If You Practice Righteousness/if You Practice Unrighteousness (7 Of 8) by Tony Nester

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If You Practice Righteousness/If You Practice
Spiritual Choices: 7 of 8
Text: Isaiah 1:10-20; Mark 12:28-34
Tony Nester

This series of messages has been about spiritual choices:
believing or not believing, worshipping God or worshipping
an idol, obeying or disobeying, forgiving or not forgiving,
loving or not loving. These are choices we each make for
ourselves. The Bible emphasizes the importance of the

Jesus said that not one sparrow falls to the ground without
God knowing about it. (Matthew 10:29). John's Gospel tells
us that any one who believes in Jesus will enter eternal
life (John 3:16). The Apostle Paul taught that each one us
must one day give to God an accounting of what we have made
of our individual lives (2 Corinthians 5:10). And yet the
Bible doesn't leave everything up to individuals. In fact,
much of the Bible isn't about individuals - great portions
of the Bible are about peoples, nations, communities. One
of the great turning points in Scripture is Genesis 12.
There we have the story of God calling Abraham to begin a
nation that would become God's own people:

(Genesis 12:1-3 NRSV) "Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go from
your country and your kindred and your father's house to
the land that I will show you. {2} I will make of you a
great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name
great, so that you will be a blessing. {3} I will bless
those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will
curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be

Jesus often preached about the Kingdom of God. This God-
ruled realm is more than a collection of individual
believers - the Kingdom of God is a spiritual community -
the people or nation that fulfills the promise given to

And when the Bible says that God so loved the world it
means that God loves us as a world and not just as

All this is to say that the Bible add ...

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