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February 2, 2021 7:00 am
What is the difference between a rule and the principal listen to Adrian Rogers but why was not so much a book of rules and principles say Christian to be looking for little rule because you will find all and I believe when you meet the Lord Jesus Christ to hear him say to you, well done good and faithful servant finding featuring profound truth. Simply stated by Adrian Roger first Corinthians chapter 6 reveals six positive principles to live by every day part one of this insightful message. We learned that when making daily decisions. We should begin by asking ourselves is this bring me to my appointed goal or does it hinder me in my brought under the power of anything other than Jesus Christ. Even if this doesn't hurt me will hurt somebody else. If you have your Bible turn to first Corinthians chapter 6 will begin in verse 12. As Adrian Rogers reveals the final three principles in six positive principles for proper practice as you go through life. Don't let your head and run away with your heart Molly. Plus you, but love builds a and we're here to operate my love.
There are some things that I don't do. Not because I think in the doing of them I would be harmed that certain things I don't do because in the doing of them. Somebody else would be somebody else would be cause to stumble. Somebody else may think less of me than they would have if I didn't do it so you can just ask yourself about anything. Will it hurt me when it hurt me. You have to ask yourself this bigger question when it hurt somebody else is very selfish simply to ask will it hurt me to let me give a couple verses for your margin. But in the margin.
Romans 14 verse 13 listen to. Let us not therefore judge one another anymore to judge me and I'm not to judge about doubtful things. Let us not therefore judge one another anymore but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasional fall in his brother's way. What that means is I'm to be very easy on you and I'm to be very hard on me.
I'm not to judge you if you do something that I think you ought not to do, but I'm not to do anything that would cause you to stumble. Listen to it again. Let us not therefore judge one another anymore but judge this router, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasional fall in his brother's way. Most of us do just the opposite. Don't very easy on ourselves very hard on what the Scripture says would be very hard on ourselves and very easy on others not want to listen. Romans 14 verse 21 and this is a key verse listen to it is good neither to eat flesh nor drink wine nor anything whereby thy brother, stumbling, or is offended or is made weak. That settles the issue of social drinking for me right there you're wondering about social drinking is it why are all the socially during while the apostle Paul says here is good neither to eat me are drink wine or do anything whereby your brother stumbles is offended or is made weak now in America.
The problem of alcoholism is a big problem.
We got an army of walking being married. You are apart from the grace of God, incurable alcoholics, we've got homes that have been turned into hell holes highways that have been turned into slaughter pins because of beverage alcohol, liquor people, they will tell you, you know, moderation is the answer just be moderately a moderate drink, but I never say that everybody starts out a moderate drinker but I say well know, moderation is just like overeating don't matter where he got out over drink was not just like overeating operative people been arrested for driving drunk. I've never heard of anyone arrested for driving fat is a difference in name Elizabeth when I you listen to me, moderation is not the answer to the liquor problem is the cause that if everybody who drank got Scott Brown then you could do something about just a semantic distinction, who drinks but encourages other people to deal why don't drink a lot of reasons.
One man said when he was a little kid, he saw drunk trying to get in the car and he said drunk at one leg outside the car door and kept slamming the car door on his way couldn't get he said I didn't know a thing about the Bible anything else, but I made up my mind I would not doing make me that when a Shakespeare is a fool's men put that in the mouths of seals and brings away but now suppose I said look I can handle.
I cut the grass. I want to come in.
Not back a cool one. I want to sit watch the ballgame World Series. I won't have a six pack there. I just won't enjoy have somebody so we go out to dinner. We like to have a cocktail wine goes good with the scooter that we not drunkards were not bad people passed away just as good folks we drink in moderation. We all believe in drunkenness anymore than you do. Suppose I did.
I suppose I would go to restaurant order some beer, some wine people in my refrigerator keeps him up Michelle for Christmas and holidays and new year.
Suppose you got a boy or girl it comes to this church and I boy girl says mom dad should I drink so honey I don't think it's it's good idea for you to drink.
Mom Pastor August us. He's a good man.
Pastor Rogers never gets drunk just loves God's. I believe I will then that child becomes one of those alcoholics and nobody knows who's going to become one.
Everybody thinks somebody else will. Nobody ever knows no one ever starts out to be one first. The man takes a drink then the drink takes a drink and then the drink takes the man nobody ever knows who's going to be one as far as I'm concerned, I'm not going to drink the stuff you know why. Let me just give you this verse listen to it is good and the Bible says need me listen to it is good neither to eat flesh and drink wine nor anything whereby thy brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak. See, that's the principle of a sample didn't raise me to see these athletes please advice at this, given man with muscles that rippled minds that were there coordinated and then the mere people say would you get on television and talk about our beer for us and what that is in the form of prostitution for those marvelous athletes stick to their God-given ability somehow did in children's minds that there is a link between being an athlete and drinking beer which is sheer unmitigated student to get no link between that all but you see the world very clever want these kids to associate drinking beer with that success, they never show him a drunk in a back alley covered with vomiting flies and rats running over his notes show that course. While I do it why don't you may say I'm free to do and indeed you are matter of fact you might search the Bible and try to find this where somebody made Jesus turned water into wine. The only molecular wine that was that's a generic word which simply means drink. It does not necessarily mean that was intoxicating at all. I don't believe it will make you looking for loopholes while actually my principal. Why don't you just simply take a pretzel and say this is a principle I won't do anything then call somebody else stumbled measure life to be ruling if you say I'm not going to bring this know you live will be enhanced but out today with your life is hurt or better there be a lot of the people be better if you just simply leave it alone now there's a first principle of expediency doesn't ring me on my way there is another principal principle of enslavement is another principal principle example.
But here's the fourth principle and it's the principle of edification. Look, if you will hear and first grade this chapter 10 first Corinthians chapter 10 in verse 23. All things are lawful in the me, but all things are not expedient. We've already dealt with that all things are lawful for me, but all things by not know what is Loretta climbing what we really manifest to edify means to build and this is a building everything that you do these either building you are tearing you down.
Now you have to ask yourself about anything that you do.
Does this bill me. Does this pull me down as a tear me down so every film you want to say does this bill me. How does it tear me down every program that you enter into does this bill me on how does this bring me that every friendship.
You want a real friend is a real friend or somebody makes you a better person and body that does not make you a better person by being in their midst is not truly a friend. Anybody that pulls you down every conversation has to pass this test. Is this something that bills are is it something that destroys now entertainment is legitimate.
If you think that I'm one done enjoy entertainment, you don't know me you think I'm one done. Enjoy sports a good Job, a picnic going fishing, rollicking with my kids or anything like I love that vacations life. God made us that way. Recreation literally means creation. That's where we get the term to see what is true entertainment. It relaxes, refreshes and removes and restores it re-creates and you need that. That's one of the reasons were building a family life Center right here. Rather, some people say where will I don't believe all payment down there real problem you will know how God made human beings Boys and Girls Club have a God given a stay and we will meet those needs. Somebody else will in a different context. I'm grateful that is a chart that we can help recreation that builds character and becomes a laboratory where we can work out what we teach in the Sunday school.
Thank God for that is not just kids that needed to meet my wanting something else is a so-called kind of entertainment that debases in degree, but that was very clever. You know what most of your sitcoms about today and whether about what sex, alcohol, drugs, and now abortion and sodomy that's come in and in the context of all that holy things are being life that you know why you think that just happened. I know that's a part of the plan whose plan Satan's plan because the devil knows that if he can get you to laugh at something to be very hard if you take it seriously again so we have a generation that is laughing its way into hell, laughing its way of laughing at that which God has condemned laughing at sodomy laughing at adultery laughing at fornication laughing at drunkenness, new life the way in hell that you can life the way I want to get you watch certain things they won't build you up if you kinda dirty after you watched kinda grimy and identify you, it doesn't remove you can refresh you. It doesn't restore you and doesn't relax you digging graves. You it takes you drags you down about Paul said it may be lawful, but it didn't edify, save as a principle of edification by living in another principal like to chapter 10 again and verse 31 whether therefore you need our drink whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God. Here's a big principle is the principle of exultation exultation does this laying eggs. So the Lord Jesus Christ. What you say.
Well I pastor out when I'm talking about church and I went on about daily life. That's exactly what Paul is talking about cases whether you eat or drink, or what ever you do what you do all to the glory of God. Everything you do is honors or dishonest the Lord everything every conversation, every friendship, every vacation every meal, every business transaction either honors are dishonest.
The Lord, you have to ask yourself this question is glorified by what I'm doing is God glorified by what I do, whatever you do in word or deed, what a double L to the glory of God the way you dress the address for the glory of God.
Some girls go out on a date things out. Not even come downstairs and on Lee's down was evening straps. I would you go out. If Jesus Christ we escort his eye the way you dress, would you tell that story. If Jesus Christ one of the guys in the crowd. Can you say Lord Jesus.
This is what I'm doing for your glory.
Whatever you do, do all the Lord God 90 the people listening to me right now you say that man is a fruit loop even know what life is all that I know that I you coming from a different paradigm that I am all again so I'm a Christian. I'm a believer in Jesus Christ Christ as Lord Christ as Lord I'm trying to teach Billy goats not to, but you have announced anyone talking that I am talking about people who know God or Jesus Christ for looking for practical principles. I said hard I listen, listen, there's the principle of exultation. One of you to do all the Lord God, let me to be the last one as the principle of evangelism continue to read. I'm in chapter 10 verse 32. Look at it give me offense either to the Jews, not to the Gentiles go to the church of God, even as I please. All man and all things not seeking my own profit but the profit of many that they maybe say the last principle is the principle of evangelism, the principle of evangelism. Now what determines how I'm going to live what is there anything that keeps me from bringing somebody else to Jesus Christ than for me it's wrong not Paul said I'm not going to offend the Jews. I'm not going offend the Gentiles. I am not going to fan the church of God. I'm going to try to be as pleasant. All of these as I can possibly be.
Not that I want to compromise my convictions. But listen, even as I please. All men in all things, not seeking mine own profit. I am not asking what is best for me but he says I'm doing this for the profit of many that they might be saying every man, every woman, every boy, every girl that I meet I ought to be moving them closer to Jesus and I can do anything, say anything, give anything by anything, go anywhere eat anything, drink anything, anything that keeps me from somehow bringing those people closer to Jesus Christ.
That's a guiding principle hold our people. This is a man in Nashville will we have our denominational headquarters.
He loves God he went into a laundry data shirt studies when these fellows had scholars had to be just right cuts just right. I don't know where like a lot to start your little star to start here in the stars there. Whatever the yeah just try to make get formula.
He took his shirts into this cleaning establishment and and said I want to do the search.
This way when he came back to pick up the shirts. They were not done that way. Just mommy said would you redo the shirts didn't do them like asking whom I said yes I will redo when he came back the next time to get his shirts.
They messed up again.
A similar problem in the first time I told you how I brought them in the second time to you wasting my time. Let me explain it to you. This is what I want is that clear. Can you do this please you. I would hope please said yes, and we're sorry yes yes later on the same man living in the town, a member of a church that had a visitation program just like ours went for visitation and he got Cardinal McCartt was a name and the name match the name of the cleaners. They call a personal who is distributing cards and I will ask your question. Are these the people that operate a certain cleaning establishment. They said yes we said you know is I guess I know that these are warm ask you another question do they know me as a well yes they do know you have you ever talk to them about me and he said yes I have is a no no you will me to go see that's right boys. I will ask you a big question, what do they think about me and what the answer was. He said they think the most important thing on earth to you was the way your shirts are done near what I will people think of when I think of me but the most important thing in life to me is Jesus Christ is what I will people think that the most important saying is Jesus Christ. That's a principal guy my life. Megan, I want to say that if you are Christian.
If you Lord Jesus Christ are if you are an immature Christian going to be looking for little rules because you want to find loopholes in wall, but these are six practical principles you take these principles and live by these principles and I believe when you meet the Lord Jesus Christ. You will hear him say to you, well done good and faithful servant.
No one can behave himself into the kingdom of God. I'm not telling you to live this way so you can go to heaven you go to heaven by repenting of his and receiving Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord. Christ carried your sense to the cross and he died there for you and he paid to send that and your Sam is been painful with his precious blood, and the Bible says, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. If you would pray a prayer like this. So God I'm a sinner and I'm lost and I need to be say and I can't save myself right now like a little child with all of my heart. I trust you, Lord Jesus to save me.
I promise you, Jesus will save you today trust Lord Jesus, seal the word to heart the Lord may many today come to Jesus drove the Holy Spirit in your holy name I pray, amen.
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