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When Stephen was stoned to death, many of the other disciples were persecuted causing them to travel as far as Antioch. As faithful witnesses to Christ and obeying the great commission, they preached the gospel.
Acts 11:21 “And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.”
Many people in Antioch came to Christ, and it was there that the name “Christian” was first given to them. Acts 11:26b “… the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”
”The Church in Jerusalem heard the good news and endeavoured to send Barnabas to encourage, teach and disciple them. Acts 11:22 “Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.”
When Barnabas arrived he saw the hand/grace of God at work in the lives of people and rejoiced. Acts 11:23 “Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad,”
It is a wonderful and exciting to see God at Work and to be a part of His work. Praise the Lord!
1, Barnabas’ MESSAGE to the SAINTS
Acts 11:23 “Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.”
He exhorted them to be faithful to the Lord. Purpose of Heart = to be fixed, firm, steadfast, unmovable and committed in their decision and not wavering. To cleave unto the Lord = to be one with, stuck on, inseparable, to remain following the Lord whole-heartedly. (Joshua 22:5)
2. Barnabas' MINISTRY to the SINNERS
Acts 11:24 “…much people was added unto the Lord.”
As Barnabas ministered to the saints, he also would have witnessed to other sinners that knew not the Lord. He was soul sensitive, because he was Spirit filled.
3. Barnabas MADE by the SPIRIT
Acts 11:24 “For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith:”
It is amazing to me how the Holy Spirit stops here to make a comment on the character of Barnabas. God would have all of His servants to be thus.
4. Barnabas’ MINDSET
Acts 11:25-26 “Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: (26) And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people.”
Barnabas’ main concern was for the work of the Lord and to see people go on for the Lord. He had a co-labouring Spirit and sought after Paul. He did not care for a man centred ministry. AMEN and AMEN!
(Luke 10:1-2) “After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. vs 2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”
In the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry He gathered the twelve disciples together to teach, train, and to give them opportunities to reach others for Christ. As well as the twelve we see Jesus appoint seventy labourers for a specific task. The work of the ministry is certainly not limited to only twelve.
1. The Mission
(Luke 10:1-2) “After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also…”
The seventy that were sent out would be instrumental to prepare the way for the Lord in that particular city. As the Lord has given us the great commission, we are to prepare the way for the gospel by being witnesses for Christ. The message we carry is the precious Gospel – the good news that Jesus Saves. The Ministry is about the Lord, and not us. Luke 10:16
2. The Method
Luke 10:1“…and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place…”
Like the twelve disciples, the Lord sends them out two by two. The Lord knows that certain places can be dangerous. However, having a partner go out witnessing with you is practical, encouraging, and rewarding.
(Ecclesiastes 4:9) “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.”
3. The Man
Luke 10:2 “…pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”
The Lord Jesus Christ is looking for Labourers. Before Jesus sends the seventy out, He gives them clear and sober instructions describing a true labourer.
a. Selfless, Sacrifices, and Suffers. – Luke 9:57-58
b. Separated to the Gospel – Luke 9:59-60
c. Single-minded and Steadfast – Luke 9:61-62
4. The Mission Field
The mission field consists not only of labour intensive work, but it is also a battlefield. We are told to endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ. Not only that, but it is a place where there are savages, animals that wish to tear apart the work of God, the souls of men, and the Gospel seed-sower.
(Luke 10:3) “Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.”
There are 3 kinds of people on the mission field.
a. Wolves (God haters) – Luke 10:3
b. Wasters (God rejecters) – Luke 10:10-11
c. Worshippers (God receivers) – Luke 10:5-7
We are not to waste time with people who disrespect and vehemently reject the Gospel. Certainly contending for the faith has its place. However, we are to seek to reach people that are willing to hear the Gospel and not tread all over it like a pig that treads on precious pearls.
(Matthew 7:6) "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."
Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
The great commission is a command given to the church and presents the greatest cause any person can be a part of. As the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ we are to give our fullest attention to the final instruction to the church. Think about it, we are by-products of the great commission. God uses His people to help fulfill His purpose. What a privilege.
1. The Mandate = Go
“Go ye therefore…”
The great commission is a command not an option. We are to go in the power of God’s might.
Oswald J. Smith once said “The church that does not evangelize will fossilize.”
2. The Message = Gospel
“…and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”
Baptism is a picture of the Gospel –Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. The message we are to teach others is that which points them to Christ and Him crucified.
3. The Model = Generate Disciples
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:”
Discipleship is a big part of the great commission. Once a person is saved, we are to nurture them in the Word of God and help them grow in obedience to the Lord in all things. Making disciples is how a church is started.
4. The Mission = Globe
“…and teach all nations
Worldwide missions is the focus of the Church. It is a great responsibility, but not impossible. God enables His people to reach others; He will provide them with power, and protection. “And, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Hudson Taylor once said “Many Christians estimate difficulty in the light of their own resources, and thus they attempt very little and they always fail. All giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His power and presence to be with them."He goes on to say"God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supplies."
5. The Motivation = God’s Love
Matthew 28:16-17 “Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.”
We can either doubt God’s ways, or we can love God and worship Him by doing that which pleases Him for His Glory!
The Psalms are a wonderful piece of poetry. They are full of truth and testimony that can be sung not only to challenge us, but to comfort our hearts, especially when we may feel overwhelmed. Psalm 61 is tremendous encouragement to those that are perhaps feeling weary in spirit, or have a heavy heart, being burdened down by certain things.
CH Spurgeon said, “This Psalm is a pearl. It is little, but precious. To many a mourner it has furnished utterance when the mind could not have devised speech for itself.”
This Psalm would indicate to us that David was in exile (vs 2). David was driven into exile because of the rebellion of his son Absalom. David’s life was threatened and he was yet in danger. It would also denote that the Psalm would have been composed by David after he had returned to the throne. (vs 6) Delitzsch would have been correct in entitling it, “Prayer and thanksgiving of an expelled King on his way back to his throne.”
David’s response when he was overwhelmed
1. His Prayer
Psalm 61:1 “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.”
2. His Petition
Psalm 61:2 “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Psalm 61:3 “For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.”
3. His Passion
Psalm 61:4 “I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.”
4. God’s Promise
Psalm 61:5-7 “For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name. vs 6 Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations. vs 7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.”
5. His Praise
Psalm 61:8 “So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever…”
6. His Practice
Psalm 61:8 “…that I may daily perform my vows.”
Luke 16:14-15 “And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”
The preaching of Jesus Christ is always based upon truth - truth that exposes the hearts of men; for this cause the Pharisees could not stand the preaching and teaching of Jesus. The truth of Christ’s teaching (a truth that undermined the works and ways of man) was the main reason the Pharisees crucified Christ.
The Pharisees presented a godly impression before others, but in actual fact they were consumed with themselves. The Pharisees loved possession and position, and did not want anyone interrupting their lifestyle. Their lifestyle proved what was in their hearts. God knew that the Pharisees put on a show to look good before the eyes of men. God knew that they had no heart for the truth. Luke 16:15 "Ye are they which justify yourselves before men..."
May God help us not to say and do the right thing simply to justify our ungodly living. God knows each of our hearts. We can put up a front with each other but not with God. God knows whether we are truly surrendered or just living a covetous, convenient Christianity.
The Pharisees heard Jesus and began to feel convicted, but instead of responding for good, they chose to reject the Truth. Luke 16:14 "...and they derided him."
The Word "derided" means “they turned up the nose at him.” Wow! They had a proud look toward Christ, who was only trying to help them see their disposition. Our reaction toward the Word of God will determine whether we really love the truth.
1Thess. 5:20 "Despise not prophesyings."
We must not treat the preaching of God's Word lightly. When God's Word is preached or read, it is to be adhered to with great seriousness and attention. We are to be ready to respond and not react.
We are instructed to love all aspects of preaching – rebuking, exhorting, reproving, and doctrine. The doctrines of "creation, prophecy, and eternal security" can excite us, but what we do with them determines how we behave. We can learn to submit to and obey the Creator God who is sovereign over all things. We can occupy in the Gospel till the Lord comes again. We can be content and thankful to the Lord because He has written our names in heaven.
The Bible is filled with the promises and blessings of God, but it is also rich with divine instruction in righteousness. We must receive both gladly. Our convicted hearts can either be humbled and respond, or be proud and walk away. Remember the account of the woman who was caught in adultery? She responded and fell at the feet of Jesus, but the others turned their back on the truth.
John 8:9 "And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst."
The same is true of the two thieves on the cross. One humbled himself and cried out to the Lord, while the other, moved with pride, died with no hope.
The way we respond to the truth of God's Word can either help us or hurt us. No matter how we feel or what we think, God's Word will always prevail; so it is better for us not to resist it as we hear it.
Luke 16:17 "And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail."
Psalm 119:164-165 "Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments. Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”
As we hear the Word of God week in and week out, let us have hearts like Ezra, hearts that are prepared to receive the Word of God so we can be changed by it, to live for God's glory, and not to live a covetous lifestyle.
Ezra 7:10 “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.”
Keep praying for each other.
James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
As God’s child, we all should desire a close walk with God, and if we do there must be a diligent effort on our part to draw near to Him by faith.
When God seems far away, it is not because He has left you, but rather that you have strayed from Him. At times a person may feel that God is distant, but it is during those times He may be the closest.
Not sensing God’s presence does not necessarily mean He is not near. He could be a chapter or verse away, just open your Bible; He could be just a metre away, just get on your knees.
However, it is God’s desire that we draw near to Him with a genuine approach.
Hebrews 10:22 “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”
1. A True Heart
The people of Israel drew near to God with their mouth, and honoured Him with their lips, but their hearts were far from Him (Mat_15:8). We ought to have a strong desire to love God with all our hearts.
2. Full Assurance Faith
As we seek the Lord, we trust in Him with all our hearts. We rest in the fact that the Lord loves us and desires a relationship with us. The truth is He died to make that possible. If we doubt God, we undermine His integrity and goodness.
3. Cleansed Hearts
W. McDonald said, “This can be brought about only by the new birth. When we trust Christ, we appropriate the value of His blood. Figuratively speaking, we sprinkle our hearts with it, just as the Israelites sprinkled their doors with the blood of the Passover lamb. This delivers us from an evil conscience.”
James 4:8 “…Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
Cleanse your hands means “to make clean or purge”; Christians must continue to be sensitive to the stains of sin that leave long- lasting marks in a person’s life. Sin not only damages, but also severs relationships, especially our relationship with God!
Note: Unconfessed sin will keep you far from God and hinder your relationship with Him.
4. Purify your heart
Purify your heart means “to make pure”; Christians are to have a pure heart toward the things of God, and not to be in two minds. Either you stand with God or you stand against God.
James 4:4 “...whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
We must come before the Lord and confess our sins to Him with a pure heart. Do not treat sin lightly. Remember it was sin that Jesus died for. We ought to abhor it instead of justify it; we ought to own up to it instead of trying to blame others; we ought to come to God and weep having a holy hatred toward what God hates.
James 4:9 “Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep...”
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:6 “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:”
(Hebrews 4:16) “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Prayer is an important component in having a close walk with God. At times, we all struggle to make time to pray and seek the Lord. However, if we are too busy to talk to God, then we are too busy.
Remembering that it is a privilege to pray – an honour to approach God and talk with Him – will help us to set aside time to pray.
Oswald Chambers said, “Beware of placing the emphasis on what prayer costs us; it cost God everything to make it possible for us to pray.”
Prayer brings us into the Presence of God in a special way.
We can go into God’s presence at any time of the day or night to obtain mercy and grace. It is a place where we commune with God. We can have the privilege like Moses to speak with God in an intimate way.
Exodus 33:11 “And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend...”
Dwight Lyman Moody, “The Christian on his knees sees more than the philosopher on his tiptoe.”
As we set aside time to pray there are some things we must remember while praying:
1. Prayer calls down the power of God
Jeremiah 33:3 "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not!'”
Prayer is seeking God to do the impossible in our lives. No prayer - no power.
Hudson Taylor said, “The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see mighty wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God’s standing challenge,”
2. Remain passionate in our prayers
We must guard against going through the motions. It is easy to pray without thinking. Remember, we are addressing the God that is in Heaven.
John Bunyan said, “In prayer it is better to have a heart without words, than words without a heart.”
Matthew 6:7 “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.”
Dwight Lyman Moody, “Some people’s prayers need to be cut off at both ends and set on fire in the middle.”
3. Unconfessed sin will hinder our prayers
(Psalm 66:18) “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”
(Proverbs 15:8) “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.”
External acts of worship may be repulsive to God when the heart of the worshiper is not right with God.
4. We must pray according to God’s Will.
(1John 5:14-15) “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: vs 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
To pray according to God's will is to pray seeking what God desires, not what we would desire or insist that He do for us.
Oswald Chambers: “Never make the blunder of trying to forecast the way God is going to answer your prayer.”
We should not pray just to get from God, we ought to pray for His direction.
Corrie ten BOOM: “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”
5. Prayer must be mixed with Faith.
1 Timothy 2:8 “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”
A life that is lived by faith will cause us to pray in faith.
George Muller once said, "“I believe God has heard my prayers. He will make it manifest in His own good time that He has heard me. I have recorded my petitions that when God has answered them, His name will be glorified.”
Matthew 21:22 “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
2 Peter 1:5-7 “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; vs 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; vs 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.”
In verse 1 the Apostle Peter writes to all who have obtained this precious faith, and in this passage we see a call to…
Note: God has given us all things necessary to fulfill His Will in our life regarding our Character and Spiritual Growth.
A man of God once said“we must be diligent in cultivating it. God does not make us holy against our will or without our involvement. There must be desire, determination, and discipline on our part.”
The Apostle Peter assumes that they already have faith in Christ. So he instructs them to add to their faith, to build-up their faith, to build on their faith.
Let us take the time to look at these 7 Graces very briefly.
(2 Peter 1:5-7) “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue…”
Virtue = Moral Excellence, It is to have Spiritual courage. It is to have the strength to stand for what is right in an ungodly world.
We do this by putting on the Armor of God. (Ephesians 6:13) “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Note: This Virtue is to be accompanied by Knowledge.
(2 Peter 1:5) "… and to virtue knowledge;"
Knowledge = It not just any kind of knowledge, it is knowledge that is from above, it is divine instruction in Righteousness, it is knowledge of spiritual truth.
CH Spurgeon once said “Scripture is a never-failing treasury filled with boundless stores of grace. It is the bank of heaven; you may draw from it as much as you please, without let or hindrance. Come in faith and you are welcome to all covenant blessings. There is not a promise in the Word which shall be withheld. In the depths of tribulations let this freedom comfort you; amidst waves of distress let it cheer you; when sorrows surround thee let it be thy solace.”
Remember the Hymn Eliza E. Hewitt wrote “More about Jesus”
“More about Jesus in His Word,
Holding communion with my Lord.
Hearing His voice in every line,
Making each faithful saying mine.”
Note: With Virtue, and Knowledge, God wants us to add Temperance.
Temperance = This is to have Self-Control… to be biblically proper, it is to have godly discipline,
Someone has defined this as “the controlling power of the will under the operation of the Spirit of God.”
Note: The next thing to add it “Patience”
Patience = endurance, perseverance, and constancy
Remember that the Hebrews writer states running the race with “Patience” The Christian life is not a sprint; it is a Marathon. We must always remember that the Christian life is a challenge to endure hardness by the Grace of God. Paul said “I finished my course”
It is good to start in the faith with a great thunder of glory; we must finish the race with much trials and testing.
Someone said “Perseverance is the art of bearing up and pressing on in the face of all that seems to be against us.”
(Acts 14:22) “Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”
Godliness = to live godly, to be like God. To be Holy as God is Holy.
Vernon Mcgee once said “There is a time in every boy's life when his dad is his hero and sometimes his idol.”
We are to have a strong passion to be like our God. Not to be a God, but to be like God in His character. To be like God or to be godly, addresses our way of life or our way of living …
We always see in Scripture that to be godly, there must be a rejection of worldliness.
(Titus 2:11) “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
(Titus 2:12) “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;”
As you know the world is always fighting against God’s ways. The World wants to redefine the constitutions of God in Marriage, Church, and in moral ethics.
Notice what Peter writes in this first epistle setting up the platform for his second letter.
(1 Peter 1:14-15) “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: vs 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
Brotherly kindness = Love for God’s people
(John 13:35) “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
Brotherly kindness is the salt that helps make salty Christians.
It is a sad thing when you see siblings in the home and Christian’s in the church purposely dodge each other when they see each other.
Brotherly Kindness is an area in which God wants us to increase. God wants us to have a growing love one toward another. Not one that is stagnate or stale.
(1 Thessalonians 4:9) “But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. Vs 9 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;”
Last but not least
Charity = Unconditional Love, a Super-natural Love, Divine Love, Christ-kind of Love, the laying down of one’s life kind of love.
Without this “love” we are nothing and we will mount-up to nothing. 1 Peter 4:8
God’s amazing love shed abroad in our hearts through Christ is the rudder on a ship that controls the large vessel
It is the engine on the plane that gives it power to fly
It is the wick in the oil that keeps the flame alight
It is the greatest among faith and hope
It is never character that ever fails
Once again the Apostles Peter states this character trait in his first letter.
1 Peter 4:8 “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”
Fervent Love = undying, without ceasing, Love
and to the courage of David the knowledge of Solomon;
and to the knowledge of Solomon the patience of Job;
and to the patience of Job the godliness of Daniel;
and to the godliness of Daniel the brotherly kindness of Jonathan;
and to the brotherly kindness of Jonathan the love of John.”
The following subject headings for the various sections of the Psalm 119 are based primarily on F. W. Grant's notes:
vv. 1-8 The Blessedness of Obeying the Word
vv. 9-16 Cleansing By the Word
vv. 17-24 Discernment By the Word
vv. 25-32 Sense of Personal Insufficiency Through the Word
vv. 33-40 The Power of the Word
vv. 41-48 Victory Through the Word
vv. 49-56 Rest and Comfort Through the Word
vv. 57-64 Perseverance in the Word
vv. 65-72 The Pricelessness of the Word in Good and Evil Times
vv. 73-80 Insights Through the Word
vv. 81-88 The Afflicted One Sustained By the Word
vv. 89-96 Eternity of the Word
vv. 97-104 Wisdom Through the Word
vv. 105-112 The Word a Lamp and Light For All Occasions
vv. 113-120 The Wicked and the Word
vv. 121-128 Separation and Deliverance Through the Word
vv. 129-136 Joy and Communion Through the Word
vv. 137-144 Zeal For the Word
vv. 145-152 Experience Through the Word
vv. 153-160 Salvation Through the Word
vv. 161-168 Perfection of the Word
vv. 169-176 Prayer and Praise Through the Word
How can a Christian Spiritually Grow into Christ-likeness
To continue to desire the Word of God
To passionately pursue the Knowledge of the Lord
To seek to have an eternal Focus
To endeavor to live the Mind of Christ
1 Corinthians 2:16 “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”
It is an amazing thing to have the mind of Christ. As Christians, our minds are renewed by God through His Word and by His Spirit.
It is one thing to know the mind of Christ, but it is another thing to Live it.
It is one thing to know the Will of God, but it is another to fulfil it.
It is one thing to hear the Words of Christ, but it is another thing to observe them.
Do you know we can be entertained by the truth of God’s Word by being heavily convicted, but doing nothing about it? As growing Christians we must endeavor to have the mind of Christ and live it.
Galatians 5:25 “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
As we have the mind of Christ revealed to us by The Word of God and by His Spirit, we must live it out.
By the Way, there are so many blessings that come from submitting to what we know we ought to do as Christ-Followers.
Note: When we live the mind Christ:
What kind of life did He live before us that we might follow?
TURN TO: Philippians 2:1-8
Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”
Paul is now going show before the eyes of the Philippians the example of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 2:6-7 “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:VS 7But made himself of no reputation…”
Jesus Christ – God, is the perfect example of someone who was selfless. He had others on His mind. The next verse before us describes what it means when Jesus “…made Himself of no Reputation…”
Philippians 2:7 “But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:”
2. SERVING MIND - “…and took upon him the form of a servant.”
4. SUBMISSIVE MIND
Philippians 2:8 “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Jesus humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death. He obeyed even though it cost Him His life.