Topical Sermon Summaries

3/4/2018 Psalm 13, The Lies of Satan


When we believe the lie, we empower the liar. John 8:44 Jesus says the devil is the father of all lies, while Jesus in John 14:6 is the way the truth and the life. Rom. 3:4, “Let God be true and every man a liar.” Our focus this last week was to expose the lies Satan tells us by exposing them to the truth of God’s Word. God’s Word needs to be our filter we run every thought, experience, emotion, desire and assumption through. No matter what we experience, if it contradicts the Word of God, the Word of God is the truth and what we have perceived is the lie. Job 1 is an example. I used verse 21, the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord. Job was only 2/3 right. The lie was the Lord took away. A quick read through Job 1 shows clearly it was the devil, not God. Psalm 13 was our passage text and we looked at the lies David believed that God had forgotten him, and He hid His face from him. The problem was, David was trusting his heart and soul (will, emotion, intellect) rather than the Word of God. This is the same tactic Satan uses today. He tells us to trust His lies of what we “feel”, “experience”, “think”, or “have been taught”, rather than what God’s Word says. Proverbs 3:4-5: Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Both Job and David choose to trust and praise despite their misunderstanding. How about you?

2/25/2018 Ezekiel 28:1-19 Knowing our Enemy

We continued in our series of God’s Sovereignty, Man’s Authority. We looked at our adversary the devil and his part in our lives and world events. This past week we looked at Satan and where he came from. We answered the question of did God create evil to offset His good? A study through Ezekiel 28 and Ezekiel 1 with stops in Gen. 1, 3 and Rev. 20 gave us an over view of the devil (slanderer). We saw God created the heavens and earth and everything that was in them and it was very good! Ezekiel 28 showed “Satan” the beautiful cherub was created perfect, beautiful and blameless and was in the garden of Eden until he chose to sin and rebel against God. He rebelled against God because of his pride. He was defeated at the cross but will not be ultimately destroyed and thrown into Hell until Rev. 20, after the millennial reign of Christ. Pride is one of his greatest tactics used against mankind, both arrogant pride and false humility which is also pride. We are children of God therefore we should be confident in who we are but not conceded. Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me is a confident statement not a conceded statement. We are to walk in that same confidence. Eph. 3:20,21 – “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work in us. To Him be all glory in the church and in Christ Jesus…” It’s us confidently allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us that brings God glory.

1/28/2018 God’s Sovereignty, Man’s Authority

Genesis 1:1-10, Romans 8


Before we start a new book of the Bible, the Lord led me to spend a few weeks doing topicals. The first topic we are taking on was that of who is in charge of our choices anyway; us, God, the Devil? God created everything and called it very good and put man in charge of all His creation. He created man in His image to be a steward, or manager, of all the earth, including other men. He was from that moment on held accountable for his actions. Gen. 3:15 God, as the Great chess player, made a plan for salvation to bring man back into the right fellowship with God. Starting with Cain’s sin we see God warned him that he needed to change his attitude because sin was waiting at the door and its desire was for him. That battle still wages today. The devil is seeking to kill, steal and destroy, John 10:10, but Christ came to give us abundant life. The entire old testament was built upon man’s performance based upon Duet. 28-30; you do well = blessed, you choose poorly = cursed, you repent = blessed. Gal. 3:13, Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law having become a curse for us. We closed with Rom. 8:26-30 where those who believe are the fulfillment of Gen. 3:15. The predetermined plan for us is to again be conformed to His (Christ’s) image, by putting our faith in His finished work and not on our own work.