This event is designed for you!
Bring your family to FBC at anytime between 5:30 -7:30 to learn about missions and church planting. We structured the night so that you can come and go as you please, spending as much or as little time as you’d like in the Expo. We hope everyone will drop through with their families to learn about and support our ministry partners in 2013…. And, to eat some delicious gourmet candies, chocolates, pralines, bulldog bites, and more!
Read: John 3:1-2
Nicodemus is a Pharisee… What’s a Pharisee?
- someone who seeks their salvation through obedience to the law.
- someone who walks by sight
Listen to how Jesus replies to this Pharisee….
Read John 3:3
What does that mean?
What does it mean to be born again?
- think about it, but don’t answer
- Nicodemus didn’t understand either
Read John 3:4-8
“No one can be born again unless he is born of water and the Spirit”
- No one can be born again
- No one will see the kingdom of God
- No one will be saved from their sins…
Unless they are born again of the Spirit.
We all need to be born again in the Spirit, but what does that mean?
Nicodemus and the Pharisees walked by sight…
- hoping that their obedience
- hoping that their righteousness
- hoping that if they didn’t pick on each other
- hoping that if they didn’t make the wrong friends
- hoping that if they didn’t blame others
- hoping that if they didn’t make excuses
- hoping that if they didn’t brag
- hoping that if they weren’t conceited
- hoping that if they didn’t complain
- hoping that if they didn’t argue
- hoping that if they didn’t get in fights
- hoping that if they didn’t tattle
- hoping that if they didn’t lie
- hoping that if they didn’t steal
- hoping that if they weren’t selfish
- hoping that if they didn’t whine
- hoping that if they didn’t tease others
- hoping that if they didn’t disobey
hoping that if they just did enough then it would be enough to save their souls
Jesus is saying here… That won’t work…. A man cannot walk by sight like Nicodemus and be saved.
What’s your problem?
- your problem isn’t what you do or what you don’t do
- your problem is your heart
Lets read some verse about our hearts…
(With each verse… make a black slash through the heart)
The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.
The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?
“There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.
All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”
“Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.” “The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
“Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
“Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know.”
No matter how hard we try… we will not save ourselves.
Are you walking by sight like the Pharisees…
hoping you are good enough, strong enough, righteous enough.
Jesus is calling you to repent and walk by faith… not by sight
Each one of you must pray to God and ask Him to change our hearts
You can continue to go through the motions
We dress up
- We come to church
- We bring our Bibles
- We sit where we need to sit
- We say what we need to say
You can even get baptized…
Getting yourself all cleaned up on the outside won’t change your heart.
(wipe away the black with water)
Salvation is a work of God accomplished through the blood of Christ
If you want to be born again… you must begin to walk by faith.
Recognize your hearts are black with sin
- Recognize you can’t save yourselves.
- Put your trust in the precious blood of Christ
(Use red paint to cover over the heart)
Last night a group of parents picked the VBS theme for this year… Kickin it Old School by the Go Fish Guys.
It is going to be awesome. I hope you’re looking forward to it. You can check out Day 1, watch promo videos, and hear the music here:
Read: Matthew 22:34-40
How many of you have ever been in a fight?
How does the fight start?
- One person says something the other person doesn’t like
- The other person says something even worse that the other person doesn’t like.
- Then the other person says something even worse that the other person doesn’t like.
What would have prevented the fight from growing and escalating?
Less pride, less anger, less jealousy, less insecurity, less selfishness flowing out of the person’s mouth.
Do you see what the problem is when we get in fights? The problem is our hearts…. we are selfish, we get angry, we get jealous and prideful… and then those things flow out of our mouths like bullets aimed at others.
It is our wants, our needs, our love, and our desires vs. someone else’s wants, needs, loves, and desires
Think about what we just read…. What would have prevented this fight from happening?
- How many of you think…. “Love your neighbor as yourself.”?
- How many of you think…. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”?
It’s tricky isn’t it…..????
Which is it…?????
Friends, listen…. We’ve got to first Love God.
I don’t think it does me any good to tell you:
- Stop getting in fights
- Stop being so prideful
- Stop getting angry
- Treat others better
Tonight we are in Proverbs Chapter 10:19-21
- Don’t say things that are hateful, rude, mean, and full of lies.
- Do say things that are loving, kind, gentle, and truthful
- And you won’t get in fights with other people
But you can’t…. you will not…. And you won’t.
Romans 3:23 we’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God
- God loves you
- God sent Christ to do what we could not
- Christ loved you and died for you
- We react and respond to that love
We’ve got to first love God
Then, God will give us the love to love others.
Read Proverbs 10:19-21
If you want these things to be true of your life…. Love God!
Who is your king?
- Your king is who or what you worship.
What does it mean to worship?
- Worship is giving away your love and your life to something.
What are you worshipping? What are you giving your love and life to?
(Take a bunch of answers)
What do you spend your time on? What do you spend your money on? What do you sit around thinking about?
- These are the things you are investing in and therefore these are the things you are worshipping.
I’m going to simplify this…
- Every single person in this room worships someone. You either worship God, or you worship yourself.
- Your life is and will be all about your wants, your needs, and your desires
- Your life will be all about God’s wants and God’s desires
- God will be king or, You will make yourself king of your own life.
How many of you have ever heard to Solomon?
- Solomon was David’s son, the wisest man to ever live. He was particularly gifted by God with a wisdom the world has never known.
- Solomon wrote several books of the Bible including Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and some of the Psalms.
Have any of you ever read Proverbs?
The point of the whole book is stated right up front
Read: Proverbs 1:1-6
- If you want to be smart, if you want to be wise, if you want to gain understanding, then read this book.
Solomon was an interesting guy…
He started his life off well, wanting to please God and serve the Kingdom. Solomon was on a straight path doing well.
We know from Scripture that there would come times in Solomon’s life when he would get off course. We read in the book of Ecclesiastes about Solomon, the wisest man to ever live giving himself to all sorts of different things.
Solomon the King of Israel, the wisest man to ever live, searching for the meaning of life, invested himself in the world. He gave his time, his energy, and his money to the things of the world. Solomon worshipped the world.
Read Ecclesiastes 2
2:1-2 – Solomon had as much fun as he could (really smart rich people know how to have a lot of fun)
2:4-6 – Solomon built big mansions for himself and parks to play in.
2:7-8 – Solomon had servants that waited on him, he went after money and was very rich. He could buy anything he wanted. Solomon was constantly throwing parties at his home.
2:10 – Solomon got what he wanted when he wanted and maybe two of them
How many of you want to grow up and be like Solomon?
Does the idea of having anything you want right when you want it sound good?
How many of you think Solomon was happy?
- He wasn’t…
- Solomon went after the things of this world with commitment
- He had whatever he wanted. If it felt good he did it. If it tasted good, he ate it. If it looked good, he looked at it. If it smelled good, he smelled it.
But it didn’t make Solomon a happy man.
How many of you want to be happy and have great joy in your lives?
Do you know that Solomon figured out the secret?
Look at Proverbs 1:7
This is a really hard verse… Do you know what it means?
- The very best thing for us is God
- God must be our king
- We must worship God, bending our wills and our desires to his.
- If God’s will is for us to stay on the narrow road that leads to the narrow gate (Matthew 7)
- When we start to get off the path like Solomon, we’ve got to stop, pray, repent, and get back on the Way.
Who will be your king?
Will you make yourself your own king and go after all the things in the world like Solomon did?
Or, will you make God your king and bow down at his feet with honor, respect, love, and fear in your hearts?
There are two great looking resources on sale at WTSBooks.com.
I’m not familiar with Gospel-Centered Family but it looks to definitely be worth a read and especially at $5.99.
Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments is excellent. The entire book is actually linked to WTS’s website, so you can read as much as you want and decide if it’s worth picking up.