JESUS – Matthew 7
The Sermon on the Mount (continued): Judging Others; Prayer; Way to Heaven
- By what standard of measure will each individual Christian be judged? Matthew 7:1-2
- What two examples of a father and son did Jesus give to explain how the Father in heaven gives to those who ask him? Matthew 7:7-11
- In the sermon on the mount, how did Jesus tell his disciples to treat others?
This teaching is often called the “Golden Rule.” Matthew 7:12
- (broad or narrow) The way to heaven is _________ and the way to hell is _________.
How many will find the way to heaven? Matthew 7:13-14
- Teaching from the mountain, Jesus said false prophets could be recognized by ________________.
How many false prophets did Jesus say there are? Matthew 7:15-20, 22
- Jesus said those who will enter the kingdom of heaven must (a) only believe, (b) call Jesus “Lord,” (c) pray often, or (d) do the will of the Father. Matthew 7:21
- Describe the wise and foolish builders. Matthew 7:24-27
Mt 7:1 ¶ Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
7 ¶ Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
12 ¶ Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15 ¶ Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 ¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Good evening. Good evening. I had a pen. I’ll do that. We are in Matthew chapter seven. We’re going to review the questions for Matthew six and then get into our lesson on Matthew seven. If anyone’s wondering where lesson two forties questions are, they’re the ones that say less than two 39 and Mark five. And they’re neither one of those things.
They’re they’re questions for less than two 40 from Matthew five. And there are no questions from two 39, because that was the review that we did of previous lessons. So accuracy, what can I say? All right. Question one from lesson two 41, Matthew six. When an individual does an act of charity or praise or Fass he should do so a sounding a trumpet be before men to be noticed by them.
See in secret or D putting on a gloomy face in secret number two. Yes or no. Did Jesus teach the disciples how to pray in his sermon on the mountain? Yes. Question three. Yes or no. Will the heavenly father forgive those who do not forgive other people? No Question for where should an individual store up treasures. Heaven. Why?
Hi, Everything else. Parishes. The things on this earth do not last Also Where your treasure is there. Your heart will be also all right. All three of those good answers. Question five. Yes or no. Can an individual serve God and riches at the same time? No question six. A person should seek first. A food B drink,
C clothing or D Jesus’ kingdom, D Jesus’ kingdom, number seven in teaching the disciples not to be anxious. Jesus did not use the example of a birds. Be Pharisees. See human lifespan, the lilies or eat grass. All right. So birds is verse 26 Lilly’s verse 28.<inaudible> Gentiles, verse 32. Let’s see what verses it started. Verse 26.
Yeah, I think you’re right. B Pharisees. See human lifespan. So let me double check that, just to know that we’re right. Okay. You know, sometimes when they give, they give these multiple choice, I’m going to, how did they write it that way? Yes,<inaudible> I guess maybe depending upon what version, but it in verse 27,
which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature. It is really more an idea of the height of a person, not their, their, their, their height, their, how tall they are, as opposed to how long they live. So, like I said, I think it’s a poorly worded question. I changed it, but yes<inaudible> Okay.
While that could be true, cubit doesn’t make any sense. Would that, would that translation, which is why most translations don’t translate it that way is how do you add a cubit to your light, to, you know, either, either way. And, and I’ll, I’ll give somebody that, you know, with a footnote, but I think the answer,
the question writer, which wasn’t me was looking for probably was Pharisees. I think out of all of those, that, that was the one they were looking for. But you know, with COVID we’re not doing Bible bowl right now anyway, so you probably don’t have to worry about it. Okay. All right. Chapter seven, We’re going to, I didn’t,
I didn’t leave this in a prayer yet. Did I not? I didn’t think I did. My brain is everywhere tonight. All right. Let’s, let’s begin with a word of prayer and then we’ll get into chapter seven, our gracious father in heaven, we bow before you grateful for this day for its blessings, for all that you do for us on a daily basis with love and care and concern for all those around us.
Those who are struggling with illness, those who are struggling with difficulties, spiritual problems, injuries, hardships, financial difficulties, and all the many things that we struggle with in this life. And yet your son came and told us to not be anxious about all of those things, but instead to lay up our treasure in heaven, to be mindful of those things that matter eternally more than those things that matter in this life,
we struggle sometimes with how to do that. On days like today, we struggle with the things going on in our country. The future decisions being made choices that people are, are choosing around us. And yet we remember that this life is not all there is that each one of us, when we leave this life will face judgment and we will give an account for what we have done,
what we have said and how we have acted in our lives. Lord, we pray for this country. We pray for its future. We pray for future generations. We pray for its leadership and the leadership of every country around the world, that they make decisions that uphold righteousness, that they make decisions that provide opportunities and doors of opportunities for your kingdom.
But we are also mindful and, and acknowledge the fact that we have a responsibility to preach the truth and to teach the truth and to hold fast to righteousness and faith, no matter what comes in, in any country around the world, we pray for those who are all over the world, preaching the gospel this very day in various different circumstances. And we pray for their safety and their ability to grow and prosper and bear fruit in your kingdom.
As they are faithful to you. All this, we pray in Jesus name. Amen.<inaudible> I want to say one, one thing only about the events that unfolded at the Capitol day. And that is if you use Facebook, you may go to my Facebook and you may see the video of brother John. Dewberry speaking on the house floor of, in the state of Tennessee and the house of representatives back in June and talking about how protests should and shouldn’t happen in our country and the way they should and shouldn’t be handled.
And it was as a clickable in the summer when it was other people protesting, as it is today, with the people who protest it. So I’m just going to give you that. If you want to go watch it, go watch it. It’s 12 minutes worth of your time, but we’re here for Matthew chapter seven, judge, not that you be not judged.
One Statement that has drawn More repetition from the religious world than maybe any other statement, except for God. So loved the world that he gave. His only begotten son that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. And of those two statements. I do believe that both of them are misapplied far more than they’re ever applied correctly. Jesus said,
judge, not that you being not judged for, with what judgment you judge is, shall be judged to you again In his context Has been all the way forward from Matthew chapter five selfishness and a dis and a disrespect for the law of God By Placing self over God. When Jesus speaks concerning judging in Matthew chapter seven, his context has not Changed. His Context is still selfishness and self before God,
which is the reason why this is not a condemnation on judging Nor Shall it ever be. As a matter of fact, before we get out of the chapter, Jesus will require We are judging repeatedly. He does condemn Judging, and we should not ever utter the words. Well, Jesus told me not to judge Hogwash. Jesus told us to judge repeatedly.
Jesus told us to judge, according to God’s Word And never to judge, according to our selves, Jesus says, judge, not that you be not judged for. With what judgment you judge, you will be judged. And with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. You stories told, Bought a man back in the days where you would go to the grocery store and you would get a pound of something.
And they would measure out that pound by a weight, a scale, a pound of something else. If you took a pound or what was supposed to be a pound and you measured out another substance by that pound, but the first pound was inaccurate. Would you ever get an a pound on the other side? No you wouldn’t. So the stories told of a man who ran a grocery store.
He was there. He was selling a pound of butter. He had a pound of sugar over on the other side and he’d measure out pound of butter by the pound of sugar. Maybe I’ve got it backwards. Maybe it was pounds and pounds of sugar. He was measuring out by the butter, but either way, he’d measure one out by the other.
Someone Came to the realization that his measurement was wrong. And so they asked if he could have what he wanted to purchase measured by the same measurement. And he said, no, because he knew his measurement was wrong. He had been dishonest the entire time. Jesus is saying how you judge others. God will judge you. This follows on the heels of chapter six,
where Jesus said, the one who will not forgive will not be forgiven. As a matter of fact, this is very much the same statement in, in that sense, Jesus is saying, if you will not forgive others, their debts that they owe you, your heavenly father will not forgive your debts. Now Jesus is saying, if you judge others improperly,
by the same measure that you judge them, God’s going to measure you because here’s the reality. When you judge others in an unrighteous way, you never desire to be measured the same way. Nobody wants to be measured the way they measure others. If they’re not judging righteous judgment, preacher pointed out. Sometimes we get involved in a conversation. Somebody starts talking about somebody else,
and maybe we’re on bad terms with that somebody else. And they’re praising that person. And we immediately, in our mind, we start to think of all the things wrong that we dislike about that person. And maybe we open our mouths and we start bringing the, the view of that person down. Here’s this other person they’re complimenting them. We’re we’re,
we’re bringing down the view of that person by pointing out their faults, as well as their good attributes. You said when we do that, It’s not because we’re judging righteous judgment. It’s because we’re measuring them by the wrong standard. When we hear someone talking about someone who we like, and we’re on good terms with, and we start think of and pile in on all the good attributes that we know about that person.
And we start lifting them up quite often, we’re not judging righteous judgment because it’s a bad habit. We get into where we want to lift up the people we like and bring down the people we don’t IR, regardless of the reality that everyone who has good traits also has what bad traits. And if you don’t believe it, Merriam, that’s all I got to say about the matter.
Eventually you’ll figure it out And everybody who’s got bad traits Somewhere in their life has some good ones. Now there are some very evil people who have tried their entire life to stomp out every good trait they have. But Even in the midst of that, they’re somebody they treat well somewhere along the way, maybe their dearly departed mother, but somebody, We need to remember that how we Judge others,
how we speak about others, how we treat others is God is saying, I’m going to measure you the way you’ve measured others Now for a Pharisee, Whoa, that’s a problem because what was there? According to Jesus over Matthew chapter 24, what was their action toward the people and the law? They would find these heavy burdens in the law and bind them and set them upon others.
And then Jesus said they wouldn’t even do what. Wow. Neven use their littlest pinky to lift those burdens themselves. And yet would hold others accountable for something they’d never hold themselves accountable to. Okay. He goes on to say, and why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye. I’ve seen some,
some artists renditions of this and, and you, you can’t help, but be amused at the visual picture. Jesus is his painting here. Here’s a man who walks up to another man and he says, hold still, you got a speck in your eye. Wally’s got a, two-by-four sticking out of his own eye. What’s the problem. He’s so busy looking at the other person’s imperfection and at the same time,
unwilling to deal with his own blatant imperfection. Okay. How can you say to your brother, let me remove the speck from your eye and look applying is in your own eye hypocrite First Remove the plank from your own eye. And then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Jesus, by the way. All right. So we’re,
we’re in we’re in instance, number one, where Jesus requires judging, we’re going to bring this up. It’s going to be the entire focus of, of the chapter, but we are absolutely going to bring this up all the way along the way. Does Jesus at any point in the, the whole illustration say that there wasn’t actually a speck in the brothers.
I know as a matter of fact said, you deal with yourself first with the plank in your own eye first. So you can see to help your brother who has a speck in his eye, who raise your hand. If you’ve ever had something in your eye, you couldn’t get out on your own. You needed help. How inferior infuriating is it to have something in your eye and you’re trying to get it out.
You can’t get it out. You can’t see your, what your eyes watering, everything stops until you can get that thing out of your eye. So imagine you go up to your brother and you say, help me get this thing out. Like he says, I’ll get it out of your Island. You look at it and he’s got a Boulder sticking out of his eye.
That’s not the person you need help in you at the moment they got to fix their problem. First Jesus requires number one, the judging of self, okay? The person with the plank in their eye must judge themselves. Or they’ll never know they have a plank in their Hi. He’s not talking about literal wood here. He’s talking about spiritual matters. He said,
you first judge, you, Jesus commands judgment. He commands judging ourselves first. Then Jesus commands judging your brother because you are there to determine and extract a speck from your brother’s eye. Now, how are you supposed to determine the difference between a pupil and a speck? I hope you have some judging capabilities. Otherwise your brother’s eye is in trouble. If you don’t know the difference between the eyeball and a speck,
get out of the eye, leave it alone, let somebody else do it. They need to know the difference. Jesus commands judging the difference between a foreign object that’s causing a problem and the eye that belongs there, but let’s go on. He then says, hypocrite first remove the plank from your own eye. And then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
By the way, I’m just going to throw in here. Number, number three, Jesus says we need to be able to judge the difference between a and an honest person. Cause he did. He said, and you can, the person who has a glaring problem with their own life, who judges someone else with a tiny problem in their life. He said,
you could judge them to be a hypocrite And you can know it. Okay. Well then he goes on to say, do not give what is Holy to the dogs, Okay? Nor cast your pearls before swine, unless they trample them under their feet and turn and tear you in pieces. How are you supposed to determine what is Holy and what Is not according to God’s word,
Be Holy for, I am Holy in the context of, of the Jewish life. There, there were things that were consecrated to God. The, the, the, the, the instruments they used in the tabernacle Leviticus, chapter 10. What was it that the two sons of li of Aaron did that caused God to send down fire from heaven. They took that,
which was profane, and they put it on a Holy altar. They use profane fire. They did not use Holy fire to light the Holy altar. Now, How are you going to determine the difference between Holy objects and profane or common objects if you don’t Judge? So Jesus requires the judgment judgment between that, which is Holy and that which isn’t, but he not only requires that we judge between that,
which is Holy and that, which isn’t. He also requires that we discern or judge the difference between one who is a good person and what he describes as a doll. No, Jesus has just said, I’m going to hand you that, which is Holy, that you determine who to give it to. And he says, now you make a judgment about who to give it to,
and don’t give it to dogs. And he says, do you know, there’s a difference between a Pearl And a stone And having judged the difference between a Pearl and a stone do not cash the peril before a swine, which means you have to judge the difference between a swine and something is in the swine. And we got in the point yet, we’re not three verses removed from judge not.
And he commanded judgment up one side down the other. So let us never say, Jesus said, don’t judge for that is the exact opposite of what Jesus is saying. Here. He goes on to say, ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find knock, and it will be opened to you. Now he’s just talked about judgment.
He’s just in this whole context, talked about selfishness. He’s just talked about where our heart is, where our treasure is. And he turns around and right after saying, don’t cast your pearls before swine don’t give what is Holy to the dogs. He turns around and says, now ask your father for what you need. Why, Why the change from this to that?
Why the change from selfishness and self-centeredness to, to ask God. And the answer is because he’s not changing the person who asks God for what he needs is first and foremost, a person who admits he needs you don’t ask God for something. If you don’t think you need anything, you don’t ask God for what you think you can supply on your own.
You don’t ask. Now, obviously some people may go through the motions. They may, they have, they’ve been taught, you know, all their lives to pray that God give them something, but they don’t think they that God does anything for them. I, I’m not debating that I’m talking about Jesus is pointing out. Here is someone who recognizes his need for the father and a selfish person.
Doesn’t recognize their need for the father. They do not understand their place before God. So he says, ask, and it will be given to you or asked, and it will be given you seek and you shall find knock. And it shall be opened to you for everyone who asks, receives. And he who seeks finds. And to him who knocks it will be open or what man is there among you who,
if his son asks for bread will give him a stone. Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children? How much more will your father who is in heaven? Give good things to those who ask him there for, he has said these things ask,
seek, knock, And then use God as the example or sorry, fathers, as the example of, of, of, of the perfect father to make this point. This has been what he’s been drawing you forward to for the entire time there, for whatever you want men to do to you do also to them for this is the law and the prophets chapter five chapter six first part of chapter seven are the discourse of Jesus on the old Testament.
And the view that the law was given to the Israelites because of how good the Israelites were and that they were the descendants of Abraham and that they were God’s people and that they deserved the promised land and that they should be considered closer to God than everybody else. And Jesus said, whatever you would, that men should do to you go do it to them.
And that went against every thing. The Pharisees taught about the Gentiles, everything, it went against, everything that the Jewish society had created as a bubble of power for the leadership of their society. When a teacher walked through the street, you were to recognize them. When you walked through the street, you think the teacher needed to recognize you. No,
Jesus said whatever you would, that men do to you, you do to them. And yet you would have a priest or a Levi or a teacher or a Pharisee. They wouldn’t speak to a woman, not in public, whatever you would that men should do to you. Do you to them all through this text, Jesus has been focusing on serving self or serving God.
And when we treat others the way we want to be treated, We can serve God. When we think others should treat us the way we want to be treated. And there’s a big difference when we think others should treat us the way we want to be treated, that’s not serving God that’s serving South. This lesson would follow Jesus’ ministry to the night of his betrayal,
where in the upper room, in the midst of his disciples, arguing about who would be the greatest in the kingdom, Jesus puts on a servant’s towel and washes his disciples, Pete, Whatever you would that men should do to you do ye even so under them. And we fall so short of that. So often I’m going to say one more thing about what happened in the capital of the day.
If Matthew chapter seven verse 12 was being followed, it never would have happened. Enter, okay. By the narrow gate enter wall. What’d he just tell you to seek his kingdom. So what are you going to enter the kingdom? Seek first, the kingdom, go back to chapter five. We’ll find it here in a minute. Where’s the statement,
except your righteousness exceed. There you go. Verse 20. Well let’s Well, let’s go back to verse 17. Do you not think that I came to, or do you think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets? I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill assuredly, I say to you until heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one till shall by no means pass from the law until all is fulfilled.
Whoever therefore breaks. One of the least of these commandments and teaches men. So shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven for Isaiah and to you that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will, by no means enter the kingdom Well happened.
Jesus is not talking In the immediate context. In the immediate situation to the church church doesn’t exist yet. He hasn’t established it. Yeah. Yeah. He’s talking to the Jews, The Jews who were waiting for the Messiah and waiting for his kingdom and they were waiting for the one who was gonna sit on the throne of David. And they were waiting on the one who Moses had prophesied would be a prophet like in the,
him, they were waiting for the kingdom. And Jesus said, unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you won’t enter the kingdom of heaven. And then he says, you got to get rid of your self interest and seek first the kingdom. And then he says, you stopped judging others and used our doing the others, which you’d want done to you.
And then he says, enter by the narrow gate. Four wide is the gate. And broad is the way that leads to destruction. And there are many who go in by it because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life. And there are few who find it. He’s talking about the kingdom. He’s, It’s talking about entrance into his kingdom.
And he said, you want to get in my kingdom. You’re not going to fall in. You’re not going to get there by accident. You’re not going to take a leisurely, walk down the road and get in my kingdom. What’d have to do, to get into The kingdom of Israel, Pop out a girl out of mama’s womb. That’s it?
Zero effort And zero control over whether you or not, you started there. Jesus said, no, my kingdom and few there be that. Find it. He then says, I can’t resist. He said we had to judge between a Broadway in a narrow way. Didn’t he? Yeah. There’s one more judgment. He done bilayer of false prophets. Oh no.
Well now we’ve got to judge between true profits and false profits, all this judging going on in Matthew chapter seven. What are we going to do with it? He says, beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. Now we’ve got to judge between sheep and wool. Oh, you will. Oh, you will.
We’ll know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles even so every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears, bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit and nor can a banned tree bear. Good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Therefore by their fruits, you will know them. Not only said judge them. He said how he said, you judge them by their Fruit, whatever they produce. If they’re producing people who don’t obey God, there you go. If they’re teaching them to not obey God, There you go. You don’t need any more than that. We’re supposed to know the difference between good fruit and bad fruit.
We’re supposed to know the difference between a good tree and a band tree. And we’re supposed to know the difference between a true teacher and a false prophet. Oh, but God said not to judge, not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord shall enter the kingdom of heaven. Oh, so we are talking about entering the kingdom of heaven. He said,
Lord, Lord, or everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. But he who does the will of my father, who is in heaven, many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name and done many wonders in your name.
And then I will declare to them. I never knew you depart from me. You who practice lawlessness. So the fruit by which judge As first and foremost, whether or not they do what God says, if they don’t do what God says, it doesn’t matter what else they do. Hey, look, I can cast out demons, but you’re not obeying God.
I’m doing many wonderful works, but you’re not obeying God. Therefore, Whoever hears these things of mine and does them, I would liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock. And the rain descended and the floods came and the winds blew and beat on that house. And it did not fall for, it was founded on the rock.
But everyone who hears these sayings of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain descended and the floods came and the winds blew and beat on that house and it fell and great was its fall. And so it was when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at his teaching for.
He taught them as one, having a foresty and not as the scribes, They listened to him and said, I never, I never heard the law taught this way. What a shame. Cause it’s not. Cause it’s not in there. You can go back everything. Jesus said all the way from Matthew five, verse three, all the way to the end of Matthew,
chapter seven. And you can go find it in the old ball, either in word for word or principle for principle, you can find everywhere A bit of it, but they wouldn’t teach it And they needed to do better. And so do we All right? That’s chapter seven Problems. Joan Springer had a bad day today, according to her husband. And he usually is here,
but I think things were rough enough at home that he decided to stay. Jessica Dale is with us tonight, but I think basically she too is holding her own. And as is ed Richardson, Cheryl and Eric’s L Sheriff’s dad and Eric’s, father-in-law Janie, Morlin knee surgery and therapy is going well, but she gets very tired easily, but she’s doing quite well.
Alicia and Maddie bond have a sinus infection that turned out to be negative for the COVID virus. And lucky had a pacemaker put in, I think yesterday had a pretty rough night last night, but I talked to him today about noon or so. And he’s he’s doing well. And Taylor Wilson, if you remember, or were here a few years ago,
she used to worship with us. She’s Dorothy, Wilson’s granddaughter. She and her mom, Shelly and stepdad, Todd all have the COVID virus and they’re feeling a bit better and they’re doing okay. Shane has not been tested, but is showing no signs of COVID Noah Olsen, our, a student that worships here with us, he has the virus. So we certainly need to keep him in our prayer.
And we need to remember Barbara Dillard. She’s going to have a surgery on a rotator cuff tomorrow. So these are the people that I know about. And these are the people that we need to need to remember. Our song leader tonight will be Michael Dale. Hearne has the devotional and Terry would play. We’ll have the closing prayer. Thank you all for being here.
Let’s turn to song. Number 578. We will glorify 578. Once you get there, you can put your finger in it. Our song of invitation will be number 943, nine 43. We will glorify. We will glorify the King of Kings. We will glorify the<inaudible>. We will glorify the Lord of Lords who is gray it’s<inaudible> and majesty.
We will<inaudible> we will wash up him and righteous. Nah, we will wash up him. Oh,<inaudible> King of Kings<inaudible><inaudible> Lord of Lords, who is the gray it’s Luke chapter nine. Jesus asks in verse 18. Who do the crowds say that? I, So they answered and said John, the Baptist, but some say Elijah and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again.
And he said to them, but who do you say that I am Peter answered and said the Christ of God. And he strictly warned them and commanded them to tell them this to no one saying the son of man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and be killed and be raised. The third day, verse 23 says,
then he said to them all, if anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me for whoever desires to save. His life will lose it. But whoever loses his life for my sake will save it for what profit is it to a man. If he gains the whole world and is himself destroyed or lost.
But then he makes an interesting statement. One that we need to be careful about. We need to be careful about how we think about God’s word and our conviction concerning God’s word, because he says for whoever is ashamed of me and my words of him, the son of man will be ashamed when he comes in his own glory and in his fathers and of the Holy angels.
But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who shall not taste death until they see the kingdom of God. Some people go through this book And they find some parts. They like, and they hold onto them real tight. And then they find some parts. They just can’t get behind. And they might act as though they’re not there. But then they might just say,
well, I just see it a little different. Or they might say, well, that’s not what my mama said. Or they might say well, but my preacher said, Jesus said, if you’re ashamed of me, I have my words. Then when I come in my glory, I’ll be ashamed of you. How do you feel about God’s word?
How do you feel about what God in it? Do you agree with it? Are there some parts you just kind of skip over because you don’t really like the way he put it. Maybe you don’t really like the way he, what he said about one subject or another. We don’t have that. Right? We can choose to do it. But Jesus said,
you can have me and my word or you can’t have me. Where are we this evening? We asked, Well, what did Jesus say? We had to do? We ask it about salvation. We would find the answer. Jesus said, except you believe that I am he’ll die in your sins. We’ve got to believe in Christ, But he didn’t stop there.
He said he, that believes and is baptized shall be saved. He, the believer of not shall be damned. Some people will say, see if you don’t believe you’ll be damned, but he didn’t say, if you don’t, if you’re not baptized, you won’t be damned. If you don’t believe you won’t be baptized. He also said That he was going to go to the cross and it was necessary for him to go to the cross that repentance and remission of sins might be preached to the entire world.
He said, we had to hear, because that’s the point of preaching. He said, we had to believe. Cause without it we’ll die in our sins, He said that repentance was the message that needed to be preached to the entire world. So repentance probably has something to do with it also said, you’ve got to take me. And he said,
he’s coming in his glory and that’s the picture of a King. And he said, some of you standing here in that day, some of his disciples right then and there would see his kingdom come with power, Which means he’s raining. And if we’re not willing to confess allegiance to him as King, we can’t have him. But he then did say he the believe with and is baptized shall be saved.
So what do we have to do here? Believe repent, confess be baptized. Yes. You also said he, that hears these sayings of mine and does them. I will like an unto a wise man who builds his house upon the rock. And he Here’s the sayings of mine and does not do them. I will like an undo, a fool who builds his house upon the sand.
So it’s not enough to hear believe repent, confess and be baptized and think our ticket is stamped to go to heaven because we then have to live what he said day in and day out. Because just the verse before it, he said, pick up your cross daily and follow me. So are we doing that in our own lives? If you have need of the invitation,
because that’s not your status in life, it’s available to you, you have needed the invitation for any reason, it’s available to you. If you have a need, why not come forward as we stand? And as we sing<inaudible><inaudible> O U a. So that’s<inaudible><inaudible> dude.<inaudible> us, dude. You know,<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> here’s each time you<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> your,
ah,<inaudible> my jeez us dude.<inaudible><inaudible> and then he<inaudible> Let us pray. Heavenly father, we thank you Lord, for the opportunity and the privilege to be in your house tonight, to learn more of your word, Lord, Lord, we thank you for the blessings that you give us every day. And some Lord that we don’t realize,
but we still need to be thankful for them. Lord, be with the ones that are sick, just bring them back into our church, family, Lord, to worship with us and just be with us as we leave tonight and just keep us safe and bring us back at the next appointed time. These things will ask you in your precious name. Amen.