Virtue #4: Diligence – 2 Thess. 3:6-12

How Do I Live Out Diligence?

Diligence, as you may well guess, has much to do with being a hard worker.  Diligence is defined as, “careful and persistent work or effort.”  Work isn’t part of the curse of the fall of Adam and Eve from the garden; in fact God created men to enjoy work.

Illustration: Gen. 2:15 “The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to WORK IT and keep it.”

You see, work was part of the original plan for mankind in God’s mind.  The curse was that work would be hard and that there would constantly be obstacles standing in our way to achieving the desired goal…this is one of the reasons that diligence is now so important because we just have to work harder.

It can be difficult in this life to make a living and provide for your family at times.  Most men tend to connect their masculinity with their ability to provide for their wife and children if or when they have them.  It’s as if our need to work hard and provide is ingrained within our very souls.  And women tend to look at their house and surroundings as an extension of themselves which is why they usually hate it when guests come over and the house is dirty.

Doctrine of sermon: Diligence is the key to having success in every walk of life. Click to read the rest of this post >>

Virtue #3: Temperance – 1 Cor. 9:24-27

How do I live out temperance?

First, I need to define temperance and it is defined as, “moderation or self-restraint in action, statement, etc.; self-control.”  So therefore, self-control and temperance are synonymous with one another; they are the same.  The opposite of temperance or the sin that correlates with it is gluttony or over-indulgence.

ILLUSTRATION: Loaf of banana bread with butterscotch chips that I can’t ever seem to conquer, so I ask for it sparingly.  Another problem that sin that comes over me when I’m given this bread is greed.  The last time that I was given this bread, I was told it was for my leadership team as a whole…then I ate it whole!

This virtue is particularly important to exercise in our culture where over-indulgence is encouraged. Click to read the rest of this post >>

Virtue #2: Chastity – 1 Cor. 7:1-9

How Do I Live A Life Of Chastity?

Most people would think that Chastity is to abstain entirely from sexual relations and therefore the only ones who are truly chaste are Catholic priests and Nuns. But Chastity is actually defined as: Abstaining from sexual conduct according to one’s state in life. That means that according to whatever state your in is how Chastity will be defined for you. That means if you’re married, then certain things apply to you and that if you’re single, certain things apply to you also. Of course, if we’re going to have a proper understanding of Chastity, then we must know what the opposite end of the spectrum also means. Lust is defined as, “uncontrolled or illicit sexual desire or appetite.” SO IS IT POSSIBLE FOR A MAN TO COMMIT LUST EVEN WHEN HE’S MARRIED? Yes it is because if he were to force himself on his wife, he’s showing a lack of sexual control.

” There is serious problem within the church today in a manner of thinking that if somehow, if you’re having issues with lust that all you have to do is get married and the problem will go away. Click to read the rest of this post >>

I’m Afraid To Die

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I’m afraid to die and I’ve never quite gotten over the fear of death, nor do I think that I will in this lifetime. If you’re a Christian, then you’ve been told your entire life that when you die, that you’ll go to heaven. When you’ve been told this, you’ve been comforted and thought that maybe death isn’t going to be that bad…but then you think to yourself, “But how do I know that I’ll go to heaven? Is heaven even real? If it is, how do I know that I’ll get in?”

These thoughts plague the deepest parts of the mind much as the shadowed area on a warm day covers a patch of snow and prevents the evidence of a winter’s chill from melting away. Even during the brightest patches of our lives, each of us considers that it is both fleeting and ever so temporary. Death awaits every one of us from the rich to the poor and from the happiest of individuals to the most melancholy. No matter what type of happiness we find, the truth looms overhead, “You will die.” Click to read the rest of this post >>

Virtue #1: Charity – Acts 20:33-35

How Do I Live A Life Of Charity?

Many believers in our culture wrestle with depression, anxiety, lack of identity, anger, and addiction. One question that the church must answer in our modern culture is how we can combat these problems and find the peace that is promised to us through being a believer. While our main concern is to lead our brothers and sisters to hope in eternity where these afflictions can no longer touch them, we cannot ignore the modern cultural trends and dilemmas. We as a society have devised many different ways to try and usher in contentment in a secular way and that way is often through ego-centrism and consumerism which both lead to greed.

There is a way in which Scripture tells us to find the peace and contentment which we so desperately seek. Paul says in Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” We need to know how to be by Christ, live through Christ, and be in Christ in order to find contentment. Click to read the rest of this post >>