Practical Christianity Part 2
July 14, 2019

Practical Christianity Part 2

Passage: Luke 4:38-39
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This is the summary of the sermon that was shared Sunday, July 14, 2019. It was part 2 in a summer series titled “Practical Christianity Learned From Unsung Heroes”. This particular message was titled, ‘Peter’s Mother-In-Law’. The key verse was Luke 4:38-39. Other important verses were Psalm 138:1-5; Luke 8:46; Hebrews 4:16; 1 Peter 3:12a; and Isaiah 40:28.

In brief: The Christian faith – although filled with amazing and life-transforming – is also a very practical faith. It is a faith that moves us towards sanctification and good works; and it also should move us away from a life (which is really no life) in the flesh.

We’re taking a summer break from Romans and looking at a variety of little known characters from both the Old and New Testament, who are examples to us of believers who trusted the Lord and exhibited aspects of a practical Christianity. Our sight should always be on Jesus and not the ‘unsung hero’, but these are real people who stood for righteousness and show us that by trusting Christ we can live a practical Christian life that can impact the world with the Gospel.

In brief: The second character is Peter’s mother-in-law. On the Sabbath, Jesus and the disciples were at the synagogue, at which time Jesus was teaching, and He cast out a demon of a man who was at the worship service. Afterwards they retired to Peter and Andrew’s home for rest and lunch, and when Jesus entered he saw that Peter’s mother-in-law was on her bed with a very high fever. Luke, as a physician, used a word to indicate that she was deathly ill.

Jesus touched her and she immediately was healed. And at that very moment she got up and served the men, presumably made lunch for them.

The godly behaviors that we see here that it would be wise for any Christian to emulate in order to grow in our sanctification and make our Christian faith a practical faith are that of gratitude and service. These two traits work together and ought to be reflected in the lives of every Christian transformed by God’s redeeming grace. Gratitude is the attitude of humble appreciation when something undeserving is given to us. This lady didn’t ask to be healed but in the Lord’s grace He gave her the gift of health, so she was immediately grateful for this kind and undeserving gesture. As Christians touched by God’s undeserving grace we ought to not only be grateful to the Lord for saving us, but for the rest of our life we ought to be reflecting a genuine attitude of humble appreciation to the Lord for the life given to us.

Peter’s mother-in-law displayed her gratitude by immediately serving the Lord and the others. This was not as a way to pay the Lord back, but rather as a reflection of one who, in gratitude, chooses to follow Jesus and assist Him – serve Him – and others in every way possible. It should be the natural consequence of a life touch by grace to willingly and joyfully serve the Lord and His Church and His people, and all people, for that matter, but always done so in love and realizing that we have to set margins and boundaries so that we are not taken advantage of or burned out.

A beautiful aspect of a practical Christianity is a joyful life of gratitude and service. The most content Christians are those who are thankful and are serving God’s kingdom with the strength and ability given to them by the Lord.