THE BELIEVERS BIBLE STUDY
Stewards of The Mysteries of God
Scripture reading: (Ecclesiastes 2:1).
Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour. (Ecc 10:1))
PROPOSITION: The preachers call is sacred, his ministry is to preach the gospel not as he thinks to be true but to preach the truth as it is written and given in scriptures. Rightly dividing the Word of God
AIM: To Reveal the sacredness of the preachers call and ministry.
INTRODUCTION: The shepherd finds his calling by patterning his life after the ministry of Jesus.
1.The State of being solemn and sober.
I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless (Ecc 2:10).
2.Sober in our thinking.
Young people, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do. (Essscclesiaties 11:1 NIV).
So if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in them all. But let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything to come is futile. Rejoice, O young man, while you are young, and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and in the sight of your eyes, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment. 10So banish sorrow from your heart, and cast off pain from your body, for youth and vigour are fleeting.…(Ecc11:9 BEREAN).
3. Evidences of Sobriety
adorn the teaching about God our Saviour. For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to everyone. 12It instructs us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live sensible, upright, and godly lives in the present age,… (Titus 2:11)
4 Thoughtful and Sincere in our doctrine
But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: (Titus 2:1).
5.Sobriety the qualities of leaders
Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.( TITUS 2:6 KJV). Sensible (NASB) self-controlled and to behave wisely [taking life seriously].(AMP Bible) Encourage young men to use good judgment. (GOD’S WORD TRANSLATION)
6. Sober, refraining from alcohol
Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. (Romans 13:13 NIV).
7. Sober in all conversation
Neither filthiness not foolish talking, not jesting which is not convenient (Ephesians 5:4)
8. Prayer must accompany Sobriety
But the end of all things is at hand, be ye therefore sober and watch unto prayer (1 Peter 4:7)
SOBRIETY: Thoughtfulness, seriousness, clear thinking, Considerate.
“she speaks with such sobriety, it’s clear she speaks the truth”
Sobriety has to do with the way a person presents or conducts themselves, they have sound judgement, can think a thing through, they consider others and are kind. They are not given to wild way out conclusions or speculations, conspiracies or fantasies. Sober in that they can accurately and carefully divide the word of God, can listen to both sides of an argument and provide conclusions that are based on truth rather than fable or dogma.
If you think ‘sobriety’ is an old fashioned word for another era of Christian teaching then consider this. Today we have woke indoctrination, “Woke” means social awareness, being alert to social issues, racism, discrimination and injustice. their goals, to dissolve the nuclear family, abolish capitalism, eliminate religion, re-write our constitution and raise children gender neutral. and its to these issues that we have to be sober, alert and show Godly discression and wisdom. Historical truth is challenged, our children are taught that there are many sexes to choose from and that a child has a freedom to choose their sex over the truth of Gods word and the natural understanding of gender and How God truly made us. Now that alone puts out the alarms bells to teach out children ‘sobriety!’ what is considered an awakening is actually a woke ning, a dumbing down of truth rather than an awakening to truth, Now more than ever our children are exposed to drugs many versions of them, openly, in their city, where they live. Crime is on the up, groups want to get rid of law and order and the police. Sobriety builds family the lack of it leads to chaos in society now more than ever we all need to think soberly.
Can a Christian enjoy life? Of course can he enjoy a healthy conversation and humour, of course. I’m convinced the above admonitions have to do with our witness and presentation of truth for which there is a time. there is a time for everything under the sun. a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build, 4a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5a time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,…(Ecclesiasties 3:4)
Questions to Consider
1.What are the results of foolishness? 2 What are the benefits of Godly wisdom? 3. List the characteristics of a fool as given in proverbs. 4. How does the lack of sobriety connect with foolisness?
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