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Compassion for People

 

Mark 8:1-9

 

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Intro – Jesus is a compassionate Savior. The word compassion in our text is closely related to mercy, pity and sympathy.  It tells us a lot about Jesus.  Heb.4:15-16

 

 

 

I. We see the people had a need for food.

 

A. They were doing what Jesus said we should do, put Him first.   Lk.12:29-31

 

B.  If He meets the needs of the animals and plants certainly He will meet your need.

 

C. Jesus saw this physical need and took care of it because He had compassion on them.

 

 

 

II. Jesus sees our spiritual need also. Mt.9:36-38

 

A. He again acts out of compassion for us. Rom.5:8, Lk.19:41-44

 

B. He came to rescue and lead us.  Lk.19:10, Rom.10:13, Rev.7:17, Jn.14:6

 

 

 

III. What does Christ expect of us?  Matt.9:13

 

A. Do you have compassion for others?  Lk.10:33

 

B. Do not be like the Pharisees.  Mt.23:13, 23

 

C. Follow Christ’s example. 

 

1. Care about the needy.  James 2:14,17

 

2. Care about the lost. Jn.3:16

 

 

 

Con. Make sure you have come to Christ for salvation then reach out in compassion to others. Love others enough to give up personal rights, time, money, in order to win them to Christ.

 

 

MAKE IT RIGHT

 

Matthew 5:20-26

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Intro – Jesus was teaching that believers needed to live out the word of God in their lives if they were going to be a light to the world. Mt.5:14-16. 

The law Moses gave them from God was good but insufficient in bringing salvation. Mt.5:17, Rom.3:20, 28

 

 I. Some believe when Christ came He did away with the Law. (20)

 

A. They misunderstand Jn.1:17

 

B.  Jesus makes it clear that the law has not been abolished.   Mt.5:17

 

    1. We cannot ignore the law just because we are under grace.  Rom.6:1-2

 

    2. On the other hand we accept that Christ has fulfilled it for us.   Rom.8:3-4

 

C. With His Spirit in us we follow His commands and let our  light shine.

 

1. Sometimes we fail in our efforts, we still sin.  1Jn.1:8

 

2. When that happens we need to be honest about it.   1Jn.2:4-6

 

II. God sees what man cannot. (21-22)

 

A.  Don’t try to fool God, he knows your thoughts.

 

B.  To desire something in your heart is as bad as doing it.   Mt.5:28

 

III. Relationships need to be restored.  (23-26)

 

A.  Your relationship to God. Faith is necessary        Heb.11:6

 

B.  Your relationship to others. “against you” vs 23

 

C.  An offering before the altar = can refer to communion. You  are offering yourself as an example of one who is  following Christ.

 

1. Reconcile first then take communion.

 

2. If you do not, you bring damnation on yourself.   1Cor. 11:27-29,  Mt.18:20

 

 Con.   So who then is ready for communion?  Those who have  confessed and repented of sin, and accepted by faith the finished work of Jesus. 

If you have not, do so now and join the others who have done likewise.

 

LIKE HIS TEACHER

 

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June 17th, 2016

 

 

 

Intro – the “golden rule” of Luke 6:31 is at the center of what Jesus is teaching here. The verses we are talking about today are just 2 principals of the many that Jesus taught with the “golden rule” as the underlying principal. We can also see how this applies to training up our children to follow Christ.

 

 

 

I. You must have spiritual sight to lead others spiritually.  (39)

 

A. This is of course applied to the spiritual leaders (Pharisees).

 

1. They teach a false message. Lk.12:51, James 4:4, 1Jn.4:1, 3 1Jn.2:22, 2Jn.1:9-11

 

2. Pastors will be accountable.  Heb.13:17, Lk.12:48

 

B. The same principal applies to fathers.

 

1. Children need guidance.  Prov.22:6

 

2. Children who believe what is false will perish with the parents who taught them.                                                                                                                                               2Thes.2:10-12

 

 

 

II. If you don’t obey the Lord, don’t expect your children to.  (40)

 

A. Practice what you teach, don’t be a hypocrite.  Matt.15:7-8

 

B. Children will see through you.  Eph.6:4

 

 

 

III. Your children will follow your example.  (40)

 

A. This is true of Jesus and His disciples.  Jn.13:15, 1Pet.2:21, 1Jn.2:6

 

B.  It will be true of you and your children. Titus 2:6-8

 

 

 

Con. Sadly, there are no re-do’s when it comes to raising your children. If you have not taught them by   example to put God first in their lives before they leave home, it will take an act of God to change      them.  The question isn’t will they follow your example, they will!  The question is what kind of       example are you giving them to follow?

 

 

LEFT EVERYTHING

 

Luke 5 1-11

 

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Intro –Something happened to make the disciples leave everything and follow Christ. Miracles have a way of changing a person’s mind set. God has worked miracles in your life, when you recognize them will you be willing to leave all and follow Christ?

 

 

 

I. Before the miracle the word of God was being preached. (1-3)

 

A. People had a desire to hear and learn about God. Matt.5:6

 

B. Those who seek the Lord will see His work in their lives. Jn.11:4,40,  Acts 28:6, Ps 66:3-5

 

 

 

II. The miracle.  (4-7)

 

A. God will challenge us to take a step of faith.

 

B. Humanly speaking it was no use but he obeyed the word of the Lord. (5) Jn.14:15

 

C. His commands may very well go against human wisdom, science, etc.  Prov.3:5-6

 

D. If we walk in obedience to the word of the Lord we will see the hand of God in our lives. Lk 12:31

 

 

 

III. After the miracle, Peter saw Christ differently.  (8-11)

 

A. He saw the power of God over nature. Co.1:16-17

 

B. He saw Jesus for who He was, “Lord”. Luke 5:24

 

C. Understanding Christ and His word will cause us to see ourselves for who we are. Sinners! (8) Lk. 12:5, Rom.3:10, 23,  Rom.7:24

 

D. Having a right relationship with Christ removes fear. 1Jn.1:9, 1Jn.4:17-18

 

 

Con. Have you seen yourself as a sinner in the presence of a holy God? If you have you will cry out for forgiveness and seek to follow Him.  Everything else can go, just give me Jesus.

 

ESTABLISHED

 

1Peter 5:6-11

 

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Intro.  To be established in your faith is to be set, unmovable, firm in your convictions. For that to be the case certain things must happen in your life.  Many of us may have faith but to what degree has your faith grown?  Those with a strong faith have come to know certain  things.

 

 

 

I. They know what they must do to make faith strong. (6)

 

A. Humble yourself, if you don’t God will do it for you. vs 5, Matt.23:12,  exalted  (vs 4)

B. Turn our worries over to the Lord.  (7)  Ps.55:22, Ps.37:5, 1Tim.4:7-8

 

C. Have a clear mind so you can be alert.  1Pet 1:13, Phil.4:8-9

 

D. Resist the devil.  Know how he operates and what he is up to.  James 4:7, James 1:14-15

 

 

 

II. They know the enemy. (8)

 

A.  Satan is your enemy, he will do all he can to destroy your faith. Matt.13:25, Mt.6:24

 

B.  Faithfulness  in times of trial is what defeats Satan.  James 4:8, Eph.4:27

 

 

 

 

 

III. They know what God is doing. (9-10)

 

A. He allows us to be tested.  1Cor.10:13, 2Tim.2:10

 

B. He is perfecting us. 1Pet.1:7, Phil.1:6, James 1:4

 

C. He is confirming us. Heb.3:14

 

D. He is strengthening us.  2Thess.3:3, Eph.6:10

 

 

Con. The end result is that we will be established in the faith.   We are established by the Scriptures in order to glorify Christ. Rom.16:25-27

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