Sermon Notes from Pastor David Yoder’s sermons. 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.
Luke 5 is focused on establishing Jesus’ authority. Jesus can command a school of fish to go into a net. He can force a disease of leprosy to leave a man’s body. But Jesus can also do something not hitherto imagined. Here is the story.
Jesus is teaching and people are watching. Having heard of Jesus’ power to heal, some men bring a friend who is paralyzed. They can’t get in because the crowd is too packed. So, they head to the roof, remove some tiles, and drop their friend down into the gathering!
What would you think if you were an audience member? Is this proper? What will the homeowner say? Isn’t this disruptive to the spiritual food we are receiving? Jesus perceived the hearts of the men, the paralyzed man and his friends. He declares to the man, “Your sins are forgiven.”
Its ok to help someone catch fish and its pretty cool that you made leprosy go away but this? Understandably, some people were bothered by this comment. You would be too. They (Pharisees and scribes) now suspect him of foul play because nobody but God can forgive sins. Conflict, heavy conflict was in the air.
Jesus confronts them and says he will prove that he can forgive sins by healing the man. He will prove that he can forgive sins (something you can’t verify with human tools) by healing the man of his paralysis. He turns to the man and says, “Rise, take up your bed, and walk.” Enough said.
Responses? Awe. The people were filled with awe, which is another word for respect. They gave him space in their hearts but also maintained a safe distance from him, as Peter did when he said, “Depart from me for I am a sinful man.”
This story is in the Bible to prove one thing: Jesus has authority on earth to forgive sins. That said, let’s approach him as such and ask for absolution. This is much easier than seeking it by our own self-righteous acts.
This message comes from Luke 5:17-25. Want to listen? Here’s the online sermon archive.
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