#Luke 4:20-30

OUR RESPONSE

Luke 4:20-30

INTRODUCTION

Not one of us here chooses to be a failure. Not one of us here want our children to grow up to be failures. But there is a sad fact before us: the possibility of failure is with us every day.

Sometimes we fail because others cause us to fail. There are occasions when someone more powerful than us, or someone with better ability than us, or someone who has the ear of the boss, can cause us to fail. In those cases it is not our fault. But, in the great majority of cases, we fail all by ourselves. We make choices. We make our beds. We are the only one to decide whether we are successful or failure.

In the spiritual realm so many are rooting for us to be victorious. But many are also against us and wish failure in our lives. This is especially in the realm of Satan and his demons. But, as the Scripture says, If God be for us, who can be against us? And here is a terrible, horrible statement: Just because God is for us we can still fail. How? When we take it upon ourselves to reject what Jesus says to us. It is possible for us to fail and have no one to blame but our selves.

THEME: HOW DO WE GO ABOUT REJECTING JESUS?

I. WE REJECT JESUS WHEN WE REJECT HIS WORD vs. 20-22

     A. Even Though He Is Prepared To Speak To Us vs. 20

          1. Jesus had read the Scripture in the previous verses vs. 16-19

          2. Jesus closed the book

               a. Spiritual meaning here

               b. The Bible is a ‘closed’ book

               c. We can add nothing else to it

               d. It is sealed with His power

          3. Jesus sat down

               a. The position of a teacher in the synagogue

               b. All were looking on Him

               c. All were expecting a message from God

     B. Even Though He Does Speak vs. 21

          1. This very day

               a. The past is gone forever

               b. The future here on earth may never dawn for us

               c. God has only given us the present

NOTE: Carpe diem

          a. Seize the day

          b. Make the most of today’s opportunities

          2. Fulfilled

               a. What promised by this passage is now coming to pass

               b. Prophecy is now being fulfilled

          3. The direction of His teachings

               a. Does He begin by reminding them of the glorious golden past of Israel? No

               b. Does He begin by reminding them of the glorious golden future of Israel? No

              c. He begins by talking about here and now

NOTE: The promises of the previous verses have been happening in the present day miracles of Jesus

     C. Even Though We Hear What He Says vs. 22

          1. All bare Him witness

               a. All were witnesses to the power and truth of what He said

               b. They were impressed by the presentation of His sermon

               c. The emphasis is on their astonishment, not their admiration or appreciation

              d. They were impressed by His preaching, but not His message

          2. Gracious

               a. That which shows joy, pleasure, delight, charm

               b. So different from the harsh and unfeeling mode of the Pharisees

               c. They were at awe at what they were hearing

               d. He spoke in an attractive way

          3. Their initial reaction was chilled by:

               a. Indifference

               b. Skepticism

          4. “Is not this Joseph’s son?”

               a. They liked the message of salvation

               b. They did not like that the message begins with Jesus

NOTE: Familiarity brings contempt

               c. If He wants us to believe His claims then give us a new miracle today

NOTE: You did it elsewhere; we demand you do it here

T.S. HOW DO WE GO ABOUT REJECTING JESUS?

          I. WE REJECT JESUS WHEN WE REJECT HIS WORD

II. WE REJECT JESUS WHEN WE ACCEPT OUR WORDS OVER HIS WORDS vs.23-27

     A. They Look To A Common Proverb Rather Than To The Word Of God vs.23

          1. ‘Physician, heal thyself’

               a. No one would attempt to heal another when they have the same illness

NOTE: At the cross - He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ Luke 23:35 KJV

              b. They would first heal themselves

              c. Then others would have confidence in their healing ability

              d. Prove your words by your deeds

              e. Show that you are worthy of our confidence

NOTE: No faith, only works

              f. Jesus refuses to satisfy their curiosity with miracles

NOTE: Capernaum – Village of comfort

     B. No Prophet Is Accepted In His Own Country vs. 24

          1. Verily

               a. Amen

               b. Used 152 times in the New Testament

               c. At the beginning of a discourse surely, truly, of a truth

               d. At the end – so it is, so be it, may it be fulfilled

NOTE: It was a custom, which passed over from the synagogues to the Christian assemblies, that when he who had read or taught, or had offered up solemn prayer to God, the others responded “Amen”

               e. It has been called one of the best known words in human speech

               f. Six times in Luke does Jesus say, ”Amen”

                   1) Expresses an important fact

                   2) Usually one that is in conflict with popular opinion

NOTE: Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered Acts 7:52 ESV

     C. The Messengers Of God Have Been Rejected vs. 25-27

NOTE: Jesus calls attention to two cases were acknowledged prophets had so little honor in their own nation that they bestowed their favors on foreigners

          1. The ministry Of Elijah vs. 26

               a. No widow in Israel was blessed

               b. Rather, a widow in Sidon, Lebanon, a Phoenician

                    1) Jezebel and Ahab were looking everywhere to kill Elijah

                    2) He was in the land of Jezebel

               c. God did not support him by the finances of:

                    1) A king

                    2) A wealthy person

                    3) An influential person

                    4) But by a penniless pagan widow

               d. Many Jewish widows went hungry

               e. A pagan widow was fed

          2. The ministry of Elisha

               a. No Jewish leper came for healing

                    b. The only leper who came was healed

                   c. He was an enemy general

                   d. No Jewish lepers came after this event

NOTE: Elijah and Elisha were never accepted by the people of Israel. The people followed Baal during most of their ministries.

NOTE: Notice today how many lives are cleaned up by Jesus but few come asking for that cleansing

T.S. HOW DO WE GO ABOUT REJECTING JESUS?

          I. WE REJECT JESUS WHEN WE REJECT HIS WORD

         II. WE REJECT JESUS WHEN WE ACCEPT OUR WORDS OVER HIS WORDS

III. WE REJECT JESUS WHEN WE GET MAD AT HIM 4:28-3

NOTE: This was religious Jews, in the land, faithful in the synagogue

     A. Why Were They Filled With Wrath vs. 28

          1. Because He quoted to the Scripture

          2. They saw the cases applied to them selves

          3. To think that they are worse than Phoenician widows and Syrian lepers!

NOTE: In the Old Testament God showed more compassion on a single Gentile than to multitudes of Jews in the same circumstances

          4. The hostility of those who claimed the Old Testament as their own

               a. They opposed the message by their responses to it

               b. They did not want the message and they did not want anyone new getting the message

               c. They did not want Gentiles to receive benefits denied to them

          5. Their going to the synagogue was an act of human goodness

               a. Human goodness never can take the place of the power of God

               b. Human goodness is nothing compared to the power of God

               c. Human goodness turns to wrath and jealously before the power of God

NOTE: They had departed from God’s purpose in making them a people to whom He would reveal Himself in redemptive work and through whom that revelation would be passed on to their Gentile neighbors

     B. The Ultimate Act Of Their Wrath – The Destruction Of Jesus vs. 29

          1. They had no right to take a life

               a. No religious right

               b. No civil right

NOTE: There were religious and civil courts that dealt with such cases

NOTE: This shows how far some will go to manifest their opposition to the message of Christ

          2. Their hatred for Jesus caused them to break two of the Ten Commandments

               a. Murder on the Sabbath

               b. Going about two miles to the hillside where they wanted to kill Jesus (beyond the limits allowed on the Sabbath)

     C. The Ultimate Act Of Jesus – Leaving vs. 30

          1. A remarkable escape

               a. Their object was to destroy Him

               b. He escaped in so peaceful a manner

               c. No violence or conflict

          2. Jesus walks calmly through the crowd

               a. He spoke no angry word to them

               b. He did not work any spectacular miracle

               c. Jesus leaves Nazareth forever

               d. He went His way, not they way

               e. There is no record He ever returned to Nazareth

               f. The rejection was final

                    1) On their part

                    2) On His part

CONCLUSION

HOW DO WE GO ABOUT REJECTING JESUS?

I. WE REJECT JESUS WHEN WE REJECT HIS WORD

II. WE REJECT JESUS WHEN WE ACCEPT OUR WORDS OVER HIS WORDS

III. WE REJECT JESUS WHEN WE GET MAD AT HIM

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#Luke 5:1-11

BEYOND OUR DREAMS

Luke 5:1-11

INTRODUCTION

We all like a sure thing. If we knew somebody who could tell us every time stock would go up and down, we would be billionaires. But what kind of person would we be like if we did not tell others how to have this success? We know someone like that. His name is Jesus and the riches with which He deals is more valuable than stocks and bonds.

Jesus has the answers for us. It is not about which stock will rise or fall but who will win in life. He has the answers for us and all we have to do is listen to Him.

THEME: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS?

I. WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS, WE ARE IN THE COMMON ACTIVITIES OF LIFE 5:1-3

     A. Jesus Speaks In The Common Places Of Life vs. 1

          1. Lake of Gennesaret – “The most sacred sheet of water the earth contains” (Dean Stanley)

          2. ‘Word of God’

               a. Found forty eight times in the Bible

               b. First time it is said Jesus used it in His teaching

     B. Jesus Uses Our Occupations As ‘Preaching Stations’ vs. 2-3

          1. The response required of a disciple to this authority is unconditional obedience

          2. They gave their ‘job time’ for Jesus

               a. Tired after night of fishing

               b. Exhausted after cleaning their nets

               c. They smelled like their job

T.S. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS?

          I. WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS, WE ARE IN THE COMMON ACTIVITIES OF LIFE

II. WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS, WE ALLOW GOD TO BLESS US BEYOND MEASURE 5:4-6

     A. Peter Was A Fisherman; Jesus Was A Carpenter vs. 5

          1. Peter knew how to fish; he was very successful

          2. Peter knew the best time to fish

          3. Jesus was a carpenter, not a fisherman

     B. Peter listened to Jesus vs. 4

          1. Peter listened in spite of his knowledge

          2. Master – ‘Teacher,’ not ‘Rabbi’

          3. First time Jesus is called teacher

     C. Peter Listened After Failure vs. 5

          1. Peter listened in spite of his friends

          2. Peter listened in spite of his past failure

NOTE: They obeyed Jesus even though circumstances did not look profitable

T.S. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS?

          I. WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS, WE ARE IN THE COMMON ACTIVITIES OF LIFE

         II. WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS, WE ALLOW GOD TO BLESS US BEYOND MEASURE

III. WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS, WE ALLOW GOD TO BLESS OTHERS THROUGH US 5:6-7

     A. Peter Had Friends And Business Associates With Him 5:7

          1. He had friends in the boat

          2. He had friends on shore

     B. Jesus Filled Their Boats With Fish 5:7

          1. Catching fish was the goal of their lives

          2. Catching fish was the goal of their business

          3. Catching fish was the failure of the night

     C. The Timing Of Their Success

          1. After they knew they had failed

          2. After they knew it was past time to fish

          3. After they surrendered to the way of Jesus

NOTE: It is foolish to try to do God’s work without God’s power D. L. Moody

T.S. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS?

          I. WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS, WE ARE IN THE COMMON ACTIVITIES OF LIFE

         II. WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS, WE ALLOW GOD TO BLESS US BEYOND MEASURE

        III. WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS, WE ALLOW GOD TO BLESS OTHERS THROUGH US

IV. WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS, WE COME TO KNOW HIM BETTER 5:8-9

     A. Peter Became Humble 5:8

          1. He fell at Jesus’ feet in a humble attitude

               a. Pride in business success

               b. vs. Humility in failure

          2. He realized his own sin

               a. At the beginning of his relationship with the Lord he acknowledged his sinfulness

               b. Simon’s position did not rest on his personal qualifications, but on the authority of Jesus’ summons to discipleship

               c. It was not that he loved Jesus less but realized his sin more

NOTE: He was unworthy to be in His presence

              d. He was not any more capable of catching men than he was catching fish the night before

NOTE: The work of God does not depend on the capabilities of those called but on God’s power

          3. He realized the holiness of God

     B. ‘Simon Peter’

          1. Full name for the first time

          2. I am a sinful man

               a. So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.” Isaiah 6:5 NKJV

               b. I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes Job 42:5-6 ESV

NOTE: Depart from me cf. not due to disobedience but to a general unworthiness; incapableness

NOTE: Master: Title of respect & authorityLord: Acknowledges our human frailty & sinfulness

     C. Peter Saw The Greatness Of God 5:9

          1. He saw His control over nature

          2. He saw His overwhelming blessing from God

          3. He knew Jesus is God

T.S. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS?

          I. WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS, WE ARE IN THE COMMON ACTIVITIES OF LIFE

          II. WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS, WE ALLOW GOD TO BLESS US BEYOND MEASURE

        III. WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS, WE ALLOW GOD TO BLESS OTHERS THROUGH US

        IV. WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS, WE COME TO KNOW HIM BETTER

V. WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS, WE CAN CHANGE OUR ENTIRE LIFE 5:10-11

     A. The Men Had Their Lives Changed 5:10

NOTE: “Fear not” used sixty three times in the Bible

         1. They were fisher-men

         2. They became men-fishers

     B. They Left It All 5:11

          1. He who is called must be willing to deny the demands of the old involvements

          2. We must life under the ultimate demand of the new commitment to Jesus

          3. It was not they left much; they left all (willingness)

NOTE: Fisher of men, the blest,

Out of the world’s unrest,

Out of sin’s troubled sea,

Taking us, Lord, to Thee;

Out of the waves of strife

Drawing Thy nets to shore,

With choicest fish, good store.

Hymn of Clement of Alexandria

CONCLUSION

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS?

I. WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS, WE ARE IN THE COMMON ACTIVITIES OF LIFE

II. WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS, WE ALLOW GOD TO BLESS US BEYOND MEASURE

III. WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS, WE ALLOW GOD TO BLESS OTHERS THROUGH US

IV. WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS, WE COME TO KNOW HIM BETTER

V. WHEN WE LISTEN TO JESUS, WE CAN CHANGE OUR ENTIRE LIFE

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#Luke 5:12-16

CARRYING, HEALING, HELPING

Luke 5:12-16

INTRODUCTION

It is impossible to spend a normal day of our life without coming into contact with someone who needs our compassion. Many of us have had days when we just needed a hug. Or a word of encouragement. Or someone who would understand.

Many of us know from deep personal experience what it is to need someone to care when no one around us really cares. And in some cases there have been plenty to care but there seemed nothing they could do to help.

Then there are those who don’t want any help.

There is the story of two Cub Scots, whose younger brother had fallen into the lake, rushed home to mother with tears in their eyes. One of them sobbed, “We try to give him artificial respiration, but he keeps getting up and walking away.”

In this passage of Scripture we are confronted with a truth we need. People will rejects us. Family will turn away because they cannot help us. Jesus has never turned His back upon a person in need, whether that need was physical or spiritual.

THEME: WHAT TAKES PLACE WHEN WE NEED JESUS?

I. WHEN WE NEED JESUS WE GIVE HIM OUR REQUEST vs. 12

     A. When Our Condition Is Beyond Our Control

           1. Full of leprosy

                a. Full

                     1) Filled up as opposed to empty

                     2) All the surface, covered everywhere

               b. Leprosy

                    1) A most offensive, annoying, dangerous disease

                    2) A virus of which generally pervades the whole body

NOTE: The ancient world’s only defense was quarantine cf. quarantining sin

          2. A greatly dreaded disease

               a. The end result

                    1) Decay of flesh

                    2) Corruption of the blood (infection)

                    3) Rottenness of the bones

                    4) Ultimate loss of use of the body

                    5) Death

          3. Two kinds of leprosy in the Bible

               a. A badly infected skin disease

               b. That which would eat away a hand or leg; a living death which lasted for years

NOTE: The average life of a leper before medicines was nine years

In the end there is mental decay, coma and ultimately death

          4. A symbol in the Bible

               a. A symbol of the effects of sin

               b. A symbol of the judgment of God on sin

NOTE: There is no case of spiritual leprosy too hard for Christ

     B. He Fell On His Face

NOTE: A sign of absolute humility; total unworthiness

NOTE: Here is an individual totally outside the social circles of Israel. There are no TVs, no news papers, no computers, yet he know what Jesus was doing.

          1. He besought Jesus

               a. Made request

               b. Pray

               c. To ask

               d. To beg

               e. To desire, long for

          2. If you will

               a. If you wish

               b. He knew his healing depended on Jesus

               c. He recognizes the power of Jesus

               d. He does not presume to demand anything

               e. He is not expressing doubt

               f. Just trusting Jesus

               g. He was not demanding a cure and tell Jesus what He must do

     C. His Greatest Request

          1. You can make me clean

               a. Cure

               b. Dedicate

               c. Free from defilement of sin and from faults

               d. From stains and dirt

               e. Purify

               f. Purify from wickedness

NOTE: Medical – A catheter (Greek word for clean) allows impurities to leave the body

          2. Make me clean

               a. Not make me well

               b. Not make me whole

               c. Not restore me like I once was before sin scarred me

               d. A request for a condition he never had before

NOTE: He was depending upon the power of Jesus more than his own former goodness

NOTE: When a person has been cleaned

          a. They remember their past

          b. Before they were impure

          c. When they were impure

          d. After Jesus cleansed them

          e. How great it is now with the power of Jesus

T. S. WHAT TAKES PLACE WHEN WE NEED JESUS?

          I. WHEN WE NEED JESUS WE GIVE HIM OUR REQUEST

II. WHEN WE NEED JESUS HE GIVES US HIS ANSWER vs. 13

NOTE: The setting of this story

          a. He saw Jesus

          b. He fell on his face

     A. While He Begged Jesus, Jesus Walked The One Hundred Feet Over To Him

          1. The man could not come to Jesus

               a. Physically

               b. Spiritually

          2. But Jesus could come to him

     B. The Man Never Asked Jesus To Touch Him

          1. Jesus does so much more than we ask or think

          2. Jesus did the unthinkable – He touched him

NOTE: Song, He Touched Me

And oh, the joy that floods my soul

NOTE: One rabbi boasted of driving a leper away from him with stones

          a. Not this Rabbi

          b. Jesus is touched by the feelings of our infirmities

NOTE: For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15 NKJV

          c. Jesus was moved with compassion for this man

NOTE: Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Mark 1:41 NKJV

NOTE: Others may have revulsion; Jesus has compassion

NOTE: When Francis of Assisi reflected on the way Jesus treated the leper, his life was changed and he went out to serve God

     C. Be Clean

          1. In the Greek it is only one word

          2. Immediately

                a. The effortless action of Jesus

                b. The power at His disposal

          3. One moment this man was ‘full of leprosy’

          4. The next moment not a speck of the disease was left

T.S. WHAT TAKES PLACE WHEN WE NEED JESUS?

          I. WHEN WE NEED JESUS WE GIVE HIM OUR REQUEST

         II. WHEN WE NEED JESUS HE GIVES US HIS ANSWER

III. WHEN WE NEED JESUS HE GIVES US A FUTURE vs. 14

     A. Jesus Charged The Changed Man

          1. Commanded

          2. Ordered

          3. The word charge comes from the Latin

               a. A Roman chariot

               b. It refers to a load on a wagon

               c. A musket was charged with powder and shot, or loaded

               d. To discharge is to unload

               e. We have a charge account

               f. Jesus put a load, or obligation, on the man

     B. Go Show What Has Happened To You

          1. Give evidence or proof of a thing

NOTE: The Mosaic Law for examining healed lepers Leviticus 14:2-32

          2. The steps of restoration after the work of Jesus

               a. A beautiful, quiet religious rite

               b. Show one’s self to the priest

              c. Make an offering of thanksgiving

              d. Wash (purify) the body

               e. Change his clothes

               f. Become an accepted part of society again

              g. Be restored to full social and religious fellowship with his family and his people

              h. Complete reintegration into his society

NOTE: There is a time to talk; there is a time to show

T. S. WHAT TAKES PLACE WHEN WE NEED JESUS?

          I. WHEN WE NEED JESUS WE GIVE HIM OUR REQUEST

         II. WHEN WE NEED JESUS HE GIVES US HIS ANSWER

        III. WHEN WE NEED JESUS HE GIVES US A FUTURE

IV. WHEN WE NEED JESUS OTHERS COME TO HIM vs. 15-16

     A. This Passage Does Not Say That The Leper Said A Word

          1. Actions speak louder than words

          2. His actions before the priest were legal testimony to what had happened

     B. The Fame Of Jesus, Not The Healed Man. Is Everywhere

          1. Greek – logos

          2. Actions speak louder than words

          3. The fact of the healing was worth more than all the religious platitudes of the religious leaders

NOTE: In 430 B. C. the historian Thucydides wrote, “It is in those who had recovered from the plague that the sick and the dying found most compassion”

     C. Others Will Want What We Have – Healed

          1. Greek – therapeuo

          2. Cure

          3. Restore to health

          4. To do service

          5. Healed means they had pain

NOTE: Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, and shouts in our pain. It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world. C. S. Lewis

     D. Others Have Infirmities

          1. Weakness

          2. Disease

          3. Sickness

          4. Want of strength

               a. To do things great and glorious

               b. To restrain corrupt desires

               c. To bear trials and troubles

     E. The Twofold Purpose Of Being With Jesus

          1. To listen to the Master’s teachings

          2. To be healed of our sins and sicknesses

     F. The Goal Of Jesus – To Be With The Father vs. 16

          1. Wilderness

          2. Desert

          3. Desolate

          4. Solitary

          5. Uninhabited

          6. Lonely regions

          7. Any place where there were no people

          8. Where Jesus could be alone with God

     G. The Continual Cycle Of The Ministry Of Jesus

          1. Jesus heals some person

          2. The report spreads everywhere

          3. Others come to hear Him and be healed

          4. He withdraws alone to pray and be with the Father

CONCLUSION

WHAT TAKES PLACE WHEN WE NEED JESUS?

I. WHEN WE NEED JESUS WE GIVE HIM OUR REQUEST

II. WHEN WE NEED JESUS HE GIVES US HIS ANSWER

III. WHEN WE NEED JESUS HE GIVES US A FUTURE

IV. WHEN WE NEED JESUS OTHERS COME TO HIM

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#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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