Frog in Pot

A frog will jump out of boiling water. It will stay in cool water and as you raise the temperature to a boil, he will not realize it and will die.
Don’t let things creep into you life and get caught up in the world or you will also boil to death.

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What is the Gift of the Holy Spirit?

What is the Gift of the Holy Spirit?

By: Daron Hoggatt

Key Scripture: Acts 2:38, “38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

What is this “gift?”

A.      Luke 12:12, “12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

a.       Acts 2:4, “4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.


B.      Acts 1:8, “8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

C.      Acts 19:1, 2, “1 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”

a.       Both Acts 1:8 and 19:1, 2 indicate that the Spirit was given at the time of believing.

D.      Romans 8:9, “9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.”

E.       Ephesians 1:13, 14, “13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”

F.       2 Peter 1:19-21, “19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

We see that the “gift of the Holy Spirit” actually applies to several parts of our lives.

1st It gives us the guidance in what to say.  We see that the writers of the Bible did not write upon their own will, but instead, only wrote what the Holy Spirit provided the words of.

2nd We see that it provides us with redemptive power.  This means that we know the difference of right and wrong.

3rd With redemptive power we gain ownership.  The ownership allows us to make those decisions.  The Holy Spirit helps us understand both of these things.

4th By receiving the “gift” we became a temple of the Lord.  “Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.”

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Simple Outline:

a. Doom – reason for captivity – (1:1-24:27)

b. Hope – restoration assured – (25:1-48:35)

Expanded Outline:

a. The call of Ezekiel (ch. 1-3)

b. The preaching to the exiles (ch. 4-24)

c. Attention to various nations about what God is going to do (ch. 25-32)

d. God’s intentions to restore Israel (ch. 33-37)

e. God and may God (ch. 38-39)

f. Vision of God with His people (ch. 40-48)


1. Holiness (uniqueness) of God – the foundation

2. Sinfulness of Israel

3. God will not tolerate sin – will punish

4. Individual Responsibility

5. God will restore

Who was Ezekiel:

1. Means: Ezekiel = God Ezekiel = Strength (God strengthens)

a. 34:16 “strengthens the sick” – builds up the weak

2. He was a priest (1:3) – unique from other prophets

3. He was in exile (vs. 1-3)

4. He was God’s spokesman for 22 years, from age 30-52 (in captivity at 25, called by God at 30)

5. He was one of the most striking characters in Israel’s history. (very powerful – influential)

6. He was influenced by the preaching of Jeremiah. He also knew Daniel (14:14, ,20). A lot of similarities to Jeremiah’s writings – both address proverbs

7. Ezekiel has been called, “neurotic, a victim of hysteria, a psychopath, paranoid schizophrenic (like laying on 1 side for 390 days and the other side for 40 days)

Characteristics of Ezekiel:

1. Convicted of God’s hand upon him

2. Deep and thoughtful – one who meditated; everything had meaning

3. Harsh and blunt in condemnation of sin – in word and action

4. Fearlessly determined. Hard headed to deal with hard headed people

5. A strict moralist – zealous for righteousness – never ate unclean food

6. Uncompromising (and unpopular) – provided what they did not want to hear

7. Sympathetic towards his people in captivity – he still loved them – did not share in sinful nature

Some key words:

Blood – 50 x’s

Bring (brought) – 52 x’s (Hebrew – brough)

Sword – 84 x’s

Son of man (Ezekiel) – 92 x’s

Idols – 37 x’s

Abominations – 44x’s

“Shall know that I am the Lord” – 64 x’s

“The word of the Lord came unto me” – 49 x’s

The methods used:

a. Symbolic visions (Apocalyptic)

i. Greek APOKALUPTO which means “to reveal” (cf. 1 Cor. 14:6)

ii. Hidden (secret) until God chose to reveal it)

1. Books that used Apocalyptic language

a. Isaiah

b. Jeremiah

c. Ezekiel

d. Daniel

e. Joel

f. Amos

g. Zechariah

h. Revelation

iii. Suggestions to why God used apocalyptic language

1. Trying to encourage His people – to see the greatness of God

2. See things in a visual form not just physical

3. Need to be compared to one another (books)

Note: Do not lose self in symbols – illustrations of the Truth

b. Imagery (visual aids)

c. Allegories

d. Parables

e. Acted Symbols

f. Riddle/Proverbs

g. Prophecy

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Childrens Church/Bible Hour

What is the value of having children in the worship assembly of the church?

4 problems with Bible hour:
1. It divides the assembly.
• I Cor 11:20; 14:23 – “come together in one place.”
• When the children are separated for the worship, this divides the assembly!

2. Prevents some Christians from worshiping God
• John 4:24; Eph 5:19
• If some Christians have to leave the assembly to take care of children in a separate classroom, they cannot participate in worship, which is a direct violation of God’s will. Not only have we unscripturally divided the assembly, but some people have been unable to worship, and actually have forsaken the assembling of the saints (Heb 10:25), which is a direct violation of the will of God.

3. It is not overseen by the elders.
• Heb 13:17
• The elders cannot be in 2 places at once

4. Missing prime opportunity for the children to be taught how to act in worship.
• Eph 6:1-4
• Told to rear children “in the nature and abmonition of the Lord.”

• Missing An Opportunity to Worship. While there are many times we can (and should) offer ourselves to children in order to teach them spiritual truth on their own level, there are some serious problems with doing this at the time the church has come together to study God’s word. The adults who conduct these “Bible Hour” sessions are missing an opportunity to worship God as they ought. When a congregation assembles to worship, the elders attempt to offer to the congregation the spiritual nutrition which they need to live in Christ (see Acts 20: 28). They do this by their appointment and oversight of those who lead the worship, and their specific direction regarding the order and content of worship. When a system is set up (no matter how well intentioned) which routinely deprives the adults who lead these “Children’s Churches” of the spiritual nutrition the elders offer to them it is bound to have an effect upon their own spiritual life.

Bible Hour also teaches the children that it is ok to dance, clap,
and that “worship” is entertainment!

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The Patience of Abraham

Text: Genesis 22:1-19

Introduction: Rom. 2:7 “eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;”

1. We see in our text the importance of patience. It is a must.

2. We also see times in our lives when we fail to exhibit patience.

1) Stopped praying, 1 Thess. 5:17 “pray without ceasing,

2) Grew weary in well-doing, Gal. 6:9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

3) Some even fail to remain faithful, Heb. 6:11 “And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end,”

3. We know we don’t always have patience, so how do we develop it? How do we acquire patience?

Gen 17:16-19 – God told Abraham and Sarah that they were having a child. They were both up in years (Abraham was 100 years old).

Think about how special Isaac would have to be.


I. The Patience

a. Abraham was 75 years old (Genesis 12:4). God promised to make Abram the leader of a great nation.

b. When Abram was 100 years old, God promised him he would be the father of many nations

c. Abraham and his wife, Sarah, had waited patiently for many years, but they still did not have a child. Abraham did not stop believing God’s promise. He knew he had to be very patient and wait until God fulfilled His promise.

d. But as time passed, God kept His promise. Sarah became pregnant and had a baby boy the next year just as He had promised. Abraham named his son Isaac. Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born.

e. James 5:8 “You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”

II. The Sacrifice

a. In Gen 22:1-19 we see a very disturbing request from God to a parent. God instructed Abraham that he needed to sacrifice his only child. Abraham did not question God. He just followed through with the instruction. Can you imagine the thoughts and feelings that had to be going on?

b. Gen 21:14 Isaac was a “boy.” Hebrew “boy” was someone at the age of a young man.

c. Vs. 5 Abraham says “we” will return

Patience begins with obedience.

III. 1. We make a decision to be patient

IV. 1) They continued stedfastly, Acts 2:42 “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

V. 2) In order to gain the victory we must be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding…, 1 Cor. 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

VI. 3) We must be faithful unto death, Rev. 2:10 “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

VII. 2. Obedience is coupled with a promise, Rev. 3:21; 21:7 “21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” “7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things,[a] and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”

Patience continues with edification.

VIII. 1. Paul’s example edifies us.

IX. 1) Look at what he went through and remained patient, 2 Cor. 11:24-28 “From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness— 28 besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.”

X. 2) His attitude, “crucified with Christ, Gal. 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

XI. 3) His expectation having been patient, 2 Tim. 4:6-8 “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

XII. 4) Paul says it’s up to us because nothing else can separate us from the love of God, Rom. 8:35-3935 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “ For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

2. Christ’s example edifies us. We are to run with patience, “looking to Jesus” who ran with patience, Heb. 12:1-31 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”

3. Our brethren today edify us.

Patience finishes with trial.

Abrahams trials

a. God tempted him, not to draw him to sin, so Satan tempts (if Abraham had sacrificed Isaac, he would not have sinned, his orders would have justified him, and carry him out), but to discover his graces, how strong they were, that they might be found to praise, and honor, and glory, 1Peter 1:7 “For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”

b. In vs 1 “after these things” speaks of some great crises that Abraham had faced. 1) country and relatives (Gen 12:1); 2) His nephew, Lot, (Gen 13:1-18); 3) His own plan about Ishmael (Gen 17:17-18); 4) Isaac.

1.Christians ARE going to be persecuted, 2 Tim. 3:12 “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”

2. It takes trial to make a Christian perfect or complete in Christ, James 1:2-42 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

1) No “father Abraham” without “get thee out of thy country … unto a land that I will shew thee” (Gen. 12:1) or “Take now thy son … and offer him there” (Gen. 22:2).

2) No “prophet Moses” without standing before Pharaoh (Exo. 5:1) or the wilderness wanderings.

3) No Joshua without the battles in Canaan.

4) No David without Goliath and his flights from Saul.

5) No Daniel without the lions.

6) No apostles without persecutions.

7) No Jesus without the cross.

Conclusion: How to acquire patience?

1. By obedience.

2. By edification.

3. By trial.

James 1:3-4 (Faith produces patience; Patience=perfect {maturity})

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Instant Worship

In today’s corporate struggle to worship in a manner that has a spiritual worship.

Let us start with what a “spiritual” worship is. 

John 4:24
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

In order to have God in our heart and spirit we must be prepared for worship.  This means, we can not go to worship and then get prepared.  We have to arrive already prepared. 

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

• Must prepare heart for worship—worship is not accidental

• Think carefully about what we are doing & saying—involves thoughts & intents of heart, not merely motions of the flesh

• Be sincere, genuine—not a pretense, a show

• Realize we are in a special sense in the presence of God, angels, & men

• God angered by irreverence

Spirit of Worship

• Reverence Means Awe and Humility (Habakkuk 2.20)

– Recognition of God’s greatness (Psalm 8.1, 4)

– Requires serious and sober mind

• Reverence Includes Joy and Thanksgiving, Not a Spirit Which is Dull and Dead

– Psalm 122.1-4; Colossians 3.16-17; Revelation 5.12-13

5 Characteristics of Worship

1. Worship with Aim – Romans 8:6; 12-13

2. Worship with Action – Philippians 2:10-11

3. Worship with Absolute – John 4:23-24

4. Worship with Attitude – Philippians 3:3

5. Worship with Authority – John 14:6; 2 Timothy 2:15

What does the word unauthorized mean?

Acts 20:28 The elders are to “take Heed” and see that order and reverence is taking place in worship

I Cor 14 – leaders are to see that things are done decently and in order

Malachi 1:6, 8, 10 Show proper reverence or shut the doors!

I Cor 4:6 Paul tells us to “not think beyond what is written.”

Deut 4:2 instructs us to neither add nor take away from God’s word

“in word or deed” refers to whether we are speaking or acting

Rev. 22:18 Add to/Take away from

Acts 4:7  “in the name of Jesus” means “by Jesus’ authority

I Sam 15:22 Says that we MUST have authority for everything we do

2 John 9 some had “transgressed and gone beyond the doctrine of Christ” as a result, they no longer had God as their father. We MUST do only what is authorized.

Today’s Problem:

Often, our worship becomes “instant.”  The PowerPoint projection has pictures of crosses, a crown of thorns, and other pictures that “help get our minds prepared.”  This “instant” spirituality is not a “true” worship.  If we need this type of prompting then we are not prepared.  If we don’t prepare before worship, we cannot be properly prepared for worship. 

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General Instruction Regarding Worship

What does the word unauthorized mean?

 Acts 20:28 The elders are to “take Heed” and see that order and reverence is taking place in worship

I Cor 14 – leaders are to see that things are done decently and in order

 Malachi 1:6, 8, 10 Show proper reverence or shut the doors!  

 I Cor 4:6 Paul tells us to “not think beyond what is written.”

 Deut 4:2 instructs us to neither add nor take away from God’s word “in word or deed” refers to whether we are speaking or acting

Acts 4:7 “in the name of Jesus” means “by Jesus’ authority

 I Sam 15:22 Says that we MUST have authority for everything we do

 2 John 9 some had “transgressed and gone beyond the doctrine of Christ” as a result, they no longer had God as their father. We MUST do only what is authorized.

5 Authorized Acts of Worship: (Acts 2:42 (I Cor 16:2, Acts 20:7); Eph 5:19)

1. Lords Supper

2. Giving

3. Prayer

4. Singing

5. Teaching

5 Authorized Characteristics of Worship

1. Worship with Aim – Romans 8:6; 13

2. Worship with Action – Philippians 2:10-11

3. Worship with Absolute – John 4:24

4. Worship with Attitude – Philippians 3:3

5. Worship with Authority – John 14:6; 2 Timothy 2:15


Galatians 1:6-9 turning from the Gospel to a different Gospel and to distort the Gospel of Christ.
2 Timothy 4:3-4
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but WANTING to have their
ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to THEIR OWN DESIRES;
and will turn away their ears FROM THE TRUTH, and will turn aside to myths.” 
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