"Gleaning a Harvest of Grace"(Ruth 2:1-13), Pastor David Doster, August 20, 2017

"Gleaning a Harvest of Grace" (Ruth 2:1-13)

I. Surprised by grace                                                               (Introduction)

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God…”                                                                                                                    Ephesians 2:8

“Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God."                                                             Romans 5:2

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.                                                                               2 Corinthians 12:9

II. Finding favor                                                                                                        (Verses 1-3)

     A. Man of honor

A “Kinsman Redeemer” was the nearest adult male blood relative who served as an advocate for any vulnerable and/or unfortunate clan member in order to correct any disruption to clan wholeness and well being (especially through the redemption or restoration of property, persons, or lineage.)                                                                    R.L. Hubbard

     B. Gracious initiative

III. Bountiful benevolence                                                                                     (Verses 4-12)

     A. Amazing timing

     B. Foreman's feedback

     C. Extra mile

“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings…    Psalm 17:8

IV. Gripped by grace                                                                                             (Application)

"Extraordinary Allegiance" (Ruth 1:7-22), Pastor David Doster, August 13 2017

"Extraordinary Allegiance" (Ruth 1:7-22)

I. Consumed by suffocating suffering                             (Introduction)

     Compelling Truths

          •Defining dialogue points to the sovereignty of God

          •Living loyalty that reaches beyond logic

          •Grip of bitterness distorts perspective

          •Grace-filled grit from an unsuspecting source

II. Defining dialogue

     A. Heart to bless

     B. Logical and practical argument

III. Living loyalty

     A. Rational response

     B. Relational response

IV. Grip of bitterness

     A. Is this Naomi?

     B.  Descent into grief

“As God lives, who has taken away my right,
and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter, as long as my breath is in me,
and the spirit of God is in my nostrils…” Job 27:2-3

“For the arrows of the Almighty are in me;
my spirit drinks their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me.” Job 6:4

V. Grace beyond the logic                                                  (Application)

4 Descriptions of a Good Comforter

 

1.A witness who sees us when we’re stricken;

2.An advocate who defends us when we’re abandoned;

3.An intercessor who prays for us when our prayers have run dry;

4.A friend who hopes for us when we no longer have hope for ourselves.

                                                                                                                 Glen Scrivener

 

"Grace Filled Grit" (Ruth 1:1-6), Pastor David Doster - August 6 2017

"Grace Filled Grit" (Proverbs 1:1-6)

I. Diamond in the darkness                                             (Introduction)

II. Left without                                                                (verses 1-6)

     A. Difficult dilemma

     B. Painful predicament

     C. Glint of life

III. Multi-faceted evidence of grace                                 (Application)

"Choice of Two Banquets" (Proverbs 9), Reverend Don Windmiller July 30 2017

"Choice of Two Banquets" (Proverbs 9)

I. The banquet that leads to life  (verses 1-12)

     A. Wisdom house - verses 1-6

     B.  Teaching at wisdom's banquet -(verses 7-10)

          1. Do not rebuke a mocker - (verses 7-8)

         2. Rebuke a wise man - (verses 9-10)

         3. Wisdom rewards you - (verses 11-12)

II. The banquet that leads to death (verses 13-18)

     A. Folly's house (verses 13-16)

     B. Teaching at folly's house (verses 17-18)

          1. Stolen water is sweet (verse 17)

          2. Folly rewards you (verse 18)

     

     

 

"Preparing to Seek the Lord" (Proverbs 3:1-10)... Dr. Christopher Matthews, July 23 2017

Preparing to Seek the Lord (Proverbs 3:1-10)

I. Introductory background about Solomon and Rehoboam

II. A father's instruction to his son  (verses 1-4)

III. A son's privilege to confidently lean on God (verses 5-6)

IV. A son's challenge to fully reverence God   (verses 7-8)

V. A son's freedom to joyfully honor God (verses 9-10)

"Wisdom Delivers from Death" (Proverbs 2:1-22), David Tyrrell, July 16 2017

"Wisdom Delivers from Death" Proverbs 2:1-22

I. Introduction and Context: What is wisdom?

II. Seek wisdom earnestly                                                                    (Proverbs 2:1-4)

III. God transforms those who seek wisdom                                       (Proverbs 2:5-11)

IV. God delivers those who seek wisdom                                           (Proverbs 2:12-19)

V. God blesses the righteous and destroys the wicked                      (Proverbs 2:20-22)

"Averting Disaster" (Proverbs 1:20-33)... Pastor David Doster - July 9 2017

"Averting Disaster"

I. Never saw it coming                                                             (Introduction)

Lady wisdom cries out for wisdom!

•Exposes and exhorts the foolish

•Results from rejecting her rebuke

•Sobering and contrasting consequences

II. Lady wisdom cries out

     A. Exposes and exhorts the foolish

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers…” Psalm 1:1

     B. Results from rejecting her rebuke

     C. Sobering and contrasting consequences

III. Will you heed her counsel?                                                         (Application)

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”   Galatians 6:7-8

                                                   

 

"Wielding Wise Words" Proverbs 18:21, Pastor David Doster July 2 2017

"Wielding Wise Words" Proverbs 18:21

I. Taming the tongue                                                                             (introduction)

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”                    Proverbs 18:21

“Words are powerful. As the Scriptures indicate, they can create and destroy, build and burn down, save and condemn. The triune God created and upholds us by His Word, redeems us by re-narrating our lives by His gospel, and directs us by His commands so that our words become more conformed to His Word. These many facets of verbal communication – both divine and human – are displayed in one rich and enriching jewel. Faith and practice are wonderfully integrated in this collection of godly wisdom."            Michael Horton

“The intent is to get wisdom and commit our lives to wise godly living out of a reverent affection for the Lord. It will be reflected in our speech.”

•Power of words

•Words at their best

•Cultivating constructive words

II. The power of words

     A. Blessing and cursing

“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.”                         Ephesians 4:29

“…from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”                                                                                                             Ephesians 4:16

Wrong Use of Words: lying, slandering, gossiping, constant talking, false witnessing, mocking, Harsh talking (perverse, reckless, harsh, evil, sly words), boasting, quarreling, deceiving, flattering, ignorant or foolish words

B. Limitation of words

“In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.”             Proverbs 14:23

III. Offering the best words

 

     A. Honest

    B. Few

    C. Composed

    D. Apt

   E. Help and encourage

   F. No words

IV. Cultivating constructive words

   A. Title 

  B. Purpose and benefits

  C. Starting point

V. Committed to the core

 

"Committed to Wise Living" (Proverbs 1:1-7) Pastor David Doster - June 25 2017

"Committed to Wise Living" Proverbs 1:1-7

I. Finding Wisdom in an age of Adolescence

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

“Well done is better than well said.”

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

“Honesty is the best policy.”

“God helps those who help themselves.” Benjamin Franklin

II. Treasury of wisdom

     A. Key feature

     

•One of five poetical books

•Often asks “How” and “Why”

•Uniquely tied to the truth of Scripture

•Solomon serves as author and editor

•Offers insights into an array of subjects

     B. Essence

Proverbs is not at all the same as the Law or the Prophets. The Law and the Prophets lay their stress on the covenant people as a whole, called to show the world what restored humanity can be; Proverbs focuses on what such restoration should look like in day-to-day behavior and in personal character… In the covenantal framework of Proverbs, it denotes “Skill in the art of godly living.”            Garrett & Harris

III. Begin to unlock it                                                                                        (Proverbs 1:1-7)

“…the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb."                                                                                                                                Psalm 19:9-10

     A. Title

     B. Purpose and benefits

     C. Starting benefits

IV. Committed to the core                                                                                (Application)

                                           

"A Father's Wise Heart" (Proverbs 4) Pastor David Doster June 18 2017

"A Father's Wise Heart" Proverbs 4

I. Glorious hand-off

“Who are the successors we are preparing to stand on our shoulders and build on the foundations we have laid – as our fathers did with us?... It’s not happening.” George Barna

   

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.                                                                                                             Deuteronomy 6:4-9

II. Get wisdom

     A. Source and benefits

     B. Wrong place to look

     C. Guard it well

And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possession."  Luke 12:15

And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,  coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”       Mark 7:20-23

III. Growing wise hearts

“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple…”     Psalm 19:7

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding…" Colossians 1:9

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”    James 1:5

                                            

"Stephen's Address Before a Hostile Audience" (Acts 7:1-16) Dr. Chris Matthews May 21, 2016

"Stephen's Address Before a Hostile Audience" (Acts 7:1-16)... Dr. Chris Matthews

I. The obedience of Abraham in Mesopotamia

II. The prophecy of Abraham's children in Egypt

III. The envy of the patriarchs in Canaan

IV. The death of the patriarchs in Egypt and burial in Canaan

V. Applications for today

"Contending for God's Glorious Gifts" Pastor David Doster...April 10 2016

"Contending for God's Glorious Gifts" (Selected Scriptures)

I. Framework for reality

II. Responsibility of every generation

     A. Beautiful design

     B. Blurring the boundaries

     C. Contrasting and clarifying two views of marriage

          1. Consent-based

          2. Comprehensive

III. The long view