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Preached by Robbie Craddock, Aaron Viscichini, and Cornel Buckner on May 5th, 2013

Notes & Scriptures

(1) Robbie Craddock: Life and Speech

Set an Example in Your Life

1 Timothy 4:12-16
Paul is giving Timothy the charge (in his late teens and early 20s) to lead a church at such a young age…
– Leader: influence power over people
– The world has a distorted view on what leading as a young person means …
– The world’s lyrics of songs are pushing negative messages to young children
– As a young student, are you setting an example to the students around you or a good example to your employers?
– How are your personal bible studies w God and do others want to imitate your good example?

Proverbs 5:21-23
– We will die for lack of discipline

Set an Example in Your Speech

– Need to set an example in the words that we use

Ephesians 4:22-32
– Speech the truth in love and forgiveness

(2) Aaron Viscichini: Love, Faith, and Purity

Be an Example of Love Like Jesus

John 15:9-17
– Jesus is the epitome of an example of love

5 things to be an example of:

  1. Jesus is God focused
  2. Persevering – never gave up
  3. Obedient – love transferred into obedience
  4. Sacrificial – laying down life – self denial
  5. Bear fruit that will last – loving like Jesus, you share that love with other people and change the world

Be an Example of Faith that Doesn’t Flinch

Daniel 3:13-27
– Best example of faith that does not flinch
– So faithful to God, they were willing to be thrown into a fire…even if they died, they were adamant to continue our to glorify God
– Confident to follow God even if we aren’t delivered from trials!
– Do you believe that God can deliver you regardless??
– Real faith brings miracles
– Where is your faith at today?
– Stay faithful to God even if he doesn’t deliver us! God blesses that sacrifice!
– Your faith to make a decision to step

Purity Like Potatoes

Psalm 119:9-16
– How can you stay pure? You seek God with all your heart.
– You put the word of God first in your life!
– The scriptures stay in your heart all the time!
– To go after something with all your heart, it’s your number 1 that you would do anything to find!
– You push past anything that gets in your way!

(3) Cornel Buckner: Diligence, Life and Doctrine

1 Timothy 4:15-16
– The charge given from Paul to Timothy…
– One decision can literally change your entire life…so you must watch your life!
– A man’s life is his message to the world? Do people want to imitate you?

Watch Your Life

Ephesians 5:11-16
– Paul tells the church in Ephesus to have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness
– How many lives have you changed by what you drive or wear?
– When someone wakes you and you’re disgruntled, it’s similar to when somebody isn’t awake spiritually

Watch Your Doctrine

– People are confused about how to be right with God
– Why aren’t we one church? Because we have different doctrine
– I am the Way (not the ways)
– There is only one way

Matthew 7:13-14
– People think just going to church makes you right with God
– The world today thinks the road is broad.
– The Bible says the road is extremely narrow

– Need to Read the Message
Romans 10:16-17
– Essential to have faith … and faith comes from the Word

– Need to have Faith
James 2:14-17
– Faith must have action or it’s dead
– Imagine your faith without deeds? — A man needs deeds to accompany his faith

– Need to Repent
Acts 2:36-39
– Need to know you’re responsible for Jesus’ death on the cross
– The message of the Kingdom coming was to repent! Jesus’ message is to repent!

– Need to be baptized
John 3:1-7
– Nicodemus was a religious leader and he was confused about the way to salvation!
– When you preach the doctrine of being born again, people don’t understand it!

– Need to Persevere
1 Timothy 4:16
– This was an admonition to persevere..and if your not saved, persevere and get right w God
– You’re not once saved, always saved
– Start getting into Gods word and persevere-so you can save yourself and your hearers!

Matthew 28:18-20
– How well are you holding each other accountable??