Continue in the Faith. The Bible often exhorts believers concerning the ongoing need and urgency to continue in the faith, continue to grow and continue to serve God faithfully:. The Sad Cycle. From the Garden of Eden to the present day the pattern that we see all too often is people, even some of God's professed people, departing from Him. Therefore, we are being naive if we think that in our own time there is no longer the need for diligence when it comes to faithfully preaching the truth and following the word of God.
The Bright Lights. Yet even as many departed, the Bible equally records those who did not depart, rather those who encouraged others to come back to God:.
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The inspired writers speak of God's word as being "perfect" Psalm What I have discovered in my Christian life is that the Bible was written in a way that anticipated the errors that men would teach in the attempt to draw us away from God. For example, we will encounter the following and yet there is a verse, in plain and clear language, that specifically says the opposite:. Consider the Outcome. Earlier in this lesson we observed that Cain departed from the presence of the Lord Genesis We find no repentance or remorse on the part of Cain, even after the Lord confronts him.
All we find is that he complains about the consequences Genesis On the one hand, Cain does not starve, he builds a city, has a family, many descendants and they seem to do very well for themselves Yet, we equally find attitudes among his descendants that are the exact opposite of how he was raised. When Eve gave birth to Cain she thanked God Genesis At the end of the very same chapter that begins with this thanksgiving, we find one of Cain's descendants boasting that he has killed a boyand that he has the power to inflict punishment ten times over of what God can inflict What a stark contrast.
It serves as motivation in my life to remain faithful to God, because in one generation or a couple of generations, my family tree can go from being godly to being real foolish and just plain wicked. On the surface Cain's family line seemed to be handling their environment, yet the sad reality was that it was a family line of lost people. We Know What God Expects. The continual theme in Scripture is that we do not accept the status quo of the world or even of the religious world, but rather the path that God wants us to be on is always the same path.
It is the one that includes obeying what He has revealed in Scripture Matthew Thus we find:.Don't have an account yet? Sign up. View cart Checkout. The sins and opposition which confronted the first-century church—including outwardly religious people who did not know the power of God—remain familiar to us today.
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Godlessness in the Last Days 1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. All Scripture Is Breathed Out by God 10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.
Back to top.You are one with the Lord, and what God has joined together, no man can separate. You can believe it because your life is hidden in Christ and he is holy and unblemished. By his one sacrifice, you have been made holy and perfect forever Hebrews I know this is a lot to swallow, particularly if you have been raised on a diet of mixture.
Let me give you an example. Look at how Paul corrects this misperception:. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. Colossians —10a. How do you continue in the faith? By recognizing that in Christ you lack no good thing. In Christ you have received every spiritual blessing there is. The problem is not your lack but your unbelief. You are giving voice to unbelief and contradicting his word, which says you are complete in him.
Holiness and perfection are 2 different things. The one means separation, the other flawlessness. Let alone God sees us unblemished. Perfection would invalidate the ongoing work of the Spirit for our equipping so that we lack nothing. It is an ongoing process. In fact with the flesh we serve the law of sin. In light of grace, how do you explain the warnings in 2Peter and Jude 4warning believers of loosing their salvation? Short version, Peter is not describing believers but unrighteous men v.
These men have heard the gospel v.John NIV. Sermons on John Collection: Christ's Triumphant Resurrection. The Easter Challenge. Against All Odds. This Is Love. Come Alive.
Message explores the importance of continuing in the faith. What is its meaning, and what are the implications for us? It is the revelation that fueled the Protestant Reformation. The impact of that Denomination: Charismatic.
John offers three practical ways to remain in the faith: Do not let others redefine who Jesus is; Grow your agape love; Do not listen to false teachers. Katie and I got married a little over 21 years ago. We wanted a simple wedding ceremony, a simple reception - a few friends, some family, a little cake, some punch and that was it. But then, the relatives got involved. Sound familiar? What started out as an uncomplicated and straightforward Scripture: 2 John Paul urged the believers in Thessalonica to follow the example he had lived before them, walking in a way that would glorify the Lord, revealing the transformation they had received.
We too have received this mandate - to walk worthy of our calling.
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Continuing in the Faith 1 Thessalonians 2: We have set aside this day to honor our graduates. We are proud of each of you and the commitment you have shown to reach this milestone in life. No doubt, your journey has been difficult at times, requiring much effort and devotion.Scripture: 2 John We wanted a simple wedding ceremony, a simple reception - a few friends, some family, a little cake, some punch and that was it.
But then, the relatives got involved. Sound familiar? What started out as an uncomplicated and straightforward wedding became a hand wringing, temper testing logistical nightmare - we wish it was over wedding. Over the months leading up to the wedding, ever single aspect, I mean every single aspect of the wedding changed with the exception of Katie and I being the Bride and Groom at the ceremony.
I had imagined so many different kind of romantic emotions that we would have on our wedding day, but the one emotion that overwhelmed all the others that day was, relief that the wedding was over.
Then, a week later, the alarm clock went off at am and I had to get back to work. Now, real life was about to set in. Now I knew that, intellectually before I got married, but waking up at am, rushing in and out of the shower and facing a serious commute with only a cup of coffee to fend off cold brought it all home to me: Getting started is the easy part and finishing is always great, but the day to day, that is hard work.
Here in our Scripture today, 2 John, we see the Apostle John encouraging the church to do the difficult thing, continue in the faith. John not only gives us encouragement, but he also outlines a couple of things that we are to keep in the forefront of our minds to help in continuing in the faith.
Starting our faith in Jesus Christ is where is all begins, but continuing our faith in Jesus Christ is where it counts. Even though John does not identify himself in this letter, over the years biblical scholars have shown that the Apostle John did write 2 John and 3 John and he wrote them in the order of 1 John, 2 John and 3 John. Here is the situation of 2 John: Scholars have put together that the Apostle John has had some visitors from the church he wrote to in 1 John.
John is pleased with the faith and character of these visitors from the church and so as they return John gives them a note to take back with them.
John could have verbally told the church folks what to say, but a letter carries more weight and John can use his own words, carefully chosen. So John writes this note of encouragement to the same church he wrote the letter of 1 John to.
Continue in the Faith (Colossians 1:23)
This short letter would be carried by members visiting from the church being written to. Christianity was not under protection from any government, national or local and so an indirect recipient and an indirect author were used to avoid any trouble if the letter fell into hostile hands.
See, the people carrying the letter were very vulnerable as they traveled the Roman Empire. John does this in this instance because his position is more important than his name. John is more than a local pastor, John has great authority over those he is writing to. This literally means the old person. So if you take it literally, the name of our church is: First church of the old people. Scriptures: 2 John John NIV. Sermons on John Collection: Christ's Triumphant Resurrection. The Easter Challenge.
Against All Odds. This Is Love. Come Alive. John offers three practical ways to remain in the faith: Do not let others redefine who Jesus is; Grow your agape love; Do not listen to false teachers.
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Browse All Media Related Media. Talk about it Nobody has commented yet.If you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister. Psalm As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel. Ezekiel When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.
Colossians Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Matthew ,25 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: …. Luke He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
John If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. Acts But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Colossians For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel. Romans And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Galatians For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. Colossians Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of itand knew the grace of God in truth:.
Matthew And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Mark And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. New International Version if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
New Living Translation But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. English Standard Version if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Berean Study Bible if indeed you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope of the gospel you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. Berean Literal Bible if indeed you continue in the faith, established and firm, and not being moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, having been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, of which I Paul have become a minister.
New American Standard Bible if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister. New King James Version if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.
King James Bible If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; Christian Standard Bible if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard.
This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a servant of it. Contemporary English Version But you must stay deeply rooted and firm in your faith.Our sermon ideas on Faith will help you preach a powerful message. Prepare your messages about placing faith in God and His faithfulness to us with faith sermon outlines or an entire sermon series. These sermons were hand picked to help you prepare one or many sermons on this topic. Well today I have come to the base of this mountain once again, and this time I am not turning back.
I intend to climb this mountain, and I want to take all of you with me. I have wanted to preach through the book of Romans for many many years. And there have been a number of occasions when I studied the book and attempted to prepare to preach it, but backed away because I felt so intimidated and inept at analyzing and preaching the greatest doctrinal treatise of the Christian faith. When I come to the Hebrews Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Reading through the Bible from the very beginning, you will see that there is one consistent theme, and that is God's great love and compassion towards us. He is unchangeable, and in this we can have great confidence. It seems there is no greater motivation for faith than knowing this, God is absolutely for us.
He wants us to succeed. It makes it easier to have confidence in fulfilling our purpose and destiny here on the Earth when we know that He has called us and ordained for us to succeed. He loves us so much that He sent Jesus to die in our We begin a brand new series of messages today that we will be talking about over the next several weeks. And I do that on Easter because I hope that many of you will come back and want to hear the rest of the series of messages.
Jesus had a passion that caused Him to leave heaven; it caused Him to come to this earth. He had a passion for you and for me. And you and I are supposed to live life with passion. God wants us to have a passion for everything that we do especially Excitement fills the air at the First Baptist Church of Antioch.
Paul and Barnabas, the first missionaries, have just returned from their missionary journey and the church has been called together. They are going to have a great missionary conference. The apostle Paul and his associate, Barnabas, have gone on that journey and now they are returning to the church at Antioch.
To the church that had a world mission heart. To a church that sent them out. They are now returning and they are getting ready to tell the church what God has done.
They are getting ready to give their report. You will notice in verse 27 it says that A large crowd followed and pressed around him.
And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.
When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, ''If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him.
He turned around in the crowd and asked, ''Who Jude has written a letter that could have easily been written yesterday or last week.