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Evangelism 2019  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  48:05
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As Christians we must show patience and be encouraging that we do not grow weary in well doing.

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2 Thessalonians 3:10–15 ESV
For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
Introduction:
Illustration- Lazy
I heard about a man whose family sent him to the doctor because he constantly complained of being too sick to work. The doctor examined his patient, then told him to get dressed and meet him in his office.
When the man came into the office and sat down, he said, “Give it to me straight, doc. Don’t use any complicated, fancy sounding medical terms. My family wants the truth in plain English. What’s wrong with me?
“All right,” the doctor said. “I’ll make it as plain as I can. There isn’t a thing wrong with you. You’re just lazy.”
The man sat silent for a moment, then said, “I see. Now will you give me a complicated, fancy sounding medical term I can tell my family?”
Many people are just plain lazy, that’s the truth...
Consider this where work and discipline are concerned...
Why is it that we remember with difficulty,
and without difficulty we forget?
Why is it that we learn with difficulty,
and without difficulty we remain ignorant?
Why is it that we are diligent with difficulty,
and without difficulty are indolent: meaning - lazy; idle; lethargic; sluggish; slothful?
Does this not show what our first nature inclines to be and tends to be by its own weight,
Does this not show what help our first nature needs if it is to be delivered?
Inactivity, slothfulness, laziness, negligence, all are vices which shun labor.
Labor/ work is useful, is itself a discipline required by our born again nature in order to be saved.
It has required work by God and work by the sinner.
We have entered into a period of good works.
Works that can support our born again nature.
An exercise of proclaiming the Good News that saves mankind.
An exercise we have labeled “The Eternity Workshops”.
[We must Not Grow Weary in Doing Good.]
(on time 25:00 minutes left)

I. Do Not Lose Heart

Don’t lose heart because of suffering; because of age; because of disgrace, difference or difficulty...
Do not lose heart...

A. because of suffering

Ephesians 3:13 ESV
So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.
surely if we are going to proclaim the good news of Jesus the Christ there is going to be some suffering and persecution experienced...
Do not lose heart...

B. because of age

2 Corinthians 4:16 ESV
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
by the activity of spiritual things the inner man is renewed and strengthened for eternity...
Do not lose heart...

C. because of disgrace; difference; or difficulty

2 Corinthians 4:1–3 ESV
Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.
We commend ourselves to work and not be lazy.
We commend ourselves to study and not to fables.
We commend ourselves to Book; Chapter and verse and not philosophy.
We commend ourselves to truth and not social convenience.
We commend ourselves to reality and not self-serving-fantasy.
[That means we cannot give up on doing good works…the works of Him who sends us…]

II. Do not Walk in Idleness

Let me say a quick work to our younger generation.
The great majority of what you see that is enjoyable and desirable which you want for yourselves, was achieved through hard work.
Nice home; nice car; nice clothes
Money in the bank; Exotic Vacations; Good paying careers
The surest way for you to avoid these things is to live life the easy way out. Try always doing the least or minimum that is required of you and you will receive the least and minimum that life has to offer.
The Bible has much to say about the sluggard; the slothful; the lazy; etc.
Proverbs 6:9–11 ESV
How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.
Proverbs 10:4 ESV
A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
Proverbs 12:24 ESV
The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
Proverbs 13:4 ESV
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
Proverbs 18:9 ESV
Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.
Proverbs 28:19 ESV
Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
The Apostles were workers, not lazy and diligent about their mission and example...
2 Thessalonians 3:7 ESV
For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you,
Jesus tells a parable about idle folk standing around...
Matthew 20:6 ESV
And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’
In order to get paid they had to go work in the vineyard and God be praised because He paid them what was agreed even though some of the workers had a problem with that.
[To overcome our first nature we are going to need much patience and encouragement…]

III. Patience and Encouragement

The book Hebrews has some great examples of Patience and encouragement
Hebrews 6:11–12 ESV
And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
To be a successful Christian or to be a successful church we are going to need encouragement and help from everyone involved.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 ESV
And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
If we can achieve a unity of purpose in work for the Lord, great things can occur many think are not possible.
Conclusion:
As Christians we must show patience and be encouraging that we do not grow weary in well doing.
Do Not Lose Heart
Do Not Walk in Idleness
Be Patient and Be Encouraging
When that happens we will be that light set up on a hill proclaim the message of salvation that saves man soul...

God’s Plan of Salvation

Romans 10:17 ESV
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Acts 16:31 ESV
And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Luke 13:3 ESV
No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
Romans 10:10 ESV
For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
Galatians 3:27 ESV
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
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