The Master’s Class, Summit Church
FINDING JESUS (John 1:42-51)

FINDING JESUS (John 1:42-51)

August 26, 2018

The single most important day in a person’s life is when they find Jesus Christ and make Him their Lord and Master. Why is it so important? Because, when we find Jesus Christ, we find everlasting life.

John 5:24
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
KJV

People are searching for answers to the questions they have about life and death. They want to understand their purpose and role in this world that we live in. They want to know if there is life after death, or is the grave the end of everything? Is heaven real? Is hell real? Is there a way to live in heaven for the rest of eternity?

On every website, street corner, school, training center, and counseling center, there are people with answers to those questions. It is a multibillion dollar industry. But there is only one truth, one way, and one Savior. His name is Jesus Christ. Do not be deceived by what others will tell you, there is but one way to find everlasting life, and that is through faith in Jesus Christ.

John 14:6
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
KJV

No decision you will ever make will be as important as finding Jesus Christ and making Him your Savior. Heaven and hell are real, and the answer to the question about where you will spend eternity rests solely on what you choose to do with Jesus Christ. Whether you accept Him as your Savior or reject Him. It has nothing to do with being good or bad, it all rests on finding Jesus Christ and accepting His offer of salvation and eternal life by God’s grace and your faith in Christ.

Click on the link below to hear a message about Jesus Christ beginning His public ministry and His calling of disciples to follow Him. Each of these men had been looking for the Promised Messiah. They had been searching for the answers to their purpose and role in this world that they lived in. As each of these men found Jesus, they found the One they had been looking for, and the answers to their questions. They found Jesus Christ.

Amen.

JESUS, THE SOUL WINNER (John 1:35-42)

JESUS, THE SOUL WINNER (John 1:35-42)

August 19, 2018

What is the role of a church member, or a witness for Christ, or a soul winner, or that of an evangelist, a pastor, or a teacher?

What is the single most important role for each of these people? To win people to Christ. Anything else we do impacts people’s lives in this short time we have on earth. While that is important, and it really is important, helping them find Jesus as their Savior impacts both, their lives now, and their eternal lives. Be sure and understand that I am not saying that we all have to be great evangelists with huge crowds of people coming to know Christ through our preaching. I am saying that everything we do to care for people, love them, treat them, hold them, walk with them, talk to them, work with them, play with them, everything, needs to keep in mind that our goal is to make sure they know that Jesus Christ loves them and wants them spend eternity with Him in heaven.

Every word we speak, every action we take, it is a witness of the Lord that we claim as Master. Every time we fail, it is a witness of the Lord that we claim as Master. Every tragedy we face, it is a witness of the Lord that we claim as Master. Everything.

Jesus is to be our example. We are to be working to be more like Christ every day. We study God’s Word to know more about Christ, and so we can be more like Him. We learn from His actions, and His words.

Click on the link below to hear a message about how Jesus led people to follow Him. We will see Jesus in the first couple of days in His public ministry gathering disciples. And He won’t do it by being a fiery evangelist like John the Baptist. He will do it with His words and His actions. Just like you and me.

Amen.

JOHN PREPARES THE WAY OF THE LORD (John 1:24-34)

JOHN PREPARES THE WAY OF THE LORD (John 1:24-34)

August 12, 2018

This was the task that John the Baptist had been given by God. From the day he was born, God had been preparing John the Baptist to make the way clear for the coming of the promised Messiah. John the Baptist was the son of a priest, and he was a priest himself. He was of the tribe of Levi, from which all of the priests of the Jewish religion came from. He was also a prophet. He was the last prophet of the Old Testament order of prophets, and he had a single message, repent for the King is coming.

John the Baptist leaves no doubt about who Jesus was. He states unequivocally, that Jesus is the Son of God. Not just a man from Nazareth. Not the son of a carpenter. His Father was the almighty God. Jesus was the Christ. The Promised Messiah, and He is the Second Part of the Triune God, God the Son.

The Jews were looking for a Messiah, but they thought that a human person, not Moses or Elijah but a human like them, could be raised up be that Messiah. That is why the Pharisees asked John the Baptist if he was the Christ. The Messiah was, literally, "the anointed one." In the Old Testament, prophets, priests, and kings were anointed with oil. In like manner, Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit.

The Jews were looking for a messenger, one who would come in the tradition of David or Daniel, one who would come after these men, the prophet to end all prophets. Yet, Jesus was not just one who came after these men; He was before them.

The Jews were looking for a monarch. They wanted a militant leader, one who would break the power of Rome and build an empire ruled from Jerusalem. Jesus was not just a ruler; He was a redeemer. He had come not just to set people free from servitude, but also from sin.

John proclaimed Jesus as both the Lamb of God and as the Son of God. He lifted the thoughts of people to much higher ground than they had envisioned. Jesus is the Son of God in an absolute sense that is true of no other human being. His sonship, as set forth particularly in this gospel, is rooted in His eternal sonship. In other words, He whom John the Baptist proclaimed to be the Son of God is the one we proclaim to be God, the Son, the second person of the godhead.

Click on the link below to hear a message on how John the Baptist bore witness that Jesus is the Son of God.

Amen.

WHO ARE YOU, JOHN? (John 1:18-23)

WHO ARE YOU, JOHN? (John 1:18-23)

August 5, 2018

Have you ever had people trying to figure out who you are?

When you fly back into the U.S. after traveling abroad, and you are arriving from a city like Amsterdam where drugs are legal, and you step up to that customs agent with your passport, he knows which flights have just landed, he looks at the stamps on your passport, so he knows where you have been and he is already on point. The questioning about who you are, where did you come from, why were you in Amsterdam, did you buy any drugs while you were there, can get pretty intense. Especially, if you are abrupt in your answers, look tense, sweaty, or seem evasive as you reply. If you are not careful, they have this room off the side that you really don’t want to go to.

Who we are is defined by different things. A police officer is identified by the authority he has as a law enforcement officer, the uniform he wears, and the badge that he carries. A preacher is identified by the One he preaches the gospel for, and by the authority he has been given to be the under-shepherd of the local church. A college student is identified by the school he goes to. Is he a wildcat, a Jayhawk, or a Shocker, and the major that he is studying.

Many of us are identified by our job or our profession. A baker, a butcher, an accountant, a lawyer, or a doctor. These are well defined professions and people have an image in their minds as to what type of person has each role. When you think of an accountant you think of green eyeshades, ledger books, and a 10 key calculator with a tape. A butcher is a big guy, with a white apron with red stuff all over it. Right?

As you get older, you realize that none of that really matters, because it doesn’t last very long, and it can all be taken from you, all of those material things you have worked for and earned, your shop, your business, your job, can all disappear in less than a heartbeat. As you get older, after having that happen to you a couple of times, you realize that is not who you are at all, and you choose to be identified as something more important, more eternal, you, and what you do for God.

You learn that there needs to be a balance between, what you do for God, what you do for work, what you do for your family, and then someplace there has to be time for who you are, and yes, I am speaking from personal experience. I used to be proud of talking about what I did for a profession. No more, it truly is nothing more to me than a means to an end. I am grateful for it because God has blessed me with that job, and I have a role in God’s plan to bring salvation to the world to play there, but it does not define who I am. It is not what I want to be known for. Today, I am most honored when somebody tries to describe me and they say, “There goes Keith, he is a good teacher of the Word of God, or a good husband and father.” Those are thnigs that are more enternal in their result. But those were hard lessons for me to learn, and to this day, God continues to do remedial training on me.

Our lesson today is about the Jewish religious leaders trying to figure who John the Baptist was, and by what authority he was practicing a religious ritual not sanctioned by the leadership. The interesting thing that we will see about John the Baptist is that he didn’t care if they knew or accepted who he was, or his authority. He was willing to tell them, but he wasn’t going to put up with any nonsense. He knew who he was, he knew his authority came from the almighty God, and he knew his role in God’s plan to bring salvation to the world. He understood how he wanted to be identified. He wanted to be identified as the forerunner of the promised Messiah.

Click on the link below to hear a message on who John the Baptist was.

Amen.