Abundance in Following Jesus

Abundant Life Community Church Granbury Texas

Luke 5:1-11 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Galilee (Gennesaret), 2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

1 Timothy 1:8 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully.

The predominant functions of the moral law and God’s commandments:

 

I.                    Reveal Sin/our Depravity. – Exposes our sin and tells us we need a Savior

II.                 Restrain Evil in civil society

III.               Assist in the sanctification of Christians. The commandments: the law is a gracious gift to help us in our growth in godliness—it helps us grow and become more like Jesus

 

1.       The law is meant to give knowledge of sin (Rom. 3:204:155:137:7-11), and by showing us our need of pardon and our danger of damnation to lead us in repentance and faith to Christ (Gal. 3:19-24).

Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

2. The Law restrains Evil in civil society

The law cannot change the heart, it can to some extent constrain lawlessness by its threats of judgement (Deut. 13:6-1119:16-21Romans 13:3-4). Therefore, the law helps safeguard civil order, and serves to protect the righteous from the unjust.

3. Its third function is to lead Christians into the good works (Titus 3:8; Eph. 2:10). The law tells God’s children what will please out Heavenly Father. Jesus was speaking of this third use of the law when He said that those who become His disciples must be taught to do all that He had commanded (Matt. 28:19-20), and that obedience to His commands demonstrates the genuineness of one’s love for Him (John 14:15).

Psalm 23:5-6 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.

Abundant Life Church serves Granbury, Texas and Hood County as a nondenominational Jesus-centered congregation in Hood County Texas