Keeping The Faith by Larry Wynn

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KEEPING THE FAITH
I TIMOTHY 1: 18-20
MAY 31, 1998 A.M.
SUBJECT: FAITHFULNESS
OCCASION: SENIOR RECOGNITION

I. INTRODUCTION

A. PATRICK MORLEY IS A TREMENDOUS
CHRISTIAN AUTHOR AND SPEAKER.

1. HIS WORK INCLUDES “MAN IN THE
MIRROR”, A BOOK THAT DEALS WITH
ISSUES RELATED TO MEN IN TODAY’S
WORLD.

2. IN THIS BOOK HE MAKES A
STATEMENT THAT IS VERY
APPLICABLE TO EVERYONE, MEN AND
WOMEN ALIKE. HE SAYS,
“EVERYONE’S LIFE MAKES A
STATEMENT ABOUT WHAT IS
IMPORTANT TO HIM.”

3. HE GOES ON TO SAY, “AND FOR MANY
TIRED, WORN-OUT, WEARY
CHRISTIANS THE STATEMENT IS THIS:
'MY CHRISTIANITY DOESN’T WORK.’

B. THE KEY TO A REALLY SUCCESSFUL LIFE IS
MAKING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
WORK IN DAILY LIFE.

1. IN THE NITTY GRITTY WORLD IN
WHICH WE LIVE THIS IS A CONSTANT
BATTLE.


2. IT IS A BATTLE WORTH WAGING.

3. FOR SENIORS GRADUATING FROM
HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE THIS IS A
VERY REAL AND PRACTICAL TRUTH.

C. THE BIBLE GIVES US HELP IN THIS AREA.

1. PAUL, IN I TIMOTHY 1: 18-20,
ADDRESSES A YOUNG MAN NAMED
TIMOTHY.

2. PAUL SAID, IN VERSE 18, “I GIVE YOU
INSTRUCTION...”

a. THE WORD FOR “INSTRUCTION”
IS COMMAND, AND THE WORD
“GIVE” MEANS TO PASS DOWN
FROM GENERATION TO
GENERATION.

(1) PAUL WAS NOT MERELY
DROPPING HINTS.

(2) PAUL WAS PASSING ON
TO TIMOTHY INSIGHT
THAT WOULD HELP HIM
IN HIS STRUGGLES WITH
THE PAGANISM OF
EPHESUS, THE PLACE
WHERE HE WAS LIVING.

b. THE TERM “FIGHT THE GOOD
FIGHT” SUGGESTS TIMOTHY
WAS IN A SPIRITUAL BATTLE.


3. THIS IS EXACTLY WHERE WE ARE
TODAY.

D. FOR YOU TO ALLOW YOUR SALVATION TO
WORK IN YOUR DAILY LIFE AND FOR YOU
TO LIVE SUCCESSFULLY THERE ARE SOME
IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES TO HEED.

II. ALLOW CHRIST TO WORK IN YOU. “HOLDING ON
TO THE FAITH...”

A. IN ORDER FOR CHRIST TO WORK IN YOU,
YOU MUST COMPREHEND WHY HE CAME.

1. FAITH IN THIS PASSAGE REFERS TO A
PERSONAL COMMITMENT TO CHRIST.

2. YOU WILL NOT MAK ...


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