Sermon on Sunday July 29, 2012 by Pastor Thomas Tate
So they were saying to Him, “Who are You?” Jesus said to them, “What have I been saying to you from the beginning? “I have many things to speak and judge concerning you but He who sent Me is true; and the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world.” They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me.
“And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.” As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him. So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. “The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
- “And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.”
Things that are pleasing – Arestos- to please one or to be content with. Distinguishing between claim or requirement and satisfaction, the claim being the commandments and the satisfaction, being those things that we do out of the love that we have for God.
Greek Hebrew Study Bible
- Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. “Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.
- “Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
- For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
- So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
- Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
- So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. “The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
- Nathan then said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul. ‘I also gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your care, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added to you many more things like these!
- ‘Why have you despised the word of the Lord by doing evil in His sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon. ‘Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’
- Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us
- ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. ‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
Sermon-based Bible Study Questions
1. Our lives are directed by our personal decisions, whether God is in them or not, what are some decisions that you have made that took your life down a significant path (good or bad)?
2. Read John 8:29. What does Jesus ALWAYS do? How does it affect your way of thinking knowing that this “pleasing” is beyond the commandments (the given things) but above and beyond and doing things that bring God pleasure? What can we do that is beyond the commandments that would be pleasing to God?
3. In John 4:34-36 Jesus says that doing the Father’s will (sharing Gospel) was more important to Him than even food. What in your life is that important, base your answer not on intellectual or theological answers but based on your daily/weekly activities? (Gardening, kids, sports, coffee, work, TV, Bible time, sharing Gospel)
4. Read Joshua 24:14-15. What does it mean to serve God in “sincerity and truth”, what does that look like? Why would God say through Joshua that He would rather you serve false god’s than serve Him and false God’s? What are some things that are like false god’s in Christians lives today?
5. Read Galatians 1:10. How would asking and answering this verse in your daily life affect the decisions that you make daily?
6. Read John 8:31-32. According to Jesus how can we tell true disciples from false ones? To “abide” or “continue” following Jesus words means to travel in the same direction. What decisions have you made lately that have taken you down new paths with the Lord? What has Jesus set you free from (John 8:31-36)?
7. Read Jeremiah 29:11-13. What does God have planned for us? Does this plan come automatically to believers or do we need to be active and making right decisions? What does the second half of these verses say our part is? How do we seek him with all our heart? When was the last time you did this? What did He say? It’s important that God be in the front of our minds each day but it is just as important that He be in ALL our decisions, how can we do this? What would it look like? How might your life be different? Many good Christians are afraid to fully surrender ALL decisions to God, why do you think this is for them and maybe you?