Posted By LAF Editor on February 2, 2014
February is a month when we focus on love. How is love defined and understood? Hollywood says it’s defined by license, narcissism and self-fulfilment. What do you say?Gather your children around and listen to this important sermon as Scott Brown teaches us how to build strong families and teach others as part of the great commision. Scott Brown clarifies how to lawfully use the law. Shedding light on questions about justification, commandment keeping, cultural warfare & transformation, building discernment, the offense the law brings and more.
Mem. Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word. I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Nun. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalms 119:97-105
Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:11-14
You as a church have been part of a reformed movement in the church over the past several years. Essentially you have returned to a very important understanding. It’s the understanding that Scripture is sufficient. That Scripture is the guide that God leads His church through His word and through His word alone.
It is difficult to do that because it does two things.
It confronts so much in you and it also offends so much in others when you turn to scripture and scripture alone because it really confronts man’s autonomy.
It also contradicts an antinomian age, an age that is against the law of God.
It’s troublesome to do that. It’s a hard road to travel. Because the modern church today has a confused view of the law of God. Actually a very low view of the law of God.
And so we have difficulty in church life, in family life and every part of our lives when we’ve recovered what has been our historic reformed understanding of the law of God and it’s complimentary relationship with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We have a hard time because we can only think one way about the law of God rather than to think in a way that is more consistent with all of scripture to think in a way that is harmonious with all of scripture. It’s easy to quote one verse about the law of God but it’s a little bit more difficult but actually more wonderful to look at all of scripture from Genesis to Revelation to see what God has said about it.
Thoughts on Deuteronomy
There are few things that are more misunderstood than relationship between the law of God and the grace of God. I’d like to take us through a process, pull back from the book of Deuteronomy, and see the law of God through a number of other lenses. I’d like to give you five ways to use the law lawfully.
The apostle Paul said to Timothy the Law is good, only if you use it lawfully.
1. Say what Jesus said about the law. Say what the Apostles said about the law.
2. Understand what it means to be free from the law
3. Know how to interpret the law. There are 9 things to ask about every law of God.
4. Understand the continuity of the old and new testaments.
5. Make sure you fulfill the great commission because the law of God is in the great commision.
Listen to the rest of Scott Brown’s sermon here.