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This sermon podcast features the verse by verse, expository preaching, of North Valley Baptist Church in Mayfield, Pennsylvania. For more information on NVBC, and for the full sermon archive, go to visitnvbc.com
The First Letter to a Faithful Church: An Example to Follow
In this sermon, we learn of Paul, Silas and Timothy's gratitude to God for the believers in Thessalonica, since they knew those in this church were God's chosen. Having been chosen by God the works of salvation were being produced in them, as they had received God's Word with much affliction, and so were imitators of Paul and his co-workers, and of Christ. In all of this the Thessalonians became an example for other believers in the surrounding area, as the Gospel went out from them and people were aware of the transformation that took place in them. In this then the Thessalonian church is an example for us to follow, that we would follow the Apostle's example and therefore, we too would become more like Christ, and become an example to those around us.
In this sermon Pastor Scott introduces a new sermon series in First and Second Thessalonians. To begin with, the focus is on First Thessalonians, where the Apostle Paul has written to a new church to encourage them in their faith, and give them instructions where they still need to grow, in light of the persecution they face.
Confidence From a High View of God (Psalm 5)
What makes you struggle with your prayer life? What keeps you from coming to God in prayer, expressing your needs, and seeking His will? Could it be that you lack confidence in God when you pray? Could that stem from having a low view of God? David had a high view of God. He saw God as utterly holy and righteous, and so he could trust that God would deal justly towards his enemies. This gave David confidence in God, that God would hear Him and he could expect God to respond to his prayers.
How Long, Oh Lord (Psalm 13)
During COVID-19, restrictions, lockdown, and even with so many losing their jobs, many have been left asking "How long?!" Whatever circumstances you find yourself in, or have been in, you may be asking "how long". As we look at Psalm 13 we find David asking that same question of God, as he suffered through his circumstances. Therefore, in Psalm 13 we see a model for how we are to processes our feelings, complaints, and sufferings in a God glorifying way.
In this sermon through Genesis 49-50 we read of Jacob's prophetic announcement for each of his sons, for when their tribes settle in the land. We also read of the deaths of Jacob and Joseph. In this passage it is clear that God is sovereign and faithful. He will do what He says and His people can trust and obey Him. It is clear that man's responsibility and God's sovereignty coexist. This being the clear teaching of Scripture we should never try and diminish the sovereignty of God in anyway. For the God that is revealed in the Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the same God we serve. And as we see His sovereignty and faithfulness we can all the more understand that this God is awesome and worthy of our praise, worship, and the service of our lives.
This sermon covers Genesis 47:13-48:22. At the open of the text, the Egyptians have given all that they have, including their land and themselves, in order to by grain from Joseph. In this way, Joseph has saved the people from starvation and has increased Pharaoh's wealth. After this, we begin to see some of the last movements of Jacob's life. In that, we see his priorities and his trust in the faithfulness of the God of his fathers, Abraham and Isaac. Jacob trusted God would do as He promised, and bring his descendants up out of Egypt and into the promise land. It is important for us to reflect what will be on our minds, and our priorities when we are on our deathbed. Will we trust in the faithfulness of God, and care about eternal things that will demonstrate that we follow the one true God? If so, are we living now in such a way that shows that we trust in the faithfulness of God, and that we are His followers?
When we struggle to extend forgiveness to those who have hurt us, we can look to Joseph as an example of what it look like to truly forgive and see, at least one aspect of how we do that. Though Joseph was in a position, the second most powerful man in Egypt, to enact retribution on his brothers who sold him into slavery, instead he forgave them. Followers of the one true God must be marked with forgiveness. We follow the God who forgives all those who put their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, and we follow the God who has preordained all that happens to us for His GOOD purposes. Remembering these things can help us to forgive.
In this sermon we see Joseph, as governor of Egypt, and still unrecognized by his brothers, continues to put his brothers to the test to see if they have changed, or if they are the same men who sold him as a slave. As the story unfolds that change in Joseph's brothers is put on display through Judah and his offering himself to save Benjamin. There must be repentance if there is going to be true reconciliation. That being the case, what really is true repentance?
In Genesis chapter 42 we see Joseph's brothers arrive in Egypt looking to by grain to take back to Canaan for their family, due to the famine. There, they encounter their brother Joseph, rule over Egypt, second only to Pharaoh. But they do not recognize him as their brother, though he recognizes them. This chapter begins a series of tests that Joseph puts his brothers through. Some may ask, "why be so seemingly harsh?" But Joseph is testing his brothers to see if their has been any change in their, if there is any repentance, so that he may extend forgiveness and truly be reconciled to them. Without true repentance there cannot be true reconciliation. Warren Wiersbe said, "Shallow repentance leads to an experience that isn't reconciliation at all. It's only a fragile truce."
We all struggle, at least from time to time, with feeling out of control. The truth is, even when we do feel in control it is really just a delusion. We are never really in control, but as we see in Joseph’s life, God is in control. He is in control of every event, every choice, every circumstance right down to the smallest detail. That includes the timing of everything. Rarely do things unfold on our time line, but there is nothing that happens apart from God’s timing, for His purpose, for His glory.
We read in chapter 39 that the LORD was with Joseph, and therefore Joseph was successful in all he did. Therefore, his master, Potiphar, promoted him to be manager over everything that belonged to Potiphar, only excluding Potiphar's privet matters. Than, as Joseph is tempted by Potiphar's wife, Joseph does the right thing. Joseph resists he advantages. But feeling rejected, she brings an accusation against Joseph, that ends with Joseph being thrown in jail. How can God let that happen? Joseph did the right thing! We may feel that way in our lives. We may feel we've been trying to do the right thing, and then are dissatisfied with how God allowed our circumstances to turn out. But can we not trust God, who is sovereign and good? Can we trusted that God has purposed in everything, and everything he has purposed is good. Can we trust that if we have the LORD we have everything.
This sermon takes a look at the apparent interruption in the Joseph narrative, where the focus shifts to Joseph's brother, Judah. Here we see how no choice or sin can thwart God's plan, instead God is sovereign over all, and will use even the sinful choices of His people to bring about His good purposes for His glory.
This sermon continues the story of Joseph by looking at the sovereignty of God guiding every situation and every action, including Joseph's brothers selling him into slavery. Here we see God working for His purposes in Joseph's life, bringing everything together for His glory. Romans 8:28-29 describes God's providential workings, in everything, for those whom God has saved. Therefore, if you have repented of your sin and are trusting in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation, you can trust God is working all things for your good and His glory.
This sermon discusses an overview of the book of Genesis in order to set up the background to the narrative of the life of Joseph, which demonstrates the sovereignty of God over every circumstance, demonstrating the significance of God's sovereignty and mankind's responsibility to our lives.
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