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1. We Have Heard the Joyful Sound

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE Mark 16:15-16
Mark 16:15–16 ESV
15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Who taught you the Gospel?
You are indebted to that person for bring you the I______ W_____ which is able to save your souls. (James 1:21).
James 1:21 ESV
21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
Without that person’s loving, patient, prayerful efforts where would you be today according to Ephesians 2:12,
Ephesians 2:12 ESV
12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Without that person, it is possible that you would be lost.

Why then does the person who brought you the Gospel not matter?

2 Corinthians 4:7 ESV
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.

What does it take for you to be this jar of clay?

Have you heard the joyful sound?
Are you ringing out the message of salvation to those around you?

How do you look at others?

Do you see the value of their souls?
Do you see that Jesus died for them just as much as He died for you.
Who has heard the joyful sound from you?
Who needs to?

Application

Thankful to the one who taught me
Figure out how to teach someone, anyone!

2. Shaking with Joy, Acts 16:22-34

Acts 16:22–34 ESV
22 The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. 23 And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. 24 Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26 and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened. 27 When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” 29 And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. 34 Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.

What was the greatest earthquake USA has ever felt?

During the winter of 1811-1812, the geological fault near New Madrid, Missouri, produced some of the strongest earthquakes recorded in American history.
Between December and March, literally thousands of quakes shook the Midwest, but none compared to the one on February 7, 1812.
Church bells rang as far away as Boston, Reelfoot Lake was formed, the Mississippi River ran backwards for several hours, and even President and First Lady James and Dolly Madison felt the ground shake within the White House.
Entire villages were destroyed and countless souls perished from this massive shaking of the earth’s foundations.

How did the Jailer change?

Earthquakes breakdown but this one ...
The man who never gave a thought about salvation now ...
The man who slept during worship could now ...
The man whose body was moved found his heart ...

Application

Romans 1:16 ESV
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Thank God for the power that baptism in the blood of His Son has to change my life.
Rejoice in what I can become instead of what I was.

3. A New Life, John 3:1-2

John 3:1–2 ESV
1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”
Don’t you just love the new life of spring?
Why does it happen? Genesis 1:11-12, 24
Genesis 1:11–12 ESV
11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:24 ESV
24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so.

Reproduction is always “according to their kinds”

Why is Nicodemus confused in John 3:3-4?

John 3:3–4 ESV
3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

Was the natural order of “after its kind” being violated? Why or why not?

Read John 3:6 and explain why the natural law was not violated.

John 3:6 ESV
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Application:

How can I walk in the Spirit
How can I live a sanctified and justified life.
Thank God for the new birth He has given so that I can enter into His kingdom.

4. The Pattern Works, Romans 6:3-12

Romans 6:3–12 ESV
3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.

What “Universal Law” did Isaac Newton discover because of an apple?

Is this law partial?

How does it help get space ships into space and submarines in the ocean?

How did Jesus change the “Universal Law of Death”? (Genesis 3:22)

Genesis 3:22 ESV
22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—”

What does this law state? (Hebrews 9:27).

Hebrews 9:27 ESV
27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,

Why was this law changed? (Romans 1:4).

Romans 1:4 ESV
4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,

By changing this law what did Jesus accomplish? (1 Corinthians 15:23-24).

1 Corinthians 15:23–24 ESV
23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.

What is the key to breaking this law? (Romans 1:16)

Romans 1:16 ESV
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

What is the tree parts of this pattern? (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

1 Corinthians 15:1–4 ESV
1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,

How is this pattern applied? (Romans 6:3-6).

Romans 6:3–6 ESV
3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

By obeying this pattern or standard (Romans 6:14), the law of sin and death has no more what over us?

Romans 6:14 ESV
14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Application:

What does your security rest in?
What someone said — sinners prayer/infant baptism, etc.
Or obedience to the standard of His glorious Gospel.
How does our hope that comes from knowing God’s power and grace change our daily walk?
Thank Him for raising His Son for me.

5. Rest Easy, Exodus 14:19-29

Exodus 14:19–29 ESV
19 Then the angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them, 20 coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. And there was the cloud and the darkness. And it lit up the night without one coming near the other all night. 21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 23 The Egyptians pursued and went in after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 24 And in the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and of cloud looked down on the Egyptian forces and threw the Egyptian forces into a panic, 25 clogging their chariot wheels so that they drove heavily. And the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from before Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.” 26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.” 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal course when the morning appeared. And as the Egyptians fled into it, the Lord threw the Egyptians into the midst of the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen; of all the host of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea, not one of them remained. 29 But the people of Israel walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

Who remembers the July 13, 2015 devastating flood that struck Johnson County, Kentucky.

Almost seven inches of rain fell within hours over the upper watershed of Mud Lick Creek. A 30-foot wall of water came down the valley, sweeping away everything in its path.
Hundreds were left homeless and three tragically lost their lives. Shortly after school resumed, a storm moved through the area. Despite assurances that everything was fine, teachers reported that many students were terrified by the falling rain and crashing thunder.
1 Corinthians 10:1–2 ESV
1 For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,

What lessons does God want us to learn about baptism?

Application:

Thank God for His faithfulness to save and take comfort in the face of spiritual storms, trusting in His grace, mercy, and might.
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