First Baptist Church of Minneola
FBC WorshipJune 2, 2019 - 10:50 AM - 12:00 PMThe worship service may include singing, prayer, and preaching. Periodocaly the service includes a baptism, voluntary participation in the Lord's Supper, or is merged into a longer special event service. The church service are open to all people.
- Let me quote something I read from a blog last week.A person made this somewhat profound statement:“I can’t trust you if you are always telling me about other people’s business.”Think about the impression you and I make when we talk about other people.Is that the impression Jesus makes when we read His words?Does the Bible have anything to teach us about being nosey?What can we do to change behaviors that are so much a part of us that we thing they are okay?Well, lets get started and see what Jesus does have to say on these matters.TRANS - Last week I took us through the time when Jesus stood onshore following his resurrection.Our series is entitled “Through the Resurrection” and today we will finish out this 8 part series by returning to that time where we were last week.Let’s start out by giving us some background of the scene.It was shortly following that bloody display at Calvary.Peter has cursed, sworn three time, and denied even knowing Jesus.He went out to weep.The disciples had heard that Jesus was alive; he rose from the grave.They were confused as to what to believe.They had a hard time believing; they were perplexed.They were restless and disturbed.They were told to wait for Jesus in jerusalem, but were not obedient.Instead of waiting, they went to Galilee.They wondered what to do.Peter said:Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will also come with you.” They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing.So, the fishermen went back to doing what they did before ever meeting Jesus.Now, God knew what they were up to and best I can figure is He told the fish to stay clear of the nets.Sounds like some of the fishing trips my dad and I used to take :-)We’d stay out all day and never catch a thing.Peter probably was feeling the lowest he had in all his life.And, topping it off, it appeared he no longer knew how to catch fish.Peter is tired, hungry, discouraged, and ashamed.Following a fish free night, a guy on the shore yells out, “Catching anything?”Don’t you love it when fish aren’t biting and someone asks that question?They say, “not a thing” and the guy yells back, “toss your net on the other side of the boat.”They might had thought, “what does this dude know?”But, not knowing he was Jesus, did what he said and put the net on the other side of the boat.The fish filled the net and they could hardly believe what they saw.After an evening of no fish, they have the largest haul their net can hold.One of them says, “It’s the Lord!”They recognize the miracle and Jesus with the same haul of fish.Peter wastes no time, puts on his fishing coat and jumps ship to swim ashore.Thinking about this, that they were 100 yards from shore, I thought, “Peter must had been in pretty good shape to swim all that way.”While working on this sermon, I discovered that ancient writers often wrote about young men competing athletically among friends.These men probably were all in good psychical shape.They ate fish, walked, and were able to swim great distances.They took good care of their bodies which permitted them to be more devoted to the Lord save they were out of shape or overweight.Now you say, “Pastor, not sure I like where this is going.”Remember, I’m preaching to myself as well.Perhaps we’d all do with a few less pounds around the waistline?Following Jesus’ thrice questioning, Peter asks the question we are visiting in today’s text.Peter wants to know about the Apostle John.Peter wants to know about John’s duties.What does it say?So Peter seeing him said to Jesus, “Lord, and what about this man?”Bothersome busybodies, nosey people, sticking noses in other people’s business.Related to gossip, Jesus deals this manner of pride a serious blow.TRANS - Let’s begin by considering the carnality of this behavior.i-Mindedness “What about this man?”“I want to know.”“Tell me about ...”Peter’s question is not a spiritual one.Nothing about Peter’s question would help him grow spiritually.Recall Jesus had just discussed Peter’s devotion to Him and his duty to the Lord?That was spiritual.This question is about John’s duty.Peter’s question is carnal.Instead of focusing on growing spiritually, Peter is more interested in satisfying his own interests.“I want to know.”ILL - There are three types of people:natural person, the unsavedspiritual person, the Spirit filledthe carnal person, born again but not living a victorious lifeThe carnal person lives like the natural person. A carnal person does not do what comes supernaturally.A carnal person is selfish.A carnal person says, “It’s my life.”But the true is Christians are bought with a price and not our own.Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.I was reading a message by Adrian Rogers who said there are four stages in a Christian’s life:First saved says “this is easy,” and they rejoice in the LordThen learning demands of discipleship and feeling the devil’s onslaughts says “this is hard”The comes the third stage where they say, “this is impossible; nobody can do thisThen they discover the power and say, “this is glorious, glorious.”What stage are you?Is your walk easy, hard, impossible, or glorious?You will move onward until you come to the place where you will say, “This is wonderful. It is not me, but Christ in me. He is the strength of my life.”TRANS - Let’s move from talking about the carnal Christian to the nosey person.i-Nterrogativness “what about this man?”(nosiness)This is about curiosity not conscience.Lot’s of people read the Bible out of curiosity but not conscience.They want to know where Cain got his wife, or if Moses married a black women, or if Adam and Eve at an apple or some other not so important question.There are so many much more important questions to ask than these.The Bible is our authority for all things in faith and practice.I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up to the third heaven.I once heard is said that we see the first heaven by day, the second by night, and the third by faith.How few study the Bible in faith, but rather to find fault.God gives us the Bible so we can know Him, know how to live, and to direct every aspect of how we carry on in this life.TRANS - We noted the self-focused carnal person Peter was and how nosiness shows lack of spirit-filling.Let’s turn our attention how we treat others and how we expect them to treat us.i-Nterestedness “what about this man?”(not minding own business)Peter is more concerned about somebody else's duty than his own.That is a problem of people in every age.The Bible gives us a good example of how it is the primary concern for gossips and busybodies:For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies.The undisciplined pay more attention to what other people do than to their own responsibilities.Jesus had just shared with Peter his duties.If Peter was wise, he’d asked Jesus for more information.Consider how Samson’s parents did just that:Then Manoah entreated the Lord and said, “O Lord, please let the man of God whom You have sent come to us again that he may teach us what to do for the boy who is to be born.”Peter didn’t act wise and Jesus was not all too impressed.Look at the verse following our text:Jesus said to him, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!”Jesus gave Peter clear instruction.It is not Peter’s business to consider John’s duties assigned by God, but to do as Jesus instructs.Our primary concern is not what other people are doing or might go about doing.The Bible teaches that our concern is our own duty to serve God.Are you doing your service to God so well that you can be concerned for what other people are doing or not doing?Carnal concern for the duty of others tells me a person is more interested in their own rights than their own responsibilities.Our primary duty needs to be how we treat others not how they treat us.TRANS - We noted the carnality, the curiousness, and the concern of Peter.We noted how all three of these oppose God’s command.How should this challenge us?“Consider others greater” Phil 2:3 reminds us.“Do unto others as you want them to do unto you” Mt. 7:12 teaches.Are you willing to pray, “God treat me today like I treated others yesterday.”Before you jump to answer, let me tell you that heaven is your next opportunity at perfection.Everything you and I do in this life is tainted by the fall of humankind from the perfection of God.Never the less, you and I are held accountable by God and His law.If not for His mercy, nobody could enter Heaven’s gate.So, imperfection is not excuse for not doing everything we can to rise up to God’s commands in the Bible.I’ve found the best way to rise is to fall on Him and simply do what the Bible says.Easy, by no means.Doable, only when Spirit-filled.Will you join me in admitting imperfection this morning?(end)
1 Corinthians 6:19–20ESV
2 Corinthians 12:2ESV
2 Thessalonians 3:11ESV
- Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
FBC WorshipJune 2, 2019 - 10:50 AM - 12:00 PM
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