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Spiritual Steadfastness

Romans 12:12, Isaiah 9:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-28, Andrew Love, October 15, 2017

Sermon Notes:


  • v12
    • Quote from Robert Murray McShane
    • Quote from Spurgeon
    • Paul 2 Cor 7:4
  • Quite astonishing these words
    • How does one get to this state of mind?
    • Normally suffering is an unwelcome intruder
  • Our verse provides some answers
    • Looking beyond your suffering and rejoicing in hope
    • We are to understand the purpose of suffering
    • Prayer is the key to be joyful and patient
  • A practical message
  • A commandment
    • Last week: v11
    • (This week: v12)
    • Without these commands we flounder
  • Overview:
    • Rejoicing in Hope
    • Patient in Tribulation
    • Constant in Prayer

Rejoicing in Hope

  • People aspire to happiness
    • Happiness alludes many of us
    • There are many causes: illness, calamity, disposition
  • When Paul is writing - he is writing to all Christians
    • He says to all "Rejoice in hope"
  • He is not writing to non-Christians
    • They cannot fulfill these commands
    • They do not have the Holy Spirit dwelling within
  • Christians suffer and face trials, trouble and death
    • Our joy is not dependent on our circumstances
    • Paul was not a 'super-Christian': what was available to him is available to every Christian
      • Examples
    • All the promises to the apostle Paul are to us as well
    • 2 Cor 7:4-7
      • Paul found his joy in the company of Christians
      • We need Christian fellowship
    • It is not superficial joy
      • In the midst of great sorrow he knew joy in the Lord
      • We can be joyful in even all of our sorrows
    • We have great communion with God
  • Paul is thinking of the hope of glory
    • Being in God's presence
    • If your hope is in this world you will be miserable
    • Paul's hope was in the next world
    • Rom 8:18
    • 2 Cor 5
    • Example of Jane Hamey

Patient in Tribulation

  • We don't often use the word tribulation today
    • From the word Tribulum
    • To do with an outward force, a pressure brought to bare on our lives
  • As Christians we will face tribulation
    • Quote from Jesus & Paul
    • Examples
  • How can we patient in tribulation?
    • A great example in Janet Turner
    • Accept that tribulation will come
    • The purpose of tribulation – Rom 5:3-5, James 1:2-4, Ps 119:67
      • Consider the bad example of the Israelites
      • Keep a check on our anger – Prov 19:14, 14:29
      • Be patient – Prov 16:32
    • Many examples in Tabor

Constant in Prayer

  • We need the Lord in these areas
    • Perhaps continuing steadfastly in prayer is the hardest
    • Examples of Spurgeon and John McCarthur
  • There is a special emphasis on the constancy of prayer
    • 1 Thess 5, Eph 5
    • Rom 1:9
    • We must not pray only for those we know
    • Quote from Spurgeon
  • Prayer requires time and effort
    • Sometimes it is a battle
  • It needs faith
    • Quote from Spurgeon
    • We pray specifically
    • We pray expectantly
  • Perhaps we lack faith?
    • Without faith it is impossible to please God
    • Consider the example of Pentecost this morning

Closing Remarks

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Romans 12:12

12Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; (KJV)

Isaiah 9:1-7

1Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. 2The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. 3Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. 4For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. 5For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. 6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (KJV)

1 Thessalonians 5:1-28

1But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 7For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 9For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 11Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 12And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves. 14Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. 15See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. 16Rejoice evermore. 17Pray without ceasing. 18In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 19Quench not the Spirit. 20Despise not prophesyings. 21Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22Abstain from all appearance of evil. 23And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 25Brethren, pray for us. 26Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss. 27I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. 28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. (KJV)

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