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Standing in the Faith

Scott Moore
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Scott Moore

Director of Lay Institute for Evangelism (LIFE)



  • April 10, 2015
    6:30 PM


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Well last night we had an incredible time discovering the validity of scripture. The documents that back it up. The number of manuscripts that back it up. Did you enjoy last night's presentation. And my goal and my hope this evening is that it is going to get even better because this is a book called The Bible has a message especially for us a message that we are to share with a world that is dying. Debbie Williams and six other skydivers were poised at the door of the airplane. Their plan as experienced skydivers was to form a mid air formation. This was going to be the highlight of the weekend that they had had together. And so one after another leapt out of the open door of this airplane. Twelve thousand feet above the floor of Phoenix Arizona. Will Debbie was the last one to dive out of that airplane. And she went into a corkscrew dive and to catch up with the other divers. She miscalculated her distance slammed into another diver and was knocked unconscious. She began to tumble through the air and she tumbled past Gregory Robertson who was their instructor and the jump master for that particular jump. He noticed that there was blood on her face and he went immediately into a no lift head first dive. They calculate that he was traveling at approximately one hundred and twenty miles an hour to catch up with Debbie Williams. He caught her he pulled her reserve cord and immediately went the other direction. Twelve seconds before impact he pulled his own parachute cord. Debbie Williams and both Superman and Debbie Williams both survived. Debbie would fully recover from her injuries and remain always grateful to the one who had miraculously snatched her from a fatal impact. My friends you and I are rushing headlong into an impact with the end of time and God is depending on us to go into a no lift head first dive traveling as fast as we can to pull the reserve cord on the lives of people that will whose lives would end in destruction if we were not there. Let's pray shall we Father in heaven. What an honor for us to be called by you to take the message in this book to the world bless us this evening inspire us. We pray in Jesus' name. Then I want to open your Bibles to the Old Testament book of Psalms. So we're over here in your Bibles the Old Testament book of Psalms and we're going to Psalm eighteen Psalm eighteen and verse forty four. That shouldn't be a hard reference to remember Psalm eighteen and verse forty four now David is offering this song here and David says in Psalm eighteen forty four he says as soon as they hear of me they shall obey me. The strangers shall submit themselves unto me. David was the king. It made sense that when a stranger heard of David when a stranger heard the commands of David and if that stranger would submit themselves to David yet David was not ignorant of. The fact that most of the professed submission to him was false and fayned So in a much higher sense in a much more accurate manner. God is aware of the fact that many who profess to be subject to him are subject in profession only if they could do it with safety. They would throw off the very appearance of loyalty and carry out in reality what truly exists in their own hearts. It must have been sad for David to reflect on how greatly the number of his professed. Subjects would be diminished if none had been retained. But those who truly loved his reign and respected him as a sovereign. It is sad to reflect how greatly the number of the professed friends of God would be diminished if all those should withdraw who have yielded only reigned obedience to him. Yet the church would be stronger and better for it. David said as soon as they hear of me God would say as soon as they hear of me the stranger will submit themselves to me in order for somebody to hear somebody else must be talking in order to be heard telling to me someone must take this message to them turn with me in your Bibles to the New Testament book of Romans. We're going to Romans and the tenth chapter. Matthew Mark Luke John acts Romans Chapter ten and we will be. Again reading in verse thirteen the Word of God says here in Romans the tenth chapter and the thirteenth verse Paul writing in Romans ten thirteen he says For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Dear heart don't make it harder than it is. Scripture tells us in John three sixteen that God so loved the world that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Belief is the operative thing here the Bible says in Romans ten thirteen For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Don't make it harder than that. Encourage people to know Jesus Christ because when they do they will cry out Jesus save me. The Bible goes on to say in verse fourteen How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard. And how shall they hear without a preacher. And how shall they preach except they be sent as it is written by the way how many of you at home let's ask those of you at home. You raise your hand if you're at home all right how many of you at home have pretty feet just raise your hand I mean you're at home with your family. They know where your feet are pretty or not know how about those of you in here. How many of you have pretty feet anybody'd have pretty feet you know typically we have one or two guys that all raise their hands even though they didn't get a pedicure yesterday they'll raise their hand right. Notice what the Bible says about pretty feet. It says in Romans ten fifteen How beautiful are the feet of the ban that preach the Gospel of Peace. Yes and bring glad tidings of good things you know are pretty fake. Start preaching the gospel. You know me I don't pay for a pedicure although it may make your toes look a little bit more attractive. Those whose feet are called beautiful according to Romans ten fifteen must first be a sin. So we're going to go to the left in our Bibles now and we are going to go to Matthew. The twenty eight chapter Matthew twenty eight the last chapter in the book of Matthew and we are going to answer the question Who is it that has been sent. Can I push this job of the Gospel presenting off to someone else. What is the Word of God say in Matthew the twenty eighth chapter of course Matthew is the first book of the New Testament Matthew twenty eight and we're going to begin reading in verse eighteen. Matthew twenty eight and verse eighteen the Word of God says this and Jesus came and spake unto them saying power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. How much power is that. That's very simple isn't it. Then Jesus says because I have all power. Jesus says Go ye therefore and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost doing what teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you and lo. I'm with you all the way even unto the end of the world. Quite amazing here. Matthew recorded this for his mamma to read or did he. Who was it that Matthew recorded these words for. This notice what Jesus says. They are in verse twenty he says. Angelo I'm with you or way the whole context of what we are just reading is the context of going out into the world and preaching the gospel of peace. And in this context of preaching the Gospel teaching people to observe all things whatsoever God has commanded us Jesus says and I am with you all the way is even unto the end of the world. This was not simply written so that the disciples could remember the command of Jesus to take the Gospel everywhere. This was recorded in the book of Matthew so that those of us who are living in the time of the end of the world would understand that it is our job with the power of Christ to preach this gospel to the entire world. God is depending on us. Now this was written at the end of Jesus' ministry Let's go back to the beginning of Jesus' ministry in Matthew Chapter four and verse nineteen. Matthew the fourth chapter and let's begin in verse eighteen. The Bible reads in Matthew Chapter four and verse eighteen. The Bible says Matthew four eighteen and she saw us walking by the Sea of Galilee. I saw two brethren Simon called Peter and Andrew his brother I don't know if any of you have an older brother but I sort of like to brag that people don't know me because I have an older brother they know my older brother because he has a younger brother named me. You understand that's not the case here with Peter and Andrew. You remember Peter and then it says and through his brow. Other You remember the younger brother anyway. It says that they are casting a net into the sea for they were what. What dear heart do fishermen do. According to this verse they cast no according this verse they cast into this now if they were battlers what they do they would cast a bowling ball down a bowling ball ain't right and the Bible says here that they were casting a net into the sea because they were fisherman. It is natural for a fisherman to take a net and to cast it into the sea would you argue that that's what fisherman. Jesus is walking by to see if he sees Simon and Andrew and they are casting a net into the water because they are fishermen. It is unnatural for a fisherman to cast a net into the sea. Now notice what Jesus says in the very next verse verse nineteen and he said unto them follow me and I will make you what fishers of man at the end of Jesus' ministry. He says you need to go out and preach the gospel. You need to baptize you need to teach all people all things that I have commanded you and I'm with you always at the beginning of his ministry. He tells Andrew and Peter follow me and I will make you fishers of the men. Now my friends you and I have a way of measuring whether or not we are following Jesus. Jesus said it is just as natural. If you follow me to fish for me I am as if you were a fisherman casting a net into the sea. It is second nature. I don't doubt for a moment. Malpass the servant of the high priest whose ear was cut off was thankful that all Peter knew how to do was cast in it all now because Lost was an ear in the Jesus puts it back on. Peter was good at casting the net into the sea because he was a fisherman. Jesus says if you follow me you will become a fisher of men. That means my friends that if we are not fishing for men then we are not what. The followers of Jesus you and I have a plumb line whereby we can measure whether or not we are literally following Jesus. Are we just professing this Christian life or are we truly just head over heels gung ho about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people that we meet. Christ's last words to His disciples were low. I'm with you all the way even unto the end of the world to us. Also the commission is given we are bidden to go forth as Christ's messengers to teach to instruct to persuade men and women to urge upon their attention the Word of life and to us also the assurance of Christ's abiding presence is given what ever the difficulties with which we may have to contend. What ever the trials we may have to endure the gracious promise is always ours. Lo I am with you always. Even to the end of the world has the question been answered. Who or what was it that Jesus sent but was it us all of us. So when we go back to the Book of Romans which is where we are heading right now. Romans Chapter ten and verse fifteen. Romans ten verse fifteen said and how shall they preach except they be sent. We have settled the question. We know dear heart one who all of us have been sent and the answer is every one of us. Now the question remains. When is the preacher because they aren't preaching unless they have been sent. Now this might get some of us off the hook. True I mean because we are not preachers that's not what we do. Have you ever been trapped. Has somebody ever deceived you by the way they ask you questions so that you are led down a path where they are going to be right. Has this ever happened to you. If it hasn't. Prepare yourself we're going to do it right now. Prepare yourself. I'm going to the CD I'm going to trap you. But you you must promise to participate or is this fair. I mean look I'm way up here and you're way down there so it's not like I can catch you and deceive you I just want to do this with words. Have you ever sent a letter like you. You filled it out dear sweet heart. Comma and then you you write this letter and you sign it with all my love X.'s and O's and all of the hearts and stuff and then you sign your name you close it you put it in the mail and you put a stamp on it the address is there. Forget the return address because you don't want to bad you wanted to just get there and you put it in the mail box I've ever done this. OK Keep your hands up because this is important. I know it's not your hands. Have you ever sent an email that contained some good news to somebody else you know. Also here right. OK so how many do we hear whose hand is not up. OK Have you ever talked to somebody else and shared with them something exciting that happened to you if that's the case. Put your hand up. OK Some of us are sleeping everybody else is participating that's the word preacher the one that has been sent to the word preacher is Kay Russo and it means to Harold as a public Crier is specially the divine truth to preach to proclaim and to publish if you simply email you publish good news if you mailed the letter you publish the good news if you told somebody else good news then my friends you have just been trapped. You are the preacher. There is no way for us to get off of the hook of being a preacher when it comes to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the world. What is it that people need to hear tell me to Luke Chapter two. Matthew Mark Luke the second chapter in the Bible reads in Luke Chapter Two beginning in verse ten. Now this is the this is the famous Christmas playwright this is what our children read and act when it's around the Christmas holiday season to remember the birth of Christ and it says here in Luke Chapter two and verse ten and the angel said unto them these are to the shepherds the lowest lowest of society to the shepherds these angels come and this is what they share and the angel said unto them fear not for behold I bring you good tidings of great things great joy which shall be two. All people for unto you is born this day in the City of David a savior which is Christ the Lord and this shall be a sign unto you you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger. Now I have got this mental picture of everything that's going on there is this angel I'm going to call him Gabriel if you want without I'll call him Gabriel and Gabriel tells the other angels in the realm of the unseen. Hang on guys they can't take us all at once and so he reveals himself and he says don't be afraid. Then he shares with them that this is the Savior has been born and then all of a sudden the other angels are just waiting for the cue of Gabriel. They're just waiting to know that the eyes of the shepherds that are watching their flocks by night have been adjusted to the point where they can handle the glory of the Angelic Host. And it says in verse thirteen and suddenly there was would be an angel and a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace good will toward me and my friends. Would go on to say for I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it the gospel of Christ is the power of God and to salvation to everyone they believe it to the Jew first and also to the Greek Jesus would say in John twelve thirty two and I if I be lifted up from the earth will draw all men unto me. God said that the salient are going to preach what I sent going to preach that sent are going to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Listen to this. Hanging upon the cross of Christ was the gospel. Now we. Have a message. Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. This is our message this is our argument this is our doctrine this is our warning to the impenitent our encouragement for the sorrowing the hope for every believer. If we can awaken an interest in men's minds that will cause them to fix their eyes upon Christ. We may step aside and ask them only to continue to fix their eyes upon him. Whosoever Jesus says will come after me let him deny himself take up his cross and follow me. He whose eyes are fixed on Jesus will leave all. He will die to selfishness. He will believe in all of the Word of God which is so gloriously and wonderfully exalted in Christ as the sinner sees Jesus as he is and all compassionate savior. Hope and assurance take possession of his soul. The helpless soul is cast with out any reservation upon Jesus. No one can bear away from the vision of Christ Jesus crucified a lingering doubt and belief is gone. The Sant preach preaching causes people to hear what does the Bible say in Romans Chapter ten. Again it said in Romans ten fourteen How then shall I call on Him in whom they have not believed. And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard. Once they. Believe once they know who they believe then they can open their mouth and they can call upon the name of the Lord when they call upon the name of the Lord. Scripture says they will be what I say. God has given every one of us a purpose and our purpose whether we run a business whether we run a ministry our purpose is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the world the gospel the very gospel that comes out of this book. I don't know how it was in your family when you were growing up but my mom used to sing this song. God said it and I believe it and that settles it for me. Though some may doubt that his word is true. God said it I believe it. How about you. Do we really believe this book that carries the Gospel in its covers is truly the word of God and if so why are we not taking it to every nook and cranny within the sphere of our lives. The Bible says in Acts the fourth chapter and the twelfth verse it says neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. Acts twenty two sixteen and now wide hairiest now arise and be baptized and wash away by sins calling on the name of the Lord this is the Biblical method for leading someone to Jesus the Bible says in Romans chapter eight and Chapter ten beginning in verse eight. But what say if it the word is knightly even if. I'm by mouth and in thy heart. You have heard the Bible says I believe it's Matthew one two three four. Matthew twelve thirty four out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. You know when you're doing so winning it be a good idea for us just to close our own mouth and let others speak so we could hear exactly what was going on inside of their hearts. Then we could take the Gospel to that part of their life and they would find freedom in Jesus Christ. Verse nine of Romans ten says if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in Zion heart that God raised Him from the dead that now shalt be saved. For with the heart men believe it until righteousness and with the mouth confession is made into salvation for the scriptures say if whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed. Dear friend. People are waiting to make a confession of Jesus Christ. People are waiting for us to tell them so that they can truly believe. How is it that a person gets knowledge and takes it to make a confession of Jesus Christ. Someone has to tell them. So what we're going to do right now is we are going to look at the lives of three people. Jesus said at the end of his ministry that those who we who are following him must be preaching and teaching to all of the world. At the beginning of his ministry he said if you are going to put it in the negative if you are not finishing from him then you are not following me. If you are fishing for man then you are following me. Jesus is this. Really true. Can we find examples in this book called The Bible where men began to follow you and immediately no training no going to seminary no going to a form of evangelism school. No Going to a four week Light course immediately can we find examples of people that all of the sudden once they follow Jesus begin to spread the gospel. I believe we can and I'm going to show it to you turning your Bibles to John. The first chapter of Matthew Mark Luke John so you're turning to the right from where you were in Luke and we're going to Joe on the very first chapter. We're going to start reading in verse twenty nine. The Bible says here in John chapter one and verse twenty nine it says the next day John that would be John the Baptist. The next day John the Baptist see of Jesus coming on to him and say I'll be hold the Lamb of God Now just put yourself in the mindset of the first century Galilean culture. All of your life you have been taught that a lie is a symbol of what carries your sin away from you. And here John the Baptist is looking at a man that is walking along beside Jordan and he says be hold the Lamb of God All of a sudden it is like it just comes into focus that you that is the Messiah the Lamb of God takes away the sin and I don't know what he looks like in your mind but there John sees him walking by to George and he says Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. Down now to verse thirty five it says again the next day after John stood that would be John the Baptist the next day after John stood and two of his disciples. So there are two disciples standing right beside John the Baptizer and it says this verse thirty six and looking upon Jesus as he walked he say it. Behold the Lamb of God. Now verse thirty seven it says and the two disciples heard him speak and they did what. Look up they saw a load of Jesus. Now dear heart remind me what Jesus said in Matthew four nineteen Jesus says if you follow me I will walk I will make you fishers of men. These two guys have no clue what's about to hit them. The Bible says this verse thirty seven. They followed Jesus. Now I don't know the distance between them and Jesus but they are they are following Jesus meant maybe they're following in cognito. Maybe they're just glancing at him and you know just making sure they can they can figure out where he's going I don't know how it really played out but that's how it plays out in my mind. In the Bible says this then Jesus turned and saw them following what did he see them doing. So what does he know they are going to become fishers of men. If Jesus statement is true those that follow Jesus become fishers of men. It says here he saw them following and say if I am to him what see what are you looking for. What are you guys after Mbaye said and him Rabbi which is to say being. Interpreted master Where do you live. I was at that you greet people you walk up to somebody here they saw you shake their hand you do the little casual glance down at the name tags you can call him by name because that's what good business people do right. Names are very important. You get you grab their name you introduce yourself they introduce themselves to you and then what do you naturally ask him next. Where are you from. Where are you from this is what these guys ask Jesus. Where where do you live. You Are The Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. Where do you see where he saith unto them come and see. Then it was they came and saw where he dwelt and abode with him that day for it was about the tenth hour and one of the two which heard John speak and followed him was Andrew you don't know who Andrew was. Andrew was Simon Peter's brother. He first find verse forty one. He first find out his own brother Simon and say it on to him. We have found the Messias which is being interpreted the Christ. My friends tell me what Andrew did he thought was Jesus. Hey man where do you live. Jesus shows him where he lives and what Jesus showed him I don't know because later in the book of Matthew Jesus would say Foxes have holes. Birds of the air have nests but the son of man hath not a place to lay his head. I have this this this inspiration I think it's inspired anyway you can filter it through your filter of inspiration if you like. I think Jesus took them to a place and told them about heaven because whatever he told them whatever he showed them about where he lived convinced Andrew so much that he would go get his loud mouth over. Baring speak from the hip rather Peter and say very boldly we found the Messiah. Notice what happens here in verse forty two. And he brought him to Jesus dear heart. When you and I become fishers of men sometimes we're going to have to grab people by the arm. Sometimes we will have to grab them by the neck. Sometimes we will just have to do what Jesus did and say a simple Come and see we bring people to Jesus. Andrew was brave enough to do it in his own family. The Bible goes on to say do we have another. Do we have another example of someone that begins to follow Jesus and immediately goes and bring someone to him. The Bible says in verse forty three of John chapter one the day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee and find it Philip and say if unto him follow me Philip I'm going to tell you if you don't want to be a fisher of men don't take one step toward that man. Don't do it. Because when you follow him the record so far is telling us that you will become a fisher of men and if you say you're following him and you don't finish your man then you are a hypocrite. Philip choose your steps very carefully. Jesus says to Philip follow me. Now Philip was saying to the city of Andrew and Peter. Verse forty five Philip find Nathaniel and say if I'm to him we have found him of whom Moses in the law and the prophets did write Jesus of Nazareth the son of Joseph. Dear heart here you have an example. Andrew goes and gets. His but his boisterous brother Peter and brings him to Jesus. Philip begins to follow Jesus and then Philip goes and gets Nathaniel and says we think we found him the one that everybody talked about Jesus of Nazareth the son of Joseph and then you'll say it on the Senate him can there any good thing come out of Nazareth. So observant to him the same words Jesus said Philip said Come and see a simple invitation. My friends you don't have to give somebody a bible study in a restaurant to get them to come and see Jesus. All you have to do is give them the invitation to come and see. It's quite interesting that in both of these cases Jesus knew who Peter was by name before Peter was introduced to Jesus the people that you and I are witnessing to in our own families. God knows them he knows where they are he knows their history he knows what has happened to them. He knows why they are either turned on to the Gospel or turned off from the Gospel. God knows them in verse forty seven Jesus saw Nathaniel coming to hear him and say it of him. Behold in Israel like indeed in whom is no guile nothing else said unto him how do you know. Do you. And Jesus said before Philip called you when you were under the fig tree I saw you do you know I was under the fig tray but I haven't seen you before. Jesus said but I know you when you and I witness to our family God even knows their names when we witness too. Our friends not only does God know their names God knows even where they are located. God all we are in the hand of God is a tool to use this lips and tongue in everything that Bobby or your voice. All we are is an instrument that God blows his air through so that we can then preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. It's interesting I tell you these guys see Jesus they don't know where he lives. He shows them they go get their brother my mom I tell you I'm Obama I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for prayer Mama I don't know about you but I wouldn't be here when I was living my life of stupidity. My mama would call me up and say what I would call my mama mama how you done. She's doing very good. And she says Boy that's what they call you when you're from the South anyway. Brandon Alabama and she said Boy you're living your life like a ratio to live it. I get all convicted and I say Mom I got to go up I love you got to talk to you later. Every time I call Mama mama one afraid that she's going to run me off because I was already run off. My mom is just trying to get me back and praise Jesus. She did. Philip goes to his friend Daniel and he has the audacity to tell Nathaniel. We found the Messiah. We found it on the thing and didn't believe it until Jesus says I even knew where you were before Philip found John chapter four tells a story of a Samaritan woman go there with me John the fourth chapter and the twenty sixth verse in John chapter four verse twenty six. Woman has already said to Jesus that we know when Messiah comes that he the one that is called Christ he is going to tell us all things in Jesus in the very plainest of language says I am he. Verse twenty eight The woman then left her waterpot and went her way into the city and say up to the men come and see a man which told me all things that I ever did. Is not this the Christ. Then they went out of the city and came unto him. This lady who goes out to the well alone because she thought this lady was not of a good reputation and so she has the audacity to leave her waterpot there after meeting Jesus after finding the Messiah. After choosing to follow Jesus and she runs back into town and she begins to tell the men that she is service they come see a man that told me everything I ever did. Some of them probably went to there because they wanted to make sure that he didn't say anything about them. She went and she told even her enemies. God could have reached his object in saving sinners without our aid. But in order for us to develop a character like Christ we must share in his work in order to enter into his joy the joy of seeing souls redeemed by his sacrifice. We must participate in his labors for their redemption. How is it with you dear friend of mine. Are you following Jesus to be a member of A.S.I.. Which means that you have joined an organization. Or to be a follower of Jesus Christ means that you are willing to lay your life and your business on the line to share the gospel with people who are headed the law head first toward an impact with the end of time. God needs us in our business in our associations in our interactions in our community in our interactions in our own home to live and to be a Christian that God can introduce non Christians to so that he can share his message with them through us. God is simply asking us to pull the reserve cord. What would keep you from sharing this book or this message. With the people that you know I am bound and determined in my life to not let a day go by where I do not tell someone about Jesus Christ. It may be at the feed store it may be at the grain mill when I'm picking up a thousand pounds for the chicken. I am telling somebody about Jesus because the devil is walking about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour if but for one moment you and I could step out of our own shyness our own timidness and just be very bold for Jesus then just proclaim him to the people that we see dear heart we would know a joy that surpasses all others the joy of seeing people redeemed by relationship with Jesus Christ. Is it your desire to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Are you willing to lay all of your life on the line to share the gospel. Of Jesus with everyone that you me you and I may not be skydivers but we can scream a message about a Savior that died for us. Forget the fear forget the doubt forget the I'm too old forget that it's the pastor's job because I pay my time. Forget the I'm too young I've been too bad dear heart Jesus said follow me and you will be a fisher. 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