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Sunday Recap: Is My Religion Is Pure?

Jesus answers this question in a conversation with some Pharisees in Luke 11. After condeming them for their self-righteous, external only, judgmental religion,  Jesus said Luke 11:41 “but rather give alms of such things as you have; then indeed all things are clean to you.

Note two points in His reply:

1. As always, giving is from “of such things as you have”.  If we can’t give because we don’t have, God doesn’t expect it of us.

2. Giving alms (with the right attitude of course)  it is an indication of how true, pure, and clean our heart is before God.  Note how Jesus puts it – he doesn’t just say “then all things are clean to you”, but “then INDEED…”.

This passage along with 1 John 3:16-19 (it says the same) tells us that a willingness  to share is a very strong confirmation that we have the kind of pure heart we ought to have.

Question: Why is sharing our physical goods with the poor a true indication of a genuine pure heart?






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Sunday Recap: “Above All Things…”

When Bible believing people are in the minority they will likely face some form of persecution. America is going that direction, and it was certainly true in Peter’s day.

First Peter says a lot about suffering because of our faith:

“Don’t think it strange” (4:12).

“Rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1:13).

“Do not be afraid or be troubled” (3:14).

Be good citizens (2:13).

If we “suffer for doing good and take it patiently it is commendable before God” (2:20).

One of the most interesting things he tells them is found in 1 Peter 4:8 – “above all things have fervent love for one another”. Love is emphasized earlier (1:22, 2:17, 3:8) but this verse really stresses its importance: “above all things”he says we need to love one another.

Question: Why, especially in a culture where Christians are in the minority, is it so important that we love one another?

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