January 5, 2003


Volume 13 - Number 01     

Great Biblical Examples

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4

It is not difficult to think of ways an automobile could be improved — but it was no easy thing to invent the wheel! Anyone who has ever tried to do something for which there was absolutely no precedent knows how valuable “EXAMPLES” can be. Patterns are important in life — even imperfect ones — and we are fortunate to have many patterns of godly people to go by in making our own lives pleasing to God. (Philippians 3:17; 1 Peter 5:3)

Every example in the Bible was put there by God because there was something about it that God wanted us to profit from. (Romans 15:4; Hebrews 12:1-2)

ABRAHAM: A GREAT EXAMPLE OF FAITH

TIME AND AGAIN, Abraham showed by his obedience that he really trusted God. In leaving Ur. (Hebrews 11:8-10) In accepting God’s promises. (Genesis 15:1-6; Romans 4:18-22) In offering Isaac. (Hebrews 11:17-19)

Considering his family and his environment, it is remarkable that Abraham had the faith he did. (Joshua 24:2, 14-15) Faith did not come any easier for Abraham than for us.

JOSEPH: A GREAT EXAMPLE OF FORGIVENESS

Not once, but several times, Joseph suffered injustices that were worse than anything any of us have ever suffered. His brothers hated him and thought about killing him. They sold him as a slave into Egypt. He was lied about by Potiphar’s wife and wrongly put in prison by Potiphar. Pharaoh’s butler failed to keep his word to help get him out of prison.

But Joseph’s forgiving attitude is exemplified in his treatment of his brothers. (Genesis 45:3-5, 14-15; 50:15-21)

MOSES: A GREAT EXAMPLE OF LEADERSHIP

The greatness of Moses’ leadership of Israel is all the MORE IMPRESSIVE when we REMEMBER that he was reluctant at first to accept the work God had for him. (Exodus 3:11, 13; 4:1, 10, 13) Many would be happy to accept Solomon’s leadership position, but few would be interested in Moses’ role.

Moses illustrates that being a “leader” in the things of God SOMETIMES MEANS little more than suffering hardship for a lifetime - working for things that others will be able to enjoy later. (Deuteronomy 3:23-28)

DAVID: A GREAT EXAMPLE OF COURAGE

There are several kinds of courage — and David apparently had them all.

The secret of David’s courage was his confidence that “the battle is the Lord’s.” (1 Samuel 17:45-47)

JESUS: OUR PERFECT EXAMPLE

Everything that Jesus ever did was admirable and worthy of emulation. (John 13:15) Jesus “declares” the Father. (John 1:14, 18) Jesus shows us exactly what God is like in terms we can understand. (Hebrews 1:3)

Living the Christian life amounts to a continual striving to learn and do the Lord’s will. (Ephesians 5:17; 1 Peter 3:15) Doing the Lord’s will comes down to following the Lord’s example: doing in every situation what we are convinced He Himself would do if He were in our place.

We sometimes use examples for the wrong reasons. Sometimes we use them to justify what we are presently doing. Worse, we sometimes use them to demonstrate how much better we are than others.
Instead, we ought to use the examples of others to discover areas where some adjustment or improvement needs to be made in our own lives. All of the great examples in the Bible (with the exception of the Lord Himself) are of people who had faults and foibles just as we do. But they were people who did what each of us can do: they chose to be faithful to God.

There are great examples of faith living in every generation, and we ought to learn from those living in our own. (Hebrews 13:7; 1 Corinthians 11:1)

Whether the examples we follow are those in the Bible or those living in our own time, their message comes down to basically one thing: it is possible to hold out!

“My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord — that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.” (James 5:10-11)


Over the holidays we received the new bond proposal. Following our fellowship meal, we will have a short meeting to briefly explain this proposal.

the Elders


AM SERMON:
"Walking Circumspectly "
Ephesians 5:15-17
PM SERMON:
"A Hostage is Rescued"
Genesis 14

Mark Your Calendars:

  • January 5th: Fellowship Meal at noon.
  • January 20-23rd: 28th Annual Lectureship at the Florida School of Preaching in Lakeland. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

“Yesterday is history.

Tomorrow is a mystery.

Today is a gift.

That is why it is called the present!”

 

SERVICE OOPPORTUNITIES

 

Remember in Prayer

Announcements:

 Wayne Vowell

 


Charlie White
Jim Dougan
Alie Herrera
Melissa Keyso
Frank Small
Bill Sherman
Mike Weber
Art Stapleton
Edward N. Quansah

Ushers:

 

 Delbert Leavens

 

Morning Services

 

Bible Reading:

 Kerry Keathley  

Songs:

 Jim Treece  

Sermon:

 Ted Wheeler

 

Closing Prayer:

 Glen Law

 
     

Evening Services

 

Opening Prayer:

 Dick Navarre

 

Songs:

 Jim Treece

 

Sermon:

 Ted Wheeler  

Closing Prayer:

 Jim Dougan

 
Our Record - Last Week

Communion

Attendance:
61
Delbert Leavens
David Coffman - David Riser
Dale Schwartz
Contribution:
$ 1548.00
Budget:
$ 2695.00
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