Men of God
The Steps of a Good Man
New Beginnings Church NOTES
______________________________ Pastor Tom Matson
Romans 10:13-15 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
I Timothy 3:1-7 This is a true saying: If a man is eager to be a church leader, he desires an excellent work. 2 A church leader must be without fault; he must have only one wife, be sober, self-controlled, and orderly; he must welcome strangers in his home; he must be able to teach; 3 he must not be a drunkard or a violent man, but gentle and peaceful; he must not love money; 4 he must be able to manage his own family well and make his children obey him with all respect. 5 For if a man does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of the church of God? 6 He must be mature in the faith, so that he will not swell up with pride and be condemned, as the Devil was. 7 He should be a man who is respected by the people outside the church, so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the Devil's trap. (GNT)
Ephesians 4:11-13 So Christ himself gave the apostles,the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Psalm 37:21-25 The wicked borrows and does not repay,
But the righteous shows mercy and gives.
22 For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth,
But those cursed by Him shall be cut off. 23The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand.
25 I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
The steps of "Good Man" are;
I. Ordered by God [vs. 23]
a. His steps are directed by the Lord.
Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.(NKJV)
You may make your plans, but God directs your actions.(GNT)
II. Guarded by the Lord [24-25]
a. the Lord upholds him [vs. 24]
b. I have never seen the righteous forsaken [vs. 25]
A man does not become good by his own goodness.
Isaiah 64:6 All of us have been sinful; even our best actions are filthy through and through.
1. “How does a man becomes a good man?”
Psalm 100:5 “For the Lord is good, his mercy is everlasting and his truth endureth to all generations.”
1 Peter 1:15-16 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
And the Lord makes a man to become a good man when the man believes and receives Jesus Christ as His personal Lord and Savior.
Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”
We are HOLY because HE is HOLY!
2. “What does it mean that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.”
1.The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord means that the steps of a good man are directed by the Lord.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.
2.The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord means that the steps of a good man are guided by the Lord.
Psalm 48:14 “For this God is our God forever and ever. He will be our guide even unto death.”
3.The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord means that the steps of a good man are led by the Lord.
Psalm 25:5 “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me; for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.”
But for the Lord to direct your steps, guide your steps, or to lead you in the way you should go, there are some things we must do:
1.First of all, if we want the Lord to order our steps, you must have faith and trust in the Lord.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “rust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your pathsstraight.”
2.Secondly, if we want our steps to be ordered by the Lord, we must be in prayer daily.
Luke 18:1 “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 “pray without ceasing.”
In Jeremiah 33:3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchablethings you do not know.’
3.Thirdly if we want our steps ordered by the Lord, we must believe, read, study, meditate and obey the Word of God.
Psalm 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;
let no sin rule over me.
4.Fourthly, if you want the Lord to order your stpes, you must be led and filled with the Holy Ghost.
Romans 8:14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk with wine, which will only ruin you; instead, be filled with the Spirit.
Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.
***You see, when you allow the Lord to order your steps, there will be peace.
***When you allow the Lord to order your steps, there will be joy.
***When you allow the Lord to order your steps, there will be victory.
Saturday Evening Service
First Saturday of the month
We have the opportunity to worship with our friends and family who have church homes elsewhere with our Saturday Evening Service. We encourage you to come and experience the blessing that is shared during this time of worship together.