The James series is paused in order to review the
Old Testament prophecy which foretold the birth
of our Savior.
In this near-December series, the kings of Israel are
reviewed, the noble and not-so-noble characters.
Further political and religious failings and trials are
explored as Kevin Pulliam shows the backdrop
against which the visions and prophecies of Isaiah
and others would come.
Peter's called Christians to display a Christ-like attitude toward our civil authorities and toward even those authorities, like our employers, which do not treat us right. Now Peter calls Christians to display Christ-likeness in the challenging context of marriage.
God has no tolerance for sin. He has no mercy for those who deliberately disobey. We might deceive our own selves, but God knows us for who we are. He will hold us guilty if we don't stand against the sins in this world.
This evening we continued our study of the section of the Puritan Thomas Watson's book, The Lord's Prayer, with the second part of the sixth petition, "But Deliver Us From Evil," with the first of three special senses of that prayer (earlier the general sense studied was to be delivered from the evil of sin itself): to pray to be delivered from the evil of our own heart, which is "... the Trojan horse, out of which comes a whole army of lusts."
Tonight we study Thomas Watson's teaching on the second part of the sixth petition of the Lord's Prayer, "And Deliver Us from Evil," with how the sins of God's people provoke Him more than the sins of the wicked. First, because the godly have a principle of grace to restrain us; Second, because God's people sin against more mercy; Third, because the sins of the godly sin against clearer illumination; Fourth, because the sins of the godly are against great experiences; Fifth, because they sin against their sonship; Sixth, because they are committed against more vows and engagements; Seventh, because they bring greater reproach upon religion; Eighth, because they encourage and harden wicked men in sin. Thus, Christians " ... above all others, beware of presumptuous sin. Your sins wound conscience, weaken grace, and do more highly provoke God than the sins of others, and God will be sure to punish you (Amos 3:2) ... Though God does not blot you out of his book, yet he may cast you out of his presence. Psa 51:11. ... You may feel such lashes in your conscience, that you may roar out and think yourselves half in hell."