Honor Series Sermon Notes–Honor the Lord with Your Decisions, Your Body, and What You Do

IMG_0351Honor Series #6 Honor the Lord with Your Decisions, Your Body, and What You Do

Randy Hahn, The Heights Baptist Church

February 15, 2015

1 Samuel 2:30 Those Who Honor Me I will honor.

We like for things to be easy.

(Not for Sale; Not a Hoax)

Honor—to make weighty, heavy, significant in our lives.

Honor What God Says to Honor

Honor the Lord the Way He Says to Honor Him

Three Principle to Simply and Clarify What to Do Next

  1. Honor the Lord with our body—

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

  • We don’t own our bodies to do whatever we want
  • Never again do anything you want with your body
  • Use your body in a way that shows who God is in your life
  1. Honor God with Our Decisions

Proverbs 3:5-6– 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.

6In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

Acknowledge = Honor

Don’t follow your heart

Jeremiah 17:9– “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?

**Intent in dressing self is not to bring honor and attention to myself but honor and attention to Him**

In your choices, have fun, but honor/acknowledge God.

To know how to acknowledge God I must read—His Book—the Bible!

**I consume this Book, until this Book consumes me.**

The Bible is God’s heart and mind.

All of my decisions point to Him.

  1. Colossians 3:23-24– 23Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. 25For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.

In everything you do be serve the Lord Christ.

It should be apparent to all that no one works harder than a Christian because we are serving the Lord.

Eric Liddel in Chariots of Fire—Whatever yo do , do it in a way that you feel His pleasure.

Sometimes we need to be slapped across the back of the head and hear, “Stop it! You are doing wrong.”

It’s a joy for us to watch our children live and live well.

Use your work/play/ all you do to show who God is in your life.

How do we do this? We have a Helper—the Holy Spirit.

Honoring Even Dishonorable AuthorityHonor Series #5 Sermon Notes– Honor Authority

Honor Series #5 Sermon Notes– Honor Authority

IMG_0351Randy Hahn February 8, 2015

Honoring Even Dishonorable Authority

Parents, babysitters, teachers, coaches, bosses. We all have bad memories of someone in authority in our lives.

When Paul wrote Romans Rome was under the rule of Nero who was committing atrocities/

Romans 13:

1Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

6This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

  • Be subject to governing authorities.

American slavery—Boss-employee working relationship. Working for the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 Pastor

12But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, 13and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.

Hardest verses are about forgiving but a close second is honoring people who are dishonorable.

  • Honor authority in your life and God will honor you
  • Home, church, government
  • To children –honor your parents and it will go well with you.
  • With obedience comes blessing. You can’t make obeying God dependent on the deservedness of other people. Everyone is a sinner and sometimes does not deserve.
  • God’s commands don’t come with an “if”. We lose when we run after an “if”. ( the exception need order and actually never end up obeying the Lord. Hold evil at bay when we obey  God, but it is hard.
  • One way to respect dishonorable people is to pray.
  • Do not join conversations about the dishonorable person

Romans 12:17-19

17Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. 20“BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Thoughts on Honoring a Dishonorable Authority (Romans 12:17-19)
1. Whatever you do, think on what shows honor first.
2. Realize that honoring is a witness to the authority and all who can observe.
3. You honor God when you do your part. He doesn’t hold us accountable for the other person or the situation, just our part.
4. Bad authorities will stand before the wrath of God. They are only getting away with it for a while, but never forever.

  1. Obey
  2. Pray

People who have authority—God is going to hold you accountable. You are a steward/manager of the honor God has given you.

Colossians 3: 21

Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.

4:1

Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master–in heaven.
We are all equal before God.

Not exasperate or frustrate; not destroy but build.

Honor serves God’s purposes. When you honor authority , you honor God.

Honor Series #4—Honor Children

Honor Series #4—Honor Children

Randy Hahn–The Heights Baptist Church

February 1, 2015

IMG_0351The idea of honor is one that has been lost to history. God has called us to honor our spouse, our children, those who are over us in government and at work. When we honor what God values, we honor Him. And when we honor Him, it has the osier to change the course of our lives forever.

1 Samuel 2:30c

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

A principle for living life and a promise.

Honor—to make heavy, weighty, significant.

Honoring what God honors—life, people—because they are created in His image.

All to honor marriage relationship

Honor the home.

Genesis 1:27-28

27God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Exodus 20:12

“Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

6“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7“You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up

Psalm 127:3-5

3Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.

4Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.

5How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies in the gate.

Arrows—strength and standing; the purpose of multiplying is discipling..

In the family the parents are primarily disciplers or raising children to the Lord.

Government and TV do not support family.

Male and female is what God blesses/honors.

A primary purpose of marriage is to have children.

View of children –a liability, a cost or expense.

Previously children contributed to family/society.

Not considered an asset any more. Can we afford it?

Children are a blessing.

Look at potential partner as  a person to raise children by God’s design. A picture of God’s picture.

Notes from the Honor Series at our church–Honor Marriage

Notes on Honor Series # 3–Honor Marriage

Randy Hahn–The Heights Baptist Church

January 25, 2015

This Mary is keeping my focus on Jesus just as another Mary did long ago.
This Mary is keeping my focus on Jesus just as another Mary did long ago.

Hebrews 13:4
Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. New American Standard Bible 

 

Honor Principles

  • God says, “You honor me and I will honor you.”
  • Honor what God tells us to honor.

When in Rome—idea is that there is a time and place to do away with restraint.

Two ideas in the Roman Empire—Asceticism and Libertinism.

 

Asceticism—concept marriage is in the way of spirituality

Asceticism

Today it is not a matter of spirituality but considers marriage in the way of personal development and goals

Happier

 

There is no command in the Bible to marry or marry by a certain age.

Huffington Post –

5 Reasons to Marry Young.

  1. More sex
  2. Less drinking
  3. More money
  4. No data to support marrying older.

 

Living together has increased 138% with 14% since 2009. Those who live together before marriage have a higher rate of divorce, higher rate of abuse. Those who do not marry have a higher rate of breaking up.

 

Is marriage a sinking ship?

It’s not sinking and it’s our job to get the news out.

That old quote that half of all marriages end in divorce is untrue. It was a projection from around 1980. Divorce peaked in 1980. The overwhelming majority of married couples say they are happy. 72% are married to their first mate.

Our job is to carry the hign value of marriage to society.

 

Libertine—Pursuit of sex and evolving sexuality

Not morally worse today but unashamed.

We cannot get the world to our point of view.

Society is shaping our view.

Molded and shaped by the Word or the world.

 

Honor marriage in our sexuality.

Bringing our best—what’s pure and best.

When some would go to select a lamb for sacrifice they would choose the defective –to save on the cost. God doesn’t need the sheep.  God wants the heart that seeks to give the best.

The marriage bed=an  altar. A set apart place shared with only one.

The sexually immoral and adulterers will be judged. Pornea—in mind and in action.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?

Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers,

**if this is the life I want I will not inherit God’s kingdom.

Ephesians 5:3, 5-6

But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints;

5For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

3For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God;

We are not like everyone else. I value what God says.

We stand in gentleness, love, and respect toward others.

Not old fashioned or out of date.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

How do we honor marriage?

 

Honoring Marriage

  1. We don’t tell marriage jokes.
    2. We don’t speak negatively of our marriage or mate.
    3. Purposely speak highly of marriage and your mate everywhere you can.
    4. Purpose to show your children the value of marriage, what you appreciate about it and how you protect it.
    5. Purpose that your mate knows how much you value them.
    6. Guard against anything that devalues marriage: jokes, pornography, TV, any temptations.
    7. Teenagers, singles – Date in way that honors and keeps pure the marriage they will one day be in.