We started this sermon series on Honor first Sunday in March, and I thank God for the impact of the word of God as a matter of fact I have been approached to make the series a book.
The purpose is very simple, teach you to obey and do God’s will; if you do this, I will not need to preach prosperity because God would’ve already prospered you because of your obedience – Abraham – Gen. 22
So far, we have covered: Introduction, Relationships (different relationships – Marriage), Husband, Wife, Parents, Children.
What is honor? When I talk about Honoring God – I am using the word honor as a verb – an action word – something you do that demonstrates you regard God with great respect.
What I do, shows others what I think of God or whoever I am honoring……
“What you do not honor cannot bless your life.” – Koye Sanni.
One of the challenges of being a Christian, believer, in the 21st century is trying to please God or do his will by desperate resolve or self-determination. God knows no man can serve him nor please him in the flesh (Rom. 8:8 ESV Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.).
Over the centuries, man has always tried to change the word of God to suit them. following the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, some of the believers started introducing their own ideas and philosophies to the Christian faith, Jewish converts with adding Judaism to Christian, Syncretism, this is part of the problems Apostle Paul was addressing in his epistle to the Colossians. Jesus plus syndrome is still very prevalent today, some have believes, that are rooted in culture rather than Christ.
Jesus is the absolute head of the church – Col. 1:18 Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So, he is first in everything.
Eph. 1:22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church.
Jesus has appointed leaders over his church – Eph. 4:11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.
Your man of God, your Pastor is an under shepherd, under Christ – ‘Christ is the Great Shepherd’ Heb. 13:20 Now may the God of peace—who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—
1 Pet. 5:4 And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.
Honor your father and mother – Ex. 20:12 “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
Prov. 1:8; 3:12; 4:1; 4:3; 6:20; 10:1; 13:1 –
The Hebrew word translated father almost entirely in the OT is ab, pronounced awb, and it means – Chief, Principal, Father
In the NT, the Greek word is pater, we have seen this word before in Eph. 6:4 – Fathers, do not provoke your children….
Throughout the scripture, the priests, prophets (sons of the prophet), and Pastors were regarded as a father figure –
Elijah and Elisha – 2 Kings 2:12 Elisha saw it and cried out, “My father! My father! I see the chariots and charioteers of Israel!” And as they disappeared from sight, Elisha tore his clothes in distress.
Paul and the churches he started:
1 Cor. 4:14 I am not writing these things to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children.
1 Cor. 4:15 For even if you had ten thousand others to teach you about Christ, you have only one spiritual father. For I became your father in Christ Jesus when I preached the Good News to you.
Gal 4:19 Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives.
Paul and his sons:
1 Tim. 1:2 I am writing to Timothy, my true son in the faith. May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.
1 Tim. 1:18 Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles.
2 Tim. 1:2 I am writing to Timothy, my dear son. May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.
2 Tim. 2:1 Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus.
Tit. 1:4 I am writing to Titus, my true son in the faith that we share. May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you grace and peace.
Responsibilities of the shepherd (Pastor)
1. REVEAL ANSWER – John 21:15 – 17; 15. After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.
Mark 6:34 Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
Paul said to the Corinthians in 1 Cor.3:2 I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready,
2. REVEAL ANSWER – John 21:16 Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.
Matt. 25:36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
Acts 20:28 “So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders.
1 Peter 5:2 (NLT) — 2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.
3. REVEAL ANSWER – Acts 20:29 I know that false teachers, like vicious wolves, will come in among you after I leave, not sparing the flock.
Matt. 7:15 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves.
4. REVEAL ANSWER – 1 Peter 5:3 Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example.
5. REVEAL ANSWER – Heb. 13:17 Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.
If you love God and love your Pastor, you must pray for him or her.
1 Thess. 5:25 Brethren, pray for us.
2 Thess. 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
Heb. 13:18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.