The Master’s Class, Summit Church
ARE YOU QUALIFIED TO JUDGE? (John 7:45-8:11)

ARE YOU QUALIFIED TO JUDGE? (John 7:45-8:11)

May 19, 2019

Today we are going to talk about a familiar story from the New Testament. It is about a woman who was caught in the act of adultery, but the woman is not the focus of this story. It is instead the statement that Jesus makes to the scribes and the pharisees who had brought her to Jesus. Jesus tells them, “He who is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”

The real question that Jesus is asking is, “are you qualified to judge this woman?” We are required to make judgments almost every day of our lives, but rarely do we judge whether a person should die for their sin. Never are we allowed to determine the eternal destiny of a person, and I am glad that is true because we are simply not qualified to be that judge. I am glad that Jesus is the only One qualified to judge my eternal destiny. To determine if I will spend eternity in heaven or hell. Amen?

Click on the link below hear a message, not about the perils of judging others, but a message about the wisdom and compassion of Jesus Christ. Wisdom to see through the schemes and agendas that we have as humans, and the compassion to forgive the sins of a woman whose heart chose Jesus as her Lord and Savior.

Amen.

GOD’S PLAN OF REDEMPTION (1 Peter 1:19-21)

GOD’S PLAN OF REDEMPTION (1 Peter 1:19-21)

April 3, 2016
God has a plan for your redemption.  God was not taken by surprise by the fall of man.  It was foreknown by God.  If God acted in creation, He knew He would eventually have to act in redemption.  He also knew that all three persons of the Godhead would have to be involved.

So, before God ever spoke the words that began creation, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit conceived the plan to redeem Adam's ruined race.  It was foreordained before the foundation of the world that, when the fullness of the time was come, God the Son would enter into human life.  He would become the Babe of Bethlehem and then, in due time, the Lamb of Calvary.  Our redemption was no afterthought with God.  It was part of a plan.  

Christ was the Lamb who was slain before the foundation of the world because God knew that you and I would need a Savior, and He loved us enough to provide that Savior.  The Biblical concept of foreordination is just that simple, we only needed a God with a great big heart of love who provided redemption by His grace. 

John 3:16-18
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
KJV

This is God’s plan of redemption.  God loves you enough to offer salvation by grace.

Revelation 13:8
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
KJV

Whether man wants to acknowledge the existence of God or not. Whether man wants to accept God’s plan of redemption, or not.  God’s plan states that from the foundation of the world, God planned for all mankind, saved or not, to worship Him.  If you want to find God’s salvation, then the object of your faith must be in the Son of God, Jesus Christ.  God very reasonably declares…

1 John 5:9-12
9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
KJV

Our redemption has been a part of God’s eternal plan.  Our response to that plan demands that we accept the redemption offered by God, to live a holy life as set out by the Scripture, and to do the work that God has sent us here to do.  

Listen to this podcast to learn about God’s plan for your redemption.
TO BE ELECTED BY GOD (1 Peter 1:1b to 2a)

TO BE ELECTED BY GOD (1 Peter 1:1b to 2a)

January 10, 2016
The Bible emphatically teaches the doctrine of election, and this is a doctrine that has caused endless debates and disputes throughout the ages.  People will either go off the deep end into hyper-Calvinism with this doctrine, or they avoid it like the plague because they don’t understand it.  When it really is quite simple to understand.  Man complicates it by assuming that God cannot know anything that man does not know.  That really is the heart of the problem for man in understanding this doctrine.  

However, the truth is that man’s mind is limited, and God’s mind is unlimited.  Man’s capacity to know things is finite, and God’s knowledge is infinite.  Man’s knowledge is bounded by the constraints of time, it encompasses what has happened in the past and what is happening right now.  Man can only guess at the future.  

God created the concept of time so His knowledge is unconstrained by time.  He knows all things from before time began until well past the day when eternity makes time irrelevant, and He knows it all at the same time.  God cannot learn anything, since by definition He already knows it all.  

In today’s lesson, Peter gives us his own inspired insight into the subject.  He bluntly declares that our election is based on God’s foreknowledge.  Without hesitation, or qualification, Peter says that God has elected a certain company to become members of the royal family of heaven.  However, God does this and never violates our own volition, or our own right to choose.  God woos, He does not ravage.  He does not endow His creations with wills of their own, with the power of choice and personal accountability for their behavior, and then act as though they had no such thing.  

God’s election of certain members of the human family to become members of the royal family takes into account the response of each individual when confronted by the Holy Spirit with the offer of salvation.  While this may sound difficult to understand, the simple truth of it is that if you want to be a part of the elect of God, then choose Christ when the Holy Spirit presents salvation to you.  

Salvation boils down to one question, will you accept or reject Jesus Christ as your Lord and Master.  

If you say yes, then you will become part of the elect of God, and you will spend eternity in heaven with Christ.  

If you say no, then you will not be part of the elect of God, and you will spend eternity burning in the fires of Hell, forever without the light of God.  

Listen to this powerful Biblical doctrine of God’s foreknowledge and how it can bless you because God knows who you are, where you are, what you are going through, and He has a plan for you.  If you are believer, then God will empower you to deal with any persecution or trial that you may be going through.  He knew about this before it ever occurred and He has prepared you for it, and He is with you every step of the way.  
GOD’S PLAN WILL BE DONE (Romans 16:21-27)

GOD’S PLAN WILL BE DONE (Romans 16:21-27)

December 13, 2015
One of the great Biblical promises that we have as believers is that God’s plan will be done.  No matter what man does to mess things up in this world, no matter what schemes and plots that Satan has for this world, God’s plan will be done.  It will be done just like He set it up to be done before He created the universe and everything in it.  Nothing has changed in this plan, and nothing will change.  God’s plan will be done, period.  

The fact that I know this promise of God to be true is comforting to me, and that is why God gave us this promise, so that we could be comforted knowing that God was in control.  Paul closes out this epistle with a declaration of this promise.  The almighty God of the Bible is the everlasting God, and His purposes and His goals are pursued by Him from age to age.  Christians may be feeble and frail, but God is strong.  The church may look like it is weak and divided, but it is the body of Christ and therefore it is linked to Omnipotence.  Whatever else may fail, the work of God cannot.  

Paul draws our thoughts to Him whose loving counsels foresaw the fall of man, provided for it before the foundation of the world, foreknew us, foreknew you and me, loved us into the kingdom, and who arranges for all things to work together for our good and His eternal glory.  Paul also draws our thoughts to the Son of His love, our blessed and glorious Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  And having filled our hearts and mind with these thoughts, Paul says a final Amen to this great epistle.
ONE LORD, ONE SPIRIT (Romans 15:13-18)

ONE LORD, ONE SPIRIT (Romans 15:13-18)

November 8, 2015
The way to happiness and harmony between God’s people is not always easy, for people are different.  Imagine that, I am different from you, and you are different from me.  In fact, praise God that we are different, for it shows that we are a unique creation of God, with a unique task to perform for the Lord.

We are different because we are saved from a multitude of backgrounds including, racial and religious differences, and even social and educational differences.  It is inevitable that people of different ages and temperaments, abilities and drives, concepts and natures should have trouble adjusting one to another within the fellowship of a local church.  But it can be done.  It cannot be done by our nature, nor can it be done by our own self-will, but it can be done through the grace of God working in us. 

When you think about it, the things that unite us are far stronger than the things that divide us.  We are united in Christ by a common birth, by precious blood, and by one belief.

Eph 4:4-7
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
KJV

Certainly, it is true that the things that bind us are far stronger than the things that divide us, and it is the fact that these things are true, that we have only One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all, and it this truth that makes it possible for us to make sure that we are…

Eph 4:3
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
KJV

When our eyes are on the Lord, when we remember that our love of Christ is the tie that binds us and it is far stronger than the things that divide us, then our ability to get along is simple and assured.  
THE CHILDREN OF THE PROMISE (Romans 9:4-13)

THE CHILDREN OF THE PROMISE (Romans 9:4-13)

April 17, 2015
What made God choose Israel as His special people?

What made God choose Abraham over the other pagan worshippers in the land of the Ur of the Chaldees?

Why would God choose Isaac over Ishmael for the promise of the covenant?

Why would God choose Jacob over Esau to be the father of the children of the promise?

God in His sovereign wisdom made the Jews a peculiar treasure unto Himself, and it is through them that God has communicated to the whole world His absolute truths about right and wrong.  Every single prophecy of the end times that we have, and every single Scripture we have, has come from God through the Jews.  And with God there is no changing.  His words were true then, and they are true today.  What was sin then, is sin today.  

Listen to this podcast to understand that God’s dealings with Israel were based on His divine wisdom.  By His divine wisdom, God knows those who are the children of the promise.  

But, God's promises were not for everyone just because they were a natural born Israelite! Rather, they are for one who has the faith of Abraham.  The father of faith! 

Romans 4:16
16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
KJV

In other words, not all the offspring, the natural offspring of Israel, are the real Israel.  Paul is telling us that there has always been a remnant within the nation of Israel, and that remnant, whether natural or not natural, has been a spiritual offspring.  These are the children of the promise.  These are the real Israel.  These are the ones whom God will fulfill each of His promises to.    
CAN YOU DEPEND ON THE FUTURE? (James 4:13-14

CAN YOU DEPEND ON THE FUTURE? (James 4:13-14

May 15, 2014
Can you depend on the future?

We all make plans for the future.  We plan for our kids to go to college.  We plan for our retirement.  We plan for our career.  It is considered prudent to do all of these things, and foolish not to, but can we depend on the future happening like we want it to, like we are planning for it to happen?

It would be great if we see into the future and know exactly what was going to happen, so we could better plan for the events that were going to occur.  For instance, if you knew that you were going to lose your job in a few months, you might begin to save money to prepare for it.  

This is why horoscopes, soothsayers, fortune tellers, and psychics, are so popular, people will try anything to look out into the future.  The problem is that none of these methods really work because they cannot really see into the future.  Only God can see the future.  Only God is omniscient.  Only God knows exactly what you will be doing in the next minute, the next hour, the next day, the next year, until the day you die.  

Satan cannot see the future.  Satan cannot prophesy, only God can prophesy.  So if we are to make plans for the future, wouldn't it make sense to consult the only One who knows exactly what is going to happen to us, when it will happen, and how it will happen?  God knows it all.  

Listen to this podcast to learn why it is so important to always consider God’s will for your life in any plans that you make, for it is God that commands your heart make the next beat, or He is the One that tells it to stop beating.  In this lesson, James tells us how foolish it is to leave God out of the equation when we need to depend on our future.   
HOW GOD’S WISDOM SHINES THROUGH YOU (James 3:17-18)

HOW GOD’S WISDOM SHINES THROUGH YOU (James 3:17-18)

April 7, 2014
If you were to list the characteristics of Jesus as He lived on the earth you would probably use words like, peacemaker, gentle, easy to approach, merciful, pure, unbiased, and without hypocrisy.  These are the characteristics of God’s wisdom, and they are the characteristics that a true Christian is to exhibit as they deal with those around them.  

When someone makes Jesus Christ their Lord and Master, they are reborn and regenerated, they become a new person, and with the power of the Holy Spirit working through them these characteristics become the way a believer will behave.  It is the evidence that a revolution has occurred in that person’s life, and that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Master.  

Being a Christian is more than just saying a prayer and mumbling some words.   We are saved by God’s grace, we do not work for our salvation, but our lives must show the evidence of the transformation that has occurred in our life.  The words we say, the works that we produce, the way we control our tongue, and the way we deal with those around us are the evidence of the salvation that has occurred within our lives and they identify the Master of our hearts.  

Listen to this podcast to learn how God’s wisdom is to shine through the life of a believer to such a degree that the world sees a positive difference in their lives.  Your behavior is your trademark as a Christian.
WHERE DOES WISDOM COME FROM? (James 3:13-16)

WHERE DOES WISDOM COME FROM? (James 3:13-16)

March 31, 2014
When you need wisdom, where do you go to find it?

Your family, your friends, your mentors, your teachers, the internet, or maybe even some TV or radio show host?

There is certainly some merit in going to someone who has experienced what you are going through to give you guidance on how to handle some problem that you may be facing.  If we were to look back over man’s history we would find that man has discovered many great things and overcome many difficult challenges using the knowledge and wisdom that is available to him.  Think of the advances in science, medicine, psychology, and even religion, that have occurred in just the last 100 years.  

Yet, when you consider how much more knowledge there is for man to discover, and then compare that to what we already know, you begin to realize how little we truly know today.  It would be a bold man that declared that he knows even 10% of all the knowledge that is out there to be discovered.  And with each new discovery, man must rethink everything that he knows to put it into context with what he has just discovered.  It can be an exciting and humbling experience.  

So as you go to other people in your search for wisdom, the first thing you must realize is that everyone you are talking to is giving you answers from that 10% of knowledge that man knows, and they are ignoring all of the answers that could be found in the 90% that man knows nothing about.  If you were to go to a doctor and ask him what was wrong with you, and he told you that he could tell you, but that he only knows 10% of what he needs to know to be a doctor, you would probably be skeptical of the answer, as you should be.  

So, if you don’t go to other men to find wisdom, who can you go to that can provide you with answers from all of the knowledge that man will ever be able to discover, and all of the knowledge that man can never know?

Listen to this podcast to discover that there are two kinds of wisdom; human wisdom, and God’s wisdom.  Human wisdom comes from man’s limited knowledge.  God’s wisdom comes from the infinite knowledge of the Creator of all things, the omniscient, the omnipotent, and the omnipresent, living God. 


HOW TO ASK GOD FOR WISDOM (James 1:6-11)

HOW TO ASK GOD FOR WISDOM (James 1:6-11)

December 16, 2013
Have you ever been so overwhelmed by the circumstances that you found yourself in that you feel totally inadequate to handle things?

Too many choices, most of them bad ones, and how do you know which choices are good and which are bad?

James tells us “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5 HSCB).   

So where do we find God’s wisdom?  A large share of it is in God’s Word.  The Bible contains God’s answers to our questions about almost every aspect of life.  But we also gain wisdom from God through our prayers during times of trials.  

God’s purpose for the trials of a believer is to enlighten them, helping them to grow spiritually.  God truly wants to give you the wisdom to make the right choice.  He wants you to grow in your faith.

Listen to this podcast to learn that if you want to ask God for His wisdom, you must ask it of Him in faith, with nothing wavering, with no doubt, and fully trusting in God.  
STORMS AND CHRISTIANS (James 1:2-5)

STORMS AND CHRISTIANS (James 1:2-5)

December 9, 2013
Have you ever asked the question why a loving God would allow storms into the life of a Christian?  What could possibly be the purpose for God to allow such things to happen to those people who are trying to be good?

In our new study of the Book of James, we learn that God wants each believer to grow spiritually.  And if we are honest with ourselves, we would have to admit that we grow more in the times of trials that we face, than we do when everything is going great.  

It is in a time of trial that God teaches us patience, or to abide, in handling the trial.  It is in a time of trial that God moves us out of the ruts that we so easily fall into.  He mellows us out, and He matures us.  He strengthens our faith in Him, and He teaches us to become fully reconciled to His will.

Listen to this podcast to learn that these storms are permitted in our lives by a wise and loving heavenly Father, who is too caring to be unkind and too wise to make any mistakes.  These trials will always have a divine purpose and they will be for our good.

God loves you, and He wants only what is best for you.  The question is are you willing to trust God in the time of trial?
WHEN DOES MAN’S LAW SUPERSEDE GOD’S LAW? (Mark 6:53 to 7:13)

WHEN DOES MAN’S LAW SUPERSEDE GOD’S LAW? (Mark 6:53 to 7:13)

March 31, 2013

In the coming days the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision that could destroy for this nation God's institution of marriage as that being between one man and one woman.     

So the question becomes, when is it ok to place man's law above God's law?

It is a fact of history that the founders of our country used Biblical Judeo-Christian values and morals of right and wrong to establish the laws, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights in the creation of our country. They had a strong belief that man's law was subservient to God's law.

As a segment of our country has chosen a different set of values and morals that they wish to impose on this country, they have declared that the founder's beliefs are out of date, unenlightened, and do not meet the needs of a new socially elite, and enlightened, society. So they have decided that man's laws are superior to God's laws.

They have declared the right to ignore God's laws and replace them with man's own cleverness.

Listen to this podcast to hear what Jesus had to say to a nation that made the same choice that the U.S. has made.  Listen as Jesus, the Creator of all things, condemns the arrogance of man to say that man's law supersedes God's law.

THE WISDOM OF THE CROSS (1 Cor. 2:1-8)

THE WISDOM OF THE CROSS (1 Cor. 2:1-8)

July 17, 2012

When man looks at Jesus dying on the Cross at Calvary he sees a failure.  This is man's wisdom. 

When God looks at His own Son dying on the Cross at Calvary He sees the redemption of  man as it was planned at the time of creation.  This is God's wisdom. 

The wisdom of the Cross contains the gospel message of the Cross.  

Man's wisdom says that we must earn our salvation through some deed or effort. 

The wisdom of the Cross says that no man can come to the Father except through the precious blood of Jesus Christ.  

Man's wisdom boasts proudly of the good motives and the righteous behavior of man.  The scales of justice determine man's destination and reward in the afterlife, if there is an afterlife.  

The wisdom of the Cross says that man's righteousness is as filthy rags before the holiness of God.   

The wisdom of man leads to an eternity in Hell.  

The wisdom of the Cross leads to an eternity with Jesus in Heaven.  

Listen to this podcast and learn how Paul describes the wisdom of the Cross.

GOD’S WISDOM (1 Cor. 1:21-24)

GOD’S WISDOM (1 Cor. 1:21-24)

May 1, 2012

Are you looking for God?

 

Well, God has a plan to reveal Himself to you, and He has had this plan since before the foundation of the universe. 

 

God knew you before the world was created, and God loved you.  God loved you so much that He sent His Son to die on a cross for your sin, just so He could offer you eternal life. 

  

This is God’s wisdom.  God will use your Christian friends, the church, the evangelist, the preacher, and the missionary to tell you about God’s love for you.  He will use the Bible to tell you about what Jesus has done for you. 

 

Most of all, God will use the Holy Spirit to prick your heart, to convict your heart of your need for God, and to reveal the sin in your life that separates you from God.   

If you want to find God, then all you have to do is accept His offer.  Ask Jesus to become your Savior and you will know what it means to have the one true almighty God living in your heart. 

Listen and praise God’s wisdom and love for us in this verse-by-verse discussion of 1 Cor. 1:21-24.