November 4, 2013
My Sunday morning title text were “The Tragedy of Self-Ambition,” Judges 11:1-12:7.
Main Idea of the Text: Jephthah was a man consumed with the sin of self-ambition.
Main Idea of the Sermon: Self-ambition is a sin that all Christians should repent of.
Why should Christians repent of the sin of self-ambition?
I. Selfish ambition will cause you to manipulate circumstances (11:4-11).
Philippians 2:3-4: Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
2 Peter 2:1-3: But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.
II. Selfish ambition will cause you to manipulate theology (11:12-28).
Deuteronomy 32:8-9: When the Most High divided their inheritance to the nations, when He separated the sons of Adam, He set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the children of Israel. For the Lord’s portion is His people; Jacob is the place of His inheritance
Job 42:7: And so it was, after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.
III. Selfish ambition will cause you to manipulate God (11:29-40).
Romans 9:20: But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?
IV. Selfish ambition will cause you to manipulate emotions (12:1-7).
1 Corinthians 10:24: Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.
1 Corinthians 13:5: does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil.
On Sunday evening I continued preaching through the Gospel of Luke as we looked at Luke 5:12-16, “Jesus Ministers to the Outcasts of Society.”
Main Idea of the Text: Luke recorded how Jesus used His power to minister to the outcasts of His society.
Main Ide of the Sermon: Jesus has power to minister to those we may consider the outcasts of society.
I. Jesus has power to heal diseases (12-16).
Darrell Bock in his commentary on Luke: “The most significant lesson from the cleansing of the leper story is that even outsiders can experience God’s healing grace.
Matthew 8:2-4: And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
Leviticus 13:1-3: And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: “When a man has on the skin of his body a swelling, a scab, or a bright spot, and it becomes on the skin of his body like a leproussore, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests. The priest shall examine the sore on the skin of the body; and if the hair on the sore has turned white, and the sore appears to be deeper than the skin of his body, it is a leprous sore. Then the priest shall examine him, and pronounce him unclean.
II. Jesus has power to forgive sins (17-26).
A. The power to forgive sins (17).
Luke 4:14: Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.
B. The faith to forgive sins (18-20a).
Matthew 9:2: Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”
Mark 5:34: And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.
C. The grace to forgive sins (20b-23).
Ephesians 1:7: In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
Proverbs 20:9: Who can say, “I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin”?
D. The authority to forgive sins (24).
Mark 2:9-11: Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
E. The glory to forgive sins (25-26).
Luke 17:15-16: And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.
Ephesians 1:6: to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.