Sunday School | 2 Peter 2:1-22 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master Who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.” -2 Peter 2:1
*One small mistake can cause a disastrous outcome. (ex: train tracks 1″ off course) Likewise, false teachers don’t normally start way off course, but slightly off course, leading to a disastrous outcome.
*ch. 1:16-21- Peter establishes his authority and lets his readers know he is telling the truth.
*Their Sphere (comes from within; Acts 20:28-35)
*How do you identify false teachers? Notice how they stray from the truth of the Gospel and know why you believe what you believe.
*2 Timothy 4:1-3- People let falsities infiltrate the church because they don’t like to hear that they’re sinners.
*False teachers promote themselves.
*Best way to spot false teachers: Study God’s Word for yourself. (Am I accountable to God even if I’ve been taught wrong? Yes, because you are judged by His Word. So, study it!)
Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, ‘Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.’ And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.” -Acts 18:9-11
-The church at Corinth was the most troubled church Paul wrote to. Their main problem? Division.
-Corinth was a major city and was part of a major trade route where pleasure and entertainment were emphasized. They had a temple dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite (the goddess of sex). They emphasized sensual philosophy and sensual wisdom, which contributed to the creation of a morally corrupt culture. The city was so vile that if you were called a “Corinthian,” it was degrading. (ch. 6:9)
-Start of the Church at Corinth> Acts 18:1-11- God said He had a lot of people in Corinth. A church was started in the midst of all that corruption. Paul stayed there approximately 1-1/2 years.
-The church had problems. (vs. 11; Fix them by setting sights on Christ…vs. 13)
-Some believers still clung to worldly pleasures. They wanted to be just a little bit more moral than Corinth, but still wanted the ways of the world. They wanted “The Best of Both Worlds.”
*We don’t draw the world into the church. The church is to go out into the world.
-vs. 1- Paul was called to be an apostle, not by his own will, but through the will of God. Paul established his authority before addressing problems (ch. 9:2). He came with a message of salvation through Christ alone to the Gentiles.
-Sosthenes (Acts 18:12)- chief ruler of synagogue; Like Paul, he persecuted Christians and later became a believer
vs. 2- This letter was written primarily to the church at Corinth. (church=assembly=local, visible body of baptized believers) SANCTIFIED=set apart; we’re saints!!!! Went out to all believers. It was passed around to Thessolanica, Galatia, etc. and eventually to NLBC in Lexington, KY.
-2 Peter 1:3-4- saints escape corruption through world.
Live up to your name as “saint.”
vs. 3-Greeting: grace to sanctified saints at Corinth
Grace comes through peace in knowing Jesus Christ; be aware of God’s grace manifested in your life. (Isaiah 26:3)
Evening Worship | Exodus 38:1-31 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“But as it is, He [Christ] has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” -Hebrews 9:26b
-Some call Christianity a bloody religion. It is. (1 Chronicles 29:21; 1 Kings 8:63) Because of sin, life must pay the sin debt. All the blood that flowed through sacrifices in the OT pointed to the blood of the Lamb of God.
-vs. 9…- The Tabernacle was something very costly in the middle of the wilderness. They used approximately 1 ton of gold, 3 tons of silver and 2 tons of bronze. All these materials were offerings given to the Lord because the Lord had given to them.
*What made them so joyful to give? They thought about their salvation. A thankful heart creates a giving heart. You can’t help but give when you realize how much the Lord has given you.
-vs. 18- There was only one way into the Courtyard, through the gate. It was made out of the same colors as the entrance to the Holy of Holies, representing there is only one way to God. (John 10:9- Jesus is the only way to God.)
-vs. 1- The first thing you would see when you entered the courtyard would be the altar, an 8-foot-wide by 5-foot-tall grill where burnt offerings were offered every morning and evening and fellowship and sin offerings were offered regularly, in addition to all the sacrifices made on the Day of Atonement. There were numerous bloody sacrifices that took place right at the entrance. Think of all the blood that was spilt.
-During a sacrifice, the one performing it would place their hands on the head of the animal to identify with it, symbolizing the transfer of sin.
-So, when you first walk in the Courtyard, you are reminded that you are a sinner who needs a sacrifice to appease the wrath of a holy and just God. (Hebrews 10:4, 9:26- All these pointed to Christ. Only He can take away sin.)
-vs. 8- The second item you would see when you entered the Courtyard would be the basin. (ch. 30:20-21- If you approach the altar without washing, you would die.)
-John 13- Once you’ve been born again, you’ve been born again. However, you need to confess your sins as daily cleansing.
-vs. 8- Women who were formerly servants and did not have much had been given gifts by Egyptian women when they left Egypt. They were given precious items such as mirrors, which they ended up giving as a sacrifice to the Lord.
*They realized that the greater part of womanhood was inner beauty. That’s what glorifies God.
*What do you see when you look in the mirror? What beauty do you desire? Inner or outer?
*Do others see Jesus in you? If Christ lives within us, let Him glow through us.
*Go through this week smiling!
*What are you willing to give? Are you willing to give your all to spread God’s glory and give Him the glory?