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10-13-19 Kevin Goins - Wisdom is Fabulous!

Posted in sermon, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Bible, proverbs, Wisdom by facatl on October 17th, 2019

“Wisdom is Fabulous!” Proverbs 3:13-18

People seek many things in our world today, but very few seem to be seeking wisdom. Perhaps this is because they are afraid wisdom might interfere with their selfish plans, or it may be because people have no idea how wonderful God’s wisdom is. In any case, the author of Proverbs wants us to know just how fabulous wisdom is.

I In his introduction to wisdom, Solomon makes _______ major points.
A. First, wisdom has ___________ ____________ (3:13-18).
B. Solomon gives us ______ reasons why we should want wisdom with all our heart.

II First, wisdom is __________ the ___________ (3:13).
A. From the start we need to understand that living as a wise person requires __________________.
B. It took gut-wrenching discipline on Solomon’s part to ask for what he knew would benefit _____________, rather than ____________.

III Second, wisdom is p__________________ (3:14)
A. Silver and gold have value, but they will never earn as much in the f_______________ as wisdom will.
B. Wisdom has the potential to provide ________________the things we cannot know _____________ that we will need tomorrow.

IV Third, wisdom is greater than anything we can _______________ (3:15).

V Fourth, wisdom gives the best ______________ (3:16).
A. Wisdom knows how to use riches in an h_________________ way.
B. Wisdom can fill life, even long life, with _________________.

VI Fifth, wisdom gives real _______________ (3:17).

VII Sixth, wisdom gives _______________ life (3:18).
-Just as Solomon began by saying that wisdom is something we must seek, so he ends by telling us again that wisdom must be e_____ _____.

 

10-06-19 Kevin Goins - Free from the Curse

“Free from the Curse”  Galatians 3:13-14

There are many things the death of Jesus did for us, but there is one thing that we rarely think about and that is how the death of Jesus freed us from “the curse of the law.” But what is this curse and how have we been set free from it?

I First, ______ is the curse of the Law?

A. The Law curses us in _______ ways:

1. The Law is a curse because it gives us a cure for the problem of sin, but that cure is a _____________.

2. The Law is a curse because no matter what we do or don’t do, the Law keeps on condemning us.

B. The Law is a double curse – It offers us the ________ hope that we can please God and then it ______________ us when we fail.

II Second, _______ should Christians be concerned about the curse of the Law?

A. The curse of the Law can still _____________ us even though we are Christians.

B. Anytime our confidence in Jesus is strengthened by how we _____________, the Law still has power over us.

III Third, _________ did Jesus save us from the curse of the Law?

A. Jesus took the Law’s curse off ____ and placed it on _____________.

B. The curse of the Law is two-fold:

1. The first curse is the separation that comes when we try to create a relationship with God through p___________, rather than _______.

2. The second curse is the punishment of _________ that comes to us because we have not kept the Law.

IV Fourth, ________ ______________ does it make?

-Not only have we been saved from a curse, but to help us live a life pleasing to God we have been given the _____________ ___________.

09-29-19 Kevin Goins - Saved Through Water

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Baptism, Bible by facatl on October 1st, 2019

“Saved Through Water”
1 Peter 3:18-21

We can learn by listening to words, but mental pictures can be far more enlightening. That is why the Bible not only tells us about baptism, it gives us some unforgettable pictures. Today we are looking at the picture of baptism found in the first letter of Peter.

I Most Christians consider this a ____________ text for two reasons:

A. First, it’s a difficult text because we are not sure ________ Jesus went and to _______ he preached.

1. Some believe Jesus preached to all who _______________ God before the flood and he gave them a ________ to hear the Gospel.

2. Others believe he was announcing his ___________ over sin to the spirit- beings, or angels, who had rebelled against God.

B. Second, it’s a difficult text because of Peter’s words, “this water symbolizes baptism that now _______ you also.”

1. Peter begins the passage, vs 18, talking about the __________________, and he ends the passage, vs 21, talking about the __________________.

2. Then, in the middle he talks about ___________. What does a person do at baptism? They _____________ the Gospel by acting it out.

3. So, when Peter says baptism saves, he means that what baptism r___________ – the death and resurrection of Jesus – that is what saves.

II After Peter refers to Noah, he then tells us that what happened to Noah is a __________ of baptism

A. Peter says that Noah and his family were saved, not by the ________, but by the ____________.

B. Why would Peter say that Noah and his family were saved “through water?” There are ______ reason for saying this:

1. First, Noah and his family were saved through water because the flood s____________ them from the overwhelming evil in their day.

2. Second, Noah and his family were saved through water because the very thing which brought j_____________ and d_________ to earth, brought d_______________ to them.

09-22-19 - Kevin Goins - My Grandpa Was a Baptist Preacher, part 2

“My Grandpa Was a Baptist Preacher!” John 8:37-59

What is it that people who do not have Jesus in their life depend on to make themselves feel secure about Judgment Day? One of the things people lean on is their pride in their godly ancestors. In our text today
Jesus lets us know that our forbearers, as wonderful as they may have been, cannot save us from the consequences of our sin.

I Jesus says that actions speak louder than our family tree (8:37-38).
II Jesus says we all have an ancestor in our family line we would rather ignore (8:39-41).

III There is a spiritual ______ test which can determine whether we are truly children of God (8:42-59)
A. There is the l_______ test (8:42).
B. There is the b__________ test – Can we ______ God speak to us through his Word? (8:43, 47).
C. There is the t________ test (8:44-47).
1. Whatever language we learn first becomes f__________ to us.
2. When we are born the language of s________ l______ is our native and natural language.
3. When we experience new birth by trusting Jesus, we can then begin to speak and comprehend the language of s_________ t_______.
4. Those without the ________ of _______ in them cannot grasp or recognize spiritual truth.
D. Lastly, there is the J_________ test (8:48-59).
1. Stoning was the penalty for b__________, which means the religious officials understood Jesus was claiming to be _____ in the _______.
2. The Pharisees allowed what o___________ them about Jesus to blind them to who he really was, and the same thing happens today.
3. If you are a real child of God then you ______ Jesus for _____ he is.

09-15-19 Kevin Goins - My Grandpa was a Baptist Preacher

“My Grandpa Was a Baptism Preacher!” John 8:37-59

What is it that people who do not have Jesus in their life depend on to make themselves feel secure about Judgment Day? One of the things people lean on is their pride in their godly ancestors. In our text today
Jesus lets us know that our forbearers, as wonderful as they may have been, cannot save us from the consequences of our sin.

I There are some expressions which people think are m_________. One of these is “I believe in _________!”
A. People also feel safe saying, “I’m not perfect, but I try to live the _____ life I ______.”
B. Another expression people believe will save them on judgment day is: “My mother was a real _________.”
C. One thing many are counting on to save them from God’s judgment is their Godly a___________ - But it is _____ enough.

II Jesus says that _______ speak louder than our family _______ (8:37-38)
A. Jesus begins by saying, “I know you are the s_________ of Abraham – You have godly _____.”
B. In the ancient world they put a great emphasis on ___________ - they believed you could never be __________ than your ancestors.
C. Many today want a family tree they can be ________ of.

III Jesus says we all have an ancestor in our family line we would rather ____________ (8:39-41).
Jews in that day thought Abraham had earned a vast treasury of m_______ in God’s eyes and his descendants could d_______ on that merit.
B. But in verse 39 Jesus says it is not just about being the o___________ of Abraham, it is about d_______ the things Abraham did.

IV There are two problems with this truth:
A. First, many do not believe in the _________.
B. The second problem is that while many do not believe in the devil, we do believe in ___________.

09-01-19 Kevin Goins - Celebrating Work

“Celebrating work?” Genesis chapters one and two

If you want to know the Bible’s position on work, all you have to do is to open the very first page. But what does the Bible tell us about work that will help us have a greater appreciation for the labor we do?

I It tells us that work is a _______ thing – work belongs to the very n__________ and c______________ of God.
A. The most basic definition of work is to __________ something, and the first verse of the Bible says that God ___________, he brought into existence, this world.
B. When we see ______ God created, we see how much our work is ________ his work.
C. Every good and honest job today finds its b__________ in the work of God.

II This text tells us that God wants us to _______ him in doing work.
A. B_________ sin invaded human life, God gave Adam and Eve work to do.
B. Work wasn’t the result of sin; work was God’s p__________ plan for the human race.
C. Some have the idea that heaven will be the kind of paradise where no one works, but a paradise without work w_______ n_____ be paradise.
D. Since work belongs to the nature and character of God, and since hell is devoid of God’s character, then hell must be a place ___________ work.

III This text tells us that God does not take work to an u______ e_______.
A. God worked six days and then he rested, and that is the p________ that we are to follow.
B. We must balance work and _________; we must balance work and ________; we must balance work and ___________.

IV This text tells us that work can bring us the a___________ of God (Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31).

08-25-19 Kevin Goins - The Truth About the Truth that sets us free, conclusion

“The Truth about the Truth that Sets us Free” (Conclusion)  John 8:30-36

John 8:32 has been used by all sorts of people to promote all sorts of ideas. But a biblical text cannot mean whatever we want it to mean. What is the truth about the truth that sets us free?

I First, the truth that sets us free isn’t only for the believer. In fact, it’s actually directed at the non-believer (8:30).
II Second, there is a truth that can set us free (8:31a).
III Third, to be set free by the truth, we must use our head (8:32).
IV Fourth, the truth is a person (8:31-32).

V Fifth, being set free by the truth can be ______________ to people (8:33).

A. When Jesus says he has a truth that can set them free, they get offended, for _____ reasons:

1. First, it offends their __________ pride.

2. Second, it offends their ____________ pride.

B. They were offended by something Jesus said and so they refused to __________ in him.

VI Sixth, the freedom which the truth brings is freedom from the _________ of ______ (8:34).

A. In verse 34, for the twelfth time in John, Jesus begins a statement with “________, ________.”

B. The truth Jesus is stressing is that ____ makes us ________.

C. Sin is not simply an ______, sin is a ________.

D. Sin is a power which stirs up the desire to find pleasure ___________ God.

 

VII Seventh, the only truth-teacher who can set us free is the ______ (8:35-36)
A. In the ancient world families consisted of two kinds of people: _______ and __________, with all the rights of family members, and _________, who had no permanent place in the family.

B. It was a tradition in Roman households in biblical times for the _______-______ son, when he became a man, to release all the slaves he had grown up with.

VIII Jesus is the one who gives us freedom, but there is something we need to _________ this freedom.

A. First, to be free you need d___________.

B. Second, to be free you need a__________.

C. Third, to be free you need o_____________.

D. Fourth, to be free you must have a h________ e_________.

08-18-19 Kevin Goins - The Truth About The Truth That Sets Us Free, part 2

“The Truth about the Truth that Sets Us Free” (Pt 2) John 8:30-36

John 8:32 has been used by all sorts of people to promote all sorts of ideas. But a biblical text cannot mean whatever we want it to mean. What is the truth about the truth that sets us free?

I The truth that sets us free isn’t only for the believer. In fact, it’s actually directed at the non-believer (8:30).
II There is a truth that can set us free, but many are skeptical of this (8:31a)
III Third, to be set free by the truth, we must use our _________ (8:32).
A. Verse 32 does ____ say what we Bible-believing Christians should ___________ it to say.
-Over and over the Bibles says we must _________. Yet here Jesus says we must __________.
B. One of the greatest issues of the Christian life has always been the relationship between f________ and f___________.
The Bible does not take an _____-intellectual approach to the Christian life because it was God who created our ________ as well as our spirit.
D. An anti-intellectual approach to the Bible is actually more in keeping with the __________ approach to the Bible.

IV The truth is a __________(8:31-32).
A. The truth that sets us free is objective fact, but these facts are not about ________; these facts are about a __________.
B. You cannot know the truth without being a disciple of Jesus, and you cannot be a disciple of Jesus without having a p___________ c____________ with him.
C. If truth is focused on a __________, then we need that _________ to know the truth.

V We Evangelicals aren’t comfortable talking about ________.
-When we act as if faith is all we have, that there is nothing we can know, we drive ___________ __________ out of the church and we face our culture with ________.

08-04-19 Kevin Goins - The Truth About the Truth That Sets Us Free

“The Truth about the Truth that Sets Us Free” John 8:30-36

John 8:32 has been used by all sorts of people to promote all sorts of ideas. But a biblical text cannot mean whatever we want it to mean. What then is this text actually saying?

I This text is one of the best k_______ and most q_________ in the Bible.

II What is the truth about the truth that sets us free? The truth that sets us free isn’t only for the ___________. In fact, it’s actually directed at the ____-___________.
A. The one who is not yet in the Kingdom of God has a more __________ need for the truth that sets us free than the believer.
B. Who is Jesus __________ to in this text?
1. It seems as if Jesus is addressing these words to b__________, but there is good reason to ___________ that.
a. First, that expression, “many put their faith in him,” is not as _______________ as it sounds.
b. Second, Jesus just said that people cannot truly believe in him until he is c____________.
c. Third, these people chose to believe b_________ they heard all they needed to hear.
2. Those who most need to hear what Jesus says about truth are people who do ____ ______ know Jesus.

III There _____ a truth that can set us free but that is a very d__________ statement in our world today.
A. There are some who say there is ___ _______ ________ as truth.
B. There are some who believe truth exists, but only certain _______ of truth can be known.
C. Jesus said there is truth and it is found in ______ ____________, but for this truth to change us we must ______ to it
D. To live in his truth means two things:
1. We must get it into our _______ through _________.
2. We must ______ what it says.

07-28-19 Kevin Goins - The Wrong Side of the Jesus Divide

“The Wrong Side of the Jesus Divide” John 8:21-29

Just as there is a mountain range which divides the American continent, so there is a divide in the spiritual world which stands between those who belong to the Kingdom of Light and those who belong to the kingdom of darkness. This divide is Jesus. What puts people on the wrong side of the Jesus divide?

I. S_______ p_______ puts people on the wrong side of the Jesus divide.
A. The Pharisees cannot hear what Jesus says about their sins,
because for them sin was not a ________.
B. We all believe we are way above average. Psychologists call this the state of i____________ s_____________.

II. Allegiance to the ________ puts people on the wrong side of the Jesus divide (8:23).
A. Jesus says two things in vs 23 about these people: First, there is a s_________ divide between them.
B. Second, Jesus says there is a k_________ divide between them.
1. In John the “world” is defined as the system of life and thought which __________ God.
2. The world is not only a thought system which is opposed to the Kingdom of God, but the world does all it can to ______ people _____ of the Kingdom of God.

III. _________ puts people on the wrong side of the Jesus divide.
A. When Jesus says we must believe, what exactly must we believe?
1. We must believe that Jesus is ______.
2. We must believe that God is _______.
3. We must believe that Jesus was _________.
4. We must believe that it was Jesus’ death on the ______ that saved us from our sin.
B. There is ______ to know about Jesus, but if we do not believe these _____ things we will find ourselves on the wrong side of the Jesus divide.

IV. W_________ i___________ puts people on the wrong side of the Jesus divide (8:25-27).


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