My favorite line in today’s sermon: “We are engaged in the work of the Great Commission, which consists of racking people out of their beds.”
Today the sermon was on Romans 13:8-10 particularly verse 8, “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another.” Here are some highlights from the application:
1. Don’t abuse your family. Do you swipe money or stuff from your parents (or siblings) and figure that it’s all in the family?
2. Just because you wouldn’t mind if someone swiped twenty out of your purse doesn’t mean they won’t mind if you swipe twenty out of theirs. So don’t abuse the Golden Rule. Just because you think you wouldn’t mind if they broke your lawnmower doesn’t mean that they won’t mind that you just broke theirs. Repair it and return it.
3. Words are free. The debtor should be chasing the lender, not the other way around. If you owe someone money, chase them down and tell them you will pay them as soon as you can. And keep chasing them down regularly to tell them you are working on it. In the world, the creditor always has to chase down the debtor.Christians should be known for their honesty.
4. Don’t abuse the passage of time. Just because you borrowed the money a long time ago doesn’t mean it is now paid. A poor memory is not the same thing as a good conscience.
5. Don’t measure your neighbor’s love with the yardstick of your debts. His love is not your business. Your business is whether you are loving him and obeying God by taking care of your debts.
6. Don’t nickle and dime your friends to death. Kids do this. Can I borrow a quarter? A pencil? You must return what you borrow and not presume on the friendship. Your friends won’t like it. You will become known as a mooch.
7. Just because the person you owe has a nicer house or a nicer car than you do does not mean you don’t have to pay them. Physicians often only receive half the money owed them, and you don’t know whether they are having a hard time making payroll. Pay your bills regardless of what you think their needs may be. Their needs are not the point and not your business.
8. Don’t ask businessmen and women to mentor your kids for free just because we are all members of a tight-knit community. Don’t bring your sick kitty to the church potluck to ask the vet in the congregation for free advice.
9. How many of the books on your shelves (or dvd’s) belong to someone else? Return them. If you don’t, you are a thief.
10. If you break something you borrowed, replace it. Don’t return it broken and say, “Oh well, we’re friends, she won’t mind.” Enough with “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.” That’s not an excuse for not paying your bills.
All these things are ways in which we love one another. Love isn’t a sticky, gooey feeling. Love obeys God’s commands. Love replaces the broken object, love pays the bill, love returns the borrowed item.
Thomas Watson said that there are three things Christians tend to forget: their faults, their friends, and their instructions.
As you can see, this was a whopper of a sermon!
He is risen indeed! We had a glorious worship service this morning, and three tables full of wonderful friends and family to celebrate with us afterward. Even the clean up was a whiz (though it’s still whizzing, we’re closing in on it).
And now a tidbit from the sermon: We do not need to prove the resurrection; the resurrection is the proof itself. The resurrection proves that Jesus is the Son of God, and that He will come to judge the world. Luke refers to the many infallible proofs of Christ’s resurrection in Acts 1:1-3.
The Kingdom of God refers to the realm and reign of King Jesus, and His crown rights were established by His resurrection from the dead. It is not an ethereal kingdom, but a very real and earthy one. We live like His loyal subjects by loving one another, which is proof to the world that love has been raised from the dead in us. And just like the resurrection was real and physical, our love to one another is real and physical. We touch one another, we feed one another, we give gifts to one another. That is resurrection living.
Hope you all had a blessed day!
From today’s Palm Sunday sermon:
Worldliness and godliness represent two different approaches to life. Worldliness is dedicated to the futile, vain desire to avoid death at all costs. Worldliness says don’t let go, don’t give up, don’t surrender (to God), get what you can and hold it in a death grip. Worldliness isn’t about lipstick or some kinds of music. If only it were so easy! Rather, worldliness is not wanting to take up your cross daily and follow Christ.
Godliness, on the other hand, is about death and fruitfulness. The abundant life that Christ offers requires dying daily, following Jesus to the cross and the tomb, and living the resurrection life in Him on the other side. But no one wants to die. That is the center of worldly thinking. Dying daily means putting others first, letting go, giving ourselves up (for our parents, our children, our spouses, our neighbors). If we want to know Jesus, we must follow Him, and that’s the path He has taken.
My husband has been preaching through Romans for some time now (48 weeks and he’ll be in chapter 13 next), and each week has been such a feast that it has been hard to pick out a bite to put up here on Femina to share with you all. But I’ve got one for you from this past Lord’s Day: What God commands, He gives; and He gives what He commands.
In other words, did God command us to not worry? Yes. And He gives us peace. Did He command us to love our enemies? Yes, and He will give us that love. So as we exercise our faith in obedience, we are not left to find the resources within ourselves. What a disappointment that would be! But He enables us to obey Him by giving us all the resources we have in Christ. It’s as though He fills our cupboards with heavenly provisions, and then tells us to open them up and help ourselves. Think about this one for a while! I have been finding it helpful all week.
A friend has loaned me his 1663 edition of A Compleat Collection of Farewell Sermons which includes many of the sermons preached on Sunday, August 17, 1662, by some of England’s greatest preachers. Following the Act of Uniformity of 1662, close to 2,000 ministers left their pulpits rather than compromise their faith. Of particular interest to me are the sermons (one forenoon and one afternoon) by Thomas Watson, and before I return this rare treasure of a book, I wanted to post up a couple of quotes for you.
“We are to love the people of God, although they have many weak infirmities; shew me the man that is perfect, and let him throw the first stone, even the best. Saints like the Stars they have their twinkling, they have their blemishes and their failings: in some there’s too much pride, in others too much censoriousness, in others too much rash anger and passion, but we must love the grace that is in them, not withstanding the infirmities that are in them; you love gold though in the oare, and mixed with much impurity; a Saint on earth, is like a Diamond that hath it’s flaw, like to the Rose that is sweet Read More