1/23/2011 Morning & Evening Sermon

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GOD, WHAT DO U WANT FROM ME?

MICAH 6:6-8

CBC 1/23/11 SM

What do U get someone who has everything

  • TOP IDEAS
    • Variety of the Month club
    • Personalized Zippo Hand Warmer
    • Nascar Experience
    • History’s Greatest Lies book
    • Japanese Red Maple Tree
    • 55 inch Widescreen Personal Movie Theater
    • Show Me How: 500 Things You Should Know Instructions for Life

NONE SEEM ADEQUATE FOR “GOD”...

6 What can we bring to the Lord?
What kind of offerings should we give him?
Should we bow before God
with offerings of yearling calves?
7 Should we offer him thousands of rams
and ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Should we sacrifice our firstborn children
to pay for our sins?

8 No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to
walk humbly with your God.

DO WHAT’S RIGHT - RIGHTEOUSNESS

  • Standard of “rightness”
    • God’s Word
      • w/out error/perfect
    • Man’s Word

Prov 16: 25There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

(Def.) right - just ,correct, true, appropriate, healthy, sane, competent, fair

  • What does God say is the Right thing to do
    • forgive one another
    • love unconditionally
    • accept His offer of escape from our corrupted condition (sin)
    • live in obedience to what He knows is best for us
  • Why is it difficult to do what’s right?
    • against our very nature
    • corrupted @ conception w/ curse from ancestors Adam & Eve
    • led to believe what’s right isn’t as much ‘FUN’ as what’s not
      • Lie from Devil
  • Task of Doing What’s Right is an “Inward Battle”
    • we are our own worst enemy
    • Holy Spirit is our comforter & companion in that fight

LOVE MERCY

  • fill our heart w/ compassion & forgiveness for our fellow man
    • b/c humans have to fight to act “right” (going to need forgiveness)
  • mercy (Hbrw) “Unexpected Kindness”
    • quote, “It wouldn’t be mercy if they deserved it”
  • “LOVE” mercy doesn’t say “HAVE” mercy
    • motivation for showing mercy is not ‘command’, IT’S LOVE
    • Good Samaritan
    • Father of prodigal son
    • Jesus w/ woman caught in adultery
    • God & thief on the cross

Matt. 5:7 Blessed [will be blessed] are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

  • Reality of our nature
    • we return rudeness w/ rudeness
    • we return hatred w/ hatred
    • we return yelling w/ yelling
    • we return a slap in the face w/ a slap in the face

WALK HUMBLY WITH GOD

NOTICE: 1st 2 have nothing 2 do w/ God

they are how we behave toward one another

  • God expects His children to behave & get along w/ one another
  • #3: WALK w/ God
    • God created & designed us for a RELATIONSHIP w/ Him
    • Adam walked w/ God in the garden
    • Enoch walked w/ God
      • walked home w/ God...
    • Noah walked faithfully w/ God
    • David walked w/ God among worshipers
  • Look @ result of these lives that “walked” w/ God
    • Father of all mankind
    • didn’t suffer death
    • saved humanity from extinction
    • killed the Giant & was crowned king

Jesus died so we could have a relationship...

  • Walk HUMBLY w/ God
    • not arrogantly, realize our weakness
    • not full of self-pride, but lowly
    • not assuming, but modest








GETTING IT TOGETHER & KEEPING IT

JOHN 17:20-26

CBC 1/23/11 SN

We know about “UNITY” from learning & practicing “PATRIOTISM”

Jesus spoke about a unity far beyond patriotism

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you[a] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

JESUS EXPECTED A DYNAMIC & GROWING CHURCH

  • When He looked @ Peter, He saw “Pentecost” & 3000 saved
  • When He looked @ John, He saw church @ Ephesus & churches in Asia Minor
  • When He looked ahead to Paul, He saw Europe & Us
  • He prayed for us all in v20
  • 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,

JESUS EXPECTED UNITY IN HIS CHURCH

  • 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.
  • What could He have prayed for right before His arrest & execution?
    • strength
    • 11 not to run off
    • He saw our unity more important
  • incredible “tension” in original disciples
    • who was the greatest
    • same w/ any group today
      • preferences
      • control issues
      • tradition
  • to be dynamic & grow we must ask God to control the “tensions
  • Jesus prayed for us, “Lord, make them one
    • unity is “given” not achieved
    • must be generated by the Spirit of God
    • Jesus is our common denominator
    • carnal Christians cause dis-unity

JESUS PRAYED FOR IMPACT OF HIS CHURCH

  • visible unity of believers will have an impact
    • impossible for any group of humans to “get along”
    • unusual when Christians can & do
    • it gets noticed...

John 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”;

    • a “fussy” church hurts the cause of Christ (powerless witness for Christ)
    • there is already disunity in
      • homes & families
      • work places
      • government on all levels
    • a united theology wasn’t what Jesus prayed for & won’t compel the world to believe
    • human eloquence will not compel the world to believe
    • the size of our church won’t do it
    • no program, slogan or goal will accomplish the feat
    • ONLY a supernatural oneness in His church will get attention
    • that will cause the world to confess that truly God must be among us

JESUS PRAYED FOR THE GLORY OF A UNIFIED CHURCH

  • Glory is the visible manifestation of all the divine attributes.
    • what we see when we look @ God
    • not when you look @ the pastor
    • not when you look @ your SS class
    • not when you gaze on a deacon
    • not when you look @ the youth group

* We’re unified when we are all looking @ JESUS!




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