Faithful ’til the End Part 10
Isaac Morin | Inland Hills Baptist Church | Jude 12-13 | July 26, 2020
Big Idea: People who are self serving, empty promisers, low learners, and fruitless are dangerous people in our lives and church.
A Church may not experience growth b/c:
- Lack of effort, skill, and attitudes.
- No prayer, no fasting, no discipleship.
- Fear, inward focus, and division.
- Caustic/Dangerous people within.
- A person that says grace is given and no works of righteousness are to flow from that is a dangerous person
- A person who says that money will allow you more time to serve Jesus better is a dangerous person
- A person who undermines privately and publicly good leadership in a church is a dangerous person
These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; 13 wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.
Self Serving Leaders
Roles of the Shepherd:
- Shepherds feed sheep
- Shepherds protect sheep
- Shepherds shear sheep
- Shepherds watch over sheep
- Shepherds direct sheep
Shepherding is to be for the benefit of the sheep
In what relationships are most likely to be self serving (family, marriage, work, financial, church)?
- Quenching thirst
- Pity – I feel sorry for your suffering.
- Sympathy – I care about your suffering.
- Empathy – I feel your suffering.
- Compassion – I want to relieve your suffering.
Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.
What empty promises have you made recently (spouse, kids, boss, church community)?
When will you own and correct those empty promises?
“One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision.”
– Bertrand Russell
The deepest you can go in Christian theology is loving other people.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
“Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”
Indicators that you are not teachable:
- You get offended when someone tries to teach you something you already know
- You pretend you already know what’s being taught, even when you don’t.
- You can’t take instruction from those in lower positions.
- You feel certain tasks are beneath you, so you don’t need to learn them.
- You try to “one-up” the one giving instruction by proving you know more than they do
Marks of a teachable person:
- They seek out advice
- They apply the advice
- They follow up on the advice
Why are you so confident?
Is it born out of serious study, application, troubleshooting, and experience?
Do you find yourself asking more questions or making more statements about the subject? Why?
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
“…wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.”
10 Things you do if you’re a follower of Jesus:
- Repent & Believe
- Make Disciples
- Love God/Others
- Lord’s Table
- Gather w/ Believers
- Long Term Discipleship