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In this sermon we examine what Jesus has to say about our pretentiousness and who the gospel of grace is for.
Paul Schliep joins us to speak of the duties that we all have in the family of God.
God tests the Christian. In fact, according to the apostle James, all of life is a test or trial. Abraham is repeatedly referenced in the New Testament as the example of saving faith. As Genesis 22 begins, Moses tells us that God tested Abraham. While this is the only time Moses tells us that God tested Abraham, this does not mean that this was the only test Abraham endured. We should see it as the culmination of his pilgrimage of faith in and with God. It was a test that was on God's terms; God determined all of what the test would entail. Abraham passed the test, and reveals to us how one who is truly faithful to God passes God's test--by obeying God's commands and thinking according to God's character and conduct. Abraham was enabled to obey God's commands and think according to God's character and conduct because God brought his word to Abraham making promises to Abraham and then provding for Abraham throughout Abraham's life. In all this we see the character of the Christian faith and true Christian life.
Christian worship must always reflect the character of God. No one is to be given uncritical acceptance. Everything in our lives should be honoring to God.
Paul calls on the Thessalonians to remember his work among them. He was not there for his own gain, but to proclaim God's word. Paul expresses thanks for them and how they received the Word.
As we continued in our study thru this letter written by the apostle Paul to a young man 35-40 yrs old by the name of Timothy whom he has left in Ephesus to serve as pastor of the church, we come to chapter 3 where he addresses who ought to be leaders within the church. And he begins by saying this is an important, self-evident statement that doesn't need proof: those who desire the noble task of an episkopos, an overseer who is responsible for the well-being of others must be above reproach; hands off; you can't bring any accusation against his character. And one who is above reproach is one who is a one woman man.
Can you be a swimmer and not swim? No. Swimmers swim. If they don't, then they aren't what they appear to be. And so it is with Christianity. The term Christian means something. Namely it describes those who follow Christ in a very specific way. Understanding that what we believe ultimately governs what we do, we can know that if we aren't following him, we don't really believe and therefore aren't followers. It's that simple. Ex 3:1-10; Ex 7:1-5; Nu 13; Nu 14:1-4; 14-20 ff, Heb 3:7-9; Heb 11:1-6