Deuteronomy 5:16 – “Living a Life of Honor”

Deuteronomy 5:16

Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. (ESV)

INTRO:

First 4 Commandments– Our Vertical Relationship

Second 6 – Our Horizontal Relationships

  • KEY WORD IS RELATIONSHIPS

Foundation commandment for 1-4 is 1.

Foundational commandment for 5-10 is 5.

God has placed authority over us

Society

  • Rom 13:1-7 – The govt.
  • Titus 3:1 – Submissive to rulers and authorities.
  • 1 Peter 2:13 – Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution

Church

  • Heb. 13:7, 17 – within the church
  • 1 Peter 5:5 – Younger men with older men

Home

  • Deut 21:18-21
  • Ex. 21:15 & 17
  • Eph 5:1,15-17, 22-6:4
Acts 5:29-32 – WE ALWAYS OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MAN.

Honor your father and mother as your Lord your God commanded you

Honor – Weight and Glory.  Reverence, Respect and Obedience.

  • AND THEIR GOD PLACED AUTHORITY OVER OUR LIFE
  • Based on POSITION not PERFECTION

That your days may be long, that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you

Why should we honor out parents?

Ephesians 6:1–4 – [1] Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. [2] “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), [3] “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.

Colossians 3:20 – Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

  • SO THAT IT WILL GO WELL…IT IS RIGHT…IT PLEASES THE LORD

GO WELL WITH YOU IN THE LAND

  • So goes THIS…So goes THAT
  • Home – Church – Society
Our FOUNDATION for living in society is developed at HOME
STRENGTHENED at CHURCH
LIVED out in Society
IF I HONOR THEM…MY LIFE IS BLESSED.  It is a sign…THAT I GET IT

  • Spiritual Maturity
  • Sanctification
  • Growing and Changing in the Likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ
RELATIONSHIPS -RELATIONSHIPS – RELATIONSHIPS

THOUGHTS

SO MUCH IS TAUGHT AND LEARNED WITHIN THE HOME
  • Love and care for one another
  • What about true sacrifice
  • How to respect authority and guidance over our life
  • Learn how to work through issues (proper/biblical reconciliation)
  • Trusting in others
  • The blessing of submission and obedience

If you cannot show honor in your earthly relationships, you will not be able to show honor in your heavenly ones.

Kevin DeYoung (The 10 Commandments)

4 Words that help us honor our parents

Yes

  • Prompt and cheerful obedience.

Thank You

  • Say it.
  • Being a person of gratitude

I am sorry

  • VERY IMPORTANT WORDS FOR ALL RELATIONSHIPS

Hello

  • This really hits home as we get older.
  • TALK WITH THEM
  • Engage with them

DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW, BECAUSE YOU CANNOT GO BACK!

REMEMBER…TO HONOR OUR PARENTS IS TO HONOR THE LORD


SCRIPTURE:

Romans 13:1–7 – [1] Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. [2] Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. [3] For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, [4] for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. [5] Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. [6] For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. [7] Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. (ESV)

Titus 3:1–11 – [1] Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, [2] to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. [3] For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. [4] But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, [5] he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, [6] whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, [7] so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. [8] The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. [9] But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. [10] As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, [11] knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned. (ESV)

1 Peter 2:13–17 – [13] Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, [14] or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. [15] For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. [16] Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. [17] Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. (ESV)

Hebrews 13:7 – Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. (ESV)

Hebrews 13:17 – Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. (ESV)

1 Peter 5:5 – Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (ESV)

Ephesians 5:1 – Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. (ESV)

Ephesians 5:15–17 – [15] Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, [16] making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. [17] Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (ESV)

Ephesians 5:22–6:4 – [22] Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. [23] For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. [24] Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

[25] Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, [26] that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, [27] so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. [28] In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. [29] For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, [30] because we are members of his body. [31] “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” [32] This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. [33] However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

[1] Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. [2] “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), [3] “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” [4] Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (ESV)

Colossians 3:20 – Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. (ESV)

Matthew 5:38-48 – “Sacrifice & Love”

My sermon/teaching notes for Wednesday, Sept. 30th  Our current Wednesday Series is THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week please visit http://www.fbcap.net


Matthew 5:38-48 – “Sacrifice & Love”

Retaliation & Personal Sacrifice – vv. 38-42
Hatred & Love of Enemies – vv. 43 – 48

REMEMBER…

  • THE OLD FOCUS ON the action itself.
  • THE NEW FOCUSES ON the Attitude that produces the action
    • The heart. Get the heart right and the actions will follow
INSTEAD OF RETALIATION

This principle was in place to promote fair treatment when wrong had been done, but overtime it was used to condone retaliation and seeking out revenge.

  • Ex. 31:23-35 – [23] But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, [24] eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, [25] burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. (ESV)

Turn the other cheek – v. 39

  • VERY HARD TO DO…BUT JESUS IS OUR EXAMPLE
    •  This does not mean that if physically attacked we cannot defend ourselves, but rather the slap on the cheek refers to an insult
    • REMAIN HUMBLE, GENTLE.
    • Do not act out of anger and revenge.
  • 1 Peter 2:20–23 – [20] For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. [21] For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. [22] He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. [23] When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. (ESV)

Give up your coat – v. 40

  • At that time, you would go to court and the court could put your possessions as the fine.
  • Give up something valuable in order to right a wrong

Go the extra mile – v. 41

  • Roman soldiers were allowed ask citizens to carry their gear (they were very much disliked for this)
  • Go even further that you were asked.

Go and lend to those that ask – v. 42

  • Be willing to let go of your things.
  • Remember, all we have is a gift from God.
INSTEAD OF HATE

Love your enemies and pray for those that persecute you – v.44

  • Agape – A doing love, not a feeling love
  • Pray for
    • We stop hating someone when we begin to pray for them.
  • SO MANY WAYS WE CAN LOOK AT THIS….

So that we will grow and mature as sons of the Father – v. 45

  • As we respond biblically we grow and mature

Our life will be a Christlike testimony to others – vv. 46-47

  • What an incredible time to be A TESTIMONY TO THE GOSPEL
  • So many believers today are so vicious and mean spirited.
CONCLUSION

SO THAT WE MAY BE PERFECT (COMPLETE) – v. 48

  • All that God would have us to be
  • All that God is expecting us to be

Romans 12:9-21

  • LOVE, HOLD FAST, BE FERVENT, SERVE THE LORD, REJOICE IN HOPE, BE PATIENT, BE CONSTANT, CONTRIBUTE, BLESS, REJOICE, WEEP, LIVE IN HARMONY & LIVE PEACEABLY WITH ALL

Romans 12:9–21 – [9] Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. [10] Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. [11] Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. [12] Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. [13] Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

[14] Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. [15] Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. [16] Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. [17] Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. [18] If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. [19] Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” [20] To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” [21] Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (ESV)

Deuteronomy 5:12-15 “Rest, Remember, & Respond”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Sept. 27th as we walk through the book of Deuteronomy. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:45 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistavonpark/  We also provide the services through our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net

Deuteronomy 5:12–15 “Rest, Remember, and Respond”

THE COMMANDMENT STATED
(To God’s Chosen People of the Old Covenant)

12Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you.

Exodus 20:11 – [8] “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. [9] Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, [10] but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. [11] For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (ESV)

Exodus 31:16–17 – [16] Therefore the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever. [17] It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.’” (ESV)

The Sabbath was a sign of the Mosaic Covenant to the Nation of Israel

  • Rest from work
  • Remember who God is and what He has done.

God is God.  They can trust Him as His Covenant people.

  • If they listen
  • Trust and Obey
  • God will protect, guide, and provide (bless them)
REST

13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.

REMEMBER

15 You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. (ESV)

From the NT to Today
(God’s Chosen People of the New Covenant)

Augustine – In the OT the NT is concealed.  In the NT the OT is revealed.

  • Reveals the promised Messiah

Galatians 4:9–11 – [9] But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? [10] You observe days and months and seasons and years! [11] I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain. (ESV)

Colossians 2:16–17 – [16] Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. [17] These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. (ESV)

The Law reached its end and goal in Jesus Christ.

Luke 24:44–45 (Jesus to the disciples before His ascension)

[44] Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” [45] Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, (ESV)

CHRIST IS A FULFILLMENT OF THE SABBATH

  • Romans 10:4 – For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (ESV)

TO REST FROM WORK AND ENTER HIS REST (Spiritual Work and Spiritual Rest)

  • Hebrews 4:9–13 – [9] So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, [10] for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.  [11] Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. [12] For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. [13] And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (ESV)

SOME OBSERVATIONS.

  • In the NT the disciples gathered and worshiped on Sunday The Lord’s Day (Resurrection Sunday)
  • Early church followed the same pattern
  • NO WHERE IN THE NT do we see the 4th commandment mentioned.
  • NO WHERE IN PAUL’S WRITINGS do we see not observing the Sabbath as an issue.  He frequently listed sins within the church.
  • In the OT they were to
    • WORK then REST
  • In the NT we are to
    • Rest then Work

Spiritually we enter into the rest of Jesus Christ, so that we can live as His workmanship. – Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)

If not obligated, what then?

CONCLUSION

REST AND REMEMBER AND RESPOND

The creation story reminds us that rest is important.

  • Physical – Work hard then trust in God to meet your needs.
  • Spiritual – The 7th day…God was finished.  Rest in His completion.

Make “The Lord’s Day” a personal and family priority.

  • Hebrews 10:19–25 – [19] Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, [20] by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, [21] and since we have a great priest over the house of God, [22] let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. [23] Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. [24] And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, [25] not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (ESV)
  • Because of the assurance of our faith
  • We hold fast in our hope…not wavering
  • Considering each other in love and good works
  • NOT NEGLECTING THE MEETING TOGETHER
  • But, encourage one another…as we see the Day drawing near.

Respond to Him

WE GATHER TO REST FROM THE WEARINESS OF A BUSY WEEK, TO REMEMBER WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST, AND RESPOND TO THE WORD AS WE GATHER TO WORSHIP HIM!

WE SAY – God, Please give me rest. I need a break.

God SAYS – I ALREADY HAVE. HIS NAME IS JESUS.

Revelation 21:5 –7 – [5] And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” [6] And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. [7] The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. (ESV)

Matthew 5:32-37 “Oaths and Honesty”

My sermon/teaching notes for Wednesday, Sept. 23rd  Our current Wednesday Series is THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week please visit http://www.fbcap.net

Oaths & Honesty

Matthew 5:33–37 – [33] “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ [34] But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, [35] or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. [36] And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. [37] Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil. (ESV)

Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn – v. 33

Of old

  • This involved invoking God’s name, or substitutes for it, to guarantee the truth of one’s statements
  • Lev. 19:12, Numbers 30:2, Deut. 23:21

Swear Falsely, but shall perform

  • Do what you say you will be.
  • Honesty and integrity
But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all…v. 34
  • Using oaths to affirm truth.
    • Pharisee were experts of side-stepping truth
  • Jesus is forbidding
    • careless words
    • deceptive words
  • Not that an oath is evil, but that we WOULD NEED AN OATH to protect ones integrity.
Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil – v. 37
  • Simply…Yes or No.
  • Nothing mor should be needed
Application

Proverbs 12:22 – Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight. (ESV)

Philippians 4:8–9 – [8] Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. [9] What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (ESV)

1 Peter 3:10–12 (Ps. 34:12-14) “Whoever desires to love life and see good days let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; [11] let him turn away from evil and do good ;let him seek peace and pursue it. [12] For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (ESV)

Proverbs 10:9 – Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out. (ESV)

OUR WORDS SHOULD BE ENOUGH
BECAUSE
OUR CHARACTER SHOULD BE ENOUGH

Deuteronomy 5:11 “There is Something About That Name”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Sept. 19th as we walk through the book of Deuteronomy. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:45 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistavonpark/ We also provide the services through our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net

Deuteronomy 5:11 – You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

INTRO:

This verse should not take us too long to figure out.  The name of God is very important. Our usage of His name is very important and to be taken seriously.

Exodus 3:13-14 – [13] Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” [14] God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (ESV)

Matt 6:9 – Our Father in heaven, hallowed by Your name.

Therefore the why and how we reference His name should be taken very seriously and reverently.

Notice the text. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain

  • Vain – empty, worthless, no good purpose

Our Words matter, our words are powerful, and if not careful our words can be sinful.

  • James 3:8-10 –  but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. [9] With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. [10] From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

HIS NAME IN VAIN

Profane and Irreverent way
  • What we would call cursing.
  • Said out of anger and disgust
  • Crying out in sinful disbelief and questioning
  • To confirm a fact.  To make an oath.
  • “God on our lips and the devil in our hearts” – Thomas Watson
Flippant and Superficial way
  • Empty and meaningless phrases.
  • Words just rolling off our lips.
  • Not intending harm, but yet spoken
Hypocritical way
  • Claiming His name and acting differently
  • Professing one’s faith, yet not living the life
    • Titus 1:16 – They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.
    • Romans 2:24 –  For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”
  • Worship with our lips, yet not meaning them with our heart
    • Matthew 15:8-9 – This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; [9] in vain do they worship me
Authoritative way
  • Using His name to as a sign of authority, approval, and confirmation
    • “God has told me”
    • “God has given me a peace about it”
  • To confirm (As an oath – Matt 5:33)
    • “I swear to God”

HIS NAME TO PROCLAIM

Psalm 81:1 – Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob!

Psalm 29:1–2 – [1] Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. [2] Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.

Acts 4:11–12 – [11] This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. [12] And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (ESV)

Romans 10:11–13 – [11] For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” [12] For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. [13] For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (ESV)

Philippians 2:9–11 – [9] Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, [10] so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, [11] and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (ESV)

Bill and Gloria Gather – There Is Something About That Name

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus; there’s just something about that name

Master, Savior, Jesus; like the fragrance after the rain;

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, let all Heaven and Earth proclaim

Kings and Kingdoms will all pass away,

But there’s something about that name.


SCRIPTURE:

James 3:1–12 – [1] Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. [2] For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. [3] If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. [4] Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. [5] So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! [6] And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. [7] For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, [8] but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. [9] With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. [10] From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. [11] Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? [12] Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water. (ESV)

Titus 1:10–16 – [10] For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. [11] They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. [12] One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” [13] This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, [14] not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. [15] To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. [16] They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work. (ESV)

Romans 2:21–24 –[21] you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? [22] You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? [23] You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. [24] For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” (ESV)

Matthew 15:7–9 – [7] You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: [8] “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; [9] in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” (ESV)

Matthew 5:31-32 – “Divorce and Commitment”

My sermon/teaching notes for Wednesday, Sept. 16th  Our current Wednesday Series is THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week please visit http://www.fbcap.net

Matthew 5:31–32 – Divorce and Commitment

[31] “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.

Gen. 1:27 – So God created man in his own image,in the image of God he created him;male and female he created them. (ESV)

Gen. 2:24

  • Leave and Cleave
  • One man and one woman.  Forever

Deut. 24:2-4

  • Moses to the Israelites.

Mal. 2:14-16

  • God hates divorce
  • Divorce is just one OF THE MANY THINGS that God disapproves of.
  • Divorce is not the unpardonable sin.
[32] But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. (ESV)

Matthew 19:3–9 – [3] And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” [4] He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, [5] and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? [6] So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” [7] They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” [8] He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. [9] And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”

  • Whoever separates from their spouse except for sexual immorality commits adultery

1 Corinthians 7:10-16 – [12] To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. [13] If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. [14] For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. [15] But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace. [16] For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife? (ESV)

  • from your unbelieving spouse (the assumption is that one became a believer after the marriage)
  • But if the unbeliever leaves then the spouse is not bound

1 Corinthians 7:39–40 – [39] A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. [40] Yet in my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God. (ESV)

  • If your spouse passes away, then one is free to remarry.

GROUNDS FOR A BIBLICAL DIVORCE and or REMARRIAGE

  1. Sexual Immorality by your spouse.
  2. Abandonment by spouse
  3. Death

THINKING BIBLICALLY ABOUT MARRIAGE:

It Is God’s Plan (Gen. 1 & 2)

  • One Man and One Woman
  • As One Flesh
  • Not to be alone
  • Fill the earth

It is God’s Picture (of the Gospel)

  • Christ and the Church

Ephesians 5:22–33 – [22] Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. [23] For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

[25] Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, [26] that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, [27] so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. [28] In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. [29] For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, [30] because we are members of his body. [31] “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” [32] This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. [33] However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (ESV)

  • Christ’s Love For His Church
  • Sanctify Her (GROWING AND CHANGING)
  • Cleansed by the Word
  • Presented in splendor…spotless
  • IN THE SAME WAY…HUSBANDS LOVE YOUR WIFE
  • MARRIAGE IS A PICTURE OF LOVE, FAITHFULNESS, GROWTH

RATHER THAN DIVORCE…COMMITMENT


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Deuteronomy 5:8-10 – True Worship

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Sept. 13th as we walk through the book of Deuteronomy. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:45 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistavonpark/  We also provide the services through our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net

Deuteronomy 5:8–10 – True Worship

8 “‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

9 You shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,

10 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. (ESV)

INTRO:

1st Commandment is about worshiping the wrong God.

2nd Commandment is about worshipping God in the wrong way.

vv. 8-9a

8“‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 9a You shall not bow down to them or serve them;

DO NOT MAKE – DO NOT WORSHIP AND SERVE

  • We are not to make images to represent God in any form.
  • We are not to worship or serve those images.

God does not NEED to be represented by a created “object”

To Worship God, we do not NEED a created “object”

  • As if any man-made object can bring us closer to God, or represent God, or establish communion with God.
  • NO IMAGE CAN CAPTURE GOD’S GLORY.

Examples:

  • Golden Calf – Exodus 32:4-5
  • Ark of the Covenant – 1 Sam. 4:1-11
  • The Temple – Jer. 7:8-15
    • Worshiping God in the wrong way.
    • Using objects that represent God in the wrong way.

John 4:23- 24 (woman at the well) – God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and truth.

  • We should not need objects to help us worship God.
    • Because…
  • Our faith is internal not based on the external. (external … a tangible thing)
    • Because…
  • He is Spirit
    • Therefore…
  • We worship in Spirit and Truth

The danger of creating God into who we think he should be, rather that who He truly is.

  • Romans 1:22-23.  PROFESSING TO BE WISE THEY BECAME FOOLS.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:

God has already created a mediator…WE NEED NO OBJECTS.

  • OT – Prophet, Priest, and Kings
  • NT – JESUS

God and His Image

  • Gen. 1:26-27 – We were made to be like God in certain respects, but not to be God. He gave us dominion over all of the earth, and created us with a mind capable of creative thought and the ability to know Him
  • Col. 1:15 – Christ is the image of the invisible God. HE IS GOD. ALL THINGS WERE CREATED FOR HIM AND THROUGH HIM.

v. 9b-10

9b for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,

WE NEED TO TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY THE WORSHIP OF GOD.

He Is A Jealous God

  • God is not jealous of us, BUT JEALOUS FOR US.
  • WILL NOT SHARE HIS LOVE WITH ANOTHER

His jealousy is demonstrated by His judgment and by His Mercy

Visiting the iniquity …3rd and 4th generations

  • Not some spiritual curse that needs to be broken
  • Yet, the influence of our upbringing does impact our life

Those who hate me

  • Those who walk in the wicked ways of their ancestors.
  • THEY SHARE IN THE PUNISHMENT BECAUSE THEY SHARE IN THEIR SIN.
  • God’s judgement is upon those that do not acknowledge Him as God. (hate him)
  • “God is Love” is better to say than “God Loves You”

10 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Yet, show mercy to THOUSANDS…those that love Him and keep His commandments.

Psalm 103:17–18 – [17] But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, [18] to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. (ESV)

Experiencing/Embracing God’s mercy is for those who:

LOVE HIM

OBEY HIM

I obey (to obey is better than sacrifice – 1 Sam 15:22…when God rejected King Saul)

CONCLUSION:

True Worship =

  • Acknowledging Him as God (who He is)
  • Embracing His Love and Worshiping Him (acknowledge)
  • Trusting in His Word
  • Living For His Glory and Honor as We Obey Him
  • Receiving His Tremendous Blessings.
What is the first thing that pops in our mind when we think about
  • Worship
  • Attending a worship service
  • Singing at Church
  • Hearing the Word preached and taught
  • Coming together as the people of God

This will probably give us an indication about our understanding of TRUE WORSHIP.


SCRIPTURE:

Exodus 32:1–6 – [1] When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” [2] So Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” [3] So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. [4] And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” [5] When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the LORD.” [6] And they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play. (ESV)

1 Samuel 4:1–11 – Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines. They encamped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines encamped at Aphek. [2] The Philistines drew up in line against Israel, and when the battle spread, Israel was defeated before the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men on the field of battle. [3] And when the people came to the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the LORD defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD here from Shiloh, that it may come among us and save us from the power of our enemies.” [4] So the people sent to Shiloh and brought from there the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, who is enthroned on the cherubim. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.

[5] As soon as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel gave a mighty shout, so that the earth resounded. [6] And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shouting, they said, “What does this great shouting in the camp of the Hebrews mean?” And when they learned that the ark of the LORD had come to the camp, [7] the Philistines were afraid, for they said, “A god has come into the camp.” And they said, “Woe to us! For nothing like this has happened before. [8] Woe to us! Who can deliver us from the power of these mighty gods? These are the gods who struck the Egyptians with every sort of plague in the wilderness. [9] Take courage, and be men, O Philistines, lest you become slaves to the Hebrews as they have been to you; be men and fight.”

[10] So the Philistines fought, and Israel was defeated, and they fled, every man to his home. And there was a very great slaughter, for thirty thousand foot soldiers of Israel fell. [11] And the ark of God was captured, and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died. (ESV)

Jeremiah 7:8–15 – [8] “Behold, you trust in deceptive words to no avail. [9] Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, [10] and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’—only to go on doing all these abominations? [11] Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I myself have seen it, declares the LORD. [12] Go now to my place that was in Shiloh, where I made my name dwell at first, and see what I did to it because of the evil of my people Israel. [13] And now, because you have done all these things, declares the LORD, and when I spoke to you persistently you did not listen, and when I called you, you did not answer, [14] therefore I will do to the house that is called by my name, and in which you trust, and to the place that I gave to you and to your fathers, as I did to Shiloh. [15] And I will cast you out of my sight, as I cast out all your kinsmen, all the offspring of Ephraim. (ESV)

John 4:23–24 – [23] But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. [24] God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (ESV)

Romans 1:18–25 – [18] For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. [19] For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. [20] For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. [21] For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. [22] Claiming to be wise, they became fools, [23] and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

[24] Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, [25] because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. (ESV)

Genesis 1:24–26 – [24] And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. [25] And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

[26] Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (ESV)

Colossians 1:15–20 – [15] He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. [16] For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. [17] And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. [18] And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. [19] For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, [20] and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (ESV)

1 Samuel 15:22 – [22] And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. (ESV)

Matthew 5:27–30 – Lust and Purity

My sermon/teaching notes for Wednesday, Sept. 9th.  Our current Wednesday Series is THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week please visit http://www.fbcap.net

Matthew 5:27–30 – Lust and Purity

The Act of Adultery – v. 27

[27] “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’

  • Do not have sex outside the will and desire of the Lord.
  • Outside the covenant relationship of marriage.
  • God created sex and God protects sex.
  • A gift from God…for our good and His glory.
  • Satan’s tactic is to use what God says and turns it into a lie

1 Corinthians 6:15–20 – [15] Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! [16] Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” [17] But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. [18] Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. [19] Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, [20] for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (ESV)

The Desire of the Heart – v. 28

[28] But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

  • The Law Says….But Christ was more concerned with the reason behind the act, not just the act itself. (WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO)
  • LOOKS – glare, A look to feed a sinful desire…LUST
    • A WILLFUL LOOK.  A look with an intent.
    • The look can lead to the act, but the look is not the act.
    • 2 Sam. 11:1-4 – David and Bathsheba.
  • As we feed the appetite it will lead to an action.

The Spiritual Transformation – v. 29-20

[29] If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. [30] And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

  • Be aware
    • Of you – Self examination. IS MY HEART CLEAN. AM I CLOSE TO THE LORD. AM I PRACTICING THE DAILY DISCIPLINES.
    • Of your surroundings (what we feed will grow…good and bad)
    • John 17:15–19 – [15] I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. [16] They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. [17] Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. [18] As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. [19] And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. (ESV)
  • Be intentional
    • 1 Corinthians 9:24–27 – [24] Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. [25] Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. [26] So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. [27] But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (ESV)
  • Be Radical (Sacrificial) (WHATEVER IT TAKES)
    • Sacrificing something for the whole.
    • Count and Consider the cost
    • Deal with it immediately

The solution to sexual sin is not external because the problem does not start externally.  It starts in the heart, so the ultimate solution is internal… the HEART.

RADICAL AMPUTATION = RADICAL TRANSFORMATION
Sacrifice – Obedience – Blessing

Deuteronomy 5:6-7 – God and God Alone

Deuteronomy 5:6-7 – God and God Alone

[6] “‘I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

[7] “‘You shall have no other gods before me. (ESV)


My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Sept. 6th as we walk through the book of Deuteronomy. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:45 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistavonpark/  We also provide the services through our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net

INTRO:
  • By Jewish tradition there are 613 laws in the Pentateuch (Gen-Deut)
  • While not binding they are important, and their teaching is the basis of TRUE BIBLICAL RELATIONSHIPS…GOD and OTHERS. (Mat. 22:34-40 – Love God and Love others)
  • They reveal our true heart.  Jesus and the rich ruler. Mark 10:17-22
  • The 10 lay the foundation for the 613.
  • The 1st commandment is the foundational commandment for all other commandments and law.
  • WITHOUT A TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF GOD AND A PROPER RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM…NOTHING ELSE WILL MATTER.
  • Remember, the statues, rules, and law were given to encourage and teach a proper covenantal relationship with God and with others (vertical and horizontal)

THEREFORE…Commandment 1 is crucial AS WE UNDERSTAND:

  1. Who God is
  2. What God has done
  3. How we must respond.

Who God Is – v. 6a

I AM

  • Moses at the burning bush – Exodus 3
  • Holy, Unique
  • Jesus and the 7 I Am’s in John’s Gospel.

LORD your God

  • Personal
  • Sovereign, Righteous Ruler

Our faith is not grounded on how hard we believe in something, but in WHOM we believe (Kevin DeYoung)

What He Has Done – v. 6b

Who brough YOU

  • Chosen, Set Apart, His Special People
  • Exodus . 2:24 – “Heard their groaning and remembered His Covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob”
  • OT – The Nation of Israel
  • NT – Believers/The Church (believers are the church)

OUT OF  the Land of Egypt out of the House of Slavery

  • Delivered
    • These words are not WORD OVER A CONQUERED FOE, BUT RATHER THESE COMMANDMENTS ARE FOR THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN REDEEMED.
  • From Bondage
  • Deliverance was and is not impossible on their own.

Romans 6:6–7 – [6] We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. [7] For one who has died has been set free from sin. (ESV)

Galatians 5:1 – For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (ESV)

Shane and Shane – “Liberty”

For freedom You set me free
And yes, I am free indeed
You rewrote my name
And unshackled my shame
You opened my eyes to see
I am free

DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME:

  • OT – Celebration of the Passover was a reminder to the people
  • NT – Celebration of the Lord’s Supper is a reminder to His people.

How We Must Respond – v. 7

You shall have no other gods before me

Joshua 24:14 – Joshua renewing the covenant in Shechem

1 King 18:21 – Elijah at Mt. Carmel.

Matt. 6:24 – No one can serve two masters.

NOT AND

  • And Baal, And Asherah, and Money
  • TODAY….AND. AND. AND

BUT GOD ALONE.


CONCLUSION: God Alone = Jesus Alone

At Mt. Sinai – GOD IS GOD ALONE

At Mt of Transfiguration – THIS IS MY BELOVED SON…LISTEN TO HIM

Mark 9:2–8 – [2] And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, [3] and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. [4] And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. [5] And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” [6] For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. [7] And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” [8] And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only. (ESV)

OT – LISTEN and OBEY…BECAUSE YOU KNOW, LOVE, FEAR, TRUST.

NT – LISTEN and OBEY…BECAUSE YOU KNOW, LOVE, FEAR, TRUST.

1 Cor 8:4-6 – Paul to the church of Corinth

[4] Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” [5] For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”—[6] yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. (ESV)


SCRIPTURE:

Matthew 22:34–40 – [34] But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. [35] And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. [36] “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” [37] And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. [38] This is the great and first commandment. [39] And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. [40] On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (ESV)

Mark 10:17–22 – [17] And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” [18] And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. [19] You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” [20] And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” [21] And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” [22] Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. (ESV)


John 6:35 – I am the bread of Life

“No one who comes to Me will ever hunger and thirst again.”

John 8:12 – I am the light of the world

“He who follows Me will not walk in darkness.”

John 10:7 – I am the door of the sheep

“If anyone enters by Me he will be saved and go and find pasture.”

John 10:15 – I am the great shepherd

“I know My own and My own know Me.”

John 11:25 – I am the resurrection and the life

“He who believes in Me will never die.”

John 14:6 – I am the way, the truth, and the life

“No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

John 15:1 – I am the true vine

“He who abides in Me will bear much fruit.”


Romans 6:6–7 – [6] We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. [7] For one who has died has been set free from sin. (ESV)

Galatians 5:1 – For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (ESV)

Joshua 24:14–15 – [14] “Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. [15] And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (ESV)

1 Kings 18:21 – [21] And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word. (ESV)

Matthew 6:24 – [24] “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. (ESV)