Servanthood “Good Works”

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(2 Timothy 4:7) I have fought the good fight, I gave finished the race, I have kept the faith

This week, We will wrap up our series on “Servanthood” An introspect of our Christian virtues. We began with Paul’s Pastoral letters to the servants of the gospel about Word and Deed (2 Timothy 2:14-15), Doing what is admirable, and using edifying speech. He talks about discernment, Making decisions by viewing everything through the lens of the Holy Spirit, and the importance of continuing to mature in our faith.

(2Timothy 2:14-15) Remind them of these things, charging them before God not to fight about words, this is in no way profitable and leads to the ruin of the hearers. 15 zBe diligent to present yourself to God, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth

He issues a stern warning to the co-workers to create distance between themselves and the citizens of Corinth and all of their trappings. He reminds them of their responsibility to complete their assignments.

(2 Corinthians 6:14) Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? or what fellowship has light have with darkness? ESV

We resonate with Paul’s messages as these circumstances are very relevant today. His message, To get back to doing the work we were called to do. Finally, We examine in
and reason with one another on our perception of Good Work, What it is, and what it’s not:

Good works” Action, or Attitude of worship?
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(James 2:14-17) What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of them says,” Go in peace, be warmed and filled, without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

As James illustrates, It was Abraham’s obedience that caused his faith to grow, which in-turn gained God’s favor-He moved ahead without understanding God’s reasoning (Genesis 22:2-11). Good works is an Act of Kindness-Approaching others from a point of benevolence-Doing for others without return, and without pomp and circumstance.

(Hebrews 13:16) Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Hebrews 13 appeals to acts of benevolence-Doing what is honorable. In fact, This chapter opens with the most profound piece of scripture regarding works: (13:1-2) Let brotherly love continue. 2 Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this sone have welcomed angels as guest without knowing it.

Good works is an act of Obedience that ignites our faith. Our good works cannot get us into heaven (Luke 10:38-41), The “Fruit” of our good works does: (John 6: 27-29) Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the good works of God? Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in whom he has sent

Our works do not earm us brownie points to get into heaven any more than being good makes us anymore acceptable (Ephesians 2:8) For ye are saved by grace through faith; and this is not of yourselves; It is a gift. Your thoughts…

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Hard headed children need discipline

A study in the Book of Micah

God’s covenant blessings, then, as now,
were predicated upon keeping of the covenant by His people; and failure to keep the covenant meant forfeiture of every blessing
James Burton Coffman Commentaries

(Micah 3:11-12) 11You rulers make decisions on bribes;
you priests teach God’s law for a price; Yet You all claim to depend on the Lord. “No harm can come to us” you say,
“For the Lord is among us.”
12 Because of you, Mount Zion will be plowed like an open field; Jerusalem will be to ruins! A thicket will grow grow on the heights.

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After the death of King Solomon (1King 11:41-42), conflict arose between the king’s son, Rehaboam, and Jeroboam, (servant to the king). This conflict divided the king’s nation in two ( Rehaboam, the appointed king),faced the uprising of Jeroboam
(1Kings 11:29-31) 31 During that time, the prophet Ahijah the Shilomite met Jeroboam on the road as he came of of Jerusalem. Now Ahijah had wrapped himself with a new cloak, and the two were alone in the open field. 30 Then Ahijah took hold of the new cloak he had on tore it into 12 pieces and said to Jeroboam ” Taken10 pieces for yourself for this is what the Lord God of Israel says: ‘I am about to tear the kingdom out of Solomon’s hand. I will give you ten tribes-Invariably resulting in Rehaboam’s rule of the south (Judah), On the other hand, Jeroboam would rule of the north (Israel)-1 KINGS 11:26-27 Now Solomon’s servant, Jeroboam son of Nebat, was an Ephraimite from Zeredah. Jeroboam rebelled against Solomon, 27 and this is the reason he rebelled against the king: Solomon had built the supporting terraces, and repaired the opening in the wall of the city of his father David. This, at a time when both the north and south were experiencing sudden affluent, economic growth, (with all its trappings), which presented challenges for an already obstinate people.

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Israel was divided into several dynasties (Groups of king’s from the same families), different cities with different names, the last of which was Samaria,(Israel’s capitol). Each dynasty operated its own government which became corrupted by unscrupulous business practices(2:1-3) They scheme, and devise ways to place financial yokes on others for their personal gain- These practices have found their way into God’s church, by way of false prophet prosperity gospels: (Micah 3:11) Her leaders issue rulings for a bribe, her priests teach for a payment, and her prophets practice divination for money. Yet they lean on the Lord,saying, “Isn’t the Lord among us? No disaster will overtake us” corruption had found its way into Judah (Micah 1:9) For her wound is incurable and has reached even Judah; It has approached the gate of my people as far as Jerusalem

In those days, the Lord sent prophets to deliver His message of warning of the impending wrath-He sent prophets who were priests, some were rich and advised the kings, while others became farmers. Some prophets taught their prophecies, many didn’t-They taught judgement and fairness, dreams of success, and destruction. Some saw the coming king as a ruler who would suffer, while others saw him as a servant. But all saw him as Messiah.

Lord God, sent Micah to deliver this message at a most troubling time in Israel’s history. The divisiveness of His children lead to the downfall of a kingdom, resulting in establishment of many corrupt governments practices, that found its way into the churches. Clearly, these atrocities will be atoned for, though, it is through the atonement process, God’s character is revealed.

God’s “Faithfulness”:(Genesis 9:15-17) God promised long ago, never to completely destroy mankind. So, in His righteous judgement, there will always be hope, a promise, and a provision. Prior to His judgement, God has already made provisions for reconciliation(Micah 6:7-8) Would the Lord be pleased with a thousand of rams, or ten thousand streams of oil? Should I give my first born for my transgression, the child of my body for my sin. No! (6:8) Mankind He has told you what is good and what the Lord requires of you: To act justly, to love faithfully, and to walk humbly with God (4:7-8) On that day-This is the Lord’s declaration-I will assemble the lame and gather the scattered those I have injured. I will make the lame into a remnant, those far removed into a strong nation. Then the Lord will rule over them in Mount Zion 8 And you, watchtower for the flock, fortified hill of Daughter Zion, the former rule will come to you, sovereignty will come to Daughter Jerusalem. The “Former” rule will come to you- The “Covenant” will be restored.

The Beatitudes

“Hunger and Thirsting for the Righteousness of the Lord”

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(Matthew 5:6) Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed, for they are filled

BACKGROUND:

“The Beatitudes”

Deuteronomy 18:15 cites Moses as being fore shadower of Christ-The New Moses- The promised prophet (Acts 7:37). Parallels in both the book of Exodus, and Matthew, point to the two events as prophecy fulfilled (Jn 1:17) 17 for the law was given through Moses, grace and truth through Jesus Christ. The two were intrinsic, meaning, each one impacted the other (Hebrews 9:15) Therefore, He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance, because a death has taken place for redemption from transgressions committed under the first covenant. Therefore, the Ten Commandments are viewed as a backdrop to the Beatitudes.

The “Message”

(Matthew 5:6) Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed, for they are filled

Of all the vitues in the Beatitudes, We will focus on the Righteousness of the Lord-What it is, and What it should look like. The “imputed” righteousness of the Lord is an Undeserving Gift from the Lord, that came at a very high price (Isaiah 53: ) By His stripes were are healed..
The righteousness of the Lord is our unmerited favor with the Lord that sets us aside as lamps for the kingdom-It is Not implied and certainly not an entitlement of our salvation (Romans 10:4,5) For Christ is the end of the law of righteousness to everyone who believes. 5 For Moses writes about righteousness that is from the law; The one who does these things will live by them.
Our Righteousness is an Act of Obedience that is found in Him only: (Jn 6:47,48) 47″I assure you: Anyone who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. It doesn’t come from ourselves (Matthew 5:20) ,For I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees you will never get to heaven

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