INTRO: The process fo learning involves - at one time or another - all of the senses. Formal education might be described as telling, showing and doing, and most of the human senses come into play at one of these stages. It has long been known that lessons which can be visualized in some way are lessons with a better chance of being learned and retained. How many times in math classes do I remember saying to our teacher, Show us an example. All of the fine theory and telling he could do was virtually lost on us until he showed us with an example how to solve problems. For each of us in Christ ...
I. THERE IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EXAMPLE
A. There is certainly telling to be done
1. Phil 4:9 note words learned, received, heard
2. 1 Pet 3:15 here is necessity of speaking forth, of telling, of teaching
3. and we must know subject ... there is study to be done
B. But there is also as certainly showing to be done
1. Robert L. Stevenson: I cannot hear what you say for listening to what you are
2. here is the responsibility of an example
3. Phil 4:9 also says, ... and seen in me ...
II. EXAMPLE AS A RESPONSIBILITY, AN OBLIGATION
A. There is the Lords example
1. 1 Pet 2:21 - Jno 13:15He was an example
2. yes, Jesus sat and taught Gods word - not enough, though
3. He then showed us how to do what He taught how to behave in each circumstance of life (expand) ... all of His teaching would have been useless without example (1 Jno 2:6)
B. There is the apostles example
1. 1 Cor 11:1 what a great responsibility was there!
2. to introduce this new faith into a very confused and calloused world
3. how vital to be consistent with their teaching and to show how Christianity was to be lived from day to day
C. The example of others ( than the apostles)
1. Phil 3:17-19 Paul refers to self ... and others
2. and what he is saying is that because there is so much confusion even among those calling selves Christians it is imperative that we be true, good examples upon whom others can look for a how to!
3. being an example goes with our choice to be disciples
D. Some special thoughts ...
1. 1 Tim 4:12 the young as examples
2. Titus 2:1,7,8 young preacher, teach and shew!
3. the fact cannot be avoided that New Testament plainly teaches every Christian an example of what a Christian ought to be
III. CONSIDER THE EFFECTS OF AN EXAMPLE
A. There are good effects
1. 1 Pet 3:1,2 wives might win husband to the Lord
2. Ps 101:2 wherever we may go or be, we must behave wisely ... because of the good our example can accomplish
3. and we may never know when our example has truly had an impact on others ... but it will
B. And there are harmful effects
1. these would come from a bad example
2. Prov 22:24,25 lest thou learn his ways ...
3. 2 Ki 23:32 the harmful effect of a bad example
4. because our example does have such power, we have a great responsibility to make it a good example!
CLOSE: A little boy asked his father, Dad, what is a Christian? And the father explained ... The Son replied, Dad, have I ever seen one? Friends, there is a lesson of the responsibility of an example.
Cecil A. Hutson
22 October 2000
You Must Hear the Gospel
You must hear the gospel and then understand and recognize that you are lost without Jesus Christ no matter who you are and no matter what your background is. The Bible tells us that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Before you can be saved, you must understand that you are lost and that the only way to be saved is by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:8) Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17)
You Must Believe
You must believe and have faith in God because “without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) But neither belief alone nor faith alone is sufficient to save. (James 2:19; James 2:24; Matthew 7:21)
You Must Repent
You must repent of your sins. (Acts 3:19) But repentance alone is not enough. The so-called “Sinner’s Prayer” that you hear so much about today from denominational preachers does not appear anywhere in the Bible. Indeed, nowhere in the Bible was anyone ever told to pray the “Sinner’s Prayer” to be saved. By contrast, there are numerous examples showing that prayer alone does not save. Saul, for example, prayed following his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:11), but Saul was still in his sins when Ananias met him three days later (Acts 22:16). Cornelius prayed to God always, and yet there was something else he needed to do to be saved (Acts 10:2, 6, 33, 48). If prayer alone did not save Saul or Cornelius, prayer alone will not save you. You must obey the gospel. (2 Thess. 1:8)
You Must Confess
You must confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (Romans 10:9-10) Note that you do NOT need to make Jesus “Lord of your life.” Why? Because Jesus is already Lord of your life whether or not you have obeyed his gospel. Indeed, we obey him, not to make him Lord, but because he already is Lord. (Acts 2:36) Also, no one in the Bible was ever told to just “accept Jesus as your personal savior.” We must confess that Jesus is the Son of God, but, as with faith and repentance, confession alone does not save. (Matthew 7:21)
You Must Be Baptized
Having believed, repented, and confessed that Jesus is the Son of God, you must be baptized for the remission of your sins. (Acts 2:38) It is at this point (and not before) that your sins are forgiven. (Acts 22:16) It is impossible to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ without teaching the absolute necessity of baptism for salvation. (Acts 8:35-36; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Peter 3:21) Anyone who responds to the question in Acts 2:37 with an answer that contradicts Acts 2:38 is NOT proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ!
You Must Be Faithful Unto Death
Once you are saved, God adds you to his church and writes your name in the Book of Life. (Acts 2:47; Philippians 4:3) To continue in God’s grace, you must continue to serve God faithfully until death. Unless they remain faithful, those who are in God’s grace will fall from grace, and those whose names are in the Book of Life will have their names blotted out of that book. (Revelation 2:10; Revelation 3:5; Galatians 5:4)