Sunday, September 13, 2020

Cancelled Pt 2

 

Pericope: John 8: 31-41 - 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

 

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

 

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. 38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.[a]”

 

39 “Abraham is our father,” they answered.

 

“If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would[b] do what Abraham did. 40 As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. 41 You are doing the works of your own father.”

 

“We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.”

Sermon Text: John 8: 32 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Sermon Title: Cancelled Pt 2 Your Truth – Really!?

Point 1: Truth has an origin. Hebrews 6: 13 13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,

       

Matthew 28:18 -. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

 and power to you

Rom 13:1 - Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God

Point 2: Truth is delegated. Vs 42, 58 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. 58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”

a)  the way this works is we become carriers of the truth.  Matthew 18: 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses; 2 Cor. 13:1 This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses

b)  Pastor, Priest, Preacher, Prophet are the ones in the front line of upholding truth

a.  The pastor provides pastoral care with truth

b.  The priests intercedes on behalf of the truth

c.   The preacher proclaims truth for salvation

d.  The prophet speaks truth to power. 

c)  (Gutenberg press 1450) Royal priesthood 1 Pet 2: 9 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. But it doesn't stop there.

Point 3: Truth stabilizes and set order. Vs 44 44 …[the devil]. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

       

Vs 59 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds. 

Romans 13: 2 CEV - 2 People who oppose the authorities are opposing what God has done, and they will be punished.

Point 4: You have an; experience, a story, but you don’t have your own truth. Vs 46 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me?

        a) Moral relativism

        b) Tolerance Is the kissing cousin.

Point 5: Truth points people to God. Vs 45 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!

        a) Truth is Intolerant

        b) Absolute

 

Life Application:

1.  Accept Jesus as the truth and light

2.  Lean into the market place

3.  Return next week for the rest

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Sermon Title: Condemned!

Sermon Title: Condemned!

Introduction:

You think you already know because you read this FB post before, but here the text again for the first time.

John 8: 1-11 8 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Sermon Text: John 8: 11 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.

Sermon Title: Cancelled Pt 1 Condemned!

Point 1. Caught. Vs 4, 8 4, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

          

         The law is clear. Lev 20: 10 10 “‘If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death. Duet 22: 22 22 If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. You must purge the evil from Israel.

Point 2. Consider. Vs 6, 8 6 …in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

Point 3. Correct.  Vs 7 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Jesus covered the woman and corrected the situation.

There is no condemnation, Romans 8: 1 8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, REPEAT

Other people will cancel you but not Jesus. Others will say your life is over because of a mistake, a sin, an error in judgement, but not Jesus. Vs 11 Vs 11 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Life Application:

1. Search yourself before you search for someone to cancel/condemn (life is best scene the lens of a mirror in a glass house)

2. Don’t participate in cancel culture

3. Be a person of second chances

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