New Hope Church of Christ

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New Hope Church of Christ
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11025 131st St
Largo, FL 33774
(727) 517-7517

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God Goes to War (The Army of God) By Wiley Coppinger – September 24, 2017 How do we know Jesus loves us? Because Revelation tells us so. (Reve. 1:5, 6; 7:14, 17; 12:11; 14:1,3) There are many prophetic teachers out there who will say, “Yeah, Jesus loves you (the church), but not as much as He loves Physical Israel. They say when Jesus comes back, the Gentile church will be raptured out and physical Israel will be saved. They are telling us that the Church was an afterthought with God. The Gentile church is not loved as much as the physical Jews were. To their way of thinking, physical Israel is the apple of God’s eye. The church is loved, just not as much. Part of the reason these teachers are so convinced of the importance of physical Israel is because Revelation talks about a group of people called the 144,000 (Rev. 7:4-8). They are said to be from every tribe of the sons of Israel. There are problems with this interpretation. There never was a tribe of Joseph. Two of the tribes of Israel are missing from the list. One is Ephraim, and the other is Dan. The 144,000 are not about PHYSICAL Israel. They are about SPIRITUAL Israel. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CHURCH – In Romans 2:28-29, Paul addresses the Christians who were Jews in Rome, and he warns them. Just because you are physical Jews does not mean that you are better than the Gentile believers. Being a spiritual Jew is what concerns God, and the circumcision that counts now is not physical. It’s spiritual. Real Jews are all believers who are part of God’s New Covenant (Eph. 2:11-12) Paul tells the Gentile Christians that at one time they didn’t have Jesus or God or hope, or citizenship in Israel. “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ (Eph. 2:13). We are now part of spiritual Israel. Paul says physical Israel is loved, but physical Jews are not loved more than the church. The Israelites of the Old Covenant are not more important than you are. You, Christ’s church, are now the apple of God’s eye. Outside of Christ, the unconverted Jew has no hope. Revelation doesn’t sugar coat what might happen because of our faith. Revelation talks about being jailed, mistreated, beaten and even killed (Rev. 6:9) But, “The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels (Rev. 3:5) WE ARE THE ARMY OF GOD – We are warriors called to follow Jesus into battle against Satan. 2 Cor. 10:3-4 tells us how we wage this war. We are not carrying swords, and bows or arrows. Our war is a spiritual war against the gates of hell with the intention of capturing the hearts of people held under Satan’s power and influence. Of all the weapons we have, the most powerful is spoken about in Rev. 8:1-5. “1 When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.3 Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. 4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.” When God hears our prayers, He unleashes a power that we can’t even begin to imagine. We are soldiers of Christ. We are called to the battlefield against Satan and all his forces, and when we pray, the whole might of heaven is unleashed. Our only hope comes in praise and prayer, and in the end, we win!

Elder’s Corner – Are You Comfortable in Church? By David Himes - October 1, 2017 We are told that God’s word provides us great comfort through the hope and peace it gives; we obtain great comfort in knowing the wicked people of this world will be judged justly; and we receive great comfort by knowing we will be with Him for eternity. “Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance” (Romans 8:23-25). People do not come to Church on a Sunday to be made to feel “uncomfortable” do they? One might think that if anyone regularly goes to Church all his days, but has never felt one bit of inner discomfort - he really has not been to a Christian Church, or, conversely, the Christian Church he attends does not preach Christianity. We should go to Church to find the truth, a truth we could not otherwise come by, and to worship God in the manner he has set down for us. We do not go to Church to learn what we already know or what is supported in our culture. The truth should “prick” our hearts and cause us to become better people. If, in the Church we attend, no one explains to us the whole Gospel, we profit little by it. We have all also heard stories of good people who have been to churches in which “love” was the only topic ever preached for the last forty years. The congregation never heard mention anything serious about sin, hatred, persecution, law, repentance, humiliation, discipline, or the “thou shalt nots.” Does your church continuously promote love, peace, and harmony along with prosperity and success? Does your church provide entertainment for you? Do you get a weekly dose of “feel good” religion? Yes, these things are part of the truth, but not the entire truth. But so is sacrifice, judgement, giving to others, repentance, and obedience to God’s word. God can be strict and loving at the same time. He continuously provides comfort and discipline to His children. “For these are rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to listen to the Lord’s instruction. They say to the seers, “See no more visions!” and to the prophets, “Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions. Leave this way, get off this path, and stop confronting us with the Holy One of Israel!” (Isaiah 30:9-10). We are grateful to those blessed with the ability to explain things clearly even if we don’t like to hear of their applicability to our lives. No one really wants to be deprived of the whole truth. Whether we like it or not, sooner or later we will need to know the truth about ourselves. It is this “whole truth” that Christ came to explain to us. If we read the Gospel and the Epistles, we are often startled by their bluntness and graphic warnings about how to live or what to think. We must be careful not to skip over these things or ignore them. They are essential to our salvation.

Elder’s Corner - Authority in Religion By David Himes - 9/24/2017 When God found that the children of Israel were becoming disobedient to Him, He spoke to them through Moses and warned them that He would bring forth a man like Moses to speak to them. Whoever disobeyed His word would perish (Deuteronomy 18:15-19). This promise to the children of Israel was fulfilled by the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-26). He was born to redeem the world. But He was rejected by the children of Israel among whom He was born and grew up. One day during His earthly ministry our Lord took three of His disciples and went up into a high mountain. There he appeared exceeding white. Appearing along with him was Moses and Elijah. “… Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” (Mark 9:2-7). What was the meaning of all this? Moses stood for the Law. People should no longer follow the Law of Moses as a system of worshiping God. Sabbath-keeping, tithing, and animal sacrifices are no longer required. Elijah stood for the prophets who spoke about the coming on earth of a Savior from the seed of David. Now that the Savior has come, men should not go back to the Law and the prophets, but obey the words of Jesus Christ! Whatever Christ said was not of His own, but words from God the Father. “For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.” (John 12:49-50). Many people do not obey the words of Christ. Even many religious people have turned away from the words of Christ and substituted their own thoughts. They do not think that Christ was right when he said: And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it (Matthew 16:18). “My” indicates ownership. It is completely wrong for a man or a group of people to form their own religious organization and worship the Lord there. Read what God says in Matthew 15:13-14. The founders of human denominations are blind leaders. Those who worship therein are blind followers. This is why Jesus warned us that members of man-made churches will not be saved. Read what God said in Matthew 7:21-23. At the Judgment, Jesus will deny certain people, not because they did not worship Him, but because they did not do it according to His will. God promised to build a house (Isaiah 2:2-3). This house is what Christ called “My” church. Jesus bought this church with His blood: Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. (Acts 20:28). We are told in the Bible not to condemn others. We should not determine if one person or another will be saved – that is God job. But we should read what Jesus (God) said and work out our own salvation (Philippians 2:12). Will God allow followers of man-made churches to go to heaven – based on the words of God it is not very likely. I would not bet my (eternal) life on it! Read the Bible for yourself. Make up your own mind. Don’t let others determine your destiny.

Sermon Notes God Goes to War (The Wrath of the Lamb) By Wiley Coppinger – 9/17/2017 John 3:16 tells us that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son….” Jesus said He came to “seek and to save that which was lost.” He spent His time among the tax collectors, prostitutes and sinners. When the prodigal son returned, his Father ran to his son and embraced him. Over and over again, throughout the New Testament, we hear this message repeated. It is summed up in 2 Peter 3:9. “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” Yet in Revelation 6:15-17, we have sinners running from the wrath of the Lamb. Why? The answer is found in Revelation 6:9-10. The scene here and following show God’s vengeance on mankind (Heb. 10:30). The major focus in Revelation 6 is God’s judgement on those who’ve been persecuted and slain His people. Jesus told us that persecution was going to happen. (Luke 6:22; Luke 21:17; 1 John 3:13; 1 Peter 4:12) Did it happen? Yes! Within the first three years of the early church’s existence, it did. Down through the ages, Christians have been mistreated, tortured and killed for their faith. Revelation tells us that God know this would happen, and it made Him angry. He was so angry that He said, “Vengeance is Mine.” Paul wrote, ”since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you,…(2 Thess. 1:6). You don’t mess with God’s people. Hebrews 10:31 tells us, “It is fearful to fall into the hands of the living God.” God’s judgement in not just about vengeance. It is also reaching out to the lost (Isa. 55:7). As long as the wicked are willing to repent, God will forgive. That message runs throughout Scripture. In Revelation 6, sinners were not appealing to God. They weren’t running to Jesus. They were running away from Him (Rev. 6:15-16). They were calling on the rocks and mountains to fall on them and protect them. Did you know that God punishes people to get their attention? You see it repeatedly in the Old Testament prophets (Ps. 32:4). God is still working on sinners now as He did back then. Proverbs 24:17-18 says, “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles, let the Lord see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him.” Why would God be displeased if I rejoiced in the downfall of an enemy? If I rejoice in the downfall of my enemy, I prove I have missed something. Jesus came to die for sinners. Proverbs 24 hints at the fact that your enemy is being punished for a reason, and that reason is not to make you happy. God is punishing your enemy so that you can show him grace (Prov. 25:21). God punishes your enemies so that you can come into their lives and show them God’s love and lead them to repentance. God saved you and I, and then enlisted us to be His missionaries to a lost world. Remember Saul/Paul? Jesus had knocked him down in order to wake him up. Afterwards, Jesus goes to a man named Ananias and says, “I want you to go to a certain house in town and talk to Saul of Tarsus.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on you name.” (Acts 9:13-14) Why doesn’t Ananias want to go talk to Saul? Because Saul is the enemy. As much as Ananias may have hated Saul, he loved God so much that he was willing to obey. He went to Saul, and place his hands on Saul’s eyes so he could see again. He told Saul all that God wanted to do in his life, and then he baptized him into Christ. If you are willing to go to your enemy when they are struggling, and share with them the love of God, then you have the chance to change the world. The enemy you win to Christ may be the enemy who shakes the gates of hell. We serve a God who has gone to war against Satan. We have been enlisted to storm the very gates of hell. We will succeed if we trust God to do what He has promised.

Elder’s Corner - Encourage One Another By David Himes - September 3, 2017 “Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Heb. 3:13) This past week I received a text message of encouragement from a member here at New Hope. It was only about three sentences long but the Lord used it to stir some much-needed strength in my soul. Because encouragement is so important to the church, God doesn’t merely recommend it; he explicitly commands it (1 Thess. 4:18, 5:11; Heb. 3:13). God commanded that his people encourage each other because he knows we need it. In the Gospel of John, Jesus warned that “in this world you will have trouble,” which he then followed with a much needed encouragement: “But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). We live in a broken world where everything calls us toward selfishness and despair. Sin steals joy, our bodies break down, our plans falter, our dreams die, our resolves weaken, and our perspective dims. We are promised suffering, persecution, and trials of various kinds. When encouragement is absent from the life of a church people will feel unloved, unimportant, useless, and forgotten. God knows his people are in need of grace-filled reminders, so he calls us to encourage each other every day until his Son returns. Encouragement is shared with the hopes that it will lift someone’s heart toward the Lord (Col. 4:8). It points out evidences of grace in another’s life to help them see that God is using them. It points a person to God’s promises that assures them that all they face is under his control. The New Testament reveals that encouragement was a regular part of the early church’s life together (Acts 13:15, 16:40, 18:27, 20:1-2, 27:36). They shared Scripture-saturated words with each other to spur one another on in faith, hope, unity, joy, strength, fruitfulness, faithfulness, perseverance, and the certainty of Christ’s return. Encouragement was and is an essential way of extending grace to each other. There isn’t only one ‘right’ way to encourage each other, but here are a few ideas to help you get started. • Pray for God to make you an encourager. Ask him to give you a heart that cares about others; ask God to bring someone to mind that you should reach out to. • Study Barnabas and ask God to make you like him. Barnabas was nicknamed the “son of encouragement” by the early church (Acts 4:36). He was the kind of guy you wanted to have around as you were serving the Lord. • Make encouragement a daily discipline. • Regularly encourage our minister. If he says something that helps you along your journey, tell him about it. Nothing encourages a minister like hearing specific ways God used a sermon to work in your life. The note I received from my brother included two very specific ways he had seen evidences of Christian love in my life. When I read them, I was humbled and reminded of the fact that God does actually work in and though me. I needed that. Get started today. Who can you encourage right now? Who has blessed you recently that you can thank? What verse can you share with them? How might God use you?