The Price Jesus Paid for You & Me

This sermon outline is taken from the pen of Dr. Charles Stanley.  I encourage you to visit his website and listen to this message with all of the prayerful attention you can muster.  It is a message our generation should hear and believe.  His site, www.intouch.org 
I watched him deliver this powerful message last Sunday (June 28, 2009) and marvelled at his presentation and power.   

 

The Precious Blood of Jesus

Dr. Stanley 

Presented By Dr. Charles F. Stanley

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:17-21

I. Introduction: Apart from the blood of Christ, you and I could not have a relationship with our heavenly Father. Jesus’ sacrificial death made it possible for sinful man to approach holy God. Because of His blood, believers are redeemed, forgiven, justified, and sanctified, and they have access to their Creator. No wonder we call it the precious blood of Jesus.

II. The blood of Jesus is precious because of who He is.

Christ was not just a man, but the Son of God, born of a virgin. Because Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, there was no sin transferred to Him through an earthly father. In the Old Testament, any animal offered as a sacrifice had to be perfect, without spot or defect. That perfection represented holiness. Scripture tells us that the sacrifices described in the Old Testament were a foreshadowing of Christ’s death. In order for Jesus to take the punishment for the sins of the world, He had to be morally perfect-without a sin nature.

III. The blood of Jesus is precious because of why He came.

From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible has one main theme-the Father’s redeeming love for mankind. Christ came as the Son of God with the purpose of dying for the sins of humanity. The blood of Jesus Christ is absolutely essential to our relationship with God. Those who refuse it will spend eternity in the lake of fire, forever separated from the Father (Rev. 20:15).

IV. The blood of Jesus is precious because of what it provides.

A. Redemption

To redeem means to buy back (1 Peter 1:18-19). No matter how moral we are before accepting the gift of salvation, our nature is sinful (Ezek. 18:20; Rom. 3:23). Jesus went to the cross for the primary purpose of purchasing us from a life of slavery to sin.

B. Forgiveness

You and I can be forgiven, not simply because God is merciful, but because Christ went to the cross and shed His blood for me and for you (Eph. 1:7). Salvation is not something we earn through good deeds or bargain for in exchange for promising to improve.

C. Justification

God is holy and must punish sin. Because Christ shed His blood in our place, the Father not only forgives our sin but also declares us righteous (Rom. 5:17). We call this process “justification.” Romans 5:9 says, “Having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” Even though you and I may not always act like it, we are declared holy in God’s eyes.

D. Reconciliation

When a married couple separates, they occasionally reunite. We call that process reconciliation. This human example provides a good picture of one part of salvation. Scripture says, “It was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Christ, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross” (Col. 1:19-20). This happens only in response to God’s call-no one is saved by his or her own initiative.

E. Sanctification

Sanctification, the process of being set apart for God’s purposes and being made holy, is possible only because of the blood of Christ (Heb. 13:12). It is both a one-time event that happens at salvation and a life-long process. God continues to prune us so that we become more and more fruitful for His kingdom. You and I should never stop growing in holiness and purity.

F. Access to God

The Old Testament explains that God chose to make the Holy of Holies His earthly dwelling place
(
1 Kings 8:27-30). This area of the temple was so sacred that just one priest was allowed in-and only once per year. He had to prepare himself carefully by performing sacred rituals. One of the requirements was that he be sprinkled with the blood of a sacrificed animal. Today, the only reason Christians can approach God is because, spiritually speaking, we are covered in the blood of Jesus (Heb. 10:19). The Father listens to and answers our prayers because we are allowed to draw near to Him through the righteousness of Christ.

G. Daily Forgiveness

After salvation, believers will still do some things that are unacceptable to God. But if we confess our sins to the Lord with a sincere heart, He faithfully forgives us over and over (1 John 1:7, 9). The basis for that forgiveness is the blood Christ shed when He died in our place (1 John 2:1-2).

V. Conclusion: Why is the blood of Jesus precious? Through it, we have redemption, justification, reconciliation, sanctification, access to God, and daily forgiveness. Nothing else in life has the power to do these things. Apart from the blood of Christ, you and I would be destined to an eternity separated from almighty God.

Then, There Were Four!

Billy Mays
Billy Mays

If celebrities die in threes and some say they do.  We have another series working with the death of Billy Mays, the famous TV pitchman.  More housewives have listened to his colorful presentations of  Oxi Clean–more important–they bought it.  He started out selling mops and knives at state fairs and at home shows popular in large cities.  From the git-go he was a natural for pitching products.  He loved meeting people and the people loved him.  On TV he was noted for saying, “Billy Mays here…”  Now Billy Mays is gone.  Gone, but not forgotten.  We salute him–he was one of the good guys.  Read my post, “They Die in Threes”.  Ed McMahon , too, was, after all a “pitchman” and now Billy Mays, a modern-day “pitchman”, dead at 50.

P.S.: Us guys bought his “pitches”,  too.  He was good!

Profound thought:  Billy Mays told every man, woman and child in America about Oxi Clean.  You would be hard pressed to find any living soul in this country who has not heard him speak of this product–Oxi Clean.  I wonder–is it alright if I wonder about something?  I wonder if Billy Mays ever told a single soul about the cleansing power of Jesus Christ?  I am making no judgement about Billy Mays” relationship to Christ.  I have no idea of his spiritual walk.  I am just wondering if he ever told a person anywhere about Jesus. 

Well, it is too late to wonder about Billy Mays.  He has stepped out into eternity.  He is gone from this earth.  His opportunities for talking about Jesus have ended.  But what about you?  Have you ever spoken to a single soul about Jesus Christ?  Have you ever won a person to Christ?  If the redeemed of the Lord–that is the saved people who are going to Heaven when they die–if they are commanded to speak of Jesus–how many of us do so?   Billy Mays probably didn’t have a clue that he would die so young–50 years old is young to many of us.  When will you die?  Will it be today?  Tomorrow?  Next year?  The Bible Says “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”  In the post just ahead of this one is the sermon outline by Dr. Charles Stanley.  Dr. Stanley is the pastor of First Baptist Church, Atlanta.  He is the head of the worldwide ministry of Intouch.  His subject is the important topic of the month–“The Precious Blood of Jesus.”  Read it–study it–go to Dr. Stanley’s website and listen to his sermon.  It is powerful.  Let that message sink into your heart.  Then go tell one of your loved ones that message.  Win that loved one to Jesus Christ today.  Don’t delay.  Dr. Stanley’s message is one-million times more important than Billy Mays’ message about Oxi Clean.

They Die in Threes

Ed
Ed
Farrah
Farrah
Michael
Michael

When the first died, Ed McMahon, I was not thinking who will be next.  I was musing on the life and death of Ed.  He had been the sidekick of Johnny Carson for 30 years.  Those two were the pair.   I suppose nearly every adult imagined a fantasy of one day Ed McMahon would be at their door with a big check.   Then word of Farrah Fawcett having died hit the TV.  Almost all who lived during her television years remember what a bombshell she was.  Her famous poster sold more than 12 million copies.  I asked a man–hardly the type who would have been interested in her poster– if he had purchased one.  He looked at me for a long moment and said, “Yes I did.”   Shortly after she died a man walked up where I was standing and asked, “Who will be number three?”  I know I had a puzzled look on my face and he responded, “You know, first Ed McMahon, then Farrah Fawcett.  Who will make number three–they always die in threes.”  Twenty minutes later we had the answer–it was Michael Jackson.  Jackson’s one album, Thriller, sold over 65 million copies worldwide.

That was some trio in death.  You can look at all the success those three enjoyed over a good long life, you can also find tragic sadness with each.   Those celebrities were famous and earned a place in the hearts of millions.  But now they are each dead.  What can we draw from this?

I will not attempt to make any spiritual conclusions about the three–frankly I don’t know their grip on faith–I don’t know if either had a Christian faith.

I will say that you and I can draw a valuable truth from their deaths.  The Bible says, ” For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.” –Romans 6:23

How much money did those three famous people have when they died?  It doesn’t matter–whatever the amount– they left it all.  Not one dime did any one of the three take with them.

But they were each on the “payroll.”  Their wages at the end of the day was death.  Harsh as that may seem, it is the same with you and me.  No matter our reputation, our life style, our circumstances in life–at the end of the day we will face the old enemy–death.

The end of that verse in Romans is a biggy.  “But the gift of God is…eternal life… through Jesus Christ… our Lord.” We can hope that our three famous people knew the Savior–the Lord Jesus Christ.  Can we know for sure?  Not in their case–but we can know in our own.   He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

It’s as simple as that.  Have you placed your faith–your simple childlike faith– in the shed blood of Jesus Christ?  God help you to make sure of this today and then to write down your testimony–how you were saved and when.  A good place to write is on the blank pages of your Bible.  Date it and sign it.  Leave word behind of this  important decision and commitment.  We leave a copy of our last will and testament for our heirs.  So many of our works and deeds remain to testify what we did as a person.  Bur rarely do we leave a clear testimony of our salvation.  If you are saved–say so.  “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so…” (Psalm 107:2)    Today, those three famous people are gone.  Tomorrow you will be, too!

Only Christ Can Make a Christian

SELF-MADE COP
Read John 1:12  by Dr. Michael Guido

A boy pinned a play badge on his shirt, put a toy revolver in his belt, and jumped into the living room to surprise his father.

“Hands up, Pop,” he cried, “I’m a cop.”

“Yes,” said the father over his newspaper. “By you and by me, you’re a cop. But by the cops, you’re not a cop.”

Many people dress themselves in the robe of religion, and they say, “I’m a Christian.” But there are no man-made Christians. Only Christ can make a Christian.

Christianity isn’t something, it’s Somebody. When you became a Christian, you met a Person. You received Christ, and you’re living under His control.

The Bible says, “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the children of God.”

Prayer: Father, Thou hast made us Thy children when we received Thy Son as our Savior. Keep us from being stunted saints. Help us to grow and glow for Thee: through our Lord. Amen.

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Dr. Faulkner in Heaven

 Dr. J. R. Faulkner
1914 – 2009

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 Visitation

 Sunday, June 14 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm at the Funeral Home
Monday, June 15 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm
Highland Park Baptist Church

 

                            Funeral Service
                         Monday June 15, 2:00 pm
                          Highland Park Baptist Church 
                         Graveside service to follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
  

                        Chattanooga Funeral Home East Chapel – Moore Road
                           is in charge of arrangements.

 J. R. Faulkner retired in 1990, then served as Interim Pastor of Highland Park Baptist Church until 1991.

Dr. Faulkner was first a teacher at T.T.U., then Vice President for 22 years; and in 1974 he became President. Dr. Lee Roberson wrote about Dr. Faulkner – “In the many years of my work, I have found no one to equal Dr. Faulkner in fruitfulness, purity of life, and dedication to the cause of Christ. As a multi-talented man, he performed every task with precision, enthusiasm, zeal, and spiritual power. As a song leader, artist, administrator, preacher or soul winner, he worked with an unquestioned whole-heartedness. We continue to walk together in the work of our Saviour!!”

 Dr. Faulkner served as pastor of South Rossville Baptist Church, Rossville, Georgia, from 1945 – 1949, when he accepted the Associate Pastor position at Highland Park Baptist Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

 Dr. Faulkner said, “I have chosen to live within walking distance of Highland Park Baptist Church in case my car does not start on Sunday morning I can still walk to church and be on time for my duties.”

He was faithful first to Christ, to his wife and family and to Dr. Lee Roberson.   If you were to place a picture by the word faithful in the dictionary–that picture should be of J. R. Faulkner. 

 

 

 

This Little Girl Will Grab Your Heart

There’s lots of bad news in the world.  We hear and see it and sometimes we experience it.  But every now and then something good comes down the pike.  Something that grabs our heart in a good way.  One such event  is this story.  I saw it first on the news (I think Fox) and now I borrow it from a friend’s blog, Bruce Goddard’s blog.  I don’t think he will mind. 

Click on the following link for this beautiful story and amazing video. 

http://viewfromahearse.blogspot.com/2009/06/grab-your-tissues.html