Acts 1:9-14, Forty Days

Posted: February 17th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Acts 1:9-14, Forty Days

Exposition of Acts: Ascension and Beyond

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

I. EXALTATION OF SON OF GOD
A. FROM EARTH TO HEAVEN

Acts 1:9 And when He had said these things, as they were watching, He was lifted, a cloud taking Him out of their sight.
1. SIMPLE DESCRIPTION (Lk 24:50-51; Dan 7:13-14; Mt 17:2,5; Ex 13:21-22)
2. IMPORTANCE OF THE ASCENSION (Jn 16:7)

B. FROZEN IN PLACE
Acts 1:10-11a While they were gazing into heaven as He went, behold, two men in white robes stood by them, asking, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing looking into heaven?”
1. WITNESSES (Gen 18:2; Josh 5:13; Mk 16:5)
2. FOCUS (Lk 24:52-53)

C. FROM HEAVEN TO EARTH
Acts 1:11b This same Jesus, Who was taken up from you into heaven, will return in the same style as you saw Him go into heaven.”
1. THIS SAME JESUS (Zech 14:3-4)
2. SECOND ADVENT (Rev 16:15; 22:12; Jn 9:4)

II. OBEDIENCE OF DISCIPLES
A. FAITHFUL

Acts 1:12-13a Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem, ¾ of a mile walk. And when they’d entered the city, they went to an upper room where they were meeting –
1. BABY STEPS (Acts 1:4)
2. IMMEDIATE FELLOWSHIP (Acts 12:12)

B. FOLLOWERS
Acts 1:13b Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James.
1. PETER, JOHN, JAMES, ANDREW
2. PHILIP, THOMAS, NATHANIEL, MATTHEW
3. JAMES, SIMON, JUDAH

C. FELLOWSHIP
Acts 1:14 All these were persistently agreeing in prayer, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and His brothers.
1. DEVOTED TO PRAYER
2. EXPANDED GROUP (Acts 1:15; Jn 7:5; Mk 3:21)


Acts 1:1-8, Finishing the Task

Posted: February 10th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Acts 1:1-8, Finishing the Task

Exposition of Acts: Finish the Task Ahead

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

I. MESSAGE CONCLUDED
A. MEMORIAL
Acts 1:1-2 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up, after He had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom He had chosen.
1. PROLOGUE (Lk 1:3)
2. PROPAGATION

B. MANIFESTATION
Acts 1:3 He presented Himself alive to them after His suffering by many proofs, appearing to them for forty days and speaking about the Kingdom of God.
1. PROOF (I Cor 15:3-8 Jn 20-21, Lk 24)
2. POINT (Ps 103:19)

C. MANDATE
Acts 1:4-5 And while staying with them He ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, He said, “You heard from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
1. PROMISE (Lk 24:45-49)
2. POWER

II. MYSTERY CONTINUED
A. MOTIVATION
Acts 1:6-7 So when they had come together, they asked Him, “Lord, will You at this time reestablish the kingdom to Israel?” He answered them, “It’s not for you to know times or seasons that the Father established in His own authority.
1. PROBLEM (Jer 23:1-8 Ezek 36-37)
2. PURVIEW (Deut 29:29 Mk 13:32-33)

B. MIGHT
Acts 8a But you will receive strength when the holy Spirit resides in you
1. PROPECTS
2. PRESENCE (Ps 51:11-12)

III. MISSION COMMENCED
A. MESSENGERS
Acts 1:8b and you will be witnesses (about) Me
1. PROGRAM (Is 43:10-12)
2. PERSON

B. MASTER-PLAN
Acts 1:8c in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
1. PROXIMITY (ACTS 1-7)
2. PROVINCE (ACTS 8-12)
3. PEOPLE (ACTS 13-28)


First Sunday Guest Speaker: Alex Sain

Posted: February 3rd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on First Sunday Guest Speaker: Alex Sain

Guest Speaker: Alex Sain, Kaycee, Wyoming

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A Sermon by Bro Alex Sain, Member, Sovereign Grace Church
To relieve the pressure on Dr Bob as he slowly recovers from his stroke, SGC has asked men in our congregation, missionaries and other pastors to fill in as “First Sunday Guest Speaker” each month. Brother Sain is a college graduate in pastoral ministry from North Carolina who moved to Wyoming and labored in churches in our state. He presently lives in Kaycee holding Bible study there and comes to our church as often as possible. He and Lindsay and five kids are a great blessing to our church family.

GOD REIGNS IN TERRIBLE TIMES – Daniel 1

We need a God-centered view of the world thru redemptive glasses

I. GOD’S PREDETERMINED PLAN, Dan 1:1-2
1. God is in control
2. God is not running for election to be God; He IS God

II.GOD’S PRESERVING PROTECTION, Dan 1:3-8
1. God’s protection of His people
1. God’s purpose of redemption

III. GOD’S PROVISION IN PERSPECTIVE, Dan 1:9-21


Our Church: Function

Posted: January 27th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Our Church: Function

Our Church: Function

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

I. WE WORSHIP GOD
A. WHAT IS “WORSHIP”?

1. GREAT COMMANDMENT (Mt 22:36-37; John 4:24; Ps 96:13)
2. WORSHIP
B. HOW DOES A CHURCH “WORSHIP”?
1. NOT SPECTATOR (Ps 96:1-4)
2. EXPANDED (Acts 1:14)

II. WE SERVE OTHERS
A. WHAT IS “SERVING OTHERS”?

1. LOVE IN ACTION (Mt 22:39-40; Gal 6:9-10)
2. ATTITUDE
B. HOW DOES A CHURCH “SERVE OTHERS”?
1. A SERVANT’S HEART (I Cor 4:2; Is 6:4)
2. MEETING NEEDS (I Jn 3:18; Mt 20:28)

III. WE SHARE THE GOSPEL
A. WHAT IS “EVANGELISM”?

1. GOOD NEWS (Mt 28:19)
2. WITNESS (Acts 1:8)
B. HOW DOES A CHURCH “EVANGELIZE”?
1. SHARE (Eph 1:4-6)
2. SALT AND LIGHT (Mt 5:13-16)

IV. WE FELLOWSHIP TOGETHER
A. WHAT IS “FELLOWSHIP”?

1. AGREEMENT (Mt 28:19)
2. CHOICE
B. HOW DOES A CHURCH “FELLOWSHIP”?
1. ORDINANCES (I Cor 11:2)
2. COMMUNION

V. WE EQUIP BELIEVERS
A. WHAT IS “DISCIPLESHIP”?

1. BEING v DOING (Mat 28:20)
2. INFLOW v OUTFLOW
B. HOW DOES A CHURCH “DISCIPLE”?
1 PULPIT TO PEW (Eph 4:11-13)
2. EDIFYING STATION


Our Church: Form

Posted: January 20th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Our Church: Form

Our Church: Form

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

1. OUR CHURCH IS A BODY
(Eph 4:12-16; I Cor 12:12-27; Col 3:15)
Many Christians see their life as SOLITARY, just “Jesus and Me” as out of obsessive individualism, not Biblical ignorance Church is CORPORATE, as part of the Body

2. OUR CHURCH IS A FELLOWSHIP
(Acts 2:41; II Cor 6:14-16; Jn 13:34-35)
We are a partnership, a social relationship and cooperation in the work. Vastly different from “hot tub religion” or “happy hour”

3. OUR CHURCH IS A FAMILY
(Eph 2:19; I Jn 3:1-2; Gal 6:10)
Everyone in the family is part of the household. We don’t all have the same talents and abilities, but each member equally important under headship of Christ

4. OUR CHURCH IS AN ASSEMBLY
(Mt 16:18)
Group called out from the surrounding throng

5. OUR CHURCH IS AN ARMY
(Rom 13:12; Eph 6:10-11)
Warfare and battle with Satan is not singular but march with other soldiers, willing to die for a brother with Esprit d ’corps

6. OUR CHURCH IS A FLOCK
(Acts 20:28-30; I Pet 2:25)
Alone, we graze and wander, “set for slaughter”. Follow shepherd and all needs met – food, water, path, comfort, safety

7. OUR CHURCH IS A PRIESTHOOD
(I Pet 2:9; Rev 1:5-6)
We ALL are a royal priesthood. We ALL offer the sacrifice of praise and give up the incense of the prayers of the saints

8. OUR CHURCH IS A PEOPLE
(I Pet 2:9; Eph 1:4-6)
Possessed now by God, owned by new master and want to please that master more than anything in the world

9. OUR CHURCH IS A BUILDING
(I Cor 3:9-10; 6:19-20; Eph 2:20-22)
Not a CHURCH building; people comprise the structure

10. OUR CHURCH IS A NATION
(I Peter 2:9; Eph 2:19)
Various ethnic groups, but our trait is to be holy

Bonus. OUR CHURCH IS A BRIDE
(Eph 5:22-27; II Cor 11:2-3; Rev 19:7)
Bride is submissive, holy and pure and eagerly awaiting our Bridegroom


Our Church: Framework

Posted: January 13th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Our Church: Framework

Our Church: Framework

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

WHAT IS A LOCAL CHURCH?
1. PILLAR
2. GROUND
3. NEW TESTAMENT MODEL

WHAT IS A FUNDAMENTAL CHURCH?
1. AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE
2. DEITY OF CHRIST
3. VIRGIN BIRTH
4. SUBSTITUTIONARY BLOOD ATONEMENT
5. BODILY RESURRECTION/PHYSICAL RETURN

WHAT IS A REFORMED/CALVINISTIC CHURCH?
1. SOLA FIDE: JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ALONE
2. SOLA GRATIA: GRACE ALONE
>>a. TOTAL DEPRAVITY
>>b. UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION
>>c. LIMITED (PARTICULAR) ATONEMENT
>>d. IRRESISTIBLE GRACE
>>e. PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS

3. SOLA SCRIPTURA: SCRIPTURE ALONE
4. SOLUS CHRISTUS: CHRIST ALONE
5. SOLI DEO GLORIA: GLORY OF GOD ALONE

WHAT IS A BAPTISTIC CHURCH?
1. BIBLE IS SOLE AUTHORITY FOR FAITH AND PRACTICE
2. REGENERATED CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
3. AUTONOMY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
4. PRIESTHOOD OF BELIEVERS/SOUL LIBERTY
5. SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
6. IMMERSION/LORD’S SUPPER ONLY ORDINANCES
7. SEPARATION (ECCLESIASTICAL & ETHICAL)


Our Church: Foundation

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Our Church: Foundation

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

I. FOUNDATION: GOD’S PURPOSE
A. DIRECTION

1. EVERY ORGANIZATION HAS A PURPOSE
2. MATTHEW 22:35-40 PURPOSE
3. MATTHEW 28:19-20 PURPOSE

B. BUILDING
1. MATTHEW 16:13-18 PURPOSE
2. BENEFITS FROM BUILDING ON GOD’S PURPOSE (I Cor 1:10; 3:9-11; Is 26:3-4; Phil. 3:13-14)

II. FOUNDATION: GOD’S PLAN
A. SET CHURCH “IN ORDER”

1. GOD PLANS
2. GOD “SET” ORDER IN HIS CHURCH (I Cor. 11:34)

B. SET MEMBERS IN CHURCH
1. GOD “SET” PEOPLE IN HIS CHURCH (I Cor. 12:18, 24-25)
2. GOD “SET” LEADERS IN HIS CHURCH (I Cor. 12:28-29)


Songs of Christmas: Simeon & Anna

Posted: December 30th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Songs of Christmas: Simeon & Anna

Songs of Christmas: Simeon & Anna

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


Songs of Christmas: Angels

Posted: December 23rd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Songs of Christmas: Angels

Songs of Christmas: Angels

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

I. RECIPIENTS

  1. SIMPLE FOLK

Lk 2:8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping [turns] watching over their flock at night.

  1. STORY CONTINUES
  2. FAITHFUL
  3. STUNNED PEOPLE

Lk 2:9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they feared with great fear.

  1. SHOCK (Is 9:2)
  2. RESPONSE
  3. REVELATION
  4. SAVIOR (verse of song)

Lk 2:10-12 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For was born today in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

  1. PROMISE (Ps 85)
  2. SIGN
  3. SOVEREIGNTY (chorus of song)

Lk 2:13-14 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!”

  1. HEAVENLY CHOIR (Ex 15:1; Is 6:3)
  2. GLORY TO GOD, PEACE TO MAN

III.      RESPONSE

  1. SEARCHED

Lk 2:15-16 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.

  1. RESPONSIBILITY (Jer 29:13)
  2. DISCOVERY (Ps 42:1-2)
  3. SHARED

Lk 2:17-18, 20 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them

  1. GOOD NEWS
  2. AMAZEMENT

Songs of Christmas: Zacharias

Posted: December 16th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Songs of Christmas: Zacharias

Songs of Christmas: Zacharias

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

I. STEPS OF FAITH
A. “BABY” STEPS

>>1. STEP #1 – INTENTIONAL LIVING
Lk 1:5-7 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zecharias, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. They were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.
>>2. STEP #2 – HONORED LIVING
Lk 1:8-12 Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And Zecharias was troubled when he saw him, and fear paralyzed him.
>>3. STEP #3 – JOYFUL LIVING
Lk 1:13-14 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.”

B. “CONFIDENT” STEPS
>>1. STEP #4 – PROPHETIC LIVING
Lk 1:15-17 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must not drink wine or strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (also Mt 11:11; Mal 4:5-6)
>>2. STEP #5 – DOUBTFUL LIVING
Lk 1:18-22 And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.”
And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.”
And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple. And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute.

>>3. STEP #6 – REWARDED LIVING
Lk 1:23-25 And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home. After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying, “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”

II. SONG OF PRAISE
A. BASED IN FAITH

>>1. PRAISE GOD’S MERCY
Lk 1:57-63 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, but his mother answered, “No; he shall be called John.”
And they said to her, “None of your relatives is called by this name.”
And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called. And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered.

>>2. PRAISE GOD’S GRACE
Lk 1:64-66 And immediately his mouth was opened, and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea, and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him.

B. BASED IN THE PLAN
>>1. PRAISE GOD’S PURPOSE
Lk 1:67-72a “Now John’s father Zacharias was filled with the holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David, as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us, to fulfill the mercy promised to our fathers” (also Ps 69:30)
>>2. PRAISE GOD’S PROMISE
Lk 1:72b-75 “And to remember His holy covenant, the oath which He swore to our father Abraham: to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.”
>>3. PRAISE GOD’S PARDON
Lk 1:76-79 “And you, John, will be called the ‘Prophet of the Highest’; for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways. To give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace”