Honor Life—Sanctity of Life Sunday (Honor  Series # 2)

Randy Hahn

The Height Baptist Church

January 18, 2015

imageThe idea of honor is one that has been lost to history. God has called us to honor our spouses, our children, those wo are over us in government, at work. When we honor what God values, we honor Him. And when we honor Him, it has the power to change the course of our lives  forever.

1 Samuel 2:30 b

But I will honor those who honor me, and I will despise those who think lightly of me.

That means we honor what He says to do in those area over what we might think to do and then He will make those areas what they need.

Our response:

  • Obey
  • Honor what God says to honor

Sanctity of Life Sunday

Some say, “I have the right to kill a baby.”

The argument in the 1970’s was over when life began, when life was viable. Abortion was painted as a medical procedure. With medical advances such as ultrasound we have a window to the womb, we also know that the baby in the womb has a heartbeat, brain waves, feels and responds as well as looks like a little person. Medical advances also have made babies who are born as early as 21 weeks but more commonly from 24 weeks on to be able to survive. This mass of cell is a human being.

Did we need medical science to value human life?

Psalm 139:13-16

13For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

15My frame was not hidden from you

when I was made in the secret place,

when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

16Your eyes saw my unformed body;

all the days ordained for me were written in your book

before one of them came to be.

God is intricately involved with individuals.

What makes life sacred is the One who created it.

What makes us think we have the right to step in and alter what God has done?

Reason for death penalty:

Genesis 9:6

6If anyone takes a human life, that person’s life will also be taken by human hands. For God made human beings in his own image

Evolutionary theory: We are only here by chance and are only plant or animal life. We are the only part of what is that has the stamp of God’s image. Life is so special the penalty for taking life is loss of life—attack on image of life.

Matthew 5:21-22, Jesus:

22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

23“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

We have refined the art of stopping short of murder. Jesus is not interested in your skill at stopping short of murder. He wants us to stop way short of murder.

**God wants us valuing life way before it is devalued.

Honoring life means honoring people.

Where does Jesus want us to go with this issue?

Give value to waitress, coach, other drivers, criminal, police officer, judge—all are stamped with the image of God. We live in a culture of death. Bring culture of life.

Many of us are trying but still miss. The misses are where we need to improve.

5 Life Honoring Ways
1. I am going to give you more value than you give me, and I am excited about that! – Romans 12:10

Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.

  1. I am not going to give you what you deserve when you have been bad. – Romans 12:17, 19-21

17Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.

19Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,

“I will take revenge;

I will pay them back,”

says the LORD.

20Instead,

“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.

If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.

In doing this, you will heap

burning coals of shame on their heads.”

21Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

There are those like government and parents who have to give justice—not to get even or revenge.

What can you do to bring grace into a situation?

This is not a motivational sermon to be kind or nice.

“An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,” is misquoted. This is not about revenge but avoiding escalating consequences. Mindset—You injure me, I kill you. If you damage my property, I burn down your town.

**When people are being bad it’s because that is the place they feel most devalued.

  1. I am going to treat everyone in a way that encourages them to want to honor others. – Romans 12:17, Hebrews 10:24

17Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.

Hebrews 10:24

24Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.

  1. I am going to meet a need when I can, and I am going to look for the need and how I can. – Romans 12:13; Philippians 2:4

Romans 12:13When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

Philippians 2:4–Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

Don’t go through life with blinders on. Meeting a need says, “I see you.”

Seeing a person is giving them value.

  1. I will not lead any person into sin for there we dishonor God, each other, and life; fully embracing death. – The Bible

How am I valuing you if I am leading you into sin.

Gossip—very heart of devaluing a person. Sin devalues and leads toward death.

Look at our effect on other.

Only a beginning in every interaction. There cannot be a moment when we don’t think about this.

How can we do this all the time?

THE HOLY SPIRIT

Avoid “Ya, buts—“ and “What about’s”

Scripture gives guidance.

We tend to run to the exceptions when operating principles are not fully operational.

Put operating principles in place then consider the exceptions.

CHALLENGE:

For one month Put Operating Principle in place—no exceptions.

Honor = Operating Principle

Put culture of life forth—defeat culture of death

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