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A Call to Love

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Stephen Johns

on 14 September 2014

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Transcript of A Call to Love

A Call to Love
LOVE
Mark 12:38-44
Rescued Sinners Love Others
Loving others is from gratitude
Loving others is cross-bearing
Religious People Love Themselves
The Example of the Scribes
The Example of Israel in the Old Testament
The Illustration of the Widow
They Love Preeminence
Matthew 23:1-7
Mark 12:38-39
Shut up Heaven to the Lost
Matthew 23:13

"But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in."
Corrupt Others
Blind and Blinding
Matthew 23:16-22
Looking down from the lofty heights they pass judgment on others
Matthew 23:15

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves."
Spiritual Trivialists
Matthew 23:23-24

"23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!"
Hypocrites
Matthew 23:25-33
Mark 12:38-40
"38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, 39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts: 40 Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation."
Abusers of the Weak
'Devourers of widow's houses'
Moving from
Self-Righteousness to Love
This is our problem
What hinders us?
Deuteronomy 24:18

“But thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee thence: therefore I command thee to do this thing.”
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