Author: danparton

The Apple of the Bible’s Eye

from Pastor Dan Parton | Timberline Baptist Church | Originally presented January 30, 2011 | Psalm 118:1-9 Introduction:  What could I possibly mean by “the apple of the Bible’s eye”?  The Word of God refers to the apple of the eye only five times:   – Deuteronomy 32:10, “He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.” – Psalm 17:8, “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.” – Proverbs 7:2, “Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.” – Lamentations 2:18, “Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease.” – Zechariah 2:8, “For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.”   The “apple of the eye” is the centermost part of it.  To be the apple of God’s eye, we must be the centermost focus of His eye.  Along those same lines, we know that the central theme of God’s Word is Jesus.  But what is the apple of the...

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Christ’s Power Over Sin

Learning the Epistles – Study 169 from Pastor Dan Parton | Timberline Baptist Church | Originally presented February 2, 2011 | Hebrews 2:5-18 Introduction:  Beginning at verse 5, the writer returns to his previous argument that Christ is greater than the angels.  The Jews offered one great objection to this argument.  They asked, “How could Christ be better than the angels since He was limited to a human body, and the angels were not?”  In Hebrews 2:5-18, we find the answer to this great objection.   The writer of Hebrews says that Christ, having a body of human flesh, does not make Him less than the angels; in fact, His body is one reason why He is greater than the angels.  How can this be?  It is easy to see when you realize the reasons why Jesus became flesh.  Jesus did not simply live inside of a human body, but He actually became flesh, “But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law.” (Galatians 4:4); “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14)   Why then did Christ become flesh?  Five reasons are given in this passage:   2.             In order to have dominion over earth. – Hebrews 2:5-7   “For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come,...

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The Land of Spiritual Rest

Learning the Epistles – Study 168 from Pastor Dan Parton | Timberline Baptist Church | Originally presented January 26, 2011 | Hebrews 2:1-4 Introduction:  These verses contain the first of the five parenthetical warnings found in Hebrews.  We must pay careful attention to these warnings if we are to make it to spiritual Canaan, the land of spiritual rest. We must keep in mind that no book in the Bible is addressed to the unsaved.  The books of the Bible are always addressed to the people of God, those who are born again.  Therefore, the warnings found in Hebrews are not warnings to the lost but warnings to the saved.  Heresy has come from teaching that the five warnings in Hebrews are parenthetical warnings written to the lost.  Two false doctrines in particular have come from Hebrews being taught out of context: – That you can lose your salvation. – That you can sin away your day of grace. These warnings are to the saved and give a strong message to the backslider.  This particular passage deals with the neglecting of the salvation that every Christian has already received, not the rejecting of the salvation God is offering unbelievers.  It is a sin committed by the saved, not the lost.  We can understand this passage better if we examine four phrases carefully: – “Therefore we ought.”  The phrase “we ought” emphasizes the fact that “we...

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Jesus, Our Spirit-Filled Example

Learning the Epistles – Study 167 | from Pastor Dan Parton | Timberline Baptist Church | Originally presented January 19, 2011 | Acts 10:37-38 Introduction:  Hebrews 1:9 teaches us that “…God, hath anointed thee [Jesus] with the oil of gladness [Holy Spirit power] above thy [His] fellows.”  With that in mind, we also realize that the main reason for the filling of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost was so believers could witness with the power of God to the lost and see them saved. – On that day, 3,000 people from 16 different nationalities had the Gospel preached to them in their own language. – Getting the lost saved was the main reason for the filling of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. – Speaking in tongues was simply a tool God used to spread the Gospel message on that day. – 1 Corinthians 14:22 says what the purpose of tongues was, “Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.” The fullness of the Spirit is not evidenced by speaking in an unknown tongue or any other supernatural gifting, but by speaking the Word of God with boldness, “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of...

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Timberline Baptist Church

Preaching Services — The Word of God is the main emphasis. We believe and preach from only the old King James. (This is mentioned in our doctrinal statement.) We avoid formal worship services and maintain an old-fashioned emphasis. We sing from an old-fashioned hymn book and use no contemporary Christian music for any reason. Invitations are given at the end of every preaching service, and God’s people are encouraged to respond. Children’s Church — Our Childrens’ Church Program is very well organized. The children, kindergarten – 3rd grade, are taught character lessons, special childrens’ songs, hymns, Bible stories, and...

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