Free Children’s Bible Picture eBooks (KJV)

Free bible picture ebooks you can read with your children using only bible verses from the King James Version.

For iPhone users you just have to upload the PDFs to your iBooks app and then you can read them from all your devices. I’m sure there’s an equivalent Android program that can do the same thing.

Deuteronomy 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Click here to go to the Google drive folder where all these PDFs are stored

Credits: All bible verses are from the King James Version. Images courtesy of max7.org.

Teamwork and Recognition (2nd Church Anniversary) | Victor Tey

 

A sermon to provoke our church unto love and good works as we enter into our third year. How time flies! Also an opportunity to recognise some of our faithful members who have helped keep the church ministries run smoothly this past year.

Happy 2nd Anniversary

  1. Started 1 March 2015 at 16 Augusta St Punchbowl
  2. Not the most exciting anniversary events, but memorable nonetheless.
  3. Lowest attendance 10 – 3rd week 15/03/2015
  4. Highest attendance 61 – 27/11/16
  5. Now hovering around 40-50 since the new year.

Teamwork

Whilst great works may be lead by one man, they are never accomplished by one man (excluding miracles or a key turning point)

Nehemiah 3 – Jews rebuilding the wall with Nehemiah

Romans 16 – The roman workers and Paul’s fellowhelpers

Practical Examples

Work is easier to do and more effective when everyone in the church is doing it

  1. Soulwinning
    1. more talkers
    2. more silent partners to break up talkers
    3. more variation of personalities to be able to reach more types of people
    4. more encouragement from others
    5. more unity
    6. more times available to go
    7. more people preached to
    8. more people saved
    9. more glory to God
  2. Events
    1. the work is lighter, even the smallest task means someone else didn’t have to do it
    2. we can have more events and more variation
    3. we can have larger events
    4. we can have a more complex event – food, activities, etc.
    5. makes it more exciting to be there and encourages more people to go – people are sheep and events can snowball
  3. Fellowship
    1. no one will be forgotten about
    2. the church bonds will grow stronger, less people getting out of church
    3. reach more variety of people – age, gender, personal situations (life, finance, problems)

The Church is like a Human Body – 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

  1. The concept of teamwork to more effectively achieve a common goal is a biblical concept
  2. It is give and take, we need both. Some people need to learn to serve, others need to learn how to be served.
  3. Churches should not be oriented to one nationality, or one class of people

14 For the body is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

  1. We are not all the same but everyone plays their part and is part of the body.
    1. anthony brought a gazebo that needed to be pegged down with my pegs
    2. my bbq needed to go under the gazebo
    3. no one would have eaten if we didn’t get the bbq going
  2. In fact, if someone doesn’t, something will be missing.
  3. We can change from one body part to another at different times
  4. Lack of ownership – “this is Victor’s church” – are you not of the body? Is the whole me?
    1. if I have to do all the organizing, where were the preaching?

18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.

  1. God sets the members in the church, because he builds the church (Mark 16:18)
    1. What brought you here? – it was God that lead you here, sure people were used to let you know about it.
    2. 1 Samuel 10:24-27 – Saul’s band of men, there will be enemies

21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

  1. Don’t despise an ear for not being able to see.
    1. We all have strengths and weaknesses, let’s not make excuses for them, but let’s also not get prideful if we don’t struggle in areas that others may.
    2. There is always a reason why someone is in a church, even if you think they have no purpose
    3. There is no vestigial organ, and there is no vestigial church member.
    4. Let’s see the value of each other as God sees it but at the same time provoking one another unto love and good works.
    5. We should all rejoice at growing in the faith, no matter how fast or slow as long as we are moving in the right direction.

27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

  1. The more excellent way is love – 1 Cor 13
  2. John 13:34-35 – if ye have love one for another
  3. Saved – right salvation doctrine
  4. Disciple – you love the brethren

Recognition

Col 4:6-16 – This letter was to be read in Laodicea as well as the letter sent to Laodicea to be read in Colossi.

Proverbs 27:2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

  1. Not only does the bible give us an example where people worked together, but because they are specifically named it also shows that those who did the work were recognized publicly.
  2. It is biblical to recognize and praise people publicly that are doing a good work for God and being a help.

Save this link to download the audio for this sermon

2nd Church Anniversary Photos

 

A few snaps from our weekend celebrations for the church’s 2nd anniversary. We spent Saturday at Blaxland Riverside Park, and with the rainy weather upon us, we pretty much had the whole park to ourselves!

On Sunday night, we had some visitors from out of town join us and we hit our highest attendance yet this side of the new year at 53.

Taking a Wife, Marriage and Divorce | Victor Tey

 

This sermon goes over the difference between taking a wife and marriage. Also, the two ways a marriage can lawfully end, death and divorce. I also cover reasons why abandonment does not nullify the vow of marriage.

Taking a Wife

  1. Is when the betrothed couple now live together but not specifically referring to the sexual act of marriage.
  2. Deuteronomy 22:13 – Take, go into, hate
  3. Deuteronomy 24:1 – take, marry
  4. Matthew 1:18:25 – took Mary his wife but didn’t sleep with her
    1. Mary and Joseph didn’t live together when they were espoused
    2. Luke 1:56 – Mary went to live with Elizabeth for 3 months when she was visited by the angel
    3. Why were couples betrothed for long periods before marrying?
      1. Wedding preparations? – Take time to plan and people to invite to travel.
      2. Parent expectations? – Christian girls are in this situation when the parents have the world’s expectations on them to have a career.
      3. Man finishing a job? – Deuteronomy 24:5 – needs to be free at home to be with his wife that he has taken.

Marriage

  1. The word “marriage” can refer to
    1. The physical joining of man and wife
      1. Gen 38:8 go in unto thy brother’s wife
      2. Not technically “married” (or joined) until you have sex
    2. The institution of being joined to a spouse
      1. Luke 20:34-36 – given in marriage
      2. Gen 2:24 – the relationship is exclusive, one man, one woman, one flesh.
      3. Same as definition of “marriage” in Australia – “Marriage means the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”
    3. To refer to what we call the “reception” – Matt 22:2, John 2:1-2
  2. 4 reasons why God instituted marriage as the basis for a family
    1. Testimony
      1. Ephesians 5:31-33 – Christ’s relationship to believers
    2. Company
      1. Genesis 2:18 – not good for the man to be alone
    3. Family
      1. Malachi 2:14-15 – godly seed
    4. Society
      1. Godly families raise godly children, this is the importance of family in a society
      2. Eliminates the spread of diseases from fornication

Death and Divorce

  1. 2 ways a marriage can end
    1. Death
      1. 1 Corinthians 7:39 – bound by the law
      2. Romans 7:1-3 – loosed from the law
    2. The bill of divorce in the case of fornication
      1. Matthew 19:3-9
        1. God’s intention was always one man one woman for life
        2. Fornication is the reason why the bill of divorce exists
      2. Deuteronomy 24:1-4
        1. uncleanness – Jesus referred to as fornication so we know this is sexual sin not just hygiene.
        2. hath found – can’t be something he knew about when marrying her.
        3. married her – the couple have consummated
        4. after that she is defiled – the scenario of the latter husband is that he has given her the bill after consummation. This is not during betrothal but before consummation.
        5. Jeremiah 3:1,8
          1. proves that the position that the fornication is prior to betrothal cannot be right.
          2. It also shows that the definition of fornication includes adultery
          3. Jer 3:14 – says that God was “married” to Israel, not betrothed.
      3. Implications
        1. Adultery is grounds for lawful divorce
        2. Divorced couples where one spouse has committed adultery and remarried, the remaining spouse can remarry.
        3. Couples that divorce unlawfully will commit adultery if they remarry.
        4. Matthew 5:31-32 – the word “divorce” means “put away” but only divorce in the case of fornication actually will nullify the law between a husband and wife. This is why it is still adultery.
        5. “There doesn’t need to be a grounds for divorce when adultery warrants the death penalty.” – what about societies that don’t have capital punishment? What if there are not 2 or 3 witnesses?
      4. Why is fornication the reason God allowed divorce?
        1. 1 Corinthians 6:15-20 – become one flesh with the partner
        2. 1 Corinthians 7:1-9 – sexual obligations in marriage

Abandonment

  1. 1 Corinthians 7:10-14
    1. Unmarried – Refers to both virgins and divorced
    2. The context is about divorce – not dwelling together (opposite of taking a wife)
    3. But not the nullifying of the law, which is death (1 Cor 7:39) or fornication via the bill of divorcement (Mat 19:9).
  2. Reasons why abandonment does not nullify the law of marriage
    1. Not consistent with Mat 19 and Deu 24
      1. Jesus makes marriage clear with one exception and Paul just comes and contradicts it?
      2. Why would adultery be okay just because your spouse is an unbeliever?
    2. “not under bondage” is vague – could refer to the dwelling together not nullification of the law
      1. Still referred to as the husband/wife in the v16
      2. v39 reiterates the law stands until death
    3. Abandonment is the endgame for any conflict in a marriage
      1. Jesus was asked if you could put away a wife for “any cause” – his answer was fornication. But “any cause” can lead to abandonment.
      2. If believers are treated as unbelievers due to Mat 18:17, when would a believer ever need to “remain unmarried or be reconciled” because 3 strikes would give her the liberty to marry based on abandonment.
      3. remain unmarried is only temporarily until you pass the three strikes, but why is the only other option mentioned to be reconciled?
      4. What happen to “better or worse” – if all it takes is for someone to stop trying?
      5. What if your spouse gets saved, wouldn’t God want you then to be reconciled?
    4. Believers v Unbelievers
      1. God called us to peace, but the believing couple has no peace yet they are to remain unmarried or be reconciled.
      2. Not fulfilling duties – neither are the believers
      3. Spiritual death nullifies the vow – how could it be possible to be married to an unbeliever then?

Save this link to download the audio for this sermon

Unmarried Virgins, Vows and Betrothal | Victor Tey

 

I love preaching on dating and marriage. So practical, so relevant, so misunderstood, so many false beliefs on the topic. It’s an all round winner and that’s probably the reason it’s the biggest topic amongst young people. Besides birth and death, most of us will at some stage want to start a family. So it a big part of life, which is why it’s such an important topic to learn about. Even if you don’t plan on being married, or you’re already past this stage of life, make sure you learn what is in this sermon so that you can help teach the coming generations and hopefully we can start to change the culture starting at this church.

Unmarried Virgin

  1. 1 Corinthians 7:34 – “virgin” interchanged with “unmarried”
    1. The assumption is that you have not fornicated either, otherwise you would be a whore, not a virgin.
  2. Fornication is any sexual act outside of marriage
    1. heterosexual (opposite)
    2. homosexual (same-sex)
    3. beastial (animal)
    4. Leviticus 20:10,13,15,16 – death penalty
    5. Deuteronomy 22:28-29 – fornication with a virgin legally forces ownership
      1. What is a concubine? – not just a girlfriend you are fornicating with
      2. Judges 19:1-4 – a concubine is a wife (husband, father-in-law)
      3. Is it a wife due to fornication and not of covenant.

The authority of the father and husband in regards to vows

  1. Numbers 30 – the laws of vows between husband/wife and father/daughter
    1. The vow stands or is nullified in the day the authority hears of it, not when the day the vow is made.
  2. Examples from Scripture
    1. 1 Corinthians 7:39 – whom she will
      1. Seems that when the authority is dead the woman no longer has any authority over her.
      2. If the woman is young and immature then this is not an ideal scenario as there is a danger to go into sin (1 Timothy 5:11-15)
      3. The assumption in 1 Cor 7:40 could be that this is for older widows over 60
    2. Numbers 36 – The daughters of Zelophehad
    3. Gen 24:54-67 Rebekah making the choice, also an example of a quick and simple wedding
  3. Implications
    1. Marriage ceremonies can be simple
      1. When I explain this to people they always ask the same hypothetical
        1. “Could I just get married right now if her father was here and agreed?” – Yes.
        2. Example of Rebekah and Isaac
        3. The first marriage had no minister – Adam and Eve (God as Father of Eve)
      2. Nothing wrong with big celebrations, it is something worth celebrating
        1. Marriage supper of the lamb, Christ went to a wedding in John 2.
        2. People have this idea that the location of a wedding needs to be in a church building, this is just culture and tradition.
        3. There’s nothing holy about this building, you are the holy temple.
        4. I think it’s more practical to have the ceremony at the reception location. But it’s a preference, there is no right or wrong.
    2. If your marriage was made void you are in fornication
    3. A woman cannot lawfully marry another man unless her husband allows her to make the vow

Betrothal

  1. It is the vow which transfers ownership
    1. Exodus 21:8-11 – betrothal is when the dowry is paid
    2. Deuteronomy 28:30 – belongs to you but you don’t get to enjoy
    3. Deuteronomy 22:22-24
      1. Death penalty for adultery
    4. Leviticus 20:10 – adultery is fornication with a man’s wife
  2. Engagement
    1. Modern day concept in which you have made a vow but there is no transfer of ownership.
    2. Laws of vows apply and it is still a sin to break an engagement.
    3. “But if they went ahead with the wedding it would have been a disaster marriage”
    4. Psalm 15:4 – sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
    5. Judges 11:29-35 – Jephthah making a foolish vow
    6. Careless vows should not be made in the first place.
    7. Because women are more easily deceived and more emotional, this is why this protection is in place as they may more easily make foolish vows.
  3. Espousal
    1. Hosea 4:13 – daughters/whoredom, spouses/adultery
    2. 2 Samuel 3:14-16 – Michal has two husbands, ideally should be put to death, but David decided to take her instead of carrying out judgement since it was his responsibility to judge as the king.
    3. Luke 1:27 – a virgin espoused (unmarried), so is not marriage
    4. Luke 2:5 – espoused is a wife, but not necessarily married

Save this link to download the audio for this sermon