Lesson 8 Recipe for Faithfulness

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					        Recipe For Faithfulness
             Lesson Eight

Up Until This Point We
Have Studied Passages
Of Scripture That Tell
How Much God Loves
You And How He Sent
His Son As A Perfect
Sacrifice For Your Sins.

Precious Gift Of His Grace
The Scriptures Also Reveal How God Would
Have You Respond To The Precious Gift Of
His Grace Offered To You Through Jesus
When You By Faith Surrender Your Life To
Him In Baptism, He Forgives Your Sins, And
His Spirit Is Given As A Guarantee Of Your
Eternal Inheritance.
This Is Just The Beginning Of An Amazing

Remaining Faithful To God
As Important As This
Initial Response Of
Obedient Faith Is . . .

It Is Just As Important
To Remain Faithful
To God, Growing In
Your Faith And
Becoming More Like
Him Everyday.

       Remaining Faithful To Your

• Your Changed Life And
  Being Faithful To Your
  Commitment Will Bring
  Glory And Honor To Him.

• This Lesson Will Focus On
  The Need For, And The
  Way To, Faithfulness.

    Satan Will Try To Reclaim You
   When You Decide To Follow Jesus,
    Satan Is Going To Try To Get You

   Being Faithful To Your New
    Commitment Will Not Always Be Easy,
    But It Is Very Necessary.

  If You Remain Faithful Unto Death, He
   Will Give You The Crown Of Life
(Rev. 2:10)
   “Do not be afraid of what you are about to
   suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of
   you in prison to test you, and you will suffer
   persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to
   the point of death, and I will give you the
   crown of life”.

       A Way To Faithfulness
 We Will Start By Looking Again At Acts 2.
 Remember That This Is The Day The Apostles,
  Empowered By The Holy Spirit, Preached To
  Thousands In Jerusalem.
 About Three Thousand Were Baptized That Day.
 Notice What These New Disciples Did From That
  Day Forward.
Acts 2:42
  They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching
  and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and
  to prayer.

   A Recipe For Faithfulness
 Think Of Acts 2:42 As A Recipe
  For Faithfulness.
 All Of The Things Stated In The
  Verse Are Very Important.
 If You Leave Out An Ingredient
  When Baking Something, The
  End Result Is Not What Was         All Ingredients Are Needed
                                    “They devoted themselves
 The Disciples Devoted             to the apostles’ teaching and
  Themselves To Four Necessary
  Activities That Spiritually Fed   to the fellowship,
  Them And Strengthened Their       to the breaking of bread and
                                    to prayer”. (Acts 2:42)        7
       The Four Necessary
       Listed In Acts 2:42
   Apostles’ Teaching
   Fellowship
   Breaking of Bread
   Prayer

     The Apostles’ Teaching
   The Apostles Teaching Is Something That
    Should Be Important To You.
   As Recorded In John Chapters 14-16,
    Jesus Told The Apostles The Night Before
    His Crucifixion That He Must Go Back To
    Heaven And Send The Holy Spirit.
   The Holy Spirit Was To Teach Them All
    Truth And Remind Them Of All That He
    Had Said.
   When We Read What The Apostles Were
    Inspired By The Holy Spirit To Write, We
    Are Looking At The Truth.
    What Convinced Them?
   Two Things Convinced The Early
    Christians That What The
    Apostles Taught Was True:

    1   The Old Testament Documents (Acts 17:11)

    2   And The Miraculous Signs That Accompanied
        Their Message (Mark 16:20; Acts 4:29-30; 5:12-16;

       Like A Healthy Tree
   The First Psalm
    Mentions How A
    Tree Gains
    Nourishment. . .

   Like A Healthy Tree,
    We Must Put Our
    Roots Down Deep
    Into The Word Of
    God In Order To
    Grow. . .

            Babies In Christ
   New Christians Or Babies In Christ,
    Must Have Proper Nourishment Or They
    Will Die.
        1 Peter 2:2 “Like newborn babies, crave pure
    spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your
   When You Are Hungry Or Thirsty, You
    Crave Something.
   We Should Have That Same Desire For
    The Word Of God.
   By It We Will Grow Up In Our Salvation.
    How Does Faith Come?
    Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from
    hearing the message, and the message is heard
    through the word of Christ.
   If We Listen To What The Apostles
    Were Inspired To Write, We Take In
    Spiritual Food By Which Our Faith
   People In The First Century Spent
    Much Time Listening To And
    Understanding What The Apostles
    Were Teaching.
   God In His Infinite Wisdom Knew We
    Needed These Timeless Truths For Our
    Faith To Grow Today.
He’s Given Us All We Need
    2 Peter 1:3 “His divine power has given us
    everything we need for life and godliness through our
    knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and
   God Has Given Us Everything We Need
    To Become Like Him . . .
   It Is Through The Word That We Gain
    Knowledge Of Him.
   Jesus Told The Apostles That He
    Would Guide Them Into All Truth.

                All + Zero = All
          Devoted To Study
   We Need Nothing
    More Than What The
    Apostles, Inspired By
    The Holy Spirit, Wrote
    And Taught.

   No Wonder These
    Early Disciples
    Devoted Themselves
    To Studying What The
    Apostles Taught!

• The Second Ingredient In The Recipe For
  Faithfulness Is Fellowship (Acts 2:42)
• Fellowship Comes From The Greek Word
  koinonia, Which Means “Lives Interwoven
  Together, Interdependent On Each Other.”
• Christians In The First Century Were Of
  Constant Encouragement To One Another.
• The Same Should Be True Of Christians
  Today, That We Build Each Other Up And
  Spur Each Other On. (Hebrews 10:23-25)

       Fellowship – (continued)
   As We Look For The          Hebrews 10:23-25
    Return Of Christ, We   Let us hold unswervingly to
    Need To Be Growing        the hope we profess, for
    Stronger, Not Weaker.       he who promised is
                                   us consider how
    We Gain This Strength And letspur one another we
                             may                     on
    From Mutually              toward love and good
    Encouraging Each Other             deeds.
    And From God’s Word. Let us not give up meeting
                              together, as some are in
   Christians Should Hold       the habit of doing,
    One Another Accountable but let us encourage one
    To The Commitment        another--and all the more
    They Have Made In            as you see the Day
    Christ.                         approaching.
   Continuing With Fellowship
Hebrews 3:12-14                 Take Note Of The
  See to it, brothers,           Warning That Is Given To
  that none of you has           Believers Concerning
  a sinful, unbelieving          Falling Away.
  heart that turns away         Without The
  from the living God.           Encouragement From
  But encourage one              Other Believers, It Is
  another daily, as long         Possible For Us To
  as it is called Today,         Develop An Unbelieving
  so that none of you            Heart.
  may be hardened by
                                To Prevent This, God
  sin's deceitfulness.
                                 Knew That We Needed
  We have come to
                                 Daily Encouragement.
  share in Christ if we
  hold firmly till the end      Faithfulness Is Necessary
  the confidence we              For Us To Receive Our
  had at first.                  Eternal Reward.
           Continuing With Our
            Fellowship Study
        Acts 2:44-46
 “All the believers were
      together and had
  everything in common.
Selling their possessions
   and goods, they gave
    to anyone as he had
      Every day they
     continued to meet
  together in the temple
     courts. They broke
   bread in their homes
   and ate together with
      glad and sincere
      They Shared Their Blessings
• Believers Trusted And
  Encouraged Each Other
  Every Day.
• They Had All Things In
• They Shared Their Blessings
  With One Another.
• Their Lives Were
  Interdependent And
• This Is What Helped Them
  Remain Faithful To The Lord.
            Breaking Of Bread
   The Third Ingredient In This Recipe To
    Faithfulness Is Breaking Of Bread. (Acts 2:42)
   This Term Is Used To Speak Both Of Common
    Meals And The Very Special Meal Jesus
    Instituted On The Night Before His Death.
   The Context Helps Us Understand What Is
    Being Talked About In Individual Verses.

       Breaking Of Bread (continued)
   Jesus Knew That We Would
    Need A Constant Reminder
    Of The Price Of Our
   He Took The Bread And
    Wine Of The Passover (The
    Jewish Feast Reminding The
    Jews Of Their Release From
    Egyptian Bondage)
   And Made It A Memorial
    Feast For His Disciples To
    Remember Him.
              “Jesus Took Bread”
   Matthew 26:26-29
    “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and
    broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat;
    this is my body."
    Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them,
    saying, "Drink from it, all of you.
    This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for
    many for the forgiveness of sins.
    I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now
    on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my
    Father's kingdom."

             1 Corinthians 10:16-17
   16 “Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a
    participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we
    break a participation in the body of Christ?
   17 Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for
    we all partake of the one loaf.”

         About The Lord’s Supper
   Paul Explained To The
    Corinthian Christians
    What The Lord’s Supper
    Is All About.

   By Our Mutual
    Participation In This
    Simple Meal, We Are
    Reminding Each Other Of
    Jesus’ Sacrifice.
            Taking The Lord’s Supper
   Paul Continues To Encourage The
    Corinthian Christians To Be Taking This
    Meal For The Right Reason.
    (1Corinthians 11:23-29)
   He Says It Is To Remember The Death
    Of Jesus And To Proclaim His Return.
   Partaking Of The Lord’s Supper Is A
    Time Of Self-examination.
   This Is What Christians Are Supposed
    To Be Doing When They Gather
    Together As A Church On The First Day
    Of Every Week (1 Corinthians 11:18;
       When They Came Together
 Acts 20:7 7 “On the first day of the week we came together to break bread.”
• Again We Find The Christians Meeting On Sunday For The
  Purpose Of Breaking Bread (Lord’s Supper).
• This Weekly Reminder Of Jesus’ Sacrifice Is Something That
  God Knew That We Would Need.
• This Is An Important Element To Our Faithfulness.

The Fourth Ingredient In The
Recipe For Faithfulness Is Prayer
(Acts 2:42).
The Christians Were Known As
People Of Prayer.
God Has Opened His Throne
Room And Made It Accessible To
Us Through Jesus (Hebrews
Prayer Is Our Communication
With God.
         Pray For Others
Praying For Others And Knowing Others Are
Praying For You Is Very Important To Your

God Wants
You To Depend
On Prayer

He Says That Prayer Has Great
James 5:13-16
13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is
anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.
14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of
the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the
name of the Lord.
15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick
person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned,
he will be forgiven.
16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray
for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of
a righteous man is powerful and effective.

              Our Assurance
1 John 5:14-15
  14 This is the confidence we
  have in approaching God:
  that if we ask anything
  according to his will, he hears
  15 And if we know that he
  hears us--whatever we ask--
  we know that we have what
  we asked of him.

What Prayer Is Not!
 Prayer Is Not Coming To God With A Long
  List Of Our Requests And Asking Him To
  Agree With Us.
 Rather, Prayer Is Seeking To Understand
  And Submit To God’s Will.
 Prayer Is Our Expression Of Dependence
  On God.
 He Knows What We Need Even Before
  We Ask (Matthew 6:8).
 Yet He Still Wants Us To Open Our Hearts
  To Him.
Jesus In The Garden
 Matthew 26:39
  “Going a little farther, he
  fell with his face to the
  ground and prayed, "My
  Father, if it is possible,
  may this cup be taken
  from me. Yet not as I
  will, but as you will."

        The Night Before His
   Jesus Is Praying On The Night Before
    His Crucifixion.
   He Knows What God Has Planned For
    Him To Do And That Doing It Is
    Absolutely Necessary For Our
   However, Being Human, He Wants To
    Avoid The Pain And Humiliation Of The
    Cross If At All Possible.
   Jesus Did Not Neglect To Bring His
    Request Before God; However, God’s
    Will Was More Important Than His Own.
            Prayer Attitude
   When You Pray, You
    Need To Have The
    Same Attitude As
   God Wants You To
    Make Your Requests
    Known But At The
    Same Time To
    Recognize That He
    Knows What You Need
    Better Than You Do.
   Your Must Surrender To
    His Will (Isaiah 55:8).   35
      Jesus Taught About Prayer
    Jesus Taught About
     Prayer Several Times.
    On One Occasion He
     Taught His Disciples How
     To Pray (Matthew 6:5-15).

Mathew 6:5
"And when you pray, do not be like the
hypocrites, for they love to pray standing
in the synagogues and on the street
corners to be seen by men. I tell you the
truth, they have received their reward in
     Don’t Make A Show Of Your
   Jesus Is Not Saying It Is
    Wrong To Pray In Public
   However, Your Motive
    Should Not Be To Be
    Seen By Others, That
    They Might Think More
    Highly Of You.
   You Should Not Think
    That Praying Big, Fancy
    Words Will Impress God.
   God Desires Simple,
    Honest, And Open
    Communication From
    Your Heart.
        Jesus Gave An Example
        Prayer To His Disciples
   Matthew 6:9
    "This, then, is how you
    should pray:
    "'Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name,
    your kingdom come,
    your will be done on
    earth as it is in heaven
    Give us today our daily
    Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven
    our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but
    deliver us from the evil one.'
 Pray To The Father

 When You Pray, Address Your
  Prayers To The Father And Express
  Your Praise Of Him.
 Surrender Your Requests To God By
  Asking His Will To Be Done.
 Praying For Daily Needs Expresses
  Your Constant Dependence On Him.

Your Greatest Need!

Forgiveness Of Your Sins Is Your Greatest
 Need, But His Forgiveness Of You
 Depends On Your Willingness To Forgive
Depend On God’s Guidance And Strength
 To Overcome Temptation.
Satan Wants You As His Disciple.

                     Your Enemy
   1Peter 5:8-9
    Be self-controlled and alert.
    Your enemy the devil prowls
    around like a roaring lion
    looking for someone to devour.
    Resist him, standing firm in the
    faith, because you know that
    your brothers throughout the
    world are undergoing the same      • God Knows His Enemy
    kind of sufferings.                  Better Than You Do.
                                       • You Must Trust God And
                                         Rely On His Guidance.
    Conclusion To Lesson Eight
   The Christian Life Is
    Like A Race, Not A
    Sprint, But A
   Your Faithfulness To
    The End Is Vital To
    Your Eternal Destiny.
   Seeking Godly
    Teachers And Strong
    Christian Fellowship Is
    Crucial; Otherwise,
    You Could Be
    Deceived And Led
    Away From God.
           Conclusion -                 continued
   Peter Discussed The Deceptive Nature Of False Teachers And
    How Worthless They Are.

2 Peter 2:17-22
   These men are springs without water and mists driven by a
   storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth
   empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires
   of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just
   escaping from those who live in error. They promise them
   freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity--for a
   man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. If they have
   escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and
   Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and
   overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the
          Conclusion -                   continued
   Peter Points Out That False Teachers Are Like
    Springs Without Water Or A Storm Without Rain.
   He Goes On To Say That They Like To Promise
    New Christians Freedom While They Themselves
    Are Slaves To Sin.
   They Could Lead You Away From God.

2 Peter 2:21-22
   “It would have been better for them (New Christians) not to
   have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it
   and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was
   passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: "A dog
   returns to its vomit," and, "A sow that is washed goes back to
   her wallowing in the mud."
        Conclusion -       continued

   God Wants Your Life
    To Change To Be
    More Like Him Every
   Satan Wants You To
    Continue To Live In
   Faithfulness To Your
    New Commitment Is
    Very Important If
    You Want To Spend
    Eternity With God.

          Conclusion -                   continued
   Hebrews 10:26-27
    “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received
    the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but
    only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that
    will consume the enemies of God.”

   Your Devotion To The Four Ingredients Mentioned In This
    Lesson (Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking Of Bread, Prayer)
    Will Help You To Live A Faithful Life That Will Bring Glory
    And Honor To God.
   The Next Lesson Will Focus On The Changed Life Of A
End Of Lesson Eight