The Evidence of Christ Likeness!
1We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” 4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." (Romans 15:1-7, ESV)
We have an obligation to "bear with" our neighbor!
1We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For Christ did not please himself...
36“...You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 22:36-39, ESV)
We have an obligation to "be one"
5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35, ESV)
6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." (Galatians 3:20, ESV)
5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:5-6, ESV)
"In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one." (Ephesians 6:16, ESV)
The Evidence of Christ Likeness!
Sunday’s message discussed conviction of truth and we looked specifically at God’s word being the source of how truth is revealed to us. So, the studies for this entire series will center around the content of the message from Sunday, July 8. This will help us understand the base from which all the other sermons inthe series were built. For the next four weeks, will look at a passage that illuminates the sufficiency and certainty of scripture and God’s word! These studies will be very applicable to us as we live in a day and time in our culture where the grounds for the certainty of anything, in any realm, gets called into question. Psalm 19:7-11 is the greatest summation concerning the power of God’s word anywhere in scripture! As a group, turn to Ps. 19:7-11, read aloud and let us marvel at the beauty of this passages truth and its flawless composition.
1. As a group, summarize what we learned last week about God’s testimony and is commandment..Now, over the next two weeks we will identify and discuss the effect that each statement and characteristic will have on the reader. Let’s continue with v8a.
2. V8a - The Precepts of the Lord are right-- rejoicing the heart. We discussed this abit last week as well. We stated that scripture is God’s manual for human behavior--this is true, but let’s look deeper. Why should scripture be viewed as God’s precepts or His principles?
3. To further illustrate this point--I want to point to a quote from C.S. Lewis. It is one of my favorite quotes. “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.” Discuss this quote as a group.
4. Let’s discuss the ‘rightness’ of ‘The Lord’s’ precepts. This is, like we have mentionedpreviously, addressing both the correctness and direction of God’s precepts. This is a repeating theme of this passage--we can trust scripture, it will lead us in the right direction and will never let us down--but how will this help rejoice the heart of the reader?
5. John MacArthur points to Colossians 3:16, as a way to better understand thispremise."Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly with all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing, making melody in your heart to the Lord." How does this passage facilitate your understanding of Ps. 19:8?
We must not be satisfied to affirm the bible in the general or abstract. We must strive to know the precepts of scripture as given by God and let everything that we see be seen through that worldview!