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Rhythms  - REFORM

2 Kings 22:8-13

"The illiterate of the future are not those that cannot read or write. They are those that can not learn, unlearn, relearn." -- Alvin Toffler

Change is part of the rhythm of everyday life.

  • Quit Smoking
  • Spend more time with your kids
  • Get back in the garden
  • Lose Weight
  • Start praying

But I don’t want to use the word “change” to talk about today’s rhythm. 

I want to talk about a specific sort of change “REFORM”.

Reform is the sort of change that comes from a rediscovery of God’s Word.

1. What is “Reform?”

Reform is a special sort of change.

Reform is the sort of change that comes from a rediscovery of God’s Word.

In our story today … they literally find the Bible.

But sometimes it’s a rediscovery of what the Bible says about a certain area.

2.  The Story of Josiah

  • About 640 BC
  • Started reigning when he was 8 years old
    • Grandpa was Manasseh
      • Idols everywhere
      • Put idols in the temple
      • Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another, besides the sin that he made Judah to sin so that they did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. ” (2 Kings 21:16, ESV)
      • Dad, Amon, wasn’t much better
        • Amon’s servants killed him
      • It looked like there was about to be a civil war, but they put young Josiah up as king
  • He reigned 18 years without much change
  • At age 26, in the 18th year of his reign, he decided to rebuild the temple. (v.3)
  • His goal wasn’t to reform worship
    • He didn’t know any different
    • Grandpa & Dad both worshipped many gods
    • The temple had “always” been trashed
    • He just thought it was worth rebuilding
  • v.4-7 use money that had been gathered over the years to repair
  • v.8 – Hilkiah the high priest finds the Book of the Law
    • This is probably Deuteronomy
    • Probably lost during the reign of Manassah
  • Shaphan the secretary brings it to Josiah
    • “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book”
      • Understatement of the year!
      • A BOOK?
      • All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. ” (2 Timothy 3:16–17, ESV)
  • v.11 – Josiah tears his clothes
    • sign of repentance
    • Listen to what he was hearing:
    • Deut 28 – Blessings & Curses
    • Deut 30 – choice of life & death

“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” (Deuteronomy 30:15–20, ESV)

  • V.13 – Inquire of the Lord!
    • Pray
    • “For great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.”
  • v. 2 Josiah read the book of the Covenant
  • v.3 Stood by the pillar and made a covenant with the Lord to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book.  And all the people joined in the covenant.
    • A covenant is an agreement between God and His people
    • God will be your God
    • You will be His people
  • Goes out and starts destroying idols
    • Some dated all the way back to Solomon (v.13)
    • The two golden calves that were made right after Solomon when Israel & Judah split in half (v.15ff)
  • v.21 – Celebrate the Passover
    • No Passover had been celebrated since the time of Joshua
    • Passover is a sign of God’s mercy
      • First born in each house would be killed
      • Lamb is killed instead

2 Kings 23 “Josiah’s Reforms”

3.  Josiah’s “Changes” Were REFORMS.

Not just random

Not to advance his political career or win battles.

-          Some of these changes probably made him very unpopular

-          They cost a lot of money

-          His entire career was spent doing nothing else

No motive other than simple obedience to the Word of God.

4.  This has been the Pattern of Reform Through History

Reform is the sort of change that comes from a rediscovery of God’s Word.

Luther

Nothing in it for him other than obedience to the Word of God.

5.  Reform Today

Reform is the sort of change that comes from a rediscovery of God’s Word.

-          We haven’t “lost” the Bible

-          ESV Study Bible App

A.  The Bible is Concrete … Everything Else is Wet Cement

Concrete – Unchangeable

  • The Gospel
  • The sovereignty of God
  • Trinity
  • Sin and Salvation
  • Jesus is the Son of God, born of a virgin
  • Death and resurrection
  • Apostle’s Creed

Wet Cement – Negotiable

ü  Personal Preferences

ü  Taste

  • Drums
  • Music style
  • Clothing / Hats

ü  Formats

  • How we do communion
    • Used to be a full meal
    • How services are arranged

ü  Buildings

ü  Language

  • Transfer from Dutch to English

B.  Everything Falls into 3 Categories

-          Concrete

-          Wet Cement

-          Demolish Immediately

For Josiah

-          Concrete

  • The Word of God
  • The Passover
  • Prayer
  • Repentance

-          Wet Cement

  • People collecting money at the doors of the temple
  • That was a change that came from a king 200 years earlier named Joash
  • Not in the Bible … but allowable.

-          Demolish Immediately

  • Idolatry
  • Solomon’s Altar to Chemoth

Today what is Concrete / Wet Cement / To Be Destroyed?

Story from Faith – THE WHITE BOARD

23 problems / concerns

2 sides of the white board - Biblical Truth or Personal Preference

Goal here is to never change the message while we follow Jesus on His mission.

My personal mission statement is to proclaim the unchanging message of Jesus to a changing world.

Concrete = The Gospel

Wet Cement = Personal Taste

To Be Destroyed =

ü  Apathy

ü  Prayerlessness

ü  Disunity 

ü  Sexual Immorality

6.  Where Are We Going?

“Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. ” (Colossians 1:28–29, ESV)

What do Spiritual Wanderers Need So That They Can Be Presented “Mature in Christ”?

  • To be prayed for
  • To have the Gospel shared in a way that makes sense
  • Old wounds from the church healed
  • Old stereotypes of Christians to be overcome
  • They need a crystal clear presentation of who Jesus is, in a language they can understand.
  • Jesus presented perfect because of obedience to His mission from God
  • Peter & Paul
  • Sacrifice self
  • Accommodate Life to the Mission

What do We (people at CGS) Need So That We Can Be Presented “Mature in Christ”?

7.  How To Stay Together During Reforms

#1 Agree that Jesus is the Lord of the Church and that the Bible Alone is Concrete

#2 Admit that Everything Else is Wet Cement

-          Gets old and brittle sometimes if it isn’t stirred up

#3 Have a Humble & Prayerful Attitude

COMMUNION as RENEWAL OF COVENANT

 

Rhythms  - REFORM

2 Kings 22:8-13

"The illiterate of the future are not those that cannot read or write. They are those that can not learn, unlearn, relearn." -- Alvin Toffler

Change is part of the rhythm of everyday life.

·         Quit Smoking

·         Spend more time with your kids

·         Get back in the garden

·         Lose Weight

·         Start praying

But I don’t want to use the word “change” to talk about today’s rhythm. 

I want to talk about a specific sort of change “REFORM”.

Reform is the sort of change that comes from a rediscovery of God’s Word.

1. What is “Reform?”

Reform is a special sort of change.

Reform is the sort of change that comes from a rediscovery of God’s Word.

In our story today … they literally find the Bible.

But sometimes it’s a rediscovery of what the Bible says about a certain area.

2.  The Story of Josiah

·         About 640 BC

·         Started reigning when he was 8 years old

o   Grandpa was Manasseh

§  Idols everywhere

§  Put idols in the temple

§  Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another, besides the sin that he made Judah to sin so that they did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. ” (2 Kings 21:16, ESV)

o   Dad, Amon, wasn’t much better

§  Amon’s servants killed him

o   It looked like there was about to be a civil war, but they put young Josiah up as king

·         He reigned 18 years without much change

·         At age 26, in the 18th year of his reign, he decided to rebuild the temple. (v.3)

·         His goal wasn’t to reform worship

o   He didn’t know any different

o   Grandpa & Dad both worshipped many gods

o   The temple had “always” been trashed

o   He just thought it was worth rebuilding

·         v.4-7 use money that had been gathered over the years to repair

·         v.8 – Hilkiah the high priest finds the Book of the Law

o   This is probably Deuteronomy

o   Probably lost during the reign of Manassah

·         Shaphan the secretary brings it to Josiah

o   “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book”

§  Understatement of the year!

o   A BOOK?

o   All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. ” (2 Timothy 3:16–17, ESV)

·         v.11 – Josiah tears his clothes

o   sign of repentance

o   Listen to what he was hearing:

o   Deut 28 – Blessings & Curses

o   Deut 30 – choice of life & death

“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” (Deuteronomy 30:15–20, ESV)

·         V.13 – Inquire of the Lord!

o   Pray

o   “For great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.”

2 Kings 23 “Josiah’s Reforms”

·         v. 2 Josiah read the book of the Covenant

·         v.3 Stood by the pillar and made a covenant with the Lord to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book.  And all the people joined in the covenant.

o   A covenant is an agreement between God and His people

o   God will be your God

o   You will be His people

·         Goes out and starts destroying idols

o   Some dated all the way back to Solomon (v.13)

o   The two golden calves that were made right after Solomon when Israel & Judah split in half (v.15ff)

·         v.21 – Celebrate the Passover

o   No Passover had been celebrated since the time of Joshua

o   Passover is a sign of God’s mercy

§  First born in each house would be killed

§  Lamb is killed instead

3.  Josiah’s “Changes” Were REFORMS.

Not just random

Not to advance his political career or win battles.

-          Some of these changes probably made him very unpopular

-          They cost a lot of money

-          His entire career was spent doing nothing else

No motive other than simple obedience to the Word of God.

4.  This has been the Pattern of Reform Through History

Reform is the sort of change that comes from a rediscovery of God’s Word.

Luther

Nothing in it for him other than obedience to the Word of God.

5.  Reform Today

Reform is the sort of change that comes from a rediscovery of God’s Word.

-          We haven’t “lost” the Bible

-          ESV Study Bible App

A.  The Bible is Concrete … Everything Else is Wet Cement

Concrete – Unchangeable

·         The Gospel

·         The sovereignty of God

·         Trinity

·         Sin and Salvation

·         Jesus is the Son of God, born of a virgin

·         Death and resurrection

·         Apostle’s Creed

Wet Cement – Negotiable

ü  Personal Preferences

ü  Taste

o   Drums

o   Music style

o   Clothing / Hats

ü  Formats

o   How we do communion

§  Used to be a full meal

o   How services are arranged

ü  Buildings

ü  Language

o   Transfer from Dutch to English

B.  Everything Falls into 3 Categories

-          Concrete

-          Wet Cement

-          Demolish Immediately

For Josiah

-          Concrete

o   The Word of God

o   The Passover

o   Prayer

o   Repentance

-          Wet Cement

o   People collecting money at the doors of the temple

o   That was a change that came from a king 200 years earlier named Joash

o   Not in the Bible … but allowable.

-          Demolish Immediately

o   Idolatry

o   Solomon’s Altar to Chemoth

Today what is Concrete / Wet Cement / To Be Destroyed?

Story from Faith – THE WHITE BOARD

23 problems / concerns

2 sides of the white board - Biblical Truth or Personal Preference

Goal here is to never change the message while we follow Jesus on His mission.

My personal mission statement is to proclaim the unchanging message of Jesus to a changing world.

Concrete = The Gospel

Wet Cement = Personal Taste

To Be Destroyed =

ü  Apathy

ü  Prayerlessness

ü  Disunity

ü  Sexual Immorality

6.  Where Are We Going?

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. ” (Colossians 1:28–29, ESV)

What do Spiritual Wanderers Need So That They Can Be Presented “Mature in Christ”?

·         To be prayed for

·         To have the Gospel shared in a way that makes sense

·         Old wounds from the church healed

·         Old stereotypes of Christians to be overcome

·         They need a crystal clear presentation of who Jesus is, in a language they can understand.

What do We (people at CGS) Need So That We Can Be Presented “Mature in Christ”?

·         Jesus presented perfect because of obedience to His mission from God

·         Peter & Paul

·         Sacrifice self

·         Accommodate Life to the Mission

 

7.  How To Stay Together During Reforms

#1 Agree that Jesus is the Lord of the Church and that the Bible Alone is Concrete

 

 

#2 Admit that Everything Else is Wet Cement

-          Gets old and brittle sometimes if it isn’t stirred up

 

 

#3 Have a Humble & Prayerful Attitude

 

 

COMMUNION as RENEWAL OF COVENANT

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