TEACHER:  Ken Hicks 

SCRIPTURES: Various

BOTTOM LINE:   Jesus Draws a Line in the Sand!

QUESTION:  How do we Respond to Jesus?  There’s no Middle Ground!

 

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W.D.J.D. … WHAT DID JESUS DO … as He prepared to Die?

  • Trying to see not only what JESUS experienced for us … but HOW He approached that part of His life too.
  • What DID Jesus do on His Way to the Cross?
  • What was Important to Jesus as His time on this earth is drawing to a Close?

Stuart Weber, in his Commentary on Matthew said this … To this point, Jesus had tried to avoid OUTRIGHT CONFLICT, while at the same time, warning people openly about the poison of the Jewish leaders. However, at this point, Jesus launched a serious OFFENSIVE attack.

 

WHY DID JESUS CONFRONT THE JEWISH RELIGIOUS LEADERS?

  1. … FOR EXPLOITING PEOPLE & HINDERING THEM FROM REALLY CONNECTING w/ GOD
  2. … FOR THEIR ATTITUDE OF SUPERIORITY!
  3. … FOR THEIR HYPOCRISY!
  4. … FOR DISTORTING THE TRUTH AND LEADING PEOPLE ASTRAY!
  5. … FOR REJECTING GOD AND HIS MESSENGERS!  

 

 

APPLICATION:

SO WHAT DO WE DO?

  1. BE FAITHFUL IN SPITE OF HARDSHIP!
  2. BE READY FOR JESUS’ RETURN!
  3. BE ACTIVE IN MINISTRY!
  4. BE GRACIOUS & GENEROUS TO THOSE IN NEED!

 

HOW DO WE RESPOND:

  1. For those who are NOT His Followers …
    1. It’s time to make a Choice!
    2. Do you believe that I am the Son of Go and the Promised Messiah?
    3. You cannot remain Neutral …

 

  1. For those that WERE His Followers …
    1. It’s time to get SERIOUS!
      1. You have to stop straddling the line.
      2. If you’re going to be my Follower, then Start Living Like It!
    2. Don’t become Stale and Rigid in your Faith.
      1. Pay attention to your Attitudes, your Actions, and the way you treat others.
      2. Don’t fall into the traps of Legalism, Pride, or Hypocrisy.
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