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.
How You Can Know That The Bible Came From God
Series: Gideon Sunday 2015 South Orlando Baptist Church
Topics: Canonicity, Doubts February 22, 2015
Text: 2 Peter 1:16-21 (page 1117) Dr. David Crowe
If you have any doubts that the Bible is God’s Word…
- Study the Eyewitness Testimony (vs. 16-18)
- The Bible was written by eyewitnesses. These words come from the very people who saw Jesus.
- John 1:1–4 (page 975) What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have observed and have touched with our hands, concerning the Word of life— that life was revealed, and we have seen it and we testify and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us — what we have seen and heard we also declare to you…
- Survey the prophetic fulfillment (vs. 19-20)
Barton Payne’s Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy lists 1,239 prophecies in the Old Testament and 578 prophecies in the New Testament, for a total of 1,817. These encompass 8,352 verses.
- One of my favorite prophecies is Psalm 22:16 (page 496) which describes the crucifixion 400 years before the Phoenicians invented it:
- Sense the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (vs. 21)
- The men who gathered to form the canon did not declare books to be inspired, they discerned inspiration.
- The early church councils applied several basic standards in recognizing whether a book was inspired.
- Is it authoritative (“Thus saith the Lord”)?
- Is it prophetic (“a man of God” 2 Peter 1:20 – page 1117)?
- - A book in the Bible must have the authority of a spiritual leader of Israel (O.T. – prophet, king, judge, scribe) or, and, apostle of the church (N.T. – It must be based on the testimony of an original apostle.).
- Is it authentic (consistent with other revelation of truth)?
- Is it dynamic – demonstrating God’s life-changing power (Hebrew 4:12 – page 1101)?
- Is it received (accepted and used by believers – 1 Thessalonians 2:13 – page 1087)?
(Norman L. Geisler & William Nix, A General Introduction To The Bible).
These questions are provided for your further study and application of today’s message. Use them for personal or family devotions to further dig into God’s word. The following questions are taken from Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology:
- Why is it important to your Christian life to know which writings are God’s words and which are not? How would your relationship with God be different if you had to look for his words that were scattered among all the writings of Christians throughout church history? How would your Christian life be different if God’s words were contained not only in the Bible but also in the official declarations of the church throughout history?
- Have you had doubts or questions about the canonicity of any of the books of the Bible? What caused those questions? What should one do to resolve them?
- Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and members of other cults have claimed present-day revelations from God that they count equal to the Bible in authority. What reasons can you give to indicate the falsity of those claims? In practice, do these people treat the Bible as an authority equal to these other “revelations”?
- If you have never read any parts of the Old Testament Apocrypha, perhaps you would want to read some sections. Do you feel you can trust these writings in the same way you trust Scripture? Compare the effect these writings have on you with the effect Scripture has on you. You might want to make a similar comparison with some writings from a collection of books called the New Testament Apocrypha, or perhaps with the Book of Mormon or the Qur’an. Is the spiritual effect of these writings on your life positive or negative? How does it compare with the spiritual effect the Bible has on your life?
Text Messages – The Sufficiency of Scripture
Series: Conquering the Quiet Time #6 South Orlando Baptist Church
Topics: Worship, Obedience, Direction February 15, 2015
Text: Psalm 119:1-8 (page 557) Dr. David Crowe
The sufficiency of Scripture means that Scripture contained all the words of God he intended his people to have at each stage of redemptive history, and that it now contains everything we need God to tell us for salvation, for trusting him perfectly, and for obeying him perfectly. (Wayne Grudem)
Since the Bible is sufficient for our lives, let us…
Walk in His Ways (1-3)
His ways are clearly shown in His law. (1)
We must seek him (through His word) with our whole heart. (2)
Scripture leads us to Christ, who makes us blameless before God. (1,3)
Work on Obedience (4-6)
We are to be diligent to keep God’s word. (4)
We should be steadfast (firmly established and unmovable) in keeping God’s commands. (5)
We need to learn all of the Bible (6)
Worship God in Truth (7)
The Bible helps us to worship God with an upright (righteous and honest) heart. (7)
God’s word brings us into the presence of God and he Promises never to forsake us (Hebrews 13:5; page 1108). (8)