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Summary: What you believe always affects how you behave. How you live your life shows what you believe about God.

This morning we continue looking at the greatest sermon ever preached, by the greatest preacher Who ever lived. A great sermon has 3 elements:
1. Explanation—you explain the principles you want to get across. We all need to have the right principles in place in our lives. People who go wrong in practice usually had the wrong principles behind it all. What you believe always affects how you behave. How you live your life shows what you believe about God.
2. Illustration—you paint a word picture to help open the eyes of the listeners. It’s like a window that shines the light of truth into people’s hearts.
3. Application—you make it relevant to the people listening. Jesus did this, because He knew our human nature, that we will listen to explanation and illustration, but we resist making personal application to ourselves. We may apply it to others, but we need someone else to help apply it to us! It’s during application that many people go I sure do hope so in so hears this. People don’t mind me explaining Biblical principles or illustrating them, but when it comes to applying them, well we don’t like our toes step on.
I’m thankful for a group that doesn’t mind having their toes stepped on, realizing it’s God and His Word applying pressure, not me.
Ill.—I heard about a preacher, who had a very vocal congregation. He preached to them, and they preached back to him. He used all 3 elements above to teach the principle of getting the church to grow. He illustrated church growth by the growth of a child:
“If the church is gonna grow, she’ll have to learn to crawl.”
And all the people responded: “let her crawl, preacher, let her crawl.”
“If the church is gonna grow, she’ll have to learn to walk.”
“let her walk, preacher, let her walk.”
“If the church is gonna grow, she’ll have to learn to run.”
“let her run, preacher, let her run.”
“If the church is gonna grow, she’ll have to learn to fly.”

Summary: Believers are puttering around wondering why their Christian life isn’t working – it’s simple, they have sin attached beneath the surface of their lives that needs to be removed.

Summary: Believers are puttering around wondering why their Christian life isn’t working – it’s simple, they have sin attached beneath the surface of their lives that needs to be removed.

“let her fly, preacher, let her fly.”
All was at a fevered pitch, so it was time to make his application. He said,
“If the church is ever gonna walk, run, and fly, it’s gonna take lots of money!”
And they all said together, “she’ll be alright crawling preacher, let her crawl, preacher, let her crawl!”
If you haven’t noticed were are going through the Sermon on the mount. We’ve already covered the beatitudes and Jesus calling us to be the salt and the light of the world.
Now let’s look at the next part of Jesus’ sermon.
I. Fulfillment of the OT
The OT is divided into the 2 parts Jesus mentioned in v. 17: The Law & The Prophets. Jesus is saying, what I say will be in harmonious agreement with the teachings of your OT. I won’t contradict it, diminish the importance of it, or destroy it. But then He goes a step further, and says, not only will I not destroy it, I’ve actually come to fulfill it! Jesus is saying, I am the very fulfillment of your scripture.
How was Jesus the fulfillment of the OT? Well, the OT law can be divided into 3 parts: The moral law, the ceremonial law, and the civil law.
The moral law is God’s holy demands for His people, such as the 10 commandments, the “thou shalt not’s”, which, by the way, are still in effect today.
The moral law is God’s holy demands for His people, such as the 10 commandments, the “thou shalt not’s”, which, by the way, are still in effect today.
The ceremonial law is the OT system of sacrifices, offerings and feasts.
The ceremonial law is the OT system of sacrifices, offerings and feasts.
The civil law was their actual government as a nation.
The civil law was their actual government as a nation.
Jesus fulfilled all 3 elements of the law.
Jesus fulfilled all 3 elements of the law.
Two brothers, Harry and James, were playing right before bedtime, and somehow Harry hit James with a stick. Tears and bitter words followed and they were still angry as their mother prepared them for
But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law.
But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law.
He was the God-Man. And though he was wrapped in human flesh and subject to the same temptations as we are, He never sinned, and so He fulfilled the moral law…He kept the law to perfection in a way we cannot! Why so that he could also fulfill the ceremonial law.
He was the God-Man. And though he was wrapped in human flesh and subject to the same temptations as we are, He never sinned, and so He fulfilled the moral law…He kept the law to perfection in a way we cannot! Why so that he could also fulfill the ceremonial law.
Even in His trial and death, no fault could be found in Him, and the Roman soldier said, Truly this man was the Son of God. Even His enemies had to admit that He had done what none other had ever done…fulfilled the moral law of God!
Even in His trial and death, no fault could be found in Him, and the Roman soldier said, Truly this man was the Son of God. Even His enemies had to admit that He had done what none other had ever done…fulfilled the moral law of God!
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About the ceremonial law: what is the meaning of all these slain animals, blood, feasts and offerings? Simply this: they are all types and pictures of the death of Christ. Everything in the OT points to Christ. And just as Jesus fulfilled God’s moral law in His perfect life, He fulfilled God’s ceremonial law in His sacrificial death!
About the ceremonial law: what is the meaning of all these slain animals, blood, feasts and offerings? Simply this: they are all types and pictures of the death of Christ. Everything in the OT points to Christ. And just as Jesus fulfilled God’s moral law in His perfect life, He fulfilled God’s ceremonial law in His sacrificial death!
The symbolism and typology in the OT is so extraordinary…a very exciting study. When you look at the Tabernacle you see Jesus in every article. I’m not going to go into great detail yet someday I hope to.
The symbolism and typology in the OT is so extraordinary…a very exciting study. When you look at the Tabernacle you see Jesus in every article. I’m not going to go into great detail yet someday I hope to.
The fence around it has but 1 gate. If you were gonna get to God’s presence inside the Holy of Holies, you had to enter thru that 1 gate. So much for the “all roads lead to God doctrine.” Jesus said in the NT, I am the door, I am the way, the truth and the life…
The fence around it has but 1 gate. If you were gonna get to God’s presence inside the Holy of Holies, you had to enter thru that 1 gate. So much for the “all roads lead to God doctrine.” Jesus said in the NT, I am the door, I am the way, the truth and the life…
Then you came to a brass altar, a picture of judgment, and you had to have a perfect, male lamb to sacrifice in order to go any further. This is a picture of Christ. And the OT progression is phenomenal. Back in Genesis, Abel offered a lamb for himself. It was a lamb for a man. In Exodus, Moses said every family had to offer a lamb. 1 lamb for one fam. In Leviticus on the Day of Atonement, 1 lamb was slain for the entire nation. See the progression? A lamb for a man, then a lamb for a fam., then a lamb for their whole clan…but then OT became NT as John the Baptist said, Behold the Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world!
Then you came to a brass altar, a picture of judgment, and you had to have a perfect, male lamb to sacrifice in order to go any further. This is a picture of Christ. And the OT progression is phenomenal. Back in Genesis, Abel offered a lamb for himself. It was a lamb for a man. In Exodus, Moses said every family had to offer a lamb. 1 lamb for one fam. In Leviticus on the Day of Atonement, 1 lamb was slain for the entire nation. See the progression? A lamb for a man, then a lamb for a fam., then a lamb for their whole clan…but then OT became NT as John the Baptist said, Behold the Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world!
After the altar is the laver, where we see Jesus, the water of life. The priest had to wash their hands and feet before going any further. This represents your service and walk in Christ.
After the altar is the laver, where we see Jesus, the water of life. The priest had to wash their hands and feet before going any further. This represents your service and walk in Christ.
Then you enter the holy place, look to your right, and see the table of showbread, and you see Jesus the bread of life. Look to your left and there’s a golden lampstand, indicating Jesus, the light of the world. Straight ahead is an altar of incense…Jesus ever living and making intercession for us as our great High Priest.
Then you enter the holy place, look to your right, and see the table of showbread, and you see Jesus the bread of life. Look to your left and there’s a golden lampstand, indicating Jesus, the light of the world. Straight ahead is an altar of incense…Jesus ever living and making intercession for us as our great High Priest.
bed. Mother said, "Now James, before you go to bed you’re going to have to forgive your brother."
Then you go through the veil that separates the holy place from the holy of Holies, and approach the throne of grace, and you find the Ark of the Covenant, inside of which are the tablets of stone w/ God’s moral law, the commandments written upon them.
Then you go through the veil that separates the holy place from the holy of Holies, and approach the throne of grace, and you find the Ark of the Covenant, inside of which are the tablets of stone w/ God’s moral law, the commandments written upon them.
Also in there is Aaron’s rod that budded, just a dead stick that brought forth life, and wow, there’s Jesus, the Resurrection! Also a jar of manna for Jesus is our nourishment. The Manna came from heaven and provided life. Jesus came from heaven and He also provides life.
Also in there is Aaron’s rod that budded, just a dead stick that brought forth life, and wow, there’s Jesus, the Resurrection! Also a jar of manna for Jesus is our nourishment. The Manna came from heaven and provided life. Jesus came from heaven and He also provides life.
On top of the Ark of the Covenant is a slab of gold, a mercy seat, upon which blood was sprinkled by the High Priest, and now when God looks down upon the moral law in that box, He has to look at it thru the blood.
On top of the Ark of the Covenant is a slab of gold, a mercy seat, upon which blood was sprinkled by the High Priest, and now when God looks down upon the moral law in that box, He has to look at it thru the blood.
That means a lot to me, because I cannot keep the moral law, so praise God Jesus kept it for me, and His blood covers my sin and takes them away.
That means a lot to me, because I cannot keep the moral law, so praise God Jesus kept it for me, and His blood covers my sin and takes them away.
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Jesus fulfilled the moral and ceremonial law. So what about the civil law?
Jesus fulfilled the moral and ceremonial law. So what about the civil law?
At the end of Jesus’ ministry he turned to the Jews and said,
At the end of Jesus’ ministry he turned to the Jews and said,
”Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing the fruit of it.”
”Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing the fruit of it.”
makes it clear that new nation is the church, and so Christ fulfilled the civil law, in the establishment of His church, and now we are His nation under His leadership.
makes it clear that new nation is the church, and so Christ fulfilled the civil law, in the establishment of His church, and now we are His nation under His leadership.
Jesus came to be the fulfillment of the law and he has done it. IT is finished.
Jesus came to be the fulfillment of the law and he has done it. IT is finished.
So, what about the prophets? How did Jesus fulfill both the law AND the prophets? Over 330 fulfilled prophecies, that’s how!
So, what about the prophets? How did Jesus fulfill both the law AND the prophets? Over 330 fulfilled prophecies, that’s how!
Jesus was born in Bethlehem []
Jesus was born in Bethlehem []
James thought for a moment and then replied, "Well OK, I’ll forgive him tonight, but if I don’t die in the night, he’d better look out in the morning."
Born of a virgin—
Born of a virgin—
Of the tribe of Judah—Moses []
Of the tribe of Judah—Moses []
Riding the colt of the donkey—Zechariah
Riding the colt of the donkey—Zechariah
Betrayed for 30 pcs. of silver--[]
Betrayed for 30 pcs. of silver--[]
Stood silent before accusers—
Stood silent before accusers—
Lots cast for his robe, pierced hands and feet, laughed at, thirsty, crying My God, why hast thou forsaken me?—
Lots cast for his robe, pierced hands and feet, laughed at, thirsty, crying My God, why hast thou forsaken me?—
…and if Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies about His first coming, don’t you know He’ll fulfill the prophecies of His 2nd coming!
…and if Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies about His first coming, don’t you know He’ll fulfill the prophecies of His 2nd coming!
In Bethlehem He came TO His own, He’s coming back FOR His own.
In Bethlehem He came TO His own, He’s coming back FOR His own.
Jesus is the Fulfillment of the OT.
Jesus is the Fulfillment of the OT.
II. Jesus’ Appreciation for the scripture
II. Jesus’ Appreciation for the scripture
v. 18 Jesus is verifying the value and authority of the OT scriptures.
v. 18 Jesus is verifying the value and authority of the OT scriptures.
Jot and tittle = heb. markings. Jot is the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet, and tittle is the smallest mark on a letter…so, dot every i, and cross every T the Word of God is perfect!
Jot and tittle = heb. markings. Jot is the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet, and tittle is the smallest mark on a letter…so, dot every i, and cross every T the Word of God is perfect!
It’s not just a good book, it’s God’s book…
It’s not just a good book, it’s God’s book…
1. BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL, FOR THEY WILL BE SHOWN MERCY.
Not just a good way to go, but the only way to go,
Not just a good way to go, but the only way to go,
It’s not just helpful suggestions, but holy commandments…
It’s not just helpful suggestions, but holy commandments…
Not for us to consider, but for us to keep...
Not for us to consider, but for us to keep...
It’s not a cafeteria spread to pick and choose what you like and leave behind what doesn’t ‘agree’ with you, but it’s spiritual bread, it’s milk, it’s meat…worthy of meditation…chew on it day and night!
It’s not a cafeteria spread to pick and choose what you like and leave behind what doesn’t ‘agree’ with you, but it’s spiritual bread, it’s milk, it’s meat…worthy of meditation…chew on it day and night!
That’s Jesus’ appreciation He’s showing…and if that’s His opinion of the OT, then that’s my opinion too!
That’s Jesus’ appreciation He’s showing…and if that’s His opinion of the OT, then that’s my opinion too!
I appreciate having my own Bible. In the history of Christianity, that’s a great thing to be able to say…that you have your own complete copy of the Bible.
I appreciate having my own Bible. In the history of Christianity, that’s a great thing to be able to say…that you have your own complete copy of the Bible.
Even today in many lands, young believers clutch a Gospel of John they were lucky enough to receive when they got saved, or a small NT, but the whole Bible. all those wonderful OT stories and teachings, wow…what a privilege! In the days of Jesus, the people didn’t have their own copies of the OT…they depended on the scribes and priests to read it to them in the synagogue. That’s why Jesus said, “you have HEARD that it has been said…but I say unto you.”
Even today in many lands, young believers clutch a Gospel of John they were lucky enough to receive when they got saved, or a small NT, but the whole Bible. all those wonderful OT stories and teachings, wow…what a privilege! In the days of Jesus, the people didn’t have their own copies of the OT…they depended on the scribes and priests to read it to them in the synagogue. That’s why Jesus said, “you have HEARD that it has been said…but I say unto you.”
Do you appreciate having your own Bible? I heard of a preacher who visited an underground church in a communist country, and all they had were photocopies of select passages stapled together, and those, they had to share and take turns with, and when they saw his Bible he was carrying, and asked to hold it…there a group gathered around that Bible, wept.
Do you appreciate having your own Bible? I heard of a preacher who visited an underground church in a communist country, and all they had were photocopies of select passages stapled together, and those, they had to share and take turns with, and when they saw his Bible he was carrying, and asked to hold it…there a group gathered around that Bible, wept.
We are a spoiled people with 3 and 4 copies each, mostly collecting dust on shelves, and preachers having to beg people to read it. That is like someone begging you to take your medicine that keeps you alive.
We are a spoiled people with 3 and 4 copies each, mostly collecting dust on shelves, and preachers having to beg people to read it. That is like someone begging you to take your medicine that keeps you alive.
It’s easy to say, I believe it from cover to cover, from Genesis to Concordance…and I believe the maps! But it doesn’t matter that you believe it, if you don’t read it, and it doesn’t matter if you read it, if you don’t do what it says.
It’s easy to say, I believe it from cover to cover, from Genesis to Concordance…and I believe the maps! But it doesn’t matter that you believe it, if you don’t read it, and it doesn’t matter if you read it, if you don’t do what it says.
Ill.—preacher’s son was heading off to a liberal college / Pastor was afraid his son’s faith would be shaken / said, they’re gonna question the Bible, and tell you it’s all fairy tales…don’t let ‘em take Jonah out of your Bible [figured they’d attack that account] / gone for 2 yrs., came home / dad said, they didn’t ruin you did they? / I hope not, dad / they didn’t take Jonah out did they? / aw, dad, Jonah’s not even in your Bible / dad looked to show him…it wasn’t there / son had cut it out 2 years before and his dad never even noticed. / Son asked, what’s the difference between a liberal professor denying it’s true and a Christian failing to read it?
v. 19 Jesus places a tremendous responsibility on those of us who teach and preach the Word of God…Anyone who breaks of of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least…
We’ve seen Jesus as the fulfillment of the scripture, and His appreciation for it…
This is a super important attitude. If we don’t show mercy to others we will not be shown mercy.
III. Application of the scripture
Vs 20 “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and teachers of the law you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
As Jesus said this people who heard Him probably thought there is no way I might as well not even try. But one thing that we know is that man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.
What was wrong with the scribes and Pharisees’ application of the scripture, in a nutshell?
4 statements:
• Concerned with details, rather than principles.
• Concerned with actions, rather than motives.
• Concerned with doing, rather than being.
• Concerned with the letter of the law, forgetting about the spirit of the law.
They were hypocrites, making Christianity outward rather than inward. To them reputation was more important than character. One is what people think you are, the other is what God knows you are!
Ill.—a Pharisee is ready for bed / walks over to a wall on which hang the 10 commandments / reads them, checks them off 1 by 1, saying, I didn’t do this today, or that / all is well between me and God.
Jesus says no, here’s your checklist pray: “Dear Lord, have you been supreme in my life today? Have I brought glory and honor to you? Do I know you better today? Have I deepened my relationship with you? Are their wicked thoughts in me?”
Ill.—C.H. Spurgeon, “I want to live my life in such a way that when I lay my head on my pillow at night I can say ‘Jesus, I love you,’ and for the Lord to be able to say, I know you do, Charles, I know you do.
“Bear with one another and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
But you don’t know what they did or said…
The bait of Satan.
2. BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART FOR THEY SHALL SEE GOD.
Note: Scholars suggest the word has (2) meanings. (1) To make pure by cleansing from dirt, filth, or contamination like metals being refined by fire until they were free from impurities. (2) It refers to being unmixed, having no double allegiance.
Note: Purity isn’t just being clean; it is to be single-minded and intentionally focused. In this instance, God wants us to be focused on His kingdom and righteousness.
No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
Note: Put these (2) definitions together. A person w/ a passion for purity is one who has been cleansed in his character so that the way he looks in public is the way he is in private. You’re just like Jesus even when no one is watching.
Story: A deacon and son were driving down a country road and saw a watermelon patch a little way off the highway. The deacon told his son to keep a lookout while he went to get a melon. He snuck into the patch, took a melon and called to his son, "Is anyone coming? Look both ways." The boy wisely responded, "But Daddy, doesn’t Jesus see you?"
Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.
Here’s the challenge – it is at this point that we must live out our lives in purity. We live responsibly and obediently before God. Since we have these promises, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
See Jesus saw through the Pharisees pettiness and pretense, and looked right into their hearts –
In , “These people honor me w/ their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”
…inside your full of greed and self indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside will be clean.
…inside you are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart.
As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.
Ps. 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.
Quote: We’re suffering from only one disease in the world. Our basic problem isn’t a race problem.
Our basic problem isn’t a poverty problem.
Our basic problem isn’t a war problem.
Our basic problem is a heart problem. Graham
The problem of sin isn’t the world around us,
but rather the world w/in us.
3. BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS FOR THEY SHALL BE CALLED SONS OF GOD.
PEACE-BREAKERS.
Peace-breakers are those people who go out of their way to break down relationships; to cause trouble and division.
We can’t AFFORD to have peace-breakers in the church, for divisive people cut away the very life principles of the CHURCH. They staunch the move of God, they can’t stand change, and they will destroy revival.
But, before we go riding off on a witch-hunt to find the “troublemakers”, and ‘deal with them’, we each need to examine our own hearts. Because you can be a peace-breaker without even knowing it! Most peace-breakers don’t realize what they’re doing - they feel justified in themselves.
Let me briefly elaborate on the EASIEST (most basic) way to be a peace-breaker. YOU CAN BE A PEACE-BREAKER BY THE WAY YOU USE YOUR TONGUE!
Gossip, slander, being a busy-body, being opinionated or judgmental. These things are a destructive force against the church of Jesus Christ. They tear down. They cause division and friction. Whenever God begins to do something good, the enemy will always try to interrupt it - and one of his biggest tools he uses is THE TONGUE.
PEACE-FAKERS.
What do I mean by ‘PEACE-FAKERS’? Well, there are ones (and I guess the truth is that we’ve all been involved in peace-faking at one time or another - it’s a temptation I know I have to guard against every day of my life), ones who prefer ‘peace’ over truth.
Peace-fakers see ‘peace’ as simply the absence of any kind of argument or discord. They will go to any lengths to avoid any kind of conflict/confrontation/unrest. In doing so they settle for a counterfeit peace that is based on avoiding the real issues.
A peace faker when it comes to evangelizing will use the phrase, “I don’t go around sharing my faith I just try to live in such a way that will see my faith in my actions.
3. PEACE-MAKERS.
Peace-makers are prepared to put others’ well-being above their own comfort level. A peacemaker is someone who does everything they can to bring GOD and MAN together. At one time you had conflict in your life, then a peacemaker brought you to God and said lets work it out.
Let me give you another ILLUSTRATION: Imagine a mother looking out her living room window at her three year old son, who is riding his tricycle in the driveway. Her heart spilling over with love, she goes to the kitchen, pours a glass of lemonade and takes it out to him. After he drinks it, she picks him up and hugs him and tells him how much she loves him. The little boy feels wonderful. BUT while mom is back in the kitchen rinsing out the glass, he gets back on his tricycle and cruises right into the street where he was told never to ride. Mom looks back out the living room window just as a car screeches to a stop, and then carefully eases its way around her precious son. She flies out the door, rushes into the street and picks up the boy, bike and all. As soon as they’re back in the safety of the house, she starts getting on to him and then ends it with a spanking.
The little boy wonders what’s wrong with his mom, who just moments ago was hugging him and giving him lemonade. Where has all the love gone? But what WE all understand is that this IS love in a different form, but just as real. His mom is saying, “The happy time five minutes ago with the lemonade and the hugs is a distant memory right now, because we are dealing with life and death. Your well-being is far more important to me than constant warm fuzzy feelings.”
Are you being a peacemaker are you doing everything you can to bring your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to Christ, so they can experience true peace in their lives.
4. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO ARE PERSECUTED BECAUSE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
Story: In September 1999, Larry Ashbrook walked into the Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX and opened fire during a Wednesday night services killed (7).
Story: In April 1999, two teenage gunmen walked into at Columbine High in Littleton, CO, and shot the students they knew were Christians. On that fateful day, Cassie Bernall was in the library when the gunman burst into the room and asked her, "Do you believe in God?" Among her final words she said “Yes!” and stepped in God’s arms. Also on that day, Rachael Scott stepped into eternity for her faith. What’s interesting is that a year earlier, Rachel penned these words in her diary: "I’m not going to justify my faith to them, and I’m not going to hide the light that God has put into me. If I have to sacrifice everything, I will. I will take it. If my friends have to become my enemies for me to be w/ my best friend Jesus, then that’s fine w/ me.
A church in Texas has had to add a question to their statement of faith when someone comes forward to get baptized. They now ask (4) questions.
1. Do you believe Jesus is your Savior and Lord and that He died on the cross to pay for you sin?
2. Have you invited Him into you life and asked Him to forgive you?
3. Will you strive to honor Him in your daily life by living according to the Bible and by sharing His love and truth w/ others in your words and by your actions?
4. When you face trials, persecution, and hardship for confessing Jesus as your Lord and Savior, at home, at work and anywhereelse you might be, will you remain faithful to your Lord?
Remember the words I spoke to you: ’No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this w/ gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
Love your neighbor…
Conclusion:
Story: A couple from Bakersfield, CA purchased a new boat, but they were having serious problems. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t get the boat going. It was sluggish no matter which way they turned or how much power was applied. After an hour of trying to make it go, they putted to a nearby marina, hoping someone could tell them what was wrong. A thorough check on the topside of the boat revealed everything was in perfect working condition. The engine ran fine, the out drive went up and down, and the propeller was the correct size and pitch. Then, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath. He came up choking w/ laughter. Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer!
Note: Ridiculous! But not more ridiculous than the many believers are puttering around wondering why their Christian life isn’t working – it’s simple, they have sin attached beneath the surface of their lives that needs to be removed.
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