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Should We Be Doing?

Text: Titus 2:11-15
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
15 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.

Introduction – If I make a statement Jesus Is Coming Soon, what comes to mind?
The answer would be varied but that does not change the fact that He is!
Scripture gives insight to what we as believers should be doing.

 
I.We Should Be Trying To Give Outreach to the Unsaved

A. Matthew 28:16 -20 
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

B.John 9:24
24 So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.


C.Hebrews 9:28
28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

II.We Should be Constant Attenders of Christian Gatherings

A.Hebrews 10:25
25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

B. 10 percent is information given us (the truth), 90 per cent
Is how we react to it.

III. We Should Worship The Reason We have Salvation

A.1 Corinthians 11:26
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

B.In Christ alone we have redemption!

IV.We Should Firmly Embrace the Truth

A.Revelation 2:25
25 But hold fast what you have till I come.

B.Hold on and keep holding on!!!

C.Compromise will kill our hold on the truth 

Conclusion – Are you praying for and actively trying to will the lost to Christ?

What Should We Be Doing?
August 26, 2018
The Faithful Sayings of Paul

Text 2 Timothy 2:11 -13
11 This is a faithful saying:
For if we died with Him,
We shall also live with Him.
12 If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him.
If we deny Him,
He also will deny us.
13 If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
He cannot deny Himself.

Introduction:
Teaching the next generation is such a vital part of what here at
Holly Hill. Paul makes important emphasis to do this for Timothy and Titus.
Let us examine this together:

I.Christ Came To Save Sinners
1 Timothy 1:12 – 17
12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, 13 although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an]insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 16 However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

II.Leading Ministry is a Noble Task
1Timothy 3:1 – 7
 3 This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; 3 not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; 4 one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence 5 (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); 6 not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

III.Life’s Best Value is Godliness
1Timothy 4:8 -10
 8 For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. 9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. 10 For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.

IV.Remember Christ Will Always Remain Faithful
2Timothy 2:11 -13 
For if we died with Him,
We shall also live with Him.
12 If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him.
If we deny Him,
He also will deny us.
13 If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
He cannot deny Himself.


V.Stress There is a Life After Salvation!
Titus 3:1 -8 
3 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. 3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.


Conclusion – Are you a teacher?


The Faithful Sayings of Paul
September 2, 2018
Please scroll down for sermons from                     September 2, September 9, September 16 and September 23
Unexpected People

Text: Joshua 2:1 
2 Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.”
So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there.

Introduction:
Some of the people used by God for ministry in the Bible can be surprising
and even confusing.
 Today we are going to look at one example of this.
Rahab – “prideful, likes to argue” What do we know about her?
Canaanite, Gentile, Sinner, Prostitute. 
Wow this does not seem to be a great ministry resume!

But let us learn together;

I.She Was in A Strategic Place
    A.She lived on the wall in a place where it was common for
    strangers to frequent. 

 Joshua 2:15
 15 Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall; she dwelt on the wall.

B.There were two walls around Jericho
    1. Outer wall 6 feet thick,
    2. Inner wall 15 feet thick.
    3. The walls where 15 feet apart and 30 feet high.
    4. She lived in a house on the Wall. Very Important.

C.In church, history has needed people for very special reasons at specific times.

D.Ezekiel 22:30, to stand in a place of need at the right time.
    30 So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I     should not destroy it; but I found no one.

II.She Was Quick with her Spin
    A.She was a great liar, three lies very convincing. 
    Joshua 2:3-6
     3 So the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for     they have come to search out all the country.”
    4 Then the woman took the two men and hid them. So she said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they     were from. 5 And it happened as the gate was being shut, when it was dark, that the men went out. Where the men went I do     not know; pursue them quickly, for you may overtake them.” 6 (But she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them with     the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order on the roof.)

B.It is amazing what God will do to protect His Children.

C.Exodus 1:15 -21 Midwives lie to save Children
    15 Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and the name of the other     Puah; 16 and he said, “When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a     son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the     king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive. 18 So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to     them, “Why have you done this thing, and saved the male children alive?”
    19 And the midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are lively and     give birth before the midwives come to them.”
    20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew very mighty. 21 And so it was, because the     midwives feared God, that He provided households for them.

D. 2 Kings 6:19, Elisha leading people to wrong place
    19 Now Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, nor is this the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you     seek.” But he led them to Samaria.

E.God hates lying period but works in mysterious ways.

F.Colossians 3:9
     9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,

 Proverbs 12:22
     22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
    But those who deal truthfully are His delight.

III.She had a Clear Understanding Of God’s Plan for His Children
        A.Joshua 2:9 – 11
         9 and said to the men: “I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the         inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. 10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red         Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of         the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. 11 And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted;         neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above         and on earth beneath.

    B.She really understood!!!

    C.God does not make mistakes ever!

IV.She was Not Afraid to Ask For Salvation
    A.Joshua 2:12 – 16 
    12 Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the Lord, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to     my father’s house, and give me [a]a true token, 13 and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they     have, and deliver our lives from death.”
    14 So the men answered her, “Our lives for yours, if none of you tell this business of ours. And it shall be, when the Lord has     given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with you.”
    15 Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall; she dwelt on the wall. 16 And     she said to them, “Get to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you. Hide there three days, until the pursuers have returned.     Afterward you may go your way.”

    B.We must ask for Salvation
    Romans 10: 9 -10
         9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you         will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

C.God is so wishing we ask. He does not draw anyone He will not Save!
    John 6:44
         44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

     Ephesians 1:18
         18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the         riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

V.She was willing to Obey Instruction’s For Herself and Her Family
    A.Joshua 2:19 -21
     19 So it shall be that whoever goes outside the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and     we will be guiltless. And whoever is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him. 20 And if you     tell this business of ours, then we will be free from your oath which you made us swear.”
    21 Then she said, “According to your words, so be it.” And she sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet     cord in the window.

B.No pride or arguing but immediate willingness to obey!!!

C.We are our families greatest evangelist

Conclusion – Joshua 2:23 -24,
     23 So the two men returned, descended from the mountain, and crossed over; and they came to Joshua the son of Nun, and     told him all that had befallen them. 24 And they said to Joshua, “Truly the Lord has delivered all the land into our hands, for     indeed all the inhabitants of the country are fainthearted because of us.”

The walls will tumble down, 
VICTORY will happen but Oh what a back story!  


A Holiness Church

Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:12 – 21
12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord an admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. 15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good.


Introduction – In this two part study we will look at entire sanctification.
How it affects us today and its importance to understand this surrendered life.
Sanctification is important to our church history.
The Wesleyan Church – founded in 1968 by the merger of two denominations.
The Wesleyan Methodist Church founded 1843 by the anti – slavery people within the Methodist Church. The Pilgrim Holiness Church founded 1897, by Seth Cook Rees, a Quaker evangelist greatly influenced by A B Simpson.The key person of Christian Missionary Alliance and Martin Wells Knapp, a Methodist preacher who was led into sanctification by William Taylor, the key person of Taylor University.
 Both groups had two foundational points of emphasis, sanctification and missions. Four Square emphasis was Salvation, Sanctification, Healing and the Second Coming. 
 Today we are going to look at “A holiness Church” as it pertains to the congregation and next Sunday as individual believers. 

Let us look together:

I. An Appreciation of the Entire Ministry of the Church
1 Thessalonians 5:12 – 13
12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are 
over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in 
love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.

A.Every ministry is vital and important

II. An Admonishment and Support of the Entire Congregation
1 Thessalonians 5: 14 – 15
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the 
fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. 15 See that no one 
renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for 
yourselves and for all.

A.The weak, lonely, troubled, needy and trouble makers, everyone!

III. A Promise to Always Remember to Celebrate (praise)
1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for 
this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

A.To God Be the Glory!!!!

IV. An Honest Effort to Allow Ourselves to be Spirit led 
1 Thessalonians 5:19 -21
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; 
hold fast what is good.

A.When the man made institution becomes more important than the
Presence of the Spirit in our ministries or services we begin DEATH!

Conclusion – “Holy Spirit Thou Art Welcome” let us sing together

A Holiness Church
September 16, 2018
A Holiness Church part two
Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:22 – 24
22 Abstain from every form of evil.
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

Introduction:
 Last week we looked at some of characteristics of a Holiness Church.
*Appreciation of the Entire Ministry of the Church
*Acceptance and Support for Entire Congregation 
* Always Willing to Celebrate (Praise)
* Allow the Holy Spirit to Lead

Today we are going to look at the individual’s Holiness responsibility (sanctification)
 
I. A Lifestyle of Intentional Living
A.1 Thessalonians 5:22
22 Abstain from every form of evil.

B.Habitual sin with all its choices is done. Stopped.

C.1 John 2:1 -2
2 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

D.Jude 24 – 25
 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
25 To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.
Amen.

E.Holy living is an experience but also proper choices.

II. A Lifestyle of Complete Surrender
A. 1 Thessalonians 5:23
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

B. Entire sanctification will not happen without complete submission. 

C. Saved – Initial Sanctification set apart for Holy purpose (Savior) 
2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

D. Surrendered – Entire Sanctification - carnal nature is crucified,
Christ remains our Savior but also becomes our Lord/Master
 Galatians 2:20 
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

E.Sustaining – Progressive Sanctification – Becoming more like Christ by the growth of edification, devotion, as we are “being sanctified”. 


Hebrews 2:11
 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,

1 Peter 1: 13 – 15
13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.

  
  Conclusion – 1 Thessalonians 5: 24
 
 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

The God of our forgiveness is also the God who is faithful to sanctify!!!!
A Holiness Church
Part Two
September 23, 2018