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Walking with Jesus: The Journey of Honest Disciples  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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Jesus selects and instructs His new disciples

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Introduction:
Expository Outlines from Luke 10. Obeying God’s Word (Luke 6:20–49)

To be a success in the Christian life, a person must have a good foundation. When the storms of life come, you must depend upon God’s Word. Many Bible scholars believe this portion of the Scripture is equal to Matthew 5–7, known as The Sermon on the Mount. Perhaps we could say there are three types of Christians: (1) successful Christians with a good foundation, (2) carnal Christians with a shaky foundation, and (3) backsliding Christian with no foundatin.

I. DIVINE ATTITUDES—Luke 6:20–26

1. The poor—v. 20. Hungry for spiritual things.

2. The promise—v. 21. Satisfied, or being filled with joy.

3. The persecution—v. 22. Compare this with 2 Timothy 3:12 and Matthew 5:10–12. Also see Romans 8:18.

4. The prophets—v. 23. The prophets suffered much. See Hebrews 11:33–40.

5. The plight—vv. 24–25. Sorrow for the rich—they have material gain but no spiritual gain.

6. The problem—v. 26. You cannot please all people. When you live right, your life will disturb other people.

II. DIVINE AFFECTION—vv. 27–36

1. Patient with enemies—v. 27. Note two things: love your enemies and be good to them.

2. Pray for your enemies—v. 28. Praise them. This will require divine love (1 Cor. 13:4–7).

3. Peace with enemies—vv. 29–36. Accept persecution. Give up things, if it will bring peace. Treat others as you want to be treated. Give of yourself and possessions. Live differently from the non-Christian.

III. DIVINE EFFECT—vv. 37–45

1. Practice—vv. 37–38. Don’t judge others. Be forgiving. Give, and God will give to you.

2. Parable—v. 39. Can an undedicated person lead a sinner to Christ? Of course not. You must be dedicated to the Lord to be effective.

3. Perfection—v. 40. Choose Christ as your Master. Don’t listen to false teachers.

4. Patience—vv. 41–42. It is wrong to judge others (see Matt. 7:1–5).

5. Practical—vv. 43–45. A Christian is known by his actions. Out of the heart the mouth speaks.

IV. DIVINE ATTENTION—Luke 6:46–49

1. Fakery—v. 46. If we call Him “Lord,” then we must obey Him. The word “Lord” means that He is our boss—He controls us!

2. Faithfulness—v. 47. Those who hear Him and follow Him are like the man who built his house upon the rock—Nothing could destroy it!

3. Failure—v. 48–49. Hearing and not doing is like a man who built his house with no good foundation. Storms easily destroy it.

Have a good foundation—build upon God’s Word. Read and practice the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5–7). Believe it. Let it become a part of your life. A Christian will follow the Ten Commandments (Exod. 20:1–17; compare with Matt. 5–7). If we cannot follow these simple rules, then we will not make it to heaven!

Is there something different about how a Christian lives versus how a non-Christian lives? IF there is, what should it look like?
Turn to .
We’ve been looking at the life of Jesus. He is showing us an honest look at the life of those seeking to be His followers and “fishers of men.”
Matthew 4:19 AV
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
1 Peter 2:21 AV
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
1 Peter 2:2 KJV 1900
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
It is imperative that we see what this ought to look like because it is impossible to be successful without it.
We need direction in life.
ILL: Think of a GPS. It works when we properly input the correct destination. Putting in the correct DESTINATION will provide us the correct turns and steps to get there. Any other location will fail to get us to the right destination. Asking people where they are headed, often they will tell you not a destination, but more of a goal. People say they want to be successful, rich, popular, or happy. Note, that if their destination is these things, they will get the wrong set of turns for life. The directions in the world will say to be selfish, neglect their family, not to help others, spend money on things because it’s yours, keep faith in check, turn off your moral compass, let the ends justify the means. The directions will be better if you put in the right destination, and God will then give you the right DIRECTION.
Our lives, unlike the world, are not controlled by the whims of politics and the throws of market analysis and popularity polls.
1 Timothy 6:9–12 AV
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
Christians must live a different way. There are two types of people, saved and unsaved. When it comes to the saved, there are three types: successful with a good foundation that know where they are headed; carnal with shaky, compromised foundations that constantly question the direction; and backslidden with no foundation who wander to and fro. Jesus wants us all to have direction in life. He speaks to us as He spoke to His disciples...
Proposition: Walk in a Heavenly Way.
Stand & Read . (We will read the rest of the text as we work our way through it.)

Proposition: Walk in a Heavenly Way!

1. Heavenly Attitude

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Jesus came representing the Kingdom of Heaven. That kingdom is where we are now citizens if we are saved.
God’s kingdom operates differently than our world, and Jesus describes how we are to live with a different attitude.
Often, I hear even Christians say, “That’s not fair,” or “He didn’t get what he deserved,” or “Why do I need to do that if it doesn’t help me?”
Jesus is going to teach us here to be Kingdom and Heavenly-minded.
Matthew 6:33 AV
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
First, The Poor, Hungry for Spiritual Things.
Second, The Promise of Satisfaction (joy).
Third, The Persecuted, Holding onto an Incomparable Reward. ; ; ;
Luke 6:22 AV
Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
Don’t sell out short!
2 Timothy 3:12 AV
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Matthew 5:10–12 AV
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Romans 8:18 AV
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Fourth, The Prophets. ;
Luke 6:23 KJV 1900
Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
Faith!!!
Hebrews 11:33–40 AV
33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
Fifth, The Plight. . There is sorrow for the rich because they have physical/material gain but not spiritual gain.
Sixth, The Problem. Your life following Christ will not and cannot please everyone. Right living will be a annoyance and disturbance to others.
(, “madness,” is from Greek word anoia, from which we get the world “annoy.” The religious leaders were greatly “annoyed” with Jesus!)

2. Heavenly Affection

, remember who was with Jesus in —Simon called Zelotes. This man was a Zealot, one who ought the overthrow of Rome. Rome was the occupying “enemy!” The Zealots were known for committing crimes of treason and murder toward Rome to usher in the kingdom of the Jews. Zealots were zealous to reestablish a new king for Israel.
The Maccabean Revolt is an example of the tactics and priorities the Zealots employed and established.
Not only was there hatred between the Jews toward the Romans, but there was hatred between the Jews and the tax collectors—Publicans were Jews who sided with the Romans to collect Caesar’s taxes—but they were given their job by Rome by outbidding others for the amount. Then, in addition, whatever the Publicans could pocket by adding to the tax was theirs as their wages!
Certainly, most of the Jews hated the Romans, except, perhaps Levi, whose name was Matthew. Matthew was a tax collector, a “publican.” ()
In the midst of disciples Jesus assembled, there were Zealots and a tax collector—along with differing classes of rich and poor, educated and uneducated; there were some with respectable jobs and others with less-than-respectable employment.
Add to this group that they regularly argued and competed about who the greatest in the kingdom was (), and there was potential for hatred and bitterness to exist in the hearts of Jesus’ disciples!
Matthew 18:1 AV
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
Jesus gives these instructions:
First, Be Patient with Enemies. —Love them and be good to them!
Second, Be Praying for Enemies.
Third, Be Peaceful with Enemies.
The cost of peace can be high! Absorb the cost in your riches and strength in Christ—including accepting persecution.
Treat others as you want to be treated.
Willingly offer yourself and your possessions to produce peace.
This ability to love in the face of those who hate you makes you very different than the world.
Paul says in :
Romans 12:20 AV
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

3. Heavenly Effect

First, A Holy Practice.
Don’t go around seeking to judge others and point out their shortcomings and being a busy body in everyone else’s lives! Our heart and intent is to GIVE aid and help—FORGIVENESS is the key! When you see a fault, be quick to forgive and help a person get on the right track—and we are enabled to do this because we understand our own shortcomings and failures!
Second, A Holy Parable.
If you follow Christ, you will be able to lead others—an undedicated, undisciplined, hypocrite will only lead people into a worse situation!
Third, A Holy Perfection.
If you follow Christ, your life will look like His more and more. Keep your attention on Him, not on false teachers.
Fourth, A Holy Patience.
Carefully deal with others AFTER you have dealt with your own issues.
The person who has endured problems with relationships, sinfulness, situations successfully is invited to help—but you must first be proved.
James 1:4 AV
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Fifth, A Holy Presentation.
Our lives are full of conversations.
Philippians 1:27 AV
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
“Conversation” is the talk and walk of life.
Both talk and walk are controlled by the heart. Only a holy heart can do and say what is pleasing to the Lord!
Proverbs 4:23 AV
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

4. Heavenly Attention

If you give your attention to Heavenly things, it will shape the way you live. Heavenly-minded people build on a Heavenly foundation. Those who are worldly build their lives on its shifting sands!
Three descriptions of life, depending on what we attend to.
First, Fakers.
ILL: As a young Christian, I was able to lead another young man to Christ. Before he was saved, he avoided all talk of letting God be in charge of his life. Just after he got saved, he could not stop talking about the “LORD!”
Fakers say they are Christian, but they lie about their surrender to Him. Fakers are selfish.
“Lord” means God is our boss—we are to serve Him—He is to control us!
Second, Failures.
If you set out into life trying to do things your way and ignore God’s Word, you’re setting yourself up for failure!
Psalm 127:1 AV
Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
Many people have heard the truth, but many choose to not listen to it. This is a life that does not have a good, strong foundation. Mark that life—the storms of life will destroy it!
Third, Faithful.
If you will build your life on the Lord, you will have an unshakeable foundation that will stand strongly in the storms that will come!
Conclusion:
Are you walking with your mind and heart focused on the Lord and His Word?
Are you walking in a Heavenly way?
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