"Fifty Years of Weather"
TEXTS: Gal. 5:19; Rom. 1:28; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; Rev. 22:14
1. Jesus makes an unusual promise to His followers in of His parables. He, the Master, promises to come in and serve the servants if they are being watchful.
2. God expects us to produce righteousness and fruit as we serve Him. We don't come to faith so we can see what we will get from God, but rather we come to faith so we can start producing for God.
3. When we look at the original language of writing we discover that the foundational definition of sin is: to fail, to miss the mark/goal.
4. At the heart of sin is a failure to love and honor God. Failing to honor God also impedes our ability to properly love and honor other people.
5. There are several lists of sin found throughout the NT. These lists detail what are commonly referred to as "sins of the flesh." If a believer chooses to practice behaviors and attitudes that are found in one of those lists, it will open a door for the wicked one to mess with their life.
6. We are in a season of cleaning our robes (Rev. 22:14) and the children of God should be rightly examining their hearts and lives for sin. Why would the Lord call us to repentance? Because He wants to send revival!
TALK TO EACH OTHER:
1. What does behaving like a "watchful servant" entail and include?
2. What is the "fruit" that God expects His followers to produce? Is it the same for every believer? Why or why not?
3. How does a failure to properly love and honor God distort our ability to love and honor other people?
4. God uses the wicked one to correct His children. How does He do this and why does He do this?
TALK TO GOD:
Pray as you feel led concerning the following areas:
- For revival and clean robes
- To understand what sin is and how to rightly deal with it