Sweet Sunday Sermon – CALEB’S INHERITANCE

Submitted by Dr. GP

Every summer at the Plymouth Brethren Assembly that I attend here in Central Florida, the 16 Sundays in June through September are devoted to one of the men in the church giving a talk on a chosen theme.

Last week on Sweet Sunday Sermon – Enoch,  I submitted  my contribution from the year when the assignment was for contributors to harp on one of the heroes of faith from Hebrews chapter 11. 

Last week on Sweet Sunday Sermon – Enoch, after sharing a few outlines on the book of Hebrews, we demonstrated how to go about presenting the salient features about a Bible character by employing the Biographical Method of Bible Study.

This week on Sweet Sunday Sermon – Caleb’s Inheritance, I have submitted  my contribution from the year when the assignment was to choose an Old Testament event or Bible character, comment briefly thereon, and then relate the lessons gleaned about the Old Testament event or Bible character  to a related New Testament passage.

I therefore  chose my favorite Old Testament Bible character CALEB, and after giving a brief Biography of this Old Testament Bible character surrounding his inheritance, in the second half, I  gave an exegesis (or verse by verse study) of 1 Peter 1:3-5 which discusses THE BELIEVER’S INHERITANCE. Our study this week is therefore entitled CALEB’S INHERITANCE (Joshua 14) & THE BELIEVER’S INHERITANCE (1 Peter 1:3-5).

The punch lines of this week’s  teaching are as follows.

  • The salient features about the life of Caleb were that
  • GOD MADE HIM A PROMISE OF AN INHERITANCE
  • GOD KEPT THE PROMISED INHERITANCE FOR HIM
  • GOD KEPT HIM FOR THE PROMISED INHERITANCE
  • GOD ENSURED THAT HE RECEIVED THE PROMISED INHERITANCE
  • The salient features about 1 Peter:3-5, and thus the comparison with  the life of Caleb are that ……………………..
  • GOD HAS MADE A PROMISE OF AN INHERITANCE TO US BELIEVERS
  • GOD HAS KEPT/IS KEEPING OUR INHERITANCE FOR US BELIEVERS
  • GOD HAS KEPT/IS KEEPING US BELIEVERS FOR OUR INHERITANCE
  • GOD WILL/HAS ENSURED THAT WE RECEIVE OUR INHERITANCE
  • The Christian’s inheritance is not like anything in this world.
  • Peter describes our inheritance by four adjectives 
  • In substance:  it is incorruptible; It will not spoil or go bad. Sin cannot affect it. It will never wear out or get old. Nothing can destroy it.
  • In purity: it is undefiled;
  • In beauty: it is unfading”  It will not lose its beauty. It is not like metal that stops shining. Nor is it like a light that goes out.
  • In security: it is reserved God keeps this inheritance safe in heaven for each person who believes his promises
     

Those who are interested in Bible Biography and the concept of spiritual inheritance should fine the exegesis of the 1 Peter passage enlightening.

Before you post on these Sunday Sermon blogs, maybe you should like the Bereans in Acts 17:11, first consult the Word of God, to see if the things here said are so, by  studying the Scriptures diligently and inductively as enjoined in 2 Timothy 2:15 & Nehemiah 8:8 especially emphasizing reading the text literally and reading the text in its context so that you can be sure to keep context “king”, so that you will be able to competently comment on the commentaries (including the one you are reading here on BU)

Do so in dependence on The Teacher, the Holy Spirit (not me), Who Jesus promised would guide believers  into all truth (John 16:13). This way you are more likely to benefit from the discourse.

In the last 50 years I have heard teens and even some very uneducated elderly men give good and accurate thoughts on passages of the Word of God.

You might also even consult reputable Bible commentaries, or sermons or other resources, so that we may have a reasonably useful discussion. If you do not like the Bible, just stay away. That is much better than professing yourself to be wise and only proving yourself to be a fool as taught in Romans 1:22.

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Click image to follow full presentation – CALEB’S INHERITANCE

 

322 comments

  • AND DO LIKE THE SAINTS AT BEREA IN ACTS 17

    The tendency to trust in man, ourselves and others, is pervasive in the church because it is universal in the world and the fundamental tendency of sin — to turn one’s attention to man instead of to God, to the creature rather than the creator.
    Human efforts can sometimes be very impressive. In the short term they can make us think that we have achieved some significant success.

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  • I guess your husband was unfaithful to you.

    No sweat, life goes on!!

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  • JOHN

    MUCH OF WHAT WE HAVE BEEN WITNESSING ON THIS BLOG IS STATED IN THIS QUOTATION

    “it remains the case, most of the time in biblical and church history, in most places, the faithful are a minority of the church. Within the Christian church in its various parts you have killing errors introduced and defended and preached; you have naked rebellion against the law of God not just tolerated but actively promoted; you have a dulling conformity to spiritual indifference that has put vast multitudes to sleep; or you have positive error around which multitudes gather enthusiastically and you have seldom or never any serious warning about the possibility of an insincere profession, though those warnings are given very often in Scripture.

    How many true believers are there in the Christian church today — no one knows, but it is clear that it is a much smaller number than that who claim in some form to be Christians and are recognized as such by their churches.

    we have every right to be suspicious when Christians advise us to alter our creed to adjust it to modern “insights.” The church has been doing that for thousands of years, and it is always the “remnant”, the community that remains faithful to the Word of God and not to its culture that preserves the true faith for the next generation.

    HAVE YOU HEARD TALK ABOUT “CULTURE” ON THIS BLOG THIS WEEK?

    Have we not witnessed ” killing errors introduced and defended and preached?” and

    have we not witnessed “naked rebellion against the law of God not just tolerated but actively promoted?”

    IT IS INDEED TRUE THAT it is always the “remnant”, the community that remains faithful to the Word of God and not to its culture that preserves the true faith for the next generation, REGARDLESS TO HOWEVER FEW.

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  • Now, this doctrine of the remnant is a dangerous doctrine, and one we need to handle very carefully. It does not mean that minorities in the church are ipso facto favored of God. Groups can be small because they are so unappealing and their teaching muddy, false, or punishingly dull. Among minorities there is always a tendency to associate small size with proof of faithfulness to God, proof, that is, of their being the remnant.

    But, in the Bible, one does not seek to be the remnant, one is as a result of faithfulness to the Word of God when the larger world of the church is walking away from that Word.

    The remnant in the Bible is not a denomination or a party, it is the accumulated total of the faithful in an unfaithful time. It would be a mistake to identify the remnant in any sort of outward way, and the desire to do so works against the very faithfulness and humility before God that is characteristic of those who belong to the remnant as it is described in the Bible.

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  • I WOULD RECOMMEND TO YOU GUZICK- VERY SIMPLE & PRECEPT AUSTIN VERY FULL OF THE WRITINGS OF THE OLD STALWARTS OF THE FAITH
    IF YOU WANT TO STUDY SAY PSALM 23 TYPE GUZICK ON PSALM 23 OR PRECEPT AUSTIN ON PSALM 23 OR CONSTABLE OR DEFFINBAUGH AND YOU SHOULD GET SOME GOOD JUICE!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Thanks GP.

    My sister was confirmed the same time as I was.

    She joined the Episcopal Church when she first went to the US.

    She did not like what was happening to the leadership so she asked Canon Hazelwood who had prepared us for confirmation what to do.

    The former second man in the Anglican Church told her to go to the Baptists because they stick to the Bible!!

    He understood and identified with her concerns.

    So she did.

    Her first three children were all baptized as infants in the Episcopal church but not her fourth.

    When I am up that side I enjoy going to church with her and her husband.

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  • What happens when a denomination departs from its basic tenets is that it loses congregants.

    People will move to where they think their beliefs as best matched.

    Here is an example.

    https://www.history.com/news/pilgrims-puritans-differences

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  • are not as!!

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  • If this theory is right then it seems as though the secular population will diminish over the next 2 to 3 generations because the low birthrate cannot support its growth.

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  • JohnNovember 1, 2019 1:53 PM

    I guess your husband was unfaithful to you.

    No sweat, life goes on!!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Not that I know of but of course you would think I am being emotional instead of rational.

    As I said, male chauvinist!

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  • Nothing wrong in being emotional, everybody gets that way sometimes.

    No, I was just using common sense.

    Anybody can use common sense.

    Common sense would say you can’t have “had” every man in the world and be in a position to generalize.

    It just is not possible!!

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  • Grasshopper
    “When I am up that side I enjoy going to church with her and her husband.”

    They are a thousand ways to say hi, but let me do this way

    I can google a Quaker meeting place for you. And you thought I didn’t care….

    Have a Great Day

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  • Common sense would say I don’t have to have had every man to know what men are up to.

    I have eyes and ears as well as “having” parts.

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  • Thought she said she had divorced her husband.

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  • Any man let down by his wife will feel the same way!!

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  • Common sense

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  • Can we stop this nonsensical back and forth or should this blog be closed?

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  • No sweat!!

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  • David,

    What exactly makes it nonsensical?

    It may be off the central topic but not nonsensical.

    GP has presented from the Bible. I have a different view on the Bible and how it should be viewed. This is not my view only but that of many scholars.

    It is my contention that the literal interpretation of the Bible serves only to oppress women and deprive them of full human status. It is my opinion that we should not swallow the Bible without question as many have been taught because that kind of approach promotes an attitude that excludes not only women but also those of indeterminate gender from achieving full human status.

    Once it was used to justify the oppression of people of colour.

    The way we interpret the Bible has a great impact on life outside of the church because the believers carry their attitude into the wider society and try to impose their ways on civil society.

    If it remained inside the church walls I would not even care.

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  • I did divorce my husband but for attempting to control me. Not for unfaithfulness.

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  • Divorce is a legal construct.

    It requires well defined grounds.

    I would suggest “attempting to control me” is not one.

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