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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Peace Child 2020 (PM)

Peace Child 2020
Peace Child 2020 
Romans 8:32
 
ILLUSTRATION: “Peace child” by Don Richardson
 
1. This what God has done for us!
 
A. Sent His Son to the “enemies” - Romans 5:8-10
B. Redeemed us through His Son - Galatians 1:3-5
C. Jesus made peace between God and ourselves - Ephesians 2:13-18
 
2. The Relationship of Truth to Life - 1 Peter 4:1-2 
 
A. Whenever see the word “therefore” in Scripture, you need to ask, “What’s that there, for?”
B. Major truth, cause/effect! What follows is the application of truth, doctrine, ultimate reality!
C. The Christian life is always based on ultimate reality. Yet all of the ethical appeals of the modern secular person are baseless, there is NO foundation in truth, fact or reality!
D. ILLUSTRATION: Kermit the Frog & Fozzie Bear (Video)  
Everything modern secular atheists believe, teach, think and do is based on feelings.
 
1. When the Bible says racism is a sin it gives a reason for that truth. James 2:9, Galatians 3:28, Acts 17:22-30, Genesis 1:27 (a part of God’s plan) to assault the image of God (man) is to assault God! ILLUSTRATION: Picture of Mother
2. When a secular atheist claims that racism is wrong, there is no basis. It’s relative.   Because, if there is no God, there is no ultimate truth! Everyone must choose for       themselves! So, to hate is just as right as to love. In all of the ethical appeals of the   secular world, they must base their opinions on how it makes them feel. - Romans 1:25
 
E. Christianity teaches an integration of truth and life. We don’t know anything by what we feel, rather we feel a certain way about things based on what we know! - ILLUSTRATION: J.W. McGarvey Quote         
 
3. This what God is doing through us!
 
A. We live in a culture quickly becoming more and more hostile to Christianity. 
 
1. Once 70-80 years ago, faith was expected in our country, untrusted if one didn’t confess faith in Christ. Hard to get a loan if no church membership!
2. Then 30-40 years ago, “live and let live attitude” growing number of people were rejecting faith, but still accepted and appreciated the principles of loving others, ethical behavior and they thought religion was at the least, good for our society. 
3. Now, increasingly, very devout Christians are seen as bad for society! Ethics are not admired, not even tolerated in more liberal areas! Immediately judged as intolerant, bigoted, small-minded and hateful!
Bigoted defined - having or revealing an obstinate belief in the superiority of one's own opinions and a prejudiced intolerance of the opinions of others.
 
B. So God is sending you and me into a world, a culture which is at war with truth. And we are to be a type of “peace child” by loving others, patiently winning them to Christ by the fruit of the Spirit - Galatians 5:22-23
C. As foreigners (1 Peter 2:9-12) we are to patiently guide others into a right relationship with God! - Jude 1:22-23
 
Conclusion:
You are to follow Christ’s example. As a peace child, winning souls for the Lord through love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control!
 

Peace Child 2020

Romans 8:32

 

ILLUSTRATION: “Peace child” by Don Richardson

 

1. This what God has done for us!

    A. Sent His Son to the “enemies” - Romans 5:8-10

    B. Redeemed us through His Son - Galatians 1:3-5

    C. Jesus made peace between God and ourselves - Ephesians 2:13-18

 

2. The Relationship of Truth to Life - 1 Peter 4:1-2

  A. Whenever see the word “therefore” in Scripture, you need to ask, “What’s that there, for?”

  B. Major truth, cause/effect! What follows is the application of truth, doctrine, ultimate reality!

  C. The Christian life is always based on ultimate reality. Yet all of the ethical appeals of the 

      modern secular person are baseless, there is NO foundation in truth, fact or reality!

  D. ILLUSTRATION: Kermit the Frog & Fozzie Bear (Video) 

      Everything modern secular atheists believe, teach, think and do is based on feelings.

        1. When the Bible says racism is a sin it gives a reason for that truth.

            James 2:9, Galatians 3:28, Acts 17:22-30, Genesis 1:27 (a part of God’s plan)

            to assault the image of God (man) is to assault God! ILLUSTRATION: Picture of Mother

          2. When a secular atheist claims that racism is wrong, there is no basis. It’s relative.

               Because, if there is no God, there is no ultimate truth! Everyone must choose for

               themselves! So, to hate is just as right as to love. In all of the ethical appeals of the

               secular world, they must base their opinions on how it makes them feel. - Romans 1:25

   E. Christianity teaches an integration of truth and life. We don’t know anything by what we

       feel, rather we feel a certain way about things based on what we know!

       - ILLUSTRATION: J.W. McGarvey Quote        

 

3. This what God is doing through us!

    A. We live in a culture quickly becoming more and more hostile to Christianity.

          1. Once 70-80 years ago, faith was expected in our country, untrusted if one

               didn’t confess faith in Christ. Hard to get a loan if no church membership!

          2. Then 30-40 years ago, “live and let live attitude” growing number of people            

               were rejecting faith, but still accepted and appreciated the principles of loving

               others, ethical behavior and they thought religion was at the least, good for our

               society.

          3. Now, increasingly, very devout Christians are seen as bad for society! Ethics

               are not admired, not even tolerated in more liberal areas! Immediately judged

               as intolerant, bigoted, small-minded and hateful!

                    Bigoted defined - having or revealing an obstinate belief in the superiority                          of one's own opinions and a prejudiced intolerance of the opinions of others.

    B. So God is sending you and me into a world, a culture which is at war with truth. And we

        are to be a type of “peace child” by loving others, patiently winning them to Christ by

        the fruit of the Spirit - Galatians 5:22-23

    C. As foreigners (1 Peter 2:9-12) we are to patiently guide others into a right relationship

        with God! - Jude 1:22-23

 

Conclusion:

You are to follow Christ’s example. As a peace child, winning souls for the Lord through love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control!

 

 
   
 
 
   
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