September 23, 2018 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1866
#6 in series
Standing Head and Shoulders Above the Crowd
In the last message, we talked about kindness and goodness. We defined each of these attributes and discussed what they look like lived out in daily life. We can nurture these fruits in our lives by filling our minds with the Word of God and by following the biblical examples set for us.
For further study, this series is available on the Sherwood app or online at sherwoodbaptist.net/bookstore/products/kingdom-attitudes-series/670/.
Truths we need to grasp:
1) We can’t ask God to show us more of Himself if we aren’t obeying what we already know of Him.
2) We can’t ask God to be faithful to us when we are fickle with Him.
3) We can’t ask God for greater opportunities to serve if we aren’t faithful with the opportunities right before us.
“Faithfulness in little things is a big thing.” – Chrysostom
“Reverent fear of God is the key to faithfulness in any situation.” – Alan Redpath
I. WHAT DOES FAITHFULNESS MEAN?
II. FAITHFULNESS BEGINS WITH GOD AND IS REVEALED IN HIS PEOPLE
“I’m glad that someone with faithfulness embedded in their character is the Lord of creation. If I were to experience the repeated betrayals God has endured, I don't think I would have responded as He does.” – Tim Riter
In 1923, Thomas Chisolm wrote the hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness, and the title actually comes from the middle of Lamentations 3:23.
1st Stanza: God's unchanging character and unfailing compassion
2nd Stanza: God's faithfulness in maintaining the order of His universe
3rd Stanza: God's faithfulness in forgiving our sins, providing strength for today and hope for tomorrow.
God is faithful in His promises:
III. HOW IS FAITHFULNESS REVEALED IN YOUR LIFE TODAY?
The Bible is without error. God doesn’t hide the truth from us, including those who are unfaithful. God shows us we have a choice about how we will be remembered.
How can we become more faithful? How do we nurture this character trait of faithfulness?