#Luke 5:27-32

JESUS: THE CONVICTER

Luke 5:27-32

INTRODUCTION

Centuries ago a number of workmen were seen dragging a great marble block into the city of Florence, Italy. It had come from the famous marble quarries and it was intended to be made into a statue of a great Old Testament prophet.

But it contained imperfections. When the great sculptor, Donatello saw it, he refused it at once. So there it lay in the cathedral yard, a useless block. One day another sculptor caught sight of the flawed block. But as he examined it, there rose in his mind something of immense beauty, AND he resolved to sculpt it. For two years the artist worked feverishly on the work of art.

Finally, on January 25, 1504, the greatest artists of the day assembled to see what he had made of the despised and rejected block. Among them were Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Pietro Perugino, the teacher of Raphael. As the veil dropped to the floor, the statue was met w/a chorus of praise. It was a masterpiece!

And the succeeding centuries have confirmed that judgment – Michelangelo’s David is one of the greatest works of art the world has ever known.

Jesus saw in the flawed life of Levi the tax collector, a Matthew, the writer and evangelist. Jesus still sees men/women with His accomplished artist’s eye today. Jesus sees within each one of us a masterpiece waiting to be chiseled out of flawed material.

Jesus’ purpose in coming was to convict us of our sins, so that we might come to Him to have those sins removed and replaced w/His righteousness.

THEME: WHEN JESUS EXAMINES US HE:

I. RECOGNIZES OUR SIN 5:27

     A. There Is Not A Person Who Has Ever Existed Who Has Not Sinned

          1. As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one Romans 3:10 KJV

          2. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God Romans 3:23 KJV

          3. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned Romans 5:12 KJV

NOTE: We can think of the most godly person we have ever known and realize that no matter how good of a person they might be they have still sinned

          4. The problem of sin is a universal one – “all have sinned”

     B. Those Who Jesus Describes As “Whole” And “Righteous” Are Those Who Have Yet To Recognize Their State Of Sinfulness

NOTE: Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.

I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Luke 5:31-32 NKJV

           1. These terms would usually be used to describe those who have it all together

           2. In this case they are used to describe those who although they think they have it altogether, they do not

               a. The sickest and biggest sinners in this world are those people who refuse to recognize their own sinfulness

               b. Sometimes they are religious people like the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law

              c. Sometimes they are people who think they are above the Law

              d. Many times they are people who would describe themselves as ‘good, moral, law-abiding citizens’

NOTE: In so many words Jesus is saying, “I didn’t come for people who aren’t willing to recognize their sin – I’m here for those who know they’re sinners and are ready to do something about it”

     C. To Come To Jesus We Must First Recognize That We Are Sick People In Need Of A Cure We Are Sinners In Need Of Cleansing

          1. Matthew (Levi) did exactly that

               a. He knew he was a sinner

               b. He was willing to look deep down inside his heart and see that it was sinful because of his life without and against God

          2. What do we see in ourselves?

               a. If all you see is righteousness and goodness we are fooling ourselves

               b. We must recognize that we, just like everybody else, have sinned and are in need of the cure

T.S. WHEN JESUS EXAMINES US HE:

          I. RECOGNIZES OUR SIN

II. WANTS US TO RESPOND TO HIS CALL 5:28

     A. Once We Have Recognized That We Are Sinners We Need To Do Something About It

           1. That “something” we need to do, is follow Jesus and accept His offer of forgiveness and eternal life

           2. Jesus said that He came to “call … sinners to repentance”

                a. To ‘repent’ means to ‘change our mind’

                b. It means to quit following the sinful nature and begin to manifest the nature of Christ in our life

                c. It means to kick the sin out the door and let the God in

                d. It means to give possession of ourselves to Jesus Christ &and let Him take control

     B. There Are Only Two Possible Responses To Jesus’ Invitation To Repentance

          1. The first possibility is rejection

               a. This is seen in the response of the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law

               b. The reason they rejected Jesus’ invitation is because they had not yet recognized that they were, in fact, sinners

              c. Instead of turning to the One who could save them they placed themselves on the throne of their own righteousness & asked, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

               d. They thought that they were too good for the people Jesus was keeping company with

     C. The Second Possible Response To Jesus’ Invitation Is Reception

          1. This was the choice of Levi (Matthew)

          2. He was apparently well versed in the Old Testament since the Gospel he wrote quotes more from it than any other gospel writer

          3. He left a lucrative position to follow Jesus

          4. If the other disciples had chosen to leave Jesus they could have went back to fishing for a living-but Matthew gave up everything to follow Jesus

NOTE: Why people refuse to give their lives to Christ

          a. It will upset my family & friends

          b. I’m not ready for commitment

          c. I don’t know enough yet

         d. I’ll accept Him later

NOTE: Nobody ever rejects Christ because He doesn’t have anything to offer them

NOTE: All of our reasons for rejection look ridiculous when we compare them with what Jesus is offering us

T.S. WHEN JESUS EXAMINES US HE:

         I. RECOGNIZES OUR SIN

         II. WANTS US TO RESPOND TO HIS CALL

III. WANTS US TO REACH OUT TO OTHERS 5:29-32

NOTE: What is 750,000 miles long, reaches around the earth 30 times, and grows 20 miles longer each day? Answer: The line of people who are without Christ.

     A. Those Who Have Responded To Jesus’ Call Are Expected To Reach Out To Others

          1. Verse 29 tells us that Matthew held a great banquet ‘for Jesus’

               a. What was the purpose of this banquet?

               b. It was to provide an opportunity for those in attendance to make a commitment to Jesus Christ

NOTE: Notice who Matthew invited: tax-collectors and sinners

               c. The very people who were receptive to the gospel message

               d. These people knew that they were Sinners; there was no religious pretense

NOTE: These are the people that Jesus came to save; those who were willing to admit that they had failed at life and they were in need of salvation

     B. If We Are To Bring People To Jesus For Salvation, We Need To Find Those Who Will Acknowledge They Are Sinners

          1. There is only one way to find sinners

               a. Befriend them

               b. Associate with them

               c. Introduce them to the Lord

          2. Befriending sinners does not mean we condone their sin; it means we care about their eternal state

               a. Lost people are not going to beat down the doors of the church trying to get in

               b. They need us to show them the way

              c. But that can only happen when we begin to build relationships with them and they see that we really care

NOTE: An artist, seeking to depict on canvas the meaning of evangelism, painted a storm at sea. Black clouds filled the sky. Illuminated by a flash of lightning, a little boat could be seen disintegrating under the pounding of the ocean. Men were struggling in the swirling waters, their anguished faces crying out for help. The only glimmer of hope appeared in the foreground of the painting, where a large rock protruded out of the water. There, clutching desperately with both hands, was one lone seaman. It was a moving scene. Looking at the painting, one could see in the tempest a symbol of mankind’s hopeless condition.

And, true to the Gospel, the only hope of salvation was “the Rock of Ages”, a shelter in the time of storm. But as the artist reflected upon his work, he realized that the painting did not accurately portray his subject. So he discarded the canvas, & painted another.

It was very similar to the first: the black clouds, the flashing lightning, the angry waters, the little boat crushed by the pounding waves, and the crew vainly struggling in the water. In the foreground the seaman was clutching the large rock for salvation. But the artist made one change: the survivor was holding on with only one hand, and with the other hand he was reaching down to pull up a drowning friend. That is the New Testament picture of evangelism; that hand reaching down to rescue the perishing. Until that hand is extended, there is no Gospel and there is no hope for the world

CONCLUSION

WHEN JESUS EXAMINES US HE:

I. RECOGNIZES OUR SIN

II. WANTS US TO RESPOND TO HIS CALL

III. WANTS US TO REACH OUT TO OTHERS

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#Luke 6:6-12

THE CHRIST-LIKE MINISTRY

Luke 6:6-12

INTRODUCTION

Why did God create us? Why did God save us? The answer to both questions is about the same. We have been created and saved in order to serve God by serving others.

Teach us , Lord, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for any reward save that of knowing that we do your will.

Ignatius Loyola

Today we are faced with a dilemma that has been brought about by the sin that is found even in religious people. Here is a group of people who are fanatically devoted to service to God. But when Jesus comes along they suddenly find out that He is contradicting their great service for God. Either their service for God must go or He must go. And to reject Jesus in order to serve God is the greatest madness possible.

NOTE: Beware of anything that competes with loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him. Oswald Chambers

We must constantly be aware of religious people whose self-made relationship with God is suddenly threatened by our Christ-like ministry.

THEME: WHEN WE HAVE A CHRIST-LIKE MINISTRY:

I. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE FOUND PEOPLE WITH NEEDS vs. 6

     A. Even On Spiritual Days

          1. The Sabbath was the holiest day of the week to the Jew

          2. The Sabbath was the time to be with:

               a. God

               b. God’s word

               c. God’s people

          3. The Sabbath was the time to be reminded how to behave spiritually

     B. Even In Houses Of Worship

          1. The place for the Sabbath was the synagogue

          2. The purpose of the synagogue was:

               a. Renewal as people of God

               b. Renewal in relationship with God

               c. Renewal in the Word of God

     C. Even To Faithful People

          1. A man

               a. An ordinary man

               b. Nothing to distinguish him for anyone else

               c. Except for his hand

          2. His right hand

               a. Most people are right handed

               b. His working hand

               c. His greatest strength was withered

T.S. WHEN WE HAVE A CHRIST-LIKE MINISTRY:

          I. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE FOUND PEOPLE WITH NEEDS

II. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE FOUND CRITICS OF THE MINISTRY vs. 7-8

     A. The Desire To Find Fault vs. 7

           1. Scribes

                a. Found sixty seven times in the New Testament

                b. A man learned in the Mosaic Law and in the sacred writings

                c. An interpreter, teacher

                d. Scribes examined the more difficult and subtle questions of the law

                e. Added to the Mosaic Law decisions of various kinds thought to elucidate its meaning and scope

                f. They did this to the detriment of the religious life of the people

           2. Pharisees

               a. A sad group

               b. They originally started out good

               c. The word means, ‘Separatist

               d. But they became isolated from people and God

               e. They were bitter enemies of Jesus

               f. They were just bitter

          3. They watched what Jesus did

               a. In the four occurrences in the Gospels it is used of them watching Jesus to find fault

               b. Original word means:

                    1) Keeper

                    2) Observer

                    3) Preserver

               c. In a bad sense, to watch in order to find fault

               d. They have come to this synagogue in order to find grounds for an accusation against Jesus

NOTE: Their prime purpose to come to the synagogue was not to worship God but criticize Jesus

          4. The ‘sin’ of healing on the Sabbath

               a. To serve

               b. Do service

               c. Cure

               d. Restore to health

          5. Their view of the Sabbath

               a. A law strictly imposed

               b. Not a blessing given

               c. They would save their sheep on the Sabbath because they did not like to lose a sheep

               d. They were heartless to people because it was no loss to them personally

               e. They were more considerate of an animal than of a man in this regard

NOTE: Americans spend more money each week on their pets than they do on the work of God or all charitable giving

     B. There Will Always Be Jesus Who Cares vs. 8

          1. Jesus knew their thoughts

               a. Their thoughts were against Jesus

               b. They had no concern for the man in need

NOTE: I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. Job 42:2 NKJV

          2. Jesus takes the offensive

               a. Jesus insists doing this miracle out in the open; they insist in criticizing Jesus privately (for now)

               b. The spies worked secretly

               c. Jesus worked openly

               d. Righteousness has nothing to hide

          3. The command of Jesus – rise up

NOTE: He does not speak to the Pharisees but to the hurting

          a. Pharisees won’t listen

          b. The hurting will

NOTE: Pharisees don’t get anything out of church

          a. They are more interested in controlling

          b. They are more interested in strutting

               a. Arouse from sleep, to awake

               b. Bring before the public

               c. Cause to appear

               d. Recall the dead to life

T.S. WHEN WE HAVE A CHRIST-LIKE MINISTRY:

          I. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE FOUND PEOPLE WITH NEEDS

         II. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE FOUND CRITICS OF THE MINISTRY

III. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE WORK FOUND IN THE MINISTRY vs. 9-10

     A. The Question Of Goals In The Ministry vs. 9

          1. I ask you

               a. ‘You’ – singular, personal

               b. Often Jesus answers what has not been asked rather than what had been asked

               c. A reasonable question

               d. Did not they claim they knew what was ‘permitted,’ ‘lawful,’ and therefore ‘right’?

          2. The obvious answer is to do good

               a. Their concern – Is it lawful?

               b. Jesus’ concern – Is it merciful?

               c. For Jesus there are only two options – do good or do evil

               d. The ultimate issue for Jesus was not doing good versus doing nothing but rather doing good vs. doing evil

NOTE: The refusing to save life is the same as taking it

          a. To do nothing is the same as doing evil

          b. In our legal system is a term – negligible homicide

          3. The ‘doing good’ of the Bible

               a. To God

                    1) Love

                    2) Serve

                    3) Delight our self in Him

               b. To others

                    1) Deliver people from bondage

                    2) Give them the strength to live for God

NOTE: This is what God requires

               a. They were finding fault with Jesus

               b. Therefore, they were finding fault with God!

          4. Do good

               a. Be a good help to someone

               b. Benefit for them

               c. Do right

               d. Do something that profits others

          5. Do evil

               a. Do harm to someone

               b. Do wrong to someone

NOTE: For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. I Peter 3:17 NKJV

NOTE: Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God. III John 11 NKJV

          6. The choice to destroy

               a. Greek – apollumi

               b. Give over to eternal misery in hell

               c. Kill

NOTE: Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. I John 3:15 NKJV

                d. Lose

                e. Perish

                f. Put out of the way entirely

                g. Render useless

                h. Ruin

          7. To save life or to destroy it

               a. Life

                    1) The breath of life

                    2) The living being

                    3) The soul

          8. They were doing this by refusing to allow this man to be healed

          9. Something far worse was happening: They were finding fault with Jesus so they could kill the Messiah!

NOTE: The rabbis taught that the Sabbath prohibitions could be disregarded in order to save a life

          a. They could not give ‘permission’ for healing on the Sabbath in this case

          b. This healing could not take precedence because his life was not in danger

NOTE: The Sabbath was interpreted largely in negative terms in Judaism

          a. What shall I refrain from doing?

          b. What shall I refrain others from doing?

NOTE: Jesus interpreted the Sabbath positively

          a. What good can I do on the Sabbath?

          b. How can I bring glory to God on the Sabbath?

          c. Here is a man who needs healing

          d. By doing this good act we serve God

         10. To simply do nothing for the suffering man was to do evil, to destroy him

               a. He was suffering

               b. His life was not full of joy

               c. His life was not full of usefulness

               d. cf. the abundant life in Christ

     B. The Goal Of Making People Whole vs. 10

          1. Though a child could have answered the questions they remained silent

NOTE: And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other Mark 3:5 NKJV

          2. Stretch forth

               a. Move out

               b. Move away from the security of the body

               c. An act of faith

          3. And his hand was restored

               a. The notable thing was that Jesus did nothing

               b. He did not touch the hand

               c. He did not even say it should be healed

NOTE: In a manner too mysterious for any mortal to comprehend, the Savior had concentrated His mind on the plight of this poor man, and by means of His power and compassion, had willed and performed the cure Hendriksen

NOTE: All He did was tell the man to stretch forth his hand

          a. Not even the most rabid Pharisee could call that a work that was forbidden on the Sabbath

          b. Yet He was hated the more

T.S. WHEN WE HAVE A CHRIST-LIKE MINISTRY:

          I. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE FOUND PEOPLE WITH NEEDS

         II. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE FOUND CRITICS OF THE MINISTRY

        III. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE WORK FOUND IN THE MINISTRY

IV. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A HATRED FOR THE MINISTRY vs. 11

     A. They Were Filled With Madness

           1. Madness

                a. The opposite of understanding

                b. Madness expressing itself in rage

                c. Senseless rage

                d. Lost all sense of reasoning

                e. Boiling over

                f. The Greek word is akin to insanity

          2. The more sensibly, rationally Jesus spoke, the crazier they became

               a. This is one of the great mysteries of the human heart

NOTE: We may easily be too big for God to use, but never too small D. L. Moody

               b. The truth and goodness of Christ has the opposite effect on the heart of those opposed to His ministry

               c. Instead of seeing His good works they hate Him the more

          3. Jesus asked only one question

               a. Only one satisfactory answer was possible

               b. But that answer would have exposed to ridicule their entire philosophy of life

               c. Before their public they had be shown for what they really were

               d. They were more concerned with their pride than they were with the health and happiness of a hurting person

     B. The Choices Before Them

          1. Repent and confess their error

          2. Kill Jesus

NOTE: The contradictions in their beliefs

          a. To heal on the Sabbath was a mortal crime

          b. To execute someone on the Sabbath was acceptable

          3. Were filled with madness

               a. Because he had shown his power to work a miracle

               b. Because he had shown his power to do it contrary to what they thought was right

               c. Because by doing it he had shown that he was from God, and that they were therefore wrong in their views of the Sabbath

               d. Because he had shown no respect to their views of what the law of God demanded

               e. Pride, obstinacy, malice, and disappointed self-confidence were all combined, therefore, in producing madness

NOTE: Two years later they will crucify Jesus

          a. The Pharisees ‘supported’ Jehovah

          b. The Herodians wanted to restore the Herodian kingdom

          c. The Sadducees supported the Romans

          d. Vengeance makes strange bedfellows

CONCLUSION

WHEN WE HAVE A CHRIST-LIKE MINISTRY:

I. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE FOUND PEOPLE WITH NEEDS

II. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE FOUND CRITICS OF THE MINISTRY

III. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE WORK FOUND IN THE MINISTRY

IV. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A HATRED FOR THE MINISTRY

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#Luke 7:1-10

THE DEMONSTRATION OF FAITH

Luke 7:1-10

INTRODUCTION

How do we demonstrate faith in our daily lives? Every time we sit down, to some degree, we are exercising faith. Or every time we step on the brakes, we believe that they will stop our car. These are examples of exercising or demonstrating our faith. How can we demonstrate our faith in Christ on a daily basis?

To demonstrate our faith daily, we must be sure we seek Him. We also must meet with Him, and when we meet with Him we must humble ourselves to His wishes and desires. Most importantly though, we must believe in what Christ can do for us and through us.

THEME: HOW CAN WE DEMONSTRATE OUR FAITH?

I. WE CAN DEMONSTRATE OUR FAITH BY SEEKING GOD 7:1-5

     A. Jesus Entered Capernaum vs. 1

          1. Capernaum

               a. A prosperous fishing village

               b. Home of Simon Peter and James

               c. ‘Capernaum’ means ‘village of comfort’

          2. Headquarters of a Roman occupation commander

     B. The Centurion Sought Jesus vs. 2-3

          1. His servant needed Christ’s healing vs. 2

               a. Sick (vs. 2), literally, miserable

               b. Sick vs. 10

                    1) To be weak

                    2) Feeble

                    3) To be without strength

                    4) Powerless

               c. The servant was dear to him vs. 2

NOTE: ‘Dear’ Held in honor

               d. The centurion’s servant was near death vs. 2

          2. He sent the Jewish leaders to Christ on his behalf vs. 3

     C. The Jews Considered The Centurion Worthy Of Christ’s Help vs. 4

          1. Even though he was a Gentile they said he was worthy

NOTE: He did not see himself as worthy; He sent others in his place

               a. They missed the point

               b. They looked at works

               c. None are worthy

               d. But Jesus comes just the same

          2. He had been a good ruler vs. 5

               a. He loved the Jews vs. 5

               b. He gave them religious freedom

               c. He built them a synagogue vs. 5

T.S. HOW CAN WE DEMONSTRATE OUR FAITH?

          I. WE CAN DEMONSTRATE OUR FAITH BY SEEKING GOD

II. WE CAN DEMONSTRATE OUR FAITH BY HUMBLING OURSELVES TO GOD

     A. The Centurion Sends His Friends To Greet Christ vs. 6

NOTE: The two groups the Centurion sends

          a. Those who have influence with Jesus (elders)

          b. Those who have friendship with the Centurion

          1. They met Jesus outside the centurion’s house vs. 6

          2. They told the Lord not to trouble Himself vs. 6

     B. The Centurion Acknowledges Christ’s Authority vs. 7

          1. He declares himself unworthy of Christ

               a. He was not worthy that Christ should come to his house vs. 6

NOTE: Song: I am not worthy the least of His favor, but Jesus left heaven for me

               b. He was not worthy to go and meet Christ vs. 7

                    1) I am not worthy (vs. 6), I have no value for you to come in my house

                    2) I am not worthy (vs. 7), I am not deserving for you to come into my house

          2. He understands Christ’s authority vs. 8

               a. The centurion had command over his servants and soldiers vs. 8

               b. He recognizes Christ’s authority over people and diseases vs. 8

T.S. HOW CAN WE DEMONSTRATE OUR FAITH?

          I. WE CAN DEMONSTRATE OUR FAITH BY SEEKING GOD

         II. WE CAN DEMONSTRATE OUR FAITH BY HUMBLING OURSELVES TO GOD

III. WE CAN DEMONSTRATE OUR FAITH BY BELIEVING IN WHAT GOD CAN DO

     A. The Centurion Believed Christ Would Heal His Servant vs. 7-8

          1. He acknowledged that Christ had the authority to heal his servant vs. 7-8

NOTE: ‘Heal’ save, make whole

          2. His request of Christ

               a. Just speak a word

               b. The servant would be healed vs. 7

NOTE: Servant; vs. 2; doulos (bond slave)

Servant; vs. vs. 7; pais (young man, child)

     B. Jesus marveled (KJV) at the centurion’s faith vs. 9

NOTE: Marveled; admired

          1. Jesus testified to the crowd

               a. A casual collection of people

               b. Those that followed Jesus without dedication

          2. Jesus found no greater faith in Israelvs. 9

          3. Jesus healed the centurion’s servant vs. 10

               a. Wholesome

               b. Be in health

               c. Safe and sound

NOTE: We have been spiritually healed ‘at a distance’

          a. Others cared for our souls

          b. We had no strength in ourselves

          c. Others went to Jesus for us

          d. Like the servant, we did not see Jesus

CONCLUSION

HOW CAN WE DEMONSTRATE OUR FAITH?

I. WE CAN DEMONSTRATE OUR FAITH BY SEEKING GOD

II. WE CAN DEMONSTRATE OUR FAITH BY HUMBLING OURSELVES TO GOD

III. WE CAN DEMONSTRATE OUR FAITH BY BELIEVING IN WHAT GOD CAN DO

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#Luke 8:4

FOUR REACTIONS TO THE WORD OF GOD

Luke 8:4

Events leading up to this passage

Luke 3 The Baptism

Luke 4 The Temptation

Casting Out Demons

Healing Peter’s Mother-in-Law

Luke 5 Healing the man let down through the roof

Luke 6 Healing the withered hand

The Beatitudes

Luke 7 Raising the Widow’s Son

Luke 8 Reaching the Peak of His Popularity

But Jesus knew the hearts of people

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:7 NKJV

THEME: OUR REACTIONS TO GOD’S WORD

I. THE REACTION OF REJECTING THE WORD OF GOD 8:12

     A. Hearing The Word Of God Is Not Enough For Salvation

     B. How The Devil Takes The Word Of God Out

          1. Has God indeed said … Genesis 3:1 NKJV

          2. Ridicule

          3. Pride

          4. Persecution

          5. Rationalization

          6. Salvation by works

NOTE: Next three pertain to the saved

T.S. OUR REACTIONS TO GOD’S WORD

          I. THE REACTION OF REJECTING THE WORD OF GOD

         II. THE REACTION OF EMOTIONALISM 8:13

     A. Emphasis Upon “With Joy”

          1. The condition for receiving the Word of God: feelings

          2. The ground of service: If I feel like it

     B. Emphasis Not To Be Upon Feelings

           1. Emphasis should be upon knowledge

NOTE: Key words found in the Bible

          a. Know

          b. Persuade

          2. Feelings change; God’s Word doesn’t

     C. Lack Of Spiritual Depth

NOTE: But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. I Corinthians 2:10 NKJV

     D. Temptation And Testing

          1. First destroys cf. Temptation of Jesus

          2. Second strengthens cf. trials of Job

     E. ‘Fall Away;’ Cause To Stumble

T.S. OUR REACTIONS TO GOD’S WORD

          I. THE REACTION OF REJECTING THE WORD OF GOD

        II. THE REACTION OF EMOTIONALISM

III. THE REACTION OF RENEGING 8:14

     A. Hear The Word Of God And Are Saved

     B. Go Forth To Serve The Lord

     C. What Stops This Service?

          1. Cares of Life

NOTE: Worry more about what never happens than what really does

          2. Riches of Life vs. 14

NOTE: Keep up with the Jones’s

          3. Pleasures of life

NOTE: Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

I John 2:15-17 NKJV

               a. Fun, Fun, Fun

               b. Amusement – Greek definition:

                    1) Muse – means to think, meditate

                    2) Amusement – means Not to think

T.S. OUR REACTIONS TO GOD’S WORD

          I. THE REACTION OF REJECTING THE WORD OF GOD

         II. THE REACTION OF EMOTIONALISM

       III. THE REACTION OF RENEGING

IV. THE REACTION OF FAITHFULNESS TO THE WORD OF GOD 8:15

NOTE: Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful I Corinthians 4:2 KJV

     A. Honest Heart

          1. Have to be honest concerning salvation

          2. Have to be honest in our Christian life before God, self, and others

     B. Keep The Word

          1. Don’t forget the Word

          2. Keep using the Word in our life

          3. Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11 NKJV

     C. Bring Forth Fruit With Patience

          1. Description of the fruit

               a. Like a lighted candle vs. 16

               b. Fruit will be known by all vs. 17

          2. Those who reject the Word

NOTE: Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him. Luke 8:18 NKJV

NOTE: Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

I Peter 5:6-7

CONCLUSION

T.S. OUR REACTIONS TO GOD’S WORD

I. THE REACTION OF REJECTING THE WORD OF GOD

II. THE REACTION OF EMOTIONALISM

III. THE REACTION OF RENEGING

IV. THE REACTION OF FAITHFULNESS TO THE WORD OF GOD

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#Luke 8:4-15

HOW CAN WE REACT TO THE WORD OF GOD

Luke 8:4-15

INTRODUCTION

We are never the same when we have certain things happen in our life. Many things in our lives have profound effect upon us. We are never the same when we have a tax audit. We are never the same when we experience death in our family.

How we react to the Word of God has more far reaching results than any thing else. The results of our reaction to the Word of God have eternal consequences. For some this may sound trite.

Dr. Benjamin Spock wrote a baby book that for a whole generation of parents was their “Bible” for child rearing. Just a few years ago Dr. Spock stated that those who once praised him were now cursing him.

Many books have come and gone but the Bible is still as potent with truth as it was in previous generations.

Because Jesus knew this He gave a parable on this subject. And when His disciples asked Him, He gave the meaning to this parable. That meaning is how people react and respond to the Word of God.

It does not matter if a teacher, preacher, evangelist or other speaker presents it to us. It does not matter if we read it on our own. We do not leave the Word of God the same as when we came to it.

THEME: HOW CAN WE REACT TO THE WORD OF GOD?

I. WE CAN REACT TO THE WORD OF GOD BY REJECTING ITS TEACHINGS vs. 12

     A. Hearing The Word Of God Is Not Enough For Salvation

     B. How The Devil Takes The Word Of God Out Of Hearts

          1. Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” Genesis 3:1 NKJV

          2. Ridicule

          3. Pride

          4. Persecution

          5. Rationalization

          6. Salvation by works

     C. Why The Devil Removes The Word

          1. Lest people believe

          2. Lest people be saved

               a. The greatest hindrance to salvation is Satan

               b. The only way to salvation is through the Word

NOTE: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God Romans 10:17 KJV

NOTE: The next three reactions relate to saved people

T.S. HOW CAN WE REACT TO THE WORD OF GOD?

          I. WE CAN REACT TO THE WORD OF GOD BY REJECTING ITS TEACHINGS

II. WE CAN REACT TO THE WORD OF GOD BY BEING EMOTIONAL vs. 13

     A. The Emphasis Upon ‘With Joy’ vs. 13

          1. The condition for receiving the Word of God; feelings

          2. The ground of service; “If I feel like it”

     B. The Emphasis Should Not Be On Feelings

          1. The emphasis should be upon knowledge

NOTE: Key words found in the Bible

               a. Know

NOTE: These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. I John 5:13 NKJV

               b. Persuade

NOTE: For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,

nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39 ESV

          2. Feelings change; God’s Word does not

     C. A Lack Of Spiritual Depth

NOTE: But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. I Corinthians 2:10 NKJV

NOTE: The depth of roots of grass in our yard determines how drought effects the grass

     D. Temptation And Testing

          1. Temptation is designed by Satan to destroy us

NOTE: Temptation of Jesus Luke 4:1-13

          2. Testing

NOTE: The trials of Job

     E. ‘Fall Away’; Cause To Stumble

T.S. HOW CAN WE REACT TO THE WORD OF GOD?

          I. WE CAN REACT TO THE WORD OF GOD BY REJECTING ITS TEACHINGS

         II. WE CAN REACT TO THE WORD OF GOD BY BEING EMOTIONAL

III. WE CAN REACT TO THE WORD OF GOD BY FALLING BACK vs. 14

     A. They Hear The Word Of God And Are Saved

     B. Go Forth To Serve The Lord

     C. What Stops This Service

          1. The cares of life

NOTE: Worry more about what never happens than what really does

          2. The riches of life vs. 14

NOTE: The pressure of trying to keep up with the Jones’s

          3. The pleasures of life

NOTE: Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

I John 2:15-17 NKJV

T.S. HOW CAN WE REACT TO THE WORD OF GOD?

          I. WE CAN REACT TO THE WORD OF GOD BY REJECTING ITS TEACHINGS

         II. WE CAN REACT TO THE WORD OF GOD BY BEING EMOTIONAL

       III. WE CAN REACT TO THE WORD OF GOD BY FALLING BACK

IV. WE CAN REACT TO THE WORD OF GOD BY BEING FAITHFUL vs. 15

NOTE: Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. I Corinthians 4:2 NKJV

     A. We Must Have An Honest Heart

          1. We have to be honest concerning our salvation

          2. We have to be honest in our Christian life before God, self and others cf. our motives

     B. We Must Keep The Word

          1. We must memorize the Word

NOTE: Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11 NKJV

          2. We must keep using the Word in our life

     C. We Must Bring Forth Fruit With Patience

          1. Description of the fruit

               a. Like a lighted candle vs. 16

               b. Known by all vs. 17

           2. Those who rejected the Word vs. 18

CONCLUSION

HOW CAN WE REACT TO THE WORD OF GOD?

I. WE CAN REACT TO THE WORD OF GOD BY REJECTING ITS TEACHINGS

II. WE CAN REACT TO THE WORD OF GOD BY BEING EMOTIONAL

III. WE CAN REACT TO THE WORD OF GOD BY FALLING BACK

IV. WE CAN REACT TO THE WORD OF GOD BY BEING FAITHFUL

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#Luke 9:51-56

OUR MISSION

Luke 9:51-56

INTRODUCTION

As Christians we love God. And as Christians we are sometimes called to defend Him and His reputation before others. Someone says something and we retort back. They respond back and we suddenly are responding in kind. And we are not very kind. Suddenly our zeal gets out of hand. We may even “flatten them for the glory of God.”

There is only one thing wrong with that: we blew it. The tragedy of mistaken zeal has entered our lives. In the heat of the moment we thought we were doing God a favor but our emotions out ran our knowledge. This is often a common mistake of a young Christian.

The disciples would not be classified as young Christians. They had been with Jesus for almost three years. They had observed Him in every circumstance and they should have known what to do. But they blew it. Their zeal, like ours at times, out ran their knowledge of what Jesus wanted them to do. They forgot the basic question: When people are vehement against Jesus and the things of God, what should we do? How should we react?

THEME: WHAT DOES JESUS WANT US TO DO WHEN OPPOSITION COMES?

I. JESUS WANTS US TO GO ON HIS MISSION vs. 51-52

     A. We Must Know His Mission – Jerusalem

          1. The most important fact of his mission is that He should be ‘received up’

               a. Only place in Bible

NOTE: They would not receive Him vs. 53

               b. The cross was a steppingstone to the crown

                    1) A voluntary sacrifice

                    2) He chose to give His life for our sins

NOTE: Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above … John 19:11 NKJV

                    3) About six months from now

          2. He set His face vs. 52

               a. He was resolved to go

               b. No turning back

               c. Steadfastly

                    1) Greek – sterizo (steroids)

                    2) Establish

                    3) Strengthen

                    4) Make stable

     B. We Don’t Go Alone vs. 52

           1. Messengers – plural

           2. When one falls behind

                a. Others are discouraged

                b. Others can help those who fall behind

     C. We Stay Before His Face

          1. He won’t lose sight of us

          2. He will guide us with His eyes

     D. We Will Enter The Territory Of Those Who Need Jesus

          1. The Samaritans were not His enemies

NOTE: They are victims of the enemy

          2. The Samaritans needed Him

               a. They searched religiously

               b. They searched wrongly

     E. Our mission – Make Others Ready For Him vs. 52

           1. By making ourselves ready

           2. By making others ready

           3. To make certain necessary spiritual preparations

           4. To prepare people to receive the Savior

T.S. WHAT DOES JESUS WANT US TO DO WHEN OPPOSITION COMES?

          I. JESUS WANTS US TO GO ON HIS MISSION

 II. JESUS WANTS US TO REALIZE NOT ALL WILL RECEIVE HIM vs. 53

     A. They Did Not Receive Him

          1. In Matthew 13 the seed was received by the different soils

          2. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name John 1:12 NKJV

          3. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. Acts 2:41 KJV

     B. They Did Not Like His Direction He Was Going

          1. He did not fit their agenda

          2. The theological battle with the Jews

               a. The Jews worshipped in Jerusalem

               b. The Samaritans worshipped on Mt. Gerizim

          3. Because they did not like Jews, they refused Jesus

          4. Jesus was a Jew

               a. They did not want to hear His position

               b. They figured they already knew

               c. Perhaps they hoped He would side with them

               d. Then He would be their Messiah

NOTE: Lincoln’s statement: Let us not pray that God is on our side, but we are on His side

     C. The Real Truth About People’s Views Of Religion

          1. That their way was right

          2. That they reject anything they don’t like

          3. That they reject without examining the position

          4. As a result, people bring the judgment of God upon themselves

NOTE: They did not receive Him

           a. Not a kindness on their part toward Him

              b. They reap what they sow

T.S. WHAT DOES JESUS WANT US TO DO WHEN OPPOSITION COMES?

          I. JESUS WANTS US TO GO ON HIS MISSION

      II. JESUS WANT US TO REALIZE NOT ALL WILL RECEIVE HIM

III. JESUS WANTS US TO KEEP THE RIGHT PRIORITIES vs. 54-56

     A. The Wrong Priorities vs. 54

          1. We want to defend the honor of Jesus

          2. We want the power of the past

          3. Jesus had been insulted

               a. But their reaction was rash

               b. Their bad spirit

               c. They wanted what they considered a fitting punishment

          4. Vengeance belongs to God

               a. It is not ours to do

               b. They used Elijah to justify their zeal

     B. We Can Have The Wrong Spirit vs. 55

          1. Jesus gave them His full attention

          2. Jesus rebuked them

               a. To show honor to

               b. Chide

               c. Censure severely

               d. Admonish sharply

          3. The sin

               a. Not a love for Jesus as they thought

               b. A love of revenge

               c. Revengeful feelings toward the Samaritans

               d. While they professed to honor Jesus really they had hatred toward Samaritans

               e. Same as the Samaritans towards Jesus

NOTE: We may have much zeal for Christ and yet to exhibit it in most unholy and unchristian ways

NOTE: Zeal without knowledge is like an army without a general or a ship without a rudder

     C. We Must Remember Our Mission vs. 56a

          1. Jesus did not come to destroy John 3:16

          2. Jesus came to save John 3:17

NOTE: And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. John 12:47 KJV

NOTE: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10

          3. To destroy

               a. Put out of the way entirely

               b. Render useless

               c. To declare that one must be put to death

               d. Give over to eternal misery in hell

               e. To lose

NOTE: We are talking about lives, souls for eternity

          4. We must remember Jesus came to save

               a. Make whole

               b. Keep safe and sound

               c. Rescue from danger or destruction

              d. Preserve one who is in danger of destruction

              e. Deliver from the penalties of judgment

          5. Jesus came not to destroy, neither should we

               a. Zeal is a noble quality but it must have a proper motive and direction

               b. Think of the great opportunity for spiritual blessings which the village lost through its prejudice

NOTE: Questions that must be asked

          a. Had any special effort been made to win the villagers for Jesus?

          b. Had the gospel ever been preached to them?

NOTE: In our loyalty to Christ, however zealous it may be, we must be constantly on our guard that we do not act with a spirit out of harmony with His, or follow methods of which He would not approve. Norval Geldenhuys

     D. We Must Keep On Keeping On vs. 56a

          1. We won’t run out of villages

          2. We won’t run out of people

          3. We won’t run out of souls

NOTE: A missionary of the past told of standing on a hill at evening at seeing “the light of a thousand villages” and every one of those villages need the light. The light of each village will go out for eternity if we do not reach them.

CONCLUSION

WHAT DOES JESUS WANT US TO DO WHEN OPPOSITION COMES?

I. JESUS WANTS US TO GO ON HIS MISSION

II. JESUS WANT US TO REALIZE NOT ALL WILL RECEIVE HIM

III. JESUS WANTS US TO KEEP THE RIGHT PRIORITIES

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#Luke 10:25-37

THE GOOD SAMARITAN

Luke 10:25-37

INTRODUCTION

How many of us have had a neighbor who was not the best kind of neighbor? Every neighborhood has at least one. Sad to say, sometimes that person is a Christian.

I love all God’s children, but I don’t want to have anything to do with some of them until I get to heaven        C. H. Spurgeon

This passage is so simple a child can read its meaning, yet it is in truth a treatise of practical ethics more profound and more powerful in effect than any other in the world.

THEME: IN ORDER TO BE THE RIGHT KIND OF NEIGHBOR, WE MUST:

I. WE MUST ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS 10:25-30

     A. The Background 10:25-29

          1. The Question vs. 25

NOTE: “Do”

          2. The Answer vs. 26

          3. The Law Of Love vs. 27-28

               a. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV

               b. You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:18 NKJV

          4. The attempt to justify self vs. 29

NOTE: He was still concerned with self

     B. When A Neighbor Is Needed vs. 30

          1. He went from Jerusalem to Jericho

               a. The cities contrasted

                    1) Jerusalem

                         a) The city of God

                         b) Center of worship

                   2) Jericho

                        a) City with a curse

NOTE: Then Joshua charged them at that time, saying, “Cursed be the man before the Lord who rises up and builds this city Jericho; he shall lay its foundation with his firstborn, and with his youngest he shall set up its gates.” Joshua 6:26 NKJV

                         b) Seventeen miles from Jerusalem

                         c) Became a priestly city

               b. The Jericho road

                   1) The road descends about 3,400 feet

                        a) Jerusalem is 2,300 feet above sea-level.

                        b) Jericho is 1,100 feet below sea-level

                        c) Called the Pass of Blood

          2. He fell among thieves

NOTE: Herod had laid off 40,000 men at this time when a portion of Herod’s Temple was completed

               a. Stripped him of his raiment

               b. Wounded him

               c. Left him half dead

T.S. IN ORDER TO BE THE RIGHT KIND OF NEIGHBOR, WE MUST:

          I. WE MUST ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

II. REFUSE TO ACT ‘TOO PURE’ 10:31

     A. The Priest’s Duty

          1. He had just finished his spiritual work at the Temple

               a. Sacrifices

               b. Prayers

          2. All priests served at the Temple

               a. Twice a year

               b. One week at a time

     B. The Priest Saw Him

     C. The Priest Went To The Other Side Of The Road

          1. If the man died in his arms the priest would be unclean

          2. He would have to go back to Jerusalem for a seven day cleansing

          3. He had already been away from home for one week

T.S. IN ORDER TO BE THE RIGHT KIND OF NEIGHBOR, WE MUST:

          I. WE MUST ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

         II. REFUSE TO ACT ‘TOO PURE’

III. REFUSE TO ACT CURIOUSLY 10:32

NOTE: Some might call this being nosy

NOTE: Definition of nosy: Having to find out the facts about someone and then using those facts to hurt that person instead of helping him or her

     A. The Levites Duty

NOTE: His heritage – from the tribe of Moses and Aaron

          1. He was a servant, under the priests, in the temple

          2. He interpreted the Law

               a. How to live before God

               b. How to live before others

     B. The Levite Looked Upon Him

          1. He did more than the priest

          2. He examined (Greek) closely the man

     C. The Levite Went To The Other Side Of The Road

T.S. IN ORDER TO BE THE RIGHT KIND

OF NEIGHBOR, WE MUST:

          I. WE MUST ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

         II. REFUSE TO ACT ‘TOO PURE’

        III. REFUSE TO ACT CURIOUSLY

IV. MEET OUR NEIGHBOR’S NEEDS 10:33-35

     A. The Samaritan’s Background

          1. A half breed: Jew & Gentile

          2. Hated by the Jews

               a. Samaria was in the heart of Israel

               b. Jews traveling from Galilee to Jerusalem would cross the Jordan twice to avoid going through Samaria

NOTE: But He needed to go through Samaria John 4:4 NKJV

     B. The Samaritan’s Immediate Reaction 10:33-34

          1. He saw him

          2. He had compassion for him

          3. He went to him

          4. He bound up his wounds

          5. He poured in oil and wine on his wounds

               a. Oil deadens the pain of open wounds

               b. Wine disinfects and acts as a cleansing agent

          6. Set him on his own beast

          7. Brought him to an inn

          8. Took care of him

     C. The Samaritan’s Long Range Concern

          1. Paid for two more days; two pence

          2. Left an open account

T.S. IN ORDER TO BE THE RIGHT KIND OF NEIGHBOR, WE MUST:

          I. WE MUST ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

         II. REFUSE TO ACT ‘TOO PURE’

        III. REFUSE TO ACT CURIOUSLY

        IV. MEET OUR NEIGHBOR’S NEEDS

V. GIVE WHAT WE HAVE RECEIVED 10:36-37

     A. Who Was His Neighbor? 10:36-37

          1. The one who showed mercy on him

          2. The one who provided for his needs

     B. Does Not God Make Humanity His Neighbor?

          1. We were robbed of our original nature

          2. We were stripped of righteousness

          3. We were wounded by sins

          4. We were unable to help ourselves

     C. Christ Is Our Good Samaritan

          1. He clothes us with robes of righteousness

          2. He binds up our wounds

          3. He puts us in a place of safety

          4. He provides for our needs

          5. He has promised to return

     D. Christians Are To Be Good Samaritans

NOTE: We are to share the Lamb of God with our neighbors, i.e. those we see in need

NOTE: And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb. Exodus 12:4 NKJV

CONCLUSION

IN ORDER TO BE THE RIGHT KIND OF NEIGHBOR, WE MUST:

I. WE MUST ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

II. REFUSE TO ACT ‘TOO PURE’

III. REFUSE TO ACT CURIOUSLY

IV. MEET OUR NEIGHBOR’S NEEDS

V. GIVE WHAT WE HAVE RECEIVED

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