November 8, 2020
Sermon Title: What Kind of Example are You?
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I Corinthians 11:1
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Scripture Reading: I Peter; II Corinthians; Romans 7
Scripture Text: I Corinthians 11:1
"Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ."
What Kind of Example are You?
Sub-title: "Paul's Incredible Example"
Example I. Paul's Example of a Relationship with God
God, the Almighty, all-powerful, Holy, perfect, loving, Creator of the Universe wants to have a relationship with each of us.
God does not love us as simply a mass of people.
God loves us individually and wants to know us individually.
It is difficult for me to grasp having a relationship with God.
It is difficult sometimes to see our faith as more than just we get to go to heaven, and we have to do certain things. God wants to have a relationship with us. That is the exact reason that God sent Jesus to die for our sins. We always say and rightly so that Jesus died so that we could be forgiven, but there is more to it than that.
There is a difference in an acquaintance and a relationship, and today God wants a relationship and not just an acquaintance.
Example II. Paul's Example A Commitment to do Right
Do you ever read some of the things that Paul says and are blown away that a human could have the faith to live like that?
When I read of Paul being in prison and being beaten, and he says it is a joy, I am blown away.
When I read of Paul saying, that he gave up everything to follow Jesus and counts it all a loss for the sake of Christ, I am amazed that someone could really live like that.
When he speaks of his love and faithfulness in prayer to the other Christians, sometimes I wonder if he could really be as dedicated of a person as it appears he was.
We need to be people of character.
In our world today we do not need more knowledge we need more character.
We do not need more things, we need more character.
We do not need more laws and legislation to better our world, and we need character. Paul showed for us an example of character in a world, which lacked character.
He had a commitment to doing what was right.
In II Timothy near the end of his life he likened his Christian walk to "fighting the fight of the faith." Paul was able to say in retrospect that he had fought the good fight.
*** A Fight Against the Fleshly Desires
We are in a battle against the desires of our flesh.
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