord, we ask You to always bring to our attention the condition of our hearts when we serve You or Your flock. Are we willingly submitting to Your service? Are we faithfully growing  in that service? Help us never to compare our service to others but only to Your holy calling. Help us to be strong in that calling. Like Peter, we are weak when we rely on our own strengths. Rather, help us build our house on the Rock Himself. We want to serve and love You as You served and loved us from time beginning. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.


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