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Bible Study Notes 4/19/22

Word Alive!


Winter Series

Finding God’s Purpose Forward!

Concord Baptist Church of Boston in Milton

Conley Hughes, Jr., Senior Pastor

Tuesday, 19 April 2022, Lesson 11

Dr. David Jeremiah, Forward: Discovering God’s Presence and

Purpose For Tomorrow

Devotional Time: Chapter 9 (pp. 151-168)

Finishing Our Task – It is important that each of us discover and complete the particular assignment, which God gives us. In various seasons of live, we may sense the need to complete a given task; or fulfill some purpose that resonates within our hearts. God never gives us an assignment, without providing us with resources, which are appropriate for the fulfillment of that endeavor. We often find clues to fulfilling our purposes by seemingly, obscure examples in the Bible. When the Apostle Paul sent a letter to the Christians in Colossae, he encouraged Archippus, a young Christian and son of his friends, Philemon and Apphia, to remain faithful to his task. Paul said, “And say to Archippus, “Be sure to carry out the ministry the Lord gave you.” (Cf. Colossians 4:17, NLT; Also, Philemon 1:2-3, NLT). While the scriptures do not mention what was the specific ministry entrusted to Archippus; it was important enough, for the Apostle to encourage him to complete his task. Whatever we are led to do in life that advances the teachings of Christ, it really matters! We must all remain diligent and committed to our tasks, for the duration of time they are entrusted to us. Titus was sent to Crete in the Mediterranean Sea. It was not always a hospitable place, but Titus was encouraged to “complete the work” begun by the Apostle Paul (cf. Titus 1:5; NLT; Also, Titus 1:12, NLT). Similarly, Timothy was commissioned to Ephesus to “refute” false teachings (cf. I Timothy 1:3, NLT). He was to “remain” in Ephesus to complete his task. The Apostle Paul had ministered in Ephesus (Western Turkey) some 8 years before he sent Timothy. There was “unfinished” work to be completed. As with each of us, Paul told Timothy to “focus on and protect” the integrity of his mission and purpose (cf. 1 Timothy 6:20, NLT). In his book, Forward, Dr. David Jeremiah says: “Yes, your role may change. Your assignments may evolve and your situation may alter. You may have to make adjustments. Even so, one fact won’t change: as long as God leaves you on earth, He has ongoing work for you.” The “single gift principle” we find in the scriptures, suggests whatever God assigns us to do, we are equipped for that purpose. The encouragement is this: “God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another (cf. I Peter 4:10, NLT).” We are further encouraged to cultivate “confidence” in the ability God has given us. The assurance of God’s Spirit within, will cause us to properly use the gifts God has entrusted to us. Although Paul was in prison, he did not waver from the purpose God gave him (cf. 2 Timothy 1:12, NLT). We must always work to finish what we’ve begun!

Help and Endurance - The purposes God gives us in life, are not completely dependent on our efforts alone. We were created to endeavor the tasks given to us, cognizant of others whom God sends to “help,” and engage with us. What is true of personal communal life, also is true of our corporate faith (cf. Genesis 2:18, NLT; Also, Romans 12:4-5, NLT). The willingness to assist each other, is necessary as we all seek to “complete” the work assigned to us. Because we are called to live in community, what and how we do things, affects others. When Moses commissioned Joshua to select a company of soldiers to face and defeat the enemy that had waged war with Israel, we see evidence of how the purpose is engaged and completed with both Moses and Joshua receiving help. Joshua was dependent on the “real-time strategy” from Moses directing him from a strategic place; and Moses was dependent on Joshua and the elite soldiers prevailing in battle. Along the way, Aaron and Hur were close to Moses, to assist him when his strength became compromised (cf. Exodus 17:9-13, NLT). We also witness in this narrative, the value of intergenerational contributions in accomplishing a task. When God is with us, age is no impediment to the completion of an assignment (cf. Psalm 92:11-15, NLT). Biblical wisdom says: “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other person can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” (Cf. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, NLT). Aside from, and commensurate with, the help we receive, there are attributes we should ask God to give us. Some of these would include: wisdom, love, and endurance (cf. 2 Thessalonians 3:5, NLT). These are spiritual qualities that God makes available; and we can cultivate them in our lives. Other qualities also are available and necessary for our Christian formation (Also cf. Galatians 5:22-23, NLT). Perhaps some of us feel a sense of guilt for not having accomplished some desired goal. Dr. Jeremiah says, “If you don’t finish what you started, it’s like a building that never has a roof.” This often is true; however, we must focus on the specific task God has called us to do within our season. We may recall that Paul reminded the Christians at Corinth, that he, and Apollos, each had a particular assignment. Paul said, “…Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seeds in your heart, and Apollo watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow (cf. I Corinthians 3:5b-7, NLT).” We must simply complete our part!

________________________________KEY IDEA________________________________

What We Believe!

Completing the task before us, leads us forward!

1. It is not how fast we run, but how well we endure the race!

______________________________KEY VERSES______________________________

Titus 1:5, NLT

“I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you.”

I Timothy 1:3, NLT

“When I left for Macedonia,I urged you to stay there in Ephesus and stop those whose teaching is contrary to the truth.”

Matthew 24:11-14, NLT

“And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampart everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached through-out the whole world, so that all nations will hear it, and then the end will come.”

1 Timothy 6:20, NLT

“Timothy, guard what God has entrusted to you. Avoid godless, foolish discussions with those who oppose you with their so-called know-ledge.”

2 Timothy 1:12, NLT

“And God chose me to be preacher, an apostle, and teacher of His Good News. That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the One in whom I trust and I am sure that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until the day of His return.”

Exodus 17:9-13, NLT

“Moses commanded Joshua,“Choose some men to go out and fight the army of Amalekfor us. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill, holding the staff of God in my hand. So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Mean-while, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, theAmalekites gained the advantage. Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses,holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.”

Psalm 92:11-15, NLT

“My eyes have seen the down fall of my enemies; my ears have heard the defeat of my wicked opponents. But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted to the Lord's own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. They will declare, “The Lord is just! He is my rock!There is no evil in Him!”

2 Thessalonians 3:5, NLT“May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.”

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