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August 3, 2020 2:00 am
Left unchecked, every person would focus on themselves and live only to please themselves. In the message "The Cure for 'I' Disease," Skip talks about how redemption through Jesus brings with it a different lifestyle.
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Unity does not mean uniformity does not mean witnessing either I and every topic every subject every issue that is impossible.
Christians who are brothers and sisters in the same family will disagree on doctrine not essential to the doctrine of the last, every family has disagreements so it is with the family of God is something that brings us together discover what that is today on connect with Skip Heitzig the first choose a great resource that takes you an interesting journey and gives you insight into Middle East affairs. Here is Skip with Joel Rosenberg talk about this month's offer Joel's book the Jerusalem assassin Joel Rosenberg releases a new book. I can't wait to read it never disappoints. Recently, I was able to talk with Joel about this book from his home in Jerusalem is about an American president was about to roll out his Middle East peace Joel Rosenberg's novels are dramatic stories meant the reality of today's headlines have a Saudi Israeli peace plan would be huge. That will be historic. Let's do it. Let's do a summit in Jerusalem, the Jerusalem assassin. What's amazing about that is this is a plausible scenario for Jerusalem assassin by Joel Rosenberg is our special offer.
This month your hardcover copy of the Jerusalem assassin is our thank you gifts you give $35 or more today to help expand this Bible teaching outreach with Skip Heitzig so calm now to get your copy 800-922-1888 will give online securely connectwithskip.com/offer. I hope you will order your copy of Jerusalem assassin by Joel Rosenberg get a behind-the-scenes look at global events and you will be supporting. That's 800-922-1888 online securely connectwithskip.com/offer chapter 15 to teaching with-or it bears repeating. You and I we are never more like Satan than we live to serve ourselves easiest thing in the world but default position of human being servers look out for number one talk about me.
We are never more like Satan than when we serve ourselves. We are never more like Jesus than when we serve others. His whole life was marked by that serving the father and serving others. Do you know what these letters mean WWJ D with any what would Jesus do most people know that as a movement that began back in the 1990s by youth pastor in Michigan who came up with the little bracelets. What would Jesus WWJ D but it actually started about 100 years before that in the 1890s with the little book that was published called in his steps by Charles Sheldon in his steps.
Subtitle what would Jesus do.
It's a story about the way this book sold about 50 million copies for the best-selling books about inner steps is a story of a pastor in Illinois.
Thanks Raymond Illinois outside of Chicago who started challenging his own congregation with this thought what would Jesus do. He said they want for the next year I'm in a challenge, you will challenge each other to think like this.
What would Jesus do so before you do anything before you go on any vacation or make any choice in your business and your family just ask yourself the question, what would Jesus do. That's the theme of the book while the story goes on to share how this whole congregation and asking that question. In applying that question and in every area of life. The whole church got changed the whole community eventually got changed. What would Jesus do. It's a great thought to great story, but anybody who is actually tried to do what Jesus would do, will tell you so hard because it is so against human nature story about a mom making pancakes were boys on a Saturday morning. She had two boys, Kevin was five years old. Ryan is three years old.
She's making pancakes. These kids start arguing about who's gonna get the first pancake got kids trinkets and you know what this is like right you let this before.
This argument is losing at first, thinking she thought perfect perfect opportunity. Perfect teaching moment. So she bent over and she was boys, you heard me talk teach on this before.
If Jesus were here. What would he do before they could answer she said Jesus would say, let my brother have the first pancake while Kevin being a little bit older turned to his younger brother Ryan and said Ryan you be Jesus.
If the hero of the story is Jesus and he gets pancakes second. That means you be Jesus because I want to first it is hard to do what we are called to do and we have the example in Jesus so patient activity followed by personal conformity number three, followed by purposeful study. I want you to look with me at verse four. After quoting Psalm 69.
Notice how he writes this for whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope in quoting Psalm 69 verse nine he now takes the quote springboards into this principle.
He talks about the Scriptures and the purpose of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Question what Scriptures was Paul referring to in this verse, not the gospel of Matthew, not the book of Revelation.
They were written as we know he is specifically referring to the Old Testament Scriptures and its place in the life of the Christian. So when Paul writes in second Timothy three all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for reproof, correction instruction in righteousness, etc. for us. We understand that means all of the Bible old and New Testament. But when Paul wrote that it specifically referred to the old testament. The very part of Scripture.
Many Christians and never read the Old Testament is what he's quoting out the early church was a learning church when they got together that was front and center for them they needed to learn what the Bible said so. Acts 242. You know it well they devoted themselves to the apostles doctrine, fellowship, breaking the bread in prayer right you know that verse one.
A list first on their list was the apostles doctrine the apostles doctrine I think of the modern Christian were to come up with a list of the most important values that they would devote themselves to it probably would include that it might include things like they we devote ourselves to love. We devote ourselves to singing we devote ourselves to service we devote ourselves to mission mean how many people, Christians do you know that are devoted to doctrine effect ask after Christian friend that this week up and say you devoted to doctrine, the can look at you like you are from Mars walked doctrine. Doctrine is an important Jesus is important that doctrine.
You never know about Jesus, unless you had doctrine doctrine. This means good solid real wholesome teaching.
That's what doctrine means, but I will say and it's sad but in the average Christian bookstore and is not even many of those left anymore. The best-selling books are not books on Dr. there books on on personal lifestyle or marriage or number of other things but not Dr. but they acts 242 devoted themselves to the apostles Dr. John Stott put it this way, one might say that the Holy Spirit opened the school in Jerusalem that day. The schoolteachers were the apostles whom Jesus had appointed and trained and there were 3000 pupils in kindergarten was a learning church debate being devoted to the apostles doctrine simply met the Old Testament as now interpreted by the apostles.
The earliest followers of Jesus first on their LeSabre devoted to that. What the Bible does predicted the same time is at the time is coming when men will not endure sound doctrine question. Why is this why is starting the Scripture so important to overcome selfishness did this I disease is the answer because it reprograms us.
That's why as I read the Bible. I do most every day my mind. My thinking gets reprogrammed I moved from my default mode, which is selfish, thinking the selfish orientation thinking about just myself. My needs me planet me and I start thinking about what God wants and how to please others. I become God oriented and others oriented.
It reprograms me daily doses of the Scripture help us see clearly you need the Bible in order to see clearly because your vision in mind will get fuzzy and foggy if we just watched TV and stare at that stupid little Instagram feed if that's all we do our thinking is going to get foggy and fuzzy. CS Lewis said I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it.
I see everything else. Through the Scriptures.
I can see everything else. It becomes for me a lens by which I view all of life. My worldview is formed by the lens of Scripture. That's why I say purposeful study.
All these things were written for us.
And notice how he ends that verse that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have what hope is what I think it means when I read those stories in the Bible. I walk away with a God who is incredibly patient with people and that gives me great hope. I command God's long-suffering man. He endures and he puts up with me gives me hope and easy verse in obvious verse, Jeremiah 2911. I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. He was saying that the people who were suffering a captivity, but but he was given amount so patient activity, personal conformity, purposeful study may give you 1/4 and a final thought in this paragraph to overcome selfishness. I disease practical harmony all explained that practical harmony. Look at verse five now may the God of patients or endurance and comfort grant you to be like-minded.
That is patient toward one another. According to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us to the glory of God. You know there will be in this life. Lots of things that you and I will not agree on even as brothers and sisters in the same family. I want you to know that that's okay. It's okay because at the end of the day you and I we agree on the essentials. That's what makes us brother and sister. We all agree in the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ we all agree in the physical bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. We all agree that God reveals himself in three persons of Trinitarian guy. We all agree on. We agree on the virgin birth.
We agree on the essentials that make us all essentially Christian nerves. A lot of other things we disagree on. That's okay, we can still hinder the high five brother sister because there is a practical unity. Unity does not mean uniformity does not mean we do see eye to eye on every topic, every subject every issue that is impossible. Christians who are brothers and sisters in the same family will disagree on doctrine nonessential doctrine by Dr. nonetheless they will disagree and styles of worship, they will disagree on days of the week to worship some people's ally Masato Terrien I worship on Saturday Greg Webb Saturday night service, which also the Sunday service that we don't go to Saturdays are be happy other site I only worship on Sunday, first day the week resurrection to go with Sunday services. Also, some people will say all days of the life that's me. I like to worship Jesus Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday and keep doing it every day. Let each be persuaded in his own mind. The Christians will disagree, for example, some of us.
I'm including myself. I am pre-tribulation will that is my doctrinal position when it comes to eschatology.
I believe that the Lord is coming. I believe it is to take his church off the earth before the rapture. Not everybody believes that some are staunchly big tribulation. Then there's even 1/3 I compost Josie's their post-tribulation would believe that he's gonna let us go to the tribulation, then rapture is up then bring us right back which is to me it's like what's the point position, but nonetheless there are some who would disagree with that. That's okay with me. I want to give people the freedom to be wrong. I hope you will give me the same freedom. Some in the church are staunchly Calvinistic. That is, they follow the teachings of John Calvin, in my view too much. Others swing the opposite direction inside with the theological constructs of Jacobowitz Arminius called Arminians some like stained glass windows and robes and candles in liturgy and high church music.
Others of us prefer a more contemporary feel. But there are others even who like it wilder and looser than that and I will tell you I am so glad that our community has churches to fit them all because I wouldn't want them all come in here. I love them in Christ, you're my brother, sister, but hey mutate about this church, I think you might like. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing the main thing is Jesus, the biblical Jesus. He is God he is the second person of the Trinity. He came to Diana Cross.
He rose from the dead. He is coming again. There are some points of essential doctrine. You're good with that. I'm good with you because verse six and seven says that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us to glory of God.
The greatest form of harmony is when we look past our differences and we glorify God. Notice what God is called for the great titles is called the God of patients now verse five. May the God of patients and comfort grant you to be like-minded.
God puts up with a lot of our nonsense.
Lots of our foolishness. So because he's the God of all patients and we follow God and we have Jesus as the example and the Scripture as our guide, you see the point you to make a decision to be patient. You likewise due to our world for a long time has discussed and and and saying about love will put this up here on the screen. Love equals what do you define love people tried for a long time to define love now I'll say this, the world doesn't say it like this they wouldn't sing it this way but the basic default human position of this world governed by the God of this world. Satan is this love equals me before you.
It is okay. Glad you're here. You have an opinion but I'm here now you know I think you know what I want know we ought to do because I'm me right it's all about me. The easiest way to live is the floor you can walk away happy.
However, the Christian definition of love, the Jesus definition of love. True love looks like this you before me harder to do feels a lot better when you do it because if you really want to glorify God. This is how you live, you before me, close with an example example of a little boy named Chad. Chad was a shy quiet young fella. One day he came home and told his mom that he liked to make Valentines for everyone in his class.
Her heart sank. She thought I wish you wouldn't do that because she had watched the children when they walk home from school. Her Chad was always behind them. They laughed and hung onto each other, but Chad was never included. Nevertheless, she decided she would go along with her son so she purchased the paper and glue and crayons for three whole weeks night and a night after night.
Chad painstakingly made 35 Valentines Valentine's Day Don and Chad was beside himself with excitement. He carefully stacked them up and put them in a bag and bolted out the door. His mom decided to make him his favorite cookies and serve them up in warm and nice with a cool glass of milk. When he came home from school.
She just knew how disappointed he would be. Maybe that would ease the pain a little. It hurt her to think that he wouldn't get many Valentines maybe none at all. That afternoon she had the cookies and the milk out on the table when she heard the children outside.
She looked out the window. Sure enough, here they came laughing and having the best time and is always there was Chad in the rear. He walked a little faster than usual. She fully expected him to burst into tears as soon a T walked as soon as he got inside.
His arms were empty. She noticed when the door opened. He came in and she choked back the tears mommy has some nice warm cookies and milk for you, but he hardly heard her words. He just marched right on by. His face aglow and all he could say was, not a one not a one. Her heart sank and then he added, I didn't forget 01. Not a single one chair that little boy was not thinking how many Valentines he got he was rejoicing in the fact that there wasn't a single other child in that class that he had forgotten to give a Valentine to that illustrates what this is all about some how many I get is how many I give as many people love me Tommy. Do I love. That's how he measured it he measured it by the very rule that is here in this text. When Jesus prayed for harmony in John chapter 17 he said to his father that they may be one even as we are one that the world may believe that you sent me our harmony, our willingness to overlook pettiness and our willingness to grab a hold of what is essential and move forward is the key to strength, the default position is eye disease. We are humans me before you buy before you Jesus position as you before me this love. Let this mind be in us that wraps up Skip a fixed message for you today the series partnership right now you Skip until you hug your support helps keep these messages coming your way in connection to God's word. As Christians we all have to deal with life in a fallen world. But that's why it's important to equip listeners like you, with God's word so you can soar through life. You can thrive and not just survive when you give a generous gift you help share important lessons from the Bible.
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