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Enjoying intimate friendship with God and being bold in prayer as Abraham was requires knowing where you stand in your relationship with God, and the only way to be confident about where you stand with God is knowing who you are in Christ. This teaching provides foundational doctrine vitally important for believers to know and master.
The fullness of God's blessing and therefore the experience and enjoyment of them for God's covenant people does not come in our earthly pilgrimmage, but in the new heavens and new earth that God will bring about. To live by faith in the God of Scripture is to live looking to the future and recognizing that our present circumstances as those who trust in Christ for salvation are meant to point us to the future. Thus faith in the God of Scripture is inseparable from hope in him. Among other things this means that the Christian must live demonstrating this hope despite seemingly small blessings from God and seemingly large opposition to God. Abraham demonstrates this hope despite having only one son, Isaac, with Sarah, and despite the rather large presence of people around him who did not know and serve Yahweh. Abraham's faithfulness in doing his duty to buy a burial plot for Sarah and in so doing purchasing the beginning portion of the Promised Land reveals that we demonstrate hope and participate with God in his bringing his kingdom by very simple act of righteousness and justice in relation to those closest to us in our families.
In this sermon, we consider three questions related to when we encounter sin in a fellow believer. What should I do when a fellow believer sins? Rebuke. What should I do when a fellow believer repents? Forgive. What should I do when forgiveness is hard? Have faith to forgive, trusting in the Lord's character to handle the situation best. [Recording note: The battery on the wireless microphone died at about the 32 minute mark. The pastor re-recorded the final segment of the message on a computer at a separate time. This explains the noticeable change in recording quality and tone at that point of the message.]
Those who desire Jesus will be filled by His righteousness
Why do bad things happen to good people? And why does it seem that wicked people prosper? Listen as Solomon helps us to figure out how to deal with the brokenness in our world. Pastor Jody Sledge calls us to see that trying harder to be good nor giving over to sin can fix the brokenness and calls us to look to Christ, the one who can mend all that is wrong.
Abraham's encounter with Abimelech and Phicol in Genesis 21:22-34 teaches us that as God’s covenant people we are to live at peace with our neighbors, as much as God allows. We do this as God grants us success in the eyes of our neighbors, as our neighbors acknowledge some of God’s righteousness and so that we might continue to pursue God’s purposes. While some in the American Protestant evangelical world, and especially its Reformed and Presybterian wing have made much of the contrast or antithesis between the Christian and the non-Christian regarding their ultimate principles of thought and interpretation of reality, some in those same traditions have made much of how God's grace to save his people from their sin has significant benefits to it that cover the lives of non-Christians. Such benefits are often referred to as God's common grace. Both of these points have some truth to them that A) the contrast between the Christian and non-Christian is ultimately absolute and B) that there are common grace benefits affecting the lives of non-Christians because God is at work rescuing creation in general and his covenant people in particular from sin. But both can be misunderstood and misapplied if the whole counsel of God is not informing our understanding of them. In part, Abraham's encounter with Abimelech and Phicol helps us understand what can and should characterize the relationship between the Christian and non-Christian, and between the Church and those outside her, especially the civil governing authorities that affect the Church's life.
Do you long to be with Jesus not just for relief and rest but for the righteousness you will receive? Do you have a longing for holiness? If so, then set your minds on things above, purify yourself, and share the good news with others.