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Advent 1 - The Mountain

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      12/01/19
“The Mountain"
Isaiah 2:1-5
INTRODUCTION: The Christmas season is the time of Advent. Advent means “coming.” The prophets of old predicted that the Messiah would come. God’s people anticipated his coming. We lit the first Advent candle, the Prophet’s Candle or the Candle of Hope, on the Advent wreath this morning. Christmas celebrates the promised coming of God in the flesh through his son Jesus the Messiah. Christmas also anticipates the time when Jesus will come again and establish his eternal kingdom. Advent is the promise of hope for a troubled world. The prophet Isaiah uses the image of a mountain to picture this hope. Just like the mystery of a river flowing up the mountain, the Messiah will bring peace and hope to a violent and divided world. We find this image in Isaiah 2:1-5.
*The new Jerusalem will one day rest on the holy mountain and all people will come to worship the Lord. “The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it” (Isaiah 2:1-2).
And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God (Revelation 21:10).
*The same mountain that Abraham offered his son to be sacrificed is the same mountain that God offered his son Jesus to be crucified. Jesus’ sacrifice draws all people to himself for salvation. “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die” (John 12:32-33).
*People from every nation will stand before Jesus in heaven. I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9).
*People will flow like a river to Jerusalem to hear the Word of the Lord. “Many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:3).
*Jesus was God’s Word in the flesh and people heard his teaching and believed in him as the Messiah. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth...For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:1-17).
*Messiah will instruct the nations and settle disputes. He will bring a lasting peace that no longer requires weapons of war. “He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4).
*True peace will only come under the rule of the Prince of Peace. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end” (Isaiah 9:7).
*Only Jesus Christ can bring genuine and permanent peace because he is the promised Messiah. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27).
*We receive personal peace when we put our trust in Jesus the Messiah. “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).
*We have a future hope of peace on earth. Since we have the truth of God’s Word and the peace of Christ in our hearts, we are to work to make that future hope a current reality. “O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord” (Isaiah 2:5).

Fight the Good Fight of Faith

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      11/24/19
"Fight the Good Fight”
1 Timothy 6:11-21
INTRODUCTION: Paul has been instructing Timothy on how to lead a local church. He concludes his instructions with challenges and a warning. We are to embrace the struggle that leads to eternal life. We are to live with eternity in mind. We are to let nothing keep us from sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Our life and our resources are to bring glory to God. How do we do this? How do we fight the good fight of faith?
*Live a consistent godly life of faith. But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness (6:11).
*Embrace eternal life, endure the daily struggle with integrity, and follow the example of Jesus. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,  which he will display at the proper time (6:12-15).
*Give God the glory due to his name. God the Father is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
*Affluent Christians should not boast about their wealth or put their trust in money. They need to rely on God who is the source of all good things. As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy (6:17).
*Instead, Christians with wealth should use it to help others and advance God’s work in the world. That way they invest in heavenly rewards. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life (6:18-19).
*Protect the good news from false teachers and tell the truth of the gospel to everyone. O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” for by professing it some have swerved from the faith.
Grace be with you (6:20-21).
Run your best in the race of faith, and win eternal life for yourself; for it was to this life that God called you when you firmly professed your faith before many witnesses (1 Timothy 6:12 GNT).

Relationships and Responsibilities

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      11/17/19
"Relationships in the Church and Responsibilities in Society”
1 Timothy 5:1 - 6:2
INTRODUCTION: Paul instructs Timothy on how to lead a local church. After discussing worship and praise in the church, Paul teaches Timothy how to administer the church. He gives guidelines on how to approach various issues that arise in the local congregation. Paul shifts from worship to the subjects of doctrine and belief. He then turns to relationships in the church and responsibilities in society. Church relationships should reflect love, respect, and integrity. Christians have a responsibility to show society a better way to live and work.
*Treat your relationships in the church like family interactions. “Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity” (5:1-2).
*Set up guidelines for aid and charity to church members.
  • The church should care for widows in genuine need. “Honor widows who are truly widows…She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day” (5:3-5).
  • Family should take care of relatives in need. “But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God…But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (5:4-8).
  • Place restrictions on who can receive help. Let women who are mature in the faith minister to other women in need.  “Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband, and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work” (5:9-10).
  • Encourage younger women to take care of their own homes. So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander” (5:14).
*Support and honor your pastors and leaders.  “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, ‘You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,’ and, ‘The laborer deserves his wages’” (5:17-18).
*Follow strict procedures if you discipline pastors and leaders. “Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear” (5:19-20).
*Be careful when choosing pastors and leaders. “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality. Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure” (5:21-22).
*Take care of your physical health. “No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments” (5:23).
*Respect your boss as a witness for Christ. “Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled” (6:1).
*Work hard as if working for Christ. “Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved” (6:2).

The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      11/10/19
"The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error”
1 Timothy 4:1-16; 6:3-10
INTRODUCTION: Paul instructs Timothy on how to lead a local church. After discussing worship and praise in the church, Paul teaches Timothy how to administer the church. He gives guidelines on how to approach various issues that arise in the local congregation. Paul shifts from worship to the subjects of doctrine and belief. How do you know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error? Paul says that error originates with false teachers under the influence of evil spirits. Truth originates with the Holy Spirit and God’s Word. We can recognize truth from error by looking at the character and ideas of the teacher. Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets…You will recognize them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15-16). False teachers bear bad fruit. Godly teachers bear good fruit. Let’s look at the characteristics (fruit) of the spirit of error and the spirit of truth.
Unorthodox doctrine – ‘”Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons” (4:1) and “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing” (6:3-4).
Hypocrisy and lies – “some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the insincerity of liars” (4:1-2).
A seared conscience – “whose consciences are seared” (4:2).
Restrictions on the body - who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer” (4:3-5).
Conceit and arrogance – “If anyone teaches a different doctrine… he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing” (6:3-4).
Controversy and arguments– “He has an unhealthy craving for controversy
and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth” (6:4-5).
Greed for money and riches“imagining that godliness is a means of gain… But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs” (6:5-10).
Faithfulness to God’s Word and rejection of superstitions – “If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths” (4:6-7).
Spiritual as well as physical training – “Rather train yourself for godliness;  for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.” (4:7-10).
Bold leadership and an effective ministry of preaching and teaching – “Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching” (4:11-13).
Developing and using their spiritual gifts – “Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers” (4:14-16).
Contentment with God’s provisions -  “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content” (6:6-8).


Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      10/27/19
"Church and Spirituality”
1 Timothy 3:14-16
INTRODUCTION: Paul passed on to Timothy and to us the mission of sharing the gospel (1 Timothy 1). Paul later writes that the purpose of his letter is that “you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God” (1 Tim. 3:15). He discusses prayer and worship (1 Tim. 2) and the leaders and helpers in the church (1 Tim. 3:1-13). He then defines what he means by church and the mystery of its spirituality (1 Tim. 3:14-16). The foundation and focus of the church is Jesus Christ.
*The church is the fellowship where love for God and for others is best demonstrated. “I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth” (14-15).
*Jesus said, “I will build my church”(Matthew 16:18). What is the church?
  • The church is the home (Oikos = house) of the family of God.
  • The church is the assembly (ekklesia = called out ones, the congregation) where the living God dwells.
  • The church is the pillar for the support and display of truth
  • The church is the foundation and prop of the truth.
The family of Christ gathers in love and stands up for the truth.
*Jesus Christ is the focus of our adoration and worship. “Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness” (3:16). “Godliness” = active piety toward God, devotion.
*We worship Christ in hymns and songs. The early church was a singing church. “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,  giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:18-20).
*Hymns teach deep truths in poetic forms and with creative tunes. Verse 16 is a part of an early Christian hymn about Christ. It is a “humiliation to exaltation hymn.” It uses a chiastic structure (ideas are given and then repeated in a reverse order). Here, the hymn moves back and forth from Heaven (A) to Earth (B). In graphic form it makes the Greek letter “chi” (X) which also stands for Christ.
He was manifested in the flesh, (B)      vindicated by the Spirit, (A)
seen by angels, (A)                              proclaimed among the nations, (B)
believed on in the world, (B)                taken up in glory. (A)
*Our contemporary chorus “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High” has a similar structure going from Heaven to Earth and back again.
            You came from Heaven to Earth to show the way (AB)
            From the Earth to the Cross my debt to pay (BA)
            From the Cross to the Grave (AB)
            From the Grave to the Sky, Lord I lift your name on High (BA)
*The theology of the hymn also teaches about Christ.
--He was fully God and fully human: He was manifested in the flesh
--He was verified by the Spirit: vindicated by the Spirit
--The angels witnessed his resurrection: seen by angels
--The good news of Christ is for all people: proclaimed among the nations
--People everywhere have trusted him as Savior: believed on in the world
--He has ascended to his heavenly glory: taken up in glory
Jesus Christ is worthy of our worship and praise.

Leaders and Helpers in the Church

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      10/20/19
"Leaders and Helpers in the Church”
1 Timothy 3
INTRODUCTION: Parkview Baptist Church does not accept the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. We have been pressured as recently as 2 years ago to do so. But we as a church have decided that the local congregation and not a convention will decide how we want to govern our local church. We continue to accept the Baptist Faith and Message 1963 as our statement of faith which does not address the issue of local church leadership beyond the guidelines set in our text for the day in 1 Timothy chapter 3. The church needs leaders and helpers to guide the local church. So, let’s see what Paul writes to Timothy about the leaders and helpers in the church.
*Who can be the overseer of the local church? Paul says that “anyone” can desire and feel the call to that office. “The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task” (3:1).
  • Women and men are equal in Christ. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).
  • Women preached and had leadership roles in the early church (Acts 21:9; 1 Corinthians 11:5; Romans 16:1-5).
  • However, the culture and practice of that time and even in our day prefer male leadership (Titus 3:5-6, 1 Timothy 2:12)). In Christ, women are equal but in culture women lag far behind the gospel goal (see Philemon on Paul’s approach to slavery).
*What are the qualifications of overseers or spiritual leaders?
  • The leader’s conduct and character must be “above reproach.”Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money” (3:2-3).
  • The leader must manage his home life and children well. “He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church?” (3:4-5).
  • The leader must not be a new immature believer and should have the respect of those outside the church community. “He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil” (3:6-7).
*Deacons are servant leaders who have been chosen to help in the work of the ministry of the church. They usually assist in practical matters like feeding the hungry and taking care of the needy. So the Twelve…said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:2-4).
*What are the qualifications of deacons or godly helpers?
  • Deacons must be models of integrity and good behavior. “Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain” (3:8).
  • Deacons must be spiritually and doctrinally tested and approved. “They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.  And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless” (3:9-10).
  • Deacons must set a good example in their marriages and families.  “Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well” (3:12).
  • Women deacons must model good character and behavior. “Their wives [women]likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things” (3:11).
  • Deacons who serve well will receive a reward. “For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus” (3:13).
The church needs spiritual leaders and godly helpers. Is God calling you?


Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      10/13/19
"Effective Prayer and Worship”
1 Timothy 2
INTRODUCTION: The Apostle Paul had been faithful to the Great Commission of Jesus “in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted” (1 Tim. 1:11). Paul now passed the mission on to his protégé Timothy: “This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child…” (1 Tim. 1:18). We also have been given the charge to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Our witnessing and ministry must be bathed in prayer and rooted in worship. A person of prayer and worship has the power to share the Good News of Jesus.
*We pray so we can have a peaceful environment where the gospel can be proclaimed to all without disruption. “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (1-2).
*What kind of prayers are we to pray?
  • Specific requests - supplications
  • General requests – prayers
  • Mediating requests – intercessions
  • Prayers of gratitudethanksgivings
*Who are we to pray for?
  • Pray for everyone - be made for all people
  • Pray for those in authority and leadership positions - for kings and all who are in high positions
*We should passionately pray for all people and leaders because:
  • God desires all people everywhere to be saved. “This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (3-4).
  • There is one God and Mediator for all people. “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (5).
  • Jesus Christ offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin to set them all free. “The man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time” (6).
*Men should be honest and holy in worship. “I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling” (8).
  • Men need to approach God with purity and transparency (open-handed).
  • Men need to settle the differences they have with others before they come to worship God.
*Women should be modest and humble in worship.
  • Women should dress modestly for worship and cultivate a humble and godly spirit. “Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works” (9-10).
  • Women should be quiet during the service and not disrupt the worship. “Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness” (11).
  • Women should “not take over and tell men what to do. They should study to be quiet and obedient along with everyone else” (v. 12 The Message). “I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor” (12-14).
  • An obedient woman named Mary yielded to God and reversed the fall by bearing the Savior of the world. Godly women will follow in her footsteps and continue in faith. “Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control” (15).
“But all things should be done decently and in order”
                                                           (1 Corinthians 14:40).

The Charge

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      10/06/19
"The Charge”
1 Timothy 1:1-20
INTRODUCTION: When someone is given a charge, they are given an assignment, a responsibility to keep, a task to carry out. Soldiers commit to carry out a mission. Politicians swear to uphold the Constitution. A witness pledges to tell the truth and nothing but the truth. Jesus gave every believer a charge in the Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). The Apostle Paul had been faithful to the task “in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted” (1 Tim. 1:11). Paul now passed the mission on to his
protégé Timothy: “This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child…” (1 Tim. 1:18). We have been given the charge to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
“As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith” (3-4).
  • The Good News is received by faith (3-4).
  • False teachers promote speculation, misunderstand the law of God, and argue about meaningless topics (6-10).
  • The glorious Good News of Jesus Christ comes from God (11).
‘The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (5).
  • The goal of the Gospel is to produce people who have true faith, lead lives of integrity and have love for one another (5).
  • Paul’s testimony is that the mercy and grace of God through Jesus Christ rescued and transformed him and gave him the mission of telling others the Good News (12-17).
  • The truth of the Gospel is “that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (15).
“This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience” (18-19).
  • We are saved to serve and must engage in a life-long mission to tell the Good News to others (18-19).
  • Some have failed to do this and have destroyed their faith and testimony (20).
Are you ready to carry out the charge to protect, preserve, and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ?
You can make this commitment today:
  1. Who’s Your One? Choose one person that you will commit to pray for until they receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. Write their name down and place it on the cross so we can pray too.
  2. Use the 30 Day Who’s Your One? Devotional to pray for your one daily.
  3. Look for ways to share the Good News with your one. Invite your one to church events or upcoming festivities like the Fall Festival or Homecoming. Or take your one out to lunch or coffee.

Jesus Is Coming Soon: Do the Right Thing

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      09/22/19
“Jesus Is Coming Soon: Do the Right Thing”
2 Thessalonians 3:1 – 18
INTRODUCTION: In the hectic day to day struggle to survive and maintain, it is very easy to lose sight of who we are in Christ and the task he has called us to do. We may even get so tired of the struggle that we give up or back off or let down our guard. The vision becomes blurred in the tears of the moment. Paul reminded his listeners to “not grow weary in doing good” (3:13). Tough times call for tireless troops. when others seem to falter or grow weary and drop out of the battle, that is the time to remember that “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31). How can you stay fresh and strong as you serve the Lord?
*Pray for the advance of the gospel and deliverance from wicked and evil men.  “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men” (1-2).
*Pray for trust and obedience to God’s word. “For not all have *faith. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command” (3-4).
*Pray for a deeper understanding of God’s love and perseverance as you wait for Christ.  “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” (5).
Aim to be intimate with God and tough in ministry.
*Keep away from loafers because idleness leads to sin. “Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us” (6).
*Work builds character and wealth. “For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate” (7-9).
*Idleness leads to poverty and trouble. “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies” (10-11).
*Applaud the hard worker but admonish the shirker. “Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother (12-15).
Aim to work hard and do the right thing at all times.


Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      09/15/19
“Jesus Is Coming Soon: Stand Firm”
2 Thessalonians 2:1 – 17
INTRODUCTION: We all ask God “Why?” sometimes. We are perplexed by the corruption, confusion, and criminals. We are troubled by illness, disease, and difficulties. We feel slighted, cheated, and rejected at times by even our friends. Good people let us down and bad people seem to win. Life seems stacked against us and we do not think we can go on. The Apostle Paul tells us that afflictions and trials are normal and to be expected. During all these things, “Stand firm” (15). Jesus Christ will destroy evil and reward his faithful people when he comes again!
*Paul explains the difference between the Rapture (2:1) and the Day of the Lord (2:2). “Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come” (2:1-2).
*End Time events outlined:
  • the Rapture of the saints (1).
  • the rebellion against God (3).
  • the man of lawlessness (6-9).
  • the rebuilt Temple of God (4).
  • the removal of the Restrainer (6-7).
  • the false signs and wonders (9).
  • the delusion of the wicked (10-11).
  • the second coming of Christ (8).
  • the condemnation of the lost (10-11).
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief…” (2 Peter 3:9-10).
*We are saved through the Spirit by faith in Christ. “But we ought always
 to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (13-14).
*We stand firm through the teachings of Christ. “So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter” (15).
*We are loved and encouraged through hope in Christ. “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts” (16-17).
*We are strengthened by God to serve Christ. “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father…comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word” (16-17).
“Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God” (2 Peter 3:11-12).
Are you willing to serve?
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