In Matthew 24:46, Jesus describes the faithful servant. “Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.” The faithful servant is one who is obedient all the while he waits for his master’s return.
Regarding our Lord’s coming, some think the thing to do is look for omens and signs. This is a mistake. Concerning that day, Jesus said, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (24:36). The Lord’s coming will be as a “thief in the night.”
Instead, the faithful servant of God will prepare for that coming by being ever vigilant. Consider, if we are always obedient to our Lord, it matters not when He comes. We will be ready!
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of man is coming” (Matthew 25:13).
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The lesson uses Hebrews 5:11 – 6:3 to establish 3 reasons why we should mature spiritually as Christians. They are:
- We should mature by reason of time (5:12)
- We should mature by reason of use (5:13-14)
- We should mature because it is God’s will for us (6:3)
Invitation delivered by: Stan Cox
The text of 2 Peter 1 shows that we can impact (either by diligence or neglect) our standing with God.
Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica was a great success. As indicated in his writing in 1 Thessalonians 2, Paul attributed that success to diligent and gentle instruction from the word of God.
Invitation delivered by: Joshua Jackson
Joshua exorts us regarding the need for continual diligence and attention as we live each day as Christians.
The lesson takes the text of 2 Peter 1:5-11 to establish the importance of diligence to the maturation of the Christian. Such maturation ensures fruit bearing, and an acceptance by God leading to eternal life. A lack of diligence is shortsighted and destructive.
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It is commonly recognized that proficiency in any pursuit comes as a result of focus and effort. A mother insists that a child do his best and work hard in school, promising that if he will, he will get good grades. A coach demands that his team pay attention, and give 110% and assures that success will follow.
The same is true with regard to success in spiritual pursuits. Proficiency in the knowledge of God’s word takes focus and effort. Paul instructed Timothy, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). The phrase “Be diligent” is translated in the KJV as “Study.” We study to know God’s word, this takes diligence (focus and effort).
It takes diligence and effort to “add to your faith” (cf. 2 Peter 1:5-8). It takes diligence and effort to “Walk in the Spirit” (cf. Galatians 5:16-26). These examples suffice to prove the point.
If you want to please the Heavenly Father, you must make an effort! Sluggards are simply not acceptable to Him. The wise man of Proverbs asks the question, “How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep?” (Proverbs 6:9). Something to think about!
Using passages from Philippians 3, Hebrews 2 and 5 and Philippians 4:8, the sermon establishes that a child of God must both make an effort (show diligence) and focus (meditate and study) to become mature in character and profession.
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