Sunday, September 29, 2013

Christian Liberty

Nigerian Independence
Happy Independence Day, Nigeria!
Second Corinthians 3:1-18
Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. And we have such trust through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels.  For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious. Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech —   unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains un-lifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 

Hurray, Nigeria is one year older this week!. In the spirit of the celebration of our freedom, today's message is on Christian Liberty.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Call for Submission: Christian Carnival October 2013




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Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Lord Is My Shepherd

The Lord is my Shepherd

Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.  He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.” (NKJV)

This is undoubtedly the most famous prayer of all time with the possible exception of the so-called “Our Lord’s Prayer” in Matthew 6:9-13. The first five words easily constitute four complete Sermons if each word was given its proper due.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Shall We Sin?

This message is part of a sermon series. For the rest of the sermon series go to Dead to Sin

License to Sin Denied

Romans 6:15-23
“What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?  But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.  I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.  For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God, is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NKJV)

We have in the first fourteen verses been considering the fact that the believer is dead to the principle of sin. In principle we are dead and buried to sin but raised unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. That is one half of the story. We now turn our attention to the practice of sin. Paul in the next few verses wants to prove that the believer is also dead to the practice of sin.

Monday, September 09, 2013
Sunday, September 08, 2013

Victory over Sin - RECKON and YIELD

This message is part of a sermon series. For the rest of the sermon series go to Dead to Sin

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Romans 6:1-14
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,  knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.  Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” (NKJV)

In our two previous posts we started to consider the question in verse 1 –”Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?” Paul in attempt to answer this question said “God forbid! Or certainly not! How can we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” So he began in verse 3 to give the Christian his reasons why the Christian cannot continue in sin. He said that the thorough understanding of these reasons is hidden in a thorough understanding of THREE Key WORDS – KNOW, RECKON and YIELD. In our last talk we considered KNOW – What are we to Know? – That we were baptized symbolizing death into Christ. We were buried with Him in baptism. Secondly we should know that we have died and that dead people do not sin. Thirdly, our old nature which is symbolic of the sin nature has been crucified, dead and buried and fourthly that we have been raised in a new nature. “If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation.” Just as the raised Christ cannot die again, so we that have been raised with Him can no longer live in sin which is death. What a great truth we are called upon to know.

Today, we look at the last two key words –RECKON and YIELD.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Victory Over Sin - KNOW

This message is part of a sermon series. For the rest of the sermon series go to Dead to Sin

Death Undone
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Romans 6:1-9
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,  knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.” (NKJV)

The question in verse one and Paul’s attempt to answer it in verse two sets in his mind such a tension that he would want his listeners and readers to get the correct view. Let us remind ourselves of the question: “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?”   In answering the question Paul said: “God forbid! (Certainly not!) How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” That answer was a question for the reader to think over and offer his own answer.

But in verse 3, he began to introduce the right view and this view is based on three words- Know, Reckon and Yield. Today, we want to look only at one of these three words – KNOW. In the passage we read he used it in three verses – 3, 6 and 9.