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Sun, Mar 26, 2017

The Standing Righteous One

The Gospel is One Rescue Story with God actively, aggressively and unstoppably pursuing his meandering people throughout time and space to give us righteousness, hope and life. His pursuit is consistent, with me in rebellion from the inside (sin) and persecution from the outside (trials) because we demand to create our own manageable rightness so that we can get credit without help from him. The final and inevitable solution was God sending Jesus, the personification of Righteousness, to exchange our perpetual unrighteousness with his eternal righteousness. And, just like we did to all the prophets before him, we killed Jesus. In so doing, we actually and inadvertently ushered in the Great Transfer of Rightness: Jesus’ to us, and our un-rightness to Jesus. Now he “stands” at God’s right hand as our Divine Defense Attorney declaring to the Father that all of his children are just and right. This declaration gives us the hope to live boldly even when the world’s (and our own) courtroom declares us guilty.
Duration:34 mins 5 secs
Worship Order

Prelude: Music Special - What Wondrous Love Is This

Band: Piano & Vocals - Tonya Hudson, Vocals - George Floyd, Guitar & Vocals - Jeff Whisnant, Guitar - Greg Cheadle, Drums - Michael Leyshon

Call To Worship: 1 Peter 1:3-9 ESV

3.26.17 Songs

Reading: 1 John 2:1-3 NIV

Sermon Title: The Standing Righteous One

Central Text: Acts 7:51-8:1 ESV

3.26.17 Slides

Illustration: After the Fall

Benediction: Colossians 1:11-14 ESV

Scripture Readings

Call To Worship: 1 Peter 1:3-9 ESV
LEADER: 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

ALL: 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 

Reading: 1 John 2:1-3 NIV
LEADER: 1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

 

ALL: 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

 

Central Text: Acts 7:51-8:1 ESV
51 “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. 52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, 53 you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.” 54 Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. 55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. 58 Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
1 And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.

 

Benediction: Colossians 1:11-14 ESV
LEADER: 1 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

 

ALL: 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 

 

Post-Service Text: Acts 7:55 ESV
55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.

Discussion Questions

  1. How has God pursued his people throughout history? How has God pursued you personally?
  2. How do you/we try to create our own Righteousness (rather than simply receive his)? Define Righteous. How do we make sin and “rightness” attainable and really just go to Jesus to erase those (minimal) ways we don’t quite measure up?
  3. How is our pursuit of self-righteousness (actively creating our own rightness) equal to putting The Righteous One to death?
  4. Describe what it looks like to you that Jesus isn’t just sitting at the right hand of God (which is how he is always described in Scripture except here and means that his work is finished) but that he is currently and actively “standing” at the Father’s right hand as our Divine Defense Attorney.
  5. What difference does it make that we have the gift of “imputed” righteousness rather than a self-accomplished righteousness? How can this empower us to live boldly when we feel convicted by our own hearts of the world?

Related Sermons

Suffering and Glory by Timothy J. Keller

Acts 7:1, 35-39, 51-8:1

 

Jesus Christ Is An Advocate for Sinners by John Piper

1 John 2:1-2

 

The Way through Suffering by Jeff Vanderstelt

1 Peter 2:18-2:25

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