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May 15, 2018, 11:19 AM

Born of the Spirit



Born of the Spirit

 

John 3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.

John 3:2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”

John 3:3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?”

John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

John 3:7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

John 3:8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.

John 3:9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”

John 3:10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?

John 3:11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony.

John 3:12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?

John 3:13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.

John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

John 3:15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

 God So Loved the World

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

 

Nicodemus believed Jesus was from God, but could not understand the teaching of the Way. He could not let go of earthly things to receive the heavenly things. Being born of the Spirit is salvation, born of the spirit is The Way. Nicodemus was a Jewish teacher, he knew the scripture, and like a lot of people, could not accept the free gift of salvation through the Holy Spirit from above.

 

Christians help people make this connection of the Holy Spirit, this is what we do as Christians. Help people find the way to God, and be born of the Spirit, to have Salvation everlasting. As Christians, this is what we do.

 

John 3:16 explains why God Sent Jesus, it is out of love for us, a love we need to share.

John 3:17 explains that Jesus is not here to condemn us, but he will help us to lead those lost to salvation through the Holy Spirit. Just remember, Jesus saves, and we help people find the Path to Jesus.

 

Don’t just read the Bible, Study it.

Deacon Roger Dale Lampley

McCombs Baptist Church

 

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May 3, 2018, 8:42 AM

When a Brother in Christ Sins Against You



When a Brother in Christ Sins against You

 

Matthew 18:15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.

Matthew 18:16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.

Matthew 18:17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

Matthew 18:18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 18:19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.

 

When a fellow Brother or Sister in Christ sins against you, this is what Jesus said to do. We sometimes skip the steps and try to get other to fix the problem. We need to follow the direction laid out for reconciliation, if we follow the steps, then we can put the ball into the offender's court.

Matthew 18:20 sometimes is the verse used to justify worship. If two or more are gathered in my name, means two or more are gathered in my name for what. The why you gathered matters, God is there for us, but if we are gathered for worship, He is there to help us in worship. If we are gathered together for missionary work, He is there to help us. Now, if we are gathered for reconciliation, He is there to help us.

Remember, verses Matthew 18:15-20 are mainly for a reconciliation of a brother and sister in Christ. But God’s Omnipresent is everywhere, not to judge or sin, but to help us. Why two or more are gathered, is the Key, to the Help God can do for us. God never leaves the believer, never.

Don’t just read the Bible, Study It.

God Bless

Roger Dale Lampley

Deacon, McCombs Baptist Church

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April 2, 2018, 8:24 AM

Unnamed Workers



Many Unnamed People helped the ministry of Christ.

An example:

1. The Wise men from the east, (Matthew 2:1-12)

a. None of these men were named in the Scriptures. 

b. We don’t know the exact number of wise men

c. They played an important role in the safety of Jesus

2. The name of Pharaoh’s Daughter is unknown, (Exodus 2:5-10)

a. The verse talks about Moses brought out of the water to Pharaoh’s Daughter

b. We don’t know the name of Daughter, but she played an important role in the life of Moses and the Jewish People. 

3. The name of the two criminals with Jesus on the Cross not named, (Luke 23:39-43)

a. The scriptures talk about two criminals being crucified with Jesus

b. The one acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God, the other did not

c. One was saved, one was not, either criminal was named

We as Christians go through life working for God in silence.  We are not named, we don’t do our work for the Lord for Glory, or Recognition. We are like these unnamed workers throughout the Bible. We Unnamed Christians Praise God, Tell people about the way, we lift up Brother and Sister in Christ, and we tell the lost the Way to Christ and Salvation. 

Don’t just read the Bible, Study it. May God Bless you this day.

Roger Dale Lampley

Deacon McCombs Baptist Church

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February 23, 2018, 12:13 PM

The Sower of the Word


The Sower of the Word

In the book of Mark chapter 4, we see Jesus giving a Parable of a Sower of the Word. He uses a Farmer in the parable to get His message across to those listening to His words. He explains the parable in Mark 4:10 thru Mark 4:20 to the Disciples so they would understand the parable of the sower and other parables.

Like the Disciples we don’t understand the word from time to time, only with the Holy Spirit can we get the picture the words of God it trying to speak to our hearts. When we speak to someone of the Way of God with the Word of God, some to the same thing happens to us and them as described in Mark 4: 10 thru 20.

Those by the Way Side: In this these people hear the word and agree with what they hear, but Satan comes in and takes the word form them. Satan is always ready and willing to test us as soon as he sees us move to God.

Those by Stoney Ground: These peoples accept the Word of God, but without a good foundation they can’t stand up to Satan and the winds of Satan blows them away.

Those by those among Thorns: These peoples let the ways of the world pull them away from God’s Word and are choked without a way to grow in God.

Those with Good Ground: These people have a great foundation with strong roots. These people can stand up to the wiles of Satan, they can stand up to the World pulling them away from God, and they can stand up to the test by Satan. These people will be strong for God Day in and Day out.

With these words in Mark 4:10-20, God tells us that there are pitfalls for those that teach the way of God to others, using the word of God or by our convection to stay true to the beliefs of God by what we do and say.

Remember don’t just read the Bible, Study It.

May God Bless you this day.

By: Roger Dale Lampley

Deacon McCombs Baptist Church



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02-26-2018 at 6:13 AM
Tony Mobley
Throughout the Scriptures we see references to roots and foundations that are speaking to our strength and ability to stand firm in Gods word in the storms that will come to our lives.
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