Be Faithful! (7 of 7) by Dennis Marquardt
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Series: The Church's Stance While Awaiting Christ's Return
1 Thess. 5:19-22
INTRO: And now we arrive at the final command of Paul to the church watching for the return of Jesus Christ, it is the command of faithfulness! Why does Paul mention the need for faithfulness - because our nature tends to slide toward unfaithfulness! Is it ok to be faithful once, some times, most of the time; or does God really ask that we are faithful to Him all of the time?
ILLUS: If your car starts once every three tries do you feel satisfied that it is faithful as a reliable car? Is it considered faithful service if your paper is delivered every Monday and Thursday although you signed up for every day delivery? Does your boss consider you a reliable employee if you only miss work a few times a month unannounced? If your refrigerator stops working for a day or two every now and then do you find yourself saying, ''Well, it works most of the time, I'm happy with it?'' If your water heater provides an icy-cold shower every now and then, is it dependable? If you miss a couple of loan payments every year does the bank say, ''Ten out of twelve isn't bad!''? - Source Unknown
How then does God view your service and loyalty to Him, are you really faithful? How do you view it!?
PROP.SENT: This text teaches us that we must value faithfulness while we are watching and waiting for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithfulness is something that must be guarded and worked on to keep us strong while waiting for Christ's return.
I. FAITHFUL TO ENTHUSIASM 1 Thess. 5:19-20
A. Interference 1 Thess. 5:19
1. Where does the decline of faithfulness begin? ''Do not put out the Spirit's fire…''
a. When the fire is dying down!
b. Hence Paul's warning to them about NOT putting out the Spirit's fire!
c. The meaning of the Greek words in this phrase indicated that Paul was not warning them of something that might happen, but something that was happ ...
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