Sermon Notes from Pastor David Yoder’s sermons. Want to listen? Here’s the online sermon archive.
- Desperation- men love being respected and acting foolish is a good way of losing respect. However, the ruler was beyond this. He was so desperate that he fell to his knees, literally, and begged for help. To the men, are we so ‘respectable’ that we cannot be desperate? Could it be that pride and self-sufficiency are so great that we cannot be desperate?
- Vindication- the poor woman, at the end of her resources, sought for help in Christ and she got it! Unseen, below the radar, and in her own world she nonetheless was seen by the Master. Are we in our own worlds with our cares? Is Jesus strong enough to reach us? Will you look to him for help? He loves vindicating the down-trodden.
- Faith- This is the common denominator between the two stories. Both parties literally placed their trust in Christ and they were rewarded. One was specifically asked to believe. The other harbored a secret faith which was rewarded in the open. How is our faith in Christ? Is it alive, is it vibrant, do we really go to him with our problems?
- Resurrection- This is huge. Jesus demonstrated his power over death. This points to a future day when all those who believe will be brought back to life by his power. Place your trust in him for a resurrection. He promises he will deliver.
This message comes from Luke 8:40-56. Want to listen? Here’s the online sermon archive.
Jesus closes out his Sermon on the Plain by talking about a life lived well. He says that our words reflect the condition of our heart. Out of our mouths come either blessing or cursing. The heart, then, feeds the supply of words. The way Jesus leaves his saying is, we are responsible for what comes out of the mouth. Do we build up, encourage, support? Or do we tear at others, demean, or accuse? We want to think deliberately about our speech so as to reflect the grace of God.
Jesus also speaks to us about 1. coming to him and 2. hearing what he says and 3. doing what he says. To come to Jesus is to do so consciously, with an open heart, ready to receive instruction. We don’t have answers, we need him to guide us. And, when we come, we listen to what he says. This means “scheduling” time with him. Sometimes this means we get away for a half-day, a full day, or several days to a week. Why? Business is a good way to not hear him. Thirdly, once we do hear him what is the plan to obey? Are we thinking deliberately about how we systematically obey him? This means we set up infrastructure in our lives to facilitate obedience. We pursue this and leave nothing to chance.
As we walk in Jesus, which is what this closing section is about, we build a structure out of our lives which will endure eternally. We forge character, humility, godliness and good works which will stand. Why? Because Jesus stands and whatever stands with him will last.
This message comes from Luke 6:43-49. Want to listen? Here’s the online sermon archive.
Have you ever said to someone, “Don’t judge me?” Has anyone ever said to you, “Don’t judge me?” This is one of the more commonly known references to Jesus’ message in Matt. 5 and Luke 6. If we are honest, we sometimes use this to get people off our backs, particularly when they are pointing out a sin in our lives.
In context, to judge or condemn someone is to sentence another or to put another person in a box. It has to do with having a harsh and critical spirit. We have various motives for doing this, none of which is pure. Jesus says to not judge another because the manner in which we judge will determine how we are judged. Don’t judge! God will take care of the judging. Of course, we speak here of being harsh and critical of others’ personhood, not being candid in our assessment of foolishness and sin itself.
Be gracious! Let’s be a people who are giving to others. We have received forgiveness for free so we need to give it away. Being giving means we are liberal in the favor, grace, encouragement, exhortation, and praise we give to others. There is no harm in this. Nothing of our spiritual standing before God is hindered by giving. To the contrary, we will reap all the more richly if we give richly!
Finally, Jesus warns against pointing out others’ sins when we ourselves are under the control of a sin. Concern yourself with applying the gospel to yourself! Get yourself in a healthy place and then you can lead others. But if you are not in a healthy place then do not presume to lead others because they will reject you outright. Concern yourself with being a disciple of Jesus. Then things will fall into place.
This message comes from Luke 6:37-42. Want to listen? Here’s the online sermon archive.
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