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The Goal of the Message

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Ben Lovelady

on 16 February 2014

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Transcript of The Goal of the Message

The Goal of the Message
The Setting
...no "thanksgiving"...
Lessons in Missing the Point
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men."
2 Corinthians 5:10-11
The Heart Factor
“There was already a deep black wordless conviction in him that the way to avoid Jesus was to avoid sin.”
Flannery O’Connor
What's the goal?
lit. "teaching other things"
"Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears."
Acts 20:28-31
1) “men from your own number” (Acts 20:29-30)
2) Presuming to be “teachers of the law” (1:7),
which was a responsibility of the elders (3:2; 5:17)
3) Two have been excommunicated by Paul (1:19-20),
as opposed to the church as in 2 Thessalonians 3:14
& 1 Corinthians 5:1-5
4) There is repeated concern about elders in this letter
(their qualifications w/ no specific mention of duties
& how they were to be replaced)

"But woe to you Pharisees! For you pay tithe of mint and rue and every kind of garden herb, and yet disregard justice and the love of God."
Luke 11:42
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!"
Matthew 23:23-24
"Therefore many of the Jews who came to Mary, and saw what He had done, believed in Him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them the things which Jesus had done. Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, 'What are we doing? For this man is performing many signs. If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.'"
John 11:45-48
"...Many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God."
John 12:42-43
"So when the people gathered together, Pilate said to them, 'Whom do you want me to release for you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?' For he knew that because of envy they had handed Him over."
Matthew 27:17-18
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