Blessed by OthersSeries: Some of Self and Some of Thee
It’s easy to see the work of those who have made up the first generation of this local congregation. It’s also easy to see the work of those in the second generation - those in their 40’s-mid 60’s. But what about the generation to come? One of the most difficult things to deal with in any church is indifference, apathy, and complacency. So how do we deal with that? Today, we’ll get started by talking about the need to appreciate what we’ve been given by those who have gone before us.
Appreciating What We’ve been Given
- Deuteronomy 6 - God chose Israel by grace.
- Deuteronomy 6.1. Note what Israel was commanded:
- 6.4 - Keep the commandments. Everything begins by loving God.
- 6.6 - Talk about God and His ways.
- 6.8 - Put reminders up.
- Why? 6.10-12. When you haven’t been part of the process - it’s easy to take things for granted.
Five blessings that should chase away apathy
- 2 Peter 1.13 - I think it right …to stir you up by way of reminder.
- A reverence for God.
- MacArthur: if you know God right, ultimately you’ll get to know you - and be a whole lot better off.
- James 4.8 - God must be the focus of our worship and our life.
- A respect for Scripture.
- 1 Thessalonians 2.13 - it is the absolute authority.
- Matthew 4.4 - Man shall not live by great alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
- Commitment to sound doctrine.
- Scripture is not vague in what it teaches. It contains life changing truth.
- Titus 1.9; 2.1 - teach what accords with sound doctrine.
- Personal holiness.
- We have been called to purity. We must not negotiate it away.
- 2 Corinthians 7.1
- Spiritual authority.
- Ephesians 1.22-23 - He is the head of the church and he mediates His rule through godly elders.
- 1 Thessalonians 5.12-13; Hebrews 13.17
- We, right here in 2018, have so much to be thankful for. We are reaping the blessings of previous generations who moved with courage, sacrifice, and dedication to make possible what we presently enjoy.
- We are stewards of great blessings! Before us lies unbridled opportunity.
- What is it for you? Some of self and some of Jesus? Or, is it more? Or less?