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SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 2009-10-04 "Gaining Patience"

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GAINING PATIENCE 

          Five years ago pastor Carol Misick of Living Word Church had a five family exodus from her church. These are people that had been with her since her ordination in 1984. A radical local man who believed he had deep truth that other ministers and theologians didn’t have, decided to strike out on his own. Michael P. secured the Saturday night use of the Sharon Chamber of Commerce building and began holding all night “Bible Studies.” Michael mesmerized the weak-minded and easily persuaded people from several congregations. About forty adults showed up regularly to hear his involved doctrinal theories.

          Several of Pastor Carol’s families fell under Michael’s captivating spell. Like all cult leaders Mike had the ability to make a lie sound like the truth. He was always leaning on his sycophants to “spread the word” of his own peculiar type of evangelism. One of Pastor Carol’s confused saints stood up in the middle of a Sunday morning worship service and urged people to leave Carol’s church and join with them at the cult leader’s Saturday night project.

          Pastor Carol wept over their leaving and prayed many prayers of intercession on their behalf. Finally, she had to release them and go on with her church without them. The wayward members followed Mike eventually to New Castle and finally discovered the deep reality that was in his character: he had an adulterous heart and engaged in an affair with a married woman.

          Here’s my formula for character:

Relationship + Time = Character.

Give a woman or man enough time and what is in their hearts will be revealed and played out in their lives. Michael revealed himself to be the deceiver that he is.

          Pastor Carol revealed two sterling traits that are seen in those who follow Christ and obey His teaching: patience and faithfulness. Regardless of who goes with you as you follow Christ, you must be faithful to His call on your life.

 

 

Remember the old Gospel song?

I have decided to follow Jesus. . .

          No turning back, no turning back.

Though none go with me, still I will follow. . .

          I’ll follow Him, I’ll follow Him.

          The amazing thing about my story is that one of the families that left came to Carol and apologized. There were tears of forgiveness and reconciliation. This Sunday is a special day of celebration over the return of old friends to the Lord’s fold. Pastor Carol’s patience and gentleness with these people is astounding. Her pastor’s heart had not become bitter against the prodigals, but instead she welcomed them back to finish the work that Christ brought them together to accomplish in the first place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheepfold Ministries, October 4, 2009

Pastor Phil Roland

G A I N I N G   P A T I E N C E

A Fruit of the HOLY Spirit

“The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is the evidence of Jesus’ Presence and work in our personal and relational lives. You can measure your own personal growth in Christ by whether His fruit is being developed in you.”                                     Pastor Phil           

 

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the

testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that

you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”                              James 1:2-4

 

 “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in

our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”                           Romans 5:3,4,5

 

PATIENCE DEFINED - “The ability to endure hardship or inconvenience without complaint.”

PASTOR PHIL’S DEFINITION -  “The ability to have your heart broken and healed by the Master’s Hand and still be able to love, forgive and restore your perpetrators in the future.”

 

I.  THE IMPORTANCE OF GAINING PATIENCE

          A. The Immature Who Lack Patience

                        1. Get Mad at God and Stop Praying – Ephesians 6:18

                            “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,                                        being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication

                              for all the saints;”

                        2. Grow Weary in Well-doing – Gal. 6:9

                            “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season                                   we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

                        3. Fail to Remain Faithful - Heb. 6:11

                            “And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to                                  the full assurance of hope until the end,”

            B. Held Back by Rebellion and Authority Issues

                   1. “Nobody tells ME what to do!”

                        2. “That’s not FAIR!”

 

II.  ACQUIRING PATIENCE REQUIRES OBEDIENCE

            A. Begins with a Decision

                        1. Patience comes by doing the Right Thing Consistently- Acts 2:42

                            “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and                                        fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

                        2. Obedience and Steadfastness come with a Promise – Rev. 21:7

                           "He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God                                   and he shall be My son.”

            B. Requires an Act of the Will – John 15:14

                “"You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.”

GAINING PATIENCE, cont., p.2

 

III.  WE ACQUIRE PATIENCE BY AN INSPIRATIONAL EXAMPLE

            See Paul’s Example in 2 Corinthians 11:23-28

            A. Paul endured Suffering with Patience

                        1. Maintained Humility – Gal. 2:20

                          "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but                                     Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by

                            faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

                        2. He held Patient Expectations – 2 Timothy 4:6-8

                            “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the                                     time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I

                              have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid

                              up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the

                              righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only

                              but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

                        3. He Reminds us that NOTHING can separate us from God’s Love

                            “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor                                      principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,

                              nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to

                              separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our

                              Lord.” Romans 8:38,39   

            B. Paul’s Example reminds us to Run With Patience – Hebrews 12:1-2

                “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of                             witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily

                  ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before

                  us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the

                  joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame,

                  and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider

                  Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you

                  become weary and discouraged in your souls.”

 

IV.  WE GAIN PATIENCE BY ENDURING TRIALS

A. Certain things you can Count On

            1. We will be Persecuted – 2 Timothy 3:10-12

                “But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life,                            purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions,

                  afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at

                  Lystra; what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord

                  delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ

                  Jesus will suffer persecution.”

            2. Trials Mature us in Christ – James 1:2-4

                “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,

                  knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

                  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect

                  and complete, lacking nothing.”

 

 

 

 

GAINING PATIENCE, cont., p.3

 

            B. Without Trials there would be. . .

            1. No Abraham who heard God to tell him – Genesis 12:1

                “get thee out of your country … unto a land that I will show you”                2. No “Prophet Moses” without Standing before Pharaoh

                        3. No Joshua without the battles in Canaan

                        4. No David without Goliath and his flights from Saul

                        5. No Daniel without the lions

                        6. No apostles without persecutions

                       7. No Jesus without the cross

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G A I N I N G   P A T I E N C E TEXTS:

1 Timothy 6:1-11

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11  But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.”

 

Romans 5:3,4,5

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;

4  and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

5  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

 

Isaiah 40:28031

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.

29  He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.

30  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall,

31  But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:14-18

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.

15  See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.

16  Rejoice always,

17  pray without ceasing,

18  in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

 

G A I N I N G   P A T I E N C E TEXTS, cont.

 

POWER POINT

2 Corinthians 11:23-28

Are they ministers of Christ?; I speak as a fool; I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often.

24  From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one.

25  Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep;

26  in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

27  in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness;

28  besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.