The Raging Nations & the Son Who Rules

Psalm 2 begins with the question: “Why?” Why do the nations rage? The Psalmist highlights the futility of raging against the creator, yet we often find ourselves asking the same question. Why are the governors, presidents, prime ministers, and other authorities raging against the Lord? Psalm 2 helps us process that very question through 4 stanzas: (1) The Nations Who Rage, (2) The Lord Who Laughs, (3) The Son Who Rules, and (4) The Grace of Submission. You can download my sermon notes by clicking the link below. You will also see a link to listen to the sermon audio.

Sermon Manuscript: Gospel Community

Yesterday we continued a sermon series called RESET. As we reopen the church over the coming weeks we are asking and answering some of the basic questions of Christianity. This week we focused on how the gospel calls us into community.

Below you can access the link to my sermon notes:

Romans 12.3-8 Gospel Community

“Hallowed Be Thy Name” Matthew 6:9b Sermon Manuscript

Introduction

This morning, we continued an expository sermon series through the Lord’s Prayer. Christians throughout the centuries have prayed these 70 words (in the KJV) from the lips of Jesus. Below is an excerpt from the sermon followed by a link to the full manuscript.

At Lake Wylie Baptist, we believe that God builds his church through his Word. For more expository sermons like this, visit lwbaptist.com/resources.

Sermon Excerpt

Notice, as well, that this is a request, “Hallowed be thy name.” When we pray these words, we are asking God to do something with his own name. We’re praying that he would make his name separate, set apart, and reverenced; which leads us to ask a question.  Is God’s name not holy? I thought holiness was a basic attribute of God. How could his name lack holiness such that we should ask for it?

Well, the fact is that God’s name is holy. There is nothing lacking in his name. There is nothing inadequate in God or his name. What is lacking, what is inadequate, what is missing is a holy reverence for God’s name on the earth. The human beings that God created have not and do not ascribe to God’s name the kind of worth and value, and reverence that he is due.

In fact, if you look down a few lines you’ll see the words, “in earth as in heaven.” That phrase can be applied to all of the first three petitions of the prayer:

  • Hallowed by thy name, in earth as it is in heaven.
  • Thy Kingdom come in earth as it is in heaven.
  • Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.

In heaven, God’s name is treated as perfectly holy. Isaiah 6 gives us the vision of the throne room of heaven where God sits and rules over all of creation. And it is in that throne room that the angelic hosts fly around the throne day and night crying to one another “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God almighty!” So honored reverenced is God in heaven, that the seraphim won’t even look at his glory. They cover their faces with their wings.

But that is not how God’s name is treated in the earth. On earth, God’s name is treated often treated either with contempt or simply with a thoughtless attitude.

Sermon Manuscript

Hallowed be Thy Name Matthew 6.9b

“Our Father Which Art in Heaven” Matthew 6:9a

Introduction

Yesterday, I began an expository sermon series through the Lord’s Prayer. Christians throughout the centuries have prayed these 70 words (in the KJV) from the lips of Jesus. Below is an excerpt from the sermon followed by a link to the full manuscript.

At Lake Wylie Baptist, we believe that God builds his church through his Word. For more expository sermons like this, visit lwbaptist.com/resources.

Sermon Excerpt:

The Lord’s Prayer could actually be called The Disciple’s Prayer. It’s the Lord’s in one sense because it comes from the Lord Jesus. But, it is a prayer that is given by the Lord to his disciples, his followers. And many people have wondered: should we recite the words, or is it just a model for us? And the answer is both.

 The prayer occurs twice in the New Testament; first, in Matthew’s gospel, as a part of a sermon that Jesus preached. Then, in Luke 11, Jesus’ disciples approach him and ask, “Lord, teach us to pray.” To which, Jesus responds, “When you pray, say…” In other words, “Say these words.” We are commanded, by the Lord Jesus to repeat the words he gave us. This means that true Christian prayer, which is pleasing to God and acceptable to him can be done in 20 seconds. This is the perfect prayer for new Christians. It’s the perfect prayer for children. A 3-year-old can learn these words. If you are just learning how to pray—learn these words and tell them to the Lord with all your might—and God will love it.

On the other hand, in Matthew’s account, the prayer is given as a model. Jesus says, “Pray then like this…” In other words, even if you don’t say these words, your prayers should follow this example or this pattern. So, you can pray long prayers, that use the structure of the Lord’s Prayer to guide your own. So, pray that God’s name would be holy. Pray for the coming of his kingdom. Ask him for your daily needs, forgiveness of sin, and strength to face trials. And do it all with many words.

Jesus spent entire nights alone in prayer to God. He challenged his disciples, “Could you not watch and pray for one hour?” When we read the Psalms, we are reading prayers; 150 of them, many of them very long. So, use these 70 words as a model for long prayers.

Full Manuscript:

“Our Father Which Art in Heaven” Matthew 6.9a

Praying for Elders

This past Sunday I spend a considerable part of my sermon teaching on the Biblical role, qualifications, and Lake Wylie Baptist’s need for elders. In the coming weeks, I’ll be authoring a series of blogs to help teach you more about this crucial need in our church, and how God’s Word teaches us to understand and establish elders in the church. For now, I simply want to recap some of my main thoughts from Sunday’s sermon:

A FEW MAIN POINTS:

I. Jesus gives the church pastors to equip the members for ministry.

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11,12)

In the coming years, God is going to give us more elders at LWBC. That term, elders, is one of three terms the New Testament uses interchangeably to refer to the office of pastor. Virtually every New Testament church was led by a plurality of Biblically qualified men called pastors, elders, or overseers.

II. Some elders (pastors) will be seminary trained, others will not.

Seminary training is valuable and because elders are called to defend doctrine, seminary training can be a great aid to that end. However, the Bible doesn’t require that a pastor have seminary training and therefore, as we add elders to the ministry over the coming years, we expect to have elders who have no formal theological training, yet who are able to defend the truth from Scripture.

III. Some elders will be paid staff members, others will serve as lay-elders.

In the New Testament, we see that churches had elders who were supported financially by the church while others were not.

Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. (1 Timothy 5:17)

THE BOTTOM LINE: 

As God sends us more sheep to take care of in the flock of Lake Wylie Baptist, there will be a growing need for more equippers, more pastors. We aren’t in a rush to add elders, but we ought to be praying for them. A man need not be a professional, seminary-trained pastor to be an elder. He simply needs to live a life that helps equip members for ministry, and he needs to meet the Biblical qualifications founds in places like 1 Timothy 3. As God gives us more elders, they will work in concert with me as the Senior Pastor to help lead, teach, shepherd, and equip the church for the work of ministry. In the coming weeks, I’ll be writing to answer many more questions on the topic. If you have specific questions, I’d love to hear them so I can address them as well. 

To conclude, here are a series of questions I posed Sunday that you should be praying through and asking yourself over the next months and years. These questions will guide us to the very men that God is calling out to be elders. And if you are a man in the membership of Lake Wylie, I’d encourage you to ask these questions of yourself: 

Who do I see, working to equip the members of the church to do the work of ministry?

  • Who is always discipling others?
  • Who is teaching others the Bible?
  • Who do we see caring for the flock?
  • Who is it that is always praying for the sheep?
  • Who do we see leading the flock well in his area of ministry?

Do I see evidence of the qualifications of an elder in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 in his life?

  • Is he respectable?
  • Does he control himself?
  • Is he faithful to his wife?
  • Is he gentle with others?
  • Does he love money?

Sermon Manuscript: Security and God’s Call (Genesis 11.27-12.9)

This morning we started a 5 week series we’re calling The Gospel According to Abraham. If you’re new to the Bible, Abraham is the biggest character in the Old Testament. He’s monumental. Three major world religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam claim Abraham as a father of their faith. This means that the majority of the world population trace their beliefs back through Abraham.

And when you read the life of Abraham in the Old Testament, you find that Abraham stood out from the crowd. In a world of sameness, he was different. Life didn’t happen to Abraham—he happened to life. Why? How? That’s what this series is all about.

Click here for the sermon manuscript:

Genesis 11.27-12.9 — Security and God’s Call

Sermon Manuscript: Galatians 3:21-27

Yesterday we continued our sermon series through the book of Galatians. We’re calling it Saving Faith. In this letter the apostle Paul challenges those who were distorting the doctrine of justification by grace alone. Judaizers, as we have come to know these false teachers, were teaching that the work of circumcision must be added to the finished work of Christ for salvation. Paul issues the strongest warning he ever gives to these teachers and to this church. To distort the true gospel is to have no gospel at all. To download the sermon manuscript from this past Sunday just click the link below:

Galatians 3.21-27

Sermon Manuscript: Galatians 1:1-5

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Yesterday we began a sermon series through the book of Galatians. We’re calling it Saving Faith. In this letter the apostle Paul challenges those who were distorting the doctrine of justification by grace alone. Judaizers, as we have come to know these false teachers, were teaching that the work of circumcision must be added to the finished work of Christ for salvation. Paul issues the strongest warning he ever gives to these teachers and to this church. To distort the true gospel is to have no gospel at all. To download the sermon manuscript from this past Sunday just click the link below:

Galatians 1:1-5

Sermon Manuscript: John 11

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Sunday we completed the final week of our series “Who is Jesus?” We’ve been looking at texts from the first half of  John’s gospel. It’s called the Book of Signs because John has carefully selected vignettes from the ministry of Christ which highlight the essence and nature of his Messiahship. This Sunday we examined Jesus as the Resurrection and the Life in John 11. A copy of the manuscript I preached from is available below for your own study.

John 11