Sermon on Sunday May 19, 2013 by Pastor Thomas Tate
Stand Up For Jesus
- Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God. And Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, does not believe in Me but in Him who sent Me.
- “He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me. “I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness. “If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.
- “He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. “For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. “I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.”
Don’t Cave In To Pressure
- A little later the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Surely you too are one of them; for even the way you talk gives you away.” Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know the man!” And immediately a rooster crowed.
- But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision.
Hypocrisy Is Contagious
- The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?
Stand Up For Jesus
- I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
- Stand Up For Jesus
- but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Stand Up For Jesus First
- “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
- “For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
- “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. “He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.
- Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.
- “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. “For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them.
- “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Sermon-based Bible Study Questions
1. Read John 12:42-43. Who believed in Jesus and what kept them from confessing their belief? Who’s approval did they care most about even though they were religious people?
2. How are some ways that we are guilty of letting fear keep us from proclaiming Jesus to others? What are some situations that proclaiming your faith in Jesus would cause you to not be accepted by people in your life? When is a time that you felt this pressure? How did you handle it, good or bad?
3. Read Galatians 2:11-14. (Cephas is Peter) Why did Peter withdraw from the gentiles when some Jews came? What did Peter’s actions cause others to do including Barnabas? How do you act when you are talking to a Christian friend and a non-Christian friend joins you? How do you feel about praying before a meal at home? How do you feel about praying before a meal at a restaurant?
4. Who called Peter out and why? Could you ever do that? Should we ever do that? When?
5. Read Matthew 10:32-39. Whom does Jesus say we should publicly proclaim our faith to? What will the result probably be? What does He say if we don’t? How do you feel about Jesus’ words here and how will they affect your life?
6. Read John 12:44:50. Who does Jesus claim to be? What did Jesus come to do? If we truly believe what should happen according to Jesus’ words in John 12:46? What are some changes that have taken place in your life?
7. What is the one thing that we cannot reject or we will be judged for for all eternity?
8. How can you stand up for Jesus but not in a judging way? What areas of your life would you like to stand up for Jesus more?