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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Sermon Paramount Or I Used The Word "Paramount" Humourously.

Spiritual training versus Physical Training

Preface by saying neither is a bad thing. In fact, both are great.

First Timothy 4:1-14

Point A: All things from God are good. Some people will try to tell you otherwise, but they are wrong. Either they themselves are misguided or they are lying. Be aware of these things so that you don’t get confused or confuse others.

1The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Point B: Being healthy and active is not bad. It is great, but the best thing for a Christian is spiritual training. This means understanding God’s word and keeping it in your heart. God says to be ready in season and out of season. There are seasons in your life like there are seasons for certain sports, but you want to stay prepared even though it may not be the season for your particular sport.

6If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance 10(and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.

Psalms 119:9-11

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.

10 I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.

11 I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.

Point C: Young Christians are not given a free ride. You are called to set an example. Everyone here has been given gifts from God, and you are commanded to not let them go to waste. Use all your talents as

11Command and teach these things. 12Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. 13Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

That's it folks.. A little long, but what I've got to offer for now..

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