WALK THE WALK A Series About Following Jesus, Based on the Words of Micah 6:6-8 Pastor Greg is spending the month of August unpacking the full meaning of God’s words to us in Micah 6:6-8.
With what shall I come to the Lord and bow myself before the God on high? Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings, with yearling calves? Does the Lord take delight in thousands of rams, in ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? ~ Micah 6:6-8
Our character is the sum of our habits.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” ~ James 1:22
With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? ~ Micah 6:6-7
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? ~ Micah 6:8
… ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” ~ Matthew 22:37-40
(Mishpawt) ~ HEBREW ~~~ Justly ~ ENGLISH
What is right, fitting, righteous, holy, correct, judged properly.
1) DOING JUSTLY BY GOD
… we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us… ~ 2 Corinthians 5:20a
If you love me, you will obey my commandments. ~ John 14:15
SINS OF COMMISSION
These are the things we DO that we know we SHOULD NOT DO.
SINS OF OMISSION
These are things we DID NOT DO that we SHOULD HAVE DONE.
2) DOING JUSTLY BY YOURSELF
If you don’t have anything to give, then you can’t give anything away. If you are running on empty you have nothing to share. If you don’t recognize the value in yourself you can’t build value into others. ~ Pastor Greg Scott
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. ~ Psalm 139:13-14
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ~ Ephesians 2:10
YOUR PERSONAL AFFIRMATION: I am a person of INFINITE WORTH!
3) DO JUSTLY BY YOUR NEIGHBOR
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.~ Proverbs 16:24
If you can’t say nuthin’ nice, don’t say nuthin’ at all. ~ Thumper (Thumper’s Dad)
PASTOR G’S LIFE GOAL
I want to make a difference, with other people who want to make a difference, doing something, together, that actually makes a difference.
You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect [in love], therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect [in love.] ~ Matthew 5:43-48
… If you love me, you will DO as I command… If you love me, you will DO what I have said, and my Father will love you. I will also love you and show you what I am like.” – John 14:15,21
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. – Matthew 7:12
You see that a person is considered righteous by what they DO and not by faith alone.” – James 2:24
In every relationship of your life, with God, with yourself, with other people, just do the next right thing. ~ Pastor Greg (Channeling Bob Stamps)
In what ways will you intentionally do justly today?
GO DEEPER DISCUSSION QUESTIONS & PERSONAL STUDY
READ: James 1:19-25
1)Would you say you are a person who is quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger? How would you rank your day-to-day ability to keep this command on a scale of 1-10 with ten being all the time and 1 being not at all? Explain your reasons for your answer.
2) What does James mean when he says “the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God?” James next says “Therefore…” What is the question Pastor Greg says we have to ask whenever we see the word “Therefore” in Scripture? (HINT: What is that therefore ….”)
3) With this particular “therefore” in mind, what connection is James making between “the anger of man” and “all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness” as the New American Standard Translation puts it?
4) According to James, in what ways is a “Hearer of the Word” different than a “Doer of the Word?” How is this similar to Pastor Greg’s terminology in this series where he is challenging us to not just “Talk the Talk” of a Christian but actually “Walk the Walk” of a Christian?
5) According to verse 25, are there any benefits for us if we actually put James’ advice into practice? If so, what are they? In what ways do you think this promise will manifest? Do you think the converse of this is also true, that if we don’t do these things we won’t be blessed? If so, is it possible the lack of blessings or the lack of contentment or the lack of our hopes and plans coming to fruition may be because of a lack of blessing from God due to our disobedience to this principle? Why or why not?
READ: John 14:15
1) Do you keep Jesus’ commandments? With the realization that Jesus is the Word of God made flesh and that He has said not even the smallest stroke of a pen will pass away from the Law, are there any commandments of Jesus that you are unwilling to keep? According to Jesus, can you do that and still honestly “love Him?” Why or why not?
1) Pastor Greg shared two broad classifications of sins. Sins of Omission and Sins of Commission. Can you brainstorm as a group and come up with 10 examples of each? Which type of sin, Omission or Commission, do you think is the bigger threat to our own spiritual growth and the spread of the Gospel? Why?
READ: Psalm 139:13-14 and Ephesians 2:10
1)Pastor Greg said in his message, “If you don’t have anything to give, then you can’t give anything away. If you are running on empty, you have nothing to share. If you don’t recognize the value in yourself, you can’t build value into others.” Do you agree or disagree with him? Why?
2) Do you believe what the Psalmist says, that God was perfectly, intricately involved in the actual “knitting together” of our bodies in our mother’s womb? If so, what effect does that have on your self-worth? If you don’t believe that, does that make it difficult to trust other parts of the Bible as well? How are you able to decide when do be a doer and when to just be a hearer?
3) Do you believe what Paul says in Ephesians that we are God’s “workmanship” – created in Christ Jesus? This is essentially piggybacking on the truth revealed in Psalm 139. The Bible consistently says every single thing that was created, including each of us, was not done randomly or haphazardly.
Instead, the Bible says, God, carefully designed, created, knitted together every single one of us, already having specific works planned for us to accomplish in our lives. If we aren’t “doers” of the word, is it still possible for us to fulfill our God-created life mission “to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do?” Why or why not?
4) Pastor Greg challenged us to adopt the personal affirmation” I am a person of INFINITE WORTH! Are you able to say that with confidence or do you struggle to believe it? Pastor Greg shared that he has struggled with low self-esteem his entire life and yet also still believes this Biblical truth, revealed in the two Scriptures you just read, along with many other Scriptures, that he is a person of infinite worth to God. He shared that this struggle is often due to conflicting messages about his worth from other sources and that he constantly has to remind himself to trust God’s opinion of him instead of the opinions of other people. Do you ever have that struggle as well? Where can you turn for encouragement? Do you know of anyone who has this struggle? What can you do to be their encourager?
READ: Proverbs 16:24
1) Who can you speak some gracious words to today? How might hearing your words bring about sweetness to their soul and healing to their bones? Why is it that more of us are not more intentional about going out of our way to speak gracious and encouraging words to others?
READ: Matthew 5:43-48 and Luke 9:51-56
1) Are you able to “love your enemies?” Why or why not? Do you find it difficult to do so? Why? Why are we so quick to want to “call down fire” on those we disagree with? Can you think of times in our current culture where we figuratively or symbolically “call down fire” on someone we consider our enemy?
2) Based on these two Scriptures, how do you think Jesus feels about those actions? Are we being doers of the Word? Are we “doing justly?” Why or why not? If the Son of Man did not come to “destroy men’s lives” why are some of us so quick to try to do so when we see someone as our enemy?
READ: Matthew 7:12 and James 2:24
1) AA has a powerful practice. “Take a Fearless, Moral Inventory” of your life and the way you treat and interact with everyone you know. First, focus on those you are closest to: your parents, siblings, children, grandchildren, best friends, etc. Move outward to other friends, people in groups or activities you frequent, like your church. Then move to your neighbors, acquaintances, service industry people you encounter frequently. Finally, strangers. Do you always treat all of them the way you would want them to treat you? Why or why not? In what ways will you intentionally “do justly” today?