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Bible Study Notes “Practice Makes” (07-05-09)

July 6, 2009

Practice Makes….


1 John 3:4-10

This did not come about with much wrestling. This did not come without much pain. I have prayed that what is said here, as long as it lines up with Scripture, will do the work of a skilled surgeon in removing any cancerous growth of sin in your life. I do not bring this to cast any unnecessary doubt on your salvation. I bring this section of scripture to you because it is here. Because it is the inspired, inerrant, infallible, plenary, sufficient Word of God. Because “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,…” (2 Tim 3:16). This message challenges those who confess Christ yet live in patterns of sin. John tells them plainly, “You are not Christian. You are not saved. You are not God’s children. You are the devil’s children.” Now I must ask: What are you? What does your practice make you?



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March 30, 2009

Sin turns all God’s grace into wantonness; it is the dare of His justice, the rape of His mercy, the jeer of His patience, the slight of His power, and the contempt of His love.
— John Bunyan

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February 27, 2009

Woe to the fasting that leaves sin in our lives untouched. The only authentic fasting is fasting that includes a spiritual attack against our own sin.
— John Piper

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December 6, 2008

It may stand in our way, and agitate us with perpetual warfare; but sin is a conquered foe to every soul in union with Jesus. There is no sin which a Christian cannot overcome if he will only rely upon his God to do it. They who wear the white robe in heaven overcame through the blood of the Lamb, and we may do the same. No lust is too mighty, no besetting sin too strongly entrenched; we can overcome through the power of Christ. Do believe it, Christian, that thy sin is a condemned thing. It may kick and struggle, but it is doomed to die. God has written condemnation across its brow. Christ has crucified it, “nailing it to His cross.” Go now and mortify it, and the Lord help you to live to His praise, for sin with all its guilt, shame, and fear, is gone.
— Charles Spurgeon

Bible Study Notes (6-23-08)

June 23, 2008

Mt 19:1-9
+OT basis found in Dt 24:1-4
+2 popular views on divorce at the time, Shammai = divorce ONLY allowed in the case of adultery. Hillel = ANY reason that the husband has to be displeased.
+”marital unfaithfulness” (NIV), “immorality” (NASB), “fornication” (KJV), “sexual immorality” (ESV), porneia (GK).
+Understand that porneia only comes about from hard heartedness, or (simply) being unregenerate/unsaved.

Mt 19:10-12
+I see 2 possible tones to this, “Well, heck! I don’t wanna be stuck with some chick who can’t boil water!” or “Wow… I don’t even want to run the risk of becoming an adulterer.” Knowing the… inconsistant… character of the disciples at this point, I am not sure where their heart lies (take those two words as you will) yet am drawn to the former more than the latter. I come to this based on human (SIN) nature being what it is as revaled in Scripture, would lean towards licentiousness rather than constraint.
+Lastly, the whole of scripture points to marriage as an ideal. But here Christ throws a twist. Paul explains this in 1 Cor 7:1-9, 32-35.
So then, marriage and the single life… is one better than the other? Why/Why not?

Mt 19:13-15
Again with children. The Pharisees were these very adult people. So were the Saducees. This adult coolness is little to do with the presence of God. This is where we find the line between the absolute holiness of the Lord and His immenance. This is where He calls us “friend.” I’m certain at one point or another you have been to Disneyland or Disneyworld. Remember saying, “Daddy! There’s Goofy! I want my picture with Goofy!” (or whoever you happened to like). Perhpas you have seen that same reaction in neices, nephews or just other kids there. That reaction that has you almost rolling you eyes saying, “Okay, lets get in line to see him.” Then the child gets closer and there eyes get bigger and more excited. There is little doubt in my mind this is the same thing going on here, only the disciples, acting as Disneyland CIA block the kids from coming! They are too adult to wrap their minds around the simple joy of excitement for the person of Christ! Perhaps they would have been as Michal daughter of Saul was toward King David as he was leaping and dancing as the ark made its return to Jerusalem. Despising the undignifierd behaviour. (2 Sam 6). But let us be more like David in this manner, more like little children who hunger just to get close to Jesus. It is with that heart and attitude we will inherit the kingdom of heaven.

QUESTION: What are some childlike/undignified things we do in God’s presence that the world looks down upon?

Mt 19:16-26
Here we get to the place where I’m going to focus the most of our attention. Here we see clearly how the Christ Himself practiced evangelism.
-The rich young man’s question itself is flawed. How?
-His Response to the Question… note that Jesus did not say, “Say this prayer with me…” or “Come to church…” or “Be baptized” or “Sign this card, walk this aisle, raise your hand and you are good to go.” Rather He walks him through who God is, who he is in his sin, and who does the saving. First we see Jesus correct the man’s understanding of goodness. (V 17). Who is good? GOD! And He alone is truly good! Next Jesus points this young man to what? God’s Law! You want eternal life, follow God’s Law! Obey the commandments! Then, the young man goes, “Well, which ones?” Dur. All of them. Jesus then gives him the Ten and shows him his sinful condition. Or does He? I trust all here know the 10 (in whole, if not order). Look at v18. What’s up? Which of the 10 are left out? Anything added? Jesus is aiming now, right at this man conscience. Does he hit or miss?
The young man responds, “Did it!” but… he adds, “So why don’t I have it? Where do I fall short?” Here is where Jesus fires the dart that skewers the man’s conscience. (V 21) Jesus says, “You want to be completed, reach that goal of eternal life…?” Then, the Laws that this man broke. Coveting, Idolatry, placing something above God. The man loves money! So Jesus asks the question by show of action, “Which do you love more? Your stuff or your God? If you love your God more, then get rid of it! It just tangles you up anyway! Give it to the poor! Their needs trump your wants! Then, follow me! You cannot follow me and love riches. So when you are free of that, follow me!” Anyone else hear (with the ear of your heart) Mt 6:19-24 ringing in their minds? So what happens? The young man shows, he wanted both world and God. He honestly thought he could have it and then have it all. That not being possible, he drags his heartbroken wretchedly sinful self back to his toys. I can assure you, his toys are long gone. The things he loved and held close to him have all turned to dust. Imagine, the car you love, the iPod you cherish, the high def, blue ray, 7.1 dolby surround sound home theatre you enjoy… where will it be in 10 years, 50 years, 100 years (should the Lord tarry)? All of it will be rotting away. What about your soul? In 10 or 50 years there is a good chance you will still be here. What about 100 years? That will not turn to dust. It will go on. Either in heaven or in hell. And it will stay, for eternity, where it lands. Money is a deadly snare. It puts us with means to attempt to create our own heaven on earth. It promises us comfort here and now and with no help from God. If we are lead astray by it, believe the lie, then we have as much hope for heaven as the camel does getting though the eye of that needle. Lastly, we come to a frequently misused quote… “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” This has to do with SALVATION! We cannot save oursleves. Only God, could order the universe in such a way as to allow the full consequences for repeated, willfull, wanton disobedience be imputed to another and another’s righteousness imputed to the unrighteous. All for His glory.

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June 16, 2008

The fairest child, who has entered life this year and become the sunbeam of a family, is not, as his mother perhaps fondly calls him, a little “angel” or a little “innocent,” but a little “sinner.” Alas! As that infant boy or girl lies smiling and crowing in its cradle, that little creature carries in its heart the seeds of every kind of wickedness! Only watch it carefully, as it grows in stature and its mind develops, and you will soon detect in it an incessant tendency to that which is bad, and a backwardness to that which is good. You will see in it the buds and germs of deceit, evil temper, selfishness, self–will, obstinacy, greediness, envy, jealousy, passion, which, if indulged and let alone, will shoot up with painful rapidity. Who taught the child these things? Where did he learn them? The Bible alone can answer these questions! Of all the foolish things that parents say about their children there is none worse than the common saying: “My son has a good heart at the bottom. He is not what he ought to be, but he has fallen into bad hands. Public schools are bad places. The tutors neglect the boys. Yet he has a good heart at the bottom.” The truth, unhappily, is diametrically the other way. The first cause of all sin lies in the natural corruption of the boy’s own heart, and not in public schools.
— J. C. Ryle

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June 10, 2008

[C]lothes came in with sin. We should have had no occasion for them, either for defence or decency, if sin had not made us naked, to our shame. Little reason therefore we have to be proud of our clothes, which are but the badges of our poverty and infamy. [W]hen God made clothes for our first parents he made them warm and strong, but coarse and very plain: not robes of scarlet, but coats of skin. Their clothes were made, not of silk and satin, but plain skins; not trimmed, nor embroidered, none of the ornaments which the daughters of Sion afterwards invented, and prided themselves in.

— Matthew Henry
FROM: Commentary on Genesis 3

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June 9, 2008

The greatest danger of the popular media is not a one-time exposure to a particular instance of sin (as serious as that can be). It’s how long-term exposure to worldlines — little chunks of poison pill, day after day, week after week — can deaden our hearts to the ugliness of sin.
— Joshua Harris