Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Lexington, KY. Pastor Earl Thomas
Pleasant Ridge Baptist ChurchLexington, KY. Pastor Earl Thomas

REASONS WHY WE SHOULD WANT TO BE AMONG THE FAITHFUL FEW. (this is a follow up of a message recently on “The Faithful few.”)                      

Text: Revelation 3:4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.”

 

I.TEN THINGS THE FAITHFUL FEW WILL DO FOR US:

1. THEY WILL CHALLENGE US WITH THEIR EXAMPLE. 1 Thess 1:7 “So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.” 1 Peter 5:3 “Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.”

  1. THEY WILL TEACH US WITH THEIR EXPERIENCE. Titus 2:1---
  2. THEY WILL HELP US WITH THEIR COMPASSION.
  3. THEY WILL DRAW US CLOSER TO GOD
  4. THEY WILL DRAW OUT OF US THE BEST WE HAVE TO OFFER. Encourage us to unleash the potential of God’s Spirit working in us.
  5. THEY WILL GIVE US THE COMPANIONSHIP WE NEEDTO BE ABLE TO RESIST THE TEMPTATIONS OF THE WORLD.
  6. THEY WILL ENLIGHTEN US WITH WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNED ABOUT SCRIPTURE.
  7. THEY WILL SHOW US HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF CHURCH LIFE.
  8. THEY WILL BE THERE FOR US WHEN WE ARE SICK, HOSPITALIZED, OR IN SOME SORT OF TRIAL OR TRAGEDY.
  9. THEY WILL WELCOME US INTO THE FELLOWSHIP OFBELIEVERS AND CAUSE OS TO WEAR PROUDLY THE NAME CHRISTIAN, SERVANT, SAINT, BROTHER BELOVED, AND CHILD OF THE KING.

 

IITEN THINGS THAT BEING A MEMBER OF THIS ELITE GROUP WILL MEAN:

  1. THAT WE ARE WALKING IN THE SPIRIT. That’s what the faithful few do!
  2. THAT WE ARE FULFILLING OUR RESPONSIBILITIES BEFORE GOD.
  3. THAT WE HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN CRUCIFYING OURSELVES TO THE WORLD. REJECTING THE FLESH AND THE LUSTS THEREOF. Rom 6.17-18 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.   18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”

4. THAT WE TAKE SERIOUSLY OUR COMMITMENT TO CHRIST. Romans 6:6   6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

5. THAT WE HAVE TRIED THE WORLD AND TRIED CHRIST AND FOUND SERVING HIM FAR BETTER.

6. THAT WE WANT TO BE A GOOD MORAL AND A SPIRITUAL EXAMPLE TO THE REST OF OUR FAMILY and the society in which we live for Jesus Christ.

   The central factor in predicting the rise or fall of crime in society seems connected with the rise or fall of the degree of social involvement by the church and of its widespread emphasis, or lack of it, on the need for individual morality. The church must be a moral example setter; often to its shame, it is NOT.

   The church must reemphasize the possibilities of “life changing” conversions to Jesus Christ and personal accountability by its members to Him. “I know thy works…”

7. THAT WE HAVE COME TO REALIZE THAT LIFE IS SHORT AND DEATH IS SURE, AND WE MEAN TO MAKE OUR LIFE COUNT IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR CHRIST.

8. IT WILL KEEP US FROM RUNNING WITH THE WRONG CROWD, 1 Peter 4:3-5 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: 4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: 5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.”

 

WE HAVE NO TIME TO WASTE BY BEING AN INACTIVE CHRISTIAN, OR ABSENTEE CHURCH MEMBER, BUT WEWILL BE THERE FOR THE BODY.

AN ABSENTEE MEMBER IS SHUTTING HIMSELF OFF FROM THE GOOD AND THEBEST THAT GOD HAS TO OFFER. ASK DOUBTING THOMAS IF THIS IS SO.

 

WHAT A SHAME TO GO THROUGH LIFE WITHOUT THE DISCOVERY OF THE BLESSING OF WORSHIP IN THE HOUSE OF GOD.

 

WE NEED WHAT OUR CHURCH CAN DO FOR US IN DEMANDING OF US THAT WE REFUSE TO SETTLE FOR MEDIOCRITY AND INSTEAD INSPIRE US TO REACH FOR THE STARS, SET WORTHY GOALS, AND LOVE OUR FAMILIES.

9. THAT WE HAVE SET OUR AFFECTIONS ON HIGHER, NOBLER THINGS. WE HAVE TASTED OF THE WORLDS OFFERINGS AND FOUND THEM FOUL AND UNSATISFYING TO OUR SPIRITS. Col 3:1-3   If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.   3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

  1. THAT WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH THE AGONY OF A PERSONAL GETHSEMANE AND HAVE COME OUT AS DID OUR LORD JESUS WHO SAID, "NOT MY WILL BUT THINE BE DONE." 1 Peter 4:1-2   1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.”

 

CONC.: THERE NEED BE NO CLASS ENVY HERE. IT ISN'T NECESSARY TO BE JEALOUS OF THE FAITHFUL FEW WHEN IT IS QUITE SIMPLE TO BECOME ONE OF THEIR NUMBER. YOUR INDUCTION TO THIS ELITE HALL OF FAME IS ENTIRELY UP TO YOU.

PLEASE DON'T CHEAT YOURSELF OR THE REST OF US OUT OF THE BENEFIT OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP IN THE FAITHFUL FEW.

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Revelation 11:17 "Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned." 

 

SERVICES:

SUNDAY MORNING:

Sunday School 9:30
Worship 10:30

 

SUNDAY EVENING:



Choir Practice 5:00



Men’s Prayer 5:15



Evening Worship 6:00

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING:

Men’s Prayer 6:15

Sermon 7:00