• Pastor Jonathan Painter

March 29, 2022 Weekly Newsletter

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THE PASTOR'S PEN

The following writing is a copy of the Pastor's notes from Sunday's message.


The Golden Rule

Matthew 7:12


The verse we have read this morning comes from the famed sermon that Jesus preached on the mount. It is the message that He gave that in writing covers the entirety of three chapters in Matthew and had a total of 18 different points to consider in the Christian life. The points of the Christian life that Jesus covered are as follows.


1. The Attitude of the Christian (Matthew 5:3-12)

2. The Purpose of the Christian (Matthew 5:13-16)

3. The Righteousness of the Christian (Matthew 5:17-20)

4. The Civility of the Christian (Matthew 5:21-26)

5. The Purity of the Christian (Matthew 5:27-32)

6. The Speech of the Christian (Matthew 5:33-37)

7. The Longsuffering of the Christian (Matthew 5:38-42)

8. The Enemies of the Christian (Matthew 5:43-48)

9. The Charity of the Christian (Matthew 6:1-4)

10. The Prayers of the Christian (Matthew 6:5-15)

11. The Fasting of the Christian (Matthew 6:16-18)

12. The Investments of the Christian (Matthew 6:19-23)

13. The Ministry of the Christian (Matthew 6:24-34)

14. The Perception of the Christian (Matthew 7:1-5)

15. The Spirituality of the Christian (Matthew 7:6-12)

16. The Standards of the Christian (Matthew 7:13-14)

17. The Discretion of the Christian (Matthew 7:15-20)

18. The Obedience of the Christian (Matthew 7:21-27)


While time would not allow us to go into detail about every topic Christ covered this morning. There is one particular aspect of His sermon on the mount that I would like to really key in on this morning and that is the Spirituality of the Christian. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:7-12)

Our spiritual condition as a Christian is mainly to do with our relationship with God. We ought to have a close enough relationship with God to be able to ask Him for things that we need expecting that He will provide. This is part of our “parent/child” relationship that we have with God. However, as the Lord is establishing in His sermon on the mount the importance of our relationship with God, and the closeness to God that brings the good gifts or blessings from God, He pivots just slightly from our relationship with God to our relationship with man. This too is part of our spirituality before God.

It is impossible to be spiritual and abuse those around us. It is impossible to be close to God while we are unkind to those around us. God has always intended that the closeness of our relationship with Him would wear off on those whom He has put around for the purpose that we might glorify Him before them.


“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” (I John 4:20) There is a direct correlation between our love for those around us and our love for God.

In this, we find that the “Golden Rule” as it is so often called is no longer simply a great code of conduct, but a gage or thermometer to our own spiritual health. If we are contentious with those around us, it is because we are not very close at the moment to God.


The closer we are to God the kinder we will be to people. This is the Golden Rule we should live by.

THIS WEEK'S SUMMARY

It was truly wonderful to see the Lord working at the Lincoln Baptist Church this past week. We were able to see eight precious souls trust Christ as their Saviour. We had 135 folks in our services this past Sunday. It was a joy to have Bro Sam Owen and his wife with us for service Sunday Night where Bro Owen shared with us the good work the Lord is doing up there in Cheyenne River Sioux Indian reservation. Continue to keep them in your prayers.


REVIEW THE SUNDAY MESSAGES HERE














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