5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: We are to be Light. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. In verse 17, they say, “What do you say about Jesus?” This time, the man who had formerly been blind said, The religious leaders start to get frustrated. Proin gravida nibh vel velit auctor aliquet. Light Sermon Illustrations "Mind the Light" ... "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." It was a long Gospel reading today (and last week). When we get away from what the Bible says is true, we always flounder. He hit the target … and lost. So before getting serious in battle you attended your robe. A robe doesn’t trap sand. Light does not boast of itself, but boasts of God. Sometimes darkness is preferred over and above the bright light of day: • Having a candle light dinner in a darkened room has a special appeal and romance. We are no longer children of this world but are Children of God. ” This was so encouraging to me! 1 Peter 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: We are to be “Obedient Children”. Our business is to uphold His Word – though all the world reject us, we will stand with Him. the whole earth is full of his glory.”. They say he must be a sinner because he broke some of their rule, but in verses 31-33 the man insists. The blind one sees. SERMON: Lent IV People who avoid sin and are blessed by God simply don’t end up like this, do they? I have been in the habit as of late of following my first Sunday of the month church attendance with a Meatball Marinara Sub of the Day and that could be a problem. Houston: “Expect loss of signal in less than one minute.” Apollo 13: “Roger that, Houston, We’ll hear from you again on acquisition of signal. Opening Prayer – Lord, as we come to worship you this morning our hearts are heavy. The Light of Justice. Her life is in disarray, and she can’t understand why it is she seems to be in darkness. >> He said, ‘Lord, I believe.’ And he worshipped him. We need to think as God thinks, and do as God says. Whenever religious folks become more concerned about winning arguments than listening to their neighbors and showing them respect as people God loves, that’s darkness. The word “WHEREFORE” is the Greek DIO (DEE-O) which means “For this cause”. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. Just as Jesus was about His Father’s business, so should we be about our Father’s business. If God has saved you, you are called to be like Him. Here is another woman who always has a sad story. 1 Peter 1:15-16 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; (16) Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. Ephesians 6:14 (KJV)14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; When you GIRD UP the loins of your mind you take the flowing robes of your thought processes and tuck them behind the BELT OF TRUTH, the WORD OF GOD. It is easily shaken out. 2 Aorist Middle Participle of G328, ἀναζώννυμι, anazōnnumi, an-ad-zone’-noo-mee, From G303 and G2224; to gird afresh: – gird up. But when we realized we were lost and “called upon the name of the Lord” Jesus entered our lives. Our words in the darkness are formed in times of calm and blessings. ‘This guy would accuse me of the same thing if he saw me doing Matins or Vespers’, I told my wife. It’s a poor man who was born blind, who lived for years as a beggar, who wasn’t very eloquent, who wasn’t theologically astute, and who lived on the margins of religious society. Without a strong connection to Him, we begin to spiritually die. If you have received Jesus Christ as Lord believing that He died for your sins and rose from the grave to be your Savior then God has changed you. This is not what it is to be HOLY. I ask her “Where are you going to Church now? 16 January 2020. When we are washed with the waters of baptism, we arise from darkness into light; we who were spiritually blind are now given new sight. Rise above the storms of life and find rest for your soul in Christ Jesus. Tell me, so that I may believe in him.’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.’ He said, ‘Lord, I believe.’ And he worshipped him. Some Christians live by their, As evening shadows faded and dusk was giving way to darkness, the poet, That is where we WERE. Besides, I don’t think the Catholics, even ignorant ones, worship the saints, much less their images. The ones who think they see spiritually miss Jesus entirely and show themselves to actually be in darkness. Today’s passage follows up on that statement with an example. Tell me, so that I may believe in him.’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.’. This is one of those statements which should cause us to lift up our heads and make us realize once more what a remarkable and glorious thing it is to be a Christian. Then he went and washed and came back able to see. On the surface most of us, I think, would probably think that the Pharisees, who knew their Bibles backward and forward, who lived devout lives of prayer, fasting, and charity, who were the religious teachers of the people would be the ones in the light. One of the newer translations gives this as “Human One”, which may be a concession to the Great War Between Men and Women, but I would think when Jesus spoke it that it probably was heard as “Son of Man”. It’s layers protected you from heat and rain. The light was in the world, and the world was made through the light, yet the world knew him not. We are to “walk in the Spirit” (Romans 8:1, 4; Galatians 5:16, 26) 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. He’d probably have apoplexy, since I ordinarily do prostrations before my icons. As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’ When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which means Sent). which was, and is, and is to come. So long, earth. We must be good disciples now, in preparation for the days ahead. And though we cannot see the future, or perhaps cannot see the light at all times, He shines the light nonetheless. Did the angels cry out: Isaiah 6:3 “Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts We are to be sober. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. The early church saw this as a reminder of our baptism. Focus on MY TRUTH, on what I have said. Light loves. Charles, there is a personal response of worship, which is what we see here, but there is also a time when the community of faith comes together for a meeting of worship. “ Great Sermon! Posted on March 31st, by Doug Ponder in Sermons. This same thing is true of the Christian. Holiness is to imitate God in behavior. He will speak for himself.’ His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. Whenever religious people take up the attitudes and actions that we see in the Pharisees in this story, that is a religion of darkness. So many who profess to know Christ as Savior live lives as desperate and dark as those who do not have Christ. 5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? In the midst of our dark and bewildered times, all sorts of voices are shouting orders into ... e-sermons illustrations page, and Textweek.com as major help in developing and illustrating this sermon. We have a responsibility, to be like Andrew and Simon and James and John. We are to be Light. Site banners: Michael Buckley Whenever religious folks dismiss others and build walls around their institutions to keep those they consider “sinners” out, that’s darkness. Catch you on the flip side.” (After almost an hour . Where you are weak God is strong 2. After all, they were experts in Scripture and respected religious leaders. As an introvert, I appreciate this observation, Charles. You are “peculiar people” (Exodus 19:5; 1 Peter 2:9). We life gets tough we go on auto-pilot. Light loves. What a symbol, this curtain of light, of the protecting care of God! The light that shines in the darkness…even in the darkness of your own fear-filled heart…the light that shines from a stable in Bethlehem, that light is in you. Saved by faith, justified by God the Holy Spirit, you are called to live out your faith. Last week we saw the Apostle address the Church of Christ as, Saved, born into the Kingdom of God, you who are Christians are. Matthew D. Emmons is a rifleman, a past Olympic gold, silver, and bronze medal winner. I don’t have enough information.’, ‘So, what is worship [adoración] to you?’, ‘When Father offers the Holy Mysteries to the Most Holy Trinity. I’m not doing this for Lent, altho it was the trigger, and I hope to be doing this well beyond Lent. When I used to fast twice a week way back when, someone would always show up with some chocolate cake or some such. Sermon St Mary's Comberton, 20th May 2007 Acts 16:16-34 Light in the midst of darkness <> OPENING ILLUSTRATION Garden light: solar powered. So many who profess to know Christ as Savior live lives as desperate and dark as those who do not have Christ. Jesus is not a Visitor to our hoes, but He is at home in every aspect of our lives. Therefore his parents said, ‘He is of age; ask him.’. There is one in particular she is very fond of, one that meant a lot to her when she was younger. Christian News, Devotional, Leadership, Church, Evangelism, Conference, Worship, Pastors , Bible, Gospel Music,Gospel,Salvation, GoodNews, Disciples, Cross,Winning, Love, Mercy,Bible Study,New Testament, Church,Matthew,Mark, Luke, John,Heart, Soul, Body,Mind,Spirit,Church History, Books, Pastorso, Evangelists. We who are God’s Children by the sacrifice of Christ’s Blood are to seek to be HOLY. Martin Luther and the other reformers were right, I think, in seeing what was happening in their own day in stories like these. The concept of “pants” was not yet developed. So they said again to the blind man, ‘What do you say about him? Light does for others. We must follow His Word. The Bible says: Ephesians 2:2-3 (KJV) Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. An Expositional Sermon Matthew 4:12-17 “Christ, Light in the Midst of Darkness” Theme/Big Idea: As the light of Jesus Christ breaks upon the darkness of your sin, … He was fascinated by the old-fashioned lamplighter coming down the street lighting the gas street lamps. Open the door of a closet and it is light that goes in, not dark that comes out. We must be led of His Spirit. We are to be like Him. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.’ The man answered, ‘Here is an astonishing thing! Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ He answered, ‘And who is he, sir? We are to “walk in the light” (1 John 1:7) This is "“Light in the Midst of Darkness”" by Gloria Dei Lutheran - Houston on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love… Our hearts should be dedicated to Jesus. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (1) Paul… Last night he took Hispanic Catholics to task for ‘worshipping’ images of Mary and the saints. They argue with a variety of people, you can hear the level of frustration rising in their voices. To “gird up the loins of the mind” is to take your mind in hand, to gather it up so you can get down to serious business, That is where we WERE. When God sent the Prophet Jeremiah to speak His Word to a people that would not hear the Lord told him: Jeremiah 1:17-19 (KJV) Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. 18 For, behold, I have made thee this day a defensed city, and an iron pillar, and brazen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. Amen. And it could not overpower it. It is made more penetrating by reaching out to those in need. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License. We are to imitate God: Ephesians 5:1-6 (KJV) Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor. ‘They don’t want to read the Bible and seek God. We are to live SACRIFICIALLY. 6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? ‘No’, my wife responded. Do you see it? That the God of the light and the God of the darkness has caused that light to shine in the person of Jesus Christ. Romans Read more about 4-19-20 – Finding Light in the Midst of Darkness, Part 3 […] Posted in Sermons Tagged Finding Light in the Midst of Darkness Leave a comment. In the midst of darkness, we just have to cast ourselves upon Him, and wait for Him! I know what is best. For the past ten days now, as the Newton … We are to live to honor our Lord. It was a great asset. Last week we saw the Apostle address the Church of Christ as “Strangers Scattered”. “GIRD UP the LOINS of your mind”? Saved, born into the Kingdom of God, you who are Christians are strangers to this world. We are to be focused upon Christ, living like Christ. Light In The Midst Of Darkness. They shoot at the wrong target. Light in the Midst of Religious Darkness, As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. ‘I’d rather have someone be superstitious towards the saints than ignore them altogether. So they crucified Jesus on a cross hoping to extinguish the light he radiated once and for all. Christmas is about hope, about recognising that even the deepest darkness is no longer impenetrable because the light has come. Our training shows when we are in the midst of battle. It is the TRUTH that is God’s Word. My wife enjoys listening to Hispanic Pentecostal preachers on the Internet. 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