Failure Need Not Be Final (2 of 9) by Rick White

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Failure Need Not Be Final (2 of 9)
Series: The Faith Crisis
Rick White
Genesis 12:10-20

MESSAGE TRUTH: When a believer (especially leaders) fails, there are greater consequences than when others do. However, failure need not be final because of the grace of our Heavenly Father.

Gen. 12:10 Now there was a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land.

Introduction: Most of us, with few exceptions, practice something akin to hero worship within the community of faith. We expect Christian leaders to stand apart from the crowd, like superhumans. We have the tendency to put them on pedestals and admire them in lofty positions. We have a tendency to believe that devoted people do not struggle with the same issues as the rest of us. This idea is not Biblical, but rather has been manufactured in our minds.


A. It is appropriate to respect and honor spiritual leaders (1 Thess.5:12-13).

1Ths. 5:12 But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, 13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.

B. It is wrong to deify spiritual leaders.

1. James 5:17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain; and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months.

2. Acts 4: 11-15 And when the multitudes saw what Paul had done, they raised their voice, saying in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have become like men and have come down to us." 12 And they {began} calling Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. 13 And the priest of Zeus, whose {temple} was just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds. 14 But wh ...

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