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Let’s go and see what more the Lord has for us in His Word under three offenses. The offense of the Pharisees, Matthew 15:12. I inserted into our reading of Mark’s gospel a few verses from Matthew’s gospel which include this comment from the disciples to Jesus. Matthew 15:12 The disciples came and said to Jesus, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” There are two things to notice in this little exchange. First, of course Jesus knew they would be offended and He said what He said anyway. Notice Jesus’ boldness in opposing false teaching and His instructing His followers in true doctrine so that they would know the difference and be equally bold in opposing false doctrine. Jesus showed no regard for the Pharisees’ man-made religion and their self-righteousness. He rebuked their pride and hypocrisy. He dismissed their washings and purification rituals as trifles, not nearly as important as God’s Laws. When the truth of God’s Word is at stake we cannot sit idly by in the name of tolerance or out of fear of giving an offense. That’s not an excuse to be harsh or mean spirited, to shoot off our mouth any way we want. In our responses we are not excused to sin. We shouldn’t try unnecessarily to give an offense. The point is simply to stand for the truth with clarity and conviction, and with humility and grace.
Jesus' disciples saw success after success as they followed him. However, upon returning to his home town, Jesus is greeted with hostility and unbelief. Those who Jesus grew up with took offense at him because of their familiarity with him. Jesus was offensive and if we are truly followers of Jesus, we will be offensive in the same way that he was.
In Galatians 5:2-24, Paul warns the Galatians of two dangerous threats to their life of freedom: legalism (vv. 2-12) and license (vv. 13-24). Paul begins in vv. 2-12 by warning the Galatians of the destructive consequences of legalistic doctrine (vv. 2-6) and the depraved disposition of legalistic teachers (vv. 7-12).
How many things are you burying? How many things are you digging up? Find out how to properly deal with problems in your life so they don't control you... you control them. Do this by knowing how to properly deal with offense in your life.
One of the primary reasons we distance ourselves from God is because we are holding an offense – against another person or sometimes against God Himself. In this sermon, Dave Browning teaches on developing an "unoffendable" heart.
When Simon answered Jesus' question about His identity, he had NO idea about what he was getting into! Diving into the background and setting of why Jesus took His disciples to Caesarea Phillipi to set in motion the beginning of something new called the "Church," Neil excitingly brings us along as if we were right there with them in this engaging motivational message to a triumphant church.
Salvation according to the Scriptures is much bigger than just "getting saved" or being born again. It's a life-long experience of God's saving work in us. So is the helmet of salvation. This message looks at why understanding salvation as a past, present and future thing is critical to the spiritual battle as well as how the Word of God is both a defensive and the only offensive weapon in our spiritual armor.
Peter teaches us that Christian's are commanded to Respond to our Offenders with Confidence in God.