How should nations conduct themselves in wartime? Today, “The Law of Armed Conflict” (LOAC) is observed by most nations. It would be good for us to consider what God has revealed in His Word about war between nations.
NATIONS HAVE — RIGHTS
A. Protect national sovereignty (Romans 13:1)
B. Protect and support citizenry (Rom 13:3-7)
NATIONS HAVE — PURPOSE
A. Law and Order
WARS HAVE — CONTINUITY
A. Not a sign of end-times (Matt 24:6–7)
B. Evil is unleashed on the earth (Jas 4:1–2)
C. God is unknown or forgotten (Rom 1:28–32)
WARS HAVE — RULES
A. A fair fight (Prov 16:12)
B. A just cause (Obadiah 10–14)
C. A divine judgment (Isa 13:11; 33:1; 47:6)
NATIONS HAVE — CHOICES
A. Trust the military might (Isa 31:1; Psa 20:7-8)
B. Trust the Most-High God (Isa 40:17; Dan 4:32)
NATIONS SEEK — PEACE
A. Blessed in Christ: in the heavenly places (Eph 1:3)
B. Reconciled to God: through the blood of His cross (Col 1:19-20)
C. Sons of God: through faith in Christ, and baptism (Gal 3:26-28)
Matthew 13:10-17. People put a lot of stock in being open-minded. Most are open-minded on some things, but are not on many other things. The American culture has an ever-increasing desire to be open-minded about everything. What insight can we get from God’s Word?
I. OPEN-MINDED: GOD’S WAY
A. Two kinds of minds (Matt 13:10-17)
B. One kind of nobility (Acts 17:10–12)
II. DOUBLE MINDED: MAN’S WAY
A. The Cause (James 1:5-8)
1. Secular reasoning
2. Human philosophy
3. World religious views
4. Personal opinion
5. Predominant point of view
B. The Cure (James 4:8; 1 Tim 4:6-7; 1:3-4, 8-10)
1. Close your mind: speculative teaching
2. Open your mind: sound teaching
a. The mind of Christ (Phil 2:5)
b. The mind of God (1 Cor 2:12-15)
The call to be “open-minded” is a little more than a DEMAND
that we accept things God condemns.
The mind that is closed to Jesus Christ receives no reward from God.
The mind that is open to His word gets everything of eternal value (2 Peter 3:13–18)
Text: Acts 17:26-27
Race relations has reached fever pitch. A concerted effort to solve the problem has been ongoing for many decades, with little success. What does the Word of God say on the subject? (Acts 17:26–27)
I. “He made from one man (blood) every nation”
Our blood is like Adam’s.
Our skin tone is unrelated to our blood.
II. “He made from one man every nation”
Ethnicity is from God (Gen 11:7–9; 10:5, 20, 31)
Ethnicity is relevant to God (Exo 23:23–24; Lev 24:22; 2 Cor 6:14–18; Acts 17:30–31)
To lessen racial tensions:
1. Ancestry: consider the soul first
2. Language: learn to communicate
3. Society: focus on similarities
4. Culture: be fair and respectful
III. “Seek God, grope for Him and find Him”
A. Uniting the dissimilar (Eph 2:11-16)
B. Judging the dissimilar (Acts 17:31)
What God did at the Tower of Babel, He reversed at the Cross of Christ.
When Christ becomes your Supreme Commander,
your need for personal supremacy over anyone will fade away.
Text: 1 Timothy 4:10; Hebrews 4:15–16
We endure the struggles of life, because we serve “the living God”. If God was NOT living – and we did NOT fix our hope on Him – we would fall into despair. One of the many ways God keeps our hope in Him alive is through prayer.
I. “LET US”
Holy brethren (Heb 3:1)
Partakers of a heavenly calling (3:1)
Believers in Christ (4:3)
Obedient to Christ (5:9)
II. “DRAW NEAR WITH CONFIDENCE”
Child of God (1 John 5:14–15)
Loved of God (1 John 3:1-2)
Sympathy of Christ (Heb 4:15)
Promise of Christ (Matt 7:7-11)
Fear and Faith (Mark 10:43; Luke 23:51; John 19:38)
III. “THE THRONE OF GRACE”
Embolden confidence (Luke 15:17–19; 15:20–24)
Mercy seat (Exo 25:22)
Near God (Heb 7:19; 10:19–22; 1 Pet 5:10)
IV. “RECEIVE MERCY and FIND GRACE TO HELP IN TIME OF NEED”
Conditional mercy (Matt 5:7)
Conditional grace (Gen 6:8, 22; Jas 4:6)
Praying in need (2 Cor 12:7-10; Dan 9:17-21; Neh 2:1-8; 9:27; Matt 14:30-31.
Help in need (Psa 102:2; 120:1; 46:1; Matt 6:13)
Trust in the living God. He is the Savior of all men, especially of believers (1 Tim 4:10)
Psalm 130:1-4. Do we nullify the grace of God when we emphasize obedience to God? Read and consider the following (Matt 28:18–20; 1 Cor 11:1–2; Rev 22:18–19; Gal 1:8; 2 John 9–11). Do the challenging requirements of God’s word nullify His grace? Where is the grace of God amidst all His rigorous demands and difficult commands?
I. WHERE IS THE GRACE OF GOD?
A. In God’s plan (1 Pet 1:18–20; Eph 1:3–6; Matt 25:33–34)
B. In God’s gospel (Acts 20:24; Eph 3:1-3; Rom 1:16)
C. In God’s Son (Rom 5:15; 2 Cor 8:9; 5:20–21; Heb 2:9)
D. In God’s forgiveness (Eph 1:7–8; 1 Tim 1:12–17; 1 John 1:8–9)
E. In God’s gift of righteousness (2 Cor 5:19; Rom 4:5-12; 22-25)
“The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom 5:20-21)
Would you receive His grace today?
The Gospel (God’s) Plan for our Salvation:
Hear and Receive the gospel of Christ – Rom 10:17; Acts 2:22-41
Believe the message – John 20:30-31; Acts 8:37
Repent of sin (change of heart) – Acts 2:38; 2 Peter 3:9
Confess faith in Jesus Christ – Rom 10:9-10
Baptism into Christ – Gal 3:27; 1 Pet 3:20-21
Obey Christ – John 8:31-32; Heb 5:8-9; 2 John 9