Summary: Purpose of Sermon: To explore the meaning of honoring Christian brothers and sisters and to encourage the congregation to select someone that they can honor before the day is done.
Honorable ~ Honoring One Another
Scripture Text: Romans 12.9-13
It’s nothing new to expect that a person would-act according to a code-of-conduct. For-example… the investment-banker, turned-swindler – Bernie Madoff – …broke a code-of-conduct. And-now… he’s going to spend the rest of his life behind-bars. We have certain-expectations of those who handle our money.
Over the last-nine-months, we’ve hear-about NFL players and their run-ins with the law. NFL players have been convicted of running a dog-fighting ring, …or DUI manslaughter, …or carrying an unregistered weapon, and shooting-himself in the leg! ~ …these-guys are facing major repercussions from the NFL league commissioner! Why? Because the NFL has some expectations about how their-players conduct themselves in public.
In your own-family, …there were expectations engrained-in-you from a very-early-age. For example, …some families impress on their members to make-good on their work-obligations. Such-that, even rebellious-teen-agers who lived on-the-wild-side, …there were many nights when I would come home not-long before sun-up; …but, got themselves out of bed, in-time to get the morning chores done. It didn’t matter how they felt! “Mom-and-Dad” had-taught them that their family was dependable!
I’ll-bet that it wouldn’t take-you-long to-come-up-with some-things that your family impressed-on-you. They are things-that your family prizes.
That’s kinda-what this sermon-series is all-about: …What’s it mean to be a church family? What’s a church to be like? Does Scripture give us any-help, when it comes to defining characteristics?
And-in-fact, …it does. Actually, …a whole-lot! We’ve-already-seen, …the members of a church-family are to be forgiving toward one-another; …we’re to be missional-and-purposeful; …our attitudes, goals, and hearts are to be Christlike; …and we’re to be a holy-people.
Over-the-course of the last-few-weeks, …we’ve heard a common-theme that has been running through each of the characteristics: …and that-theme is: love. Love is like the kettle that all the ingredients go-into, and come-out-of. Love is the glue that holds it all together. Love is what shapes each-and-every characteristic; …and love plays a huge-role in today’s passage!
I. What Are You Full Of?
In verses 9-and-10, there is a great emphasis on love. As-a-matter-of-fact, …this paragraph begins with:
“Love must be sincere.”
It must be genuine, …authentic, …true-blue. Genuine-love does not spring from a divided-heart; …that’s why it powerfully shapes the way-we-are with each other.
The Greek word here is: agape. Agape-love is a sacrificial, …self-giving, …carry-your-cross and pour-yourself-out ‘cause the other-person needs-what-you-have-to-offer, kinda-love! Agape-love is whole-hearted. It’s undivided. And-that’s-why Scripture tells us that this love must be sincere. If it’s not genuine, …if it’s not sincere, …if it’s not whole-hearted, …then it’s not agape-love! Let your love be sincere.