Wednesday, October 3, 2012



An Overview of the Current Season

1st Day of Tishrei        Rosh Hashanah          September 15/16
                                10 Days of Awe

10th Day of Tishrei      Day of Atonement       September 25/26

15th Day of Tishrei      Feast of Tabernacles   September 30
                                7 Day Feast

23rd Day of Tishrei      The Great Day            October 7

Here we are tonight, in about the middle of the Feast of Tabernacles

John 7
14  Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught.
15  And the Jews marveled, saying, "How does this Man know letters, having never studied?"
16  Jesus answered them and said, "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.

The Non-Negotiable Absolutes (of The Doctrine of God through Christ Jesus)

·        One God
o   Not the pagan god Baal
o   Not the ancient Greek god Zeus
o   Not the Allah of the Koran
o   Not the 330 million gods and goddesses of India, and not You
o   His Name is Jehovah – He is the God of the Holy Bible
·        One Message
o   Not the Vedas of Hinduism
o   Not the Koran of Islam
o   Not the Tipitaka of Buddhism
o   Not the 13 Classics of Confucianism
o   Not the Golden Verses of Pythagoras
o   Not the Tao Te Ching or Daozang of Taoism
o   Not the Avesta Collection of Zoroastrianism
o   Not the Divine Principles of the Unification Church
o   Not the satanic book of rituals or the Wicca Book of Shadows
o   Not the Hare Krishna mantra or ISKCON
o   Not the Pyramid Text, the Coffin Text, or the Book of the Dead
o   Not the misplaced golden scrolls of Joseph Smith or the Book of Mormon (btw - no unkindness - who would lose golden scrolls)
o   The One Message is fully contained in The Holy Bible, with both the Old and New Testaments, inspired by Almighty God, anointed by the Holy Spirit, infallible and inerrant in its original text, preserved through the ages as final authority for all life.
·        One Messiah
o   Not Buddha
o   Not the Ayatollah
o   Not Sun Myung Moon, David Koresh or Father Divine
o   Not the Dalai Lama, Yahweh ben Yahweh or some dude named Harry Krishna
o   Not mother earth or father time; your fairy god mother or guardian angel
o   Not Mohammad, not Mahdi and not the Jesus of the Koran
o   There is but one Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, born of the Virgin Mary in the town of Bethlehem of Judea near 2000 years ago;  both Son of God and the Son of Man. He lived a sinless life, died an atoning death and was raised to life on the 3rd day victorious over death, hell and the grave. He lives forever as King of Kings and Lord of Lords – He is Savior and the only Messiah of the one true living Jehovah Almighty; He is the Jesus of the Bible, He is coming again to reign eternally and He is my friend.
·        One Way
o   Not “Who you are” or “Who you think you are”, “don’t you know me and my money” plan (you can’t buy you or anyone else into heaven … stop paying purgatory ransom)
o   Not the broad pathway of anything goes … It’s not the “I’m no worse than anybody else” argument that will prevail
o   Not World Peace initiatives a person can visualize
o   Not the humanitarian highway of good works
o   Not the “all roads lead to heaven” pluralistic approach to God
o   Not the “mother earth” green way to eternal bliss – “I take care of her, she’ll take care of me” path
o   Not the “there is no God” or “I didn’t understand” defense
o   Not the martyrdom approach of religious fanatics who are deceived into imagining they can kill enough infidels to warrant 70 virgins and some wine
o   BTW – there are no “free passes” because you’re so cute or naïve about all of this heaven stuff – blonde roots won’t work
o   We are saved by the grace of God through our individual faith in Jesus as the Son of God, Savior of the World, Eternal Messiah and Lord of all. His blood paid the price …

Ephesians 2:8  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God

Romans 10 (NLT)
9  If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10  For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
11  As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be disgraced.”
12  Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on Him.
13  For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14  But how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them?
15  And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”[

It is the Feast of Tabernacles … the Feast of Ingathering - I send you out to “Go and Tell” in Jesus’ Name! This Sunday is the “Great Day” … Bring a friend to Church this Sunday and Jesus will go home with them.