Faithfulness Fruit of the Spirit
Faithfulness Fruit of the Spirit
United Christian Church
2851 Sevier Road
Marietta – NY 13110
December 10th, 2017
Front Cover Bulletin - John 1:14 (NIV)
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth
Inside Cover Bulletin - Psalm 95:1 (NIV)
1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Call to Worship - Psalm 95:1-6 (NIV)
1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
3 For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
Today’s Sermon - Bible Verses - Pastor Hal Jensen
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, Faithfulness, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
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Open Remarks – Faithfulness
[-] Weakness in our Society when it comes to Faithfulness
[-] I can’t promise you forever but I can promise you today.
[-] Mindset on Faithfulness is this moment in time not a “Lifetime”
Bible Verses Referenced
Rainbow – God’s Promise - Genesis 9:12-17 (NIV)
12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
Psalm 100:5 : For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Matthew 24:35 : 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
Matthew 18:20 : 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
[-] God has called us to be Faithful –God is Faithful
[-] This was God’s Intent from the Beginning
[-] Definition of Faithfulness
[-] True to one's word, promises, vows, etc.
[-] Pastors Definition – Love hanging on - I will not quit
[-] God has called us to be faithful
[-] Greatest example of Faithfulness – Christ dying on the Cross for our Salvation
[-] Jesus with his disciples on the Road to Jerusalem – knowing he would be crucified
[-] Speaking to Peter – Satan was using Peter to discourage Jesus and his Purpose
Matthew 16:23(NIV) : 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
[-] Jesus would not quit – Jesus had a purpose
[-] In life we will always be challenged
[-] Hang tuff in our Faith
[-] It is easier to Quit then to Hang-On
[-] Through Jesus we can develop and strengthen our Faith
John 15 (NIV) - The Vine and the Branches
15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
[-] Song - Great Is Thy Faithfulness - Thomas Chisholm – 1925
Great Is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father!
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Though changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
Great Is Thy faithfulness,
Great Is Thy faithfulness,
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto me!
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.
Pardon for Sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Our Daily Bread – December 11th - Philippians 4 - Final Exhortations
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
If anyone could have been anxious about unknowns and challenges, it would have been Paul. He was shipwrecked. He was beaten. He was jailed. In his letter to the Philippian church, he encouraged his friends who also were facing unknowns, telling them, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (v. 6).
Paul’s words encourage me. Life is not without uncertainties—whether they come in the form of a major life transition, family issues, health scares, or financial trouble. What I continue to learn is that God cares. He invites us to let go of our fears of the unknown by giving them to Him. When we do, He, who knows all things, promises that His peace, “which transcends all understanding, will guard”