Sunday Recap for September 14, 2014
September 15, 2014 | by: Phil Wages | 0 Comments
On Sunday morning I concluded my "One Way" series with a sermon entitled, "One Way to be a Christ-Confident Church" (Revelation 3:14-22).
TEXTUAL IDEA: Jesus rebuked the church at Laodicea because they were self-confident.
SERMON IDEA: Every church should reject self-confidence and be fully confident in Christ.
What will it take for any church (or any Christian) to replace self-confidence with Christ confidence?
This text reveals four steps in replacing self-confidence with confidence in Christ.
I. Listen to the authority that Christ possesses (14).
2 Corinthians 1:20: For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
Revelation 1:5: and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.
Colossians 1:15: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
II. Listen to the rebuke that Christ gives (15-17).
A. He rebukes the spiritually indifferent (15-16).
Matthew 5:16: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Titus 2:14: who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
B. He rebukes the spiritually ignorant (17).
1 Corinthians 4:8: You are already full! You are already rich! You have reigned as kings without us—and indeed I could wish you did reign, that we also might reign with you!
III. Listen to the counsel that Christ offers (18-19).
1 Peter 1:7: that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 12:7: If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
IV. Listen to the invitation that Christ issues (20-22).
A. He invites us to perfect fellowship (20).
John 14:23: Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
B. He invites us to a privileged reigning (21-22).
Matthew 19:28: So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Charles Spurgeon: It is harder a great deal to work for Jesus with a church which is lukewarm than it would be to begin without a church. Give me a dozen earnest spirits and put me down anywhere in London, and by God's good help we will soon cause the wilderness and the solitary place to rejoice; but give me the whole lot of you, half-hearted, undecided, and unconcerned, what can I do? You will only be a drag upon a man's zeal and earnestness. Five thousand members of a church all lukewarm will be five thousand impediments, but a dozen earnest, passionate spirits, determined that Christ shall be glorified and souls won, must be more than conquerors; in their very weakness and fewness will reside capacities for being the more largely blessed of God. Better nothing than lukewarmness.
On Sunday evening we continued studying the gospel of Luke in Luke 9:51-56 in a message entitled, "Rejection without Revenge."
TEXTUAL IDEA: Jesus, unlike the disciples, was gracious to the Samaritans even though they rejected him.
SERMON IDEA: We should be gracious to those who reject Jesus when we share Him with them.
I. Rejection and the will of God (51-53).
1 Peter 4:14-15: If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters.
1 Peter 3:9: not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
II. Rejection and the patience of God (54-55).
Jonah 3:1: Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying.
Matthew 17:17: Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.”
III. Rejection and the grace of God (56).
Luke 19:10: for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
John 3:17: For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
2 Peter 3:9: The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.