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That’s Him!

Matthew 11:1-6

In Matthew 11 we find John the Baptist at the lowest moment of his life. He is in Herod’s prison and he has been there for some time. In fact, things go from worse to bad…er…bad to worse or something like that.  After about 16 months of being in jail, John was beheaded. As he sits in that dungeon, Satan has time to introduce doubt into the mind of John concerning the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Isn’t that just like the devil?  COmes at us when we are at our worse.  John begins to question whether or not Jesus is really the Messiah.   You don’t hear too many preachers teaching about this side of John the Baptist…Of course, John had not always doubted! There was a time early in the ministry of our Lord that John was well acquainted with just Who Jesus was, John 1:29; John 3:30.

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

and

He must increase, but I must decrease

Now, there is a little question in His mind. So, John sends his disciples to ask Jesus if He is the messiah or not. Jesus responds by telling John’s disciples to go an tell John that Jesus is healing the sick, raising the dead and preaching the Gospel to sinners. In other words, Jesus is telling John, “I’m Him!

I want you to know that there are times when I can sympathize with John. Surely, we all entertain doubts every now and then. If it were possible, I would like to go to John this and have him take a little trip with me.  If I could, I would take John to some places and show him some things about Jesus. When I had done that I can almost hear John saying now, “That’s Him! That’s Him!“. Well, I can’t take John to those places, but you and I can go.  If you are willing, come with me, I want to take you on a little trip and show you some truths about Jesus that should leave us all saying, “That’s Him!

  1. THAT’S HIM IN CREATION

(Let’s go back To The Beginning)

Jesus quoted from Genesis probably more than any other book of the Bible.

  1. His Presence In Creation – (Genesis 1:1)
  2. His Power In Creation – (Colossians 1:16; John 1:10)
  3. His Purpose In Creation – (Genesis 1:26)
  4. That’s Him In Creation
  5. THAT’S HIM IN THE CRADLE

(Let’s go Back To BethlehemLuke 2:1-10)

  1. The Mystery Of His Birth – (John 1:1, 14; Philippians 2:5-8)
  2. The Ministry Of His Birth – (Matthew 1:21; Luke 19:10; Matthew 20:28)
  3. The Majesty Of His Birth – (Philippians 2:5-8)
  4. That’s Him In Creation
  5. That’s Him In The Manger

III. THAT’S HIM IN CONTROL

(Let’s travel to the worst moments in human history)

  1. He Controls Disaster – (John 6:15-21)
  2. He Controls Difficulties – (Ill. Bread – John 6:5-14; Fire – Daniel 3; Lions – Daniel 6)
  3. He Controls Disease – (Matthew 11:5; Luke 4:18 – Jesus healed the blind, the lame, the diseased, the crippled. No disease had the power to stand in the way of His power.)
  4. He Controls Death – (He raised Jairus’ daughter – Luke 8:41-56; He raised the widow’s son – Luke 7:11-16; He raised Lazarus – John 11:43-44) (Ill. He still holds the power over death – John 11:25-26; Revelation 1:18.)
  5. That’s Him In Creation
  6. That’s Him In The Manger

III. That’s Him In Control

  1. THAT’S HIM ON THE CROSS

(Let’s go to war)

  1. His Pain – (Ill. Isaiah 53:4-7; Ill. All He suffered for us!)
  2. His Payment – (I Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 5:9; Revelation 1:5)
  3. His Promise – (Romans 5:6-8; 1 John 2:2; Romabs 10:13; John 6:37)
  4. That’s Him In Creation
  5. That’s Him In The Manager

III. That’s Him In Control

  1. That’s Him On The Cross
  2. THAT’S HIM WEARING THE CROWN

(Ok…get back on the bus and let’s head over to the The Best Day)

  1. His Resurrection – (Matthew 28:1-6; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25)
  2. His Return – (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
  3. His Reign – (Hebrews 8:1; Hebrews 10:12; Revelation 19:16)

That’s Him!  We have traveled from Manger to Cross, to resurrection and now to glory.  Jesus is everything that the saint or the sinner needs. That’s Him!  Like John and like Thomas (we have not talked about him…but we all know who Thomas is)…we all have a doubt…but Jesus is exactly who He claimed to be.

Them Thomas thrust his hhand in Jesus’ side…and place his finger in His scared hand, he exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!”, John 20:28

Peter answering Jesus’ question, “Who do you say I am?”   … Peter says,  “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  Matthew 16:16

Phillip said, “If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God!” Acts  8:37

His enemies declared Him to be God…not a god, but GOD, “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.John 10:33

Isaiah (Old testament Prophet), “ For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.“, Isaiah 9:6

King David claimed Jesus is Lord, “He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,” Matthew 22:43

The Apostle Paul, “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:Colossians 1:15

Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:58

Why is this important?  Because God gave Himself the same title when speaking to Moses, “I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.Exodus 3:14

Jesus, and perhaps the most compelling, said, “ I and my Father are one.John 10:30

1 John 5:7, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

John 1:1, 1:14,  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.“, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

THAT’S HIM!

If you are not saved, let me just point out this fact: That’s Him! If you are saved, but need God’s help in your life today, let me remind you: That’s Him!  Whatever you need, wherever you are in your walk of life, all you need to know today is this: That’s Him!

It all comes down to this: If you need as Savior, That’s Him. If you need a friend, that’s Him. If you have a need that must be met: that’s Him. If you need forgiveness, that’s Him. If you want to miss Hell and go to Heaven, that’s Him. Whatever you need: that’s Him!

Jesus is the Living God!  That’s Him and He has the power to save to the uttermost!  (Hebrews 7:25) That’s Him!

Final Conclusion: Who did God the Father say Jesus was? “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” Hebrews 1:8 THAT’S HIM!

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PRAYER ROOM

Pastor Kevin Airrington
January 23, 2016

Pastor C.H. Spurgeon regarded the prayer-meeting as the spiritual thermometer of a church.

I was saved in a small store front church in Medford, Oregon. Even as a young convert I was amazed at the physical real estate that the church devoted to a prayer room.

When we moved to a larger building…priority one was setting up the prayer room. Sometimes we would go to help other churches and they had no prayer room. We would say, “that’s okay we will just meet in their sanctuary”. In one building we used the men’s shower room for prayer!

Many times…we would have no preaching…no song service…no offing plate “Oh my goodness…no offering”…for 90 minutes we PRAYED!!! We had prayer meetings in people’s homes on a regular bases…and some small apartments…with 30…40…50 people praying. People pray in the kitchen…in the laundry room…all the way up the stairs…WE PRAYED!!!

Today, sadly, churches donate much real estate to Sunday school rooms, bathrooms and their Holy Book Stores. But zero space for a prayer room. What’s worse is they do not teach their people to pray.

We knew how to pray…why because the Pastor’s and the church leaders were in those prayer rooms praying with us…they quoted scripture…they lifted their families up…their church up…and we saw revival.

So Pastor…if you have been lacking in your teaching of prayer…if you have not dedicated a place for prayer then it’s ok…you can repent and start this Sunday!

Christian’s if your church does not have a prayer room…and your church does not teach prayer…then go to church this Sunday and encourage your Pastor and your leaders.

Come on Pastor…you know that I am right! Come on church…LET’S PRAY!!!

i agree with Charles Spurgeon regarded the prayer-meeting as the spiritual thermometer of a church. Is your church HOT or ice cold???

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

“Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.” Isaiah 56:7

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YEA, HATH GOD SAID

Rev. Kevin R. Airrington
November 2, 2015

John 5:28-29, “(28) Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, (29) And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

Romans 14:10-12, “(10) But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. (11) For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. (12) So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

2 Corinthians 5:10, “(10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

Revelation 20:13, “(13) And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”

Teachers and Pastors who say that works are unimportant are spreading lies or at the very least are ignorant of the clear teaching of God’s Word—they are confusing the issues, by blunting the incentive to keep the commandments of God and to make the right kind of choices, by making people think that they do not have to do any works. Understand, however, that works are not required to save us but to ensure that we are changed!

When we stand before the living God and give an account for our lives what is God wanting to see in us?   God will be looking for evidence that will prove that you and I are indeed His children. The Bible says over and over that this judgement is based on our works. What have you done for Jesus?

Please be sure that I am not speaking to the quantity or the quality of our works. May God forbid! Paul tells us in I Corinthians 3:15 that, “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” Even though the works are of poor quality, at least we have worked!  Are you just sitting there with your thumb in your ear like a bump on a log?

James 1:22, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” The least some of us can do is serve as bad examples.

That judgment is in His hands. But we should recognize that He does require works. I want to be clear on this next point: THE WORKS ARE NOT FOR JUSTIFICATION BUT FOR SANCTIFACTION. (See my study on Sanctification in my book: New Converts Handbook – www.airrington.com).   HE WORKS AID IN OUR TRANSFORMATION of our character to the image of God. The works aid in our growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. The works help to produce change. It is a cooperative effort that we do with God.

One bolder guarantee. If a person does not make any effort whatsoever to exact change in their lives, they will be exponentially unhappy in the Kingdom of God. Everybody in the Kingdom is Holy and if you are not you will be like a fish out of water. Everyone in the Kingdom is doing and living Holy lives. If you are not living a Holy life you will not fit and you therefore will not be there.

Genesis 3:1, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”

In Genesis 3:1 Satan we are told is subtle or crafty. He twists God’s Word, “yea, hath God said”. Satan just like in Genesis 3 is attempting to destroy God’s purpose for you in your life. He is saying, “yea hath God said…” He is thereby subtly confusing the NECESSITY of Good Works. If he is allowed he will stop the PROCESS of SANCTIFICATION or the PROCESS OF BECOMING HOLY in your life.   He is able in many cases to succeed through his perverted teaching on grace, on law and the covenants. “Yea, hath God said…”

But remember this: Hebrews 12:14 tells us that without holiness—a holiness that we have to strive for—without holiness we will not make Heaven” Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”

As can be plainly seen it is a known tactic of Satan to cast doubt on the Word of God. Claiming that plain scripture is misunderstood or mistranslated is simply an underhanded method that Satan uses to cast doubt on God’s Word. Christ is the Word made flesh who we receive by faith. Similarly the bible, the written Word of God is a faith book; you either believe it or you don’t.

Psalm 34:14, “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” “DO GOOD”…Do a good work.  For Heaven’s sake DO SOMETHING FOR GOD!

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Infant Baptism

Rev. Kevin Airrington
October 5th, 2015

First some history. The doctrine of “infant baptism” was birthed from the man-made doctrine “Original Sin’. Since some of you may be new to this concept let me break it down this way. There are two sides to this coin. The first sense is the Fall of Adam or the “original” sin. The second part is the hereditary fallen nature and moral corruption that is passed down from Adam to all of his descendants.

The teaching of the “Original Sin.” Doctrine began in the 4th century by Augustine (Bishop in northern Africa). According to this doctrine an infant is born with the original sin of Adam and Eve. Unless this sin is removed from the child, he is condemned forever. Bishop Augustine promoted infant baptism to take care of this once and for all.

However, as we study the Holy Scriptures there is absolutely no biblical mandate for such a sacrificial doctrine. In English, please brother Kevin — nowhere in the Bible do we have a single example of an infant or child being baptized.

All of this confusion over infant baptism is not a result of the Bible presenting a confusing message on baptism. When we exercise the Paulinian mandate found in 2 Timothy 2:15, we will find that the Bible is abundantly clear of what water baptism is, who it is for, and what it accomplishes. In the Bible, only believers who had placed their faith in Christ were baptized – as a public testimony of their faith and identification with Him (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4).

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

A step of obedience after our faith in Christ is Water baptism by immersion We are proclaiming our faith in JESUS CHRIST; we are making a strong statement of our submission to JESUS and we are in fact identifying with His death, His burial and His RESURRECTION!

Okay, so why can’t infants/children just do the same thing? Simply put, because children are born in a state of innocence, purity, and sinlessness. Children will not be punished for the sins of their parents or ancestors:

Ezekiel 18:20, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.”

Ezekiel 28:15, “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”

What? You don’t trust the words of my Zeke (Ezekiel)? How about JESUS? Trust Him? Jesus taught the purity of children:

Mathew 18:3, “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

Each one shall give an account of himself to God.

Romans 4:12, “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

Okay, Brother Kevin, I’m getting there. So, if there is no biblical precedence for infant baptism is it bad? In a word, no. Let’s read on.

THE NEED FOR BAPTISM IS NOT PRESENT IN INFANTS
1. Baptism is for “forgiveness of sins” (Acts 2:38; 22:16).
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
“And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
An infant’s mind does not function like your brain or mine. Their mind cannot make choices between right and wrong and therefore, an infant is incapable of sin.
2. Baptism is an answer of a good conscience toward God (I Peter 3:21).
“The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:”
There is nothing an infant can do to bring about an answer of good conscience because and infant has no guilty conscience.
3. Baptism is for salvation ( Mark 16:16; I Peter 3:21).
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
“The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:”
4. An infant is incapable of sinning and therefore is not lost. (I John 3:4).
“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”

THE PREREQUISITES FOR BAPTISM WE DO NOT FIND IN INFANTS
1. Faith MUST precede baptism (Hebrews 11:6; Acts 8:37).
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
“And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

An infant is not capable of believing in Christ. Faith is the INTELLECTUAL ACCEPTANCE of the evidences presented for the Lordship and deity of Christ. Anyone incapable of understanding is also incapable of faith. Faith cannot be accomplished by proxy.

Repentance must precede baptism (Acts 2:38). Repentance is a change of mind resulting in a change of life. An infant has no sin from which to repent.
2. Confession of faith should precede baptism (Acts 8:37). An infant is incapable of speech and cannot confess his faith before men (Matthew 10:32)
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.”

Please note that as we read the preceding verse. This has nothing to do with the church we attended or the church where we were baptized. Jesus is very clear…if we accept HIM…not the sacraments of the church then He will accept us before the Father in Heaven.
There is no separation of churches and denominations in Heaven. Here is the nutshell of it all. Either you accept Christ and you make Heaven or you deny Christ and you go to Hell. As my mama used to say, “Just tell me…stop pussy footing around.” So, I tell you…accept Christ…go to Heaven. Deny Christ and go to Hell! By not accepting Christ…we are in fact denying him. If you do not know Him then PLEASE get with me or someone you trust to share with you how you can know Jesus today and have the confidence that you can make heaven your home.

3. A baptismal candidate must be capable of being immersed, as Bible baptism is immersion (Acts 8:35-39)

“When Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.  And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.”

THE RESULTS OF BAPTISM ARE NOT POSSIBLE IN INFANTS
1. If you are looking for a magic formula which saves those who have been water baptized the water baptism is not the magic formula you need. Baptism does not save you. Baptism must be performed upon one who has demonstrated an intelligent and willing faith. Baptism without the consent of the subject is an absurd situation (Mark 16:16).
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”

Notice that Mark 16:16 does NOT say, “he that is not baptized is damned.”

2. Why would anyone baptize a resistant sinner? Why baptize an atheist who has no faith in his heart? An infant has no more faith in his heart than an atheist.

3. Those who were baptized in New Testament times “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42). Can infants perform these acts of worship?

THERE IS NO APOSTOLIC PRECEDENT FOR INFANT BAPTISM
1. No infant is mentioned as having been baptized in Biblical times. The “household baptisms” do not assume the presence of infants (See Acts 10 & 16).
2. Post-apostolic scholars agree that infant baptism is not taught in the Bible.
3. Jacobus (Congregationalist) ”We have no record in the New Testament of the baptism of infants.”
Scott (Presbyterian) “The New Testament contains no explicit reference to the baptism of infants or small children.”
Plummer (Church of England) “The recipients of Christian baptism were required to repent and believe.”
Luther (Protestant Reformer) “It Cannot be proved by the sacred Scriptures that infant baptism was instituted by Christ, or begun by the first Christians….”

SOME SAY THE DEDICATION OF PARENTS FOR THE TASK OF REARING THEIR CHILDREN IN THE FEAR AND ADMONITION OF THE LORD – IS THE WAY TO GO.

1. Infant baptism does not allow children to render voluntary obedience to the Lord. If one has been sprinkled in infancy and comes to see “the way of the Lord more per¬fectly,” his duty as a follower of Christ is to render obedience to the Lord in the light of his present under¬standing. This by no means is a reflection on the sincerity of their parents, however, as a Christian matures in their faith they are obligated to follow the Bible and not church tradition. The Bible is the infallible, inerrant Word of the Living God. Too often we get caught up in church tradition or believe that church doctrine supersedes the Word of God. Heaven forbid!

2. I have said that there is nothing wrong with Infant sprinkling. And, inherently, I believe that statement to be true. However, infant sprinkling can also do grave harm to an individual. It may make one think that they are already baptized and already saved and so they live their lives on this premise; completely separate from the Word of God. Usually, these individuals have no interest in discussing the teaching of Scripture. I know someone who loves Jesus with all her heart. She grew up in the church of her parents, a church where they practiced infant baptism. She told me that the reason she has not accepted Christ or got baptized is because she was trying to honor the wishes of her parents.
Which is very honorable. But at some time we must desire the sincere meat of the Word for our own understanding.

3. I have partaken in “infant dedications”…for some this is a mere substitution for infant baptism. We don’t believe in infant baptism so we will make up our own. While some may disagree I believe we should dedicate our children to the Lord asking Him to watch over and protect our child. As Christian parents we are mandated by God that we will do all that we can to bring their child up in the ways of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).
“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
It should be the aim of every Bible believing church to restore the correct teaching of the Bible. The non-essentials, the fluff…we are all entitled to our opinion. And we are all different with opposing opinions. How boring would life be if we would all like the same kind of food, movies, cars, motorcycles…vroom vroom, houses, we would all like the same color, etc. As a church however, we should all return to our Bibles and not church tradition for all of our instructions. We should always attempt to do things in the spirit of Galatians 6:1, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” All of these things should be done in love and meekness.
Belief can be a funny thing. Sometimes we hear some evangelist say something…he is the trusted speaker so we take him at face value only to find that what he said does not line up with scripture. And sometimes our beliefs come from comments heard from childhood, with no foundation in the Word of God. As people we may not always agree on things like what heaven is like, to speak in tongues or not to speak in tongues. I love God’s Word and I think it is healthy to discuss these matters. Another thing to keep in mind is it is easy to disagree on areas that the Bible does not elaborate on. This lack of details has caused many wars throughout the history of the Bible.
However, there are principles that we MUST agree upon or one of us is not a Christian. I think it is important to inject that list of essentials…the things we must agree on and we must strive for unity:
1) We MUST believe that God the Father, Almighty, Maker of the Heavens (heaven: where the birds fly, heaven: where the plants and the stars are and the third Heaven: where God lives) and earth: believing that God did it in a manner any different that Moses lays out in genesis 1 & 2 our faith is in question.
2) We MUST believe that JESUS CHRIST is His only begotten (begotten= one and only)…I know churches that quote the KJV word for word…yet believe Jesus is the Son of God…on one hand and the other…Jesus is the brother of Satan! How can Jesus be God’s ONE AND ONLY SON (John 3:16) and He have a brother? One of us is wrong.
3) We MUST believe that JESUS CHRIST was conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of a virgin named Mary. To deny this is to deny the deity (divine status, The Creator and Supreme Being) of Christ.
4) We MUST believe that JESUS CHRIST suffered under the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate under authority of emperor of Tiberius; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell.
5) We MUST believe that on the third day JESUS rose from the dead.
6) We MUST believe that JESUS ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
7) We MUST believe in the HOLY GHOST.
8) We MUST believe in the forgiveness of sins through the split blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus Paid it all with that one act. “And he is the propitiation for our sins…” 1 John 2:2
9) We MUST believe in the resurrection of the body.
10) We MUST believe in life everlasting.
These 10 things we must strive to agree on. I believe (see there is that funny word again)…that if we cannot agree on these 10 then one of us, I dare say, cannot be called Christian. On all non-essential things…that’s just fluff. Let’s argue and stand united on these 10 things…the rest…lets discuss them…get different opinions and then lets love one another as Christ loved the church and let’s get on with the business of soul winning and discipling.

LET’S NOT LOSE SIGHT OF THE HIGH MARK.

Let’s be ready to meet our Maker. The Bible (in Acts) teaches that to avoid hell and gain heaven – one must:

1) Believe In Jesus As Savior (16:31)
2) Repent Of Sins (17:30)
3) Confess Christ Audibly (8:37)
4) Live A Christian Life (14:22)
5) Be Active In the Church (2:47)
6) As a manner of obedience be Baptized In Water (2:38)
Joel 2:12, “Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:”

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HOW TO GROW

A person who is “born again” starts a new life similar to that of a newborn infant.  Years ago I ran across seven rules that promote good health in babies . These can be adapted and applied to a Christian’s spiritual growth:

1. Daily Food. Take in the “pure milk of the word” by study and meditation.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth!” 2 Timothy 2:15

2. Fresh Air. Pray often or you will faint. Prayer is the oxygen of the soul.

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16

3. Regular Exercise. Put into practice what you learned in God’s Word.

“And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.” Luke 8:21

4. Adequate Rest. Rely on God at all times in simple faith.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13

5. Clean Surroundings. Avoid evil company and whatever will weaken you spiritually.

“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”  Proverbs 13:20

6. Loving Care. Be part of a church where you will benefit from a pastor’s teaching and from Christian fellowship.

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25

7. Periodic Checkups. Regularly examine your spiritual health.

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2 Corinthians 13:5

When you were a kid did your parents stand you against the wall and mark off your height?  How exiting it was TO SEE THOSE TICK MARKS GO UP UP UP THE WALL.  Of course we can’t measure spiritual growth by mere marks on the wall. But as we study the character of Christ, each of us can examine our life to see if we are growing more Christlike.

Great Christian leaders agree that we can measure our growth in grace by the growth of our love for private Bible study.  And we can be sure that there is something seriously wrong when we lose our appetite for the Bread of Life. Perhaps we have been eating too many sweets; or taking too little exercise; or we have not been regularly breathing in the fresh air that sweeps over the mountain tops of spiritual communion with God.

This next Sunday my cousin Melody is getting baptized.  I just spoke with her on the phone.  She is so excited.  For years I have tried to share Christ with her…and  she would smirk and perhaps make fun of me a little bit.  A few months ago…she gave her whole heart to God.  She is not perfect….but I see her growth.  It is exciting to watch her.  She said her new bed partner was her Bible and devotional books.  She goes to church, women’s group…home group.  She just wants to be involved.

Oh to be young again!  Remember the zeal you had when you were first saved?  The zeal that Melody is experiencing right now…we can all experience.

John MacArthur says: “The more we grow, the more exciting the Bible becomes to us. The Word is a source of life that helps us mature and grow stronger. Then we are able to defeat Satan, and we come to know more about God and His character. We are enriched in every possible way.”

If you are not growing…maybe you need to have a look at our walk.

God Bless You,

Reverend Kevin Airrington

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YOU STUPID MOTHER F******* CHRISTIANS!!!

I have had it! I cannot keep silent no longer.

Rev. Kevin Airrington
July 22,2015
There is way too much cursing on television these days.

I remember when George Jefferson saying H-E-L-L in the 70?s was a big, huge deal. Watch prime time television and you will see times have certainly changed. I’ve seen folks cursing on television (the real curse words) and pray right after! *Whew*  That is a comment from godsygirl.com.  She is right, I have heard EVERY WORD.  F…S…and the one that makes my blood boil GD!  Praying right after is great but let me ask you this, “Why in God’s name would you invite garbage into your living room that you would not do via your television?”  It’s just a question.  🙂

The problem is we have become desensitized to sin.  Now, I am a big boy and the rule at the Airrington house is, “NO RATED R MOVIES!”  Have I watched rated R movies…well of course I have.  But, I have also walked out of a theater, wasting the 60 bucks on tickets, popcorn etc.  I have heard Christians and pretenders say, “I just ignore it.” I’m sorry how can you ignore a bunch of F BOMBS and people taking MY LORDS NAME IN VAIN!!!!  or “It don’t really bother me that much!”  This one is very revealing.  This “Christian”, probably a PRETENDER uses profanity on a regular bases.  I guarantee it.

I have a very dear brother…and I say that with all sincerity.  He is a dear brother.  Before we go to movies together…I check with Focus On The Families Online Movie Review Guide: PLUGGED IN.  My brother is in the category of, “I just ignore the bad language.”  I have known him for about 20 years and I have never heard him swear.  Together we try and pick movies with little swearing (almost IMPOSSIBLE)

Although, I don’t think he knew he was doing this at the time but my cousin Rob Rossi paid me a compliment awhile back. First you have to understand we are different. We love each other…we get along (most days)…but we are different. We have different values, we raise our families different…not wrong just different. I am what some might call a man of God and he is what some might call a man of Busch Beer. smile emoticon

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One day Rob says, “Cuz…” That’s what he calls me when he has something real special to say to me. smile emoticon “Cuz…I see a lot of Christians they do this and they do that and they swear like I do but you don’t and that impresses me.” Now, if my cousin says he is impressed you better listen up because he don’t hand out the compliments often. This doesn’t mean he is a bad guy…he just don’t compliment often. And in spite of what some people may call a flaw in his character…I think he is a pretty nice guy…

My first thought was to use an old Billy Graham line in a 20/20 interview years ago with Barbara Walters…He said, “I am no better, I just repent daily.” And I do, believe me. But that almost sounds a like, “I am better than you.”

I too notice a lot people who claim to be Christians…make no issue of letting the profanity fly. I am not talking about your slip here and there (Although this is questionable as well)…but they swear like it is a part of their vocabulary. What? Christian you are not in control of your mouth? Then who is? The Bible warns us not to be under the control of anything, except the Holy Ghost.

The Bible is clear…swearing is a sin.

The Bible tells us that sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4) and rebellion against God (Deuteronomy 9:7, Joshua 1:18). It is furthermore described as imaginations of the unrenewed heart (Genesis 6:5; 8:21), defiling (Proverbs 30:12; Isaiah 59:3), disgraceful (Proverbs 14:34), and unrighteous (1 John 5:17), among other things.

Jesus specifically taught that what comes out of a man’s mouth is evidence of what is in his heart. Luke 6:45

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

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Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” John MacArthur has written of this verse, “The word for ‘corrupt’ refers to that which is foul or rotten, such as spoiled fruit or putrid meat. Foul language of any sort should never pass a Christian’s lips, because it is totally out of character with his new life in Christ.”

1 Peter 3:10 says, “For He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.”

This bears repeating in case you went to sleep on me. The Bible speaks loud and clear on the issue of cussing. The Bible tells us that sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4) and rebellion against God (Deuteronomy 9:7, Joshua 1:18). We can conclude that from the Biblical definition of sin, our overview of cursing and Scripture’s many expressions on the use of our tongue is without question a sin to curse. As Christians, we are expected to rest on the promises of God, “cleansing ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1). Cursing is contrary to resting on God’s promises for it is a failure to follow the Lord’s greatest commandments–to love God and to love people (Matthew 22:37-40). When we curse an individual, we do not love people; and when we curse God, we do not love Him. And if you tale the Lord MY GOD’s Name in vain…that is using His name as a curse word. Holy S., GD, Jesus Christ (as a cuss word)…this is very serious!!!

Now, this is gonna sting. I believe if you are not in control of your tongue, then you probably are not saved. Jesus gives us two examples of how to determine if someone is a Christian. I believe He means for us to know the difference. He said you will know them by their love and you will know them by their fruits. How can you show love to someone when you curse them or God? And how can you have good fruit if your are producing what John McArthur calls spoiled fruit or putrid meat.

I do not cuss because it does not please my Lord. Not because I repent daily…who cares…I mean not who cares because I do repent daily…but I don’t swear because I know that it does not PLEASE JESUS. Nowhere do we have a record of Jesus swearing. Are we not Christians? Doesn’t that mean to be Christlike?

So, Kevin, I have trouble with my tongue am I going to Hell. Well, maybe, however, we are all guilty of breaking the law. All 10 commandments. You say, “I never committed adultery.” Jesus said if you look at a woman with lust you have committed adultery. Well I never murdered. 1 John 3:15, “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” We have all lied, stolen, etc.

We are all guilty of breaking the law. Thankfully, God became a man nd he dwelt among us and then died on a tree and on the third day rose again…God forgives us of our sins through the redemption found only in Jesus Christ (John 3:16). He is just to forgive sins if we confess them. If you have trouble with your tongue…repent! Get right with God. Ask the Holy Ghost to be in control of your mouth. What a terrible example…an ambassador of Christ you are spewing swear words!

Listen you cannot convinced me heaven is your home if you cannot control your tongue…so listen up!!! Please…I am trying to warn you not judge you.

Be sure and Like and share if this message touched you. Also, if you Love Jesus…tell someone about Him today.

P.S. Many of you know me…and understand how at times I use shock value to get my post read. This is only because I feel it is important. I apologize if it was offensive to anyone.

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FEAR


Revelation 3:17, “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:”

John 3:17, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

FEAR? Nowhere in the Bible does it tell us we need to fear Satan…yet somehow we do. However, the Bible screams a message as loud as the Gospel itself…FEAR THE LORD THY GOD…yet somehow we don’t. This is the paradox. FDR said in his First Inaugural Address, “Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”.”

The Psalmist said in Psalm 56:3, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” The Bible says a lot about fear or rather that we have nothing to fear.

2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

you are a POWERFUL WOMAN…you are FULL OF LOVE and you are not afraid to share it…and you are of SOUND MIND.

Philippians 4:6-9 is your message today…and I know you know this.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

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DENY OURSELVES

January 9, 2015
Pastor Kevin Airrington

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9″23

Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz once said, “I’ve been on the top and I’ve been on the bottom. At Arkansas my first year, we won the Orange Bowl. Then everybody loved me. “They put me into the Arkansas Hall of Fame and issued a commemorative stamp in my honor. The next year we lost to Texas, and they had to take away the stamp, because people kept spitting on the wrong side of it.

Life is full of highs and lows, and for many of us it is hard to be humble. But when we deny our own pleasures and desires, and put God first, then we begin to understand what is really important to be filled with God’s desires of love and hope.

Jesus tells us today, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” The cross here is a very important symbol. Carrying the cross means we carry a burden of helping others, it means God is important, it means we have hope, it means we have forgiveness, it means we use our financial resources to help others, and it means we want to share God’s love, forgiveness, and hope with our family, our friends, and our co-workers.

When we deny ourselves, we put God first.

Dear Jesus, you gave up so much for me. Now, guide me as I deny my wishes for yours. In Jesus name, Amen.

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AM I A CHRISTIAN?

If I am not what can I do?

If you claim to walk in Christ a great way to test this is before you do anything, ask if it glorifies Jesus.

If the answer is no and you do it anyway…i am not your judge but i would say u are probably not saved.

People often make decisions with their flesh. Cover yourself in Jesus…REPENT and turn from your sin and you will begin to see wonderful things.

Romans 6:21, “But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.”

Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.”

Jeremiah 12:13, “They will sow wheat but reap thorns; they will wear themselves out but gain nothing. They will bear the shame of their harvest because of the LORD’s fierce anger.”

Romans 1:32, “Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”

Romans 6:16, “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey–whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?”

Galatians 6:8, “Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

The Bible is clear…for a time our sin seems pleasurable but the end leads to death! Over and over New and Old Testament God is clear…our sin leads to our death.

Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life!
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Our sin blinds us to the truth!

Proverbs 26:12
Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.

James 4:17
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

Finally friends to those that say, “I want my cake and eat it too!” or “I will do this sin and when I get everything I think I want I will repent.”

The Bible speaks to that too…

Hebrews 10:26, Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins.

Numbers 15:30
“‘But anyone who sins defiantly, whether native-born or foreigner, blasphemes the LORD and must be cut off from the people of Israel.

Hebrews 6:6 tells us that we DISGRACE JESUS. is that really what we want to do? DISGRACE JESUS!

Worse for them in the end

2 Peter 2:20
If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.

Come on…find true repentance…turn away from your sin…get right with God…you just may be running out of time my friend.

Revelation 2:21-23
I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality.
Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works.

GOD’s warning to the unrepentant heart:

Revelation 2:5, “Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. If you don’t repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches.”

Dear God…please have mercy on me. Please search my heart…show me my error…show me any sin that I may not have repented…help me to reconcile with those I have wronged. Create in me a clean heart O God. LORD show me how to love…show me how to walk in your will. Please don’t turn your face from me…I’m so sorry LORD for all my transgressions… HELP ME GOD…HELP ME to see Jesus. I love you. Amen”

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Change Of Heart

Here I am, your loving Savior, Jesus the Christ
Just like I promised I would be
I will never forsake nor leave you iced
I’m your best friend
Just like you want me to be
I loved you so much that I died for you in the end
Did you think that your Savior would stand here and lie to you
As your moment begins passing you by
Oh I am here daughter of mine just say the words, say I do

I am waiting for your change of heart
It just takes a single beat
To turn your heart around to make a fresh start
Yes I’m waiting for your change of heart
At the edge of my seat, holding my breath
Please turn around and you will see the Son of Man with His arms wide apart
I will embrace you and forgive every transgression, I will

You are leaving me with a hunger for that special closeness we once shared
The clock ticks and then days go by
The pain I feel is driving the nails back in, I thought you cared
Don’t you see, I want you to fly
Back to when you were in love with me
When tender moments bring you back to my Word and you’ll never ask why.
And then the world lied to you and is still deceiving you
While your Savior stands here waiting for you
Waiting for your change of heart…that will be my queue

As long as you hear the world
You cannot hear my voice
All of your thoughts will be twirled
You may wonder who you will disappoint
It is me that you have already disappointed
What you need is a turning point.

The blind leading the blind
Never hear my laughter…never feel my touch
Searching through eternity you are going to lose your mind

Nothing reveals the answer, I have always been the answer
If its truth that you’re looking to find
It is nowhere other than in me and the whole world is a cancer
I will wait for you my daughter
Although with each breath you take your heart grows harder
Waiting for your change of heart…I will give you water.

Your King and Your God… I love you, Jesus

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