Sunday Sermon Series – Christ Invitation

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Matthew 11

Chapter 11, can be broken down as follows: Christ’s preaching. (1) Christ’s answer to John’s disciples. (2-6) Christ’s testimony to John the Baptist. (7-15) The perverseness of the Jews. (16-24) The gospel revealed to the simple. The heavy-laden invited. (25-30) – Matthew Henry

As Matthew Henry points out our text v.28 is part of the invite to the heavily laden by Christ. There are three quick points I wish to make, that I gleaned from the text before we come on the sermon and other materials:

  • It is only through Christ Alone that the invite can go out
  • The invite is directed only towards those burdened by sins
  • Only Christ, by His atonement at Calvary, can provide rest from that burden

SERMON

Christ’s Invitation by J C Ryle

OTHER RESOURCES

Come – Matthew 11:28 by J C Ryle

Come Unto Me All Ye That Labor Thomas Boston

The Rest of Christ by A W Pink

The Yoke of Christ – Matthew 11:28 by A W Pink

The Present and Future Rest of True Believers – Matthew 11:28 by John Newton

Christ’s Gracious Invitation – Matthew 11:28 by Archibald Alexander

Come, All Who Are Weary Desiring God Ministries

Rest, Rest C.H. Spurgeon

A Knowledge of God By Dr. M. Lloyd-Jones

Your Rest

House of Jacob, should it be asked,
“Is the Spirit of the Lord impatient?
Are these the things he does?”
Don’t my words bring good
to the one who walks uprightly?
But recently my people have risen up
like an enemy:
You strip off the splendid robe
from those who are passing through confidently,
like those returning from war.
You force the women of my people
out of their comfortable homes,
and you take my blessing[d]
from their children forever.
10 Get up and leave,
for this is not your place of rest
because defilement brings destruction—
a grievous destruction! – Micah 2:7-10 (CSB)

I have many times heard (internet and live) preaching use verse 10 to urge folks to separate themselves from worldly affairs. While the concept is biblical the context is not!

Once again we have a cse of those in the pulpit afraid to preach the Whole Counsel of God. Preaching God’s condemnation and wrath is part of that whole counsel and it is the context of this passage of scripture. 

Here is verse 10 we find the following: 

Get up and leaveOther versions say “Arise and depart”. This command from God should have been an expected one to the nation of Israel. Their iminate invasion had been prophesied over and over due to their ongoing transgressions. 

this is not your place of restlet us go back a moment to Exodus 33:14 where we find God telling the Jews in Egypt as long as He was present they would have rest. There were however conditions (Commandments) that needed to be obeyed for that rest to be maintained. We all know how poorly the Nation of Israel did at that. Canaan was supposed to be that land of rest, the home of the Ark and the temple, yet the Jews repeatedly defied God. Remember that God did not allow most all of those in the Exodus to see the Land of Rest because of their sinfulness and His wrath (Ps 95:11) could He allow that same disobedience to not have the same result? 

because defilement brings destruction— a grievous destruction! God rarely leaves us wondering why. Especially in the Old Testament it is clear to see the evil ways of natural man getting in the way of the spiritual man and defiling everything God had set forth for the Nation of Israel. He warned them over and over and their arrogance, never their ignorance caused them to be swept away into captivity (Babylon) again. 

Application –  Maybe I am different than everyone else but being “in” God’s rest sure sounds good to me. Today in America however we are surrounded by the same types of lawless disobedience and arrogant sinfulness that plagued Israel in 750 B.C. Is God telling us something is He sending warnings? I will leave that up to the reader to decide as I am not a prophet I do know that defilement brings destruction— a grievous destruction!

PRAY FOR AMERICA

 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

13 The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.

14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.

15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.

16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

17 An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.

18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;

19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

20 Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield.

21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.

Ps 33:12-22

Vain Worry

October 24 http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. – Psalm 127:2
Rodney couldn’t sleep. He tossed and turned, thinking of the bills yet to pay, the braces needed for the children’s teeth, the pressures at work, the promises made but not yet fulfilled. Each time he pushed one demon thought from his mind, another popped in. His health was beginning to be affected by his lack of sleep. That added just one more thing to his list of worries.
Worry is the last thing that will help our problems. In fact, worry can immobilize us from being able to take any kind of positive steps toward solutions. The only purpose for worry is to indicate to us that we need to turn our problems over to God. Once we enlist the help of our Lord, then we can rest easy. God will carry us through any situation, and He will grant us peace of mind and peace of heart.
Prayer: So often I am haunted by problems and concerns, Lord. Lift their weight from my shoulders and allow me to rest. Amen.
Upon doing some research I found this verse has met with many interpretations. Yet It stuck me so, that I felt the need to comment, remember this follows Faith Builders Ministry Theme Verse v1a Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it:”. So why did David call is vain worry? Most commentaries in one fashion or another agree that good rest is need to carry out the labors noted in verse one and its foolish to rise early or stay up late and not get the needed time. But Vanity is a personal inward trait and herein I believe David is pointing out that it is selfish, self-centered and ungodly to go about the work of God in verse one having done the these things in verse two. If God has set you on a mission no matter the obstacles, no matter the labors you can find the strength and the rest in HIM to accomplish see it through.
The Hebrew word here is Shav’ Definition: 1.emptiness, vanity, falsehood 2. emptiness, nothingness, vanity 3. emptiness of speech, lying 4. worthlessness (of conduct)
The Hebrew lexicon is Brown, Driver, Briggs, Gesenius Lexicon; this is keyed to the “Theological Word Book of the Old Testament.” These files are considered public domain.

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 04 & 05 July

ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

The excellencies of him – 1 Peter 2:9 (R.V.)

His glorious attributes – Ephesians 1:12 (Weymouth)

Grace is the attribute God delights to honor. – Elisha Coles

The holiness of God is his glory, as his grace is his riches. – Stephen Charnock

PEACE AND QUIETNESS OF SPIRIT

Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with his mother – Psalm 131:2 (R.V.)

Attend upon the Lord without distraction. – 1 Corinthians 7:35

Inward peace can only be espoused to inward purity. – William Secker

Peace is never bought to dear but by sin. – Jeremiah Burroughs

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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A Prayer about Gospel Parenting- January 11

 Unless the Lord builds the house, Those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. – Psalm 127: 1– 3 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, it’s a joy to address you today as the architect and builder of your own house— including the household of faith and my children’s place in your family. As I look back over the years of my pragmatic parenting, I’m saddened, but I am also gladdened, for you’ve always been faithful to your covenant love, even when I was overbearing and underbelieving. The move from parenting by grit to parenting by grace has been a fitful but fruitful journey. Take me deeper; take me further. You’ve rescued me from parental “laboring in vain”— assuming a burden you never intended parents to bear. Father, only you can reveal the glory and grace of Jesus to our children. Only you can give anyone a new heart. You’ve called us to parent as an act of worship— to parent “as unto you,” not as a way of saving face, making a name for ourselves, or proving our worthiness of your love. Oh, the arrogant pride of thinking that by my “good parenting” I can take credit for what you alone have graciously done in the lives of my children. Oh, the arrogant unbelief of assuming that by my “bad parenting” I’ve forever limited what you will be able to accomplish in the future. Oh, the undue pressure our children must feel when we parent more out of our fear and pride than by your love and grace. Since our children and grandchildren are your inheritance, Father, teach us— teach me— how to care for them as humble stewards, not as anxious owners. More than anything else, show us how to parent and grandparent in a way that best reveals the unsearchable riches of Jesus in the gospel. Give us quick repentances and observable kindnesses. Convict me quickly and surely when I do not relate to your covenant children “in line with the truth of the gospel” (Gal. 2: 14 NIV). I pray in Jesus’ faithful name. Amen.

Smith, Scotty. Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith (p. 25). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Lessons Learned as I Wait to be Called as a Pastor

Part II in the Series from my friend Pastor John Divito. I dare say, Pastor or not, we all can learn to wait on the Lord a little more often, at least I know I surely can.

Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. – – Psalm 25:5 (KJV)

The path toward pastoral ministry is different for every man. Some seem to zip through college and seminary and are pastoring a church in their twenties. Others are called by … More

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