NOTES FROM A SERMON PRESENTED BY DR. GREG SLOOP AT THE KANNAPOLIS CHURCH OF GOD. FOR VIDEO OF SERVICES, GO TO THE CHURCH WEBSITE, HTTP://WWW.KCOG.ORG, AND CLICK ON THE LIVESTREAM LINK TO VIEW LIVE OR FOR A REPLAY OF THE SERVICES. YOU MAY ALSO WATCH LIVE OR A REPLAY ON THE DR. GREG SLOOP FACEBOOK PAGE. FOR AUDIO OF THE SERVICES, GO TO THE WEBSITE, KCOG.ORG, AND CLICK ON THE MEDIA PAGE.
August 15, 2021
Life Before Christ
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,1 Corinthians 6:9–11 (NKJV)
10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
The Call of God to Salvation
44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.John 6:44–45 (NKJV)
22 What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
25 As He says also in Hosea:
“I will call them My people, who were not My people,Romans 9:22–26 (NKJV)
And her beloved, who was not beloved.”
26 “And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them,
‘You are not My people,’
There they shall be called sons of the living God.”
Spiritual Birth (New Birth, Regeneration)
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”John 3:3–6 (NKJV)
4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Life With Christ
31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.John 20:31 (NKJV)
40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”John 6:40 (NKJV)
38 For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.”Luke 20:38 (NKJV)
Deepening, Serving, Reproducing
17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.2 Peter 3:17–18 (NKJV)
To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.Matthew 7:17–20 (NKJV)
Periods of Rest (Sabbath)
10 My beloved spoke, and said to me:Song of Solomon 2:10 (NKJV)
“Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away.
30 Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.Mark 6:30–31 (NKJV)
Hebrews 4:9–10 (NKJV)
9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.Hebrews 4:9–10 (NKJV)
- Takeaway Thoughts
- We all have the same starting place
- God Calls us to a Better Place
- He Gives Us New Life in Him
- We Have rElationship with Christ
- He Takes Us Deeper as We Serve
- He Gives Us Periods of Rest