Sunday Morning Sermon Notes

WHO IS A CHRISTIAN

Acts [11:19]-30 ¶ Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. 20 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. 22 Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. 23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. 24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord. 25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: 26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. 27 ¶ And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. 28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. 29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea: 30 Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.               

John McArthur’s famous 10 minutes, Grace Community Church –California
John MacArthur: A Triumphant Hour for the Church, and Fresca. In his first sermon following the decision of Grace Community Church’s elders and John MacArthur to publicly hold in person services since pressure has been placed on places of worship in California due to COVID-19, Pastor John MacArthur cites statistics that are staggering even in the midst of the pandemic, and toward the end of his sermon states what led to the decision making, and the character of his congregation to continue to meet anyway.

            It is a Presumptuous Question   (arrogant, audacious. Disrespectful)
            It is a Probing Question
            It is a Personal Question

 

IMITATORS,             copy, mimic, counterfeit
IMPERSONATOR, pretend to be or assume the appearance
EMULATOR,                        one who strives to equal or excel

Everyone who goes to church is not a Christian.
Everyone who embrace Christian Values is not a Christian.
Everyone who is not a Hindu, a Muslim, a Buddhist, or a Jew is not a Christian.

 

A NEW LIFE NOT A NEW LEAF
REGENERATION NOT REFORMATION
            NOT A MEMBER OF A CHURCH
            NOT A CHILD OF A CHRISTIAN
            NOT BEING RAISED IN A CHURCH

  1. A MAN WITH A NEW MAKER! [11:18]-21, 24 A RULING MAN, A RELIGIOUS MAN
    19 ¶ Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. 20 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.

John 3:2-3 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

 

                CHOSE US            EPH 1:4
                CALLED US          JOHN [6:44]-45
                CONVICTED US JOHN 16:7
                CLEANSED US    I COR [6:11]
                CLAIMED US       I COR [6:11]
                CLEARED US       I COR [6:11]

 

            1 Corinthians [6:11] And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are             justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

  1. A MAN WITH A NEW MANAGER! [11:22]-24

22 Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. 23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. 24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.

            OLD MAN IS DEAD AND BURIED  1 Corinthians [6:19]-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of                   the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a                 price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

                NEW MAN IS ALIVE AND BELIEVING
                        NEW MANAGER IS SOMEONE TO BELIEVE  ACTS [16:31]   ROMANS 10:9-10
                        NEW MANAGER GOVE US SOMEONE TO CLEAVE   HEBREWS 12:1-2

  1. A MAN WITH A NEW MENU! [11:25]-26
    THE RELATION TO THE WORD
                THE REACTION TO THE WORD
               
    2 Timothy [3:16]-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,           for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly        furnished unto all good works.

            1 Peter 2:2-3 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so         be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

            MENU IS SUFFICIENT, SAVORY, AND STEADY

  1. A MAN WITH A NEW MINISTRY! [11:27]-30

27 ¶ And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. 28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. 29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea: 30 Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
            CALLED IN               
            SENT OUT                 MATT [28:18]-20
                                                II COR [5:18]

  1. A MAN WITH A NEW MOTIVATION Acts 12:1-4
    Salary  /  SON             Obligation  /  Opportunity    Time  /  Eternity         Retirement  /  Reward

            The Crowd I run With      The Crown I run For          The CHRIST I run To and FOR

Acts [5:25]-42
                1. The courage (vs. 25-32).
            2. The conflict (vs. 26-28; 33)
            3. The compromise (vs. 34-40)
            4. The comfort (vs. 40-41)
            5. The commitment (vs. 42).

TAKE A PERSONAL STAND
Matthew [12:30]
He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

            A SEPARATED PEOPLE

2 Timothy [2:19] ¶ Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

 

            TAKE A KNEE Isaiah [45:20]-25 ¶ Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image,         and pray unto a god that cannot save. 21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time?   have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none         beside me. 22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there             is none else. 23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and                 shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. 24 Surely, shall     one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that      are incensed against him shall be ashamed. 25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be              justified, and shall glory.

                Philippians 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is   above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven,                and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that      Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

TAKE AN UNPOPULAR STAND

“stand up with the right attitude. Arrogance, contentiousness, and self-righteousness do the Gospel no favors. Our goal is to win people not win arguments.”

TAKE A POLITICAL STAND
            Socialism, Capitalism, Communism,
Romans 13:1
¶ Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 ¶ I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

 

TAKE A PERMANENT STAND
            MATURITY
            MASTERY
            MAJESTY

1 Corinthians [13:11] When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

Ephesians [4:11]-15 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: