- Last week Kerrin talked about Paul parenting Timothy – a true son. We have a responsibility to pass on our faith in Jesus to the next generation.
- Kerrin asked ‘What are we imparting to our children?”
1 Timothy 1:3-7 (NIV)
3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. 7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.
- This week Kerrin focussed on not sweating the small stuff.
Psalm 71:18 (NIV)
Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.
- In life there are many options. What are we focussing on to get the results we are looking for?
- Kerrin used to go to the gym. He was doing the work but not getting results. After talking with someone who was also going to the gym, Kerrin realised that he was focussed on the wrong thing. He needed to change his diet not just go to gym.
- Kerrin loves fires, but if he just collected small pieces of wood he would not be able to have a fire that heated his house. He needs to have much large pieces of wood.
- Focussing on the smaller pieces was a pointless exercise.
- What do you devote yourself to? Don’t waste your time on things that don’t matter. Devote yourself to things that do matter.
- Paul tells Timothy to learn what matters.
- The key word in 1 Timothy 1:3-7 is in vs 4 ‘or’. Endless genealogies were fact, but just because it is a reality doesn’t mean it is worth spending time on.
- Don’t devote your life to things that distract you. Devote yourself to God’s work.
Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
- There is a list of things that people needed to devote themselves to in this passage. They devoted themselves to God’s Word and to fellowship with one another. In their corporate lives and in their houses.
- They didn’t just put up with each other, but were devoted to each other.
- They were devoted to generosity and to prayer.
- When we first become a Christian life is good, but we can easily get distracted as we live our lives.
- We need to make a difference – not get distracted.
- Get rid of distractions – controversy, endless pointless discussions, disagreement, diversion, waste of time, things that we have no answer for.
- Ask yourself does it advance God’s kingdom, eternal life, Church growth or empower people? Will it expand people’s faith in God? Live in God’s kingdom.
- Fear holds people back from sharing with others.
- We need to unite not divide. Discuss the principle of salvation with others, not just someone’s opinion.
- Give time and devotion to God’s kingdom.
- We tend to be distracted. The devil’s best tool is distraction.
- We can easily justify our distraction. God blesses good action.
- A friend of Kerrin’s Pastor Tony Conway never stressed. He brought calm to everyone he met.
- He gave Kerrin a book called ‘Don’t stress the small stuff’
- Too many people feel they don’t need God and worry about the small stuff.
- Kerrin played a part of the film Braveheart, the story of the Scotsman William Wallace. He was speaking to his men who were concerned about what they were fighting for.
- William Wallace said “There’s a difference between us. You think the people of this land exist to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom. And I go to make sure that they have it.”
- People love squabbling over the scraps of the devil’s table, obscure views, religious styles, rules, standards, religious obligation, our own comfort, our own feelings.
- If we focus on the little things you will miss the big things of God.
- We need to focus on breakthrough and possessing the goodness of God for your family.
- Possess what God has for your life.
- Reach people for God. Talk about what God has done for you, pray about it and ask the Holy Spirit to help you reach the next generation.
- Our Church wants to plant churches and bring God to the lost.
- Don’t be distracted by stuff that doesn’t really matter.
- Live victorious lives.
- Advance the Kingdom of God by faith.
- It takes faith to let go of the distractions and to reach the world for the Kingdom of God.
- Ask God to set you free from distractions. Ask Him to open your eyes to the advancement of the Kingdom.
- Open your eyes to what matters.
- Fix your eyes on Jesus and trust God that He will do what Joel prophesied.
Joel 2:28 (NIV)
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.”
Suggestions for Discussion Questions
- Discuss what is meant by ‘just because it is a reality doesn’t mean it is worth spending time on’.
- The disciples didn’t just put up with each other, but were devoted to each other. Do you find it difficult to be devoted to each other?
- Fear holds people back from sharing with others. Do you agree with this? How can you change that?
- People love squabbling over the scraps of the devil’s table, obscure views, religious styles, rules, standards, religious obligation, our own comfort, our own feelings. How often do you find yourself engaging in these sorts of conversations? What should you do to change this?