Volunteer Meeting Training annoucement

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Believers Church Student  Ministries is having a volunteer/training meeting on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 in the Orange Room at the church.   Food and child care will be provided.

The meeting will provide information on every area you may serve in Student Ministries, such as greeting, teaching, caregiving, special needs caregiving, administrative, decorating, leading a small group, child safety/security and much more.

We will also go over some safety procedures and training for the care of our Believers Church children.

Please come out and join us at the church to learn more.  You will not be required to sign up for anything, just feel free to come and get informed.

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Join us Wednesday night as we pray over our children and our teachers as their school year begins!

We will hear our Youth Worship band, Kid Stuff performers and more! Come be blessed and help send our Children and Teachers back to school covered in prayer.

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Everyone wants to be productive and live a full and fruitful life. I believe this desire to produce and be productive is actually by design and right in line with Jesus’ will for us. But our productivity must be according to “God’s way”. This summer we are exploring fruitfulness and faithfulness and God’s favor. We are seeing how they all three work together for the good in our lives. As we faithfully abide in Christ Jesus, walking in the favor of God we will be productive and bear much fruit!

We discovered the secret to productivity was abiding in Jesus and producing fruit that will last. John 15:4-5; 16

We learned that God was a faithful God and we were called to be a faithful people. Psalm 100:5 / 1 Cor 4:1-2

Faithfulness and fruit work hand in hand. Faithfulness to abide in Jesus will produce Fruit.

Fruit production encourages us to be faithful. But as Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” We cannot produce anything on our own. We can only be faithful and abide in the vine. As we abide in Jesus, the fruit is a direct result of God’s favor. He is the one that favors us with grace, mercy, and fruits of righteousness.

Psalm 90:17 (NIV) May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us — yes, establish the work of our hands.

So the favor of the Lord rest upon us and establishes the work of our hands, our faithfulness.

NEXT STEP: Memorize Psalm 90:17.

Remember our definition of faithfulness found in 1Thes 1:2-3

1) Faithfulness is Work Produced by Faith.

2) Faithfulness is Labor Prompted by Love.

3) Faithfulness is Endurance Inspired by Hope.

The favor of the Lord rests on us and establishes our work, labor, and endurance!

Throughout The Bible Men Have Sought the Favor of God

One example among many. Noah found favor in the Lords eyes and his family was spared from the flood. Genesis 6:6-8

David knew that God’s favor was like a shield of Protection Psalm 5:11-12 (NIV) 11But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. 12Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

The High Priestly Blessing

Numbers 6:22-27 The Three Part Blessing –1) Protection, 2) Favor and Grace, and 3) Peace

22The Lord said to Moses, 23“Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: 24“‘“The Lord bless you and keep you; (Protection)

25the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; (Favor)
26the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’ (Peace)

27 “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”

FAVOR AND GRACE

Numbers 6:25 (NIV) The LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;

Numbers 6:25 (NLT) May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace.’

– The face of God is the personality and character of God.

– His face upon you expresses His love and favor for you.

– God turning His face away was as expression of disfavor and chastisement.

– In Psalms David prayed, “Make Your face shine upon Your servant; save me for Your

mercies’ sake.” Ps 31:16

– … And be gracious to you. Grace – God’s unmerited favor and enabling power.

Jesus Brings Favor

The Birth of Jesus was a result of Gods favor resting in mankind.

Luke 2:13-14 (NIV) 13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and

saying, 14"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

Isaiah prophesied that a year of the Lord’s Favor was coming. Isaiah 61:1-2 (NIV)

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn.

Jesus declared that He fulfilled that prophecy of favor.

Luke 4:14-20 (NIV)

14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,

19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.

2 Corinthians 6:2 For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

Salvation was an act of favor and we should continue to seek the favor of God.

Seek Favor

Proverbs 11:27 (NIV) Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to one who searches for it.

Proverbs 12:2 (NIV) Good people obtain favor from the Lord, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.

Proverbs 11:27 (NIV) Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to one who searches for it.

We should pray for favor and seek favor.

Matthew 7:7 (NIV) Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. James 4:2 (NIV) …You do not have because you do not ask God.

We should pray for favor upon our families and children to be like Samuel and Jesus.

Samuel grew in the favor of the Lord. 1 Samuel 2:26 (NIV) And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the Lord and with people.

Jesus grew in favor of the Lord.

Luke 2:52 (NIV) And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

NEXT STEP: Pray for God’s favor upon me and my family.

The Prayer of Jabez

1 Chronicles 4:10 (NKJV) And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

What may be mistaken as a selfish prayer by some is actually a prayer that will bring glory to God. Praying for favor is not a self-centered act, but rather a supremely spiritual one and exactly the kind of prayers that God wants us to pray.

To bless in the biblical sense means to ask for or to impart supernatural favor. When we ask for God’s blessings, we’re not asking for more of what we could get for ourselves. We’re crying out for the wonderful, unlimited goodness that only God has the power to know about or give to us.”[1]

The Lord’s blessing is our greatest wealth; all our work adds nothing to it. Proverbs 10:22 (TLB)

NEXT STEP: Pray the prayer of Jabez every day for at least thirty days and see if it makes a difference in your life.

Fruit, Faithfulness and Favor

Proverbs 3:3-4 (NIV) 1My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,
2for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.

John 15 7If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

1 Corinthians 4:1-2 Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.

4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

Psalm 90:17 (NIV) May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us — yes, establish the work of our hands. (Our Memory Verse)

Then you will find favor! With Favor comes more Fruit. More Fruit encourages more faithfulness and faithfulness wins more of God’s favor upon your life!

Life Group and Family Devotional Questions

1. Give some examples of God’s divine favor in your life.

2. With Ps 90:17 in mind, how has God established the work of your hands by letting his favor rest on you?

3. Do you actively pray for favor upon you and your family? Why or Why Not?

4. Do you feel that asking for favor for yourself is too self-seeking? Why or Not? How will favor on your life bring glory to God?

5. Re-read the prayer if Jabez. Concerning Jabez type prayers, why are people so reluctant to pray, “Lord bless me” or “Lord enlarge my territory”?


[1] Dr. Bruce H. Wilkinson, The Prayer of Jabez (Multnomah Publishers, Inc., 2000), pg. 23-24

Bathroom Sign This summer we are exploring fruitfulness and faithfulness and God’s favor. We are learning how fruit, faithfulness and God’s favor work together for the good in our lives. As we faithfully abide in Christ Jesus, walking in the favor of God we will be productive and bear much fruit! Over the past few weeks we have discovered that the secret to productivity is abiding in Jesus and producing fruit that will last, God is a faithful God and we are called to be a faithful people! This week we look at “Favor”. We will see that as we abide in the vine, the fruit is a direct result of God’s favor! Join us Sunday at 9 or 11 am!

Family Softball Join us Wednesday night for a game of softball and more! Bring bats/balls if you have them. Also, how well do you know the Bible? Bible Trivia in the Pavilion. See you tomorrow for “One Hour on Wednesday” of FUN!

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Everyone wants to be productive and live a full and fruitful life. We want to know that we add value, that our life is making a difference in the lives of others and that we are leaving our “footprint” on the pages of history. I believe this desire to produce and be productive is actually by design and right in line with Jesus’ will for us. But our productivity must be according to “God’s way”.

This summer are exploring fruitfulness and faithfulness and God’s favor. We will see how they all three work together for the good in our lives and help us discover a deeper relationship with Jesus. As we faithfully abide in Christ Jesus, walking in the favor of God we will be productive and bear much fruit!

Faithfulness Defined

The dictionary definition says, “To follow through with a commitment regardless of difficulty.”

1Thes 1:2-3 (Defines Faithfulness as work produced by Faith, prompted by love, and endurance inspired by hope.)

2 We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers.

3 We continually remember before our God and Father your work (Faithfulness) produced by faith, your labor (Faithfulness) prompted by love, and your endurance (Faithfulness) inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV)

Faithfulness is Work Produced by Faith / Faithfulness Is Labor Prompted by Love / Faithfulness is Endurance Inspired by Hope

How to Stay Faithful

1) We have to understand that Fruit can often be delayed or at times nonexistent.

  • There always seems to be a “delayed reaction” between what we want to see happen and seeing it happen.
  • James Elliot, in his book What the Bible is All About say’s that the Apostle Paul probably only saw 1/100th of the people whom he was directly responsible for leading to Christ in the first generation of the church.
  • Not one of the writers of the Bible ever saw his work in print. In fact, it wasn’t until 357 A.D. when we first had the exact set of New Testament books together.
  • The leader and the people, who birth a great vision, seldom, see its completion.

Galatians 6:9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. (NAS)

2) Associate with Faithful People.

It’s Hard to Soar With the Eagles When You Have to Live With Turkeys. Unquestionably our surroundings help construct our attitudes and our actions. We may not be able to hang around them now, but we can be inspired by the faithful men and women listed in “The Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 12.

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

NEXT STEP: I will Seek out one or more faithful people and learn from them.

3) Abide in The Vine.

We maintain faithfulness the same way we bear fruit. By “Abiding in the Vine”. Relationship!

Faithfully abide in the Vine. Don’t attach yourself to anything or anyone else.

· Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for with out me you can do nothing. John 15:4-5

· “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last” (John 15:16).

4) Keep Sowing Seeds.

  • Like a sower Matthew 13:1-23, we faithfully scatter the seeds and God is the one who will produce the desired results.

Matt 13:1-8

3 And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, "Behold, the sower went out to sow;

4 and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up.

5 And others fell upon the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil.

6 But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

7 And others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out.

8 And others fell on the good soil, and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. (NAS)

Jesus ended this parable with a challenge to those who heard Him: “He who has ears, let him hear.” He was telling the crowd to be like the good soil, letting the seed of the gospel produce an abundant harvest in them.

  • Matt 13:18-23 Hear then the parable of the sower.

23 And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit, and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. (NAS)

  • 2 Cor 9:6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully. (NAS)

· Eccl 11:5 Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.

· Eccl 11:6 Sow your seed in the morning, and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good. (NAS)

NEXT STEP: Memorize Eccl. 11:6

“Every man is enthusiastic at times. One man has enthusiasm for thirty minutes, another has it for thirty days – but it is the man who has it for thirty years who makes a success in life.”

Faithfulness will produce Fruit. Fruit encourages us to be Faithful.

Use Your Gift

1 Peter 4:10-11 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

How many have received a gift from God. “Each One.”

What are we to do with the gift God has given us? “Minister it to one another.”

1 Cor. 12:7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

How will you do it? “Do it as with the ability which God supplies.”

The results? “That in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever.”

God had been gracious to allow us to have any gifts at all. We now have the responsibility to be good stewards of this grace, this gift given to us. So we have a call to faithfully minister to one another and to do the very best that we can with what talents we have been given.

NEXT STEP: Commit to use my gift that God has graced me with, for the common good.

Use It Or Lose It

Jesus told a parable that emphasizes the importance of our responsibly to use our God-given gifts right now, before Christ’s return. (Talent – A measure of weight in silver or gold. It was the highest known denomination of currency in the ancient Roman Empire. Today, we call a person’s abilities “talents” because of this parable.)

In this parable we will see that if we don’t use our talent… we may lose our talent.

Matthew 25:14-30

14 For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.

15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.

23 His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

29 For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.

Those who make use of what they have will receive even more; those who fail to use what they have will lose what they have. Be faithful!

Life Group and Family Devotional Questions

1. Share a time when you have been, or are being faithful now, even when the fruit is delayed.

2. Who are some of the faithful people in your life, and how do you know they are faithful?

3. Can you identify at least one gift of talent that God has given you? How will using that gift benefit others for the common good?

4. Why do you think God takes away talents the aren’t being used and gives them to others who are using them?

5. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) how would you rate your faithfulness?

Hello Friends,

I wanted to update you on Lale Labuko and the Omo Children that we support at Believers.

Lale received a major award from National Geographic recently (See the link below).  When he gave his acceptance speech he received a 15 minute standing ovation.  He was also voted the most influential of all the Young Explorer recipients.  Now Dateline NBC with Ann Curry are talking about doing a one hour special on Lale and the Omo Children.  Please pray with me that they follow through with the show.  The exposure would be great for the children’s home.  What an honor it has been to partner with Lale and change the world!

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/bios/lale-labuko/

Here is another email from Omo Child concerning the award.

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     Dear Friends and Supporters,
     Each year National Geographic Magazine selects a few trail-blazers in a program set out to recognize gifted adventurers on the cutting edge of worldwide problem-solving and scientific discoveries.  We are proud to announce that our own Lale Labuko, Omo Child co-founder, has been selected as one of National Geographic Emerging Explorers of 2013!  With that title comes an introduction to Lale and his work with Omo Child in the June issue of National Geographic magazine as well as on their website, his vision for Omo Child from the beginning and the fruits of his labors of love.  

     Among his greatest accomplishments include a safe, clean and loving home for 37 precious children whose lives have been literally snatched from within minutes of certain death and their incredibly bright futures as leaders in their community, their country and assisting in the overall growth together in an ever changing world.  Lale is also responsible for saving the lives of countless hundreds of innocent children by bringing an official end to the practice of Mingi in his own tribe, the Kara, and working hard to stop this horrific tradition from continuing in the Hamer tribe, 50,000 people strong.

     Lale wishes to personally thank all of you for your continued support to OMO CHILD.  Without your donations, support, and continuing to spread the word to friends and family none of this would be possible!
Thank You!
The Omo Child Team
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This summer are exploring fruitfulness and faithfulness and God’s favor. We will see how they all three work together for the good in our lives and help us discover a deeper relationship with Jesus. As we faithfully abide in Christ Jesus, walking in the favor of God we will be productive and bear much fruit!

Last week we discovered that God is a faithful God and like our Father we also are called and required to be faithful people.

Psalm 100:5 The Lord is good & His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.

1 Cor 4:1-2 1 Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.

This week we look at our Faithfulness, how we use it and how to stay faithful when we are not seeing the immediate fruit of our faithfulness. We will also look at our call to faithfully minister to one another and to do the very best that we can with the talents we have been given. Join us this Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m.!

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Everyone wants to be productive and live a full and fruitful life. We want to know that we add value, that our life is making a difference in the lives of others and that we are leaving our “footprint” on the pages of history. I believe this desire to produce and be productive is actually by design and right in line with Jesus’ will for us. But our productivity must be according to “God’s way”.

This summer we are going to explore fruitfulness and faithfulness and God’s favor. We will see how they all three work together for the good in our lives and help us discover a deeper relationship with Jesus. As we faithfully abide in Christ Jesus, walking in the favor of God we will be productive and bear much fruit!

Last week we discovered that God is a faithful God and like our Father we also are called and required to be faithful people.

Psalm 100:5 The Lord is good & His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.

1 Corinthians 4:1-2 1Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.

Faithfulness Defined

The dictionary definition says, “To follow through with a commitment regardless of difficulty.”

1Thes 1:2-3 (Defines Faithfulness as work produced by Faith, prompted by love, and endurance inspired by hope.)

2We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. 3We continually remember before our God and Father your work (Faithfulness) produced by faith, your labor (Faithfulness) prompted by love, and your endurance (Faithfulness) inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV)

Faithfulness is Work Produced by Faith

Faith is a gift from God. He gives us the amount of faith that we need and it never runs out.

Faithfulness, on the other hand, is our response to our faith. It’s what we do with our faith. And that is up to us.

Faithfulness is defined as being loyal and obedient to the person we put our trust in. We put our faith, in Jesus, the one we trust. The results of that faith and trust in Jesus is that we are faithful to him.

When we accept Jesus as Savior, we put our faith in him.
When we accept Jesus as Lord, we put our faithfulness in him.

Jesus needs to be both our Savior and Lord. It’s not enough to say, “Thanks Jesus for dying for me. See ya later.” When we accept salvation, we die that day. We are no longer who we were before. At baptism, we declare that we are resurrected as new person in Christ and we no longer live for ourselves – we live for Jesus Christ. As believers, we must give our entire life (every part of it!) over to God. We have to say, “God. Here I am. Use me as you wish.”
And when we do that, we have to be willing to be faithful.

When God says, “Okay. Here’s what I want you to do.” We then have to be faithful to do it. It’s not a matter of faith; it’s a matter of faithfulness.
As humans, we like to use excuses.

  • We say things like, "I’m not ready yet. I’m not prepared enough. I need to learn more. I need God to give me more faith."
  • If you are a Christian, you are ready to do whatever it is God wants you to do. He’s God. He knows you. If you weren’t ready, he wouldn’t have asked you.
  • If you are a Christian, you have the Holy Spirit. You have the gift of faith. All you need to do is be faithful. Show your faith by stepping out and relying on His strength – not your own. That’s faithfulness.

ILL: George Muller began praying for 5 of his friends. He prayed 5 years before the first one was converted; for the next one he prayed 10 years; for the third one 25 years; for the fourth nearly 50 years. The last one was converted after 52 years, at George Muller’s funeral. George Muller was faithful, even unto death.

ILL. Hebrew 11 The “Hall of Faith” is made up of Men and Women who not only had Faith, but they demonstrated their Faith with Faithfulness. They continually put their Faith in action!

NEXT STEP: Make sure that my work in the Lord is an outflow of my Faith in Jesus. A result of abiding in the vine.

Faithfulness Labor Is Prompted by Love

"Faithfulness is continuous love expressed in actions." Love that hangs on and love that endures and the love that is not only spoken but lived out in our actions.

ILL: There is something that seems to be missing in our society today. People run from commitment. They don’t seem to know or understand any thing about faithfulness.

They only get involved in something after they consider the question, “what’s in it for me?’ Then when things don’t go as they expected or it’s no longer fun, or they get disappointed they drop out. They lack the ability to “Stick it out” until things work out for the good.

Let Love be Your Motivation.

  • Col 1:7-8 “as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.”
  • 1Thes 1:2-3 2We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. 3We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV)
  • 2 Cor 5:14 “For the love of Christ compels us…”

NEXT STEP: Make sure that love is the motivation in all things that I do.

Faithfulness is Endurance Inspired by Hope

  • Heb 10:32-39

32 But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings:

33 partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated;

34 for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.

35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

37 "For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry.

38 Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, my soul has no pleasure in him."

39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. (NKJ)

  • 2 Tim 3:10-11 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra– what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.
  • “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”.

Here is the problem: Most people will sacrifice or pay a price once, but they won’t continually pay the price and endure to the end. John Maxwell

Look To Your Reward.

  • Heb. 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
  • James 1:2-4 2Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (NAS)

NEXT STEP: Commit to keep on keeping on through the good and bad.

The Wise and Faithful Servant

We are people of Faith, but the question is will we be found Faithful? Will we be Faithful and Wise Stewards?

Luke 12:37-48

42 And the Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?

43 "Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.

44 "Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.

45 "But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk,

46 "the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

47 "And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

48 "But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.

We are called to be servants, the faithful and wise stewards.

1 Cor 4:1-2

1 Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

2 Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.

  • When Jesus returns, we want to be caught doing what Jesus told us to do. Luke 12:43 "Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.

Luke 18:8 "I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?" Remember Faithfulness is work produced by Faith!

NEXT STEP: Make sure that if Jesus returned today, He would find me doing what He has asked me to do.

Life Group and Family Devotional Questions

  1. What is the difference of “work” produced by faith and those who try to work for their faith (salvation)?
  1. What does 1 Corinthians 13 say about our works if they are not motivated by love?
  1. What does Hebrews 10:36 say the reward of your faithful endurance will be?
  1. Who is the wise and faithful steward? (Luke 12:37-48)
  1. What constitutes a faithful steward? (1 Cor. 4:1-2)