God’s Presence: His Salvation Message Proclaimed
2 February 2014
I am often amazed at the change I see take place in the lives of people, when they make the choice to follow Christ. It’s as if they had been waiting for someone to tell them how to be saved, according to the Bible. When they hear God’s salvation message---the gospel---they embrace the message and, often, become quite excited about discovering what Christ did for them at Calvary. They become desirous to show their gratitude for what God has done for them in Christ, and become zealous in doing good works. One of those works is the willingness to tell others about God’s salvation message, desiring to see people saved from eternal torment. This kind of thinking closely parallels the desire that Queen Esther and Mordecai had for the Jews in Persia. The Jews had been given a death decree and they were awaiting its date of execution, while in a state of mourning in sackcloth and ashes. Esther was aware of their plight, and was demonstrating a strong degree of sorrow before her king, and was pleading for their deliverance. If you have your Bible with you, please turn with me to the book of Esther. Our study today will be in the eighth chapter. Specifically, we will be studying verses nine through fourteen.
It was a desperate situation for the Jews in Persia. They were in a severe state of mourning, fearing that their lives would soon be over. What they did not know, however, is that God was working on their behalf to bring change to their situation. Queen Esther has appeared before the king---her husband---and has asked for her life and the lives of her people. In His providential way, God enabled the king to see that Haman, his most trusted political advisor, had constructed a plan to kill all of the Jews, and had deceitfully gained the king’s approval to do it. Haman had not realized that the queen was a Jew. Ultimately, Haman was put to death for his evil deception, and Haman’s estate was handed over to Esther and Mordecai. Additionally, Mordecai received the king’s signet ring, taking over Haman’s role as second to the king in authority. This unfolding of events---however---did not eliminate the death decree against the Jews. Esther once again addressed the king, asking for the revocation of the decree Haman had constructed. The king gives permission to Esther and Mordecai to craft a new decree that would supersede Haman’s decree. This brings us to the text for our study today.
SCRIPTURE: Esther 8:9-14
CTS: 3 integral parts of God’s salvation message.
The proclamation of God’s salvation message includes:
I. CONTEXT OF THE MESSAGE (VV. 9-10)
Now that Esther and Mordecai have been given authorization to write a new decree, the author of Esther identifies what took place in the process of putting the message together. There is a specific note to make, as we consider the text of study for today. Comparing it to Esther 3:12-15, the text appears to be a replication of the decree published by Haman. Haman’s decree, however, was for the specific purpose of destroying the Jews. Mordecai’s decree would be one of salvation for the Jews.
The text in verse nine identifies the king’s scribes being brought together for constructing the decree being developed by Mordecai (9a). Notice God’s providence again, as the text unfolds. Mordecai’s decree was written on the twenty third day of the third month. In essence---once the decree was published---the Jews had approximately eight months to prepare themselves to comply with the decree being published by Mordecai. Notice that---in contrast to Haman’s addressees---Mordecai included the Jews in the addressee list of the letters he wrote. In fact, they are the first people group mentioned in the addressee list (9b). Additionally, they were included in the list of those who had letters specifically written in their script and language (9d). Every Jew was made aware of his or her responsibility in complying with the decree. The beautiful aspect about this salvation decree is that it was backed by the king’s authority (10a). To ensure that the message would get to all of its intended recipients in a timely manner, the best horses in Persia---the king’s---were used to deliver the letters (10b).
The beautiful truth for believers in Christ today is that God has already constructed a salvation message that is applicable to every tribe, tongue, and nation and applicable to every generation. The truth is that every person born into this world is born under the curse of sin. Every person is a sinner (Rom. 3:23). Understandably, God provided a way for sinners to be cleansed of all their sin through the shed blood of His Son Jesus Christ (John 3:16, Rom. 5:8, Col. 2:15). God’s salvation message is applicable to everyone who will believe that Jesus is God’s Son and choose to accept Him as Lord and Savior (John 1:12-13). In following the text of study for today, if the message has already been written, the need now is to deliver it to the nations. Let’s think---for a moment---of how we can get the message out to the world, enabling many to escape the coming eternal torment for those who don’t believe in Christ.
The salvation message today – To clarify God’s salvation message, a few scriptures are most appropriate to share. Jesus told His disciples after His resurrection to remain in Jerusalem until receiving the Holy Spirit. It would be Holy Spirit who would enable the apostles / disciples to spread His message of salvation. Once they had received His power, they were to share the salvation message of God with everyone in the world (Acts 1:8). Additionally, we should not be ashamed of the gospel, for it is God’s power to salvation for all men (Rom. 1:16). Scripture also teaches that salvation is for anyone who calls on the name of the Lord (Rom. 10:13). Finally, the salvation message cannot be earned. Salvation in Christ is a free gift from God (Rom. 6:23b; Eph. 2:8-9).
The point of application for every believer in Christ is to believe that there is no resource outside the Bible that offers eternal salvation. God’s salvation message is the message of the Bible. We, as believers in Christ, must embrace the fact that there is no other way for man to make peace with God.
As indicated by the text. Mordecai constructed a decree that every person in the Persian Empire had to hear. He was careful to ensure that every conceivable script and language was addressed. The author was careful to explain what the content of that message was in verses eleven through thirteen. This leads us to the next point in our message. The proclamation of God’s message includes the consideration of and the content of the message. Look with me at verse eleven.
II. CONTENT OF THE MESSAGE (VV. 11-13)
The nature of Mordecai’s decree was one of self defense. Verse eleven identifies that the Jews were authorized to assemble together (11a), to defend themselves (11a), to destroy those seeking to destroy them (11b), and to plunder the spoil of their enemies (11c). The interesting point to note here is the similarities of the decree constructed by Mordecai and the decree Haman had written in chapter three of Esther. The instruction for the Jews was the same as for those who were authorized to attack the Jews. Additionally, the decree would be executed on the same day as the decree published by Haman (12). The decree was issued as law in every province, enabling the Jews to defend themselves on the day Haman’s decree went into effect (13). Mordecai’s decree had given God’s people hope.
As for the follower of Christ, there is no need to prepare for defense against those who persecute and wish to destroy God’s people. God’s message of salvation---at this point in time---is spiritual in nature. When a person accepts the contents of God’s message of salvation as truth---and acts upon it---that person is saved from eternal torment. In other words, once a person accepts and acts upon God’s message of salvation, not even physical death can separate the believer in Christ from God. As stated by the apostle Paul, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:6-9). In regards to physical protection, let us thank God that He has given us our civil government to keep evil from overrunning the righteous (Rom. 13:1-7). Believers in Christ, therefore, have no reason to fear what man may do to them. Whether they live or die, they are safe in the spiritual protection of Almighty God (Rom 8:31-39).
Content of our message - Rather than spreading a message approving physical defense against evil, the content of the message being spread by believers in Christ is one of simple belief. If a person receives the message of the gospel, God enables that person to become a son of God (John 1:12-13).
The point of application for the believer in Christ is to honor the message of the gospel. Believers must be careful to avoid adding any additional requirements for people to experience salvation.
With the message of salvation for the Jews in Persia written, the only thing left was to get it out to those living in fear of physical destruction. This brings us to the final point of our message for today. The proclamation of God’s salvation message includes communication of the message. Look with me at the last verse of our text.
III. COMMUNICATION OF THE MESSAGE (VS. 14)
The text provides us a similar, yet different thought concerning the spreading of Mordecai’s decree. Mordecai’s letters---just like Haman’s---were sent out to all the provinces by couriers. The mode of travel---based upon the reporting of the text---was a bit different. The couriers carrying Mordecai’s message rode on “royal steeds.” The text appears to say that the horses---being the king’s---were the surest mode of transportation in getting the message out to its recipients. The verse also asserts that the couriers moved quickly, being impelled by the king’s command (14ab). As the couriers went out, a copy of the decree was handed out at the citadel in Susa (14c). The idea implied is that the message could not be spread fast enough to alleviate the fear and hopelessness felt by the Jews in Persia.
The text of our study is a challenge for believers in Christ to get the message of the gospel out to a world that is heading in the direction of eternal torment, separated from God by their sins. They are actual enemies of God. Things can change for many of them---however---if they hear the message of the gospel and choose to respond. Scripture teaches us that we know not the day or hour of our Lord’s return. As followers of Christ, we must be living our lives for the glory of Christ, looking prayerfully for opportunities to share God’s message of the gospel with others. As God brings opportunities our way, He will give us the strength and courage to share His life saving message.
The point of application for the believer in Christ is to recognize that every believer in Christ is a courier of God’s gospel message. It is every believer’s responsibility to share the gospel as God gives us the opportunity.
My hope is that if you have been listening to this message or have read this manuscript, God has made you aware of a few things. If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, now is the time to respond to God’s invitation to become His child. Pray and tell God that you believe that Jesus is His Son and that Jesus paid the price for your sins. Admit to God that you are a sinner. Ask for the forgiveness of your sins and for God to take control of your life. In doing so, your eternal future is secure with God. You will become His courier of the gospel to others. Please respond to God’s beckoning call today.
If you know Christ as your Savior, ask God to give you His strength and courage to be a faithful zealous courier and deliverer of His gospel message to others. He is counting on us to get the message out.
As we conclude, let me share a few important thoughts for you to ponder. First, the text reveals that the king gave Esther and Mordecai the authority to draft a decree that would enable the physical salvation of God’s people throughout the kingdom of Persia. Additionally, they were aware of their responsibility to get the message to everyone, and took action upon that awareness.
As believers in Christ, we have the same responsibility for the spiritual salvation of many. We have the message. Let us take the message seriously, and prayerfully seek to share God’s gospel message with others as often as possible. God has assured us that He will be with us as we carry out His mission (Matt. 28:19-20).
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Acts 1:6-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me[a] in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Romans 1:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,[a] for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Romans 10:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”[a]
Ephesians 2:8-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
John 1:12-13 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Matthew 28:19-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.[b]
INTRODUCTION: THE IMPACT OF THE GOSPEL MESSAGE
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: ESTHER & MORDECAI FREE TO DECREE
SCRIPTURE: ESTHER 8:9-14
TITLE OF MESSAGE: GOD’S PRESENCE: HIS SALVATION MESSAGE PROCLAIMED
CTS: 3 INTEGRAL PARTS OF GOD’S SALVATION MESSAGE
THE PROCLAMATION OF GOD’S SALVATION MESSAGE INCLUDES:
I. CONTEXT OF THE MESSAGE (VV. 9-10)
• EXPLANATION: MORDECAI CONSTRUCTED A MESSAGE OF HOPE
o COMPOSED LETTERS ON THE 23RD DAY OF THE 3RD MONTH (9A)
JEWS WOULD HAVE 8 MONTHS TO PREPARE FOR DEFENSE
o LETTERS TO EVERYONE IN THE PERSIAN EMPIRE (9BCD)
NOTE: JEWS ARE HIGHLIGHTED IN THE PROCESS
• 1ST IN LIST OF ADDRESSEES (9b)
• LETTERS TO JEWISH ACCORDING TO SCRIPT & LANGUAGE
o POSSESSED THE KING’S AUTHORITY (10A)
o ARRANGED FOR THE IMMEDIATE TRANSPORT THE LETTERS (10B)
• ILLUSTRATION: THE SALVATION MESSAGE TODAY
(ACTS 1:6-8; ROM 1:16; ROM 10:13; EPH 2:8-9)
• APPLICATION: GOD HAS WRITTEN HIS LETTER FOR ALL NATIONS
II. CONTENT OF THE MESSAGE (VV. 11-13)
• EXPLANATION: THE KING APPROVED THE JEWS TO USE SELF DEFENSE
o JEWS IN EVERY CITY WERE PERMITTED:
TO ASSEMBLE (11A), TO DEFEND THEMSELVES (11A),
TO DESTROY THOSE SEEKING TO DESTROY THEM(11B)
TO PLUNDER THE SPOIL OF THEIR ENEMIES (11C)
o DATE OF THE EVENT: 13TH DAY OF THE 12TH MONTH (12)
o THE EDICT BECAME LAW EVERYWHERE: JEWS PREPARED (13)
• ILLUSTRATION: CONTENT OF OUR MESSAGE TODAY (JOHN 1:12-13)
• APPLICATION: HONOR THE CONTENT OF GOD’S GOSPEL
III. COMMUNICATION OF THE MESSAGE (VS. 14)
• EXPLANATION: MORDECAI SENT THE MESSAGE OUT TO ALL
o THE COURIERS WERE SENT ON THE KING’S BEST HORSES
• APPLICATION: WE ARE GOD’S COURIERS FOR HIS GOSPEL
• THE KING GAVE AUTHORITY FOR ESTHER AND MORDECAI TO SAVE MANY
• THE KING OF KINGS HAS GIVEN BELIEVERS AUTHORITY TO REACH MANY WITH THE GOSPEL: HIS WORD & HIS HOLY SPIRIT’ POWER (MATT 28:19-20)
Esther 8:9-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
9 (A)So the king’s scribes were called at that time in the third month (that is, the month Sivan), on the twenty-third [a]day; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded to the Jews, the satraps, the governors and the princes of the provinces which extended (B)from India to [b]Ethiopia, 127 provinces, to (C)every province according to its script, and to every people according to their language as well as to the Jews according to their script and their language. 10 He wrote in the name of King Ahasuerus, and sealed it with the king’s signet ring, and sent letters by couriers on (D)horses, riding on steeds sired by the royal stud.
11 [c]In them the king granted the Jews who were in each and every city the right (E)to assemble and to defend their lives, (F)to destroy, to kill and to annihilate the entire army of any people or province which might attack them, including children and women, and (G)to plunder their spoil, 12 on(H)one day in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month (that is, the month Adar). 13 (I)A copy of the edict to be [d]issued as law in each and every province was published to all the peoples, so that the Jews would be ready for this day to avenge themselves on their enemies.
14 The couriers, hastened and impelled by the king’s command, went out, riding on the royal steeds; and the decree was given out at the citadel in Susa.
a. Esther 8:9 Lit in it
b. Esther 8:9 Lit Cush
c. Esther 8:11 Lit Which
d. Esther 8:13 Lit given
A. Esther 8:9 : Esth 3:12
B. Esther 8:9 : Esth 1:1
C. Esther 8:9 : Esth 1:22; 3:12
D. Esther 8:10 : 1 Kin 4:28
E. Esther 8:11 : Esth 9:2
F. Esther 8:11 : Esth 3:13
G. Esther 8:11 : Esth 9:10
H. Esther 8:12 : Esth 3:13; 9:1
I. Esther 8:13 : Esth 3:14
David and Deb Barton are missionaries to Papua, New Guinea, working with Wycliffe Bible Translators, taking the Bible (in the native languages of the villages they visit) to the bible-less peoples of Papua, New Guinea. They gave the church an update on their ministry, as well as David presenting a message from Exodus 4.
INTRODUCTION: THE IMPORTANCE OF SUBMISSION / SUBJECT
SCRIPTURE: EPHESIANS 5:21-24, 33
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: PAUL ADDRESSED BELIEF (CH 1-3); NOW LIFE
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE WOMAN OF GOD
CTS: 3 WAYS A MOTHER CAN BE INFLUENTIAL FOR GOD
HOW CAN A MOTHER BEST HONOR GOD WITH HER LIFE?:
I. BEING A WOMAN WHO FEARS GOD (VV. 21-23)
• EXPLANATION: WIVES ARE TO SUBJECT THEMSELVES TO GOD IN FEAR
o ALL BELIEVERS. . . SUBJECT OUT OF REVERENCE FOR CHRIST (21)
o SPECIFICALLY: WIVES TO HUSBANDS AS TO THE LORD (22)
? WHY? - HUSBAND: HEAD OF WIFE / CHRIST: HEAD OF CHURCH (23)
? AS THE CHURCH IS TO CHRIST, WIVES TO HUSBANDS IN ALL (24)
• ILLUSTRATION: REVERENTIAL FEAR OF OTHERS IS NOT UNORDINARY
• APPLICATION: WIVES / MOTHERS - SEEK GOD’S WISDOM ON FEAR
II. BEING A WOMAN WHO SUBMITS TO GOD (VS. 24)
• EXPLANATION: WIVES ARE SUBJECT TO HUSBANDS IN ALL THINGS
o CARING FOR THE FAMILY (PROV 31:27-29)
o RAISING CHILDREN TO DISCOVER GOD / ACCEPT CHRIST (PROV 22:6)
o INFLUENCING DAUGHTERS TO BECOME GODLY WOMEN(TITUS 2:3-5)
• ILLUSTRATION: SUBMITTING TO OTHERS IS COMMON IN LIFE
• APPLICATION: WIVES / MOTHERS - ASK GOD FOR A SUBMISSIVE SPIRIT
III. BEING A WOMAN WHO RESPECTS GOD & HUSBAND (VS. 33)
• EXPLANATION: WIVES ARE TO BECOME ONE FLESH WITH HUSBANDS
o BECOMING ONE BEGINS WITH REVERENCING GOD (PROV 31:30)
o BECOMING ONE CONTINUES WITH REVERENCE TO HUSBANDS (33B)
o BECOMING ONE IS GOD’S COMMANDMENT (GEN 2:18, 21-24)
• ILLUSTRATION: MIXING COLORS = ONE DIFFERENT COLOR
• APPLICATION: WIVES / MOTHERS - CREATE ONE COLOR W/ HUSBANDS
• CONDUCT A SELF-INVENTORY; ASK GOD TO CHANGE YOU
• PURSUE GOD’S WISDOM TO GLORIFY HIM IN YOUR MOTHERHOOD
• BE THE EXAMPLE OF WHAT YOU TEACH YOUR CHILDREN
• SEEK GOD’S WISDOM FOR BECOMING ONE WITH YOUR HUSBAND
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Definition of submission
a : a legal agreement to submit to the decision of arbitrators
b : an act of submitting something (as for consideration or inspection); also : something submitted (such as a manuscript)
2 : the condition of being submissive, humble, or compliant
3 : an act of submitting to the authority or control of another
Definition of subject
1 : one that is placed under authority or control: such as
a : vassal
b (1) : one subject to a monarch and governed by the monarch's law (2) : one who lives in the territory of, enjoys the protection of, and owes allegiance to a sovereign power or state
Proverbs 31:27-29 New King James Version (NKJV)
She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
Proverbs 22:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Titus 2:3-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— 4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
Proverbs 31:30 New King James Version (NKJV)
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Genesis 2:18, 21-24 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
23 And Adam said:
“This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.?
Ephesians 5:21-24, 33 New American Standard Bible
21 1aand be subject to one another in the 2bfear of Christ.
Marriage Like Christ and the Church
22 aWives, bbe subject to your own husbands, cas to the Lord.
23 For athe husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the bhead of the church, He Himself cbeing the Savior of the body.
24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.
25 aHusbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and bgave Himself up for her,
26 aso that He might sanctify her, having bcleansed her by the cwashing of water with dthe word,
27 that He might apresent to Himself the church 1in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be bholy and blameless.
28 So husbands ought also to alove their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;
29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church,
30 because we are amembers of His bbody.
31 aFor this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.
32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to alove his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she 1brespects her husband.
1 Lit being subject
a Gal 5:13; Phil 2:3; 1 Pet 5:5
2 Or reverence
b 2 Cor 5:11
a Eph 5:22–6:9: Col 3:18–4:1
b 1 Cor 14:34f; Titus 2:5; 1 Pet 3:1
c Eph 6:5
a 1 Cor 11:3
b Eph 1:22
c 1 Cor 6:13
a Eph 5:28, 33; Col 3:19; 1 Pet 3:7
b Eph 5:2
a Titus 2:14; Heb 10:10, 14, 29; 13:12
b 2 Pet 1:9
c Acts 22:16; 1 Cor 6:11; Titus 3:5
d John 15:3; 17:17; Rom 10:8f; Eph 6:17
a 2 Cor 4:14; 11:2; Col 1:22
1 Lit glorious
b Eph 1:4
a Eph 5:25, 33; 1 Pet 3:7
a 1 Cor 6:15; 12:27
b Eph 1:23
a Gen 2:24; Matt 19:5; Mark 10:7f
a Eph 5:25, 28; 1 Pet 3:7
1 Lit fear
b 1 Pet 3:2, 5f
INTRODUCTION: â€œA LIFE OF DOING GOODâ€
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 6:6-11
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS IS LORD OF THE SABBATH
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: DOING GOOD
CTS: 4 RESULTS OF DOING GOOD FOR GOD
HOW DOES MY DOING GOOD FOR GOD IMPACT ETERNITY?:
I. GOD TOUCHES OTHERS (VS. 6)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS WAS TEACHING GODâ€™S WORD ON THE SABBATH
o JESUS WAS IN THE SYNAGOGUE TEACHING (6A) (MATT 28:19-20)
o A MAN WITH A WITHERED RIGHT HAND WAS THERE (6B)
Â· ILLUSTRATION: EDUCATION & DECISIONS
Â· APPLICATION: TRUST GODâ€™S WORD TO TOUCH THE NEEDS OF OTHERS
â–ª SPIRITUAL, EMOTIONAL, & PHYSICAL (OUR ROLE)
II. GOD MAKES UNBELIEVERS AWARE OF HIS GOOD (VV. 7-8A)
Â· EXPLANATION: CRITICS WERE OBSERVING JESUSâ€™ TEACHINGS
o OBSERVING TO ACCUSE HIM OF VIOLATING THE SABBATH (7)
o JESUS KNEW WHAT THEY WERE THINKING (8A) (JER 17:9-10)
â–ª EVIDENCE OF JESUSâ€™ DEITY - OMNISCIENCE
Â· ILLUSTRATION: â€œYOUR WALK IS YOUR WITNESSâ€ - PTL
Â· APPLICATION: LIVE GODâ€™S WORD / TEACH IT TO OTHERS
III. GOD AFFIRMS THE GOOD YOU DO FOR HIM (VV. 8B-10)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS ADDRESSES THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO GOOD
o JESUS CALLS THE MAN NEEDING HEALING FORWARD (8B)
o JESUS CONFRONTS HIS OPPOSITION ABOUT DOING GOOD (9)
â–ª KNOWING TO DO GOOD & NOT DOING IT = SIN (JAMES 4:17)
o AWARE OF AUDIENCE DISAPPROVAL, JESUS HEALS THE MAN (10)
Â· APPLICATION: CHOOSE TO SERVE, MAKING THE SACRIFICE
IV. GOD HARDENS HEARTS OF UNBELIEVERS (VS. 11)
Â· EXPLANATION: THE UNBELIEVING AUDIENCE BECOMES OUTRAGED
o UNBELIEVERS (PHARISEES & SCRIBES) WERE FILLED W/ RAGE (11A)
o THEY BEGAN TO PLOT AGAINST JESUS (11B)
Â· APPLICATION: DONâ€™T LET CRITICS STOP YOU FROM LIVING FOR GOD
Â· JESUS WAS OBEDIENT TO HIS FATHER: TEACHING & PREACHING
Â· HIS MINISTRY GAVE HIM OPPORTUNITY TO MEET NEEDS
Â· JESUS EXPERIENCED OPPOSITION, AS HE OBEYED HIS FATHER
Â· OUR LIVES ARE TO PARALLEL THE MINISTRY OF JESUS
Â· WE ARE TO SHARE GODâ€™S WORD, SEARCHING FOR NEEDS TO MEET
Â· AS WE TRUST GOD, HE WILL LEAD US THROUGH OPPOSITION
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A Life of doing good
Does it really matter, if you live a life of intentionally doing good things for others. Many believe that it matters, asserting doing to others as you would have them do for you. Some call doing good â€œpaying it forward,â€ believing that doing good things for others will bring good things your way. Though these thoughts appear to be morally pure and wholesome before God, thereâ€™s a problem.
Today we will see how doing good can be misunderstood, especially when harnessed with guidelines of when to do good, as well as when not to. Is such guided goodness pleasing to God? If you have your Bible, turn with me to the Gospel of Luke, as we seek a clear understanding of doing good. We will be studying verses 6-11 of chapter 6.
Matthew 28:19-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.â€ Amen.[b]
Jeremiah 17:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
â€œThe heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings.
James 4:17 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.â€ƒ
Luke 6:6-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
6 (A)On another Sabbath He entered (B)the synagogue and was teaching; and there was a man there [a]whose right hand was withered.
7 The scribes and the Pharisees (C)were watching Him closely to see if He healed on the Sabbath, so that they might find reason to accuse Him. 8 But He (D)knew [b]what they were thinking,
and He said to the man with the withered hand, â€œGet up and [c]come forward!â€ And he got up and [d]came forward. 9 And Jesus said to them, â€œI ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to destroy it?â€ 10 After (E)looking around at them all, He said to him, â€œStretch out your hand!â€ And he did so; and his hand was restored.
11 But they themselves were filled with [e]rage, and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.
a Luke 6:6 Lit and his
b Luke 6:8 Lit their thoughts
c Luke 6:8 Lit stand into the middle
d Luke 6:8 Lit stood
e Luke 6:11 Lit folly
A Luke 6:6 : Luke 6:6-11: Matt 12:9-14; Mark 3:1-6; Luke 6:1
Description BACKGROUND THOUGHT: HOSEA IS OBEYING GOD, DESPITE JUDGMENT
SCRIPTURE: HOSEA 1:6-7 TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE FURNACE OF AFFLICTION: END OF COMPASSION
CTS: 2 TRUTHS CONCERNING GOD’S MERCY
GOD’S LOVING MERCY INCLUDES:
I. LIMITATIONS (VS. 6)
EXPLANATION: GOD’S MERCY WITH ISRAEL HAD REDUCED
“LO-RUHAMMAH" – NOT LOVE (MOTHER’S LOVE)
ILLUSTRATION: ABSENCE OF A MOTHER’S LOVE
BIBLICAL CONTEXT: JUSTICE WITHOUT MERCY (JAS 2:13, HEB 10:28-29)
APPLICATION: CHOOSE NOT TO LIMIT GOD’S MERCY UPON YOU
SEEK GOD CONTINUALLY – HE CAN BE FOUND
II. LONGEVITY (VS. 7)
EXPLANATION: GOD’S MERCY WILL ENDURE FOR HIS PEOPLE
“BUT” – GOD’S ULTIMATE DESTINY WITH MERCY
GOD WILL ULTIMATELY SHOW MERCY ON HIS PEOPLE (7A)
GOD’S SOLE POWER TO DELIVER (7B) (2 KINGS 19:32-36)
NOTE: GOD WAS/IS HONORING HIS COVENANT WITH DAVID
ILLUSTRATION: ENHANCING GOD’S MERCY (MATT 23:23-24, JAS 3:16-18)
APPLICATION: ALLOW GOD’S MERCY TO REIGN IN YOU
EXPECT AND EXTEND MERCY
REMEMBER THIS: GOD’S MERCY IS MAGNIFIED IN THOSE WHO ARE MERCIFUL. BE GRATEFUL AND SHOW MERCY TO ALL.
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It’s interesting to consider the different meanings of the phrase “time-out.” In some respects, it is a very favorable term, providing the opponents in various sports to regain their breath or maybe even to consider how they might change their strategy in order to have victory over their opponent.
However, “time-out,” as I discovered during my parenting years, was and still is related to temporarily having a child who has lost his or her self control (done wrong) to sit down or maybe spend some time in an isolated area. This process afforded the child the opportunity to regain their emotional self control, consider the wrong they had done, and to think of the best way to repent or turn away from such wrongful behavior. Such discipline appeared to be God’s way of dealing with Israel for their willful rebellion against His leadership in their lives.
God was about to place Israel in the hands of Assyria for an extended time to reconsider their self-control and allegiance to Him. Their freedom to live as they please would be taken away from them for a time. Such discipline would include a number of Israelites losing their lives in the process. God was about to minimize His mercy, so that His people could learn a much needed lesson. God must be the focus of their lives, having first priority over all else, that He would be glorified and they would be blessed.
What about you? Is God’s mercy maximized in your life? Are you striving to keep God first in your life, that you might maximize His grace and mercy toward you and your family? Or, are you in need of a time-out?
Illustration: Absence of a Mother’s Love:
Consequences of an absent mother
From the very start of a child’s life, their mother is their most important figure of attachment. The lack of a mother figure can have major consequences.
Here are some of the main ones:
Negative feelings. The child may experience feelings of loneliness or worthlessness, given that they don’t receive the care and affection they need. This, in turn, can lead to anger or frustration.
Poor behavior. This includes not responding to instructions, making unreasonable demands or hurting themselves or others. In more general terms, the child may seem to be constantly in a bad mood. These are common responses to the absence or loss of a parent or similar figure. Patience and affection are vital when it comes to helping children go through this phase.
Problems with social relationships. Along the same lines, the child’s other social relationships may also suffer. Whether due to lack of trust or because they have not learnt the necessary social skills, children with an absent mother figure tend to have trouble connecting with others. They may also develop a dependency on the people who are there for them.
Emotional imbalances. This means irritability, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, lack of motivation and more.
Health issues. Faced with the loss or absence of their mother, some children may lose their appetite. Coupled with the emotional issues described above, this can lead to problems with the child’s physical health.
James 2:13 New King James Version (NKJV) 13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
Hebrews 10:28-29 New King James Version (NKJV) 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
2 Kings 19:32-36 New King James Version (NKJV) 32 “Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria:
‘He shall not come into this city,
Nor shoot an arrow there,
Nor come before it with shield,
Nor build a siege mound against it. 33 By the way that he came,
By the same shall he return;
And he shall not come into this city,’
Says the Lord. 34 ‘For I will defend this city, to save it
For My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.’ ”
Sennacherib’s Defeat and Death 35 And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses—all dead. 36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away, returned home, and remained at Nineveh.
Matthew 23:23-24 New King James Version (NKJV) 23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
James 3:16-18 New King James Version (NKJV) 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Hosea 1:6-7 New King James Version (NKJV) 6 And she conceived again and bore a daughter. Then God said to him:
“Call her name Lo-Ruhamah, (A)For I will no longer have mercy on the house of Israel,
But I will utterly take them away.
7 (B)Yet I will have mercy on the house of Judah,
Will save them by the Lord their God,
And (C)will not save them by bow,
Nor by sword or battle,
By horses or horsemen.”
Expect and Extend Mercy
God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Luke 18:9–14
When I complained that a friend’s choices were leading her deeper into sin and how her actions affected me, the woman I prayed with weekly placed her hand over mine. “Let’s pray for all of us.”
I frowned. “All of us?”
“Yes,” she said. “Aren’t you the one who always says Jesus sets our standard of holiness, so we shouldn’t compare our sins to the sins of others?”
“That truth hurts a little,” I said, “but you’re right. My judgmental attitude and spiritual pride are no better or worse than her sins.”
“And by talking about your friend, we’re gossiping. So—”
“We’re sinning.” I lowered my head. “Please, pray for us.”
In Luke 18, Jesus shared a parable about two men approaching the temple to pray in very different ways (vv. 9–14). Like the Pharisee, we can become trapped in a circle of comparing ourselves to other people. We can boast about ourselves (vv. 11–12) and live as though we have the right to judge and the responsibility or the power to change others.
But when we look to Jesus as our example of holy living and encounter His goodness firsthand, like the tax collector, our desperate need for God’s grace is magnified (v. 13). As we experience the Lord’s loving compassion and forgiveness personally, we’ll be forever changed and empowered to expect and extend mercy, not condemnation, to others.
By: Xochitl Dixon
Reflect & Pray
Lord, please keep us from falling into the trap of comparing ourselves to others. Mold us and make us more like You. When we realize the depth of our need for mercy, we can more readily offer mercy to others.
INTRODUCTION: ARE YOU LIVING A PROFITABLE LIFE? (MATT 16:25-27)
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 9:57-62
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS IS PREPARING HIS FOLLOWERS FOR FAITH
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: COUNSEL FOR HIS FOLLOWERS
CTS: 3 INDICATORS OF A WEAK OR FALSE FAITH
WHAT BEHAVIOR IS A HINDERANCE TO MY FAITH?:
I. LONGING FOR THE COMFORTABLE LIFE (VV. 57-58)
EXPLANATION: A MAN IS WILLING TO SELL OUT TO JESUS
“I WILL FOLLOW YOU WHEREVER YOU GO!” (57)
JESUS ENLIGHTENS THE MAN TO THE COMFORTS OF FAITH (58)
JESUS’ COUNSEL TO HIS DISCIPLES (9:3-4)
JESUS’ COUNSEL TO ALL FOLLOWERS (JOHN 14:1-3)
ILLUSTRATION: PREPARING FOR MINISTRY (DOWNSIZING)
APPLICATION: PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER LIVING ON LESS TO MAKE MORE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD. CAN YOU LIVE ON LESS?
II. LUSTING FOR WEALTH (VV. 59-60)
EXPLANATION: A MAN WHO LOVES MONEY MORE THAN JESUS
“COME FOLLOW ME!,” SAID JESUS (59A)
THE MAN’S CONCERN: “LET ME BURY MY FATHER!” (59B)
PEOPLE WERE BURIED WITHIN A SHORT TIME AFTER DEATH
THE MAN WANTED TO WAIT TO HONOR JEWISH TRADITION
THE MAN IS CONCERNED ABOUT FUTURE RICHES
CONSIDER THE RICH YOUNG RULER (MARK 10:17-22)
APPLICATION: FOLLOW THE COUNSEL OF JESUS: STORE UP YOUR TREASURE IN HEAVEN AND FOR GOD’S WORK ON EARTH (MATT 6:19-21)
III. LOOKING TO WORLDLY RELATIONSHIPS (VV. 61-62)
EXPLANATION: A MAN CHOOSES WORLD RELATIONSHIPS OVER JESUS
“I WILL FOLLOW YOU, BUT FIRST LET ME SAY FAREWELL” (61)
JESUS REFINES WHO IS IN HIS KINGDOM: FOCUSSED ONES (62)
2 TIMOTHY 4:10 - DEMAS LEFT PAUL FOR THIS PRESENT WORLD
APPLICATION: WORLDLY RELATIONS OFFER NOTHING, WHEN COMPARED TO OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD THROUGH CHRIST
DEAN - A MAN AFTER GOD’S HEART
REMEMBER THIS: TRUE FAITH IS PLACING GOD AS YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. MAKE HIM SO.REFERENCES (page 1)
Introduction: Are you living a profitable life?
DO YOU EVER THINK about profit? often times, when we think of profit, we tend to think of money related statistics. However, have you thought about why you participate in the activities of life? We often look at the opportunities that are before us and ask ourselves the question, “Is this worth my time?” When someone asks us to donate or to participate in a program, we often ask, “What profit will I gain from this?” Going back to the thought of finances, what is the smart thing to do with financial investments, if the investment is not performing well or may even be losing value? A smart investor will usually ditch the investment and look for an investment that has a proven track record and transfer their funds accordingly. So, the big question is, “Has your life been profitable?” How can I determine if it has been, is presently, and will be for eternity? Thankfully, Jesus provides an answer to the profitability of life. He says:
Matthew 16:25-27 New King James Version (NKJV)
25 For (A)whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what (B)profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or (C)what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For(D)the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father (E)with His angels, (F)and then He will reward each according to his works.
Luke 9:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 (A)And He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece.
4 (B)“Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.
John 14:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 “Let (A)not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many [a]mansions; if it were not so, [b]I would have told you. (B)I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, (C)I will come again and receive you to Myself; that (D)where I am, there you may be also.
Mark 10:17-22 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 (B)Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I (C)do that I may inherit eternal life?”
18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, (D)God. 19 You know the commandments: (E)‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ”
20 And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have (F)kept from my youth.”
21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, (G)sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have (H)treasure in heaven; and come, (I)take up the cross, and follow Me.”
22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Matthew 6:19-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 (B)“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;20 (C)but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The Ministry of Dean: A man after God’s heart
I am grateful for a young man whom God has brought into and inspired my life. His name is Dean. I met Dean during my initial role as an associate pastor at a church in Jacksonville, North Carolina. As we grew in our friendship and fellowship, I discovered something exciting about Dean. He had a passionate love for God. He was quite the example in sacrificing his personal time in the service of others. One evening, while I was at home, my children alerted me to someone at the entrance of our driveway. I went outside to find a pair of headlights shining down my driveway with someone digging near my mailbox. I went to see who it was. It was Dean. He was planting tulip flowers. When asked what he was doing, he replied, “Justing being a servant to my pastor.” Not long after that evening, I woke up on a Saturday morning to the sound of a riding lawn mower outside our bedroom window. I looked outside only to see Dean on a riding mower cutting our lawn. He testified again that he was just trying to provide loving service to his pastor. Dean did not do such things as these only for my family, but for many he saw in need. He clearly has a passion to honor God in his life. His self control has enabled him to resist the temptations we have discussed today. What about you? Are you struggling with a life of comfort? Is the pursuits of this world’s wealth choking out your ability to live a joyful life for Christ? Is relating to others in this world above your relating to your Creator, your Savior, Your Lord? God will set your priorities straight, as you ask, trust, and obey His lead.
Luke 9:57-62 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Cost of Discipleship(A)
57 (B)Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.”
58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man (C)has nowhere to lay His head.”
59 (D)Then He said to another, “Follow Me.”
But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”
61 And another also said, “Lord, (E)I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”
62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is (F)fit for the kingdom of God.”
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 8:26-39
INTRODUCTION: â€œTHE INVISIBLE WARâ€ (THOUGHTS FROM CHIP INGRAM)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: THE POWER OF JESUS OVER NATURE
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: POWER OVER DEMONS
CTS: NO EVIL CAN STAND AGAINST THOSE WHO BELONG TO GOD
I. HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH EVIL ACTIVITY? (VV. 26-29)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS ENCOUNTERED A MAN WITH DEMONS
o JESUS & HIS DISCIPLES LANDED IN A GENTILE LAND (26)
o THE MAN WAS BEING TERRORIZED WITH DEMONS (27, 29B)
â–ª 1 TIM 4:1-2; JAS 4:8; 1 PET 5:6-10
o SEEING JESUS, HE CRIED OUT & FELL AT HIS FEET (28 - 29A)
o DO YOU FEAR EVIL? NEWS REPORT ON FLORIDA SWIMMERS
Â· APPLICATION: DO NOT HANDLE EVIL ON YOUR OWN; GO TO JESUS
II. HOW DID JESUS DEAL WITH EVIL ACTIVITY (VV. 30-33)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS CONFRONTED THE EVIL
o JESUS ASKED THE DEMON FOR ITS NAME (30A)
o DEMONâ€™S RESPONSE: LEGION (6,000 IN ROMAN ARMY) (30B)
o THE DEMON BEGGED JESUS NOT TO JUDGE (31)
o JESUS ALLOWED THE DEMON TO ENTER SWINE (32 - 33)
Â· APPLICATION: JESUS POSSESSES THE POWER OVER ALL EVIL
III. HOW DO MOST PEOPLE RESPOND TO JESUS? (VV. 34-37)
Â· EXPLANATION: THE LOCAL PEOPLE WERE AFRAID; GO AWAY!!
o WORD TRAVELED ALL AROUND: A MAN CHANGED; PIGS DEAD (34)
o PEOPLE CAME TO SEE WHAT HAD HAPPENED (35-36)
o THEY ASKED JESUS TO LEAVE; THEY FEARED HIM; HE OBEYED (37)
Â· APPLICATION: WE MUST ACCEPT THAT MOST WILL NOT BELIEVE
IV. HOW SHOULD BELIEVERS RESPOND TO JESUS? (VV. 38-39)
Â· EXPLANATION: THE CHANGED MAN SOUGHT JESUS
o THE MAN WHO HAD BEEN CHANGED PURSUED JESUS (38)
o JESUS SENT HIM HOME TO BE A WITNESS FOR CHRIST (39)
Â· APPLICATION: YOU BELONG TO JESUS; TELL YOUR WORLD ABOUT HIM
Â· WE ARE CONFRONTED BY EVIL EVERY DAY; IT BEGINS WITHIN
Â· ANY MAN CAN AND IS TEMPTED BY EVIL; DONâ€™T BE!
Â· EVIL IS DONE! CHRIST HAS WON! TRUST IN HIM! YOU WILL WIN!
REMEMBER THIS: DELIVERANCE THROUGH EVIL: ONLY IN CHRIST!â€ƒ
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The Invisible War By Chip Ingram (Thoughts from Intro)
The Bible clearly teaches us that Satan is on a mission to destroy Godâ€™s people. And the problem is, Satan doesnâ€™t telegraph his temptations and schemes. Instead, heâ€™s very secretive as he attempts to lead Christians down a delicate, subtle, gradual path of deception.
C. S. Lewis wrote, â€œIndeed, the safest road to hell is the gradual one â€” the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turns, without milestones, without signposts.â€
Satan wants to get an unnoticeable foothold in our lives by triggering relational conflicts; weighing us down with fear, anxiety, depression, or insecurity; increasing our selfishness; tempting us with escape mechanisms such as rugs and alcohol; and seducing us through the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and boastful pride of life.â€
Ingram goes on to relate that we are in an invisible war, and must give proper respect to what God has to say about the war. Let me ask you a few questions. Are you aware that there is an invisible war going on in and around you today? Do you laugh in the face of evil? Are you terrorized by Satanâ€™s efforts to destroy you? Listen to what Godâ€™s Word has to say about His ability to address your fears and the evil attacks against you.
1 Timothy 4:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Great Apostasy
4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,
James 4:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
1 Peter 5:6-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because[a] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may[b] the God of all grace, who called us[c] to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
Luke 8:26-39 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Demoniac Cured
26 (A)Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 And when He came out onto the land, He was met by a man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs. 28 Seeing Jesus, he cried out and fell before Him, and said in a loud voice, â€œ[a](B)What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of (C)the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me.â€ 29 For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had seized him many times; and he was bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard, and yet he would break his bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.
30 And Jesus asked him, â€œWhat is your name?â€ And he said, â€œ(D)Legionâ€; for many demons had entered him. 31 They were imploring Him not to command them to go away into (E)the abyss.32 Now there was a herd of many swine feeding there on the mountain; and the demons implored Him to permit them to enter [b]the swine. And He gave them permission. 33 And the demons came out of the man and entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into (F)the lake and was drowned.
34 When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran away and reported it in the city and out in the country. 35 The people went out to see what had happened; and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting down (G)at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they became frightened. 36 Those who had seen it reported to them how the man who was (H)demon-possessed had been [c]made well. 37 And all the people of the country of the Gerasenes and the surrounding district asked Him to leave them, for they were gripped with great fear; and He got into a boat and returned.
38 (I)But the man from whom the demons had gone out was begging Him that he might [d]accompany Him; but He sent him away, saying, 39 â€œReturn to your house and describe what great things God has done for you.â€ So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.
a Luke 8:28 Lit What to me and to you (a Heb idiom)
b Luke 8:32 Lit them
c Luke 8:36 Or saved
d Luke 8:38 Lit be with
A Luke 8:26 : Luke 8:26-37: Matt 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-17
B Luke 8:28 : Matt 8:29
C Luke 8:28 : Mark 5:7
D Luke 8:30 : Matt 26:53
E Luke 8:31 : Rom 10:7; Rev 9:1f, 11; 11:7; 17:8; 20:1, 3
F Luke 8:33 : Luke 5:1f; 8:22
G Luke 8:35 : Luke 10:39
H Luke 8:36 : Matt 4:24
I Luke 8:38 : Luke 8:38-39: Mark 5:18-20
INTRODUCTION: “CAN ANGER CAUSE ANY SERIOUS HEART PROBLEMS?”
SCRIPTURE: JAMES 1:19-21
TITLE OF MESSAGE: DEFUSING ANGER GOD’S WAY: CHARACTERISTICS OF ANGER
CTS: 4 OBSERVATIONS CONCERNING ANGER
I. WHAT ARE YOUR “ANGER CUES” (VS. 19)
EXPLANATION: JAMES GIVES THE PROPER RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD
“KNOW THIS” - THE VALUE OF GOD’S WORD (19A) (SEE VS 18)
COMPARISON OF SELF CONTROL TO BEING UNDISCIPLINED:
GOD’S WAY (19b) MAN’S WAY
BE QUICK TO LISTEN SPEAK BEFORE LISTENING
SLOW TO SPEAK SPEAK WITHOUT THE FACTS
SLOW TO ANGER (DEUT 32:35) USE ANGER TO SPEAK
DETERMINE YOUR ANGER CUES (SEE INSERT)
ILLUSTRATION: MOSES GREW IN FAITH (DISLOYAL KORAH) (NU. 16)
APPLICATION: LEARN YOUR CUES; TAKE SITUATIONS TO GOD
HOW ANGER CUES CAN HELP YOU (SEE NOTES)
II. WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF UNRESOLVED ANGER? (VS. 20)
EXPLANATION: JAMES POINTS TO MAN’S PROBLEM WITH ANGER
IF BELIEVERS DISREGARD VS 19, THEIR ANGER WILL LEAD TO SIN
ANGER DOES NOT ACHIEVE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD (20)
ILLUSTRATION: VOLCANO SYMPTOMS (SEE NOTES) (MATT. 5:22)
SEE HUMAN SYMPTOM NOTES ON INSERT
APPLICATION: GOOD SELF CONTROL OF ANGER = GOOD HEALTH
III. DO YOU HAVE HIDDEN ANGER? (VS. 21A)
EXPLANATION: JAMES GIVES A “PUT OFF” ANSWER TO ANGER
PUTTING ASIDE ALL FILTHINESS & ALL REMAINING WICKEDNESS
HIDDEN ANGER CHECKLIST (ON INSERT)
ILLUSTRATION: VOLCANIC HIDDEN DANGER (SEE NOTES)
APPLICATION: REVIEW YOUR CHECKLIST TO AVOID EXPLOSIONS
IV. DO YOU ACT OR REACT WHEN YOU ARE ANGRY? (VV. 21B)
EXPLANATION: JAMES POINTS TO GOD’S WORD AS THE ANSWER
RECEIVE THE WORD IN HUMILITY = SALVATION OF SOULS
ILLUSTRATION: VOLCANO (SPIDERS) PROBING FOR DANGER
APPLICATION: USE CAUTION (LISTEN, CARE W/ WORDS, CONCERN)
GOD IS IN TOTAL CONTROL: USE HIS WORD - IT WILL SAVE YOU
MAN’S WRATH IS BOUND TO FAIL; GOD’S WRATH WILL PREVAIL
REMEMBER THIS: GOD’S WORD ENABLES US TO CONQUER SINFUL ANGERREFERENCES (page 1)
“CAN ANGER CAUSE ANY SERIOUS HEART PROBLEMS?”
Yes, anger can trigger potentially deadly heart rhythms in certain vulnerable people as stated in a study published in March 2009 out of Yale University. According to the American College of Cardiology, sudden cardiac death acounts for 400,00 deaths each year in the United States.
Dr. Rachel Lampert and colleagues of Yale University studied 62 patients with heart disease and implantable defibrillators that can detect dangerous heart arrhythmias and deliver an electrical shock to restore a normal heartbeat. The electrical activity of the heart was measured as each patient recounted a recent angry episode. Results showed that the anger did increase the electrical instability of the heart in these patients. After following these patients for three years, Dr. Lampert said the study suggests that anger really does impact the heart’s electrical system in ways that can lead to sudden death.
Anger Cues Checklist Examples:
I have a decreased appetite
I become silent, shutting down verbally
I use language that is inappropriate, harsh, or coarse, including gossip and sarcasm
I feel my heart racing
See the list in the handout for additional cues
How Anger Cues Can Help
“. . . the human body has a physical reaction when it experiences anger. These anger cues can alert you when you begin to feel angry. Discerning your own anger cues can help you avoid trouble. Likewise, being aware of the signs of anger in others can alert you to defend yourself, just like a fire fighter defends himself by wearing fire-retardant clothing.
A Volcanic crater contains toxic gases, a steaming underbelly, and razor-sharp rock fragments.Deep within the heart of unresolved anger, the darkened deposits of a critical spirit — bitterness and depression (among others)— can be found.
When volcanologists excavate and analyze material inside a crater, they work as quickly and efficiently as possible, being aware that the longer they sty, the higher the risk of injury or even death. And so it is with unresolved anger. . . The longer its allowed to fume and fester, the more dangerous—and even deadly—it can be for you and those around you.
Unresolved anger not only creates a rift between you and God, but also damages your body, destroys your emotions, and demoralizes your relationships. Whether you recognize it or not, extended anger can cause significant physical, emotional, and spiritual problems.
Symptoms of unresolved anger
Physical Symptoms - Blurred vision, headaches, heart disease, high blood
pressure, insomnia, intestinal disorders, overeating, and stomach disorders
Do you smile on the outside, yet feel upset inside?
Do you deny ever being impatient?
Do you have to have the last word?
Do those close to you say that you blame others?
Do you feel emotionally flat?
Do you become easily frustrated?
Volcanic Hidden Danger
Most volcanic craters are about as deep as a football field is long—100 yards. They are dark, mysterious places with deposits tracing eruptions from hundreds, even thousands, of years before. One of the most well-known valcanoes in recent history has been Mount Saint Helens in Washington State. The rumbling and raging mountain sent a pyrotechnic blast of ash and molten rock over more than 230 square miles and, in May 1980, killed 57 people.
In similar ways, the hidden anger from childhood hurts can directly affect present-day outbursts. Many people live life unaware that they have hidden anger—suppressed anger that only occasionally surfaces. While this hidden anger is rooted in past childhood hurts, the underlying effects are always ready yo surface and can sizzle up an already simmering scenario.
Volcano (spiders) probing for danger
Scientists are continually developing technology to help them “act” in preparation for a volcanic eruption, rather than simply “react” to its deadly blast and lava . . . after the fact.
In recent years monitoring devices known as “spiders” (because of their spindly legs) have been used to crawl around the interior of craters and measure seismic activity. The creator of the device, Rick LaHusen, a hydrologist at the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Canada, observed: “They can analyze their data in real time and decide what’s important and what’s not important and prioritize it.”
People who choose to act rather than react to anger share some similarities with the analytical “spiders”—reason rules the day, and predetermined preparedness can help avert great tragedy.James 1:18-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 In the exercise of (A)His will He (B)brought us forth by (C)the word of truth, so that we would be [a]a kind of (D)first fruits [b]among His creatures.
19 [c]This (E)you know, (F)my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, (G)slow to speak and (H)slow to anger;
20 for (I)the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
21 Therefore, (J)putting aside all filthiness and all [d]that remains of wickedness,
in [e]humility receive (K)the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.
As we begin to give our church covenant consideration in regards to how we are to honor it, Iâ€™d like to share a few passages of scripture to give us the frame of mind that give purpose to honoring it. Jesus gave His disciples valuable counsel in regards to how people would know that they were His disciples. He identified that they must have love for one another (John 13:34-35). Jesus also gave them the depth of the love they were to show for each other. Their love should be characterized by a willingness to lay down their lives for their friends (John 15:12-14). The apostle Paul also emphasized the importance of love in what we do. He identifies that acts of service without being driven by love are meaningless (1 Corinthians 13:1-7). As demonstrated by these passages, love is of the utmost importance when it comes to living responsible lives before God and others (Christian or not). In choosing our text for today, our Lord led me to a chapter from the book of Romans that addresses the behavior of the believer in Christ. If you have your Bible with you, turn with me to Romans 12. We will be studying the entire chapter.
If you were to read the book of Romans, you would find that the first eleven chapters of the book are addressing the basic doctrine of faith in Christ, as well as the magnificence of Godâ€™s compassion demonstrated upon mankind. Chapter twelve introduces the practical application of the doctrine that has been presented. If someone has just placed their faith in Christ, this would be a wonderful starting place for discovering how to live what you believe. It certainly is not a black and white set of rules that must be followed to please God. However, when a believer allows Godâ€™s Holy Spirit to have control of his or her life, and strives to honor God with a life of loving service in word and deed, these perceived rules become life principles that enable the believer to bring glory to God and blessing into the believerâ€™s life.
SCRIPTURE: Romans 12:1-21
CTS: 3 principles that enable the honoring of Godâ€™s covenant.
How Can I Honor God Through a Church Covenant?:
I. COMMIT YOUR BODY AND MIND TO GOD (VS. 1-2)
Paul begins the chapter by highlighting that what he is about to say is a direct result in view of what he has just explained. In other words, Paulâ€™s pretext identifies that everything that happens in this life is about God, not about man. Therefore, while we have the mercies of God abiding upon us, believers are urged to present their bodies in total commitment to and holy sacrificial service for God (1a&b). Paul identifies this behavior as acceptable to God, and that it is the appropriate service of worship before God.
Additionally, the believer in Christ is called not to allow the world to be his or her source of influence (2a), but to be renewed by the transformation of the mind (2b). In other words, the ways and teachings of this world are to be exchanged for the righteous teachings of God (the Bible). In doing this, the believer will better understand what Godâ€™s will is for his or her life in this world. Only Godâ€™s will is good, acceptable, and perfect (2c).
It is interesting that these two verses are at the beginning of the instruction of how to apply Godâ€™s word to daily life. Its as if they are the foundation that enables the believer to live out the instruction in the remainder of the chapter.
Colossians 3:1-2 â€“ Paul gives an excellent assertion of how the believers in Colossae should think and act in the midst of heretical rituals and temptations. If they belong to Christ, they are to set their minds on the things above and seek them.
The point of application for every believer in Christ is to seek God for wisdom and strength at all times. If we are not subjecting ourselves to God, we are subjecting ourselves to Satan.
If you do not know Christ as your Savior, you can today. Everyone who comes to Christ must be willing to personally offer their body as a living sacrifice to God (live in obedience to Him through His power) and allow Godâ€™s word to penetrate their minds (turning away from the teaching of the world to the teaching of Christ). Such change cannot happen without the power of God through faith in Christ. I hope that you will pray and ask God to save you from your sin and experience the change of your mind and life activity from a life of meaninglessness to a life of abundant joy (John 10:10) and hope for your future.
When God draws a person into His kingdom, his purpose is not for them to isolate themselves from everyone and everywhere, awaiting His return. God intends for the new believer to be connected with His church, the believerâ€™s new family. This leads us to the next point of our message. Godâ€™s covenant within His church is honored, as you connect yourself with His body.
II. CONNECT YOURSELF TO HIS BODY (VV. 3-8)
When a believer allows God to live through him and for the mind of the believer to be transformed, God gives the believer a gift(s) to be used for encouraging His body, the church, and to be intimately connected with the body in fulfilling its mission on Earth until He returns.
Paul warns that no one is to think of himself to be any more of use to God than other members of Godâ€™s body (3a). The believer is to think with sound judgment (3b), according to the measure of faith God has given the believer (3c). Paul is not speaking of the maturity of oneâ€™s faith, but of how God has gifted each believer differently (4), designing the gifts to complement each other. Such a design fosters interdependence and unity in the body (5). Each believer is to exercise his or her gift(s) according to the grace given by God (6a&b). Paul then provides a few examples of the many gifts God bestows upon those who call upon His name for salvation (prophecy (6c), service (7a), teaching (7b), exhortation (8a), material giving (8b), diligent leadership (8c), and Mercy (8d)). Thus, Paul demonstrates that Godâ€™s expectation of a believer is to actively be involved in His body (actively exercising their God-given gift) in humility, striving for unity. Each person in the body is functioning in dependence upon God for grace in the use of their gift and upon fellow believers in the body for assistance in their walk where they are not gifted.
The human body â€“ The human is the simplest, yet most sophisticated demonstration of how many different parts work together for common purposes. Every part works together with other parts to do what is necessary for the needs of the body to be met. If a part of the body is injured, other parts of the body nurture the injured part back to health. When all of the parts are working together well, much is accomplished. So it is when the body of Christ is united in its efforts to accomplish Godâ€™s mission for the church.
The point of application for the believer in Christ is to strive for unity in the body of Christ with Godâ€™s Spirit in humility. The church covenant helps to enable the humble unity to be identified and to take place.
When a person yields his body to God as a living sacrifice and submits to the renewing of his mind, he not only is united with the body of Christ, but also has a consciousness to love others. This brings us to the final point of the message. Godâ€™s covenant in the church is honored as you consciously love others.
III. CONSCIOUSLY LOVE OTHERS (VV. 9-21)
Paul identifies that the love that flows through a believer in Christ is one that is without hypocrisy (9a). Such love consists of rejecting of evil (9b) and clinging to what is good (9c). Such loves involves being totally devoted to loving others in the body (10a), giving preference to one another in honor (10b), and being diligent in the effort of serving others (as to the Lord) (11). Paul turns, for a moment, to personal qualities of this love. This love also involves rejoicing in hope (the hope one has in Christ) (12a), willing to persevere in tribulation (12b), and being devoted to prayer. There is also a determined effort in looking for needs to meet, as well as being hospitable to others in the body of Christ (13).
For a brief moment, Paul begins to point to another area where love is to be shown, toward those who are evil (14). Paul calls for the believer to bless those who persecute the believer. Retaliating comments are not part of the believerâ€™s vocabulary. Additionally, in looking down at verse 17a, we see Paul advising never to pay evil for evil to anyone (believer or unbeliever). Instead, the believer is to do what is right in the sight of all men (17b). If possible, Paul identifies that believers should strive to be at peace with all men (18).
Verses 19-20 explain why believers should not pay evil for evil. Those who practice evil will answer to Godâ€™s wrath. God is the One who will repay those who are evil toward believers. The idea of blessing those who persecute is that they may come to their senses because of the believerâ€™s loving response and repent of their sinful behavior (20). Believers are not to dwell upon the thought of their adversaries having hot coals poured on their heads. The way for believers to overcome evil is through the believer doing good (21).
Touching on his comments made earlier about rejoicing and persevering, Paul challenges believers to rejoice with those who rejoice (15a), and to weep with those who weep (15b). In order to do these things, the believer would need to have somewhat of a close relationship with those rejoicing or weeping. Connected with this thought is Paulâ€™s assertion for the believers to be of the same mind toward each other without the presence of haughtiness (prideful spirit) and without respect of persons (associating with the lowly) (16).
The point of application for the believer in Christ is to be Godâ€™s love to others. Believers in Christ should not be at war with each other or unbelievers. Believers in Christ strive for unity in the body, as well as striving to be at peace with all men.
Paul demonstrated in the text today that with a life of holy sacrificial service and a renewed mind in Godâ€™s righteousness, believers will be known for their unity, love for each other and love for those who are evil.
The application of our text today coincides with the covenant adopted by our church membership. In other words, as we seek to reaffirm our commitment to the church covenant, God love will flow between us and toward those who come our way.
REFERENCES (page 1)
John 13:34-35 New King James Version (NKJV)
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.â€
John 15:12-14 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down oneâ€™s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.
1 Corinthians 13:1-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
4 Love (K)is patient, love is kind and (L)is not jealous; love does not brag and is not (M)arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it (N)does not seek its own, is not provoked, (O)does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6(P)does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but (Q)rejoices with the truth; 7 [b](R)bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Colossians 3:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
INTRODUCTION: SCRIPTURAL LOVE (JOHN 13:34-35, 15:12-14, 1COR 13:1-7)
TITLE OF MESSAGE: Characteristics of a Church Covenant
CTS: 3 PRINCIPLES THAT ENABLE THE HONORING OF GODâ€™S COVENANT
How Can I honor God through a Church Covenant?:
I. COMMIT YOUR BODY AND MIND TO GOD (VV. 1-2)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: SUBMIT YOURSELF TO GOD
o BODY â€“ AS A LIVING SACRIFICE
o MIND â€“ TRANSFORMED (FROM WORLD TO RIGHTEOUSNESS)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: COLOSSIANS 3:1-2
â€¢ APPLICATION: SEEK GOD FOR WISDOM & STRENGTH ALWAYS
II. CONNECT YOURSELF TO HIS BODY (VV. 3-8)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD HAS GIFTED; USE IN HUMILITY
o MEASURE OF FAITH â€“ DIFFERENT GIFTS
o DIFFERENCES WORK AS ONE â€“ WE NEED EACH OTHER
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: HUMAN BODY FUNCTION - INTERDEPENDENCE
â€¢ APPLICATION: STRIVE FOR UNITY IN HUMILITY
III. CONSCIOUSLY LOVE OTHERS (VV. 9-21)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: LOVE FOR BELIEVERS AND UNBELIEVERS
o LOVING BELIEVERS:
ï‚§ LOVE WITHOUT HYPOCRISY (9A)
â€¢ EJECT EVIL / CLING TO GOOD (9B&C)
ï‚§ DEVOTION TO EACH OTHER OUT OF LOVE (10A)
ï‚§ GIVE PREFERENCE TO EACH OTHER IN HONOR (1OB)
ï‚§ BE DILIGENT (11)
ï‚§ REJOICE / PERSEVERE / DEVOTED (12)
ï‚§ MEETING NEEDS (13)
o LOVING UNBELIEVERS:
ï‚§ BLESS PERSECUTORS (14, 17-20)
ï‚§ SENSITIVITY TO OTHERS â€“ REJOICE / WEEP (15)
ï‚§ UNITY OF MIND â€“ AVOID PRIDE â€“ ASSOCIATE W/ LOWLY (16)
ï‚§ OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD (21)
â€¢ APPLICATION: BE GODâ€™S LOVE TO OTHERS
â€¢ WITH A SACRIFICIAL BODY & TRANFORMED MIND, BELIEVERS CAN LOVE
â€¢ OUR CHURCH COVENANT REFLECTS GODâ€™S LOVE; HONOR IT
Excerpt from New Hope Christian Fellowshipâ€™s constitution (adopted 12 Dec 2010)
Article V â€“ Member Responsibilities
We the members of New Hope Christian Fellowship, having received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and having been baptized by immersion following our profession of faith, relying on Godâ€™s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, and with the Bible as our guide:
Will walk harmoniously together in Christian love, seeking to edify and uphold one another in the spirit of unity and the bonds of peace. (Rom. 14:19; I Thess. 5:11)
Will pray for one another, sharing in each otherâ€™s joys and bearing one anotherâ€™s burdens and sorrows. (Gal. 6:2; Rom. 8:26; Col. 1:9; I Thess. 5:25)
Will observe church ordinances of Believerâ€™s Baptism and the Lordâ€™s Supper, in accordance with the scriptures. (Mat. 28:19; Acts 2:38; Gal. 3:27; Acts 2:41; 8:13; 16:15; Luke 22:15-19; I Cor. 11:24-25)
Will endeavor to attend worship services faithfully, to regularly study Godâ€™s word, and to adhere to the principles of doctrine and discipline as delineated in our statement of faith. (Heb. 10:25)
Will contribute our offerings regularly and cheerfully to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spreading of the gospel at home and abroad. (2 Cor. 9:7)
Will support the ministry through use of our God-given gifts and talents for the work of the church, the assistance of one another, and the furtherance of the gospel. (Luke 4:18; Mark 10:29)
Agree to encourage personal and family devotions, and to educate our children according to our faith. We will strive to teach by example, denying ungodly practices or attitudes while aspiring to godliness and holy living. (2 Tim. 2:15)
Will seek the salvation of unbelievers by word and example, striving to be just in our dealings, reliable in our responsibilities, and caring toward others. (Acts 1:8)
Will be affectionate toward and watch out for one another, being slow to anger and quick to forgive; always eager for reconciliation and seeking it without delay. (Prov. 16:32; 2 Cor. 6:6, Col. 3:12; 2 Pet. 1:7)
Romans 12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
1 Therefore (A)I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to (B)present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice,[a]acceptable to God, which is your [b]spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not (C)be conformed to (D)this[c]world, but be transformed by the (E)renewing of your mind, so that you may [d](F)prove what the will of God is, that which is good and [e]acceptable and perfect.
3 For through (G)the grace given to me I say to everyone among you (H)not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to (I)each a measure of faith. 4 For (J)just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function,5 so we, (K)who are many, are (L)one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Since we have gifts that (M)differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if (N)prophecy,[f]according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if [g](O)service, in his serving; or he who (P)teaches, in his teaching;8 or he who (Q)exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with [h](R)liberality; (S)he who [i]leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with (T)cheerfulness.
9 Let (U)love be without hypocrisy. (V)Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be (W)devoted to one another in brotherly love; [j]give preference to one another (X)in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, (Y)fervent in spirit, (Z)serving the Lord; 12 (AA)rejoicing in hope, (AB)persevering in tribulation, (AC)devoted to prayer, 13(AD)contributing to the needs of the [k]saints, [l](AE)practicing hospitality.
14 (AF)Bless those who persecute [m]you; bless and do not curse. 15 (AG)Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 (AH)Be of the same mind toward one another; (AI)do not be haughty in mind, but[n]associate with the lowly. (AJ)Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 (AK)Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. [o](AL)Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, (AM)so far as it depends on you,(AN)be at peace with all men. 19 (AO)Never take your own revenge, beloved, but [p]leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, â€œ(AP)VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,â€ says the Lord. 20 â€œ(AQ)BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.â€ 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
a. Romans 12:1 Or well-pleasing
b. Romans 12:1 Or rational
c. Romans 12:2 Or age
d. Romans 12:2 Or approve
e. Romans 12:2 Or well-pleasing
f. Romans 12:6 Or in agreement with the faith
g. Romans 12:7 Or office of service
h. Romans 12:8 Or simplicity
i. Romans 12:8 Or gives aid
j. Romans 12:10 Or outdo one another in showing honor
k. Romans 12:13 Or holy ones
l. Romans 12:13 Lit pursuing
m. Romans 12:14 Two early mss do not contain you
n. Romans 12:16 Or accommodate yourself to lowly things
o. Romans 12:17 Lit Take thought for
p. Romans 12:19 Lit give a place
A. Romans 12:1 : 1 Cor 1:10; 2 Cor 10:1-4; Eph 4:1; 1 Pet 2:11
B. Romans 12:1 : Rom 6:13, 16, 19; 1 Cor 6:20; Heb 13:15; 1 Pet 2:5
C. Romans 12:2 : 1 Pet 1:14
D. Romans 12:2 : Matt 13:22; Gal 1:4; 1 John 2:15
E. Romans 12:2 : Eph 4:23; Titus 3:5
F. Romans 12:2 : Eph 5:10, 17; Col 1:9
G. Romans 12:3 : Rom 1:5; 15:15; 1 Cor 3:10; 15:10; Gal 2:9; Eph 3:7f
H. Romans 12:3 : Rom 11:20; 12:16
I. Romans 12:3 : 1 Cor 7:17; 2 Cor 10:13; Eph 4:7; 1 Pet 4:11
J. Romans 12:4 : 1 Cor 12:12-14; Eph 4:4, 16
K. Romans 12:5 : 1 Cor 10:17, 33
L. Romans 12:5 : 1 Cor 12:20, 27; Eph 4:12, 25
M. Romans 12:6 : Rom 12:3; 1 Cor 7:7; 12:4; 1 Pet 4:10
N. Romans 12:6 : Acts 13:1; 1 Cor 12:10
O. Romans 12:7 : Acts 6:1; 1 Cor 12:5, 28
P. Romans 12:7 : Acts 13:1; 1 Cor 12:28; 14:26
Q. Romans 12:8 : Acts 4:36; 11:23; 13:15
R. Romans 12:8 : 2 Cor 8:2; 9:11, 13
S. Romans 12:8 : 1 Cor 12:28; 1 Tim 5:17
T. Romans 12:8 : 2 Cor 9:7
U. Romans 12:9 : 2 Cor 6:6; 1 Tim 1:5
V. Romans 12:9 : 1 Thess 5:21f
W. Romans 12:10 : John 13:34; 1 Thess 4:9; Heb 13:1; 2 Pet 1:7
X. Romans 12:10 : Rom 13:7; Phil 2:3; 1 Pet 2:17
Y. Romans 12:11 : Acts 18:25
Z. Romans 12:11 : Acts 20:19
AA. Romans 12:12 : Rom 5:2
BB. Romans 12:12 : Heb 10:32, 36
CC. Romans 12:12 : Acts 1:14
DD. Romans 12:13 : Rom 15:25; 1 Cor 16:15; 2 Cor 9:1; Heb 6:10
EE. Romans 12:13 : Matt 25:35; 1 Tim 3:2
FF. Romans 12:14 : Matt 5:44; Luke 6:28; 1 Cor 4:12
GG. Romans 12:15 : Job 30:25; Heb 13:3
HH. Romans 12:16 : Rom 15:5; 2 Cor 13:11; Phil 2:2; 4:2; 1 Pet 3:8
II. Romans 12:16 : Rom 11:20; 12:3
JJ. Romans 12:16 : Prov 3:7; Rom 11:25
KK. Romans 12:17 : Prov 20:22; 24:29; Rom 12:19
LL. Romans 12:17 : 2 Cor 8:21
MM. Romans 12:18 : Rom 1:15
NN. Romans 12:18 : Mark 9:50; Rom 14:19
OO. Romans 12:19 : Prov 20:22; 24:29; Rom 12:17
PP. Romans 12:19 : Deut 32:35; Ps 94:1; 1 Thess 4:6; Heb 10:30
QQ. Romans 12:20 : 2 Kin 6:22; Prov 25:21f; Matt 5:44; Luke 6:27
INTRODUCTION: THE EXPERIENCE OF REJECTION
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 4:16-30
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS HAS LAUNCHED HIS MINISTRY
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: FULFILLING SCRIPTURE
CTS: 2 FACTS FOLLOWERS CAN EXPECT, WHEN LIVING FOR JESUS
WHAT WILL BE THE IMPACT OF MY LIVING FOR GOD?:
I. YOUR OBEDIENCE TO GOD FULFILLS SCRIPTURE (VV. 16-22A)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS TELLS FAMILY AND FRIENDS HE IS MESSIAH
o JESUS RETURNED TO HIS HOME TOWN (16A)
o â€œAS WAS HIS CUSTOMâ€ â€“ JESUS WENT TO THE SYNAGOGUE (16B)
o NOTES ON SYNAGOGUE ACTIVITY
o JESUS READ FROM ISAIAH (16C-17):
ï‚§ MESSIAHâ€™S CHARACTERISTIC QUALITIES:
â€¢ SPIRIT OF THE LORD ON HIM (18A)
â€¢ ANOINTED TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR (18B)
â€¢ SENT TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES (18D)
â€¢ RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND (18E)
â€¢ FREEDOM TO THE OPPRESSED (18F)
â€¢ PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD (19)
o JESUS ACQUIRED THE UNDIVIDED ATTENTION OF THE PEOPLE (20)
o JESUS ANNOUNCED THE FULFILLMENT OF WHAT HE HAD READ (21)
o ALL WERE AMAZED AT HIS MANOR OF SPEECH (22A)
â€¢ APPLICATION: WE FULFILL SCRIPTURE THROUGH OBEYING GOD
II. YOUR OBEDIENCE TO GOD WILL BRING SUFFERING (VV. 22B-30)
o THE FAVOR TOWARD JESUS CHANGED TO DISBELIEF (22B)
ï‚§ â€œIS THIS NOT JOSEPHâ€™S SON?â€ (23A)
o JESUS READ THE MINDS OF THE PEOPLE: SHOW US A SIGN (23B)
o JESUS CLARIFIED WHO WOULD RECEIVE GODâ€™S FAVOR (24-27)
ï‚§ GOD WOULD BRING THE GENTILES TO HIS KINGDOM
o THE PEOPLE BECAME ANGRY & ATTEMPTED TO KILL JESUS (28-29)
o JESUS ESCAPED HIS ATTACKERS (30)
â€¢ APPLICATION: AS WE OBEY JESUS, WE CAN COUNT ON SUFFERING
â€¢ JESUS OBEYED HIS FATHER, EVEN IN MOMENTS OF REJECTION
â€¢ GOD ENABLES OUR OBEDIENCE IN THE FACE OF REJECTION
â€¢ TRUST GOD IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES; YOU CAN COUNT ON HIM
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Wiersbe. The Bible Exposition Commentary
A typical synagogue service opened with an invocation for Godâ€™s blessing and then the recitation of the traditional Hebrew confession of faith (Deut 6:4â€“9; 11:13â€“21). This was followed by prayer and the prescribed readings from the Law and from the Prophets, with the reader paraphrasing the Hebrew Scriptures in Aramaic.
This was followed by a brief sermon given by one of the men of the congregation or perhaps by a visiting rabbi (see Acts 13:14â€“16). If a priest was present, the service closed with a benediction. Otherwise, one of the laymen prayed and the meeting was dismissed.
Jesus was asked to read the Scripture text and to give the sermon. The passage He read included Isaiah 61:1â€“2, and He selected it for His â€œtext.â€ The Jewish rabbis interpreted this passage to refer to the Messiah, and the people in the synagogue knew it. You can imagine how shocked they were when Jesus boldly said that it was written about Him and that He had come to usher in the â€œacceptable year of the Lord.â€
The reference here is the â€œYear of Jubileeâ€ described in Leviticus 25. Every seventh year was a â€œSabbatical yearâ€ for the nation, when the land was allowed to rest; and every fiftieth year (after seven Sabbaticals) was set apart as the â€œYear of Jubilee.â€ The main purpose of this special year was the balancing of the economic system: slaves were set free and returned to their families, property that was sold reverted to the original owners, and all debts were canceled. The land lay fallow as man and beast rested and rejoiced in the Lord.
Jesus applied all of this to His own ministry, not in a political or economic sense, but in a physical and spiritual sense. He had certainly brought Good News of salvation to bankrupt sinners and healing to brokenhearted and rejected people. He had delivered many from blindness and from bondage to demons and disease. Indeed, it was a spiritual â€œYear of Jubileeâ€ for the nation of Israel!
The problem was that His listeners would not believe in Him. They saw Him only as the son of Mary and Joseph, the Boy they had watched grow up in their own city.
A.T. Robertson, Word Pictures in the New Testament
The people of Nazareth at once caught on and saw the point of these two Old Testament illustrations of how God in two cases blessed the heathen instead of the Jewish people. The implication was evident. Nazareth was no better than Capernaum if as good. He was under no special obligation to do unusual things in Nazareth because he had been reared there. Town pride was insulted and it at once exploded in a burst of rage.
Luke 4:16-30 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
16 And He came to (A)Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, (B)He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and (C)stood up to read. 17 And the [a]book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the [b]book and found the place where it was written,
18 â€œ(D)THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME,
BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR.
HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES,
AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND,
TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED,
19 (E)TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.â€
20 And He (F)closed the [c]book, gave it back to the attendant and (G)sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, â€œToday this Scripture has been fulfilled in your [d]hearing.â€ 22 And all were [e]speaking well of Him, and wondering at the [f]gracious words which [g]were falling from His lips; and they were saying, â€œ(H)Is this not Josephâ€™s son?â€ 23 And He said to them, â€œNo doubt you will quote this proverb to Me, â€˜Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we heard was done (I)at Capernaum, do here in (J)your hometown as well.â€™â€ 24 And He said, â€œTruly I say to you, (K)no prophet is welcome in his hometown. 25 But I say to you in truth, there were many widows in Israel (L)in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land; 26 and yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but (M)only to [h]Zarephath, in the land of (N)Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but (O)only Naaman the Syrian.â€ 28 And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; 29 and they got up and (P)drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. 30 But (Q)passing through their midst, He went His way.
a. Luke 4:17 Or scroll
b. Luke 4:17 Or scroll
c. Luke 4:20 Or scroll
d. Luke 4:21 Lit ears
e. Luke 4:22 Or testifying
f. Luke 4:22 Or words of grace
g. Luke 4:22 Lit were proceeding out of His mouth
h. Luke 4:26 Gr Sarepta
A. Luke 4:16 : Luke 2:39, 51
B. Luke 4:16 : Matt 13:54; Mark 6:1f
C. Luke 4:16 : Acts 13:14-16
D. Luke 4:18 : Is 61:1; Matt 11:5; 12:18; John 3:34
E. Luke 4:19 : Is 61:2; Lev 25:10
F. Luke 4:20 : Luke 4:17
G. Luke 4:20 : Matt 26:55
H. Luke 4:22 : Matt 13:55; Mark 6:3; John 6:42
I. Luke 4:23 : Matt 4:13; Mark 1:21ff; 2:1ff; Luke 4:35ff; John 4:46ff
J. Luke 4:23 : Mark 6:1; Luke 2:39, 51; 4:16
K. Luke 4:24 : Matt 13:57; Mark 6:4; John 4:44
L. Luke 4:25 : 1 Kin 17:1; 18:1; James 5:17
M. Luke 4:26 : 1 Kin 17:9
N. Luke 4:26 : Matt 11:21
O. Luke 4:27 : 2 Kin 5:1-14
P. Luke 4:29 : Num 15:35; Acts 7:58; Heb 13:12
Q. Luke 4:30 : John 10:39
10 Surprising Facts About Rejection
We know that rejection really hurts, but they can also inflict damage to our psychological well-being that goes well beyond mere emotional pain. Here are 10 lesser known facts that describe the various effects rejection has on our emotions, thinking, and behavior. Letâ€™s begin by examining why rejection hurts as much as it does:
1. Rejection piggybacks on physical pain pathways in the brain. MRI studies show that the same areas of the brain become activated when we experience rejection as when we experience physical pain. This is why rejection hurts so much (neurologically speaking).
2. Tylenol reduces the emotional pain rejection elicits. In a study testing the hypothesis that rejection mimics physical pain, researchers gave some participants acetaminophen (Tylenol) before asking them to recall a painful rejection experience. The people who received Tylenol reported significantly less emotional pain than subjects who took a sugar pill.
3. Rejection served a vital function in our evolutionary past. In our hunter/gatherer past, being ostracized from our tribes was akin to a death sentence, as we were unlikely to survive for long alone. Evolutionary psychologists assume the brain developed an early warning system to alert us when we were at risk for ostracism. Because it was so important to get our attention, those who experienced rejection as more painful (i.e., because rejection mimicked physical pain in their brain) gained an evolutionary advantageâ€”they were more likely to correct their behavior and consequently, more likely to remain in the tribe.
4. We can relive and re-experience social pain more vividly than we can physical pain. Try recalling an experience in which you felt significant physical pain and your brain pathways will respond, "Meh." In other words, that memory alone wonâ€™t elicit physical pain. But try reliving a painful rejection (actually, donâ€™tâ€”just take my word for it), and you will be flooded with many of the same feelings you had at the time (and your brain will respond much as it did at the time, too). Our brain prioritizes rejection experiences because we are social animals who live in "tribes."
5. Rejection destabilizes our "Need to Belong." We all have a fundamental need to belong to a group. When we get rejected, this need becomes destabilized and the disconnection we feel adds to our emotional pain. Reconnecting with those who love us, or reaching out to members of groups to which we feel strong affinity and who value and accept us, has been found to soothe emotional pain after a rejection.
6. Rejection creates surges of anger and aggression. In 2001, the Surgeon General of the U.S. issued a report stating that rejection was a greater risk for adolescent violence than drugs, poverty, or gang membership. Countless studies have demonstrated that even mild rejections lead people to take out their aggression on innocent bystanders. School shootings, violence against women, and fired workers going "postal" are other examples of the strong link between rejection and aggression.
7. Rejections send us on a mission to seek and destroy our self-esteem. We often respond to romantic rejections by finding fault in ourselves, bemoaning all our inadequacies, kicking ourselves when weâ€™re already down, and smacking our self-esteem into a pulp. Most romantic rejections are a matter of poor fit and a lack of chemistry, incompatible lifestyles, wanting different things at different times, or other such issues of mutual dynamics. Blaming ourselves and attacking our self-worth only deepens the emotional pain we feel and makes it harder for us to recover emotionally.
8. Rejection temporarily lowers our IQ. Being asked to recall a recent rejection experience and relive the experience was enough to cause people to score significantly lower on subsequent IQ tests, tests of short-term memory, and tests of decision making. Indeed, when we are reeling from a painful rejection, thinking clearly is just not that easy.
9. Rejection does not respond to reason. Participants were put through an experiment in which they were rejected by strangers. The experiment was riggedâ€”the "strangers" were confederates of the researchers. Surprisingly, though, even being told that the "strangers" who had "rejected" them did not actually reject them did little to ease the emotional pain participants felt. Even being told that the strangers belonged to a group they despised such as the KKK did little to soothe people's hurt feelings.
10. There are ways to treat the psychological wounds rejection inflicts. It is possible to treat the emotional pain rejection elicits and to prevent the psychological, emotional, cognitive, and relationship fallouts that occur in its aftermath. To do so effectively we must address each of our psychological wounds (i.e., soothe our emotional pain, reduce our anger and aggression, protect our self-esteem, and stabilize our need to belong).
The Greatest Gift for You at Christmas: Its Arrival
INTRODUCTION: THE PERFECT GIFT’S ARRIVAL: IT’S HERE!!
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: ALL STEPS FOR THE MESSIAH’S COMPLETED SCRIPTURE: LUKE 2:8-14 TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE GREATEST GIFT TO YOU AT CHRISTMAS: IT’S ARRIVAL
CTS: 3 TRUTHS CONCERNING THE ARRIVAL OF THE PERFECT GIFT
THE ARRIVAL OF THE GIFT REQUIRES:
I. HUMILITY TO RECEIVE IT (VS. 8)
EXPLANATION: THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE: SECLUSION; FILTHY WORK
STAYED OUT IN THE FIELDS (8A)
DANGEROUS WORK OF PROTECTING THE FLOCKS (8B)
CHRISTMAS TIME – A TIME OF SECLUSION FOR MANY
LONELINESS, DEPRESSION, CONSIDERED SUICIDE
MAN DWELLS IN DARKNESS IN NEED OF GOD’S LIGHT
JOHN 1:4-5, 3:19-21
ILLUSTRATION: BULLIED FARM HANDS
APPLICATION: THE GIFT IS BEST RECEIVED IN DESPARATION
COME OUT OF THE DARKNESS INTO GOD’S LIGHT - SALVATION
II. CONFIDENCE IN ITS CONTENT (VV. 9-11)
EXPLANATION: GOD’S MESSENGER PROVIDE A JOYFUL WORD
AN ANGEL OF THE LORD APPEARED TO THE SHEPHERDS (9)
GOD’S GLORY SHONE AROUND THEM (9B)
THEY WERE TERRIBLY FRIGHTENED (9C)
DON’T BE AFRAID, PEACE I LEAVE W/ YOU – JESUS (JOHN 14:27)
THE ANGEL CALMED THEIR FEARS (10)
DON’T BE AFRAID (10A)
“I HAVE GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY FOR ALL PEOPLE”(10B)
TODAY IN THE CITY OF DAVID: A SAVIOR FOR YOU! (11A)
THE SAVIOR’S NAME: CHRIST THE LORD (11B)
III. CONVINCED OF IT’S ARRIVAL (VV. 12-13)
EXPLANATION: THE ANGEL PROVIDED PROOF OF GOD’S GIFT
THE SHEPHERDS COULD GO AND SEE THE GIFT (12)
THE ANGEL WAS JOINED BY A MULTITUDE OF HEAVENLY HOST (13)
FUTURE WORSHIP OF GOD – REVELATION 19:1-9
GOD’S PEACE IS IN THE GIFT FOR THOSE WHO RECEIVE IT (14)
GOD’S PERFECT GIFT WAS SENT FOR YOUR PEACE; HAVE YOU RECEIVED IT?
REMEMBER THIS: ETERNAL PEACE CAN ONLY BE FOUND IN CHRIST.
John 1:4-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 (A)In Him was life, and (B)the life was the light of men. 5 And (C)the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not [a]comprehend it.
John 3:19-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 And this is the condemnation, (A)that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.20 For (B)everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been (C)done in God.”
Revelation 19:1-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
Heaven Exults over Babylon
19 After these things (A)I [a]heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! (B)Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to [b]the Lord our God! 2 For (C)true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He (D)has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.” 3 Again they said, “Alleluia! (E)Her smoke rises up forever and ever!” 4 And (F)the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, (G)“Amen! Alleluia!” 5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying, (H)“Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, (I)both[c] small and great!” 6 (J)And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For (K)the[d] Lord God Omnipotent reigns! 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for (L)the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And (M)to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, (N)for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he said to me, “Write: (O)‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, (P)“These are the true sayings of God.”
Luke 2:8-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
8 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And (A)an angel of the Lord suddenly (B)stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, “(C)Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a (D)Savior, who is [a](E)Christ (F)the Lord. 12(G)This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a [b]manger.” 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “(H)Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men [c](I)with whom He is pleased.”
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: CONFIRMATION OF GODâ€™S MESSAGE TO MARY
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: HIS FATHER
CTS: 2 WAYS THAT GOD INFLUENCES OUR FAITH
HOW DOES JESUSâ€™ FATHER INFLUENCE OUR FAITH?:
I. HE HAS GIVEN FAVOR TO HIS PEOPLE (VV. 46-50)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: MARY EXPRESSES HUMBLE GRATITUDE
ï‚§ SOUL EXALTED GOD (46B) (PS 34:2)
ï‚§ SPIRIT REJOICED IN GOD HER SAVIOR (47) (1 TIM 1:1)
ï‚§ SLAVERY TO HER LORD; GOD HONORED HER FOR IT (48) (PS 138:6)
ï‚§ SALUTATION OF GODâ€™S POWER AND HOLINESS (49)
ï‚§ SOLACE IN GODâ€™S MERCY FOR ALL WHO FEAR HIM (50) (PS 103:17)
II. HE HAS GIVEN MERCY TO HIS PEOPLE (VV. 51-56)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: MARY SPEAKS OF GODâ€™S MIGHTY WORKS
o GOD HAS:
ï‚§ DONE MIGHTY DEEDS WITH HIS ARM (51A) (PS 98:1)
ï‚§ SCATTERED THE PROUD IN HEART (51B)
ï‚§ CHIASTIC STRUCTURE:
ï‚§ BROUGHT DOWN RULERS FROM THEIR THRONES (52A)
ï‚§ EXHALTED THE HUMBLE (52B) (JOB 5:11)
ï‚§ FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS (53A) (PS 107:9)
ï‚§ SENT AWAY THE RICH EMPTY HANDED (53B)
ï‚§ FAITHFUL MERCY TOWARD HIS PEOPLE (54-55) (GEN 17:7)
o MARY REMAINED WITH ELIZABETH FOR THREE MONTHS (56)
â€¢ GOD CONTINUES TO EXERCISE HIS WORK THROUGH JESUS
â€¢ JESUS FAITHFULLY DOES HIS FATHERâ€™S WORK (JOHN 10:37-38)
â€¢ AS WE SUBMIT TO GOD, HE WILL WORK THROUGH US
REFERENCES (page 1)
Psalm 34:2 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 My soul shall make its boast in the LORD;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
1 Timothy 1:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope,
Psalm 138:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Though the LORD is on high,
Yet He regards the lowly;
But the proud He knows from afar.
Psalm 103:17 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to childrenâ€™s children,
Psalm 98:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
98 Oh, sing to the LORD a new song!
For He has done marvelous things;
His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.
Job 5:11 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 He sets on high those who are lowly,
And those who mourn are lifted to safety.
Psalm 107:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness.
Genesis 17:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.
John 10:37-38 New King James Version (NKJV)
37 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe[a] that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.â€
Luke 1:46-56 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
46 And Mary said:
â€œ(A)My soul [a](B)exalts the Lord,
47 And (C)my spirit has rejoiced in (D)God my Savior.
48 â€œFor (E)He has had regard for the humble state of His [b]bondslave;
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me(F)blessed.
49 â€œFor the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
50 â€œ(G)AND HIS MERCY IS [c]UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION
TOWARD THOSE WHO FEAR HIM.
51 â€œ(H)He has done [d]mighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who were proud in the [e]thoughts of their heart.
52 â€œHe has brought down rulers from their thrones,
And has (I)exalted those who were humble.
53 â€œ(J)HE HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS;
And sent away the rich empty-handed.
54 â€œHe has given help to Israel His servant,
[f]In remembrance of His mercy,
55 (K)As He spoke to our fathers,
(L)To Abraham and his [g]descendants forever.â€
56 And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.
a. Luke 1:46 Lit makes great
b. Luke 1:48 I.e. female slave
c. Luke 1:50 Lit unto generations and generations
d. Luke 1:51 Lit might
e. Luke 1:51 Lit thought, attitude
f. Luke 1:54 Lit So as to remember
g. Luke 1:55 Lit seed
A. Luke 1:46 : Luke 1:46-53: 1 Sam 2:1-10
B. Luke 1:46 : Ps 34:2f
C. Luke 1:47 : Ps 35:9; Hab 3:18
D. Luke 1:47 : 1 Tim 1:1; 2:3; Titus 1:3; 2:10; 3:4; Jude 25
INTRODUCTION: ARE YOU SERIOUS?!!
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 7:31-35
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: BELIEVERS COMPARED TO JOHN THE BAPTIST
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: TAKING HIM SERIOUS
CTS: 3 TRUTHS THAT LEAD TO SERIOUS FAITH BEFORE GOD
HOW CAN I DEMONSTRATE SERIOUS FAITH BEFORE GOD?:
I. ACKNOWLEDGE GOD’S WORD FOR MY LIFE (VV. 31-32)
EXPLANATION: JESUS HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED OF OBEYING GOD
JESUS LAUNCHES INTO A PARABLE TO WARN ABOUT DISBELIEF (31)
CHILDREN PLAYED A FLUTE (WEDDING) - NO RESPONSE (32A)
CHILDREN SANG A FUNERAL SONG - NO RESPONSE (32B)
IS GOD’S WORD REALLY FOR ME? PSALM 119:9-11, 105-106
ILLUSTRATION: A PURPOSE OF CLOSE ORDER DRILL
APPLICATION: TREAT THE BIBLE AS GOD SPEAKING TO YOU
II. ADMIT THAT HIS WORD IS TO BE OBEYED (VV. 33-34)
EXPLANATION: JESUS RECOGNIZES UNBELIEVERS
JOHN DEMONSTRATED THE HUMILITY OF REPENTANCE (33A)
THE PHARISEES AND LAWYERS REJECTED HIS WORD (33B)
JESUS CAME ANNOUNCING THE KINGDOM (34A)
THE PHARISEES AND LAWYERS REJECTED HIS WORD (34B)
SHOULD I OBEY GOD’S LEADERSHIP IN MY LIFE?
ILLUSTRATION: LEADERSHIP WITH CREDIBILITY (CARING = WORK)
APPLICATION: CHOOSE TO OBEY HIS WORD TO YOU
III. ACT UPON WHAT I LEARN ABOUT GOD (VS. 35)
EXPLANATION: JESUS JUSTIFIES GOD’S WISDOM
GOD’S WISDOM IS PROVEN TRUE BY ALL HER CHILDREN
ILLUSTRATION: EVIDENCE OF BEING A MARINE
APPLICATION: ACT UPON GOD’S WORD; IT REVEALS HIM TO OTHERS
UNBELIEVERS HAVE NO DESIRE TO FOLLOW GOD OR OBEY HIS WORD
SERIOUS FAITH REQUIRES SEEKING AND OBEYING GOD’S WORD
YOUR OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WORD WILL REVEAL GOD TO OTHERS
IS THERE EVIDENCE THAT YOU HAVE SERIOUS FAITH?
REFERENCES (page 1)
Are You Serious?!!
I have often heard this phrase from people during my life. People often ask the question, when they hear me or someone else say something that sounds unbelievable. At other times, people seem to asking the question to verify the sincerity of the person speaking. The one asking the question is curious as to how committed the person speaking is to what he or she just said. Considering a follower of Christ, people often wonder how serious Christians are with their faith.They may not ask the question, but they are watching to see if your or my actions match our words. So, what is your response to the question in regards to your faith? Are you serious?
Psalm 119:9-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
How can a young man cleanse his way?
By taking heed according to Your word.
With my whole heart I have sought You;
Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
Psalm 119:105-106 New King James Version (NKJV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
I have sworn and confirmed
That I will keep Your righteous judgments.
Luke 7:31-35 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
31 “To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They are like children who sit in the market place and call to one another, and they say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’
33 For John the Baptist has come (A)eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a [a]drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and [b]sinners!’
35 Yet wisdom (B)is vindicated by all her children.”
a Luke 7:34 Or wine-drinker
b Luke 7:34 I.e. irreligious Jews
A Luke 7:33 : Luke 1:15
B Luke 7:35 : Luke 7:29
INTRODUCTION: CHARACTER WITNESS - DEFENDANT CREDIBILITY
(ANGEL, ZACHARIAS, JOHN, MARY, YOU? - HOLY SPIRIT)
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 2:21-40
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: GOD IS WITH US; WITNESSES HAVE SEEN HIM
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: CONFIRMATION OF HIS ROLE
CTS: 4 TRUTHS CONFIRMING THE ROLE OF JESUS AS MESSIAH
WHAT PROOF IDENTIFIES JESUS AS GOD’S SALVATION FOR MAN?:
I. GOD’S CARE FOR JESUS (VV. 21-24, 39-40)
• EXPLANATION: JOSEPH & MARY PRESENT JESUS AT THE TEMPLE
o THE HOLY CHILD WAS NAMED “JESUS” (21B)
o IMPLIED - JESUS WAS CIRCUMCISED (21A)
o PURIFICATION COMPLETED, JESUS BROUGHT TO JERUSALEM (22-23)
o SACRIFICED OFFERED (IAW THE LAW OF THE LORD) (24)
o RETURNED TO NAZARETH & CARED FOR JESUS (39-40)
• APPLICATION: GOD WILL ENABLE YOU TO FULFILL HIS LAW (GAL 4:4-6)
II. GOD’S AFFIRMING OF JESUS AS SALVATION FOR MAN (VV. 25-35)
• EXPLANATION: SIMEON AFFIRMS JESUS AS GOD’S SALVATION
o RIGHTEOUS & DEVOUT (25A)
o LOOKING FOR THE CONSOLATION OF ISRAEL (25B)
o HOLY SPIRIT WAS UPON HIM (25C) (5TH TIME MENTIONED)
o HOLY SPIRIT REVEALED: NO DEATH BEFORE SEEING CHRIST (26)
o CAME BY THE SPIRIT INTO THE TEMPLE (27)
o TOOK JESUS IN HIS ARMS AND BLESSED GOD (28-32)
o JOSPEH & MARY AMAZED BY SIMEON’S TESTIMONY (33)
o BLESSES THEM AND WARNS MARY (34-35)
• APPLICATION: GOD’S WORD AFFIRMS SALVATION (JOHN 1:11-13, 3:16)
III. GOD’S WITNESS TO THE REDEMPTION OF JERUSALEM (VV. 36-38)
• EXPLANATION: ANNA AFFIRMS JESUS AS GOD’S REDEMPTION
o POSSIBLY 106 YEARS OLD (36-37)
? MARRIED AT 15 (CONCEIVABLY)
? MARRIED 7 YEARS
? WIDOW FOR 84 YEARS (ALWAYS AT THE TEMPLE)
o GAVE GOD THANKS
o TOLD ALL LOOKING FOR JERUSALEM’S REDEMPTION (38)
• APPLICATION: REDEMPTION IS AVAILABLE IN CHRIST (1 PET 1:17-19)
• GOD GRACIOUSLY CARES FOR THOSE WHO ARE HIS
• THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS EXPERIENCE GOD’S SALVATION
• THOSE WHO HAVE GOD’S SALVATION HAVE BEEN REDEEMED
• TRUSTING IN GOD’S SALVATION AND REDEMPTION = PEACE & HOPE
REFERENCES (page 1)
Galatians 4:4-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born[a] of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”
John 1:11-13 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 He came to His own,[a] and His own[b] did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
1 Peter 1:17-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
Luke 2:21-40New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Jesus Presented at the Temple
21 And when (A)eight days had passed, [a]before His circumcision, (B)His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
22 (C)And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “(D)Every firstborn male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord, “(E)A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”
25 And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was (F)righteous and devout, (G)looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And (H)it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not (I)see death before he had seen the Lord’s [b]Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, [c](J)to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, 28 then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,
“Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace,
(K)According to Your word;
For my eyes have (L)seen Your salvation,
Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
(M)A Light [d]of revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.”
33 And His father and (N)mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary (O)His mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for (P)the fall and [e]rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed— 35 and a sword will pierce even your own soul—to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
36 And there was a (Q)prophetess, [f]Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of (R)the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in [g]years (S)and had lived with her husband seven years after her [h]marriage, 37 and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with (T)fastings and prayers. 38 At that very [i]moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were (U)looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
Return to Nazareth
39 When they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to (V)their own city of Nazareth. 40 (W)The Child continued to grow and become strong, [j]increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
a Luke 2:21 Lit so as to circumcise Him
b Luke 2:26 I.e. Messiah
c Luke 2:27 Lit to do for Him according to
d Luke 2:32 Or for
e Luke 2:34 Or resurrection
f Luke 2:36 Or Hannah
g Luke 2:36 Lit days
h Luke 2:36 Lit virginity
i Luke 2:38 Lit hour
j Luke 2:40 Lit becoming full of
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A Luke 2:21 : Gen 17:12; Lev 12:3; Luke 1:59
B Luke 2:21 : Matt 1:21, 25; Luke 1:31
C Luke 2:22 : Lev 12:6-8
D Luke 2:23 : Ex 13:2, 12; Num 3:13; 8:17
E Luke 2:24 : Lev 5:11; 12:8
F Luke 2:25 : Luke 1:6
G Luke 2:25 : Mark 15:43; Luke 2:38; 23:51
H Luke 2:26 : Matt 2:12
I Luke 2:26 : Ps 89:48; John 8:51; Heb 11:5
J Luke 2:27 : Luke 2:22
K Luke 2:29 : Luke 2:26
L Luke 2:30 : Ps 119:166, 174; Is 52:10; Luke 3:6
M Luke 2:32 : Is 9:2; 42:6; 49:6, 9; 51:4; 60:1-3; Matt 4:16; Acts 13:47; 26:23
N Luke 2:33 : Matt 12:46
O Luke 2:34 : Matt 12:46
P Luke 2:34 : Matt 21:44; 1 Cor 1:23; 2 Cor 2:16; 1 Pet 2:8
Q Luke 2:36 : Luke 2:38; Acts 21:9
R Luke 2:36 : Josh 19:24
S Luke 2:36 : 1 Tim 5:9
T Luke 2:37 : Luke 5:33; Acts 13:3; 14:23; 1 Tim 5:5
U Luke 2:38 : Luke 1:68; 2:25
V Luke 2:39 : Matt 2:23; Luke 1:26; 2:51; 4:16
W Luke 2:40 : Luke 1:80; 2:52
INTRODUCTION: CARING FOR THE MULTITUDES: LOG CHIEF
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 9:10-17
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: DISCIPLES DISPATCHED; REPUTATION GROWING
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: FEEDING THE 5000
CTS: 3 TRUTHS CONCERNING JESUSâ€™ ABILITY TO MEET EVERY NEED
WHEN IS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE GOSPEL?:
I. AVAILABILITY (VV. 10-11)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS TOOK HIS DISCIPLES ASIDE; WORK FOLLOWED
o COMPLETING THEIR MISSION, THE DISCIPLES GAVE A REPORT (10A)
o JESUS TOOK THEM TO BETHSAIDA TO REST (10B) (MARK 6:31-32)
o THE CROWDS FOLLOWED; JESUS TAUGHT AND HEALED (11)
o ALL BELIEVERS HAVE BEEN CALLED TO MINISTRY
o YOU ARE GODâ€™S MINISTER TO YOUR SPHERE OF INFLUENCE
II. AWARENESS OF NEEDS (VV. 12-13)
Â· EXPLANATION: DISCIPLES TO JESUS: SEND THEM AWAY
o IT WAS LATE IN THE DAY (12A)
o PEOPLE WERE HOMELESS & GETTING HUNGRY (12B)
o NO PLACE TO GET SOMETHING TO EAT (12C)
o RESPONSE OF JESUS: â€œYOU GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO EAT!â€ (13A)
o NOT ENOUGH TO FEED ALL (ONLY 5 LOAVES & 2 FISH) (13B)
Â· APPLICATION: ASSESS THE NEEDS AROUND YOU / PRAY / TAKE ACTION
III. ALLOWING JESUS TO WORK THROUGH YOU (VV. 14-17)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS MEETS THE NEED
o LUKE IDENTIFIES THE HEAD COUNT (ABOUT 5000 MEN) (14A)
â–ª HOW MANY? (MACARTHUR NOTES)
o JESUS ORGANIZED THE PEOPLE FOR A FEAST (14B - 15)
o JESUS BLESSED THE FOOD AND KEPT GIVING IT OUT (16)
â–ª PRE-WEDDING FEAST (SEE MACARTHUR NOTES)
o EVERYONE ATE AND WAS SATISFIED (17A) (chortazo - SATIATED)
o 12 BASKETS OF PIECES GATHERED (17B)(FOOD FOR DISCIPLES?!)
Â· APPLICATION: AS WE WORK TOGETHER GOD WILL MEET NEEDS
Â· THE DISCIPLES WERE EMPOWERED, BUT STILL NEEDED TO LEARN
Â· JESUS IS THE BREAD OF LIFE; EVERY MAN NEEDS HIM
Â· THOUGH WE HAVE GODâ€™S SPIRIT, WE NEED DISCIPLESHIP
Â· AS WE LEAN UPON JESUS, HE WILL PREPARE US TO SHARE HIS BREAD
REMEMBER THIS: WE ARE OBLIGED TO MEET NEEDS AS WE SHARE CHRIST.â€ƒ
REFERENCES (page 1)
MacArthur notes on the 5000:
â€œAs Lukeâ€™s parenthetical note indicates, there were about five thousand men present. Including the women and children (Matt 14:21), there could have been twenty to twenty-five thousand people present. The five loaves (small biscuits and crackers) and two small dried fish were obviously intended as a protest if not a mockery of the Lordâ€™s request.
MacArthur notes on the banquet:
The feeding of the five thousand men, along with surely an equal number of women and children, was the largest work of divine creative power since creation week and the restructuring of the earth after the flood (Gen. 6-8). It was also the highpoint and culmination of Christâ€™s ministry in Galileeâ€”and the last great opportunity for its people.
MacArthur notes on who gets the bread:
This miraculous provision of food on a massive scale is a striking exhibition of Godâ€™s concern for even the most mundane issues of life. That Jesus fed people who would ultimately reject Him illustrates Godâ€™s common grace, because of which â€œHe causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteousâ€ (Matt 5:45). It also previews Christâ€™s power to usher in the blessings of the earthly millennial kingdom (cf. Isaiah 25:6-9)
Isaiah 25:6-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
And in this mountain
The Lord of hosts will make for all people
A feast of choice pieces,
A feast of wines on the lees,
Of fat things full of marrow,
Of well-refined wines on the lees.
And He will destroy on this mountain
The surface of the covering cast over all people,
And the veil that is spread over all nations.
He will swallow up death forever,
And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces;
The rebuke of His people
He will take away from all the earth;
For the Lord has spoken.
And it will be said in that day:
â€œBehold, this is our God;
We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
This is the Lord;
We have waited for Him;
We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.â€
Luke 9:10-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 (A)When the apostles returned, they gave an account to Him of all that they had done. (B)Taking them with Him, He withdrew by Himself to a city called (C)Bethsaida.11 But the crowds were aware of this and followed Him; and welcoming them, He began speaking to them about the kingdom of God and curing those who had need of healing.
Five Thousand Fed
12 Now the day [a]was ending, and the twelve came and said to Him, â€œSend the crowd away, that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging and get [b]something to eat; for here we are in a desolate place.â€ 13 But He said to them, â€œYou give them something to eat!â€ And they said, â€œWe have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless perhaps we go and buy food for all these people.â€
14 (For there were about five thousand men.) And He said to His disciples, â€œHave them [c]sit down to eat (D)in groups of about fifty each.â€ 15 They did so, and had them all [d]sit down. 16 Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them, and broke them, and kept giving them to the disciples to set before the [e]people. 17 And they all ate and were satisfied; and [f]the broken pieces which they had left over were picked up, twelve (E)baskets full.
A. Luke 9:10 : Mark 6:30
B. Luke 9:10 : Luke 9:10-17: Matt 14:13-21; Mark 6:32-44; John 6:5-13
C. Luke 9:10 : Matt 11:21
D. Luke 9:14 : Mark 6:39
E. Luke 9:17 : Matt 14:20
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: THE GREAT PHYSICIAN
CTS: 2 WAYS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH FOR THE CONCERNS YOU FACE
HOW CAN MY FAITH INFLUENCE MY STRUGGLES?:
I. TAKE ALL OF YOUR CONCERNS TO GOD (VV. 38-39)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS BECOMES AWARE OF ILLNESS AND HEALS
o JESUS LEFT THE SYNAGOGUE FOR SIMON PETERâ€™S HOME (38A)
o PETERâ€™S MOTHER-IN-LAW WAS EXPERIENCING A HIGH FEVER (38B)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: RECENT SINUS CONGESTION (10-14 DAY RECOVERY)
o THE PEOPLE PRESENT ASKED JESUS TO HELP HER (38C)
o JESUS YIELDS TO THEIR REQUEST AND HEALS HER (39A)
o SHE IMMEDIATELY GOT UP AND WAITED ON THEM (39B)
â€¢ APPLICATION: TAKE ALL CONCERNS TO GOD; HE IS OMNISCIENT, OMNIPRESENT, AND OMNIPOTENT
II. TRUST IN HIS POWER TO HEAL YOUR SITUATIONS (VV. 40-41)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS HEALED ALL WHO CAME TO HIM
o WHILE THE SUN WAS SETTING (AFTER THE SABBATH) (40A)
o MANY CAME TO EXPERIENCE / SEE JESUSâ€™ HEALING (40B)(MK 1:32-34)
o JESUS HEALED EVERY SITUATION (40C) (MT 8:16-17)
o JESUS ALSO DEMONSTRATED POWER OVER DEMONS (40D)
â–ª HE SHUT THEIR MOUTHS
â–ª REASON: PEOPLE WERE TO PROCLAIM HIM MESSIAH
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: DO IT YOURSELF (DIY) DOESNâ€™T ALWAYS WORK
â€¢ APPLICATION: GOD IS IN CONTROL; TRUST ONLY IN HIS POWER
â€¢ GOD WORKED THROUGH JESUS TO DEMONSTRATE HIS LOVE
â€¢ GOD ALONE POSSESSES THE POWER TO HEAL ALL SITUATIONS
â€¢ GOD HAS GIVEN US FAITH TO LEAD US THROUGH LIFE. TRUST HIM
REFERENCES (page 1)
Mark 1:32-34 New King James Version (NKJV)
32 At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.
Matthew 8:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
â€œHe Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses.â€[a]
Luke 4:38-41 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Many Are Healed
38 (A)Then He got up and left the synagogue, and entered Simonâ€™s home. Now Simonâ€™s mother-in-law was (B)suffering from a high fever, and they asked Him [a]to help her. 39 And standing over her, He (C)rebuked the fever, and it left her; and she immediately got up and [b]waited on them.
40 (D)While (E)the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and (F)laying His hands on each one of them, He was (G)healing them. 41 Demons also were coming out of many, shouting, â€œYou are (H)the Son of God!â€ But (I)rebuking them, He would (J)not allow them to speak, because they knew Him to be [c]the Christ.
a Luke 4:38 Lit about her
b Luke 4:39 Or served
c Luke 4:41 I.e. the Messiah
A Luke 4:38 : Luke 4:38-39: Matt 8:14, 15; Mark 1:29-31
B Luke 4:38 : Matt 4:24
C Luke 4:39 : Luke 4:35, 41
D Luke 4:40 : Luke 4:40-41: Matt 8:16, 17; Mark 1:32-34