Pastor Steve Williams : Held in Contempt

Shockwaves · 45:34 · Recorded April 28, 2019

Held In Contempt

2 Chronicles 15:5 (CSB) “In those times there was no peace for those who went about their daily activities because the residents of the lands had many conflicts.”

They’re sudden shifts in our national landscape.

They’re felt across every sector of our national life.

They’re threatening to change us as its citizens.

Exodus 23:2 (BBE) Do not be moved to do wrong by the general opinion, or give the support of your words to a wrong decision.

Becoming spiritual stabilizers

1. Operate from a homebase of HUMILITY.

Philippians 2:3-4 (ESV) Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Hold yourself in suspicion as you do others.

2. Develop eyes & ears of EMPATHY for others.

Proverbs 20:12 (NIV) Ears that hear and eyes that see – the LORD has made them both.

James 1:19-20 (NLT) Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.

Be bridge builders, not bridge burners.

Proverbs 12:15; 18:2 (NLT) Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others…Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.

3. Never refuse to stand in SOLIDARITY with another.

Matthew 5:22 (NAS) “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.”

Resist depersonalizing, caricaturing & isolating others.

John 13:34-35 (CSB) “Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

1 John 3:16 (CSB) This is how we have come to know love: He laid down his life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

4. Adopt a fixed disposition of DECENCY.

Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV) Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Relate, don’t just react to others!

Proverbs 12:18 (CSB) There is one who speaks rashly, like a piercing sword; but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Romans 12:14-18 (CSB) Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another…Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Give careful thought to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Never let others decide how you must treat them.

PLEASE NOTE: The subjects dealt with in this series are eliciting strong emotions that are easily exploited today. It is VERY likely there are persons in your group who don’t look at some of these exactly like you do. Begin your discussion time with prayer, praying especially for Jesus to help you by his Spirit to better understand and know how to love people who differ from you. Read Colossians 3:15 and claim that and aim at that with your group!

What shockwaves rocking our nation trouble/concern you the most these days?

How have you personally felt “held in contempt” by others in recent years? How does that make you feel and tempt you to act?

Is there a new thought or idea that this message prompted that you’ve found yourself “noodling” on?

Review the “Spiritual stabilizers” Steve presented. Which of these do you find most challenging? Which do you find most helpful and encouraging in dealing with shockwaves in our culture? Give some examples of how Jesus embodied these?

Identify what the polar opposite of these stabilizers would be and look like? How do you identify with these opposites? What can you do to be careful you’re not infected with these by the polarizing culture of contempt today?

Who comes to mind as a result of this message that you feel you need to better seek to understand and relate to in love? How can your group pray for you and help you with this?

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