Sermon: The Believer Has The Mind Of Christ

1 Corinthians 2:14-16

Levi Durfey

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INTRODUCTION

 

We’ve seen that God gives his revelation to us through apostles and prophets who wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is the result—a book from God himself.

 

But can just anyone read and know what God wants from them? Well, the answer is yes and no. Certainly anyone who can read can comprehend what the words are saying. That’s not an issue. 

 

But not everyone has the spiritual willingness to understand what God is saying to them. It turns out that there are two kinds of people in the world, and the apostle Paul describes the difference in this passage:

 

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:14–16)

 

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Sermon: Trust And Obey In The Wilderness

Exodus 15:22-27

Levi Durfey

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INTRODUCTION

 

The story of the Exodus is also the story of our Christian life. We begin enslaved to sin in Egypt; Jesus is our Passover Lamb that sets us free. 

 

As the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, so Jesus passed through the waters of death, coming out three days later on the other side. Our baptisms signify our following him through that same sea. 

 

Then there is the long pilgrimage that we make in this world as we head to the Promised Land. Along the way there are trials and tests of our faith. We struggle and murmur in ways very similar to the Israelites in this passage.

 

22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. 23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. 24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? 25 And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, 26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. 27 And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters. (Exodus 15:22–27)

 

The New Testament tells us that these things all happened for our benefit:

 

10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. (1 Corinthians 10:10–11)

 

How are we going to respond to trials? Grieve? Sure, that’s natural. Grumble? That’s sinful.

 

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Sermon: How To Stop Feeling Guilty

Topic: Guilt

Levi Durfey

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INTRODUCTION

 

Jay Leno wrote about how his mother, an immigrant from Scotland, flunked the United States citizenship test by missing one too many questions. Jay Leno explains:

 

The question she flunked on was: “What is the Constitution of the United States?” The answer she gave was: “A boat.” Which wasn’t entirely wrong. The USS Constitution was docked in Boston. But the judge instantly denied her citizenship.

 

My father stormed up to the judge. “What…is this? Let me see the test! She’s not wrong—the Constitution is a boat!”

The judge rolled his eyes and said, “No, the Constitution is the basic governing—”

 

“It’s also a boat in Boston! The Constitution! Same thing! Come on!” The judge finally couldn’t take any more. He said, “Fine. She’s a citizen. Now get out of here!” So my father said to my mom, “you passed!”

 

“No, I didn’t pass,” she whimpered. “They’re going to come after me!” From then on, any time my mother was even in the proximity of a policeman, she quaked with fear. When I took her to Scotland in 1983, she asked me, “Will I be able to get back in?”[1]

 

Everyone struggles with guilt from time to time. Sometimes the guilt comes and goes quickly, but other times it hangs on—how do we deal with it? What can we do to stop feeling guilty? There are actually many answers to that question (but only one Biblical one). 

 

Our culture tolerates sin, but it will not tolerate the guilt that sin produces. Today, instead of feeling guilty for the wrong that you do, you are supposed to feel like a victim. 

 

One college chaplain told a young woman, who was feeling guilty about sleeping with her boyfriend, not to worry, it was perfectly normal to have sex outside of marriage. She was a victim. 

 

Then he went on to say that she was feeling so guilty because was the victim of a prudish culture. He told her she was living out the consequences of the Puritan era and the Victorian era, which held the conscience of America in a viselike grip.[2]

 

The problem with guilt, say the counselors today, is that it wrecks our self-image. It prevents us from doing what we want to do. One counselor that I read about suggested that the way to overcome guilty feelings about something was to do it over and over until you stopped feeling guilty. 

 

Basically, his advice was to hold your conscience over a hot fire until it was burned to a crisp. But the Bible says that is ineffective to have a blessed life—

 

13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: But whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. (Proverbs 28:13)

 

So how do we stop feeling guilty? Let’s first look at guilt, then a few common, but wrong ways, of dealing with it, and then we’ll see the only way to deal with our guilt.


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Sermon: The Song Of The Sea

Exodus 15:1-21

Levi Durfey

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INTRODUCTION

 

Salvation always demands a response. I remember when I was saved, I went to the “back forty” and literally ran and jumped and shouted for joy. After numerous false starts, I had finally found true salvation.

 

The Israelites had just experienced salvation—salvation from the charging Egyptian chariots. They saw God part the waters of the Red Sea in a mighty display of his power. They walked through the midst of the sea with a wall of water on the right and on the left.

 

What would you do after such a salvation? Take a nap? Go out to eat? Yawn? That’s not what Moses and the Israelites did. They sang a song, a song that is sometimes called, “The Song of the Sea.” What were they singing about? First, they were…


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