Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Commands of Christ – Part 9: Despise not little ones, go to offenders, beware of covetousness and forgive offenders

The Commands of Christ – Part 9:
Despise not little ones, go to offenders, beware of covetousness and forgive offenders
HOFC - Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | www.PS127.org | www.TruthDigest.org

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SERMON INTRODUCTION
Matthew 28:18-20
 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nationsbaptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


SERMON SERIES
Part 9 – Despise not little ones, go to offenders, beware of covetousness and forgive offenders
Part 10 – Honor marriage, be a servant, be a house of prayer and ask in faith
Part 11 – Bring in the poor, render to Caesar, love the Lord and love your neighbor
Part 12 – Await my return, take communion, be born again and keep my commands
Part 13 – Watch and pray, feed my sheep, baptize my disciples
Part 14 – Receive God’s power and make disciples

TODAY’S SERMON
Despise not little ones, go to offenders, beware of covetousness and forgive offenders

SCRIPTURE READING
Jesus is giving this command, to Preach, Baptize and Teach, to everyone who is a follower of Christ Jesus.  Then to the disciples, and today to His disciples.

       I.            DESPISE NOT THESE LITTLE ONES
a.      Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?
                                                             i.      At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!

10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. – Matthew 18:1-7; 10

b.     So what is Jesus saying here?
                                                             i.      Unless you change
1.      Become like little children
2.      Or you will never enter the kingdom of heaven

                                                          ii.      Therefore (if you change) you take the humble position of a child
1.      You will be considered the greatest in the kingdom of heaven!


c.      You in essence become a CHILD of God
                                                             i.      Whoever welcomes a child of God, welcomes Jesus
1.      This works both ways!

                                                          ii.      IF anyone causes one who believes in Jesus to stumble –
1.      It would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and drowned in the depths of the sea

                                                       iii.      Woe because stumbling will happen, but woe to the one who brings these things

   II.            GO TO OFFENDERS
a.      If a brother or sister sins
                                                             i.      15 “If your brother or sister [believer in Christ] sins against you, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. – Matthew 18:15-17


b.     The rules here are clear
                                                             i.      If a BELIEVER sins against you
1.      We are NOT called to correct those outside of the church
2.      Of course they will sin against you, they don’t know any better, don’t have Christ, or the Holy Spirit, and can’t keep from sinning!

                                                          ii.      Go point out the sin between the two of you.
1.      Not, run to pastor
2.      Go tell others in the church
3.      Gossip to others about this person’s sin
4.      Go to them, just the two of you!

                                                       iii.      If they will not listen, THEN take one or two from the church
                                                        iv.      If they still wont listen THEN tell the elders or pastor
                                                           v.      If they won’t listen to the elders and pastor, then they will be treated like a pagan (non-believer) or tax collector.


c.      What does that mean?
                                                             i.      You are not required to have a relationship with a pagan or tax-collector

                                                          ii.      You can end your friendship, HOWEVER, you MAY NOT seek revenge
1.      Pay back, get even, or any other childish thing, such as gossip or slander the person, be mean to or towards, or hateful to the person, regardless of their behavior.
2.      You must look at them as un-saved, and treat them as you would any other lost soul

                                                       iii.      A sinner who does not stop sinning must be cast out of the congregation. Paul makes it clear to expel the wicked from among you.
1.      Not every sinner is “wicked”
2.      Many people struggle with sin, that is all of us.
3.      But the wicked KNOW what they do is sin, and instead of confronting it, and struggling to hand it over to God, they try to hide it, continue seeking it, living in it, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a tare among the wheat, a servant of Satan.
4.      THOSE are the ones who must be expelled, not the typical Christian who has faults they struggle with and try to correct.


III.            BEWARE OF COVETOUSNESS
a.      Be on guard
                                                             i.      “he (Jesus) said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” – Luke 12:15

b.     Guard yourselves against greed (all kinds)
                                                             i.      One of the biggest issues I see with the younger kids today is KUWTJ syndrome (Keeping up with the jones’
                                                          ii.      Always wanting the newest, fastest, biggest, strongest, coolest, brightest, tallest, etc..
                                                       iii.      Also referred to as the “One-Uppers”, if you have 10, they must have 11


c.      Their mind is set on worldly possessions
                                                             i.      But Jesus says, “…life does not consist in an abundance of possessions”
                                                          ii.      Sorry all of you prosperity preachers.
                                                       iii.      We need to set our minds on heavenly things, for where our treasure lies, so also is our heart.

                                                        iv.      There are people in third world countries at this very minute, who sleep on dirt floors and don’t even have windows in their mud houses, and they are living a happier life, more abundant and filled with peace and joy than some of you.

                                                           v.      How can this be?
1.      They have set their hearts on heavenly things, and on our Father through Jesus Christ, who gives the desires of our hearts!
2.      Why do we always assume the desires of our hearts are worldly possessions and money?
3.      For some of us it may be, remember we talked a few weeks ago about how our Father gives us what is good, not always what we think we want.

                                                        vi.      You may think money would bring happiness, so you pray, but if your Father in heaven sees your prayer as a stone, he will send you bread.
                                                     vii.      The real desires of our hearts, even if we don’t recognize it, is peace, love, contentment, and above all, a close relationship with our Father in heaven!
                                                   viii.      Jesus wants that for us!


IV.            FORGIVE OFFENDERS
a.      How many times do we forgive?
                                                             i.      Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. – Matthew 18:21-22

b.     The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
                                                             i.      23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” – Matthew 18:23-35

c.      This is how
                                                             i.      Unless you forgive your brother or sister (follower of Christ) from your heart, you will be considered WICKED, you will find yourself in jail, tortured to pay back the debt you owe that was paid for you!
                                                          ii.      The ORDER of things;
                                                       iii.      You owe a debt because of sin, the debt is eternal damnation
                                                        iv.      You cried out to Christ and begged the debt be removed (Salvation)
                                                           v.      Our Master forgave your debt
                                                        vi.      If a believer asks you for forgiveness, you MUST grant it
                                                     vii.      Or risk losing your forgiveness.
They key here is the “asking” part.
To ask for forgiveness means;
·        They are acknowledging (confessing) they sinned
·        They are repenting (you can’t ask forgiveness if you are still doing the sin)
·        You MUST forgive from your heart as Christ forgave you!

Jesus is clear, the one who did not forgive when asked forgiveness was called “wicked”
He wasn’t struggling with a sin, he was disobeying a command of Christ, to forgive when asked.

CONCLUSION
Matthew 28:18-20
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus promises His us, while we are obeying His commands to preach, baptize and teaching others to obey His commands, He will be with us to the end of this age!

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

The Commands of Christ – Part 8: Take my yoke, honor your parents, beware of leaven, and deny yourself

The Commands of Christ – Part 8:
Take my yoke, honor your parents, beware of leaven, and deny yourself
HOFC - Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | www.PS127.org | www.TruthDigest.org

This Document is a Sermon Outline, you may hear the full audio of the actual sermon by following the link Online Audio Files located above for this, and other Full Sermon Audios.  For a complete list of Sermon Outlines, visit TruthDigest.org, or Truth Digest on facebook; for our Official Church website, visit PS127.org, or find us on facebook at House of Faith Church

SERMON INTRODUCTION
Matthew 28:18-20
 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nationsbaptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


SERMON SERIES
Part 8 – Take my yoke, honor your parents, beware of leaven, and deny yourself
Part 9 – Despise not little ones, go to offenders, beware of covetousness and forgive offenders
Part 10 – Honor marriage, be a servant, be a house of prayer and ask in faith
Part 11 – Bring in the poor, render to Caesar, love the Lord and love your neighbor
Part 12 – Await my return, take communion, be born again and keep my commands
Part 13 – Watch and pray, feed my sheep, baptize my disciples
Part 14 – Receive God’s power and make disciples

TODAY’S SERMON
Take my yoke, honor your parents, beware of leaven, and deny yourself

SCRIPTURE READING
Jesus is giving this command, to Preach, Baptize and Teach, to everyone who is a follower of Christ Jesus.  Then to the disciples, and today to His disciples.

       I.            TAKE MY YOKE
a.      Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30


b.     We are incapable of doing it ourselves
                                                             i.      The 10 commands make it clear we cannot live up to God’s standards
                                                          ii.      It is impossible

                                                       iii.      The Word tells us what the penalty is for not living up to God’s standards, eternal damnation
1.      There are laws in this country you may not like or agree with
2.      That will not save you if you break them
3.      Penalties will be paid

                                                        iv.      Unlike the world legal system which is imperfect, God is the perfect and righteous Judge, paying to each what is due him on Judgement Day, without prejudice, for He is no respecter of persons.

                                                           v.      So what do we do about not being able to live up to God’s standards?
1.      This dilemma points us to Christ, the savior
2.      THAT is what He saves us from, the penalty of our sin


c.      So trust in Him
                                                             i.      Acknowledge He is God
                                                          ii.      Believe He died and rose again for payment of your debt

                                                       iii.      Confess your sins to Him

                                                        iv.      Repent and be forgiven

                                                           v.      Trust in Him and He will give you His Holy Spirit
1.      With that comes a foretaste of Glory, here on earth
2.      Holy Spirit intercessor to God
3.      Holy Spirit to guide so we walk in the Spirit not our flesh
4.      Full Armor of God to fight our Spiritual Battles
5.      Spiritual fruits to draw others to Him
6.      Spiritual Gifts to build, lift, edify, strengthen the Body of Christ, which IS the Church (People)
7.      Listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and He will lead


   II.            HONOR YOUR PARENTS
a.      “Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
“‘These people honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
    their teachings are merely human rules.’”
10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. 11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” Matthew 15:3-11

b.     What is honoring parents
                                                             i.      Honoring your father and mother is being respectful in word and action and having an inward attitude of esteem for their position.

                                                          ii.      The Greek word for honor means “to revere, prize, and value.” Honor is giving respect not only for merit but also for rank.


                                                       iii.      Children of all ages should honor their parents, regardless of whether or not their parents “deserve” honor.


c.      Why it’s important
                                                             i.      First of all, because Christ commands us to
                                                          ii.      Honor is like Grace, given even if not deserved

                                                       iii.      You may not be able to honor a persons actions or words, but you must honor their position of authority

                                                        iv.      This teaches children at a very young age, honoring authority
1.      Parents are a picture of authority
2.      Authority of adults, teachers, police, government, all the way up to God
3.      We are to respect the position

                                                           v.      “But, my government is evil!” Doesn’t matter.
1.      Daniel worked in the government of Babylon

2.      Daniel served under Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar and Darius.
a.      Nebuchadnezzar conquered Judah and destroyed Jerusalem
b.     Belshazzar named after a Babylonian god
c.      Darius threw Daniel in the lion’s den
d.     Yet, Daniel worked for their governments and honored their positions, at the same time, did not turn against God!

                                                        vi.      We honor, respect the position regardless of anything else, because the Lord commanded us to!

III.            BEWARE OF LEAVEN
a.      “When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread. “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring any bread.”
Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 11 How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Matthew 16:5-12

b.     What leaven represents in scripture
                                                             i.      Leaven represents sin and false teachings


c.      The dangers of it
                                                             i.      Like leaven (yeast) a little bit in the bread grows
                                                          ii.      In sin and teaching, a little lie will grow much
                                                       iii.      Nearly all sins start off as small seemingly inconsequential little things, yet, if not dealt with, over time grow to an alarming size.
                                                        iv.      Therefore, beware false teachings and little sins!


IV.            DENY YOURSELF
a.      Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” Luke 9:23-26


b.     The battle between self and God
                                                             i.      The Lord tells us how to rid ourselves of leaven, by denying ourselves
                                                          ii.      Sin is the food of the fleshes desire, the flesh needs to be starved out
                                                       iii.      By denying our flesh, and feeding our spirit (through prayer, reading the word, fellowship, church, etc.) our spirit becomes stronger, flesh weaker, and the lure of sin will not have control over you because the Spirit will be stronger


c.      Denying self is following the Spirit
                                                             i.      Even Jesus was tempted
                                                          ii.      Temptation still comes, tried to get into your life, tries to plant itself
                                                       iii.      But resist the devil and he will flee
                                                        iv.      Feed the spirit, and you will overcome
                                                           v.      Deny the flesh its desires and it will become weak
                                                        vi.      Feed your spirit, and it will become strong

CONCLUSION
Matthew 28:18-20
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus promises His us, while we are obeying His commands to preach, baptize and teaching others to obey His commands, He will be with us to the end of this age!

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