In Deuteronomy 7:1-11 Moses exhorted the people of God to be fully separate from the world and even destroy the altars of the people in the land when they enter it. In Deuteronomy 7:12-26 Moses continues this theme but answers the question, “Can the people of God actually defeat these other nations?” God calls us to oppose the world, but he also promises that the world will triumph in the end. God will give his people the kingdom.
Matthew 5:3-12 is the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount and Christ’s famous beatitudes where he makes surprising statements about who will receive the blessings of the Kingdom of God, which has come with Christ the King. Though the King has come, there will still be suffering in this world, and those who maintain godliness in the context of waiting for the full consummation of the Kingdom will have its blessings on the last day.
In Deuteronomy 7:1-11, Moses gives instructions to the Israelites to destroy the inhabitants of Canaan completely. Such instruction is difficult to receive today. What does it mean? For Christians, it means complete separation from and opposition to the idolatry of the world because of God’s love for them.
In Matthew 5:1-2 Jesus gives his famous Sermon on the Mount. He gives this sermon as the reigning King and lawgiver of the coming Kingdom of God, showing what true devotion to God looks like. Christ is the King as David’s son, the lawgiver as the new Moses, and the reigning Son of God. As such he teaches with authority, showing what being a true member of God’s kingdom looks like.
In Deuteronomy 6:10-25 Moses exhorts the people of God to remember Him even when they become prosperous in the promised land. It is always a temptation to turn away from God when tempted. It is easy to pray to God to receive something, receive it, and then forget to return thanks to God and think that we have procured the things we have through our own strength.
Peter’s last word on suffering in 1 Peter 5:6-14 is about God’s great power in the midst of suffering. How does an understanding of God’s infinite power influence the way a Christian suffers? Peter addresses this theme with respect to the believer’s relationship to God and Satan. Humble yourself before God in light of God’s power; resist the devil in light of God’s power.
How is love for God maintained in the world? Deuteronomy 6:4-5 gives an overview of the message of the Bible. God has entered into a saving covenant relationship with his people through Christ, and the duties of those in covenant with God center on loving Him. How are the message of the gospel and the duty to love God perpetuated? In Deuteronomy 6:6-9 Moses teaches that it is primarily in the family that this is accomplished. Love for God is maintained insofar as Christians have godly homes.
Does your godliness in suffering include submission to elders in the church? One thing that is clear in 1 Peter is that Christians need to suffer in a godly way. This includes within the church, particularly in the way elders serve and the way members relate to elders. In 1 Peter 5:1-5 Peter gives a charge to elders and members explaining what the duties of each are.
There is no way to overstate the importance of Deuteronomy 6:1-5. Verse 4 is the great summary of redemption on which verse 5 develops the most succinct statement of the entire duty God requires of man, but what do these verses mean? Here Pastor Grasso shows that God is calling his people to exclusive fidelity to him because of salvation and that love for God is to pervade every area of life.
This past election season was the most contentious in recent history. The country seems to be divided over different ideologies and goals for the country. How should Christians think about such things? Does the Bible address things like Socialism? How should Christians respond to difficult elections? All of these questions are addressed in this sermon on Psalm 146 where the Psalmist reminds us that we do not put our hope in princes.