The Word Search

Being Peaceable People

Matthew 5:21-26

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Intro:

Welcome everybody to Youth Group, I am thrilled to see you all here tonight. We are going to continue in our series titled the Word Search, where we are scouring the words of Jesus to find the truth we desperately need so we can build our lives on the firm foundation that is Jesus Christ.

Tonight our message is titled Being Peaceable People.

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Message:

Matthew 5:21-26 21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

 

Something I want to point out to you early on in the sermon on the mount is this sentence Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said, . . . But I tell you.” Jesus elevates the Law. Last week we talked about how Jesus was, is, and will be the fulfillment of the Law and Prophets. He spoke up against the Pharisees and teachers of the law who were spreading lies about him by saying, “He has come to do away with the Law. The Law is worthless.”

 

Jesus refuted that claim by saying that: Matthew 5:17-18

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

Jesus did not come to do away with the law. He did not come to abolish the Law, Jesus lived a perfect life to fulfill the law entirely! Since Jesus did that, His teachings are now the standard. Believe it or not, Jesus did not make the teachings of the Law easier for people to follow. Jesus did not make his commands light and simple. Jesus elevated the Law. He took things a step further. When he said “You have heard it said . . . But I tell you . . .”

Let’s look at our first point tonight and see how this is the truth!

 

1. and

Matthew 5:21-22 21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

 

Murder

What does the Bible say about Murder?

 

Exodus 20:13 “You shall not murder.

Leviticus 24:17 “Whoever takes a human life shall surely be put to death.

Deuteronomy 5:17 “‘You shall not murder.

John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Genesis 9:6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.

1 John 3:12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous.

 

These are just some of many verses about murder in the Bible and how it is wrong. In the Old Testament, murder was dealt with by the death of the murderer. This was never meant to be the case.

God’s original plan for the world was that no one would ever have to die. Had Adam and Eve not sinned, there would be no death, there would be no evil, there would be no sickness or pain. Had Adam and Eve not sinned there would be no need for rules like “” It just wouldn’t happen, but since they sinned and now sin is in the world, people are evil and murder is a serious issue.

 

To murder someone is to kill an image bearer of God, and it is such a grave sin, that in much of the OT was punished by death. A life for a life. I want you to think this way. To murder someone is to put yourself in the place of God, and be the judge on whether or not they get to live. Only God life and therefore only God can justly life. You are not the judge.

 

You see, the Pharisees of the time were okay with every ounce of anger and hatred up until the point of murder. You could want to kill the person in your heart but as long as you didn’t do that you were fine. You could hit a person, strike them, wound them, but as long as they aren’t killed they believe you were fine. They thought that you could replay killing someone over and over again in your head but as long as you didn’t actually kill them you were fine.

 

Jesus says differently though.

 

Anger

Matthew 5:22 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

Leviticus 19:17-18 17 “‘Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt. 18 “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

 

Do not hate another believer. Do not hate a friend. Do not hate a classmate. Do not hate a person. We only hate sin. If you let your anger well up against another individual it will lead you to sin against them and to sin against God. Hate sin, so that if you are angry about something God will be moved by your zealous thoughts.

 

Do not claim Raca! Raca was a Jewish term for worthless. It was like a swear. Do not swear at another person because it is not what God has done to you. We all have wronged God so many times, but all He does is rebuke us by His Spirit and welcome us with open arms when we honor that rebuke. That conviction. For you to call another person, made in the image of God worthless, is to the life changing power of God. Every person has .

 

We have all been doing something, when someone who isn’t paying attention bumps into us, cuts us off, interrupts us, ignores us, and instead of getting angry and calling them names, would calmly address the situation, a gentle rebuke much like what the Lord gives to us, and then we move on. We exist to lift people up, in glory to God, so that they may have a chance to see the Glory of God that we cling so desperately to. No one is , because we as Christians carry around something of greater than gold and precious stones. It is our duty to share that and give it into the hands of those who do not have it. Help people find their worth, don’t take it from them.

 

But also do not call someone a fool! A fool is someone who is unwilling to listen to wisdom. The word fool had serious weight back in Jesus’s time. To call someone a fool, was to say they are not worth your time. It was to say that they aren’t worth it. It is to say that they have no chance at redemption. A fool is not somebody who made an honest mistake. A fool is someone that has time and time and time again, thrown wise and godly advice out the window.

 

By doing all of these things, we put ourselves in danger of being judged by God, because we choose to stand in his place. The Law says do not murder but Jesus says do not be with your thoughts, with your decisions, or with your speech.

 

2.

Matthew 5:23-24 23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

 

Reconciliation trumps religion. Let me break that down really quick. The Jews were all about paying their sacrifices. They were obedient to the Law. However, Jesus is saying here that even if you are in the middle of your sin offering, and you remember that you have something against your brother, or they have something against you, you are to drop everything and go to them so you can reconcile. The Bible talks often about living in peace or harmony with one another.

 

Romans 12:16-18 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

Colossians 3:14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

 

Guys one of the main things Jesus did for us was reconcile us to God. To reconcile means to make amends! To be put back into right relationship with one another. The idea of reconciliation is so important to God that He sent his son to for us in order that we might be reconciled!

 

Romans 5:10 ESV For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

 

If reconciliation is so important that God would send His son for us, how much more should we to reconcile with one another! Especially if you know how much you have been saved from! When you pray, if there is something you are holding against someone, go to them and ask them for forgiveness.

 

(example)

 

But Pastor Shawn what if they are upset about something they shouldn’t be? What if I said they had nice shoes, but they were upset I didn’t say they had a nice shirt? Reconciliation was so important to God that He sent His son to die for you. I don’t care what the offense was. I don’t care how big or small it may have been, if someone comes to you for reconciliation, you ought to reconcile. It may be painful, it may be hard, it may be uncomfortable, but God desires reconciliation.

 

Reconciliation trumps religion. The Jews needed to remember to forgive, to not hold grudges, to be restored to one another, and we need to remember the same thing. Do not with reconciliation.

 

3. Settle Accounts

 

Matthew 5:25-26 25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

 

There was a big problem with God’s people going to the Roman courts to sue one another over petty things. This did not look good on the church. They were letting things that should have been dealt with quietly and out of the public eye, be dealt with by unbelievers who likely gave far harsher punishments that if they had dealt with it just the two of them.

 

Colossians 3:13 ESV Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

 

Guys, Christians really need to get it together when it comes to dealing with things that offend, hurt, or wrong them. There are too many Christians that will just let things fester and harm them spiritually.

 

Ladies, stop being so petty towards each other. The cattiness we see is obnoxious to the people around you and hurtful to others. Ladies, if you are upset with one another, tell each other respectfully. We do not care if you don’t feel like you need to apologize, this is part of maturing. There is more than enough of that garbage in the world. Don’t add to it. Don’t start throwing insults. Don’t ignore the other person. Don’t gossip about them. Be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving. Let’s grow up and grow out of that nonsense.

 

Gentlemen, Stop with the passive aggressive comments. Stop cutting each other off. Stop with the dumb power plays. If there is something wrong between you and your friend, you need to tell them about it and get it right. There is no need to start off aggressive, there is no need to resort to insults or fights, there is no need to try and emasculate the other guy in any way. Grow up and grow out of that toxic mindset. There are enough trashy guys out there that think fighting, insults, money, fame, and women will fix their problems. Be a man and address your issues head on. Stop hiding from them. Christians don’t do that nonsense. We live righteously.

 

We all need to know this tonight. What you do not you .

 

In 2 Samuel 12, Had Nathan the prophet not confront King David about his adultery and murder, he would have said it was okay for David to do that.

In Joshua 7, Had Joshua not confronted Achan about stealing from God’s Offering after taking Jericho, he would have been saying it was okay.

In Matthew 23, Had Jesus not confronted the teachings of the Pharisees, He would have been affirming them.

 

I’m using these examples to show you that If you do not confront the problems in your life, you are saying it is okay that they are there. There is a stigma behind the word confront. To confront something is taken as though you are slamming your foot down and saying that you are right and they are wrong and if they don’t like that, then tough mustard. Confrontation does not have to be .

 

Tell someone next to you that confrontation does not mean !

 

Confrontation, if it is possible, can and should be done calmly, but firmly. Nathan the prophet did not angrily confront King David, he did so gently by using an analogy. Joshua did not confront Achan angrily, he did so with questions and a broken heart. Jesus did not always confront the Pharisees harshly, most of the time it was done almost too kindly through teachings and parables.

 

(example here)

 

When we allow the world to handle our reconciliation, the consequences are almost always than they need to be. If we take care of it, between ourselves, we will be better off. When we take care of it, we save ourselves from the harshest punishment.

 

Altar Call

Go and be reconciled.

 

 

 

Something to Talk About

April 14-20

Grow Groups Sermon Discussion Guide

GROWING MATURITY pt.3

1 Corinthians 3:5-15

 

INTRODUCTION:

A poem says:

If you want to have the kind of church like the kind of church you like,

You needn’t put your clothes in a bag and start a long, long hike,

You’ll only find what you left behind, for there’s nothing really new,

It’s a knock at yourself when you knock your church; because it ain’t the church, it’s you. (Unknown)

What kind of thoughts come to mind as you read that poem?

Do you believe that division is one of the most effective ways Satan has to make the church, or a family, ineffective? Why or why not?

Matthew 12:25 (NIV) “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.”

What does Jesus mean here? How do we apply this to our family life. How about the work life. How do we apply Jesus’ words to the church when we have a difference of opinion? 

Matthew 16:18 (NLT) “I will build My church, and all of the powers of hell will not conquer it.”

Who is building the Church according to Jesus? What does that make us in this process? Why does the power of hell come against the church? How should we as a congregation deal with misguided church members that create division or come against the church?

 

TEXT:

1 Corinthians 3:5-17 (NIV) What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

What should we learn from Paul’s correction to the church in Corinth?

 

1 Corinthians 3: 9,16 (NIV) For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?

What is the point here?

 

1 Corinthians 3:12 (NIV) 12 If anyone builds on this foundation….

What is the foundation we are to be building on?

 

THREE THINGS:

1. GOD’S FIELD

 

1 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV) I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.

1 Corinthians 3:9 (NIV) For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field

This word translated ”field,” was used to describe a piece of land that was actively being cultivated. Why is this so important for fields to be cultivated? What is the purpose of a cultivated field?

 

1 Corinthians 3:9a (NIV) For we are co-workers…

God intends to produce a harvest. So, how do we, do it? What does it take?

 

1 Corinthians 3:8 (NIV) The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.

How does one plant and water to receive a reward?

 

Joshua 7:13 (NIV) “Go, consecrate the people. Tell them, ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow; for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There are devoted things among you, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them.’”

What had happened here?

When the weed was pulled out from among them, the blessings of God was poured out on them…. How is it that one person’s actions can affect the whole group success?

How do we apply this story our life and church?

 

Jeremiah 4:3 (NIV) This is what the Lord says to the people… “Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns.”

Hosea 10:12-13 (NIV) Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength…

What is the takeaway here for us as a church?

For our field to produce a crop, we need to have our personal fields cultivated, consecrated and clean. What must do and how do we do it?

 

 

2. GOD’S BUILING

1 Corinthians 3:9 (NIV) For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

1 Corinthians 3:11 (NIV) For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

What happens if we build on the wrong foundation?

 

1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (NIV) 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.

1 Corinthians 3:13b-15 (NIV) It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

How do we make sure we’re investing our life in things that are durable and permanent, not perishable, and temporary?

 

 

3. GOD’S TEMPLE

What does it mean to be God’s temple?

 

1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV) Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

Notice If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. What does the verse mean and what should it cause in us as we think about God’s temple?

Will God really destroy someone for causing harm to His temple? If so, how then should we live and build?

 

1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV) You are God’s temple… God’s Spirit dwells in you…

What does that mean? What is the significance of this?

 

  • The Holy Spirit dwells in you.

1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV) Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?

2 Corinthians 1:22 (NIV) He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

2 Corinthians 5:5 (NIV) Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Ephesians 1:13b-14 (NIV) When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

What are these verses teaching us about the Holy Spirit?

 

  • The Holy Spirit directs you.

John 16:7 (NIV) But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

John 16:13 (NIV) But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

1 Corinthians 2:12 (NIV) What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.

How does the Holy Spirit bring direction to the believer?

 

  • The Holy Spirit transform you.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

How does the Holy Spirit produce Christlikeness in us?

 

1 Thessalonians 5:19 (NIV) Do not quench the Spirit.

Ephesians 4:30 (NIV) And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Ephesians 5:15-18 (NIV) 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit

How do we harm the work of the Holy Spirit? By saying ”no” when He says ”yes.” By saying ”later” when He says ”now.” How else does one quench, grieve, offend the Holy Spirit?

 

CONCLUSION:

1 Corinthians 3:18-23 (NIV) 18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” 21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

 

Paul tells us three things;

Do not deceive yourselves (3:19-20).

Have a proper view of yourself (3:18-20).

Have a proper view of others (3:21-23).

 

What is the point Paul is making here?

1 Corinthian 3 is all about unity. So, how do we avoid the problem many Christians have fallen into… Many Christians have damaged their churches because of their own agendas. What must we do to avoid this trap?

 

PRAYER:

For each other and the Church… that we develop a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

KINGDOM LIVING

April 14, 2024

GROWING MATURITY Part 3

1 Corinthians 3:5-15

Good morning:

 

INTRODUCTION:

Matthew 12:25 (NIV) “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” 

Matthew 16:18 (NLT) “I will build My church, and all of the powers of hell will not conquer it.”

TEXT:

1 Corinthians 3:5-17 (NIV) What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

 

Highlights:

1 Corinthians 3.5-9,16 (NIV) What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?

1 Corinthians 3:12 (NIV) 12 If anyone builds on this foundation….

1 Corinthians 3:9 (NIV)you are God’s field, God’s building.

1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV) …you yourselves are God’s temple.

 

 

THREE THINGS:

 

1.

 

1 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV) here’s how: I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.

1 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV) I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.

1 Corinthians 3:9 (NIV) For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field

1 Corinthians 3:9a (NIV) For we are co-workers…

1 Corinthians 3:8 (NIV) The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.

Joshua 7:13 (NIV) “Go, consecrate the people. Tell them, ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow; for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There are devoted things among you, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them.’”

Jeremiah 4:3 (NIV) This is what the Lord says to the people… “Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns.”

Hosea 10:12-13 (NIV) Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength…

 

 

2.

 

1 Corinthians 3:9 (NIV) For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

1 Corinthians 3:11 (NIV) For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (NIV) 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.

1 Corinthians 3:13b-15 (NIV) It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

 

 

3.

 

1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV) Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV) You are God’s temple… God’s Spirit dwells in you…

 

What does it mean ”You are the temple of God?”

 

  • The Holy Spirit s in you.

1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV) Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?

2 Corinthians 1:22 (NIV) He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

2 Corinthians 5:5 (NIV) Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Ephesians 1:13b-14 (NIV) When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

 

  • The Holy Spirit you.

John 16:7 (NIV) But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

John 16:13 (NIV) But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

1 Corinthians 2:12 (NIV) What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.

 

  • The Holy Spirit you

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

He is the producer of Christlikeness!

1 Thessalonians 5:19 (NIV) Do not quench the Spirit.

Ephesians 4:30 (NIV) And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Ephesians 5:15-18 (NIV) 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit

 

 

CONCLUSION:

1 Corinthians 3:18-23 (NIV) 18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” 21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

 

Paul tells us three things;

Do not yourselves (3:19-20).

Have a proper view of yourself (3:18-20).

Have a proper view of others (3:21-23).

 

PRAYER:

 

The Word Search

Fulfilling the Law

Matthew 5:17-20

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Intro:

Unsatisfying video:

 

Welcome back to our series the Word Search where we search the very words of Jesus for the deep and applicable truth that we need to base our lives upon! Every word Jesus shares is important for us to understand.

Now, that was not a very fulfilling video was it? The moment that got me the most was the spoon falling into the soup! That’s the worst and it makes me want to throw the entire bowl of soup in the trash.

Thankfully, when we read the bible we do not get left with this unfulfilled feeling. The bible is constantly tying up loose ends that we read about earlier and that is nearly always fulfilled in and through Jesus Christ!

Our message tonight is going to be on this very thing. Fulfilling The Law. Christ was, is, and will be the fulfillment of Scripture, so tonight as we continue our journey through Matthew 5 and the sermon on the mount, let’s read about what Jesus says regarding the fulfillment of the Law in verses 17-20.

 

Message:

Matthew 5:17-20 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

TEACHINGS IN VERSES

1. Christ is the of the Law and Prophets (past present and future)

Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.“

I want to preface this all by saying that Jesus is the of the Law. He fulfilled the Law in its entirety. Jesus is continuing to be the fulfillment of the Prophets, which we be completed with the New Heavens and the New Earth. (We will get to that later in the series)

 

Now, so background for you guys. It was a common belief among the Pharisees and Sadducees and the priests that Jesus was saying the Law didn’t matter, and that people were to disregard it completely.

This is not the case at all guys. Jesus is making a major emphasis here to prove that those claims are false. He was not saying the Law was worthless, He was in fact saying that He had come to fulfill it perfectly. He was saying that it was in fact so important that He came to live it out to the very letter. Let’s look to the scriptures to see how Jesus has done, is doing, and will do this. It is a continuing process.

 

Prophecies that he fulfilled during his time on earth. His perfect and sinless life according to not the Pharisees.

351 OT prophecies chart.

The Jews and the Teachers of the Law commonly referred the the Law as The Law and Prophets. So in order for Jesus to fulfill the Law, he had to be the fulfillment of these prophecies. Jesus not only fulfilled these prophecies but he also followed the Laws that God gave, not the laws that the Pharisees laid out.

A couple weeks ago we talked about how the Pharisees were initially well intentioned about putting rules around the law of God to be guidelines so that people don’t break any of God’s laws but it ended up just being oppressive to the everyday person.

 

Jesus did not the Pharisees rules and laws, but He obeyed all the laws that gave throughout the Old Testament and did so perfectly.

 

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Jesus is currently fulfilling the Law and prophets through: The gift of salvation, forgiveness of sin, along with grace and mercy to all who call on His name.

Jesus not only fulfilled the law but because of his death and resurrection, is now the one who advocates for us on behalf of the law. Jesus is our high priest! He gets us back into right relationship with God. All we have to do is call on His name, repent of our sins and He will be faithful and just to forgive us our sins. 1 John 1:9 tells us that.

So presently, Christ is fulfilling the Law and Prophets so we are to follow Christ’s commands as our high priest and mediator to God.

 

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The Law has been fulfilled perfectly by Jesus, is being fulfilled currently because Jesus is our high priest and will be ultimately fulfilled when Jesus returns and the New Heavens and the New Earth are brought into being. That is after everything else is said and done. That will be after the rapture, it will be after the end times, it is the very last thing that happens after Christ returns.

Past, Prest, and Future fulfillment.

 

2. A view of Scripture

Matthew 5:18 ”For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”

Again, Jesus is sharing that he has not come to do away with the Law, but that he has come to fulfill it. Jesus in verse 18 is telling us just how important the law is! Not a single part of the law will disappear, not even a single stroke the of the pen will change, until everything has been accomplished. Jesus has an astronomically high view of Scripture.

A high view of Scripture places the Word of God as the number one authority over everything. It is the Law and we conform to God. A low view of scripture says we can pick and choose and change the meaning of the scriptures so that it conforms to us and therefore we are God. We need to have a high view of Scripture in our lives.

Now because Jesus fulfilled the Law, there are some things that Christ did away with that the Christian no longer is bound by.

 

We are not by the Law

Romans 6:14 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

There are 613 laws given in the Old Testament and because of Jesus we are free of a great many of those. Mostly the ceremonial laws. Things having to do with cleanliness and defiling, sacrifices and offerings. Jesus is the one who cleansed us from our sins and He made it to where we do not need to go to someone in order to communicate with God. We can pray and He hears us.

Jesus was our , he paid the price for our sin and we do not need to make incense and offer it to the Lord.

 

is not Permission

Romans 6:15 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means!

We are free from the Law, but we do not have permission to continue to sin. Jesus definitely had instances where he had mercy on people and told them to “go and sin no more.” Sin is not condoned simply because we are no longer under the law.

I actually want to raise the idea that the Law is not simply an oppressive law, but that it is an intrinsic law, because it is written on our hearts!

Hebrews 8:8-12

This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 11 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’  because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. 12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”[c] 13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.

The Law is not gone, it may be obsolete in some ways but in many ways we are to still honor it. Jesus tells us to honor our father and mother, worship God only, love our neighbor as ourselves. The Ten Commandments are all things we need to follow. The laws on how we should deal with one another in grace and with wisdom are all still applicable.

We are set free from the binding nature of the Law but we are all born with it written on our hearts, and the law no longer condemns us but makes us aware of our sin and desperate need for Christ. Who has fulfilled the law perfectly and has saved us from the effects of sin which is revealed through the law? No one but Jesus

It is still super important, so let us also have a view of Scripture like Jesus.

 

3. Obedience and Rewards

Matthew 15:19 ”Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.“

This is a major Theological Teaching that I need us to all understand as Christians. There are a lot of people that are confused by this, and it can be something that Christians argue about, so if you can all give me your full attention for this, I think it would be beneficial to learn.

 

Saved by , not by

Ephesians 2:8-9 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

We have been saved by grace through faith. It is the gift of God. We are not saved by works so that no one can boast. It is impossible for all of us to be saved by our works. We have all fallen short of the glory of God and the wages of our sin is death Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23 tell us that.

This passage in Ephesians implies that people who could earn their way to heaven would be so bound by their own pride that it would likely cause them to stumble and sin, by boasting arrogantly in themselves.

We needed someone who could perfectly fulfill the law and take our place! Jesus came not to abolish the Law but to fulfill it! Again, praise God for that! But does that mean what we do now is meaningless? Do we even need to obey? Do we even need to do good works since Christ fulfilled the law? .

 

Our obedience is what Christ is asking us for. Our Obedience to everything God has told us, is now no longer how we are saved, but it is how we are .

 

Rewards For Our Works

Matthew 6

V1. “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

v.4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

V.6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

V.18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

What you do behind the scenes. What you do when no one is looking. What you do for the glory of God and not for your own personal recognition or praise, is what God loves and will reward. The Pharisees were known to have long and elaborate prayers to show off how righteous they were. Don’t be like them. There were many religious elites who would publicly declare they’re fasting in order to show how righteous they were. Don’t be like them. Don’t give like the many of the wealthy so that people can see your generosity. Pray without ceasing and pray fervently, passionately when you are home. Fast in order to grow closer to God not to show off. Give generously without drawing attention to yourselves.

Doing these things will store up rewards for you in heaven. I would love to dive into what these rewards are tonight, but I do not have the time. We will get deeper into the topic later in the series. But know that the rewards you store up in heaven are eternal. They will never fade. They will never stop being amazing. Where a toy you got as a kid for being good, slowly became less and less interesting until you ended up giving it away, these rewards are of the greatest value and will never lose their significance.

These rewards are given to the and , not the self righteous.

 

4. Righteous vs

Matthew 5:20 ”For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

There was a common proverb back during the times of Jesus and it went something like this. “If only two people get to heaven, one will be a scribe and the other, a Pharisee.” The common people looked to the scribes and Pharisees as the beacons for righteousness but in many ways they were not righteous at all.

Look at what Jesus says to them in Matthew 23:27-28

27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

They were hypocrites! They were self righteous instead of righteous. They looked the part but never let it change them!

 

The Difference

As we close tonight I want you to know the difference between the righteous and the self righteous.

The righteous people rely on Christ’s to be enough for salvation, where the self-righteous believe their good life and charity work is enough to get them to heaven.

The righteous ones to Christ and resist the temptation to sin, and if they do fall to sin, they pick themselves up, dust themselves off, repent, and continue to pursue the Lord. The Self righteous person sees no issue with their sin, and continues to sin, possibly even celebrating or advocating that their sin is fine.

The righteous person holds a view of scripture and submits themselves to God, allowing their desires, thoughts, and actions to be conformed to Scripture. Whereas, the self righteous person tries to use scripture as a way to justify their own desires, thoughts, and actions, while resisting God.

The righteous person does everything to the of God, and often does so quietly without much fanfare. Where the self righteous person does everything for themselves, so their name can be glorified and they can hold all the fame and attention.

 

Which will you choose?

 

ALTAR CALL

 

Will you make the decision tonight to live righteously?

 

Something to Talk About

April 7-13

Grow Groups Sermon Discussion Guide

GROWING MATURITY pt.2

1 Corinthians 3:5-15

INTRODUCTION:

As you recall the story of the three little pigs—what is the point of the story?

What does it take to build something that will last?

How do we build a marriage that will last?

How do we raise children in the things of the Lord, so that they will walk with God all the days of their life?

What is the most important thing you are building in your life right now?

What has been the biggest thing that has come against building eternal things into your life?

Have you ever gone through a set-back, a storm, reversal, or a dry period spiritually? How did you cope? What did you do to move forward?

What happens in people that causes them to get stuck in a cycle of disfunction in when they face these types of storms?

Genesis 50:20 (NIV) You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Romans 8:28 (NIV) We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Should Christians play the victim or take responsibility to look for ways to move forward? How are you doing with this?

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV84) For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works…

What does this mean?

It has been said, “It takes team work to make the dream work.” What is meant by this statement?

1 Corinthians 12:12-14 (NIV) Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body… 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

What are the implications of this verse?

Matthew 12:25 (NIV) “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” 

What must be done to maintain unity?

How does division affect the church?

 

 

TEXT:

1 Corinthians 3:5-15 (NIV) What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

What stands out to you in these verses?

THREE THINGS:

1. THE LIMITATION

Two reasons for limitation:

  • Their condition,

1 Corinthians 3:3 (NIV) You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?

1 Corinthians 3:3a (NIV) You are still worldly. (NKJV) You are STILL carnal.

What was their condition?

They had birth without growth…. What causes people to stay in this state?

  • Their conduct:

1 Corinthians 3:3b (NIV) For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? (NKJV) For where there are envy, strife and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?

What kind of conduct were the Corinthians displaying?

Is this still an issue today for Christians today? Why or why not? What can be done about this?

They had division without unity…. How do people develop a divisive spirit? What are the warning signs that a divisive spirit might be taking hold in someone?

 

 

2. THE FOUNDATION

1 Corinthians 3:9-10 (NIV) For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. 10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.

If we are co-workers in God’s service, how are we to following the Biblical Blueprints for our life? Do you have a strong foundation? What does he mean by a strong foundation?

THREE TYPES OF BUILDING:

1. THE RIGHT FOUNDATION

How would you describe the right foundation?

1 Corinthians 3:11 (NIV) For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

How do we build on the foundation of Christ in our lives?

Matthew 7.24-29 (NIV) 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

What is Jesus teaching us here?

Matthew 16.16 (NIV) “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Matthew 16.16 (NIV) And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

What is the rock that God will build His church on?

The church is built on the rock of Peter’s confession: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” The church is built on a profession of Faith in Jesus Christ the Son of the living God! How does are walk with God strengthen the foundation of the church?

1 Corinthians 3:10 (NIV) By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.

What is being said to us when Paul writes “each one should build with care?”

 

 

2. THE RIGHT FRAMING

1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (NIV) 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.

How does this building occur—what must we do to build on the foundation?

1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (NIV) 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.

So, what are the six different kinds of materials that are used for building?

So, what does the gold, silver and costly stones consist of in building our lives? What are we to be building our lives on and helping build in the lives of others that will last and not perish?

Do you want to build some that will last for the Lord? What will it take?

 

 

3. THE RIGHT FIRING

1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (NIV) 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.

1 Corinthians 3:14-15 (NIV) If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.  If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

What do these verses mean, what will take place? When will this take place?

1 John 2.28 (NIV) And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

What is meant here?

 

CONCLUSION:

Are you building on the right foundation with the right framing?

What is your life producing that has eternal value?

Are the things you’re investing your life in permanent or temporary, durable, or perishing?

Is your foundation strong? Do you place Jesus first in your life?

PRAYER:

For each other and the Church… that we surrender to the Lord and build His kingdom for His glory!

 

 

KINGDOM LIVING

April 7, 2024

GROWING MATURITY Part 2

1 Corinthians 3:5-15

 

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INTRODUCTION:

Genesis 50:20 (NIV) You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Romans 8:28 (NIV) says, We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV84) For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works…

1 Corinthians 12:12-14 (NIV) Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body… 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

Matthew 12:25 (NIV) “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” 

 

 

1 Corinthians 3:5-15 (NIV) What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

 

Highlights:

Two reasons:

1 Corinthians 3:3 (NIV) You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?

1 Corinthians 3:3a (NIV) You are still worldly. (NKJV) You are STILL carnal.

  • Their conduct:

1 Corinthians 3:3b (NIV) For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? (NKJV) For where there are envy, strife and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?

 

THREE THINGS:

1. THE LIMITATION

2. THE FOUNDATION

3. THE BUILDING

 

2. THE FOUNDATION

1 Corinthians 3:9-10 (NIV) For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. 10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.

 

THREE TYPES OF BUILDING:

 

1. THE RIGHT FOUNDATION

 

1 Corinthians 3:11 (NIV)  For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Matthew 7.24-29 (NIV) 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

Matthew 16.16 (NIV) “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Matthew 16.16 (NIV) And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

1 Corinthians 3:10 (NIV) By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.

 

 

2. THE RIGHT FRAMING

1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (NIV) 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.

v.12 If anyone builds on this foundation…

1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (NIV) 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.

v.12 “gold, silver, costly stones.”

v.12 “wood, hay and straw.”

1 Corinthians 2:10 (NIV) …are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

1 Corinthians 2:7 (NIV) We declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.

 

 

3. THE RIGHT FIRING

1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (NIV) 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light [visible, be seen]. It will be revealed [make fully known] with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.

1 Corinthians 3:14-15 (NIV) If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.  If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

1 John 2.28 (NIV) And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

 

 

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Salt and Light

Matthew 5:13-16

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Matthew 5:13-16 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

The Word of God is Salt. The Holy Spirit is Salt. Salt is good for a multitude of reasons. The Word of God is light. The Holy Spirit reveals to us what is true. We need to walk in the light.

 

1. The Goodness of

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

It and .

Numbers 18:19 ESV

All the holy contributions that the people of Israel present to the Lord I give to you, and to your sons and daughters with you, as a perpetual due. It is a covenant of salt forever before the Lord for you and for your offspring with you.”

One thing most people know about salt is that it is used for preserving meats and that it is used to help purify things. It adds flavor to food, and it a great source of electrolytes. Salt removes and kills toxins found in the air and in blood. But what on earth does that have to do with this verse when it says that the Lord has made a covenant of salt?

If the Law was followed perfectly, it would them of all unrighteousness therefore them for eternity in Heaven.

But also Salt is known to last forever. Pure salt will not go bad. It does not spoil, it does not lose its salty flavor. So in another sense the covenant of salt was saying that the covenant God made for His people was for all and that it was .

Because Jesus lived out the Law perfectly, and paid our price, we can have the assurance that we will be preserved. We have assurance of heaven because of Jesus. The price He paid for us was more than words can express. How , the sacrifice of Christ for us.

 

Its

 

Salt has been and is still very valuable today. Every processed food, and most cooked meals you eat anywhere has salt in it.

Christians are supposed to be like that. What we have inside of us is of such great value that we should be sharing it everywhere we go. The word of God much like salt, seasons you. It gives you . It gives you . It brings you . It brings you . It brings you ! What is more valuable than that? Everybody is looking for that!

 

Christians are to be salt in the world around us. Do not forget the that you carry, as an ambassador for Jesus Christ.

 

It Adds

 

Where Jesus went, the changed. Women were treated with respect. The blind were given sight. The lame began to walk. The hypocrites were confronted. The truth was proclaimed, and God was given glory!

 

A World Without Salt

 

A world without salt, A world without Jesus, is three things.

. .

 

A world without salt is for destruction, but a world with salt is to see the Savior.

 

2. The Goodness of

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

 

Light gives us direction

Psalm 119:105 ESV Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

You can the Word of God, and when we follow the word of God, He gives us

Psalm 37:23 ESV The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way;

 

Light helps us see clearly

1 John 1:7 ESV But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Psalm 119:130 ESV The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.

 

Scripture says that “without holiness, no one will see the Lord.” Walking with God gives us direction but it also helps us see clearly. Walking with God can help other people see clearly. Walking with God opens our eyes to the works of God and the schemes of the enemy. When you walk in the light, you can see the things that are tripping you up, your stumbling blocks as the bible calls them.

Walking in the light helps us see clearly so we can run the race that is set before us having thrown off all the chains that try to stop us from getting to our

 

Light is to be seen by others

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

 

Light is meant to be . No one lights a candle and puts it under a bowl. No one turns on the light switch and then unscrews the lightbulb. Doing that defeats the very purpose of the light!

 

The light inside of you, the Light of Christ, is begging you to share it. The only thing that matters is your . Their response doesn’t matter, will you be obedient to share the light and let it be seen, so that people can glorify God, like you have?

 

A World without Light

Matthew 6:22-23 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[c] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[d] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

The world we live in claims to know the truth. They claim to have it all together. The world wants you to think that the key to success is this 5 step program to get yourself rich. Society is glamorizing influencers and creators as if they have this perfect lifestyle that you should follow. The world is placing fake beacons for you and everyone around you to follow but those beacons aren’t lights. They are darkness.

 

A world without light is cold, and unjust. It is unforgiving and brutal. There is no mercy to be seen, and there is nothing .

 

3. In The , not Of It

16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

 

Of The World

  • Trampled

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

  • Hidden

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

What good is the Christian that believes but never shares? What good is the Christian that believes but never gives? What good is the Christian that believes but never serves? The answer is they are no good. You can believe but unless you are born again, unless you are letting the Word of God change you and you are doing what God says to do, your faith is nothing.

 

In The World

  • Precious

Exodus 30:35 ESV And make an incense blended as by the perfumer, seasoned with salt, pure and holy.

Ezra 7:21-22 21 “And I, Artaxerxes the king, make a decree to all the treasurers in the province Beyond the River: Whatever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the Law of the God of heaven, requires of you, let it be done with all diligence, 22 up to 100 talents[c] of silver, 100 cors[d] of wheat, 100 baths[e] of wine, 100 baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much.

Every burnt offering was sprinkled with Salt. The only acceptable incense to be burned in the temple of God was made with salt. Salt was used to describe the covenant God made with David and Abraham because Salt does not rot, and it does not waste away.

The Christian that is in the World adds value to it. They do not laze around but are active and helpful, doing the work of the ministry. They are giving to those in need, clothing those who don’t have, and are testifying of Christ. The Christian in the world needs to be the hardest worker. They should be doing everything to the glory of God! The people around you should be amazed at what you do because you believe in the Lord. You should be like salt in that if you are a part of something you are beneficial, because you are doing everything to the glory of God.

  • Revealing

John 3:19-21 ESV And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

Matthew 4:16 ESV The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”

The lives within you, so let your light shine! Don’t hide it! Be bold with your faith! Those dwelling in darkness have seen a great light. Those dwelling in the shadow of death a light has dawned. That light is Jesus Christ! Tell the world there is hope!

 

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March 31, 2024

THE DIFFERENCE EASTER MAKES

Matthew 28:1-20

 

INTRODUCTION:

Matthew 27:64 (NIV) So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

Matthew 27:66 (NIV) So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

Psalm 30:5 (NIV) …weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

 

 

TEXT:

Matthew 28:1-10 (NIV) After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

 

THREE THINGS THE RESURRECTED JESUS DOES:

 

1.

Matthew 28:7 (NIV) Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

Matthew 28:8 (NIV) So the women hurried away…

Romans 8:8 (NIV) Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) says; Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Matthew 28:8-9 (NIV) …afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.

Matthew 28:10 (NIV) Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Matthew 28:8-9 (NIV) They ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them.

Ephesians 2.8-9 (NIV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

 

 

2.

Matthew 28:5 (NIV) The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.

Matthew 28:10 (NIV) Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

1 John 4:4 (NIV) The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Psalm 27:1 (NIV) The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?

John 14:19 (NIV) Because I live, you also will live.

1 Corinthians 15:20-22 (NIV) But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NIV) Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

 

 

3.

Matthew 28:16-20 (NIV) Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Matthew 28:20 (NIV) Therefore go…

Acts 11:19-21 (NIV) Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NIV) For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…

Acts 11:21 (NIV) The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.

Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

Matthew 28:19 (NIV) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…

 

 

CONCLUSION:

John 17:3 (NIV) Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

1 Peter 1:3 (NCV) “We have been born again into a life full of hope through Christ rising from the dead.”

 

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March 29, 2024

LAST WORDS OF CHRIST

Luke 23

 

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INTRODUCTION:

  • 1 Timothy 2:5-6 (NIV) For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people.
  • 1 Peter 3:18 (NIV) For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.
  • Romans 5:8 (NIV) God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

 

TEXT:

Luke 23:33-34 (NIV) When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Luke 23:35-38 (NIV) The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.

 

 

SEVEN STATEMENTS FROM THE CROSS:

 

1.

Luke 23:34 (NIV) Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Matthew 5:43-44 (NIV) “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

Acts 2:14 (NIV) Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.

Acts 2:36 (NIV) “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

Acts 2:37-38 (NIV) 37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:41 (NIV) Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

 

 

2.

Luke 23:39-43 (NIV) 39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Luke 23:39 (NIV) “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

Luke 23:40-41 (NIIV) But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

Luke 23:42 (NIV) 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Romans 10:9 (NIV) If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Luke 23:43 (NIV) Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

 

 

3.

John 19:26-27 (NIV) When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

 

 

4.

Matthew 27:45-46 (NIV) From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

Psalm 22:1 (NIV) My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Matthew 27:46 (NIV) “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

 

Matthew 27:46 (NIV) Why have you forsaken me?”

 

2 Corinthians 5.21 (NIV) God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Romans 6.23 (NIV)the wages of sin is death…

1 Peter 2:24 (NIV) “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross…”

2 Corinthians 5.21 (NIV) God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Habakkuk 1:13 (NIV) says, Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.

Galatians 3:13 (NIV) says, Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”

 

 

5.

John 19:28 (NIV) Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”

 

 

6.

John 19:29-30 (NIV) A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

John 19:28 (NIV) where John said, Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled…

John 4:34 (NIV) “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”

Colossians 2:13-14 (NIV) Christ forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.

Colossians 1.20 (NIV) and through Christ to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Isaiah 53:6 (NIV) We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

 

 

7.

Luke 23:44-46 (NIV) It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

 

 

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Blessed are the Persecuted

Matthew 5:10-12

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Matthew 5:10-12

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 

1.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

What is persecution?

Persecution is the intentional alienation of someone, or a people group, due to their beliefs, actions, or personhood.

  • Goal of persecution?

shame the victim, isolate them from the wider group, and make an example in order to shape the behavior of others within the community.

What are some modern examples of this?

  • Stop Asian Hate
  • Anti-Semitism.
  • go hand in hand with persecution.

The Bible talks alot about slaves and how they were to obey their masters, and how their masters were to treat them kindly. Why? Because it was .

 

Persecuted for

There is a difference between persecution for our actions or even , and being persecuted for .

A martyr is someone that is killed for their . God has called anyone throughout scripture to be a martyr

A martyr is someone who stands on their faith, amidst persecution. They were killed because they lived righteously, not because they sought out to die.

 

Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven

This is the exact same thing Jesus said about the poor in Spirit. Week one of the beatitudes. Without humility you can never endure persecution. It is . You will want to act up. You will want to insult them back. Where there should be brokenness there will be an excusing of your sin. Where there should be submission to God, there will be the desire to control. Where there should be a desire for righteousness, there will be a desire for revenge. Where there should be mercy there will be a heart full of judgment. Where there should be purity of heart, there will be a multitude of sins, and where there should be peacemakers, there will be doers of chaos.

You have got to realize tonight how important humility is. Everything in our walk with God is built upon humility. A realization that we cannot do it with Him! We have got to allow God to work in us and through us, because He is willing to work with us and for us!

 

2. Christ’s

11 “Blessed are people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you

Notice the wording here. It shifted. Jesus went from a statement to a statement.

2 Corinthians 12:10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am then I am s.

 

you

James 1:26 ESV If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.

1 Peter 4:14 NIV If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

1 Peter 4:11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.

We cannot afford to be reactive. The world around us is so reactive. The world preaches tolerance, but is getting less and less so. We cannot allow ourselves to be into responding harshly, negatively, degradingly, when it comes to being insulted.

Luke 23:34  Jesus said, “Father, them, for they do not what they are doing.” Remember the Charles Spurgeon quote I gave you last week?

“They not only are so, but they shall be called so. That is, even their enemies shall call them so; even the world shall say, “Ah! that man is a child of God.” Perhaps, beloved, there is nothing that so strikes the ungodly as the peaceful behavior of a Christian under insult.” ( Spurgeon)

What an it is to be insulted for the name of Jesus. That honor should then place a in our hearts for those who insult us, so that they too, can have the Holy Spirit reveal to them the fullness and glory of God through his son, Jesus Christ. Through whom we have all received grace, mercy, salvation and reconciliation. Blessed are you when people insult you, and because you are blessed when they do so. So in turn bless them, do not repay evil for evil. Do not give curse for curse. Repay them with what is good.

 

You

2 Timothy 3:12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be ,

John 15:18-20 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also you.

I want you to know that the world hates Jesus more than it will ever hate . However, if you proclaim Jesus, you will be hated. That is how the devil works.

Children of God are of Christ. It is because of Christ that we are grafted into the family of God. If you are not a you cannot be a of God.

John 4:2-6 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

Greater is the one in than the one who is in the ! God is greater than those who persecute you! Take courage! Find peace in knowing that God is in control! Don’t be scared! You are held in the hands of the living God!

John 10:27-30 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

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You

Psalm 101:5 Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will . Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.

Matthew 12:36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,

1 Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.

Proverbs 10:18 The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a .

James 3:9-11 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?

Don’t be the hypocritical Christian that worships God on Sunday but is swearing on Monday. Don’t be the Christian that prays over the food and then gossips at the table. Don’t be the Christian that tells other people about God by degrading someone else.

You are blessed, when people insult you, persecute you and slander you because you follow Christ. It may not seem like it in the moment. It may be hard. It may be the hardest thing you have ever experience, but God is with you. Those experiences grow you. Through those things you will be given wisdom, patience, and endurance. You will know Joy and know peace. You will God.

 

3. Our

12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way, they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. . . . 12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Our response through insults, persecution, and slander is to !

The world needs Christians that will endure persecution. The world needs Christians that are willing to stand up and proclaim the name of Jesus. The world needs Christians that are going to actually live righteously! If that’s you, would you raise your hand tonight and let me pray for you as we close?

 

 

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