Guest Speaker Gary Batchelder

Nobleton Community Church
29084 Sentinel Street PO Box 224
Nobleton, Florida 34661

Rev. Paul V. Lehmann, Pastor
813-389-8683
Nobletoncommunitychurch.org
info@nobletoncommunitychurch.org

OUR VISION IS:
To experience SPIRIT-FILLED WORSHIP AND PRAYER
To be involved in EVANGELISM, DISCIPLINING AND TRAINING PEOPLE
To use our SPIRITUAL GIFTS
To SERVE AND REACH PEOPLE FOR CHRIST, BOTH
“ACROSS THE STREET AND ACROSS THE WORLD”

Nobleton Community Church
date June 30m 2024
text John 1:1-14, Titus 2:11-14, Hebrew 7:23-24, Rev 19:11-14


Guest Speaker Gary Batchelder

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THE FATHER OF THE FAITHFUL

Nobleton Community Church
29084 Sentinel Street PO Box 224
Nobleton, Florida 34661

Rev. Paul V. Lehmann, Pastor
813-389-8683
Nobletoncommunitychurch.org
info@nobletoncommunitychurch.org

OUR VISION IS:
To experience SPIRIT-FILLED WORSHIP AND PRAYER
To be involved in EVANGELISM, DISCIPLINING AND TRAINING PEOPLE
To use our SPIRITUAL GIFTS
To SERVE AND REACH PEOPLE FOR CHRIST, BOTH
“ACROSS THE STREET AND ACROSS THE WORLD”

Nobleton Community Church
June 16, 2024
text: Genesis 15:5-7; 13-16 Romans 49-12

Pastor Paul Lehmann

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In the first 8 verses of chapter 4, we see that Abraham had faith which takes God at His word. The Jew regarded Abraham (whose name before God changed it, was Abram, which means “Exalted Father), as the great founder of the Jewish race, and the pattern of all that a man should be.

After the Lord had promised a son to Abram He spoke to him in a vision and told him to not be afraid, that He would protect him and that his reward would be great. At first Abraham wondered what good all of God’s blessing would be if he didn’t have a son. But God showed Abram the night sky and said to him, “Look up into the heavens and count the stars if you can. Your descendants will be like that—too many to count!”

“And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord declared him righteous because of his faith.” As God made this covenant with Abram he changed his name to-

Abraham which means: “Father of many.”

You see, it wasn’t because of anything that Abram had done, or hadn’t done, but only because of his FAITH, that he received the promise of God. What were his experiences concerning this question of being saved by faith? –This is Paul’s question in Romans 4:1. Was it because o his good deeds that God accepted him? If so, he would have had something to boast about. In Ephesians 2:8-10 we see that we are saved through faith not works so that we don’t boast about it. So from God’s point of view Abraham had no basis at all for pride. For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, so God declared him to be righteous.

The Jews were proud to be called children of Abraham. Paul uses Abraham as a good example of someone who was saved by faith. By emphasizing faith, Paul is not saying that God’s law is unimportant (verse 13), but that it is impossible to be saved simply by obeying it. If a person could earn right standing with God by being good, the granting of that gift wouldn’t be a free act; it would be an obligation. Our self-reliance is futile, all we can do is cast ourselves on God’s mercy and grace.

When some people learn that they are saved by God through faith, they start to worry “Do I have enough faith? They wonder. “Is my faith strong enough to save me?” If you are thinking like this, you have missed the point. It is Jesus Christ who saves us, not our feelings or actions, and he is strong enough to save us no matter how weak our faith is. Jesus offers us salvation as a gift because he loves us, not because we have earned it through our powerful faith. What, then is the role of saving faith? Faith is believing and trusting in Jesus Christ and reaching out to accept his wonderful gift of salvation.

Verse 4—6 “When people work, their wages are not a gift. Workers earn what they receive. But people are declared righteous because of their faith, not because of their work. King David spoke of this, describing the happiness of an undeserving sinner who is declared to be righteous:

(7-8) “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose sin is no longer counted against them by the Lord.”

What can we do to get rid of guilt? King David was guilty of terrible sins that we talked about last week. Adultery, murder, lying, and yet he experienced the joy of forgiveness. We, too, can have this joy when we

1.) Quit denying our guilt and recognize that we have sinned.

2.) Admit our guilt to God and ask for his forgiveness.

3.) Let go of our guilt and believe that God has forgiven us.

This can be difficult when a sin has taken root in our life over many years, when it is very serious, or when it involves others. We must remember that Jesus is willing and able to forgive every sin. In view of the tremendous price he paid on the cross, it is arrogant to think that there is any sin too great for him to forgive. Even though our faith is weak, our conscience is sensitive, and our memory haunts us, Gods Word declares that sins confessed are sins forgiven.

(I John 1;9)

In Romans 4:9-12 Paul is declaring that Abraham is not the father of those who have been circumcised; he is the father of those who make the same act of faith in God as he made. He is the father of every man who in every age takes God at his Word as he did. A man may be circumcised, of pure Jewish linage, and yet not be a descendant of Abraham. Rituals did not earn any reward for Abraham. He had been blessed long before the circumcision ceremony was introduced. Abraham found favor with God by faith alone, before he was circumcised. (Gen. 17:1-14)

The key factor was faith. Abraham believed God. He had faith in what God told him. This was belief in the God who makes the impossible possible. Abraham was 99 years old, and Sarah was 89. It was biologically impossible for them to have children, yet God had promised Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars.

As long as we believe that everything depends on our efforts we are bound to be pessimists, for experience has taught us, (as well as the world tells us), and teaches us the grim lesson that our own effort can achieve very little.

The enemy of our souls (Satan), likes to convince us that we are not of any use; particularly if you are a man, and did not have a good example in your own father. Sometimes we might get to wondering if God really cares about us, and what is the purpose we have in life. Whether you have had children of your own or not, all the men here today have a purpose and God wants to use you, in whatever the number of years left that you have in your life. He wants to use you as a father to grown up children or a grandfather to yours or other peoples children in the community where you live. He cares about you. He knows where you are, both physically and spiritually.

Perhaps you have read the collection of true stories entitled “Chicken Soup for the Soul for the Christian Soul.” There is a powerful illustration of the importance of recognizing that our faith is in a God of the impossible, and that He cares about us, both those who are faithful to Him, and those who are struggling.

The account is given about a traveling missionary evangelist and his family. His name is Ken Gaub. It had always been his goal to help those who were hurting. He said; “ Some people just need a little boost, and I wanted to influence their lives in a positive way.” He and his family conducted crusades not only throughout America but in many foreign countries. He established a magazine, a radio and television ministry and a youth outreach program.

But sometimes even preachers get drained and discouraged, and they wonder if they should consider another line of work. That was how Ken felt one day in the 1970s as he, his wife, Barbara, and their children drove their two ministry buses down 1-75 just south of Dayton, Ohio. He wondered silently as they traveled along; “God am I doing any good, traveling around like this, telling people about you? Is this what you want me to do?

“Hey, Dad let’s get some pizza!” one of Ken’s sons suggested. Still lost in thought, Ken turned off at the next exit, Route 741, where one sign after another advertised a wide variety of fast food. A sign, Ken thought. That’s what I need, God, a sign.

Ken’s son and daughter-in-law had already maneuvered the second bus into a pizza parlor’s parking lot, and they stood waiting as Ken pulled up. The rest of the family bounced down the steps. Ken sat staring into space. “Coming?” Barbara asked. “I’m not really hungry,” Ken told her. “I’ll stay out here and stretch my legs.”

Barbara followed the others into the restaurant, and Ken stepped outside, closed the bus doors, and looked around. Noticing a Dairy Queen, he strolled over, bought a soft drink, and ambled back, still pondering. He was exhausted. But were his doldrums a sign of permanent burnout?

A persistent ringing broke Ken’s concentration. The jangle was coming from a pay telephone. ( You remember those don’t you?—before the days of cell phones). There was a telephone booth at the service station right next to the Dairy Queen. As Ken approached the booth, he looked to see if anyone in the station was coming to answer the phone. But the attendant continued his work, seemingly oblivious to the ringing because of the noise of the traffic. Why doesn’t someone answer it? Ken wondered, growing irritated. What if it is an emergency?

The insistent ringing went on, Ten rings, Fifteen…Curiosity overcame Ken’s lethargy. Walking to the booth, he lifted the receiver. “Hello?”

Long-distance call for Ken Gaub,” came the voice of the operator. Ken was stunned. “You’re crazy!” he said. Then, realizing his rudeness, he tried to explain. “This can’t be! I was just walking down the road here, and the phone was ringing—“ The operator ignored his ramblings. “Is Ken Gaub there?” she asked. “I have a long-distance phone call for him.”

Was this a joke? He looked around to see if there was a Candid Camera crew that surely must appear. But no one came. His family was eating pizza in a randomly selected restaurant just a few yards from where he stood. And no one else knew he was here.

I have a long-distance call for Ken Gaub, sir, the operator said again, obviously reaching the limits of her patience. “Is he there, or isn’t he?”

Operator, I’m Ken Gaub,” Ken said, still unable to make sense of it. Are you sure?” the operator asked, but just then, Ken heard another woman’s voice on the telephone. “Yes, that’s him, Operator!” she said. “Mr. Gaub, I’m Millie from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. You don’t know me, but I’m desperate. Please help me.”

What can I do for you? Ken asked. The operator hung up.

Mille began to weep, and Ken waited patiently for her to regain control. Finally she explained: “I was about to kill myself, and I started to write a suicide note. Then I began to pray and tell God I really didn’t want to do this.” Through her desolation, Millie remembered seeing Ken on television. If she could just talk to that nice, kindly minister, the one with the understanding attitude….

“I knew it was impossible because I didn’t know how to reach you,” Millie went on, calmer now. “So I started to finish the note. And then some numbers came into my mind, and I wrote them down.” She began to weep again. Silently Ken prayed for the wisdom to help her.

I looked at those numbers,” Millie continued tearfully, and I thought—wouldn’t it be wonderful if I had a miracle from God, and he has given me Ken’s phone number? I can’t believe I’m talking to you. Are you in your office in California?”

“I don’t have an office in California,” Ken explained. “It’s in Yakima, Washington.” Then where are you?” Millie asked, puzzled. Ken was even more bewildered. “Millie, don’t you know? You made the call.” “But I don’t know what area this is.” Millie had dialed the long-distance operator and given the numbers to her, making it a person-to-person call. And she had found Ken in a parking lot in Dayton, Ohio.

Ken gently counseled the woman, Soon she received Jesus into her life, the one who would lead her out of her situation into a new life. Then he hung up the phone, still dazed. Would his family believe this incredible story? Perhaps he shouldn’t tell anyone about it.

But he had prayed for an answer, and he had received just what he needed—a renewed sense of purpose, a glimpse of the value of his work, and electrifying awareness of God’s concern for each of his children—all in an encounter that could only have been arranged by his heavenly Father.

Ken’s heart overflowed with joy. “Barb,” he exclaimed as his wife climbed back into the bus, “ you won’t believe this!. GOD KNOWS WHERE I AM!”

He has a purpose for each one of us!

GOD TRULY IS THE FATHER OF THE FAITHFUL

As we read in Galatians; let’s not become weary in doing good because in due time we will reap a harvest. Let’s continue to be faithful to our Heavenly Father.

ACHIEVING SANCTIFICATION PART 2

Nobleton Community Church
29084 Sentinel Street PO Box 224
Nobleton, Florida 34661

Rev. Paul V. Lehmann, Pastor
813-389-8683
Nobletoncommunitychurch.org
info@nobletoncommunitychurch.org

OUR VISION IS:
To experience SPIRIT-FILLED WORSHIP AND PRAYER
To be involved in EVANGELISM, DISCIPLINING AND TRAINING PEOPLE
To use our SPIRITUAL GIFTS
To SERVE AND REACH PEOPLE FOR CHRIST, BOTH
“ACROSS THE STREET AND ACROSS THE WORLD”

Nobleton Community Church
June 9, 2024
text I Thessalonians 5:23-24


Pastor Paul Lehmann

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Last week we saw that God is the Provider of Sanctification and that
Sanctification is entire, it permeates your entire being.
And that Sanctification is entire, it permeates your entire being.
Hebrews 4:12-13 “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than
any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit,
of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of
the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are
open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”
Now we want to look at :

3 THE PURPOSE OF SANCTIFICATION

1 Thessalonians 5:23c
“preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ.”
And I hope by now we all understand the reason
Why sanctification is so important.
Ephesians 5:25-27 “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved
the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her,
having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might
present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or
any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.”
It is the desire of Christ that His bride be “in all her glory, having no spot or
wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.”
When Christ returns for His bride

He wants to find you in glory in beauty in holiness.
None of us want to be embarrassed to be found by Him in sin.
1 John 2:28-29 “Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears,
we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His
coming. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who
practices righteousness is born of Him.”
Imagine the wedding day and Him to come and find you
In sweat pants covered with paint and an old ratty T-shirt.
And God has promised to be the One who makes sure we are ready.
God will not only wash our outside,
But He will also give us attitude lessons to work on our inside.
He is making sure that when the Lord returns we are ready to meet Him.
The Provider, The Picture, The Purpose

4 THE PROMISE OF SANCTIFICATION

1 Thessalonians 5:24
At this point we can clearly see that God is in the sanctifying role
And we even see what that is and why He will do it.
We understand the need and what it is.
But we also know that there is still one glaring obstacle to overcome.
ME
Hasn’t that been the obstacle that kept us from sanctifying ourselves?
Colossians 3:5 “Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as
dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts
to idolatry.”
Romans 6:11-13 “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive
to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so

that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your
body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to
God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of
righteousness to God.”
Yet, despite knowing that we should “kill off the old man,”
We have found that to be easier said than done.
So even though sanctification is the work of God,
How can we be sure that we won’t mess it all up?
BUT HERE IS THE BEAUTY
Your sanctification will occur.
Not based upon your submission…
Not based upon your obedience…
Not based upon your willingness…
Your sanctification will occur based upon His faithfulness.
“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”
The guarantee of sanctification is not a guarantee based upon you,
But is a guarantee based upon God.
God is faithful to finish what He starts.
Philippians 1:6 “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a
good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Consider that great passage in Romans.
Romans 8:28-30 “And we know that God causes all things to work together
for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His
purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become
conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn
among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called;
and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He
justified, He also glorified.”
It is not as though God boasts of a 70% graduation rate,

Where 7 out of every 10 people foreknown actually make it to heaven.
No, God bats 1,000.
Because He predestines 100% of those He foreknows.
He then calls 100% of those He predestines.
He then justifies 100% of those He calls.
He then glorifies 100% of those He justifies.
God finishes what He started.
He is faithful like that.
“He also will bring it to pass.”
Psalms 37:5-6 “Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He
will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light And your
judgment as the noonday.”
1 Corinthians 1:4-9 “I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of
God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were
enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, even as the testimony
concerning Christ was confirmed in you, so that you are not lacking in any
gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also
confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God
is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.”
This is why we also love the 23rd Psalm.
Psalms 23 “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie
down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my
soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil,
for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare
a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my
head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will
follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD
forever.”

And of course we love that Psalm on a variety of levels,
But one of those reasons is because of where it ends.
“I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
BUT HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED WHY?
It is not because of what you do.
In fact that Psalm only records you doing two things.

It is not because of what you do.
In fact that Psalm only records you doing two things.

  • One is dwelling in God’s house.
  • The other is dying. “walk through the valley of the shadow of death”
    Those are the only things that Psalm says that you will do.
    God does the rest.
  • “He makes me like down”
  • “He leads me”
  • “He restores my soul”
  • “He guides me in the paths of righteousness”
  • He is with me
  • He comforts me
  • He prepares a table before me
  • He anoints me
  • He follows me with goodness and lovingkindness
    The point is that God does it all.
    And this is the hope and assurance
    We take into the process of sanctification.
    DO WE STILL STRIVE?
    Absolutely
    BUT WE ALSO REJOICE, KNOWING THAT GOD WILL MAKE IT CERTAIN.
    1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as
    you also are doing.”

“ACHIEVING SANTIFICATION” Part 1

Nobleton Community Church
29084 Sentinel Street PO Box 224
Nobleton, Florida 34661

Rev. Paul V. Lehmann, Pastor
813-389-8683
Nobletoncommunitychurch.org
info@nobletoncommunitychurch.org

OUR VISION IS:
To experience SPIRIT-FILLED WORSHIP AND PRAYER
To be involved in EVANGELISM, DISCIPLINING AND TRAINING PEOPLE
To use our SPIRITUAL GIFTS
To SERVE AND REACH PEOPLE FOR CHRIST, BOTH
“ACROSS THE STREET AND ACROSS THE WORLD”

Nobleton Community Church
date June 2, 2024
Text: I Thessalonians 5: 23-24
Pastor Paul Lehmann

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These final two verses tell us how our striving actually becomes a reality
(4 things)

1 THE PROVIDER OF SANCTIFICATION

1 Thessalonians 5:23a “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you”
“sanctify” translates HAGIAZO.It literally means to set apart.
It carries the idea of being set apart from sin and thus to be holy.And this is
of course what we are looking for,
And that is what makes this statement so great!
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you”
We fail miserably at ridding ourselves of sin,
And Paul here reveals that God “Himself” will do it. And don’t you love the
fact that Paul adds the word “Himself”.
It reminds us that God isn’t Delegating out your sanctification to someone
else.“If you want something done right, you better do it yourself.”
God wants your sanctification done right.
He “Himself” will do it.
GOD HAS ALWAYS TAKEN SALVATION AND SANCTIFICATION
AS A PERSONAL OBLIGATION.
1 John 2:25 “This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life.”

With something as important as salvation and eternal life,
God did not delegate it out to one of His subordinates.
God took care of it Himself.
1 Peter 2:24 “and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so
that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you
were healed.”
As John also said:
1 John 2:2 “and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours
only, but also for those of the whole world.”
Furthermore, when we face temptations in this life
That threaten our progress as we seek to be holy,
We can rest assured that God had nothing to do with it.
James 1:13 “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by
God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt
anyone.”
And even when we face trials or hardships we can be confident
That it is God who will fashion it for our good.
1 Peter 5:10 “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace,
who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm,
strengthen and establish you.”
And so you get the picture.
While God has certainly delegated out some aspects of His kingdom…
Angels certainly made announcements
We preach the gospel
He takes care of sanctification personally.
That is also why Paul refers to Him as “the God of peace”
That doesn’t mean that He is a peaceful God.
Scripture says that He is angry at the wicked every day.

Rather, “God of peace” means that He is the God who provides peace.
He is the God who makes peace.
It was God who sent His Son to make peace between Himself and sinners.
It is God Himself who sanctifies men.
BECAUSE HE IS THE GOD OF PEACE,
HE TAKES SANCTIFICATION PERSONALLY
One of His 8 covenantal names is:
(Jehovah) YAWEH Mekadesh (The Lord who Sanctifies you)
Leviticus 22:32 “You shall not profane My holy name, but I will be sanctified
among the sons of Israel; I am the LORD who sanctifies you,”
AND WE KNOW GOD AS A SANCTIFIER.
WHAT DID HE DO TO THE 7TH DAY OF THE WEEK?
He sanctified it as holy.
WHAT DID HE DO TO THE TENT OF MEETING?
He sanctified it for Himself.
WHAT DID HE DO TO THE TEMPLE?
He sanctified it.
WHAT DID HE DO TO THE FIRSTBORN?
He sanctified them for Himself
AND WHAT DID HE DO WITH ISRAEL?
He sanctified them as a people for His own possession.
God is a sanctifier.
He does it “Himself”
Philippians 2:13 “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work
for His good pleasure.”
HOW DOES HE DO IT?
Have you ever faced a trial or a hardship?
Hebrews 12:10-11 “For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best
to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His

holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but
sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the
peaceful fruit of righteousness.”
Have you ever read the Scripture and had your sin exposed?
John 16:8-11 “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning
sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not
believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father
and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of
this world has been judged.”
Jesus Himself likened to a washing, when He washed Peter’s feet saying:
John 13:10 “Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his
feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”
And so whether it is discipline from the Father…
Conviction from the Spirit…
Or washing from Jesus…
We know that God does indeed do the work of sanctification.
Then, He is the Provider of Sanctification

2 THE PICTURE OF SANCTIFICATION

1 Thessalonians 5:23b
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your
spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame”
And I hope you notice what God’s sanctification looks like.
“sanctify you entirely”
“entirely” translates HOLOTELES
It is a compound word used only here in Scripture.
HOLO means “whole” (holistic)
TELES means “the end”
When you put it together it means
“all the way through” or “through and through”
God sanctifies every single part of you.
God leaves nothing untouched.
God leaves nothing unchanged.
This is spelled out even more as you read on in the verse.
“and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete without
blame”
Over the years there has been debate as to whether man is
A trichotomy of spirit, soul, and body.
Or if “spirit and soul” refer to the same thing and man is just a dichotomy.
And if you want to hammer that out, that is fine,
But either way we can understand what Paul means.
God is not interested on cleaning up your outside apart from your inside.
We call that hypocrisy, and that has never pleased God.
Matthew 23:25-26 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you
clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of
robbery and self-indulgence. “You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of
the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.”
All you have to do is read the Sermon on the Mount
What about heart murder?
What about heart adultery?
What about a lack of integrity?
What about giving or praying or fasting for show?
God has no interest in just cleaning up the body and not the soul.
His sanctification is penetrating.
He does it “entirely” through and through.

One of the best illustrations of this would be the woman at the well.
A woman that Jesus fully confronted,
Even bringing up her promiscuous past.
Some would have resented His speech as meddling or judgmental.
In reality: Jesus was unwilling to leave any sin alone.
And that is how God sanctifies.
He has no interest in a clean outside with a dirty inside.
However, God also has no interest in a clean inside with a dirty outside.
This was what many of the Greeks believed.
It was part of the Gnostic religion.
It was the idea that since the body was dying anyway, that all that really
mattered was the soul. Therefore live however you want in the body, just
make sure your soul is clean.
Paul sort of shot that down when he wrote to the Corinthians:
1 Corinthians 6:18-20 “Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits
is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do
you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you,
whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have
been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”
The reality is that if God makes you clean on the inside,
Then He expects it to affect your outside.
Philippians 2:12 “So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not
as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your
salvation with fear and trembling;”
I like the term “work out your salvation”.
It carries the picture of moving what is inside to the outside.

If your heart is made righteous, then let that filter to your tongue.
If your mind has been redeemed then let that filter to your hands.
This is what God has in mind with sanctification.
He wants a clean inside.
He wants a clean outside.
He will “sanctify you entirely”
He will make sure that you are “preserved complete, without blame”
“complete” translates HOLOKLEROS
James 1:4 “And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be
perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
God is working to complete His work in you.
He is not stopping short.
In one sense He works on all of you
And in another sense He finishes the work.
The end result is that all of you will be completely sanctified.
That is why Paul calls it “without blame”
And this is an interesting picture.
The Greek word for “without blame” is AMEMPTOS
Literally meaning “blameless” or “without fault”
Archaeologists who have excavated the site of Thessalonica
Have found it easy to identify the graves of the believers in that city.
For the graves of the believers all had the same word: AMEMPTOS
Obviously they loved what Paul had to say and did cling to that hope.

MEMORIAL DAY IS A TIME TO REMEMBER

Nobleton Community Church
29084 Sentinel Street PO Box 224
Nobleton, Florida 34661

Rev. Paul V. Lehmann, Pastor
813-389-8683
Nobletoncommunitychurch.org
info@nobletoncommunitychurch.org

OUR VISION IS:
To experience SPIRIT-FILLED WORSHIP AND PRAYER
To be involved in EVANGELISM, DISCIPLINING AND TRAINING PEOPLE
To use our SPIRITUAL GIFTS
To SERVE AND REACH PEOPLE FOR CHRIST, BOTH
“ACROSS THE STREET AND ACROSS THE WORLD”

Nobleton Community Church
May 26, 2024
Text: Joshua 4:1-24
Pastor Paul V Lehmann

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We do remember those who have served our country and lost their lives. Memorial Day is consecrated to these soldiers; it is dedicated to patriotism; around this sacred day precious memories of our fallen brave, especially if someone in our family died in the service of their country. We place flowers over their graves, symbols of our love and gratitude. These graves are the Nation’s shrine, to which patriots journey to renew their devotion to the cause for which they died. The fruit of their victories is a united country. It is a shame, that in these changing political times, we are much less united than ever before.

When we remember the sacrifice for our freedom, we should also realize it is a sacred heritage purchased by their valor and sealed by their blood.

This is what this weekend is all about but often people don’t even think about that. Monday (the last of the month) is the day we now celebrate, and is a day off work, giving a long week-end. But —Let;’s consider what Memorial Day really represents, for its very name calls us to remember. There are events that we should never forget, and Memorial Day commemorates some ot them.

The special day started near the end of the Civil War. Within a few years, the practice of placing flowers on military graves had spread throughout both the North and South and was being called by almost everyone, “Decoration Day.” Then, after WWI it became a national holiday dedicated to remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms that we enjoy. It is also a day upon which we remember our loved ones who have gone on before.

So even though past successes against tyranny from the beginning of our young nation and struggling to be united through a terrible civil war, and bring freedom and liberty to all people, through the battles of two World Wars, today our country is in danger of being divided. We are in danger of no longer being united. No, not by something that brings us to the battlefield of war, but rather by partisan politics that are taking the place of what once was just being an American. Nevertheless, once again we remember and honor those who lost their lives while fighting for the freedom we now enjoy.

Memorials can be to remember those who have passed on for some reason or another, but they can also be something symbolic, in order to help us REMEMBER something very special.

Today, what is happening in the political climate of our government, is also happening in the Spiritual realm.

Not just that our Judeo/Christian heritage is being attacked, by those who do not believe in God, but also among those who profess to be Christians. We argue and criticize anything that seems extreme and that puts too much emphasis on the supernatural. We are content for things to be very ordinary. We forget too often the splendors of the past, so we doubt if he is interested in our present or our future.

The ability to remember is a wonderful gift God has given us. In a flash we can be a child again, skipping rocks across a pond, or fishing, or camping or riding our bike, some distance from home. Something unheard of for children to do today, unless their parents are with them. There may be details in your past that you can’t recall, but if it was a significant event you can vividly remember it. When people write their “memoirs” it is about the events in their life that are important to them. The little book that I wrote is not really the “memoirs” of my life, because I left out so much. The purpose was to give an account specifically of God’s protection, because he had his hand on me to be a missionary, and as long as I obeyed him and moved towards that goal, nothing could stop that. I am writing now, about all the things that were left out of the book; “They Meant to Kill Me.” It will include my memory of my childhood and teenage years and our ministry which was over a 50 year period, starting from my calling to the mission field.

Through memory, we can enjoy the pleasant things but shut out the unpleasant. We can remember what it was like to fall in love, get married, and enjoy our children all over again. All this is possible through the blessing of memory. The bad times may come to the forefront, but those can be forgiven and forgotten forever if we confess it and ask the Lord to forgive us. Sin that is forgiven, the Bible says in Psalm 103:12; “He has removed our rebellious acts as far away from us as the east is from the west, and Micah 7:19 says; “You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean!” (We are told that the Mariana trench in the Pacific Ocean is the deepest part of the ocean at over 35,000 feet.- almost 7 miles) Now— Some theologians have said, that we still will have to account for our sins, or “bad works” at the judgment seat of Christ.

But if our name is in the “Book of Life” our sins are paid for by Christ. It is only our service and deeds for the Lord that are judged and will affect our rewards.

Some of our memories are happy, as we recall wonderful experiences. But some are sad, and we may weep as we remember them, especially if we lived many years away from the Lord, and followed only the desires of the flesh.

Memories are also very practical. If we couldn’t remember that a red light means “stop” we’d be in trouble. You better not be driving. Well, I know very well that I must stop at a red light. However, in Lakeland the first Sat March 9th, When I played in the Polk County Senior 3 0n 3 basketball tournament, I ran a red light without knowing it. I was following a truck that got through the intersection while the light was yellow, and I just followed along, but the light turned red before I entered the intersection. No problem? Maybe you have done this too, especially if you are in a hurry. I wasn’t in a hurry, in fact, I was early. I had no idea I had run a red light. Until I got a notice in the mail, with a hefty ticket for $150 and a video link showing me (license plate magnified) going slowly through the light. Lakeland has these cameras at their intersections. If you choose to ignore it you license is suspended. I PAID THE FINE.

If you weren’t able to remember your anniversary or wife’s birthday, your children’s or grandchildren’s birthdays you’d be in big trouble also. So memories are practical.

The problem though, is that sometimes memory fails us. Sometimes we forget.

Maybe you have heard about a guy named John who has a serious memory problem. One day John ran into a friend he had not seen in a long time. He greeted him and said, “Bill do you remember what a bad memory I had? Bill answered, “Yes, I certainly do.” Well, it’s not bad anymore. I went to a seminar that taught us how to remember things. It was great, and now I have a wonderful memory.” Bill answered, “That’s great. What was the name of the seminar?” “ Well” John said, “wait a minute, my wife went with me. I’ll ask her.” He turned and saw his wife nearby. Then he turned back to Bill and said, “What’s the name of that flower with a long stem and Thorns and red blooms?” “Do you mean a rose?” Bill answered. “Yeah that’s it, thanks,” John said. “Hey Rose, what’s the name of that seminar we attended?”

People tend to be forgetful—-not as bad as that guy, but we seem to need help to jog our memories. In the Bible, we find that;

God has given us many such reminders.

After God destroyed the earth in a flood, He told Noah, “I establish my covenant with you. Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood, never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth” (Genesis 9:11).

Then God stated; “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” Verse 13). So every time we see a rainbow, it serves as a reminder of God’s promise.

In our text another memorial was erected when Joshua led the people of Israel across the Jordan River. Remember, the water stopped flowing just as the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant stepped into the water at the river’s edge. Then they stood in the middle of the river until the people had crossed safely into the Promised Land.

While they were crossing, Joshua told 12 men, one from each of the 12 tribes, to go into the middle of the riverbed and select 12 large stones. They brought those stones up onto the riverbank and made a monument out of them there at Gilgal.

GILGAL IS A PLACE OF REMEMBRANCE.

In Joshua 5:9 we read that the meaning of this word in Hebrew is “the reproach is rolled away” That word reproach means shame, or contempt, disgrace or insult. All of this is applied to the fact that during the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, for refusing to believe God, has been removed for the younger generation. But we are risen with Christ—He covered our shame. Then:

GILGAL IS A PLACE OF RESURECTION

When God performed yet another miracle of parting the waters of the Jordan, so that the Arc of the Covenant could be taken across on dry ground, the people followed. They went down onto the river bed, and then came up out of it, symbolic of what we must do in Christ. We are crucified with Him Paul says, nevertheless we live. So the question is;

“Have you died with Christ? Died to your reputation, to your point of view, to your self-esteem? Even to some natural things of life but have never been God’s will for you? Have you totally submitted yourself to the Lord Jesus Christ?

In Joshua 4:6-7, Joshua tells them; “In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord.”

“When we crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”

There are special days and times in the Bible designed to help us remember specific events. Times when God intervened in our life and by His Holy Spirit, brought us to salvation. Sanctified us, (set us apart for him) and filled us with his Holy Spirit, helped us, protected us, healed us, and other events that are “memorials” to his love for us, his work in us, and empowerment for us to be witnesses for him.

We should be able to recall such times and rejoice for what the Lord has done for us. If you find it difficult this morning to remember any such times in your life, it is not too late to do something about it. Trust in the Lord, and not in anything else, to save you, heal you, protect you. I know that most of you have done this.

THE BREATH OF GOD

Nobleton Community Church
29084 Sentinel Street PO Box 224
Nobleton, Florida 34661

Rev. Paul V. Lehmann, Pastor
813-389-8683
Nobletoncommunitychurch.org
info@nobletoncommunitychurch.org

OUR VISION IS:
To experience SPIRIT-FILLED WORSHIP AND PRAYER
To be involved in EVANGELISM, DISCIPLINING AND TRAINING PEOPLE
To use our SPIRITUAL GIFTS
To SERVE AND REACH PEOPLE FOR CHRIST, BOTH
“ACROSS THE STREET AND ACROSS THE WORLD”

THE BREATH OF GOD

Nobleton Community Church
May 19, 2024
PENTECOST SUNDAY
Text: John 20:19-22; Acts 2:1-13
Pastor Paul V Lehmann

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There were three great Jewish festivals to which every male Jew who lived within 20 miles of Jerusalem was legally bound to come—the Passover, Pentecost and the Feast of Tabernacles. Now the name Pentecost means “The Fiftieth,” and another name for Pentecost was “The Feast of Weeks.” It was so called because it fell on the 50th day, a week of weeks, after the Passover. The Passover fell in the middle of April; therefore Pentecost fell at the beginning of June. By that time travelling conditions were at their best. At least as many, perhaps more, came to the Feast of Pentecost, as came to the Passover Feast. That explains the roll of countries mentioned in this chapter, because never was there a more International crowd in Jerusalem than at the time of Pentecost.

The Feast itself had two main significances. It had an historical significance. It commemorated the giving of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai, but it also had an agricultural significance. At the Passover the first omer of barley (that 2 quarts) of the crop was offered to God; and at Pentecost two loaves were offered in gratitude for the completed and the ingathered harvest. It had one other unique characteristic. The Law said, on that day no work should be done. (Leviticus 23: 21); Numbers 28:26). So it was a holiday for all men, and the crowds on the streets would be greater than ever.

This was the reason God chose to pour out His Spirit on this day. The impact of that outpouring was tremendous. A band of disciples who were basically ineffective and afraid after they saw their master die on the cross, became a force to be reckoned with after they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit which resulted in Holy Spirit power.

The expression Spirit of God, or Holy Spirit is found in the great majority of the books of the Bible. In the Old Testament the Hebrew word usually used for the Spirit as referring to God’s Spirit is ruach meaning “breath,” “wind,” or “breeze.” The verb is rawach, meaning “to breathe”. The word always used in the New Testament for the Spirit is the Greek word pneuma. It comes form the word to breathe or to blow. The corresponding word in Latin is spiritus and that’s where we get our word “spirit”

The wind or Spirit of God moved across the waters at creation (Gen. 1:1-3) In Gen. 2:7 the creation of man is described. He was created from the dust of the ground and God breathed into him “the breath of life.” Because we read that man was created “in the image of God,” we see that the Biblical writer Moses thought of God as being like a man. But because they couldn’t see Him they preserved a highly spiritual conception of God as compared with that of surrounding nations. The breath of man, originally stood for the energy or power of God. Something that man had received from God. The Spirit was God in action, particularly when the action was specific, with a view to accomplishing some particular end or purpose of God. The Spirit came upon individuals for special purposes.

In Exodus 35:31, wisdom for all kinds of workmanship is declared to be the gift of God. Because of the covenant relationship between God and Israel in the Old Testament we see that God worked in the lives of certain people and gave gifts and powers of the Spirit for service in the ongoing of the kingdom of God. There is also a certain understanding at least for some, that the Holy Spirit gives moral purity, and when there was sin, there was the concern of what would happen to them in relation to the Holy Spirit. When David sinned with Bathsheba, and wrote his repentant Psalm, he cried out to the Lord, “don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.” Even though the understanding was not always clear, those in Spiritual Leadership understood to some degree. Now this leads me to the book of John chapter 3.

Here we have Nicodemus having a conversation with Jesus, at night, because he was afraid of what his colleagues would think. When Jesus told him that he needed to be born again; that is, he needed to have the Spirit of God breathed into him, he didn’t understand, and thought he had to go into his mother’s womb again. Jesus says to him, “The truth is, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven. So don’t be surprised at my statement that you must be born again. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus asked Jesus, “what do you mean?” Jesus says:” You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things?” …if you don’t believe me when I tell you about things that happen here on earth, how can you possibly believe if I tell you what is going on in heaven?” ….And just as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so I, the Son of Man, must be lifted up on a pole, so that everyone who believes in me will have eternal life. (Numbers 21:4-8) And then we have the famous passage that so many people have memorized: (John 3:16) “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

Now as we saw in the Old Testament the works of God’s Holy Spirit are referred to as breathing, or the wind blowing, we can begin to see the connection when we see that Jesus “breathed” on the disciples in John 20 verse 22, and said: “Receive the Holy Spirit”

Almost all commentators, theologians, teachers and preachers will say something like; this was a “symbolic” thing that Jesus did, or he was “prophetically” talking about their future filling at Pentecost, or they will totally ignore this very important declaration. The only reason they would ignore it, is because it goes against their pre-conceived theology. That is that this passage and the passage in Acts 2, in my opinion, reveals to us a pattern that has been evident down through the ages for many people. There needed to be a “beginning time” if you will for people to be “born again” like we saw Jesus sharing with Nicodemus. There he was speaking prophetically and symbolically, explaining what was going to have to happen to each of us, AFTER Christ’s death and resurrection. AFTER he took our sins upon Himself, and AFTER he had victory over sin and death and the grave. It happens when we RECEIVE the salvation that He provided by His work on the cross. The disciples, when they believed and saw the resurrected Christ before them, were ready to RECEIVE His resurrected Spirit. There was no need for Jesus to say what he said to them, if it was only referring to what was to come at Pentecost, or even no need for a symbolic action like this. He would tell them later, on the Mt. of Olive- “Don’t leave Jerusalem—(He knew that they were probably thinking that they would like to get out of there)—but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. Why would He have had to tell them to RECEIVE it, or more correctly TAKE IT, before he ascended to heaven, if there wasn’t something else taking place. This is what I believe, but I won’t be dogmatic about this, but I believe that the disciples were “born again” at that moment when He said to them, receive the Holy Spirit. There was no other time that this would have happened. They believed and they received. Jesus’ Spirit came into their lives at that moment. We are told by Paul in Romans 8:8 that those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God, and in verse 9; “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.”

OK, now what is happening on the day of Pentecost then, and why do we look at that historical day as the coming of the Holy Spirit. We begin to understand that the beginning of our Christian life is when we are born again. At Pentecost, Jesus told the disciples that on that day they would be; “baptized with the Holy Spirit. –that John baptized with water, but they would be baptized, or immersed (baptizio) in the Holy Spirit and when the Spirit comes on you –you will receive dunamis POWER (that’s where we get our word dynamite from) and we will be His witnesses.

So then on the day of Pentecost, the disciples were waiting in Jerusalem, according to the Lord’s command, and they were baptized with the Holy Spirit. A rushing blowing violent wind was heard and filled the whole house where they were sitting. Verse 3 says; “They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”

All of those people from all those different nations that had come to Jerusalem heard the noise and gathered outside the house to see what was going on. The disciples began speaking in the mother tongue of about 12 different ethnic groups.

One commentator made the ridiculous comment that they didn’t really speak in all those languages, because everyone who came to Jerusalem from all over would have known Greek and Hebrew or Aramaic, so they would have been able to understand. But that is just the point. Of course they knew the language that most people spoke. It was like the official languages of the Roman Empire, and of the Palestinian Jews, but anyone who has been overseas and preached to people of other languages knows that when they hear it in their mother tongue, it speaks to their heart in a different way. That’s why if you don’t know the dialect of a people, someone who does, must interpret. So the miracle of these Galileans speaking these languages made an impact.

Some have said that this was only an historical once for all experience, when the Holy Spirit came in this manner, but I know of reports that have been given where in our era it has happened that someone has spoken in tongues, thinking it was an unknown language, but someone recognized the language as their mother tongue. Does everyone speak in tongues when they are filled with the Holy Spirit? No—I believe Paul makes that clear in I Corinthians 12:29-31 where the form of the questions, including…”do all speak in tongues?” requires a negative answer. Those who do usually are speaking an unknown tongue. Paul spoke in tongues –and he said, more than any of you, –but that in church he would rather speak 5 words that everyone could understand than 10,000 words in a tongue. When we speak in an unknown tongue, and there is no interpretation, it shouldn’t be given. If there is an interpretation, it is equal to prophecy where someone speaks forth the Word of God.

There is a lot more that could be said about this, but for us today, we just need to know that the Holy Spirit comes into our lives when we believe and receive Him. When we ask him to come in. Then the Holy Spirit lives within us. When the apostles OBEYED Jesus and WAITED in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to baptize them in the Spirit, to fill them with the Spirit, and they allowed the Holy Spirit to control them, they WITNESSED WITH POWER! Not in their own wisdom and strength, but with God’s dynamite power. We need to wait on the Lord. Take time to ask Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit. Jesus said in Luke 11:11-13; “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Have you asked him to: Fill you with his Holy Spirit? He is more than willing to give you what you ask for: Just submit yourself to Him, and be willing to yield your life to the control of The Holy Spirit.

A WOMAN WHO FEARS THE LORD WILL BE PRAISED

Nobleton Community Church
29084 Sentinel Street PO Box 224
Nobleton, Florida 34661

Rev. Paul V. Lehmann, Pastor
813-389-8683
Nobletoncommunitychurch.org
info@nobletoncommunitychurch.org

OUR VISION IS:
To experience SPIRIT-FILLED WORSHIP AND PRAYER
To be involved in EVANGELISM, DISCIPLINING AND TRAINING PEOPLE
To use our SPIRITUAL GIFTS
To SERVE AND REACH PEOPLE FOR CHRIST, BOTH
“ACROSS THE STREET AND ACROSS THE WORLD”

Nobleton Community Church
Mother’s Day May 12, 2024
Text: Proverbs 31: 10-31 (especially, 20, 25-29)
Pastor Paul V Lehmann

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Did you know that the idea for Mother’s Day was born in a small Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia? It was 1876 and the nation still mourned the Civil War dead. While teaching a Memorial Day lesson, Mrs. Anna Reeves Jarvis thought of mothers who had lost their sons. She prayed that one day there could be a “Memorial Day” for mothers. The prayer made a deep impression on one of Mrs. Jarvis’s eleven children. Young Anna had seen her mother’s efforts to hold the war-split community and church together. As she grew into adulthood, the younger woman kept Mrs. Jarvis’s dream in her heart. On the day of her mother’s death, Anna was determined to establish Mother’s Day in her honor.

On May 12, 1907, a local observance was held which later spread to Philadelphia. By 1910, Mother’s Day was celebrated in 45 states, plus Hawaii (not yet a state of course) Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico. Elated, Miss Jarvis told a friend, “Where it will end must be left for the future to tell. That it will circle the globe now seems certain.”

On May 8, 1914, President Wilson designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day “for displaying the American flag and for the public expression of love and reverence for the mothers of the country.”

This morning we want to look at what the Bible says about an ideal mother, in fact an ideal woman. It really applies to us all, both men and women (fathers and mothers). In Proverbs we really have God’s will and purpose for Mothers. This is the highest calling and purpose of women. This is basic for a full and happy life. To ignore it, means sorrow and disappointment, if God wants a woman to have children. You remember at the beginning of the feminist movement, it did seem like women in general began to ignore the God given blessing of having children. Careers took their place. Sometimes women didn’t get married because it would interfere with their careers. Then it seemed that some decided that they wanted both. A career and a family. Many were able years ago to do that. Some of you mothers were able to do that. The desire to have children is placed in a woman’s heart by God.

In our scripture lesson we see that the woman described gives us the picture of a woman of strong character, great wisdom, many skills, and great compassion. Some people may have the mistaken idea that the ideal woman in the Bible is retiring, servile, and entirely domestic. Not so! This woman is an excellent wife and mother. She is also a manufacturer, importer, manager, realtor, farmer, seamstress, upholsterer and merchant. Her strength and dignity do not come from her amazing achievements, however. They are a result of her reverence for God. In our society, where physical appearance counts for so much, it may surprise us to realize that her appearance is never mentioned. Her attractiveness comes entirely from her character.

On this day we honor this kind of woman. When we think of our mothers, maybe they had many faults. You may have had a mother, that you thought made a lot of mistakes in raising her children. Maybe she wasn’t all that you thought she should be; but you still love her. Not because of what she did or didn’t do, but just for who she was. Deep down inside, she probably had character. The woman mentioned in scripture is an example of one who gives of herself.
A mother must first give herself to the Lord, then to her family.

We read in Exodus 20: 12;” Honor your Father and Mother. “It doesn’t say to honor them only if they are good parents. We do it as unto the Lord, because of who they are. Granted some mothers are more easily honored than others. Maybe your children have felt the same way. It is interesting though how when kids get to be about age 25, they think their mothers learned a lot since their teenage years. This probably goes for how they feel about dads too.
I have heard that some mothers have prayed in front of their “hard to control” kids: that the Lord would give them children when they grow up, to be just like them. –Well, maybe sometimes that might work.

You know don’t you, that there is a kind of Murphy’s Law of Parenting. Can you identify with any of these?:

  1. The later you stay up, the earlier your child will wake up the next morning.
  2. The gooier the food, the more likely it is to end up on the carpet.
  3. The longer it takes you to make a meal, the less your child will like it.
  4. A sure way to get something done is to tell a child not to do it.
  5. For a child to become clean, something else must become dirty.
  6. Toys multiply to fill any space available.
  7. Yours is always the only child who doesn’t behave.
  8. If the shoe fits…it’s expensive.
  9. Backing the car out of the driveway causes your child to have to go to the bathroom.

Do any of these strike home? They would be good to share with your adult children, or grandchildren, who are mothers.

Some of you have shared with me your concern that your children aren’t attending church these days, and thus neither are your grand-children. I don’t want to make light of spiritual problems that could be the reason they don’t go, but probably it was hard to get the kids ready for church when they were younger, so the whole family got out of the habit.

You should share with them a little story I read, about a lady named Mary Jane Kurtz. She says that when she was a young, single mom with four children, it was difficult to get them all ready for church on Sunday. One particular Sunday morning as the children started to complain and squabble, Mary Jane stomped from one room to the other, saying out loud why it was important they go to church as a family and have a good attitude. Suddenly, she noticed all four children huddled together and laughing. “What’s so funny? Mary Jane asked. “Mom,” they said, “every time you slam down your foot, smoke comes out. It must be the wrath of God!” In reality, it was the powder Mary Jane had sprinkled in her shoes. But it worked. She says they made it to church on time that morning and practically every Sunday thereafter.

What we don’t want people to do on this Mother’s Day, is take Moms for granted. The best example of this is the Mother’s Day card that reads: “ Forget the housework, Mom. It’s your day. Besides, you can always do double duty and catch up on Monday!”

Now that’s a terrible card. I suspect that some of you can relate to that statement. Maybe no one ever bought you a card that said that, but the attitude was the same.

There have been some slight changes through the years, at least in some families, as to what is expected of mothers. There at least should be more of a shared responsibility of what is done around the house. But as I said no matter what your mother did or didn’t do, no matter what you did or didn’t do as a mother, as an exemplary woman, you are to be praised if you “feared the Lord” as our text says in verse 30. “…A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

The illustration that Solomon gives here shows:
The practical working of a Godly woman who feared God.

The Hebrew word is “vir’a” and means an “emotional reaction, terror, or to be afraid, and to have reverence for God, a deep respect.”

In many places in the Old Testament the use of the term to fear God and proper living are so closely related they are virtually synonymous ideas. If a person feared God, it resulted in living a godly life. The fear is seen as the motivation which produced righteous living. Godly fear is the result of believing in God! When one sees who God really is it will bring about a godly fear of God.

Most people have a very small view of God. J.B. Phillips even wrote a little book entitled: “Your God is Too Small.” The idea was, that

People tend to “put God in a box”—that is –whatever they were taught, or what they remembered, is all they knew about God. When we don’t experience His power in our lives, we don’t realize how great He is. He created all the Universe. The Bible says he spoke it into existence out of nothing. Compared to us He is so much more than we can even fathom.
True belief causes a deep reverence and respect of God.

It doesn’t mean that we should be “afraid” of what will happen to us, if we don’t fear Him. This was a certain theological position centuries ago, and unfortunately is still prevalent today in some circles. This is more than having respect. This is the FEAR that is sometimes portrayed in the Old Testament when God’s people disobeyed. We should however realize that when we continually disobey God and His Word, that someday there will be judgment against those who ignored God and didn’t respect or fear Him all of their life. For those who refuse to believe in His Son Jesus Christ.

The woman who loves God, and has respect for Him, will want to obey Him, and lead her family to love and respect Him; sometimes, even when her husband does not know the Lord, and doesn’t set a good example.

Jeannene and I have a good friend up in Marion, Indiana. Her name is Midge Diedrich. She had 9 children. We first met her in 1969, just before we went to the mission field. She had every one of those children in church every Sunday. She and her husband came from a Catholic background, but as the children came along they neglected to go to church. Then one day someone invited her to a Bible study and she gave her heart to the Lord. All of a sudden her life changed. Church was no longer just part of her “religion” but now she had a relationship with Jesus Christ. She shared this with her husband, but he wouldn’t hear of it. They were Catholic. Nevertheless, she began to attend the evangelical church where she had found the Lord. She continued to do that with her children, until one by one they were married. They each married spouses who knew the Lord in a personal way, and today they all attend church along with all of the grandchildren. Through the years, her husband hardened his heart against knowing the Lord, and would never go to church with her. He began to drink heavily every day after work at the GM plant where he was a successful engineer. He missed a lot of the school events that his children were involved with, but his wife never missed anything. She was a wife of noble character, and her children always “rose up and called her blessed” –like we read in verse 28—and so did her husband. I’m sure he appreciated how she raised the children. We prayed for Dennis for almost 40 years, that he would give his heart to the Lord. Then finally the husband of his oldest daughter, invited him one evening to a “Christian Business Men’s” meeting. Maybe some of you have heard of this organization, who holds dinners, and invites a guest speaker, usually a well-known Christian business man, or professional athlete to share their testimony. It was at one of these meetings where he finally gave his heart to the Lord. By now all of his children were out of the house and married. He began to read the Bible. He quit drinking and began to attend church with his wife, a woman of noble character who never quit praying for him and standing by him. Dennis eventually got Alzheimer’s, but had a few years to serve the Lord before he died in 2010.

The woman who fears God will be praised; both by God and among those who know her. We see that the virtuous woman was a hard worker. She was not lazy, she kept her family and home in order, and that was testimony of her love of her family and love of God

The virtuous woman is trusted by her husband. A godly woman will earn the trust and respect of her husband as she lives a consistent righteous life before him. She honors the Lord and that manifests itself outwardly to others so that they trust her. Her godly life will be a testimony and example to her children of God’s saving and life changing grace.

God’s influence in a woman’s life will show her family how good it is to live for the Lord. Don’t give up on your husband if he doesn’t know the Lord. Don’t give up on your adult children, if they seem to have turned their back on everything you taught them. Continue to live a testimony before them, and to pray for them. You can have a positive influence on them. The opposite is also true however. A nagging, never satisfied, always complaining and unstable wife will not gain her family’s confidence. Proverbs 19:13 says that a quarrelsome or nagging wife is like a constant dripping. (One paraphrase says; like a faucet that goes drip, drip, drip. Proverbs 21: 9 says; “Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

May every woman here this morning be a virtuous faithful woman of noble character who is wise and kind, and always shows Christian love. May you show this by giving respect to God. Proverbs 9:10 tells us that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. The actions produced come from a deep love of the Lord.

The woman whose life is truly meaningful, is a woman who loves and fears God. What a great influence she can have on her family and all those who know her. She is truly blessed!

THE FOUNDATION OF OUR FAITH

Nobleton Community Church

29084 Sentinel Street PO Box 224
Nobleton, Florida 34661

Rev. Paul V. Lehmann, Pastor
813-389-8683
Nobletoncommunitychurch.org
info@nobletoncommunitychurch.org

OUR VISION IS:
To experience SPIRIT-FILLED WORSHIP AND PRAYER
To be involved in EVANGELISM, DISCIPLINING AND TRAINING PEOPLE
To use our SPIRITUAL GIFTS
To SERVE AND REACH PEOPLE FOR CHRIST, BOTH
“ACROSS THE STREET AND ACROSS THE WORLD”

THE FOUNDATION OF OUR FAITH

Nobleton Community Church
May 5, 2024
TEXT: Psalm 11:3
Pastor Wayne Augustine

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NOTE: Not by works Ephesiabs 2:8-9
Paul’s testifies of Christ’s life, death and ressurection
1 Corinthians 15:3-6

I Our Faith’s foundation

1 In the beginning, God created…. Genesis 1:1

2 Jesus is “God in the flesh” John 1:1, 14, 1 Timothy 3:16

3 Man is born a sinner 1 Corinthians 15:22, Psalm 5 1-5

4 Man, before Christ, is hopelessly lost romans 3:10-12

5 God requires perfection, keeping the whole law Ezekiel 18:20

6 Jesus fulfilled the law for us Matthew 5:17

7 The death of Jesus paid for our sin 1 Corinthians 15:22,15:3-8 (in life, He loved us, in death saved us, in His grave carried away our sin, in His ressurection, assured us of everlasting life!)

8 We are saved by Grace, alone. Ephesiabs 2:8-9 1 Corinthians 15:3-8

9 Our only responsibility is to receive and beleive John 3:16, 5:24, 1:12

II HOW DO WE KEEP THE FOUNDATION IN GOOD REPAIR?

1 Spend time each day in God’s word Psalm 119:105

2 Talk with God, each day John 14:13-14, Mark 1:35
Should include:

Praise and thanksgiving

Sharing God’s Word with Him

Praying for others

Praying for yourself

End with praise

3 Purpose that on your way to heaven, you take others with you Matthew 28:18-20

LIVING TO PLEASE GOD(THE CALL TO HOLINESS)

Nobleton Community Church
29084 Sentinel Street PO Box 224
Nobleton, Florida 34661

Rev. Paul V. Lehmann, Pastor
813-389-8683
Nobletoncommunitychurch.org
info@nobletoncommunitychurch.org

OUR VISION IS:
To experience SPIRIT-FILLED WORSHIP AND PRAYER
To be involved in EVANGELISM, DISCIPLINING AND TRAINING PEOPLE
To use our SPIRITUAL GIFTS
To SERVE AND REACH PEOPLE FOR CHRIST, BOTH
“ACROSS THE STREET AND ACROSS THE WORLD”

LIVING TO PLEASE GOD
(THE CALL TO HOLINESS)

Nobleton community Church
April 28, 2024
TEXT: I Thessalonians 4:1-12
Pastor Paul V. Lehmann

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I would like to emphasize verse 7 in this section of chapter 4.

“For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.”

We saw last week in chapter 3, after Paul left Corinth and went to Athens because of the persecution of the Jews, he sent Timothy to Thessalonica to find out the progress that this young church had made. When Timothy returned with a good report of how well they had received the gospel and that they were faithful. Paul then writes this letter back to them and answers some of the questions they have. He wanted to establish them in their faith, but also to encourage them about those who had died. Last week we talked about how prayer is the way we become perfected in holiness, and learn to please God. Now Paul wants them to know that he was glad to hear that they were living to please God, and he encourages them to do so even more. The Thessalonians along with most of the New Testament Christians were saved out of an impure society of the Greek-Roman world. We see in I Corinthians 6:9-11 that they were caught up in discussions about the evil habits of their environment. They were reminded of what they were saved from; We read; “…do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. These conditions existed in Thessalonica too, That’s why when Paul received the report that their faith was known everywhere, how they had turned from idols to the true and living God.

In our society, we face everything they did, only in different forms. However what we read in If Corinthians isn’t so different. We must make sure that we as 21st century Christians are totally sanctified and set apart and are consecrated to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives so that we can have victory over the desires of the flesh.

THE CHURCH’S STANDARD IS MORAL PURITY.

Beginning in Chapter 4, Paul makes a move from the theoretical to the practical. He could be very brusque when necessary but he could also be very diplomatic. He wanted the Thessalonians to do better but he did not want to discourage them in their present achievement; so he suggested that they continue in the way they have been walking. —to walk and please God, but they needed more teaching in order to face a culture that was so ungodly. God’s will necessitated a clean breach of pagan standards. The terrible sex pressures of our own age necessitate investigation into the Apostolic teachings concerning Christian conduct and behavior.

We must walk in the way of holiness. We don’t have to be victims in a world that has chosen to live according to the desires of the flesh and not according to God’s standards. Jesus reiterated God’s standards when he gave his sermon on the Mount, where he emphasized that the matter of adultery and fornication were conditions of the heart and of the mind rather than overt acts. He also gave a supreme exhibition of moral purity in his own life.

Sanctification, or holiness is explained as keeping oneself pure. Living in purity. This has a negative aspect in the refraining from all corruptions of the body and a positive aspect in the fulfillment of the principal ordinance of God in holy marriage. This is an example of sanctification or setting apart (especially today) of the equivalent to separation and consecration. This is within the power of the individual but the holiness resulting is the effect of the Holy Spirit’s influence, when the couple is committed to Jesus Christ.

We see in this passage:

THE SEPARATION FROM WORLDLY IMMORALITY.

The moral climate in the Roman Empire was morally decadent: “Immorality was a way of life; and thanks to slavery, people had the leisure time to indulge in the latest pleasures. The Christan message of holy living was new to that culture, and it was not easy for these young believers to fight the temptations around them. The late pastor and commentator William Barclay gives good historical background on all of the New Testament. He says, in Rome, for the first 520 years of the Republic, there had not been one single divorce, but now, under the Empire, as it has been put, divorce was a matter of unpredictable change, on a whim or notion. It was said: “Women were married to be divorced and divorced to be married.” In Rome, the years were identified by the names of the consuls, but it was said that fashionable ladies identified the years by the names of their husbands. There was an instance of a woman who had eight husbands in five years. Morality was dead. Well if that was the case then, for the first half of the 20th century we were almost if not equal to that attitude. But then the “sexual revolution” of the late ’60s, and into the 70s, until now 24 years into the 21st century, it is no longer necessary to get married to have children. A girl who has a baby can even choose not to put the name of the father if she doesn’t want to.

In Rome, one of the philosophers said; “We have courtesans (this is an old fashion term for wealthy prostitutes. We might say “call girls”) for the sake of pleasure, we have concubines for the sake of daily cohabitation, we have wives for the purpose of having children legitimately, and of having a faithful guardian for all our household affairs.” So in Greece, home and family life were near to being extinct, and fidelity was completely non-existent.”

The Psalmist declares in Ps. 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” But the opposite always occurs when nations either ignore the Lord or turn away from Him, as we see happening in our country today.

But through the gospel of the Lord Jesus, God comes into our lives, regardless of our condition or culture, joins us into union with Him through faith in the Savior, and begins—

A reformation movement to transform us into the moral character of the Savior.

This occurs as His life is lived out in ours by the Holy Spirit according to the Word. This is not a matter of simply changing cultural patterns like Westernizing natives, (we don’t call people in other countries that anymore—they are Nationals) but changing the spiritual and moral fiber of men and women. God who is holy, is deeply concerned with our walk.

As a result, a number of passages like 1 Thess. 4:1 –address the concept of the believer’s walk. Paul reminds them “We instructed you, how to live in order to please God.” The Christian life is compared to walking. Walking becomes a visual aid to teach us how to live. By means of walking, we move from one sphere to another; we seek to carry out certain responsibilities at work, at home, in the church, and in society. We do many things, some good and some not so good. But walking also means taking one step at a time, and with each step, while one foot is off the ground as we move forward, we are susceptible to being knocked off balance, to stumbling or stepping into trouble.

Phillip’s paraphrase of verse 3 is, “God’s plan is to make you holy, and that entails first of all a clean cut with sexual immorality.” The exhortation is to flee the fornication of the pagan world. The Bible warns against promiscuity, easy women, loose relationships, and affairs before marriage. This was true in the New Testament period and it is certainly true today. From the Christian point of view, the body is to be under discipline. Again quoting from Phillips in verses 4 and 5, “Everyone of you should learn to control his body, keeping it pure and treating it with respect, and never regarding it as an instrument of self-gratification, as do the pagans with no knowledge of God.” The whole sex relationship is to be consecrated to God. The discipline over the body must stand in marriage and out of marriage. The body must be sanctified as well as the mind and spirit.

Paul added that such immorality resulted in the defrauding of one’s brother or sister Relations with the opposite sex based upon gratification or selfishness always defraud, hurts, and wounds another. It is a repudiation of the dignity of men and women as the children of God. It treats them as things rather than persons. As the result of such practices, there are millions of people who have been seriously hurt.

THE SOURCE OF CHRISTIAN PURITY

Paul speaks of purity as being “according to the will of God.” God’s plan for men and women is a sanctified relationship of monogamous marriage with procreation, love, responsibility, and character development. Our bodies are to be kept in a righteous relationship to God, whether in or out of marriage. Thus man is to be sanctified body, soul, and spirit and kept blameless into the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God will punish all who violate this standard (verse 6) Judgment is the function of God, is committed to Christ, and will be executed on the wicked at Christ’s coming. Granted there is a difference between the sexual immorally that was present at Corinth and Thessalonica, where temple prostitution and other forms of sexual immorality were present—that is different from two people today who say they love each other and decide to live together for a while. But you see, it may be different in our eyes, but not in God’s since His standard is the same. This does not remove the subjective effects of such sin is present judgment. Sex sin hardens, makes selfish, and enslaves the victim. Thus those who plunge into an unclean life are in great spiritual jeopardy.

God has made provision for deliverance from such enslavement. (verse 8) Anyone who rejects this instruction (Paul says) does not reject a human being but God. The very God who gives you his Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit who regenerates us indwells us and empowers us, enables us also to partake of God’s holiness. Through the Spirit, we, therefore, sanctify ourselves. Any physical sin will grieve God’s Spirit, will terminate His ministry in us and will cause Him to resume His work of conviction, chastisement and rebuke. The New Testament standard is that we should not accommodate ourselves to the lax moral standards of the non-Christian world.

PROVISION FOR THE CHURCH’S LACK

Nobleton Community Church
April 21, 2024
TEXT: I Thessalonians 3:1-13
Pastor Paul V Lehmann

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Paul felt a great responsibility for his converts which he compares to that of a father for his children. That involves encouraging, comforting and urging them to live lives worthy of God, who calls us into his kingdom and glory. Until Christ be perfectly formed in them. (Galatian’s 4:19-where Paul likens the pain of childbirth to how he feels about them until they completely follow the Lord. That’s why he was committed and really wanted to make a second visit to the Thessalonians. His purpose was to see their faith perfected, so they could persevere no matter what Satan threw at them. This would be a crown of rejoicing when the Lord comes back. He knew that justification before God (that is: being made righteous because of the forgiveness, and victory over death that Christ accomplished on the cross); was only a means to holiness and not an end in itself. He expected Christians to go deeper, in the things of experiencing the holiness of God, the love of God, and the power of God in their lives. In this purpose Paul was frustrated by Satan. It was in the form of persecution by his fellow-countrymen. Because Paul couldn’t return to Thessalonica, (2:8) he sent Timothy as his representative to establish them and comfort them. According to Acts 17:10 Paul left Thessalonica and went to Berea. When trouble broke out there, some Christians took Paul to Athens. It was quite a praise report of good news when he came back to tell Paul of their progress in the faith. (Verse 6).
Paul’s desire and passion was to see the church at Thessalonica, immovable by temptation, trials, error or persecution.
Some people feel that if you experience troubles and trials are always caused by sin or a lack of faith. But trials may be a part of God’s plan for believers. Experiencing problems and persecutions can build character. (James 1:2-4). Problems are unavoidable for God’s people. Your problems may be a sign of effective Christian living. Some people turn to God with the hope of escaping their suffering and problems. But God doesn’t promise that, instead he gives us power to grow through our sufferings.
He knew that their faith had to be completed by teaching. Conversion is instantaneous but maturity in Christian experience takes growth. For this purpose the teaching ministry is essential. Paul prayed that the Father would direct his way to do this and lead them to greater love for the Lord and his holiness.
His objective was intensified by his uninterrupted intercession for them
THE EXPERIENCE OF PERFECTION OF FAITH
Paul prayed that they would move on from the elementary teachings about faith as we read in Heb. 6:1-2, and move on and experience the foundation truths about Christ and not be stuck —so to speak—in the main truth about salvation. God is holy and he wants his people to be holy. When we are filled with the Spirit, we experience the full salvation that we read about in the Gospel of John where Jesus tells us that he has come that we might have LIFE in all its fullness. (“Abundantly”)
After conversion it is inevitable that sin will reinsert itself in the believer’s life in many forms. This is hurtful to our faith, and disillusioning to our assurance. If Christian teachers leave converts in this condition it is no wonder that they backslide. It is important that we impart to them the knowledge of their position in Christ. That is to show:
THE EXHIBITION OF PERFECTION OF FAITH
Paul prayed that they would increase and abound in love toward one another. The one Biblical standard for the Christian life is LOVE. In the Old Testament they were under LAW, and it was negative, whereas LOVE IS POSITIVE. Love brings about honesty, integrity, purity, charity and loyalty.
The kind of love which we have when Christ is in our life delivers us from every kind of fear. Perfect love in Christ casts out FEAR. (I John 4:18) It delivers us from fear of judgement by God. We can experience the LOVE of God, which when we receive His son Jesus into our hearts and lives, it is his love that others see in us. When others see a lack of love in our hearts it shows a need for perfecting our FAITH. When we fail to love God and others like we should, God has more for us by way of Christian experience.
What is—THE END OF PERFECTION OF FAITH ?
HOLINESS IS THE END PURPOSED BY THE PERFECTION OF FAITH.
It is imparted by the Holy Spirit. Prayer is the main contribution toward the achievement of a state of holiness. I want to make one thing clear. This isn’t something that makes you religious. When people say that so in so is religious, they probably mean they are either a committed Christian, or not a Christian. Religion is something that man strives for. That’s what the Pharisees that Jesus faced all the time. They were religious, and counted on what the Law stated, but of course Jesus pointed out how they were miss interpreting so many things. Religion is man trying to reach out and satisfy God or gods. What our Heavenly Father offers is a Relationship because of what Jesus Christ his son did for us on the cross. When we receive him into our lives, as put our trust in him as our only Savior, his Holy Spirit comes into our hearts, and as we submit and yield to His control, he sanctifies us our sets us apart to serve him and He is the only one who can make us holy.
Sometimes people want to make the gospel more attractive. They encourage people to give their lives to Christ, and they will find the peace and joy they are searching for. That part is true, but we must never make any kind of promises that God will keep you from going through trials or that we won’t have any problems. It is more likely that our lives will get harder. Our family might turn against us, we might lose our job, and People will put expectations on us that things should change for the better. If a family member is living in sin, and are caught up in all kinds of trouble, there will still be consequences for sin. What Jesus will do is give you the will, the wisdom, the strength and the power to walk through anything Satan throws at you. We just need to allow the Holy Spirit who lives in us to be involved with our everyday life. Not just when there is a crisis. I read about three young men who completed a yachting expedition up the west coast of Scotland. They commented that when you are at home you may never listen to or look up the weather forecast. At least that used to be the case. Now you just look it up on your phone. I do it almost every day. Anyway, he said when we were on that yacht we listened to the weather forecast every day —we were all ears. It was quite possible to do without knowing the weather when we were at home where life was comfortably safe; it was essential though when our lives might depend on knowing the weather. We are apt to try the same thing with God. In ordinary things we disregard Him, thinking we can manage okay by ourselves, but in an emergency we call out to him, knowing we can’t make it by ourselves.
It is to God that Paul always turned to for guidance and direction. We use God to try to achieve a God-rescued life; Paul had a close relationship with God to achieve a God-directed life.