“Biblical Qualification for A Servant of God”

Acts 22:6-16, verses 14-15 text.

Our children and students must understand the privilege in being called a “servant of God.” Too often the emphasis is placed on what man can do rather than what God is doing through His servants. Let’s place much importance on the joy, blessing and privilege in being called a “servant of God.”

However, there are certain things we must do and realize before becoming a servant of God. No, serving God is not something you do if you have failed at everything else! It is not something you do in your spare time, etc.

Let us consider some of the qualifications of a servant of God:

FIRST OF ALL, THERE MUST BE A CALLING! VERSES. 14-15.

Realize that you must be chosen of God, whether you are a preacher or not. You were chosen the moment of your salvation.

John 15:16, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”

Luke 6:13, “And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles.”

John 15:19, “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”

Acts 1:24, “And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen.”

Acts 10:41, “Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.”

Acts 22:14, “And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.”

Romans 9:21, “Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?”

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“BIBLICAL CHILD TRAINING!” PART 4

Principles of Child Training in Proverbs.
 
Instructions must be repeated. Solomon was guided by the Holy Spirit to repeat the same truths almost monotonously.
The foremost thing we are to teach children is that God is to be preeminent in their lives (Proverbs 1:7).
This means:
a. Trusting Jesus Christ for salvation and
b. Seeking God and His perfect will.
The subject of immorality should be considered frequently and plainly (Proverbs 2:16-22; 5:1-23; 6:23-35; 7:1-27; 9:13-18).
Children must be shown that only a personal appropriation of wisdom will protect from sin (Proverbs 2:10,11).
Children must be shown that God does not look lightly upon those who shun instruction (Proverbs 1:24-32).
The teacher should have a serious attitude. Contrary to the philosophy and attitude so prevalent in youth ministries today, the mood of the instruction given in Proverbs is serious and intense.
Instruction should be plain, direct, pointed, and should not fear being negative; this is the style of Proverbs.
The law of sowing and reaping should be emphasized; this is a main theme of Proverbs (Proverbs 5:22).
God should be portrayed as the exciting Source of every good thing, as the One who personally, urgently seeks men and desires their love in return (Proverbs1:20-23; 8:1-36; 9:1-12).
 
TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“BIBLICAL CHILD TRAINING!” PART 3

Read Ephesians 6:1-4 again.

Bible examples for parents.

Abraham (Genesis 17:9-11,23-26; 22:1-18).
Lot (Genesis 19).
Isaac and Rebekah (Genesis 25:28).
Moses’ parents (Exodus 2:1-3; He. 11:23).
Samson’s parents (Judges 13-16).
Hannah (1 Sa. 1-2). Eli (1 Samuel 2:12–3:14).
Samuel (1 Samuel 7:15–8:3).
David (1 Kings 1:5-6).
Job (Job 1:1-5).
Solomon (Proverbs 1–10).
Timothy’s mother (2 Timothy 1:5; 3:15).
The lady (2 John 1-4).

TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“BIBLICAL CHILD TRAINING!” PART 2

Training the child to know God.

Lead the child to Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:13-15).
Teach the child the Bible (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).
Correct the child (Proverbs 13:24; 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; 29:15,17).
Warn the child to stay away from evil (Proverbs 1:10; 4:14-27; 5:1-23; 19:27).
Exhort the child to seek God with all his heart (Proverbs 2:1-9; 4:1-9; 7:1-27).
Teach the child how to be godly and wise in his everyday life (Proverbs 6:1-19; 10:1–31:31).
Rear the child in faithfulness to the church (Acts 2:41,42; 1 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 10:25).

The blessings of proper child training.

The disciplined child goes the right way (Proverbs 22:6).
The disciplined child is wise (Pr. 29:15).
The disciplined child is saved from eternal wrath (Proverbs 23:13-14).
The disciplined child is not foolish (Proverbs 22:15).
The disciplined child is obedient and submissive to authority (Proverbs 13:1).
The disciplined child causes the parents joy (Proverbs 15:20; 23:24-25; 29:17).

Woes of the wayward child.

Parental shame (Proverbs 29:15; 19:26).
Disobedient, un-submissive children (Proverbs 13:1; 15:20).
Sorrow and bitterness (Proverbs 17:25; 19:13).
Financial loss (Proverbs 29:3).
Foolish children (Proverbs 22:15).
Eternal destruction if the child does not get saved (Proverbs 23:13-14).

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“BIBLICAL CHILD TRAINING!”

An experienced parent once said, “Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children, now I have six children and no theories.”

In chapter 5 the church was designated as the Bride of Christ.
In chapter 6 she is to be a good soldier of Christ.
In the future the church will be presented as the Bride of Christ.

The first lesson a soldier must learn is to obey those in authority. He must learn to follow orders. His basic training starts in the home. In fact, to learn how to give orders largely depends on how he learned to obey his parents. The victories of the Christian life are won in the home.

Proverbs 22:6, “Train” Literally means “to touch the Palate of the child.” When a Hebrew mother would feed her baby she first chewed the food and then put it on the tip of her finger and in the mouth of the baby. This helps the baby to swallow. The Palate is the little sensitive portion of the roof of the mouth & has a little dangling thing in back of the throat known as the Uvula.

Lesson: when the child grows old he will never have a problem (or depart from), because he was trained to swallow and take in the Word of God.
What makes a good parent?

Salvation and wholehearted love for the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Proverbs 20:7).
God’s Word dwelling in the heart (Deuteronomy 6:6).
(3) A diligent teacher of the Scriptures (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).
One who corrects the child and does not draw back because of his
protests (Proverbs 13:24; 19:18).
A good example (Proverbs 4:11).
Provide the children’s physical needs (1 Timothy 5:8).
Train the child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).
Do not provoke the child to wrath and discourage the child by your inconsistency and unreasonableness and un spirituality (Ephesians 6:4).

CONTINUED TOMORROW

“GENUINE BIBLICAL LOVE!” Conclusion!

1 Corinthians 13
 
When it comes to serving God, it is easy to become overly concerned with who gets the credit. But we need to learn that what is important is that God receives the honor.
 
II. BIBLICAL LOVE IS ALWAYS OTHERS ORIENTED.
 
A loving person will not boast in verse 4. If you are living righteously people will see it, but if you have to tell people you are living righteously you aren’t.
 
Proverbs 27:2, “Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.”
 
III. BIBLICAL LOVE IS NEVER PROUD OR SELF-EXALTING.
 
A humble man may acknowledge his achievements, but he is never conceited about them. He knows that God did it all. Keep in mind, anyone who does anything does so because of God, not because of our heritage, educational background, or level of sophistication, verse 5.
 
True love does not demand “What’s in it for me?” but asks, “What can I do for someone else. If you want to rekindle the flames of love, keep self out and let God work in your life.
 
A selfish outlook will spoil and destroy all of the qualities of GENUINE BIBLICAL LOVE.
 
The greatest love of all, was the love Jesus gave when He died in our place. May God help us to give ourselves to Christ and others for the rest of our lives.

“GENUINE BIBLICAL LOVE!”

1 Corinthians 13

Love must be specific action not general for mankind. In other words it must be individualistic.

The Apostle Paul penned what has become known as the love chapter of the Bible.

He shows that a spiritual person is controlled by the Holy Spirit of God, not just by a gift of the Spirit, and that spiritual love will be pre-eminent in a Christians life.

By looking in the mirror of God’s Word, we are able to see areas in our own lives which need improving, if we are to be genuinely loving spouse, family member, friend or co-worker God would have us to be.

Look again at verse 4.

I. GENUINE BIBLICAL LOVE IS FIRST OF ALL LONGSUFFERING.

It patiently endures injuries, trials, and troubles. It restrains us from angry outbursts or emotional scenes when thing don’t go “our way.”

Biblical love is kind, tender and it cares about the welfare of others, not about self.

Love is always others oriented. It does for others and expects nothing in return. True love displays a thoughtful, tender, gracious, caring and understanding attitude toward another. According to the Bible love envieth not.. is never jealous.

How do you respond when others excel and receives special recognition? When another person achieves, we ought to praise the Lord and be glad for their accomplishment.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!