Summary: THE WORD OF GOD SHOULD NEVER BE OFFENSIVE TO US!
A WORD ON THE WORD: OFFENSIVE OR OFFENSIVE PART I
AUGUST 29, 2004
INTRODUCTION: OFFENSIVE: 1. offending. 2. attacking.
A famous Methodist evangelist named Peter Cartwright was known for his uncompromising preaching. However, one day when the President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, "Old rough and ready," came to Cartwright’s church, the elders warned the Pastor not to offend the President. In those days, the President had great power to influence a denomination for good or bad. Content, that their Pastor would not say anything to discredit their church, the elders retired to the back of the sanctuary.
When Cartwright got up to speak, the first words out of his mouth were, "I understand that President Andrew Jackson is here this morning. I have been requested to be very guarded in my remarks. Let me say this: "Andrew Jackson will go to hell if doesn’t repent of his sin!" The entire congregation gasped with shock at Cartwright’s boldness. How could this young preacher dare to offend the tough old general in public, they wondered.
After the service, everyone wondered how the President would respond to Cartwright. When Andrew Jackson met the preacher at the door he looked at him in the eye and said, "Sir, If I had a regiment of men like you, I could conquer the world!" When we appreciate the power of the word of God and the Holy Spirit speaking from the lips of people with conviction we will make eternal differences.
Contributed by: Paul Fritz
TRANSITION THOUGHT: Our text for today speaks to a powerful understanding of God’s word. Just like the powerful Methodist Preacher Peter Cartwright knew, the word of God is both offensive and offensive. Just sharing Jesus can offend someone and yet the sharing of Jesus is the only way to advance the Kingdom, it is the kingdom offensive! The struggle for us here concerning a WORD ON THE WORD, is how we deal with God’s word. For some, the word is offensive, it demands more than we want to give. For a select few, and as hard as it is to say this, I truly believe it is a select few, the Word of God is our offense, our method for reaching the lost, for building the kingdom without and within our own souls. Today, I want us to think about the word of God that is very offensive, as in offending, to us and to those we may share it with. Now you may say to me, Joe, the word of God is never offended me or anyone I know. I beg to differ with you on this. If the word of God doesn’t offend us, then why don’t we follow it?
THESIS SENTENCE: THE WORD OF GOD SHOULD NEVER BE OFFENSIVE TO US!
I. OFFENSIVE IS THE NAME VV. 18-20
A. THE NAME IS A PUBLIC OPPINION
B. THE NAME IS A PRIVATE OPPINION
C. THE NAME IS THE ANNOINTED OF GOD
ILLUSTRATION: I was leaving the nursing home after visiting one of our members and I passed a lady in a wheel chair. "What’s your name?" she said, smiling sweetly. I told her my name and asked, "What’s your name?" Suddenly her face contorted into a scowl and she said, "None of your business!"
Contributed by: Steven Easterwood