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April 16, 2022 1:00 am
As conservatives we should be and we should be concerned with doing certain behaviors and the bottles were unclear on what we should also be that were doing the right things that were doing the things that were loving God loving people. Life lesson here. Christianity is not only about people from doing bad deeds but is also about doing good looking to cross the bridge would be.
David is the senior pastor of the bridge in Kernersville, North Carolina.
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Find out why this is important to Davis pastor David continues in the book of Romans chapter 2 get into today's teaching from beginning to in the Bible shows the special nature of God's relationship with the nation. What does that have to do. Romans chapter 11 tells us that God's covenant relationship with Israel has implications for to help you understand pastor David wants to send you this teaching video recording the whole culture is the Bible.
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Again, cross the bridge now here Dave McGee report to his teaching Bible were looking at the book of Romans and Paul is writing to the church at Rome. He's not yet been to Rome is writing to encourage the believers there and it's just an incredible book that not only has changed lives. What is it really change human history. Martin Luther, for one, was incredibly impacted by the verses that are in this book John Wycliffe as well and and and many others in so these are people who really started the Reformation hundreds of years ago. Awesome thing is it's the same word of God, the same spirit of God. The change their lives is available this morning. Change your life.
As we look at this answer (Romans chapter 2 verse five is been in accordance with your hardness and with your independent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to each one according to his deeds eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality. But to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey run unrighteousness, indignation and wrath tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek first 10 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
For there is no partiality with God and reason new King James read in the King James and the new king to actually go through several different versions and then go back to the original languages. The Greek in the New Testament. Bruno and Otis, but the new living translation.
This is the way resources for God does not show favoritism for God does not show favoritism like this for no partiality, no favoritism. Do we show favoritism. Sometimes we do at think the worst example is the when it happens in the in the church in a sense I seen some weird things was in one church and I set a bucket and said you know of anybody comes out in a minute. I was to give a dollar come up and put it in the bucket and then if anybody's got a five of anybody's got attentive and what is chart next week and am now a kid to is another for Mel and Olivia thought about. I am really flattered when somebody needs me to pray for them touches me, and I have a heart to pray for people in, but I take something I actually don't understand sometimes because every now and again somehow calling I will be available be doing, Somerset, and one assisting pastors a safe unison because they were peripherally is not available right now. I like to pray for Vietnam pastor David Braverman know know you just won't do like I don't know like I got a direct line the goners. I mean, I do have a direct line to God phone on my desk and no one to time to, but I do have a direct line to God with all something is each and everyone of you do you got a direct line to God and God is not going to show me favoritism to become thinking of course. I think people in ministry, reinforce the sometimes you need me to pray for you all pray for you.
Yes, this is a subaccount television. He said you know, if you send in like $25 who pray for and not he gets better. He said he said sometimes and people send and $25. He praise him a $50 per that is so weird. Why because it's really you need me to pray for you guys. I do pray for, pray for you lot.
Sometimes I play by play, sometimes by laying the situation. The God doesn't show favoritism. God doesn't show favorites and an awesome government in that situation. Maybe, maybe I don't know maybe they were choosing a sports team.
Maybe your chosen maybe were chosen last two I had two large brother got stuck to our throws, a bookplate water football." What used to tag along with them and play football with and I was always there like the smallest one last time I got I got chose last and always will. God doesn't show favoritism. How encouraging that it all comes down to you know Jesus as your Savior. First, as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many have as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law less Romans chapter wanted to cut a deal with the and I'm sure you hear it. Sometimes Google whine about the people who haven't heard, what about people who never heard the gospel and here's the thing. This verse is saying, that's kind of a smokescreen.
If you've ever set was amazing been trying to share the Lord with them, or the fact that they need to ask Jesus to forgive them and then they go. What about whatever pygmies in Africa were but what about this other people group that have occurred smokescreen.
And that's not really the question. The question is the person it's hearing you talk about Jesus hearing you talk about the Lord. Hearing you make God's offer of grace and forgiveness.
What will they do with that. Now what about somebody who hasn't heard, but what about the people who have heard, including perhaps a person your sharing since were speaks of that. I think a lot of times what people are saying is there's a flaw in the plan. Why is there anybody on earth who hasn't heard there's a flaw in God's plan that he hasn't told everybody and holds everybody accountable for this knowledge is not a flaw in God. This is a perfect point if there's any full it's in that we haven't done all we can while we can to reach all week so someone asked that question that's more of an indictment of the church, not of God himself. God told us to go tell everybody when people say that's always likable. Got really guilty in this whole thing because not everybody search thing about why 2000 years ago Jesus.wow really shouldn't there be anybody on earth who hasn't hurt the relationship. If you think with the Internet with a television with all these things shouldn't be so maybe there's something that is a church were not doing her as individuals were not. But again, the question is will will God find those people guilty who haven't heard, because that's an academic discussion of people who have heard try to make and is not really the question really the question. The question is you've heard what will you do we turn to walk away from the grace of God to love God because according to this verse anybody that hearers the law hears about salvation will be held accountable listening to Pastor David McGee on cross the bridge will be back with more powerful insight from God's word in just a moment but first, God's grace and mercy is greater than any of us could ever fathom. That's why he's been so faithful to the nation of Israel throughout the ages. He's not finished. He's promised to remain true to them to the end. We want to show you what God's faithfulness toward Israel says about his relationship with you by sending you Pastor David's teaching video Israel the Bible and you in this exciting teaching recorded in the heart of the holy land. Pastor David unpacks important truths from God's relationships with Israel that impact your life today. Israel the Bible and you is our gift to thank you for your donation to help more people on this station and beyond cross the bridge from death to life's visit cross the bridge.com to request yours again. That website is cross the bridge.com.
Now back to today's teaching verse 13 for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified in this passage Paul is really in the whole book of Romans. He doesn't just a masterful spirit led job of balancing the grace in the law and right now, uniting grace and works. Right now he's talking about the works in an what we should be doing and again James points out chapter 1 verse 22 says and remember it is a message to obey and not just to listen to.
If you don't obey your only flew in yourself for a few just listen and don't abate is like looking at your face in America doing nothing to improve your appearance. You see yourself walk away and forget what you look like, but if you keep looking steadily into God's perfect will. That is the Bible the lawless set you free. And if you do what it says and don't forget what you've heard, then God will bless you for doing that kind of present day application you're here this morning. I'm glad you're here. I'm grateful you're here. I'm grateful for each and every person, it's I'm still surprised to be on sidewalk on Sunday morning enters anybody stress. After some Sundays when the Lord tells me to really share something that's difficult and you know the I can almost sense, people wincing will maybe like this morning on in this part of you being here.
You should feel and understand God is at work in your life. But again, friend. This is your only spiritual exercise during the week of this. The only thing you do when you should be concerned if your mama sits on the shelf until next Sunday.
That should disturb and so Paul is pointing out that you need to keep doing these things and doing good works because again there's a question here and and a lot of times we reduce a question. Are you saying absolute safe. Okay, how do you know you say will pray this prayer did this okay what you know and one not enough literature will serve God and serve people don't get pregnant – you should be disturbed that describes a friend of you that should be disturbed because according to this book. There should be good fruit. So the question first?
Absolutely. Are you say do you know Jesus we give everybody if you're wondering this morning, give everybody an opportunity every Sunday morning and a lot of Thursday night to respond, but the next question is if you are saved, what you doing with what you doing with our lives. These good works that are happening. Ephesians 289 says that for by grace you have been saved through faith. Grace on our unmerited favor and that not of yourselves is the gift of God not works, lest anyone should boast.
You're not saved by works, but your faith according to the Bible should lead you to work first and for we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. So were saved by grace, and that saving grace should lead to us doing good things and season to do some of the bad thing like listeners. Bible study should lead the Bible doing Bible study should lead the Bible doing. It's not just the people who know about God's matter fact. James points that out. A lot of people get confused on this and encourage you do the two question test. People say are you going to heaven. Most people think they're going out will say yet you get majority was, but the second question is why do you think that you get interesting responses. Well I believe that because I'm basically a good person. I believe that because I go to church. Another common. I believe that because I believe in God is another, those are good answers and again you should go to church. I think honestly I think you should only come to that point will we say well I you know that were counting on the fact that we are trusting that were going to be allowed in the heaven because we know about God and must take a stronger word. I believe in God believe in Jesus, James has strong workforce and he said even the demons believe, and tremble. So then your money think what's enough to believe in God, it's enough to believe in Jesus died for the sins of the world.
By that definition, demons are Christians you think theological problem. There you have to come to the Lord, you have to come the Lord personally and trust in him believe in him for your forget and begin the see this working out and you again if you don't see this fruit in your life. It should be of concern in Luke 13 that they won't assess the figtree and and and is not bearing any fruit and they get ready to cut it down. Jesus is not given more time on fertilizer to take care of it and we'll see what happened, scary little story that we should be concerned about, for they see the mercy of Jesus and waiting and fertilizing what he is looking for fruit on the tree encourage you and keep in mind else you know what we need, when you talk about good works and you talk about fruit set. This should be a supernatural thing that goes on in your life okay. It's not something that you necessarily produce but your responsibility will for tending the tree. We had food, fruit trees when we lived in Summerfield basin.
Take a prayer walk around the property and you know as I walked around the property and we had apple trees purchase pictures.
I walked around the property and and and we would prune and we would do different things to the tree to care for the trees but the trees were salsa for the fruit. God is responsible for the fruit in your life irresponsible.
If you will for tending the trick. I never walked past one of those fruit trees and overheard strain in the make fruit know it made apples because it was an apple tree. That's what it did friend as you believe in Jesus as you follow Jesus guess what you're going to produce fruit because that's what Jesus trees do verse 14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the wall, these, although not having the law or law to themselves doing the things the Bible talks about. I guess these are some of the stuff is, philosophically, deepened, and you have to really stop and consider similar things at times it appeared I got a medical medical degree and and I've got a degree in brain surgery, but I never do brain surgery in my brain surgeon, I can brag that my pedigree is a brain surgeon, but I'm not a brain surgeon seat we we can say what I know the Lord are on know the Bible but again you live in and out are you walking these things out. This is where very grace oriented church in an certainly when we get into the stuff we we have to look at the fact that Sue understand that is by grace were saved should be seen fruit line for we are his workmanship, created in him for good work can interesting the Greek word there for workmanship is Poe email for we get our word for polo. In essence got a saying you probably been called a lot of things in your life. I certainly have.
But in that first work all God's power that he wants other people to read and see and glorify him because what they read and see your life is Apollo a living epistle if you will. And as people see what you do and see what you don't. They can glorify God and be drawn to the Lord, but he said there say well I don't serve I don't give a don't go to church. I don't do this, then the world is going to look on and say I don't see a difference. I don't see the difference between your life in my life. Verse 50 who show the work of the law written in their hearts are conscious, also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel, and this is incredible.
We have a conscience. God gave us that can't can interesting near psychiatrist and psychologist who don't believe in God try to explain the, the issue of conscious how it evolved or whatever there.
There's no good reason. We have a conscience outside of that God created and I've studied all wells a guilt complex. When Benefield good about the bad things we do not have a really old water. But God has given us a conscience. Look at verse 16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men, all these things we've ever done.
God knows enough when I was studying classical music and UNCG we have is called symphonic coursers about. I got like 80 people in the symphonic course and it was it was kind of unnerving because the cabinet taught the class the professor had perfect pitch and he would walk through 80 people singing same note, he walked through the room and go somebody's flat right over here. He just knew unnerving to be honest, I set aside a guy who played for the griever simply play cello. Never ever. I was concerned about the movement or pitch on Catalina and feel the vibration was always a it's not really cheating was really unnerving because the guy knew when anybody varied from God knows friend. He notes, he knows all your secrets and knows everything about he knows everything that you've ever done and still look and still offers you forgiveness and still offers you mercy and still offers you his hand of fellowship again. People reject that hand of fellowship that Hannah mercy at some point in time the hand of judgment is extended because when you refuse God's grace. You receive God's wrath, but the fact that he still loves us and wants a relationship with us is incredible. Verse 17 indeed you are called a Jew, and rest on the law and make your boast in God, and know his will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law again. I love the Bible I love Bible study. I love Bible teaching, but those things have to lead us to doing the things you're talking about. You don't want to just sit here and receive and receive, and receive and receive and never pour back down as we talk about that birdbath the birdbath as it gets poured into but it doesn't have an ally. What happens allow water get green and stinky and slimy. It smells and looks bad. How many of you want to be like nobody wants to be like that and you think of a stream water flowing into it. Water flowing out of it is crystal clear. It's a blessing. People want to drink from what is porno this is the way our lives are supposed to be. And as we look at the law understand we all. There's part of us that goes you know when I was younger I used to read the 10 Commandments ago. Everything will get readings and commandments among verse please Scott said if you've ever hated somebody you're basically guilty of murder if you've ever lusted in your heart toward somebody you committed adultery so we all stand condemned under the law.
Galatians chapter 3 verse 20 forces us.
Therefore, the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. What is it mean that we all stand condemned under law, and once you get to that point, we understand that you are condemned on the law.
It leaves you in a place where you want to be forgiven but you know you can earn so what you do is only one way friend and you and I are in charge of making that way you're creating that weight chart been created in Jesus Christ was a beautiful picture of this Moses the lawgiver went around the desert for 40 years with the children of Israel he brought him to the promised land but didn't take him in.
See, the law can take you to the promised land. It can't take you in. There was somebody else in mind that we call Joshua in English and Hebrew is name was Joshua were more familiar with the Greek version of his name Jesus, Moses, the law can take to that point where you realize you're guilty and you need some way to get in to the promises of God. Moses can't take Anne Frank Jesus Lisa take those of the choices and basically Paul is putting forth in chapter 2, a very legal argument essay. You know what you're condemned to don't just look around and say what everybody else has problems and everybody else is struggling. No, consider yourself, compare yourself to the law and all of us stand guilty, and as we have the saving grace in this knowledge is saving grace each and everyone. I was should begin to bear good fruit. Good works in our lives.
Consistently Bob friend you know for sure that your sins have been forgiven. You can know right now own Legion. A short simple prayer simply telling God you're sorry and asking him to help you to live for him.
God wants you to pray this prayer so much that he died to give you the opportunity and the ability to ask him to forgive you. Please pray this prayer with me out loud right now. Dear Jesus, I believe you died for me that I could be forgiven and I believe you were raised from the dead that I can have a new life not done wrong things I have sent and I'm sorry. Please forgive me of all those things.
Please give me the power to live for you. All of my days in Jesus name, amen friend. If you prayed that prayer according to the Bible you've been forgiven you've been born again, so congratulations for you just made the greatest decision that you will ever make. God bless you, if you prayed that prayer with David for the first time we'd love to hear from you.
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