How to Stop Riding the Fence of Faith

July 9, 2006 FBC, Chester Mike Fogerson, Pastor
A Video clip from National Lampoonís Vacation
1 They got lost several times, St. Louis
a "Are you sure you know where youíre going?" Clark says, "Yes"
b "Roll Ďem up, kids"
2 At the beginning of the walk with Jesus, "Weíll follow you everywhere."
a Then Jesus says...
aa Kids, be honest...donít cheat
bb Students, donít have sex...keep yourself pure
cc Adults, go the faithful way and bring up your children in the nurture of the Lord.
b Have devotions, regular worship...are You sure, Lord? Thatís kinda hard.
aa Says to spouses, "Be willing to turn the other cheek, stop being so judgmental."
bb To kids, "Donít be lazy, listen to Mom & Dad, do your chores."
c Real followers of Christ follow no matter what!
B The crowd in Jerusalem epitomized spiritual fickleness (essence of the text in a sentence)
1 They went from one extreme to another
a Praise/crucify, one day up, next day down, one day on His side, next day against Him.
b íI know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 íSo because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Rev 3:15-16 (NASB)
2 Many believers still ride the fence of faith (essence of the sermon in a sentence)
a When it looks like praising/serving Him is going to benefit us, we say "Hosanna"
aa Marriage on the rocks, racked by disease, life is hard...praise the Lord.
bb Church/Godís people is where we are because it benefits us.
b When it looks like itís going to cost us something, we cry Barabbas.
aa Sing, "Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross. Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss."
bb When things donít go our way... we lower the flag.
C I pray weíll decide itís time to serve the Lord no matter what (objective).
1 Rain/shine, good/bad, up/down
2 What needs to happen for you to stop riding the fence of faith? (Probing question)
3 Letís look at 4 folks in the Bible and see what we can learn from them.

I Job-yet will I serve Him. Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him. Job 13:15 (NASB)
A Job had suffered through the worst heartaches life had (has) to offer.
1 He was well-acquainted with loss.
a Financially bankrupt, short on friends, lost all of his kids.
b Though He slay me, I will hope in Him...
aa Hebrew "yachal": wait with expectation, be patient, waiting for the passage of time.
bb Job was going to serve God no matter what.
2 Jobís wife says, "Curse God and die!" (Job 2:9) We laugh, but itís a common attitude.
a If we face a little opposition in our walk with God weíre ready to quit.
b If the preacher doesnít do what we think he should, go to another church.
c If weíre not asked to do