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I’m sure you’ve noticed that in God’s kingdom earthly values are turned upside down; this is true for the way children are seen, and the way wealth is understood. Such teaching from Jesus was a shock in the 1st Century, as it is in ours. Children then were merely minors. Wealth was a sign of God’s favour on your life. Look what Jesus says: "Let the children come to me", tells us children are accepted. We are not to hinder them. We must not be adult-centred, nor child-centred, but child friendly; whole family-orientated. We mustn’t make it difficult for children to have faith in Christ; church must not be boring; teaching should be age-appropriate. We should spend time answering children’s questions. If Jesus welcomes them, so should we. But what of the man blessed with wealth and a moral life? He'd done everything right, so what more did he need to do to win eternal life? Not much, it seems, but it meant giving up his wealth, following Jesus, not personal status, valuing Jesus, not the opinions of society. The test is will the man act on what Jesus says, or will he try to be his own Saviour. This is personal. We too like to evaluate our lives rather analytically, objectively; ”this is what I need to do”, we say. But Jesus says, remove the stumbling block and come, follow me. It’s personal; its relational. It’s not things we do, but a Saviour we trust. Will you walk away sad this morning?
Before God, because of our sinfulness, we are DOGS. We have no right at the children's table. But the CHILD became a dog so that we dogs could eat at the table of the King.
Many of us walk around life telling people that everything is 'fine', when things aren't really fine. Outside we hold it together, while internally we are lonely, frustrated and fearful. What we need is a fresh start, new beginnings. This happens through new legacies of faith and trust in Jesus that in turn, gives a legacy of faith to our children and their children as we invest in one another, in our church community and in our city. In this sermon we look at Nehemiah 7 and the opportunities for fresh starts and new beginnings for hundreds of families and how they generously responded so that others might experience fresh starts as well.
Pastor Mario Magana was invited as a guest speaker to an event held by Jefte Villalta Ministries. This sermon, titled "Come Boldly", depicts our new standing with God. After receiving Jesus as our savior, and accepting His sacrifice for our lives, we are adopted into His family, and are now able to come boldly before the thrown of God as accepted members of His kingdom.
We’re looking at how Jesus’ followers relate to each other in the church. First: Who are we? We are little children. That means we have no rights; we are the lowest of the low. Little children are totally dependent on others. In God’s family ALL are little children; all equal, all dependent. Second: If Christ has welcomed us, we must welcome others. Third: We must ruthlessly deal with any known sin. Fourth: We must look out for other little ones and stop them wandering away. Now, what happens when one little one sins against us? What if we are sinned against – someone who is a true believer, does or says something to us that is wrong. Maybe someone is very rude to you; or perhaps you hear they are telling lies about you - what are you to do? Matthew gives loving, considerate but firm guidance. Remember: God welcomes those who come as little children; if we think we’re more important than we are, if we look down on others – BEWARE. Look up to Jesus, look out for one another, and look in to check all sin – that’s how we are to live.
God wants us to leave a godly Legacy to our children and/or the next generation.