Be Diligent

The idea of mentoring is not new.  Paul was a mentor to young Timothy back in the first century.  We have in the Bible two examples of what Paul said to his young student.

I.  Beware!  I Timothy 4:1-3

 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

It is now almost two thousand years after Paul wrote these words.  Clearly, these are “latter times”.  Also clear, there are people who are deceived.  Sadly, when people are deceived, they do not know it.  Their conscience is seared and only the Word of God, combined with the Spirit of God can set them free.  We should share with them the truth, and pray that God will open their minds and hearts by His Spirit.

Today, not many people are denying marriage or abstinence from certain foods, but there still is deception and false doctrine.  Many of them are found at the extreme ranges of biblical interpretation.  One extreme is liberalism.  An example is when  a Christian minister in a Christian church performs a marriage for two people of the same sex.  The only way to justify this is to ignore certain scriptures.  (For example: Lev 18:22, 20:13, I Cor 6:9-10, I Tim 1:8-11, and Rom 1:18-32)

The other extreme is a legalism that makes salvation a matter of doing, or not doing certain works, or of holding to certain theological beliefs that are not truly essential to the Christian message.  An example is those who believe that unless you are baptized by immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ you cannot be saved.

Our salvation is by grace, through faith for good works.

Paul gives advice to Timothy that is even more important to us all today.  II Timothy 2:15

 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

II.  Be An Example:  I Timothy 4:12

 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

This is good advice to people of all ages.  We should seek to set an example by what we say, what we do, and by our attitudes to others.  People do not just listen to our words, they observe our lives.

III.  Be Content:  I Timothy 6:6-10

 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

The ability to be content is a great thing.  It is not to be confused with complacency.  Being content means that we can be happy in our current state, even as we work to become the person that God means for us to be.

Please note that it is the love of money which is the root of all kinds of evil.  Many people misquote this verse by saying that money is the root.  Money is just a material thing, it is our attitude towards it, and what we do with it that can be evil.

IV.  Be Diligent:  I Timothy 6:11-12

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Be diligent to pursue the growth that God wants to bring to our lives.  We do not simply coast through life.  We should seek to be all that God calls and enables us to be.

We should be diligent to fight the good fight.  To share the hope that is within us, the gospel of Jesus Christ whenever possible and to pray that the Word will take root in the lives of people.

Don’t quit!        Beware of deception!        Be an example!        Be content!        Be diligent!

These are the sermon notes from 6/19/16.  The quotes are from the New King James Version of the Bible.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them. 

 

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2 Responses to “Be Diligent”

  1. Steve Finnell Says:

    SALVATION—ONLY OR ALONE?–BY STEVE FINNELL

    HOW MANY TIMES IN THE BIBLE ARE THE WORDS ONLY OR ALONE USED WHEN REFERENCING THE REQUIREMENTS OF SALVATION? TO OBTAIN A CLEAR UNDERSTAND OF GOD’S WORD YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER ALL OF THE SCRIPTURES OF ANY PARTICULAR TEACHING.

    REQUIREMENTS FOR SALVATION!

    Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

    Jesus did not say he who has only believed shall be saved.

    Jesus did not say he who has only been baptized shall be saved.

    Acts 15:7-11…Peter stood up….11 But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”

    Peter did not say they were saved by grace alone.

    Acts 16:29-31….They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

    Paul and Silas did not say believe only and you will be saved.

    Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

    Paul did not say confess with your mouth only and you will be saved.

    Paul did not say believe in the resurrection of Jesus only and you will be saved.

    Titus 3:5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,

    Paul did not He saved us by mercy alone.

    Paul did not say He saved us by washing of regeneration alone.

    Paul did not say He saved us by renewing by the Holy Spirit alone.

    1 Peter 3:20-21….Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you….

    Peter did not say that baptism alone saves you.

    Acts 3:19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;

    Peter did not say repent only and you will have your sins wiped away.

    Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Peter did not say repent only and your sins will be forgiven.

    Peter did not say be baptized only and your sins will be forgiven.

    REQUIREMENTS FOR SALVATION
    GRACE
    FAITH
    REPENTANCE
    CONFESSION
    WATER BAPTISM

    THERE IS JUST ONE ONLY AND THAT IS JESUS AS THE ONLY SAVIOR.

    Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else…

    The only place you find the terms saved by grace alone and saved by faith only is in man-made creed books. YOU CANNOT FIND THOSE TERMS IN THE BIBLE!

    SEE MY CHRISTIAN BLOG. http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com

    • Pastor Curt Says:

      Thank you for reading and for your comment. I appreciate your listing and your use of scripture. I also appreciate the order in which you have them listed. I do believe that without the grace of God, we would be lost. Faith needs to be our first response to God’s grace, that is followed by repentance, confession and water baptism. That is how it should be. However, the thief on the cross was clearly not baptized and yet was told that he would be with Christ in paradise. Also, I would suggest that both repentance and confession are the natural fruit of a living faith. By grace, through faith, for good works. God starts the process by His grace, we respond with faith which in turn will produce the works of righteousness.

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