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Matt. 9:14-17 - Feast or Fast? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Black   
Sunday, 29 March 2009 02:00
  1. Introduction

    1. You remember that during our congregational meeting I said this may be a year of famine. A year of suffering, and pain, because of our economy, because we are a small congregation. I want to remind you that though it may be a year of famine, it is still a year of our Lord. It is still a year when we can say Jesus Christ has come to earth and He is doing the work of His kingdom today. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, and is at work in the world through His church by His word and Spirit, transforming men's hearts and lives and societies in this life in preparation for the life to come. His kingdom is coming, and His will is being done, on earth as it is in heaven!

    2. We have been learning about the works of the kingdom as they flow from Christ's power and mercy. Now Jesus teaches us how we should respond to His work as our Savior—we should celebrate! Should we feast or fast? We should feast! But in the process Jesus also teaches us when we should feast or fast, and who should feast or fast.

    3. Christ has power and authority not only over nature and demons, sin and sickness, but He also has power to lead in the true religion. In this passage Jesus is asked a question whose essence is this—is Jesus' religion really the true religion? If the true believers fast, why don't Jesus' disciples?

    4. Outline. The question comes in v. 14. Jesus' answer is in vv. 15-17, telling us when to feast or fast, and who should feast or fast.

      1. Question: Feast or Fast? v. 14

      2. Answer: Feast with Christ; Fast without! vv. 15-17

        1. When to Feast or Fast v. 15

        2. Who Should Feast or Fast vv. 16-17

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Matt. 9:9-13 - I Desire Mercy and not Sacrifice PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Black   
Sunday, 22 March 2009 02:00
  1. Introduction

    1. In this passage Jesus told the Pharisees to "Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.'" I want you to search out what Jesus' words mean as we study this passage. Jesus' words express this principle: "Holy things are for unholy people, because holy things sanctify unholy people. Holy things give God's mercy to unholy people." Christ has power not only to heal and forgive sins, but to sanctify—to make the unholy holy.

    2. Outline. You can see God's intent to mercifully sanctify unholy people in the two parts of this passage. V. 9 presents the sanctification of Matthew. Vv. 10-13 present the sanctification of sinners.

      1. The Sanctification of Matthew v. 9

      2. The Sanctification of Sinners vv. 10-13

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James 3:17-18 - The Description of Victory PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Black   
Wednesday, 18 March 2009 02:00

James: A Handbook on Holiness

 

The Description of Victory

James 3:17-18

 

General outline:

 

  1. The Way to Holiness: The Divine Perspective 1:2-27

    1. The Trial-Temptation Complex 1:2-18

    2. The Word of God 1:19-27

  2. The Principles of Holiness: The Biblical Framework 2:1-26

    1. The Law is the Structure of Holiness 2:1-13

    2. Faith is the Dynamics of Holiness 2:14-26

  3. The Implementation of Holiness: The Christian Experience 3:1-4:10

    1. The Obstacle to Victory: Human Impotence 3:1-9

    2. The Nature of Victory 3:10-18

      1. The Rejection of Compromise 3:10-13

      2. The Description of Defeat 3:14-16

      3. The Description of Victory 3:17-18

 

James 3:17-18

The Explanation of Victory

17 But the wisdom from above

The Evidence of Victory

is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

The Effect of Victory

18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

 

Discussion Questions:

 

  1. V. 17a – We are told to "kill" sin (Rom. 8:13; Col. 3ff). Victory over sin is the will of God the Father (1 Thess. 4:3), flows from the Savior (John 15:5; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 1:3; Phil. 4:13), is applied by the Spirit (Ez. 36:27; John 7:38-39; Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:9-13; Gal. 5:22-23; Heb. 10:16), presented through scripture (Ps. 119:11; John 17:17; 1 Pet. 2:2), and received by prayer (1 Tim. 4:5; 2 Cor. 3:18). Because our salvation comes "from above," is the Christian's fight with sin ___ a winning or ___ losing battle? Or ___ a tie?

  2. V. 17b – Think of an example from scripture or life of each of these traits of Godly wisdom. _____________________________________________________________________________
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  3. V. 18 – How does making peace with your neighbor today bring "a harvest of righteousness" tomorrow? ___________________________________________________________________

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Matt. 9:1-8 - Power to Forgive Sins PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 15 March 2009 02:00
  1. Introduction

    1. Outline. Matthew is intent to convince us of the power of Jesus Christ over the wind and waves, over demons, and now in today's passage, over our sins. He teaches that Christ has power to forgive sins by showing us justification by faith in vv. 1-2, condemnation through unbelief in vv. 3-5, and the proof to all in vv. 6-8.

      1. Justification by Faith vv. 1-2

      2. Condemnation through Unbelief vv. 3-5

      3. The Proof to All vv. 6-8

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James 3:14-16 - The Description of Defeat PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Black   
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 02:00

James: A Handbook on Holiness

 

The Description of Defeat

James 3:14-16

 

General outline:

 

  1. The Way to Holiness: The Divine Perspective 1:2-27

    1. The Trial-Temptation Complex 1:2-18

    2. The Word of God 1:19-27

  2. The Principles of Holiness: The Biblical Framework 2:1-26

    1. The Law is the Structure of Holiness 2:1-13

    2. Faith is the Dynamics of Holiness 2:14-26

  3. The Implementation of Holiness: The Christian Experience 3:1-4:10

    1. The Obstacle to Victory: Human Impotence 3:1-9

    2. The Nature of Victory 3:10-18

      1. The Rejection of Compromise 3:10-13

      2. The Description of Defeat 3:14-16

      3. The Description of Victory 3:17-18

 

James 3:14-16

The Root of Defeat

14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.

The Explanation of Defeat

15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

The Evidence of Defeat

16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

 

Discussion Questions:

 

  1. V. 14 – This "bitter jealousy and selfish ambition" means the motives which move you to oppose others and promote yourself. What are some words we use to describe people who are this way? ____________________________________________________________________

  2. If you are this way, you need the correction James gives - "do not boast and be false to the truth." What should you do instead of boast (see v. 13)? _______________________________ What is "the truth" you are denying (see vv. 13, 15)? _________________________________

  3. V. 15 – What specifically is evil about the "wisdom" in "bitter jealousy and selfish ambition"? _____________________________________________________________________________

  4. V. 16 – What outward evils result from "jealousy and selfish ambition"? __________________
    ____________________ Why? _________________________________________________
    Do you see these things in your life? ______________________________________________

 
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