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Are You True?

October 17, 2011

Here are the notes from Sunday’s sermon.

I.  Read Amos 5:14-15

Seek good and not evil.  In order to do that we need the guidance of the Word and of the Holy Spirit.  They will work together to help us identify what is good.

We should also seek justice.  There are two kinds of justice, criminal and distributive.  As Christians we should seek to influence society to be just for all.

II.  Read Amos 5:16-24

A.  The day of the Lord will be a day of judgment for many.

B.  God is not pleased with an appearance of godliness.  Empty religious expressions anger Him.

C.  Our faith in God should inspire righteousness and justice.

Far too often we are only concerned about justice for ourselves and quick to point out unrighteousness in others.  It should be the other way around.  We should seek for righteousness in our own lives and justice for others.

III.  Read Amos 7:7-9

A plumb line is a string with a weight attached.  It is used in construction to verify a true vertical ascent.  If God checks our lives, are we true, or are we starting to veer away from the ideal?

IV.  Read Revelations 3:1-6

In chapters two and three of Revelations, God writes to the churches.  In those letters are commendations for doing well, and warnings about things that need to change.  I would encourage you to read all of the letters and ask yourself what would God write to you?

V.  Read Matthew 16:24-27

Our relationship with God is not a get-out-of-hell-free card.  It is meant to be a new life, a life that we live for God, and with God.  Have we truly let go of the old life?  Have we taken up the life that God has for us?  Are we living for Him, or for ourselves?

What would God write to us?

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