A popular sermon series by many pastors is entitled "All In".
This series comes from the Great Commandment verses in the Bible taken completely out of context and is intended to motivate believers to be "all in" for God, to move them from being "a spectator to a participator" in the church.
If believers are not careful, they will be misled by this series, trying to be "all in" for God, when God is not asking them to be "all in" for him.
Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh; but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. The mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind of the flesh is hostile to God: It does not submit to God’s Law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the flesh cannot please God.
What does it mean to live according to the flesh (the mind of the flesh) and what does it mean to live according to the Spirit (the mind of the Spirit)?
In one sentence...twenty-three words, Jesus sums up the entire Law of Moses, which consisted of 613 commands.
Included in these 613 commands where the Ten Commandments and two great commandments, which were to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and to Love others as you love yourself."
In this one sentence, all of the Law of Moses is summarized. This sentence, spoken by Jesus, is found in Matthew 7:12:
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets
Romans 14 and 15 teach grace believers to limit our liberty with love.
In Romans 14-15, liberty is the freedom to make lifestyle choices, since we are not under law but under grace, in areas the Bible remains silent.There were believers in Rome who were publically using their liberty in grace to live in a way that was harmful to others. This wasn’t an immoral lifestyle they were living, but it concerned grey areas as well as matters of the Mosaic Law, specifically days and diets mandated by the Law of Moses that were abolished through the death of Jesus.
Guilt...the miserable feeling inside us when we have done something wrong. We have all been there. We know the feeling.
Many people in the Bible knew the feeling too.
Adam and Eve knew it.
Cain knew it.
Noah knew it.
Abraham knew it.
Moses knew it.
David knew it.
Zacchaeus knew it. T
he woman at the well knew it.
The immoral woman knew it.
The woman caught in adultery knew it.
The man outside the temple knew it.
Peter knew it.
Judas knew it.
Paul knew it.
You know it...I know it.
It's a miserable feeling!
There are three relationship roads we can take:
The Low Road:This is treating people WORSE than how they treat us.
"Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice." Ephesians 4:31...
The Law Road:This is treating people EQUAL to how they treat us.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ "
"In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
When someone fails or makes a mistake, there are two ways to respond. One will make a relationship. One will break a relationship.
Why did you do that?...
What were you thinking?
Didn't you know that would happen?
What's wrong with you?
You will never change.
You're just like __________.
You are so __________.
You are going to have to live with it.
I told you so...you should have listened to me.
You make me so mad!
I am sorry that happened to you.
I know that hurts.
We will live controlled by the labels we wear. The labels we wear will control our thoughts, emotions, desires, attitudes, and decisions.
We label ourselves according to our problems, addictions, sickness, race, hurts, past, social status, gender, political party, denomination, and the list goes on and on and on. How we label ourselves completely controls our lives.
How did Jesus label himself?
Jesus labled himself as loved one of the Father. The Father's Beloved.
Therefore, he lived a life of love.
In Matthew 5:29-30 Jesus said:
“And if your right eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and cast it from you. For it is better for you that one of your members should perish and not that your whole body should be cast into Gehenna. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and cast it from you, for it is better for you that one of your members should perish and not that your whole body should depart into Gehenna.”
What does Jesus mean by pluck out your right eye and cut off your right hand?
After they were established in the truths of grace by Paul, the believers in Galatia abandoned their freedom in Christ, which is complete forgiveness and acceptance (righteousness) with God by grace through faith in Jesus alone.
They deserted grace (Galatians 1:6).
They set aside grace (Galatians 2:21).
They returned to enslavement to their... religious system... rules... rituals... and regulations to earn God's acceptance and forgiveness. In doing so, they fell from grace (Galatians 5:4).
They turned away from all God had freely and fully done for them through the death and resurrection of Jesus, and were trying to earn God's acceptance and forgiveness through religious activity and morality.