Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Friday, January 17, 2014

The life of the Lord Jesus Christ and how He utilized the sword of the Spirit in His personal life.

The miacles was not too relieve people from suffering, that was a secondary aspect. Miracles were designed to focus attention upon the purpose and the plan of God.

JOH 5:8  “Arise, take up your pallet, and walk.”

He went away to the other side.

He has just put down the religious crowd in their own backyard and the steps of the temple.

He has really put them down hard and they are really out to get Him.

The purpose of miracles was not too relieve people from suffering, that was a secondary aspect.

Miracles were designed to focus attention upon the purpose and the work of TLJC.

JOH 6:1  After these things   JOH 6:3  And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.

Back in Jerusalem they are celebrating the passover which speaks of Jesus Christ, but Jesus Christ is on a mountain by the Sea of Galilee at the Passover time.

Back in Jerusalem the religious crowd rules.

And they will slaughter a lamb….which speaks of Christ on the cross bearing the sins of the world.

JOH 1:29   The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him, and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Meanwhile, back in Jerusalem, They will sprinkle the lambs blood.   They will eat part of the lamb.

The true lamb of God is sitting upon a mountain miles away as the religious crowd are going through ritual without reality.

VS 4 = we are told what’s going on back at the ranch in Jerusalem, it is the thing that is truly biblical and that is the fact that TLJC is as far away from the religious crowd as you can get.

Toward doctrine, God provides the spiritual food even if it means a change of residence.

The importance of a change of environment and circumstances.

All of these principles are a reminder to you and to me of the importance of separation from religion and legalism or any system of pseudo-spirituality.

MAR 4:24 And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it shall be measured to you; and more shall be given you besides.

LUK 8:18 “Therefore take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him shall {more} be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.”

JOH 7:24 “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge wth righteous judgment.”

This is done by means of Bible doctrine and by discernment, and most of all by making decisions to cut out all the phoney activity by which you think you are being spiritual.

1. The stereotype Christian is someone who has personally  believed in TLJC.

2. The stereotype Christian is someone who is totally ignorant of God’s plan as a member of the Royal family of God.

3. The stereotype Christian is someone who has no understanding of God’s plan and therefore substitutes what he assumes or feels must be God’s plan for his life.

4. The stereotype Christian generally concludes that the goal of the Christian life and spirituality is living moral.

5. The stereotype Christian assumes that the key to the Christian life is a sweet personality.

6. The stereotype Christian attends church at least once a week.

7. The stereotype Christian classifies anyone who is relaxed and enjoys life, especially when being pressured, as being worldly or carnal.

Paul says in GAL 2:4 that these type of individuals will come into your local assembly and “spy out our liberty which we have in Christ
Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage.”

8. The stereotype Christian regards the mature believer as a fanatic or cultist because he has never heard certain things or certain doctrines.

9. The stereotype Christian respects the pastor who doesn’t have the time to study because he’s too busy hustling around the church.

10. The stereotype Christian is always striving to be sweet but behind that facade of sweetness lies his real face of hypocrisy.

11. The average stereo type Christian is a critic and whatever he doesn’t understand he considers to be wrong.

12. The stereotype Christian is not usually interested in the sermon except for its length, he wants it to be short!

13. The stereotype Christian likes a convenient pastor, one who councils when he needs attention and one who doesn’t offer the challenge of truth!
GAL 4:16  Have I therefore become your enemy by telling you the truth?

14. The stereotype Christian can be easily conned.

15. The stereotype Christian therefore, being ignorant of God’s plan, is proud, legalistic, self-righteous, and a dropper of spiritual words and phrases.

16. The result of the stereotype Christian is a total failure in time and at the Bema seat judgment he is going to shrink away in embarrassment.

17. The stereotype Christian develops mental blocks toward doctrinal teaching, 1TI 4:1, and the results are an arrogant subjective believer.

1CO 10:12 “Therefore, let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall [perpetuation of suffering for adversity under law of volitional responsibility].”

18. The stereotype Christian can counterfeit an outward righteousness through change of behavior pattern, but he cannot counterfeit an inner change of character and integrity.

19. The stereotype Christian loves to use cliche’s or stereo type holy language, calling the Lord Thee or Thou, calling people brother, and always saying “praise the Lord”!

20. The stereotype Christian uses facial expressions which stand for sincerity, such as the intense or serious look.

So when you see a phrase like ton adelphon mou which literally says the brother of mine or my brother don’t, you dare think about the stereo type Christian.

2TH 3:14 “If anyone does not obey our doctrinal teaching in this epistle, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he may be put to shame.”

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