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May 27, 2020 8:00 am
Today on the Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhart challenges you to become a fully functioning follower of Jesus Christ on the cross forever trust my forever joining us today on this additional fellowship in the world. Pastor Bill Gebhart Fellowship in the Words the radio ministry of Fellowship Bible Church, located in Metairie, Louisiana when Pastor Bill Gebhart now once again he shows us how God's Word meets our world authentic, great work means genuine, real, supported by overwhelming evidence. Sometimes, by the way it's defined by what it doesn't mean false copied in the New Testament favored word not hypocritical, authentic Matthew 23 Jesus says, the scribes and the Pharisees have seated himself in the chair of Moses. Therefore, all that they tell you doing observe but do not do according to their deeds, for they say things and they do not do them. They do all their deeds to be noticed by men and then later in the same chapter woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. I believe it's clear from the words of Jesus Christ, that hypocrisy chokes the life out of real faith. If that's true. Conversely, an authentic life is conducive to a vibrant and growing faith. Open your Bibles to Matthew chapter 6.
We are some distance now into a series that I've called your faith grows when your faith grows when the very first message in this series was simply saying this God wants you to have a great faith a great faith. And if you thought about it all you should want you to have a great faith. We think often of the faith of people. As I said in the first message of Corrie 10 boom are Johnny Erickson taught up where a lot of the great missionaries of gone over the world and serve the Lord. You read about them in biographies and you think that these are people of such great faith and we we admire those people.
But the truth of the matter is I don't think admiration is what we need. I think duplication is what we need. We need to be people of great faith who wouldn't want could you imagine having a faith that is in this sense, bulletproof. It really wouldn't matter the news you heard whatever happened, it really one matter what's going on out there, what's going on in your family what's going on in your body and really one matter at all 11 faith like that, a faith that gives you peace when all around you is chaos.
I think that gives you joy when the circumstances around your life are so difficult. I think that gives you hope when the situation at your end seems by everybody's point of view to be hopeless. That's great faith. That's the kind of faith that God wants you to have on shake a bowl faith when I learned as I prepared for this series that when you read biographies are here. Great testimonies. There were five different things circumstances or experiences by which you find out that is common to almost all people of great faith, not necessarily all of them but certainly some of them, if not most of them the very first one that we talked about is if you go to be a person of great faith.
You actually have to apply the word of God to your life. I notice what I didn't say you're not going become a person of great faith because you come to church and you hear the word of God that will not make you a person of great faith you will not be a person of great faith. If you go home and study the word of God, but you don't apply. You see, if you're not a doer of the word, your faith will never grow. Secondly, last time I said that one of the things that God does is providentially he puts relationships into your life. He puts people into your life to encourage you people in your life to be the example that you want to follow people in your life that will guide you see them you need to take advantage of those providential relationships today when I want to talk about is two different things. You have complete control over that can grow your faith.
The first one is your faith grows when you exercise authentic private discipline in your life.
And secondly, your faith grows when you engage in authentic personal ministry. The first is what we see here in Matthew chapter 6 authentic private discipline. Jesus starts out with an interesting word, he says, beware now when Jesus tells you to beware then we put it this way, we would say it. Look out. You see, beware if Jesus says to beware it's the reason for it is you could fall into the trap of this verse.
He's warning you. This is something that could happen to you. In fact, for some of you this is something that has happened to you, Jesus. Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by beware of that is you need to beware sometimes we practice our righteousness. We live out our Christian faith. We do the Christian things so that people will notice us. It's astounding now.
He clearly has in mind here, the scribes and Pharisees, who are the antithesis of authentic there the hypocrites pieces, beware practicing a righteousness before men to be noticed by them.
Otherwise you have no reward with your father who is in heaven. The word that jumps out to me in that versus the word no. No reward, like I wanted him to say you get a diminished reward you get less of a reward. He says no you get no none the pack. When you practice your righteousness to be seen by other people. Now you have to be honest with yourself and this is kind of hard in a church setting. Yet the look in your own heart.
Don't you struggle with this using don't you do things really wonderful things sometimes and got to be honest you don't want everybody to know that you want somebody to know you at least a few people to know. You see, you want to do it if you can. You want somebody to say wow that a boy now we don't go about doing it over ways we do it more in covert ways in which we do things like this you know I would have loved to go to the ballgame with you when Wednesday night. But you know I was feeding the homeless and they all go what feeding the homeless.
What a great person you are Jesus as you have no reward.
None see it's a real temptation. That's why he says beware he says so when he says when you give the illustration here when you give to the poor do not sound the trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets so that they may be honored by man truly I say to you, they have the reward in full. Now this is interesting. We were talking about a little bit between services. Jesus says that there are these hypocrites that when they give to the poor, and has as it been taught the past and I believe I've even taught it that way, often with the idea of the trumpets has to do with the boxes that are on the temple grounds and they argue that there are trumpets and is making a big to do about it but I don't think that's what's being said here at all. Now, now that I look at this passage. He's not talking about your ties and offerings, he's not talking about those on that in the temple at all. He's talking about almsgiving. In fact, everywhere you went in the ancient world, especially in Israel, Judah, everywhere you went there would be those in public, who were begging, they had no other way to sustain themselves. They were the poor, whether it was the pool of Bethesda they be there at in front of every synagogue to be there and usually in the marketplace that be there in front of the temple that be there all means all homes give to the poor place and he says you know there are hypocrites who give to the poor, and he says and when they do, he said. Apparently they sound the trumpet. No, I don't know if he means literally the trumpet that would really be ridiculous. You know you walk them out of pocket for money with a trumpeter beside you. Okay, I messed up here in the corner and give this poor guy some money matters eight and eight pick the trumpet and then everybody looks around and you say, and now I'm going to give it to. I don't give means that the what he means is you want to make sure people see you doing it. You see people see you doing it you want them to see you do it for them to see how look at those righteous people there giving to the poor. Isn't that wonderful notice again. What Jesus says they are honored by men, and they have their reward in full.
Then strong contrast in verse three, he says, but when you give to the poor do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret, and your father who sees what is done is not in the text it said in italics in your Bible would, he says, and her father sees in secret will reward you.
Well, not you might be thinking of some of you are that way. What does he mean your left hand not knowing right hand, my hands in between my hands as my head. I ought to know what my one hands doing of the other is a euphemism it just simply means in secret. In other words, give the poor help in meeting student secret. The only person that sees it as you and God. You see, that's all. Just let them see it and he says and you will get a reward and notice he says you will receive a reward.
He doesn't say, well, you could say this way you can say to God, you know God, you have to give me reward.
I just going to do it for your sake, sale. Getting a reward, she no false humility here you get a reward from God, not some of us might be thinking yeah, but the reward. I know it's a judgment seat of Christ. And when I get judged bike by Christ at the judgment seat of Christ. I get a well done good and faithful servant. It's way out there knives not true it is out there, but it's also right now right here. Go with me to Luke chapter 6 Luke chapter 6 verse 38, Ms. know what Jesus says he add something here and you see a little bit of this concept of reward. He says in verse 38 give little be given you. He said they will pour into your lap. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, for by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you in return. That's now you see, the idea is enough. I give you see one little container of money to the poor, and I do that Jesus is. Let me tell you something. This is what will happen to you.
You get it back but you won't just get it back. He said to put it right in your lap and it will just be what you gave it will be pressed down, then it will be safe and shaken down, then it will overflow you see. Can you give God some of the reward is now just as written, much as the reward is only future you can't out give God. That's the whole idea. He said you give it you receive it while so not only in eternal reward, but a temper reward. Now wouldn't it be wonderful if you guys really believe that it would be, but many of you don't you really believe she just think how amazing it would be for us if we really believe this truth, how incredible that would be no more giving ruggedly know no more crying a little fingers open no more sense of duty, but I have to. None of it. Just want to heal care if anybody knows but God just imagine how different that would be how wonderful that would be it be astounding as a matter of fact, but you have to trust this verse you have to trust the Lord to.
That's the issue in that kind of ironic that for all of you. I'm assuming this room that when you take your last breath you trust God. From there on out I'm in a trust the man not by way think about what's alternative.
I'm to trust them forever. I would trust him with my forever and I don't know if I can trust them with my money.
I just don't know. By the way, understand some it's all a faith and trust issue here. He created the universe out of nothing okay and were learning every single five years how expensive the universe is and you realize that he owns the universe. That means that actually include your checking account. It's the universe. He doesn't need money is never needed it doesn't need money, he owns all the cattle and all the hills is on the and so the idea of it is not about that.
It's about this God knows how you value it. You see, he knows how you value. Just think about it God is here to give us security and significance. With this money, give us exactly the same thing. You see, some of us will get up before the sun comes up and would come home from work after the sun's gone Don's for more and more and more. You see, the issue is always going to be that for us.
God says look I don't want money to be the core thing you trust in life. I want me to be that trust me with your money number. Jesus warned he said what went up happening is you love the one and hate the other.
You gotta be really careful here, look at another versus a deposit on this idea.
Go with me to second Corinthians chapter 9 second Corinthians chapter 9 in verse six, the apostle Paul. He sort of expands this in verse six of second Corinthians 9 Paul writes this he says now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully there is the wisdom principle is that that's the principle here, you can so anything you want. You see anything you want but you reap what you sow.
Then he says each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart for if there's one verse. If you say to me what is the most guiding verse of giving in the Bible for the believer in Jesus Christ. That's it. That part of that verse you know how much you should give exactly what you want to exactly what you have in your heart you give listen you you want to get pocket change.
Give it because that's all you want to give. If you give anymore there's a reward for you. There is none. So why waste it did when you have in your heart. You see, that's his point. Methinks it only goes a little further. Each one must do just as these purposed in his heart, not grudgingly, he says, or under compulsion, I must down to how often I hear people standing my published just like this.
Putting accommodation under compulsion to give my what we have a building program not good enough. Then he says this for God loves a cheerful giver and you been with me all these years you know that words for Larry on the word hilarious. I just think it's funny.
God loves Anna Larios giver when the last time you been hilarious giving that may say something about you.
You know what you should be. Who would one God.
11 for God loves a Larios giver. He loves a cheerful giver, and by the way, the cheerful giver to lose gets it back, pressed down, sifted down, running over Paul takes that idea and says this in verse eight and God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything you may have an abundance for every good deed.
He said, as it is written is scattered abroad, he gave to the poor. His righteousness endures forever. Now he supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing an increase. He said the harvest of your righteousness, he says you will be enriched in everything with all liberality, he said, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God can't lose an amazing there's only one condition you actually have to believe is you have to trust God. That's the whole point and when you where if you're not engaged in this private discipline and giving. I can tell you why you don't trust them. You don't.
You see, you trust money.
You don't trust God because it's okay but you're gonna reap what you sow.
That's the way this is going to be. There's a difference between authentic being authentic and being hypocritical here. Now we go back to the second illustration also back in Matthew chapter 6 Matthew six again. This time prayer. He says in verse five when you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by man truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. God says I won't even reward empty prayer dumping because want to the ritual prayer that somehow God would be impressed by Woody and noticing their day. It was very much this way in their day you would have in a sense that public prayer, especially by the religious figures the religious leaders was seen everywhere and so all of the religious figures, especially the scribes and Pharisees. They would always be the ones who stood up in public and prayed and a prayed, magnificent prayers, long prayers. Josephus talks about how long some of the prayers were and how redundant they would be in it would go on and on and on and they did that so that you would be sitting here thinking wow that's a spiritual person look ugly. Does that, but we don't really have that in the context of our culture, by the way, we've all felt that kind of pressure happily ever been in a meeting ever been a small group meeting and it's it it's all private sprain going around the room.
Never did that is sitting there and three people to your left starts the prayer and are you listening just to their prayer, to be honest, you're not aria. I don't want to sound like an idiot. I minute I'm in a rug. I think about good things your Shekinah glory. Is it radiated from the tabernacle, you know, stuff like that. It's just got I got a talk I don't release virtual person you reward in full. God's not depressed, not at all you see is amazing. We have people who never really have active prayer life. But somehow the reading in a restaurant there and stay grace of the people. One thing is I'm all for saving grace, but it better be backed up with her like an pastoral giver on the radio ministry of fellowship in the world. If you ever miss one of our broadcast or maybe you just like listening to the message one more time. Remember, you can Google a great website called one place.com that's one place.com and you can listen to Fellowship in the Word online event website you will find on with today's broadcast but also many of her previous audio programs as well at Fellowship in the Word. We are thankful for those who financially support our ministry and make this broadcast possible. We ask all of our listeners to prayerfully consider how you might help his radio ministry continuous broadcast on this radio station by supporting us monthly with just the 100 support for ministry can be sent to Fellowship in the Word. 4600 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, LA 7006 if you would be interested in hearing today's message in its original format that is is a sermon, the pastor will deliver during a Sunday morning service at Fellowship Bible church visit our website FVC Nola.org that SBC and oh LA.O RG at our website you will find hundreds pastoral sermon you can browse through our sermon archives to find sermon series you're looking you can search by title. Once you find the messenger looking for. You can listen online work you prefer, you can download the sermon and listen at your own. And remember all this absolutely free of charge. Once again our website FVC Nola.org forecaster Bill Gebhardt, undies and heart.
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