A Guide for Young Christians

A Guide for Young Christians

John W. Robbins

When God saves us sinners, he causes us to believe certain propositions about himself and about ourselves—ideas that we formerly thought were not true. In an instant, God resurrects us from the spiritual death of unbelief and makes us understand and believe the truth about both Jesus Christ and ourselves. Scripture refers to this event by using several figures of speech: being born again, being born from above, enlightening the mind, being resurrected from the dead, and giving us a heart of flesh for our heart of stone. What this figurative language literally means (and if you do not know what figurative language literally means, you do not know what it means) is that God affects our minds directly, causing us to accept as true, ideas we formerly thought were not true. He gives truth—figuratively called “light” in Scripture—directly to our minds.

Pastors are Failing to Mature Christians

 

This week’s Audio link: 
 
Pastors are Failing to Mature Christians
Get off the MILK and on the MEAT!
 
How to Grow in Christ Series #17
 
11/14/10
 
Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone how to begin maturing in Christ by growing in New Covenant theology
 and not holding on to Old Covenant theology.
 
“Continuity” Covenant Theology Versus “Dis-Continuity” Dispensational Theology
 
As a pastor, I have sat under other pastors in the past and as a member of their congregations I finally realized that I could not
 grow under their ministry, because these men were not mature in Christ.
 
A favorite maxim of mine is:
   you can’t impart what you don’t possess.
 
If a pastor has not got off of the milk of the Word on to the meat of the Word, then his ministry can’t grow beyond
 his own personal growth in Christ.
 
It breaks my heart to meet Christians that have been saved for many years, however, they are still on the milk of the Word.
 
They don’t know that they don’t know;
they live impoverished Christian lives because they are under pastors that are not capable of maturing them in the Word.
 
The Word of God is very clear concerning the importance of Christians becoming mature in Christ.
 

Heb 5:12  For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles

 of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.

Heb 5:13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.

Heb 5:14  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses

exercised to discern both good and evil.

Heb 6:1  Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection,

not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,

Col 1:28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present

 every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

Col 1:29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.

Eph 4:11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,

Eph 4:12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

Eph 4:13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man,

to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

Eph 4:14  that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine,

 by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,

Eph 4:15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—

Eph 4:16  from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the

 effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

 

From these Scriptures we can see that God wants every Christian to become mature in Christ.

How to Live Your Last Day

 

This week’s Audio link: 
 
NOTES: For this sermon – the notes are only 50% (at the most) of what Jack teaches in the audio.
  
How to Live Your Last Day
How to Grow in Christ Series #18
11/21/10
 
If your doctor told you that you had only twenty four hours to live how would you choose to live the last day of your mortal existence?
 
Would you want to fly to Paris and have the best meal of your life? Perhaps you would want to go over how much money you have made in your life and gaze upon all of your assets?
 
Or would you want to spend your last hours watching your favorite movies?
Maybe you would call all of your family and friends to share the last few hours of your life with you. If you love wine would, you want to drink a few of the best bottles of wine and be high on the greatest wine before you die and thereby drown all of your fears?
 
We could continue this list of things that people might want to pursue before they died ad infinitum, however, the wise person that is a Christian should ask themselves, “How would my God want me to live the last day of my Christian life?”
 
I believe His answer would be that the Christian should live their last day the same way they should have been living their entire life, according to Scripture, for the glory of the Father (I Cor.10:31) through being, moment-by-moment, occupied with the life of the resurrected Christ (Gal.2:20) by means of the filling of the Holy Spirit (Ephs.5:18).
 
In other words, we should be living a Scriptural, Trinitarian Christian existence so that the world could witness what redeemed humanity looks like for the glory of God the Father.
 
Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone how a Christian should live the final day of their life.

Wake Up! Under New Management

 

Sermon Audio 

Wake Up! Under New Management
Discern Grace vs. Law – Series #16

 
11/7/10
 

Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

Gal 5:2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.

 

There is no freedom of conscience or growth in the grace of Christ, until a Christian learns the difference between the biblical doctrines of Grace and Law.
 

Gal 3:1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?

Gal 3:2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—

Gal 3:3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

 

2Pe 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

Luk 2:40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

 

Joh 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

 

Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone how to develop discernment concerning the difference between Grace and Law in the Bible. So that we can serve the Father in a manner that honors His grace and show  forth the excellence and superiority of the grace of Christ in contrast to the bondage and condemnation of the Law of Moses.
 

Rightly divide the Word of Truth.

So much confusion comes from teachers not rightly dividing the Word of Truth.

When a Christian comingles law and grace they are totally confused concerning God’s purpose for His people under the dispensation of grace. Christ ushered in a totally new principle by which Christians are to manage their lives, and this grace principle i.e. dispensation, has nothing to do with the old principle of the Law of Moses. The Old Covenant as been permanently removed as a rule of life for Christians and it has been replaced by a better, greater and much superior New Covenant which is the only rule of life for the Christian. Any teacher that tries to put a Christian under the law is insulting the Spirit of Grace and they are causing Christian’s to not be led by the Holy Spirit Who is the One Who is to grow them in the New Covenant of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.

The Spirit exalts Christ not the Law

Audio link

The Spirit exalts Christ not the Law
10/31/10
 
Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
  
To rightly divide the Word of God is critical to truly understand Christianity and the Christians’ relationship to the Father under the Holy Spirits’ revelation of the New Covenant.


Until a Christian comprehends the profound change that God brought about through Christ
 by abolishing the Old Covenant, he can not appreciate all that Christ is and what He has accomplished on behalf of the New Covenant Christian.

 
2Ti 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
 

Heb 10:15 But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,

Heb 10:16 “THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD:

 I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR HEARTS, AND IN THEIR MINDS I WILL WRITE THEM,”

Heb 10:17 then He adds, “THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.”

Heb 10:18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.

Heb 10:19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,

Heb 10:20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,

Heb 10:21 and having a High Priest over the house of God,

Heb 10:22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from

 an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

 

Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.

Heb 7:15 And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest

Heb 7:16 who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to th

e power of an endless life.

Heb 7:17 For He testifies: “YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.”

Heb 7:18 For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its

weakness and unprofitableness,

Heb 7:19  for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope,

 through which we draw near to God.

Heb 7:20 And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath

Heb 7:21 (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him:

“THE LORD HAS SWORN AND WILL NOT RELENT, ‘YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK’ “),

Heb 7:22 by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.

Heb 7:23 Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing.

Heb 7:24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.

Heb 7:25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him,

since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Heb 7:26  For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners,

 and has become higher than the heavens;

Heb 7:27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and

then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

Heb 7:28  For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath,

which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.

 

Until the Holy Spirit contrasted for me the life of the Old Covenant believer with the life
 of the New Covenant believer through the book of Hebrews then and only then was I able to fully
 understand  the majesty, supremacy and uniqueness of all that Christ did for me.
 
Purpose: To learn through Scripture alone the difference between the life of the Old Covenant believer
 with the life of the New Covenant believer by means of Christ annulling the Old Covenant.
 

 

Audio link

 

The Dangers of Putting Christians under the Law 

10/24/10

 

Today so many Christians are trying to live their lives under the legal system of Moses.

 

They have not learned that the old covenant of Moses has been done away with in Christ.

 

Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

 

And they have never been taught how to live under the grace system of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Joh 1:17  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

 

It is so dangerous to place Christians under the Law of Moses because Christ will be of not profit to them to live their Christian lives.

 

 

Gal 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

 

Gal 5:2  Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.

 

 

Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone that there has been a change in law from the Law of Moses to the law of Christ and to not honor this change that God has brought about in the Person and Work of Christ is dangerous to the well being of a Christians’ life and this disobedience insults the Spirit of grace. 

The Grace Life: The Lost Doctrine of the Church

Audio link

The Grace Life:

The Lost Doctrine of the Church
10/17/10

The life of grace is something that very few Christians, in my opinion, know very little about because so many of the churches today teach the law as the rule of the Christians life.

The teachers that put Christians under the law as a rule of life believe that this is the means to produce godliness and to keep Christians from sinning.

Their motives may be good however, their methods are un-Scriptural and we are given ample warning against these kinds of teachers in the New Testament.

1Ti 1:5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,
1Ti 1:6 from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk,
1Ti 1:7 desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.

Gal 6:12 As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
Gal 6:13 For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.

Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone that the entire Law of Moses was done away in Christ death and that we are under a new means to produce godliness which is by the filling of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God alone by grace alone through faith alone.

What is your Church focus: Christ or Law?

 

This week’s Audio link

 

What is your Church focus: Christ or Law? 

Oct. 10, 2010

 

Throughout Scripture we are told that a person is not saved by keeping the law but by grace through faith.

And thank the sovereign grace of God that there are many people who have believed the message of grace.

However, they believe that they must now put themselves back under the principle of law keeping for their sanctification- their rule of Christian life.

To put a Christian under the law as a means of making them holy is totally unscriptural and unwittingly produces the opposite effect.

Today most churches that I have studied know very little about living the Christian life by grace through faith.

 

Col 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 

Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Eph 2:9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Gal 6:12 As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

Gal 6:13 For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.

Gal 6:14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Gal 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.

Gal 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.

 

Purpose: To learn from Scripture that to place a Christian under the law as a rule of life is blatant unbelief in the Holy Spirit’s revelation concerning how a Christian is to grow in Christ. The focus of the Christian life is Christ not the law.

The Christian’s Rule of Life: Christ or Law?

This week’s Audio link


The Christian’s Rule of Life: Christ or Law?

Oct. 3 2010

 

Note:  Jack’s audio sermon does vary from these notes…

 

Throughout Scripture we are told that a person is not saved by keeping the law but by grace through of faith.

And thank the sovereign grace of God that there are many people who have believed the message of grace.

However, they believe that they must now put themselves back under the principle of law keeping for their sanctification– their rule of Christian life.

To put a Christian under the law as a means of making them holy is totally unscriptural and unwittingly produces the opposite effect.

Today most churches that I have studied no very little about living the Christian life by grace through faith.

 

Col 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 

Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Eph 2:9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Gal 6:12 As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

Gal 6:13  For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.

Gal 6:14  But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Gal 6:15  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.

Gal 6:16  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.

 

Purpose: To learn from Scripture that to place a Christian under the law as a rule of life is

blatant unbelief in the Holy Spirit’s revelation concerning how a Christian is to grow in Christ.

The focus of the Christian life is Christ not the law.

Grow in Grace or Groan in Disgrace

This week’s Audio link

Grow in Grace or Groan in Disgrace

9/26/10

 

Contrary to popular opinion the path to growth is through the sovereign grace of God alone and not through the principle of law.

 

One of the reasons that there is so much sin and ungodliness in the Church is because there is very little teaching on the sovereign grace of God.

 

Once a believer has matured in the doctrines of grace then he realizes that all of his Christian life is of God’s grace and not of his will,

power or of something in him that makes him different from everyone else.

 

The Scripture teaches that the more a believer learns about sovereign grace that this is the path of godliness and

in contradistinction the more they grow in pride they will grow in ungodliness.

 

The Church today needs more grace teaching not more law teaching.

 

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12  teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

 

2Pe 3:18  but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

 

Heb 12:28  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace,

by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

Heb 13:9  Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace,

 not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them. 

 

Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone that God’s sovereign grace is the only doctrine that produces

humility in the heart of the believer and prepares the heart for growth in godliness.

 

Moreover, it is the only doctrine that gives all the credit and glory to God alone.

Victory over Your Worst Sin

 

 

 

Victory over Your Worst Sin

9/19/10

 

There is nothing more real to the consciousness of the honest Christian than the moment by moment struggle with the presence of evil in his mind and the desire to commit evil.

 

The understanding that our wretched, sinful natures have not been eradicated after a believer has become a Christian is a critical awakening that God brings about in every Christian’s life.

 

The purpose of our Father leaving our wicked natures within our minds is to cause us to abandon all hope in our ability to overcome our sinful habits and to trust exclusively in His revelation concerning what He has done for us through His Son’s cross/work.

 

Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone to abandon all self effort to have victory over our worst sin and to look away from ourselves

 i.e. our feelings and experiences, to the finished work of Christ, to rest in His victory alone over our sin natures by means of the Holy Spirit’s power alone.

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