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DATE: Sunday, September 2, 2018

FERVENT CHURCH – Voorhees, NJ

Labor Day Weekend – Preached by Pastor Mike Rosado

 

Series:The Pharside (Pronounced ‘Far-Side’)

An attack on Religious Attitudes

SERMON TITLE: Brood of Vipers

 

MEETUP WEEK #1 Format: MEET-UP Questions

TODAY’S MAIN IDEA:The best way to overcome and attack religious attitudes in our life is through vulnerability and authenticity.

 

PHARISEE: A political, social, and religious group that were “separate” due to their belief in the law.

 

4 QUESTION-TYPES:

Question #1 (ICE BREAKERS):

  • God the Father said to Jesus, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. (Matthew 3:17 ESV)”What is the best compliment that you have ever received, and who gave it to you?

 

Question #2 (SCRIPTURE):

  • After reading Matthew 3:1 – 17, which is a longer passage, which are the parts of the scripture passage that stood out to you? What part is the most encouraging?  What part is the most challenging?

 

Question #3 (GENERAL):

  • Pastor Mike asked, “Are there things in your self that you are trying or would like to change before you have changed your heart?”First, are there things that you would like to spiritually change about yourself (pride, habitual sin, gluttony, etc.)? If so, have you made efforts to change them before examining what part of your heart may need to change in order to bring about permanent change?

 

  • Pastor Mike posed the question: “Are you growing?Growing in Joy? Peace? Passion?” Can you identify the area that you are showing the greatest growth?  What area would you like to grow more?

 

Question #4 (ACTION):

  • Take time to meditate on what things that are preventing you from Growing with God? Ask God to give you a way/plan to overcome those impediments.  Take time in prayer – first to truly identify them and then how God would remove them from your life.

 

BIBLE READING:

Please READ  Matthew3:1 – 17MSG-  Thunder in the Desert

3: 1-2 While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called “the Baptizer,” was preaching in the desert country of Judea. His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: “Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.”3 John and his message were authorized by Isaiah’s prophecy:

Thunder in the desert!

Prepare for God’s arrival!

Make the road smooth and straight!

4-6 John dressed in a camel-hair habit tied at the waist by a leather strap. He lived on a diet of locusts and wild field honey. People poured out of Jerusalem, Judea, and the Jordanian countryside to hear and see him in action. There at the Jordan River those who came to confess their sins were baptized into a changed life.

 

7-10 When John realized that a lot of Pharisees and Sadducees were showing up for a baptismal experience because it was becoming the popular thing to do, he exploded: “Brood of snakes! What do you think you’re doing slithering down here to the river? Do you think a little water on your snakeskins is going to make any difference? It’s your life that must change, not your skin! And don’t think you can pull rank by claiming Abraham as father. Being a descendant of Abraham is neither here nor there. Descendants of Abraham are a dime a dozen. What counts is your life. Is it green and blossoming? Because if it’s deadwood, it goes on the fire.

 

11-12 “I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. The real action comes next: The main character in this drama—compared to him I’m a mere stagehand—will ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.”

 

13-14 Jesus then appeared, arriving at the Jordan River from Galilee. He wanted John to baptize him. John objected, “I’m the one who needs to be baptized, not you!”

 

15 But Jesus insisted. “Do it. God’s work, putting things right all these centuries, is coming together right now in this baptism.” So John did it.

 

16-17 The moment Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters, the skies opened up and he saw God’s Spirit—it looked like a dove—descending and landing on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.”

 

THIS WEEK’s SERMON NOTES

SNAKE SIN:

– Shed periodically  (humans do it consistently)

– The reason they shed is to remove parasites

– The skin reaches a point where growth is no longer possible

 

PHARISEE: A political, social, and religious group that were “separate” due to their belief in the law.

 

BROOD OF VIPER: Family of poisonous serpents (symbol of evil power and chaos).

 

Don’t fight fire with fire – fight fire with water!!

Can’t nag someone to change

 

Why were they poisonous here?

1.) They put skin before the heart.

– Have the tendency to put what people DO, before how they FEEL. (Assume their HEART due to action)

– The only way to work on forgiveness (your heart) is to understand your own brokenness.

 

– Don’t put position and possession before heart.

2.) They pulled rank (Better than others).

– Pulling rank creates distance and interferes with growth.

– Need an even playing field (Everyone needs Jesus)

– If you are a leader, you don’t have to tell people.

– Longevity doesn’t mean maturity.

 

3.) They put on a production while never producing anything.

– Wanted to do what was popular

– True Freedom comes from true vulnerability

– True Exposure gives true freedom and intimacy

– True Growth comes from exposure

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