The Importance of Faithfulness

TEXT:† 1 Cor. 10:1-13

INTRODUCTION:

A.††††† THE LESSON OF FAITHFULNESS IS BADLY NEED IN THE CHURCH

††††††††† (Matt. 10:22;† Rev. 2:10).

B.††††† ISRAEL SERVES AS OUR EXAMPLE (1 Cor. 10:6, 10).

I.††††† THE PRIVILEGES OF ISRAEL (vs. 1-4).

A.††††† GOD HAD ABUNDANTLY BLESSED ISRAEL.

††††††††† 1.†††††† God delivered them from Egypt when he caused them to pass through the sea

†††††††††††††††††† (Ex. 14:30-31).† Slaves 430 years (Gal. 3:27).

††††††††† 2.†††††† God chose them out of mercy for Abrahamís sake (Deut. 7:7-8).

††††††††† 3.†††††† God sustained a murmuring people in the Wilderness:

††††††††† ††††††††† a.†††††† Mana (Ex. 16).

†††††††††††††††††† b.†††††† Water (Ex. 17 & Numbers 20).

††††††††† 4.†††††† God provided guidance (Ex. 13:21-22).

B.††††† GOD HAS ABUNDANTLY BLESSED US TODAY.

††††††††† 1.†††††† Delivered us from sin and Satan (Rom. 6:17-18;† Col. 1:13).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Delivered without merit (Titus 3:4-7).

††††††††† 3.†††††† We are sustained by the Bread of Life (John 6:30-35).

††††††††† 4.†††††† We are guided by faith in his word to our promised land

†††††††††††††††††† (Rom. 1:17;† 10:17;† 14:23).

II.†††† THE UNFAITHFULNESS OF ISRAEL (vs. 5-10).

A.††††† IN SPITE OF THE BLESSINGS, ISRAEL SINNED.

††††††††† 1.†††††† Sin of lust (vs. 6).

†††††††††††††††††† a.†††††† Example (Num. 11:4-35).† Tired of manna, desired meat and Egypt.

†††††††††††††††††† b.†††††† Punished with a great plague.

††††††††† 2.†††††† Sin of idolatry (vs. 7).

†††††††††††††††††† a.†††††† Ex. 32.† The Golden Calf.

†††††††††††††††††† b.†††††† 3,000 died.

††††††††† 3.†††††† Sin of fornication (vs. 8).

†††††††††††††††††† a.†††††† Num. 25:1-9.† Adultery with women of Moab and idolatry.

†††††††††††††††††† b.†††††† 24,000 killed by plague.

††††††††† 4.†††††† Sin of tempting God (vs. 9).

†††††††††††††††††† a.†††††† Num. 21:4-9 at Mt. Hor.

†††††††††††††††††† b.†††††† Fiery serpents.

††††††††† 5.†††††† Sin of murmuring (vs. 10).

†††††††††††††††††† a.†††††† Num. 14:1-38.† 12 spies Ė murmuring against Moses.

†††††††††††††††††† b.†††††† 40 Years.

B.††††† IN SPITE OF GODíS BLESSING, WE SIN AS THEY DID.

††††††††† 1.†††††† We lust, looking back (Luke 9:62;† Rom. 12:9).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Idolatry, putting something before God (1 John 2:15;† Matt. 6:33).

††††††††† 3.†††††† Fornication Ė service to fleshly appetites (Gal. 5:19ff.).

††††††††† 4.†††††† Testing derives from a doubting heart (James 1:6-8).

††††††††† 5.†††††† Do we murmur and complain? (Phil. 2:12-15;† vs. 10).

III.††† ENCOURAGEMENT TO FAITHFULNESS (vs. 10-11).

A.††††† A WARNING AGAINST SELF-SUFFICIENCY (vs. 11-12).

††††††††† 1.†††††† Vigilance (1 Pet. 5:8;† Eph. 5:15-16).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Introspection (2 Cor. 13:5).

††††††††† 3.†††††† We wonít just get by and get in (Luke 13:24).

B.††††† WE CAN BE FAITHFUL (vs. 13).

††††††††† 1.†††††† We all have temptation in common (Heb. 4:15).† God limits.

††††††††† 2.†††††† There is an escape (Eph. 6:16;† Phil. 4:4-7) Faith and Joy! (Phil. 4:13).

CONCLUSION:

A.††††† IT IS POSSIBLE FOR US TO OVERCOME AND REMAIN FAITHFUL.

B.††††† REMEMBER ISRAEL.