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a) Faithfulness in our society
b) Faithfulness in our church
c) Faithfulness in our households

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Galatians 5:22-23
 

“The story of Babel is the best metaphor I have found for what happened to America in the 2010s, and for the fractured country we now inhabit. Something went terribly wrong, very suddenly. We are disoriented, unable to speak the same language or recognize the same truth. We are cut off from one another and from the past.” – Jonathan Haidt, Why The Past 10

 

1. How would you describe faith?
2. What does it mean to have faith?
3. What does it mean to be faithful (spiritually)?

 

Πίστις(pistis)=faith,faithfulness,fidelity,reliability,allegiance

 

When they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city officials, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here too, and Jason has welcomed them. They are all acting contrary to Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king — Jesus.”

Acts 17:6-7
 

1. “The fruit of the Spirit is … Πίστις…”
2. “The fruit of the Spirit is … faithfulness …”
3. “The fruit of the Spirit is … allegiance …”

 

Who/what/where have you given your allegiance to?And how does this affect your life?

 

C. Faithfulness in our society → Allegiance to Jesus in our society
D. Faithfulness in our church → Allegiance to Jesus in our church
E. Faithfulness in our households → Allegiance to Jesus in our households

 

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.” He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:20-21
 

I know where you live — where Satan’s throne is. Yet you are holding on to my name and did not deny your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness who was put to death among you, where Satan lives.

Revelation 2:13
 

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…

Galatians 5:22
 

Since faithfulness is a product of the Spirit of God, our ability to be faithful ultimately flows out of the character & power of God.

 

Know that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps his gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love him and keep his commands.

Deuteronomy 7:9
 

God is not a man, that he might lie, or a son of man, that he might change his mind. Does he speak and not act, or promise and not fulfill?

Numbers 23:19
 

He cannot act out of character with Himself. He is at once faithful and immutable, so all His words and acts must be and remain faithful. Men become unfaithful out of desire, fear, weakness, loss of interest, or because of some strong influence from without. Obviously none of these forces can affect God in any way. He is His own reason for all He is and does. – AW Tozer

 

Brothers and sisters, if someone is overtaken in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual, restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so that you also won’t be tempted. Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone considers himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

Galatians 6:1-3
 

To be filled by faithfulness:
1) Believe Jesus is faithful, for us

 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9
 

if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.

2 Timothy 2:13
 

I got, I got loyalty, got royalty, inside my DNA – Kendrick Lamar

 

To be filled by faithfulness:
1) Believe Jesus is faithful, for us
2) When empty, be filled by His presence & promises

 

The faithfulness of God is a datum of sound theology but to to the believer it becomes far more
than that: it passes through the processes of understanding and goes on to become nourishing food for the soul…The tempted, the anxious, the fearful, the discouraged may all find new hope and good cheer in the knowledge that our heavenly Father is faithful. – AW Tozer

 

To be filled by faithfulness:
1) Believe Jesus is faithful, for us
2) When empty, be filled by His presence & promises
3) Know we’re (only) called to be faithful

 

“The man with two talents also approached. He said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. See, I’ve earned two more talents.’ “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy.’

Matthew 25:22-23
 

He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; you were called by him into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:8-9
 

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things.

Galatians 5:22-23
 

Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.

Hebrews 11:1
 

LORD, your faithful love reaches to heaven, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your judgments like the deepest sea. LORD, you preserve people and animals. How priceless your faithful love is, God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Psalm 36:5-7
 

Because of the LORD’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness! I say, “The LORD is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in him.”

Lamentations 3:22-24
 

God is faithful; you were called by him into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:9
 

No temptation has come upon you except what is common to humanity. But God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to bear it.

1 Corinthians 10:13
 

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he told the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. He said to them, “I am deeply grieved to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake with me.” Going a little farther, he fell facedown and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. He asked Peter, “So, couldn’t you stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray, so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, a second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” And he came again and found them sleeping, because they could not keep their eyes open.

Matthew 26:36-43
 

“For it is just like a man about to go on a journey. He called his own servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two talents, and to another one talent, depending on each one’s ability. Then he went on a journey. Immediately the man who had received five talents went, put them to work, and earned five more. In the same way the man with two earned two more. But the man who had received one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money. “After a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five talents approached, presented five more talents, and said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I’ve earned five more talents.’ “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy.’ “The man with two talents also approached. He said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. See, I’ve earned two more talents.’ “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy.’ “The man who had received one talent also approached and said, ‘Master, I know you. You’re a harsh man, reaping where you haven’t sown and gathering where you haven’t scattered seed. So I was afraid and went off and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ “His master replied to him, ‘You evil, lazy servant! If you knew that I reap where I haven’t sown and gather where I haven’t scattered, then you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and I would have received my money back with interest when I returned. “‘So take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. But from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. And throw this good-for-nothing servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Matthew 25:14-30
 

When everything is done, God won’t say, “Well done, good and successful servant.” He won’t even say, “Well done, good and fruitful servant.” What he’ll say is, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Your job is, in the power of God, to faithfully do the right things for the right reasons. – Craig Hamilton

 

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Whether you’re just starting out on your journey together as an engaged couple through our Pre-marriage Mentoring, you could use some encouragement through our Marriage Enrichment class, or you’d like to meet with a couple for mentoring through Couple to Couple to make a good thing even better, we are here to support your marriage! Checkout the list of upcoming dates below and click the image for more info or to sign up.
 

  • Pre-Marriage Mentoring is offered three times a year, the next group will be starting in the Fall.
  • Our next Marriage Enrichment class will be offered on September 18th (be sure to register early).
  • Finally, we offer Couple to Couple Mentoring year-round when a husband and wife reach out to us.
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