UNDERSTANDING SIN

[SW197] 08/07/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Understanding Sin”

If we understand the reality and extent of our sin and the availability and extent of God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ, we will love Him much! This is the very Good News of the gospel!

I am compelled by the love of God to speak of sin (Jeremiah 23:22) because all have sinned and lack the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

I have come to announce that God has the solution — Jesus Christ!

Text: Luke 7:36-50

What did the woman do?

She HEARD Jesus was in her city.

She CAME TO HIM.  Why?

I believe she CAME TO HIM because she knew she was sinning and had heard that He heals and also forgives sin (see Matthew 9:2, the paralytic). She did not need physical healing, but healing of her relationship with God.

She CAME TO HIM intending to worship Him, because she brought an alabaster vial of perfume.

Thus, she HAD FAITH that He was God in the flesh, for only God is to be worshiped, and only God can forgive sin.

She WEPT. As He reclined, she stood at His feet, weeping tears of repentance and gratefulness.

She BROKE ALL THE RULES, letting her hair down in public, to wipe the tears that fell on His feet. With her brokenness, she honored Him.

She WORSHIPED EXTRAVAGANTLY, kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume. Oh how beautiful are the feet of Him who brings Good News (Isaiah 52:7)!

Thus, she LOVED MUCH, largely, abundantly, greatly.

What did the Pharisee do?

He INVITED Jesus to come to dinner.

He did not welcome Jesus according to custom — there was no kiss on the cheek, no washing of feet, no anointing with oil.

He went out of his way NOT to worship Him.

He did not seek forgiveness.

He did not have faith.

He judged the woman, and he judged Jesus.

He did not weep.

He did not break all the rules.

He did not worship Him extravagantly.

He did not honor Christ.

Thus, he LOVED LITTLE (literally, his love was puny).

You see:

1. If we understand the reality and extent of our sin
2. And we understand the availability and extent of God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ
3. Then we love Christ much

I tell you the truth, a gospel preached with no sin and no repentance CANNOT cause you to respond to Jesus Christ by doing #3.

With that gospel, you will love little.

You might say, like the Pharisee, “I am a good person. I do good things. I obey the rules.”

You might even judge sinners by avoiding them. You might say, “Thank God, I am not like them” (see Luke 18:9ff).

You might even judge Jesus when He ministers to sinners. Why is He with THEM?

You might even judge Jesus when He sends someone to speak His truth to you. After all, if you have heard a gospel with no sin and no repentance, then no one has told you that He came to forgive you of your sins, if you repent.

You might even say, “You can’t be speaking for Jesus. He would never speak to me that way. He loves me just the way I am. We are buddies and the Father is my sugar daddy, giving me whatever I want.”

And so, you will love little, like the Pharisee, because you do not understand the reality and extent of your sin.

Who had faith?

Who was forgiven?

Who was saved?

Who went in peace?

The woman who loved much, because she understood the reality and extent of her sin and the availability and extent of God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

Again, a gospel preached with no sin and no repentance CANNOT cause you to respond to Jesus Christ by loving Him much.

And what is more, a gospel preached without sin and repentance cannot bring you to the truth that Jesus will set you free from slavery to sin, by baptizing you in the Holy Spirit (John 8:31-36). Sin is not mentioned, repentance is not mentioned, and so you do not understand that you are a slave to sin.

But if you repent and ask His forgiveness for your sin, He will not only forgive you, but He will show you that He commands you to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4).

These also are commands, given by the Spirit-inspired Apostle Paul:

Romans 6:19 I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.

Romans 12:1   Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

And the result will be inward holiness because the Holy Spirit dwells in you, large and in charge!

And you will be filled with the actual love of God,  you will love Him with His love, and you will not struggle to obey Him, for your heart will be entirely His!

And He will shine forth from you, drawing people to Himself through His presence in you, so they, too may understand the extent of their sin, and the availability and extent of Gods forgiveness through Jesus Christ, and they will love Jesus Christ much!

Romans 10:14   How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?  15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!”

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DELIVERANCE

[SW185] 05/08/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Deliverance”

Texts: Romans 8:28, Daniel 3:15-30

We have a God who delivers from trials and tests, and when He has done it, no one will even be able to detect that you’ve been tested!

Beloved, I don’t have sermon notes for today. The Lord gave me this scripture this morning, and wanted me to speak it out. Go to the video link in the right column of my blog, and watch. It’ll be uploaded by this evening.

I’m going through a trial and test right now, in the lower part of my body. And I know some of you are going through trials and tests, too. 

This message is as much an encouragement for me as for you. Jesus Christ is with you in the midst, and He will deliver you and me! It is so that those who do not believe in Him will both know and say that you are a servant of the Most High God!

RAISING THE DEAD

[SW087] 04/07/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Raising the Dead”

We have a Christ who does the impossible!
He raises the impossibly dead!
And, He is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

I was dead, and He raised me to life.

It would be easy for Jesus to gather
those who already have His life in them.

But do we believe He can raise a dead church to life?
THAT will bring the Father and Him glory!

John 11:1-46 —

Verses 1-2 —
The One whom He loves, His church,
is sick, to the natural eye,
and even to those of His who He’s given discernment
so we intercede for her.

Verse 3 —
It looks hopeless,
but Christ says His church’s sickness will not end in death.

But her sickness,
and her resulting “natural death”
are for the glory of God,
so Jesus Christ may be glorified by it.

Verses 5-6 —
He waits to the point where raising her up
is no longer possible,
by man’s reckoning.

Verses 11-15 —
He will come
so that He may awaken His church from her deadness.
Why?
So we may believe!
Verse 17 —
Four days dead —
the Spirit has left the Body of Christ, His church.
There is no hope.

Verse 21 —
Those who have seen the church’s deadness
and have given up all hope say,
“Lord, she died. Why didn’t You come sooner?”

Verse 22 —
But they correct say the “right” words:
God will give You whatever You ask of Him.

Verse 23 —
Jesus says,
“The church will rise again.”

Verse 24 —
But she’s dead, Jesus.
You must be referring to the last day,
when the great resurrection happens.

Verse 25-26 —
Jesus corrects her. “I am the Resurrection and the Life.
He who believes in Me will live even if he dies.
Those who live and believe in Me will never die.”

He asks those who have given up on the church,
“Do you believe this?”

Verse 27 —
They say, “You are the Christ. This we believe.”
Implicitly they say, “But we don’t believe that.”

Verse 32 —
Another from the church,
a great worshiper of Him
who has given up on the church says,
“If you had been here she would be alive.
Now she is dead.
Why didn’t you come sooner?”

Verse 33 — Jesus is:

embrimaomai, from 1722 and brimaomai (to snort with anger); to have indignation on, to sigh with chagrin (distress), to sternly enjoin: — rigorously charge, groan, murmur against.

He is indignant! Angry!
He groans and sighs,
Why? The display of lack of faith !

Verse 35 —
Jesus weeps (1145).
He sheds tears because of their lack of faith.

Verse 36 —
Of course, the onlookers misinterpret Him.
He loves the church and now she is dead.
Look! He is weeping with sadness!
Why didn’t He come sooner?
He could have saved her!

Verse 37 —
Again, Jesus is indignant! Angry!
He groans and sighs and snorts at the lack of faith she displays!

Verses 38-39 —
At the tomb, “Remove the stone!”
Again, unbelief.
The church will stink.
She’s been dead too long.
Don’t open her grave!

Ezekiel 37:12 “Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I will open your graves and  cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel.  13 “Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people.”

Verse 40 —
Jesus asks, “Have you forgotten that I said,
‘If you believe,
you will see the glory of God?’”

Verse 41-42 —
Jesus speaks aloud to the Father,
so we may believe.
The Father always hears Him.

Verse 43 —
Church, come forth!

Verse 44-46 —
The church comes forth,
still wrapped in grave clothes.
“Take them off!”

Oh, for that day!
Many will believe in Him!!!!!

Lazarus lives.
The church will yet live.

But there was more to do in Lazarus
after he was raised,
and in the church,
after she is raised.

She is physically raised up.
She is clothed with His righteousness.
But now she must wait in the city.
He will clothe her with power from on high:

Ezekiel 37:14 “I will  put My  Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it,” declares the LORD.’”

I believe Lazarus was in that upper room in Acts 2.
The Lord will complete His work in the church, too!

Ezekiel 37:23 “They will  no longer defile themselves with their idols, or with their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but  I will deliver them from all their  dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. And they will be My people, and I will be their God.

He wants to put His Spirit WITHIN YOU today!

But you must turn, O church.
All those who do, He will raise up.

Then the church will once again stand on her feet, an exceedingly great army!Will we who see and discern believe that He is able? Do we remember that He raised us from our deadness?

Ezekiel 37:10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the  breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an  exceedingly great army.