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HAVE I THEREFORE BECOME YOUR ENEMY BECAUSE I TELL YOU THE TRUTH…. GAL 4:16 (nkjv)

31 Aug

 
 

                         “Enemies of the Cross”

TEXT: Phil. 3:18

INTRODUCTION:

 
A. THE CROSS REPRESENTS FREEDOM FROM DEATH AND SIN.
 
B. IT HAS ITS ENEMIES – THOSE WHO OPPOSE ITS MESSAGE.
 
C. JESUS’ DISCIPLES MUST DEFEND THE CROSS.
 
1. Not by brute force – Peter( John 18:11 ).
 
2. Our warfare is not carnal( John 18:36; Eph. 6:12 ).
I. THE CROSS HAD ENEMIES IN PAUL’S DAY.
 
A. JUDAIZING TEACHERS( Acts 15:1; Gal. 3:1-3; 5:1-4 ).
 
B. THE JEWS THEMSELVES.
 
C. SOME DENIED THE BASICS( 1 Cor. 15:12; 1 John 4:2-3 ).
 
D. WORLDLINESS( Phil. 3:18-19 ).
II. THE CROSS HAS ENEMIES TODAY.
 
A. PAGANISM. Eastern religions, mysticism, idols, angel & devil worship, horoscope.
 
1. Salvation thru the cross depends on allegiance to one God( Eph. 4:4-6 ).
 
2. Idolatry is always condemned( Gal. 5:19-21; 1 Cor. 10:14; 1 John 5:21 ).
 
3. God will not allow such in his presence( Rom. 1:21-25; Rev. 21:8 ).
 
4. Bondage to non-existent masters( Gal. 4:8; Acts 19:26; 1 Cor. 8:4 ).
 
B. HUMAN PHILOSOPHY. New morality, evolution, humanism, modernism.
 
1. Stands in opposition to teachings of Christ( Col. 2:8 ).
 
2. In opposition to true knowledge of God and his will( 1 Cor 1:20-25 ).
 
3. Called ignorance by Paul( Eph. 4:17-19 ).
 
4. Where has the “Age of Reason” left us?( Matt. 9:36 ).
 
C. RELIGIOUS DIVISION. Denominations, sects in the church, Unity in Diversity.
 
1. Jesus prayed for unity( John 17:20-21 ). Why?
 
2. 1 Cor. 1:10-13.
 
3. Why division? How can we guard against it?( 1 Cor. 4:6 ).
 
4. Stern warning( Matt. 15:9; 2 John 9 ).
 
D. SCHISMS AND FACTIONS.
 
1. These are not desired among God’s people( 1 Cor. 12:25 ).
 
2. Nothing can defeat the cross faster than an inside job.
 
3. Such can only cause us to devour one another( Gal. 5:15 ).
 
4. They will certainly cause our worship to be vain( 1 Cor. 11:17-30 ).
 
5. Eph. 4:1-3.
 
E. HYPOCRISY IN THE CHURCH.
 
1. Our lives must be worthy of that which we profess( Phil 1:27 ).
 
2. Do we practice what we preach?( Rom. 2:21-24 ).
 
3. The language of Jesus( Matt. 23:27 ).

CONCLUSION:

 
A. POGO: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
 
B. WHAT WEAPON DO WE USE?( Eph. 6:17 ).
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