Pharisees of the time “sit on Moses’ seat”, meaning from it comes the law, the teachings.
The were legalistic.
Jesus hung out with the Pharisees, praising them yet rebuking them, at the same time.
Pointed out the Pharisees were hypocrites. Wanted to be seen following the law, wanted to look good; wanted the best of everything (“front row of the banquette”); they wanted to be recognized for their title as Rabbi , to be shown respect.
To followers – don’t identify yourselves by title (e.g. father – we have one Father) while Jesus with them. Don’t be a leader – teacher, instructor, father, etc.. be a student and learn from Jesus.
When the time comes, these students will be the leaders in areas: teacher, rabbi. Before then, serve. Be self-humbling.
Jesus was the perfect example – serving the least of us, dying then rising.
Words and actions matter. People remember actions and whether they line up with the words.
Our job is not to place burdens on to others, but to lift others up.
Servant-leadership is true leadership. Not only does he say it, he lives it out. Practiced what he preached.
Of hard upbringing; a passionate man, restless in faith. Spiritually in tune with faith.
Entered into service in the church at the time when limited choice of church – Eastern; Catholic.
Went on a pilgrimage to Rome and was disgusted and discouraged by what he saw had become of the church. He loved the church but struggled with the restlessness of what he had seen the darkness of the church.
Eventually he started the reformation – where he was looking to reform the current church, which he saw had lost its way. 3 things he saw:
Corruption of the church – indulgences. One could “purchase” forgiveness of sin, purchase a way to Heaven. Nothing biblical, saw this was inappropriate.
Language – services were done in Latin (believed to be the perfect language of God). Problem: not many understood Latin, making the message of God inaccessible. Bibles were written in Latin, too. Luther believe the Word of God to be able to have access to the Bible.
Church was far too connected to the state (government). Church becomes intertwined and influences the government to conduct inappropriate thing (e.g. The Crusades)
Ephesians 2:1-10 tells us we are saved by Grace. It is given to us by God. We can’t earn Grace. We can’t buy Grace. We are to respond with faith.
Sola Scriptura: “Scripture alone.” Where to we get faith? At core, the Bible points us to God. Scripture is the core of our faith.
Sola Gratia: Christ alone is our redeemer.
Sola Fidei: Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the only way! Works are important. We are made for good works. Works do not save you. Faith in Christ save us. Faith is core!
Sous Christus: Christ alone. Do not put focus on things like cathedrals, your own actions. Put focus on Christ, the works are a response. We are to be Bible people. We are to be Christ people. If not, then we are wasting our time, spinning our wheels.
Reformed Semper: We are reformed and should always be reforming. Continual reliance on Christ, diving into the Bible should result in continual growth, change in relation to Christ. Scripture is the Living Word. Each time you read scripture, there should be renewed meaning.
Be more beholden to Christ. Don’t get focused on the institution of the church. To be focused on the institution is to get off track.
Christ alone – he should be our top focus. All who proclaim to be Christian proclaim Christ is core, despite differences (denominations – Catholic, Nazarene).
Moses was not permitted to enter the Promised Land for his disobedience to God. In providing water, Moses failed to give glory to God and drew attention to himself. (Numbers 20:7-13)
Recall: we struggle in obedience to God because of our inability to let go of worldly concerns and desire. We create idols for visible representation of God. The Israelite tended to worship Moses. Moses act above drew attention to himself.
Moses failure resulted in him not being able to enter the Promised Land. He watched the Israelite enter the Promised Land before passing away.
This was not about Moses, but about God.
God takes the messes of our lives and make it a masterpiece.
Moses failed big. God took Moses’ mess
This life is not all that there is. If it was, this would be bad story. But this is not the end. God did amazing thing through Moses’ faithfulness and anointed others to lead the Israelite beyond Moses’ end, but to continue works for God.
If we are faithful to God, despite the mess, people will see God will turn the mess into a masterpiece.