Maturing As Children of God
Audio
Delivered By
Phillip Rainwater
Delivered On
January 7, 2018
Central Passage
I Corinthians 16:13-16
Subject
PM Sermon
Description

INTRODUCTION:

            A.         The body of Christ, the church, is to be kept pure; Ephesians 5:25-27

                         1.         Paul told Timothy to keep himself pure; I Timothy 5:22

                          2.        Christians are to keep themselves pure; II Corinthians 13:5

            B.          If the body is to retain her members, each member is responsible for his/her choices; Galatians 6:5

                         1.         Members must help one another; Galatians 6:1-2

                         2.         If the body is to retain its unity, each member will need to get his priorities straight; I Corinthians 16:13-14

           C.           Three things involved in getting the priorities right; “Maturing as Children of God”

I.          “QUIT YE LIKE MEN”:

            A.        A choice to live in harmony with others must be made; Hebrews 12:14-1

            B.        Changes must take place when one is a Christian; Galatians 5:19-23

                        1.         Jesus and the church become first priority; Matthew 6:33; 10:37

                        2.         A child of God will give himself first to the Lord; II Corinthians 8:5; Romans 12:1

            C.         Christ is the head of the body and we must submit to Him; Ephesians 5:23-25

II.         “STAND FAST IN THE FAITH”:

            A.         Some would depart from the faith giving heed to false teachings; I Timothy 4:1

                         1.        They prefer to have their ears scratched or egos stroked; II Timothy 4:3-4

Others turn to vain religions; I Timothy 1:3-6

            B.         To retain her members, the church must stand strong in God’s ways; II Timothy 4:2

            C.         Other scriptures; I Corinthians 15:58; Jude 3; Colossians 2:6-7

            D.        Addicted to the word of God; I Corinthians 16:15

III.       “LET ALL THINGS BE DONE THROUGH CHARITY”:

            A.        Without charity (love) Christianity cannot exist; I Corinthians 13:1-3

             B.        John wrote that love identifies one as belonging to God; I John 4:7-8

             C.        When one fails to love others, he does not love God; I John 4:20

             D.        Charity, love, requires effort; Galatians 6:10; I Peter 5:5-6

CONCLUSION:

            A.        As the psalmist wrote is Psalm 26:1-3, so we must allow the word of God to be the guide in all our life

            B          Paul wrote in I Corinthians 15:58

            C.         Let us live each day preparing for eternity with God