Feb 19, 2012
The Word of Forgiveness

The Word of Forgiveness Pastor Gabe Barber Text: Luke 23:26-38

Matthew 5:43-45  ESV
43 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'  44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Luke 23:34  ESV
And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."  
I.            Jesus’ Word of Forgiveness Reveals His Attitude of SUBMISSION to THE FATHER.
 
Matthew 9:2-6
2 And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven."  3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming."  4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?  5 For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'?  6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"—he then said to the paralytic—"Rise, pick up your bed and go home."  
II.            Jesus’ Word of Forgiveness Reveals His Attitude of CULPABILITY toward SINNERS.
 
Psalm 19:12  ESV
Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
Luke 17:3-4  ESV
3 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,  4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' you must forgive him."  
III.            Jesus’ Word of Forgiveness Reveals His Attitude of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE toward MANKIND.
 
Luke 23:34  ESV
And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
Acts 3:13-18  ESV
13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him.  14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,  15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.  16 And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all. 17 "And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.  18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled.
1 John 1:9  ESV
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
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  • Feb 19, 2012The Word of Forgiveness
    Feb 19, 2012
    The Word of Forgiveness

    The Word of Forgiveness Pastor Gabe Barber Text: Luke 23:26-38

    Matthew 5:43-45  ESV
    43 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'  44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
    Luke 23:34  ESV
    And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."  
    I.            Jesus’ Word of Forgiveness Reveals His Attitude of SUBMISSION to THE FATHER.
     
    Matthew 9:2-6
    2 And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven."  3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming."  4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?  5 For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'?  6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"—he then said to the paralytic—"Rise, pick up your bed and go home."  
    II.            Jesus’ Word of Forgiveness Reveals His Attitude of CULPABILITY toward SINNERS.
     
    Psalm 19:12  ESV
    Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
    Luke 17:3-4  ESV
    3 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,  4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' you must forgive him."  
    III.            Jesus’ Word of Forgiveness Reveals His Attitude of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE toward MANKIND.
     
    Luke 23:34  ESV
    And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
    Acts 3:13-18  ESV
    13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him.  14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,  15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.  16 And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all. 17 "And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.  18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled.
    1 John 1:9  ESV
    9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  • Jan 29, 2012The Cost of Discipleship
    Jan 29, 2012
    The Cost of Discipleship

    The Cost of Discipleship Pastor Gabe Barber Text:   Luke 9:57-62, 14:25-33

      ALCC’s Mission Statement: “By God’s grace, Abundant Life Community Church is here to bring people to wholeness through God’s grace.” 2 Peter 1:5-8  ESV 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,t and virtue with knowledge,  6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,  7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.  8 For if these qualitiest are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Hebrews 5:11-14  ESV 11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.  12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food,  13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.  14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.   I.            Discipleship is TAKING IN and LIVING OUT the words of Jesus. Ephesians 4:14-16  ESV 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.  15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,  16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Romans 6:1-2  ESV 1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?  2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Luke 14:27  ESV 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost you your life.”

    II.             Discipleship is a RADICAL CALL.

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.”

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “I shall have no right to participate in the reconstruction of Christian life in Germany after the war if I do not share the trials of this time with my people.”

    Luke 14:26-27, 33  ESV 26 "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.  27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. III.             Discipleship carries ETERNAL VALUE. 2 Timothy 4:7-8  ESV 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “I am sure of God’s hand and guidance…you must never doubt that I am thankful and glad to go the way which I am being led. My past life is abundantly full of God’s mercy, and, above all sin, stands the forgiving love of the Crucified.”

    Matthew 11:28-30  ESV 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
  • Jan 1, 2012A New Beginning
    Jan 1, 2012
    A New Beginning
    Series: N/A

    D.L. Moody: “God has cast our confessed sins into the depths of the sea, and He’s even put a ‘No Fishing’ sign over the spot.”

    German Proverb: “If God were not willing to forgive sin, heaven would be empty.”

      I.            Peter NEEDED a New Beginning. Luke 22:31-34  ESV 31 "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat,  32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers."  33 Petert said to him, "Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death."  34 Jesustsaid, "I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me." John 18:15-18, 25-27  ESV 15 Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he entered with Jesus into the court of the high priest,  16 but Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the servant girl who kept watch at the door, and brought Peter in.  17 The servant girl at the door said to Peter, "You also are not one of this man's disciples, are you?" He said, "I am not."  18 Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself. 25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, "You also are not one of his disciples, are you?" He denied it and said, "I am not."  26 One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, "Did I not see you in the garden with him?"  27 Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed.   II.             Jesus OFFERS Peter a New Beginning. John 21:15-17  ESV 15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs."  16 He said to him a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep."  17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. John 15:18-19  ESV 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go."  19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, "Follow me."   III.             Peter ACCEPTS this New Beginning.

    Anonymous: “Forgiveness does not mean the cancellation of all consequences of wrongdoing. It means the refusal on God’s part to let our guilty past affect His relationship with us.”

    2 Corinthians 7:10  ESV 10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. Romans 6:1-2  ESV 1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?  2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
  • Dec 25, 2011Jesus: A Song of Salvation
    Dec 25, 2011
    Jesus: A Song of Salvation

    Our Christmas Eve & Christmas Program:

    Kathie Floyd - Advent Reading Pastor Samuel Floyd - Miracle of God Becoming Man Pastor Gabe Barber - The Jubilee of Christ
  • Dec 4, 2011Angels: A Song of Peace
    Dec 4, 2011
    Angels: A Song of Peace
    Luke 2:8-20  ESV And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.  10 And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger."  13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14  "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!" 15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us."  16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.  17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.  18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.  19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.  20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.   I.            The Angels Sing of GOD’S GLORY in the HEAVENS. Exodus 24:15-17  ESV 15 Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain.  16 The glory of the Lord dwelt on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.  17 Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.   II.             The Angels Sing of GOD’S PEACE on the EARTH. Romans 12:18 ESV 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 14:17-19  ESV 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.  19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. 2 Corinthians 13:11 11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.   A.            God Gives Us Peace FROM our PAST. Psalm 103:11-12 11  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12  as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. Isaiah 1:18 18  "Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. Romans 8:1-2  ESV There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. B.             God Gives Us Peace IN the PRESENT. John 14:27 27 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.   C.             God Gives Us Peace FOR the FUTURE. Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. John 16:33 33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."
  • Nov 13, 2011Answering the Tough Questions About God
    Nov 13, 2011
    Answering the Tough Questions About God

    Answers to Tough Questions About God Pastor Gabe Barber Text:   John 6:60-71

      Delicate Balance: Waiting for ANSWERS, but Stepping Out in Faith. I.            Step 1: Approach Tough Questions with FAITH. Hebrews 11:6  ESV 6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Oswald Chambers: “Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God, whose ways you may not understand at the time.” John 6:28-29 ESV 28 Then they said to him, "What must we do, to be doing the works of God?"  29 Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent." John 6:30-35 ESV 30 So they said to him, "Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform?  31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'"  32 Jesus then said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.  33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."  34 They said to him, "Sir, give us this bread always."  35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:41-44 ESV 41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven."  42 They said, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, 'I have come down from heaven'?"  43 Jesus answered them, "Do not grumble among yourselves.  44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. John 6:49-58 ESV 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.  50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.  51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." 52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"  53 So Jesus said to them,"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.  54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.  55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.  56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.  57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.  58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the breadt the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever." John 6:60 ESV 60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?" John 6:66 ESV 66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. John 6:28-29 ESV 67 So Jesus said to the Twelve, "Do you want to go away as well?"  68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,  69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God." C.S. Lewis: “Now that I am a Christian, I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable; but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable.”   II.            Approach Tough Questions with GOD’S WORD, 1 Peter 3:15  ESV 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,   A.            COME TO God’s Word with faith. Blaise Pascal: “In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe, and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.”   B.            TRUST that God holds all the answers.   C.             STUDY CAREFULLY the context of Scripture.   D.             SEEK the original meaning.
  • Oct 23, 2011Dealing With Your Doubts
    Oct 23, 2011
    Dealing With Your Doubts

     Dealing With Your Doubts Pastor Gabe Barber Text:   Matthew 14:22-33

      Hebrews 11:1  NASB 1995 1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. C.S. Lewis: “Now that I am a Christian, I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable; but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable.” Os Guiness: “The shame is not that people have doubts, but that they are ashamed of them.”   I.            Doubt is not the same as UNBELIEF. Mark 9:22-24  NASB 1995 22 It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!"  23 And Jesus said to him, " 'If You can?' All things are possible to him who believes."  24 Immediately the boy's father cried out and said, "I do believe; help my unbelief." John 20:26-29  NASB 1995 26 After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you."  27 Then He said to Thomas, "Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing."  28 Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"  29 Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed." A.            FACTUAL Doubt: B.            EMOTIONAL Doubt: C.            VOLITIONAL Doubt:   II.            Doubt is UNHEALTHY when we use it as a SMOKESCREEN or BARRIER. John 12:42-43  NASB 1995 42 Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue;  43 for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.   III.            Doubt is HEALTHY when it motivates us to PURSUE TRUTH. Habakkuk 2:1  NASB 1995 1 I will stand on my guard post And station myself on the rampart; And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, And how I may reply when I am reproved. Proverbs 14:15  NASB 1995 15 The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps. Matthew 14:28-31  NASB 1995 28 Peter said to Him, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water."  29 And He said, "Come!" And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!"  31 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" St. Augustine: “Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.” Gary Parker: “If faith never encounters doubt, if truth never struggles with error, if good never battles with evil, how can faith know its own power? In my own pilgrimage, if I have to choose between a faith that has stared doubt in the eye and made it blink, or a naïve faith that has never known the firing line of doubt, I will choose the former every time.”
  • Oct 16, 2011Responding to God
    Oct 16, 2011
    Responding to God

    Responding to God Pastor Gabe Barber Text: James 1:19-27

    Dante Alighieri (13th Century Italian poet): “If those who accuse me had their eyes and minds on God, as I had, they too would have failed to notice events around them, and they most certainly would not have noticed what I was doing.” Matthew 22:37-40  NASB 1995 37 And He said to him, " 'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.'  38 This is the great and foremost commandment.  39 The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'  40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."   I.            We Respond to God with WORSHIP. Exodus 34:5-8  NASB 1995 The LORD descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the LORD.  Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;  who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations."  Moses made haste to bow low toward the earth and worship. A.W. Tozer: “What is worship? Worship is to feel in your heart and express in some appropriate manner a humbling but delightful sense of admiring awe and astonished wonder and overpowering love in the presence of that most ancient Mystery, that Majesty which philosophers call the First Cause, but which we call Our Father Which Art in Heaven.” II.            We Respond to God with LOVE. 1 John 4:7, 19  NASB 1995 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God... 19 We love, because He first loved us. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7  NASB 1995 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,  does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,  does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.   III.            We Respond to God with FEAR. 1 Peter 2:17  NASB 1995 17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. Mark 4:35-41  NASB 1995 35 On that day, when evening came, He said to them, "Let us go over to the other side."  36 Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him.  37 And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.  38 Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?"  39 And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Hush, be still." And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.  40 And He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?"  41 They became very much afraid and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?" Proverbs 2:3-5  NASB 1995 3 For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; 4 If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God.   IV.             We Respond to God with OBEDIENCE and SERVICE. 1 Samuel 15:22  NASB 1995 22 Samuel said, "Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. Deuteronomy 10:12-13  NASB 1995 12 "Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,  13  and to keep the LORD'S commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good? Romans 5:20-6:2  NASB 1995 20 The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,  21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?  May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? James 1:23-25  NASB 1995 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;  24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.  25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
  • Oct 9, 2011Believing in God
    Oct 9, 2011
    Believing in God

    Believing in God Pastor Gabe Barber Text:   John 3:3-7, 16-21

    Acts 16:31  NASB 1995 31 They said, ``Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household."   I. Genuine Belief in God is About Faith (or Trust).

    Hebrew: ‘amanà to trust, stand fast, or uphold with firmness

    Hebrews 11:1  NASB 1995 1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Isaiah 43:10  NASB 1995

    10 You are My witnesses," declares the LORD, And My servant whom I have chosen, So that you may know and believe Me And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, And there will be none after Me.

    Greek: pisteuoà to be persuaded or convinced of; to place confidence in, to trust

    James 2:19  NASB 1995 19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. Romans 10:9  NASB 1995 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;   II. Genuine Belief in God is Always Progressing. Romans 1:20  NASB 1995 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. Acts 10:1-2, 11:13-14  NASB 1995 1 Now there was a man at Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian cohort, 2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually. 13 And he reported to us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, saying, “Send to Joppa and have Simon, who is also called Peter, brought here; 14 and he will speak words to you by which you will be saved, you and all your household.”

    C.S. Lewis: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

      III. Genuine Belief in God is Rooted in the Object of Our Belief. John 20:30-31  NASB 1995 30 Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name. Ephesians 2:8-9  NASB  1995 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. C.H. Spurgeon: “I would recommend you either believe in God up to the hilt, or else do not believe at all. Believe this book of God, every letter of it, or else reject it. There is no logical standing place between the two. Be satisfied with nothing less than a faith that swims in the deeps of divine revelation; a faith that paddles about the edge of the water is poor faith at best. It is little better than a dry-land faith, and is not good for much."
  • Sep 4, 2011God and the Presence of Evil
    Sep 4, 2011
    God and the Presence of Evil

    God & The Presence of Evil Pastor Gabe Barber Text:   Psalm 5:1-12

    Millard Erickson (modern theologian): Evil is “…the most difficult intellectual problem for the Christian faith.”

     Epicurus (ancient Greek philosopher):Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not want to; or he cannot and does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, and does not want to, he is wicked. But, if God both can and wants to abolish evil, then how comes evil into the world?”

                      I. God is not the AUTHOR of EVIL. Romans 5:12  NIV 1984 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned—   II. God’s Goodness is MEASURED in ETERNITY. Revelation 22:3  NIV 1984 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. Revelation 21:4  NIV 1984 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

    C.S. Lewis: “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

    Mother Theresa: “In light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth, a life full of the most atrocious tortures on earth, will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient motel.” Job 2:9-10  NIV 1984 His wife said to him, "Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!" 10 He replied, "You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?" In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. Job 38:1-7 Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said:  2 "Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?  3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.  4 "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand.  5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?  6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone--  7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?   III. God SHARES in our SUFFERING. Isaiah 40:27-31  NIV 1984 27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God"?  28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;  31 but 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. New International Commentary on the Old Testament, Isaiah 40-66, p.74: “To wait on him is to admit that we have no other help, either in ourselves or in another. Therefore we are helpless until he acts. By the same token, to wait on him is to declare our confidence in his eventual action on our behalf. Thus waiting in Hebrew is not merely killing time but a life of confident expectation. Those who give up their own frantic efforts to save themselves and turn expectantly to God will be able to replace or exchange their worn-out strength for new strength. How like God: he takes the useless and gives back the good.”