Fig Leaves and Other Christian Coverings
a) T he Religious Spirit is devoid of Compassion:
· T he parable of the Good Samaritan – verse 30 – 37.
· T he wounded man represents any person in life.
· Priests and Levites represent religious people.
Priest = we're all called to be priests, to minister, to praise, experience and love.
Levites = served in the house of God as we serve in the house of God.
=> T hey knew the Bible, fasted, go to church, they tithe, have good behaviour. Good behaved spiritual church people – but it never overflowed to what
God intended - it didn't flow through their hearts. They are so caught up in church flow that there is no overflow to other people in need, they cross to the
other side of the road. Don't want to get involved. In their activities they didn't represent God.
· Religious People – supposed to be Godly represent atives:
· Focused on spiritual matters.
· Self absorb ed in their own life.
· Avoided people in need.
· Disconnected from people and opportunity.
· Revealed their own brokenness cov ered in spiritual fig leaves.
· Had no concept of Divine Design to be God's ambassadors.
· 1 John 3:14-18
· Becoming a neighbor is not just to love a neighbor.
· Samaritans were despised by people.
· Carry the life o f God to people who needs it. Are we too busy to see those people? It is our responsibility to bring the heart of God to people.
· T he Priest and Levite missed an opportunity. T hey missed what God wanted to do. T hey have issues in their own live they have to deal with. T hey missed
their divine design.
b) T rue religion/Spirituality is revealed by Relationships with People:
· The Good Samaritans' actions revealed his spiritual maturity.
· Compassion, ask God for it.
· Feeling, Initiated connection. Apostolic Commission
· Identified the man's brokenness, he (Reaching out to the Lost) went there and inspected. Good listener and good talker.
· Poured in oil and wine, carried anointing of God, something supernatural given to others, anointing of the Holy Spirit. Pastoral care/Discipleship
· T ook him to an Inn. (Healing and Restoration)
· Provided for his ongoing healing.
· Recognized healing is a process.
· Embraced the need fo r others to help.
· It's for the Church to arise and enter to engage the community to equip and connect relationally.
· Go into the world as a sent person - wherever you go. Every believer is called to do this.
· So often people are part of a Church body but are unable to heal others because their own lives are broken and they won't admit it.
· So often there is a gap between beliefs and experience (how to live life)
· Pastoral care and discipleship, he knew his limits. (Can't do it all yourself). He took him to an Inn, (Church) – where someone else can do the job. He also
· T o access the source and nev er give out leads to frustration.
· Acts 1:8
· Engage God, allow Him to shape us and give back to others. It comes at a cost.
· T he Holy Spirit is given to us and heals us when things go wrong. We will get hurt, won't be liked, it won't always be fun, it will get messy, it comes at a
cost like the oil and wine came at a cost to the Samaritan.
· We are called to carry a Glorious Mission, people around us impacted by Jesus and to s ee how their lives change.
· It must be proclaimed in the entire world. Will you be part of it?
· Learn and build yourself – go fo r it and make a difference.
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Sun 23 Nov 2008 AM « Back to Top
Weird things we do in church, that make us hard to relate to. If you're going to love anyone, you have to connect
meaningfully with them. With God we grow and mature to have power and impact the community. We can all make a
difference in someone’s world.
I want you to open your bible with me in Luke 10, and I started a message, didn't get very far on it, but we'll see if we
can do a bit better today, and we're looking at Fig Leaves and Other Christian Coverings. Weird things we do in
church, that make us hard to relate to. We're just going to read in Luke Chapter 10, and Jesus has been asked a
question: what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said: well what do you reckon the Bible says? He said: you shall
love the Lord your God - Verse 27 - with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind; and your
neighbour as yourself - and Jesus said: you've got it, you've got it. You shall love the Lord with all your hear t, all your
mind, all your soul, all your strength. In other words, that is a passionate, expressive, dynamic relationship with God;