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INTRO
Happy New Year!
Fresh Start
resolutions
Def = A firm decision to do or not to do something
Thes = her resolution not to smoke: intention, decision, aim, plan, commitment, pledge, promise
JACOB
Fresh Start
old resolution unfulfilled
YOU
Fresh Start
previous resolution unfulfilled
Illustration of need addressed.
Connect illustration to present day hearers.
Transition = Show this need or similar issue was also the question behind the biblical text.
Clearly state the theme of the text/sermon.
Title & Text
Fresh Start
Theme
Jacob, in order that he might yield pure obedience to God, took care that all impediments should be removed
Pray
Read Text
Matt Waite
Genesis 35:1–15 ESV
1 God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. Make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.” 2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments. 3 Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.” 4 So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods that they had, and the rings that were in their ears. Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree that was near Shechem. 5 And as they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob. 6 And Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him, 7 and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother. 8 And Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died, and she was buried under an oak below Bethel. So he called its name Allon-bacuth. 9 God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Paddan-aram, and blessed him. 10 And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; no longer shall your name be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.” So he called his name Israel. 11 And God said to him, “I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body. 12 The land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and I will give the land to your offspring after you.” 13 Then God went up from him in the place where he had spoken with him. 14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had spoken with him, a pillar of stone. He poured out a drink offering on it and poured oil on it. 15 So Jacob called the name of the place where God had spoken with him Bethel.
Matt Waite
Pray
S.T.A.R.T.
Solemnly praise and recognize the greatness of our God and Savior connected to the Biblical text being preached
Touch upon the subject of corporate sin and confess any shortcomings the body has committed related to the Biblical text to be preached
Ask God to help the body/local church to hear and apply the truths of the Biblical text to be preached
Review and remind the audience of the key related passages to the Biblical text being preached
Transition to the opening of the sermon and the Biblical text to be preached
THE SERMON BODY
Context
Text -
Genesis 35:1–15 ESV
1 God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. Make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.” 2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments. 3 Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.” 4 So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods that they had, and the rings that were in their ears. Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree that was near Shechem. 5 And as they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob. 6 And Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him, 7 and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother. 8 And Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died, and she was buried under an oak below Bethel. So he called its name Allon-bacuth. 9 God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Paddan-aram, and blessed him. 10 And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; no longer shall your name be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.” So he called his name Israel. 11 And God said to him, “I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body. 12 The land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and I will give the land to your offspring after you.” 13 Then God went up from him in the place where he had spoken with him. 14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had spoken with him, a pillar of stone. He poured out a drink offering on it and poured oil on it. 15 So Jacob called the name of the place where God had spoken with him Bethel.
V1 = God’s Call To Jacob
God calls to him
go up = literally
dwell = settle
worship me!
same God
V2-4 = Jacobs Response
his household - his charge - Gods grace
his household - his charge - Gods grace
all with him - sons possessions
Put away strange gods
purify yourselves
change your garments
then we go - not before
to worship God
been with him - vow
so they gave
All - Rachel...
rings in ears?
left in Shechem
V5-7 = God’s Grace
terror from God
cities around them
protection / no pursuit
Luz = Bethel
land of Canaan
all with him
Built altar - place of worship = Abraham
el-bethel = the God of Bethel
real / true god
house of God
holy place of Israel
V8 = Oak of Weeping
odd entry here
questions in commentaries
out with the old
obedience =/= happiness
V9-13 = God Appears and Affirms
Like Abram - Abraham
What God calls you, you are!
God Almighty = El Shaddai
Genesis 17:1 ESV
1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless,
only the blameless will walk with God!
propagation of the promises
Gods gracious giving
God leaves
V14-15 = Jacobs Worship
Structure
his pillar
drink offering
anointed with oil
bethel = house of God
Apply today?
Moses - Jews = Jacob
trust in God
teach children diligently
fulfill your vows
worship God alone
1 Chronicles 22:14 ESV
14 With great pains I have provided for the house of the Lord 100,000 talents of gold, a million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weighing, for there is so much of it; timber and stone, too, I have provided. To these you must add.
Theme
Jacob, in order that he might yield pure obedience to God, took care that all impediments should be removed
Hebrews 12:1 ESV
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
See
H
Heb 12.
Genesis 35:2–3 ESV
2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments. 3 Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.”
Gen 35:
1 Chronicles 22:14 ESV
14 With great pains I have provided for the house of the Lord 100,000 talents of gold, a million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weighing, for there is so much of it; timber and stone, too, I have provided. To these you must add.
Genesis 35:2 ESV
So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments.
Mark 8:36 ESV
36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?
Moses - Jews = Jacob - teach children diligently; fulfill your vows; worship God alone!
John 4:23–24 ESV
23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
The place does not matter but the heart does… how can we worship God in truth?
Main Points
Call to Bethel
Jacobs purification
Jacobs response
Gods terror
El-Bethel
Gods grace
Jacobs pillar
Gods provision
Jacobs worship
Naming of Bethel
Put away foreign gods = Conviction
foreign gods
Christ as Saviour
Legalism / Religion
Liberalism
Coram Deo = Living before the face of God
Purify yourselves = Confession
Renewed Minds
Renewed Hearts
inward change
Change your garments = Compliance
Expose the structure of the text.
Main points should support the theme.
Outward Actions
Coram Deo = Living before the face of God
Genesis 35:3 ESV
Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.”
Gen 35:3
points should follow textual sequence unless good reason to change.
1 Corinthians 10:23 ESV
23 “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.
It is the little foxes that ruin the vineyard…
Is it lawful?
Is it helpful?
Will it build up?
Lets take just a moment to apply these questions to our consumption of Media...
Children aged 2-11 watch over 24 hours of TV per week, while adults aged 35-49 watch more than 33 hours, according to data from Nielsen that suggests TV time increases the older we get. The average American watches more than five hours of live television every day.
APPLICATION
Time Questions
Am I skipping or delaying something important in order to watch this now?
What are my other social/entertainment options besides watching television or going out to see a movie?
How much time have I already spent on media today?
How much time have I spent surfing the Internet?
How much time have I spent blogging or maintaining an online presence through social network sites?
In the last week, how much time have I spent on the spiritual disciplines, building relationships, or serving in my local church compared to time spent consuming media?
After investing the time to view this, will I look back on it as time well spent?
Content Questions
What worldview or philosophy of life does this program or film present?
What’s the view of man’s nature?
What’s the view of sin?
Is sin identified as such?
What’s the view of God-ordained authority figures?
And how do these views relate to God’s view?
What does this program or film glamorize?
What is valued or considered important?
Who are the heroes of the story? Why are they heroic?
Is sin shown as having negative consequences? Or is sin glorified or rewarded?
Is sin presented in an appealing or seductive way?
What is humorous in this work? How are people made fun of? What is mocked?
Does violence appear as a natural part of the story, or is it used gratuitously to entertain?
What’s the sexual content? Is there nudity? Sensual or seductive dress?
Are there images, language, or humor that are sexually impure?
Is sinful self-sufficiency honored?
Are the heroic characters concerned for others or merely for themselves?
Does the program or film portray materialism as “the good life”?
Would seeing this help me better understand God’s world?
Would it help me understand my surrounding culture better without tempting me to sinful compromise?
Will I benefit in any way from viewing this program or visiting this web site?
Does its content or artistry reflect truth, beauty, or goodness?
Online, do I communicate graciously, patiently, and humbly? Do I use crude or arrogant speech? Is my speech consistent with the gospel, or does it reflect worldliness?
Heart Questions
Why do I want to watch this program or film?
What do I find entertaining about it?
Am I seeking to escape from something I should be facing by watching this?
Am I seeking comfort or relief that can be found only in God?
What sinful temptations will this program or film present?
Do I secretly want to view something in it that’s sinful?
Am I deceiving myself by saying, “I’ll fast-forward through the bad parts”?
Similarly, am I telling myself, “I’ll just visit this web site once, and I won’t click on any other links I find there”?
Am I watching because I’m bored or lazy? If so, what does that reveal about my heart?
Am I watching simply because others are? Am I trying to be relevant or to fit in?
How have my online relationships impacted my face-to-face relationships?
How has my online activity impacted my soul? For better or worse?
What motivates me to create and maintain a blog, MySpace, or Facebook presence? Am I attempting to impress others? Am I being prideful, slanderous, deceitful, or self-righteous?
Mahaney, C. J.. Worldliness (Foreword by John Piper): Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World (pp. 57-59). Crossway. Kindle Edition.
CONCLUSION
letters to Churches
each with own strengths and weaknesses
for Ephesus / for all
Revelation 2:4–5 ESV
4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.
for Jacob
for us
James 4:8 ESV
8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Ephesians 4:17–32 ESV
17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. 25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
CLOSE
Hear God’s Word
Repent
Walk with him
Repent
E.N.D.
Exalt God in relation to the Biblical truths that were just taught
Name the Biblical principles preached and ask God to help the local church body to obey these truths
use simple and clear transitions to give structure to movement.
Draw people to the cross of Christ by proclaiming hope and help in the person and work of Christ for salvation and sanctification
letters to Churches
Use verse references before quoting so that listeners can read along.
Ephesians 4:17–32 ESV
17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. 25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
each with own strengths and weaknesses
for Ephesus / for all
Revelation 2:4–5 ESV
4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.
Use personal observances to illustrate difficult concepts.
for Jacob
for us
Revelation 2:5 ESV
Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.
Mark 8:36 ESV
36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?
James 4:8 ESV
8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Hebrews 12:1 ESV
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Romans 13:14 ESV
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
Galatians 3:27 ESV
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Ephesians 4:17–32 ESV
17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. 25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
1 John 2:15 ESV
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
John 4:23–24 ESV
23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Exodus 33:1–6 ESV
1 The Lord said to Moses, “Depart; go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought up out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give it.’ 2 I will send an angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 3 Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; but I will not go up among you, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.” 4 When the people heard this disastrous word, they mourned, and no one put on his ornaments. 5 For the Lord had said to Moses, “Say to the people of Israel, ‘You are a stiff-necked people; if for a single moment I should go up among you, I would consume you. So now take off your ornaments, that I may know what to do with you.’ ” 6 Therefore the people of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments, from Mount Horeb onward.
Matthew 21:13 ESV
He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”
Matthew 19:16–22 ESV
16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
Time Questions
Am I skipping or delaying something important in order to watch this now?
How much time have I already spent on this today?
In the last week, how much time have I spent on the spiritual disciplines, building relationships, or serving in my local church compared to time spent doing this?
After investing my time in this, will I look back on it as time well spent?
What are my other social/entertainment options besides watching television or going out to see a movie?
How much time have I already spent on media today?
How much time have I spent surfing the Internet?
How much time have I spent blogging or maintaining an online presence through social network sites?
In the last week, how much time have I spent on the spiritual disciplines, building relationships, or serving in my local church compared to time spent consuming media?
After investing the time to view this, will I look back on it as time well spent?
Content Questions
What worldview or philosophy of life does this program or film present?
What’s the view of man’s nature?
What’s the view of sin?
Is sin identified as such?
What’s the view of God-ordained authority figures?
And how do these views relate to God’s view?
What does this program or film glamorize?
What is valued or considered important?
Who are the heroes of the story? Why are they heroic?
Is sin shown as having negative consequences? Or is sin glorified or rewarded?
Is sin presented in an appealing or seductive way?
What is humorous in this work? How are people made fun of? What is mocked?
Does violence appear as a natural part of the story, or is it used gratuitously to entertain?
What’s the sexual content? Is there nudity? Sensual or seductive dress?
Are there images, language, or humor that are sexually impure?
Is sinful self-sufficiency honored?
Are the heroic characters concerned for others or merely for themselves?
Does the program or film portray materialism as “the good life”?
Would seeing this help me better understand God’s world?
Would it help me understand my surrounding culture better without tempting me to sinful compromise?
Will I benefit in any way from viewing this program or visiting this web site?
Does its content or artistry reflect truth, beauty, or goodness?
Online, do I communicate graciously, patiently, and humbly? Do I use crude or arrogant speech? Is my speech consistent with the gospel, or does it reflect worldliness?
Heart Questions
Why do I want to watch this program or film?
What do I find entertaining about it?
Am I seeking to escape from something I should be facing by watching this?
Am I seeking comfort or relief that can be found only in God?
What sinful temptations will this program or film present?
Do I secretly want to view something in it that’s sinful?
Am I deceiving myself by saying, “I’ll fast-forward through the bad parts”?
Similarly, am I telling myself, “I’ll just visit this web site once, and I won’t click on any other links I find there”?
Am I watching because I’m bored or lazy? If so, what does that reveal about my heart?
If so, what does that reveal about my heart?
Am I watching simply because others are? Am I trying to be relevant or to fit in?
Am I trying to be relevant or to fit in?
How have my online relationships impacted my face-to-face relationships?
How has my online activity impacted my soul? For better or worse?
What motivates me to create and maintain a blog, MySpace, or Facebook presence? Am I attempting to impress others? Am I being prideful, slanderous, deceitful, or self-righteous?
Mahaney, C. J.. Worldliness (Foreword by John Piper): Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World (pp. 57-59). Crossway. Kindle Edition.
What worldview or philosophy of life does this program or film present?
What’s the view of man’s nature?
What’s the view of sin?
Is sin identified as such?
What’s the view of God-ordained authority figures?
And how do these views relate to God’s view?
What does this program or film glamorize?
What is valued or considered important?
Who are the heroes of the story? Why are they heroic?
Is sin shown as having negative consequences? Or is sin glorified or rewarded?
Is sin presented in an appealing or seductive way?
What is humorous in this work? How are people made fun of? What is mocked?
Does violence appear as a natural part of the story, or is it used gratuitously to entertain?
What’s the sexual content? Is there nudity? Sensual or seductive dress?
Are there images, language, or humor that are sexually impure?
Is sinful self-sufficiency honored?
Are the heroic characters concerned for others or merely for themselves?
Does the program or film portray materialism as “the good life”?
Would seeing this help me better understand God’s world?
Would it help me understand my surrounding culture better without tempting me to sinful compromise?
Will I benefit in any way from viewing this program or visiting this web site?
Does its content or artistry reflect truth, beauty, or goodness?
Online, do I communicate graciously, patiently, and humbly? Do I use crude or arrogant speech? Is my speech consistent with the gospel, or does it reflect worldliness?
Mahaney, C. J.. Worldliness (Foreword by John Piper): Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World (pp. 57-59). Crossway. Kindle Edition.
Be brief.
Don’t introduce new material.
narrow the focus don’t expand it.
Clinch the goal.
Give concrete applications.
Goal
Application
CLOSE
E.N.D.
Exalt God in relation to the Biblical truths that were just taught
Name the Biblical principles preached and ask God to help the local church body to obey these truths
Draw people to the cross of Christ by proclaiming hope and help in the person and work of Christ for salvation and sanctification
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COMMUNION
What it stands for
Warning
Communion Verses
COMMUNION TOGETHER
Fellowship With Each Other
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