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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Charles Whisnant Sunday December 28 2014

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I made a commitment when I started expositional preaching (read the text, give understanding of the text, teach the text, and made application of the text) back in 1982, that I would not skip a passage of scripture if I did not agree with it or lived it, but I would try to live up to the passage.  This is one passage that I have struggled with.

Romans 12:14

  • Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  (NASB:
  • Bless them which persecute you; bless, and curse not. kjv
  • Greek: eulogeite tous dokontas [humas], eulogeite  kai me katarasthe. (
  • Bless those who persecute you [who are cruel in their attitude toward you]; bless and do not curse them -(Amplified Bible -
  • If people persecute you because you are a Christian, don't curse them; pray that God will bless them.- (NLT -
  • as for those who try to make your life a misery, bless them. Don't curse, bless.)
  • Be constantly blessing those who are constantly persecuting you; be blessing and stop cursing.- Wuest)
  • Bless those persecuting you; bless, and curse not; Young Literal
  • Bless those who make a practice of persecuting you; bless them instead of persecuting them – Mof
  • Call down blessings on your persecutors –neb

 

Main Idea: When someone you know is mean to you, for any reason, it is not a normal reaction to pray for blessings over their life.  Even adults struggle with being kind to those who are unkind to us.  God asks us to live this way because we are called to live differently than those who don't believe in Christ.  By living in such a dramatically kind and loving way, we are showing the world how God loves them!


BLESS THOSE WHO (continually) PERSECUTE YOU: eulogeitetous diokontas  (humas):


Romans 12:21; Job 31:29,30; Matthew 5:44, 48, Luke 6:28; 23:34; Acts 7:60; 1 Corinthians 4:12-13; I Thessalonians 5:15; First Peter 2:21.

     

 

Charles Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher Sunday December 21, 2014 Sunday Morning Sermon

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God's great visit to us is the incarnation of our blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  LUKE 1:78-79
HE VISITS US AS THE DAYSPRING FROM ON HIGH.
THE DAWN OF A NEW BEGINNING
Charles e Whisnant Pastor/Teacher, 2014

Part Two

 

Why is it so hard for humans to accept the idea that Jesus’ grace is completely sufficient, while at the same time being completely independent of what we might do to earn it?  Ray Pritchard

Counterintuitive grace.

Pause for a moment on that last one. In what sense is grace “counterintuitive"? The word refers to something that goes against what we would normally expect to be true, i.e. “You must go north first in order to go south later” or “Having fun is hard work.” For a long time I’ve felt that grace is the hardest doctrine to accept. We fight against it because it runs against the grain of everything we instinctively believe. Grace forces us to confront two very difficult truths:

1) There is nothing we can do to contribute to our own salvation.
2) If God doesn’t save us, we will never be saved.

Basically grace says, “You’re a hopeless mess" and “Only God can help you now.” And in our natural state we would rather do anything than admit those two things.

The  reformation slogan "sola gratia", or grace alone, in today's world is under constant attack. What is it about being saved by God's grace alone that is so hard to swallow. The scriptures are clear that our deliverance from hell is due to the goodness of God, despite the lack of good in our fallen nature. Americans, especially, because of our belief in our own good and innate nature to do good, struggle to think of ourselves as totally depraved in our own nature and unable to do good on our own. We carry this democratic ideal into our theology that each individual has the ability to make things better.  To an American grace alone is senseless because the condition of man is not so bad. Without a recognition of the human condition we will find Arminius' opposition to 'grace alone' is much more palatable. It gives a much better view of self.

CHRISTMAS WHAT IS THE POINT:

Christmas is the end of thinking you are better than someone else, because Christmas is telling you that you could never get to heaven on your own. God had to come to you. It is telling you that people who are saved are not those who have arisen through their own ability to be what God wants them to be. Salvation comes to those who admit how weak they are.  Tim Keller

“Christmas is the end of thinking you are better than someone else.” That might make a good banner to hang over the front door of every church. Those of us who believe in Jesus aren’t any better than anyone else, sometimes we seem like we’re worse than a lot of people, but that’s not the point.

God came down to us.  That’s the point.
God’s Sunrise:  the dayspirng or dawn:  Jesus Christ

In Luke 1:78. “the dayspring from on high has visited us.”

Because the heart of our God is full of mercy towards us, the first light of Heaven shall come to visit us—to shine on those who lie in darkness and under the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Phillips)

The picturesque old English word ‘dayspring’ means neither more nor less than sunrising. And it is here used practically as a name for Jesus Christ, who is Himself the Sun, represented as rising over a darkened earth, and yet, with a singular neglect of the propriety of the metaphor, as descending from on high, not to shine on us from the sky, but to ‘visit us’ on earth

The Coming of the New Covenant:  Luke 1:78-79

Luke 1:78 , that brings the Sunrise from on high which shall visit us to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death and it is the New Covenant that guides our feet into the way of peace. John MacArthur also says

Now in the morning the sun rises, of course, from the sky and so there's a clear metaphorical connection, but he's talking about there's going to come a great light from heaven, not the sun, not the morning star, not the glow of dawn that precedes the sun, not the first light of the day physically, there's coming from on high another Sun, a Sunrise who will shine on those who will sit in darkness and the shadow of death.

Isaiah 9, Malachi 4:2, Second Peter 1:19,  Revelation 22:    6


Charles e Whisnant, Sunday December 21, 2014

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Bible Study Hour and the 11 a.m. Hour and then again at 6:00 p.m.

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God's great visit to us is the incarnation of our blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  LUKE 1:78-79
HE VISITS US AS THE DAYSPRING FROM ON HIGH.
THE DAWN OF A NEW BEGINNING
Charles e Whisnant Pastor/Teacher, 2014

There were three parts to this one sermon, which was taught in the Bible Study Hour and at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  http://www.keepbelieving.com/sermon/2008-12-19-Sunrise-at-Bethlehem/ Ray Pritchard     

The headline from a recent USA article told of new research from the Pew Foundation suggesting that most Americans would answer yes to that question. 2008 by the way.
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/religion/2008-12-18-saved-heaven_N.htm
     Most American religious believers, including most Christians, say eternal life is not

exclusively for those who accept Christ as their savior, a new survey finds.    Of the 65% of people who held this open view of heaven’s gates, 80% named at least one non-Christian group - Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists or people with no religion at all - who may also be saved, according to a new survey released today by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

This means 52% of Christians do not agree with the doctrines many religions teach, particularly conservative denominations.

Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, calls the findings "a theological crisis for American evangelicals. They represent at best a misunderstanding of the Gospel and at worst a repudiation of the Gospel."
This survey on salvation is a follow-up to a highly controversial finding in Pew's Religious Landscape survey, released earlier this year. It detailed the religious demographics, beliefs and behavior of 35,000 U.S. adults surveyed in 2007.

Pastors, theologians and Christian commentators complained that the Landscape Survey question on access to eternal life — which 70% said was open to many faiths — was too vague. "Did people mean only other religions that are similar to their own, like Baptists grudgingly admitting Lutherans might go to heaven?" said Pew research fellow Greg Smith.

So Pew revisited the topic in a new survey of 2,905 adults, conducted July 31-Aug. 10, with more specific questions. Smith says the new findings reinforce the original finding that "Americans really are thinking quite broadly."

Christian believers who named at least one non-Christian faith that could lead to salvation included 34% of white evangelicals, even though evangelical doctrine stresses that salvation is possible only through Jesus.

Higher levels of church attendance made some difference, particularly among white evangelical protestants. But an overall majority (54%) of people who identified with a religion and who said they attend church weekly also said many religions can lead to eternal life. This majority included 37% of white evangelicals, 75% of mainline Protestants and 85% of non-Hispanic white Catholics.

Pew's new survey also found that many Christians (29%) say they are saved by their good actions; 30% say salvation is through belief in Jesus, God or a higher power alone, which is the core teaching of evangelical Protestantism; and 10% say salvation is found through a combination of behavior and belief, a view closer to Catholic teachings.

The number of those who said actions determine who attains heaven, was lowest (11%) for white evangelicals, highest for white Catholics (47%).

The number of people saying theirs is the only faith that can lead to eternal life increased slightly, from 24% to 29%, between 2007 and 2008. The biggest increase was among white evangelical Protestants — up from 37% to 49%.

Overall, the new findings are "an indictment of evangelicalism and evangelical preaching," said Mohler. "The clear Biblical teaching is that Jesus Christ proclaimed himself to be the only way to salvation."

Mohler sees behind the statistics the impact of pluralism and secularism in U.S. society and the challenge of facing family and friends with "an uncomfortable truth."

\"We are in an age when we want to tell everyone they are doing just fine. It's extremely uncomfortable to turn to someone and say, 'You will go to hell unless you come to a saving knowledge of Jesus,' " Mohler says.

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Right Living For Better Evangelism

THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PETER 2:11-12
RIGHT LIVING: THE BETTER WAY OF EVANGELISM
DECEMBER 17, 2014   Pastor/Teacher Charles e Whisnant

RIGHT LIVING: THE BETTER WAY OF EVANGELISM:  2:11-5:11

1A    GENERAL PRINCIPLES: 2:11 - 12
    1B    ABSTAIN FROM FOLLOWING SINFUL PASSIONS: 2:11
    2B    MAINTAIN GOOD CONDUCT AMONG THE GENTILES: 2:12
2A    LIVING AS CITIZENS:  2:13-17
3A    LIVING AS SERVANTS: 2:18-25

The key verse in this section 2:11-20 is verse 15.
"That with well doing you may put to silence the ignorance's of foolish men."


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1A    How to keep those who blast Christianity quite?  How to silence the critics? How to bring men  around to glorify God?

1B    Living the righteousness  of Christ in our living.

2A    The single greatest tool we have in evangelism?  Right living.

3A    The motivation to carry on the Christian life in the middle of a difficult situation, and society?
    1B    Its your duty.  1:1-2:3
    2B    Due to your spiritual benefits you do.  2:4-10
    3B    Its our obligation to live holy before a watching world.

4A    How are we to view ourselves in order to live this way?
    1B    We are stranger in this land.      vs. 11-12
    2B    We are citizens:          vs. 13-17
    3B    We are servants:          vs. 18-20

5A    Peter is calling us to a righteous life in the middle of a society that does not like Christianity
    1B    Your life will either affirm their remarks or put to silence their comments about Christ.

6A    Peter calls us to do this:
    1B    To discipline our inward and private life.
        1C    It begins with integrity.  What is on the inside that counts.

The price of our redemption is to set aside the things of this world. Hebrews 13:14

Our attitude is as such that we think in terms of the temporary. We are so focus on Christ that the attraction of this world do not pull us in.  For we are ready to depart and be with Christ.

We just don’t seem to fit in…we are “aliens and exiles”.  This is going to take discipline from the inside.

 

Dearly beloved, i beseech 3870 you as strangers3941 and pilgrims 3927 abstain 567 from fleshy lust 1939, which war again the soul"5590

  • Romans 12:1; 2Corinthians 5:20; 6:1; Ephesians 4:1 Philemon 1:9,10)

Pilgrim - one who journeys in foreign lands. "One who comes from a foreign country to dwell by the natives of a city or land, a stranger, sojourner. Since heaven is the home of the Christian, the NT speaks of Abraham and other believers as pilgrims while on earth (Hebrews 11:13; 1Peter 2:11; cf. Genesis 23:4; Psalms 39:12)."

Beloved (27) (agapetos from agape) means dear or very much loved (in context by God their Father!). It is a love called out of one’s heart by preciousness of the object loved. The "Beloved" are those to whom Christ has shown love.

Beseech or Urge (3870) (parakaleo from para = beside + kaleo = to call)

  • means literally to call to one's side and so refers to the act of calling someone to one’s side in order to give aid or help

Aliens (3941) (paroikos from para = beside + oikos = dwelling, home) means literally  to dwell near and thus to have a home alongside of.

  • (1Peter 1:1 1Pe 1:17; Genesis 23:4; 47:9; Leviticus 25:23; 1Chronicles 29:15; Psalms 39:12; 119:19,54; Hebrews 11:13

Strangers (3927) (parepidemois from para = near by and here implies a transitory sense describing one who passes near but on to something beyond + epidemos = stranger, epidemos from epi = in or among + demos = a people) literally means a stranger alongside and so a stranger or sojourner

Abstain (568) (apechomai or apecho from apó = away from - the idea of putting some distance between, marker of dissociation, implying a rupture from a former association + écho = have) means to be away or be at a distance
Fleshly (4559) (Sarkikos from sarx = flesh)  refers to that which pertains to the flesh, in context the depraved nature inherited from Adam. It means having the nature of flesh, i.e., sensual, controlled by animal appetites (inherited from Adam), instead of by the Spirit of God.

Lusts (1939) (epithumia from epi = at, toward {the preposition "epi-" in the compound is directive conveying the picture of "having one’s passion toward"} + thumos = passion. Root verb epithumeo = set heart upon)  is a neutral term denoting the presence of strong desires or impulses, longings or passionate craving (whether it is good or evil is determined by the context) directed toward an object

Wage war (4754) (strateuomai from strategos = army, stratos = an encamped army) means literally to perform military service, serve as a soldier in the army, go to fight,  carry on a military campaign, make a military expedition, lead soldiers to war or to battle.  (Romans 7:23; 8:13; Galatians 5:17,24; 1Timothy 6:9,10; James 4:1)

Against (2596) (kata) generally describes a downward movement and when used as a hostile sense as in this verse conveys the idea of "against".

Soul (5590) (psuche or psyche from psucho = to breathe, blow, English = psychology, "study of the soul")

 

Charles e Whisnant, Quotes

 

Far too many who want to go to Heaven, want to get there doing as little as they can, they don't want to give any effect, they want to obey as little as possible, they want to live their lives as their way. They might have a little trouble getting there!]

 

A person becomes a believer, is born again, becomes a Christian when the Holy Spirit brings into their mind their need of forgiveness and their need for a Savior, Jesus Christ.

We have been taught to just believe, its all that necessary. I believe the Bible that I hold in my hand is rather close to the original. So how do we know that? listen and learn. Its true we do.

Hackers are hacking my sermons and putting them out for the world to see! Wish!

What is to be our reaction to the reaction of the world as we see on display today around the United State and the World? Are we going to have to adapt to what we see every day in the world around us? Are we going to have to change our way of thinking about how the worldview is been presented to us?

We have certainly over the years been asked what we thinking about a number of issues, "Can we drink beer, or Jack Daniel?" "Can we have sex before marriage?" "Can we smoke weed, etc??" Can we be a Democrat and still be a Christians? Can a Christian believer join the Freemason or the Lions, Beavers, or any club?" "Can a Christian read other translations other then the KJV? " I

First Peter 2 have been my topic of study for over a year in our church. There seem to be the idea of holiness that is to illustrated our lives before God and man. When ask such questions has this one, I usually like to give them my sermon notes on the subject of holiness,

You have been called to participation. God invites men and women to participate in fellowship with Him and in His salvation. God's saving initiative, the effectual call of God. God called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. First Peter 1:1, 15, 2:21 and 3:9 and 5;10 From the sermon tonight. From Darkness To Light. Sin to Salvation.

 

First Peter 2:11 will be our text Wednesday at ROJBC

1Peter 2:11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. (nasv)

Dearly beloved, i beseech (3870) you as strangers(3941) and pilgrims (3927) abstain (567) from fleshy lust (1939), which war again the soul"(5590) (Strong's number) God has never called the Believer to Fit In. But to Live And Speak To The Glory of The Lord.D L Moody captured the essence of Peter's exhortation when he exclaimed..."I have more trouble with D. L. Moody than with any man I know."

God dealing with Sin 1 Luke 5

First Peter 2:

CHARLES E WHISNANT

The Spiritual Benefit, Entitlement, Advantage, A Special Right, Immunity Granted, Available only to a Particular Group of People.  Which most  people cannot take advantage of. 

THE GREAT BLESSINGS WE HAVE OF BEING A CHRISTIAN BELIEVER IN CHRIST GRANTED BY  GOD BECASUE  OF THEIR POSITION IN CHIRST. First Peter 2:

1A    Embracing with Christ      "Jesus the Chief Corner Stone."
2A    Entrance to Christ:    "God's Building A Spiritual House."
3A    Protection in the Lord "What Does It mean to be a Priest" & "How Are We To Function"
4A    Attachment to the Lord "Building on a Chosen Foundation", "The Preciousness of Christ,                     "A Stone of Offense,"
5A    Chosen By Our Lord:    "A Royal Priesthood"
6A    Ruling With the Lord    "Chosen By Our Lord"
7A    Separation to Our Lord    "A Spiritual Intimacy With Christ"
8A    Possession By the Lord    "A People For God's Own Possession."

Vs. 9   "A PECULIAR PEOPLE" But you are A CHOSEN RACE, a royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION,

so that you may proclaim the excellences  of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light

People of God's own possession: Exodus 19:5, Isaiah 43:21, Deuteronomy  7:6; 14:2; 26:18.

God has redeemed Christians not out of Babylon but out of darkness and has called them to Himself, taking them not out of Jerusalem, but into  His marvelous light

"A peculiar people.'     Means a set-apart nation of people formed for God's possession. A consecrated class of people. Purchased people.  An acquired people.

"They are a people which He has secured as a possession, or as His own, a people, therefore, which belong to Him, as to no other."

Ephesians 1:14 tells us how He possessed us.  The purchased price?  Redemption.  Acts 20:28 "with His own blood."  First Corinthians 6:20.  "For ye are bought with a price."  Titus 2:14 "Who gave Himself for us that Her might redeem us from all iniquity."

"I AM A PERSONAL POSSESSION OF THE LIVING CHRIST."

9A  ILLUMINATION IN OUR LORD:


"THAT YE SHOULD SHEW FORTH THE PRAISES OF HIM WHO HATH CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO  HIS MARVELLOUS LIGHT." VS. 9


God's purpose in redeeming us is not simply our own enjoyment, but that we might glorify Him. Isaiah 43:7, and 25.  Isaiah 43:21; 60:1-3; Matthew 5:16; Eph sian1:6; 3:21; Philippians  2:15,16)

You are acquired so that you might proclaim abroad the excellencies of Him who hath called you.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CALLED OUT OF DARKNESS?

Refers to unbelievers in their condition before their conversion, when they were in intellectual darkness, i.e. they could not see truth, and moral darkness, i.e. they could not see righteousness.

Spurgeon...See where you once were, and see also to what you have been called by God’s grace: “out of darkness into light.” That is not all: into His light. Even that is not all: “into his marvellous light.” The light of the gospel is full of wonders. As common light is made up of many colors, so the light of God’s grace is made up of many marvellous colors, — the colors of all the attributes of God.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT THEY WERE CALLED?

You have been called to participation.  God invites men and women to participate in fellowship with Him and in His salvation.  God's saving initiative, the effectual call of God.  God called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.  First Peter 1:1, 15, 2:21 and 3:9 and 5;10

WHAT DOES IT MAN TO HAVE BEING GIVEN LIGHT

You have been called out of intellectual nonsense, and moral perversion into a wonderful truth, and righteousness.


"TO SHOW"  i.e. declare , to tell out, to tell forth, to rehearse in adoring language of God's righteousness.

"God's excellencies"  Its speaks forth the praises of God, Psalms 9:14; 71:15; 73:28; 79:13; 107:22; 119:13, 26

When you are around Christians who speech fulfills this purpose invariably refreshed our spirits.

He desires to be known. To know God for what He is.  Why? Because He would have every heart gladdened and blessed for ever by that received and believed light.


WHY HAVE CHRISTIANS BEEN SAVED?

You have been saved for God's sake. What people can learn about God from a true Christian is a better revelation than has ever been made or can be made elsewhere?
People of the world takes its notions of God, most of all from the people who say they belong to God's family.  They read us a great deal more than they read the Bible.  They see us, they see Jesus Christ. We make Jesus our life, so people can see who Christ is in us.

You are to be advertisers of the praises or virtues of Christ, not only to know them, and to be glad to know them, but to make them known to others. Beloved, how far are you doing this? I put the question personally to each one of you, for you were chosen by God on purpose that you “should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”.

Charles and Charity Whisnant and Family

Preachers ? Who Can Be?>


:How can Joel Osteen have just a big ministry? Is he really a preacher of the Gospel, as with all the others of like fame.?  Preacher of LA

Modern evangelicals would answer this in a variety of ways.  Some would say the level of gifts or intellect the preacher possesses.  Others, would reference the quality of a man’s formal theological training or his oratory skills. 

 

Let us allow A.W. Tozer to cut through the superficial and cultural emphasis of our day in regard to preaching with these insightful words:

    Let me shock you at this point. A naturally bright person can carry on religious activity without a special gift from God. Filling church pulpits every week are some who are using only natural abilities and special training. Some are known as Bible expositors, for it is possible to read and study commentaries and then repeat what has been learned about the Scriptures. Yes, it may shock you, but it is true that anyone able to talk fluently can learn to use religious phrases and can become recognized as a preacher.  But if any person is determined to preach so that his work and ministry will abide in the day of the judgment fire, then he must preach, teach and exhort with the kind of love and concern that comes only through a genuine gift of the Holy Spirit—something beyond his own capabilities

Becky Whisnant Christian and

Charles and Charity Whisnant and Family

Romans 12:12 Christian Ethics

Romans 12:12  Christian Ethics  marks of the true Christian
Charles e Whisnant Pastor/Teacher


Rejoicing 5463 in hope; patient 5278 in tribulation;2347 continuing4323 instant in prayer; nasv (rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer (kjv)

1. 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer NKJV
2. 12 in hope, rejoicing, in tribulation being patient; in prayer being constant Greek
3. 12 th elpidi caironteV th qliyei upomenonteV th proseuch proskarterounteV Hort and Westcott
4. 12 th elpidi caironteV th qliyei upomenonteV th proseuch proskarterounteV Stephens 1550 Textus Receptus
5. τῇ ἐλπίδι χαίροντες τῇ θλίψει ὑπομένοντες τῇ προσευχῇ προσκαρτεροῦντες
6. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. ESV
7.  12 rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing stedfastly in prayer; ASV 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,(NASV)
8. 12 ejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (RV)
9.  regards hope, rejoicing: as regards tribulation, enduring: as regards prayer, persevering: darby
11 rejoice in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing in prayer. 1599 geneva Bible GNV


Footnotes:    Romans 12:12 He reckoneth up divers other virtues together with their effects, to wit, hope, patience in tribulation, equanimity, continuance in prayer, liberality towards the saints, hospitality, moderation of mind, even in helping our enemies, a selfsame feeling with others as well in adversity as prosperity, modesty, endeavor to maintain honest concord so nigh as we may with all men, which cannot be extinguished by any man’s injuries.

12 Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. (HCSB)
13 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (NIV)
14 Be joyful because you have hope. Be patient when trouble comes, and pray at all times. NCV
15 Base your happiness on your hope in Christ. When trials come endure them patiently, steadfastly maintain the habit of prayer. (Phillips:)
16 rejoicing in the sphere of hope; patient in tribulation; with respect to prayer, persevering in it continually Wuest
17in the hope rejoicing; in the tribulation enduring; in the prayer persevering; Young’s Literal
18 full of joyful hope, patient under persecution, earnest and persistent in prayer.Weymouth New Testament


Rejoicing

  1. Romans 5:2 Romans 5:3 15:13 Psalms 16:9-11 ; 71:20-23 73:24-26 Proverbs 10:28 ; 14:32
  2. Lamentations 3:24-26 ; Habakkuk 3:17 Habakkuk 3:18 ; Matthew 5:12 ; Luke 10:20 ; 1 Corinthians 13:13 ; Philippians 3:1 ; 4:4
  3. Colossians 1:27 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:8 1 Thessalonians 5:16 ; 2 Thessalonians 2:16 2 Thessalonians 2:17 ; Titus 2:13 ; 3:7 Hebrews 3:6 ; 6:17-19  Peter 1:3-8 ; 4:13 1 John 3:1-3


PATIENT; PERSEVERING 4378     to remain; to tarry behind ; to remain i.e. abide, not recede or flee. to preserve: under misfortunes and trials to hold fast to one’s faith in Christ. to endure, bear bravely and calmly: ill treatments

  1. 2:7 Romans 5:3 Romans 5:4 8:25 15:4 Psalms 37:7 ; 40:1 Luke 8:15 ; 21:19 Colossians 1:11
    1 Thessalonians 1:3 ; 2 Thessalonians 1:4 ; 3:5 1 Timothy 6:11 ; 2 Timothy 3:10 ; Hebrews 6:12 Hebrews 6:15 ; 10:36 12:1
  2. James 1:3 James 1:4 ; James 5:7 James 5:10 James 5:11 1 Peter 2:19 1 Peter 2:20 ; 2 Peter 1:6 ; Revelation 13:10


CONTINUING

  1. Genesis 32:24-26 ; Job 27:8-10 ; Psalms 55:16 Psalms 55:17 ; 62:8 109:4 Jeremiah 29:12 Jeremiah 29:13
    Daniel 9:18 Daniel 9:19 ; Luke 11:5-13 ; Luke 18:1-8 Luke 18:9-43 Acts 1:14 ; 2:42 6:4 12:5
  2. 2 Corinthians 12:8 ; Ephesians 6:18 Ephesians 6:19 ; Philippians 4:6 Philippians 4:7 ; Colossians 4:2 Colossians 4:12 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:17 ; Hebrews 5:7
  3. James 5:15 James 5:16 ; 1
  4. Peter 4:7 ; 1 John 5:14 1 John 5:15


TRIBULATION:   to crush, press, compress, squeeze in turn.  a pressing, pressing together, pressure.    metaph. oppression, affliction, tribulation, distress, straits

  1. Matthew 13:21; Mark 4:17; Acts 7:10-11
    Devoted:  persist obstinately in  Acts 8:13; 10:7
  2.     To adhere to one, be his adherent, to be devoted or constant to one’
  3.     to be steadfastly attentive unto, to give unremitting care to a thing
        to continue all the time in a place
        to persevere and not to faint
        to show one’s self courageous for
        to be in constant readiness for one, wait on constantly

HOLINESS HAS TO DO WITH MY RELATIONSHIPS

    HOLINESS HAS TO DO WITH MY RELATIONSHIPS

First Peter 2 1 t o11 Solid Steps
        Holiness is not isolationism, but relationship.  Not detached from ordinary human             involvement.
        Its not becoming materialistic, extravagant or a grabber and empire builder,        But must operate as a servant of God in the world,


HOLINESS IS A NUMBER OF THINGS:

Both  outward and inward \aspect

A matter of both action and motivation

Conduct and character

Divine grace and human effort

Obedience and creativity

Submission and imitative

Conservation to God and commitment to people

Self discipline and self giving

Righteousness and love

A matter of Spirit-led keeping

A walk, of conduct  of life

]In the Spirit that displays the fruit of the Spirit

It is a matter of seeking to imitate Jesus way of behaving

It is a matter of patient, persistent unrighteousness

Taking God's side against sin in our own lives and in lives of others.

Of worshiping God in the Spirit as one serves Him in the world.

Single-mindedness, wholehearted

Free and glad concentration on the business of pleasing God

It is the distinctive form and so to speak, flavor of a live set apart from God that is now being inwardly renewed by His power.

Holiness is thus the demonstration of faith, working by love.

Therefore it is whole supernatural in the sense of being

God's gracious achievement within us, and wholly natural in the sense of being our own true humanness.


Revelation Study

My Dad ask me to teach the Youth (teens) back in December 1963 and for the next 27 months until February 1966 I taught the call.   I still have many of the notes that I used.  The above notes are from Revelation. I think I must have took the notes from studying out of my Dad’s Biblical Library.

Romans Study Notes

Shelley Grimm at Rivers of Joy Baptist Church