Recipe For Faithfulness Lesson Eight. Introduction Up Until This Point We Have Studied Passages Of Scripture That Tell How Much God Loves You And How He Sent His Son As A Perfect Sacrifice For Your Sins. "God Loves You". Precious Gift Of His Grace .
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Up Until This Point We Have Studied Passages Of Scripture That Tell How Much God Loves You And How He Sent His Son As A Perfect Sacrifice For Your Sins.
“Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life”.
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
All Ingredients Are Needed
“They devoted themselves
to the apostles’ teaching and
to the fellowship,
to the breaking of bread and
to prayer”. (Acts 2:42)
Let's Examine Each One
1 The Old Testament Documents (Acts 17:11)
2 And The Miraculous Signs That Accompanied Their Message (Mark 16:20; Acts 4:29-30; 5:12-16; 8:6)
1 Peter 2:2 “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,”
Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
2 Peter 1:3 “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
All + Zero = All
As We Look For The Return Of Christ, We Need To Be Growing Stronger, Not Weaker.
We Gain This Strength From Mutually Encouraging Each Other And From God’s Word.
Christians Should Hold One Another Accountable To The Commitment They Have Made In Christ.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing,
but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.Fellowship – (continued)
Hebrews 3:12-14 Stronger, Not Weaker.
See to it, brothers,
that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.
We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.
Take Note Of The Warning That Is Given To Believers Concerning Falling Away.
Without The Encouragement From Other Believers, It Is Possible For Us To Develop An Unbelieving Heart.
To Prevent This, God Knew That We Needed Daily Encouragement.
Faithfulness Is Necessary For Us To Receive Our Eternal Reward.Continuing With Fellowship
“All the believers were together and had everything in common.
Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,”
“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body."
Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you.
This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father's kingdom."
Acts 20:7 7 “On the first day of the week we came together to break bread.”
You To Depend
13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.
14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.
15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.
16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
1 John 5:14-15
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
15 And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him.
“Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."
"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.”
"This, then, is how you should pray:
"'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
2 Peter 2:17-22
These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity--for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.
2 Peter 2:21-22
“It would have been better for them (New Christians) not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: "A dog returns to its vomit," and, "A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud."
What Will It Be
“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”
End Of Lesson Eight Stronger, Not Weaker.