A Picture of Salvation
Pastor Jon Betz

Isaiah 55:1-13

KJV – “Divine Invitation to Return”

NASB – “The Free Offer of Mercy” 

NKJV – “An Invitation to Abundant Life”

NIV – “Invitation to the Thirsty”

NLT – “Invitation to the LORD’s Salvation”


I.  The  Sad Condition of The Sinner
Isaiah 55:2-3
“Wherefore do ye spend money for [that which is] not bread? and your labour for [that which] satisfieth not? . . .  3  . . . and your soul shall live;  . . .”

Matthew 27:22
“Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? [They] all say unto him, Let him be crucified.”

Proverbs 13:15b
“. . . but the way of transgressors [is] hard.”

II.  The Summoning Call of The Savior
Isaiah 55:1
“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.”

Matthew 11:28-30
“Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.”

III. The  Sovereign  Command of The Savior
Isaiah 55:6-7
“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”

IV.  The Satisfying  Condition of The Saint
Isaiah 55:12-13
“For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap [their] hands. 13 ‘Instead of’ the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign [that] shall not be cut off.”



What’s Your Viewpoint?

Pastor Terry Wilcox

Philippians 3:17-4:1

Your view is determined by where you .
Philippians 2:5
Romans 12:2

In Philippians 3:18-19 Paul identifies God’s  and their future.


  1. A mind set on earthly values
    Philippians 3:19
    The world says, “Take pride in your sin.”
    The world currently worships science/technology.
    Scientific theories are disingenuously taught as fact, and the general public accepts them as truth.

  2. A Biblical worldview requires and practice.
    Colossians 3:2 AMP
    Being spiritually minded is to practice looking at earth from heaven’s point of view.
    Philippians 3:20
    Remember that Philippi was a Roman colony in southern Turkey and Roman citizenship was of enormous value at that time in history.


  1. Their names are in the . Philippians 4:4
    Revelation 20:15
    Luke 10:20

  2. They obey heaven’s laws
    Citizens of Philippi were governed by Roman law, not  law.
    Act 16 tells of Paul using his Roman citizenship when Philippian officials beat him and Silas and imprisoned them.

  3. They are loyal to the cross of Christ.
    The world loves Jesus – until you   as per the Bible.
    Revelation 5:8-10

    “The cross of Jesus Christ is the theme of the Bible, the heart of the gospel, and the chief source of praise in heaven. The cross is proof of God’s love for sinners and God’s hatred of sin. The cross condemns what the world values.”  – Dr. Warren Wiersbe

  4. They are  for Jesus. Philippians 3:20-21
    There is awesome  in the present  of a future hope.

    Looking at life on earth from the point of view of eternity with God results in great joy!


The Joy of Looking Forward

Pastor Terry Wilcox

Philippians 3:12-16

Philippians 3:12-16
“The good old days”??

It is the  that worries us!

Matthew 6:34

Paul had another perspective: Joy results from “…straining toward what is ahead…” – v.13b

  1. Paul had a sanctified  – Philippians 3:12-13
    Paul compared himself with  and Jesus

    As one who was “mature” in Christ, he also knew that God was not done  him.

    Two dangers of self-evaluation:
      a. Thinking ourselves than we are.
      b. Thinking ourselves than we are.

  2. A compelling focus. –  v.13b
    “But one thing I do” – NIV
    “I do have one compelling purpose” – TPT
    “But I focus on one thing” – NLT

    There is nothing more important than pursuing God’s plan for  !

  3. Joyous believers focus on  
    “To forget” in the Bible means not to be by or  by. – Hebrews 10:17
    “To forgive and forget” is a nice cliché, but it doesn’t reflect reality.
  4. Achieving any worthwhile goal requires .
    The Greek verb translated “I press on” carries the idea of  . – Philippians 2:12

    Two attitudes to avoid:
      a.  must do it all.
      b. must do it all.

Personal Notes

What Matters the Most?

Pastor Terry Wilcox

Philippians 3:1-11

Chapter three begins with an abrupt change in .
Chapter three is Paul’s declaration of what really matters to him.
Philippians 3:7-8

Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.  -Corrie ten Boom

  1. Philippians 3:2 – Paul begins with a  .
    Paul wrote  books of the New Testament. One of the most profound and revolutionary truths was: .
    Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 1:17; Romans 3:24; Romans 4:5; Romans 10:3

    “Those dogs” is better understood from a Jewish view

  2. His previous plan was  – Philippians 3:7-8

    “We forget that we do not strive to live by the Spirit in order to be in the Spirit. It is the reverse. Because we are in the Spirit we live by the Spirit. And because we have been conferred the righteousness of God, we do deeds of righteousness. We do righteous works not to get in right relationship with God, but because He has already justified us. We are in right relationship with Him by faith. Our righteousness is that which is through faith in Christ.”  –Dr. Maxie Dunham, President Emeritus of Asbury Seminary

    The Greek word Paul uses for “knowing” is about 

  3. What does it mean to “know Christ?”
    a. The  of his resurrection.
         Galatians 2:20
         Ephesians 1:19-20
         That’s power for both the and .
      b. “The fellowship of sharing in his sufferings”
           Is Paul a masochist?
           Philippians 3:10 in the original Greek uses “one article” – so what?

People don’t die like Jesus without the  of the .

How do we obtain a dynamic  relationship with the Spirit of God?

By saying !

Personal Notes

How to Have Joy While Living In This World – Part 6

Teaming Up: Partnering For Success

Pastor Terry Wilcox

Philippians 2:19-30

Two of Paul’s partners: Timothy and Epaphroditus

Timothy (Philippians 2:21-22)
  1. Interests of Jesus
  2. Experience serving God
        I Corinthians 15:33

Except for the people you meet and the books you read, you’ll be the same person in five years as you are today.”  -Clement Stone

Lessons from Paul’s choice: 
  1. Every leader needs 
  2. Must choose people who     3. Must choose people who love what you love
  4. Choose from those experienced with God

Philippians 1:15-16 – Timothy focused on essentials


  1. He was a full Gentile. Paul was a Jew. Timothy was half Jewish and half Greek
  2. He was a member of the church in Philippi and risked his life to bring money to Paul
  3. Philippians 2:2
  4. The church is to honor such as he. (Philippians 2:29)


“If God is your partner, make your plans big.” -D.L. Moody

How to Have Joy While Living In This World – Part 5

Pastor Terry Wilcox

Philippians 2:12-18

Few things are harder to put up with, than the annoyance of a good example.  -Mark Twain

Dr. Warren Wiersbe identified the issue like this:

Admiration for a great person can inspire us, but it cannot enable us. Unless the person can enter into our own lives and share his skills, we cannot attain to his heights of accomplishment. It takes more than an example on the outside; it takes power on the inside.

Philippians 2:13
Galatians 2:20
Philippians 2:12
  This verse is not about .

The Greek behind English “work out” was used to describe  and .

Philippians 2:14
  My title: GI GO is not about computers. It is the “the God who works in you” of Philippians 2:13 and the God
  who comes “out of you” in Philippians 2:12.

  1. God in
    Romans 8:29
    Clearly, God’s purpose for each of us is to become the image of Christ.
  2. God out
    Also, clearly, he provides the power. Our English word comes from the Greek in Philippians 2:13 translated “works in you.”

    Where to get this power?
      a. His  – I Thessalonians 2:13
      b. Prayer – Acts 1:14; Acts 4:23-31; Acts 12:5, 12

Personal Notes

How to Have Joy While Living In This World – Part 4
Unity Versus Uniformity
Pastor Terry Wilcox

Philippians 2:1-11

Paul had great affection for the church in Philippi and wanted them to understand the source of .

Philippians 2:1-4

Being united with Christ results in:
encouragement, , tenderness, and .

“Like-minded” begs the question of and/or uniformity.

Both have value, but they are not the same.

John 17:2

From a Biblical perspective: Unity comes from .

Uniformity is the result of from .

“Happiness is learning to like doing the things you have to.” ??
That may be helpful – but Paul is telling us the to joyous Christian living.

How to have the “” replaced by the “

Matthew 11:28-30

Having the burden of a “must-do” religion replaced by a “want to” relationship with God is .

  • He is the God of miracles:
    • Romans 5:8
    • 2 Corinthians 5:17
    • Titus 3:4-6
    • Philippians 2:6-8

Joy is the result of -motivated “want to”, replacing -motivated “must do.”

“Making Real Progress”
Pastor Terry Wilcox

Philippians 1:9-18

  1. Paul prayed for their love, , and insight to increase. Philippians 1:9
    Revelation 1:3
    I Peter 2:2-3
    II Peter 3:18
  2. Become discerning. Philippians 1:10
    Learning the difference between  and .
  3. Being filled with righteousness. Philippians 1:11
    This involves both actions and .
  4. Progress must include . Philippians 1:12-13
    Paul had an  .
    He evangelized to all the palace guards.
  5. Becoming more . Philippians 1:14
    Do you think that our fear might be rooted in ?
  6. Learning to carefully choose our . Philippians 1:15-18
      Allowing the Holy Spirit  our attention on .
      76-year old minister recently told me he and his wife have a goal to listen to a good sermon .

Personal Notes

“How to Get Happy”
Pastor Terry Wilcox

Philippians 1:1-11

Philippians was a letter written by and it is about .

Paul  the church in Philippi about years before.
He’s writing from 

  1. Happiness begins when you become  .
    Philippians 1:1
         a.  do you do it for and ?
         b. “To the saints” – three words describe being a saint
  2. The  that is ours is spelled out in Philippians 1:1-2
         a. A new  in relation to God, forgiven and accepted
         b. A new  – II Corinthians 5:17
         c. A new  – John 1:12
  3. Happiness is the  of Philippians 1:6.
    This promise is the remedy for two traps Christians must avoid:
         a. Salvation is all we need.
         b. Despondency.
  4. Happy because we are . Philippians 1:7
    Are we  for and  each other?
    Paul in prison – soon to be executed – remembering – his partners – His Promise – His privilege – His Lord Jesus Christ (his servant) = He is  .

Personal Notes

“The Ultimate Freedom”
Pastor Terry Wilcox

Revelation 1:4-8

In America, we celebrate Independence Day on July 4 because:

Abigail Adams (1744-1818), was the wife of John Adams, the 2nd President of the United States of America, and the mother of the 6th President, John Quincy Adams.

A letter from Abigail Adams – November 5, 1775:

A patriot without religion in my estimation is as great a paradox as an honest Man without the fear of God. Is it possible that he whom no moral obligations bind, can have any real Good Will towards Men? Can he be a patriot who, by an openly vicious conduct, is undermining the very bonds of Society?… The Scriptures tell us “righteousness exalteth a Nation.”


A letter to John Adams – June 20, 1776:

I feel no anxiety at the large armament designed against us. The remarkable interpositions of heaven in our favor cannot be too gratefully acknowledged. He who fed the Israelites in the wilderness, who clothes the lilies of the field, and who feeds the young ravens when they cry, will not forsake a people engaged in so right a cause, if we remember His loving kindness.

Revelation 1:4-8

  1. Revelation 1:4 – Asia, 1st-century Roman province, new  
    John connects grace and peace as from God.
    grace = 
    peace =

    Exodus 3:14
    “Yahweh” = .

  2. Revelation 1:4 – Seven Spirits = John’s expression of  .
    Dr. Earl Palmer – “There are seven churches that are to receive this letter, and I find it impressive that the Holy Spirit, who is the creator of the church and the sustainer of the church, should be identified in a way that highlights His ministry alongside and within the seven struggling churches of Asia Minor.”

Description of Jesus

  1. Revelation 1:4 – Giver of grace and peace.
  2. Revelation 1:5 – The faithful witness
    Revelation 3:14
    In Old Testament “amen” in reference to God = .
    In Old Testament “amen” in reference to people = having .
  3. Revelation 1:5 – “first born.”
    In Biblical times, the firstborn inherited…
    Genesis 2:17
    Genesis 3:4
       Jesus was first to defeat death.
    Romans 10:9
  4. Revelation 1:5 – Jesus ruler over all.
    Isaiah 41:10
  5. Revelation 1:5 – The ultimate freedom.

Personal Notes: