Summary: Urging people in ministry to take another look at where they are.
HOW TO KEEP GOING
Theme Verse: Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Introduction: Paul's life after conversion was one of many difficulties. He faced many situations, any one of which would be sufficient to turn many a persons around and leave them destitute.
Ex: II Cor. 11:23- Perils II Tim. 4:10 Demas hath forsaken me . . .
Through it all, Paul kept going on. Here's how he did it.
I. MY LIFE
Defined: Life--psuche (psoo-khay) - the breath of life, the vital force which animates the body and shows itself in breathing.
A. Life is a gift of God.
"move"-- to do a thing unto me; to make one do something
God had given Paul life and no one could simply take it away.
B. Paul gave it back to God.
1. "count" - echo (ekh'-o) - to have (hold) in the hand; own, possess
2. Bought with a price. I Cor. 6:20
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
C. Selfish people are always unhappy people.
"Dear" -as of great price, precious; held in honour, esteemed, especially dear
II. MY COURSE
Defined: Course- dromos (drom'-os) - a course- in the NT figuratively, the course
of life or of office.
A. Assigned by God: Even before you were born, God knew you and had a purpose
for your life.
1. Appointed a Preacher II Tim 1:11-12
Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
2. I must Preach I Cor. 9:16
For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
. Starting "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" Acts 9:6
1. Pressing - Phil. 3:13-14
2. Running, Looking, and Considering - Hebrews 12:1-3
3. Run to Obtain I Cor. 9:24
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
Defined: Finish- to carry through completely, to accomplish, finish, bring
to an end
1. Paul finished II TIm. 4:7
2. In YOU Phil. 1:6
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
3. His work Eph. 2:10
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
III. MY MINISTRY
248 diaknia Ministry, Ministration
Service, of those who by the command of God proclaim and promote religion among men.
A. Desire a ministry I Tim. 3:1
This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
B. Qualify as a minister
1. Requirements I Tim 3:1-13 Read Scriptures
2. Paul qualified I Time 1:12
C. Fulfil your ministry
1. Wait on it Romans 12:7
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
2. Faint not II Cor. 4:1
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
3. There are afflictions II Cor. 6:4
But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
I Thes. 3:3
That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.
D. Minister within God given limits. I Peter 4:11
If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
My life-my course-my ministry. It would do us good to repeat those three phrases
at the beginning of each day, for they help us take inventory of our spiritual experience.
Am I holding my life dear to myself, or do I yield my life to Christ? Am I running on the course God has assigned to me? Am I fulfilling the ministry that HE has given me?