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Greatest Sermon Ever 18: On Judgement
Richard Root
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Greatest Sermon Ever 18: On Judgement Jun 7, 2020
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Sermon -Sunday Online -2020/06/07 11am -Richard Root -"Greatest Sermon Ever 18: On Judgement" -Matthew 7:1-2

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The Sermon on the Mount – 18. On Judgment
Matthew 7:1-2

Introduction
•    Today’s message is not complicated. It’s based on a single verse, a single command:
Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” (Matthew 7:1)
The King James translation adds the right edge to it:
Thou shalt not judge!
•    Jesus says in the kingdom, there’s a zero tolerance for a judgmental spirit. In fact, Jesus actually got in trouble for his refusal to be judgmental toward people who everybody else (especially religious leaders) judged.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:17)
In fact, Jesus is so opposed to condemnation that we’re told,
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus...” (Romans 8:1)

Overthrowing the Spirit of Condemnation
•    Jesus’ purpose in coming was to overthrow the spirit of condemnation and judgmentalism and offer acceptance to all of humanity.
•    His practice was to refuse to engage in judging and instead offer welcome and acceptance even at great, ultimate, personal cost.
•    Therefore, the church-the community that was founded by Jesus through his Spirit-ought to be the least judgmental place on earth. Followers of Jesus ought to be the least judgmental people based on the life and the teachings of Jesus.
Q. How are Christians doing at being nonjudgmental? (ref. to David Kinnaman’s book, You Lost Me)

Judgment vs. Discernment
•    We should be really clear on what Jesus forbids, that includes understanding what the text does not mean:
1. It does not mean we have to give up making moral discernments or being wise.
2. Jesus is not saying that in being nonjudgmental you should to be naïve or gullible.
3. “Do not judge...” does not mean you have to put up with being mistreated.

The Crippling Effect of Pre-judgment
•    Condemnation will cripple the other’s soul, and it intends to.
•    We make assumptions about people and we pass judgment based on our assumptions. The only the worse, more wicked, more destructive than a contemptuous, judgmental spirit is one driven by assumptions. That means we don’t just judge, we pre-judge.

Pre-judgement = Prejudice

•    We pass judgment on a whole group of people based on their country of origin, the colour of their skin, the neighbourhood where they live. We saw the tragic consequences of this sinful behaviour again this week.
•    To be clear, the gospel of Jesus Christ stands if stark opposition to the evils of racism,
classism, and patriarchy with a bold proclamation:
In Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile… [black nor white, Asian nor Aboriginal, Latino nor Syrian, rich nor poor]… slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)
•    You can name Jesus as Lord. Or you can vote for, support or otherwise ignore racist, selfish, xenophobic policies and practices. But in the name of Jesus you can’t do both!

Step In to a New Reality – The Kingdom of God
•    Jesus invites us to step into a new reality—the kingdom of the God—where we simply lay aside the judgmental, prejudicial spirit… condemning, superiority, and blaming.
•    This week ask God to help you because, you know, we can’t do this on our own. Pray: “God, would you make me like an oasis of acceptance in a desert of condemnation around me?”
For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:2)

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