Monday, April 28, 2008

Jesus visits Martha & Mary Bible Study

The Great Commission

Part 16 – Jesus visits Mary & Martha Bible Study

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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WHERE WE ARE AT

Jesus is Transfigured on the mountain

The Disciples fail to heal a boy because they lacked Faith

Jesus heals boy and rebukes the Disciples for their lack of Faith

Jesus Pays the Temple Tax

SCRIPTURE READING

Luke 10:38 – 42

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"

41 "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

INTRODUCTION

In examining the scripture here, we see that the theme is distinguishing the difference between WORKS and being a DOER OF THE WORD.

They can sometimes become confused and even appear the same to us.

We are warned in;

Proverbs 14:12

“There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.”

We MUST know the difference between being a DOER of the Word, and WORKS.

James 1:21 & 22

21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

We are told to be DOERS of the Word…not just hearers.

HOW DO WE DO THAT?

  1. Lay aside ALL filthiness and overflow of wickedness…
    1. Filthiness: Moral Impurity
    2. Overflow of Wickedness: increased evil which moral impurity leads to. These things fill our hearts, and unless they are laid aside, we can not be doers of the Word. These things CAN be laid aside, or it would not be commanded, but it can only come from the power of the Holy Spirit within us, which we receive upon Salvation in Christ alone. All things can be achieved through Christ in us!
  2. Receive the Word of God with Meekness…
    1. God seeks out the humble…but resists the proud.
    2. We are given a measure to begin with, a seed of faith in our hearts, (Jesus parable of the sower of the seed), we choose what we do with that which has been given to us.
  3. Which is able to save your souls…
    1. Only the Word can save a soul.

Be doers, not just hearers and deceive yourselves.

Some people think because they read the Bible, or listen to sermons that they are being doers of the Word…

But there is more to it than that.

If you believe that all you have to do to be a doer is listen or read the Word, you are deceiving yourself.

So how can we BE DOERS of the Word?

First off, what is the Word?

John 1:14

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Jesus is the Word…

So in essence, we must DO what Jesus commands us to do.

49 General Commands of Christ

What are 49 Ways to Love God and Others?

The theme of all Scripture is to love God with all of our hearts and to love one another. (See Matthew 22:40 and John 13:34.)

This is the greatest command. But there are many commands Christ has given us. To be “DOERS” of the Word, we must “DO” what Christ commands.

  1. Repent — Matthew 4:17 Humility
  2. Follow Me — Matthew 4:19 Meekness
  3. Rejoice — Matthew 5:12 Joyfulness
  4. Let Your Light Shine — Matthew 5:16 Generosity
  5. Honor God’s Law — Matthew 5:17–18 Love
  6. Be Reconciled — Matthew 5:24–25 Responsibility
  7. Do Not Commit Adultery — Matthew 5:29–30 Self-Control
  8. Keep Your Word — Matthew 5:37 Truthfulness
  9. Go the Second Mile — Matthew 5:38–42 — Regard for others
  10. Love Your Enemies — Matthew 5:44 Meet hate with Love
  11. Be Perfect — Matthew 5:48 Sincerity in practice
  12. Practice Secret Disciplines — Matthew 6:1–18 Faith
  13. Lay Up Treasures — Matthew 6:19–21 Thriftiness
  14. Seek God’s Kingdom — Matthew 6:33 Initiative
  15. Judge Not — Matthew 7:1 Discernment
  16. Do Not Cast Pearls — Matthew 7:6 Discretion
  17. Ask, Seek, and Knock — Matthew 7:7–8 Resourcefulness
  18. Do Unto Others — Matthew 7:12 Sensitivity
  19. Choose the Narrow WayMatthew 7:13–14 Decisiveness
  20. Beware of False Prophets — Matthew 7:15 Alertness
  21. Pray For Laborers — Matthew 9:38 Compassion
  22. Be Wise as Serpents — Matthew 10:16 Wisdom
  23. Fear God, Not Man — Matthew 10:26 Boldness
  24. Hear God’s Voice — Matthew 11:15 Attentiveness
  25. Take My Yoke — Matthew 11:29 Obedience
  26. Honor Your Parents — Matthew 15:4 Honor/Reverence
  27. Beware of Leaven (sin) — Matthew 16:6 Virtue
  28. Deny Yourself — Luke 9:23 Determination
  29. Despise Not Little Ones — Matthew 18:10 Tolerance
  30. Go to Offenders — Matthew 18:15 Justice
  31. Beware of Covetousness — Luke 12:15 Contentment
  32. Forgive Offenders — Matthew 18:21–22 Forgiveness
  33. Honor Marriage — Matthew 19:6 Loyalty
  34. Be a Servant — Matthew 20:26–28 Availability
  35. Be a House of Prayer — Matthew 21:13 Persuasiveness
  36. Ask in Faith — Matthew 21:21–22 Patience
  37. Bring in the Poor — Luke 14:12–14 Hospitality
  38. Render to Caesar — Matthew 22:19–21 Gratefulness
  39. Love the Lord — Matthew 22:37–38 Enthusiasm
  40. Love Your Neighbor — Matthew 22:39 Gentleness
  41. Await My Return — Matthew 24:42–44 Punctuality
  42. Take, Eat, and Drink — Matthew 26:26–27 Thoroughness
  43. Be Born Again — John 3:7 Security
  44. Keep My Commandments — John 14:15 Diligence
  45. Watch and Pray — Matthew 26:41 Endurance
  46. Feed My Sheep — John 21:15–16 Dependability
  47. Baptize My Disciples — Matthew 28:19
  48. Receive God’s Power — Luke 24:49
  49. Make Disciples — Matthew 28:20

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