Nov 27

In the seventh of an eight part series on Jude and the topic of apostasy, Pastor Tony Costa brings us good news from this epistle.

Outline:

I. Grow in grace - vs. 20-23   (Philippians 2:12,13)

A. Looking iIn

1. Build yourselves - v.20 (II peter 1:5-8

2. Pray - v. 20 (Rom. 8:26,27; I Cor. 2:9-11

3. Keep yourselves - v. 21 (John 15:9-11; 1 John 2:5)

B. Looking Up - v. 21

4. Await

C. Looking Around

5. Have Mercy - v. 22 - the doubters

6. Save Them - the deceived v. 23 (Amos 4;11; Zac 3:2; matt. 10:16; Rev. 3:1,4)

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Nov 20

Pastor Tony Costa continues the series on apostasy, in Jude 14-19

"The more light you have received, the more severe will be your judgment if you reject the truth"

Outline:

1. Judgment - v 14-16  Enoch's Prophesy

a) the Coming    b) the Company  Matt. 13:41,42,49,50; 24:31; 25:31

c) the Condemnation (grumblers, complainers, arrogant, flatterers)

2. Discernment - vs. 17-19

II Tim. 3:1-5

Scoffers, divisive, soulish, devoid of spiritual life

I. Cor. 2:13,14

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Nov 11

Pastor Tony Costa continues in Jude vs. 8-13, giving the definition, demise, and description of apostates.

1. The Definition - vs. 8-10

a) Delusional thinking. Jer. 23: 28-32; Col. 2:18,19

b) Disregard for authority - II Peter 2:10,11

c) Defiling the flesh (immoral) - II Peter 2:12; Jude v. 19

2. The Demise - v. 11

a) Cain - "his way" - Gen. 4:1-5; Prov. 16:25

b) Balaam - "his error"  Num. 22-24

c) Korah - "his rebellion"  Num. 16

3. The Description

a) hidden reefs; b) waterless clouds; c) fruitless autumn trees; d) wild sea waves; e) wandering stars

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Nov 04

Pastor Tony Costa continues in Jude as he clarifies the implications of verse 7 regarding homosexuality

Outline:

A. What the word of God says:

1. God created gender for a reason- Gen. 1:28; 2:18-25

2. God condemns homosexuality as a sin - Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Rom. 1:26,27

3. God only blessed heterosexual marriages

4. Homosexuality is an expression of self-worship- Col. 3:5,6; Rom. 1:23-28

B. What the culture says:

1. "How can it be so wrong if it feels so right?" - 1 Cor. 6:18-20

2. "It's biological... I was born this way" - Mark 7:21-23' 1 Cor. 6:10, 11; Romans 6:11,12; 2 Cor. 5:17

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Oct 30

Pastor Tony Costa continues this series, covering Jude 4-7

Outline:

1. Their entry (II Peter 2:1, Matt. 13:24,25)

2. Their error (Titus 2:11, 12; 1 Cor. 10:11)

a. Subverting the grace of God (Gal. 5:13; I Peter 2:16; Rom. 6:1,2)

b. Denying the Lordship of Christ (Titus 1:16)

3. Their Sentence

a. The Israelites (Num. 14:26-38)

b. the fallen angels (II Peter 2:4)

The Sodomites (II Peter 2:6)

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Oct 22

Pastor Tony Costa continues in the book of Jude, verse 3

The admonition:

repeated by Paul - 1 Tim. 6:20; II Tim. 1:13,14

repeated by John - II John vs. 9-11

to contend is literally "to agonize"

* What is meant by "the Faith?"

given - completed past action: Rev. 22:18,19

the Gospel is the facts regarding the Person of Jesus: 1 Cor. 15: 1-8

*Truth is exclusive - John 14:6; Acts 4;1

"I cannot endure false doctrine, however neatly it may be put before me.  Would you have me to eat poisoned meat because the dish is of the choicest ware?" (C. H. Spurgeon)

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Oct 15

Pastor Antonio Costa begins a series from the epistle of Jude:  Jude 1,2

Outline:

-A mark of these last days- v. 18; II. Tim. 3:1-5 -Apostates are false apostles - II Cor. 11:13 - Three times Jude calls them "ungodly" - vs. 4, 15, 18 - They don't serve Jesus; they serve themselves - Rom. 16:18

1. The Author- v1a brother of James and of our Lord - Mark 6;3

2. The Audience - v. 1b,2

a) We are called: II Tim. 1:8,9; John 10:3,4

b) We are loved: Deut. 7:7,8; John 13:1

c) We are kept: John 10:27,28; Rom. 8:31-39

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Oct 13

In a break between sermons, I gave this message on ecumenism before Pastor Costa starts his series from the book of Jude.

Key scripture: 2 Cor. 6:14-18

A. What is ecumenism

B. The Ingredients of Ecumenism 1. Non-judgmentalism   2. Acceptance of major doctrinal differences  3. Man's Explanation vs Biblical Clarity  4. A Common, Shared Goal

C. A Scriptural refutation of ecumenism  (1 Tim 1:3; Jude 3; Rom. 16:17; John 17; 1 Cor. 1:10; 2 Jn. 1:3;

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Sep 29

Final sermon on the series on false prophets. Pastor Tony Costa preaches from II Peter 3:11-18

Outline:

  1. Be holy – vs. 11-14 (Acts 1:9-11; Isa. 65:17; Ps. 102:25-27; Rev. 22:14,15; 1 Thess. 3;13; 5:2-6) "Every passage which speaks of Christ's coming is linked to moral conduct, faith and holiness"  (A.W. Tozer)
  2. Be expectant – vs. 12-15a (Matt. 25:1-13 "Ho who is ready for that day, is ready for today"  (Vance Havner)
  3. Be vigilant – vs. 15b-17 (Deut. 29:29; Matt. 15: 3-6)
  4. Be mature - v. 18 (1 Pet. 2:2; 1 Thess. 1:10)

"Spiritual maturity is not reached by the passing of the years, but by obedience to the will of God"  (Oswald Chambers)

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Sep 21

Pastor Tony Costa continues his sermon series on false teachers in 2 Peter 3:1-10

Outline:

In relation to the unbeliever.  The last days - the period between His first and His second coming - Acts 2:17; 2 Tim. 3:1; 1 Peter 1:20

1. The argument of the false teachers - vs. 3,4  ("nothing has changed" - uniformity)

2. The argument of Peter

God's promise of Christ's coming to judge...

a) is stated in His Word - vs. 1,2 (Isaiah 66:15,16; Mal. 4:1-3

b) has been confirmed by history - vs. 5,6 (Matt. 24:36-39)

c) Has not been forgotten - v. 8 (Psalm 90:4)

d) is consistent with His character - v. 9 (1 Thess. 5:3)

The Day of the Lord - 2 Thess. 1:7-10; Joel 2

"The intellectual denial of the Lord is caused by a moral defect in the character of man."

"Right now it seems that man is having his day.. But the day of man is about to end, to give place to the Day of the Lord.”

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