Sermon Outline for 6/6/21 (Radio Broadcast 6/13/21) — “What Does it Mean to be “In Christ”?

What Does it Mean to be “In Christ”?
Galatians 5:6

1) We are chosen and _____________ (Ephesians 1:4-5)

2) We are made ______________ (2 Corinthians 5:21)

3) We are _____________ (Romans 8:1)

4) We are ____________ (Ephesians 1:7)

5) We are set ___________ (Romans 8:2)

6) We are brought ________ (Ephesians 2:13)

7) We are _________ (Galatians 3:28)

8) We are __________ (Ephesians 1:3)

9) We are ___________ (Ephesians 1:13-14)

10) We are new ___________ (2 Corinthians 5:17)

11) We are ____________ (1 Corinthians 1:2)

12) We are _____________ (Ephesians 2:10)

13) We are _________ of His body (Romans 12:4-5)

14) We will be made ___________ (1 Corinthians 15:21-22)

15) We will be ______________ (Ephesians 2:6-7)

Devotional Reading for June 10, 2021

Psalms 50-54 (The Daily Walk Bible).

In case you forgot, here is the background for Psalm 51 that is recalled in the inscription: “A psalm of David, regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.”

2 Samuel 12:1-15 “And the LORD sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, ‘There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.’ Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, ‘As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.’ Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man! Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, “I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.” Thus says the LORD, “Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.”‘ David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the LORD.’ And Nathan said to David, ‘The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die. Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the LORD, the child who is born to you shall die.’ Then Nathan went to his house. And the LORD afflicted the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and he became sick.”

Before David was called to be king, God said that he would seek out “a man after his own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14). Could David still be that man? I think so, because when confronted by his sin, he repents and realizes that he has greatly offended God by what he has done: “Against you and you alone have I sinned” (Psalm 51:4). May we have that same attitude of repentance when we have sinned against God!

Did you catch the reminders that we are sinners by nature and by choice? “For I was born a sinner” (Psalm 51:5). “God looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if there is even one with real understanding, one who seeks for God But no, all have turned away from God; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not even one!” (Psalm 53:2-3). Which is why we need a Savior!

“Oh, that salvation would come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel!” (Psalm 53:6)

Devotional Reading for June 8, 2021

Psalms 36-41 (The Daily Walk Bible).

There are some great verses here:

Psalm 37:8 “Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm.”

Psalm 37:16 “It is better to be godly and have little than to be evil and rich.”

Psalm 39:7 “And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.”

Psalm 40:6 “You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings. Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand — you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings.”

And we’re reminded of some NT passages as well, regarding divine discipline and confession:

Hebrews 12:5-11 “And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? ‘My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.’ It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

1 John 1:9 “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”

For worship:

Devotional Reading for June 6, 2021

Psalm 31-35 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Here we find David asking God for mercy, confessing his own sin, and asking God to take on his enemies. Some of David’s requests may seem a little brutal to us today: “Declare war on those who are attacking me” (Psalm 35:1). But we have an insight into David’s heart that may help us to better understand his requests. He cares, it’s just that he’s reached the end of his rope because of their animosity, and he is asking God to take care of it for him.

Psalm 35:13-14 “They repay me with evil for the good I do. I am sick with despair. Yet when they were ill, I grieved for them. I even fasted and prayed for them, but my prayers returned unanswered. I was sad, as though they were my friends or family, as if I were grieving for my own mother.”

The hard truth is that we aren’t always going to get along with everyone Some people will dislike us, some will shun us, and some may hate us. Some may not want our overtures of friendship and reconciliation. What do we do? We ask God to deal with it. We may not pray quite as brutally as David did from time to time, but he was literally dealing with life or death situations! But we should ask God for protection, deliverance, and vindication when facing those who are unjustly persecuting us. Now, if they have a reason for their feelings, then we need to go back to confession and pleas for mercy!

I do love Psalm 34:8 — “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh the joys of those who trust in him!”

Devotional Reading for June 5, 2021

Psalms 25-30 (The Daily Walk Bible).

I think that the daily walk section meant to say that praise for God’s glory and character is a God centered prayer!

Does Psalm 26 remind you of Job? I’d have to be pretty sure of myself to pray that to God! But I can thank God that I am innocent and righteous because I am in Christ.

We all have trouble and enemies. You might not have a physical enemy in your life right now like David did, but you have spiritual enemies. God has defeated death, sin, hell and Satan for us. If that isn’t a reason to praise, I don’t know what is!

May our prayer today be, “Teach me how to live, O Lord.”

Devotional Reading for June 4, 2021

Psalm 19-24 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Psalm 22 is a marvelous depiction of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. He points us to it by crying out the first verse from the cross, but it goes beyond that. His mocking is portrayed. His thirst is depicted. It even predicts the casting of lots for His clothing! Finally, verse 31, “he has done it,” may even be a precursor of “it is finished!”

This Psalm, in addition to teaching us about Jesus Christ, also shows us something about life. Expressions of despair are countered with expressions of faith, reminding us that even when things look bleak, we can put our trust in God. And even though so much may come against us in life, we can boldly proclaim “you have rescued me” because of the final victory that is our in Jesus Christ!

Sermon Outline for 5/30/21 (Radio Broadcast 6/6/21) — “The Danger of Legalism”

The Danger of Legalism
Galatians 5:1-6

I) What is ____________________?

II) What is the ____________ with circumcision?

     A) Nothing, if you are already a _________!

     B) The problem is, if you are doing it now, and you think 
        that it will contribute to your _______________

          1) You are ____________ Christ’s power to deal with sin

          2) You are trusting in ___________

          3) You are taking on the ___________ of the law

III) What does keeping the ___________ law entail?

     A) ____________

     B) ____________

     C) ____________

IV) What is the __________ of living this way?

     A) Living with __________

     B) Living with _________

     C) Living in _________

     D) Because you lose a Biblical understanding of __________

V) Is this possible outside of a ___________ context?

VI) How are we supposed to live lives of _________?

     A) In _________

     B) Relying on the Holy ____________

     C) Waiting with expectant _________

     D) And it doesn’t _________ who we are or where we come 
        from.  All that matters is Jesus Christ!

Devotional Reading for June 3, 2021

Psalm 13-18 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Once again, I like the synopsis: “Today, as in David’s day, believers in God face many challenges to their faith, both from their own fearful hearts (Psalm 13) and from those who foolishly deny God’s existence (14). The answer? Walking in fellowship with God (15), being sustained by the promises of God (16), and drawing upon God’s ever available resources (17–18).”

The superscriptions are actually in the Hebrew text. So when we read “he sang this song to the Lord on the day the Lord rescued him from all his enemies and from Saul,” it gives us some of the backstory and we can understand it better. Psalm 18 isn’t just a generic thank you for God’s protection, it’s about something very specific. That may help us if we use the Psalm as our own inspiration for prayer.

Psalm 16:8-11 is Messianic and is used in Acts 2:25-32, and Acts 13:34-37.