Notes for FaithPoint

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These are the notes from yesterday’s sermon. However, they are a little different from what I preached on Sunday. I had the opportunity to attend a concert on Saturday evening. The Holy Spirit spoke to me through the concert and part of my sermon was changed due to what the Holy Spirit put on my heart to share.

The sermon from Sunday was recorded. We are working to make that available to you as a CD or a download. We will let you know as soon as it is available.

 

The text for this sermon is Ezekiel 33:1-9. The title of this sermon is: The Watchmen.

 

What The Old Testament Says About The Priesthood

The priests in the Old Testament had many duties. A few of them were:

  • offering sacrifices
  • pronouncing people clean or unclean
  • read and explain the law
  • Every year was the Day of Atonement. Sacrifices were made to God for God to forgive the sins of all the people.

The priest would enter the Holy Place with a bull and a goat. The priest would have to take a bath and then dress in the holy garments. He would offer the bull as a sin offering. After the bull was sacrificed, he would take a censer of coals and two handfuls of sweet incense and take it inside the veil and put the incense on the fire before the LORD. The cloud of incense had to cover the mercy seat so that the priest would not die. Then the goat had to be offered as a sacrifice for the sins of the whole nation. No one was allowed to be in the temple while this was going on. After the atonement was made, the priest would have to take another bath and get dressed again but in different clothes than he had worn before.

  • The priest was the only one who could be in the presence of God.

When Jesus died on the cross, the veil in the temple was torn in half. What that means is because of Jesus, any person not just the priest can be in the presence of God. Because of the Holy Spirit, God no longer lives in a building. He lives inside his church. He lives inside the heart of every born – again Christian.

 

The Priesthood Of Believers

1 Peter 2:5, 9-10

Peter reminds us that we are chosen by Jesus to be part of His church. We are like living stones. Peter also reminds us in verse 9 that we are to proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

 

That means that the urgent, immediate context of Acts 1:8 is for all believers.

A question arises. Why would you not want to proclaim the gospel of our Lord Jesus?

 

Ezekiel 33:1-9

We have to look at these verses and see what directly applies to us today.

 

We are called to share the gospel.

Like the watchman in the tower, we proclaim the gospel and boast of Jesus so that all within the sound of our voice may hear the good news of Jesus.

You are only the messenger. You deliver the message. You are not responsible for what the person does with the message.

It is simply scattering seed.

What happens if we don’t obey?

One would have to question if we truly loved Jesus.

John said that you cannot say that you love Jesus and hate your brother. If you never share the gospel with anyone, you do not love them.

 

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dholmes
dholmes

Amen. Even though I was unable to hear the sermon on Sunday, i knew it would b a very good one. As watchmen on the walls of today's world we must in every conversation we have with believer and unbelievers must be always directed toward tell unbeliever toward Jesus Christ. As believer sitting together any area  or other place  as we a talking with each other or with someone who does not know the Lord our Actions or word needs to be always directed toward the saving Grace of Our Savior.  One time as I and my friend sat in a doctor's office waiting room we were talking about our Lord. We were not talking in a whisper. A lady who had been sitting across from us  turned around and  asked us if we were missionaries at first we almost said no but then we said Yes we are We are all missionaries for the Lord Whether with our family members who are lost  or in a crowd of people we do not know. From Doctors offices to Walmart  or Malls or yoguart shops we should always be discussing the Lord or Telling someone about What Jesus did for us on the cross.  After church yesterday I went to that sames friends house we spent time doing somethings at her home but them afterwards we sat on her front porch and discussed the Lord with each other. I had the most wonderful time. People watch us all the time they listen to us. Remember no matter where we are People listen to Christian and watch how we act with one another.  How sorry it is when you walk into a church and there are people in there they are upset with someone else in the church and they spread the gossip ever time.  Instead coming together with remorse in our hearts. If you want to be in the presence of the Lord make sure you have nothing against your brother who is and can be also said to be your neighbor or family member or even the stranger who cut you off in traffic.  We should always let the Holy Spirit take over in our Prayer life. The Holy Spirit dwells with in us. He gives us the gifts not just to be kind unselfish or of conviction but also of tongues at His utterest and the ablility to prophecy. He give us the power and the authority in Jesus name to lay hands upon the sick and they are healed. In Acts 2:14-    But Peter standing with the eleven , lifted up his voice and addressed them" Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give ear to my words. FOr these people are not drunk as you suppose since it is only the third hour of the day: But this is what was uttered by the prophet Joel: And in the last days it shal be, God Declares that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,and your young men shall see visions. and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servant in those days I will pour out My Spirit and they shall prophesy and I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below blood and fire and vapor of smoke, the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the day of the Lord comes the and magnificent day. Andit shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. vs 22 Men of Israel hear these words Jesus of Nazareth a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonder and signs that God did through him in your midst as you yourselves know the Jesus delivered up according to the fefinite plan and fore knowledge of God you crucfied and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up loosing the pangs of death because it was not possible for to be held by it. For David says concerning him. I say the Lord always before me for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken therefore my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced my flesh also will dwell in hope For you will not abandon my soul to Hades your, or let your HOLY ONE see corruption You have made known to me the paths of Life you will make me full of gladness with your presence..

     As Peter goes on in his sermon to those that day over over 3000 came to the Lord that day.  in vs 37-41 States. Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles " Brothers what shall we do? And peter said to to them "Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and you will recieve the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for your and for your children and for all who are far off ( hear he is speaking of us as far off in time). everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself. ( Means Christian of today also.) And with many words he bore witness and continued to exhort them say Save yourselves from this crooked generation." So those who received and there were added that day about three thousands souls.  

   In today these word still stand strong.  And with every word we speak it should be with the authority of the Holy Spirit with in us who gives us the power to speak and tell others what Jesus has done for us and With the wonderful mercy and grace or Our Father The God Almighty and the love he had for us even before we we formed in our mother's womb.  He set a plan in motion for each one of us. He gave his only begotten son to save us .  SO we need to declare this good news with everyone we meet.