"It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest Him by stealth and kill Him, for they said, "Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people." Mark 14:1-2
"It was now two days before the Passover..."
The precision of the Passover. Exodus 12:1-14
The precision of the timing v 1 - 6
The precision of the lamb v 3, 5
The precision of the blood v 7
The precision of the meal v 8 - 11
The precision of the protection v 12 - 13
The precision of the memory v 14 - 15
"Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand" Proverbs 19:21
1. Real faith rests on a foundation of compelling evidence.
2. Commit all your plans to Him.
3. God can use evil intentions for redemptive purposes.
"But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" ESV
The Nature of Love
It's Character Driven
"Rather speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the Head, into Christ" (Ephesians 4:15)
The C.U.R.E. for relational problems
COMMUNICATE "Speaking the truth.
The first casualty in a relational problem is also the first resource needed to fix the problem.
How to speak the T.R.U.T.H.
T-communicate in a timely way
R-communicate in a redemptive way
U-communicate in an understandable way
T-communicate ia a thoughtful way
H-communicate in a healthy way
UNDERSTAND "speaking the truth in love
How to speak the truth in L.O.V.E.
L-isten O-bserve V-erbalize E-ncourage
RESOLVE "That we may grow up"
ENCOUNTER "in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ"
The more relational problems you resolve biblically, by speaking the truth in love, the greater intimacy you will enjoy with Jesus Christ.
"But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ"
(2 Corinthians 11:3)
Distractions are everywhere
Distractions can be deadly
Distractions from devotion to Christ is devistating
Devotion to Christ always produces the blessings of Christ
- When you are devoted to the presence of Christ you get:
Purity, sincerity, pleasure, love, peace, wisdom, discernment,
reverential awe, fulfillment, endurance, insight, understanding, glorifying God,
Distractions destroy devotion to Christ
The key to resisting distractions to prepare for distractions
Five things Nehemiah did to resist distractions