Commitment: The Missing Ingredient (1 of 3) by Rick White

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Commitment: The Missing Ingredient (1 of 3)
Series: Character Traits In The Family of Faith
Rick White
2 Timothy 4:10
07/15-16/95

Col. 4:14 Luke, the beloved physician, sends you his greetings, and {also} Demas.

Phlm. 23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, 24 {as do} Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow workers.

2Tim. 4:10 for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens {has gone} to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.

Message Truth: Ordinary people who make simple, spiritual commitments under the Lordship of Jesus Christ make an extraordinary impact on their world. Tragically however, the fear of commitment is epidemic in our world today.


Introduction: Some of you may be familiar with the periodic television program called, Where Are They Now? The focus of the program was on some once famous person; celebrity, athlete, or musician. The tension was created by looking at this person a decade or so later in their career. It was interesting what took place in the lives of many of these people. Some were continuing to do very well in life, having transitioned into some other interest in life. Many times however they had bottomed out in life. They had hit new and unexpected lows by bad decisions in life.
Let's stage a similar version of that program this morning by asking, Where Will You Be Spiritually, ten years from today? Based on the course that you have set for your spiritual life today, where will you be with the Lord ten years from today? Some may be stronger, others about the same, and tragically some may be shipwrecked.
One of the saddest statements in all the scripture is found in our text for today; for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica;

WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE LIFE OF DEMAS?
First, we have to acknowledge that we have very little information about Demas. His name appears only three times in th ...


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