Lighthouse Community Church
Downs, Kansas

"Living the New Testament in today's world"


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Speaking Plainly”

Mark 8:31-38
August 6, 2017

 

Have you heard about a treasure worth $2 million has been hidden in the Rocky Mountains? It will belong to whoever finds it.  

Over and over we sacrifice what has little value for things that have greater value.  

When we believe Satan and follow the ways of men we accumulate land and money and possessions while neglecting God, His covenant and the things that have eternal value.  

The only way to learn the correct value of everything that exists in heaven above and on the earth below is to be taught by God.  

The way to find the treasures that have the greatest value is to deny self, take up my cross daily and follow Jesus.  

How do we respond when God speaks plainly?  

Are we among those who respond to God by saying, “Surely not!”?  

Are we among those who respond to God by denying self, taking up our crosses and follow Jesus?  

God tells me the truth and leaves the choice up to me.

 

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Aug 06

 


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To Gather the Children”

Matthew 23:37-39
July 30, 2017

 

Over the past four weeks the sermons have focused upon the shortcomings of the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees. This week the message will focus upon God’s response to the shortcomings and failures of His people.  

The failures of the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees were great, but they represented a very small minority among all of those who had sinned against God.  

God’s great desire is to gather sinners to Himself.  

Because of His desire for His people God sent messenger after messenger to turn their hearts back to Him.  

God speaks through His messengers and leaves the decision of how to respond up to me.  

Those who are unwilling to be gathered to God are left with a house that is desolate (solitary, lonely, deserted).  

God works to fill His house with the humble.  

INVITATION: God is speaking: are you willing to enter His kingdom?

 

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Jul 30

 


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We Would Not Do That”

Matthew 23:29-36
July 23, 2017

 

How did God’s people treat Moses, Elijah, Jeremiah, Zechariah, Jesus, Peter, Paul, etc.?  

Hypocrites are those among God’s people who honor the messengers of the past while despising, mocking, slandering, defying, persecuting and murdering the messengers of the present.  

The teachers of the law and Pharisees illustrate the human capacity to claim to be innocent while doing the exact same thing they condemned in others.  

Our natural inclination is to continue in the sins of our forefathers even when we know that our forefathers sinned and rejected God.  

Knowing and teaching God’s word did not stop the teachers of the law and the Pharisees from choosing to embrace sin and reject God.  

When we become unfaithful God sends the faithful to testify to us.  

Some of God’s people hear and repent while others crucify, flog and pursue God’s messengers from town to town.  

What will it be like to stand before the judgment seat of God as one who is guilty of all of the righteous blood that has been shed on earth?

 

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Jul 23

 


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Looking at the Inside”

Matthew 23:23-28
July 16, 2017

 

Have you ever wanted to stand up to public officials and tell them how they are failing?  

Jesus used the illustration about gnats and camels to emphasize that that there are spiritual issues that are much bigger and more important than others.  

The tithe is based upon production and the teachers of the law and Pharisees included the production of garden herbs like mint, dill and cummin in computing their tithe.  

Jesus taught that tithing has the size and importance of a gnat while justice, mercy and faithfulness have the size and importance of a camel.  

Jesus told everyone what justice is in John 5:30 NIV 30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.  

The simplest test of justice is found in Matthew 7:12 NIV      12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.  

Mercy saves the weak, the sick, the afflicted, the poor, the oppressed and the enslaved.  

A man with the quality of faithfulness can be trusted even if he is your worst enemy.  

I am going to use the vicious dog attack on a child here in Downs, Kansas as the illustration.  

Does this case pass the test of justice?  

Does this case pass the test of mercy?  

Does this case pass the test of faithfulness?  

The answer to these questions reveals the truth about our relationship with God.  

Now back to the gnat.: Tithing looks good and important to men, but tithing when I am corrupt and sinful on the inside is hypocrisy.  

Jesus addressed two hidden qualities that defiled the spiritual and political leaders of His time: robbery and self-indulgence.  

The robbery that condemns me is what is in my heart, not what others see!  

God does not distinguish between using the law to confiscate or seize something and breaking the law to confiscate or seize something because the guilt of robbery is found in the heart not in the act.  

Do people who have robbery in their hearts act like they are spiritual giants?  

When my heart is full of self indulgence I lack  spiritual power.  

Tithing does not take spiritual power: it is easy and light.  

Justice, mercy and faithfulness are accomplished with spiritual power: they are difficult and demanding.  

Jesus Christ joined God in condemning robbery and self-indulgence.  

Jesus wasn’t finished!  

Wickedness describes a frame of mind that has no respect for law.  

Wickedness describes Satan and his work.  

The delusion of wickedness/lawlessness will trick people into believing that they are serving God when they are defying and disobeying Him  

People may celebrate beauty in wickedness but God does not.  

Have we learned anything from the teachers of the law and the Pharisees?

 

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Jul 16

 


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“Where I Lead”

Matthew 23:13-22 
July 9, 2017 

 

Have you ever set up dominoes in rows and patterns to watch them fall? 

When I fail at humility it is like knocking over the first domino in a long row: many other spiritual virtues fall with it. 

When the teachers of the law and the Pharisees failed at humility they also failed to enter the kingdom. 

The teachers of the law and the Pharisees chose to live by works instead of living by faith. 

When the teachers of the law and the Pharisees failed at humility they also blocked the way and prevented others from entering the kingdom. 

When the teachers of the law and the Pharisees failed at humility they became criminals who taught others how to be criminals too. 

Have we learned from the failures of the past or are we repeating them?

 

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Jul 09

 


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The Fruit of Obedience”

Matthew 23:1-12
July 2, 2017

 

Is there a way to know if a dog is obedient to its owner?  

Jesus taught that obedient people are recognized by their humility.  

Jesus made it clear that obedience to the teachers of the law and the Pharisees was required because they sat in Moses’ seat.  

Everything the teachers of the law and the Pharisees taught must be obeyed.  

Unfortunately the teachers of the law and the Pharisees taught one thing and did another.  

The teachers of the law and the Pharisees tied up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders, but they were not willing to lift a finger to help carry them.  

The teachers of the law and the Pharisees did everything for men to see.  

When Jesus said, “whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” He was quoting rabbinic teaching.  

Jesus taught that the greatest among us will be the servant of all.  

Who do you serve and obey?  

Who do you look down upon?  

Whose praise and admiration do you seek?

 

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Jul 02

 


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List of Upcoming Sermons 

Date, 2017 Scripture Reference  * Title
August 6,  Communion Mark 8:31-38 “Speaking Plainly”
August 13, John 3:16-21 “Doing What I Love”
August 20,  Nursing home Matthew 23:1-12 “Who are these people?”
August 27, 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:6 “The Aroma of Christ”


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