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Posted by Transcend Church Harrisburg on Sunday, 2 December 2018

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Everyone Is A Theologian:

The Future: Why Are You Afraid?

John Nicholas

Sunday December 2, 2018


Ephesians 1:13 (NASB)

13        In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,

14        who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.


Fruits of Spirit:

Galatians 5:22-23 (NASB)

22        But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23        gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.


Don’t Eat From Tree of Life:

Genesis 2:16-17 (NASB)

16        The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely;

17        but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”


Ezekiel 18:20 (NASB)

20        The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.


Calm Seas:

Mark 4:1-34 (NASB)

Parable of the Sower and Soils

1          He began to teach again by the sea. And such a very large crowd gathered to Him that He got into a boat in the sea and sat down; and the whole crowd was by the sea on the land.

2          And He was teaching them many things in parables, and was saying to them in His teaching,

3          “Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow;

4          as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up.

5          Other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil.

6          And after the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.

7          Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.

8          Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”

9          And He was saying, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

10        As soon as He was alone, His followers, along with the twelve, began asking Him about the parables.

11        And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables,

12        so that while seeing, they may see and not perceive, and while hearing, they may hear and not understand, otherwise they might return and be forgiven.”



13        And He *said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand all the parables?

14        The sower sows the word.

15        These are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them.

16        In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy;

17        and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away.

18        And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word,

19        but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

20        And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”


21        And He was saying to them, “A lamp is not brought to be put under a basket, is it, or under a bed? Is it not brought to be put on the lampstand?

22        For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light.

23        If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”

24        And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides.

25        For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.”


Parable of the Seed

26        And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil;

27        and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know.

28        The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.

29        But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”


Parable of the Mustard Seed

30        And He said, “How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it?

31        It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil,

32        yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that the birds of the air can nest under its shade.”


33        With many such parables He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it;

34        and He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples.


Mark 4:35-41 (NASB)

Jesus Stills the Sea

35        On that day, when evening came, He *said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.”

36        Leaving the crowd, they *took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him.

37        And there *arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.

38        Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they *woke Him and *said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

39        And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.

40        And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41        They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”


Jesus Raised Lazarus From Dead:

John 11:4-6 (NASB)

4          But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.”

5          Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

6          So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was.


John 11:11-12 (NASB)

11        This He said, and after that He *said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep.”

12        The disciples then said to Him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.”


John 11:21-24 (NASB)

21        Martha then said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.

22        Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”

23        Jesus *said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24        Martha *said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”


John 11:25-26 (NASB)

25        Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,

26        and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”


John 11:43-44 (NASB)

43        When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.”

44        The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus *said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”


Jesus Became Sin on Our Behalf:

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NASB)

21        He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.


The Gospel:

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 (NASB)

The Fact of Christ’s Resurrection

1          Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand,

2          by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.

3          For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

4          and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

5          and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.

6          After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep;

7          then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles;

8          and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.


Jesus Resurrected From The Dead:

1 Corinthians 15:12-22 (NASB)

12        Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

13        But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised;

14        and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.

15        Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised.

16        For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised;

17        and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.

18        Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.

19        If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.


The Order of Resurrection

20        But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.

21        For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.

22        For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.


The Future:

Revelation 21:1-5 (NASB)

The New Heaven and Earth

1          Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.

2          And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.

3          And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will [a]dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,

4          and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

5          And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”


Revelation 22:1-5 (NASB)

The River and the Tree of Life

1          Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb,

2          in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

3          There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him;

4          they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.

5          And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.


Whetting of the Appetite for More