God’s Word Invites Relationship with People (Selected Scriptures)


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Life is really about relationships, and God’s Word invites us to center our relationships around it and Christ. In this sermon, we will look in the Scriptures at three types of people with whom we are invited to relate in God’s Word.

Jesus & Me in the Psalms

Word of God; People; Relationships / Selected Scriptures

 

 

SCRIPTURE READING:

Psalm 119:27 KJV

27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: So shall I talk of thy wondrous works.

 

Psalm 119:63 KJV

63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, And of them that keep thy precepts.

 

Psalm 119:74 KJV

74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; Because I have hoped in thy word.

 

Psalm 119:79 KJV

79 Let those that fear thee turn unto me, And those that have known thy testimonies.

 

Once again, we see the Psalmist writing of relationship in God’s Word, but this time, the relationship extends beyond the Author.

 

This time, the relationship involves people.

 

That’s right, God’s Word is also intended to be a part of our relationship with people and friends.

 

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The Carnegie Technological Institute has stated that 90% of all people who fail in their life’s vocation fail because they cannot get along with people.

 

Relationship with God and others is really what life is all about.

 

It’s not about goals, objectives, collections, achievements, accolades, etc.

 

Life is really about relationships, and God’s Word invites invites us to center our relationships around It and Christ.

 

So, today we will look in the Scriptures at three types of people with whom we are invited to relate in God’s Word.

 

1) God’s Word invites us to interact with It and  ourselves .

 

James 1:22–25 KJV

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

 

Look into the mirror of God’s Word and do something about it in the liberating power of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit!

 

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  Wycliff Bible translators Bob and Jan Smutherman were assigned to the Macuna people of southeast Colombia, South America. Progress was going well in putting the Bible into the Macuna language. The chief’s son was engaged as the language helper. Each portion of the Scripture had to be checked and double-checked for meaning and clarity.   After five years of labor, the Gospel of John was being finalized for publication. Gathered together to hear the Word of God, the tribe sat patiently.   Beginning at John 9:1, the son read about Jesus’ encounter with the man born blind. When he got to the verse where Jesus says that this man was born blind “in order that the works of God might be put on display,” the old chief stood to his feet. Requiring silence by his uplifted right hand, he said, “We must stop killing our babies.”   To a people steeped in animism, the normal process was to take their deformed babies to a desolate place. There the babies were deserted and exposed until dead.   The implications of the gospel became shockingly clear upon hearing of a better way.

 

 

Hebrews 4:11–13 KJV

11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Let us rest in God’s promise, for God’s Word powerfully exposes our hearts nakedly before God so that we will be without excuse when we give account to Him.

But I was wronged

But I didn’t understand

But I was given bad examples

All excuses that God sees through

 

1) God’s Word invites us to interact with It and ourselves.

2) God’s Word invites us to interact with It and  our   church .

 

 

Romans 15:14 KJV

14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

Admonish: instruct and counsel one another, especially as it relates to conduct and practical life wisdom.

 

At the same time, Paul was writing much doctrine and instruction for the Christian Jews & Gentiles in Rome.

 

We all need shepherding.

 

Psalm 119:176 KJV

176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; For I do not forget thy commandments.

God has given under-shepherds to seek out the straying sheep within the church.

 

Ephesians 4:11–14 KJV

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

 

1 Timothy 4:11–16 KJV

11 These things command and teach. 12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

 

2 Timothy 4:1–5 KJV

1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

 

2 Timothy 3:16–17 KJV

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

 

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  90% of new members will stay in the church if:   (1) They can articulate their faith (implies need for membership and evangelism classes).   (2) They belong to subgroups (i.e. choir, Bible Studies, Sunday School classes, etc.).   (3) They have 4–8 close friendships within the church.

 

 

1) God’s Word invites us to interact with It and ourselves.

2) God’s Word invites us to interact with It and our church.

3) God’s Word invites us to interact with It and  our   neighbors .

 

Believer, Philip, & the Ethiopian Eunic:

 

Acts 8:1, 4, 5, 8,  26-38, 40

Acts 8:1 KJV

1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.

Acts 8:4 KJV

4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

Acts 8:5 KJV

5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

Acts 8:8 KJV

8 And there was great joy in that city.

Acts 8:26–38 KJV

26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. 27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, 28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. 32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: 33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. 34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

Acts 8:40 KJV

40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

 

Philip gave a perfect example of interacting with an unknown neighbor about the Scriptures—Isaiah 53!

 

 

CONCLUSION:

 

God’s Word invites you into relationship with  God ,  yourself , your  church , and your  neighbors .

 

Christ made all this possible for us.

 

Jesus is the Word.

 

Jesus promised the Holy Spirit.

 

Jesus is the Head and Chief Shepherd of the church.

 

Jesus commissioned us to go and share His Word with our neighbors, whom He loves.

 

How about it, will you except the invitation of relationship in God’s Word?



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