Matthew 1:1-6 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, 4 and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5 and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of David the king.
Having covered all of 1 John 3:11-24 a couple of weeks ago, we're going to circle back to 1 John 3:11-15. In this short section I want to draw your attention to three important themes. First, I want us all to see the importance of holding fast to the old, simple message of the gospel. Second, I want us to see the reality that when we do hold fast to the gospel we should expect the world around us to push back in significant ways. And third, I want us to see that when we hold fast to the gospel the push back will be significant but the reward will be greater. Please pray with me that God would delight to grant us the grace hold fast to the message of the gospel and that we'd walk in faith through whatever that may bring.
Psalm 50:7-15 "Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, I will testify against you. I am God, your God. 8 Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you; your burnt offerings are continually before me. 9 I will not accept a bull from your house or goats from your folds. 10 For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine. 12 "If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine. 13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? 14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, 15 and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me."
In 1 John 3:11 we encounter, once again, the command to love other Christians. In 1 John 3:12-24 we find several specific ways in which we are to do so on a practical level. This Sunday we're going to look at these ways in order that we'd love in these ways. Please pray for me as I prepare for this sermon and for yourselves and one another as you prepare to listen. It's exciting to imagine what Grace will look like as we increasingly love one another in these ways.
This Sunday we're going to briefly examine Scripture's answers to the following questions:
- How does being a Christian affect my relationship to sin?
- Why does God allow sin's pull to continue and even grow in strength at times?
- Is it even possible to obey the bible’s clear and repeated commands for holiness?
- How can we obey the bible’s commands for holiness?
- Why would we want to make our lives more difficult by pursuing holiness?
The heavy emphasis of this sermon will be on the final two questions. It is my hope and prayer and eager expectation that we'll all walk away from this Sunday's sermon with a clear understanding of how and why we are to walk in holiness. Please pray that God would do this great work through his Word and his Spirit. And please pray that he'd do so by granting me the ability to faithfully preach his Word and you the earnest desire to walk in the power of the Spirit.