Summary: This is call for perseverance in every aspect of Christian living.
Stick to the Bible
3. Stick to the Local Church
Still God’s primary instrument for change.
Jesus is it’s Head. He loves it and gave His life for it
Jesus said that He is building it and that the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
Don’t let hypocrisy keep you from it
Don’t allow past hurts keep you away.
We need the church for:
- mutual encouragement
- spiritual growth
Stick to the church that preaches the Bible, that emphasizes missions and evangelism, that loves people.
Warning: The lion preys on those who are weak and off by themselves.
Separation Rapids, a brief stretch of turbulent water on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, was named by John Wesley Powell, the one-armed explorer who pioneered the Grand Canyon. It was there that three men left Powell’s party and attempted to walk out of the Grand Canyon by themselves. Their decision was precipitated by the fact that the party had lost one of their boats and half their food in an earlier set of cataracts. When they faced Separation Rapid they found whitewater more menacing than anything they had yet faced.
Normally the party would carry their boats around the whitewater. Here it was impossible. Their only two choices were to abandon the exploration and walk out of the Canyon through hostile and uncharted territory or face their fears and plunge ahead. Three chose to leave; seven chose to tackle the rapids. Surprisingly they discovered that the rapids were short and far less menacing than they at first appeared. Within a few minutes they cleared the rapids and found smooth sailing in calm water. They had made it through Separation Rapid unscathed, with all their gear in tact. The three who had left were never heard from again. Those who remain together in the face of trial will soon discover that God provides the grace to endure and survive the trial. Those who bail out on the rest of the group will soon perish because they have forfeited the fellowship of the saints and ministry of the spiritual gifts to see them through.
4. Stick to Your Unfinished Task
Don’t be a quitter. See it through. Be an example to others. Nehemiah didn’t quit when he was up against it.
1 When word came to Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left in it-- though up to that time I had not set the doors in the gates--
2 Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: "Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono." But they were scheming to harm me;
3 so I sent messengers to them with this reply: "I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?"
4 Four times they sent me the same message, and each time gave them the same answer.
What do we mean by “tasks?” Any God-given responsibility, such as:
Being a parent
Being a spouse