Hall Of Faith: Rose Tinted Moses

Sermon from CCM Fallowfield

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This sermon was preached by Andy Wisdom at the Fallowfield site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 28th April 2018.

SERIES

 

This message was part of the ‘How to Pray’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Fallowfield in early 2018. The full series included the following sermons:

 

BIBLE VERSES

This sermon was based on Hebrews.

23By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 24By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. 27By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. 28By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.
29By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned.

KEY POINTS

There Is a Faith Once For All Delivered

  • Christianity does not change from one generation to the next.
  • The canon of Scripture is closed.
  • Historically, the church has summarised this faith once for all delivered in the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments.
  • In the reformation, the fives ‘solas’ were also emphasised as central to the faith. 

The Faith Needs Contending For

  • Jude is writing into a context of false teaching where people are trying to pervert God’s grace for sensuality. This is just as much of a challenge in our day as it was in Jude’s.
  • The false teachers were within the church. 
  • Verses 5-16 are quite complex, but they elaborate this point. They contain:
    • Three corporate rebellions
    • Three individual rebellions
    • Four specific charges
    • Two strange quotations
    • Six graphic metaphors
    • ONE big idea – Judgment on these false teachers.
  • In light of this, we must contend for the faith.
  • This isn’t about picking arguments – and the way in which we contend will vary depending on how central the issue is (it has been said that some issues we write in ‘pencil’, some we write in ‘pen’ and some we write in ‘blood’).

We Should All Be Ready to Contend

  • It starts in you own life. Keep yourself in the love of God by:
    • Building yourself up in the most holy faith.
    • Praying in the Holy Spirit
    • Waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ the leads to eternal life
  • Then we contend outwardly by:
    • Having mercy on those who doubt.
    • Saving others by snatching them out of the fire.
    • Showing mercy with fear.

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