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.
September 11 – Getting it RIght
1 Timothy 4:1-12 Introduction: The letters of the Apostle Paul to his young protégé Timothy have always served me as a once younger pastor/leader to now a little older/wiser mentor pastor/leader. 1 Timothy chapter 4 broadly follows a pattern of exhortation with ancient precedents traditional of Jewish teaching. The speaker sets before his audience two…
September 4 – What is Important Right Now – Part 3
Ephesians 4:7- 5:7 Introduction: This morning is part three and the final of this mini-series I’ve entitled, “What’s Important Right Now?” With so many responsibilities and opportunities, what it really important right now? I covered 4:1-6 last week which called us to “ keeping the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace ,”…
August 28 – What’s Important Right Now – Week 2
Ephesians 4:1-6 Introduction: This morning is part two of this mini-series I’ve entitled, “What’s Important Right Now?” With so many responsibilities and opportunities, what it really important right now? Paul’s writing presumes that conversion to Christ leads to moral renewal. In chapter 1:15, Paul addresses his letter to “saints,” ( hagios – holy ones). “Therefore…
August 21 – What is Important Right Now – Part 1
Ephesians 5:8:21 Introduction: With so many things going on around us….with both responsibilities and opportunities, what is really important? Right Now! I begin a series this morning entitled, “What’s Important Right Now” that will have us sifting through the Book of Ephesians for a while. I am actually going to work backwards from my opening…
August 14 – The Secret of Serving
Mark 10:13-52 Introduction: The message of what I will call “the understanding of greatness through service,” is part of my ‘Back to The Basics’ Sermon series that I begin today. There are two Gospel writers who refer to this particular narrative between Jesus and his disciples about greatness and serving or ‘ministering’ to others (Matthew…
August 7 – Dealing with Offense
Introduction: It seems that everyone is offended about something! Whether it’s political candidates, commercials, rainbows (symbols), I mean you name it! Offenses have a way of bringing great discord and hurt in families, communities, races, even individual families. Luke 10:38-41 I think it is fair to say that Martha was ‘offended’ over the activity (in…
July 24 – Teach Us To Pray
Introduction: Prayer defined: Transition: What I want to do is not look so much at the content of the text today but suggest 6 elements or pieces to what I’ll call ‘the complete prayer.’ Let me start with meditation .
June 12 2016 – Life is short
Ecclesiastes 3:1 Introduction: As most of you are aware Sara and I had the opportunity to witness some pretty incredible stuff a few weeks ago. Question: One of the questions that I’ve been asked is what left the most lasting impression. My answer (maybe strangely enough to some of you) is time itself. Whenever you stand in places /…