“We are Shining Lights…!”

“We are Shining Lights…!”
This next Sunday we will begin the celebration of Christ’s birth with a candlelight service. This practice began as a reminder that Jesus Christ came in human form to be the Light of the world. (Jn. 8:12) As He passed this “light” to us through the Holy Spirit at the time we begin our personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we celebrate “passing on His “Light” (the Gospel) to others through the lighting of candles one to another. This practice began in 1918 with what was called “The carol and the Candle” in London. We continue this practice in churches today as both a reminder of His Light and our responsibility to not only have His Light within, but also to pass His Light to others throughout the year! God’s Word has much to say about this topic…
Source of Light
God’s presence (Ex.34:29-30; Matt.17:2)
Personal relationship with God (Acts 9:3)
Promise of Christ’s return (Lk. 17:24)
God’s Blessings (Num. 6:25)
The Gospel (2 Cor. 4:6) Demonstration of Light
Good works (Matt. 5:16)
Unrestricted (Matt. 5:14)
Clear instruction (Eph. 5:8)
Blamelessness & Innocence (Phil. 2:15)
Wisdom & righteous example (Dan. 12:3)
Fellowship with believers (1 Jn. 1:7)
Eyewitness belief (Jn. 12:36)
Righteousness (Prov. 4:18; Matt. 13:43)
Armor of light (Rom. 13:12)
Salvation for others (Acts 13:47)
“Shining Lights” has also been revealed as God’s theme for this assembly of believers in 2018. In the coming weeks, we will seek to keep this command as our priority in our worship, service, and daily living!
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
(Matthew 5:16)
Verses for Shining Lights
John 8:12

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Exodus 34:29-30

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him.

Matthew 17:2

There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.

Acts 9:3

As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.

Luke 17:24

For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.

Numbers 6:25

the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;

2 Corinthians 4:6

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

Ephesians 5:8

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

Philippians 2:15

That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

Daniel 12:3

And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

John 12:36

While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.

Proverbs 4:18

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

Matthew 13:43

Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

Romans 13:12

The night is almost gone, and the day is near Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Acts 13:47

For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”

This next Sunday we will begin the celebration of Christ’s birth with a candlelight service. This practice began as a reminder that Jesus Christ came in human form to be the Light of the world. (Jn. 8:12) As He passed this “light” to us through the Holy Spirit at the time we begin our personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we celebrate “passing on His “Light” (the Gospel) to others through the lighting of candles one to another. This practice began in 1918 with what was called “The carol and the Candle” in London. We continue this practice in churches today as both a reminder of His Light and our responsibility to not only have His Light within, but also to pass His Light to others throughout the year! God’s Word has much to say about this topic…

  1. Source of Light
  • God’s presence (Ex.34:29-30; Matt.17:2)
  • Personal relationship with God (Acts 9:3)
  • Promise of Christ’s return (Lk. 17:24)
  • God’s Blessings (Num. 6:25)
  • The Gospel (2 Cor. 4:6)

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  1. Demonstration of Light
  • Good works (Matt. 5:16)
  • Unrestricted (Matt. 5:14)
  • Clear instruction (Eph. 5:8)
  • Blamelessness & Innocence (Phil. 2:15)
  • Wisdom & righteous example (Dan. 12:3)
  • Fellowship with believers (1 Jn. 1:7)
  • Eyewitness belief (Jn. 12:36)
  • Righteousness (Prov. 4:18; Matt. 13:43)
  • Armor of light (Rom. 13:12)
  • Salvation for others (Acts 13:47)

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Shining Lights” has also been revealed as God’s theme for this assembly of believers in 2018. In the coming weeks, we will seek to keep this command as our priority in our worship, service, and daily living!

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

(Matthew 5:16)

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Verses for Shining Lights

John 8:12

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Exodus 34:29-30

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him.

Matthew 17:2

There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.

Acts 9:3

As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.

Luke 17:24

For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.

Numbers 6:25

the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;

2 Corinthians 4:6

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

Ephesians 5:8

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

Philippians 2:15

That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

Daniel 12:3

And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

John 12:36

While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.

Proverbs 4:18

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

Matthew 13:43

Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

Romans 13:12

The night is almost gone, and the day is near Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Acts 13:47

For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”

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By: Pastor Todd Rutkowski

Dec. 17, 2017

“A Hireling sent from our Enemies…!” (Continued)

“En Garde” in fencing is a call to be ready for an attack. The Word of God is our sword (Eph. 6:17) Titus tells us to use God’s Word (the Truth) to “rebuke” – expose, admonish, demand an explanation when we are led away from God’s Word. (Eph. 5:11) This is to be done without hesitation. (2 Cor. 13:10)
Verse 14
“and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth”
Attention – prosechō – apply, attach, be addicted to (Heb. 2:1)
Fables – mythos – inventions, fiction, lie (2 Pet. 1:16)
Commands – entolē – order, charge, rule (Matt. 15:9)
Reject – apostrephō – defect, turn allegiance, desert (2 Tim. 4:4)
Truth – alētheia – reality, facts (Jn. 8:32)
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Verse 15
“To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.”
Pure – katharos – cleansed, genuine, innocent (1 Pet. 1:22)
Corrupted – miainō – dye, stain, pollute, contaminate (Heb. 1215)
Unbelieving – apistos – faithless, incredulous (Jn. 20:27)
Mind – nous – perceptions, feelings, desires (Rom. 12:2)
Conscience – syneidēsis – morals, standards, principles (1 Tim. 4:2)
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Verse 16
“They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.”
Profess – homologeō – agree, concede (Jn. 12:42)
Know – eidō – examine, observe, experience (Rom. 1:21)
Works – ergon – product, result (2 Cor. 10:11)
Deny – arneomai – reject, refuse, contradict, disown (2 Tim. 3:5)
Abominable – bdelyktos – detestable, abhor (Lk. 16:15)
Disobedient – apeithēs – not persuadable, stubborn, unteachable (Titus 3:3)
Reprobate – adokimos – faulty, rejected (Rom. 1:2
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“En Garde” Church of God says our Lord and Master…“En Garde”

En Garde” in fencing is a call to be ready for an attack. The Word of God is our sword (Eph. 6:17) Titus tells us to use God’s Word (the Truth) to “rebuke” – expose, admonish, demand an explanation when we are led away from God’s Word. (Eph. 5:11) This is to be done without hesitation. (2 Cor. 13:10)

Verse 14

and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth

Attention – prosechō – apply, attach, be addicted to (Heb. 2:1)

Fables – mythos – inventions, fiction, lie (2 Pet. 1:16)

Commands – entolē – order, charge, rule (Matt. 15:9)

Reject – apostrephō – defect, turn allegiance, desert (2 Tim. 4:4)

Truth – alētheia – reality, facts (Jn. 8:32)

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Verse 15

To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.”

Pure – katharos – cleansed, genuine, innocent (1 Pet. 1:22)

Corrupted – miainō – dye, stain, pollute, contaminate (Heb. 1215)

Unbelieving – apistos – faithless, incredulous (Jn. 20:27)

Mind – nous – perceptions, feelings, desires (Rom. 12:2)

Conscience – syneidēsis – morals, standards, principles (1 Tim. 4:2)

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Verse 16

They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.”

Profess – homologeō – agree, concede (Jn. 12:42)

Know – eidō – examine, observe, experience (Rom. 1:21)

Works – ergon – product, result (2 Cor. 10:11)

Deny – arneomai – reject, refuse, contradict, disown (2 Tim. 3:5)

Abominable – bdelyktos – detestable, abhor (Lk. 16:15)

Disobedient – apeithēs – not persuadable, stubborn, unteachable (Titus 3:3)

Reprobate – adokimos – faulty, rejected (Rom. 1:2

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En Garde” Church of God says our Lord and Master…“En Garde”

“A Hireling sent from our Enemies…!”

The church who desires for God to he the Shepherd (Jn. 10:11) is blessed by God with a specifically chosen under-shepherd sent to nurture (edify) and protect His sheep. Unfortunately, in the absence of a called, chosen, under-shepherd, the sheep settle for hiring someone that looks like an under-shepherd but doesn’t act like one. How can we identify a hireling…?! God identifies them as those that contradicts, opposes, and refuses instruction and doctrine while convincing others to follow them in opposition to the under-shepherd (Acts 13:45)

Verse 10
“For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group.”
Unruly – anypotaktos – no control, disobedient, not subject to authority (Heb. 2:8)
Vain Talkers – mataiologos – idle talker, empty senseless things (2 Tim. 2:23)
Deceivers – phrenapatēs – mind deceiver, seducer (Ps. 52:2)
Circumcision – peritomē – “they of the circumcision”, Jews (Rom. 3:1)
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Verse 11
“Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.”
Mouths stopped – epistomizō – bridle, reduce to silence (Prov. 17:28)
Subvert – anatrepō – overthrow, overturn, destroy (2 Tim. 2:18)
Teaching – didaskō – instruct, explain, expound (Matt. 28:20)
Filthy Lucre – aischros/kerdos – baseness-dishonor, gain, advantage (1 Sam. 8:3)
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Verse 12
“One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretans are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.”
Prophet – prophētēs – a seer, one secretly communicated to, interpreter of the oracles of the gods (1 Thess. 2:14-16)
Cretans – Krēs – inhabitants of Crete (not confused with cretin – iodine deficiency dwarfism, retardation)
Liars – pseustēs – breaks faith, false liar (Rom. 3:4)
Evil Beasts – kakos/thērion – bad nature, injurious, destructive (Rom. 12:21)
Slow Bellies – argos/gastēr – lazy, shunning labor, a glutton (1 Tim. 5:13)
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The church who desires for God to he the Shepherd (Jn. 10:11) is blessed by God with a specifically chosen under-shepherd sent to nurture (edify) and protect His sheep. Unfortunately, in the absence of a called, chosen, under-shepherd, the sheep settle for hiring someone that looks like an under-shepherd but doesn’t act like one. How can we identify a hireling…?! God identifies them as those that contradicts, opposes, and refuses instruction and doctrine while convincing others to follow them in opposition to the under-shepherd (Acts 13:45)

Verse 10

For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group.”

Unruly – anypotaktos – no control, disobedient, not subject to authority (Heb. 2:8)

Vain Talkers – mataiologos – idle talker, empty senseless things (2 Tim. 2:23)

Deceivers – phrenapatēs – mind deceiver, seducer (Ps. 52:2)

Circumcision – peritomē“they of the circumcision”, Jews (Rom. 3:1)

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Verse 11

Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre‘s sake.”

Mouths stopped – epistomizō – bridle, reduce to silence (Prov. 17:28)

Subvert – anatrepōoverthrow, overturn, destroy (2 Tim. 2:18)

Teaching – didaskō – instruct, explain, expound (Matt. 28:20)

Filthy Lucre – aischros/kerdos – baseness-dishonor, gain, advantage (1 Sam. 8:3)

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Verse 12

One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretans are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.”

Prophet – prophētēs – a seer, one secretly communicated to, interpreter of the oracles of the gods (1 Thess. 2:14-16)

Cretans – Krēs – inhabitants of Crete (not confused with cretin – iodine deficiency dwarfism, retardation)

Liars – pseustēs – breaks faith, false liar (Rom. 3:4)

Evil Beasts – kakos/thērion – bad nature, injurious, destructive (Rom. 12:21)

Slow Bellies – argos/gastēr – lazy, shunning labor, a glutton (1 Tim. 5:13)

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Verses for A Hireling sent from our Enemies

John 10:11-13

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

Acts 13:45

When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy. They began to contradict what Paul was saying and heaped abuse on him.

Hebrews 2:9

But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

2 Timothy 2:23

Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.

Psalm 52:2

You who practice deceit, your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor.

Romans 3:1

What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision?

Proverbs 17:28

Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.

2 Timothy 2:18

who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some.

Matthew 28:20

and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

1 Samuel 8:3

But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.

1 Thessalonians 2:14-16

For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people the same things those churches suffered from the Jews who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.

Romans 3:4

Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.

Romans 12:21

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

1 Timothy 5:13

Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to.