Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
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Segment #8 Pastor Steve Wuori

"But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. So here we are now involving more than just two people. We are involving three or four. That be two or three witnesses, to what is being said. And here we see that relentless pursuit of that truth, don't we, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. Sometimes we are not sure that we want our side or our responsibility to come out and we're hoping that maybe maybe that part won't really matter so much, we are focusing on them after all. But I think that here, is meant everyword. And this means that there is a discussion of the offence, what has taken place, and that every word will be established with witnesses, so that if you are in error, if there is a shared error, he has certainly trespassed against you, we've been told that, but all of those things will come out. And it becomes even harder to imagine, then, that if the truth is known completely and openly on both sides, nothing hidden, it's hard to believe we would ever go beyond this point. But Jesus is prepared for that too because He knows human nature. And he knows the resistance to the Word of God. He knows how stiff necked we are, how proud we are and how sometimes we will not yield no matter what somebody says to us. So he has prepared the third step and that is if he neglect to hear these witnesses, then tell it to the church, unto the church. But if he neglect to hear the church, something else happens. And with is the church? It is the body of believers, and there, I guess the heart will need to judge. Do you involve a church board, do you involve the pastor? Do you involve the entire congregation? Again, thinking of the little children, sometimes there are matters that no one in an assembly like this need hear talked about. Those should be dealt with in another way. And so the judgment of the Spirit must apply here, as far as what the church is, who to involve within the church. Now we have a stiff necked man here, for sure, that we are dealing with as Jesus decribes him to us. And now we think well, here is the point where they are kicked out. This is the point of the whole church law! But it's not! It kind of ends with a flop~Because it says after all of that, if he neglects to hear now the church, we wait for what Jesus will say, and all He says is, "let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican. And what do you do with heathen men and publicans? You love them. There is no authority contained in this church law to not love. We heard from the earlier message as brother Gene spoke about loving one another. Bind us together in love is the theme of this convention. And I guess we must conclude from the words of Jesus, we never have the authority not to love. And sometimes when are are angry, we are seeking such authority, aren't we? We are looking for some means by with the authority of the Scripture, we might be able to come to a point where we can cut someone off. All this says is, you have lost a brother. That's all. Because if after all of this, they are so stubborn that they simply will not hear, that which is brought before them, then it says: You just don't have a brother anymore. They're a heathen man and publican. Unbelievers.

Pastor Steve Wuori

Posted on 23 Oct 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Segment #7 Pastor Steve Wuori 10/18/09

Who did that? Jesus. Jesus says in the gospel of John. He says that "If I had not come and spoken to them they had not had sin, but now they have no cloak for their sin." In other words, Jesus has cared enough to come and speak to us about sin, not his, but ours. This is the perfect picture of Jesus. He has come, and through his Word, has described to us how guilty we are. His Word has described how it was our sins, our faults, that placed him on the cross of Calvary and it was for those sins and faults that he died. And therefore, we see the example that Jesus sets, and that is that there was a brother, there was a friend who trespassed against him. That was me. And he cared enough to come and speak to me about what I had done and by the power of His Spirit, within the heart, He has revealed to me what I have done. King David, when he had sinned so badly against Uriah, Bathsheba and a whole host of people within His kingdom, when it came time to repent, he said, I have sinned against the Lord, because the conviction of his heart was, that though it was Nathan who brought the Word to him that broke his heart, it was the Word of God that came to him and told him that he was guilty. And therefore, he concluded, I have sinned against the Lord. And that is what really breaks the heart, isn't it? It's when we recognize that there has been a relationship of trust that has been broken and we have been the ones to break it. We have made the mistake, it is our fault. And so likewise between us, when there is the trust that has been broken, or there is betrayal, we find that we look and see, that I am the guilty one. But Jesus has come and has spoken to us in love, concerning our trespasses, our faults, and what happened? If it so be that we hear, He has gained us. Not our gain, but His. He has gained this brother, who has trespassed against Him. So here we see that in this first place there is a deep love and a deep care that causes the person to go, to tell, to see if they will hear and to be restored. And what a blessing if we can be honest with one another concerning these things, and how hard it is, sometimes, to go and talk about these things. And also when we talk about hearing and gaining and restoration, I believe that because it is the words of Jesus that have brought us to this place, we cannot forget Him when it comes time to have that restoration. How many times when there has been an offence, say between a husband and a wife, when we come to the point where we say, "I'm sorry, forget it." Now if we forgot to buy the milk at the store, that might be good enough. But yet if there has been an offense, that certainly means that there is something that is deeper than "I forgot to buy milk on the way home." Then by all means, because these are the words of Jesus, involve Him, use Him use His Name. Don't be afraid to use His Name, that high and mighty Name. that through faith in it alone was that cripple able to rise and walk and leap and praise God when Peter and John came to Him as it is written early in the book of Acts. It is recorded that this man who is lame, his ankle bones received strength and he lept and walked and praised God and it was Peter then who said, "His Name, through faith in his Name ahd made this man strong." That is really what did it. It was not Peter or John with any miracle of healing. But it was the name of Jesus. That powerful name that is above all others. It was through faith in His Name. Use His Name when you are seeking to forgive sin, when you are seeking to restore. Don't be afraid of the name of Jesus. And don't be afraid of His blood. It is a precious thing, that blood that ws shed on the cross of Calvary, that even tonight enables us to know that we are the forgiven and ransomed sinners, who have been restored unto our heavenly Father, by the blood of Jesus. And therefore, don't be afraid, be free, be so free that you are able to invoke the name of Jesus and blood of Jesus. Don't just say "I'm sorry" and try to wall paper over it, but get to the root of it. And assure one another that in the powerful name and blood and because of those things, these words of sorrow, these words of reconciliation have great power. Don't be afraid that you are promoting an old tradition or anything like that. But don't be afraid, for sure, of those things. Involve Jesus because He himself speaks to us here of restoration. So the first step here now is concluded and I have to believe that if this first step is done in the manner which Jesus describes it, there will be no second or third step. but in case there is, then we go into those steps, starting with the 16th verse.

Pastor Steve Wuori
Posted on 18 Oct 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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- Posted by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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