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Always Abounding in the Work of the Lord

Always Abounding in the Work of the Lord

(1 Corinthians 15:58)

I. Powerful faith

    A. Scriptural examples (Mark 5)
    B. Developed through study and application of the Word (Romans 10:17)
    C. Faith is foundational (Hebrews 11:6; 2 Peter 1:5-8)

II. Prevailing power

    A. Scriptural examples (Jabez, Solomon, Nehemiah, Daniel, Ezra)
    B. We should pray as we work, we should pray as we prepare to work, and we should pray for others who do the work as well (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 6:10-20)
    C. The example of Elijah (James 5:17-18)

III. Passionate zeal

    A. “To boil with heat” (Romans 12:10-11)
    B. Zeal and preparedness (Titus 2:13-14; 3:1; Ephesians 2:10)
    C. Zeal in spreading the gospel (Mark 16:15-16; 2 Timothy 2:2)

IV. Personal love

    A. If there is no love in our work, it is all done in vain (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
    B. Love for God (Matthew 22:37-38; John 14:15)
    C. Love for others (Matthew 22:39; Romans 13:10; Ephesians 4:15)
    D. Love for self (Matthew 22:39; 1 Timothy 4:16)

V. Persistent effort

    A. Perseverance pays off (Galatians 6:9-10)
    B. The example of Paul (Philippians 3:13-14)

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 191/260: Read 1 Corinthians 15

“If I ever walked through the doors of a church building, it would surely collapse.” Have you ever heard someone say something like that? Or perhaps, “There is a special place in hell reserved for sinners like me.”

Have you ever heard of Saul of Tarsus? He consented to the death of Stephen, a man “full of faith and power” (Acts 8:1; 6:8). Luke records how Saul was “breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord” and sought permission to capture them and bring them back to Jerusalem (Acts 9:1-2).

Do you know who Saul of Tarsus became? He was one of the greatest missionaries the church has ever known: Paul the apostle. Despite his former life of blasphemy, persecution, and insolence, God displayed His marvelous mercy in the life of Paul (1 Timothy 1:13).

If God could turn around the life of someone like Saul of Tarsus, He won’t cause the building to fall in on a sinner today who decides they want to get right with Him. We serve an awesome God who wants to raise us up on the last day, to change us from corruptible to incorruption, from mortal to immortality. And He has the power to do it!

Be like Paul – repent of your former sins, submit to Christ in baptism for the remission of sins, and work every day for the Lord with passion and zeal.

Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)

1 Corinthians 15:58. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Pray

Pray a prayer of thanksgiving to God “who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”