Sermon for the Starving Bible Believing Christians All Over the World Wide
- Touchet Baptist Church, Touchet, Washington
- Pastor Mike Paulson - 2005
the way of God more perfectly - Acts 18:26
Scriptures Rightly Divided
And when one of them that sat at meat with
him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat
bread in the kingdom of God. Then said he unto him, A certain man made
a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say
to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they
all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have
bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have
me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go
to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married
a wife, and therefore I cannot come. Luke
some exuses? Here ya go!
Part I -
a.m. sermon audio starts here:
II - p.m. sermon audio click here
By rightly dividing the word
of truth, we have nailed down Salvation with assurance and confidence...
We have become even more aware of God's workmanship
on us from the past,
for the present and to towards the future!
We have become even more aware of how much He
loved us and loves us and always will!
He has shown us THROUGH PAUL what we can be delivered
He has shown us THROUGH PAUL what HE would deliver
He has also shown us THROUGH LIFE what we tend
to deliver ourselves to instead of by Him to His ways!
Our Final Question:
WHY DO WE NOT ALLOW HIM TO
DELIVER US TO HIS WAY?
Jesus is in us and is wanting to walk the walk
for us, yet He shows it all through Paul!
Follow Jesus in Gospels - to Jews (makes
Gentiles today frustrated and without peace!)
Matthew 4;19; 9:9; 16:24; Mark
10:21; 16:17; John 10:27; 13:36
Follow Paul in NT - designed to give us the peace
of God that passeth understanding from the God of peace!
I Corinthians 4:16; 11:1; Philippians
3:7; II Timothy 2:22;
I Timothy 6:11; Romans 14:19;
I Corinthians 14:1; I Thessalonians 5:15;
II Thessalonians 3:7,9; Ephesians
5;1; I Timothy 5:10
Don't know they can be! (only 'from' but
1) Pastors don't tell them
2) parents don't teach them
to their kids
3) few folks show them by
4) folks don't really listen
to the sermon of a pastor who does tell them
5) SS & other children's
materials don't tell them!
Don't know how!
1) bondage is miserable, but
they try, anyway
2) law - no liberty or joy
of victory or future through it
3) nobody willing or able
to show them
4) pride - they don't really
want to know
They think they are doing ok (God isn't spanking them, etc.)
They like the fleshly feeling, even if only temporary and occasional
They compare themselves to others... II
Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not
make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend
themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing
themselves among themselves, are not wise.
Ignorant of the reality of the times!
Ignore the reality of the times!
They live a pretend life of
what they think it should be - or have been taught it to be...
They prepare for a life that
THEY want to live... and ignore the reality of the times!
Blame God for their miserable life and situation!
Desire to be Holy no matter what
Well, only that which they
can, they justify that which they can not - and ruin a truthful testimony
a few more reasons why folks are so deceived by the world, flesh,
self and others which keeps
them from being delivered to God's ways!
Ya can't hit the target unless
you know where to aim!
Another Spirit, Another Christ!
II Corinthians 11:4 For
if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or
if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel,
which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the
grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there
be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you
than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
The Love of Money!
II Timothy 2:15,16
- leads to an increase unto more ungodliness!
Cannot Endure Sound Doctrine (rightly divided,
I Timothy 6:10 -
causes folks to err from the faith, and pierce themselves through with
We Try to Do the 'Changeover' by Ourselves!
II Timothy 4:3,4-
causes them to turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned
They Figure They Don't Deserve It! They don't!
Galatians 2:20,21 - we just frustrate
the grace of God by not following Christ's way (through Paul, remember)!
I Thessalonians 2:13 - trying to do
it without the Book - the word of God to work in them! Ya gotta be
in that Book in it day & night, through hard and easy times.
You can't be too busy!
No Good Example to Follow!
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it
is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery,
lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is
happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
The importance of the brethren... II
However, that is no excuse... there is the Book and Paul, etc. There
are plenty of examples of your situation in the Bible!
Ecclesaistes 12:1 - Remember
now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not,
nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
I Timothy 4:12 Let
no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word,
in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. But
don't let it be an excuse, either!
they think they have plenty of time... even time
to waste... Proverbs 27:1 Boast
not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
they are in a hurry to get what they want, where
they want and how they want! II Thessalonians
3:5 And the Lord direct your hearts
into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
Psalms 130:5: I wait for the LORD, my soul
doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
not willing to live a Smyrna 'early marriage' or
young years of beginning... they want it now! Revelation
2:9 I know thy poverty, (but thou
they have not seen death be a 'real thing' yet -
not someone they really cared about and spent years together. Life
AFTER death must become real!
Lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God!
Psalm 71:18 Now
also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have
shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that
is to come.
can't let go of the past
it's too late to change no
this is the way things are, so what can we do about
Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will
no more be admonished.
Will Not Hearken!
Somebody Will Try Not to Allow You to Change!
II Timothy 3:4 - hard
to give up that personal 'enjoyment' - that is more important that loving
God HIS way...
Envy - Mark 15:10For
he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy. Acts
13:45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes,
they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken
by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. Acts
But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain
lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the
city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring
them out to the people. I
Timothy 6:4 He is proud, knowing
nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh
envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
Nehemiah 2-6 They
will: 1) mock you; 2) try to conspire to stop you;
3) try to sneak in amongst the rubbish; 4) fuss over finances;
try to make you compromise; 6) threaten you with slander;
try to cause you to sin!
End of part I - am audio
of Part II - pm audio sermon
Don't Want to be a Soldier
because It Means Hardness!
Don't Want to Become an Enemy to Anyone - Don't
Want to be Loved Less...
Don't like fiery trials...
II Timothy 2:3
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
Jude 1:3 Beloved,
when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it
was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly
contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench
all the fiery darts of the wicked.
I Peter 4:12,13
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try
you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice,
inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory
shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
Friends are More Important than God!
Galatians 4:16 -
Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
II Corinthians 12:15 -
And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly
I love you, the less I be loved.
Lying Pastors in their Lives!
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and
great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love
thy neighbour as thyself.
I John 4:19
We love him, because he first loved us.
Addicted to the Wrong Thing!
Jeremiah 23:22 -
But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my
words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from
the evil of their doings.
they should be showing you the book so you can see the understanding yourself!
ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the
LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these. Behold, ye trust in
lying words, that cannot profit.
Willing to Still Follow Sin!
I Corinthians 16:15 I
beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the
firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry
of the saints,)
Don't Want Problems and Sufferings That Go with
being a Bible Believing Christian Today.
(Baptists don't suffer...)
Romans 6:18 Being
then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
We are MADE to be that... but...
Romans 7:25 I
thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself
serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Romans 6:19,20 I
speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for
as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity
unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness
unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free
Not Fellowshipping With the Lord As He Seeks in Revelation
II Timothy 3:12 -
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
I Timothy 4:10 -
For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the
living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
No shame concerning the old life!
Luke 8:14 - Choked with cares and riches
and pleasures of this life (brings no fruit to perfection!)
I Timothy 4:13 Lousy
attendance - Till I come, give
attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
Mark 7:13 - word
of God has no effect! Making the word
of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered:
and many such like things do ye.
Isaiah 55:8,9 You
don't think enough like him yet!
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith
the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so
are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
you could... I Corinthians 2:16
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But
we have the mind of Christ. if you
were close to Him!
Turn to Music Too Often!
He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that
causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
Jeremiah 8:12 Were
they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were
not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall
among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast
down, saith the LORD.
II Thessalonians 3:14 And
if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no
company with him, that he may be ashamed.
There should be at first!Ezra
9:6: And said, O my God, I am ashamed and
blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased
over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.
But not anymore...
Timothy 1:8 Be not thou therefore
ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou
partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
Don't mind being a dog again - or a sow?II
Peter 2:22 But it is happened unto
them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit
again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. Proverbs
26:11 As a dog returneth to his vomit,
so a fool returneth to his folly.
Subliminal Effects in Your Life!
Replace the book with good music? Feed the
flesh? Let music be your spiritual guide or road?
II Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness,
but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Deceived by Doctrines of devils
II Corinthians 2:11 Lest
Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
II Corinthians 11:3,4 But
I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty,
so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached,
or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another
gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
Seduced by Seducing Spirits
I Timothy 4:1 - depart
from the faith - conscience gets seared! church/denominational/bookstore
teachings produce fear, guilt, bondage, confusion, etc.
Feed the Flesh More Than the Spirit
I Timothy 4:1
- depart from the faith - conscience gets seared! Music, religion,
Lazy - Slothful
Romans 13:14 But
put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh,
to fulfil the lusts thereof.
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not
after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Galatians 5:16 This
I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the
Galatians 5:25 If
we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Things Not Willing to Do:
The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance
of a diligent man is precious.
Proverbs 18:9 He
also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
Proverbs 22:13 The
slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it
again to his mouth.
Led Away WITH the Wicked
turn away - II
Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness,
but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
hideth himself - Proverbs
27:12 - A
prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself;...
- I Timothy 6:5
Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth,
supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
note someone specifically and have no company with
him - II Thessalonians 3:14,15And
if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no
company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an
enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
have grace - Romans
14:13 Let us not therefore judge
one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock
or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
Restore a brother/sister - Galatians
6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in
a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness;
considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
refrain judgment of a brother - Romans
14:10 But why dost thou judge thy
brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand
before the judgment seat of Christ.
exort a brother/sister - Hebrews
3:13 (rightly divided, of course)But
exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be
hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
give heed - Hebrews
2:1 (rightly divided, of course)Therefore
we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard,
lest at any time we should let them slip.
take heed - Hebrews
3:12 (rightly divided, of course)Take
heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief,
in departing from the living God.
2:8; II Peter 3:17; Matthew 7:15; Matthew 16:6 &
Luke 12:1; Mark 12:38 & Luke
20:46; Luke 12:15
Not Heeding Biblical Warnings
...instead of delivered FROM...
II Thessalonians 3:2 And that we
may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not
II Peter 3:17 Ye
therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye
also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
Not Put Away Childish Things
vain words, good word, fair speeches slieght of men,
cunning craftiness, great swelling words of vanity, enticing words of man's
wisdom, having men's' persons in admiration because of advantage,
WOE! ... etc. they deceive the hearts of the simple, they deceive
you, they get advantage of you, they treat you like a barbarian, they entice
you, makes the preaching of the cross of none effect, etc.
Not Give the Bible Your Final Authority!
I Corinthians 13:11 When
I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as
a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
I Corinthians 16:13
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
Not Believe Written Words to Be Inspired AND Preserved
AND in use today AND available to all!
I Corinthians 9:27 But
I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means,
when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
Matthew 7:28,29 And
it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished
at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and
not as the scribes.
And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.
Heavy Into Church or a Denominational Teaching!
II Timothy 3:16,17; Psalm 12:6,7; I Corinthians
In a Deep Rut and Routine!
Caught up in the foundation I
Caught up in the Pillar -I
Gotta keep building - and according to Paul! John
14:2; I Corinthians 3:10-15
Caught up in gain - I
Timothy 6:5,6 Perverse disputings
of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain
is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment
is great gain.
Still Getting Bogged Down About "Sin" as a Christian?
And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in
the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying,
Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
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.
Words Not Getting Deep Enough
II Peter 2:18-21
For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through
the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean
escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty,
they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome,
of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped
the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter
end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better
for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have
known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what
I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent
unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it,
but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my
flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how
to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would
I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do
that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in
Hanging Around by the Wayside
Luke 8:13 - They
on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy;
and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation
Luke 8:12 -
Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh
away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
Striving with folks can run them off!
Allowing Yourself to Be Robbed!
Romans 15:20 Yea,
so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest
I should build upon another man's foundation:
Romans 15:30 Now
I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the
love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to
God for me;
II Timothy 2:14 Of
these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that
they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the
II Timothy 2:24 And
the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt
to teach, patient,
Quench and Grieve the Spirit
Jeremiah 23:30 - Therefore,
behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words
every one from his neighbour.
I Thessalonians 5:19 Quench
not the Spirit.
Ephesians 4:30 And
grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of
subliminal stuff, obvious stuff that we are seared
to, etc. music - tv - videos - anything that goes against the scriptures
and warnings, etc. - you may not even know it - but He does!
devils devices II
God's ways and words in the Book
Brethren's willingness to help
final results of lifestyle on their children
Paul's things to know...
is not that we can't change - we really just don't want to!
The world changes us easy enough - but only to
OUR fleshly liking - only if we allow it to!
We can change ourselves easy enough - to our
fleshly liking - if we WANT to!
We even try to change our kids from God's design
(girls in sports, being strong and dressing like
the world to please dad...
...boys soft and gentle and peaceful, cute and
nice to please mom, etc)
we Allow God to Change Us to HIS way?
It really isn't such a bad thing!!!
here to review or remember what He would change us to...
Remember, we do belong to Him! I
Corinthians 6 - so this really shouldn't even
be an issue!
You TRUST Him with your
TRUST Him with your feet!
Paul has seen Christ face to face...
You trusted Christ... He
Trust Christ through Paul -
He will deliver you!
For I neither received it of man, neither
was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
In the day when God shall judge the secrets
of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching
those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ,
with all confidence, no man forbidding
But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures
of the prophets,
according to the commandment of the everlasting
made known to all nations for the obedience
Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed
of David was raised from the dead
according to my gospel:
II Timothy 2:8