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SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 20190714 THE CHARACTER OF THE LAMB

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       Senior Pastor Phil Roland

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THE CHARACTER OF THE LAMB

SERMON STARTER

 

          We live in an age of characters, not the kind in a movie or television production, but characters who turn bedrock truth into a lie.  These characters turn the blackness of evil into celebrated goodness.  Isaiah 5:20 says,


20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

 

          I have been amazed as I have aged with the cultural, traditional church. It seems so easy for preachers to give up on Jesus’ Gospel message and settle for sweet, syrupy feel-good pulpit slop that this generation demands.  Congregations refuse to respond to preachers who accurately give the message of self-denial, total commitment and daily self-examination demanded by Jesus of His followers. In Jesus' Great Prophesy in Matthew 24 he warned us:

 

4 And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.    Matthew 24:4;  Matthew 24:10-12

          If the pastor wants a church that grows in numbers, then it must be “seeker-friendly.” Crowds flock to churches that dispense milk and watered down “Pablum,” instead of strong meat of Christ’s Gospel. Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church, discovered that after 30 years of running programs for their "seeker friendly worship services," not one person could be found that was growing in character, developing into maturity in the Christian faith.

          One of the most difficult problems facing the Gospel preacher is the  “LGM” paradigm of today’s generation.  “LGM” is my acrostic for “Lust,” “Greed” and “Materialism.” Pastoral leaders are hoping to recruit new followers into Christ’s Kingdom. The process is called “evangelism,” but involves discipleship.  The actual Greek word of the NT for “discipleship” means “learner.” Genuine discipleship is

cultivating a hunger in those of the LGM generation around us for the actual person and presence of Jesus Christ.

          The pastoral leader’s goal is to recruit and maintain a community of life-long learners/disciples who will lay down their lives for one another. With our LGM culture when the preacher says, “You will prosper by following Jesus,” what they hear is “Follow Jesus and He’ll make you healthy and wealthy.” The Gospel messages are filtered through the LGM paradigm and are lost.

          We must have Jesus' paradigm of love, forgiveness and mercy in our lives. The Character of the Lamb is developed over a lifetime of following Jesus. Are you willing to follow Him through disappointment, trials and pain? He’s with you through it all. It’s His character: The Character of the Lamb.

In the church of my youth we sang the old altar call hymn:

I’ll go with Him through the Garden,

I’ll go with Him through the Garden,

I’ll go with Him, with Him, All the way.

Pastor Phil  <><<

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July 14, 2019 - Sheepfold Ministries

Pastor Phil Roland  <><<

 

THE CHARACTER OF THE LAMB

Various Texts

 

“Unless we allow, pursue, and  develop the character of Christ in us, we will eventually become another ‘Christian Character.’ Our goal is to have the Character of the Lamb, Jesus Life developing in us!”  Pastor Phil  <><<

 

THERE ARE SIX PILLARS OF HUMAN CHARACTER:

          TRUSTWORTHINESS

               RESPECT

               RESPONSIBILITY

               FAIRNESS

               CARING

               CITIZENSHIP

 

THERE ARE NINE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.         Galatians 5:22-23

THE CHARACTER OF THE LAMB MEANS:

I. HAVING THE SAME ATTITUDE AS CHRIST - Philippians 2:5

5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,

A. Thinking as Jesus Thinks - How do you know the mind of Christ?

                    1. Desire to bring glory to God - John 17:5

                                        5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory                 which I had with You before the world was.

                    2. A Longing to bring salvation to the lost - Luke 19:10

                             10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."

                    3. Get a perspective on humility and obedience - Phil. 2:5-8

                                        5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who,                                       being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal                                   with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a

                          bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found

                          in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient                 to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

                    4. Develop a compassionate heart - Matt. 9:36

36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion

                          for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep

                          having no shepherd.

                    5. Allow a prayerful dependence on God - Luke 5:16

                                        16 So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.

THE CHARACTER OF THE LAMB, cont. p. 2


          B. Seeing what Jesus sees - John 5:19b

“Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing                   by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because                                whatever the Father does the Son also does.”

C. Doing what Jesus is doing - John 5:19a

            Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing                     by himself

          D. THINK - FEEL - ACT

 

THE CHARACTER OF THE LAMB MEANS:

II. ALLOWING HIS PEACE TO RULE YOUR HEART  - Col. 3:15

            “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body

             you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

A. His Peace the Eye of Your Storm - John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.
 In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome
the world.”

                    1. Keeping your focus on Jesus – Isaiah 26:3

                                          3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You,

                          Because he trusts in You.

                              a. Look Within and be Depressed

                              b. Look at the World and be Distressed

                              c. Look to Jesus and be at Rest

                    2. God’s perfect peace will be found in the place of your focus

                    3. Keep your eyes focused on Him

                    4. You are not defined by your circumstances, but who you are                     in Jesus. He has defined you by His death on the Cross and

                    called you “beloved.” – Ephesians 1:6

                                    6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us

                        accepted in the Beloved.

B. Pray for opportunities to share your faith

                    1. So many around us walk in darkness

                    2. Hearts are hungry and open

          C. Walk daily in the awareness of Christ’s Kingdom:

               1. Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. - Rom. 14:17

                             17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness                          and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

              2. Jesus in everything, He's all around us

D. Don’t allow your circumstances to steal your joy in Christ

 

THE CHARACTER OF THE LAMB MEANS:

III. GIVING HIM THANKS FOR EVERYTHING - Col. 3:17

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus

  giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

 

THE CHARACTER OF THE LAMB, cont. p. 3


A. Be Thankful for All Things - Romans 8:28

 “And we know that in ALL THINGS  God works for the good of those who

  love Him  who have been called according to His purposes.”

                    1. ALL THINGS?

                              a. Flat tire

                              b. Burned your favorite meal

                              c. Lost job

                              d. Hours cut at work

                              e. Short of funds

                              f. Washer died

                     2. Can God work the circumstances of your life for good?

B. Learn Prayer about Everything - Philippians 4:6

            “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and                               petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

                    1. Anxiety is just fear, perceiving threats where none exist

                    2. Stop and pray

 

 

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THE CHARACTER OF THE LAMB

CLOSING ILLUSTRATION

THE CHARACTER OF THE LAMB

 

THE LAST SUPPER

A Study in Character

The Last Supper was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci, a noted Italian artist. (1452-1519) It was painted in a dining hall in a rectory in Milan, Italy.

The time engaged for the mural’s  completion was seven years. The figures representing the twelve Apostles and Christ himself were painted from living persons. The life-model for the painting of the figure of Jesus was chosen first.

When it was decided that Da Vinci would paint this great picture, hundreds and hundreds of young men were carefully viewed, in an endeavor to find a face and personality exhibiting innocence and beauty, free from the scars and signs of dissipation caused by sin.

Finally, after weeks of laborious searching, a young man nineteen years of age, was selected as a model for the portrayal of Christ. For six months, Da Vinci worked on the reproduction of this leading character in his famous painting. During the next six years, Da Vinci continued his labors on this sublime work of art. One by one, fitting persons were chosen to represent each of the eleven Apostles; space being left for the painting of the figure representing Judas Iscariot, as the final task of this masterpiece. This was the Apostle, you remember, who betrayed his Lord for thirty pieces of silver, worth $16.96 in our present day currency.

For weeks, Da Vinci searched for a man with a hard callous face, with a countenance marked by scars of avarice, deceit, hypocrisy, and crime; a face that would delineate a character, who would betray his best friend. After many discouraging experiences, in searching for the type of person required to represent Judas, word came to Da Vinci that a man, whose appearance fully met his requirements, had been found in a dungeon in Rome, sentenced to die for a life of crime and murder.

DA VINCI STORY, cont., p.2

 

Da Vinci made the trip to Rome at once, and this man was brought out from his imprisonment in the dungeon and led out into the light of the sun. There Da Vinci saw before him a dark, swarthy man; his long, shaggy and unkempt hair sprawled over his face, which betrayed a character of viciousness and complete ruin. At last, the famous painter had found the person he wanted to represent the character of Judas in his painting.

By special permission from the king, this prisoner was carried to Milan where the picture was being painted; and for months he sat before Da Vinci at appointed hours each day, as the gifted artist diligently continued his task of transmitting to his painting this base character in the picture representing the traitor and betrayer of our savior.  As he finished his last stroke, he turned to the guards and said,

"I have finished. You may take the prisoner away."

 

As the guards were leading their prisoner away, he suddenly broke loose from their control and rushed up to Da Vinci, crying as he did so,

"Oh, Da Vinci, look at me! Do you not know who I am?"

 

Da Vinci, with the trained eyes of a great character student, carefully scrutinized the man, upon whose face he had constantly gazed for six months and replied,

"No, I had never seen you in my life, until you were brought before me out of the dungeon in Rome."

Then, lifting his eyes toward heaven, the prisoner said,

"Oh, God, have I fallen so low?"

Then turning toward the painter he cried,

Leonardo Da Vinci! Look at me again, for I am the same man you painted just seven years ago as the figure of Christ."

 

Many lessons can be learned from this true story of the painting of The Last Supper. This is a story of how we often perceive others - how easily we overlook the Christ within the people we meet, and judge by outward appearances. This also strongly teaches the lesson of the effects of substance abuse and addictions on the life of an individual.

DA VINCI STORY, cont., p.3

 

Here was a young man whose character was so pure and unspoiled by the sins of the world, that he presented a countenance of innocence and beauty fit to be used for the painting of a representation of Christ. But within seven years, following the path of addictive sin and a life of crime, he was changed into a perfect picture of the most traitorous character ever known in world history.

 

 

 

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Further Texts:

1 John 3:2
2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

1 Corinthians 15:49
49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.

 

 

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