Sermon: What Does God Hate?

Proverbs 6:16-19

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16 These six things doth the Lord hate: Yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, Feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, And he that soweth discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:16–19)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

What does God hate? Today, this is a question that many people would not even consider to be valid. Their idea of God, which is only loosely based on the Bible, is that God doesn’t hate. He only loves. He is completely tolerant of everyone and everyone’s deeds. 

 

If only they would read the Bible: 

 

Proverbs 6:16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 

 

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Sermon: The Loves Of A Growing Church

Acts 2:40-47

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40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. (Acts 2:40–47)

 

 

I. THE EXCITING FIRST YEARS OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

 

In the Spring of 1931, three men: an evangelist and a missionary from Miles City, with a musician from Sweden, came to Baker and led a two-week evangelistic service. 

 

The messages warmed the hearts of several individuals, and with the help of a pastor from Miles City, they formally established the First Baptist Church of Baker in March of 1931.

 

Originally, the church met in Graingers Hall (located a couple buildings to the North of Wells Fargo), but by the end of 1934 the church had a basement built that would serve as it’s home until the top half could be built following World War II.

 

The newspaper clippings of that era reveal that the thirties were exciting times for the church. Each stage of the building process was reported. The church had a quartet come and sing at the Lake Theatre, with 350 people attending. Baptisms were in groups of five, ten, and fifteen and held at least once a year for a time.

 

Two prayer meetings and Bible classes were held on Wednesdays: the first for the youth was at 7 PM; the second for the adults was at 8 PM. Choir practice was on Friday nights.

 

On it’s fourth anniversary in March 1935, the church had a special Friday night service. 125 people attended, despite there being bad weather that kept many people at home.

 

In 1937, the church began an outreach to children from one to six years old. It was on Friday nights from 6:30 to 8. The newspaper article stated, “If the innovation proves popular, it will become routine.” I don’t know if it did become popular, but it does show that they were willing to try “innovations.”

 

By the time the first pastor left in 1938, the church had grown from 17 to 200 members and were meeting in a 38 by 80 foot basement.

 

The thirties were a time of excitement and growth here at the church. 

 

It’s true that American culture was different back then; people were more apt to go to church. But there was also a freshness and willingness to reach out and try new things and be involved among the members of the church.


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Sermon: A City On A Hill

Matthew 5:14-16

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14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14–16)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Are we—as a church—an influence in our community? The question really can be opened up two ways: (1) Are we as individuals influencing our community? (2) Are we as an organization influencing our community?

 

As you ponder that, let’s consider the mandate that Jesus as given us as his disciples to be influences in this world.


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Sermon: Fathers–Flee, Follow, Fight

1 Timothy 6:11-12

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11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:11–12)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

First Timothy was written to a young pastor named Timothy. I have to wonder what he felt when he read the words in verse 11, “But thou, O man of God.” Did his mind flash back to Old Testament men of God like Moses and Elijah? Did he feel embarrassed or unworthy to be given a title like that of those famed men of old?

 

Why did the apostle Paul call Timothy a man of God? Certainly, it was in part because he exhibited godly characteristics. But was it also a challenge? A call to Timothy to take up the mantle of men like Moses and Elijah and be a man of God?

 

This Father’s Day what does this say to us? It says the same thing: it’s a challenge and a call to be men of God. 

 

I will speak most directly to fathers today, but every Christian should hear the call to be a man or woman of God. Every believer ought to pick up the responsibility and privilege of the title: “man of God.”

 

What does a man of God do? In these two verses we’ll see three activities of the man of God. Fleeing; Following After; and Fighting.


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Sermon: The Call For Spiritual Leaders

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I. DECLINE OF FATHER-LEADERS

 

Mother’s day was made an official holiday in the United States in 1914. Do you know when Father’s Day became an official U.S. holiday? Not until 1972.

 

Mother’s Day is the busiest holiday of the year for phone calls. Father’s Day is the busiest day of the year for collect phone calls. 

 

There has always been an underlying attitude that mothers are more important than fathers. And it’s only gotten worse in recent years.

 

Feminist Margaret Mead declared, “Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents.” Fathers are not viewed as necessities, but only accessories. It’s nice to have the extra income, but really, why bother with having a smelly old man around?

 

Truly, I wonder if men haven’t brought a lot of this on ourselves. We’ve stepped back out of the roles of being a father and a leader in the home. Many men have done this physically:

 

A divorce most often leaves the children with the mom (because, of course, she is most able to care for them, the judge will say). And divorces continue to increase.

 

Many men don’t even bother to be around in the first place: babies are born out of wedlock and the woman raises the child herself.

 

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Sermon: Open Our Eyes, Lord

Ephesians 1:18-23

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18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. (Ephesians 1:18–23)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

We left off talking about Paul praying for the Ephesian Christian Church to grow in their knowledge of Christ. In verses 18-23, he gets specific about what knowledge he wants them to grow in regarding Christ. He prays that…

 

Ephesians 1:18a The eyes of your understanding [διανοίας] being enlightened [πεφωτισμένους];

18 πεφωτισμένους τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς τῆς διανοίας ὑμῶν,

εἰς τὸ εἰδέναι,

 

Now, remember, Paul is writing to Christians. So this isn’t about them getting saved, it’s about Christians growing deeper in their understanding of spiritual things.

 

Sometimes Christians are content with a Sunday School education. That’s sad. There’s so much to learn about Christ, and if you really love a person, don’t you desire to know them deeper?

 

Christians today seem to be more interested in finding out what practical things they can do to live a good life, than they are in discovering more about the Lord Jesus who saved them. 

 

They want to know how they can have success at work or in their families; how they can be comfortable or at peace with themselves. There’s nothing wrong with all that, unless the Christ behind everything is ignored or only studied for practical benefit. As in, how can Jesus help me have a better life?

 

So Paul prays for the Ephesian Christians to be enlightened about Christ and spiritual matters. What exactly does he want them to know better?

 

Paul prays that they would…

 

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Sermon: A Praiseworthy Faith and Love that Comes from Growing in Christ

Ephesians 1:15-17

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15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

As we continue our look at Ephesians, we are reminded that this was originally a letter to a group of Christians in an ancient city. They were real people, struggling to live for Christ just as we do today.

 

Paul gets personal in the verses that follow. He praises, for instance, their faith and their love.

 

He also has a prayer for them, a prayer for wisdom and revelation that leads to a growing personal knowledge of Jesus.

 

If the Bible was still being written today, and Paul was writing a letter to you, to our church—what would he praise, and what would he pray for?


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