SHARPER THAN A SWORD

SERMONS

Hebrews 4:12-13 "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account."

All articles are written using the NKJV, unless otherwise noted! All articles are written by David Hicks, unless specified otherwise.

"A CLOSER WALK WITH GOD!"

Blessings & Responsibilities Of Being A Christian

 

Introduction

1. Every person has some big events in life (for example: birth, graduation,
marriage, death).

 

2. But the most important event for anyone is becoming a Christian!

a. Why? Because it affects both you and others for ETERNITY!

b. Unfortunately, many people become Christians and do not really appreciate it until late in life, if ever?

c. But our service for Christ would be more productive and infinitely more enjoyable if we began to grasp the true significance of being Christians, and as such, the children of God.

 

3. This lesson is the second in a series designed to encourage and instruct one to
have “A Closer Walk With God,” and to be more fruitful in our service as
disciples of Jesus Christ.

 

[To help motivate us in fulfilling this goal, let's summarize just a few of the  blessings and responsibilities we have as Christians….]

 

I. GOD AS OUR HEVENLY FATHER.

1 John 3:1 "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him."

 

A. Consider the Blessing of Having God as Our Father….

1. He is the source of every good and perfect gift from above - James 1:17; Matthew 7:11.
2. He provides us comfort in all our afflictions – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.
3. When needed, in love He chastises us – Hebrews 12:5-11.
4. He has promised never to forsake us Hebrews 13:5-6.

 

B. Yet, There Are Responsibilities For Having God As Our Father…..

1. We must SUBMIT to God – James 4:7.

a. By submitting to His Word.

b. By submitting to His providential workings in our lives – 1 Peter 5:6-11.

2. We must also DRAW NEAR to God James 4:8.

a.  Just as an earthly father delights when his children want to draw near to him, so does God – Matthew 23:37.

b.  We draw nearer to God by “cleansing our hands” and “purifying our hearts” James 4:8.
1) That is, by obtaining forgiveness and then strengthening our resolve to

serve Him.

2) For the Christian, this involves REPENTANCE, CONFESSION OF SINS, AND PRAYER Acts 8:22; 1 John 1:9.

 

II. JESUS CHRIST AS OUR LORD AND HIGH PRIEST.

1 Corinthians 8:6 "yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live."
Hebrews 4:14 "Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession."

 

A. Think For A Moment About This Blessing…..

1. He who is our “Lord” is also He who rules over the kings of the earth – Revelation 1-5-6.

a. All authority in heaven and earth has been given Him – Matthew 28:18.

b. All have been made subject to Him. 1 Peter 3:22.

c. Yet, He calls us His “brethren”! – Hebrews 2:11-12.

2. As “High Priest,” He intercedes in our behalf – Romans 8:34.

a. A High Priest who understands our every feeling – Hebrews 2:17-18.

b. A High Priest who “ever lives” to make such intercession for us –

Hebrews 7:24-25.

 

B. What Are Our Responsibilities Of Having Jesus As Lord and High Priest?

1. If He is truly our LORD, we must do what He says – Luke 6:46.

a. We must be careful to observe what He taught – Matthew 28:18-20.

b. We must keep His commandments – John 15:10, 14.

2. We must also utilize His rule as our HIGH PRIEST – Hebrews 4:14-18.

a. In other words, be quick to obtain mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.

b. Again, for the Christian this involves PRAYER.

 

III. THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO DWELLS IN US –

1 Corinthians 3:16 "Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?"

 

A. Wonderful Blessings Are Attributed To The Holy Spirit's

Indwelling…

1. He gives us strength to put to death the fleshly deeds of the body -Romans 8:11-13; Ephesians 3:16, 20.
2. He also helps in our weakness when it comes to praying as we ought, by acting as an intercessor for us – Romans 8:26-27.

 

B. What Responsibilities Do We Have In View Of the Spirit's Indwelling?

1. To keep the temple of God , the church, HOLY - 1 Corinthians 3:16-17.
2. We are to GLORIFY God even with our bodies – 1 Corinthians 6:18-20.
3. We are to WALK in the Spirit, being so LED by the Spirit as to produce the FRUIT of the Spirit – Galatians 5:16-18, 22-25.

a. This we do by setting our minds on the THINGS of the Spirit Romans 8:5-6.

b. Which involves the WORD of God, which is the SWORD of the Spirit – Ephesians 6:17.

 

IV. THE CHURCH AS OUR FAMILY -

1 Timothy 3:15 "but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth."

 

A. The Blessing Of Having The Church As our Family…..

1. The members become like fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters 1 Timothy 5:1-2.
2. They can even replace physical relations we may lose when we become
Christians - Mark 10:28-30; Matthew 12:46-50.

 

B. Responsibilities Of Having The Church As Our Family…..

1. We are to “edify one another” – Hebrews 10:24-25.

a. This necessitates assembling together frequently

b. This requires each one doing their share – Ephesians 4:15-16.

2. We are to “bear one another's burdens” - Galatians 6:1-2.

a. For such is the “law” of Christ.

b. This requires that we know each other well, and can be depended upon to provide support.

 

Conclusion

1. There are certainly many more blessings and responsibilities that we have as
Christians.

 

2. But I hope that these suffice to IMPRESS UPON US…..

a. How blessed we are as Christians!

b. How important it is that we fulfill our responsibilities

-- OR WE MAY LOSE THE BLESSINGS WE HAVE! -

Hebrews 3:12-15 "Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, 15 while it is said:
“Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”