06/19/16 Inside the Cover!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 Under: Sermon

Great Christians Series – Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Intro: Great Christians read great books! Have you ever bought a book and with great intentions you hoped to read it, you read through the foreword section of the book, the introduction and began the first chapter then stopped. The second week in this series deals with understanding Great Christians read great books. Howard Hendricks says “Leaders are readers.” Are you a readier? One way to get close to people, who walked with God, is through books. The single greatest book of all time is the Bible (Basic instruction before leaving earth). Last week I shared the importance of great Christians having great thoughts. How can you have great thoughts without reading good books? We have all at one time or another said: “You can’t judge a book by its Cover” Todays message helps you to understand Great Christian fill there inside with the Word of God and their outside reveals Christ through their life. Great Christians read the Bible because if we don’t God will judge us and we will not like the outcome.

Inside the cover of Great Christians they are renewing their mind with the Word of God and teaching others how to witness God’s glory and will for all!

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Text: Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NKJV)

"And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

1. Shall Be in your Heart: vs. 6

"And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.”

Have you ever read a book and you found you just couldn’t put down? You remembered the anticipation of the next event or chapter? Great Christians place in their heart the Commands of the Word of God, which can lead you from one event to the next with a preparation for the unexpected. Is there anticipation when you study the Bible? Is there a hunger? What is your appetite when it comes to learning? What will you either have to change or give up becoming a reader? “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me.” John 5:39 (NIV) When you read this great book “The Bible” you learn about Jesus. Great Christians “study to show themselves approved!” “Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you!” Psalm 119:11

2. Shall Teach Them: vs.7

“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”

A Great Christian teaches his children the precepts of God. I believe I can add to that commandment without taking it out of content; the mature Christian (Disciple) teaches the new or young Christian God’s truths. The commandments are not automatically taught to children. Educating children is an absolute necessity. Education is not just teaching facts and principles, not just passing along information. Teaching is experiencing the truth personally, living out the truth before the children. It is applying the truth of the commandments to one's heart and experiencing the truths within one's own life. The children then see the truth of the commandments lived before their very eyes, and they absorb the truth, pick it up automatically. The truth becomes a part of their lives. This is exactly what Moses was preaching: the believer was constantly to talk about the commandments when he sat at home, when he walked along the road throughout the day, when he laid down, and when he got up. The whole thrust is that he was to live by the commandments, experience them, obey them, and set the dynamic example before his children.

“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” Colossians 3:16 (NLT)

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT)

In the last few months and years Ocean View has read and studied in small group settings from books that Chip Ingram wrote, Kyle Idleman, David Platt, Tony Evans, David Jeremiah, James Merrit. Words of comfort from C. S. Lewis just to mention a few... Do you have a library of good books you have read or can you put all your books into a small box and put them in the back of your closet. Great Christians read great books and shall teach them.

3. Shall Be a Testimony: vs. 8-9

“You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Great Christians use the commandments as a strong witness and testimony before the public. When an Israelite was out in public, he was to bind the commandments on his hands and forehead. Within the home, he was to write them on his doorposts and on his gates. This particular charge has been literally practiced by orthodox Jews down through the centuries. They have copied four sections from the law and put these passages in leather cases and tied them to their arms and on their foreheads during morning prayers. Some have also put two passages of Scripture in a metal or glass case and attached it to the right doorpost of every entrance to their homes. I know with modern technology we can open an APP and write down a verse or a statement that spoke to us in our daily reading. But what if you got out a pencil or pen and invested in some 3x5 cards and wrote that on a card??? What if you referred to it throughout the day, what if you shared it with someone else? “Shall be a testimony.” Great Christians read Great books and others see inside and outside of your cover Jesus!

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” 1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV)

To sanctify the Lord in your heart read Great Books: Broaden your world, God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Open a book and see! Sharpen your mind with Godly inspired Authors. Inflame your heart with the Word of God. It takes time develop your skills…

Conclusion: In my introduction I mention having good intentions when starting a good book, reading through the foreword and introduction and starting the first chapter then stopping. Great Christians do not stop their appetite always hungers for more understanding. Great Christians read Great Books; have you read a great Book lately. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

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