Are You Going Steady? - How to Live a Consistent Life (7 of 7) by Jeff Lynn

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Are You Going Steady? - How to Live a Consistent Life (7 of 7)
Series: Good to Great
Jeff Lynn
1 Thessalonians 5:14-24
Preached August 23, 2009


There was a phrase used when I was in junior high and high school that meant a boy and a girl were committed to each other....for at least a week....

It was called, “going steady.”

Today, if a boy and a girl, regardless of their age, like each other and are committed to each other for a time, the phrase is “going out” with someone.”
I asked my boys as 14 and 15-year-olds, “Where do you go out?”

“Come on, dad. It’s just a phrase.”

The question I pose to you this morning as we wrap up this walk through 1 Thessalonians is, “Are you going your Christian life?

In the book, Good to Great, Jim Collins and his team discovered a culture of discipline in the great companies that were committed to being steadfast and consistent.

They didn’t jump on the latest, greatest thing or technology, but were steady over a period of years.

One of the things I most admire is Christians who have been steady in their walk with Christ over a period of time. They don’t experience extreme highs and lows.

They are consistent.

I think the mark of a great church is one of consistency.

Through every trial and tribulation that comes her way, they are able to tread through it graciously and godly.

When communicating to people you are told not to use the words “always” and “never.”

But here I was struck with the times that Paul uses words and phrases that have a sense of totality.
In this closing section, Paul is finishing up his thoughts to this group of Christ-followers. Let’s read what he has to say, and then I’ll comment on it.



PROPOSITION: How DO you live a consistent Christian life?

First of all, Paul says


Considerate means “showing kindly awareness or regard for anot ...

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