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Summary: There is a charge on our lives to recognize God’s calling. Once we recognize this calling we will be grateful that he was merciful to us when we were sinners.

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“THE CHARGE”

I Timothy 1:12-20

January 28, 2009

Warden Assembly of God

Pastor John L. Harper

Introduction:

I. THE TRUST(vs. 12-14) (Be thankful)

A. Jesus enabled me

1. I give thanks for His power

2. He enabled me to preach His Gospel

3. His grace was abundant and overflowing with faith and love

B. Jesus esteemed me

1. He did not give up on me

2. He counted me faithful

3. I was not counted faithful by what I did, but by who He is

C. Jesus established me

1. He put me into the ministry

2. I was a blasphemer against God

3. I obtained mercy

II. THE TRUTH (vs. 15-16) (Be merciful)

A. Jesus came to save sinners

1. I was the worst sinner

2. I obtained mercy

B. Jesus came to extend His mercy

1. His mercy is for sinners

2. Ignorance of sin is no excuse for pardon, mercy is His to give

In the early years of World War II after the United States forces

invaded northern Africa, crude airstrips were established on the

desert, and bombing runs across the Mediterranean were begun on

Axis targets in Italy. "Lady Be Good" was a Flying Fortress, B-17

bomber, that was making these long and dangerous flights. The

night this plane was tragically lost the crew had made it to Italy

and was returning on a radio beam from the desert air strip. When

the beam would come on the Lady be Good made certain it was on a

straight line toward home. The crew never knew until it was too

late that they had a strong tail wind that brought them back much

sooner than expected. With no visual point of reference they

simply overflew the directional signal and kept straight on until

they ran out of gas and came down in the Libyan desert more than a

hundred miles south of the coast and water. They were LOST. They

simply disappeared off the face of the earth-- no one knew they had

overflown their base into the heart of the desert. Their plane has

been almost perfectly preserved in the dryness-- the men themselves

survived the emergency landing only to die of thirst in the desert

with no one knowing where they might be.

DOING LOST, BEING FOUND

Luke 15: 1 - 10

I Timothy 1: 12 - 17

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C. Jesus wanted to show His longsuffering through me

1. I could be an example of how God is patient toward the sinner

2. I could give hope to those who would put their trust in Christ

III. THE TASK (vs. 17-20) (Be vigilant)

A. Fight the good fight

1. Remember what was spoken over you (prophecies)

2. Follow God’s Word into “battle”

B. Face those who oppose you

1. Keep the faith and a clear conscience

2. Confront those who are shipwrecked who are misleading others

C. Fend off blasphemers

1. There are those who have suffered shipwreck and are lost

2. Warn them from deceiving those who are weak in faith

3. If they refuse turn them over to Satan

CONCLUSION: There are so many true stories that reflect that amazing grace, but I ran across one that really seemed to say it all. It is a story written by Elisha Coffman for Christian History Magazine, entitled “Beyond Pearl Harbor”. This story is how God caught up with the man who led Japan’s surprise attack. And it is a true story.


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