Introduction- Paradoxical Nature Of Christian Churchgoing and Faith
Resolution- the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones
b: the act of answering : SOLVING
c: the act of determining
“The Grace & Truth Paradox: Responding With Christlike Balance” by Randy Alcorn
“What would Jesus do?
There is always one answer: He would act in grace and truth.
Truth without grace breeds a self-righteous legalism that poisons the church and pushes the world away from Christ.
Grace without truth breeds moral indifference and keeps people from seeing their need for Christ.
Attempts to “soften” the gospel by minimizing truth keep people from Jesus.
Attempts to “toughen” the gospel by minimizing grace keep people from Jesus.
It’s not enough for us to offer grace or truth.
We must offer both.”
Body- The LORD Get’s The Last WORD
Unrighteous Living Is Vain
They are like chaff (empty) that the wind drives away
The LORD is called the righteous judge
Sinful Living Brings Separation
Separated from the LORD and from one another
Congregation = community that is united, flock
Congregation = reveal oneself, to make an appointment, to summon
Those who have been called out
The congregation of the righteous (those who put their faith in the LORD (i.e.
those who believe & trust the LORD) is where God is located
God is not with the wicked or sinner (as in one’s way of life being that of a sinner) - the LORD does not “know” the wicked
The righteous and wicked have no fellowship!
This is where we mess up many times- joining with the wicked while expecting the favor of the LORD
Illustrate: look back over your life....
1 Corinthians 6:
The LORD Knows The Righteous Way
What does “know” mean?
The LORD is close & intimate with the righteous
Watches over, notice, hear of, learn; to reveal, be or become known; to realize
The LORD makes himself known to the righteous
and the LORD makes the righteous, righteous
Why & How? Love and through Jesus Christ through our faith in Jesus Christ
Because the righteous cultivates his or her relationship with the LORD
The Unrighteous Will Not Last
Contrast with the leaves that do not wither in
Therefore God gave them up!
The LORD does not cosign our sin
Transition: The righteous way the LORD knows all so well
Thus, the “way of the righteous” is one that God knows well from experience because he has traveled it before and knows all its twists and turns.
2. Abraham- belief credited to him as righteousness
“Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— just as Abraham "believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"?”
Galatians 3:5-6 ESV
Conclusion- The LORD’s Standard of Judgement
In Words We Live By, Brian Burrell tells of an armed robber named Dennis Lee Curtis who was arrested in 1992 in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Curtis apparently had scruples about his thievery.
In his wallet the police found a sheet of paper on which was written the following code:
I will not kill anyone unless I have to.
I will take cash and food stamps- no checks.
I will rob only at night
I will not wear a mask
I will not rob mini-marts or 7-Eleven stores
If I get chased by cops on foot, I will get away.
If chased by vehicle, I will not put the lives of innocent civilians on the line.
I will rob only seven months out of the year.
I will enjoy robbing from the rich to give to the poor.
This thief had a sense of morality, but it was flowed.
When he stood before the court, he was not judged by the standards he had set for himself but by the higher law of the state.
Likewise when we stand before God, we will not be judged by the code of morality we have written for ourselves but by God’s perfect law.
Let’s talk about that better promise for a moment