Friday, December 18, 2015

Fundamentals of Unity Part 2

On June 21, 2015, Pastor Mark Fitzpatrick of Arann Reformed Baptist Church preached a Sunday evening message entitled "Fundamentals of Unity (2)".  He continues to expound Gal. 5:13-15 and looks at Thomas Brooks's Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices.  You can find my post on Part 1 of his series here.  I'm continuing my notes of his second sermon on this important doctrine of Christianity.

"For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another," (Gal. 5:13-15).

Pastor Fitzpatrick looks at the Brooks's 2nd stage of Satan's devices.  Here, the challenge for Christians is to live what they hear preached (Jude 14-19 shows the sin of division, Rom. 16:17).
 
Next, he reads from Ephesians 4:

"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you," (Eph. 4:31-32).

Brooks's 3rd stage of Satan's devices is overcome by tending to the garden of your own heart and removing the weeds by the roots (Eph. 4:31-32).  The soil of your heart should not give place for the things in verse 31 to grow.  Actively practice verse 32 so that the things in verse 31 don't have room to grow in a Christian heart that is obedient to the Word of God.

In regards to the 4th stage of biting and devouring, Pastor Fitzpatrick states that a life of pretense is not Christianly.  Believers should not be like the devil in their mindset and should not pretend one thing while secretly doing another.  We should rather sow the fruit of righteousness in peace and be a peacemaker (2 Sam. 2:12-28).  Blow the trumpet of peace in your heart and stop the fighting to remove the anger.

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"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful," (Col. 3:15).