Another Sermon for the Scattered and Starving Bible Believing Christians All Over the World Wide Web
2005 - Touchet Baptist Church, Touchet, Washington - Pastor Mike Paulson - 2005
Learning the way of God more perfectly - Acts 18:

Saved AND Delivered!

People, including many Christians, have been tricked by:

Those things have caused:
In other words, No Real Deliverance!
They can 'say' they have been set free all they want,
but they won't be truly delivered until they are 'made free!'
A.  We must Be Saved
    1.  Yes, salvation is a great thing, no doubt, but there is more to being a Christian than being saved!
    2.  Jesus preached the Great Commission to a nation that needed to fear the wrath of God for rejecting their Messiah!
         a.  Matthew 3:7; Malachi 3:1-5; Malachi 4:1-6
         b.  See John 3:7 - Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. - the nation of Israel needed to be born again - their Messiah was here!
         c.  The beatitudes HAD to be walked, etc. (Matthew 5:9; 20; 44,45, 48; 7:24-27)

B.  We can have more than our soul be delivered!
    1.  Today, from Jesus Christ to Paul, we preach the GREATER COMMISSION - Paul's Gospel
    2.  There is still the serious and most necessary need to be saved, of course!
    3.  The need is also to be delivered from...!  (not just how to mingle; how to 'get along;' how to mix with the multitudes - but how to give God glory for all that he did for those saved - FOR US -  to provoke others to jealousy (Romans 11:11!) - to work on those rewards for His glory!

Modern trends resulting from vain faith and vain babblings
that do NOT deliver anyone from anything!
The devil is using these to try to be like the most high - Isaiah 14:13,14 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Modern Church Trends
These are the purpose driven trendy ALPHA designed fun fleshly music easy psychological sermons - that produce a religion that God hates!  Their vain babblings lead unto more ungodliness - true godliness must be according to the Book, not according the new terms of what is right and wrong!  II Timothy 3:5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

C.  Help others be saved AND delivered!
Don't stop at Salvation! God said not to, Jesus said not to, Paul says not to!

         a. John 6:40 - raise him up!  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
         b. John 6:39 - raise it up!  And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
         c. Paul with same desire - Acts 26:18 and many other references - too many for today's sermon...  To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

Recover themselves out of the devil's snare!
But... folks must make their own decision to get out of the messes their lives & families are in - it is their call to go to God and to open the Book - we can show them - we can show them how God delivers them, but they must make the call and THEN God will DELIVER THEM!  II Timothy 2:24-26  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

No longer dogs!
We can't forget - any of us - that we are all dogs that have been delivered out of the dog house and from underneath the table! Romans 10:19; Matthew 7:6; 15:26; ACts 26:15-18; Ephesians 1:15-19; 2:14-19; Philippians 1:9-11; Colossians 1:9-12!

Are you saved?
Any chains still on?  Any other areas needing deliverance?

The Spirit in this Book will save you - and your family!
The Spirit in this Book will deliver you - and your family!

Jesus Christ saves - Jesus Christ delivers!
Paul shows us Christ's Salvation TODAY - Paul shows us Christ's deliverance TODAY!