sermon on the plain 

   THERE ARE ALWAYS MORE LIFE PRINCIPLES

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                           THAT RESULTS IN A LIFE OF JOY, PEACE AND VICTORY!

HERE'S ANOTHER LIFE PRINCIPLE EXPLAINED BY DR. THOMAS Q. ROBBINS

"THAT'S PRETTY TOUGH STUFF ~ LUKE 6:17 ff.

STUDY FOR DECEMBER 30, 2018

PRINCIPLE FOR TODAY:  This message of Jesus to his disciples so long ago has never changed and is directed at us today just as emphatically and real as it was then.  In order to follow what Jesus demands will be hard to live in and work with - in a world that is exactly the opposite of what a disciple of Jesus Christ hold as their value system.

          The subject of the Come and See Bible study class today is the Beatitudes, once again, a passage familiar one to many -- but this time the time and place is different from when the Beatitudes were given by Jesus as part of his Sermon on the Mount as recorded in the New Testament book of Matthew. 

          One might call the Beatitudes, recorded in the book of Luke as “The Sermon On The Plain” which is where it was spoken to the people.  The photo posted above is the site where this scripture took place.  The teaching aspect of the message and the ministering and healing was to the people gathered in the plain.  But the enumeration of various “blessings and woes” are directed only to his disciples.  This is important to know as we can assume that this part of scripture

         The Sermon on the Plain was a teaching Jesus made to get the disciples ready for the radically new standard they were going to live by in their culture.  It was a standard that was exactly opposite what their culture and system held as an honorable and worthy value.  Jesus turned the standard of that day on its head.  The culture and world we live in and the world of faith totally and radically opposite of one another. 

            It’s really impossible to do it by our self, without the support of others, and to do it without losing our life spiritually  - that is putting it all on the line and spiritually dying to our self and submitting our egos and self-will to HIm.  

           Dr. Robbins thinks that Jesus” words to his disciples are “pretty tough stuff.”  The natural thought that comes to mind is the question, “Why is Jesus telling his followers “this tough stuff”?  In the course of this lesson Thomas Q. offers several possible reasons – reasons that apply to us in this 21st Century.  If you have a Bible with you and are able -- turn to the 6th chapter of Luke beginning with verse 17 for the lesson,  “That’s Pretty Tough Stuff!” 

 

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Something To Consider

Scripture makes an incredible assertion: "God lives in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God and those who confess him live in God."  You mean to tell me that "confessing that one believes that God lives in us and we live in God" is all it takes?   That doesn't make sense!  It just doesn't compute in my 21st Century world!  Do you know why you think that?   It’s impossible to accept this beautiful truth if you only use logic or reason.  Such truth can only can be accepted and believed -- made real -- through simple faith.   (I John 4:16)   -Thomas Q