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         MANCHESTER BAPTIST CHURCH

                                                             Rev. Oscar Ramirez

                                                               November 1, 2008

                                                       PRELIMINARY PAGE

        TEXT: 1Timothy 1:5-11 (KJV)

         C.I.T.: True faith is active love.

    THESIS: True faith is motivation for love in action.

PURPOSE:

         M.O.: Doctrinal

          S.O.: Today, know that true faith leads to love in action.

                              False Faith

I.          True faith leads to love in action.  V. 5

II.        False faith is all talk.  Vv. 6-7

III.       False faith leads false assurance of holiness.  Vv. 8-10

IV.       True faith shows us our true lost condition which leads to healing. V. 11


INTRODUCTION:

        TEXT: 1Timothy 1:5-11 (KJV)

         C.I.T.: True faith is active love.

    THESIS: True faith is motivation for love in action.

          S.O.: Today, know that true faith leads to love in action.

                              False Faith

I.          True faith leads to love in action.  V. 5

Marriage License: A Learner’s Permit

It’s a wise groom who has to be dragged to the altar. He knows what love is. It’s death. If lovers don’t know this, they are headed for trouble. Never will you have your way again. You can’t be happy if this other person isn’t. No matter who wins the argument, you lose. Always. The sooner you learn this the better off you will be.

Love is an exercise in frustration. You leave the window up when you want it down. You watch someone else’s favorite TV program. You kiss when you have a headache. You turn the music down when you like it loud. You learn to be patient without sighing or sulking.

Love’s doing things for the other person. In marriage two become one but the one isn’t you. It’s the other person. You love this person more than you love yourself. This means that you love this person as she or he is. Acceptance. We ask ourselves frankly what that impulse is that makes us want to redesign a person. It isn’t love. We want the other person to be normal like us. But is that loving the other person or ourselves? Love brings out the best in people. They can be themselves without artificiality. People who know they are loved glow with beauty and charm.

Let this person talk. Create the assurance that any idea, any suggestion, any feeling can be expressed and will be respected. Allow the other person to star once in a while. A wife’s joke doesn’t have to be topped. Don’t interrupt your husband in the middle of his story. Cultivate kind ways of speaking. It can be as simple as asking them instead of telling them to do things. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Married life is full of crazy mirrors to see ourselves. How stubborn, how immature we really are. You may be waiting for your wife to finish because you never lift a finger to help her.

Love is funny. Its growth doesn’t depend on what someone does for you. It’s in direct proportion to what you do for him or her.

The country is swarming with people who have never learned this. So are divorce courts.

“Men are from Mars...”, Part 3 - Ephesians 5:23,24”, Countdown! Golden Minutes Ministries Newsletter, (Long Beach, CA, October 1996).

5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

True faith uses the commandments as an opportunity to exercise love which leaves no regrets.
II.        False faith is all talk.  Vv. 6-7

Faith and Unbelief

Important lessons are given by this alternation of the two ideas of faith and unbelief, obedience and disobedience. Disobedience is the root of unbelief. Unbelief is the mother of further disobedience. Faith is voluntary submission within a person’s own power. If faith is not exercised, the true cause lies deeper than all intellectual reasons. It lies in the moral aversion of human will and in the pride of independence, which says, “who is Lord over us? Why should we have to depend on Jesus Christ?” As faith is obedience and submission, so faith breeds obedience, but unbelief leads on to higher-handed rebellion. With dreadful reciprocity of influence, the less one trusts, the more he disobeys; the more he disobeys, the less he trusts.

Alexander Maclaren

6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;

Swerving from faith leaves only empty talk.  All talk leaves no room for fulfilling our duty.
7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

Theory without its exercise is useless.
III.       False faith leads false assurance of holiness.  Vv. 8-10

Aristotle Onasis

It is reported that just prior to his death, Aristotle Onasis started giving away vast sums of money to various charities, trying to see if it wasn’t possible to earn a place in heaven.

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8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

The true law shows us what we really are, bad.
9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

Those who deny their badness remain under the power of the law of sin and death.
10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

Those who deny their badness remain under the power of the law of sin and death.
IV.       True faith shows us our true lost condition which leads to healing. V. 11

A Good Road

A missionary society wrote to David Livingstone and asked, “Have you found a good road to where you are? If so, we want to know how to send other men to join you.” Livingstone wrote back, “If you have men who will come only if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.”

April, 1985 Good News Broadcaster, p. 12

11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

We are committed to the same gospel message.

CONCLUSION:

What is Love?

When someone says, "I don't love you anymore,"  it shakes you to your very core.  It caused me to ponder the true meaning of love as never before.  After many years, I arrived at the only definition that makes any sense.  Since God is love and we must compare our love to him, we come up short if we define it any other way.  For you see, in the final analysis, "Love is a commitment with a beginning and no end."  Christ chose to love us and he has never stopped.  He never will.  We should be very careful with a word like love.  Are we willing to make that kind of commitment?

Wayne Hudson                                                                                                                                               author of Many a Tear Has to Fall Padon Press

S.O.: Today, know that true faith leads to love in action.

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