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Title: Lead Us Not into Temptation


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Lead Us Not into Temptation
  • Our Sermon Series on the Lords Prayer

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Happy Reformation Sunday!
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October 31st is Reformation Day
  • Its the day traditionally set aside to
    commemorate the beginning of the Protestant
    Reformation in 1517.

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October 31, 1517
  • On that date, Martin Luther posted 95 statements
    for debate on the church door in Wittenberg,
    Germany - starting a reform movement within
    Christianity.

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Martin Luther was protesting abuses he saw within
the church of his day.
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Indulgences
  • In order to raise money to build St. Peters
    Basilica in Rome, indulgences were sold.
  • The concept in back of these indulgences was that
    in purchasing this piece of paper you could
    basically get a pass as far as heaven was
    concerned.

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Indulgences
  • Repentance was not necessary
  • Faith was not necessary
  • Apparently, all that was needed was just the
    right amount of money.

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Luthers protest sparked debate throughout Europe
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Reaction from the hierarchy of the church was
negative
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Reaction from the common people was positive
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And the Reformation was born!
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But what does any of this have to do with the
Lords Prayer?
  • Our topic today is supposed to be the 6th
    Petition.
  • And lead us not into temptation.
  • What does Reformation weekend have to do with
    that?

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Well, lets have a little game
  • Were going to look at several statues of Martin
    Luther from around the world.
  • As you look at these various renditions of the
    great Reformer pay attention to what they have in
    common.
  • What is it?

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Have you guessed what it is?
  • With each one of these statues, Martin Luther is
    shown holding the same thing
  • The Bible Gods Word!

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Something we should expect since a huge part of
the Reformation was restoring the Bible as the
only source for Christian teaching and living a
concept called Sola Scriptura.
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But what does this have to do with the 6th
Petition?
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Or, as Luther would ask, What does this mean?
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Knowing Gods Word has everything to do with what
the 6th Petition is all about resisting
temptation!
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Just ask Jesus
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Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the
wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after
fasting forty days and forty nights, he was
hungry. And the tempter came and said to him,
If you are the Son of God, command these stones
to become loaves of bread. But he answered, It
is written, Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of
God.
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Then the devil took him to the holy city and set
him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to
him, If you are the Son of God, throw yourself
down, for it is written, He will command his
angels concerning you and On their hands they
will bear you up, lest you strike your foot
against a stone. Jesus said to him, Again it
is written, You shall not put the Lord your God
to the test.
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Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain
and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and
their glory. And he said to him, All these I
will give you, if you will fall down and worship
me. Then Jesus said to him, Be gone, Satan!
For it is written, You shall worship the Lord
your God and him only shall you serve. Then the
devil left him, and behold, angels came and were
ministering to him. (Matthew
41-11)
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It is written
  • Did you notice how with every temptation that
    Jesus faced, He answered the same way!
  • He always quoted the Bible.

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It is written
  • In His encounter with Satan and when He was
    tempted, Jesus could have used His power as the
    Son of God to repel each of Satans attacks.
  • But He didnt

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It is written
  • Instead, Jesus used the weapon that is
    available to all Gods people.
  • He used Gods Word.
  • He quoted it.
  • He applied it.
  • He did that because Gods Word is all the power
    He needed!

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Gods Word is all the power we need, too!
  • It has all the power we need because it is Gods
    Word.
  • God caused it to be written.
  • God caused it to be carried across the ages.
  • God caused it to be translated.

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And God still speaks to us today in His Word!
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Consider the Apostle Pauls words
  • All Scripture is breathed out by God and
    profitable for teaching, for reproof, for
    correction, and for training in righteousness,
    that the man of God may be competent, equipped
    for every good work.
  • 2 Timothy 316-17

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Gods Word prepares for us those times when we
must resist!
  • It gives us the tools we need to survive and to
    thrive in the face of Satans relentless pursuit
    of Gods people.

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When we are tempted to sin, Gods Word
  • Reminds us of what is right wrong.
  • Prods encourages us to obey God.
  • Empowers us to do Gods Will.
  • Reminds us of the love God has for us.

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The Bible
  • Earlier we noted that it is the Bible that helps
    us understand what Gods Will is when we pray,
    Thy will be done!

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The Bible
  • It is the answer because within its pages God
    speaks to us His will how to live how to love
    how to serve and how to obey Him.

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The Bible
  • And as we take to heart its message, God is
    preparing, strengthening and emboldening us to
    live out His will
  • Even in the face of temptation!

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The Bible
  • Well the Bible is also Gods answer when we
    pray, Lead us not into temptation.
  • It is how God protects us in times of temptation.

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So what does this mean?
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It means we have some reading to do.
And some hiding to do, as well!
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Psalm 11910-11
  • With my whole heart I have sought You Oh, let me
    not wander from Your commandments! Your word I
    have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin
    against You.

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Hiding Gods Word in our hearts happens when
  • We read Gods Word on a regular basis
  • We study discuss the Word together with other
    believers
  • We commit key Bible passages to memory
  • We attempt to see how what God says speaks to the
    everyday situations of our lives
  • And we apply it (put it into practice) -
    especially during times of temptation

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It doesnt matter how you do it
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It doesnt matter how you do it
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It doesnt matter how you do it
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Just do it!
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Wear out your Bible
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Wear out your Bible
  • And be amazed how encountering, learning and
    cherishing Gods Word gives you the strength and
    the wherewithal you need in the face of Satans
    temptations!

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Heres how Luther put it centuries ago (and how
we sang about it a couple of minutes ago)
  • Though devils all the world should fill,
  • All eager to devour us,
  • We tremble not, we fear no ill,
  • They shall not overpowr us.

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Heres how Luther put it centuries ago (and how
we sang about it a couple of minutes ago)
  • This worlds prince may still
  • Scowl fierce as he will,
  • He can harm us none,
  • Hes judged the deed is done
  • One little word can fell him.

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And that little word is Gods Word!
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Amen!
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