Outline and Audio Sermons:
Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr. D.Min.
[How to win at the Bema of Christ (The Judgment Seat of Christ)]
[Everyone likes to win. Some
have been heard saying, “Second place is only the first loser.”
No one really likes to come in second place, we all like to win.]
[So how do we win in this mortal life?
How do we win as Christians?]
[The First Thing Every Person Must Do To Win In Life,]
[One Must Be Saved, Born Again, Redeemed By The Blood Of The Lamb.]
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh
unto the Father, but by me. ]
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under
heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. ]
[Five Things That Result In Christian Victory,]
[The things that we, as the Children of God, need to do in order to
experience victory at the Bema of Christ are not a mystery; they are
revealed in the Word of God.
They are revealed in the Crowns and Privileges given at the Beam of Christ.]
[There are two Greek words that are translated crown in English.]
[The first is a Greek word that describes a Bestowed crown.
That is the crown of royalty, that a King bestows upon his heir;
whether he is worthy or not.]
[The second is the Greek word
στέφανος (gk) which is an earned
crown. It is the type of
crown awarded at the Greek Olympic Games.
This is the type of crown described for each of the five crown
mentioned in the New Testament.]
[Folks, there are awards that will be given at the Bema of Christ
immediately following the Rapture of the Church.
They are all earned rewards.
If you will receive any reward you must earn it.
How can you hope to earn something if you know nothing about it?]
Five Things That Result In Christian Victory,
Be Disciplined (1 Cor 9.25-27; Rev 3.5, 20-21) [– Purposeful, Tuned
[The Crown – The Incorruptible Crown]
[1 Corinthians 9:25-27
And every man that
for the mastery is temperate in all things.
do it to obtain a
corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26 I therefore so run, not as
uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
But I keep under my
body, and bring it into
subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to
others, I myself should be a castaway.]
[There is only one way for any Christian to Master their Christian Life and
that is for them
to discover the will of God for their life.
They only way you can ever discover the will of God for you is to
find His will in
His revealing written Word.
The Word of God will teach you how to master your Christian life and
lead you to earn the Incorruptible Crown.]
[The Church In Sardis
– the Church with sin in its midst.]
[These Christians are called upon to be watchful!]
Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain,
that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.]
[The sin in the church is revealed in,]
[Revelation 3:4-5 4
Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments;
and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. ]
[Therefore the Christians in the Church must struggle and strive to overcome
the sinful conditions in the midst of this Church.]
[The danger of sin in the Church is that sinners in the Church will normally
corrupt the saints in the Church.]
He that overcometh,
the same shall be
clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of
the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before
his angels. ]
[It will take the Word of God in the lives of these Christians to help them
overcome the sin all around them. ]
[The Church OF THE Laodiceans
– The Apostate Church
– This is the rich, luxurious Church that is Lukewarm and Jesus is on the
outside of this Church knocking to get in (Rev 3.20).
They have literally kick Jesus right out of the Church.]
[Listen to the text, Jesus
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open
the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
To him that
overcometh will I grant to
sit with me in my
throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father
in his throne. ]
[Listen, the only way you will overcome over this apostate Church is to
be disciplined in
the Word of God so that you can identify this Church and its luke
warmness. You are going to have
to cleave to the perfectly preserved Word of God and let it stir the life of
Christ into you.]
[People become lukewarm when the Word of God no longer forms them and stirs
[Are you mastering the Christian life?
Or have you determined that somehow you have already arrived in your
Christian Journey and you don’t need the Word of God in your life anymore.]
[Are you striving to Master your Christian Life?
There is a Crown and two privileges for
Be Dedicated (Rev 2.10,12; 2 Tim 3.12) [-Persevere, Endure.
Christians must be dedicated to the point of
to the Lord Jesus Christ. The
kind of surrender that will cause them to Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus even
if they must face persecution for their faith.]
[The Crown – The Martyr’s Crown – The Crown of Life - Smyrna]
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold,
the devil shall cast
some of you into prison,
that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days:
be thou faithful
unto death, and I will give thee
a crown of life.
[The Church in Philadelphia
– This is the Church that kept God’s Word in the midst of a world that was
explaining God’s Word away.
They took God’s Word literally while many were allegorizing the Word
of God, or treating God’s Word like a bunch of fairy tales.
As they stood up for the Word of God they were severely persecuted
for their faithful stand. Many
lost their lives for the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.]
[To them our Lord says,]
Him that overcometh
make a pillar in the
temple of my God, and he shall go no more out:
and I will write
upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God,
which is new Jerusalem,
which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and
I will write upon him my
new name. ]
[My brothers and sisters in Christ the New Testament promises persecution
and trials to those who will live for the Lord Jesus Christ.]
[2 Timothy 3:12
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
[There are great rewards promised to those who are willing to suffer while
standing up joyfully for our Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God.]
Be Devoted (2 Tim 4.5-8; Rev 2.7; Matt 22.37-38) [- Expect, Watch for
the Rapture, Desire watchful –
To be devoted is to love the Lord Jesus Christ and to long to be with Him.
This is to watch for His soon appearing.
It is to have a
sense of expectancy.]
[The Crown of Righteousness]
[2 Timothy 4:5-7
But watch thou in all things,
endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy
For I am now ready
to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7 I have fought a good fight, I have
finished my course, I have
kept the faith: ]
[2 Timothy 4:8
Henceforth there is laid up for me
a crown of
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge,
shall give me at
and not to me only,
but unto all them also that love his appearing.]
[It is called a Crown of righteousness because the effect of the
characteristics that win this crown is righteousness.]
[If you really believe that you will soon, if not imminently stand in the
presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, that expectation will undeniably affect
your life and choices. You will
want to be found ready and faithful.]
[The Privilege – The Church in Ephesus –
This is the Church that lost its first love (Rev 2.4).
Its devotion had foundered.
To them our Lord said,]
. . .
To him that
overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in
the midst of the paradise of God. ]
[So what does this mean for us today?
It means that if we will overcome and be rewarded at the Bema of Christ we
must cleave to our love for our Lord Jesus Christ.
We must not let our devotion grow cool and heartless.]
[What does a devoted Christian look like?
A devoted Christian
is one who is in love with the Lord Jesus Christ.
The first and greatest commandment is,]
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great
[We must love the Lord Jesus Christ, Almighty God, with intensity and
sincerity. We must be careful
to never let that love diminish.]
[A Christian in love with Christ will be a Christian who,]
[Wants to do those things that please Jesus.]
[Wants to be around those who love Jesus.]
[Wants to hear Jesus say, “Well done my good and faithful steward.”]
[If you will receive these rewards and the Bema of Christ you must be
devoted to our Lord Jesus Christ.]
Be Diplomatic (2 Cor 5.20; 1 Thess 2.19-20; Rev 2.11) [– This is to
Evangelize or Witness for our Lord.]
[The New Testament says,]
[2 Corinthians 5:20
Now then we are
Christ, . . .]
[In the days of the Bible a kings diplomats were his children.
We are the children of God through our Lord Jesus Christ and hence we
are His kingdoms diplomats. Our
Heavenly Father sends us out into this dark and lost world to bring wayward
souls into His glorious kingdom.]
[This is what it means to be a Soul-Winner
or a witness for our Lord Jesus Christ, we are His diplomats.
if we would be effective soul-winners then we must be effective diplomats.
Our ability to win the lost is not just about what we say it is also
about how we say things and how we live our lives.]
[The Crown – Soul-Winners Crown]
[1 Thessalonians 2:19-20
For what is our hope, or
or crown of
ye in the presence
of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
20 For ye are our glory and joy. ]
[The only way anyone you know can be in the presence of the Lord Jesus
Christ at His coming is for them to be saved.
They greatest way they will be your joy in our Lord’s presence will
be if you helped them get there.]
[Hence the Crown of Rejoicing is the Soul-Winners Crown.]
[The Privilege (Rev 2.11) – The Overcomer – The Church in Smyrna,
The Persecuted Church, persecuted for their testimony.
They proclaimed the Gospel of Christ even at the cost of their
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches;
He that overcometh
shall not be hurt of the second death. ]
[How can any Christian be hurt of the second death?
We will not be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment, a judgment
unto condemnation. So how can
any Christian be hurt of the second death?]
[Be sure that we will all be present at the Great White Throne for all of
creation surrenders to this throne of judgment when it is set up.
The lost will be judged here and then cast into the lake of fire.
The saved will stand as a glorious mighty throng loudly declaring the
glorious grace of God given to all who would receive it.]
[The lost will come one-by-one and they will be confronted with their sins
and rebellion against God. As
they are judged we will look on.
Then we will see someone we know and they will see us and may
“I know you, you were my neighbor.”
What if they say,
“Why didn’t you ever tell me about
the Lord Jesus Christ?” If
you had never been a witness, then that will be a horribly painful
confrontation for you Christian.
That is the only way you can be touched by the second death.]
[If you do not want to face such a confrontation, then you had better do
three things and do it now!]
[Purpose to be a Soul-Winner]
[Plan to be a Soul-Winner
– Make your preparations.]
[Pursue the lost around you –
[Are you a child of God? Will
you conduct yourself as a Child of God?
Then you must see God as your Heavenly Father and know that your Lord
Jesus Christ has commissioned you to go and reach the world around you.]
[You must go heralding the Word of God and the Gospel of the Lord Jesus
Christ with the express purpose of reaching the lost whom our Lord loves and
seeks to save.]
Be Discipled (1 Pet 5.2-4) [–
This is to be a student in our Lord’s Kingdom.
If you will be a student or disciple then you must have a teacher,
hence Pastors are a gift given by God to the Church.]
[The Crown – The Pastor’s Crown – The Discipler’s Crown.]
[1 Peter 5:2-4
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight
thereof, not by constraint,
but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
3 Neither as being lords over
God's heritage, but being
ensamples to the flock. 4 And
when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive
a crown of glory
that fadeth not away. ]
[There is a special Crown given to those who would Pastor’s to the people of
[From a layman’s point of view this Crown teaches every Christian that they
ought to be a good student in our Lord’s kingdom.
You should desire to be in a good Bible believing Church under the
teaching of a God fearing Pastor.
Hence this is to be in Church and serving in our Lord’s Kingdom in your
[Are you ready to stand at the Bema of Christ?]
[Will you be victorious when you stand there immediately following the
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