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Time Capsule- Faith

Time Capsule
Part 6
Faith

Mark 6:6 “He was amazed at their lack of faith.”

Luke 7:9 “When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.

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2 Chronicles 16:9  “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”

Genesis 12:1 “The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” 4 So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed…”

1. Faith requires us to listen up

verse 1 “the Lord had said to Abram”

John 10:27 “My sheep know my voice..”

2. Faith requires us to leave behind

To step toward your destiny you have to step away from your security.

verse 1b “leave your country, your people, your father’s household.”

As long as you have a guarantee you don’t have faith.

Hebrews 11:1 “faith is the confidence that what we hope for…”

Hebrews 11:8 “It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going”

3. Faith requires us to look ahead 

verse 2 “I will make you a great nation”

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Key Thought: Small seeds produce big fruit

















Time Capsule- Integrity

What is Integrity?

INTEGRITY: WHEN YOUR BEHAVIOR MATCHES YOUR BELIEFS.

Proverbs 10:9. "The one who lives with integrity lives securely”


1 Peter 2:12 “Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that in a case where they speak against you as those who do evil, they may, by seeing your good works, glorify God in a day of visitation”.



Where is Integrity tested?

  1. In tempting circumstances, stay away

1 Peter 2:11 “Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and temporary residents to abstain from fleshly desires that war against you”

Genesis 39:6-11
So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.
Now Joseph was well-built and handsome,
and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”
But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.
11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12 She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.


2. In authoritative situations, show respect

1 Peter 2:13-14, 17 “Submit to every human institution because of the Lord, whether to the Emperor as the supreme authority, or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. . . . Honor everyone"


3. In the work environment, stand for what is right

1 Peter 2:18 “Household slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel".


4. In suffering, seek God

1 Peter 2:19 “For it [brings] favor if, because of conscience toward God, someone endures grief from suffering unjustly”.




Who models Integrity?

Jesus lived a perfect sinless life.

Jesus showed us that greatness comes through humility and serving others.

Jesus defeated the very problem that causes some of our modern day role models to fall.


Luke 23:4 "I find no grounds for charging this man".

1 Peter 2:21 “For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in His steps”.



What are the Benefits of Integrity?

1. YOU CAN WALK CLOSELY WITH GOD.

David asks in
Psalm 15:1-2
Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord?
    Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?
Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right,
    speaking the truth from sincere hearts.




2. YOU’LL HAVE A BUILT IN GUIDE.

Proverbs 11:3 “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”


3. YOU’LL HAVE A CONSTANT PEACE IN YOUR HEART.



4 .YOU GAIN TRUST, RESPECT, HONOR, AND INFLUENCE.

PROVERBS 20:7 A righteous man who walks in his integrity How blessed are his sons after him.

Time Capsule- Honor

Time Capsule
Part 2
Honor

Malachi 1:6 “The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says to the priests: “A son honors his father, and a servant respects his master. If I am your father and master, where are the honor and respect I deserve? You have shown contempt for my name!

Mark 6:1-6
“Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown. 2 The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” 3 Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary[a] and the brother of James, Joseph,[b] Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.
4 Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” 5 And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And he was amazed at their unbelief.”
Verse 5 “Because of their disbelief, he could not do any miracles among them.”
4 things about honor.

  1. What is honor?

Honor:  to add value, to give worth, to treat as precious or valuable. Very literally it means to give weight to something. 

Dishonor:  to treat as if it is not valuable. to remove weight, to take something lightly.

Familiarity causes dishonor.

Mark 6:4 “Jesus said to them ‘Only in his hometown among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.”

2. Who do we honor?

6 people we are called to honor…

  1. Our parents

Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and mother, so that you may live long in the Land your God is giving you.”


2. Those in authority

Romans 13:7 (NLT) “Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.”

I Peter 2:13 (NLT) “For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority—whether the king as head of state, 14 or the officials he has appointed…”

3. Our spouse

I Peter 3:1 “…wives must accept the authority of your husbands.

Verse 7 “in the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives.”

4. Those who are faithful

Philippians 2:22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.

verse 29 “ So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him,”

5. Our pastors and church leaders

I Timothy 5:17 “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.”

I Thessalonians 5:12 (NLT) “Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance.”

6. Each other

Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Romans 12:10 (ESV) “ Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”

3. Why do we lack honor?

All true honor is born out of a heart that is truly honoring to God.

Matthew 15:8 “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”


4. How do we honor?

Honor is not about what does someone deserve, instead it's about what have I decided to do.

I Peter 2:13-17 “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.”

Key thought for today: WE HONOR GOD BY HONORING OTHERS