“Consider Christ who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
SOME EXCERPTS AND LESSONS FROM TODAY’S MESSAGE
SERMON FOCUS: “LIVING PEACEABLY WITH ALL MEN: MOTIVATIONS OF OUR OBEDIENCE TO AUTHORITIES”
Text: Romans 13:5
“Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.”
– In the context of Romans 13:1-5, it tells us about the punitive punishment for disobedience
– Civil authority has the power to enforce and punish evil-doers which gives us fear.
– Penalties and punishments drive people to obey and comply.
– Fear results in compliance.
– Disobedience to civil (and all delegated) authorities is equated to disobedience to God.
– The word “conscience” was mentioned 4 times in Hebrews, 20 times mentioned by Paul in other books, and 2 in the book of Acts – 26 out of 29 came from Paul
– Conscience is an inward voice that discerns between right and wrong. However, conscience can be corrupted and shaken. (Through moral values and culture).
– For believers, conscience can be taught and corrected by the Word of God.
– What is the ultimate rule of our conscience? Our ultimate motivation for obedience should be our love for God.
“The one kind of man does duty as a sick man eats his food, not out of desire for it and delight in it, but because he knows that he will die if he does not eat; yet he has no desire or stomach for it. But the godly man does duty after the manner in which a healthy man feeds, not merely because he needs food, but because he desires it and delights in it.”Samuel Bolton
SERMON FOCUS: “CONSIDER JESUS”
Text: Hebrews 3:1-6
“Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house. For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.”
- THE COUNSEL TO CONSIDER JESUS
- THE THINGS THAT WE SHOULD CONSIDER
- THE RECIPIENT OF THIS COUNSEL
– Luke 12:27 ; tells us to think carefully about
– Matthew 7:3; Romans 3:19 ; tells us to think about and regard with total knowledge.
– Considering Jesus: tells us to think about and have total knowledge about Christ’s glory.
– It is by pondering things and having the memory to retain them that an individual can make better use of them
– We ought to consider and know more of Christ, our love and trust in God weaken without doing so.
– The people to whom this counsel to consider Christ was given
– The recipient was called holy brothers,
– Christ did not hesitate to call these people brothers
– In Heb 2:11 ; the recipient is the people that were born again.
To the believers:
– Are you considering our Lord Jesus Christ?
– Are we considering the result of His sacrifice?
– Are we meditating on His Word and considering His promises?
To the unbelievers:
– Consider your life, your life is nothing but a vapor
– Do not consider yourself to be your own Savior.
Blessed LORD’s day, dear brethren!
To God alone be the glory!