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Sermon Outline - The Book of Remembrance, Malachi ch.3 v.16

Date30/11/2003
Time11:00
PreacherRev. Maurice Roberts, Inverness
Sermon TitleThe Book of Remembrance
TextMalachi ch.3 v.16
Sermon ID720

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INTRODUCTION

  1. The Bible is realistic and honest
  2. It deals with life as it is
  3. That is why it is so comforting
  1. IN EVIL DAYS GOD WILL HAVE A REMNANT

    Malachi lived in dark days - he exposes that which was evil and encourages the good.

    1. The way people behave in dark days:

      1. they do not appreciate God's love (1:2)
        APPLICATION: Let us recall how blessed we are.
      2. they do not worship God aright (1:6)
        APPLICATION: Keep away from "cheap" forms of religion.
      3. ministers do not preach God's Word (2:8-9)
        APPLICATION: The great importance of a godly ministry.
      4. not good to their wives (2:13-14)
        APPLICATION: The sacred marriage vow.
      5. they do not give to God's work (3:8-9)
        APPLICATION: "TITHE" = 1/10 of all God gives us.
        OBSERVE: All this has a very modern ring to it
    2. But, there were others - true believers

      They are referred to in the TEXT: "feared the Lord" = loved and honoured God

      1. these were truly converted
        "fear" - why is this word used?
      2. they did not speak as the rest:
        OBSERVE: See v.14-15. What wickedness!
        DOCTRINE: It is God's way to have a remnant
  2. THEY WAY THE REDEEMER CAN BE KNOWN

    There are so many who claim to be Christians - so many churches.

    How can we recognise those who are real?
    ANSWER: "By their fruits" + a holy life:

    1. By their love of fellowship "one to another")

      1. They loved one another in Christ: Acts 2f
        APPLICATION: This is what binds believers together.
      2. They sought opportunity to be together:
        APPLICATION: It is not a good sign if we neglect this.
      3. They know instinctively that they are His
        APPLICATION: The difference is sheep/wolves.
    2. By their talk and conversation ("spake often")

      1. They talk of heavenly things.
        ILLUSTRATION: John Bunyan's experience.
      2. They refer to themselves humbly
        See Paul's reference to himself
      3. They give God all the glory.
        APPLICATION: They yearned for better days
    3. God was always in their thoughts ("thought")

      1. they were united to Christ
        Cp. others have a "name to live"
      2. they thought of Christ's work
        Take any Psalm/Epistle
      3. "as a man thinketh in his heart"
        Q. Are you one of these?
  3. THE WAY GOD WILL TREAT THEM

    See the change of tone. There is a constant tone of rebuke towards the hypocrites (2:17-3:7,8,9-3:13...)

    OBSERVE: God knows the true from the false, even if we do not. But God will bless those who truly honour Him:

    1. God delights in their conversation ("hearkened")

      1. God loves His people and rejoices in them
      2. See the two on the road to Emmaus
      3. The best subjects of conversation are those about God and the Gospel.
        APPLICATION: Do you agree?
    2. They are marked down in God's book

      1. "Book of life" - the redeemed all there
      2. Every single one is there
        Cp. a telephone directory
      3. God's book records their conversations.
        APPLICATION: Is your name there?
    3. They will be His jewels forever

      1. Christians are golden in His eyes.
      2. There is a "day" for displaying His love to them.
      3. "Behold, I and the children..."
        APPLICATION: If God values them, so should we.

CONCLUSION

Illustration: The Crown Jewels.

So are Christians to Christ.


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