Great Lessons from a Miserable Pagan

Great Lessons from a Miserable Pagan: 2016 Gospel of Luke #63

This is an exposition of Luke 16:1-13. This message by Pastor Rod Harris was delivered at Trinity Baptist Church on Sunday morning June 18, 2017.

Intro:

It had been an interesting couple of days. Jesus, exhibiting the grit and determination of a street fighter, had been slugging it out with some of the religious establishment. Animosity and hostility had been building for months. The Scribes and Pharisees were determined to destroy the trouble-making rabbi from Galilee. In an attempt to trap him in a compromising situation they invited him to a dinner party. At the dinner they placed a man who was terminally ill. This was no accident. They knew of Jesus’ reputation for compassion and healing. They knew that he did not feel bound by Sabbath regulations. So they set the trap. Jesus obliged by healing the man. But rather than being trapped – he trapped them! They found themselves on the ropes. He then jabbed them with a stern word concerning their pride and arrogance in seeking out the places of honor. And then hit them with a rebuke of their impure motives. Jesus then proceeded to address the darkness of their hearts in failing to respond to the Gospel, in the parable of the Great Banquet. A large crowd gathered around and Jesus spoke of the cost of following him. As all involved were reeling over what they’ve heard Jesus spoke the parable of Lost Things revealing the depth of the love and grace of God. About this time I’m sure the crowd felt as if they’ve heard everything but they were not prepared for what came next. Our text this morning is found in Luke Luke 16 beginning with Luke 16:1.

Text: Luke 16:1-13

Dr. Luke is writing to his good friend Theophilus.
His purpose is to present and accurate account of the life and ministry of Jesus.
The goal is to bring his friend to faith in Christ.
We are in the closing months of our Lord’s earthly life and ministry.
He is determined to go to Jerusalem.
The time appointed in eternity has now come.
The moment of redemption has at last arrived.

This parable is one of those that caused a double take.
There is that part of you that says, “I’m not sure I heard that correctly.”
It is important to note that Jesus spoke these words to his disciples.
This is a word to the “faithful”.
This is intended to instruct those who have committed themselves to following him.
The reason this parable is so unusual is the character of the central figure.
He is a thief. A rogue. A white-collar criminal.
Yet his master commends him for his shrewdness.
The story is called “The Parable of the Shrewd Manager” but I prefer to call it “Lessons from a Miserable Pagan.”

This is one of the reasons why I’m convinced that Jesus was a master storyteller.

Thesis: For only Jesus could use a miserable pagan to teach his followers the importance of diligence, faithfulness and loyalty.

Take a look at this story. Remember the context of a parable, it is a story to be heard. It is intended to leave you with an impression. We must be careful and not read things into it but allow it to speak for itself.

Recount the details.

This lying, scheming thief pulled off another scam. Now, what’s the great lesson our Lord wants his followers to come away with?

As our Lord applies this parable we find three valuable lessons.

  1. The shrewdness of this pagan challenges the believer to diligent planning for the future. (16:8b-9)
  2. The irresponsibility of this pagan reminds us of the necessity of faithfulness. (16:10-12)
  3. The self-serving attitude of this pagan warns us of the danger of trying to serve two masters. (16:13)

Conclusion:

Now that I think about it, I guess you can learn a lot from a miserable pagan. We need to thank him for:

  • challenging us to consider the future.
  • reminding us of the need for faithfulness
  • warning us of the danger of trying to serve two masters.
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Gospel Marriage

Gospel Marriage: Study of 1 Peter #8

This is an exposition of 1 Peter 3:1-7. This message by Pastor Rod Harris was delivered at Trinity Baptist Church on Sunday evening, June 11, 2017.

Intro:

You know what they say, “Marriage is a great institution…but who wants to be institutionalized?”  The Arabs have an interesting proverb describing marriage.  They say, “Marriage begins with a prince kissing an angel and ends with a bald-headed man looking across the table at a fat lady.”  While that may not be a flattering image – there is a great deal of truth to it.  The proverb is simply saying, “A wedding is one thing, a marriage is something altogether different.”  Chuck Swindoll says that, “Courtship and the wedding are a romantic, moonlight sleigh ride, smoothly gliding over the glistening snow.  Living together after the honeymoon turns out to be a rough backpacking across the rocks and burning sand!”  Even the casual observer has to acknowledge that the institution of marriage is in trouble today.  Divorce rates are staggering.  Divorce rates have more than quadrupled since 1970.  Today 50% of marriages end in divorce.  Four out of ten do not make it 10 years.  Second marriages are failing at a rate of 60%.  Here in the great state of Oklahoma, the buckle of the “Bible Belt” – where 1 out 5 citizens claim to be Baptist – we are a national leader in divorce.  Add to these said statistics the fact that marriage is no longer the exclusive union of a man and woman but 2 men or 2 women and some would argue any combination of people in a “loving, committed relationship” – and there is only one conclusion – we are in trouble!

That fact is harmony within a marriage, over the long haul, is work.  It demands give and take.  Along with joy, happiness and fulfillment come heartache, pain and sorrow.  It must be acknowledged that marital stress is not a new phenomenon.  It is not the result of our fast-paced society.  It is the natural result of two people learning to relate to one another on an intimate basis.

What do we do about this sad state of affairs?  What is the answer?  If our marriages and our homes are to be what God intends, then we must be willing to follow biblical models.  We must be willing to conform our lives to biblical standards.  Peter, in writing to those scattered, persecuted believers in the first century addressed the issue of harmony within the home.  When you look at it – it’s pretty good advice.  Our text this evening is found in 1 Peter 1 Peter 3.

Text: 1 Peter 3:1-7

Thesis: Genuine harmony within a marriage requires that both husbands and wives adhere to biblical principles.

In other words you understand that marriage is a laboratory in which we live out the Gospel.  For too long Christian people have compartmentalized their lives.  This area over here is my work life.  Over there is my family.  Here is my spiritual life (that’s very important to me).  These cannot be separated!  Your faith is to inform every area of your life.  Every relationship.  Every decision.  Your whole life is to be lived for the sake of Christ and His Gospel.

Marriage was God’s idea.  As the creator He knows how it best functions.  When we yield to His will we find great delight and a fulfilling relationship.  If we neglect His commands marriage becomes a drudgery!

  1. Some sound advice for women.  (3:1-6)
    I’m convinced that Peter lays down three powerful principles.

    1. Wives are to model biblical faith – 3:1-2
    2. Wives are to exhibit genuine beauty – 3:3-4
    3. Wives are to honor their husbands – 3:5-6
  2. Strong commands for Husbands – 3:7
    Three things are demanded of men in this verse.

    1. Husbands are to live with their wives
    2. Husbands are to know their wives
    3. Husbands are to honor their wives

Conclusion:
You may be in the prince and angel stage or you may already be in the bald-headed man and fat lady stage – love, harmony and success comes to your marriage when you adhere to biblical principles.  Happiness comes from living the truth of the Gospel.

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.  This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.  However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Ephesians 5:31-33

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The Lost Brother

The Lost Brother: 2016 Gospel of Luke #62

This is an exposition of Luke 15:25-32. This message by Pastor Rod Harris was delivered at Trinity Baptist Church on Sunday morning, June 11, 2017.

Intro:

He had been working out in the fields and was approaching the house when he heard laughter and music.  There was obviously a large crowd, what was this?  It sounds like a party but there was nothing planned, at least nothing he knew about.  The closer he got the more upset he became.  He called a servant over and demanded an explanation.  “Haven’t you heard?  Your brother is back.  He’s lost weight, he’s been through a lot but he’s home.  Your father is overjoyed and he’s called everyone to come and celebrate.  He’s home.  Your brother is home.”  That was not welcome news.  “So, my worthless brother has returned.  As far as I’m concerned this is no time for celebrating.  What in the world is my father thinking?”  It is here we discover there were 2 lost sons.  One obviously lost the other just as lost, perhaps even more lost, but not so obvious.  Our text this morning is found in Luke’s Gospel, Luke 15 beginning with Luke 15:25.

Text: Luke 15:25-32

Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem to die.  To give his life a ransom for sin.  Along the way great crowds are following him.  Tax collectors and sinners are flocking to him while the religious establishment seethes with resentment.  He was invited to the home of a Pharisee for dinner.  This was not a social occasion it was a trap.  They had hoped to force his hand and cause he to do or say something that they could use against him.  These religious leaders were confident in their plan, after all Jesus was just some country bumpkin traveling preacher.  They were wrong of course and his popularity grew.  As he continued on his way to Jerusalem they Scribes and Pharisees said, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”  Thus he turned to them and Spoke a parable.  Luke 15:4-32 is one parable containing three stories.  The whole parable is focused on the attitude and actions of God toward the lost and dying.

The religious leaders were outraged at the thought of his welcoming sinners.
They were repulsed by the idea that he would share a meal with them.
The parable was told to reveal how little these religious experts knew about God.

In contrast to their attitude of shunning and pushing away sinners, God lovingly welcomes repentant sinners into His presence and shares life with them.

The lost sheep reveals our God’s persistent pursuit of the lost and dying.
The lost coin reveals His diligent determination is finding the lost and dying.
The lost son reveals His joyous reception of the repentant sinner.

We often call the story of the lost son the story of the “Prodigal Son.”  The word prodigal means wild, extravagant and wasteful.  That is a term that might more properly be used to refer to the Father’s love for the lost son.  This son hated his father.  Rejected his father.  Demanded control of his share of the father’s estate only to waste it all on reckless living.  Then, having hit bottom he had the nerve to come home.  He returned to find his father waiting, longing for his wayward son to return.  While he was still a long way off the father saw him, had compassion for him, ran to him, embraced him and kissed him repeatedly.  Then he called for the finest robe, a signet ring and a barbecue.  This son, once dead, was now alive.  The one who was lost had been found.   But not everyone rejoiced.  There was an older brother.

What is the context of this parable?
Who was our Lord addressing?
What was the specific concern?
Now our Lord brings the Scribes and Pharisees into the story as he brings it to a close.

Here we learn…

Thesis: The biblical gospel joyously proclaims the wild, extravagant love of God even for the cold-hearted, self-righteous, and morally upstanding sinner.

Before the apostle Paul comes to the conclusion in Luke 3 of Romans that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, he builds his case by first talking about the “Saturday Night” sinners in Luke 1.  These are those folks who are far way from God.  The thorough going sinners involved in every form of immorality and showing no regard for God at all.  Then in Luke 2 he deals with the “Sunday Morning” sinners.  Those who give the appearance of righteousness.  Those who claim to love and obey God and yet are just as rebellious and sinful as that crowd spoken of in Luke 1 – just in more respectable ways.

This is what is at the heart of our text this morning.
There are three things I want us to note as we work our way through this brief text.

  1. It is entirely possible to be lost without ever leaving home.  (15:25-28)
  2. The devastating soul-sickness of “good” lost people.  (15:29-30)
  3. The love of God for morally upstanding sinners.  (15:31-32)Conclusion:
    You notice it ends there.  There is no conclusion.  Luke doesn’t say, “In a moment the result of that parable.”  It’s left open.  Why?  Because you must write the ending of your own story.  My hope and prayer is that you will enter into the party and experience the father’s grace for yourself!
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The God Who Reveals Himself

The God Who Reveals Himself: Selected Psalms

The PsalmsThis is an exposition of Psalm 19. This message by Pastor Rod Harris was delivered at Trinity Baptist Church on Wednesday evening, June 7, 2017.

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Our Exclusive Gospel

Our Exclusive Gospel: 2017 Study of 1 Peter #7

This is an exposition of 1 Peter 2:21-25. This message by Pastor Rod Harris was delivered at Trinity Baptist Church on Sunday evening, June 4, 2017.

Intro:

Have you noticed how open-minded and understanding we have become?  In our sophisticated, compassionate and tolerant world it is the height of arrogance to declare someone is wrong or some belief is not valid.  Truth is an ever-changing commodity.  Truth is what we make it.  Black and white is sometimes purple!  What is true and right for you may be false and totally wrong for me.  What was true yesterday may not be true today and may be heretical tomorrow.  While such a view of truth is, to say the least, confusing, with regards to faith, it is devastating!  Once respected and conservative theologians are now arguing that God does not know the future.  He has no way of knowing what man will do so God “rolls the dice” and hopes for the best.  Others question whether anyone can claim to “know” the will of God.  “Christian” theologians now claim it is wrong to say that Christ is the answer to man’s sin.  After all how can you limit God to only one option?

So-called “progressive Christian scholars” promote an understanding of Christianity that leads to a greater concern for the way people treat each other than for the way people express their beliefs.  What matters is that we accept all people, and respect other religious traditions.  The Center for Progressive Christianity released a statement declaring, “We are opposed to any exclusive dogma that limits the search for truth and free inquiry.”  In other words there are many paths to God and who are we to limit God?  Yet an honest reading of the New Testament cannot deny the exclusive claims of Christianity.  Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father but by me.”  Luke records the words of Peter before the Sanhedrin, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men, by which we must be saved.”  This exclusive nature of the Gospel is at the heart of our text this evening found in 1 Peter 1 Peter 2.

Text: 1 Peter 2:21-25

Context:
Peter, the aged apostle shortly before his death is writing to scattered believers.
Persecution has begun.
Many have died – others will follow.
Peter announces the glorious message of the Gospel.
Strong doctrinal basis for hope and assurance.
A new birth, to a living hope, through the resurrection to an inheritance that cannot fade.
All because of God’s grace!
Then Peter applies the truth – “so what?”

In the middle of the “so what” as he refers to Christ’s suffering – Peter cannot help but speak again of the glory of the Gospel.  Tuck away in the middle of this argument for Christian living is a profound statement concerning the Gospel.  As we consider the meaning of this passage we are again reminded that:

Thesis: Jesus Christ alone is worthy of our love and adoration.

There are three reasons for why we should love him exclusively.

  1. Because He alone lovingly stood in our place.  (2:24a)
  2. Because He alone graciously secured your deliverance.  (2:24b)
  3. Because He alone compassionately cares for your soul.  (2:25)

Conclusion:
He alone is worthy of your love and adoration because he alone lovingly stood in your place, He alone graciously secured your deliverance and He alone compassionately cares for your soul.  

Is it arrogant to say that Christ is the only way?
Let’s consider the whole picture.

  • Creation
  • Rebellion
  • God did not owe us anything but death
  • God chose to love
  • Suffered and died himself in our place
  • All that is asked in return is that we come his way

It is the height of arrogance to demand another solution!

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The Lost Son

The Lost Son: 2016 Gospel of Luke #61

This is an exposition of Luke 15:11-24. This message by Pastor Rod Harris was delivered at Trinity Baptist Church on Sunday morning, June 4, 2017.

Intro:

Lost things.  We’ve all known the heartache of losing something we cherish.  As a child you lost a favorite toy or a treasured memento.  You thought there could be nothing worse than losing that thing you loved this until you lost that friend who moved away.  As you grew older you learned that things come and go and that friends move away.  Lost things are part of life.  That knowledge really didn’t help when you lost that friend, not because he or she moved away but because they no longer wanted to be friends.  Nothing hurts more than continually running into that thing which is lost yet remains physically close.  As painful as it is to lose something or someone, there is no greater joy than finding that which was lost.  There’s that ball glove.  I should have known it was in the bottom of my closet.  Oh, there’s that doll.  It fell behind the dresser.  She’s been there all along waiting to be found.  “Hey, guess who just moved back to town?”  Or one day you ran into each other at lunch.  There was a bit of small talk and before you knew it the distance between you had somehow vanished.  Whatever it was doesn’t matter anymore.  All that matters is that your relationship has been restored and your heart is full.  What was lost has been found.  What was broken is now restored.

It is the most famous of our Lord’s parables.  The parable of lost things.  It’s all one parable yet told in three parts; three stories telling of the pain of loss and the joy of finding.  Luke 15:4-32 is one parable.  The focus of the parable is on the attitude and actions of our God toward the lost.  Three stories yet one theme.  One melody played by three different instruments.  It is the same music yet each with a distinct sound.

Our text this morning is Luke 15:11-24.

Text: Luke 15:11-24

Two weeks ago we considered the story of the lost sheep emphasizing the persistence of our God in His loving pursuit of the lost and dying.  A man had 100 sheep and 1 came up missing.  He left the 99 and went in pursuit of the 1 lost and remained at the task until it was found.

Then last week we considered the story of the lost coin.  A woman had 10 silver coins (her life’s savings) and 1 came up missing.  There we learned of the diligent determination of our God in pursuing the lost and dying.

This morning we consider the story of the lost son.  This is one of the most famous stories ever told.  It is famous because it is told by our Lord.  It is famous because it is so perfectly told (not a single detail is wasted).  It is famous because when we hear it we cannot help but sense it is really our story.  We pity the sheep, we value the coin but we identify with the son.

In this, the climax of the three stories, we again are reminded of the attitude of our God toward the lost.  In this story we are reminding that…

Thesis: The biblical gospel powerfully proclaims the love of God in His joyous reception the repentant sinner.

That has been our Lord’s focus – 15:7 & 15:10
Now we have a powerful picture of that truth in this story.
There are 3 things I want us to note as this drama unfolds.

  1. The Lost Son (15:11-16)
  2. The Journey Home (15:17-19)
  3. An Astounding Acceptance (15:20-24)

Conclusion:
Do you know how much the Father loves you?
He sent the Lord Jesus to be your Savior.
He is calling you back from the far country of sin.
He is looking for you – longing to receive you.

Will you come home to the Father’s love?

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A Grateful Heart

A Grateful Heart: Selected Psalms

The PsalmsThis is an exposition of Psalm 138. This message by Pastor Rod Harris was delivered at Trinity Baptist Church on Wednesday evening, May 31, 2017.

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The Lost Coin

The Lost Coin: 2016 Gospel of Luke #60

This is an exposition of Luke 15:8-10. This message by Pastor Rod Harris was delivered at Trinity Baptist Church on Sunday morning, May 28, 2017.

Intro:

If the Gospels were a western the Scribes and Pharisees would be wearing black hats.  They are the bad guys.  We know when they appear on the sacred page we are to “boo” and “hiss.”  In my head, when I’m reading, I hear that music that plays when the villain appears on stage.  We know as we’ve worked our way through the first 14 chapters of Luke that the religious establishment is determined to get rid of Jesus.  Our Lord is invited to a dinner party in the home of a Pharisee – not as an honored guest – but as the main course!  It was a set up.  They invited a terminally ill man as a prop.  “Can he resist healing this man on a Sabbath?”  They were betting not and thus they would have grounds to accuse him.  They were wrong about so many things.  They were wrong about God’s requirements for salvation.  They taught a “works righteousness.”  Clean up your life, live a godly life, make yourself holy and acceptable and then maybe God will love you.  They knew about the law and judgment but knew nothing about grace.  They were wrong about the identity of Jesus.  To them he was a rabble-rousing troublemaker rather than Messiah.  He was an ignorant backwoods traveling preacher rather than Immanuel, God with us.  But they were right about one thing.  They said of him, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”  The word “receive” means to welcome, to accept or to embrace.  In the culture of first century Judea to eat with someone is to fellowship with them.  It quite literally is understood as sharing life with someone.  This is what outraged the Pharisees – this man who is supposed to be a teacher of righteousness is sharing life with sinners.  All good Pharisees understood that you are to shun sinners.  The righteous have nothing to do with the unrighteous.

Sometimes you will see the word sinner in Luke 15:2 with quotation marks around it = “sinners” as if they are, so called, sinners.  That’s unfortunate because the word means sinner.  He welcomes, sinners, reprobates, liars, cheats, lawbreakers, swindlers and thieves.  That’s the gospel, that’s the good news.  If you understand that you are a sinner that is the best possible news!  Jesus is the friend of sinners (Mt 11:19; Luke 7:34).  It is the best possible news because it means there is hope.  Further, this notion of his receiving and eating with means he shares his life with sinners.  That is the essence of salvation.  God the Son sharing his life with us.

The Bible says, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  We have all fallen into sin.  Doing those things we should have never done and not doing those things we should have done.  Because we are sinners we rightfully deserve God’s wrath but the gospel declares the Lord Jesus stands ready to receive us.  He welcomes us.  Such a thought caused the Pharisees to “grumble.”  They expressed their contempt and condemnation of such an idea.  That prompted the Lord Jesus to tell them a parable.

Text: Luke 15:8-10

Luke 15:4-32 is one parable with three parts.
The point of the parable is to reveal the heart of God in salvation.
The first story is the story of the lost sheep revealing our God’s loving persistence.
Now he tells us about a lost coin.

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As we work our way through this brief story about a lost coin we discover that…

Thesis: The biblical gospel revels in a compassionate, diligent, rejoicing God who graciously seeks the lost and dying.

There is no question, the point of emphasis throughout the parable is the attitude and actions of God toward the lost.  What is remarkable about the parable is the revelation of God as a personal being who is intimately involved in relationship with us.  The God of the Bible is not some cold, indifferent force out there somewhere but rather a person who seeks, who restores and who rejoices when lost ones are found.

I want us to note 3 things in this story.

  1. The biblical gospel reveals our God’s compassionate heart for the lost.  (15:8a)
  2. The biblical gospel makes plain our God’s determined diligence in seeking the lost.  (15:8b)
  3. The biblical gospel focuses on Heaven’s exuberant joy over the salvation of the lost.  (15:9-10)

Conclusion:
If you are not yet a believer – the angels are waiting to celebrate.  What joy there will be in heaven when you come to Christ.

The biblical gospel revels in a compassionate, diligent, rejoicing God who graciously seeks the lost and dying.

Our God receives sinners and eats with them.  That’s the best possible news!

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His Love Has No End

His Live Has No End: Selected Psalms

The PsalmsThis is an exposition of Psalm 136. This message by Pastor Rod Harris was delivered at Trinity Baptist Church on Wednesday evening, May 24, 2017.

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A Call to Holiness

A Call to Holiness: 2017 Study of 1 Peter #6

This is an exposition of 1 Peter 2:11-23. This message by Pastor Rod Harris was delivered at Trinity Baptist Church on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.

Intro:

What image comes to your mind when you hear the term holiness? Is it the image of a lady in a long skirt or dress with her hair in a bun? Maybe it is the image of a worship trict and serious. Some think if you are holy you need to look like you’ve been baptised in pickle juice. Some think of holiness as a synonym for nasty or cranky!

Holiness is not a “hot” topic in today’s church. We talk a great deal about being “spiritual” but not holy. Holiness just doesn’t meet any “felt needs.” The average person in today’s world does not sense an overwhelming need to be holy. Sin, in the minds of most, either does not exist or is nothing to be worried about. “People are basically good, most are trying to do what is right – so don’t hit them with this holiness stuff – just love them and stay positive,” seems the attitude of most churches. That sounds wonderful but what do you do with Leviticus 11:4“I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy for I am holy?”

Oh, that’s right. That’s Old Testament stuff. We are New Testament believers. But then what about 1 Peter 1:14-16“As obedient children, do not be conformed t the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct. Since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy?’”

Romans 6:12“Do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.”

Romans 6:14“For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.”

1 Thessalonians 4:3-8“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor…”

It seems holiness is consistently God’s message to his people in both Testaments. If it is so prevalent – why the silence?

Jerry Bridges suggests two reasons:
One, we don’t want to face up to the responsibility. If we talk about holiness then I have to own up the fact that I am accountable to someone else for my lifestyle. I have to take responsibility for my life and my choices. I would have to accept that someone else sets the standard – most are not willing to concede that point.

Second, we are confused about the distinction between God’s provision for us and our responsibility for holiness. I’m saved by grace alone, through faith alone because of Christ alone. Yet holiness is a life-long pursuit and struggle.

Try as we might, we cannot ignore the fact that we are called to a life of holiness. But what does that mean and what does it look like? That is the focus of our text this evening found in 1 Thessalonians 2 of Peter’s first epistle.
Text: 1 Peter 2:11-23
Peter is writing to struggling believers.
Trying to live out their faith in a hostile environment.
At the beginning of the letter he reminded them they were aliens and strangers.
As such, their identity and worth comes from Christ.

He then reminded them of the glory of the Gospel.

In the first part of chapter two he lays out a biblical doctrine of the church.

Now, following his doctrinal teaching, Peter says, “So what?”
What does all this mean?

Thesis: As the people of God we are called to a life of radical holiness.
The point is holiness is both a private and a public matter!

What does this holiness look like?

Peter calls the church to live with a heart focused on Christ, behavior focused on love and obedience, and a lifestyle impeccable in the sight of non-Christians.

  1. Biblical holiness willingly submits to authority. (2:13-15)
  2. Biblical holiness plays by a different set of rules. (2:16-20)
  3. Biblical holiness consistently reflects the life of the Lord Jesus. (2:21-23)

Conclusion:
We have been called to a life of radical holiness.
That holiness is both private and public.
We abstain from the passions of the flesh – both privately and publicly.
And we consistently live above reproach before an unbelieving world.

  • Willingly submitting to authority
  • Playing by a different set of rules
  • Reflecting the life of the Lord Jesus
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