11. November, 2018Sermon Notes No comments

pursue-your-holy-calling

Scripture: 2 Tim. 2:9

“For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time – to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.” (NLT)

 

“Since we are surrounded by so many examples of faith, we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially sin that distracts us. We must run the race that lies ahead of us and never give up.” (Heb. 12:1-3)

 

1. Beware of Sin’s Derailment

Definition: The obstruction of a process by diverting it from its intended course. End result will be disruption or wreckage/ruin.

Bible characters who:

  • followed the pursuits of the flesh
  • compromised on their holy calling
A. The sin of holding on to offences
  • Biblical example: Absalom
  • Biblical advice: 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.” (Eph. 4:26-27)
B. The sin of giving into temptation habitually
  • Biblical example: Samson
  • Biblical advice: “Stay away from every kind of evil.” (1 Thes. 5:22)
C. The sin of covetousness
  • Biblical example: Gehazi
  • Biblical advice: “Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.” (Col. 3:5b)
D. The sin of ingratitude
  • Biblical example: the older generation of Israelites
  • Biblical advice: 14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” (Phil. 2:14-15)
E. The sin of pride
  • Biblical example: King Saul
  • Biblical advice: “… As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”” (James 4:6, NLT)

 

 

2. Be Willing to Learn from Jesus

“We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of him, so he endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought him. Now he holds the honoured position—the one next to God the Father on the heavenly throne. Think about Jesus, who endured opposition from sinners, so that you don’t become tired and give up.” (Heb. 12:2-3, GWT)

“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever!” (Heb 12:2-3, MSG)

 

A. At His arrest (Matt. 26:50-54), submission to the Father’s will
  • When Judas brought the soldiers to capture Jesus. This was His answer to Judas: “Friend, do what you came to do.
  • When one of His disciples struck the ear of the High Priest’s servant, Jesus said to that disciple: “53 Surely you know I could ask my Father, and he would give me more than twelve armies of angels. 54 But it must happen this way to bring about what the Scriptures say.” (NCV)
  • In Luke 22:49, it was recored that He touched the servant’s ear and healed him.
B. Jesus did not claim special privileges

“Christ himself was like God in everything. But he did not think that being equal with God was something to be used for his own benefit. But he gave up his place with God and made himself nothing. He was born as a man and became like a servant.” (Phil 2:6-7)

 

 

3. Be Restored Through Brokenness

Brokenness pleases God’s heart!

“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.” (Psalm 34:18, NKJV)

“For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” (Isa 57:15)

 

A. Brokenness is Surrendering to God’s Will
  • Brokenness means “Not I, But Christ”
  • Brokenness is that daily response of humility to the conviction of God’s Spirit

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” (Gal 2:20)

B. Brokenness is Seeing My Sin as Big
  • Brokenness changes a self-righteous critical spirit into a burden-bearing compassionate spirit.

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” (Phil 2:3, KJV)

C. Brokenness is Shattering My Will
  • so that all my responses are filled with the Holy Spirit’s wisdom
  • To be filled with the Holy Spirit, there must be an emptying of “self” and sin
D. Brokenness is Confessing My Sin
  • Brokenness is when we humbly respond to God’s conviction of our sin.
  • True repentance out of a contrite heart produces Godly sorrow (2 Cor, 7:10)
  • Godly sorrow bears fruit

 

““I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“The Lord spoke his word to Jeremiah. He said, “Go to the potter’s house. There I will give you my message.” I went to the potter’s house, and he was working there at his wheel. Whenever a clay pot he was working on was ruined, he would rework it into a new clay pot the way he wanted to make it. The Lord spoke his word to me. The Lord asked “Nation of Israel, can’t I do with you as this potter does with clay? Nation of Israel, you are like the clay in the potter’s hands.”” (Jer. 18:1-6, GWT)

 

 

By: Rev. Maureen Seow

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