The Gospels: Today Salvation Has Come to this Household

August 30, 2017

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

Today Salvation Has Come to This House

Luke 19:1-10

 

 

And [Jesus] entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, [there was] a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the tax collectors, and he was rich. (Luke 19:1-2)

 

  1. ZACCHAEUS
    1. probably designating one in charge of a district, with other tax collectors under him
    2. Jericho served as a major customs site for goods entering Israel from the East.

 

And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. (Luke 19:3)

 

  1. Physical APPEARANCE means very little
    1. Christ was probably traveling with a large entourage of pilgrims to the Passover in Jerusalem. But “the crowd” apparently refers to people in Jericho who lined the street to see Jesus specifically
    2. People often gave greater attention to those who were taller (King Saul)

 

And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that [way]. (Luke 19:4)

 

  1. Zacchaeus UNDIGNIFIES himself
    1. Perhaps news of Jesus being a “friend of sinners” had reached Zacchaeus
    2. This kind of tree could grow to 30-40 feet high and had low hanging branches
    3. Zaccheus put himself in an undignified position to see Jesus

 

And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, “Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must stay with your household.” (Luke 19:5)

 

  1. Jesus matches Zacchaeus’ UNDIGNIFIED state
    1. Respectable people did not normally request to stay with somebody else’s household
    2. “Must” stay at your house implies divine necessity
    3. This is the only time in all 4 gospels that Jesus invites himself to stay
    4. Table fellowship was a sign of a certain amount of mutual acceptance

 

And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. (Luke 19:6)

 

  1. Receiving Jesus JOYFULLY

 

And when they saw [it], they all murmured, saying, “That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.” (Luke 19:7)

 

  1. Do what is RIGHT, not what is POPULAR
    1. Zacchaeus was hated not just by the religious elite, but by the common people as well

 

And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor;” (Luke 19:8)

 

  1. ASSUMPTIONS are almost never true
    1. In later Judaism, it was considered generous to give away up to 20 percent of one’s belongings

 

“and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore [him] fourfold.” (Luke 19:8)

 

  1. True REPENTANCE
    1. People sometimes paid tax collectors bribes to prevent higher fees being extorted. Zacchaeus’s position would have also allowed him to make false accusations
    2. The law required restoring the amount you stole plus a fifth (Leviticus 6:5; Numbers 5:7)
    3. Zacchaeus used the restitution requirements for stealing a sheep (Exodus 22:1; 2 Samuel 12:6)

 

And Jesus said unto him, “This day is salvation come to this household, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.” (Luke 19:9)

 

  1. Salvation has come to this HOUSEHOLD
    1. Zaccheus’ name implies he is Jewish
    2. A true Jew—not only of the lineage of Abraham but one who also walks “in the footsteps” of Abraham’s faith (Ro 4:12)
    3. Household - Acts 10:2; 11:14; 16:15, 31; 18:8
    4. “This day” salvation has come to “this household.”
    5. Previously, he may have been a physical son of Abraham, but by his repentance he has become a spiritual son, and the entire household shares in the blessing.
    6. Jesus had just taught (Luke 18) that it is difficult for a rich man to be saved
    7. The Clementine Homilies (3:63) state that Zacchaeus later became a companion of Peter and bishop at Caesarea

 

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)

 

  1. Another PURPOSE statement
    1. The main theme of Luke’s gospel. Cf. 5:31, 32; 15:4–7, 32
      1. The words seek, save, and lost all appear elsewhere in Scripture in a shepherd context

 

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  1. Begin studying - Parable of the Talents - Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-28
  2. Pray for an opportunity to invite a friend to church or share the gospel with them

Follow-up Discussion Questions

  1. Why is it important to not operate off of assumptions? How did Zacchaeus shatter the assumptions about him in this passage?
  2. How did Zacchaeus and Jesus undignify themselves in this passage? In what ways has God called you to undignify yourself in following him?
  3. What does it mean to receive Jesus joyfully? As an unbeliever? As a believer?
  4. What does it mean to do what is right, not what is popular? What might that look like in today’s world?
  5. How is true repentance different from worldly sorrow? How does Zacchaeus model true repentance for us?
  6. Do you believe that your “household” can be saved? Who is in your household? When is the last time you prayed for your “household” to be saved?
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You Might Be a Cult If … -Tribute to Jeff Foxworthy - Sharing Jesus with the Cults

August 27, 2017

One of the greatest stand up comedians of all time is Jeff Foxworthy. One of the greatest stand up routines is "You might be a redneck ..."

Sunday, Aug 27 - You might be a cult if ...

This is the first in what will be a series of tribute videos to Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck." In a humorous way, I try and walk you through dangerous characteristics of cult groups.

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Cults and Star Wars Videos Scheduled to Release this Week on Youtube - Aug 26 - Sept 1, 2017

August 26, 2017

This is the first of what I plan to release weekly, an upcoming preview of the topics related to cults and star wars videos for the week.

This week are the following titles and release dates:
Saturday, Aug 26 - this preview video
Sunday, Aug 27 - You might be a cult if ...

This is the first in what will be a series of tribute videos to Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck." In a humorous way, I try and walk you through dangerous characteristics of cult groups.

Monday, Aug 28 - NEW Star Wars Theory - Are Episodes 7-9 Following the Same Pattern as Episodes 4-6? - Star Wars Episode 8 The Last Jedi

This video will pick up on two videos I released last week dealing with the connection between Lor San Tekka and Rey as well as the connection between Kylo Ren and Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) as the chosen one. This video shows the connection between these similarities as well as connections between Luke and Yoda, Snoke and Palpatine, etc...

Tuesday, Aug 29 - The Pattern that Every Cult Leader Follows - Sharing Jesus with the Cults

This video explores the pattern cult leaders use to take their followers and belief systems from point A to Z

Wed, Aug 30 - Top 5 Common Sense Reasons Lucasfilm Did Not Include Legends in the New Star Wars Canon - Star Wars Explained

This video addresses the growing concern and rebellion against Disney and Lucasfilm's decision to go to a Star Wars canon and eliminate the legends/EU material (at least for time being). These are 5 common sense reasons why the current star wars canon makes sense.

Thurs, Aug 31 - Great Commission Churches (GCAC; GCI; GCM; GCC; GCLA; GCE) - Sharing Jesus with the Cults

This video examines the origin, history, beliefs and mind control practices of the movement started by Jim (James) McCotter known as Great Commission Churches.

Friday, Sept. 1 - Darth Vader - "You Underestimate My Powers" to "You Don't Know the Power of the Dark Side" - Star Wars Explained

This video takes a closer look at the transition from a prideful Anakin Skywalker who insists, "You underestimate my powers" to a humbled Darth Vader who constantly warns, "You don't know the power of the dark side" in Star Wars

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The Gospels: An Awkward Request

August 25, 2017

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

An Awkward Request

Matthew 20:20-28; Mark 10:35-45

 

Then the mother of Zebedee's children with James and John came to him, worshipping [him], and desiring a certain thing of him, (Matthew 20:20; Mark 10:35)

 

  1. Speaking in the NAME of

 

saying, “Master, we want you to do for us whatever we desire.” (Matthew 20:20; Mark 10:35)

 

  1. I’ll tell you what I want if you promise me you’ll say YES

 

And he said unto her, “What do you want?” She said, “Grant that my two sons may sit, the one on your right hand, and the other on the left, in your kingdom and your glory.” (Matthew 20:21; Mark 10:37)

 

  1. Good INTENTIONS don’t always turn out so well

 

But Jesus answered and said, “You don’t know what you are asking. Are you able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” (Matthew 20:22)

 

  1. Aren’t you glad you don’t always get what you ASK for?

 

They said unto him, “We are able.” (Matthew 20:22)

 

  1. Know your LIMITATIONS

 

And he said unto them, “You shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but [it shall be given to them] for whom it is prepared of my Father.” (Matthew 20:23)

 

  1. SURPRISE!

 

And when the ten heard [it], they were moved with indignation and were displeased with James and John. (Matthew 20:24; Mark 10:41)

 

  1. AWKWARD moment

 

But Jesus called them [unto him], and said, “You know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be servant of all:” (Matthew 20:25-27; Mark 10:42-44)

 

  1. If you want to LEAD, you have to SERVE

 

“Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)

 

  1. Our RANSOM

 

 

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  1. Begin studying - Today Salvation Has Come to this House - Luke 19:1-10
  2. Pray for an opportunity to invite a friend to church or share the gospel with them

Follow-up Discussion Questions

  1. Ever have somebody speak on your behalf? Did it turn out well?
  2. Do you put conditions on your prayer requests to God?
  3. Why is it important to know what you are asking for and think through consequences of our requests?
  4. Ever have an unanswered prayer that you were grateful for?
  5. Why is it important to know your limitations? What are yours?
  6. Why was this request so unreasonable?
  7. How did this request strain James and John’s relationship with Jesus? With the other apostles?
  8. Why is serving an important aspect of leadership?
  9. What does it mean to you that you have been “bought” with a price?

 

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The Gospels: Laborers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16)

August 12, 2017

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

Laborers in the Vineyard

Matthew 20:1-16

 

“For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man [that is] an householder, which went out early in the morning” (Matthew 20:1)

 

  1. The HOUSEHOLDER goes out

 

“to hire laborers into his vineyard.” (Matthew 20:1)

 

  1. The Householder is looking for LABORERS

 

“And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.” (Matthew 20:2)

 

  1. The OFFER of the gospel is clear

 

“And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; ‘Go also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you.’ And they went their way.” (Matthew 20:3-4)

 

  1. What God has chosen to give you is RIGHT

 

“Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and said unto them, ‘Why do you stand here all the day idle?’ They say unto him, ‘Because no man has hired us. He said unto them, ‘Go also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, [that] shall you receive.’” (Matthew 20:5-7)

 

  1. The un-HIRED ones

 

“So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard said unto his steward, ‘Call the laborers, and give them [their] hire, beginning from the last unto the first.’” (Matthew 20:8)

 

  1. The day of JUSTICE is coming

 

“And when they came that [were hired] about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received [it], they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, ‘These last have wrought [but] one hour, and you have made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.’” (Matthew 20:9-12)

 

  1. Do for the ONE what you wish you could do for everybody

 

“But he answered one of them, and said, ‘Friend, I do you no wrong: did you not agree with me for a penny? Take what is yours, and go your way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?’” (Matthew 20:13-15)

 

  1. Is your God FREE?

 

“Is thine eye evil, because I am good?” (Matthew 20:15)

 

  1. Is your God GOOD?

 

“So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.” (Matthew 20:16)

 

  1. God’s JUSTICE is different than ours

 

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  1. Begin studying - An Awkward Request - Mark 10:35-45
  2. Pray for an opportunity to invite a friend to church or share the gospel with them

Follow-up Discussion Questions

  1. How does it change the mindset of evangelism to know the “householder” goes out to hire laborers?
  2. How do we keep a healthy balance between resting in the grace of God and keeping the mindset of a laborer in the vineyard?
  3. What is the gospel? If somebody asked you to share the gospel with them right now, what would you say?
  4. Why is comparing ourselves to others (successes, finances, family, relationship with God) dangerous?
  5. Why is operating on the basis of “fairness” limiting?
  6. Where do you struggle with being content with what God has seen fit to give you?
  7. Is your God free?
  8. Is your God good?
  9. How is God’s justice different than ours?
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The Gospels: The Rich Young Ruler - Matthew 19:16-26; Mark 10:17-27; Luke 18:18-27

August 9, 2017

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

Rich Young Ruler

Matthew 19:16-26; Mark 10:17-27; Luke 18:18-27

 

And, behold, when he was gone forth into the way, a certain ruler came running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may receive by inheritance eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16; Mark 10:17; Luke 18:18)

 

  1. Great QUESTION … I think
    1. Good “teacher”
    2. What “good thing” shall I do
    3. That I might “receive by inheritance” eternal life

 

And he said unto him, “Why do you call me good? [There is] none good but one, [that is], God:“ (Matthew 19:17)

 

  1. Only God can CALL you good

 

“but if you want to come into life, keep the commandments.” (Matthew 19:17)

 

  1. God is no respecter of PERSONS

 

He said unto him, “Which?” (Matthew 19:18)

 

  1. Avoiding the QUESTION

 

Jesus said, “You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, you shall not defraud, Honor your father and your mother: and, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 19:18-19; Mark 10:19)

 

  1. An interesting ADDITION

 

The young man said unto him, “All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?” Then Jesus beholding him unconditionally loved him, and said unto him, “If you want to be perfect, there is one thing you lack.” (Matthew 19:20-21; Mark 10:21)

 

  1. If you want to be PERFECT

 

“Go [and] sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven:” (Matthew 19:21)

 

  1. I didn’t SIGN up for that

 

 

“and come, take up the cross [and] follow me.” But when the young man heard that saying, he was sad and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. (Matthew 19:21-22; Mark 10:21)

 

  1. The call to POVERTY

 

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, “Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.” And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered again, and said unto them, “Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! And again I say unto you, ‘It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.’” (Matthew 19:23-24; Mark 10:24)

 

  1. RESEARCH before you pass it on

 

When his disciples heard [it], they were exceedingly amazed, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus beheld [them], and said unto them, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:25-26)

 

  1. The REAL question

 

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  1. Begin studying - Laborers in the Vineyard - Matthew 20:1-16
  2. Pray for an opportunity to invite a friend to church or share the gospel with them

Follow-up Discussion Questions

  1. Why was the question of the Rich Young Ruler “misguided” at best?
  2. Biblically speaking, is there such a thing as a “good person?” Why or why not?
  3. If Jesus were to speak to you, what things might he know about you that you don’t want anybody to know about? (For private reflection)
  4. How does Jesus deal differently with “sinners” than those who want to be “perfect?”
  5. How do we know which commands and principles to apply when reading Scripture and which ones are not meant for us?
  6. How is the call to follow Jesus a call to poverty? What have you had to give up in order to follow Jesus?
  7. Why is passing on mis-information about Jesus and the Bible harmful?
  8. Why is it hard for those who have a lot in this world to follow Jesus?
  9. Why should we focus on questions like “Why does anybody end up in heaven?” rather than “Why do bad things happen to good people?” or “How can a loving God send anybody to hell?”
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The Gospels: Marriage, Divorce, Singleness, Gender

July 29, 2017

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

Marriage, Divorce, Singleness, Gender

Matthew 19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12

 

And it came to pass, [that] when Jesus had finished these sayings, he arose from there, departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan; And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there. The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, “Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?” And he answered and said unto them, “What did Moses command you?” (Matthew 19:1-3; Mark 10:1-3)

 

  1. What’s your view on DIVORCE, Jesus?

 

And he answered and said unto them, “Have you not read,” (Matthew 19:4)

 

  1. Have you not READ?

 

“that he which made [them] at the beginning of creation made them male and female,” (Matthew 19:4; Mark 10:6)

 

  1. There is no GENDER or MARRIAGE without creation

 

And said, “For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, (Matthew 19:5)

 

  1. LEAVE

 

and shall cleave to his wife: (Matthew 19:5)

 

  1. CLEAVE

 

and the two shall be one flesh?” (Matthew 19:5)

 

  1. REPRESENT

 

“Wherefore they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Matthew 19:6)

 

  1. SECURE

 

And they said, “Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?” He said unto them, “Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.” (Matthew 19:7-8)

 

  1. Divorce isn’t the UNFORGIVABLE sin

 

And I say unto you, “Whosoever shall put away his wife, except [it be] for fornication, and shall marry another, commits adultery: and whoso marries her which is put away commits adultery.” (Matthew 19:9)

 

And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same [matter]. And he said unto them, “Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, commits adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she commits adultery.” (Mark 10:10-12)

 

  1. But it is still SIN, and is caused by SIN

 

His disciples said unto him, “If the case of the man be so with [his] wife, it is not good to marry.” But he said unto them, “All [men] cannot receive this saying, save [they] to whom it is given. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from [their] mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive [it], let him receive [it].” (Matthew 19:10-12)

 

  1. Being SINGLE is good too

 

 

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  1. Begin studying - Infants brought to Jesus Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17
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Follow-up Discussion Questions

  1. Do you struggle with the Bible’s teaching on:
    1. Marriage
    2. Divorce
    3. Gender
    4. Creation
  2. Why is Scripture our only perfect guide for faith and conduct?
  3. In your marriage (relationships), do you struggle most with leaving, cleaving, or securing?
  4. Was marriage as a representation of the nature of God and his plan of salvation a new concept for you?
  5. Why is it important to not make singleness, marriage, divorce or gender the central issue or unforgivable sin when talking to unbelievers?
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Was Creation “Good,” But Not Perfect? - Response to Paul Copan on Unbelievable Podcast

July 29, 2017

Paul Copan, in answering a skeptic's issues with the biblical account of the Fall on the Unbelievable podcast, discussed how creation was called "good" by God, but that doesn't mean it was perfect. That doesn't mean there wasn't death of both animals and humans. It doesn't mean that was the end all of existence. In fact, Paul quotes N.T. Wright as teaching that if Adam died, he would have gone to Paradise like everybody else. 

But is all of that true? What does the Bible mean when it uses the word "good?" What are the thoological ramifications of death before the Fall? How then can Revelation use "Edenic" language to refer to heaven? 

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The Gospels: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

July 22, 2017

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Luke 18:9-14

 

And he spake this parable with regard to certain people (Luke 18:9)

 

  1. How CLOSELY do you read God’s word?
    1. Did he speak “to” certain people, or “about” certain people?
    2. Show me your view of the Bible and I will show you how effective it will be in your life
      1. Genesis 1-11 - Pre-scientific?
      2. Biblical Prophecy - apocryphal
      3. Heaven and hell - metaphorical
      4. Contradictions or no contradictions?
      5. Culture of the day or relevant to us?
    3. Do you take the Bible “seriously?”
    4. I have found that nothing is in the Bible by accident
      1. Numbers
      2. Colors
      3. Names
      4. Symbols
    5. The deeper you dig, the more you will find
      1. Prepositions

 

And he spake this parable with regard to certain people which trusted in themselves, trusting that they were righteous, and despised others: (Luke 18:9)

 

  1. PRIDE or DESPAIR

 

“Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed this way with regard to himself,” (Luke 18:10-11)

 

  1. WHO are you praying to?
    1. Does your God speak Elizabethan English?
    2. Does your God only respect the prayers of the Puritans?
    3. Does your God only answer prayers said having the right posture?
    4. Is your God only pleased if you say what he wants to hear?
    5. Are you praying for the benefit of others around you?
    6. Are you only interested in material answers to prayer?

“God, I thank you, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.” (Luke 18:11)

 

  1. Except by the GRACE of God go I
    1. There’s one sense in which this is not a bad prayer
      1. The heart behind the prayer makes all the difference
    2. When you see a good man seek to emulate him. When you see a bad man, thank God for his grace

 

“I fast twice per Sabbath,” (Luke 18:12)

 

  1. The role of FASTING

 

Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? [is it] to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes [under him]? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? [Is] not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? [Is it] not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when you see the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? (Isaiah 58:5-7)

 

Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which sees in secret, shall reward thee openly. (Matthew 6:16-18)

 

So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. (Luke 17:10)

 

“I give tithes of all that I possess.” (Luke 18:12)

 

  1. The role of TITHING
    1. Leviticus 27

 

But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. (Luke 11:42)

 

    1. The Pharisee presents his resume before God, and you can almost hear God, Jesus and the prophets sigh simultaneously saying, “Who cares?”

 

“And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, ‘God be merciful to me a sinner.’” (Luke 18:13)

 

  1. What God is LOOKING for
    1. Depart from me, I am a sinful man - Luke 5 - Peter
    2. I am not worthy - Luke 7 - Centurion
    3. Have mercy on us - Luke 17 - 10 lepers
    4. Tax Collector
      1. Stands at a distance
      2. Can’t bring himself to look up in God’s direction
      3. “God be merciful to me a sinner”
    5. From this sinner came the same response as the likes of Isaiah, Daniel, Ezra, etc…
    6. This man’s response is the blank slate that becomes an awesome resume that God writes

 

“I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other:” (Luke 18:14)

 

  1. JUSTIFIED
    1. The difference between these two
      1. The Pharisee declared himself and thought himself to be righteous
      2. The Tax Collector was actually declared righteous by God
    2. What does justification mean?
      1. the legal and formal acquittal from guilt by God as Judge
      2. Not guilty
      3. Paid in full
        1. The payment was Jesus
          1. Redemption
          2. Propitiation
    3. The larger picture
      1. Justification - freedom from the penalty of sin
      2. Sanctification - freedom from the power of sin
      3. Glorification - freedom from the presence of sin

 

for every one that exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted. (Luke 18:14)

 

  1. Don’t play the GAME

 

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  1. How does our belief and approach toward God’s word alter it’s effectiveness in our lives?
  2. How does religion lead to pride or despair? What difference does grace make?
  3. In what ways does the way we pray reveal our beliefs about God?
  4. Do you believe that you are capable of any and every sin? Why or why not?
  5. Why was the Pharisee not justified before God?
  6. Do you understand the difference between justification, sanctification and glorification?

 

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The Gospels: As in the Days of Noah and Lot

July 15, 2017

Sermon Notes

Pastor Jason Oakes

Emmanuel Baptist Church

July 16, 2017

 

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

As in the Days of Noah and Lot

Matthew 24:36-44; Luke 17:20-37

 

 

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, “The kingdom of God comes not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20-21)

 

  1. An earth-shattering STATEMENT

 

“But of that day and hour knows no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, not even the Son, but my Father only.” (Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32)

 

  1. Why didn’t Jesus KNOW?

 

And he said unto the disciples, “The days will come, when you shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and you shall not see [it]. And they shall say to you, ‘See here; or, see there: go not after [them], nor follow [them].’” (Luke 17:22-23)

 

  1. False CHRIST

 

For as the lightning, that lights out of the one [part] under heaven, shines unto the other [part] under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.” (Luke 17:24)

 

  1. RAPTURE vs. second COMING
    1. Rapture
      1. Christ comes in the air
      2. Only his own see him
      3. Prior to wrath
      4. Can happen at any moment

 

    1. Second Coming
      1. Christ comes to the earth
      2. Every eye shall see him
      3. After wrath
      4. Scheduled and precise

“But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.” (Luke 17:25)

 

  1. Stealing their THUNDER

 

“But as the days of Noah [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:37-39)

 

  1. The days of NOAH

 

And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they [were] fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were nephilim in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare [children] to them, the same [became] mighty men which [were] of old, men of renown. And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repents me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. (Genesis 6:1-8)

 

“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed [them] all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” (Luke 17:28-30)

 

  1. The days of LOT

 

And the men said unto Lot, “Do you have any here besides yourself? Son in law, and your sons, and your daughters, and whatsoever you have in the city, bring [them] out of this place: For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.” And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, “Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city.” But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law. And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, “Arise, take your wife, and your two daughters, which are here; lest you be consumed in the iniquity of the city.” And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. (Genesis 19:12-16)

 

“In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot's wife.” (Luke 17:31-32)

 

  1. Don’t look BACK

 

And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, “Escape for your life; look not behind you, neither stay in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest you be consumed” …. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:17, 26)

 

“Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Then shall two men be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two [women shall be] grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord comes. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ready also: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes.” (Matthew 24:40-44; Luke 17:33-36)

 

  1. RAPTURE or JUDGMENT

 

And they answered and said unto him, “Where, Lord?” And he said unto them, “Wheresoever the body [is], there will the eagles be gathered together.” (Luke 17:37)

 

  1. NEAR and FAR
    1. Possible interpretations
      1. The judgments of God fall where they are needed
      2. Where there is the most guilt and wickedness - Eagles gather where there is a prey
      3. Christ’s glorious coming at the judgment
      4. Romans coming to destroy Jerusalem in AD 70 - Eagle symbol of Rome
        1. The proverb has a far wider significance, and is illustrated by the rush of avenging forces whenever the life of a nation has fallen into dissolution and decay.
      5. Rapture - Body is Christ; Eagles are the church
      6. Harvest - Eagles are interchangeable with angels
    2. Seeing two sets of mountains in the distance

 

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Follow-up Discussion Questions

  1. What is the significance of Jesus saying the Kingdom of God is “within” you?
  2. Do you understand the distinction between Jesus’ statements as a man while remaining fully God?
  3. How can we spot a false Christ?
  4. What are your beliefs regarding the rapture and Second Coming? Do you have questions regarding this?
  5. How does our day compare to the days of Noah and Lot? How do we as individuals compare with Noah and Lot?
  6. How can we keep from looking back? How can we keep our eyes looking forward?

 

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