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).

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.