Sermon preached by Pastor Eaby on January 6, 2013...
1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
God’s Word Version
5 May God, who gives you this endurance and encouragement, allow you to live in harmony with each other by following the example of Christ Jesus.
The term Christian is defined as “a follower of Christ”.
Webster Dictionary defined “follower” as...
one in the service of another
one that follows the opinions or teachings of another
one that imitates another
My desire for our church is not just to be another follower, but to imitate Jesus.
Our theme for 2013 is...
Just Like Jesus
Jesus was not an ordinary human being. He was born of a virgin after she conceived a child of the Holy Ghost. Although, His first 30 years was spent living quite ordinarily evidenced by the reaction of His hometown people when He ministered unto them in the synagogue in Mark 6:3...
3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
The life of Jesus is known for changing the world, and amazingly Jesus Christ became the greatest influence on mankind in 3 and a half years. On the outside, it would like as if His life was tragic. He had no family of his own and He was murdered at the young age of 33. He had no property and as He hung on the cross only one of His followers were there.
Why would I want to be just like Jesus?
I want to be just like Jesus not because of what an outsider would see, but I want to be like Jesus because my life has been changed by Him.
If we are to be like Jesus as individuals and as a church we must imitate Him. We must be just like Him.
First Jesus, had purpose...
Purpose lets us know where we going. It was John F. Kennedy that said...
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
Jesus’ purpose can be found in Matthew the 1st chapter...
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Our purpose as imitators of Christ is to reach this lost world. We are to go into the “highways and byways and compel them”.
Next, Jesus loved people...
Revelations 1 states...
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Zacheus - a hated tax collector
Legion - had a thousand devils
The woman caught in the very act of adultery
If we are to be like Jesus, we will have to meet people where they are at.
27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour (man or countryman) as thyself.
Jesus had compassion...
It was Hubert Humphrey that said, “Compassion is not weakness...”
4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
Compassion is a essential for every Christian.
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Jesus' compassion was apparent to all those around him for He felt great sorrow for a city that did not want to know Him...
Luke 19:41 (KJV)
And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
If we are to grow as a church and as individuals...we must imitate Jesus or be Just Like Jesus
We must have Purpose to win the lost though love and compassion.