The text for this sermon is from Galatians 6. The title for this sermon is: Don’t Give Up.
On any given day, you can walk into a McDonald’s or a BK where older men get together to discuss sports, politics and talk about the glory days like they were yesterday. They discuss what might have been or something they might have accomplished if they were younger. They talk about woulda coulda shoulda but they quit too soon.
Have you ever walked through a cemetery and wondered how many people died with regrets?
Have you ever seen a sporting event where one team was getting beaten so badly that they saw no way out? They just gave up. Instead of fighting, instead of putting up some resistance, instead of working together to come up with a solution, they just gave the other team permission to run all over them.
There is a quality that the Bible says Christians must possess. It is not natural to us. However, if you are truly a child of God, God works to perfect this quality in you.
It takes the average person about 10 times of hearing the gospel before they become a Christian. Statistics also show that the older the person is, the harder this becomes.
It also takes an average of 10 times of inviting someone to church before they will ever come.
People will tell you one thing and then not show up. They will make you promises and they break promise after promise after promise.
This is a jab at your faith.
It should not be enough to derail you. Keep talking to them. Keep inviting them. Never stop praying for them.
You just scatter seed. You are not responsible for the growth or the harvest. You just be obedient and share about Jesus. The rest is up to the Holy Spirit. You are not the Holy Spirit.
This quality that God calls us to have is perseverance.
In Romans 8 – The Bible shows us that God accomplishes the complete redemption of his people from start to finish. He elects a people for himself before the foundation of the world and predestines them to be conformed to the image of his Son, he calls them to himself in faith, he justifies them through faith and he finally glorifies them and nothing can separate them from the love God in Christ for ever and ever!
These same people know the voice of Jesus as their Shepherd. Their life is hidden in Christ – in God.
I don’t believe in a get out of hell free card.
Perseverance is a defining factor of a Christian.
The Bible talks about people who “fell away” or “left the faith.” What you come to find out is that these people were never saved to begin with.
These people do not want to be molded and shaped by Scripture. They have no desire to be obedient or conform to the image of Jesus.
They will listen to sermons, they will sing songs, they might even pray or memorize verses…but to use John’s language, – they were with us but they were not of us.
These people are the rocky soil that Jesus talked about in Luke 8. They hear the word, receive it with joy but takes no root. They believe for a short while but time tests them and proves they never truly belonged to Christ.
Back to Romans 8 – Blood Washed – Christians are known to be more than conquerors.
Obedience to Jesus is evidence of maturity which is shown by a persevering faith.
A conqueror has a faith that is steadfast regardless of difficulty. They have a determined faith that they will accomplish what God has put in them to accomplish regardless of setbacks and obstacles that stand in their way. They have an unwavering faith that they will succeed in Christ’s mission no matter the cost.
A conqueror places their faith in Christ. They might be shaken but they will not be moved.
Revelation 2: 7,11,17
If you belong to Jesus, you will persevere.
May you have a faith that is unwavering.
May you have a faith that is determined.
May you have a faith that is steadfast.
Because our precious Jesus endured the cross, you can endure through anything that this life throws at you.
2 Peter 1:10
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24