“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
*The same situations and circumstances that can rob us of our joy will also disturb our peace.
*The common denominator to the disturbance of our peace is uncertainty.
*True peace is only found in the person of Jesus Christ.
I. A BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING OF PEACE
*Peace has its roots in the soil of relationship.
*From the soil of a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ, peace can be produced in us and through us by the Spirit.
*Peace is the presence and application of God’s righteousness.
*Conflict between mankind will still be present but conflict with God was cured through Jesus.
“For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in
himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.”
Philippians 4:6, 7
“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
*The peace of God is the calm assurance that what God is doing is best.
Isaiah 26:3, 4
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:”
II. THE UNDENIABLE MARKS OF PEACE
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
*People not at peace with God will tend to be at war with others.
*The issues of Christianity change but the danger of disagreement, division, and disunity do not go away!
“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”
*The love we live by is more important than the lines we draw!
Quote: "Peace is not just a happy feeling it’s the heart of the Gospel of Christ and the glory of God." - Christopher Wright
*The mission of a Christian is to carry the message of peace to a world in conflict.
*THE HALLMARKS OF A PEACEMAKER
1. I have accepted the peace that God has offered me; I am at peace with God.
2. I strive to live at peace with others.
3. I desire to lead others to know this peace that I have experienced.
TEXT: Galatians 5:16-25; John 14:27; 15:8-11; Romans 14:17
*In a world of misery not only can Christians experience joy, they can and should be a channel of joy to others.
*Joy is based on a person, Jesus Christ and our position in Him!
Definition: Joy is the inevitable overflow of receiving Christ as Saviour and of the believers knowing His continuing presence.
I. JOY IS KNOWING YOUR FORGIVEN
*The world’s joy always rests in circumstances, the believers joy always rests in Christ!
Jeremiah 9:23, 24
“Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.”
Quote: “If we only knew how bad we are we would welcome chastening because this is God’s way of getting rid of sin and its habits. But chastening is often resented because we cannot believe that we have done anything worthy of it.” J. Sanderson
*Challenging Seasons of Life
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
*Joy is inevitable but not always immediate.
II. JOY IS HAVING A FAMILY
III. JOY IS HAVING A FEAST
*As believers in Christ we reflect the joy of Jesus, feasting in a manner that does not result in us sinning or cause us to regret our actions.
IV. JOY IS HAVING FAITH
Habakkuk 3:17, 18
“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will
rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”
V. JOY IS HAVING A FUTURE
Romans 8:22, 23
“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption,
to wit, the redemption of our body.”
*Joy is not something we work toward, or have to wait forever to experience. Joy has already been given to us and we can increase our joy by walking in the Spirit.
*The secret to our joy is centering our life on Jesus!
*It finally happened in 1957, when Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith (pic)
*The Monongah Mining Disaster-pic)
“Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.”
*Many guys have no idea what it actually means to “man up” and be a man according to God’s standard.
I. HEAR THE CALL TO MANHOOD
Genesis 3:9, 10
“And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
*Sin causes the inner voice of God in your life to be muted and instead of fulfilling your mission you run off and hide.
1. Vicarious living
Quote: “Most men define their lives by three things; the ballfield, the bedroom and the billfold”. Voddie Baucham Jr.
*Guys when we become tone deaf to God’s call to manhood we also become deaf to the cry of our family who are desperate for our love and affection.
II. RECEIVE THE CHARGE OF MANHOOD
I Kings 2:1-4
“Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying, I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel."
“For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”
* Picture of Stone marker in England Martyrs Memorial
III. MAKE THE COMMITMENT TO MANHOOD
I Corinthians 13:11
“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
*Christ like character is the essence of what it means to be a Christian.
*The fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit work together.
Quote: “The fruit of the Spirit is a work of the Spirit and not of human origin. We cannot manufacture them, take pride in them, or lay claim that they were self-generated. They are a work of God and their source is God alone.” John Owen
“Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
I. FRUITFULNESS IS THE OUTWARD PRODUCTIVITY OF THE SPIRITS INWARD PROCESSES
*The life of tree is seen in the fruit of the vine.
*We can manufacture a product but only the Spirit can produce fruit.
*The Christian life needs a constant and consistent connection to a power greater than ourselves, that power is Christ in us!
II. PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH FRUITFUL PRODUCTIVITY
Quote: “A true Christian is known for his inner peace and his inner warfare.” J.C. Ryle
III. THE WHOLE POINT OF FRUIT BEARING
A. The purpose of bearing fruit is to point people to God.
B. There is a balance of grace and effort in the process.
Philippians 2:12, 13
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
C. Bearing fruit reflects the character and mission of God
*Together as a church growing in community we reflect the glory and grace of God. We display His character and mission to reach a world that is in desperate need of new life!
*Am I fighting against what God is intending accomplish?
I. GET ON BOARD WITH WHAT GOD IS DOING
A. God Is Gathering His Church Together
*The church needs to be far more concerned about the condition of someone’s soul than the color of someone’s skin!
B. God Is Growing His Church
*They were called Christians first because first they were Christians.
C. God Is Giving To And Through His People
*A true sign of spiritual maturity is sacrificial giving.
II. PRAYER IS THE MASTER KEY
Quote: “The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelism in history.”
Quote: “It is only when the Church gives herself up to this holy work of intercession that we can expect the power of Christ to manifest itself in her behalf.” Andrew Murray
Philippians 4:6, 7
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
*Peter Rested In The Promise of God.
*Salvation not only saves our soul but sets us free to experience the power, presence and peace of God!
*The Church Persevered Prayer
Quote: “Prayer turns ordinary mortals into men of power…It brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God. There is no power like that of prevailing prayer.” -Samuel Chadwick, The Path of Prayer
*All through Acts and all through history the church has experienced the greatest movement, momentum, and miracles of God through prayer!
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
I. THE CALL TO REACH THE LOST
*Carrying out the Great Commission is not some special call for a chosen few. It’s a clear command to all who are claiming to be followers of Jesus Christ.
Quote: “While the world is in a mess the church has lost its sense of mission.” Alaster Begg
*God pulled Philip out of the middle of something awesome and sent him somewhere awful to accomplish His purposes.
*Evangelism is not a gift given by the Spirit to individuals as much as it is a gift given to the church to help us proclaim the Gospel.
Quote: “We have a nation with open hearts and churches with closed mouths.” Ed Stezer
*When you’re walking in the Spirit and with the Spirit you will hear His whisper, you will sense his leading and you will experience His prompting.
II. FINDING CHRIST IN THE SCRIPTURES
*The Gospel does not know a hopeless cause!
III. AN OUTWARD EXPRESSION OF AN INWARD CHANGE
“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:”
Ill. Certificate of Baptism
*The evidence of our salvation is not just a public declaration by way of baptism, but a daily living of a life filled and overflowing with joy.
*The Gospel road will always lead you to joy and rejoicing!
*Favoritism fosters distortion in our heart and mind. It’s the breeding ground for prejudice and racism.
*Christianity is not a popularity contest, it is all level ground at the foot of the cross!
I. A GOOD GUY
*Good people still need to be transformed by the Gospel!
*No one is so bad that they are beyond the reach of God’s grace and no one is so good that they are beyond the need of it.
Quote: “Angels can deliver God’s messages to lost men, but they cannot preach the Gospel to them. That is our privilege and responsibility.” Warren Wiersbe
II. A PROUD CHRISTIAN
*The problem is not that the Gospel has lost any of its power to change the lives of all people. The problem is Christians who think the Gospel is only for a select group of people.
*Racism doesn’t have its roots in the Bible; Jesus died for every race. Racism is rooted in the hearts and minds of people who are filled with pride.
“Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:”
*The Gospel transforms our life so that we can now display the glory and grace of God to others.
III. A GAME CHANGING MOMENT
“There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
II Corinthians 5:19
“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”