Not of This World – Part 4
November 24, 2019
- You’re not from here. You are from the one who sent you (John 17:16-18).
- The one who sent us is . The one who sent Him is the .
- Just as God has “sent ones” (or ambassadors), Satan has (Matthew 24:4-5, Matthew 24:23-24).
- Just as Satan can turn himself into an of light, his ambassadors can appear as if they are messengers of truth (II Corinthians 11:12-15).
- How do you tell the difference between the ambassadors of and ambassadors of Satan when they look and sound so much alike?
- We must look at judgement biblically, not culturally or (Matthew 7:1-2; Proverbs 18:13, Proverbs 18:17).
- “Not judge” does not mean “not .”
- A judgement is still a judgement.
- If you are withholding judgement, you are withholding from both and bad judgements.
- We used Kanye West as a test case and the Word as our stick (II Timothy 3:1-5; II Timothy 3:14-17).
- Drawing from the life and writings of the Apostle Paul, we concluded that it is unwise to put a new into public ministry (I Timothy 3:2-7).
- We must pray for Kanye West the way Jesus prayed for (Luke 22:31-34; Matthew 26:34-35).
More Ways to Discern
- We must distinguish between worldly success and kingdom , between the American dream and the vision.
- We cannot measure Christian success by and .
- While God does prosper people, determining whether material success is from the world or from God requires (Deuteronomy 8:17-18)
- Jesus Himself did not put His trust in crowds (John 2:23-24).
- Jesus exposed the true nature of the crowds when he stopped responding to their needs (John 6:25-27).
- Just because people were following Jesus physically did not mean that they were with Him .
- Big crowds are more often a sign of spiritual immaturity than they are of spiritual (Matthew 9:35-38).
- Jesus was not interested in celebrity, nor did He need celebrity to fulfill His mission (John 4:1-4).
- Jesus was willing to make statements that shrank (John 6:60-66; Luke 14:25-33).
- Jesus saved his most important statements for the faithful , not the multitudes (Mark 4:33-34).
- Kingdom progress can involve crowds, but those crowds will consist of people who are hungry for the of life, not physical loaves and fish (Acts 2:41-42; Acts 2:46-47).