9/9/18 – Core – Part 2 – Consistency

If you have your bibles today we are going to study 1Corinthians 15:58, that’s where we spend our time today

In this series, Core, we are studying the 7 Core Values of Pathway

Transparency

Simplicity

Effectiveness

Respect

Modesty

Last week, Pastor Allen – Love

Today we’re going to talk about Consistency

“Let’s stand for the initial reading of the Word”

1Corithians 15:58 [NIV] “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

“Let’s pray…”

(Chick-Fil-A)

Why is consistency important?

  • Consistency builds confidence and feelings of security.

Christians should be consistent to build confidence and feelings of security with those around us (believers and unbelievers alike.)

  1. “Stand Firm”
    1. KJV – “steadfast” = those who are fixed in purpose
      1. Realms of authority and commission
        1. Authority is positional and geographical (NFL or First Baptist Farmersville)
    2. In the natural we have no ability to stand firm

Ephesians 6:10-11 [NIV] 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

  1. “Let nothing move you”
    1. What can move me?
      1. Emotions – (no high highs or low lows)
        1. “moved with compassion”
      2. Influence of unstable people

2Peter 3:17 [NIV] “Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position.”

        1. 2 Peter 3:16, “ignorant and unstable people distort the scriptures to their own destruction”

Ephesians 6:12 [NIV] “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

  1. “Give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord”
    1. Work of the Lord = living your life in way that makes Him famous
    2. How can I be consistent?

Psalm 55:22 [NIV] “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”

  1. Why you can be consistent? (Unpack “Therefore”)
      1. Because Jesus has given us the victory over sin (1 Corinthians 15:57)

Colossians 1:22-23 [NIV] “But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation– 23 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.”

Colossians 2:6-7 [NIV] 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Conclusion: What unbelievers need to see is someone who trusts God and doesn’t panic or “cut and run” when life happens. The only way to do that is by the power of the Holy Spirit.

(“With every head bowed and every eye closed”)

Invitation: I believe there are many here today that want to have the ability to stand firm in your purpose and not be moved by everything and everyone around you. If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior (forgives you of sin) and as your Lord (who guides you) you can neither fully understand your purpose nor be consistent. Pray this prayer with me…

Prayer: “God, thank you for sending you Son, Jesus to die on the cross for me so that I can have victory over sin. Today, I surrender to your kindness and love and give you my heart and my life. Free me today from my sin and help me to live my life in a way that is pleasing to you. I ask you to be the Lord of my life and to renew my heart today. Amen.”

(While every head is still bowed, no one looking around, will you raise your hand if you prayed that prayer with me today. Maybe for the first time you have surrendered your life.)

Rejoice

(As our ministry team comes, we are going to sing one last song together and if you have a need in your life and need someone to agree with you, they are here to pray for and encourage you.)

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