This broadcaster has 942 podcast archives available on-demand.
Keep up-to-date with this broadcaster on social media and their website.
June 17, 2019 6:00 am
Only God change a life. But he never chooses to change alone. There's a God part and there's a your part. The question is how to those for what you're part what's is that's today.
Thanks for joining us for this Monday edition of Living on the Edge Chip Ingram group Living on the Edge features the Bible teaching of Chip Ingram on this daily discipleship program. I gave today to continues a series I choose love by explaining that our expectations powerfully shape our relationships and our responses to everything around us including God.
So how are our expectations. Let's were to picks it up today. If you have a Bible open it to Philippians chapter 2 and let's get going. I want to share a leadership lesson that I learned many many years ago that really reshaped my life and it's one that I have to keep on learning on the very front of your notes.
You'll notice I've written our expectations powerfully shape our relationships and our responses circle the word expectations. Our expectations are so subtle we have them. Often we don't know what they are.
I grew up in a home and in no ladies feel guilty but my mom was really into breakfast at about 615 or 630. I could smell bacon and eggs every single morning and our whole family ate breakfast together was really wonderful while I got married and I don't know why but I just expected that we would have breakfast every morning and I early in our marriage after our honeymoon.
I came home and said breakfast. As usual, that cereals up there. I think the smoking refrigerator and go to what you don't understand it is just like that.
We never talked about that when we get married you can fix breakfast. Safe to say we don't do breakfast in our house quite like my mom. By contrast, my wife had a father who was very handy he can fix just about anything the car. The gas the motor and so she actually had this expectation that me being a man, and her father being a man that the car would be filled with gas if it didn't work.
I could fix it. And so there's a carburetor in here somewhere. I knew nothing, and she was like I could give you 100 other expectations that aren't trivial bit of calls really painful issues. But here's what I want you to get notice in your notes are personal history is paramount in forming our expectations. She thinks every husband can fix cars because her dad did. I thought every woman could breakfast because my mom did your personal history, it just load you up with a set of expectations.
Now if we do that in our relationships with people. Imagine how we do that in a relationships with God. Two critical questions emerge, we think about God and expectations. The first is what can we expect of God and the second, what does God expect of us.
What can we expect of God. Some people come from backgrounds that we can expect that God will make life happy and wonderful will be healthy, wealthy, wise if we just believe that just love Jesus and your life is going to be great and trouble-free, and so when trouble comes they really wonder where is God. There's another group of people that are really super soberness can be hard and it's all about suffering and like God brings blessing into the life. It is like they feel guilty when good things happen. So the question I want to ask you is what's your expectations of God. What what what you expect of him and are you ready to flip it over. Have you ever thought seriously about what God expects of you and just like our personal history shapes our expectations with one another.
History itself shapes our expectations depending on our backgrounds of how we think God can respond.
What does he want what does he give, how do we receive it. How do you know when you're okay with God at what's God's part in this relationship and what's my part in the notice on the bottom of your notes want you to write this word and remember our history always shapes our expectations and historically people have answered those two questions very very differently with that open your notes if you would.
I'm going to give you a very brief history lesson that if you are strong in either one of these camps you be frustrated. I'm purposely going to sort of push or polarized to the extremes of two historical positions in the 16th century. John Calvin was a great great theologian in Geneva.
He began to teach and there was a whole goal of what would be like for a Christian city in the head area very strong view of God and about his sovereignty and his power and an end but it was pushed to extremes by some of his followers, and so about 80 or 90 years later, a fellow named Jacob Arminius came along, he said, boy.
You know that we strayed beyond the Bible and so he began to teach some things and so what you have is two basic camps and I'm going to push the extremes. So if you are a Calvinist, you'll say he's not representing as well. I understand that if you're more Armenian. You're gonna say he's not representing us. Well, either good, both will be unhappy with me what I want to do is show you the extremes because you have been impacted historically. You have certain expectations about what God is asking of you if you come from a limited quality hyper Calvinistic background you believe God is sovereign in control. You believe that he's predestined and predetermine just about everything in life you focus on verse 13 of Philippians 2 it is God who is at work in an extreme Calvinism. God not only chooses people for heaven.
He chooses people for L so it's it's called double predestination. So you actually had people in churches going. I believe I been chosen by God to honor his name to hell was it was crazy but with this idea that since we can have no part in our salvation. It is all of God with no sense of our responsibility with this extreme that turned into fatalism.
You are eternally secure and hyper hyper calamus would say in terms of our responsibility just let go and let God. In essence whatever is going to happen is going to happen. The joke when you tease hyper Calvinist is when they trip to get up and say I'm glad that's over. Think about it. It'll come to you. It's Arminius bite. By contrast, said no no no no it's yeah God is sovereign but were responsible we we have a free will.
We make choices. He emphasizes the verse 12, work out your salvation, our choices have consequences. Therefore, as a result of it if you came from beside the eternities.
Not certain you might be a good Christian for a while but if you mess up your out finally the ideas. Let's go and let's get with it. I I jotted down a couple thoughts. If you are a Presbyterian Anglican mini Baptist. A lot of Bible churches, a reformed tradition, strong Calvinistic roots. If you are Methodist Westland Nazarene charismatic foursquare Assembly of God Church of Christ strong Arminian roots notice in your notes. Here's what I want to get God's word rejects both extremes and holds God's sovereignty and man's responsibility in biblical tension and balance.
In other words, if you read through the Scriptures. What you find is the Bible's really clear. God is sovereign God is in control. The Bible is really clear, you are absolutely responsible and will be held accountable for your choices and you say will.
How can that be the answer is I don't know but what I'm going to go on record essays. No one else does either. But what what happens is people tend to go one direction or another.
And so, if you're reading for the book of acts.
If your strong Calvinistic says, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believing Stacy. They were appointed except if you read the next chapter it says and Paul spoke so persuasively. A great number believed which is true both. Here's the tension I want you to get you can develop systems that can remove one of the other but but both are true. Imagine if you will, a telephone pole and imagined guide wires into those cables pulling on each end and there's deep stakes and and and this is the sovereignty of God.
And this is the responsibility of man and if you if you if there's slacker remove one of those cords go to extremes and and pushed to its practical and you become passive. Let go, let God whatever is Kennedy's going to be or the other item you get guilt ridden and the matter how much you do. God's not a control if I if I forgot one time to share my faith, that person may go to hell because I didn't do my part. The whole world is on me what I want you to know is the apostle Paul. Interestingly, he's already he did this in chapter 1 member. He said I'm confident he's going to be executed.
I'm confident this this is what's going to turn out for my deliverance. Your prayers all man's responsibility and the provision of the spirit of God.
God sovereignty. He now in verse 12 says here's. So then, my beloved, just as you always circle the word obeyed.
The word obeyed in the New Testament.
Sometimes we feel like I think our English in her background obeys like I should gotta and it certainly has that thrust but the root word is Kubota be under a Kubota here like you have an acoustic guitar is where we get our word to obey is to be under the hearing of God, Lord, what would you have me to do.
It's a relationship I want to follow and when you speak about any area. I want to listen in order not to just know what to obey. So he says to them, my beloved, just as you always obeyed, not just in my presence but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation. Would you circle that phrase with fear and trembling workout is a mining term. It's literally like if you owned a gold mine its work your claim. Continue mining the riches of what God has done when the spirit of God came into your life when you turn from your sin, and received Christ. All the spiritual blessings in heaven were deposited in you, you were sealed with the spirit you have an inheritance he say okay now what I want you to do is I want you to work out what God has worked in notice it doesn't say work for your salvation. You can earn and work out another words I want you to cooperate and just like if you owned a gold mine that gold does nothing under the ground lease as you cooperate with God. Work out your salvation and notice with a sense of reverence for all. This is a precious amazing gift your salvation. Don't let it sit there.
Don't be passive. Sometimes when people talk about grace they they think of grace is the opposite of effort. The Bible talks as we make every effort to walk with God. The Bible talks about the grace of God teaches us to say no to all ungodliness and live sober discipline lines. It takes great effort. The opposite of grace is not effort the opposite of grace is merit. Merit is earning something and Paul is saying to these people that are having some disunity issues people that are being persecuted. He says and I don't often deliver not.
But whether I get to see you and live or I die, I want you to keep on obeying. I want you to love one another. I want you to choose to look up when circumstances are bad. I want you to care for one another. Want you to be generous in persecution.
I want you to be faithful so worked out your salvation.
This God's work and that your responsibility notice verse 13 that little word for it means the reason why should you work this out for God who is at work in you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Would you circle the word to work and then underline will and good pleasure word for work is a very interesting word. I did a word study on it it we get our word energy. It's never used in the New Testament to describe human power 100% of the time. It is the power of God. It's a word that means effective action that describes action that always achieves its desired end results or purpose. In ancient Greece. It was a demonstration of inner character that always led to an outward virtue and in summary he's saying. For God who is at work he is energizing by his power working in you in spirit both to will his purpose to create both the desire and the power's of God's sovereign I'm responsible.
God has gifted me sheerly by his grace. This new life in a spirit. It is a riches that I now live out and I mine my claim and so to work out. Grace has been given and I could say all the truths of life is in this book and I can hand you, this book and you could take this book and you could set it on your desk and you can never open it and you could say I just don't know what to do. I don't have any truth I don't know what to do about marriage out of about parenting on it with you about my money. I wonder what that what can happen to the end of the world and all the while all the riches and all the truth is on your desk.
God will not read this for you okay but you have and it's the same Edwards work out so the disciplines of being in God's word, the discipline of praying the discipline of being in community and doing life and being honest and supportive and accountability that the disciplines of suffering, the disciplines of some things take time and the disciplines of serving one another when you are you ready when you just those things. It's like imagine tubes coming from this great lake of heaven here you're accessing the grace of God and as you practice those things.
The apostle Paul says Christ is being formed in you it's it's a metaphor about baby growing to a toddler to teenager to mature adult, and he says our part is to utilize the truth, the word prayer the Lord's supper relationships to access the grace to mind.
This new life that's been a free gift.
Does that make sense history lesson is over. But I do want you to know that it seeps in everywhere because what happens is is that I came up around a group you came up around the group and these groups have thoughts about the sovereignty of God, the responsibility of men and I and I would just say you know some of you struggle with guilt because no matter how much you do it's never enough because you live with this. You know there's never enough God's down on but now that's an extreme that's that's not what should be thought some of you are like laid back to the point of you not doing what you need to and what you have the side of God's in control. He really is in control but that doesn't excuse you and so what you want to do is you want to say I don't want what Calvin taught and I don't want what Jacob Arminius taught I want what Jesus taught.
I want what the New Testament says I want with the word of God says and there's going to be certain times in certain passages I been doing this for quite a while. I don't fully understand. I don't think anyone fully understands that I've got plenty of truth to know this. I will stand before God as a follower of Jesus and give an account for my time, my energy my money and my decisions and I've been around long enough to know this is despite my mistakes might might difficulties, the times even that I've send the times when I knew what was right and I didn't even do it. There is this patient, kind, loving, sovereign God that's working even those difficulties and things that people done to me in circumstance. I can understand because he such a ready good good father to write back if you're just joining us, you're listening to Living on the Edge with shipping chips message today. Love obeys is from his series, I choose love. If your heart's desire is to love more, or love better this series I choose love will help you do that to help you take advantage of the resources for I choose love.
We've temporarily discounted the CDs and the MP3s are absolutely free with her there for you or a friend ordering is easy when you go to LivingontheEdge.org or give us a call at 1-888-333-6003 will chip you know a lot of people probably think Living on the Edge is just a broadcast ministry in a radio online or Orap but there's so much more. Could you give us a picture of what God is doing through Living on the Edge beyond the broadcasting.
Yes, thanks Dave, I'd love to. In fact, I would have never in my wildest dreams and we started on radio have imagine what God is done over the last 20 years and back what he's done and probably the last 6 to 8 years is something that I mean if you would've given me a million years to dream that we would begin to develop small-group material and have 25 different small-group resources to launch 400,000 small groups in the US, then we would help pastors across America and then God opened the door in the last few years to go to China I been there five times in the last 22 months into CS legally teach God's word and see a response in a country where the doors are closing so rapidly to be in the Middle East in and take the real God. In Romans 12 true spirituality and take these core discipleship materials and have a broadcast nine times over satellites and books translated Dave in my wildest dreams I could never imagine that but what I know is, God cares and the people in the partners at Living on the Edge of given over the years and is not just the givers we have people that really pray we get letters and emails of people that they literally call me there sort of online pastor and they pray and Karen what I can tell you is, is that God is choosing to use us beyond what we ever thought, and much of that is been because I believe we are committed to the Scriptures, regardless what happens in the culture. We believe in the Bible.
We believe in the God of the Bible. We believe that the great commission is the mandate from the living God that he's an all-knowing, all-powerful, loving God that wants his truth and his salvation and discipleship to go across the world and we have literally just followed the breadcrumbs of his Holy Spirit's leading. I mean literally one step too little step two little step and one by one God has brought partners who have come along and given so generously and so thank you for those of you that have partnered with us in prayer and finances. We're stepping out like never before. Here in America.
In our broadcast in China and the Middle East. And right now there's never a better time to give because every dollar that you give during this season up to July 7 will be doubled. So Dave yeah it's been an amazing amazing journey.
We give God 100% of the credit and we are committed to stepping forward like never before. Thanks to all of you that join us at this time could be a better time to give.
So thank you for whatever God leads you to do. Thanks, Chip will of partnering with Living on the Edge is an idea that makes sense to you.
We'd love to have you join us to give a gift, and have it doubled through this time of our midyear match. Just give us a call at 1-888-333-6003.
That's 1-888-333-6003, or if you prefer to give online you can donate securely by going to LivingontheEdge.org again. Our web addresses LivingontheEdge.org. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated. Without your strip with his application for today's teaching as we wrap up today's program. Let me ask you which of those historical experiences or perspectives would you honestly say has kind of influence the way that you see God the most. I mean what's impacted you. We've all grown up around in a people in view of God in Christian groups in Delhi find, honestly, is that there's great strength in all these different camps and really good godly people. So here's the issue. If in fact God is sovereign and we are responsible.
What does it look like to be a follower of Christ. This relational disgrace oriented but where were responding and I would suggest that the apostle Paul who talked more about the sovereignty of God than anyone else, especially in Romans he actually tells us this is who God is and this is all he's done and that he flips the script because he's perfectly divinely balanced and says okay chapter 12 the end of the book is this is what your life looks like when you're responding in faith and obedience in verse one of chapter 12.
He says it means that you're fully completely surrendered to God. In verse two is going to tell you there, separate from the world's values and then in verse three through eight hilltop but having a an honest or sober self-assessment about who you are your strengths, your weaknesses and how God made you to serve him in love. So the whole chapter is a snapshot or picture of what is it look like to be a mature believer. What is God's part and what is our part. Can I encourage you to just as a matter of balance to today.
Open Romans chapter 12 in your heart of hearts say Lord I know that I'm responsible, and I know that you are absolutely sovereign and as I read this chapter, would you help me become more and more the man or the woman the you want me to become. I want to reflect very love and the character of Jesus. And I think you'll experience the special grace of God that allows you not to get too hung up on all that you do not be too laid-back about all he does. Do you wish you could hear Living on the Edge when it fits into your schedule. You can for those of you who want to listen to Living on the Edge on the go. Just download the free shipping roadmap at Google play or the app store well until tomorrow.
This is Dave really saying thanks for listening. this Edition of Living on the Edge