Introduction 2 Timothy 4:1-8
What do you want from God, what is it that you desire to accomplish for the Lord? I want to deal with calling and the fulfilling of the purpose God has placed you in. Many have talent and wish to use it for God's glory but few reach this goal because of lack of vision. We need to understand that God's will is something you have to fight for not something that will fall from heaven. God leads us to the promise land but it is our obligation to fight to partake of the blessing that God has in store for us like Jericho.
1. A Call to Ministry (2 Tim. 4:1-8)
· Why are we here today in the house of God? Salvation, yes but what happens afterwards.
· (John 3:16) We all understand that God wants us saved and the church proclaims this
1. Yes we are born again what's next?, is God's plan fulfilled with our salvation
2. What about our loved ones, friends, coworker, our nation and the world?
3. Playing church and dressing nice on Sundays is not the plan of God
4. We speak much about the Kingdom but focus only on our surroundings, not God's intention
· (Matt 16:15-18) The Will of God is salvation for everyone, our work is not complete until all saved
· A task that we will not fulfill but we must work for it none the less, yes some will be lost and dammed
· Consider what's at stake here, we are speaking eternal separation from God
a. people do not understand what is in wait for them, it's our duty to bring this to their attention
b. many will hate you and not understand why your so insistent but eternity is at stake
c. Your salvation is not a joke, there was a cost that God paid, expound the cross
· (Luke 12:8-9) Jesus made it clear we have to stand for him, it is our calling to testify
· (Matt 16:24-27) God does call you to the cross, no easier way to put it deny yourself
· Today's Christian enjoy the love gospel with no sacrifice or commitment
· This is not God's kingdom, consider Jesus and his life, this is Christianity
· Take a good look at yourself are you Christ like, when was you last trip to the cross?
2. A Personal Walk (Phil 2:12-15)
· We must seek God and his calling for our lives, this is the working of our salvation
· A stagnant church is an abomination before God, (Rev 3:14-19)
· God here is speaking to us, being non committal is not what our God is searching for
· It is personal do you love God? If so why don't you labor for him
a. The Ten commandment tells us to love God and people, he wants us to be like minded
b. Saving the world is not a cliché
- The heart of God is in the harvest field and he wants us to labor, (Matt 9:37)
- Jesus asked his disciples to pray for laborers, a lack of man power
- The church is not doing the plan of God, just religion, yes even Christians
- What has God placed in your heart?
- Jails, old folks, schools, song, TV there is much out there but who will do it
- The lie is I'm not qualified, yes you are
- I don't know where to begin, ask God for wisdom
- What I do is so insignificant, no it's not God will increase it (1 Cor. 3:7-9)
- Allow God to use you in whatever he has dealt with you
- Ask God for open doors, the harvest is ready but God needs you, phone ministry
- God can take your little and move mountains but he needs you to fight denial of Jesus Christ
· Are you open to the Spirit of the Lord?
1. God wants us to reach the lost but this will only happen as the found obey Christ
2. It is not funny for you to go into the jails, if you are doing it for God
3. Ask God to direct you to labor, a simple phone call can make a difference in one's life
4. Friendship will touch 1 soul but that's what it's all about, one soul at a time
5. Do you have a burden for the lost, if not repent, your selfish
6. To love God you must love people (Matt 12:29-31)
7. You must have the Lord's vision to love as he did, the cross
2 Tim 4:1-8
4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
22:1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,
2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18.They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
1 Cor 3:7-9
7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.