“Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon. And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.” But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.” But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once.” Matthew 15:21-28 NASB
God’s Call to Us
God’s call to us is the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. He calls us in the gospel to salvation (Rom 1:16), but the call is through the sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth (2 Thes 2:13-14), and, the truth is without love: we do not do any good, we do not amount to anything, and we do not gain anything (1 Cor 13:1-3).
God’s love has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us, (Rom 5:5) and His love is both powerful and practical in our lives (1 Cor 13:4-8).
Take Scripture Personally
Jesus was asked by an expert in the law, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus asked the expert one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves regarding scripture, “What is written in the law, and how do you read it?”
The sad truth is that many read the scripture and teach it to others without taking it, personally. In other words, they apply the text to others and forget to answer the call it brings to them, personally. We do our best when we come to Christ and we take His “yoke” upon ourselves and we as individuals learn from Him, not just showing others how His yoke fits upon them (Matt 11:28-29).
Where Are You and What Are You Doing Here?
The LORD is patient (2 Pet 3:9), and He didn’t just now get that way. Sin brings fear, doubt, and shame into our lives and these things can all lead us to hide away from God. God’s rescue is truth and His presence.
Sunday morning sermon
God’s Purpose In the Church
God wants all men saved (1Tim 2:3-5), and this is how all men will know Christ has disciples, because they love one another (Jn 13:35). The church is perhaps the most practical way in which God will show the world that His love and His purpose are both practical and powerful.
God exults over the apple of His Eye.
Zeph 3: 17
Zech 2: 8
Fruit to the Father’s Glory
God has likened His purpose in His people since the early days Israel, the nation (Exod 15:17; Psa 80:8; Isa 5:2; Jer 2:21). Jesus taught His apostles the night He was betrayed, He Himself was the “true vine” of God’s purpose for a fruitful people. God’s illustration and His eternal purpose for the church make it clear that the Father desires in His people fruit that glorifies Him (Luke 6: 1-49; Jn 15:8; Eph 3:20-21).