Program Air Date - 10-30-05



In Psalm 145, verse 3, we read, "Great is the Lord, and Greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable!" Yes the truth is we serve a wondrous and great God!

Good morning, and thanks for joining us for the study of God's Living Word on this His special day! We are glad you have put God first today and that you have decided to give this time to Him. It will be our privilege this morning to sing songs of praise, to study His precious Word, and to approach the throne of God in prayer. So, at this time may we start our praise to God by talking with our Father in prayer. Bow with me please!


Let's begin immediately with our songs of praise. The first song of the morning assures us of God's promise, that He is the only sure anchor for the soul. So won't you do your part in worship to God at this time and join in with the congregation as we sing together, "Will Your Anchor Hold!"

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Sin has got to be one of the most difficult things we all deal with in our lives. For no matter how hard we try we continue to do those things which are "contrary to His Will," or "which transgress His Covenant!"

One thing that has always amazed me about sin is that we continue to commit the same sins time and time again. You would think that when we know something is wrong or sinful and we repent of it that we would never do it again. However, quiet the opposite is usually true. But why? Well, the reality is we are usually tempted time and time again to sin in the same area, because Satan is attacking us at our week points. In fact, if you consider why we fall in the first place, it is because allow our own desires to conceive and when they do we sin. Just because we repent and strive not to commit the same sin again, doesn't dismiss that fact that we still probably have the same desire still within us. So what must we do to strive to quench this desire and make sure that we will not fall pray to the same sins time and time again? Read with me a passage from the Old Testament, Psalm 119:11. There God's inspired writer says, "Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I may not sin against you." There we have it, King David has revealed the key to it all. So what is it? If we put God first, learn His word and keep it in our hearts, guess what, God's word in us repeals sins. But how does it do this? No doubt God's Word is more powers and is able to overcome anything in this world. That includes the desires in our life and those imperfections which would allow us to sin.

The clear teaching of this text is, that more we meditate on God's Word, and focus on the Cross and strive to do His blessed Will, obviously the easier it will be to focus on perfection. Furthermore as those who are striving to be perfect with God, we are certainly centering our lives around the righteousness things of God and if the righteousness of God is within us, we can not fail! Have you brought the word of God into your life? Have you placed it in the center of your being? Are you hiding the righteousness of God in the depths of your soul that you might be able in all things to withstand the darts of the wicked one?

In just a few minutes it will be time to begin our main study of the day. As far as our lesson topic today, we will be concluding our series entitled, "Great Lessons From The Sermon On The Mount!" The specific lesson of the day will deal with, "The Results Of Jesus Teaching!" So, please stay with us this morning and in just a few minutes I will be leading us in this study from God's Word. Now let's join together in our second song of the day. The name of this hymn, "Let Him Have His Way With Thee."

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Speaker: Ray Sullins

We thank you so much for continuing with us today and now we want to actually have our final lesson in our great series on "The Sermon on the Mount." In fact, we've had a lot of good lessons together and you may not realize it but, we've been on the topic for almost four months now in discussing so many pertinent things that pertain to a child of God that really affect us in our everyday lives and really things that should make us want to be better and want to be more of what God would have us to be. You might recall that over the months we've discussed many different things from one sermon, one great sermon or teaching on the Mount.

There beginning in chapter 5, we saw that Jesus started out His sermon with the Beatitudes, those things that will make one happy as they give the proper relationship before God, man, as well as they take care of their own life.

But after the Beatitudes, we continue to see from the scripture there in verse 13 the lesson of the salt and the light, how that you and I are the light of the world, the salt of the earth and we must be those that certainly have a great effect in relationship to those that we come in contact with.

We also saw there in verse 17 and following that Christ came to fulfill the law. He came to accomplish things that have been spoken of, even by the prophets.

In verse 21, we continue to see that there it is encouraged that really our relationship with our brethren is important, that murder is murder and that we really must act in a way that we would want others to act toward us, that we must be those as we've read there that certainly make sure that all we do again is according to only fact.

We also studied the idea of adultery, the sanctity of marriage and how that once we become man and wife before the throne of God that it is for life.

We looked at the idea that God certainly does not condone swearing by heaven, by His name or by any other thing because our yeah should be yeah and our nay should be nay.

We also looked at the great example there of going the extra mile, of loving our enemies, of the ability that we might have to be able to do good to even those that do bad to us.

Chapter 6 moved into the idea of doing good as far as charitable deeds, also of giving us the great example there of prayer and how that prayer certainly is an important part of our lives and how that they've fasted for God in order that they might commit themselves further in His work and His ministry. As well, we find there that they were willing to lay up treasures for themselves in heaven, not on earth, beginning there in verse 19.

It also spoke of in verse 22 the lamp of the body and how that certainly the lamp is that which really encourages us to again be that light in this world.

Also how we must not serve riches, but rather serve God rather than mammon.

And how that we should not be those that worry but rather have confidence, confidence that God will provide for us just as He has provided for all things.

Finally in chapter 7, we began to see that we are not to be those that judge except by righteous judgment.

We also were told that we should be those that ask of God or seeking Him and who are knocking on the door and those who do such are His faithful children.

We've also studied the idea that the fruits of those who bear, in other words, the things of God, the fruits of those who are producing as good trees are righteous in the eyes of God, but there are wolves. There are those who would strive to keep even us to obey God as even He has commanded.

We also saw those that said, "Lord, Lord," in verse 21, but they were rebuked by Jesus because they did not do the Will of the Father and they were told their fruit was improper.

We finally saw the story of the wise man and how he built his house on solid foundation and therefore when the trials, the problems of life came, it stood strong. And then finally the foolish man, the foolish man who rejected God and built on a rocky, a sandy foundation, one that certainly was not stable as one firm rock. And what was the outcome? His house was destroyed.

Wow! Can you imagine that in one sermon covering so many wondrous lessons? And then what was the result? That's our lesson today. The results are found in verse 28. "And so it was when Jesus had ended these sayings that the people were astonished at His teaching." Oh, the concept of being astonished at God. Over 40 times in the Bible, people have been astonished at God. Another word that is often mentioned is that they were amazed. Almost 20 times, it speaks of how that people were amazed in the presence of God for different reasons and how that certainly they were greatly affected by Him. Whether we start in the book of Genesis with Adam and Eve and how they were amazed at the Almighty God and how they feared Him and they were amazed at His power and amazed to the point that they were thrown out. We also see that all the way to the virgin birth that certainly there was amazement. There was amazement and excitement in those who heard of the coming of Christ.

Now as we read the verse there and we look at it, we find the results of the teaching of Christ brought great excitement, enthusiasms, zeal, and it caused people to be astonished, to be astonished to the point to be amazed that they really were without words. They were without words just as possibly the wise men that stood there at the manger. They were without words as those shepherds who had come from afar in order that they might see the virgin that had been given a son and then as He laid there in swaddling clothes in this trough in a barn. We find again those who were amazed, amazed that God had fulfilled His Will.

But after we move from that point, we continue to see the amazement of those in God. In fact, you might turn with me to the book of Luke chapter 2. We're reminded there of the boy Jesus. We know very little about the period from the manger up to point that Jesus began His ministry around the age of maybe 30 at the most 33, but probably around 30. And we know there that as a boy, there is one story that is given to us in Luke chapter 2 and it is the story of when He had gone there with His parents as the old law commanded to the feast of the Passover and as they were there they left with their family, certainly no doubt a multitude and they assumed that Jesus was with the rest of the family, the multitude and then as they left, they did not note that He was not with them. So after three days, verse 46 tells us, they realized He was gone, and returned. In verse 46, what does the Bible say? Notice how it was. "After three days, they found Him in the temple sitting in the midst of the teachers both listening to them and asking them questions." At around twelve years old, here He is, of all places. Not out in the streets playing or not out looking for a good time or having fun, but as a child in the temple at the feet here of the teachers and listening to their words and asking questions. But I want you to notice in verse 47 the reaction. "And all who heard Him, the scribes, the teachers, the learned men, all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers." We find that Jesus now was speaking to them and that He was being questioned and He was asking things and saying things and responding in ways that brought great astonishment. Verse 48 continues, "And so when they saw Him, they were amazed, and His mother said to Him, Son, why have you done this to us?" Now we find that His parents arrive and they see and what is their result? Amazement. Why on earth is this twelve year old boy here in the temple and why are these scribes and learned men listening and speaking with Him as if they would have even given Him the time of day? They were astonished. The parents were amazed. An

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May we learn to follow the example of Christ, so that our works for God will bring the same results. Because when we do God's Will in His way we bear authority through Christ and people will always be amazed and want to know more about our Creator.

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