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1. Genuine Agape-Love v9 is Discerning and Righteous: so hate evil and hold fast to the good v10 is Other-centered, Brotherly-love: so love with brotherly affection and honor one another v11 is Enthusiastically-Eager to Serve: so be zealous, on-fire, and serve the Lord v12 is Empowered by the 2nd Coming: so rejoice, be patient, and pray v13 is Pro-actively Generous: so generously share in each other’s lives and find ways to show hospitality 2. Overcoming Evil with Good vs14-15 Do not Curse your Enemies: Bless those who persecute you v16 Do not be Arrogant: Live in Harmony with one another vs17-18 Do not Repay Evil for Evil: Live peacefully with everyone vs19-20 Do not take Revenge: Love your enemies unto repentance v21 Do not be Overcome by Evil: Overcome evil with good
Sermon #28 from the "God with Us" series. Scripture from John 11:1-44.
We pay a lot of attention to Peter and Paul and Silas, Timothy and Barnabas, but if you read Acts rightly, you’ll see that all those Apostles and disciples are doing is showing up where the Holy Spirit is already at work.
Why do we gather this morning in a sanctuary? Because you are saved? You see it as an obligation? You are curious about God's Word? Or you have no idea why, but something told you to go. One thing is certain; we are gathered to worship God. He called all of us here together, no matter what our background is, to share His vision (Word) with all of us.
John writes to encourage Gaius, who is walking in truth. Proud, self-centered Diotrephes does not approve of Christian hospitality, nor does he allow anyone else to practice it. It may be that Diotrephes as thrown Gaius out of the church and he has written some pretty nasty things about the Apostle John. But John, focuses on the truth and is pleased that Gaius is walking in the truth. He also promises to bring Diotrephes actions before the church -- it sounds like church discipline.
John tells us the truth is important. We must base our actions on the truth. What are the essentials truths? This message looks at the essential doctrines of Christianity.
To aid Titus and the Cretan churches in appointing qualified elders so that the churches are properly ordered, Paul, in vv. 6-9, sets forth three areas where an elder must be “above reproach.” The three areas where a prospective elder must be free of a damaging accusation are his family life, personal life and doctrinal life. The first area a prospective elder must be above reproach is in his family life. He must be the husband of one wife and have faithful children. Second, an elder must not only be able to manage his own marriage and family well (1:6) but he must also be able to manage himself well. Therefore, in vv. 7-8, Paul lists five sinful vices and six godly virtues, which define what it means for an elder to be “above reproach” in his personal life. These eleven qualities, which are evidence of God's transforming grace, are essential to fitness for oversight of God's household.
Many speak highly of Jesus Christ and the Christian Life. But when you look at their actions and the way they live their lives, they are just like the world. This is opposed to Christ Jesus! God knows their heart and if they do not die to themselves and be born again, they will hear the words "I do not know you" on the day of judgment.