Faithfulness In Unfaithful Times!
December 17th, 2013
|Grace Baptist Church - Sunday Morning, December 15th, 2013|
Last Sunday it snowed nearly 12 inches here in Gaylord. Most churches would have canceled their services. We were not trying to be tough, it just seemed like enough folks could get to church safely so we decided to have church. We ran all 10 of our bus routes in spite of the snowy weather. God gave us a good solid Sunday with well over 800 in church and a packed house again on Sunday night. I am so thankful for the incredible faithfulness of our people. Some of the finest Christians I know serve in the ministries of this great church.
Faithfulness is important. The scriptures admonishes us in Hebrews 10:23-25 “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
Verse 23 lets us know that Jesus is faithful. Since he is our example, we must also be faithful. The Scriptures indicate that Jesus, who is Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28) was faithful to the Sabbath and, according to Luke 4:16, He was regularly found in the House of God. “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” If Jesus is our example, then faithfulness to God’s house is following His example.
After we have professed our faith we must hold on to our brand new salvation without wavering. To waver means to reel or totter back and forth as though one would give up or quit. We are helped to hold on to our profession of faith by gaining from the strength and encouragement of others, as well as being strong and encouraging to others. Hearing the testimonies of how God is moving in the lives of others is so encouraging. Seeing the love that is demonstrated among the Saints provokes and inspires each of us to do likewise. The best way to see this godly behavior in action is by coming together on a regular basis. That is called CHURCH!
Some carnal believers (those who claim to know God but feel that they do not need the church experience) insist that they do not need to go to church because they can read and study the Bible on their own, their own way. The Bible, however, tells us that we are to do several things for each other as a body of believers. We are to encourage and comfort each other, and to bear one another’s burdens. (I Thess. 4:17-18; II Cor. 1:3-4; Gal. 6: 2) This is called CHURCH!
Building caring relationships with other Saints is not only good for our emotional health, but it is the basis of our Christian commitment. We do not attend church to be saved. We do so because we are saved. Some of the hardest trials of our Christian life often come when we are initially saved. Family members or friends often challenge us and try to change our minds about our new found commitment to Christ. You can be certain the Devil will come after us with a furry. Any number of things may come against us. Our commitment must be, “I will be faithful to the House of God”. When we realize that all of the negative circumstances are simply staged by the enemy, it should be even easier for us to refuse to back down.
Dear friend, you must remember that being faithful to the House of God is an important commitment. It is at church that we learn what pleases the Lord, how we are to live, act and be as Saints of God. We need the Word of God that is Preached In Church, the worship of God that is Encouraged In Church, the presence of God that is Experienced In Church and the modeling of good behavior of the established and strong Saints that is Demonstrated In Church. Our own lives, no matter how new we are in Christ, can motivate, inspire and validate others. Let us all be faithful to the House of God! I’ll see you next time the doors are opened!