Presbyterian Reformed Church Maroondah

24th February 2013

 

Who’s In?

 

Preacher:

Alan Boyle

Alan is a long-time member of the Grace Community Church,  Wangaratta, which is part of the Presbyterian Reformed Church of Australia.

 

Reading(s):

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Isaiah 58;   Matthew 15:1-28

 

 

Sermon:

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Who’s In?

Length:

   30 minutes,    3 mb

 

 

Service Notes:

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Leaflet

 

 

Text:

Matthew 15:1-28

1Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, 2 " Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread." 3 He answered and said to them, " Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying, ‘ Honour your father and your mother’; and, 'He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’  5 But you say, " Whoever says to his father or mother, ‘Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God’— 6 then he need not honour his father or mother. Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. 7 Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:

8 ' These people draw near to Me with their mouth,

And honour Me with their lips,

But their heart is far from Me.

9 And in vain they worship Me,

Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. '"

10 When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, " Hear and understand:11 Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man." 12 Then His disciples came and said to Him, "Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?" 13 But He answered and said, " Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14 Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch."

15 Then Peter answered and said to Him, " Explain this parable to us."

16 So Jesus said, " Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. 20 These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man."

21 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon- possessed." 23 But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, "Send her away, for she cries out after us." 24 But He answered and said, " I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." 25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, " Lord, help me!" 26 But He answered and said, " It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." 27 And she said, " Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters ' table." 28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, " O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

“Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved."

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