Sunday, September 15, 2013

To Judge Ourselves Part 3 – Admonish: Perseverance

To Judge Ourselves
Part 3 – Admonish: Perseverance
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | |

We spent the last year looking at what the Book of Acts had to say about the founding, operation and behavior that the Lord expects from us as individuals, and as a church, or congregation of believers.

We then spent a few weeks looking at the letters that Jesus sent to the seven churches in Revelation, telling them where they were going right, and wrong, as well as what the punishments and rewards would be.

A few weeks ago, I took all of those letters, and compiled them into one letter from the Lord, to us.

Our new series will take a look at each of the points Jesus made in that letter, and we will not only examine our church as a whole, but ourselves as individuals.

2 Corinthians 13:5 "Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!"

1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

2 Peter 2:4-10 "For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell[a] and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly;[c] and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who indulge[e] in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority."

We have already looked at Jesus speaking to us about hard work, not tolerating wicked people, and test those who claim to be apostles, but are nothing more than false prophets.

This week we will look at Persevering and enduring hardships for His name, and not growing weary.

Revelation 2:3
"You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary."

a.      (LIT) "...and thou didst bear, and hast endurance, and because of my name hast toiled, and hast not been weary."

b.     (KJ) uses the word borne, meaning to bear, or bearing, a direction.
                                                             i.      They had set a course, and did not deviate from that course.

                                                          ii.      Daniel 1:8a "...Daniel determined not to defile himself..."

                                                       iii.      2 Corinthians 9:7 "Let each man give according as he has determined in his heart; not grudgingly, or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver."

                                                         iv.      We too, need to set a course (determined in our heart), and do not deviate from that course.

c.      What is that course?
                                                             i.      The Lord has just told the church that they were working hard for the Lord, and did not tolerate people who deviated from His doctrines.

                                                          ii.      The course then, is working hard at teaching the true doctrine of Christ, found in scripture, not allowing false doctrines or false prophets or teachers to dilute or confound the truth.

                                                       iii.      Doing this, will undoubtedly, bring the wrath of those who hold strong to false doctrines and teachings, thus, Christ's statement in Revelation 2:3 "you have persevered and have endured hardships for my name..."
d.     The "church" was told to do as much in the Great Commission of Christ.
                                                             i.      Matthew 28:18-20 "Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

                                                          ii.      So the church is supposed to;
1.      Share the Gospel of Salvation with EVERYONE

2.      Baptize them into the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
a.      10 Commandments
b.     Substitution Sacrifice
c.      Operations of Holy Spirit (i.e. fruits, gifts, armor of God)

3.       Teach them to obey EVERYTHING I HAVE COMMANDED YOU
a.      i.e. True Doctrine of Jesus
b.     not denominational teachings
c.      not "other writings", such as the Book of Mormon, not from a Pope sitting in the cathedra (chair of Peter)...but Doctrines of Christ.
d.     Not "traditions" taught either by a denomination or system of belief that is not scriptural.
                                                                                                                                      i.      such as drinking strychnine or dancing with snakes simply because the scripture says, Mark 16:18 "they will pick up snakes with their hands; and if they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all..."

                                                                                                                                   ii.      "pick up snakes" is a reference to putting away demon spirits (Luke 10:19), and has NOTHING to do with reptiles.

                                                                                                                                 iii.      The rest of the scripture in Mark refers to protection; in no way does it speak of purposely drinking poison, etc., in order to prove ones faith; the word "if," speaks of accidental ingestion.
                                                                                                                                 iv.      This behavior, as well as some others mentioned, were NOT taught by Jesus as doctrine.

a.      (KJ) uses the word Patience. They endured hardships
                                                             i.      They had patience, because it is a "fruit" of having the Spirit of God!
                                                          ii.      Galatians 5:22
                                                       iii.      If you lack patience in hard times, or any of the other fruits of the may be allowing something in your life that is quenching the Holy Spirit from working. Perhaps a sin that has not been dealt with, or other roadblock that is preventing the Spirit of God from producing good fruit in your life.

b.     These hardships were because of the name of Christ
                                                             i.      (LIT) "...because of my name, have toiled."

                                                          ii.      This refers to the fact that when you live by the Doctrines of Jesus, refusing to accept false doctrines and teachings, others will cause you grief.

c.      They continued to believe when things were not going well
                                                             i.      The test of where ones heart truly is.
1.      Abraham - Trusted God to start a new nation
2.      Daniel - Trusted God when in the Lion's Den
3.      Sinking sand - Turmoil, trials and tribulation will reveal if you are founded on the doctrines of Jesus Christ (The Rock), or on false teachings...which is nothing more than sinking sand.

d.     Patience and longsuffering
                                                             i.      Can be achieved through the Holy Spirit's fruit produced in faithful, trusting believers who adhere to Christ's Doctrines, forsaking false teachings.

e.      Are you/Do you, continue to believe when things are bad?

a.      Not only to believe when things are bad, but do not give up!

b.     (KJ) "...for my name sake, have labored and not fainted."
                                                             i.      They were diligent in their efforts
                                                          ii.      and would not quit

c.      Do you labor for His name?
                                                             i.      Works, doing, Word written upon your arms
1.      Great commission
                                                          ii.      Are you diligent in your efforts?
                                                       iii.      Never giving up?

d.     Or, are you quick to quit?
                                                             i.      Your heart is not in it


So the Church is supposed to;
1.      Share the Gospel of Salvation with EVERYONE
2.      Baptize them into the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
a.      10 Commandments (why they need Jesus)
b.     Substitution Sacrifice (what Jesus did for them)
c.      Operations of Holy Spirit (what children of God then receive... fruits, gifts, armor of God)
3.       Teach them to obey EVERYTHING I HAVE COMMANDED YOU
a.      i.e. True Doctrine of Jesus

Do not grow weary when others turn against the true Doctrines of Christ, rather, set a course on the TRUTH, and do not deviate from it.

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