Introduction: Last week I spoke to you about ‘getting a little closer.’
This week I want to encourage you to ‘staying a little longer.’
This week I want to address the need for us as Christians to battle! To fight for our faith, our family, our church, our communities, our nation and our world.
I Corinthians 13
“Intentionality refers to acts being deliberate or purposeful. [Being intentional means] deliberately spending time together, purposefully placing the need of others above your own” (source: I’ll Push You).
- Foster Respect
Does not ‘dishonor others’; ‘always protects’
Romans 10:12, ‘Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Philippians 2:3, ‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.’
University of West London uses as a guide for student conduct the following:
- Be kind and courteous
- Be polite, avoid interrupting or causing disturbances.
- Listen to others and respect differences in beliefs and opinions.
- Think before you speak and watch your tone.
- Avoid gossip/discriminatory remarks and bullying.
- Respect personal space and personal property.
- Understand everyone has their own experiences and beliefs.
- Speak up if others are being disrespectful
- Be willing to evolve and admit mistakes.
- Practice Gratitude
Love is ‘kind’; ‘it is not self-seeking’
Ephesians 1:16 ‘I have not stopped giving thanks for you,remembering you in my prayers’.(NIV)
- Establish / Understand Boundaries
‘is not easily angered’; ‘always protects’
Boundaries generate safety in relationships. When your privacy is respected, you are more likely to feel heard, validated and appreciated. But most of all, you are not taken for granted by either your loved ones or your colleagues and supervisors
- Be prepared to Forgive
‘Keeps no record of wrongs’; ‘is patient’
Application: Scientists who study forgiveness have long agreed that it is one of the most important contributors to a healthy relationship. Studies have shown that couples who practice forgiveness are more likely to enjoy longer, more satisfying romantic relationships.
Releasing Anger, Hurt, and Frustration is Key to Forgiveness.
Forgiveness Liberates you From the Toxicity of Resentment.
- Choose being supportive
‘Does not boast’; ‘always persevere’
Hebrews 10:24-25 ‘Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (NLT)
- Responsible & Accountable
‘Does not delight in evil’; ‘always hopes’
- Open rebuke better than hidden love.
Keeping it Lit
Introduction: On last week on what we’ve been discussing about preaching the gospel because the last days are getting nearer and then judgment. Transition: Matthew 25 is a continuation of chapter 24 as Jesus continues to teach about being aware and prepared. I ended last week on Matthew 24:14 The rest of chapter 24 looks…
Good News In Bad Times
Matthew 24 Introduction: Last week I did not have an opportunity to fully unpack my notes about the preaching of God’s Word and why so critical. I did explain that the context was judgment; God judging all people, the living and the dead (2 Timothy 4:1-5). Let me add or include something I didn’t get…
Ready, Willing & Able
2 Timothy 4:1-5 Introduction: Paul calls and reminds the younger Timothy that to be a part of God’s kingdom community is He will need to be Ready, Willing, and Able. Transition: I’m going to start with the reason or conclusion of this portion of writing. Paul tells Timothy that a time is coming, 2 Timothy…
Father Knows Best
Job 38 Introduction: I want to assume that in most Christians Life, at one time or another, we have wondered and even somewhat questioned God about matters that we face or things we don’t understand. it’s dimensions, supports its foundation, laid the cornerstone, morning stars sang together & angels shouted for joy. From the…
Righteousness & Holiness
Introduction: My last week in 4 of ‘things worth fighting for.’ Cross, Others, Local church and today righteousness and holiness. Righteousness and Holiness Righteousness is one of the chief attributes of God as portrayed in the Hebrew Bible. Its chief meaning concerns ethical conduct (for example, Leviticus 19:36; Deuteronomy 25:1; Psalm 1:6; Proverbs 8:20). In…
The Local Church
Introduction: And a brief prayer, an old Anglican prayer: ‘Father, what we know not, teach us. What we have not, give us. What we are not, make us. For your Son’s sake. Amen’. Time to fight for the Local Church! The following was mainly taken from https://www.challies.com/articles/why-the-local-church-really-matters/ Introduction: As we prepare to worship God tomorrow,…
In Support of One Another Introduction: Week 2 of things we should rally around. To ‘rally around’ is an idiom: to join together to support (something or someone) in a difficult time or situation! And a brief prayer, an old Anglican prayer: ‘Father, what we know not, teach us. What we have not, give…
Introduction: And a brief prayer, an old Anglican prayer: ‘Father, what we know not, teach us. What we have not, give us. What we are not, make us. For your Son’s sake. Amen’. I want to speak to you about the things we should be fighting for! Application: Maybe it would be a good idea…
Matthew 6:19-34 Introduction: Have you ever heard the term/expression worry wart? Have you ever wondered where that came from? In the late 1920’s a character called ‘worry wary’ appeared in a cartoon strip in Dell comics and was drawn by J.R. Williams. ‘Worry Wart’ became a generic nickname or insult for any character who caused…