Last Sunday’s sermon at RSBC was titled: Church, Be Grateful and Gritty.
In the weeks leading up to the sermon I felt led by the Holy Spirit to preach through 1 Timothy 4 as a clear call away from apathy, stagnant faith, excuse making, and lazy spiritual living. Paul’s emphasis in v.6-16 is on focused, deliberate, persistent, non-compromising efforts to grow in godliness. I called this putting forth a “gritty” effort in our spiritual lives (as opposed to unfocused, lack-luster, lazy, limp, wishy-washy, etc.).
You can listen to the sermon [ HERE ].
Toward the end of the sermon I chose to stop preaching and give space for a time of repentance and prayer. I also promised to make the following application ideas available because they represent the rubber-meeting-road gritty practices that the text calls us to pursue.
TRAINING FOR GRITTY CHRISTIANS
“Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths” v.7.
#1: Get gritty about not wasting your time.
“We have our hope set on the living God” v.10.
#2: Get gritty about guiding your thinking towards God.
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example” v.12.
#3: Get gritty about focusing on progress rather than excusing weakness.
“Being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine” v.6.
“Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture” v.13.
#4: Get gritty about knowing God’s Word.
“Do not neglect the gift you have…so that all may see your progress…you will save both yourself and your hearers” v.14-16.
#5: Get gritty about giving your life away for the glory of Jesus.
THE PROMISE: A life that matters today and forever.
“Train yourself for godliness…godliness is of value in every way, as it hold promise for the present life and also for the life to come” v.7-8.
These questions were shared during the sermon as a way to examine how we are receiving and using the things of earth, to honor or dishonor Jesus.
1. Does my enjoyment of creation lead me to smile with God or feel ashamed before Him?
2. Does my enjoyment of creation harden my heart to others or draw me toward loving others?
3. Am I fixated on or gripped by anything in creation or culture in a way that competes with or quenches my joy in God?
4. Am I allowing the imperfections or difficulties in my life to lead me to embrace ungodly attitudes or actions?
Church, let us strive to crush stagnant, bored, exhausted faith with persistent, gritty, God-dependent efforts to grow in godliness!
by: Thomas Gold
Thomas is a pastor at RSBC. He yearns to join others in fighting for freedom from internal and external evil and pain. He is married to Janice and happy to be raising their six children together.