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His Witnesses   2 comments

His Witnesses

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Lk. 24, 48

Jno. 15, 27


Believers have a rich experience of saving grace.  They have a new life and rejoice therein.  We know he is a Saviour, for he saves us.  This gives a great appreciation of him and his saving presence and power.


Consequently we are glad to witness for him.  The glad secret will [get] out.  “We cannot but speak the things we have seen and heard.”  “Tongue can never express the sweet comfort and peace of a soul in its earliest love.”


This gives us a disposition and desire to cooperate with others of good will to serve and save mankind.

“It is unthinkable that we civilized people should keep for ourselves alone the wealth of mans for fighting sickness, pain & death which science has given us.”–Schweitzer

How much more should we wish to give to men the balm in Gilead–the saving truths of the gospel!

“When Jesus finds you tell others the story.”–Witness for him.


Luke 24, 26 & 46   6 comments

Luke 24 Sermon Notes

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Luke 24, 26 & 46


The greatest undertaking– to work out man’s redemption.  “‘Twas great to speak the world from naught,” etc.

God gave his Son for this purpose.  The cost was great.  “He bore the sins of many.”


To the two en route to Emmaus he opened the scriptures.  “Ought not”–was it not necessary?  Thus he expiated  sin.  Without it no soul could have been saved.

(1)  This was the course indicated for him by the prophets–Moses; Psalm 16 & 22; Isa. 53; Dan. 9; Mal. 4, 5; 1 Peter 1, 11.

(2)  More eminently back of all these lay the divine purpose, the will of the Father, which our Lord was to fulfill.  Can man discover fully God’s thoughts or mind here?


By him atonement is made for all.  “He tasted death for every man.”  In offering salvation to man God does not ignore sin.  He is just and the justifier of the ungodly.

(1)  We see the enormity of sin–its deadly effect & power.  Heroic treatment for a fearful malady.

(2)  We see demonstrated God’s boundless love–he so loved “that he gave his only begotten Son”–his greatest possible gift.  “What wondrous love is this”!


The gift is free–“without money and without price.”  Yet one condition is made by God and must be met–“That whosoever believeth in him.”  All can meet it.  “Unspeakable gift.”  Is it yours?


Gospel of Luke   1 comment


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The Challenge of the Cross   1 comment

Challenge of the Cross

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Lk. 9, 23-24 and 24, 7


The Cross challenges us to repent of our sins.  Sin is the enemy of God and now of all good.  It crucified the Lord of Glory.  When one awakes to this surely he will repent.  How fearful sin in!


The Cross is a great appeal to man to accept the forgiveness of sin [which] God offers through his Son.  He suffered that we might have pardon and peace.  Will we not respond to such love?!  Who that thinks can reject it and turn from such a Saviour?

If he is so so much for us, shall we not also be concerned about ourselves?


By the Cross we are challenged to live the sacrificial life–to deny self and do God’s will in living for others, as did Jesus.  This is Christ’s way.  He spent his life doing good, living to others!

How it enriched the life!!

May we respond heartily and fully to the appeal that comes to us from the cross!


Posted November 9, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1914-1956, Luke-Acts

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A Passion for a Lost World   1 comment


Above:  Ascension of Christ, by Benvenuto Tisi

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Luke 24, 46-47

1.  Jesus came to save the whole world.  He died for every man.  “Where sin abounded grace did much more abound.”  He “tasted death for every man.”

2.  Herein is revealed the passion of God and Christ for a lost world.  God cannot look on in indifference while a world perishes in sin.  He loves the world and makes the greatest sacrifice that He may save.  Jesus’ heart broke in Gethsemane.

3.  This suggests the attitude of His church.  Indifference to the lost is not Godlike, but a passion for sinners is.  The church ought to love men so much that it can’t rest short of its greatest effort to save everyone.  When this heartbreak takes possession of the church missions will result assuredly.

4.  This is the ground of the command, go.  Because of his death and passion, therefore he says, go.  “Go for my wandering boy tonight and tell him I love him still.”

Ours must be a world plan, even as is His.  We must act from love as does He–a love that knows no bounds.


The Sufficiency of the Bible   9 comments


Above:  A Family Bible

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I, as an Episcopalian, follow not Sola Scriptura, but the Three-Legged Stool:  Scripture, Tradition, and Reason, with Scripture being the most important of the three factors.  My great-grandfather spent most of his life in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1845-1939), and the end of it in the merged Methodist Church (1939-1968), a predecessor of the current United Methodist Church (1968-).  Methodism has traditionally embraced four standards–the Three-Legged Stool plus experience, with Scripture carrying primacy.  Thus my great-grandfather’s final comment in this sermon outline surprised me.



2 Tim. 3, 16-17

1.  The one great object of the Scriptures is such a revelation of God & His will as that man may be saved from sin and get home to heaven. Evidently the Bible is no textbook on every phase of knowledge, as this is manifestly impossible.  They testify of Christ.  Jno. 5, 39; 15, 26; Luke 24, 25-27.

2.  The Bible is an inspired book:  such it claims to be.  Gal. 2, 2; Eph. 3, 3; 2 Cor. 12, 1 & 7, 2 Peter 1, 21.  We realize this because it inspires us.  Reading it in faith we feel the Spirit’s inspiration.  Great blessings attend its distribution.  It is not to be compared to any other book.

3.  Explicit instruction is given concerning all things needful to man’s salvation.  Man learns of God–His character and will and of His love and mercy.

[Man] also learns of his own sinfulness and its consequences.  Of salvation therefrom and how to obtain it; and of heaven, to which he may come at last.

He may have the Spirit to help understand it.  (Eph. 1, 17-18)  Man needs not more truth revealed but a deeper understanding of the truth already revealed.

4.  Thereby “the man of God is complete” in himself, his own character, and “completely furnished unto every good work.”  It is the only rule and the sufficient rule both for our faith and practice.  Revelation 22, 18-19


The Holy Spirit’s Power Indispensible   1 comment


Above:  Design Drawing for a Stained-Glass Window with the Holy Spirit

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Luke 24, 49

1.  The disciples were charged with the stupendous task of evangelizing a lost world.  They were to bear witness to the ends of the earth.  v. 48

2.  They must have supernatural aid.  The extent and difficulty of their task necessitated it.  “Without me ye can do nothing.”  “I can do all things through Christ.”  Jesus bids them advance not one step till the Spirit come upon them.

3.  We, too, have need of divine power.  We are to testify to Him and lead men to Him.  We are insufficient for it till he equip us.

We face:

(1)  The indifference of sinful hearts.

(2)  The power of sin that only He can break.  We certainly can’t accomplish the task ourselves.  He gives the power of passionate love for men.

4.  The Spirit is our sufficiency.  Hence He bides us seek and obtain the Spirit’s enduement.

This is the all-important thing.  So much depends upon it.  Will we pray till He comes?  Let hearts search and [let] repentance be made that the way for this coming be unobstructed.


The Walk to Emmaus   1 comment


Above:  Emmaus, Between 1898 and 1946

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Luke 24, 32

1.  The distress of the disciples.  “We had hoped it was he that should redeem Israel.”  “If they ever did or would need him it is now.”

2.  He appears to them unrecognized and unfolds to them the scriptures regarding himself.  His death was in strict accordance with the Bible.

After he revealed himself at supper and vanished out of their sight they recalled how their hearts burned within them while he talked with them.

3.  We have our own cares, anxieties, and heart needs.  Life’s cares crowd upon us.

We very much need him; without help we are insufficient for life.  “I must have the Saviour with me,/For I dare not walk alone.”

4.  His help is our sufficiency.  As in Bible study & prayer we commune, He unfolds to us the riches of His grace till our hearts glow with His blessing.  We need this heart-glow, for life’s demands are many.  Let us be sure to enjoy this radiance of experience.