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Surrendering Your Time to Jesus
Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk—not as unwise people but as wise— making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15–16
As You Surrender Your Time to Jesus…
- Step forward in wisdom (vs. 5:15)
- An unwise person lives apart from God and against His commands.
- Prayer, the Word of God, and the work of the Holy Spirit all help to find and use
- Seize the Day (vs. 5:16)
- This phrase, “make the best use of time,” translates the Greek exagorazō, which can also mean “redeem” or “” Christians must actively take advantage of the
opportunity to do good (Psalm 90:12 – page 540).
- Life is very short and because of its preciousness should not be wasted.
(See Psalm 39:4–5; 89:46–47; James 4:14, 17 – page 1111).
Seek the Will of God (vs. 5:17)
- The will of God is revealed in His Word.
- God’s Word helps us to learn what is pleasing to God (Ephesians 5:9-10 – page1078).
- Submit to the Holy Spirit (vs. 5:18-21)
- Paul is “giving a command for believers to live continually under the influence of the Spirit by letting the word control them, pursuing pure lives, confessing all known sin, dying to self, surrendering to God’s will, and depending on his power in all things. Being filled with the Spirit is living in the conscious presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, letting his mind, through the word, dominate everything that is thought and done.”
(Dr. John MacArthur)
- The command in Greek (plērousthe) is a present imperative and does not describe a onetime “filling” but a regular pattern of life. (ESV Study Bible)
Questions for Application
- How should Spirit-controlled believers relate to one another? (5:21)
- What evidence do you see that your life is controlled by the Holy Spirit?
- Often we equate wisdom with intelligence. What characterizes wise people according to
Ephesians 5:15-17? How can you live more wisely then?
- Ephesians 5:19-21 looks like four separate commands in English. In Greek, however, they are
actually linked grammatically to Ephesians 5:18 and describe several beneficial results of being filled with the Spirit. In your own words, explain the characteristics of those who are filled with the Spirit.
- Do these results occur automatically when we are filled with the Spirit or must we also treat them as commands to be followed? Explain.
- According to Paul’s definition of filling, in what area do you most need to be filled with the Spirit?
How to Be Filled With the Holy Spirit
Advice from Christian Leaders:
Charles Ryrie: Yield
Herschel Hobbs: 1. Avail Yourself 2. Submit
- Sumner Wemp: “PAY” – 1. Present yourself 2. Ask 3. Yield.
Wayne Grudem: 1. Yield your life fully to God. 2. Depend fully on God for power to live the Christian life. 3. Obey the Lord’s Commands in your life.
- W. Tozer: 1. Present your body to Him (Rom. 12:1-2) 2. Ask (Luke 11:9-11) 3. Be ready to obey (Acts 5:32) 4. Have faith (Galatians 5:2)
Bill Bright: 1. Sincerely desire to be directed and empowered by he Holy Spirit (Matthew 5:6; John 7:37-39) 2. Confess your sins (Colossians 2:13-15; 1 John 1; 2:1-3) 3. Present every area of your life to God (Romans 12:1-2) 4. By faith, claim the fullness of the Holy Spirit according to:
- A) His Command: Be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18)
- B) His Promise: He will always answer when we pray according to His will (1 John 5:14-15).
- Pray in faith to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Surrendering to Jesus
Then He said to them all, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself,
take up his cross daily, and follow Me. (Luke 9:23)
Surrender should follow when you…
- See who Christ really is (vs. 9:18-20)
- The most important question that you can ever answer – for the here and now and for your future – is who is Jesus Christ.
- Many today are saying the same things about Jesus that the people in Luke’s day were saying.
- Peter correctly called Jesus the “” This is the Greek term for the
Hebrew word “Messiah.” It means anointed one and savior.
- Study His work (vs. 9:23-27)
- Jesus told his disciples not to tell anyone yet that he was the messiah – because it would have led to the cross too soon.
- The work of Christ in the Gospel is clearly shown in this passage – that Christ would die and be raised on the third day.
Submit to His Lordship (vs. 9:23-27)
- Discipleship, as Jesus defines it, requires three things:
- Denying yourself
- Taking up your cross daily
- Following Him.
- Submission is an unconditional surrender of all that you are to Jesus.
Questions for Application
- What was Jesus doing when He was alone with His disciples? (9:18)
- Who did the crowd think Jesus was? (9:19)
- Who spoke up when Jesus brought up the question of His identity? (9:20)
- What was Jesus’ reaction to the statement by Peter? (9:21)
- What kind of future did Jesus predict for Himself? (9:22)
- How often is our allegiance to Christ demanded? (9:23)
- What are the conditions for discipleship with Jesus? (9:23)
- What kind of commitment does discipleship require? (9:24-25)
- What did Jesus say would happen to anyone who is ashamed of Him and His
- With what prediction did Jesus conclude His admonition to the disciples? (9:27)
- How would you answer Jesus today if He asked, “Who do crowds say I am?”
- In what situations would you be uncomfortable stating plainly that Jesus is the
Christ of God?
- Why do you suppose that Jesus strictly warned His disciples not to tell anyone
about His heavenly identity?
- What celebrities recently seem to have “gained the whole world” yet lost or forfeited their very selves?
- In what ways can you lose your life for Jesus?
- What situations this week might call for you to speak out about Jesus’ identity?
- How can you pray this week to help you talk about Jesus with others?
- With whom can you pray this week for the purpose of denying yourself and
Easter: The Message of First Importance
“For I passed on to you as most important what I also received…” (1 Cor. 15:3a)
Easter 2015 South Orlando Baptist Church
Topics: Easter, The Gospel April 5, 2015
Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Bro. David Crowe
The most important message is the message of the Gospel. What is the Gospel?
The Gospel is the fact that Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he was raised on the third day.
The most important message in the Bible causes you to…
See your Sin (vs. 3, “Christ died for our sins”)
- We are all sinners (Romans 3:10, 3:23)
- The 10 Commandments
- You shall have no other gods before me.
- You shall not worship Idols.
- You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath day, keep it holy.
- Honor your father and mother.
- You shall not murder. (1 John 3:15)
- You shall not commit adultery. (Matthew 5:27)
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not lie. (Revelation 21:8)
- You shall not covet.
- Our sins separate us from a holy God (Romans 6:23)
- The 10 Commandments
- We are all sinners (Romans 3:10, 3:23)
See your Substitute (vs. 3, “Christ died for our sins”)
- Jesus was 100% God and 100% Man. (Philippians 2:5-6)
- Jesus was sinless. (Hebrews 4:15)
- Jesus is the perfect substitute and mediator (1 Timothy 2:5)
- Jesus’ blood cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7)
- See your Savior (vs. 4 he was buried… he was raised on the third day…)
- Jesus died for our sins
- Jesus was buried
- Jesus was raised again
We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
Why did Paul pass on what he had received? (15:3)
- How did Christ’s life fulfill the Scriptures? (15:3)
- What are the key points of the gospel? (15:3-8)
- To whom did Christ appear after His resurrection? (15:5-8)
- Why did Paul emphasize the facts of Christ’s resurrection? (15:5-8)
- Why did Paul describe himself as one “abnormally born”? (15:8)
- Why did Paul feel unworthy to be called an apostle? (15:9)
- For what reason was Paul able to call himself an apostle? (15:10)
- On what did Paul’s apostleship rest? (15:10)
- How would you describe, in your own words, the importance of the gospel to your life?
- What has God’s grace accomplished in you?
- In what one area of your life have you been stubborn about allowing God’s grace to work?
- What does it mean for you to hold firmly to the gospel?
- What are the implications of the fact that the truth of the gospel is of first importance to God?
- What difference does it make that Christ’s death and resurrection fulfilled Old Testament prophecy?
- How does Christ appear or make Himself known to us today?
- What evidence could you use to persuade others this week about the truth of the gospel?
- How could you rely on God’s grace in your efforts to tell your friends about Christ?
To grow in your love for and understanding of the Gospel, I would recommend the following books:
Gospel by J.D. Greear (B&H Books, 2011)
What is the Gospel by Greg Gilbert (Crossway, 2010)
Romans by the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul
“Jesus – The Suffering King”
“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Psalm 22:1
Good Friday South Orlando Baptist Church
Topics: The Cross, Salvation, Prophecy April 3, 2015
Text: Psalm 22 (pages 495-496) Dr. David Crowe
As we look at the cross through this prophetic Psalm…
- Experience the Messiah on the Cross (vs. 1-20)
- The words Jesus spoke on the cross are here.
- “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me”
(vs. 1; Matthew 27:46-page 917)
- His tongue clinging to his jaws (vs. 15; “I thirst” John 19:28 – page 999)
- “He has done it” (vs. 31; connects to “It is finished” John 19:30 – page 999)
- The reason Jesus was on the Cross is here.
- It is found in the phrase “but you are holy” (vs. 3)
- Jesus cried out, ‘My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?’ for a very simple and obvious reason. He was forsaken of God while he was there on the cross. And why was he forsaken of God? He was taking the place of sinners. He was ‘made’ sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21 – page 1066). He was bearing our penalty.
- The Sufferings Jesus endured on the Cross are here. (6-8)
- Verses 6-8 clearly correspond to Matthew 27:41-43 (page 917)
- Verse 16 (“They pierced my hands and my feet..”) A phrase that is clearly associated with crucifixion.
- This was written 1000 years before Jesus and 600 years before crucifixion was invented by the Persians.
- Those who crucified Jesus are here.
- Who really crucified Jesus?
- “Dogs” in verse 16 was a phrase that the Jews used for Gentiles.
- Who really crucified Jesus?
- The hand of God is hinted at in verse 15. “You put me in the dust of death”
- The precision of this statement is borne out by other Scriptures. The apostle Paul says God ‘set forth’ his Son as a ‘propitiation’ for our sins (Romans 3:25 – page 1038). It was God who refused to spare his Son, but rather ‘delivered him up for us all’ (Romans 8:32 – page 1042). It was God who was ‘pleased’ to ‘bruise’ the Lord Jesus and put him to ‘grief’ (Isaiah 53:10 – page 674). Yes, it was God who sent his Son to the cross.
- Exult in the Work of the Cross. (vs. 21-31)
- In the verses that remain the Messiah rejoices that his death on the cross was not in vain, but that it achieved its purpose. Because of that death he now has ‘brethren’ to whom the name of God can be declared (v. 22). The author of Hebrews relates this portion of the psalm to all those who know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. He says Christ is ‘not ashamed’ to call those who know him his ‘brethren’ (Hebrews 2:10–12 – 1100).
- Furthermore, because of his death on the cross the Messiah rejoices in the poor being able to eat and be satisfied (v. 26). Because of his death they can eat of the gospel feast and be satisfied with the knowledge their sins are forgiven and they can, therefore, stand without fear in the presence of the holy God.
- The Messiah also rejoices in ‘all ends of the earth’ turning to him. His death on the cross was not just for one nation but for people of all nations, and it will finally issue in the redemption of a multitude. (Revelation 5:9 – pages 1128-1129 )
- Finally, the Messiah rejoices in the knowledge that ‘a posterity’ will serve him. Each generation will have those whom he purchased with his own blood to tell those in the generation following them of what he has done (vv. 30–31).
FOR FURTHER STUDY
- Read Isaiah 53. In what ways did Jesus’ death on the cross fulfill this prophecy?
- Read 1 Corinthians 2:2 and Galatians 6:14. What was Paul’s attitude towards the cross?
 Roger Ellsworth, Opening Up Psalms (Leominster: Day One Publications, 2006), 197.
The Fruit of Repentance
“We will not neglect the house of our God.” Nehemiah 10:39b
Revival will always produce…
- Submission to the Word (vs. 9:38-10:29)
- The people of Israel “swore an oath to follow the law of God…and to carefully obey all the commands, ordinances, and statutes of Yahweh…”
- Under the Lordship of Jesus, we must vow to obey the Word of God every single day.
- Separation from the World (10:30-31)
- The people of Israel had to separate “themselves from the surrounding peoples to obey the law of God” (vs. 28).
- As Christians, we are not to conform to this world (Romans 12:2 – page 1045), or love the system of this world (1 John 2:15 – page 1120). Instead, we are to be salt and light in the world through our life and witness
(Matthew 5:13-15 – page 888).
- Support of God’s house (10:34-39)
- Through tithing (giving a tenth of all income) towards the support of the priests and the temple, the people of Israel vowed to “not neglect the house of our God” (vs. 39).
- Today, the temple of God is His people, the church.
(1 Corinthians 6:19 – 1053) We should tithe faithfully to the local church where God has called us to be members.
If you would like to receive personalized envelopes for tithing – call the church office at (407) 859-1536
Questions for Application
- Why did the people of Israel want to make a binding agreement? (9:38)
- How was the agreement of the people made legal? (9:38)
- Why did the people separate themselves from their neighbors? (10:28)
- What were the specifics of the oath between God and the people of Israel? (10:30-39)
- What offerings did the people promise to give to the Lord? (10:32-33)
- What responsibility did the people take on to insure that the temple was run properly? (10:34-39)
- Why was it necessary for the people to bring offerings to the temple? (10:34-39)
- In what ways did the people promise to care for the priests and the temple? (10:34-39)
- What was significant about the people’s offering that demonstrated their commitment to the Lord and their respect for the temple? (10:36-38)
- How did the people decide what they should tithe? (10:37)
- When have difficult circumstances in your life motivated you to seek the Lord?
- Why do you think it sometimes takes negative experiences to refocus our attention on God?
- What area of your life do you need to recommit to the Lord?
- What methods can we use to keep ourselves accountable to the promises we make to the Lord?
- What commitments did the people make to worship?
- How can we demonstrate thankfulness to the Lord for His forgiveness?
- How can you depend on the Lord to help you truly repent and change your bad habits?
- How can you show a commitment to regular worship?
- Who can help you be accountable to stay true to your intentions to serve God?
The Road to Revival
“You are righteous concerning all that has come on us, because You have acted faithfully,
while we have acted wickedly.” Nehemiah 9:33
Revival will always include…
Confession of your sin (9:1-4; page 436)
Confession involves humbling yourself and an agreement with God that you have sinned. The Israelites would visibly humble themselves by throwing dirt on their heads.
1 John 1:9 (page 1119) – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (See Psalm 32:3-7; page 502)
Contemplation of God’s Salvation (9:5-37; pages 436 – 438)
The Israelites recall God’s history of Salvation: 1. Creation (9:6) 2. Covenant (9:7-8) 3. Calling Out (9:9-21) 4. Conquest/Kingdom/Divided Kingdom (9:22-29) 5. Carried Away 9:30-31) 6. Come Home (9:32-37)
Their history is also our history in Christ. (Galatians 3:29; page 1073)
Commitment to obey His Word (9:38; page 438)
The people of Israel sign a binding document, recommitting themselves to obey the Law of God.
We must recommit ourselves to obey God’s word.
Baptism – Dying to Sin, Living for God
Series: The Lord’s Supper South Orlando Baptist Church
Topics: Sin, Obedience, Baptism March 8, 2015
Text: Romans 6:1-14 (pages 1039-1040) Dr. David Crowe
Article VII of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper.
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
Since you are a new creation in Christ,
- Stop walking in continued sin (1-4)
- The grace of God does not give us a license to sin all we want.
- No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. (1 John 3:9 – page 1121)
- Study the Gospel (5-8)
- We have spiritually been united with Jesus in his death and resurrection.
- In light of what Jesus has done, our old self is being brought to nothing and we are no longer enslaved to sin.
- Stand firm in His resurrection power (9-14)
- The resurrection of Jesus gives us present power to overcome sin.
- Jesus now has dominion over us – not sin!
Frequently Asked Questions about Baptism:
Why should I be baptized?
- To follow the example set by Christ. (Mark 1:9)
- Because Christ commanded it. (Matthew 28:19-20)
- Because it demonstrates that I really am a believer. (Acts 18:8, 1 John 2:3)
What is the meaning of baptism?
- It is a picture of Jesus’ burial and resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Colossians 2:12)
- It is a picture of my new life as a Christian. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- It is important to remember that baptism doesn’t make you a believer, it demonstrates that you already believe. It’s also important to understand that baptism does not “save” you. You are “saved” only by your faith in Jesus. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Why be baptized by going under water (immersion)?
- Because Jesus was baptized that way. (Matthew 3:16)
- Every baptism in the Bible was by going under water. (Example: Acts 8:38-39)
- The word baptize actually means to “dip under water”
- Going under water best symbolizes a burial and resurrection. (Romans 6:4)
Who should be baptized?
- Every person who has believed in Christ. (Acts 2:41; Acts 8:12-13)
When should I be baptized?
- As soon as you have believed. (Acts 2:41; Acts 8:35-38)
If you need to schedule a baptism, call the Church
Office at 407-859-1536
Restoring Lost Joy
“…since today is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve,
because the joy of the LORD is your stronghold.” Nehemiah 8:10b
Text: Nehemiah 8 (pages 435-436) South Orlando Baptist Church
Topics: Preaching, Conviction March 1, 2015
Supplemental Texts: See below Brother David Crowe
If you are going to restore lost joy, you must…
- Receive the Word (vs. 1-8)
- There is much emphasis in this passage that Israel was to understand the law. (vs. 2, 3, 7, 8, 12)
- The Word was read and explained for the sake of application.
- Preaching is the contemporary method where we hear the Word of God read and explained for application. (1 Timothy 4:13; page 1092)
- Rejoice in the Lord (vs. 9-12)
- Though Israel wept as they heard the law, Nehemiah told them to go and celebrate saying, “the joy of the Lord is your stronghold.” (See also Psalm 30:5 – page 500)
- “The words they had heard did remind them that God punishes sin, but also that God blesses obedience.” (MacArthur Study Bible)
- Because they understood the Word of God, they departed to go and party (vs. 12).
- Remember your Salvation (vs.13-18)
- To remember what God had done for them – they were instructed to celebrate the feast of tabernacles. This had not been celebrated since the days of Joshua.
- This feast was done in remembrance of God’s deliverance of Israel through the 40-year journey in the wilderness before they entered the promised land.
- Reflection on the deliverance of God should always result in joy.
Recap of Nehemiah
Nehemiah, contemporary of Ezra and cupbearer to the king in the Persian palace, leads the third and last return to Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile. His concern for the welfare of Jerusalem and its inhabitants prompts him to take bold action. Granted permission to return to his homeland, Nehemiah challenges his countrymen to arise and rebuild the shattered walls of Jerusalem. In spite of opposition from without and abuse from within, the task is completed in only fifty-two days—a feat which even the enemies of Israel must attribute to God’s enabling. By contrast, the task of reviving and reforming the people of God within those rebuilt walls demands years of Nehemiah’s godly life and leadership.
Questions for Application
- What did the people want Ezra to read? (8:1)
- Who was included in the assembly at the Water Gate? (8:2)
- What attitude did the people of Israel have toward the Book of the Law? (8:3, 6, 9, 17)
- What did the people do when Ezra opened the Book of the Law? (8:5)
- What specific steps did Ezra and the other leaders take to make this event practical for everyone? (8:5-8)
- How did Ezra and the people of Israel respond to the reading of the Law? (8:6)
- Why were the people of Israel weeping? (8:9)
- How would you describe Israel’s view of God’s written Word?
- In what specific ways are Israel’s actions in this passage a good model for us today?
- As Christians what reasons do we have to celebrate?
- Why is it important for believers to meet corporately?
- Generally speaking, how should we respond to God’s Word?
- In what ways do you think you should change your attitude toward reading the
- What steps can we take to be sensitive to the message of God’s Word?
15. How can we guard against apathy toward God’s Word?
Bruce Wilkinson and Kenneth Boa, Talk Thru the Bible (Nashville: T. Nelson, 1983), 123.