God is in control 

By Justin Peters

Dan 1

Daniel is being careful with the names he uses. Vv2 The Lord gave. Daniel, God is my judge. 

Vv8 why did they say no? He made up his mind not to defile himself. So that when the temptations come you don’t fold. Daniel wanted all the glory to go to God. Resulute attitude towards God. Imagine the temptation. Four young men not bending the knee. 

Vv9 God honored their obedience. Sometimes you see the reward sometimes you don’t. But one blessing you will recieve is clear conscience.  

Do not succumb to worldliness. Do you love the Lord or your sin? Salvation is not resolution it is direction. 

Solus Scriptura

By Justin Peters 

Luke 16:19-31

Lazarus means God helps. You and I are spiritually helpless. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. God is the ultimate good judge and He must punish sin. If we could work our way into heaven then the cross is meaningless .

Death is the great equalizer. Vv 22 pallbearers​ were angels. Vv24 the most terrifying thing about hell is God, in His mode of judgement. Rev 14  Father Abraham. This tells us he had head knowledge of the Bible. Send Lazarus – hell does not mean repentance. Let the word of Christ dwell richly in us. Make sure that head knowledge penetrates the heart. 1 Cor 6. Washed, justified and sanctified.  

A worldly is nothing more than intellectual ascent – We try to cover our sin. A Goldy sorrow leads to repentance and salvation. PSA 51. It grieves a Christian. 

What in the world is a Christian?

1 Peter 4:16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.

Acts 26:28 And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?”

Acts 11:26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.

Evangelising loved ones

Preserve in prayer. John 1 Philip. Bring your loved ones before Christ and leave them there. 

God’s glory. John 5:19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 

Get yourself will out of the way. Doing the will of God is our food. God’s name be glorified​. The Holy spirit has to act. 

Job 6

Vv2-3 you don’t​ understand me Eliphaz. Don’t assume you know what I am suffering. 

Job is calmer than in chapter 3. Vv10 why Job want to die.? He finds joy in the pain because he has not denied God. Lord let me never outlive thy love for you. Job wanted to die with a clear conscience. 

Vv12 I can’t hold on much longer God. What will you do when you face persecution?

Vv14 a suffering brother needs kindness. Thos verse refers to the friend. God’s grace is sufficient for the both of us. 

2 Corinthians 12:10  For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Vv30 you can’t trust your friends but you can trust God. Flee to God the one who refines us. 

Obedience to God

Titus 2:12

1 Sam 15:22

Daniel 3 the furnace of fire. Daniel 6 the lions den.

Divine love. Love your enemies.

Joy. What is joy?  The absence of bitnerness. The Christian delight that God’s resources are sufficient.

Thanksgiving. Many are not thankful because they are not grateful. In everything​ give thanks. Ephesians 5:20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, (ESV)

Humility. The opposite of pride and arrogance. Mat 12 :18-21, Phil 2:5-8. Without humility there is no unity. PSA 29:9.

Phil 4:6-7. Peace of God.

2 Pet 1:1-11

Sanctification. God expects Christians to work hard at our spiritual life.  We have been granted everything to live a God pleasing life. We are to hold back nothing in our pursuit of being a Christian. 

Virtue. Moral excellence and integrity. De An. Is your word as good as a signed contract? 

Knowledge. Gain more knowledge of God’s word. Active study. James 21 be doers of the word. 

Self control​. It partains to the way we use our time. Do you review the way you use your time? Make time for God. 

Endurance. To withstand the trials. Overcome the same sin. Reverance for God. God is not your pal or servant. Late for worship. Distracted in worship. 

Brotherly affection. Practical love. Forgiveness. Agape love. Sacraficial love. Extends beyond believers. 

Why sanctification? Be convinced in your own mind. The pursuit is consultivating the seed. Act with diligence to add to your faith. Ephesians 4:24. Both God’s work and ours. 

Luke 15 pt 4

The gospel – A God who receives sinners. 

Providential mercy the older brother was in the field.  There are many ppl who are like this older brother. One mistake and they will never forget. Always bearing a grudge. An ungrateful heart a spirit of resentment. A swift word can reveal simmering thoughts. Industrious and immpecable. This older brother is a Pharisee. 

So busy doing things no time to be anything. Sense of own importance. Arrogance. They interpret a snub to them. Slavish attitude. No love in his work. 

Jesus is holding up a mirror in these parables. What does it say about you? Do you keep your distance when new ppl come to church?