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  1. Introduction
    1. Throughout the bible, God exhorts people to repent. We hear John the Baptist, and later Jesus saying “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Jesus says that he calls sinners, not the righteous to repentance. We see this word a lot in scripture, but what is it? Why do we need it? Is it essential for salvation? Did the disciples or Jesus repent? We’ll talk about these subjects and more as we dive into this important part of the gospel of Jesus Christ.


  1. What is Repentance?
    1. to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one’s life
    2. to change one’s mind
    3. to feel sorrow, regret, or contrition for sin


  1. Why do we Need it?
    1. Matthew 4:17: From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Jesus said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The purpose, or goal, of repentance is to be able to embrace the reality of life in the kingdom.
    2. Colossians 1:13-14: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: We were not just rescued out of something, but we were also brought into something. Coming out of darkness and coming into the light requires a total change in our thinking
    3. John 8:31-32: Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. It is this positive, truth-based mentality that produces freedom, health and wholeness in your life. It is what will empower you to live life from the position of sonship that salvation places you in.


  1. Is Repentance Essential for Salvation?
    1. Jesus called sinners to repentance: Luke 5:32: came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
    2. Jesus told His Disciples to preach repentance and forgiveness of sins in His Name. Luke 24:47: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
    3. When the apostles preached in Acts, they called people to repent of their sins in order to be saved. We see this in several places including Acts 3:19: Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
    4. Paul makes it clear that those who continually live in sin will not inherit the Kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10:Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.


  1. How does the Bible Dictionary define Repentance?
    1. The Holman Bible Dictionary says repentance is A feeling of regret, a changing of the mind, or a turning from sin to God. As a feeling of regret the term can apply even to God. In the days preceding the flood, God was sorry that He had created the human race (Genesis 6:6-7 ). He later regretted that he had made Saul the king over Israel (1Samuel 15:11,1 Samuel 15:35 ). God also repented in the sense of changing His mind (Exodus 32:14 ).
    2. Most occurrences of the term in the Bible, however, do not refer to God but to people. These also do not indicate mere regret or a change of mind; they mean a reorientation of the sinner to God.


  1. Did the Disciples Repent?
    1. One of the definitions of repentance is feeling sorrow or regret for sin. The disciples were human beings who dealt with sin. One example of the disciples’ repentance is when Peter had denied the Lord. Luke 22:59-62: And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean. And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
    2. Peter was restored and after Jesus’ Resurrection, was used mightily to lead thousands to faith in Jesus.
  2. Did Jesus Repent?
    1. Jesus was without sin He was the pure, spotless Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world. Because He had no sin, he had no need to repent as we do. Hebrews 4:15: For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.


  1. What would be the best remedy for our Christian walk in regards to repentance?
    1. As we live for Christ, the Holy Spirit continues to reveal sin in our lives that we are to confess and repent of. 1 John 1:9-10: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
    2. Though we are saved, the sinful nature is not automatically removed, but we are transformed to be more and more like Christ as we read His Word and pray. Romans 12:1-2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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You Shall Know Them By Their Fruits

Why Did Jesus Say “Ye Shall Know Them By Their Fruits”?

  1. Introduction:
    1. In our world today there are a lot of people that say they are Christians, or say they are ministers of the Gospel. Which ones are truly Christian and serving God? Jesus said we can know who is truly our brother or sister by the fruits they bear.


  1. Where is the Scripture Found?
    1. We’ll be looking at Matthew 7:15-20. The verse we are referring to here is Matthew 7: 16: Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?


  1. Who is it that Jesus is referring to?
    1. Not everyone that says they are a Christian or even a minister is of God. Jesus warns us about that in verse 15: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. We often hear of preachers or singers that bring inspiring messages or songs, and then later we hear of them tearing up the bible or saying they no longer believe.


  1. What are the Fruits?
    1. Matthew 7:17 to 20 says “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.
    2. Jesus talks a lot about trees, seeds, and soil. To learn more about the fruit Jesus is talking about in our original passage, let’s look at the parable of the sower and the seed as Jesus is explaining it to His Disciples.. Matthew 13:18-23: Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
    3. So the seed is the Word of the Kingdom, the gospel message. The message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
    4. The sower is me and you. We are all called to plant seeds, to present the gospel to people we come in contact with.
    5. The good fruit Jesus is talking about in our original passage is sharing the gospel with people, and living a life of service to our Lord. We are not doing this to get into Heaven, but because we love God and are thankful for what He’s done for us.


  1. How to know if someone is a true brother or sister, or a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? Ask yourself these questions about that person:
    1. Is the person in question sharing the Gospel in one way or another with people in need? Luke 14:23: And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
    2. Does he or she put God and others first? Matthew 6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
    3. Philippians 2:3: Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
    4. Is he or she a person of prayer and study of God’s Word? Philippians 4:6: e careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
    5. 2 Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
    6. Is the person preaching the Word accurately, or leading people astray? Galatians 1:8-9: But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
  2. It Sounds like you are talking about Judging. Doesn’t Jesus teach against judging others?
    1. Here is the scripture people often use. Matthew 7:1-5: udge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
    2. So what is Jesus saying here, that we are not to ever make a judgment call about someone ‘s spiritual condition? No. He’s telling us to check our own selves out first. Get the beam out of your own eye so you can clearly see the mote in the other person’s eye.  1 Corinthians 11:31:  For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
    3. We see in this next verse that God does want us to discern who is truly a servant of the Lord, and who is wicked, and actually of the enemy. It says this in 1 Corinthians 5:12-13: For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
    4. When dealing with another who is a brother but who we know to be doing wrong, the bible says this in Galatians 6:1-2: rethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.


  1. How can you and I bear More Fruit?
    1. First, you must be born again before you can bear fruit. John 3:3: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
    2. Spend time in the Word and prayer every day. Psalm 119:11: Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
    3. Philippians 4:6: e careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
    4. Share Jesus with people you come in contact with.
    5. Submit to God’s Pruning process. John 15:2: Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
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Why Go to Church

Why Do I Need to go to Church?

  1. Introduction
    1. We live in a time when more and more people are saying that they can be a Christian without being involved in a church.
    2. What does the bible say about this? Does going to church make you a Christian? What is the church? Isn’t it enough to be born again? We’ll tackle these questions and more in this important message.

 Does Church make me a Christian?

    1. You become a Christian, not by going to church, but by accepting Jesus into your heart as Lord and Savior. Romans 10:9-10: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
    2. Once you have believed in Jesus and are saved, you love Him, and want to please Him and learn all you can about Him. You want to connect with others who share your faith.


 If the church is significant, why does the bible say God doesn’t live in buildings made with hands?

    1. Though God has places set apart for His Purposes, he doesn’t live in man-made buildings. Acts 7:46-49: Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob. But Solomon built him an house.Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?
    2. The church building is not a place where God lives, it is a place where people come together to hear the Word, fellowship, and serve God. Acts 2:41-42: hen they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

 What is the church?

    1. The church is a body of believers, a family of brothers and sisters in Christ. This is the family you are adopted into once you accept Jesus and are saved. Romans 12:5: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
    2. When we are adopted into God’s Family, we have Jesus Christ as the Head. Colossians 1:18: And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

 Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Who is the Holy Spirit, and what is the temple?

    1. We see this scripture in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
    2. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity.
    3. He is spoken of by Jesus as the Comforter. John 14:16: And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.
    4. As we study the Word, the Holy Spirit will teach us, and bring things to our remembrance. John 14:26:But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
    5. He is the Spirit of Truth who leads us and guides us. John 16:13: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
    6. The temple in this case is where God lives, not in man made buildings, but in the hearts of those who call upon the Name of the Lord for salvation. Ephesians 4:30: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

 I’m a Home Baptist. I don’t feel I need to go to church. Isn’t it enough to be born again and know I’m going to Heaven? Why do I need to do anything else?

    1. Being a Christian isn’t simply praying a prayer, being born again, and then you’re done. If you truly are saved, you want to obey God and serve Him. There will be works that accompany your faith. It is not enough to just believe, we must live for Him. James 2:17-18:Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

 Does going to Church make me a better Christian?

    1. When you go to church, you are fed the true, powerful Word of God through the messages.2 Timothy 4:2:Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
    2. You have a family to worship and pray with.1 Corinthians 14:26:How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
    3. You have brothers and sisters that can encourage you as you grow in your walk with the Lord. Hebrews 10:24: And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
    4. You do become a better Christian as you continue to fellowship and study with other believers.


  1. What does God say about all of this? Do I need to change my thinking?
    1. God clearly warns us to stay in fellowship with other believers, especially as we see the end approaching. Hebrews 10:25: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
    2. We see in Acts how the people spent time daily in the temple, and having fellowship at one another’s houses. This shows the church being a family, not just coming together for a message and a few songs, but spending time to fellowship together.Acts 2:46: And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
    3. Here’s another scripture that shows the importance of being with like minded believers. Philippians 2:1-2: If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
    4. You’re an important part of the Body. When you are not there, there is a missing part that God intended to be there. Because of this, you should get involved in a church, pray for and support your pastor, and see what part God has for you to play in the life of that local body of believers. Ephesians 4:16: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
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Do You Have A Dream?


  1. What is a Dream?
    1. a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep.
    2. a cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal.
    3. Dreams are often used by God to communicate His Will, and what his calling on your life is. Acts 2:17 says And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
    4. Numbers 12:6: And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.


  1. Who do we know that dreamed in the Bible? There arer countless examples of how God used dreams in the bible. Let’s look at a few examples.
    1. Abimelech in Genesis 20:3: But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife.
    2. Jacob dreamed about Jesus in Genesis 28:12: And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
    3. Joseph dreamed of his brothers and parents bowing down to him in Genesis 37:9: And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
    4. The butler and baker had dreams that Joseph interpreted. Genesis 40:5: And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison.
    5. Joseph reminds the butler and baker that God interprets dreams. Genesis 40 Verse 8: And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.
    6. Solomon had a dream from God in 1st Kings 3:5: In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
    7. Joseph, Mary’s husband in Matthew 1:20: But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
    8. Herod’s servants in Matthew 2:12-13: And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.


  1. Do you want to see your dream come to pass?
    1. If you have a dream, pray about it. Submit it to God, and share it with people you are close to. Habakkuk 2:2-3: And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
    2. Remember that the dream God gives is irrevocable. He doesn’t change His Mind about it.Romans 11:29: For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
    3. As you continue to submit your dreams to God, spend time in His Word, and let Him teach you, guide you, and prepare you for the fulfillment of the dream.Romans 10:17: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.


  1. Are you just acknowledging a dream, or knowing it is God’s dream for your life?
    1. As you think about your dreams, visions, and desires, remember that God has thoughts, and plans for your life, for your good, and for His Glory.Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
    2. If your dream is of God, it will line up with His Word. Be confident in it. Commit it to Him, and He will bring it to pass.2nd Timothy 1:12: For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.




  1. Do you believe a dream is from God? Here are a couple of ways you can know your dream has come from God.
    1. Information from Heaven:You can tell if it’s a God-dream if it contains some element of the supernatural. There is information in the dream that obviously comes from heaven – something you wouldn’t ordinarily know or that points to a future time. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would help us by ‘speaking of things to come’ (John 6:13-14) and that when we call to God, he will tell us ‘unsearchable things we do not know’ (Jeremiah 33:3).
    2. It is Part of an Ongoing Conversation:Secondly, we recognize God’s voice in a dream because it is part of an ongoing conversation. Dreams are one of the ways God speaks to us but it’s not the only way. It’s just one mode of communication he uses in the context of an ongoing relationship. So if you have a dream you think may be from God, ask yourself, what has God been speaking to me about lately? What prayers have I been praying?


  1. What are you willing to do to see it come true?
    1. Whatever your dream, remember that for it to fully succeed, the Lord must be the one who is in charge of bringing it about. Maybe your dream is to preach in a small church, or to sing and preach to thousands around the world. The Lord must be the one building the ministry.Psalms 127:1: Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
    2. As you submit your dream to God, trust Him with it. Acknowledge Him in everything you do, and He will direct your path, right to the fulfillment of that dream He gave you.Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
    3. Proverbs 16:3: Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.
    4. While waiting for your dream to come to pass, there will be seasons where your faith is tested. God is giving you patience, and sharpening the skills you will need when the dream comes to pass.James 1:3-4: 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.


  1. Conclusion:
    1. We’d like to have your comments and hear about your dreams and what God has done, and what you have done to see it through.
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King Saul


  1. Who Was King Saul?
    1. Saul was from the tribe of Benjamin, the son of a man named Kish.
    2. He is described as a choice young man. He was considered the most goodly or attractive person in all of the children of Israel.1 Samuel 9:2: nd he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.


  1. In What Time Period did He Reign?
    1. Saul was born around1076 BC in the land of Benjamin in Israel. He became the first King of Israel around 1046 BC where he united tribes and defeated enemies such as the Ammonites, Philistines, Moabites, and Amalekites.Apr 18, 2019


  1. How Did He Become King? Did God Call Him or was He Voted In By Man?
    1. First, the people reject the reign of God and call for a king.1 Samuel 10:17-19: And Samuel called the people together unto the Lord to Mizpeh; And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you: And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes, and by your thousands.
    2. Next, Saul is revealed and the people embrace him as king.1 Samuel 10:22-24: Therefore they enquired of the Lord further, if the man should yet come thither. And the Lord answered, Behold he hath hid himself among the stuff. And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward. And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the Lord hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.


  1. Why did Israel Need a King?
    1. Samuel was getting on in years, and the sons he had appointed as judges were not walking in the Ways of the Lord.
    2. The people of Israel took notice that other nations had kings to rule over them, and wanted to be like the other nations.
    3. 1 Samuel 8:3-6: And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment. Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord.


  1. Was God Happy with the Decision the People Made?
    1. God had been ruling over Israel Himself. It was a theocracy, a government ruled by God, and the people rejected the rule of God and called for a human king.1 Samuel 8:7-10: And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them. And Samuel told all the words of the Lord unto the people that asked of him a king.
    2. 1 Samuel 12:12-14: 12 And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the Lord your God was your king. Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the Lord hath set a king over you. If ye will fear the Lord, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the Lord your God:


  1. Where Did He Reign?
    1. He was officially made king in a place called Gilgal.1 Samuel 11:14-15: Then said Samuel to the people, Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom there. And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king before the Lord in Gilgal; and there they sacrificed sacrifices of peace offerings before the Lord; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.
    2. 1 Samuel 13:2: Saul chose him three thousand men of Israel; whereof two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and in mount Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of the people he sent every man to his tent.


  1. What was Saul’s Sin?
    1. Saul was disobedient to the Word of the Lord. He had stopped following after God’s Will and did his own thing. We see the Word given in1 Samuel 15:1-3: Samuel also said unto Saul, The Lord sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
    2. To see how Saul disobeyed, and how God responded, let’s skip down to1 Samuel 15:9-11: But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly. Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying, Itrepenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night.


  1. What was Saul’s Role with David?
    1. When we first meet David, he is a shepherd boy, the son of Jesse. Samuel is about to anoint him as king. 1 Samuel 16:11-12: And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, Thereremaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.
    2. He does not take over as king for some time, but from this point on, God was preparing him. He meets Saul as a harpist whose playing can calm his troubled soul.1st Samuel 16:14-16: But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him. And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee. Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.
    3. When Goliath comes and intimidates the people of Israel, only David stands up to him. 1 Samuel 17:45-46: Then said David to the Philistine, Thoucomest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
    4. When David kills Goliath, this draws the attention of King Saul.Skipping down to verses 55-57: And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said unto Abner, the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And Abner said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell. And the king said, Enquire thou whose son the stripling is. And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand.
    5. David and Saul’s son Jonathan become like brothers, and David is kept in the king’s household.1 Samuel 18:1-2: And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.
    6. From there, Saul became more and more jealous of David, because he knew that God was with David and had left Saul. David would eventually become the king.


  1. How Did Saul Die?
    1. Saul ultimately meets his end in an all-out battle with the Philistines. We can read about this in1 Samuel 31:1-6: Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa. And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Melchishua, Saul’s sons. And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers. Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him. So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.


  1. What Can We Learn from King Saul?
    1. The people wanted a king because they saw that other nations had one. How often do we see something someone else has, and wish for it. It might not be what God wants for us. He may want something better.
    2. We should never put humans on a pedestal, as the people did with Saul. He looked good, was admired by the people, but he had quite a fall, as often happens when we put our trust in a man.
    3. It is important not only to know God’s Word and study it, but we need to obey it to the best of our ability. Saul heard the Word of the Lord, but did not obey, leading him to ultimately be rejected as king.
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Line upon Line, Precept upon Precept


  1. Where did this concept come from?
    1. In Isaiah 28, God is speaking through the prophet Isaiah to people who don’t know His Word and His ways. Just like many of us today. You and I have the complete Bible, the Word of God, and yet many of us don’t take time to study it and get to know who God is. Let’s look at a few of these verses.
    2. Isaiah 28:9-10:Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:


  1. Who spoke this into existance?
    1. This concept is from God. God has something to say about every area of our lives, and the more we delve into His Word, the more we are prepared for what is in store for us, and what God has planned for us. To get a better understanding of this concept, let’s look at a few other translations of verse 10.
    2. New International Version: For it is: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there.”
    3. New Living Translation:He tells us everything over and over— one line at a time, one line at a time, a little here, and a little there!”
    4. Berean Study Bible: For He says, “Order on order, order on order, line on line, line on line; a little here, a little there.”
    5. Good News Translation:He is trying to teach us letter by letter, line by line, lesson by lesson.”


  1. Why Can’t We just pick Up the Bible and Read It?
    1. God wants us to study His Word, to get to know Him, His Will, His Ways. He wants us to do this for ourselves, but so we can share His Word with others.
    2. 2nd Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
    3. We see here that as we study God’s Word, line upon line, precept upon precept, we are approved unto God. He is pleased with us.
    4. When we study the Word, and share it with others, we need not to be ashamed, because we are rightly dividing the Word, not just making a complete doctrine out of one section of scripture.


  1. Is it true that when a statement is made in the Bible that other passages relate to it between the Old and New Testament?Yes, here are a few examples.
    1. We learn that Jesus was a descendant of Abraham by looking at these 2 verses:
      1. Matthew 1:1: The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
      2. Genesis 22:18: And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
    2. Throughout the Old and New Testament, we see passages telling and foretelling of how Jesus would give His Life to save you and me from our sins.
      1. Isaiah 53:5: But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
      2. Matthew 20:28: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
  • 1 Peter 2:24-25:Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
  1. 2 Corinthians 5:21: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
  1. The apostle John, and the prophet Isaiah both had a vision of Heaven, and Jesus sitting on the throne.
    1. Revelation 4:2-3: And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
    2. Isaiah 6:1-2: In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.


  1. Is this Line Upon Line old testament only, or is it New Testament also?
    1. As we’ve seen with these examples, we can use Bible cross references to go between the Old and New Testament, often gaining deeper insight into what God is saying by digging a little bit deeper, than just the one passage we might be looking at.


  1. When Explaining God’s Word to someone, how important is this concept?
    1. 1 Peter 3:15-16:But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
    2. In this world, there are many voices, with many different messages, often contrary to the Word of God. If you study the Word, line upon line, precept upon precept, using the Old and New Testament, you are more equipped to give an answer, and share what God has to say about Himself, and the issues of the day. There are many who say they speak from God but their knowledge of the Word is extremely limited.


  1. Is this a tool made for winning souls?
    1. Those who profess to receive and believe the truth are to be shown the deadly influence of selfishness and its tainting, corrupting power. The Holy Spirit must work upon the human agent, else another power will control mind and judgment. Spiritual knowledge of God and Jesus Christ whom He hath sent is the only hope of the soul. Each soul is to be taught of God, line upon line, precept upon precept; he must feel his individual accountability to God to engage in service for his Master, whose he is, and whom he is required to serve in the work of saving souls from death.


  1. How can this help us in the complete study of all 66 books? Here are some guidelines for studying the bible line upon line, precept upon precept.
    1. Begin with Scriptures that are easy to understand.
    2. Let the Bible interpret and prove the Bible. Don’t look for what you want to prove – look for what the Bible actually says.
    3. Understand the context—the verses before and after, and the chapters before and after. Does your understanding of a particular verse harmonize with the rest of the Bible?
    4. Ask: What does the Scripture clearly say?
    5. Ask: What does the Scripture not say?
    6. Ask: Who was the book written to?
    7. Ask: Who wrote it and who said it?
    8. Understand the historical time frame in which the book was written.
    9. Do not allow personal assumptions or preconceived ideas to influence your understanding and conclusions.
    10. Do not form conclusions based on partial facts, insufficient information, or the opinions and speculations of others.
    11. Opinions—regardless of how strongly you feel about them—don’t necessarily count. Scripture alone must be your standard and guide.
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Facing the Unknown: Is there Light at the ENd of the Tunnel?

  1. Introduction: What is the Unknown and when does it Appear?
    1. The unknown is defined as something not known or familiar.
    2. Other words that describe the unknown include unrevealed, undivulged, untold, unspecified, secret, mysterious, hidden, concealed, undetermined etc
    3. The unknown is something we can face every day in this life. We don’t know from one day to the next exactly what the future holds, or even if tomorrow will come at all.
    4. Proverbs 27:1-Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
    5. James 4:14-Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.


  1. Who in the Bible Faced the Unknown?
    1. Just to name a few, Abraham, when God called him to leave his father’s house and travel to an unknown land.Genesis 12:1-2: Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
    2. Abraham’s servant, when he went to find a wife for Isaac. Genesis 24:7-9: The Lord God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence. And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again. And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.
    3. Joseph faced many unknowns starting when his brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt.Genesis 37:26-28: And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content. Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelitesfor twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
    4. The Children of Israel on their journey to the promised land. Just before crossing the Red Sea on dry land and escaping the Egyptians, we see this inExodus 14:8-10: And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand. But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon. And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.
    5. The Disciples, when Jesus sent them out to minister for the first time.Matthew 10:8-11: Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.


  1. Are there Unknowns in God’s Word?
    1. No one knows the day or the hour when Jesus will come back, but we know it will be soon!Matthew 25:13: Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.


  1. Are there Mysteries when Reading God’s Word that we can’t for-see or understand?
    1. There is one such mystery found inRevelation 10:4: And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.


  1. In our Journey to Understand the Unknown, is there Light at the End of the Tunnel?
    1. There are going to be unknowns, but God wants us to trust Him, and He will lead and guide us every day.Psalm 32:8: I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
    2. Remember, whatever the unknowns we come up to in life, we can have perfect peace if we keep our minds on Jesus.Isaiah 26:3: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
    3. Whatever the unknown we face, God says in His Word that He will give us all things that we need.Romans 8:32:He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
    4. We live in a world with a lot of unknowns, but we don’t need to fear them, for God is always with us through them.Isaiah 43:2: When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
    5. One day, there will be no unknowns. We’ll see clearly and know all that God has for us.1 Corinthians 13:12: For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
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The Devil

The Devil

  1. Who is the Devil?
    1. The devil was originally known as Lucifer, an angel of light.
    2. The first time we meet him in the bible, he is a serpent, and convinces Adam and Eve to sin. Genesis 3:1-6: Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
    3. Throughout scripture, we see the devil going about seeing what kind of trouble he can stir up, and how he can try and keep God’s people from serving Him. We see a good example of this in Job 1:8-12:  And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord. An important point to take away from this is that the devil can only do to us what God allows him to.


  1. What was His Role in Heaven?
    1. Satan, known as Lucifer, the angel of light, was an archangel that lived in the very presence of God. He was a leader of worship in Heaven. He committed the first sin, that of pride. He thought he could overtake the throne of God. Isaiah 14:12-15: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.


  1. Why is he called the Devil?
    1. This is one of the most popular names for Satan. It only appears in the New Testament. Matthew 4:1: Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
    2. The name literally means “slanderer.” He is called this because he slanders both God and humanity. He is known as the accuser of the brethren, as we see in Revelation 12:10: And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.


  1. What other Names does he have?
    1. Satan: He is referred to by this name 52 times in scripture.
    2. Day-Star or Son of the Morning: We see this title in Isaiah 14:12: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! The term day-star is translated Lucifer.
    3. and many more.


  1. What kind of Power was He Given?
    1. He only has as much or as little power as God allows him to have. Job 1:12: And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.
    2. God sometimes allows Satan to attack us so we will stay humble, and depend on God. 2 Corinthians 12:7: And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.


  1. The bible says in Hebrews 9:27 – And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. What kind of judgment will this be?
    1. Those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will go to the Judgment Seat of Christ.This is where we will see what we should have done, missed opportunities etc. 2 Corinthians 5:10: For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
    2. Those who have rejected Jesus Christ will experience the Great White Throne Judgment. Revelation 20:11: And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.


  1. Where will the Christians go, and where will the non-Christians go?
    1. For the Christian, a day is soon coming when we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
    2. For those who do not call upon the name of the Lord and receive salvation, they will not make heaven, but will be in hell forever. Matthew 25:41: Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:


  1. Who is the god of this world?
    1. The devil is the god of this world. He is the one who blinds people’s eyes to keep them from accepting the gospel message and getting saved. 2nd Corinthians 4:4: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.


  1. It is said in the bible that there’ll be an all-out battle between God and the devil. What will the final outcome be, and where will he and his followers reside forever?
    1. The Devil, the beast and false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire as it says in Revelation 20:10: And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
    2. The devil’s followers, those who rejected salvation through Jesus Christ, will also be cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15: And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.


  1. Conclusion
    1. If you don’t know Christ as your savior, the only God that can save you for eternity, I want you to think carefully about all that we’ve said tonight. Is this the path you’d like to take as a follower of the devil, or would you like to have eternal life with a loving, caring, graceful God who will keep and save you throughout eternity.


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He That Winneth Souls is Wise

He That Winneth Souls is Wise.

  1. Introduction: What does this mean?
    1. Proverbs 11:30: The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
    2. What is the fruit of the righteous? Salvation, mercy, grace, forgiveness of sin, peace that passes understanding, joy unspeakable and full of glory, eternal life and an abundant purpose-filled life.
    3. What does it mean to win souls? Winning souls is when you share the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ with others, leading them to the saving knowledge of Christ. When you have won a soul to Christ, you will have led them in a prayer to ask Jesus into their hearts.


  1. It says “He that Winneth Souls is Wise.” Why was this said, and who said it?
    1. Let’s look at this verse, along with the 2 before it to get move of the context. Proverbs 11:28-30: He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as a branch. He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
    2. God, through King Solomon was writing about the importance of trusting in God, and surrendering your life to Him.
    3. He was telling us not to trust in our own riches, for they will fail, as they certainly have in this time we are living in.
    4. He speaks of the righteous flourishing, and in the midst of this dark time in our world, God’s People are still flourishing. We are still blessed. He is still meeting our needs as we walk close to Him.
    5. He speaks of the fruit of the righteous being a tree of life. If you have the Righteousness of Christ, you have eternal life. As a result, you are wise if you share that life with others, talking to them about God, praying for them, giving, and doing other good deeds. The ultimate purpose is to win them to Christ so they can have that tree of Life that you have.


  1. Can people that are unsaved win souls?
    1. Though God will use anyone and anything to plant a seed in someone’s heart, you can’t give someone what you yourselves have not experienced.
    2. If you listen to 2 people trying to convince you to buy something, and one of them has tried it, used it, and is convinced that it is the best thing ever, and the other person has never heard of it and is only pitching it because it is their job, which one are you most likely to listen to?
    3. Similarly, someone who has experienced the love, peace, forgiveness, and freedom that is available in Christ, is going to have a better chance of winning someone to Him, than someone who has never personally experienced salvation.


  1. What must one do to be qualified to win souls, and be considered wise?
    1. You must first be a Christian yourself. Have you heard and accepted the gospel message? At the end of this message, I will give an invitation and lead you in a prayer to accept Christ. This must be the first step. Romans 10:9-13: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
    2. Study God’s Word. Get a print bible and become familiar with it. A lot of people have the bible on their electronic devices but if you are trying to show someone where a passage is, by the time you get past all the notifications and get to the bible app, they are ready to leave and you’ve missed an opportunity. With a printed bible you can quickly flip it open and get right to what you are trying to share. 2 Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
    3. Pray for your friends and loved ones. Ask God to send laborers to them. The one who prays is as important in the process as the one that leads them ultimately to salvation.  The laborer God sends could be you, so be ready! Matthew 9:37-38: Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
    4. When God presents an opportunity to share His Love with someone, don’t miss it, but be obedient to share what He has given you to share with them.


  1. If I have a PH.D or Masters in Theology, or other education, does this mean I’m qualified?
    1. The Kingdom of God is set up in such a way that we can not boast in our own strength, merit, or education. Like salvation, soul winning is dependent on God. We are His Messengers. He does the saving. A degree does not qualify you to be a soulwinner. Ephesians 2:8-10: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.


  1. How important is this scripture in your life when you know Jesus as your personal Savior?
    1. Jesus did a lot of things when He walked on the Earth. He made the blind to see, the lame to walk, raised the dead, and brought about many healings and miracles, but His main Mission was to seek and save that which was lost. Luke 19:10: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
    2. As Jesus’ followers, this is also our main mission. We’ve all been given unique ways to go about this, but we are all called to bring souls to Him. Mark 16:15: And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.


  1. Is this something you would like to be, a soulwinner for Christ.
    1. Would you pray that God would make you this man, woman or child or is this something you’d like to forget about?
    2. We are called to go into the world and preach the Gospel, as we read a minute ago. This is known as the Great Commission. It is something we’re all commanded to do.
    3. Too often, we stay in our church buildings and wait for people to come in. We may get a few stragglers, but for true growth, we need to go out and get the people and bring them in! At the Little House, we often go out and get people, bring them in, and they accept Christ. We give rides to people and help them any way we can, and with great results.


  1. Is it enough just to be a Christian, or does this scripture call you out to be more?
    1. What about you? Is this you he’s talking to? If it is, take heed.
    2. Are you one who said a prayer some time ago, and went on your merry way, or are you living for Christ, studying the Word, praying, and sharing Christ as opportunity arises?
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  1. Who was Heabakkuk?
    1. We know very little about Habakkuk, other than that he was a prophet. Habakkuk 1:1: The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see. Habakkuk 3:1: The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.
    2. Habakkuk, was a prophet whose oracles and prayer are recorded in the Book of Habakkuk, the eighth of the collected twelve minor prophets in the Hebrew Bible.


  1. Date & Time, and When was the Book Written?
    1. Determining the date of the book of Habakkuk is quite a bit easier than dating most books. He spoke often of an imminent Babylonian invasion, an event that occurred on a smaller scale in 605 BC before the total destruction of Judah’s capital city, Jerusalem, in 586 BC. The way Habakkuk described Judah indicates a low time in its history. If the dating is to remain close to the Babylonian invasion, Habakkuk likely prophesied in the first five years of Jehoiakim’s reign (609–598 BC) to a king who led his people into evil.
    2. Habakkuk 1:6: For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not their’s.
    3. Habakkuk 3:16: When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.


  1. Why was Habakkuk Important?
    1. Habakkuk provides us one of the most remarkable sections in the biblee, as it contains an extended dialogue between Habakkuk and God The prophet initiated this conversation based on his distress about God’s “inaction” in the world. He wanted to see God do something more, particularly in the area of justice for evildoers. The book of Habakkuk pictures a frustrated prophet, much like Jonah, though Habakkuk channeled his frustration into prayers and eventually praise to God, rather than trying to run from the Lord as Jonah did.
    2. Habakkuk 1–2: O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!


  1. What was His Mission?
    1. The book of Habakkuk offers us a picture of a prideful people being humbled, while the righteous live by faith in God. Habakkuk 2:4: Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
    2. Habakkuk reminds us that while God may seem silent and uninvolved in our world, He always has a plan to deal with evil and always works out justice, eventually. The example of the prophet Habakkuk encourages us to wait on the Lord, expecting that He will indeed work out all things for our good as it says in Romans 8:28.


  1. What was his Greatest Word to His People and Us?
    1. One of the favorite writings of Habakkuk is the one found in Habakkuk 2:2-3: And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Has God given you a vision or a promise? Write it down. Share it with others who will pray, believe God, and help you in it. It will come to pass. What God has spoken, He will do.
    2. Here’s another great gem from Habakkuk. This, I believe should be our prayer during this time, as we see God dealing with a world and a nation that has turned away from Him, and at the same time, is trying to raise up an army that will be faithful to His Word. Habakkuk 3:2: O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. I see three important themes in this verse. 1, Habakkuk hears the voice of God and has a fear and respect for God. 2, He prays for revival. This is what we need in our country today, and I believe with all that is going on, God is bringing revival. 3. He prays for God to remember mercy while he is showing His Wrath to an unbelieving world. God is ready and willing to extend mercy to whosoever will bow the knee and ask Jesus into their hearts.


  1. What can We Learn from Habakkuk?
    1. Habakkuk asked God the kind of question that so many of us have pondered. Habakkuk 1:3: Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.
    2. We’ve all seen the evidence of evil in our lives. We’ve all been touched by it. And we bear scars at various stages of healing. We are often downtrodden by our poor choices and our fallen world. However, Habakkuk reminds us that no place is too dark and no wall too thick for God’s grace to penetrate in a powerful way.
    3. We see that God often does or allows things to happen suddenly. Just like recently, one day, our country was going along normally, and the corona virus was something on the other side of the world. Then in a short time, it’s here and most of the nation is in lockdown. Habakkuk 1:5: Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you. I think this has happened so that people would turn back to God. After 911, the churches were full for a time, but that was very short-lived as we quickly had the falling away as predicted in the bible. I believe things like the corona virus are God’s way of saying “I’m here. Will you keep going your own way, or will you finally bow the knee and turn wholeheartedly to Me.”
    4. I love the way he ends his book. He has just delivered a hard message from the Lord, and as a nation and world, we are experiencing hard times. Will we have the same resolve that he had? Habakkuk 3:18-19: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.


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