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"An example for believers"
Summary of sermon by Erlo
Stegen, 16 Nov 2014
(also an engagement service of Sizwe Mnikathi and Fikile Shabalala)
|1Tim 4:12-1612 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the
believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
13 Till I come, give attendance to
reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
14 Neglect not the gift that is in
thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
15 Meditate upon these things;
give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
16 Take heed unto thyself, and
unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and
them that hear thee.
There are some who through disobedience destroy themselves, but
each one of us should be an example, even to the believers. Even the believers need an
example otherwise they go off the right way.
If you want to know if someone is a Christian ask the heathen.
They read us. You're a letter read by everyone, so be a letter of Christ to the people.
You're a letter not written with ink but on the hearts of people. May it be a letter from
God. There are few people reading the Bible, but everyone sees our lives.
Some unbelievers say they don't want to be Christians because of
how the Christians live and the way the children of the Christians live. If you follow the
Lord you bring joy to your parents, but if you go your own way it's like stoning them.
Be an example and let no one despise your youth. If you want to be
respected then be an example in your conduct, speech and purity.
The thing that touches the Muslims the most about Jesus Christ is
His love for His enemies, especially where He prayed for His enemies.
Some say their perverse lust of homosexuality and lesbianism, is
because they were born that way. But the truth is we were all born in sin. That's why
Jesus came to save us from our sin (Matt 1:21). The Bible says people fall in
homosexuality and lesbianism because they become vain in their thoughts and refuse to
acknowledge God, worshipping the things that were created instead of the Creator (Rom
Remember you're not what you think you are, you are what you
think. Your thoughts must be pure as well.
In Proverbs it says you must not even go near the house of a
prostitute (Prov 5:8). Flee worldly lusts, just like Joseph fled to Egypt when the angel
warned him that Herod wanted to kill the Child. Joseph obeyed instantly.
Some alcoholic might say he wants to get rid of it, but then goes
and sits in the bar. The same applies to a prostitute, if you don't want to fall in her
trap why go near her house?
1 Moreover, brethren, I would not
that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed
through the sea;
2 And were all baptized unto Moses
in the cloud and in the sea;
3 And did all eat the same
4 And did all drink the same
spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock
5 But with many of them God was
not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
6 Now these things were our
examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were
some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
8 Neither let us commit
fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as
some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
10 Neither murmur ye, as some of
them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
11 Now all these things happened
unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of
the world are come.
If one only read the first few verses it looks like a very good
congregation, but because of their evil ways after God had done all for them, He wasn't
pleased with them, and most died in the wilderness, destroyed by the destroyer.
You can be a good or bad example. Read 1Cor 13 what true godly
love is, having long suffering, being the least and serving others.
The destroyer came unexpectedly. We can just pray that God would
come down like a mighty rain that will wash away all who are dead.