Sermon Notes - March 24

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Golden Rule Living

There are so many things we can do that make relating to each other a challenge. In this series, we explore how Jesus teaching can make us better at relationships and make our relationships so much better. Here's what we've learned so far.

  1. There is great damage that happens in relationships when we bring judgment into the relationship.
  2. I must remember the only person in a relationship that I can change is ME. So I work on my problem, not yours.
  3. When I see some advice I believe you need, I remember that pushing my "pearls of wisdom" on you when you aren't ready to hear it, it's like giving jewels to swine.
  4. Prayer a primary way we build our relationship with God. But many of us get frustrated because we pray for good things and we don't seem to get an answer. Jesus says that is normal. When it happens we ask and just keep on asking. God is not bothered by our persistence and sometimes He is moved by it.


Today Jesus sums up all the law and prophets and give us the one thing we should do to honor God and build our relationships.

God hates it when community is violated


There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.  Proverbs 6:16-19

This is reality: God values human beings above everything else in creation.

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.... Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven... Matthew 5:17-19


So in everything do to others what you would have others do to you. For this sums up the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:12

This is spiritual formation for every person.

Jesus taught a golden rule message, lived a golden rule life, died a golden rule death and with His resurrection He launch a golden rule community - the church.


God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power and he went around doing good Acts 10:38

APPLICATION:


DO THE GOLDEN RULE - So in everything do to others what you would have others do to you.