Tamar grew up as a heathen, worshiping idols. But once Regenerated, Tamar's faith towered over most in the Bible. She was given to see by Faith, the Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, 2000 years in the future, and she risked everything for her Lord and Savior.
Are you hopeful about the future? Or afraid of what lies ahead? This week we look at the resurrection, the event upon which all of Christianity depends. As Christians, the resurrection of Christ is our ultimate source of hope in life and death.
What is the truly wise response to the coming of the King of the Jews? The men from the East show us the way. They help us to answer the questions: How far will you go? How much will you risk? How persistent will you be? How much will you give? How low will you bow?
Read : Matthew 16:13-28; Luke 22:31-32
Text : Matthew 16:16-23
THE GIFT OF KNOWING CHRIST AND THE RISK OF MISUNDERSTANDING HIM.
We will speak about two things:
Knowing Jesus brings blessings
Misunderstanding Jesus brings risk
If we're called to love our neighbor as our ourselves, it's important to ask who is my neighbor? What does it mean to be a neighbor? What are the qualities of a good neighbor? And how do we live like that?
The church is called to overcome the world, but what does that mean?
Primarily, we overcome by persisting in the faith, despite all obstacles.
Verse 7 of this passage contains a highly significant textual variant. The history of this variant is instructive and helps us to understand why not printing this verse doesn't make modern bible versions demonic, and why King James Onlyism tends to falter in this area.
Also, caution is necessary when listening to someone preach who doesn't understand textual variants, because sometimes they can make the content in a questionable variant the entire point of their sermon, which simply does injustice to the full text.
In light of all that, and the legitimate, contextual interpretation of v.8, we learn that, for the church living in a world that loves risky behavior, but hates having to deal with the consequences of risky behavior, the solution is not to shun all risk, but to boldly take risks for the sake of the clear commands of Scripture, because our sovereign God is faithful, He honors His Word, and He takes care of His own.
Salvation, deliverance, rescue, liberation, help, defense, victory – all of which are meant and included in the Bible term "salvation" – is all of God, the living God, the God of the Bible. God is not dependent upon anyone or anything, but we are always and in everything dependent upon Him. "There is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few."
Solomon taught his son that prudent men forseeth evil and simple men ignore the evil. Jesus preached, take no thought for the tomorrow, trust God. Both are right! Reconciliation can be found in Psalm 127:1-2. (part 5 of 5)
It is our privilege to show the kindness of God to people with disabilities.
The kindness of God was shown to the household of King Saul, David's fiercest enemy, now fallen, and even to a person who was disabled. (v.1-5)
Kindness was shown in order to fulfill a promise to David's best friend. (v.6-8)
Kindness was shown to a man with a disability, restoring his honor, providing his daily needs, and absorbing the inherent risk of Mephibosheth (or his son Mica, or servant Ziba) becoming another Saul/threat. (v.9-13)
Applying: who receives your kind actions?
When will you care for the least? Matthew 25:31-46
How does Jesus call us to behave? John 13:34-35
Who might be afraid of you; could you change that? 1 John 4:18