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Matthew 10:40-42

February 28th, 2010 · Comments

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The Line In The Sand

February 21st, 2010 · Comments

The Line in the Sand

Read Matthew 10:32-39

The Jews had expected Christ to reign as a physical king. What is often the expectation of people seeking Christ in our day?

The mistake of Jews in Jesus’ day was the expectation of a physical king. The mistake of our day is to expect Jesus will make everything right. Suddenly life will make sense, relationships will smooth out, true peace. Stepping to Christ means crossing a line. He is an adversary on the playground of this world, who’s drawn a line in the sand. To step across that line, you don’t just step to Christ, you also step away from others. You’ll know you’ve stepped to Christ, if they know you’ve stepped to Christ.

In the context of this passage, what does it mean that God doesn’t violate His own rules?

God doesn’t violate his rules. Kids still living under authority of their parents still need to honor their parents. A husband who feels called to missions, but who's wife is not on board, stays put. You made a covenant vow to her and God.

The Line in the Sand – The Supremacy of Christ

We are not called to hate our families. We are called to allow Christ to reign supreme in everything. vs.37-39

What is the point of carrying our cross?

v.38 Only one reason you’re carrying a cross. You know where you’re headed. That’s the idea, especially in light of this chapter. Persecution is part of the package. Some of these guys, it seems, would follow Christ in crucifixion.

To me, this is one of the greatest proofs of the resurrection. I’m not carrying a cross ten feet if Jesus didn’t get up from the dead. Other than Judas Iscariot, none of the disciples turned. And these were largely uneducated, simple men with nothing to gain.

I like what William MacDonald says, “our temptation is to hug our life.” But, this is the greatest waste of a life—to spend it in the gratification of self. “The greatest use of a life is to spend it in the service of Christ.” Whoever hands their life over to Christ will receive it back, as it should be. It’s like handing over a puzzle. He’s the only one that can put the pieces together for you.

There was probably a difference in the way the disciples processed this before, then after, the crucifixion.

We are not called to die, but to live with abandon!

Not a call to die. In Christ, you’re already dead.

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Great soldiers are focused on their mission, not the preservation of their own lives. Focus on preservation of life; owned by fear.

The person dragging around a cross only has one destination.

What does it look like when you start to embrace this?

Mark 8:34-38 “Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels.” Either live for self, or live for Christ.

How am I living with abandon?

No one can answer that question for you. But, you need to answer that question, or you might find your life, and lose everything.

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God’s Love

February 14th, 2010 · Comments

Read Matthew 10:24-31

1. Looking Like the One we Love.

What does the name Beelzebub mean?

Literally Lord of dung or filth. (Maybe a reference to Satan himself, or another lesser demon)

What is Jesus teaching us by his comment on Beelzebub?

Here’s the contrast - If they’ve called the Master of the House the Dung Master, then what about those who live in the house?

Some have probably wondered, “If I’m a Christian, how can I be treated like this?” The answer is in the treatment of Christ.

2. Speaking of the One we Love

What has been “concealed” and “hidden” that will now be made known (Matt. 10:26)?

Jesus words to his disciples haven’t been secretive, but haven’t all been public. It’s time to go big with this message. We may fear because many don’t agree. They laugh and mock. Nobody wants to feel small. Jesus says, that’s a temporary feeling. One day, no one will laugh.

Church meetings are outworking of this command. Jesus wanted his message in large public arenas. The Disciples expected to have a larger, more public ministry than Jesus. In Acts 2, 3000 were saved in large public gathering.

What does it mean to fear God?

Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

This is healthy fear. Think “awesome respect.” Bigger than standing at the foot of Everest or standing on edge of Grand Canyon.

Dad is incredibly loving, AND he’s strict. Don’t break his rules. The rules are to provide and protect.

3. Adored by the One we Love

We think sparrows are fairly worthless, but God values each one. He even keeps track of the hairs on your head. The comparative value of us vs. sparrows & hairs is exponential. We are of incredible value to God.

Some tend to think God only cares about “big” things or “big” people, & wouldn’t care about me.

This passage teaches that God loves us and we should boldly tell others about God’s love.

So if you came here concerned today, wondering about God’s love for you, you need to be reminded that for those in Christ, God loves you very much. Don’t be afraid to talk about it. Don’t worry, be happy.

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The Cost Of Following Christ

February 7th, 2010 · Comments

Read Matthew 10:17-23

1: The Cost - Persecution
 
v.17 -  This is Jewish persecution of Christians. 
 
What are some countries where the persecution of Christians occurs today?
 
Nigeria, Burma, Algeria, Iraq, Iran, Malaysia, Indonesia, China…the list could go on. 
 
Resource on this subject: www.persecution.com Voice of the Martyrs
 
v.18 - Reference to expanding persecution. Starts with Jews, expands to Gentiles.
 
In Matthew 10:18, we’re told we’ll be witnesses. What is significant about the word witness in the original Greek language?
 
Greek word for witness? marturion = martyr
 
Matthew 5:10-12  “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
 
There’s a difference between receiving persecution and pursuing persecution. 
 
vv.19-20 - God flowing through you. 
 
2: The Cost – Death
 
v.21 -  This gospel is strong enough to disrupt even the most naturally strong relationships.
               
What is it about our message that is so volatile? There is only one God and one way to be saved, in Christ alone.
 
v.22 – Literally means because of my name.
 
Stand firm to the end? End of what? Our life? 
 “…if the opposition one of Jesus’ disciples faces calls for the sacrifice of life itself, commitment to him must be so strong that the sacrifice is willingly made. Otherwise there is no salvation. Thus from earliest times Christians have been crucified, burned, impaled, drowned, starved…for no other reason than that they belonged to him.” –D. A. Carson
 
Historically, the Church thrives during persecution. 
 
Application Point: 
  1. While we are yet free, invite someone to Christ.
  2. People you know - Invite. 
  3. People you don’t - Connect with KO.
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