Matthew 13:53-58 (ESV)
53 And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, 54 and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” 58 And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.
a. How long has it been since you’ve been amazed by God?
b. Don’t ever lose your wonder and amazement at the work of GOD
c. Just because you are familiar with His creation, does not make it any less amazing
d. Put yourself in a place to be utterly shaken by the awesome GOD you serve
e. This is the warning: Don’t get complacent
- Continue growing in your knowledge of Christ
- But don’t ever let yourself get used to it!
2. Complacency Breeds Scoffing
a. When you get a group of scoffers together, they seems to multiply
b. All it takes is one or two negative comments to start a conversation headed to the abyss of negativity
c. We are at war against negativity!
- Speak with kindness
- Challenges should be explained in such a way that so a positive search for solution
- When your ears detect negativity, let your mouth produce positivity
- Speak of the goodness of God
- Speak of his blessings
3. Scoffers Breed Division
a. There are those that have no faith and will never understand a working of God
b. There are those who reject and try to squelch any sign of the working of God
c. There are those that are against anything God is doing
- Some of these folks are Baptists…
- Some are misdirected
- All are outside the FAITH