Dealing With People by Jerry Vines

DEALING WITH PEOPLE
Matthew 7:1-12
Jerry Vines
5/7/89
We are coming to the climax to our Sermon on the Mount as given to us by the Lord Jesus. I'll
be speaking from the first 12 verses and our next message will be the evangelistic appeal which Jesus
gives at the climax of His sermon. All preaching has to result in an appeal for people to be saved. The
Lord Jesus certainly does this and we'll find that in verses 13-to the end of the chapter.
Jim Wright, the Speaker of the House of Representative, is now under investigation by the
House Ethics Committee. On Friday he was speaking in his home district in Ft. Worth, Texas, and in
the course of his speech he said that he shared the same values of the American people. Tell the truth,
keep your word, pay your bills and do unto others as you would like for them to do unto you. He has
expressed the words of the Lord Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount which give to us the capstone of
everything Jesus has been teaching. The Lord Jesus indicates to us that there are two very vital
relationships in the Christian life. One time somebody said to the Lord Jesus, what was the great
commandment and what was the next commandment of all and Jesus said the greatest commandment
of all is to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy mind, with all thy strength and with all thy
might and then he said the second was liken unto this: love your neighbor as yourself.
Every one of us has two very important relationships. There is the vertical relationship -- our
relationship to God. Jesus said we are to love the Lord our God with everything we have. There is
secondly the horizontal relationship and that is our relationship to other people. The Lord Jesus
summarizes it when He says - do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This is the climax
of the verses I have read because ...


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