Summary: Part 2 of a 5 part sermon exploring those things forfeited by religious people who deny Jesus. When fault is found with God’s grace we forfeit...
WHEN FAULT IS FOUND-II
The professors of mathematics & physics were staring away at the flag pole in front of the front of the college building. The professor of English walking by asked, "What seems to be the problem?"
"We," said the professor of mathematics, "were wondering how to measure the height of this flag pole."
The professor of English quickly unscrewed the pole from its moorings, laid it on the ground, whipped out a measuring tape, measured it, & said, "It is exactly 20 feet long," & walked away with a smile & a whistle on his lips.
As the English professor walked away, the over analyzing professor of physics remarked,
"Smart alec. We wanted to know the height, & he tells us the length!"
The mathematics & physics professors forfeited a great deal because they found fault with the the English professor’s means of measurement.
People forfeit a great deal when the find fault with God’s grace.
The synagogue of Nazareth despised the grace offered them in Jesus.
Religious people can find fault with God’s grace.
What is forfeited when God’s grace is frustrated?
When fault is found with God’s grace, we forfeit...
1. Godly Influence
4—When fault is found we forfeit
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me...”
“Upon Me”—Peculiarly powerful manifestation
“Because”—God chose His Son
“Anointed”—To Designate, Endue or Consecrate—To have authority bestowed or invested by particular means.
Heb. 1:1-2—“God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions & in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.”
Ps. 45:6-7(Heb. 1:8-9)—“Thy throne, O God, is forever & ever; A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, & hated wickedness; Therefore God, Thy God, has anointed Thee With the oil of joy above Thy fellows.”
Acts 10:38—“You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit & with power, & how He went about doing good, & healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him.”
Acts 2:22-24—“ “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles & wonders & signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know--this Man, delivered up by the predetermined plan & foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men & put Him to death. And God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.””
Naaman/Captain of the army of Aram/Valiant warrior/Well respected/Leper/Israeli slave girl/She told Naaman of the prophet in Samaria[Elisha]/Naaman came/Elisha sent by messenger for Naaman to wash in the Jordan 7 times/Naaman found fault with Elisha’s manner/Left in a rage/Returned upon taking council from servants/Leprosy cured/Naaman almost forfeited Elisha’s Anointing
Muslims—Claim Jesus was a prophet yet do not seek to understand His teaching.
?You Forfeited God’s Anointing?
?You given up on what/who is Anointed of the Lord?
?You Found Fault with God’s grace?
5—When fault is found we forfeit
“...“He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor...
Isa. 52:7—“How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace And brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!””
Lk. 2:10—“And the angel said to them[shepherds], “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people;”
Heb. 4:6-7—“Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, & those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience,He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS.””
Lady stopped by house looking for rental house/Looking for good news/If she had found fault with means of grace she would/ve forfeited the good news
PCH sweepstakes mailing/Winning mailing—Throw it in trash/Forfeited Good News
Deny telephone access/
Weather report/News of approaching tornado/Good news of how to be saved
?You Forfeited God’s Good News?
?You given up on the Good News of the Gospel?
?You Found Fault with God’s grace?
6—When fault is found we forfeit
“...He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor;...”
“To the poor”
?What does it mean to be poor?—Not know where your next meal is coming from—No steady work—At mercy of all(Govt./Landlords/Creditors/Employers)—No personal power over destiny—Totally dependant on others— Expendable—