We have all been made aware of this word in Scripture which usually comes in pairs as “Verily, verily I say unto ye.” This word is closely associated with two other words in the Bible. These two words are “Truly, Truly” and Amen, Amen. If fact they could in most cases be used interchangeably. I will never forget hearing someone give an explanation to these words in succession. The comment was when you see a freight train coming with one engine you understand that there is just a normal load that the train is caring. However, when one sees a train with two engines one must understand that the load is much greater. The individual made the application that when one sees these two words together in Scripture one must realize that something of importance is about to be given. In most cases these two words are given by our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is the writer of the fourth Gospel by the Apostle John who has highlighted these words “Verily, Verily” beginning early in the gospel and going to the close of the book. This study will allow you to briefly go through the gospel with a study surrounding this word Verily. We will point out the verse(s) with the words “Verily, Verily” but ask you to study the entire context which will be listed as well. Perhaps you could take this week in your personal devotions or take them in your family devotions for your study. There will be twelve of them located in the Gospel of John. You will enjoy this study as you move through the Gospel and realize that the Lord is speaking to us and our relationship with Him. Amen.
• The Home of the New Man…John 1:50, 51.”And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of God.”
• The Birth of the New Man…John 3:3-13, “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”
• The Law of the New Man…John 5:17-30, Verses 19, 24, and 25 incorporate the word Verily, Verily but we will quote only verse 24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word; and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation but is passed from death unto life.”
• The Meal of the New Man…John 6:26-58. Please observe that Verily, Verily is found no less than 4 times in this great chapter on the Bread of Life in verses 26, 32, 47 and 53.
• The Liberty of the New Man…John 8:31-36, “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily I say unto you, whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” Please read the entire context.
• The Divine Nature of the Man…John 8:42-58. Note the Verily, Verily in verses 51 and 58.
• The Service of the New Man…John 10:1-18, “Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.” See verse one also for the Verily, Verily.
• The Sacrifice of the New Man…John 12:23-33. Verse 24 must be one of the great verses of doctrine in the New Testament. Please read and perhaps take this verse to memory.
• The Humility of the New Man…John 13:1-38. One must read again this great chapter where Christ meets with his disciple toward the end. Three times he uses the Verily, Verily in verses 16, 20 and again in 38.
• The Power of the New Man…John 14:8-14. Don’t miss the Verily, Verily in verse 12.
• The Joy of the New Man…John 16:16-34. Verses 20 and 24 give us the Verily, Verily.
• The Perfection of the New Man…John 21:15-23. Jesus closes out the Book of John with the final Verily, Verily in verse 18.
Reminder that Sunday (11/2) is time-change Sunday. Remember to set your clock back one hour.
The Lighthouse Christian Academy will hold its first quarter honor roll on Tuesday (10/28) at 6:00 in the Fellowship Hall. Immediately following the honor roll, there will be an Open House where the parents can visit their student’s class and visit with the class teacher. For questions or more information, contact the school office (461-5561 Ext 117)
If you are new to Lighthouse Baptist Church, please plan on joining us for a New Visitor’s Reception following the morning service (10/26) in room 203 (next to Bookstore). This a great opportunity to meet the Pastoral Staff and ministry leaders and get a better understanding of ministries & services that our church provides. A light lunch will be provided. For questions or more information, please contact Associate Pastors Scott Northcutt (461-5561 Ext 137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
In the first book of the Bible and also in the first chapter of this Book of Genesis, we have what someone has called the Ten Commandments of Creation. If you will take your Bible and read the first chapter of Genesis and mark the ten times that the Holy Spirit records for us, “And God said, let there be” and then something would come into being. Of course in verse 14, we have this famous statement, “Let there be Light”. As one continues through both the Old and the New Testament one quickly observes that light is a key thought from the Word of God. In fact, Jesus said, “I am the Light” when speaking of Himself.
If I may, I would like to do a takeoff on this thought…”let there be light”. Someone recently in one of our services made a statement regarding turning on the lights for all our services here at the Lighthouse. The thought occurred to me of the many buildings on our campus, and how many rooms within each of the buildings. I also began to observe how many fixtures located within and without the buildings. The number of various outlets that are regularly put to use is quite staggering. Then I began to think of how many times each of these rooms are used both day and evening seven days a week while ministries are being performed. Plus there is the added heating and air conditioning as well. The PA system is quiet extensive even connected to various buildings.
Please take note of the next thought that comes to mind when one begins to think about, “Turning on the lights”. I’m sure many of us have thought to ask this question, “How much does it cost per month to turn on the lights here at the Lighthouse?” Please don’t stop reading until the end of this article.
When I asked this question of our finance department, it was an eye opener for me and somewhat of a shock. Are you ready for the answer? Yes, it is quiet staggering when you think of what it cost to “turn on the lights.” I was told that it was $10,000.00 and that it was the largest bill ever received. (September 2007).
The above article was written 7 years ago this week and was in our church bulletin.
Now for the rest of the story: I asked the same question this week 7 years later and the answer was this month we had the largest bill ever and the amount is $20,000.00.The cost has been doubled in 7 years. We are now approaching each month the cost of the large bill of 7 years ago.
We all need to be faithful in the command of stewardship so that the lights here are not only turned on but burns brightly both here and abroad. After all, we are the LIGHTHOUSE.
In observance of Columbus Day, there will be no Lighthouse Christian Academy or Bible Institute classes on Monday, October 13th.
We come now to the final major division of the Book of Acts. It is the Lord Jesus Christ at work by the Holy Spirit through the apostles to the uttermost part of the earth. In this section we see Paul’s first journey of four. You will remember that the key to the Book of Acts is the fact that Jesus said, “Ye shall be witnesses unto me” (Acts 1:8). This was a command not only to the apostles but to each of us who has been entrusted with the gospel (! Cor. 5:18-21). Please take a moment to read this passage in Corinthians. This witness was to begin in Jerusalem then to all Judea and Samaria and then to the “uttermost part of the earth.” During the Jerusalem period we are aware that the new church is basically Jewish. During the next period we saw the gospel on the go to the Samaritans and we saw the conversions of gentiles as well. Now the gospel moves out officially towards the uttermost. Today we are the beneficiaries of the fact someone brought us the gospel. Now it is our turn to take the gospel further than where we found it.
In this surge of the gospel beyond the boundaries of Israel we find that Paul becomes the dominant leader and Peter seems to “disappear” from the scene. God had used him mightily. Paul is now the prominent one that God will use in his missionary journeys. Notice that Saul/Paul has come to Antioch and the church there sends out Barnabas and Saul. The church commissions the two of them to make this missionary journey. It is interesting that along the way there is a name change. The team now becomes Paul and Barnabas. Later Paul comes to stand alone so to speak. God has a way to moving his people as He will in the direction He desires. Within this party was also one John Mark who later chose to desert the journey and return home. Much discussion has been made regarding this move by Mark. The fact is Paul and Barnabas separated because of this incident. However we know that later Paul sent for John Mark because he was profitable for his ministry. By the way, he is the writer of the Gospel of Mark. Thank God for the second chance given to us.
Please take a moment and look in the back of your Bible for the maps located there. You no doubt will find and observe a map with the location of the three missionary journeys and Paul’s journey to Rome which will takes us to the end of the Book of Acts.
One of the locations of the first journey is Antioch; this is not the Antioch that sent them out on this journey but Antioch in Pisidia. Paul visited the Jewish Synagogue and was given permission to speak. Just like Stephen the martyr, Paul began to speak of the history of Israel and coming to the death and resurrection of the Savior. Many time we seem to ignore this sermon given by Paul in the synagogue located in Antioch of Pisidia. However it once again points us to the major message of the New Testament church that is the message of the resurrection.
Please observe on the maps how many places that were visited and groundwork laid for a number of new churches. How exciting this must have been for these servants of the Lord to see the power of God open doors and save souls. As one continues to read of the places in the following chapters one will recognize the names of places that bear the names of many of our epistles in the New Testament.
The Bus Ministry’s Annual Country Fair will be on Saturday (10/11) from 11 am to 3 pm. Please see Associate Pastor Scott Northcutt (461-5561 Ext 137 or email email@example.com) to see how you can help with set-up, clean-up and working at the Fair.
These three verses constitute a historic note given to us by the Holy Spirit through Luke. Someone has rightly said that Luke was the first church historian. It is amazing to read and reread the Book of Acts and to see the many wonderful details of the early New Testament church. When we buy an object we are given diagrams and instruction how to assemble that object to be used in the manner it was meant to perform. In the Book of Acts we have the design and instructions here and now for the local New Testament church. It is amazing that in the 21st century that the writings of Luke in Acts are modern and up to date for the local church.
These three verses are interesting in that they actually make reference to Acts 8:1-4 where the word scattered is also used. Now we have the word reoccurring in these three verses. Perhaps the period of time between Acts 8:1-4 and Acts 11:19-21 is really a parenthesis of what is happening during this period of scattering.
If we remember correctly Acts 1:8 in the key verse of the Book of Acts where the Apostles and disciples are told what and how they were to carry out the Great Commission beginning at Jerusalem and proceeding to the “uttermost”. In this verse they are told where they should go and how they would perform the doing of it—by the power of the Holy Spirit. However in Acts 8:1 which is a reversal of the numbers in Acts 1:8, we discover that the believers are now under great persecution and are “scattered”. That is the reason we indicated that the verses between Acts 8:1 and as we now come to this Acts 11:19-21 the inner workings of this young church is a parenthesis. When one reads between these two portions of Scripture some amazing things do happen to and with these believers.
Read again Acts 8:1-4 and pick up on the word scattered. Notice also how they were scattered. Saul of Tarsus made havoc of the church. Saul was confronting these believers and taking them to prison. Now read verse four, “Therefore they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word.
Looking now at Acts 11:19-21, we make reference to the “scattering” of these new believers and their march to God’s command for them in Acts 1:8. However it took a scattering of them in 8:1 to cause them to obey the Lord’s command and instruction unto them.
As we close this study, please note some words found in verses 19-20. “They” is the first word. Who were they? When we return to Acts 8:1, we notice that they are not the Apostles but the rank and file. “Travelled” is the second word to observe. This word indicates to us “as they went they preached”. “Preaching” is the third word to notice in verse 19. This word means talking, speaking or gossiping. They had no pulpit; they had no prepared sermon they just told other about the Word and the Lord. “Some of them” indicate to us that they were not given a name in this particular place and time. The gospel is spread mostly by unnamed and unknown people. “Preaching” again in indicated to us. However this word preaching is different than the previous one. This word means “heralding or proclaiming”. This is the kind of preaching from the pulpit. The spread of the gospel story is both the talking and speaking and the heralding as well. May God help us to find our way BACK TO ACTS.
Support for the Bus Days outreach will conclude on Saturday (10/4) at 9:30 am at the Welcome Center. This will be the last opportunity to support the bus captains before the Country Fair on Saturday, October 11th. All Adult Sunday School classes and ministries have been assigned a bus captain to assist in reaching new bus riders during the bus days. Even if you don’t have Sunday School class, please plan on joining the bus captains at the Welcome Center to head out to their assigned bus route areas. For questions or more information, please contact Pastor Scott Northcutt (461-5561 Ext 137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
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