First Baptist Church Marshallville
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Rooted in the Past -- Growing Into Our Future
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From the Pastor

The Scriptures inform us that judgmental people:
  • Tend to be blindly self-righteous:  King David, for example, piously condemned the man in Nathan the Prophet's story who had stolen another man's lone sheep, while he himself had stolen Uriah's wife, Bathsheba:  David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, 'As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this deserves to die!'  (2 Samuel 12:1-10) (Also Romans 2:1-4; John 8:1-11)
  • Tend to be harder on others than they are on themselves:   Christ admonished us, "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust    in your brother's eye and  pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?"  (Matthew 7:3)  In this great time of uncertainty we are struggling to have church and worship our Lord and Savior.
  • We tend to judge what is going on around us harshly out of our own personal pain.   This is not the testimony Christians need to be showing to the LOST in the world around us.  I like you, -- win little by winning my arguments with others and certainly loose because I WIN NO ONE to Christ and HIS love.  We must not be seen as blind to our own self-righteousness and  be DIFFERENT from this world that seems to be in uncontrolled war with everything and everyone.
There can be only one judge, John 5:19-24 (NASB)    Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father does; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.  20.  "For the Father loves  the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will  marvel.  21.  "For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.  22.  "For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son,   23. so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father.  He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.   24. "Truly, truly I say to you, he who hears  my word, and believes  Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed of death into life."
JESUS SET A DIFFERENT EXAMPLE:  We tend to be able to quote John 3:16.  How about John 3:17?  John 3:17 (NASB)  "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him."
If you tend to judge others, think about this verse and the example Jesus has set for us.  Knowing all things, and even motives HE came to show us how to love and did not teach us how to judge.
In Luke 6:37 (NLT2) He said "Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.  Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you.  Forgive others, and you will be forgiven."
That goes for ...each other, our family, our neighbors, people we work with, people that we pass or pass us on the highways of life, or the people at our church or any other church in town.
Pastor Carlton