Restoration In The Kingdom (Matthew 18:15-20)
February 23, 2014 Speaker: Dr. David Silvernail Series: The King and His Kingdom! - A Series in the Book of Matthew
Topic: Sermons Passage: Matthew 18:15–18:20
It's good to be back, though upon returning to the office today, I felt so far behind with all the work that needs to be done. Whenever I've been away, upon my return, I always feel like I need to visit 10 people, call 20, write 30, complete all sorts of administrative tasks, and prepare to preach & teach three times on Sunday, and so on and so forth. Perhaps you feel that way sometimes too. It's hard to come back from vacation because you know it means coming back to the everyday routine ... back to reality. And who wants that when you could be carrying around your week old beautiful baby granddaughter! But such is life.
But reality never quite goes away, does it? No matter how much we try to avoid it, or delay facing it, reality waits patiently ... knowing that, sooner or later, you'll show up again. Our passage this week, Matthew 18:15-20, is all about facing reality. This is Jesus' teaching about what to do when someone sins against you. How you should respond when you've been offended. How you should react when people say mean-spirited things about you. And these instructions are hard, and time-consuming, and require tact and discernment, gentleness and respect, along with a lot of grace. All easier said than done. And underneath it all is a big lesson about the church. What's the lesson? Come Sunday to find out.
See you then! Dr. Dave