This Sunday at Church: Pray that the Sermon Would not be Watered Down

I am fortunate to be in a congregation with elders and pastors who honor the Word each week. I know I try to lean on the Word and the Author.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15, ESV

Daniel

The Domain for Truth

For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray that the Sermon Would not be Watered Down.

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VerseD: Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2, ESV

When saturated in the culture, it is easier to be like everyone else. Move with the Spirit to be made new in Christ in every moment.

VerseD: 2 Corinthians 3:17

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

2 Corinthians 3:17, ESV

Submitting ourselves to the influence and power of God gives us true freedom to live and want to choose His authority and sovereignty.

VerseD: 1 John 4:7

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:7, ESV

The world will know us by our love, and they will want to know the Source of Love.

Give everyone every reason to seek the God of Love.

VerseD: 1 Samuel 2:2

“There is none holy like the Lord: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.”

1 Samuel 2:2, ESV

God is the only God, the foundation and sustainer of all. He alone is our hope.

VerseD: Psalm 119:2

Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart

Psalm 119:2, ESV

The foundation of truth is God and His revealed Word. How could we not want to seek that Truth and then share it?

VerseD: Isaiah 6:8

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

Isaiah 6:8, ESV

The Word should change us. The call of the Lord should push us.

May we proclaim the change that comes through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit.

Sermon on the Mount study notes: Matthew 7:1-6

I have started a small group series on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). I am sharing my notes in case anyone else wants to use them with their group. [Reminder that these are only notes!]

Sermon on the Mount – Part 12

Matthew 5:1-2:
Jesus wants to teach the crowds: Who are they? Jewish disciples: People who understand the
Scriptures (at least to a point). Notice from 7:28 the crowds still came along, but this teaching is for His disciples.

What does “blessed” mean?
Based on the first twelve verses, blessed means realizing our own wretchedness and need for a Savior. In other words, it is becoming/being a Christian.

What was discussed last time?

• Don’t worry.
• Trust God.

Matthew 7:1:
Cut and dry, right? Don’t judge.

  • Jesus always takes us deeper.

Matthew 7:2-4:
DISCUSS!

  • Not just “don’t be a hypocrite.”
  • Getting stuck on others’ sins:
    • We are at least as guilty of that sin
    • We are unaware of our particular sin
    • We are covering for our own sin
    • We are avoiding our own sin
    • We are seeking power over others
      • See also: Cult leaders
  • When we judge others, we invite the same judgment. (Be ready: 1 Peter 3:13-17)

Matthew 7:5-6:
Not hypocrisy, but helping from experience.

  • v. 5: We are to judge rightly – discernment.
    • As revealed from God’s Word:
      • 2 Timothy 3:16-17
      • Hebrews 4:12-13
      • They are judged by God as revealed in Scripture (The Way of the Master – Ray Comfort)
    • As demonstrated by Paul:
      • Ephesians 3:7-13
      • 1 Corinthians 15:9-11
  • v. 6: What?!
    • What do dogs do with things?
      • “Ooh! Toy/Substitute for an animal!”
        • Tear it to shreds (make excuses, shift the blame: see legalistic Christians … and most others)
        • Make a bed out of it (become more hypocritical through claiming better righteousness: see Critical Race Theory)
        • Get it a slobbery, fecal mess (like shredding and bedding, but distorting the meaning: see liberal Christianity)
    • What do pigs do with things?
      • Live in a sty.
        • Roll in/on it (Try to discredit it while appearing to be better: see many atheists or NAR/Prosperity Preachers)
        • Eat literally everything (claim all truths are equal, except conservative Christianity: see New Age and Postmodernism)
    • Proverbs 26:11; 2 Peter 2
    • Mark 6:10-11

We are to judge with God’s standard (The Bible – literally “canon” = “standard” or “ruler”): we start with ourselves, then we help the world. (Matthew 28:18-20)

VerseD: 1 John 2:6

whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

1 John 2:6, ESV

Jesus lived a sacrificial life of service. May we walk humbly with grace, even when others are hostile, to shine the light of Christ.

This Sunday at Church: Pray for opportunities to share the Gospel on Thanksgiving

For holidays and whenever family and friends come together, may we pray for opportunities to share the Gospel.
At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ …— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
Colossians 4:3‭-‬4, ESV

Daniel

The Domain for Truth

For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for opportunities to share the Gospel on Thanksgiving.

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