Pastor Dave Sarsons
November 10, 2019
SERMON: November 10th, 2019 “What is Your “Stumbling” Block?”
The first stumbling block… Genesis 3:1-7 “The Fall” –
“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth “thrown in”; aim at earth and you will get neither.” “We need a generation of heavenly minded people who see human beings and the earth itself not simply as they are, but as God intends them to be. Such people will pass on a heritage to their children far more valuable than any inheritance.” C.S Lewis
What does it mean to be a stumbling block to someone else?
“In the midst of a series of laws regulating the treatment of others, we find “Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:14). In the New Testament we are also instructed to not be a stumbling block and keep someone from a relationship with God (Matthew 18:5-7, Luke 17:2, Mark 9:3). Also we must be mindful not to lead another into sin. As Jesus, we are here to serve and to use what gifts and talents we have been given, to build up those around us. The security we have in God’s love and provision, both now and eternally, allows us to show concern to those who are weaker – those who need specific encouragement to understand who God is. We need to be disciplined to refrain from liberties we may enjoy if it causes another to act in a way that is against God. We are a chosen, holy priesthood, “a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
Ekklesia – you are “called out”.
Psalm 37:23-24 (NIV)
23 The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.