How do we measure up? Are we keeping our guard up? Adam & Eve let their guard down and were “Knocked Out” of Eden. Thankfully, we have a God who, in love for all His creations, has given us a new opportunity to realign ourselves with His word, will, and way.
Pastor Jim gives us concrete examples from the Bible of how we can start realigning our lives to be in line with God’s callings and commands. Let’s never drop our guard and become KO’d of our relationship with the Lord.
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“Is Your Guard Still Up?” – Scripture: Genesis 3:1-13
Do We Really Know How to Keep Our Guard Up?
1) Read God’s Word
a) Reveals God’s salvation plan. (Romans 1:16-17)
b) Don’t just listen; Obey God’s word. (James 1:22)
2) Pray Continuously
a) Opens our eyes to the word. (Psalm 119:17-19)
b) Jesus makes prayer a priority. (Luke 5:15-16)
c) God grants prayers aligned with His will. (1 John 5:14-15)
3) Fellowship with other true Christians
a) We learn & grow in community. (Acts 2:42)
b) God works through us when we meet together. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
4) Service to others
a) Give ourselves fully to God’s work. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
b) Serve one another in love. (Galatians 5:13)
c) Saved to serve the living God. (Hebrews 9:14)
d) We sin when we knowingly neglect God’s work. (James 4:17)
5) Witnessing to others
a) True disciples cannot help sharing the “Good News” with others. (Acts 4:20)
b) Ambassadors of God’s Kingdom. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
c) God’s word is meant to be passed along. (2 Timothy 2:2)
Pastor Jim discusses the Parable of Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), and asks the question, “According to the parable of talents, what might a life of holiness and servanthood look like?”
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A Call to Holiness – The Parable of Talents – Matthew 25:14-30
1) The Main Characters of a Godly lifestyle:
a) The servants, entrusted with talents. (Matthew 25:14)
b) The master, giver of talents. (Matthew 25:15)
c) The master gave according to abilities. (Matthew 25:15)
d) There was immediate response by the servants. (Matthew 25:16-18)
e) Risk was involved; there was a possibility to lose talents.
2) The Master Returns to Settle Accounts (Matthew 25:19):
a) Praises and rewards to the faithful servants who took the risk to grow the kingdom. (Matthew 25:20-23)
b) The servant who took no risk was condemned for trying to use fear as a justifiable excuse. (Matthew 25:24)
c) No excuses were allowed or accepted. (Matthew 25:24-27)
3) The Final Judgment:
a) Rewards or Punishment. (Matthew 25:29)
b) Those who were not willing or were unable to grow the kingdom were not let into the kingdom, and instead received eternal darkness, weeping, gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:30)
According to the Parable of Talents, what might a life of holiness and servitude look like?
- Would we be fearless?
- Would we be risk takers?
- Would we step out in faith?
- Would we be willing to look foolish in our faith to others?
- Would we use our gifts, graces, talents, and resources to grow God’s Kingdom?
- Would our lifestyle validate our belief in Christ?
- Would we bear fruit for the Kingdom?
- Would be bring the lost home to Jesus?
- Would we love all we meet?
- Will we hear: “Well done, good and faithful servant!”?