biblestudy: Matthew (Part 24)
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 19-May-82; Sermon #BS-MA24; 79 minutes
John Ritenbaugh reiterates that Matthew 18 describes the essence of personal relationships within the church. Seven basic characteristics are emphasized, including having a childlike humble attitude, setting a proper example, exercising self-denial, individual care, using tact in correcting a person, practicing fellowship and extending forgiveness. What we aim for in life has a profound effect on our attitudes and behavior. Unless we have sharply-etched goals, we are not going to succeed. If the goals are materialistic, we will be caught up in the attitudes of this world inculcating arrogant competition, totally at odds with attaining the Kingdom of God. If the Kingdom of God is not our goal, we won't use spiritual knowledge correctly. We have to learn to implicitly trust God as a child trusts his parents. Growing spiritually is tantamount to growing out of the habit of being offended. Those who are mature should be able to endure the slights and offenses of the spiritually immature, being circumspect not to lead anyone into sin through our careless example. We need to be willing to be willing to exercise self-sacrifice or self-discipline in order to set a proper example to preserve unity. It should be our objective to strengthen the weak as we have the resources to do so, realizing, of course, that there is a limit to what we can do. A root of bitterness should be assiduously avoided. A set of common sense instructions is given to resolve conflict and promote reconciliation, beginning with the offended going to the offender, and as a rare last resort brought to the ministry for judgment or solution. As we pray to God for a solution, we should pray to become victorious in our overcoming, being subject to His purpose and will, willing to forgive those who have offended us, always leaving the door to repentance open to the one who has sinned, forgiving him 70 x7 if necessary.
Forgive, Forgiveness, Trespass, Offend, Offense, Brother, Disfellowship, Dis-Fellowship, 70, Seventy, 7, Seven, Acts 12 Amos 1:3 Angels as ministering spirits Arrogance Bitterness Causing offenses Child-like attitude Child-like dependence Child's trust in parent Cliques Competition David's humility Despising little ones Dirty tricks Don't write any letter Disfellowshipment Drive to be independent of God Essence of personal relationships in the church I Corinthians 3: Future judgment Gehenna fire Gospel is the power of God unto salvation Hebrews 12: 12-13 Hellfire Hinnom Human experience Humility as having proper perspective of self in relationship with God and fellow man Humility Lake of fire Loosing and binding Luke 12; 17: 3 Matthew 5: 30; 25: 34 Messianic implications of Christ's ministry Millstone about our necks Moses as meek Newly converted Nothing hidden that won't be revealed Numbers 32:23 Offenses Overcomers Peace Peter's angel Prejudices Proverbs 29:18 Psalm 119:65 Refuse Remorse Repentance Romans 1:16-17 ; 8:7; 12:3 ; 14:1 Samuel San Fernando Mission Settling disputes Sins will find us out Spiritual goals Transfiguration Tree of the knowledge of good and evil Turn around Valley of Hinnom Who do men say I am? Who is the greatest? Way of the world Weak in the faith
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