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← From Weeping to Whipping (Part 1) - Tim Conway

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Showing Revision 8 created 10/07/2017 by Carrie Spradlin.

  1. He asked the pastors that
    he's preaching to,
  2. would you rather have
  3. a hundred fireball radicals
  4. in your church
  5. than a hundred wooden Indians,
  6. people that sit there...
  7. I know what my answer
    to that question would be.
  8. I mean, if I thought right now about
  9. what would I want a church to look like
  10. that I was pastoring?
  11. I have a picture in my
    mind of what that is.
  12. And I'll definitely tell you,
    it's on the fireball radical end
  13. rather than the wooden Indian end.
  14. And I think to myself,
  15. Ok, you've got Brother Kyle,
    he's pastoring this church.
  16. Gary, he's an elder here.
  17. What their picture of the ideal church
  18. is I'm certain going to be different
  19. than what mine is
  20. and what Gary's is
    is different than Kyle's.
  21. There won't be vast differences,
  22. but maybe a little bit
  23. based on our preferences,
  24. our gifts, our desire, and vision.
  25. And how do we get
  26. to where we have that?
  27. Our lives are up and down.
  28. Brother Kyle's talking right now about
  29. we're at a certain
    chapter in our life
  30. We're not only at a certain
    chapter in our life,
  31. we're at a chapter
    in our church's lives.
  32. And the churches are changing.
  33. You know, I came here in '93.
  34. Fifteen years ago.
  35. Old building out there.
  36. Who was still here then?
  37. Lots of people,
  38. that aren't here now.
  39. It was different.
  40. And lots of people are here now
  41. that weren't here then.
  42. It was a different climate.
  43. Things were changing.
  44. We've seen that in our own church.
  45. It's been 7 1/2 years now.
  46. And things are constantly changing.
  47. Different people come
  48. and with those people come gifts
  49. and different degrees of intensity
  50. and there's no doubt about it,
  51. you lose some people.
  52. And you lose some of that.
  53. And we can have desires about
  54. what we might want things to look like,
  55. and yet if the Lord doesn't
    put it together that way,
  56. we could have all the
    desires in the world.
  57. We can ask God. We can
    lay these prayers out there,
  58. but ultimately, whatever the chemistry is,
  59. whatever the makeup is,
  60. we're so dependent on the Lord.
  61. But I realize this,
  62. if you come into the New Testament,
  63. what you find so often
  64. is that the New Testament writers,
  65. especially I'm thinking
    right now of Paul.
  66. It's not so much when he wants something.
  67. He wants to see God's people
    in a certain shape,
  68. a certain character.
  69. Or he wants to see the churches
    a certain way.
  70. It's very interesting in the
    New Testament.
  71. It's not so much that
  72. we're thrown the Ten
    Commandments in our face.
  73. Very often, you know what Paul would do
  74. is I want to teach the
    Corinthians about giving.
  75. Very interesting.
  76. He lays before them Christ.
  77. Or you think about the Philippians.
  78. I want to teach them about humility.
  79. Where better can he go?
  80. And he throws out Christ,
  81. equal with God,
  82. laid aside His glory,
    came here to this earth,
  83. took upon the form of a man.
  84. And I really believe,
  85. Brother Kyle says he
    wanted me to come here,
  86. and try, whatever he thought
    he would get from me.
  87. Obviously, he has something in mind
  88. when I'm preaching.
  89. But I've realized this,
  90. I want the hundred firebrand
  91. radicals in our church.
  92. And I would suspect that Kyle
  93. probably would have a preference
    on that end as well.
  94. And I thought about,
  95. how do you get that?
  96. Ok, well, if Paul's going
    to take us to Christ
  97. in these other things,
  98. this is probably it.
  99. If the Spirit of God - because
    that's where we're dependent,
  100. if the power of God does
    not produce what we're looking for here,
  101. we're just dead in the water, folks.
  102. And I realize this,
  103. God is very interested in
    glorifying His Son.
  104. In fact, that Spirit was put
  105. into the church and into this world
  106. to do just that thing:
  107. to exalt Christ.
  108. So if we can't go there
    and produce something, folks,
  109. then I don't know that I have
  110. any hope of going anywhere else.
  111. And so,
  112. let's read together in Luke 19.
  113. Luke 19:41-46
  114. I am simply taking a snapshot
  115. of the life of Christ.
  116. Now realize, I could have gone
  117. to many places,
  118. but there's just something about
  119. these verses that I find very interesting.
  120. Luke 19:41
  121. Got that brother?
  122. I'll give you time to get there.
  123. Luke 19:41
  124. "And when He was come near,
  125. He beheld the city."
  126. Of course, this is speaking
    of our Lord.
  127. "...and wept over it.
  128. Saying 'if thou hadst known,
    even thou, at least in this thy day,
  129. the things which belong
    unto thy peace,
  130. but now they are hid
    from thine eyes,
  131. for the day shall come upon
    thee, that thine enemy shall
  132. cast a trench about thee,
    encompass thee round
  133. and keep thee in on every side,
  134. and shall lay thee even with the ground
  135. and thy children within thee,
  136. and they shall not leave
  137. in thee one stone upon another,
  138. because thou knewest not
  139. the time of thy visitation.'
  140. And He went into the temple,
  141. and began to cast out them
    that sold therein
  142. and them that bought,
  143. saying unto them,
  144. 'it is written, 'my house is the house
    of prayer, but ye have made it
  145. a den of thieves.'"
  146. Now, I have entitled my sermon
  147. "From Weeping to Whipping"
  148. subtitled, "The Necessity of
    Passion in Missions."
  149. It's apparent to me,
  150. as it probably is to you,
  151. that the people who come
    along in life
  152. and turn the world upside down
  153. are not the ones who are indifferent.
  154. That's just true.
  155. It's not the disinterest.
  156. It's not the neutral,
  157. cool-spirited individual
  158. who usually makes a
    difference in this world.
  159. Rather, it tends to be the
    passionate people.
  160. When I talk about passion,
  161. I mean that unusually
    powerful emotion,
  162. compulsion that drives some
    to be and do,
  163. what so many others,
  164. they just sit on the
    sidelines and they watch.
  165. That's the idea.
  166. It just seems to me,
  167. that if you look at this world,
  168. look at our history -
    the history of mankind.
  169. You look around.
  170. Everything great;
    everything worthwhile;
  171. if things are significant,
  172. if you see something out there
  173. that's impactful, fulfilling,
  174. it's typically the result of
  175. somebody's undeniable and
    unstoppable passion.
  176. The endeavors that stand out
  177. in human history are the result
  178. of people with deep, consuming desire
  179. to see something come to pass.
  180. Brethren, you just look around.
  181. You look at history.
  182. You look at every major military endeavor.
  183. You look at the major
    scientific breakthroughs,
  184. pioneering expanses into the unknown,
  185. greatest ages, greatest turns in history,
  186. they're marked typically by
  187. certain valiant efforts of somebody
  188. somewhere
  189. some time
  190. that had passion.
  191. I mean really.
  192. You know that's true.
  193. The world is typically turned by
    the fanatics.
  194. It's always been turned
    by the passionate people.
  195. And you know what?
  196. It's no less true for the
    missionary endeavor.
  197. Every major missionary advance,
  198. every penetration in the
    world's darkest holes.
  199. Heard a little bit about
    William Carey.
  200. What do you think was pulsing
    through that man's heart and veins
  201. those days in his little shop there,
  202. when he'd work on those shoes.
  203. What was he doing all the time?
  204. Maps.
  205. His mind is off in other places.
  206. He's contemplating the heathen.
  207. It's the passionate people.
  208. You've got Hudson Taylor.
  209. What's the guy doing?
  210. I mean before he goes to China.
  211. The guy's sleeping on boards!
  212. He's eating rice.
  213. He's in some dismal shanty
    shack part of town,
  214. and he's ministering to people.
  215. While his friends are doing what?
  216. They're sleeping on the cushy beds.
  217. They're eating roast beef
    and pudding, right?
  218. And you don't even know about his friends.
  219. But you can sure read about him.
  220. Folks, it's typically the
    passionate people
  221. who seem to exchange
    the safety of inaction,
  222. and there is safety in it, folks.
  223. But they exchange that safety of inaction
  224. for the hazards of God-inspired progress
  225. out somewhere.
  226. Whether it's into your neighborhoods
  227. or out among the heathens somewhere.
  228. That's just the way it is.
  229. It's said that Robert Murray McCheyne,
  230. wherever he stepped, Scotland shook.
  231. Now I realize he wasn't a missionary,
  232. but he definitely had
    an evangelist's heart.
  233. He made a nation shake.
  234. What is it that makes nations shake?
  235. You think it might be the fact
  236. that when that man
    stepped into the pulpit
  237. he couldn't help but weep
  238. and show sorrow and anguish for souls
  239. just about every time?
  240. Stick his head in the Bible
  241. and just weep for the people.
  242. There was passion, there was emotion.
  243. You think that had anything...
  244. Folks,
  245. these are the things that
    are going to move this world.
  246. Jim Elliot - he said,
  247. "the shouts in our churches
  248. have been replaced by yawns."
  249. Now you know what?
  250. I know where we're at as a church
  251. - the church I pastor -
  252. I have some idea about where it's at.
  253. I'm not exactly certain where
    Community is.
  254. I haven't been here for over seven years.
  255. But is that the case?
  256. Are there yawns now where
    there used to be shouts?
  257. I remember those days 15 years ago.
  258. I heard plenty of shouting here.
  259. Folks, it's always been that way.
  260. Passion drives the evangelistic endeavor.
  261. It's always been the burning heart
  262. that presses forth with the new endeavor.
  263. It's the burning heart that starts them.
  264. It's the burning heart that sustains them.
  265. And where that passion is quenched,
  266. mark my words,
  267. you cannot produce a single example to me
  268. where passion is quenched,
  269. where the missionary endeavor
  270. will continue to live.
  271. Oh, you can coldly carry on
  272. some mechanical little deal
  273. that you've got going.
  274. You can coldly sign the check
  275. and send it to somebody on the
  276. other side of the world.
  277. I'm not saying you can't do that
  278. and there be no passion,
  279. but you can't maintain this thing
  280. in the way that God would
  281. have you to do it,
    unless there is passion.
  282. To have the kind of impact on this world
  283. to turn it upside down for Christ,
  284. it requires the hot heart.
  285. Not the cool mind.
  286. So, brethren, the case I want to make
  287. this morning, tomorrow,
  288. this is really just going to be
  289. one long message from right now
  290. all the way through when
  291. I say amen tomorrow
  292. is this:
  293. God-breathed passion sustains
  294. the missionary endeavor.
  295. There's no substitute for this
  296. where passion for God for souls is weak,
  297. zeal for missions will be weak.
  298. And where that passion dies,
  299. you can have all the learning,
  300. and you can have all your books,
  301. you can have all your Calvinism,
  302. you can have all your money,
  303. and programs, your theatrics,
  304. all sorts of people, all the talk,
  305. all the intentions, all the analyzing,
  306. all of it,
  307. will do little good.
  308. God give us passionate people.
  309. I would rather have 10
  310. wild-eyed passionate savages
  311. that you've got to corral
  312. and guide and direct
  313. and they scare you half the time
  314. than a bunch of people,
  315. a hundred people, two hundred,
  316. five hundred
  317. that they all sit there,
  318. and you get all stirred up...
  319. I can remember being in a
  320. reformed Baptist church up in
  321. Grand Rapids.
  322. Now, that just gave that away
  323. who that is,
  324. but I remember something exciting
  325. coming from the pulpit,
  326. and one guy said,
  327. "Mmmm."
  328. I thought (scream), I want to
  329. go back to Community.
  330. Folks,
  331. let our people be simple, let them be poor
  332. let them be insignificant
    in this world's estimation,
  333. lowly, despised, foolish, weak,
  334. but just let them burn with a
  335. God-given fire.
  336. One of the greatest hopes of the
  337. missionary endeavor,
  338. it's this, it's fire in the pulpit.
  339. It's a blaze out there
    in the pews, in the seats.
  340. That's what's necessary.
  341. I'll use the words of old Duncan Campbell.
  342. He said this,
  343. "We shall, at our best, appear to
  344. a mad world as a crowd of common people
  345. in a common market
  346. babbling about common wares."
  347. And that's if we have no passion.
  348. I believe the best place, the first place,
  349. we need to look to find this necessary
  350. union of mission and passion
  351. is in none other than
  352. the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
  353. That's where we need to go.
  354. That's where I want us to go.
  355. We think of Him in so many ways.
  356. King. Lord. Judge.
  357. We thought about last night.
  358. All right and proper.
  359. We're talking missions this morning.
  360. And even here, we can't get away
  361. from the fact that even
    when it comes to missions,
  362. He is the First and the Last.
  363. He's the model.
  364. Jesus is the classic missionary.
  365. He is the prototype missionary.
  366. In Him, we have the standard.
  367. Maybe you don't typically
    think that way about Him,
  368. but think with me here.
  369. The word: missionary.
  370. It comes from a Latin word,
  371. derived from a word that has the meaning
  372. the act of sending.
  373. That's exactly what a
    missionary is, right?
  374. It's one we send.
  375. Someone sent forth to proclaim
  376. the Gospel of Christ.
  377. That's exactly what they
    did in Acts 13 is it not?
  378. The Spirit of God designated
  379. Barnabus and Saul,
  380. and it says there that the church
  381. sent them forth.
  382. They were sent out.
  383. Now in the Greek language,
  384. the equivalent word somewhat close to this
  385. is apostolos from which
    we get the word apostle.
  386. Both missionary and apostle have the same
  387. basic meaning.
  388. They contain the idea of one that is
  389. sent forth with a mission,
  390. or a messenger that is sent forth
  391. with a message.
  392. Listen, Scripture tells us,
  393. it actually gives Christ
    this title of apostle.
  394. In Hebrews 3:1
  395. "Wherefore holy brethren,
  396. partakers of the heavenly calling
  397. consider the Apostle and High Priest
  398. of our profession, Christ Jesus."
  399. Christ Jesus is the Apostle.
  400. Not just an apostle,
  401. He is the Apostle.
  402. He sets the standard.
  403. He is the missionary of missionaries.
  404. He is the messenger of God.
  405. He is the Chief Sent One.
  406. Now here's the thing,
  407. this is not at all
  408. a foreign concept in Scripture.
  409. Have you ever noticed how often
  410. Jesus said things like this?
  411. John 5:36
  412. "The Father hath sent Me."
  413. Luke 4:18
  414. "He hath sent Me to
    heal the brokenhearted,
  415. to preach deliverance to the captives."
  416. John 4:34
  417. "My food is to do the will
  418. of Him that sent Me."
  419. John 6:57
  420. "The living Father hath sent Me."
  421. And on we could go.
  422. At least some 34 times,
  423. just in the Gospel of John alone,
  424. Jesus Christ states that He is sent
  425. of the Father.
  426. Every time He says that
  427. He's affirming His missionary capacity.
  428. He is the Sent One.
  429. That's what a missionary is.
  430. Christ is the definitive God-sanctioned
  431. standard for missions.
  432. And I want you to notice something,
  433. it ought not to surprise us
  434. that it's John
  435. who all these times declares Him
  436. as the Sent One,
  437. more than any of the other Gospel writers.
  438. Why?
  439. Why ought that not to surprise us?
  440. Because you know how
    He starts his Gospel?
  441. You've got this everlasting Word.
  442. This Word who was with God,
  443. and who was God,
  444. and you get down to verse 14
  445. and what does that Word do?
  446. The Word became flesh
  447. and dwelt among us.
  448. Now what do we have here?
  449. We have incarnation.
  450. What do we mean by incarnation?
  451. That's a fancy word that means
  452. deity becomes humanity.
  453. Or God becomes man.
  454. In the beginning was the Word.
  455. The Word. The expression of God.
  456. The declaration of God.
  457. There you have the second person
  458. of the Godhead -
  459. that is Jesus Christ.
  460. The Word was with God.
  461. And the Word was God.
  462. He's speaking of Jesus.
  463. Now verse 14 tells us this truth.
  464. How did Jesus influence the world?
  465. He didn't sit
  466. up in glory
  467. and send us an email.
  468. The Lord didn't sit on the throne
  469. up in heaven and loft tracts down to us
  470. or holler down at us.
  471. What did He do?
  472. He came and He dwelt among us.
  473. The Word became flesh.
  474. Eternal deity that dwelt forever
  475. in power and glory and beauty
  476. of the same essence with the Father,
  477. He gave up that glory.
  478. In condescension, He came forth
  479. on a mission.
  480. And what was His mission?
  481. Remember what He told Pilate?
  482. For this purpose I was born
  483. and for this purpose I have
  484. come into the world.
  485. And what was that purpose?
  486. To bear witness to the truth.
  487. The mission of the Christ:
  488. bear witness to the truth.
  489. Not just to bear witness to
  490. one truth among many.
  491. He's not saying there's one truth
  492. for you and another for me.
  493. Jesus Christ came into the world
  494. to bear witness to the truth.
  495. He was sent from heaven,
  496. by His Father,
  497. into this world,
  498. as a messenger of truth.
  499. Is that not exactly what
    missions is all about?
  500. He laid aside His glory.
  501. Laid aside His high position.
  502. Laid aside His comforts, His safety.
  503. And the Bible says,
  504. He descended into the lower parts
  505. of the earth,
  506. and He took upon Himself
    the form of humanity.
  507. He came, He dwelt in
    the womb of the virgin.
  508. The Eternal Word became flesh.
  509. That is the reality of incarnation.
  510. And that is the very fabric of missions.
  511. And here's the thing,
  512. passion characterized that incarnation.
  513. The Word became flesh,
  514. and what did He do?
  515. He dwelt among us.
  516. He did not dwell far away,
  517. out there in a field,
  518. up on a mountain top,
  519. in a monastery.
  520. He came and He dwelt among us.
  521. Not like some stoic,
  522. not all cool and detached.
  523. He dwelt among us with His passions.
  524. Look at the man.
  525. The God-man.
  526. He came from heaven.
  527. Sent of His Father,
  528. and what did He come into this world with?
  529. He brought His tears here.
  530. He brought His indignation here.
  531. He brought His rejoicing
    in the Spirit here.
  532. He brought His sorrows here,
  533. He brought His zeal here,
  534. His compassion, His weeping, His anger,
  535. His love.
  536. He brought them here.
  537. He came from God
  538. with the bowels of love
  539. and He got right next to men
  540. in their sin
  541. and in their need.
  542. A passion burned in the heart of Jesus.
  543. And by that passion, He was driven
  544. to do His Father's will,
  545. and to go hard after the souls of men.
  546. To call sinners to repentance.
  547. And to go all the way to the cross.
  548. This passion drove Him right to where
  549. sinners are - in their dark holes,
  550. in their back streets,
  551. in the depths of where men dwell
  552. in their sin,
  553. and in their wickedness
    and their need
  554. and their depravity.
  555. He wasn't so cold and so passionless
  556. that He wasn't willing to condescend
  557. and dwell with the lowliest, neediest
  558. dirtiest, sinful creatures.
  559. He came on a mission to dwell among us.
  560. So forever stamp that into your minds.
  561. The reality of Christ as the great
  562. prototype missionary.
  563. Now, let's look at our text.
  564. Finally, Luke 19.
  565. Now look, the reason that
    I spent so much time
  566. looking at Jesus as a missionary
  567. is because what I want you to
  568. constantly have in your minds
  569. is that everywhere in the Gospels,
  570. including right here in Luke 19,
  571. Jesus is living, He's functioning,
  572. He's breathing, He's going
    about His business,
  573. in the mission field - His mission field.
  574. Everywhere we find Him in the pages
  575. of these four Gospels,
  576. He is the Apostle sent from Heaven
  577. to earth by the living Father.
  578. I want you to see Him as that.
  579. One who came from outside this world,
  580. One who laid aside His
    comforts and His glory
  581. to dwell among us.
  582. Not far from us, among us.
  583. And we look here in Luke 19,
  584. I want you to feel this reality.
  585. As you experience the yearning, burning,
  586. passionate heart of Christ,
  587. see all that right there
  588. in the missionary context.
  589. Now, like I said before,
  590. I could have taken you to any number
  591. of texts that show you the sort
  592. of fire that burned in the
    missionary heart of Christ,
  593. but I find Luke 19 especially compelling.
  594. And I want to show you why,
  595. by having you notice three things here.
  596. First.
  597. Christ's passion agreed with His mission.
  598. In other words, you can actually see
  599. a distinct connection between what Christ
  600. got excited about and why He was there.
  601. Now let me explain what I mean.
  602. The very term "mission" implies
  603. there's a task to carry out.
  604. There's a goal.
  605. There's some aim at hand.
  606. What might that aim for the
  607. Son of God be in
    coming into the world?
  608. Well, we looked. He came to
    bear witness of the truth.
  609. He told us in some other places,
    maybe more reasons
  610. or a fuller picture on why He
  611. came into this world.
  612. Can you guys think of a text right off?
  613. He came into this world to?
  614. Save sinners.
  615. That's clearly very focal
    in the mission of Christ.
  616. Christ Jesus came into the world
  617. to save sinners.
  618. 1 Timothy 1:15
  619. Here's the thing,
  620. I find that when I look
    there at Luke 19:41,
  621. we would all have to admit
  622. that the very nature of Christ's passion
  623. is absolutely consistent with His mission.
  624. It was for the souls of men that He wept
  625. as He looked over Jerusalem.
  626. Christ's mission is to save sinners.
  627. Now look,
  628. His passion is towards sinners.
  629. His mission is to save sinners.
  630. You see a consistency there?
  631. You see they're in harmony.
  632. His mission: rescue the souls of men.
  633. His bowels of compassion likewise
  634. yearned and burned for men.
  635. But there's more.
  636. In John 7:18, Jesus describes
    Himself like this.
  637. John 7:18
  638. He describes Himself as the One who seeks
  639. the glory of Him who sent Him.
  640. The Father sent the Son.
  641. And in being sent into this world,
  642. one of the aims of the One being sent
  643. is to seek the glory of the One
  644. doing the sending.
  645. The Son was sent and came
  646. in order to seek the glory of the Father.
  647. And again, if we look right here
  648. at this portion that we read:
  649. Luke 19:45-46
  650. We find Christ full of holy zeal,
  651. for what?
  652. Nothing other than His
    Father's glory and honor.
  653. His mission, He says,
  654. was to come in to glorify the One
  655. who sent Him.
  656. And what do you find Him
    doing right there?
  657. His mission?
  658. Glorify His Father.
  659. His zeal, His passion,
  660. was for the glory of His Father.
  661. Now look,
  662. you might be saying,
  663. ok we see that.
  664. Folks, don't miss the simplicity of this.
  665. His passion agreed with His mission.
  666. It is any wonder that we can't sustain
  667. high energy, high fervency exertions
  668. for some radical missionary advance
  669. into the kingdom of darkness
  670. when our people's passions are not
  671. consistent with our mission?
  672. Folks, when your passion is for
  673. the way your house looks,
  674. is it any surprising,
  675. that the church isn't sending forth
  676. more missionaries?
  677. When your passion is for the flowers,
  678. your passion is for the car,
  679. your passion is for
    the workshop, or your job,
  680. your passion is for your money;
  681. Do you really think that where we
  682. have people whose passions are not
  683. in the direction of the souls of men
  684. and the glory of God that we're
  685. going to produce any
    type of missionary thrust
  686. advance whatsoever?
  687. Folks,
  688. you know what?
  689. We can look around at a lot of churches.
  690. And I've found people,
  691. they are passionate for Calvinism.
  692. But they could give a flip
  693. whether the guy down the street
  694. is damned and going to hell.
  695. You've got people passionate
  696. for whether everybody's on time or not.
  697. Now I like that myself,
  698. but we have passion for Puritans,
  699. we have passion for this thing over here,
  700. passion for that thing...
  701. Folks, you get a passion for
  702. the three point expository sermon,
  703. passion for the regulative principle,
  704. passion for this and that...
  705. Everything be done orderly,
  706. and I'm not against all
    those types of things,
  707. but these same people won't shed a tear.
  708. I'd rather have a guy that can't
  709. come to church ever on time,
  710. but when you have prayer meeting,
  711. that guy is just doubled over,
  712. shedding tears.
  713. I personally would rather he come on time
  714. and bend over and shed tears,
  715. but you know what,
  716. if it's one or the other,
  717. I'll tell you what I'll take.
  718. We have to ask ourselves that.
  719. Here's Christ.
  720. He had a mission.
  721. And He was passionate about
  722. the aspects of that mission
  723. He came to fulfill.
  724. I assure you, folks.
  725. We will not see the type of sacrificial
  726. giving of time and money;
  727. We will not see the fervent
  728. prayers and fasting;
  729. We will not see people ready
  730. to lay down their lives
  731. and do some daring endeavors out of love,
  732. out of a desire for the passion of God,
  733. if we're all hung up about
  734. the Spurs or the Cowboys;
  735. if our passion in life is about guns
  736. or about the welder,
  737. or about the new tires for the car,
  738. or this toy and that toy.
  739. Who was it that said?
  740. And I don't think I'll
    even quote it right,
  741. but Tozer, he was talking about
  742. man's susceptibility to idolatry.
  743. We have this deep-seated tendency
  744. to be pulled aside by every idol
  745. that comes along.
  746. It seems like even as Christians,
  747. there's always one we're fighting.
  748. It's always something trying to creep
  749. back in - one or two or five things.
  750. Folks, you let your passions run
  751. off on those things;
  752. the church will die
    when it comes to missions.
  753. You just start giving your passions,
  754. you start giving your heart to all sorts
  755. of other things;
  756. this will never be sustained.
  757. Amy Carmichael said,
  758. "Oh, for a passionate passion for souls!
  759. Oh, for a pity that yearns!
  760. Oh, for the love that loves unto death!
  761. Oh, for the fire that burns!
  762. Oh, for the pure prayer
    power that prevails,
  763. that pours itself out for the lost,
  764. victorious prayer in the conqueror's name.
  765. Oh, for a Pentecost!"
  766. The second thing I want you to notice:
  767. The intensity of Christ's passions.
  768. You think with me real quick here.
  769. You know what?
  770. You've got to picture Him.
  771. This is what we often
    times look at
  772. with the triumphal entry.
  773. He's coming.
  774. He's on the back of this colt,
  775. and He looks out,
  776. and I guarantee you, folks,
  777. that when it says He's
    seeing Jerusalem there,
  778. He's not looking at buildings.
  779. He sees people in those streets.
  780. There are men, there are
    women, there are children.
  781. They are out about their business
  782. in the marketplaces,
  783. and He looks down there.
  784. Let me tell you something,
  785. It says He wept.
  786. I'm talking to you right now
  787. about the intensity of His passions.
  788. That is not the same word for weep
  789. that you find over in Luke 11
  790. when He wept at Lazarus's tomb.
  791. When He wept there,
  792. that term has to do with the fact
  793. that He shed tears.
  794. This one here has to do with the fact
  795. that He wailed.
  796. He lamented.
  797. If you ever read these words
  798. that He's speaking here
  799. as though He spoke them like some stoic,
  800. you are wrong.
  801. He is wailing.
  802. He is filled with affections and passions
  803. for the souls of men
  804. that literally rent Him.
  805. It tore at Him.
  806. Audible weeping is the emphasis.
  807. The most intense pity and sympathy
  808. and love and kindness
  809. compassion and sorrow are flowing together
  810. in this eruption of holy emotion.
  811. And the amazing thing about this is
  812. that in the matter of one verse,
  813. all of a sudden, Luke just
  814. whisks us away from that
  815. and puts us in the temple now.
  816. And what do you see there?
  817. I called this "From Weeping to Whipping."
  818. Now I hope you'll grant me that liberty.
  819. I realize that doesn't specifically
  820. say whipping here.
  821. It does over in John 2.
  822. And I realize that's
    a separate account,
  823. but I imagine that Him
    taking those cords,
  824. making them into a whip,
    driving them out of there,
  825. was effective enough the first time;
  826. He probably did it the
    same way the second time.
  827. But I tell you this,
  828. when I was lost,
  829. my friends and I did a lot of gambling.
  830. And I can remember
    sometimes sitting around
  831. the poker table,
  832. and there'd be 10 guys, 12 guys, 15 guys
  833. and an enormous amount
    of cash on that table.
  834. And I can tell you this,
  835. if some guy would have walked in
  836. off the street and flipped that table,
  837. we would have attacked him first,
  838. and then we would have been scrambling
  839. like mad to get our money off the floor.
  840. And I'll tell you what,
  841. for Christ to walk into that temple
  842. and do what He did
  843. and send those guys running,
  844. I'll tell you this,
  845. whatever He had in His hand
  846. or didn't have in His hand,
  847. whatever they saw in His face
    and in His expressions,
  848. it put the fear of God in them
  849. and they got out of there!
  850. He had passion.
  851. It was strong.
  852. He had the zeal as it says in John 2.
  853. The zeal of God's house had eaten Him up.
  854. Look folks, the Lord walked around
  855. this earth with fire burning in His heart.
  856. He had a fire there.
  857. It burned, it raged
    for the glory of His father.
  858. For the souls of men,
  859. there was intensity,
  860. there was fervency,
  861. it was always there.
  862. But you know what?
  863. Many folks don't like people like that
  864. in their churches.
  865. Why?
  866. It makes them feel uncomfortable.
  867. People like that, they're dangerous.
    They're unpredictable.
  868. They're unconventional.
  869. They don't follow proper etiquette.
  870. We need everything right and ordered.
  871. We've got to have that
    regulative principle in order.
  872. You know, people like that,
    they just shout at
  873. times they ought not to,
  874. or they do things strange, bizarre,
  875. make us uncomfortable.
  876. Not politically correct.
  877. I mean, how many of us,
  878. we have to sit and analyze...
  879. now if we do this, and we go after
  880. those guys there in the temple,
  881. there's likely to be these consequences,
  882. we might get put on a cross,
  883. they might kill us,
  884. we better not do that.
  885. But folks, I guarantee you this.
  886. It's these types
  887. it's these types that it's so amazing
  888. how often they can find Christians
  889. who are the perfect cold, wet blanket
  890. for their fiery heart.
  891. How often it's the Christians.
  892. It's not the lost pagan guy
  893. down the street.
  894. It's the Christians who when you find
  895. people like this,
  896. they just want to take the cold, icy
  897. bucket of water and
    splash it on the folks.
  898. I'll tell you this,
  899. it's those types - intense like Christ,
  900. who put the fear of God
    in the heart of the devil.
  901. The masses perish.
  902. The enemies of God go unchallenged.
  903. And what are we doing?
  904. Jim Elliot.
  905. He says, "Ah, generation that hears,
  906. but feels not.
  907. Listens, but aches not.
  908. Harks, but knows not pain,
  909. nor the pleasurable healing balm thereof.
  910. Tell me, is all fire extinguish
  911. save in hell?
  912. Damned be this tipidity.
  913. Have we no fire to hate?
  914. Does no flame seize our prophets?
  915. Show me one burning heart.
  916. Let me see a single worldling
  917. afire with true passion.
  918. One heavenling, consumed with his
  919. God's eternal burnings.
  920. In them, I would find excuse for you,
  921. my cheating, shamming,
  922. joyless generation;
  923. well has your own poet said,
  924. you live and die ox-like,
  925. limp and leaden-eyed."
  926. He goes on to say,
  927. "Oh, that God would
    shake up some of those
  928. married couples around Portland
  929. with their prim unconcern for
  930. souls and saints,
  931. dabbling and building lots, houses,
  932. jobs, babies, silverware,
  933. while souls starve for what they know.
  934. Souls starve for what these
  935. married couples know.
  936. God shall not hold us guiltless either.
  937. He shall suffer loss.
  938. The urge comes on me at times
  939. to write in scathing terms,
  940. articles for these piddly little magazines
  941. of comfort and kind words
    for God's little flock.
  942. Baloney.
  943. When are we going to rise like men
  944. and face the world squarely?
  945. This drively nonsense which
    condones inactivity
  946. because of the apostasy of the days,
  947. needs a little fire to show up,
  948. the downright ungodliness it hides,
  949. we cuddle around the Lord's table,
  950. as though it were the last
    coal of God's altar.
  951. We warm our hands thinking that
  952. that's going to appease the wrath of the
  953. indignant Christ when He charges us
  954. with the unmet, unchallenged, untaught
  955. generation of heathen,
  956. doing their Christmas shopping.
  957. It makes me boil when
    I think of the power
  958. we profess and the
    utter impotency of our action.
  959. Believers who know
    one tenth as much as we do
  960. are doing a hundred times more for God.
  961. With His blessing and our criticism.
  962. Oh, if I could write it,
    preach it, say it,
  963. paint it, anything at all.
  964. If only God's power would
  965. become known among us.
  966. And then he says,
  967. Ichabod.
  968. Now, third.
  969. I would have you notice this about Christ.
  970. Notice the enduring
    aspect of His passions.
  971. When does Luke 19 take place?
  972. It wasn't day number one of His
  973. missionary endeavor to the world.
  974. It wasn't the first day
    or the first month
  975. of His public ministry.
  976. He was at the end, folks.
  977. This is what's called,
    like I already said,
  978. the triumphal entry.
  979. This is the long-expeted King coming
  980. in the name of the Lord,
  981. in several days, He would be
  982. crucified and killed.
  983. For nigh unto 33 years,
  984. Christ has sojourned on His mission field,
  985. and less than a week from the end,
  986. the fire still blazes.
  987. Some of you guys,
  988. these guys go down on the streets downtown
  989. and they preach.
  990. And they came across a guy
    from another church,
  991. and here's what happened.
  992. First week, he went down there.
    Tried to get the church excited.
  993. Let's go down there.
  994. Let's do some evangelism on the streets.
  995. How many went the first week?
  996. 18.
  997. How many went the second week?
  998. 1.
  999. Here's Christ. The intensity. The passion.
  1000. It hasn't diminished.
  1001. It hasn't grown cold.
  1002. It's still hot.
  1003. As magnificent as ever.
  1004. It's there.
  1005. But how typical...
  1006. What's the average stay for the
  1007. American missionary on
    the foreign mission field?
  1008. Do you know?
  1009. It's pathetic and miserable.
  1010. I think it's right around 1 year.
  1011. And our Lord was
    quite a different example.
  1012. His passion was consistent
  1013. with His mission.
  1014. His passion is intense.
  1015. His passion is enduring.
  1016. You know, folks,
  1017. far too often we have this
  1018. erroneous and probably
    very arrogant notion,
  1019. that if we have the right doctrine,
  1020. it guarantees our success and blessing.
  1021. I think what Elliot
    says is absolutely right.
  1022. There are those that know what?
  1023. A tenth as much as we do,
  1024. and they're doing a hundred times more.
  1025. And where you find those guys,
  1026. you're going to find the
    passion of Christ
  1027. burning in their souls.
  1028. Here's the thing,
  1029. we do need right doctrine.
  1030. But we need more than that.
  1031. You look at this and you say,
  1032. I see the heart of Elliot.
  1033. More than that, I see the heart of Christ.
  1034. You know, folks,
  1035. what do we do?
  1036. Where do we go?
  1037. You know as well as I do,
  1038. that you're not going to get this passion
  1039. watching t.v., eating your twinkies.
  1040. It's not going to come that way.
  1041. 2 Corinthians 3:18
  1042. We have a marvelous truth.
  1043. Oh, how often we get all hung up.
  1044. We're like Martha.
  1045. We become all disturbed, perplexed,
  1046. distracted, worried about our service
  1047. for Christ.
  1048. We're running around,
  1049. we're doing this,
  1050. and it all becomes so mechanical.
  1051. We've got our thing we do.
  1052. We've got our week,
  1053. it's all ordered.
  1054. We go through the mechanical plottings
  1055. of this thing,
  1056. we get all hung up on these things.
  1057. We need all the people in our churches
  1058. to get to the place where they say
  1059. I want more than that.
  1060. Be done with that.
  1061. I want the heart of the matter.
  1062. I want to get in this thing.
  1063. I want to be immersed in God.
  1064. I want to be immersed in His fire.
  1065. Because it can happen.
  1066. How's this thing going to happen?
  1067. It's not like we look at ourselves,
  1068. it's not like Drew,
  1069. you look at the past,
  1070. and you say, well,
  1071. that's it.
  1072. Wasted 46 years of my life.
  1073. Nothing can happen here.
  1074. That's not the way I read my Bible.
  1075. What it says is says this,
  1076. we can behold the glory of that
  1077. glorious Christ.
  1078. We talked about last night,
  1079. sitting upon that throne.
  1080. We can behold His glories
  1081. in the Scriptures, in the Gospels,
  1082. we can look there.
  1083. We can get on our faces.
  1084. We can get alone with God.
  1085. We can ask Him.
  1086. Lord, burn that image into our souls.
  1087. And we have a promise right there,
  1088. 2 Corinthians 3:18
  1089. That He will do that, degree by degree,
  1090. glory by glory,
  1091. He will write that, emblazon that
  1092. very image into our soul.
  1093. That's why I wanted
    to show you Christ.
  1094. Because I trust the Spirit of God.
  1095. He's in that business.
  1096. He has promised.
  1097. Does not Romans 8:29 say
  1098. that He has predestined to conform
  1099. His children to the image of Christ?
  1100. He has said that.
  1101. He's going to do that.
  1102. If you are a true child of God,
  1103. and you've been going through a season
  1104. where you've been down,
  1105. where you've been dry, you've been cold.
  1106. You're not going to find the heat
  1107. in your work, in your money,
  1108. in your favorite athletic team.
  1109. It's not going to come there.
  1110. It's not going to come by hours
    in front of the computer,
  1111. or the television.
  1112. You've got to get alone with God.
  1113. You've got to get in the very presence
  1114. of that inner glory,
  1115. and you've got to stand there
  1116. in the light of that,
  1117. and in the light of the Scripture,
  1118. and on your face,
  1119. like we heard earlier,
  1120. trembling at God's Word;
  1121. you need to find Christ.
  1122. And you need to look at Him.
  1123. And you need to gaze at Him.
  1124. And His mission.
  1125. And you need to plead with God,
  1126. write that, burn that, emblazon that
  1127. into my own heart and life and being.
  1128. Lord, don't let me die.
  1129. Don't let me just fizzle out.
  1130. And you're not going to do that
  1131. in thirty seconds.
  1132. You've got to take time.
  1133. You've got to get with God.
  1134. You've got to see Christ.
  1135. I remember one man telling me,
  1136. "oh, I pray when I'm shaving."
  1137. Yeah, you pray when you shave.
  1138. He made it sound like that's all he did.
  1139. And if that's all you do, you're never
  1140. going to do anything.
  1141. We've got to have some people
  1142. that are serious about this,
  1143. that are serious about the quiet place.
  1144. They're serious.
  1145. Gaze at His glory, brethren.
  1146. Immerse yourselves more and more
  1147. until the fire is lit,
  1148. and the heart burns,
  1149. and all hell is afraid,
  1150. and there is no substitute.
  1151. Here it is.
  1152. This is essential.
  1153. The union of mission and passion.
  1154. Amen.