#Luke 15:11-24

FREEDOM

Luke 15:11-24

INTRODUCTION

July Fourth is a phrase synonymous with words like ‘liberty’ and ‘freedom.’ But we have a problem with words like these. While we hear the words all the time we do not always know what they really mean. Everyone throws these words around to suit their own ideas.

Today plenty of politicians will freely use these words. Unfortunately, their idea of freedom is to get themselves elected … often by promising certain freedoms to their constituents. They should remember the words of President Theodore Roosevelt: “Free people can escape being mastered by others only by being able to master themselves.”

We as Christians have forgotten the origins of our freedom. We have forgotten the price paid for our freedom today. And we have forgotten the purpose why we should use our freedom today. Many military cemeteries will be visited today to pay homage to those who gave their last full devotion to keep us free.

But how did we get our freedom in the first place? There is a great battle raging in our country today. It is not with armies and cannon. It is a battle for the minds, and ultimately the soul, of America. And this battle is being fought over two prepositions. They are: ‘from’ and ‘to.’

Our forefathers did not come to this continent in order to have ‘freedom from God’ and the Bible and Christianity. Yet that is what is being taught in many of our history textbooks.

If we are willing to see the true history of this continent, not the politically correct history, we will see that our forefathers came for ‘freedom to God’ and the Bible and Christianity.

NOTE: We on this continent should never forget that men and women first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls. Robert J. McCracken

THEME: BECAUSE FREEDOM IS POSSIBLE:

I. EVERYONE OF US HAS A DESIRE FOR FREEDOM vs. 11-13

     A. The Desire For Freedom Did Not Begin With This Country

          1. The desire for freedom began with Adam and Eve in the Garden Genesis 3

               a. The desire to have more than we have

NOTE: Not too many individuals, families or nations have spent their energies down sizing

               b. The desire to be as gods

               c. The desire to know more than we know (knowing good and evil)

          2. The history of mankind has been a history of the battle between conquest and freedom

     B. The Greek And Roman Desire For Freedom

          1. The failure of the philosophers

NOTE: Our wisdom and knowledge will not gain us our freedom

          2. The failure of Alexander the Great

               a. He spent his life conquering others

NOTE: This is a world of compensation; and he who would be no slave must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, can long retain it. Abraham Lincoln

               b. He died a slave to alcohol

          3. The failure of Rome

               a. The desire to conquer the world

               b. The number of runaway slaves in Rome one time outnumbered the number of free men and women

               c. Rome crumbled from within

NOTE: No people ever lost their liberties unless they themselves first became corrupt Andrew Jackson

NOTE: Rome could not keep the influx of foreigners from overwhelming the city, the country of Italy or the empire

     C. As Individuals We Still Seek Freedom

          1. We seek ‘freedom from’

          2. We seek ‘freedom to’

     D. The Eternal Parable Of Freedom Luke 15:11-13

           1. The desire of the younger son to have freedom vs. 11-12

                a. The eternal competition between brothers

                     1) Cain and Abel

                     2) Who is my brother?

               b. The eternal desire to be protected

          2. The desire to ‘strike out on our own’ vs. 13a

NOTE: When we try to isolate from the world, we discover that the problems of life do not come from outside but from within

          a. Family member vs. family member

          b. The wars within one’s self

          3. The failure to overcome temptations of life vs. 13b

NOTE: A man’s worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes Thomas Huxley

               a. The failure of support by those who care for us

                    1) Family

                    2) Friends

               b. The failure of the wasted:

                    1) Life

                    2) Fortune

                    3) Talents

                    4) Dreams

NOTE: ’Riotous living’ – This word means reckless and extravagant expenditure, chiefly for the gratification of one’s sensual desires (feeding the flesh)

T.S. BECAUSE FREEDOM IS POSSIBLE:

          I. EVERYONE OF US HAS A DESIRE FOR FREEDOM

II. NO ONE HAS THE POWER TO KEEP THEIR FREEDOM vs.14-16

     A. The Failure To Control Our Powers vs. 14a

NOTE: He … spent all

          1. Our wants

          2. Our desires

          3. Our priorities

          4. Our sensibilities

     B. The Failure To See Coming Famines vs. 14b

          1. ‘Mighty’

               a. Firm

               b. Forcible

               c. Sure

              d. Violent

          2. Famine

               a. Hunger

               b. Inadequacy

               c. Insufficiency

               d. Lack

               e. Scarcity of harvest

     C. The Result Of Losing Our Freedom vs. 15-16

          1. We do what we don’t want to do

          2. We go where we don’t want to go

          3. We lower ourselves in humility

NOTE: An oxymoron – A Jew feeding pigs

     D. The Extent Of Our Failure vs. 16

          1. Fain (KJV)

               a. Desire

               b. Lusted

               c. He envied the pigs

          2. No one cared to feed him that the owner cared to feed his pigs

NOTE: The pigs were given better care than he got. ‘No man gave to him.’

NOTE: The sin of the prodigal not only cost him his home and its comforts, but the strangest thing of all is that it cost him his freedom. That is the very thing that he went out to seek. When he started out, he said to his father, “Give me mine inheritance.” When he came back, he said, “Make me one of thy servants.” Away from home, he was sent into the fields to feed swine. He was not consulted in the matter … No one can have freedom apart from obedience. Henrietta Mears

T.S. BECAUSE FREEDOM IS POSSIBLE:

          I. EVERYONE OF US HAS A DESIRE FOR FREEDOM

         II. NO ONE HAS THE POWER TO KEEP THEIR FREEDOM

III. ONLY OUR FATHER CAN GIVE US REAL, PERMANENT FREEDOM vs. 17-24

     A. We Begin The Road To Freedom Only After We ‘Come To Ourselves’ vs. 17

NOTE: Mark Twain tells a story of a man who spent years in prison, only to walk out one morning when he discovered that the doors had never been locked.

          1. We can only ‘come to ourselves’ when we come to the pages of the Word of God

NOTE: It is impossible to mentally or socially enslave a Bible – reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom. Horace Greeley

               a. You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. John 5:39 NKJV

               b. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. Luke 4:4 KJV

          2. We can only ‘come to ourselves’ when we come to our Father

NOTE: Man is really free only in God, the source of his freedom Sherwood Eddy

               a. You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 NKJV

              b. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matthew 6:8 NKJV

              c. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 NKJV

     B. We Fail When We Use God For Our Agenda

          1. The Jews had many preconceived ideas about the Messiah based on what they wanted

               a. Jesus was not the Messiah they had been expecting

               b. Jesus was not the Messiah they wanted

          2. The Jews wanted someone Who would:

               a. Raise their standard of living

               b. Give them something for nothing

               c. Rain down riches without work

               d. Grant them privileges without responsibility

               e. Restore them to the world power they had know under King David and King Solomon

               f. They wanted someone who would meet their physical and material and emotional needs

NOTE: In her beautiful book, “Just Give Me Jesus,” Anne Graham Lotz tells the story of a six-foot-five, 300 hundred pound starting tackle that played on a local college football team. This young athlete bitterly complained after losing the previous night to a fierce rival. His team had the ball on the one-yard line and first down. They failed to score, which would have won the game for them. His comment, “God let me down on the one – yard line.” He then turned away from God. He concluded that God was not what He wanted. He wanted God on his terms instead of wanting God on His terms.

NOTE: Smallpox vaccination

          a. The doctor uses a needle to scratch smallpox germs into the skin

          b. Not enough to give a case of smallpox, but enough to cause the body to react and build up immunity against it

          c. We get just enough of the disease to keep from catching a case of the real thing

          d. The Jews seemed to have just enough religion to keep them from catching real faith

          e. They had immunity to Jesus

     C. Today, One Of The Hardest Groups To Reach Are Not Jews, But Those Who Have Gone To Church All Their Lives

          1. They are familiar with the Gospel story

          2. They can speak the spiritual clichés

          3. They can sing the traditional songs of faith from memory

          4. Yet, they have never placed their faith, their life, the decisions of their life, in Jesus Christ

          5. They seem to have just enough religion to inoculate them against a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ

NOTE: We find freedom when we find God; we lose it when we lose Him. Paul E. Scherer

     D. Our Choice To Either Receive Or Reject The Lord Jesus Christ Will Determine Where We Spend Eternity

           1. We can:

                a. Resist the choice

                b. Ignore the choice

                c. Put off making the choice

                d. Deny we have the choice

                e. Assume we have made the choice

                f. Ridicule the choice

                g. But we are compelled to make a choice!

          2. There is no middle ground

               a. We do not have the option to side step the issue

               b. The consequence of rejecting Him is that He will reject you and you will be separated from Him now and forever

     E. With Christ We Have The True Freedom

          1. and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

          2. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 3:36 NKJV

NOTE: The English word ‘freedom’ is related to an Old Norse term meaning love and peace, because peace and love are at their best when people are free in Christ

NOTE: The greatest glory of a freeborn people is to transmit that freedom to their children. William Harvard

CONCLUSION

BECAUSE FREEDOM IS POSSIBLE:

I. EVERYONE OF US HAS A DESIRE FOR FREEDOM

II. NO ONE HAS THE POWER TO KEEP THEIR FREEDOM

III. ONLY OUR FATHER CAN GIVE US REAL, PERMANENT FREEDOM

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#Luke 16:1-3

GOD’S INVESTMENT STRATEGY

Luke 16:1-13

INTRODUCTION

Probably every one of us go to our mailbox each week and find in it an opportunity for an investment. There are more opportunities for investment than there is money (at least what we have). There are opportunities for us to invest our money; there are opportunities for others to invest our money for us. Everyone has an investment strategy. While we may be cynical about some of these investment ideas, some of them are probably good … if we had money to invest.

At least some of us know some horror stories of how people have lost their life savings by wrong investments. Many have been manipulated, pressured, hurt and burned by high powered sales pitches and manipulation of their emotions and other such actions.

Today we are going to look at what the Bible says about God’s Investment Strategy. This strategy is greater than finances, it is the investing and managing of our lives. Let’s face it – when it comes to managing life, how we invest is extremely important, even more important than how we invest our money.

Over one half of all the parables that Jesus told had to deal with money and material possessions. One out of every six verses in Matthew, Mark and Luke deal with either money or material possessions. Jesus spoke more about money than He did about heaven. Jesus spoke more about money than He did about hell. Why?

God knows the tremendous influence and power money has over our lives. We spend so much of our time earning it, making it, that He needs to tell us how to use it wisely. Continually Gallup polls show that over 50% of all divorces in America occur because of financial tensions.

Here is an important law of money: If we don’t manage our money, then it will manage us. In the Bible money is a test; a spiritual test.

In Luke 16 Jesus tells a parable that may be the most misunderstood parable in the Bible. At first glance it seems that Jesus is commending dishonesty but He is not. In fact, He is using the actions of a clever crook as an example of something totally unrelated to his dishonesty.

The key to understanding this parable we must know to whom Jesus was speaking. And the Pharisees also, who were courteous, heard all these things: and they scoffed at Him. In this parable Jesus gives a model of the Pharisees. The model is a crook. And the key is found in verse 8, And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

What is Jesus saying? We can learn from many unbelievers even though they have a different set of values. They’re wiser, many times, in the way they manage their money than believers are. We can admire a quality in a person without approving of their total lifestyle. This parable is the story of a shrewd manager. Jesus is not commending him for dishonesty but Jesus says there are some things here we can learn.

The Bible is saying that God is the owner of everything. You don’t really own anything. You get to use it for 60, 70, 80, 90 years but then it will pass on to somebody else. We are only stewards or managers for a short time. Just as this man had to give an account one day, so will we. Each of us will stand before God and give an account of what we have done in our life on this earth. We are going to give an account of the resources God allowed us to have.

And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. Luke 16:8 KJV

He doesn’t commend him for his dishonesty but he does say he was smart. What did this guy do that was right? Three things.

     1. He looked ahead. Then the steward said within himself, ‘What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg. Luke 16:3 NKJV

NOTE: Many Christians only live in the here and now. They never look ahead. They never plan.

     2. He planned ahead. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. Luke 16:4 KJV

NOTE: Many Christians are doing absolutely no financial planning. They don’t look ahead. They don’t plan ahead.

     3. He acted quickly. So he called every one of his master’s debtors to him, and said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’

And he said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ So he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’

Luke 16:5-6 NKJV

Jesus is saying to us as believers, “In light of everything that’s going to happen in eternity, you ought to do the same thing with your money. You ought to look ahead, you ought to plan ahead and you better do it while you’ve got the opportunity.” That’s God’s investment strategy.

THEME: IN ORDER TO PREPARE FOR OUR ACCOUNTABILITY TO GOD WE MUST KNOW:

I. THE PURPOSE OF GIVING Luke 16:9

NOTE: Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home. Luke 16:9 NLT

     A. Get Others To Heaven

          1. What He is not saying

               a. We are to buy our way into heaven

               b. Pay for our salvation

          2. The greatest use of our money is to invest in getting people into heaven

               a. We are to invest our money to build relationships that are going to last forever

               b. We are to invest our money in getting people into heaven

          3. When we give to a church ministry

               a. We help people to come to know the Lord

               b. We make friends not only here on earth but for eternity

NOTE: Eternal friends = eternal rewards

     B. We Are Going To Spend More Time On The Other Side Of Death Than On This Side

          1. The best use of our money is to invest in something that outlasts this life

          2. We use our temporary resources for eternal, permanent good

          3. Jesus is saying that heaven should be full of people who cheer when we get there

               a. “Look who’s here!” (Not in shock!)

NOTE: When some enter heaven there may be shock. “I didn’t know you were saved!” No one I know has seen any of your work for God up here.”

               b. “Look who’s here! We have been waiting for you!”

               c. The joy of heavenly investment: Someone comes up and says, “I want to say thanks to you. I’m here in heaven because of you.”

               d. We never witnessed to that person personally

               e. But we gave to that ministry that reached that person

NOTE: What we can call eternal IRA’s

               f. We give to ministries and missions and churches that have reached people we could never reach

               g. The Bible says that is the greatest investment of our money

NOTE: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:20-21 NKJV

     C. The Contrast Of The Use Of Money

          1. Jesus says that whatever we buy on earth will eventually:

               a. Rust

               b. Rot

               c. Fall apart

              d. Wear out

              e. Be stolen

          2. Things do not last

          3. But people do last – eternally

               a. They will last one of two places for eternity – heaven or hell

               b. The way we spend our time and money may determine where they spend their eternity

NOTE: There are companies that make suits to be buried in – burial suits

          a. What is the difference between burial suits and ones we buy?

          b. There are no pockets in burial suits

          c. We can’t take it with us

          d. But we can send it on ahead

NOTE: There is an old cartoon about a guy who gets up to heaven. There are mansions all around but they take him to a shack. He says, “How come I’ve got a shack instead of a mansion.” The angel says, “That’s all we could build with the amount you sent on ahead.”

     D. Jesus Says To Lay Up Treasures In Heaven

NOTE: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:20 NKJV

          1. We lay up treasures in heaven by investing it in people who can go there

          2. This is really the only way

          3. The purpose of giving, Jesus says, is to reach other people – as many as we can for Christ so when we get to heaven, we will have all these friends in eternity who say thanks for what we di

          4. That’s eternal friends and eternal rewards

     E. God Says We Are Not To Spend Everything Just On Ourselves

          1. The purpose of giving – Eternal rewards

          2. We are to use our affluence for good influence

T .S. IN ORDER TO PREPARE FOR OUR ACCOUNTABILITY TO GOD WE MUST KNOW:

          I. THE PURPOSE OF GIVING

II. OUR PATTERN FOR LIVING

     A. God Expects Us To Be Responsible with The Way We Manage Our Money

          1. The way we save it

          2. The way we spend it

          3. The way we give it

NOTE: He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. Luke 16:18 KJV

     B. God Gives To Us According To Our Faithfulness

          1. Faithfulness in little things grows us to be faithful in more

          2. Faithfulness in a little talent and that talent will grow

          3. Faithfulness in responsibility will lead to a promotion

          4. Faithfulness in a little money leads to faithfulness in more money

          5. Big results come only after faithfulness in little results

NOTE: Someone has said, “If you take care of the dimes, God will take care of the dollars”

NOTE: But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33 NKJV

          a. His righteousness must be our righteousness

          b. His priorities must be our priorities

          c. His life style must be our life style

NOTE: A man once got up at a service and said, “When I was 15 years old I had five dollars. The offering came by and I gave all that I had. And today I’m a millionaire.” The pastor jumped up and says, “I dare you to do it again!”

     C. God Uses Money To Test Us

          1. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? Luke 16:11 NASB

               a. Mammon – treasure, riches

               b. True riches – true riches of heaven

NOTE: Some say that 80% of American Christians do not know this principle. Therefore they cannot figure out why they are not making it spiritually.

          2. What we do with our money and treasures determines how much God can bless our lives

               a. God is not some jackpot – put in a dollar and pull out $100,000

               b. But there is a direct relationship in the Bible between the spiritual depth in our lives and what we do with our money

          3. Inconsistent giving produces inconsistent living

               a. God does not give spiritual power to just anybody

               b. God give spiritual power as the result of testing

               c. That testing affects every area of our life

               d. God continually examines us to see if we really mean business with Him

T.S. IN ORDER TO PREPARE FOR OUR ACCOUNTABILITY TO GOD WE MUST KNOW:

          I. THE PURPOSE OF GIVING

         II. OUR PATTERN FOR LIVING

III. OUR PRIORITY OF LOVING

     A. When It Comes To Money Management, The Heart Of The Problem Is Really A Problem Of The Heart

          1. We are incapable of working for two bosses

          2. No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. Luke 16:13 ESV

NOTE: It is a true fact of life: We cannot serve God and money

     B. Our Priorities In Life Cause Us To Choose What We Will Love The Most

          1. We cannot love two masters

          2. There are actually only two choices

               a. God

               b. Money, treasures

NOTE: What the lover of money says, “Our constitution says, ‘Life, liberty and the purchase of happiness'”

          3. The American dream

               a. The constant preoccupation with wanting more and more and more and …

               b. But God says we are not wise

               c. The failure to plan for the future

          4. The shrewd crook

               a. He was wise

               b. He thought ahead

               c. He planned ahead

               d. He looked to the future

     C. God Wants First Place

          1. You shall have no other gods before Me. Exodus 20:3 NKJV

          2. Anything that takes most of our time and most of our thought and most of our energy has a tendency to become a god

          3. Money is a great servant; it is a lousy god

     D. Money Is To Be Used, Not Loved

          1. Money is neither good or bad

               a. There is absolutely nothing wrong with money

               b. What makes a difference is how:

                    1) We make it

                    2) We spend it

                     3) What we do with it

               c. There is no sin to be wealthy

NOTE: Many of the greatest saints in the Bible were wealthy

          a. Job

          b. Abraham

          c. David

          d. Solomon

          e. Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha

         f. Joseph of Aramathea

          2. Money is neutral morally

     E. The Sin Of Loving Money

NOTE: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. I Timothy 6:10 NKJV

          1. The rule of the Christian and money: Love people, use things

          2. When we love money, then we use people

          3. If we love money, it becomes our master

          4. If we give our money away, it becomes our servant

          5. To try to live for God and money at the same time creates mass confusion in our life

NOTE: No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. Luke 16:13 ESV

     F. How Do We Know If God Really Has First Place In Our Life?

          1. And you shall eat before the Lord your God, in the place where He chooses to make His name abide, the tithe of your grain and your new wine and your oil, of the firstborn of your herds and your flocks, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always. Deuteronomy 14:23 NKJV

          2. Talk is cheap; action tells all

          3. What is the purpose of tithing?

NOTE: Definition of tithe: ten percent

          4. Why do we give ten percent back to God?

               a. Is God poor?

               b. We need to give

               c. The tithe is a constant reminder that God is:

                    1) Number one in our life

                    2) First in our life

NOTE: Some will say, “God, I can’t afford to tithe right now”

          a. God says, “Child, you can’t afford not to tithe”

          b. God says, “Child, you need my blessing more than you need this money”

NOTE: It is said that there are more promises in Scripture related to giving than any other subject

          5. We don’t have joy from what we keep, we have joy from what we give away

          6. What God wants is not our money, what God wants is us and what the money represents

CONCLUSION

IN ORDER TO PREPARE FOR OUR ACCOUNTABILITY TO GOD WE MUST KNOW:

I. THE PURPOSE OF GIVING

II. OUR PATTERN FOR LIVING

III. OUR PRIORITY OF LOVING

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#John 5

A HEALED MAN AND AN ANGRY PEOPLE

John 5

INTRODUCTION

This is a revealing story of how some religious people are more interested in the daily rituals of life than they are in the needs of others. The goal of the work of God is the redemption of individuals. The goal of these people was tradition over the needs of others.

The zeal they had for their legalism even exceeded their ability to the see power of God working in their midst. The extent of their zeal included a desire to kill Jesus.

I. THE PLACE WHERE THE NEEDY MET John 5:1-4

     A. The Pool Of Bethesda vs. 2

     B. Many Sick Were There vs. 3

NOTE: No record of any of the religious Jews there trying to help them

     C. The Hope Of Healing By An Angel vs. 4

II. THE MAN WHO HAD A NEED John 5:5

     A. He Had An Illness That Destroyed His Life

     B. He Had The Same Illness For Thirty Eight Years

III. THE APPEARANCE OF THE PHYSICIAN John 5:6-9

     A. Out Of All Those There, Jesus Saw Him vs. 6

     B. Jesus Discusses The Man’s Condition vs. 7

          1. The inability of the man

          2. The failure of the man

     C. Jesus Heals This Man vs. 8-9

          1. Jesus commands him vs. 8

          2. The man responds to the command of Jesus vs. 9

IV. THE RESPONSE OF THE JEWS John 5:10-18

     A. Their Condemnation vs. 10-11

     B. Their Questions In Response To The Healed Man vs. 12-13

     C. The Man Meets Jesus vs. 14

     D. The Plot Of The Jews vs. 15-18

V. THE EXPLANATION BY JESUS John 5:19-47

     A. His Work Is Done By The Authority Of The Father vs. 19-22

     B. His Work Includes Judgment vs. 23-30

     C. His Character References

          1. By John the Baptist vs. 31-35

          2. By His words vs. 36

          3. By God the Father vs. 37-38

          4. By the Scriptures vs. 39-40

     D. The Authority Of Jesus vs. 41-44

     E. The Judgment Of Moses vs. 45-47

CONCLUSION

The sin of being ‘religious’ is that one so looks at doctrine and tradition and personal gain that the great matters of God are omitted.

And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.

Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

This is the great and first commandment.

And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Matthew 22:35-40 NKJV

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#John 6

THE BREAD OF LIFE

John 6

INTRODUCTION

Jesus often took physical objects and needs to teach about greater spiritual truths. For example, “The kingdom of heaven is like unto …”

In this chapter there are hungry people who need physical food. Not only does Jesus provide this He also provides a lesson regarding spiritual food.

I. THE NEED OF PHYSICAL FOOD FOR A HUNGRY CROWD John 6:1-15

     A. The Wrong Reason For Following Jesus vs. 1-2

     B. The Question Of Jesus And Observation Of Philip vs. 3-7

     C. The Meal Of A Young Child vs. 8-9

     D. The Feeding Of The People vs. 19-13

     E. The Physical Desire Of The People vs. 14-15

II. THE POWER OF JESUS OVER WATER John 6:16-21

     A. The Storm Of Wind vs. 16-18

     B. The Fear Of The Disciples vs. 19

     C. The Power Of Jesus To Give Comfort vs. 20-21

III. THE CONTRAST OF PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL BREAD John 6:22-66

     A. The Contrast Between The Two ‘Breads’ vs. 22-27

     B. The Foundational Work Of God vs. 28-29

     C. Jesus Is The Bread Of Life vs. 30-35

     D. The Response Of Unbelief Of The Jews vs. 36-42

     E. The ‘Hard Saying’ vs. 46-59

NOTE: The difference verbs between ‘eating’ and ‘drinking’ vs. 35

          a. Eating – come

          b. Drink – believe

     F. Followers Begin To Leave Jesus vs. 60-66

     G. Jesus Questions The Faith Of His Disciples vs. 67-71

          1. “Will you leave also?” vs. 67

          2. “You only have the words of life” vs. 68-69

          3. “One of you is a devil” vs. 70-71

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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 later cursed him. His rules brought havoc to their children and their homes.

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 present 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

           1. For some they make it the Bible plus other things

           2. For others it is simple other things and no Bible

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

          1. Yes, has God said?

          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 comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 NKJV

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 – Know 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

Persuade – For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39 KJV

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

     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 and drought. The deeper the roots, the longer the grass can survive.

     D. Temptation And Testing

          1. Temptation destroys

NOTE: Temptation of Jesus

          2. Testing

NOTE: The trial 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

NOTE: So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. NKJV

     B. Go Forth To Serve The Lord

     C. What Stops This Service

           1. The cares of life

NOTE: We 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 a man be found faithful.

I Corinthians 4:2 KJV

     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 16:19-31

PROSPECTS

Luke 16:19-31

INTRODUCTION

When we go to a stockbroker and discuss the purchase of certain stock, we are given a “prospectus.” This describes the possible future of this stock. When we consider marriage to a person we consider the prospects of living with that person the rest of our life. When we consider taking a job we consider the prospects that job has to offer.

When we examine prospects we open a vista to the future. With prospects come:

     a. Anticipation

     b. Expectations

     c. Expectancy

     d. Likelihood

     e. Outlook

     f. Possibilities

     g. Potential

When we consider prospects, there are positive benefits and there are negative benefits. If we are honest we will take serious time and consideration to weight the positive benefits in light of the negative benefits.

In this passage today we see an individual who did not consider the prospects of eternity … to his eternal detriment. Here is the most important prospect we all will face, where we will spend eternity.

Nothing is said about the burial of Lazarus but the rich man had a rich funeral. The story is told of what happened to Lazarus when he died, carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. Nothing is told of what happened to the rich man as to how he got to hell.

Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment!
They are utterly consumed with terrors. Psalm 73:19 NKJV

It is said that the parable of the prodigal son is the most beautiful short story in the world. This story is the most meaningful story in the world.

THEME: WHAT CAN A PERSON EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER IN HELL?

I. A PERSON CAN EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER TORMENTS IN HELL vs. 23-25

     A. Torments Will Be Encountered Because Of Lost Opportunities vs. 23

          1. He lifted up his eyes

               a. Exalt one’s self

               b. Exalt one’s self

               c. Lifted up with pride

               d. Raise up

          2. His eyes

               a. Our eyes are for first of all seeing the most important things

               b. Only after it is too late will most people see the dark reality of hell

NOTE: Hell is truth seen too late Thomas Hobbes

          3. The classification of torment

               a. Being in torments vs. 23

               b. Place of torment vs. 28

               c. Healed of torments

NOTE: Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. Matthew 4:24 NKJV

          4. He saw Abraham eternally afar off

               a. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him Mark 5:6 KJV

               b. And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ Luke 18:13 NKJV

          5. His need of help (but too late)

               a. Lazarus

                    1) Hebrew – Eleazar – “destitute”

                    2) Greek – “whom God helps”

               b. The eternal contrast

                    1) The world would say God had not helped Lazarus

                    2) Eternity will say that God has helped Lazarus richly

     B. Torments Will Be Encountered Because Of Personal Need vs. 24a

          1. Father Abraham

               a. No record he ever called on God

               b. No record that he asked to be released from that place

               c. No record that he desired to be in Heaven (or Paradise)

               d. He just wanted comfort

          2. Have mercy

               a. He asked the wrong person

               b. Abraham could not save him

               c. Only God could save him

NOTE: When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” Matthew 9:27 NKJV

          3. Send Lazarus

               a. He knew who Lazarus was

               b. He never helped Lazarus

               c. He still looked at Lazarus as beneath him

               d. After death earth’s values no longer apply

               e. He never addressed Lazarus

               f. He spoke ‘up’ to Father Abraham

               g. He did not speak ‘down’ to Lazarus

     C. Torments Will Be Encountered Because Of Hell Fire vs. 24b

          1. The need for ‘cool’

NOTE: The only place this word is used in the New Testament

          2. Tormented

               a. Anguish

               b. Distress in one’s self

               c. Intense pain

               d. Sorrow

          3. All senses are awake in hell

               a. He saw

               b. He heard

               c. He prayed

               d. He was tormented

               e. He thirsted

NOTE: Walter Hooper was the personal secretary of C. S. Lewis. He laughed when he read the following grave inscription:

Here lies an atheist,

All dressed up with no place to go

Lewis, however, did not completely share in his laughter. He responded soberly, “I’m sure he wishes now that were true.”

Hell is a sobering reality for those who don’t believe.

          4. The poverty of hell

               a. Cannot purchase one drop of water for comfort

               b. Cannot purchase one moment’s rest

T.S. WHAT CAN A PERSON EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER IN HELL?

          I. A PERSON CAN EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER TORMENTS IN HELL

II. A PERSON CAN EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER LONELINESS IN HELL vs. 26

     A. Loneliness Will Be Expected Because Of The Contrast vs. 25-26a

          1. Son

               a. He thought being a son of Abraham got him to heaven

               b. Abraham acknowledged him to be his son (descendant) even though he is in hell

               c. Family relationship is not enough to keep him out of hell

          2. Remember

NOTE: How many sins of this life do we want to forget and we cannot?

               a. The torment of remembering

               b. One of the most cutting words in this place

               c. One of the most horrible activities in hell

               d. “Hell is hot but memory may be the hottest fire of all”

               e. Remembrance of what was enjoyed in this present world

NOTE: But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. Luke 16:25 NKJV

               f. Remembrance of turning away from God’s love and salvation

               g. Remembrance of turning our family and friends away from God’s love and salvation

NOTE: In eternity there will be nothing else to do but to remember … and suffer

NOTE: The joy of heaven is not found in hell

then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17 NKJV

          3. The eternal contrast

               a. Before hell

                    1) Rich man had good things

                    2) Lazarus had evil things

               b. After death

                    1) Rich man is tormented

                    2) Lazarus is comforted

NOTE: Notice the tense of the verbs: had … is

     B. Loneliness Will Be Expected Because Of The Great Gulf Of Separation vs. 26b

          1. Besides all this

               a. Literally – And in all these things

               b. His condition is irreversible

               c. Eternal punishment

               d. Once in hell, a person is there forever

          2. Great gulf

               a. Greek – chasma

               b. A chasm

               c. A gaping opening

          3. Fixed

               a. Placed firmly

               b. Set fast

               c. Stable

               d. Steadfastly set

               e. Strengthen

T.S. WHAT CAN A PERSON EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER IN HELL?

          I. A PERSON CAN EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER TORMENTS IN HELL

         II. A PERSON CAN EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER LONELINESS IN HELL

III. A PERSON CAN EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER REMORSE IN HELL vs. 27-31

     A. Remorse Will Be Expected In Hell Because Of One’s Spiritual Failure In One’s Family vs. 27

NOTE: This morning as pastor, I want to get on my knees and make an apology for what I am about to say. What I am about to say, I must say. But what I am going to say I should not say. I apologize to every man woman and child. I apologize to every parent. Parents, discuss this with your children. But I, in the Holy Spirit, must begin this sermon with this statement.

One Sunday, a minister began his sermon in this way. “I’d like to make three points Today. First, there are billions of people around the world, maybe four billion, who are going to hell. Second, most of us sitting here today do not give a damn about it.” After a lengthy pause he continued: “The third point is that you are more concerned that I, your pastor, said the word damn than you are about the billions of people going to hell.”

NOTE: The watchman who keeps silent when he sees a fire is guilty of gross neglect. The doctor who tells us we are getting well when we are dying is a false friend, and the minister who keeps back hell from his people in his sermons is neither a faithful nor a charitable man. J. C. Ryle

          1. This is the first recorded instance that the rich man ever truly cared for anyone else

               a. His sympathy is of no value now

               b. It is said that the greatest missionaries in the universe are in hell

               c. They know the consequences

NOTE: The greatest miracles will have no effect on a person’s heart if they will not first believe God’s Word

          2. There was no repentance

               a. The rich man never repented of his sins

               b. His brothers never repented of their sins

               c. No sorrow for their sin

                    1) Sin of the body

                    2) Sin of the heart

                    3) Sin of the mind

                    4) Sin of the soul

                    5) Sin of the thoughts

     B. Remorse Will Be Expected In Hell Because Of One’s Future For The Family vs. 28

          1. He wants them to be warned so that;

               a. They will repent

               b. They will not wind up like him

          2. The spiritual condition at death determines eternity

NOTE: And if a tree falls to the south or the north,
In the place where the tree falls, there it shall lie. Ecclesiastes 11:3 NKJV

          3. For the first time the rich man shows some interest in others

               a. But he only sticks to his own family

               b. Still not interested in the poor

               c. Still not interested in those Jesus died for – the world

CONCLUSION

WHAT CAN A PERSON EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER IN HELL?

I. A PERSON CAN EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER TORMENTS IN HELL

II. A PERSON CAN EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER LONELINESS IN HELL

III. A PERSON CAN EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER REMORSE IN HELL

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#Luke 17:1-2

THE IMPACT OF OFFENCES

Luke 17:1-2

INTRODUCTION

To live with the saints above,

That will be glory.

To live with the same below,

Is a totally different story.

It has been said that the Christian life would be wonderful if we just did not have to put up with people. But the Christian life is impossible without relating to others. We have to deal with Christians and we have to deal with those outside of Christ. Some people are a delight to be around. Others, a root canal would be preferable. Some are so easy to get along with; others can’t even get along with themselves.

The problems related to relationships are not new to our generation. The Pharisees could not stand the tax collectors and sinners who crowded to Jesus. The rich man would not help Lazarus (Luke 16) but demanded that Lazarus help him. Jesus is saying that disciples must not be like this. We must not commit similar sins.

NOTE: I hate everybody. I know they say, “Now, you can’t hate the world; don’t be bitter.” But I just hate everybody. Heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson

In this passage Jesus deals with the problems we face in relationships with Christians and non-Christians alike. We must remember: He is speaking to his disciples. Not to the multitudes. Not to the sinners. Not to the Pharisees. If we are His disciples then there are some facts about relationships we must understand.

In this passage Jesus is saying that we must avoid, as much as possible, all hindrances to the spiritual life of others. We must beware of sinful Christian “motives.” The sin of worldliness. The sin of godliness. The sin of selfishness.

Our values are heavenly, not earthly. The rich man was apparently a professedly religious man. He prided himself in being a descendant of the friend of God, Abraham. Yet, he lived a heartless, selfish sinning life without God.

THEME: WE WILL ALWAYS BE OFFENDED BECAUSE:

I. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE CRITICS vs. 17:1a

     A. He Said Unto The Disciples

          1. Not every Christian has a vision

          2. Not every Christian is a disciple

               a. Some are babes in Christ

NOTE: They don’t know what to do in relationships

              b. Some are carnal Christians

                   1) They don’t care about God’s work

                   2) They only care about their own personal agenda

NOTE: They are easily offended

          a. They are offended when we do something for God

          b. They are offended when we don’t do something for God

          c. They are offended when they are not in charge

          d. They are offended when they are not asked

          e. They are offended when they don’t get the credit

               c. Some are growing Christians (disciples)

                    1) Learning there is a wider world

                    2) Learning there is something greater than about themselves

NOTE: Definition of a disciple

          a. Learner

          b. Pupil

     B. Disciples Know Certain Things

          1. The mission statement of the ministry

          2. The differences between people’s attitudes toward:

               a. The ministry

               b. God’s people

               c. God’s priorities

     C. Offences Will Come

          1. Some will continue being faithful

          2. Some will drop out

          3. Some will join the detractors

NOTE: Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds Albert Einstein

     D. We Cannot Help But Offend Others

          1. We offend when we serve Christ

          2. We offend when we refuse to do what sinners want us to do

          3. We offend when others are convicted by our pure service to God

NOTE: You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

          4. But we are not to deliberately go about causing others to sin

NOTE: Offences are inevitable in a society made up of imperfect people

          a. It is inevitable that stumbling blocks should come

          b. Things that cause people to sin are bound to come

          c. It is impossible but that occasions of stumbling should come

          d. It is impossible that no offenses should come

     E. Definition Of An Offence

          1. Greek – skandalon (“scandal”)

               a. Found 15 times in the New Testament

               b. Stumbling block

               c. Thing that offends

              d. The lure that causes a person to fall into sin

              e. Anything thing that will cause a Christian to lose or lessen their allegiance to Jesus Christ

         2. Definition

              a. The movable stick or trigger of a trap, a trap stick

              b. Any impediment placed in the way and causing one to stumble or fall, i.e. a rock

              c. Applied to Jesus Christ, whose person and career were so contrary to the expectations of the Jews concerning the Messiah, that they rejected him and by their obstinacy made shipwreck of their salvation

NOTE: Wicked people will always set death traps for inexperienced and carnal believers

          a. They will bait theses traps in all kinds of ways

          b. Some believers will be caught

NOTE: The verb means to catch and to kill in a trap

          a. Not only physical death

          b. Death of spiritual activity

T.S. WE WILL ALWAYS BE OFFENDED BECAUSE:

          I. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE CRITICS

II. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE JUDGMENT

     A. Judgments Defined

          1. The sin of leading others astray is so terrible

          2. We must be constantly be watching ourselves so we do not purposely cause others to judge wrong

     B. Woe Defined

          1. The woe is the opposite of the blessings

          2. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes! Matthew 18:7 NKJV

NOTE: Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! Matthew 18:7 ESV

NOTE: Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! Matthew 18:7 NIV

          3. But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. Matthew 23:13 NKJV

          4. Woe unto you, blind guides … Matthew 23:16 NKJV

          5. For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! I Corinthians 9:16 NKJV

     C. Through Whom They Come

          1. There is a contrast

          2. We do not have to be the one who sets the traps

          3. Death is preferable to causing someone to stumble on their spiritual journey

T.S. WE WILL ALWAYS BE OFFENDED BECAUSE:

          I. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE CRITICS

         II. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE JUDGMENT

III. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE MISUNDERSTANDINGS AS TO HOW SERIOUS OFFENCES ARE

     A. The Contrasting Millstones

          1. Millstones of sin

NOTE:It is better’ – The only New Testament occurrence

          2. The tremendous advantage of death over deliberately causing a Christian to sin

               a. Before setting a trap

               b. Before killing the spiritual growth of a child of God

               c. Before keeping a person from being saved

     B. Cast Into The Sea

          1. Three of the four times “millstone” is found in the New Testament it is referred to as being cast into the sea

          2. The sea

               a. Mediterranean Sea

               b. Red Sea

               c. Sea of Galilee

               d. Dead Sea

NOTE: No record that a person has ever had this happen to them. No human judge or court has every decreed such a death penalty.

NOTE: Better to be in the bottom of the sea than to offend or to ever get near to offending a Christian

          3. The millstone is out of its element

               a. Not the purpose for which they were created

               b. Millstones were created to be constructive

               c. Millstones were not created to destroy

          4. Offend little ones

               a. Out of their element

               b. A type of Satan

     C. Offend

          1. Greek – skandalizo (scandalize); verb

          2. Found about 30 times in the New Testament

NOTE: The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness Mathew 13:41 NKJV

          3. Definition

               a. To entice to sin

               b. To cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he / she ought to trust and obey

               c. To see in another what we disapprove of and what hinders us from acknowledging his authority

               d. To cause one to judge unfavorably or unjustly of another

               e. To make indignant

     D. Little Ones

          1. Any weak, struggling Christian who is striving to develop and to grow as a child of God

          2. The people who might be considered insignificant by common social standards

         3. Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. Matthew 18:10 NKJV

        4. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. Matthew 18:14 KJV

CONCLUSION

WE WILL ALWAYS BE OFFENDED BECAUSE:

I. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE CRITICS

II. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE JUDGMENT

III. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE MISUNDERSTANDINGS AS TO HOW SERIOUS OFFENCES ARE

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