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GREATER
SERMON 3
SERMON 3
i. I WROTE DOWN A LIST OF “WEIGHTS” THAT CAN SLOW US DOWN IN OUR FAITH JOURNEY.
FOUR INVITATIONS
A GOSPEL CALL – YOU MAY BE HERE THIS MORNING AND YOU HAVE NEVER RECEIVED CHRIST BY FAITH AND COMMITTED YOUR LIFE TO HIM, THIS CALL IS FOR YOU.
1. HABITS – THERE MAY BE SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO STOP DOING, OR SOME PLACES YOU NEED TO STOP GOING.
CHRIST WENT TO THE CROSS AND TOOK YOUR SINS UPON HIMSELF SO THAT YOU MIGHT BE REDEEMED FROM THE PENALTY OF SIN AND RECONCILED TO GOD.
2. PEOPLE – THERE MAY BE SOME PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE WHO ARE WEIGHING YOU DOWN AND RESTRICTING YOU IN YOUR FAITH JOURNEY.
FINAL WARNING
FINAL WARNING
INTRODUCTION:
a. WHAT ARE WE TO DO WITH THESE PEOPLE?
IF YOU NEED TO RESPOND TO GOD’S CALL TO BE SAVED, I WANT YOU TO COME FORWARD DURING THE INVITATION.
INTRODUCTION:
A CALL TO COMMITMENT – MAYBE YOU ARE HERE THIS MORNING AND YOU SENSE IN YOUR SPIRIT THAT THE LORD WOULD HAVE YOU TO UNITE WITH THIS BODY OF BELIEVERS. WE BELIEVE STRONGLY IN THE IMPORTANCE OF CHURCH MEMBERSHIP HERE AND WE ACCEPT MEMBERS THROUGH SALVATION AND BAPTISM, THROUGH TRANSFER OF LETTER FROM ANOTHER SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH, OR THROUGH STATEMENT OF FAITH, PROVIDED YOU HAVE BEEN SCRIPTURALLY BAPTIZED.
WE ARE FINISHING OUR SERIES ON THE WARNING PASSAGES IN HEBREWS THIS MORNING, AND ONE OF THE COMMON THEMES OF THE BOOK OF HEBREWS, AND OF THE ENTIRE BIBLE, FOR THAT MATTER, IS THE THEME OF SUFFERING.
WE ARE FINISHING OUR SERIES ON THE WARNING PASSAGES IN HEBREWS THIS MORNING, AND ONE OF THE COMMON THEMES OF THE BOOK OF HEBREWS, AND OF THE ENTIRE BIBLE, FOR THAT MATTER, IS THE THEME OF SUFFERING.
i. EITHER WIN THEM TO CHRIST, OR EXPLAIN TO THEM THAT BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN WON BY CHRIST, YOU CANNOT ALLOW THEM AFFECT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM…
WE READ PASSAGES SUCH AS:
3. ATTITUDES – YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARD SOME PEOPLE OR SITUATIONS MAY NEED TO CHANGE.
MAYBE THIS MORNING, THIS IS WHAT GOD IS CALLING YOU TO DO. IF SO, I WANT TO INVITE YOU TO COME FORWARD DURING THE INVITATION.
WE READ PASSAGES SUCH AS:
A CALL TO SERVICE – YOU MAY BE HERE AND YOU FEEL THAT GOD IS CALLING YOU TO A SPECIFIC PLACE OF SERVICE. WE WANT TO WALK THROUGH THIS DECISION WITH YOU AND CELEBRATE GOD’S MOVING IN YOUR LIFE.
- BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO ARE PERSECUTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS, BECAUSE THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS THEIRS.
- BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO ARE PERSECUTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS, BECAUSE THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS THEIRS.
WE NEED TO LAY ASIDE THESE WEIGHTS, AND FOCUS OUR ATTENTION ON JESUS – THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE OF ENDURANCE.
- IN FACT, ALL THOSE WHO WANT TO LIVE A GODLY LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS WILL BE PERSECUTED.
- IN FACT, ALL THOSE WHO WANT TO LIVE A GODLY LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS WILL BE PERSECUTED.
i. IT SAYS LOOKING TO JESUS.
IF THIS IS YOU, I WANT TO INVITE YOU TO COME FORWARD DURING THE INVITATION.
A CALL TO RESPOND TO THE MESSAGE – OR YOU MAY BE HERE AND GOD HAS SPOKEN TO YOU THROUGH THIS MESSAGE. AND YOU KNOW YOU NEED TO RESPOND IN REPENTANCE AND RENEW YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. I WANT TO INVITE YOU TO COME FORWARD DURING THE INVITATION.
SO WE UNDERSTAND THAT SUFFERING IS PART OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE, BUT WE CERTAINLY DON’T ENJOY IT.
1. WHO ENDURED THE CROSS AND DISREGARDED THE SHAME OF IT, FOR THE JOY OF FULFILLING HIS PURPOSE IN SECURING REDEMPTION FOR ALL WHO WOULD RECEIVE HIM BY FAITH.
SO WE UNDERSTAND THAT SUFFERING IS PART OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE, BUT WE CERTAINLY DON’T ENJOY IT.
BUT WE OFTEN WONDER IF THERE IS AN ACTUAL PURPOSE TO THE SUFFERING THAT WE ARE SUBJECTED TO…AND THE SHORT ANSWER IS YES.
BUT WE OFTEN WONDER IF THERE IS AN ACTUAL PURPOSE TO THE SUFFERING THAT WE ARE SUBJECTED TO…AND THE SHORT ANSWER IS YES.
FOR JESUS, HIS REDEMPTIVE PURPOSE FAR OUTWEIGHED ANY OTHER DISTRACTION THAT CROSSED HIS PATH.
AND IN , THE WRITER OF HEBREWS POINTS OUT THAT NOT ONLY IS THERE PURPOSE IN OUR SUFFERING, BUT THERE ARE SOME RESIDUAL ACTIVITIES RELATED TO SUFFERING THAT ARE TO BE CONSIDERED STANDARD ISSUE FOR THE CHRIST-FOLLOWER.
AND IN , THE WRITER OF HEBREWS POINTS OUT THAT NOT ONLY IS THERE PURPOSE IN OUR SUFFERING, BUT THERE ARE SOME RESIDUAL ACTIVITIES RELATED TO SUFFERING THAT ARE TO BE CONSIDERED STANDARD ISSUE FOR THE CHRIST-FOLLOWER.
i. DID HE HAVE TO DEAL WITH DISTRACTIONS?
SO LET ME INVITE YOU TO OPEN YOUR COPY OF THE WORD OF GOD TO HEBREWS, CHAPTER 12.
1. SURE HE DID – AT TIMES, THE PEOPLE WANTED TO DECLARE HIM KING AND OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT.
SO LET ME INVITE YOU TO OPEN YOUR COPY OF THE WORD OF GOD TO HEBREWS, CHAPTER 12.
I WANT US TO LOOK AT SEVERAL PASSAGES IN THIS CHAPTER, BUT LET’S READ VERSES 1 THROUGH 4 AS OUR LAUNCHING POINT THIS MORNING.
2. AT OTHER TIMES, ANGRY MOBS WANTED TO TAKE HIS LIFE.
I WANT US TO LOOK AT SEVERAL PASSAGES IN THIS CHAPTER, BUT LET’S READ VERSES 1 THROUGH 4 AS OUR LAUNCHING POINT THIS MORNING.
READ – PRAY
READ – PRAY
3. HE HAD THE CONSTANT PROBLEM OF DISCIPLES WHO JUST DIDN’T GET IT.
THOUGH IT IS HARD TO UNDERSTAND SOMETIMES, FOR THE BELIEVER, SUFFERING IN THE PRESENT LEADS TO BLESSING IN THE FUTURE.
THOUGH IT IS HARD TO UNDERSTAND SOMETIMES, FOR THE BELIEVER, SUFFERING IN THE PRESENT LEADS TO BLESSING IN THE FUTURE.
4. AND HE WAS ALWAYS BEING SOUGHT AFTER TO HEAL SOMEONE.
THINK ABOUT CHILDBIRTH – PRIMARILY FOR THE WOMAN WHO IS EXPECTING, THERE IS OFTEN GREAT SUFFERING, BUT IT LEADS TO THE BLESSING OF A NEW ADDITION TO THE FAMILY.
ii. BUT HE NEVER WAVERED FROM HIS PURPOSE.
THINK ABOUT CHILDBIRTH – PRIMARILY FOR THE WOMAN WHO IS EXPECTING, THERE IS OFTEN GREAT SUFFERING, BUT IT LEADS TO THE BLESSING OF A NEW ADDITION TO THE FAMILY.
1. AND HIS PURPOSE WAS TO GO TO THE CROSS TO SECURE THE SALVATION OF ANYONE WHO WOULD RECEIVE HIM BY FAITH.
THINK ABOUT ATHLETICS – AN ATHLETE SUFFERS THROUGH THE PAIN AND DIFFICULTY OF TRAINING, WHICH LEADS TO THE BLESSING OF VICTORY.
THINK ABOUT ATHLETICS – AN ATHLETE SUFFERS THROUGH THE PAIN AND DIFFICULTY OF TRAINING, WHICH LEADS TO THE BLESSING OF VICTORY.
IN THE CONTEXT OF OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES, THE SUFFERING WE FACE TODAY PALES IN COMPARISON TO THE BLESSING THAT AWAITS US.
IN THE CONTEXT OF OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES, THE SUFFERING WE FACE TODAY PALES IN COMPARISON TO THE BLESSING THAT AWAITS US.
SO WE MUST KEEP OUR EYES ON JESUS, AVOIDING THE DISTRACTIONS OF THE WORLD, LAYING ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT – EVERYTHING THAT TAKES OUR FOCUS OFF OF HIM. AND RUN WITH ENDURANCE THE RACE THAT LIES BEFORE US. SO ONE THING WE MUST DO IS REMOVE THE HINDRANCES. IN VERSES 3 THROUGH 11, GOD’S WORD REMINDS US THAT WE MUST ALSO…
EMBRACE DISCIPLINE. (V3-11) REMINDS US THAT DISCIPLINE IS NOT ONLY NECESSARY, BUT DISCIPLINE LETS US KNOW THAT WE BELONG TO GOD.
THE APOSTLE PAUL WROTE IN - FOR I CONSIDER THAT THE SUFFERINGS OF THIS PRESENT TIME ARE NOT WORTH COMPARING WITH THE GLORY THAT IS GOING TO BE REVEALED TO US.
THE APOSTLE PAUL WROTE IN - FOR I CONSIDER THAT THE SUFFERINGS OF THIS PRESENT TIME ARE NOT WORTH COMPARING WITH THE GLORY THAT IS GOING TO BE REVEALED TO US.
SO SUFFERING IS A BENEFICIAL PART OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.
SO SUFFERING IS A BENEFICIAL PART OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.
i. LOOK AT VERSES 5 AND 6 – (ESV) – 5 AND HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN THE EXHORTATION THAT ADDRESSES YOU AS SONS? “MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR BE WEARY WHEN REPROVED BY HIM. 6 FOR THE LORD DISCIPLINES THE ONE HE LOVES, AND CHASTISES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.”
AND THE WRITER OF HEBREWS MAKES THAT VERY CLEAR HERE IN THE 12TH CHAPTER, BUT HE ALSO GIVES A STERN WARNING TO BELIEVERS TO DO SOME THINGS, EVEN IN THE MIDST OF THE SUFFERING.
SO, VERSE 7, ENDURE IT AS DISCIPLINE. GOD IS DEALING WITH YOU AS SONS… THE LORD DISCIPLINES THOSE WHO BELONG TO HIM, AND HE HAS A PURPOSE IN IT, AND THAT PURPOSE IS TO LEAD US TO PEACE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS. LOOK AT VERSES 10 AND 11 – IT STARTS OUT SPEAKING OF EARTHLY FATHERS, AND THEN IT MOVES INTO A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD. (ESV) – 10 FOR THEY DISCIPLINED US FOR A SHORT TIME AS IT SEEMED BEST TO THEM, BUT HE DISCIPLINES US FOR OUR GOOD, THAT WE MAY SHARE HIS HOLINESS. 11 FOR THE MOMENT ALL DISCIPLINE SEEMS PAINFUL RATHER THAN PLEASANT, BUT LATER IT YIELDS THE PEACEFUL FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN TRAINED BY IT. THE ENCOURAGEMENT HERE IS TO EMBRACE DISCIPLINE.
AND THE WRITER OF HEBREWS MAKES THAT VERY CLEAR HERE IN THE 12TH CHAPTER, BUT HE ALSO GIVES A STERN WARNING TO BELIEVERS TO DO SOME THINGS, EVEN IN THE MIDST OF THE SUFFERING.
i. BECAUSE THE LORD’S DISCIPLINE IS EVIDENCE OF HIS LOVE FOR YOU…
AS A MATTER OF FACT, HE POINTS TO THE FACT THAT THE SUFFERING WE FACE IS SOMETIMES DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO THE WAY WE ARE LIVING.
AS A MATTER OF FACT, HE POINTS TO THE FACT THAT THE SUFFERING WE FACE IS SOMETIMES DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO THE WAY WE ARE LIVING.
AND THEN THERE IS ONE FINAL ENCOURAGEMENT THAT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THIS MORNING. IT ALL THE WAY OVER IN THE LAST VERSE OF CHAPTER 12 – VERSE 28. IT IS SIMPLY THIS…
SO LET’S LOOK AT THESE ENCOURAGEMENTS IN THIS FINAL WARNING PASSAGE IN THE BOOK OF HEBREWS.
SO LET’S LOOK AT THESE ENCOURAGEMENTS IN THIS FINAL WARNING PASSAGE IN THE BOOK OF HEBREWS.
OFFER ACCEPTABLE SERVICE. LISTEN TO WHAT VERSES 28 AND 29 SAY (ESV) – 28 THEREFORE LET US BE GRATEFUL FOR RECEIVING A KINGDOM THAT CANNOT BE SHAKEN, AND THUS LET US OFFER TO GOD ACCEPTABLE WORSHIP, WITH REVERENCE AND AWE, 29 FOR OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE. WE NEED TO ASK OURSELVES IF WE ARE TRULY OFFERING ACCEPTABLE WORSHIP TO GOD. I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT SOME OUTWARD ANIMATION…
THREE THINGS THAT THE AUTHOR ENCOURAGES HIS AUDIENCE TO DO…
THREE THINGS THAT THE AUTHOR ENCOURAGES HIS AUDIENCE TO DO…
REMOVE THE HINDRANCES. (V1-2)
i. NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING ANUMATED IN WORSHIP…
REMOVE THE HINDRANCES. (V1-2)
(ESV) – 12 THEREFORE, SINCE WE ARE SURROUNDED BY SO GREAT A CLOUD OF WITNESSES, LET US ALSO LAY ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT, AND SIN WHICH CLINGS SO CLOSELY, AND LET US RUN WITH ENDURANCE THE RACE THAT IS SET BEFORE US, 2 LOOKING TO JESUS, THE FOUNDER AND PERFECTER OF OUR FAITH, WHO FOR THE JOY THAT WAS SET BEFORE HIM ENDURED THE CROSS, DESPISING THE SHAME, AND IS SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE THRONE OF GOD. IN VERSE 1, HE SAYS “…LET US ALSO LAY ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT, AND SIN WHICH CLINGS SO CLOSELY…” WHAT ARE THE WEIGHTS AND THE SIN THAT ENSNARE US?
(ESV) – 12 THEREFORE, SINCE WE ARE SURROUNDED BY SO GREAT A CLOUD OF WITNESSES, LET US ALSO LAY ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT, AND SIN WHICH CLINGS SO CLOSELY, AND LET US RUN WITH ENDURANCE THE RACE THAT IS SET BEFORE US, 2 LOOKING TO JESUS, THE FOUNDER AND PERFECTER OF OUR FAITH, WHO FOR THE JOY THAT WAS SET BEFORE HIM ENDURED THE CROSS, DESPISING THE SHAME, AND IS SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE THRONE OF GOD. IN VERSE 1, HE SAYS “…LET US ALSO LAY ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT, AND SIN WHICH CLINGS SO CLOSELY…” WHAT ARE THE WEIGHTS AND THE SIN THAT ENSNARE US?
(ESV) – 12 THEREFORE, SINCE WE ARE SURROUNDED BY SO GREAT A CLOUD OF WITNESSES, LET US ALSO LAY ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT, AND SIN WHICH CLINGS SO CLOSELY, AND LET US RUN WITH ENDURANCE THE RACE THAT IS SET BEFORE US, 2 LOOKING TO JESUS, THE FOUNDER AND PERFECTER OF OUR FAITH, WHO FOR THE JOY THAT WAS SET BEFORE HIM ENDURED THE CROSS, DESPISING THE SHAME, AND IS SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE THRONE OF GOD.
IN VERSE 1, HE SAYS “…LET US ALSO LAY ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT, AND SIN WHICH CLINGS SO CLOSELY…”
WHAT ARE THE WEIGHTS AND THE SIN THAT ENSNARE US?
i. I WROTE DOWN A LIST OF “WEIGHTS” THAT CAN SLOW US DOWN IN OUR FAITH JOURNEY.
i. I WROTE DOWN A LIST OF “WEIGHTS” THAT CAN SLOW US DOWN IN OUR FAITH JOURNEY.
ii. BUT ANIMATION IS NOT WHAT MAKES IT ACCEPTABLE…
I WROTE DOWN A LIST OF “WEIGHTS” THAT CAN SLOW US DOWN IN OUR FAITH JOURNEY.
1. HABITS – THERE MAY BE SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO STOP DOING, OR SOME PLACES YOU NEED TO STOP GOING.
1. HABITS – THERE MAY BE SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO STOP DOING, OR SOME PLACES YOU NEED TO STOP GOING.
I’M TALKING ABOUT THE TRUE NATURE OF WORSHIP…
HABITS – THERE MAY BE SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO STOP DOING, OR SOME PLACES YOU NEED TO STOP GOING.
2. PEOPLE – THERE MAY BE SOME PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE WHO ARE WEIGHING YOU DOWN AND RESTRICTING YOU IN YOUR FAITH JOURNEY.
2. PEOPLE – THERE MAY BE SOME PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE WHO ARE WEIGHING YOU DOWN AND RESTRICTING YOU IN YOUR FAITH JOURNEY.
i. SERVICE THAT COMES FROM A HEART THAT HAS BEEN CLEANSED BY THE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST AND IS BEING TRANSFORMED THROUGH THE INDWELLING PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
PEOPLE – THERE MAY BE SOME PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE WHO ARE WEIGHING YOU DOWN AND RESTRICTING YOU IN YOUR FAITH JOURNEY.
a. WHAT ARE WE TO DO WITH THESE PEOPLE?
a. WHAT ARE WE TO DO WITH THESE PEOPLE?
A HEART THAT IS ENDURING DISCIPLINE, AND IS YIELDING THE FRUIT OF PEACE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS. WE ARE TO OFFER ACCEPTABLE SERVICE – AND ACCEPTABLE SERVICE COMES FROM A PERSON WHOSE EYES ARE FIXED ON JESUS – THE SOURCE AND PERFECTER OF OUR FAITH.
WHAT ARE WE TO DO WITH THESE PEOPLE?
i. EITHER WIN THEM TO CHRIST, OR EXPLAIN TO THEM THAT BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN WON BY CHRIST, YOU CANNOT ALLOW THEM AFFECT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM…
i. EITHER WIN THEM TO CHRIST, OR EXPLAIN TO THEM THAT BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN WON BY CHRIST, YOU CANNOT ALLOW THEM AFFECT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM…
CONCLUSION:
EITHER WIN THEM TO CHRIST, OR EXPLAIN TO THEM THAT BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN WON BY CHRIST, YOU CANNOT ALLOW THEM AFFECT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM…
3. ATTITUDES – YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARD SOME PEOPLE OR SITUATIONS MAY NEED TO CHANGE.
SERMON IN A SENTENCE:
3. ATTITUDES – YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARD SOME PEOPLE OR SITUATIONS MAY NEED TO CHANGE.
ATTITUDES – YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARD SOME PEOPLE OR SITUATIONS MAY NEED TO CHANGE.
WE NEED TO LAY ASIDE THESE WEIGHTS, AND FOCUS OUR ATTENTION ON JESUS – THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE OF ENDURANCE.
WE NEED TO LAY ASIDE THESE WEIGHTS, AND FOCUS OUR ATTENTION ON JESUS – THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE OF ENDURANCE.
Edit sermon infoDavid Singleton / General AdultDURE SUFFERING, BECAUSE GOD IS USING THE PROCESS OF DISCIPLINE TO YIELD THE FRUIT OF PEACE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS IN US AND TO LEAD TO A PLACE OF ACCEPTABLE SERVICE.
WE NEED TO LAY ASIDE THESE WEIGHTS, AND FOCUS OUR ATTENTION ON JESUS – THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE OF ENDURANCE.
i. IT SAYS LOOKING TO JESUS.
i. IT SAYS LOOKING TO JESUS.
IT SAYS LOOKING TO JESUS.
1. WHO ENDURED THE CROSS AND DISREGARDED THE SHAME OF IT, FOR THE JOY OF FULFILLING HIS PURPOSE IN SECURING REDEMPTION FOR ALL WHO WOULD RECEIVE HIM BY FAITH.
1. WHO ENDURED THE CROSS AND DISREGARDED THE SHAME OF IT, FOR THE JOY OF FULFILLING HIS PURPOSE IN SECURING REDEMPTION FOR ALL WHO WOULD RECEIVE HIM BY FAITH.
WHO ENDURED THE CROSS AND DISREGARDED THE SHAME OF IT, FOR THE JOY OF FULFILLING HIS PURPOSE IN SECURING REDEMPTION FOR ALL WHO WOULD RECEIVE HIM BY FAITH.
FOR JESUS, HIS REDEMPTIVE PURPOSE FAR OUTWEIGHED ANY OTHER DISTRACTION THAT CROSSED HIS PATH.
FOR JESUS, HIS REDEMPTIVE PURPOSE FAR OUTWEIGHED ANY OTHER DISTRACTION THAT CROSSED HIS PATH.
FOR JESUS, HIS REDEMPTIVE PURPOSE FAR OUTWEIGHED ANY OTHER DISTRACTION THAT CROSSED HIS PATH.
i. DID HE HAVE TO DEAL WITH DISTRACTIONS?
i. DID HE HAVE TO DEAL WITH DISTRACTIONS?
DID HE HAVE TO DEAL WITH DISTRACTIONS?
1. SURE HE DID – AT TIMES, THE PEOPLE WANTED TO DECLARE HIM KING AND OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT.
1. SURE HE DID – AT TIMES, THE PEOPLE WANTED TO DECLARE HIM KING AND OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT.
SURE HE DID...
AT TIMES, THE PEOPLE WANTED TO DECLARE HIM KING AND OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT.
2. AT OTHER TIMES, ANGRY MOBS WANTED TO TAKE HIS LIFE.
2. AT OTHER TIMES, ANGRY MOBS WANTED TO TAKE HIS LIFE.
AT OTHER TIMES, ANGRY MOBS WANTED TO TAKE HIS LIFE.
3. HE HAD THE CONSTANT PROBLEM OF DISCIPLES WHO JUST DIDN’T GET IT.
3. HE HAD THE CONSTANT PROBLEM OF DISCIPLES WHO JUST DIDN’T GET IT.
HE HAD THE CONSTANT PROBLEM OF DISCIPLES WHO JUST DIDN’T GET IT.
4. AND HE WAS ALWAYS BEING SOUGHT AFTER TO HEAL SOMEONE.
4. AND HE WAS ALWAYS BEING SOUGHT AFTER TO HEAL SOMEONE.
AND HE WAS ALWAYS BEING SOUGHT AFTER TO HEAL SOMEONE.
ii. BUT HE NEVER WAVERED FROM HIS PURPOSE.
ii. BUT HE NEVER WAVERED FROM HIS PURPOSE.
BUT HE NEVER WAVERED FROM HIS PURPOSE.
1. AND HIS PURPOSE WAS TO GO TO THE CROSS TO SECURE THE SALVATION OF ANYONE WHO WOULD RECEIVE HIM BY FAITH.
1. AND HIS PURPOSE WAS TO GO TO THE CROSS TO SECURE THE SALVATION OF ANYONE WHO WOULD RECEIVE HIM BY FAITH.
AND HIS PURPOSE WAS TO GO TO THE CROSS TO SECURE THE SALVATION OF ANYONE WHO WOULD RECEIVE HIM BY FAITH.
SO WE MUST KEEP OUR EYES ON JESUS, AVOIDING THE DISTRACTIONS OF THE WORLD, LAYING ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT – EVERYTHING THAT TAKES OUR FOCUS OFF OF HIM. AND RUN WITH ENDURANCE THE RACE THAT LIES BEFORE US. SO ONE THING WE MUST DO IS REMOVE THE HINDRANCES. IN VERSES 3 THROUGH 11, GOD’S WORD REMINDS US THAT WE MUST ALSO…
SO WE MUST KEEP OUR EYES ON JESUS, AVOIDING THE DISTRACTIONS OF THE WORLD, LAYING ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT – EVERYTHING THAT TAKES OUR FOCUS OFF OF HIM. AND RUN WITH ENDURANCE THE RACE THAT LIES BEFORE US. SO ONE THING WE MUST DO IS REMOVE THE HINDRANCES. IN VERSES 3 THROUGH 11, GOD’S WORD REMINDS US THAT WE MUST ALSO…
SO WE MUST KEEP OUR EYES ON JESUS, AVOIDING THE DISTRACTIONS OF THE WORLD, LAYING ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT – EVERYTHING THAT TAKES OUR FOCUS OFF OF HIM. AND RUN WITH ENDURANCE THE RACE THAT LIES BEFORE US. SO ONE THING WE MUST DO IS REMOVE THE HINDRANCES. IN VERSES 3 THROUGH 11, GOD’S WORD REMINDS US THAT WE MUST ALSO…
EMBRACE DISCIPLINE. (V3-11) REMINDS US THAT DISCIPLINE IS NOT ONLY NECESSARY, BUT DISCIPLINE LETS US KNOW THAT WE BELONG TO GOD.
EMBRACE DISCIPLINE. (V3-11) REMINDS US THAT DISCIPLINE IS NOT ONLY NECESSARY, BUT DISCIPLINE LETS US KNOW THAT WE BELONG TO GOD.
EMBRACE DISCIPLINE. (V3-11)
REMINDS US THAT DISCIPLINE IS NOT ONLY NECESSARY, BUT DISCIPLINE LETS US KNOW THAT WE BELONG TO GOD.
i. LOOK AT VERSES 5 AND 6 – (ESV) – 5 AND HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN THE EXHORTATION THAT ADDRESSES YOU AS SONS? “MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR BE WEARY WHEN REPROVED BY HIM. 6 FOR THE LORD DISCIPLINES THE ONE HE LOVES, AND CHASTISES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.”
i. LOOK AT VERSES 5 AND 6 – (ESV) – 5 AND HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN THE EXHORTATION THAT ADDRESSES YOU AS SONS? “MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR BE WEARY WHEN REPROVED BY HIM. 6 FOR THE LORD DISCIPLINES THE ONE HE LOVES, AND CHASTISES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.”
LOOK AT VERSES 5 AND 6 – (ESV) – 5 AND HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN THE EXHORTATION THAT ADDRESSES YOU AS SONS? “MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR BE WEARY WHEN REPROVED BY HIM. 6 FOR THE LORD DISCIPLINES THE ONE HE LOVES, AND CHASTISES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.”
SO, VERSE 7, ENDURE IT AS DISCIPLINE. GOD IS DEALING WITH YOU AS SONS… THE LORD DISCIPLINES THOSE WHO BELONG TO HIM, AND HE HAS A PURPOSE IN IT, AND THAT PURPOSE IS TO LEAD US TO PEACE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS. LOOK AT VERSES 10 AND 11 – IT STARTS OUT SPEAKING OF EARTHLY FATHERS, AND THEN IT MOVES INTO A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD. (ESV) – 10 FOR THEY DISCIPLINED US FOR A SHORT TIME AS IT SEEMED BEST TO THEM, BUT HE DISCIPLINES US FOR OUR GOOD, THAT WE MAY SHARE HIS HOLINESS. 11 FOR THE MOMENT ALL DISCIPLINE SEEMS PAINFUL RATHER THAN PLEASANT, BUT LATER IT YIELDS THE PEACEFUL FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN TRAINED BY IT. THE ENCOURAGEMENT HERE IS TO EMBRACE DISCIPLINE.
SO, VERSE 7, ENDURE IT AS DISCIPLINE. GOD IS DEALING WITH YOU AS SONS… THE LORD DISCIPLINES THOSE WHO BELONG TO HIM, AND HE HAS A PURPOSE IN IT, AND THAT PURPOSE IS TO LEAD US TO PEACE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS. LOOK AT VERSES 10 AND 11 – IT STARTS OUT SPEAKING OF EARTHLY FATHERS, AND THEN IT MOVES INTO A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD. (ESV) – 10 FOR THEY DISCIPLINED US FOR A SHORT TIME AS IT SEEMED BEST TO THEM, BUT HE DISCIPLINES US FOR OUR GOOD, THAT WE MAY SHARE HIS HOLINESS. 11 FOR THE MOMENT ALL DISCIPLINE SEEMS PAINFUL RATHER THAN PLEASANT, BUT LATER IT YIELDS THE PEACEFUL FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN TRAINED BY IT. THE ENCOURAGEMENT HERE IS TO EMBRACE DISCIPLINE.
SO, VERSE 7, ENDURE IT AS DISCIPLINE. GOD IS DEALING WITH YOU AS SONS…
THE LORD DISCIPLINES THOSE WHO BELONG TO HIM, AND HE HAS A PURPOSE IN IT, AND THAT PURPOSE IS TO LEAD US TO PEACE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS.
LOOK AT VERSES 10 AND 11 – IT STARTS OUT SPEAKING OF EARTHLY FATHERS, AND THEN IT MOVES INTO A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD.
(ESV) – 10 FOR THEY DISCIPLINED US FOR A SHORT TIME AS IT SEEMED BEST TO THEM, BUT HE DISCIPLINES US FOR OUR GOOD, THAT WE MAY SHARE HIS HOLINESS. 11 FOR THE MOMENT ALL DISCIPLINE SEEMS PAINFUL RATHER THAN PLEASANT, BUT LATER IT YIELDS THE PEACEFUL FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN TRAINED BY IT.
THE ENCOURAGEMENT HERE IS TO EMBRACE DISCIPLINE...
i. BECAUSE THE LORD’S DISCIPLINE IS EVIDENCE OF HIS LOVE FOR YOU…
i. BECAUSE THE LORD’S DISCIPLINE IS EVIDENCE OF HIS LOVE FOR YOU…
BECAUSE THE LORD’S DISCIPLINE IS EVIDENCE OF HIS LOVE FOR YOU…
AND THEN THERE IS ONE FINAL ENCOURAGEMENT THAT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THIS MORNING. IT ALL THE WAY OVER IN THE LAST VERSE OF CHAPTER 12 – VERSE 28. IT IS SIMPLY THIS…
AND THEN THERE IS ONE FINAL ENCOURAGEMENT THAT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THIS MORNING. IT ALL THE WAY OVER IN THE LAST VERSE OF CHAPTER 12 – VERSE 28. IT IS SIMPLY THIS…
AND THEN THERE IS ONE FINAL ENCOURAGEMENT THAT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THIS MORNING. IT ALL THE WAY OVER IN THE LAST VERSE OF CHAPTER 12 – VERSE 28. IT IS SIMPLY THIS…
OFFER ACCEPTABLE SERVICE. LISTEN TO WHAT VERSES 28 AND 29 SAY (ESV) – 28 THEREFORE LET US BE GRATEFUL FOR RECEIVING A KINGDOM THAT CANNOT BE SHAKEN, AND THUS LET US OFFER TO GOD ACCEPTABLE WORSHIP, WITH REVERENCE AND AWE, 29 FOR OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE. WE NEED TO ASK OURSELVES IF WE ARE TRULY OFFERING ACCEPTABLE WORSHIP TO GOD. I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT SOME OUTWARD ANIMATION…
OFFER ACCEPTABLE SERVICE. LISTEN TO WHAT VERSES 28 AND 29 SAY (ESV) – 28 THEREFORE LET US BE GRATEFUL FOR RECEIVING A KINGDOM THAT CANNOT BE SHAKEN, AND THUS LET US OFFER TO GOD ACCEPTABLE WORSHIP, WITH REVERENCE AND AWE, 29 FOR OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE. WE NEED TO ASK OURSELVES IF WE ARE TRULY OFFERING ACCEPTABLE WORSHIP TO GOD. I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT SOME OUTWARD ANIMATION…
OFFER ACCEPTABLE SERVICE.
LISTEN TO WHAT VERSES 28 AND 29 SAY
(ESV) – 28 THEREFORE LET US BE GRATEFUL FOR RECEIVING A KINGDOM THAT CANNOT BE SHAKEN, AND THUS LET US OFFER TO GOD ACCEPTABLE WORSHIP, WITH REVERENCE AND AWE, 29 FOR OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE.
WE NEED TO ASK OURSELVES IF WE ARE TRULY OFFERING ACCEPTABLE WORSHIP TO GOD.
I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT SOME OUTWARD ANIMATION…
i. NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING ANIMATION IN WORSHIP…
i. NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING ANUMATED IN WORSHIP…
NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING ANIMATION IN WORSHIP…
ii. BUT ANIMATION IS NOT WHAT MAKES IT ACCEPTABLE…
ii. BUT ANIMATION IS NOT WHAT MAKES IT ACCEPTABLE…
BUT ANIMATION IS NOT WHAT MAKES IT ACCEPTABLE…
I’M TALKING ABOUT THE TRUE NATURE OF WORSHIP…
I’M TALKING ABOUT THE TRUE NATURE OF WORSHIP…
I’M TALKING ABOUT THE TRUE NATURE OF WORSHIP…
i. SERVICE THAT COMES FROM A HEART THAT HAS BEEN CLEANSED BY THE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST AND IS BEING TRANSFORMED THROUGH THE INDWELLING PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
i. SERVICE THAT COMES FROM A HEART THAT HAS BEEN CLEANSED BY THE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST AND IS BEING TRANSFORMED THROUGH THE INDWELLING PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
WORSHIP THAT COMES FROM A HEART THAT HAS BEEN CLEANSED BY THE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST AND IS BEING TRANSFORMED THROUGH THE INDWELLING PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
A HEART THAT IS ENDURING DISCIPLINE, AND IS YIELDING THE FRUIT OF PEACE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS. WE ARE TO OFFER ACCEPTABLE SERVICE – AND ACCEPTABLE SERVICE COMES FROM A PERSON WHOSE EYES ARE FIXED ON JESUS – THE SOURCE AND PERFECTER OF OUR FAITH.
A HEART THAT IS ENDURING DISCIPLINE, AND IS YIELDING THE FRUIT OF PEACE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS. WE ARE TO OFFER ACCEPTABLE SERVICE – AND ACCEPTABLE SERVICE COMES FROM A PERSON WHOSE EYES ARE FIXED ON JESUS – THE SOURCE AND PERFECTER OF OUR FAITH.
A HEART THAT IS ENDURING DISCIPLINE, AND IS YIELDING THE FRUIT OF PEACE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS. WE ARE TO OFFER ACCEPTABLE SERVICE – AND ACCEPTABLE SERVICE COMES FROM A PERSON WHOSE EYES ARE FIXED ON JESUS – THE SOURCE AND PERFECTER OF OUR FAITH.
CONCLUSION:
CONCLUSION:
SERMON IN A SENTENCE:
SERMON IN A SENTENCE:
WE MUST REMOVE THE HINDRANCES, AND ENDURE SUFFERING, BECAUSE GOD IS USING THE PROCESS OF DISCIPLINE TO YIELD THE FRUIT OF PEACE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS IN US AND TO LEAD TO A PLACE OF ACCEPTABLE SERVICE.
WE MUST REMOVE THE HINDRANCES, AND ENDURE SUFFERING, BECAUSE GOD IS USING THE PROCESS OF DISCIPLINE TO YIELD THE FRUIT OF PEACE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS IN US AND TO LEAD TO A PLACE OF ACCEPTABLE SERVICE.
THIS MORNING, I WANT TO INVITE YOU TO RESPOND IN ANY OF FOUR WAYS.
THIS MORNING, I WANT TO INVITE YOU TO RESPOND IN ANY OF FOUR WAYS.
FOUR INVITATIONS
FOUR INVITATIONS
A GOSPEL CALL – YOU MAY BE HERE THIS MORNING AND YOU HAVE NEVER RECEIVED CHRIST BY FAITH AND COMMITTED YOUR LIFE TO HIM, THIS CALL IS FOR YOU.
A GOSPEL CALL – YOU MAY BE HERE THIS MORNING AND YOU HAVE NEVER RECEIVED CHRIST BY FAITH AND COMMITTED YOUR LIFE TO HIM, THIS CALL IS FOR YOU.
CHRIST WENT TO THE CROSS AND TOOK YOUR SINS UPON HIMSELF SO THAT YOU MIGHT BE REDEEMED FROM THE PENALTY OF SIN AND RECONCILED TO GOD.
CHRIST WENT TO THE CROSS AND TOOK YOUR SINS UPON HIMSELF SO THAT YOU MIGHT BE REDEEMED FROM THE PENALTY OF SIN AND RECONCILED TO GOD.
IF YOU NEED TO RESPOND TO GOD’S CALL TO BE SAVED, I WANT YOU TO COME FORWARD DURING THE INVITATION.
IF YOU NEED TO RESPOND TO GOD’S CALL TO BE SAVED, I WANT YOU TO COME FORWARD DURING THE INVITATION.
A CALL TO COMMITMENT – MAYBE YOU ARE HERE THIS MORNING AND YOU SENSE IN YOUR SPIRIT THAT THE LORD WOULD HAVE YOU TO UNITE WITH THIS BODY OF BELIEVERS. WE BELIEVE STRONGLY IN THE IMPORTANCE OF CHURCH MEMBERSHIP HERE AND WE ACCEPT MEMBERS THROUGH SALVATION AND BAPTISM, THROUGH TRANSFER OF LETTER FROM ANOTHER SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH, OR THROUGH STATEMENT OF FAITH, PROVIDED YOU HAVE BEEN SCRIPTURALLY BAPTIZED.
A CALL TO COMMITMENT – MAYBE YOU ARE HERE THIS MORNING AND YOU SENSE IN YOUR SPIRIT THAT THE LORD WOULD HAVE YOU TO UNITE WITH THIS BODY OF BELIEVERS. WE BELIEVE STRONGLY IN THE IMPORTANCE OF CHURCH MEMBERSHIP HERE AND WE ACCEPT MEMBERS THROUGH SALVATION AND BAPTISM, THROUGH TRANSFER OF LETTER FROM ANOTHER SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH, OR THROUGH STATEMENT OF FAITH, PROVIDED YOU HAVE BEEN SCRIPTURALLY BAPTIZED.
MAYBE THIS MORNING, THIS IS WHAT GOD IS CALLING YOU TO DO. IF SO, I WANT TO INVITE YOU TO COME FORWARD DURING THE INVITATION.
MAYBE THIS MORNING, THIS IS WHAT GOD IS CALLING YOU TO DO. IF SO, I WANT TO INVITE YOU TO COME FORWARD DURING THE INVITATION.
A CALL TO SERVICE – YOU MAY BE HERE AND YOU FEEL THAT GOD IS CALLING YOU TO A SPECIFIC PLACE OF SERVICE. WE WANT TO WALK THROUGH THIS DECISION WITH YOU AND CELEBRATE GOD’S MOVING IN YOUR LIFE.
A CALL TO SERVICE – YOU MAY BE HERE AND YOU FEEL THAT GOD IS CALLING YOU TO A SPECIFIC PLACE OF SERVICE. WE WANT TO WALK THROUGH THIS DECISION WITH YOU AND CELEBRATE GOD’S MOVING IN YOUR LIFE.
IF THIS IS YOU, I WANT TO INVITE YOU TO COME FORWARD DURING THE INVITATION.
IF THIS IS YOU, I WANT TO INVITE YOU TO COME FORWARD DURING THE INVITATION.
A CALL TO RESPOND TO THE MESSAGE – OR YOU MAY BE HERE AND GOD HAS SPOKEN TO YOU THROUGH THIS MESSAGE. AND YOU KNOW YOU NEED TO RESPOND IN REPENTANCE AND RENEW YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. I WANT TO INVITE YOU TO COME FORWARD DURING THE INVITATION.
A CALL TO RESPOND TO THE MESSAGE – OR YOU MAY BE HERE AND GOD HAS SPOKEN TO YOU THROUGH THIS MESSAGE. AND YOU KNOW YOU NEED TO RESPOND IN REPENTANCE AND RENEW YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. I WANT TO INVITE YOU TO COME FORWARD DURING THE INVITATION.
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