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March 10, 2021 2:00 am
God's love and wrath are integral parts of His nature. Understanding this is crucial so we don't distort Him to the world and mislead people. In the message "Jesus Loves People, BUT…," Skip shares how you can be bold spiritually.
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Yes, Jesus was stable but now once they experience his love. It's not just say he loves you the way you are and want to stay the way you are. Jesus loves you where you are, but he loves you too much to leave you where you are, so should a person to repentance. And that's that's for you and I'll that's where we come in.
You and I are agents of God to help people come to repentance. The only way that's ever going to happen is you have to be bold the message of the gospel is both a call to grace in a call to repentance today on connect with Skip Heitzig Skip equips you to competently sure both aspects of the gospel with those around first want to share about where you can hear even more encouraging vital messages from skip.
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You should be ashamed. You have nothing to be ashamed of. It is the power of God unto salvation and says for everyone who believes, however, you are living in a culture in a country you are living now in a society that is doing everything it can to make you feel ashamed of the gospel.
How dare you say you believe in God and believe in the Bible there trying to make you feel ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the moment you say what you know I don't agree with that ruling or iron agree with these values.
I believe in the Bible all that's a hate crime. Here, discriminating well actually this is not what I believe believe something different. I don't agree with that. I just want you to know that that that I have a different way of thinking than you do, please don't discriminate against me for thinking that to live in a country to try to make you ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Always bold. Jesus was bold, one-time parody represented the government in those days called for Jesus, Herod Antipas and somebody said Herod wants to see you Jesus ago. Tell that fox I'm busy on another occasion the religious elite confronted Jesus and he said to them, you brood of vipers, who has warned you to flee from the wrath that is to come. This is gentle Jesus, meek and mild he was bold that the goal of that boldness and the goal of that theological balance is simple, it's to lead a person to repentance. Notice it says the goodness of God. Verse four leads you to repentance. That's the goal that's the goal. Yes, Jesus wants people, but now once they experience his love, and soon. I just say he loves you the way you are and want you to stay the way you are.
Jesus loves you where you are, but he loves you too much to leave you the way you are.
So the love should move a person to repentance.
And that's that's who you and I are. That's where we come in. You and I are agents of God to help people come to repentance. The only way that's ever going to happen is you have to be bold you have to be bold, the world is divided so you shut up don't speak, don't tell me your opinion. Don't give me your voice. Don't be bold is what we need to step it up and I've got something to say.
Listen to what Jesus said about you. You are the salt of the earth.
If the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again.
It's good for nothing except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. The city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do men light a lamp and cover with a bowl but they put it up so everybody can see it. So let your light shine among men that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Salt and light for that to happen. It infers boldness and when Jesus said the words that I just quoted three things are implied by that number one it's implied that Christians are fundamentally different from non-Christians all yes were humans. Yes we all blow it, but the images of salt and light show the difference between the two communities of the world of unbelievers in the world of believers.
Jesus said you are not of this world, even as I am not of this world.
The world is dark we are to be its light, the world is corrupt indicating we are to be salt second, it implies that Christians must permeate non-Christian society, we are to be more elitist think we are to be spiritually distinct, but we are never to be socially segregated or separated where to praying.
The salt into the society and burying the light into the darkness. The church is never meant to be one giant blessed me club. Unfortunately, it becomes that was all about me feeling good and that I arch milligrams urgency. I feel really good about what I heard what I say is all but we know it's not is all about strengthening us so we become salty and then the salt gets poured out of the salt shaker into the world.
That's what it's about your that old saying that says a person wrapped up in himself makes a very small package would church wrapped up in itself makes a very small pack is a purpose to our existence. The third thing this implies what Jesus said is that Christians can influence a non-Christian culture they can. I think back to the likes of William Wilberforce in England born again Christian love God evangelical Bible believing man of God William Wilberforce thought long and hard against the morals of his culture and helped overturned slavery at that time Laura Shaftesbury Ashley Shaftesbury Sabe injustice done in the workforce and fought for fair labor laws among the lower class and lower middle class. They boldly oppose their culture and prevailing cultural ideas. They had a voice amazed some of you heard and maybe even seen until it was canceled a TV show called flip it forward. As I was on the Hg TV network is about entrepreneurs who take properties and turn them around two brothers were feature two identical twins David and Jason Benham, these Benham brothers had a great show. It was very popular. I tell they started saying things like what you know were Christians or what you were Christians we believe in the Bible only they said phrases like, simply this, believe in traditional marriage shows been canceled in a wide swing dance the pro-choice lobby in the gay lobby put so much pressure on Hg TV network. They canceled the show so these two brothers aside a rocket rollover word I make this know will units spread the news and they went on talk shows and news programs to tell the real story.
Mrs. what they said, why they did it. Jason said were not doing this because we want to fight were doing this because we love Jesus were compelled by law and were willing to be bold because of that love Jesus loves all people, but he does not love. All ideas, Jesus loves people be balance. Theologically, Jesus loves people, but be bold and spiritually in third and I'll close our series with this Jesus loves people. So be bountiful, generous, be bountiful, practically notice in verse four something in here. I want to set the tone what I think our tone to be because I've taken a 14 weeks of studies and I sort of bought a little balance to it. So for now I kinda want to balance out what I just balanced by talking about what our tone ought to be a notice in verse four Paul talks about the riches of his goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering notices words the riches of his goodness, forbearance, long-suffering that that is God's approach to a sinful world that are to be our approach the new living translation renders it. Don't you realize how kind, tolerant and patient God is with you. Don't you care. Can you see how kind he is been in giving you time to turn from your sin and have we seen this over and over again with Jesus weathers the rich young ruler of the woman caught in adultery or Pontius Pilate or Thomas or Judas Iscariot, Saul of Tarsus that patient, long-suffering goodness zero in on that word in verse four that one word goodness is mentioned twice despise the riches of his goodness, not knowing it's goodness of God to lead you to repent is most translations translated kindness rather than like this goodness and that is actually better translation is more accurate because when we speak of God's goodness were not speaking of his goodness, as opposed to his badness were speaking of his goodness in terms of his benevolence is tenderness is being bountiful and generous to people.
That's one of the unique features about Jesus Christ above all others is unique ability to love people. The last couple weeks for me have been very interesting in my travels, but let me just tell you that one of the most interesting meetings I've ever had in my life took place last week in Jerusalem when I had the ability and the privilege to meet with the Prime Minister of Israel and I sat in Benjamin Netanyahu's office.
I thought I'd be there for 10 minutes for an hour.
I was with Franklin Graham and a couple of other people and we talked about a number of things and one of the things we talked about and the Prime Minister wanted to talk about was the person of Jesus Christ and he said something I'll never forget he said you know Jesus Christ brought to our nation of Israel under the Jewish people. A whole new level of and he stopped he started think of the word. He brought us a whole new level of any couldn't think of English words we said was a the Hebrew word, he brought a whole new level of has said. I said no. I recognize that word just for my Bible study guys at all. Said lovingkindness that said that sort lovingkindness. Jesus Christ brought all whole new level of loving kindness. I thought that is quite a statement that is who he was so please notice because of the word. We just saw in verse four Paul doesn't leave all of mankind under God's judgment in a sort of walk away and on your job like you made your bed. Liana Don know that's not the end of the story the real story is that God is kind, and he is patient he is possessed within innate goodwill toward sinners and in a kindness. He by his very nature is tenderhearted and compassionate and withhold judgment until judgment can be withheld. No longer, and when all else fails and a person decides I will not repent then certain judgment will come but you need to know this when it does, and it will come. It will come. God takes no delight in it. He is no joy whatsoever there's no glee in his art. When a person rejects his son and goes to hell. They will they will. There is never any delight in the heart of God. Ezekiel 18 verse 32 the Lord says I find no pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord.
Jonah went to Nineveh and was hoping that God would just nuke it. By the way, Nineveh is today ices territory.
Nineveh just wipe them out. And God said to his prophet.
Should I not show compassion on Nineveh. Peter writes in second Peter God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to finish it.
Repentance is what he wants all to come to repent. Jesus came to the city of Jerusalem in order to do what over wept over he saw the judgment, and he will lapse over the city.
Say hello Jerusalem, how often I would have gathered you but you were not willing 20 wept when our tone should be one of said loving kindness, bountiful tenderness.
Ben Franklin was right, you catch more flies with honey than you will with vinegar and brothers and sisters, we will attract more unbelievers with kindness and with correctness. You can have both. You know, you don't have to sacrifice one for the other. You can be doctrinally theologically biblically correct and balanced and you can be bold but, and it's a tough little dance.
You can also have a tone of kindness and sincere love being willing to be rejected because of your display of truth in love so balanced, bold, bountiful, Jesus loves people that love is meant to lead them to repentance and if they refuse repentance that he will judge sin until he does. People are imperfect found that area people are imperfect they mess up the sin and our posture ought to be an open hand and open hand is better than a pointed finger and open hand is better than a pointed finger, some of us are really good at this really great at wielding the finger of God that sin be careful if you does my hairball going therefore you are inexcusable. All man and open hand is better than a pointed finger, and when you open your hand so it can be easy to be called a hater because you have an opinion, this different just because you say that's not right that's wrong.
I disagree with you, be called up discriminator but don't don't don't fall for the tendency of the finger-pointing maintain the open hand on the close of the story.
The closes today closes our series with a little illustration on how kindness I love covers a multitude of sins.
Come with me to the third grade classroom. There is a nine-year-old kid sitting in his desk and all of a sudden there's a puddle between his feet, and the front of his pants are wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop because he can't possibly imagine how this happened is never happened before and he knows when the boys find out the never hear the end of it. When the girls find out, they'll never speak to him again for as long as he lives. The boy believes his heart is going to stop so he puts his head down and he prays this prayer dear God, this is an emergency. I need help now. Five minutes from now I'm dead meat. Amen. He looks up from his prayer. And here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he's been discovered as the teacher is coming to snatch him up. A classmate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl filled with water.
Susie trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl in the boy's lap.
He pretends to be angry all the while he saying thank you Jesus thank you Jesus, thank you. Now all of a sudden the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry out all the children are on their hands and knees around the desk cleaning up the mess to stay with me on this. Get past that the sympathy is wonderful the ridicule that should have been his was transferred to somebody else to see the gospel and that was transferred to Susie as the day progresses, the sympathy grows better and Susie's ridicule grows worse at the end of the day. They are waiting for the bus. Susie has been shunned by all the other children.
The boy walks over to Susie and says Susie you did that on purpose to you. She whispers back, I wet my pants to once we see the Bible tells us in Romans all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ, all of us don't have the right to do that we have the right to privilege the calling to open the hand knowing that they don't like you got a brand of love. I don't call that love. I should be able to love who I want to love and do what I want to do and God said I should make me happy even for those who've exchange the truth of God for the lie, be willing to be maligned and impugned.
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