By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.
WHAT COULD I LEARN THAT
WOULD HELP THIS CHURCH?
Life is a constant learning process. Christianity is no different.
Our basic objective with children is that we help them to learn.
So it is with God's children.
Knowledge of God and His word is the key to the preservation of God's nation, the church. (Hosea 4:6; Isaiah 5:13).
Some have knowledge but do not apply it.
Most people have the idea that once you become a Christian, somehow, you just "know" what to do and how to act.
This is not TRUE.
Knowledge and application do not come by the process of OSMOSIS.
It must be learned.
Tonight, let's notice some things relative to Christianity and answer the question, "What Can I Learn That Would Help This Church".
LEARN TO EXERCISE FRIENDLINESS.
We usually think that friendliness should be toward visitors ONLY.
Need to be friendly toward one another.
Give examples of other churches.
Negative and positive.
We cannot sing, "I'll be a friend to Jesus" with a true heart unless we are
friends with one another.
Friendliness is not something you "just get", it is something you learn. John 15:12-17.
LEARN TO BE ACTIVE.
Activity is a must; must be learned.
Ephesians 5:14 - "Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine upon thee."
Slothfulness is condemned over and over in the Bible.
Why some are not active:
Lack of concern.
Sin in their lives.
Why learn to be active.
God commands it - James 1:22 - "...doers..."
Love compels us.
Consistency demands it.
Activity has to be Learned.
LEARN TO SACRIFICE.
Young Israelite children were taught by their parents how to offer sacrifice.
Is this true of us, Parents?
Three things required for sacrifice:
Priest - I Peter 2:9.
Temple - I Corinthians 6:19-20.
Sacrifice involves our daily routine.
Note: We can use all these to God's glory.
LEARN TO SEIZE EVERY OPPORTUNITY.
The Lord opens doors of opportunity for us.
II Corinthians 2:12-13.
We are to cultivate an eye for "finding" these opportunities.
Galatians 6:10 - "So then, as we have opportunity, let us work that which
is good toward all men, and especially toward them that are of the household
LEARN TO THINK PRIORITIES.
The Christian life as well as any other has priorities.
Put "first things first" - Matthew 6:33.
Christianity comes before:
The extra buck.
Pleasure and recreation.
Our commitment to Christ must be stronger than our own desires.
Thinking priorities must be learned.
LEARN TO BE POSITIVE.
Negativism is a killer in the Church today.
"We can't do it?"
Philippians 4:13 - "I can do it."
Thinking positive also includes:
"I" instead of "He".
"We" instead of "they".
"Ours" instead of "theirs".
The question is, "Are you willing to learn what you must learn to help this Church?"
You can begin right now by committing yourself to learning these things that will better your life and help the church to grow also.
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