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Asking The Wrong Question

Love for God Motivation Legalism

Source: preacherpollard.com

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2020-08-16

Scripture: Hebrews 10:25

Author: Neal Pollard
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ILLUSTRATION

  • I’ve never heard the avid fisherman say, “Do I have to go back to the lake?”
  • I’ve never heard the shopaholic say, “How often do I have to go to the store?”
  • I’ve never heard the committed sports fan say, “How many games do I have to watch?”
  • I’ve never heard the foodie say, “How often do I have to try a new restaurant or dish?”
  • I’ve never heard the head-over-heels-in-love say, “How many times do I have to see him/her each week?”
  • I’ve never heard the devoted mom say, “How often must I hold my baby?”

APPLICATION

We’ve lost the battle when our sermons, articles, and classes center around answering the question, “How often must I assemble? How many times a week do I have to come to church? Are Sunday night and Wednesday night mandatory?”

How unnatural for a disciple, a committed follower of Jesus who is in love with Him and who has such a relationship with Him that He is priority number one, to approach the assemblies in such a way! MustHave to? You see, the question is wrong. The mentality and approach is where the work needs to occur.

When Jesus and His Church are my passion, the thought-process becomes “I get to,” “I want to,” and “I will!” Neither parents, grandparents, spouses, elders, preachers, siblings, nor anyone else should have to get behind to push the one who has put Jesus at the heart and center of their lives.

"Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have made a habit, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching" (Hebrews 10:25). 

Drawn to the Well

Legalism Calling God's Love

Source: The Shaping of Things to Come

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Contributed By: Gabriel Carnes | Date Posted: 2019-03-29

Scripture: John 4:14 ; John 10:27

Author: Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch
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ILLUSTRATION

In Alabama, any good farmer knows that to keep your cattle or horses from wandering off you’ve got to build a fence. That’s how we do it here, we build fences. But that is not how they do it in Australia… “In Australia, ranches (called stations) are so vast that fences are superfluous. Under these conditions, a farmer has to sink a bore and create a well, a precious water supply in the Outback. It is assumed that livestock, though they will stray, will never roam too far from the well, lest they die.  As long as there is a supply of clean water, the livestock will remain close by.” 

APPLICATION

The Good Sheperd doesn't build a fence around us to keep us from leaving. Instead, God provides us with a positive reason for why we should stay. He uses love, not law, to draw us to Himself.   

"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me" (John 10:27). 

"But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life" (John 4:14, NLT). 

The Law of Love

Legalism Love (Divine) Reconciliation

Source: “Austrian court bans people from smoking IN THEIR OWN HOMES” By Thomas Burrows for MailOnline, PUBLISHED: 08:14 EST, 1 December 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-03-19

Scripture: Galatians 5:14

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Thomas Burrows, with the Daily Mail, reports:

The highest court in Austria has said a resident cannot smoke on his balcony or with the windows open during set hours as it is disturbing his neighbor’s sleep ... 

A university professor, living in the Austrian capital, had filed the case after complaining about the smell coming from the flat below.

The court heard how the resident below enjoyed a cigar on his balcony during the summer, typically between midnight and 2am.

In the winter, he tended to smoke with the windows open in his apartment.

... The country's highest court said the resident cannot smoke outside or with the windows open between 10pm and 6am.

In the summer, he is also prohibited from smoking during 'eating times' - between 8am and 10am, midday and 3pm, and 6pm and 8pm.

The decision could have far-reaching effects on the country. 

APPLICATION

It’s amazing that a single dispute between neighbors could find no solution until it reached the highest court in the land.  Shouldn’t two people be able to work something like this out?  And even if they need help from an authoritative third party, should an entire nation be forced to comply to a new set of laws because two people refused to accommodate one another?

There is no end to the need for new laws when the hearts involved are unyielding and selfish.  By contrast, the end of the law is the love of Christ.  When God’s love is the guiding principle, there is no need for any other principle. Laws aimed at enforcing compliance over such trivial disputes become unnecessary.  It’s God’s love, not mans laws, that brings peace.

“For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Galatians 5:14).

Church Bans Fat People From Leading Worship

Grace Legalism Church Health/Growth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-11-16

Scripture: James 5:16

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Homeland of the Bribe

Motivation Grace Legalism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-09-20

Scripture: 1 John 4:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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No Wedding License For You!

Marriage Love (Divine) Legalism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-09-16

Scripture: Ephesians 5:25

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Judging By The Wrong Standards

Judging Legalism Priorities

Contributed By: Geoff Follas | Date Posted: 2016-02-22

Scripture: Proverbs 4:23 ; Luke 6:45

Author: Geoff Follas
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Expect Starbucks to Give You Good Coffee, Not Good Religion

Christmas Witness Legalism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-12

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 5:12

Author: Loving Jesus
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Keep it Simple

Gospel Grace Legalism

Contributed By: Tobby Smith | Date Posted: 2015-11-15

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18 ; 2 Corinthians 11:3

Author: Tobby Smith
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The Rubberband vs The Zip Tie

Legalism Spiritual Growth Narrow Minded

Contributed By: Eric Hollar | Date Posted: 2015-05-12

Scripture: James 3:16

Author: Eric Hollar
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