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$3 of god

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Many want cheap religion. We want salvation that does not change our lives or cost us anything.

Many want cheap religion. We want salvation that does not change our lives or cost us anything.

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  • 1. $ 3 Wor t h of God, Please Mark 10:44-45 44 And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
  • 2. Introduction ● ● ● This lesson is about the attitude of serving. Here is a hard truth – We do not want to be servants. We want to be served. The TV ads tell us – – Have it your way. – Do yourself a favor. – You owe it to yourself. – You deserve a break today. – Your way, right away.
  • 3. Introduction ● We worship at the shrine of: ● ● ● ● I ME MINE MYSELF
  • 4. No Demands ● Wilber Rees wrote - “I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I don't want enough of Him to make me love a black man or pick beets with a migrant. I want ecstasy, not transformation; I want the warmth of the womb not a new birth. I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack. I would like $3 worth of God, please.”
  • 5. No Demands ● Charles Swindoll then added, “That's it. We don't want to dump God entirely, just keep Him at a comfortable distance. Three dollars is sufficient. A sack full, nothing more. Just enough to keep my guilt below the threshold of pain, just enough to guarantee escape from the eternal flames. But certainly not enough to make me nervous – to start nit-picking my lifestyle. Enough is enough!”
  • 6. No Demands We want a Savior, but we don't want a Lord. We want a crown, but we don't want a cross. We want a harvest, but we don't want to sow any seed. We want to go to Heaven, but we don't want to go to church. We want to grow spiritually, but we don't want to feed on his word.
  • 7. No Demands We want Hollywood to "clean up its act," but we don't want to stop watching. We want the right to pray, even in school, but we don't want to pray. We want the 10 Commandments posted, but we don't want to live by their moral principles. We want to love God, but we don't want to abhor sin. We want to die the death of the righteous,
  • 8. No Standard of Conduct ● ● “God has a standard of conduct which represents His will. But He does not demand strict compliance with His standard to be accepted by Him. Otherwise that does away with grace.” (Taught at a ladies day) I realize that today there is a different attitude toward God, Jesus, Bible, religion, faith, morality, family values, etc.
  • 9. Lessons to Learn ● ● 1 God has a standard of conduct James 1:25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
  • 10. Lessons to Learn ● ● 2 His standard is His Will Matthew 7:21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
  • 11. Lessons to Learn ● ● Matthew 7:21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. ● ● 2 His standard is His Will 3 We are expected to comply John 12:48 He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.
  • 12. Lessons to Learn ● ● 4 Compliance is strict Matthew 23:23 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
  • 13. Lessons to Learn ● ● 5 We are saved by grace Ephesians 2:8-10 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
  • 14. Lessons to Learn ● ● 6 Obedience does not eliminate grace Romans 5:20-21 20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  • 15. Lessons to Learn ● ● 6 Obedience does not eliminate grace Romans 6:1-2 1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
  • 16. Steps to be Taken ● We must seek straightforwad teaching of the Bible to learn the demands of God.
  • 17. Steps to be Taken ● ● We must seek straightforwad teaching of the Bible to learn the demands of God. We will place ourselves in a frame of mind that is more conducive to hearning what God is saying in His Book.
  • 18. Steps to be Taken ● ● ● We must seek straightforwad teaching of the Bible to learn the demands of God. We must place ourselves in a frame of mind that is more conducive to hearning what God is saying in His Book. We must lay aside our wants and focus upon what God wants and demands from us.
  • 19. Steps to be Taken ● We must return to a strong emphasis upon knowing the Bible, filling our minds with fundamental truths from the Word of God.
  • 20. Steps to be Taken ● ● We must return to a strong emphasis upon knowing the Bible, filling our minds with fundamental truths from the Word of God. We must be willing to funnel our desire for change into divinely approved methods of religious activity.
  • 21. $3 of God? ● ● Are you just looking for comfort and an ease to your guilty conscience - OR are you looking for how you can serve God to the best of your ability? Mark 10:44-45 44 And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."