Topic: faith

Bible Text: Ephesians 4:1-3 | Preacher: Adam Gibbs | Series: The Lord's Table Paul used this phrase “walk worthy” in two other epistles. In Colossians 1:10 he tells the believers in Colossae, That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; He challenges believers to live in such a way that it makes their Heavenly Father proud to call them His children by doing good and learning more about God and maturing in the faith. Then he uses the phrase in 1 Thessalonians 2:12. That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. Paul challenges the believers in Thessalonica that the reason he laboured so diligently among them and instructed them as a father does his children is that he desired them to live their lives in a way that was in accordance with a citizen of heaven. If we stand before this world and call ourselves the family of God, the body of Christ, then we must live as such. Yet so many times it is easy to let the flesh have its way and if left unchecked our lives become carnal and not spiritual. Our lives become governed by a devilish wisdom that leads to unnecessary church strife. 1 Corinthians 3:3 - For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? As we have seen through our study in 1 Timothy, we are to be a place that points people to the victory that is only found through God’s Word and our Lord Jesus Christ. Yet by refusing to submit our wills to God’s Word this body begins to suffer, and it is through the Table that our Lord calls us back to lifestyles that are governed by the wisdom which is from above. Lifestyles that reflect our heavenly calling.

Walk Worthy

Bible Text: Hebrews 12:1-3 | Preacher: Adam Gibbs Athletes train, pushing themselves to the brink of exhaustion all for an event that lasts but for a few moments. A few years ago documentary drama was released about an African American US track and field athlete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He was a natural athlete, and would go on to set records that would take almost 25 years to beat. He ran the 100 metre sprint in 10.2 seconds earning the title, “The Fastest Man Alive.”  Since then many have beat his record earning this title, but at that time no man could catch him. The newest record was set by a Jamaican in 2009 at 9.58 seconds. It has been said that he is so fast that he had time to slow down and smile for the camera as he would go on to run the 100 metre semi-finals at the Olympics in under 10 seconds. These men are incredible athletes. But what goes into being able to win the title, “The Fastest Man on Earth”? There are many hours of training, but within that training, they learn the most important part of running a successful race. They must get ready, get set, and go. They need to cast aside everything that would hinder their ability. There are many distractions as they enter that monstrous stadium. There will be people yelling and screaming, some to encourage others to discourage. They will be surrounded by other runners, each who is the fastest from their respective schools or countries. It can be intimidating, but they must block it all out and focus on one thing, THE FINISH LINE. There are similarities to living a successful life of faith in Christ and these earthly races. The Holy Spirit directed the Apostle Paul to write: 1 Corinthians 9:26–27 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. Now we come to another passage where the Holy Spirit directed the author to equate the life of a believer with a race. And as we come to this practical and challenging passage we see that it begins with the word “Wherefore…”, a compound word that draws a conclusion of emphasis. The author is coming to the climax of his argument that began back in chapter 10. A passionate appeal for unwavering loyalty to Christ with the promise of better things to come. Hebrews 10:35-36 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. Through the past year, God has done some incredible things in our lives, and the life of this church. By God’s grace, you have been renewed with a new passion for the work of the Gospel in your life and in the lives of those around you. And so now as we may take time to ponder what God has accomplished in our lives this past year, and begin to prepare for what lies ahead in 2018, let us turn our attention to the challenge made by our Lord through the author of Hebrews.

Ready, Set, and Go