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The Uncenter of Ambition

Some of our prayers are spontaneous, some are (almost) sacrilegious, some are sophomoric, some are spiritual and some are systematic. What if you could ask God a well thought-out request? What would that look like?  This sermon examines the conniving requests of two-thirds of the inner circle of Jesus.
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The Uncenter of Ambition
Mark 10:35-45

1. The Ambition __________________
35 James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, came up to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.”
36 And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
37 They said to Him, “Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory.”
Psalm 110:1 The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”

2. The Ambition _______________
38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”
Mark 14:36 And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.”
Luke 12:50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!
39 They said to Him, “We are able.”
And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you shall drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized.
40 But to sit on My right or on My left, this is not Mine to give; but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

3. The Ambition ___________________
41 Hearing this, the ten began to feel indignant with James and John.
42 Calling them to Himself, Jesus said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them.
43 But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant;
44 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.

Kingdom of the world: ___________ and ______________
Kingdom of Heaven: ____________ and _____________

45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

a. ______________ by God
John 5:19 Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.

b. For the _________________.
45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Luke 19:10: For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

c. __________________: in his life
‘did not come to be served, but to serve’ ”

d. _________________: through his death
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

A Leather Sign

A cursory observation of human life reveals that sin has pervaded it. It is a problem that a mere change in cuisine, healthcare, social status or presidency cannot fix. Human depravity had a definite origin. This sermon explores the details of that origin and consider the solution that has been offered.

A Leather Sign

Genesis 3:1-8

3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”

2:16 The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

a. Really?
b. God vs Lord
c. Not… Any
d. Freely

3:2 The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;
3:3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’ ”

Genesis 3:4-5
4 The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die!
5 For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

1. Satan attacks the Freedom of life in God. 3:1
2. Satan denies the Penalty of sin. 3:4.
3. Satan questions Motives of God. 3:5.

Genesis 3:6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

They believed:
1. The Freedom Lie
2. The Penalty Lie
Romans 6:23 wages of sin is death.
Ezekiel 18:20 The person who sins will die.
3. The Motive Lie

Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.

Genesis 3:21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.

Hebrews 9:22 … without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

Genesis 4-5: Abel
Genesis 8 – Noah
Genesis 22 – Abraham
Genesis 31, 46 – Jacob
Exodus 18 – Jethro

Hebrews 10:4: it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

At the cross:
1. Freedom
Romans 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
2. Penalty of Sin:
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
3. Love of God:
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

The Octagon

Sometimes we are privileged to see a fight ringside; many times we may have to get into the Octagon and fight.

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The Octagon

Text: Romans 8:1-8

  1. Law vs Sin.

1.1 The Law Shows Sin

Romans 3.20 for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.

1.2 The Law Stimulates Sin

Romans 7.5 For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.

Romans 7.7 I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Law sin is dead.

1.3 The Law cannot Stop Sin

v.3. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh,

 

  1. Christ vs Law/Sin

2.1 Law

Matthew 5.17 Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. Wins against Law by keeping every last command. He fulfilled the Law.

Hebrews 4.15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.

Mark 14.55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any.

2.2 Sin

8:3 sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh.

2 Corinthians 5.21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

 

  1. Us vs Law/Sin

3.1 Law

8.4. He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Rom 3.23 not one righteous. But for those IN Christ Jesus, there is no condemnation.

8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

1 Cor 12.13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

3.2 Sin: 5-8.

8.5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Romans 7.22-23 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.

 

War on the Law War on Sin
Baptism of the Spirit Filling of the Spirit
Justification Sanctification
Christ Enabled Spirit Enabled

 

The filing of the spirit produces

  • Powerful witness – Acts 1.8
  • Christlikeness – Gal 5.22
  • Victory over sin – Romans 8

Will Sync

Can the human will be the supreme authority? In this sermon we discuss how God provides tests to modify the will.

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Will Sync

Text: Genesis 22:1-17

1.0 Preliminary points about tests: v 1-2

Genesis 22:1-2 Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.”

1.1 Certainty of tests.

Exodus 16:4 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction.

Deuteronomy 6:16 Do not put the Lord your God to the test …

John 6:66

1.2 Builds Character

James 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.

1.3 Increasing Intensity:

2.0 Why does God test us?

2.1 To see the Expression of our Faith in Him.

Genesis 22:5, 7, 8 Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.” 7 Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.”

Genesis 21.12 But God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed because of the lad and your maid; whatever Sarah tells you, listen to her, for through Isaac your descendants shall be named.

Hebrews 11:17-19: By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; 18 it was he to whom it was said, “In Isaac your descendants shall be called.” 19 He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type.

1 Peter 1:7 so that the proof of your faith … even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Psalms 135.6 Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.

2.2 To see the Enhancement of our Fear of Him.

Genesis 22:12 He said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

Hebrews 12:28-29 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.

Exodus 20.20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.”

2.3 To see the Extent of our Fondness for Him v.2

Genesis 22: 12, 16 you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.

Deuteronomy 13:3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

John 21 – do you love me more than these.

3.0 Synchronous Wills v9ff

3.1 Abraham and God – Me and God

v.2 He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.”

3.2 Abraham and Isaac – God and Jesus

9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

The Father’s choice:

Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,

The Son’s choice:

John 10:11, 17 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep…For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.

Luke 22:42… yet not My will, but Yours be done.”

The Greatest Exhibition of Power

The virtue of patience is a desirable one. However, patience goes beyond a mere passivity into an active restraint. This sermon examines the patience (restraint) of God and thus indirectly His power.

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The Greatest Exhibition of Power

Text: The Lord is slow to anger and great in power.. Nahum 1:3

1. The patience of God.

1.1 What is the patience of God?

Numbers 14:18 ‘The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished….

Joel 2:13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.

1.2 Has God’s patience changed?

Exodus 31:14 “‘Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it is to be put to death; those who do any work on that day must be cut off from their people.

Numbers 15:32-36 While the Israelites were in the wilderness, a man was found gathering wood on the Sabbath day. Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron and the whole assembly,  and they kept him in custody, because it was not clear what should be done to him. Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man must die. The whole assembly must stone him outside the camp. ” So the assembly took him outside the camp and stoned him to death…

Acts 5:1-11 Ananias and sapphira.

1.3 Prerequisite to understanding patience.

Exodus 34:6-7 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished….

2. Why is he patient?

2.1 In relation to believers

Romans 2:4 “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?”

Jonah 3:4-6 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust.

Nah 3:1-4 Woe to the city of blood,     full of lies, full of plunder, never without victims! 2 The crack of whips, the clatter of wheels, galloping horses and jolting chariots! Charging cavalry, flashing swords and glittering spears! Many casualties, piles of dead, bodies without number, people stumbling over the corpses ….

2.2 In relation to unbelievers.

2 Peter 3:9, 15 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. … Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation…

1 Peter 3:20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built….

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

2.3 In relation to God.

Isaiah 48:9 For my own name’s sake I delay my wrath; for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you, so as not to destroy you completely

Nahum 1:3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power.