Whole-Heart Discipleship

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 7, 2018

  • Matthew 22:37; II Chronicles 25:2
  • Introduction
    • II Chronicles 25:1-2, 14-15; II Kings 14:3-4 – King Amaziah served God, but not with a whole heart.
  • James 2:10
    • It’s not that God is watching for any small error so He can punish us. It’s that we have to obey all of God’s commands – not just the ones we find easy.
    • Matthew 5:43-48 – We are to be perfect (complete) – not lacking any moral facet.
    • We must love all – even our enemies.
    • It takes one hole to sink a ship. It takes one sin to sink a soul.
  • Which commands are hard for me?
    • Do I truly put God above my family? Genesis 22; Luke 14:26
    • Do I love all my neighbors – even other races? Galatians 2:11-12; 3:27-29; Matthew 7:12; 22:39
    • Would I rather hold on to Jesus or my riches? Mark 10:19-22; I Timothy 6:17
    • Do I publicly show support for Jesus? Mark 15:43; Matthew 10:32-33

Joseph of Arimathea

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 22, 2017

  • John 19:31-42
  • He used his money for good.
    • Matthew 27:57-60 – Joseph provided for a dignified burial for Jesus.
    • Matthew 19:23
    • There are many examples in the Bible of people using their wealth for good.
    • I John 3:17; Ephesians 4:28
  • He struggled with enormous peer pressure.
    • Mark 15:42-47
    • In general, the Sanhedrin was strongly against Jesus. Joseph was a prominent member of the counsel.
    • John 3:1-2 – Nicodemus was in a similar position.
    • John 19:38 – Joseph was secretly a disciple of Jesus.
    • John 12:42
    • Luke 23:51
    • I Peter 3:16-17; 4:3-5

Joseph of Arimathea

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By David Watson

Benchley, August 24, 2014

 

  • John 19:38-42
  • He used his money for good
    • Matthew 27:57-61
    • This is fulfillment of prophecy in Isaiah 53:9.
    • Mark 15:46
    • Joseph was a wealthy man.
    • Matthew 19:23-24 – Warnings about wealth.
    • Genesis 13:2,5-6 – Abram was wealthy, but a good man.
    • Ruth 2:1 – Boaz was wealthy.
    • II Samuel 19:31-32; II Samuel 17:27-29 – Barzillai
    • Job 1:1-3 – Job
    • I John 3:17
  • He struggled with enormous peer pressure
    • Mark 15:42-47
    • Somehow Joseph is able to have faith in Jesus while still being a member of the Sanhedrin.
    • John 3:1-2 – Nicodemus was in the same position.
    • John 19:38
    • John 12:42-43
    • Luke 23:51
    • Mark 15:43
    • I Peter 3:16-17; 4:3-5
  • His heart was on God’s agenda
    • Luke 23:50-52
    • Matthew 6:33 – This should be our agenda!
    • Matthew 22:37
    • I John 5:3