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Watchmen in Zion

Watchmen in Zion

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Watchmen in Zion

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  1. Watchmen in Zion “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night.” (Isaiah 62:6)

  2. Weather alerts • Storm spotters • Alarm system Early warning is essential to saving lives! 2

  3. Watchmen in Zion • Watchmen today? • Should there be? • If so, who are they? • What is their work & our reaction to their work? • Is it scriptural to describe Christians as watchmen?

  4. Watchmen in the OT • Learning –Rom. 15:4 • Wise unto salvation –2 Tim. 3:15 • Examples that teach & warn –1 Cor. 10:6-12

  5. Watch & Report 2 Sam. 18:24 • Assess & Warn 2 Sam. 18:25-27 2 Kgs. 9:17-20 5

  6. WATCHMEN • Announced fall of nations Isa. 21:6-12 • Warned Israel Jer. 6:17 • Ezekiel Ezek. 3:17; 33:7 “My servants the prophets” 6

  7. Watchmen who would not warn (Ezek. 3:18, 20; 33:8) “His watchmen are blind, they are all without knowledge; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber.” – Isaiah 56:10 7

  8. Watchmen on the Walls of Zion • Church of ChristHeb. 12:22-23; Gal. 4:25-26 • Do not be silent Isa. 62:1-2, 6-7 • Gospel of salvationIsa. 52:7-10; Rom. 10:14-17 8 8

  9. Watchmen in the Church • Watch – 1 Cor. 16:13 • Alertness – Matt. 24:42-44; 1 Ths. 5:6; 1 Pet. 5:8; Rev. 3:2-3 • For souls –Matt. 26:41; Eph. 6:18 • Specific watchmen? (Isa. 52:7-8; 62:6) • Yes!Ephesians 4:11-16

  10. Watchmen in Zion:Apostles & Prophets • Delivered gospel – Jude 3 • Announced salvation & warned of sin – Acts 20:20-21, 30-31 • Continue to function through the gospel – Col. 1:28-29 • Held responsible if they didn’t! – Gal. 2:11-14

  11. Watchmen in Zion:Evangelists • Preach the word – 2 Tim. 4:2 • Isa. 52:7-8 …… Rom. 10:14-15 • Warn & teach,1 Tim. 1:3; 4:6, 16 • Watch for souls,2 Tim. 2:24-26 • Be watchful – 2 Tim. 4:5 • Held responsible – 1 Tim. 4: 16

  12. Watchmen in Zion:Pastors (Elders) • Watch for souls – Heb. 13:17 • Work described – Acts 20:28 • When silent, souls devoured! – Acts 20:29-31 • Shall they “hold their peace” (Isa. 62:6)? • Give account – Heb. 13:17

  13. Watchmen in Zion:Teachers • Equip students with God’s saving word – Matt. 28:19-20 • Teach God’s warnings, 2 Tim. 2:24-26 • Save lost, Rom. 1:15; 2 Tim. 2:2 • Aquila & Priscilla, Acts 18:26 • Held responsible – Jas. 3:1

  14. Watchmen in Zion:Every Christian • Watch for spiritual dangers – 1 Pet. 5:8; 2 Cor. 2:11 • Help restore fallen – Gal. 6:1 • Pray for all – Eph. 6:18 “What I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” (Mk. 13:37)

  15. A Call For Watchmen Who Will Watch & Warn • Against worldliness – 1 Jno. 2:15-17 (Eph. 5:3-12) • Immodest dress, social drinking, dancing, profane speech, ungodly entertainment, etc. • Will we be watchmen in Zion, or blind watchmen & dumb dogs?(Isa. 56:10)

  16. A Call For Watchmen Who Will Watch & Warn • Against doctrinal error – Jude 3 (Gal. 1:6-7) • MDR errors, fellowship, work of the church, plan of salvation (1 Tim. 4:1) • Will we be watchmen in Zion, or blind watchmen & dumb dogs?(Isa. 56:10)

  17. A Call For Watchmen Who Will Watch & Warn • Against compromise with error – 2 Cor. 11:3-4; Gal. 2:5; Eph. 5:3, 11; 1 Cor. 15:33 • Unity in moral & doctrinal diversity (2 Cor. 6:14-18) • Will we be watchmen in Zion, or blind watchmen & dumb dogs?(Isa. 56:10)

  18. A Call For Watchmen Who Will Watch & Warn • Against false teachers – 2 Pet. 2:1; Rom. 16:17-18 • Are still evil men & imposters deceiving innocent (2 Tim. 3:13) • Will we be watchmen in Zion, or blind watchmen & dumb dogs?(Isa. 56:10)

  19. A Call For Watchmen Who Will Watch & Warn • Against divisive, ungodly men – Titus 3:10-11 • Warn, warn & then refuse! • Will we be watchmen in Zion, or blind watchmen & dumb dogs?(Isa. 56:10)

  20. A Call For Watchmen Who Will Watch & Warn • Against apathy & spiritual indifference – Rev. 3:2-3 • Time to wake up, clean up & grow up! (Rom. 13:11-14) • Will we be watchmen in Zion, or blind watchmen & dumb dogs?(Isa. 56:10)

  21. Objections toWatchmen in Zion • “Some are trying to control the brotherhood…violate autonomy” • Paul not so charged, 1 Cor. 4:17 • We should imitate him, 1 Cor. 11:1 • Charged with preaching at all seasons – 2 Tim. 4:2 (1 Tim. 1:3; Titus 1:5) • Word is not bound – 2 Tim. 2:9

  22. Objections toWatchmen in Zion • “We can’t say one is a false teacher unless his heart is evil” • Warn against teaching, 2 Pet. 2:1-2 • Test their teaching, 1 Jno. 4:1, 6 • Where have all the false teachers gone? (Matt. 7:15-20) • God’s watchmen will be accused of evil (2 Tim. 2:9; 4:3-5) • “Watchdogs, jingoists, unheroic”

  23. Objections toWatchmen in Zion • “It is wrong to publicly name men as false teachers” • Was it wrong for Paul? – 1 Tim. 1: 18-20; 2 Tim. 2:16-18 • Divisive & ungodly men:2 Tim. 1:15; 4:10, 14-15; 3 Jno. 9-10 • Godly, sound men:3 Jno. 11-12; 2 Tim. 1:16-18; Phil. 2:19-22, 25 • Watchmen in Zion take note of false teachers & warn against them! (Rom. 16:17)

  24. Objections toWatchmen in Zion • “You are just too negative!” • Why are tornado watchmen praised as positive, but spiritual watchmen are vilified as negative? • All balanced gospel work includes both negative & positive – Jer. 1:9-10; 2 Tim. 4:2 (Gal. 4:16) • Warnings are not pleasant to hear nor easy to heed, but essential to our salvation!

  25. Watchmen in Zion “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night.” (Isaiah 62:6)

  26. How will you react to God’s watchmen in Zion? • Listen as they warn of sin & teach the way of salvation in truth? • Repent or refuse? (Jer. 6:17) • May we all hear God’s watchmen & go up to Zion for the Lord’s salvation! (Jer. 31:6; Isa. 2:2-3)