Reflecting the Righteousness of God – sermon notes by Daniel Leavitt


  1. Spiritual Strength
  2. Purpose of Life
  3. Servant of All


Spiritual Strength

Luke 1:80

And the child continued to grow and to become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts until the day of his public appearance to Israel.



Ephesians 3:16 (NIV)

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,


1 Peter 4:1-2 (GNT)

A Life Long Gym Pass

… strengthen yourselves with Jesus’ way of thinking … then, you must live the rest of your earthly lives controlled by God’s will and not by human desires.


1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 (MSG)

Don’t suppress the Spirit, and don’t stifle those who have a word from the Master. On the other hand, don’t be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what’s good. Throw out anything tainted with evil.


Righteousness “Kryptonite”

  1. Selfish Desire (vanity, self indulgence)
  2. Apathy
  3. Resentment



Selfish Desire

Galatians 5:17 (CEB)

A person’s selfish desires are set against the Spirit, and the Spirit is set against one’s selfish desires. They are opposed to each other, so you shouldn’t do whatever you want to do



Revelation 2 (NLT)

4 “But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! 5 Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. If you don’t repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches.


7 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give fruit from the tree of life in the paradise of God.



Job 5 (GNT)

2 To worry yourself to death with resentment would be a foolish, senseless thing to do.


Job 18:4

You are only hurting yourself with your anger!


Proverbs 29:11 (GNT)

Stupid people express their anger openly, but sensible people are patient and hold it back.



Righteous Habits

  1. Getting Alone with God: Prayer, worship

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.   – Luke 5:16


  1. Gathering: Serving, Encouragement and accountability

Let us not give up the habit of meeting together… Instead, let us encourage each other . . .

Hebrews 10:25


1 Corinthians 12:14-20 (GNT)

For the body itself is not made up of only one part, but of many parts.

19 There would not be a body if it were all only one part! 20 As it is, there are many parts but one body.


Galatians 6:2 (NKJV)

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.


  1. Forgiveness

Colossians 3:13

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.


Matthew 6:14-15

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.




Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.



1 John 4:4-6Living Bible (TLB)

Dear young friends, you belong to God and have already won your fight with those who are against Christ because there is someone in your hearts who is stronger than any evil teacher in this wicked world. 5 These men belong to this world, so, quite naturally, they are concerned about worldly affairs and the world pays attention to them. 6 But we are children of God; that is why only those who have walked and talked with God will listen to us. Others won’t. That is another way to know whether a message is really from God; for if it is, the world won’t listen to it.







Acts 11 (TLB)

23 When Barnabas arrived and saw the wonderful things God was doing, he was filled with excitement and joy, and encouraged the believers to stay close to the Lord, whatever the cost. 24 Barnabas was a kindly person, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. As a result, large numbers of people were added to the Lord.