On Sunday, September 11th., 2016 – I continued preaching through the #BeingCHRISTIAN sermon series, specifically dealing with the “In-House Discipleship” we have been detailing.
I have begun marking out what I am calling “Consistency Principles” in an effort to highlight areas we may need to be a bit more consistent. You can listen to the podcast of the September 11th sermon, which highlighted Patriot Day, as well as National Grandparents Day, at the following link, http://www.buzzsprout.com/11630/420603-beingchristian-in-house-discipleship-part-2
The “consistency principles” were:
Wisdom – We are told that if we lack wisdom to ask God for it (cf. James 1:5), therefore we are called to have wisdom. Wisdom is the applying of the the knowledge that we understand.
- Are you become wise through the knowledge of God? Are you asking for it? Are you exercising wisdom in your life?
Faith – The Scriptures reveal that it is impossible to please God without faith (cf. Hebrews 11:6), and one of the goals of our instruction is to establish a sincere faith (cf. 1 Timothy 1:5). Faith is an “action word”, which is our exercising the knowledge of God to accomplish something beyond ourselves, or not leaning upon our own limited capabilities or misunderstanding, rather His abilities and His understanding.
- Do you live with faith rather than leaning upon your own understanding? In what situations might you be able to express more faith in God’s work rather than your abilities or understanding of the situation?
Faithfulness – Most Christians would admit that that they desire to hear the words, “Well done my good and faithful servant” from our Lord. Our persevering efforts of faith garner the term faithfulness. Mark Batterson, famous author and preacher, says, “Faithfulness is not holding down the fort (keeping things safe, living safely- or as some say “dumb, fat, and happy”), rather faithfulness is chasing 500 pound lions(the challenges God puts before us to enable us to reach our dreams).
- Where is God looking for more faithfulness on your part? Are you chasing lions? Are you persevering in the faith in all regards? Where can you show more faithfulness?
Freedom – As disciples of Christ we are called to be free (cf. John chapter 8; Galatians 5:1). We are not to be held in bondage, or participate in anything, any religious tradition, or anyone that would lead us into bondage. Especially, false righteousness. We know that true freedom in found in Christ, and as John Piper says, “God is most glorified when you are most satisfied in Him”.
- Are you finding that freedom and satisfaction in Christ? If not, what is keeping you back?
I look forward to producing more of these “consistency principles”, as I know God is glorified through Christians being Christian.
In Service to Him,
Pastor Michael Miano
See, Part 1 of this writing at the following link, https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/beingchristian-consistency-principles-part-1/