Acts 24:1-27 Felix (Trial, Part 1)

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Exposition of Acts: Felix (Trial, Part 1)

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. CASE FOR THE PROSECUTION
A. ASSEMBLED CAST

>>1. COURTROOM
Acts 24:1 And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and a spokesman, one Tertullus. They laid before the governor their case against Paul.
>>2. FLATTERY
Acts 24:2-4 And when he had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying: “Since through you we enjoy much peace, and since by your foresight, most excellent Felix, reforms are being made for this nation, in every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude. But, to detain you no further, I beg you in your kindness to hear us briefly.
(also Rom 16:18; Jude 16)

B. ALLEGATIONS
>>1. COMPLIMENT
Acts 24:5 For we have found this man a pest, one who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the world and is a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.
>>2. TERRORIST
Acts 24:6 He even attempted to profane the temple, but we seized him and would have judged according to our law,

C. ACCUSAL
>>1. DEFAMATION
Acts 24:7-8 but Tribune Lysias attacked us, violently removing him from our hands, and commanding his accusers to come to you. By examining him yourself you will be able to find out from him about everything of which we accuse him.”
>>2. SYCOPHANTS
Acts 24:9 The Jews also joined in the charge, affirming that all these things were so.

II. CASE FOR THE DEFENSE
A. APOLOGY

>>1. FORMAL INTRODUCTION
Acts 24:10 And when the governor had nodded to him to speak, Paul replied: “Knowing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation, I cheerfully make my defense.
>>2. VERIFICATION
Acts 24:11-13 You can verify that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to worship in Jerusalem, and they did not find me disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd, either in the temple or in the synagogues or in the city. Neither can they prove to you what they now bring up against me.

B. ACTIONS
>>1. TESTIMONY
Acts 24:14-16 But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust. So, I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.
(also Jn 14:6; Acts 9:2; 19:2,23; 22:4; 24:22)
>>2. RATIONALE
Acts 24:17-19 Now after several years I came to bring alms to my nation and to present offerings. While I was doing this, they found me purified in the temple, without any crowd or tumult. But some Jews from Asia – THEY ought to be here before you and to make an accusation, should they have anything against me.
(also Gal 2:10; Rom 15:26; II Cor 8-9)
>>3. EVIDENCE
Acts 24:20-21 Or else let these men themselves say what wrongdoing they found when I stood before the council, other than this one thing that I cried out while standing among them: ‘It is with respect to the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you this day.'”

III. CASE COMMITTED TO THE JUDGE
A. AVOIDANCE

>>1. LEGAL VERDICT
Acts 24:22 But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of the Way, put them off, saying, “When Lysias the tribune comes down, I will decide your case.”
>>2. MONITOR PRISONER
Acts 24:23 Then he gave orders to the centurion that he should be kept in custody but have some liberty, and that none of his friends should be prevented from attending to his needs.

B. ADVICE
>>1. SPIRITUAL VERDICT
Acts 24:24 After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus.
>>2. MESSAGE
Acts 24:25a And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment
(also Jn 16:8-11)
>>3. RESPONSE
Acts 24:25b Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity, I will summon you.”
(also II Cor 6:2)

C. AVARICE
>>1. HEART MOTIVATION
Acts 24:26 At the same time he hoped that money would be given him by Paul. He sent for him often and conversed with him.
>>2. CURRY FAVOR
Acts 24:27 When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And desiring to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison.
(also Ps 27:14)


Acts 23:12-35 Favorable Intervention

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Exposition of Acts: Favorable Intervention

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. MAN’S PLOT
A. PLAN

>>1. CONSPIRACY
Acts 23:12-13 When morning came, the Jews made a plot and bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. (There were more than forty who made this conspiracy.)
(II Tim 3:12; Rom 10:2)
>>2. COLLUSION
Acts 23:14-15 They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have strictly bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food till we have killed Paul. Now therefore you, along with the council, give notice to the tribune to bring him down to you, as though you were going to determine his case more exactly. And we are ready to kill him before he comes near.”

B. PERMISSION
>>1. CONFESS
Acts 23:16-17 Now Paul’s nephew heard of their ambush, so he entered the barracks and told Paul. Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the tribune, for he has something to tell him.”
(Prov 9:10; Jas 1:5)
>>2. CONFIDENTIAL
Acts 23:18-19 So he took him to the tribune and said, “Paul the prisoner asked me to bring this young man to you, as he has something important to tell you.”
The tribune took him by the hand, and going aside asked him privately, “What is it that you have to tell me?”

>>3. CONFIRMATION
Acts 23:20-21 And he said, “The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire somewhat more closely about him. But do not be persuaded by them, for more than forty of their men are lying in ambush for him, who have bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they have killed him. Even now they are waiting your agreement.”

C. PROVISION
>>1. COMMAND
Acts 23:22 So the tribune dismissed the young man, charging him, “Tell no one that you have informed me of these things.”
>>2. COMPANY
Acts 23:23-24 Then he called two of the centurions and said, “Get ready two hundred soldiers, two hundred lancers and seventy cavalry to leave at 9:00 pm and go to Caesarea. Also, provide mounts for Paul to ride and take him safely to Felix the governor.”

II. GOD’S PROVIDENCE
A. PETITION

>>1. CONTENT
Acts 23:25-28 And he wrote a letter to this effect: “Claudius Lysias, to his Excellency the governor Felix, greetings.
This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them when I came upon them with the soldiers and rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman citizen. And desiring to know the charge for which they were accusing him, I brought him down to their council.

>>2. CONCLUSION
Acts 23:29-30 I found that he was being accused about questions of their law but charged with nothing deserving death or imprisonment. And when it was disclosed to me that there would be a plot against the man, I immediately sent him to you, ordering his accusers also to state before you charges they have against him.”

B. PROGRESS
>>1. CONVOY
Acts 23:31-33 So the soldiers, according to their instructions, took Paul through the night to Antipatris. The following day they returned to the barracks, letting the cavalry go on alone with him.
(I Sam 4:1-10)
>>2. CONVEYANCE
Acts 23:33 When they reached Caesarea, they delivered the letter to the governor and also presented Paul before him.

C. PAUSE
>>1. CONDITION
Acts 23:34 On reading the letter, he asked what province he was from. And when he learned that he was from Cilicia,
>>2. CONSEQUENCES
Acts 23:35 he said, “I will give you a hearing when your accusers arrive.” And he commanded him to be guarded in Herod’s praetorium.
(Acts 9:15; Rom 8:28)


Acts 22:22-23:11 Following the Law

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Exposition of Acts: Following the Law

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. JUDGED BY ROME
A. DANGER WITH THE MOB

>>1. RIOTED
Acts 22:22 Up to this word [Gentiles] they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth! He should not be allowed to live.”
>>2. RESCUED
Acts 22:23-24 And as they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and
flinging dust into the air, the tribune ordered him taken to the barracks, saying that he should be examined by flogging, to find out why they were shouting against him like this.
(also II Cor 11:24-25)

B. DANGER WITH THE SOLDIERS
>>1. REALIZED
Acts 22:25-26 But when they had stretched him out for the whips, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, “Is it lawful for you to flog a man who is a Roman citizen and uncondemned?” When the centurion heard this, he went to the tribune and said to him, “What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman citizen.” (also Acts 21:33)
>>2. RELEASED
Acts 22:27-29 So the tribune came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” And he said, “Yes.”
The tribune answered, “I bought my citizenship for a large sum.” Paul said, “But I am a citizen by birth.”
So those who were about to examine him withdrew from him immediately, and the tribune also was afraid, for he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen and that he had bound him.

II. JUDGED BY JEWS
A. DANGER WITH THE GOVERNMENT

>>1. REASONED
Acts 22:30 But on the next day, desiring to know the real reason why Paul was being accused by the Jews, he unbound him and ordered the chief priests and all the council to meet, then he brought Paul down and set him before them. (also Acts 26:10; 9:15-16)
>>2. REHEARSED
Acts 23:1 And looking intently at the council, Paul said, “Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day.” (also I Cor 4:4)

B. DANGER WITH THE HIGH PRIEST
>>1. REACTED
Acts 23:2-3 And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.
Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting to judge me according to Torah, and then contrary to Torah you order me to be struck?”
(also Deut 25:1-2)
>>2. REVILED
Acts 23:4-5 Those who stood by said, “Would you revile God’s high priest?”
And Paul said, “I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.'”
(also Ex 22:28 Gal 4:14-15; 6:11)

III. JUDGED BY GOD
A. DANGER WITH THE SANHEDRIN

>>1. RESUMED
Acts 23:6-7 Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial.”
And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was torn apart.

>>2. RESPONDED
Acts 23:8-9 (For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, angels, or spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.) Then a great outcry arose, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees’ party stood up and contended sharply, “We find nothing wrong in this man. What if a spirit or an angel spoke to him?” (also Acts 5:38-9)

B. DANGER WITH THE FUTURE
>>1. RESCUED (AGAIN)
Acts 23:10 And when the dissension became violent, the tribune, afraid that Paul would be ripped to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him away from among them by force and bring him into the barracks. (also Acts 24:20-21)
>>2. REASSURED
Acts 23:11a The following night the Lord stood by him
>>3. RECOMMISSIONED
Acts 23:11b and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about Me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.” (also Mt 9:2, 22; 14:27; Jn 16:33; Acts 19:21; Rom 1:10)


Acts 21:27-22:29 Facts of the Case

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Exposition of Acts: Facts of the Case

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. ALARM
A. ASSUMPTION

>>1. ABOUT REPORTS
Acts 21:27-28a When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him, yelling, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who is teaching everyone everywhere against the people and the law and this place. “ (also Acts 6:13)
>>2. ABOUT DEFILEMENT
Acts 21:28b-29 Moreover, he even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.” For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city and assumed Paul had brought him into the temple. (also Acts 20:3)

B. FACT
>>1. ABOUT THE MOB
Acts 21:30-31 Then all the city was stirred up, and the people ran together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple, and at once the gates were shut. And as they were seeking to kill him, word came to the tribune of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion. (also Acts 19)
>>2. ABOUT RESCUE
Acts 21:32 At once he took soldiers and centurions and ran down to them. And when they saw the officer and soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. (also Acts 14)

II. ARREST
A. ASSUMPTION

>>1. ABOUT CRIME
Acts 21:33-34 Then the tribune came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains. He inquired who he was and what he had done. Some in the crowd were shouting one thing, some another. As he could not learn the facts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into the barracks. (also Acts 21:11)
>>2. ABOUT VIOLENCE
Acts 21:35-36 When he came to the steps, he was actually carried by the soldiers because of the frenzy of the crowd, for the mob of people followed, screaming, “Away with him!” (also Acts 7:54-8:1; Lk 23:18)

B. FACT
>>1. ABOUT IDENTITY
Acts 21:37-38 As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the tribune, “May I say something to you?” And he said, “Do you know Greek? Aren’t you the Egyptian who recently stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out into the wilderness?” (also Lk 6:15; Acts 1:13)
>>2. ABOUT TRUTH
Acts 21:39 Paul replied, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no obscure city. I beg you, permit me to speak to the people.”

III. APPEAL
A. ASSUMPTION

>>1. ABOUT DEFENSE
Acts 21:40-22:1 When he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the steps, motioned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great hush, he addressed them in Aramaic (dialect of Hebrew), saying, “Brothers and fathers, hear the defense that I now make before you.” (also Rom 9:1-5; 8:29; Phil 3:10)
>>2. ABOUT HERITAGE
Acts 22:2-3 When they heard him addressing them in Aramaic, they became quieter. He continued, “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated at the feet of Gamaliel according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers, being zealous for God as all of you are this day.

Acts 9 account is Luke’s story of Paul’s conversion
Acts 22 is Paul telling the story to persuade the Jews
Acts 26 is Paul telling the story to persuade Gentiles
Phil 3 is Paul telling the story for theological content
I Tim 1 is Paul telling the story to give encouragement

B. FACT
>>1. ABOUT ZEAL
Acts 22:4-5 I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women, as the high priest and Sanhedrin testify. From them I received letters to the brothers, and I journeyed toward Damascus to take those also who were there and bring them in bonds to Jerusalem to be punished.
>>2. ABOUT THE LIGHT
Acts 22:6-10 As I was on my way and drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone around me. And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’
I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’
And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, Whom you are persecuting.’
Now those who were with me saw the light but did not understand the voice of the one who was speaking to me. Then I asked, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’
And the Lord said to me, ‘Rise, and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all that is appointed for you to do.’

IV. ACCOUNT
A. ASSUMPTION

>>1. ABOUT REPUTATION
Acts 22:11-13 And since I could not see because of the brightness of that light, I was led by the hand by those who were with me and came into Damascus. And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, well-spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, came to me, and standing by me said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’ And at that very hour I received my sight and saw him.
>>2. ABOUT IMPACT
Acts 22:14-16 He said, ‘The God of our fathers appointed you to know His will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from His mouth, for you will be a witness for Him to everyone of what you have seen and heard. Now, why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’

B. FACT
>>1. ABOUT TESTIMONY
Acts 22:17-20 “When I had returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance and saw Him saying to me, ‘Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about Me.’
But I said, ‘Lord, they themselves know that in one synagogue after another I imprisoned and beat those who believed in You. And when the blood of Stephen Your witness was being shed, I myself was standing by and approving, even watching over the garments of those who killed him.’

>>2. ABOUT COMMISSION
Acts 22:21 And He said to me, ‘Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.'”


Acts 21:17-26 Feeling of Humility & Joy

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Exposition of Acts: Feeling of Humility & Joy

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. CARE FROM GENTILE CHRISTIANS
A. MOVE

>>1. ARRIVAL
Acts 21:17 When we arrived in Jerusalem, the brothers received us gladly.
(also Acts 24:17; II Cor 8:20)
>>2. AUDIENCE
Acts 21:18 On the next day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.
(also Acts 15:4, 12; Heb 11:2; Jas 5:14)

B. MEETING
>>1. ACCOUNT
Acts 21:19 After greeting them, he related in detail the things that God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.
>>2. APPRECIATE
Acts 21:20a And when they heard it, they glorified God.

II. CONFUSION OF JEWISH CHRISTIANS
A. MANNER

>>1. ARDENT
Acts 21:20b And they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews who have believed. They all zealously keep the law,
(also Zech 12:10; Rom 14:1-4)
>>2. ALLUDE
Acts 21:21 and they’ve repeated rumors that you’re teaching all the Jews in Gentile lands to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or walk according to our customs.

B. METHOD
>>1. APPEAL
Acts 21:22 What then is to be done? They will certainly hear that you’ve arrived.
(also Rom 14:5-6)
>>2. ADVICE
Acts 21:23a Therefore, do what we advise you.

III. COMMAND FOR BOTH GENTILE/JEWISH CHRISTIANS
A. MENTION

>>1. ASSISTANCE
Acts 21:23b-24a We have four men who are under a vow; take these men and purify yourself along with them and pay their expenses, so that they may shave their heads.
(also Acts 18:18; Num 6:1-6; Judges 13)
>>2. ANSWER
Acts 21:24b Thus all will know that there is no substance in what they have been told about you, but that you yourself also live in observance of the law.
(also I Cor 9:19-20)

B. MOVEMENT
>>1. ABSTAIN
Acts 21:25 But as for the Gentiles who have believed, we have sent a letter with our judgment that they should abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality.”
(also Acts 15:19-29)
>>2. ACTION
Acts 21:26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day he purified himself along with them and went into the Temple, giving notice when the days of purification would be fulfilled, and the sacrifice offered for each one of them.
(also Ps 64:9-10)


Special Spealer – James Garbutt

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Preparation is Necessary

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A Sermon by Bro. James Garbutt, Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

[part of introduction missing]
I. PREPARATION BEFORE THE SERMON
James 1:21a Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness
**CLEANSE YOUR HEART
Not just outward, but inward cleansing of thoughts, acts, life, habitual sins
I Samuel 16:7; Rev 5:11-14; Rom 8:13-17
“Lay aside” = “throw and go”
This is a COMMAND to “Do” . . .
Antithesis of this command is a WARNING “If you don’t” . . .

II. PREPARATION DURING THE SERMON
James 1:21b and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
**RECEIVE HIS WORD
Humility = “teachable”
Hosea 12:10
To gain a harvest you must break of unplowed ground

III. PREPARATION AFTER THE SERMON
James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
**DO WHAT GOD SAYS
Far better than just ‘hearing’ the Word and being self-deceived into thinking we’re okay
How as the sermon? Preaching might be over, but the doing has just begun


Quarantine Sunday #10 – Faith for This Hour: Jephthah

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Faith for This Hour: Jephthah

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

**WELCOME:

**HYMN: “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”

**SCRIPTURE: “Psalm 111 ”

**HYMN: “Jesus Died for Me”

**PASTORAL PRAYER:

**SPECIAL MUSIC: “Blessings”

**MESSAGE:
I Sam 12:11 reviews era of Judges: “And the LORD sent Jerubbaal (Gideon) and Abdon, Jephthah and Samuel, and delivered you from the hand of your enemies on every side, and you dwelled safely.”

I. DEMONSTRATING FAITH TO OVERCOME EARLY OBSTACLES
A. IN HIS FAMILY & FRIENDS

>>1. ILLEGITIMATE (Jdg 11:1)
>>2. KICKED OUT OF HOME (Jdg 11:2)
>>3. TOUGH CROWD (Jdg 11:3; I Sam 25)

B. LESSON IN FAITH FOR TODAY
>>1. NO EXCUSE ACCEPTED FOR LACK OF FAITH
>>2. NO ONE PROMISED AN EASY LIFE
>>3. GOD EXPECTS US TO WORK THRU OBSTACLES, NOT WALLOW IN IT

II. DEMONSTRATING FAITH TO OVERCOME OTHERS’ ATTITUDES
A. IN HIS TRIBE’S HOUR OF NEED

>>1. CITIZEN ARMY LOOKED FOR A TOUGH LEADER (Jdg 10:8-10,15-18)
>>2. BITTER OVER PRECIOUS REJECTION (Jdg 11:5-7)
>>3. PROVEN LEADER (Jdg 11:8)
>>4. NOT JUST GENERAL, BUT HEAD OF TRIBES (Jdg 11:9-11; Gen 31:42-50)

B. LESSON IN FAITH FOR TODAY
>>1. IN TIME OF GREAT TRIAL, GOD KNOWS OUR NEED
>>2. GOD CAN USE ANYONE WHO IS WILLING TO SERVE HIM
>>3. PAST “SMALL” ACTS PREPARE FOR NEW “LARGER” CHALLENGES

III. DEMONSTRATING FAITH TO OVERCOME ENEMY OPPOSITION
A. APPEAL TO THE ENEMY

>>1. LIVE PEACEABLY WITH ALL MEN (Jdg 11:12-13; Rom 12:18)
>>2. LIST TRUE HISTORY (Jdg 11:14-24)
>>3. WHICH GOD IS MORE POWERFUL (Jdg 11:23-24,27)
>>4. OVERTURES OF PEACE REJECTED (Jdg 11:28)

B. LESSON IN FAITH FOR TODAY
>>1. FOLLOWED SCRIPTURE
>>2. WANTED BEST INTEREST FOR EVERYONE (EVEN AMMON)
>>3. LEARNED DIPLOMACY; COUNT THE COST OF WAR

IV. DEMONSTRATING FAITH TO OVERCOME DOUBT ABOUT VICTORY
A. TRUST IN GOD FOR VICTORY

>>1. GIDEON’S FLEECE PRAYER NOT NEEDED (Jdg 11:29-31; Lev 18:21; Deut 12:31)
>>2. TOTAL VICTORY (Jdg 11:32-33; Num 30:2; Ps 76:11; Eccl 5:4-5)

B. LESSON IN FAITH FOR TODAY
>>1. COURAGE OVER FEAR AND ANXIETY
>>2. ALLOW SPIRIT OF GOD TO CONTROL AND GUIDE
>>3. HE HAD NO NEED FOR THIS VOW; BE CAREFUL OF PROMISES
>>4. VOWS ARE OF HIGHEST IMPORTANCE AND SACRED

V. DEMONSTRATING FAITH TO OVERCOME PERSONAL SACRIFICE
A. TRUSTING GOD IN KEEPING A VOW

>>1. HURTFUL VOW (Jdg 11:34-35)
>>2. SERIOUS VOW (Jdg 11:36-38)
>>3. PAYING HIS VOW (Jdg 11:39-40; Lev 27:24; Ex 38:8; I Sam 2:22)

B. LESSON IN FAITH FOR TODAY
>>1. WRONG VOW, BUT PROMISE TO GOD IS MOST IMPORTANT
>>2. IT TAKES TENACITY OF CHRACTER TO KEEP WORD AT OUR OWN HURT
>>3. GOD GIVES GRACE FOR A FUTURE THAT WE DON’T DECIDE

**CLOSING HYMN: “Take My Life and Let It Be”

**BENEDICTION: “I Timothy 1:17”

~~~RESOURCES FOR WORSHIP~~~
“GUIDE ME, O THOU GREAT JEHOVAH” by William Williams
Arglwydd, arwain trwy’r anialwch, Fi, bererin gwael ei wedd,
Nad oes ynof nerth na bywyd Fel yn gorwedd yn y bedd:
Hollalluog, Hollalluog – Ydyw’r Un a’m cwyd i’r lan.
Ydyw’r Un a’m cwyd i’r lan

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but Thou art mighty; hold me with Thy powerful hand.
Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven – Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through.
Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer – be Thou still my Strength and Shield;
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan, bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of death and hell’s destruction, land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises – I will ever give to Thee;
I will ever give to Thee.

“JESUS DIED FOR ME” by Wm. H. Bathurst
My God when I approach Thy throne and all Thy glory see,
This is my stay and this alone, that Jesus died for me.
How can a soul condemned to die escape the just decree?
A vile, unworthy wretch am I, but Jesus died for me.

Burdened with sin’s oppressive chain, oh how can I get free?
No peace can all my efforts gain, but Jesus died for me.
My course I could not safely steer through life’s tempestuous sea,
Did not this truth relieve my fear, that Jesus died for me.

And Lord, when I behold Thy face, this must be all my plea:
Save me by Thy almighty grace, for Jesus died for me.
What glorious love, redeeming grace was shown on Calvary;
I will forever sing His praise since Jesus died for me.

“TAKE MY LIFE” by Frances Ridley Havergal
Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of Thy love –
At the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice and let me sing always, only, for my King –
Always, only, for my King.

Take my lips and let them be filled with messages for Thee,
Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold –
Not a mite would I withhold.

Take my love; my Lord, I pour at thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for thee –
Ever, only, all for thee.

“BLESSINGS” by Laura Story
We pray for blessings, we pray for peace,
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep.
We pray for healing, for prosperity;
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering.
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things.

What if your blessings come through raindrops?
What if Your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear;
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near.
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love,
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough.
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe.

When friends betray us, when darkness seems to win,
We know that pain reminds this heart that this is not our home.
What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy?
What if trials of this life – the rain, the storms, the hardest nights –
Are your mercies in disguise?


Quarantine Sunday #9 – Faith for This Hour: Samson

Posted: May 16th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Quarantine Sunday #9 – Faith for This Hour: Samson

Faith for This Hour: Samson

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

**WELCOME:

**HYMN: “Victory in Jesus”

**SCRIPTURE: “Psalm 85”

**HYMN: “It is Well with My Soul”

**PASTORAL PRAYER:

**SPECIAL MUSIC: “Farther On”

**MESSAGE:
Hebrews 11:32-34 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, or Jephthah.

I. SUPPLY FROM GOD
A. CYCLE OF LIFE

>>1. WORLD OF SAMSON (Jdg 2:20-22)
>>2. DELIVERANCE OF ISRAEL (Jdg 13:1)

B. MIRACULOUS BABY
>>1. PROVISION OF GOD (Jdg 13:2-3)
>>2. STIPULATION BY GOD (Jdg 13:4-5; Num 6:1-21)
>>3. WORSHIP OF GOD (Jdg 13:19-20, 24)

II. STRENGTH FOR GOOD
A. STORY OF HIS WIFE

>>1. UNGODLY UNION (Jdg 14:1-3; II Cor 6:14)
>>2. PAGAN CULTURE (Jdg 14:19-20)
>>3. RELTALIATION AGAINST PHILISTINES (Jdg 15:1-5; Prov 4:23)
>>4. FINAL SLAUGHTER (Jdg 15:8)

B. STORIES OF OTHER GREAT EXPLOITS
>>1. BETRAYED BY HIS COUNTRYMEN (Jdg 15:9-12)
>>2. VICTORY AT LEHI (Jdg 15:14-17)
>>3. REVIVED BY GOD (Jdg 15:18-20)
>>4. ESCAPE AT GAZA (Jdg 16:1-3)

III. SEDUCTION BY SIN
A. BINDING OF SIN

>>1. SAMSON AND DELILAH (Jdg 16:4-5)
>>2. TRAGIC GAMES (Jdg 16:6-19)

B. BLINDING OF SIN
>>1. BREAKING CONSECRATION (Jdg 16:20)
>>2. PHYSICAL BLINDNESS (Jdg 16:21)

C. GRINDING OF SIN
>>1. PAYDAY (Jdg 16:22a)
>>2. HOPE (Jdg 16:22b)

D. GLORY TO GOD
>>1. FALSE GODS PRAISED (Jdg 16:23-24)
>>2. TRUE GOD HONORED IN DEATH (Jdg 16:26-30)

The Old Testament biographies were never written for our imitation, but they were written for our instruction.

** CLOSING HYMN: “He Giveth More Grace”

~~~RESOURCES FOR WORSHIP~~~
“Victory in Jesus”
1 I heard an old, old story how a Savior came from glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary to save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning, of His precious blood’s atoning,
Then I repented of my sins and won the victory.

[refrain]
O victory in Jesus, my Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him, and all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood.

2 I heard about His healing, of His cleansing power revealing.
How He made the lame to walk again and caused the blind to see;
And then I cried, “Dear Jesus, come and heal my broken spirit,”
And somehow Jesus came and brought to me the victory.

3 I heard about a mansion He has built for me in glory.
And I heard about the streets of gold beyond the crystal sea;
About the angels singing and the old redemption story,
And some sweet day I’ll sing up there the song of victory.

“It Is Well With My Soul”
1 When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, “It is well, it is well with my soul.”

[refrain]
It is well with my soul; it is well, it is well with my soul.

2 Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, let this blest assurance control:
that Christ has regarded my helpless estate, and has shed his own blood for my soul.

3 My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part, but the whole,
is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more; praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

4 O Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
the trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend; even so, it is well with my soul.

“Farther On”
1 As you travel through the desert storms beset us on the way
Just beyond the river Jordan lies a field of endless day

[refrain]
Farther on, still go farther. Count the milestones one by one
Jesus will forsake you never; it is better Farther On

2 Oh, my brother are you weary at the roughness of the way?
Does your strength begin to fail you and your vigor to decay?

3 Jesus, Jesus will go with you, He will take you to God’s throne
He Who dyed His garments for you and the wine-press trod alone

4 At my grave O still be singing though you weep for one that’s gone
Sing it as you once did sing it – It is better Farther on

“He Giveth More Grace”
He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added affliction He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials His multiplied peace.
His love has no limit, His grace has no measure,
His pow’r has no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

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.
His love has no limit, His grace has no measure,
His pow’r has no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.


Quarantine Sunday #8 – Faith for This Hour: Barak

Posted: May 9th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Quarantine Sunday #8 – Faith for This Hour: Barak

Faith for This Hour: Barak

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

**WELCOME:

**SCRIPTURE: “Psalm 91”

**HYMN: “Standing on the Promises”

**PASTORAL PRAYER, with focus on “Mothers” today

**HYMN: “All People that on Earth Do Dwell”

**SPECIAL MUSIC: “Promises” by our own Sarah Roberts

**MESSAGE:

I. FAITH DEMONSTRATED IN THE “LEADERSHIP” OF DEBORAH
A. UNDERSTANDING THE CHARACTER OF DEBORAH

>>1. DEBORAH’S POWER Judges 4:4-5 (also Heb 11:32; Ex 15:20; II Kgs 22:14; Lk 2:36; I Cor 11:5; Jn 5:19)
>>2. DEBORAH’S PLIGHT Judges 4:1-3 (also Josh 11:10; Jdg 4:11-13; Gen 25:1-4)

B. VIEWING DEBORAH’S FAITH IN ACTION
>>1. DEBORAH’S PREDICAMENT Judges 4:6
>>2. DEBORAH’S PRESUMPTION Judges 4:7

II. FAITH DEMONSTRATED IN THE “FOLLOWERSHIP” OF BARAK
A. UNDERSTANDING THE FAILURE OF FAITH: DISCOURAGEMENT

>>1. BARAK’S VIEWPOINT Judges 5:13-18
>>2. BARAK’S VANITY Judges 4:8-10

B. VIEWING BARAK’S FAITH IN ACTION
>>1. BARAK’S VITALITY Judges 4:14-16 (also Josh 10:10; I Sam 7:10; II Kgs 6)
>>2. BARAK’S VICTORY Judges 5:3-5, 19-20
>>3. BARAK’S VULNERABILITY Judges 4:17-24 (also Heb 10:24)

**CLOSING HYMN: “Gentle Shepherd” high school boys quartet

**BENEDICTION: “II Corinthians 13:14”

~~~RESOURCES FOR WORSHIP~~~
“Standing on the Promises”
1 Standing on the promises of Christ my King, through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing, Standing on the promises of God.

[refrain]
Standing, standing, Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing, I’m standing on the promises of God.

2 Standing on the promises that cannot fail, when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail, Standing on the promises of God.

3 Standing on the promises I now can see perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free, Standing on the promises of God.

4 Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord, bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword, Standing on the promises of God.

5 Standing on the promises I shall not fall, listening every moment to the Spirit’s call.
Resting in my Savior as my All in all, Standing on the promises of God.

“All People That on Earth Do Dwell”
1 All people that on earth do dwell, sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with mirth; His praise forth tell. Come ye before Him and rejoice.

2 Know that the Lord is God indeed; without our aid He did us make;
we are His flock, He doth us feed and for His sheep He doth us take.

3 Oh enter then His gates with praise; approach with joy His courts unto;
praise, laud and bless His name always, for it is seemly so to do.

4 For why? The Lord our God is good; His mercy is forever sure;
His truth at all times firmly stood, and shall from age to age endure.

5 To Father, Son and Holy Ghost, the God Whom heaven and earth adore,
From earth and from the angel host be praise and glory evermore. Amen.

“Promises”
God of Abraham, God of covenant and of faithful promises
Time and time again You have proven You’ll do just what You said

Though the storms may come and the winds may blow I’ll remain steadfast
And let my heart learn when You speak a word it will come to pass
Great is Your faithfulness to me, Great is Your faithfulness to me

From the rising sun, to the setting same, I will praise Your name
Great is Your faithfulness to me

God from age to age, though the earth may pass away, Your word remains the same
Your history can prove there’s nothing You can’t do, You’re faithful and True

Though the storms may come and the winds may blow I’ll remain steadfast
And let my heart learn when You speak a word it will come to pass
Great is Your faithfulness to me, Great is Your faithfulness to me

I put my faith in Jesus, My anchor to the ground
My hope and firm foundation, He’ll never let me down [repeat]

“Gentle Shepherd”
Gentle Shepherd come and lead us, for we need You to help us find our way
Gentle Shepherd come and feed us, for we need Your strength from day to day

There’s no other we can turn to Who can help us face another day
Gentle Shepherd come and lead us, for we need to You to help us find our way


Quarantine Sunday #7 – Faith for This Hour: Gideon (part 2)

Posted: May 3rd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Quarantine Sunday #7 – Faith for This Hour: Gideon (part 2)

Faith for This Hour: Gideon (part 2)

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

**WELCOME

**SCRIPTURE: “Psalm 46”

**HYMN: “Holy, Holy, Holy”

**PASTORAL PRAYER:
Pause
Rejoice
Ask
Yield

**HYMN: “My Faith Has Found a Resting Place”

**SPECIAL MUSIC: “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

**MESSAGE:

I. GIDEON: GROWING FAITH
A. FAITH TO TRUST GOD NO MATTER WHAT

>>1. STEPS OF GROWING FAITH (Heb 11:32; Jdg 7:1-8; Zech 4:6)
Faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted.
>>2. FAITH NEEDS NO MORE “SIGNS” (Jdg 7:9-15)
Another ‘fleece’ without Gideon even asking for assurance. Having received encouragement, he couldn’t help but spread that encouragement to others.

B. FAITH TO TAKE THE BATTLE TO THE ENEMY
>>1. SAY WHAT? DIVIDE 300 AGAIN! (Jdg 7:16-23)
Fear loves to make things seem bigger than they are.
>>2. SEEKING COMPLETE VICTORY (Jdg 7:24-25)
When we are weak in faith, we often make our enemies stronger than they really are.

II. GIDEON: SETTLED (MATURE) FAITH
A. FAITH TRANSFORMED BY GOD

>>1. DEMANDING FAITH IN OTHERS (Jdg 8:1-2,4-6,9)
The Christian life is at the command and timing of God. It is not when WE want to pray or witness or serve.
>>2. CONTINUING TO LIVE BY FAITH (Jdg 8:10-12)
Seeing the previous provision of God should encourage us to trust Him for more.

B. IMPERFECT FAITH
>>1. ROUTING LIVING BY FAITH WAS HARD (Jdg 8:22-23)
“I will not rule over you, nor shall my son rule over you. The Lord shall rule over you.”
>>2. LEADER OF FAITH BROUGHT PEACE (Jdg 8:28, 33; John 3:16; 14:1-6; 20:31)
New-found security led the nation to complacency and /spiritual failure.

**CLOSING HYMN: “Day by Day”

**BENEDICTION: “I Peter 5:10-11 (KJV)”

~~~RESOURCES FOR WORSHIP~~~
“Holy, Holy, Holy”
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee
perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

“My Faith Has Found a Resting Place”
My faith has found a resting place, not in device or creed;
I trust the ever-living One, His wounds for me shall plead.

[refrain]
I need no other argument, I need no other plea,
it is enough that Jesus died, and that He died for me.

Enough for me that Jesus saves, this ends my fear and doubt;
a sinful soul, I come to Him, He’ll never cast me out.

My heart is leaning on the Word, the written Word of God,
salvation by my Savior’s name, salvation thro’ His blood.

My great Physician heals the sick, the lost He came to save;
for me His precious blood He shed, for me His life he gave.

“Day by Day”
Day by day, and with each passing moment, strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment, I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure, mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day, the Lord Himself is near me with a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me, He Whose Name is Counselor and Power.
The protection of His child and treasure is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,” this the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in every tribulation so to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting, e’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting, till I reach the promised land.

“The Upward Road”
Doubt sees the obstacles, Faith sees the open way,
Doubt sees the darkest night, Faith sees the sunlit day.
Doubt dreads to take the step, Faith sings and soars on high,
Doubt questions, “Who believes?” Faith answers, “Even I”.

I’m on the upward way, for that still holds the sun.
I climb through the night pastures, where starry rivers run.
And if you seek me in my old and dark abode –
‘Tis written o’er the door – I’m on the Upward Road.