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Lamb of God, Slain & Exalted: Do You Long for Heaven?

Text: Revelation 5
Speaker: Curt Arend
Date: June 29, 2008

Revelation 5 – I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it. Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.” And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.” Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen ” And the elders fell down and worshiped.

IBCD 2008 Summer Institute

The IBCD 2008 Summer Institute takes place June 26-28 at New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido, CA. This year’s keynote speakers include Lou Priolo, George Scipione, and Hywel R. Jones. More information is available on the events page at ibcd.org.

Family Camp 2008 MP3s Available

MP3s of GBC’s 2008 Family Camp are now available to download. See the Family Camp 2008 page for the links.

How to Be Truly Successful in Life

Text: Proverbs 3
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: June 22, 2008

How do you measure success? Is it the car you drive and the house you own? Is it in the happiness you enjoy with your family? Or is success achieved by how highly others esteem your accomplishments in life?

This week we will be taking a break from our I Samuel series as we consider Proverbs chapter 3 which tells us how to be truly successful in life. The great Old Testament scholar, Bruce Waltke says of Proverbs 3, This chapter will give you a finer education than you will get from almost any modern university (and I would add at a much cheaper price).

You may remember that the first nine chapters of Proverbs contain several extended discourses which appeal to the reader to seek wisdom. The discourse in Proverbs 3 sets forth the great benefits of wisdom. Verse 4 summarizes the chapter. The one who gains wisdom will be successful in his dealings with both God and man. The chapter goes on to explain four ways you can act wisely towards God and three ways to act wisely towards men, along with resultant blessings.

Some who read Proverbs 3 may question, however, whether the wise are most blessed in this life. Sometimes godly people suffer from disease, calamity, and injustice. There is much more going on in Proverbs 3 than initially meets the eye. The blessings of wisdom are not all experienced in this life. This chapter points to the blessings of wisdom which are sure to come to the wise in the everlasting kingdom of God (for example see verse 18).

Another tension an honest reader experiences is the realization that none of us meet the high standard set by this chapter. This is why we need Christ who has become to us Wisdom from God (I Co. 1:30-31 Col. 2:3). He lived the life of perfect wisdom towards God and men. He died for our sinful folly. He makes us wise.

The LORD Delivers Israel from the Ammonites

Text: I Samuel 11
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: June 15, 2008

In this week’s text, the Ammonite king, Nahash, wants to not only enslave the Israelite city of Jabesh-gilead, but to gouge out all of their eyes as well. God’s people need a deliverer. This proves to be the perfect time for the new king, Saul, to prove himself. The Spirit comes upon Saul who with holy anger rallies Israel to a great victory for which he gives glory to God.

We are engaged in spiritual warfare, being surrounded by those who would destroy us. We too need the empowerment of the Spirit. We may even experience righteous anger, but we need to be careful because we fight, not with the weapons of the world, but with truth.

Finally, we were in desperate need of deliverance because of our slavery to sin and death. God sent a Spirit empowered Deliverer Who has defeated our enemy. To God be the glory.

Session 4

Text: I Timothy 4:12
Speaker: Robert Elliott
Date: June 14, 2008

Session 4 of Family Camp 2008.

Session 3

Text: I Timothy 4:12
Speaker: Robert Elliott
Date: June 13, 2008

Session 3 of Family Camp 2008.

Session 2

Text: I Timothy 4:12
Speaker: Robert Elliott
Date: June 13, 2008

Session 2 of Family Camp 2008.

Session 1

Text: I Timothy 4:12
Speaker: Robert Elliott
Date: June 12, 2008

Session 1 of Family Camp 2008.

God Gives Israel the King They Sought

Text: I Samuel 9-10
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: June 8, 2008

n last week’s passage God told Samuel to give Israel a king, but we were left hanging as to whom the king would be and how he would be recognized. In this week’s text, the LORD orchestrates an amazing sequence of events to demonstrate Saul is King both privately (with Samuel) and publicly before the people. The theological term for God’s working out His great purposes through seemingly ordinary events is providence.

The LORD is also orchestrating our lives through His providence. We also need revelation from God so that we can rightly interpret and respond to the events He brings into our lives. Saul had Samuel to explain what God was doing. We have the Scriptures.

Israel Demands a King

Text: I Samuel 8
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: June 1, 2008

There is probably no passage in the Bible which better reflects the dangers of human government than I Samuel 8. Israel seeks a king to bring them security and prosperity, but Samuel warns them that they will pay a great price for the ruler they demand. Our politicians often campaign as messiah’s promising change which will make us secure from war, disease, injustice, and poverty. Sadly, they too fail to deliver.

This passage, however, is not primarily about politics. When Israel’s leaders seek a king, they are guilty of rejecting God as their king. They want to be like the other nations, instead of being holy (separate) as God is holy. They look to a man to give them victory in battle, rather than the LORD who has repeatedly delivered them.

The church, God’s kingdom on earth, is often guilty of looking to men (both political and spiritual leaders) rather than God. Those who put their hope in men will reap the consequences, which include having leaders who take away their possessions and their freedom. There is another King who gives instead of taking. The majority rejected Him, but all who follow Him find His yoke to be easy and His burden light. He alone brings salvation to His people and heaven to earth. He is worthy of our devotion and our praise.

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