July 19, 2020

Let's Invest In Each Other

Let's Invest In Each Other

Luke 6:37-38, ESV

Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.

Luke 6:37-38, The Message

Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.


There are 2 critical things we need to do to ensure we are caring for ourselves during this radically challenging season:

1. Practice holistic self-care
2. Invest in and care for others

How do we invest in others according to this text? 

1. Do not hastily judge others unless you want people to do the same to you.
2. Do not quickly condemn others unless you want to live under the same level of condemnation you give.
3. Forgive - let people off of the hook when you can and release them from their debts.
4. Give - without expecting anything in return with a spirit of generosity. 

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OVERVIEW
Publish Date:

September 18, 2020

RESOURCES
PAST SERIES MESSAGES

Sermon 1 in this series will tackle the Lucan Beatitudes with the goal of bringing these words of blessing back to earth a bit. I do not know about anyone else, but I desire to know that the blessings of the Lord, the fulfillment of the Lord and the goodness of the Lord are not just regulated to the great by and by, but that as a citizen of the realm of GOD I can access the blessed life even while passing through this rocky world.

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The blessing in the text is not regulated to the reality of the hearers' experiences but revealed through relationship with the Teacher; the blessing is in the Person, Jesus. In other words, Jesus is letting these hungry and weeping hearers know that their change is connected to accessing the words He is giving them.

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In Christ, we are blessed by association because having a relationship with Christ is based on the authenticity of our faith. We have a shared identity with the Redeemer, and because of this we are blessed with both eternal provision. 

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Don't drown in the shallow-end of believing our own hype and press because your temporary resource supply appears to be limitless. 

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We are called to move from a premise of revenge to operating as agents of restoration which is difficult and counter to our natural inclinations of paying others back for the wrong they have done toward us.

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As disciples we have a personal responsibility to inspect what we produce.

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These are the ways I prepare for the floods of life: 1. I have to have a relationship with Jesus that surpasses flattery and is founded on a resilient faith - yes there are many of us who specialize in religious language but do not yield to a redemptive relationship with Jesus.

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