Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Video: Kenwood Church Elders & Board Updates from 10 18 20

ANNOUNCEMENT by Dennis Fletcher (co-chairman of the elders)

Good morning, 

The elders are asking for you to join us in prayer as we consider what worship service options are available to us going forward while continuing to balance safety concerns with going back inside the building.

These are not easy decisions given our great concern for one another and those “at risk” among us as well as contemplating the many potential restrictions being in the building such as:

  1. Needing to wearing a mask throughout the service except when taking communion
  2. Limiting interactions with each other
  3. Risk of singing in the building
  4. Limited seating capacity and the need to potentially use both the sanctuary and the fellowship hall
  5. Many tight areas for traffic flow in the building
  6. Attesting to not being sick or having been exposed to someone with COVID-19 as you enter the building
  7. Agreeing to being notified if we become aware that someone is sick

Please keep us in your prayers and ask God guide us in making the best decision.

We will share updates with you at the soonest possible point.

On behalf of the elders, we thank you for your prayers and continued support.


Announcement – Flat Roofs by Dion Parker (chairman of the general church board)

October 18, 2020

Over the past several years, we have been blessed by the Lord to be in a financial position to make the necessary improvements to keep our building and property in good shape and operating efficiently.

Interior renovations have included carpet replacement, new pew chairs, upgraded audio and video equipment, just to name a few things.

As for the outside of our building, we have been able to replace the peaked singled roof in November of 2014 at a cost of ~$30,000 and the garage roof in October of 2016 at a cost of ~$5,000. We have made significant parking lot repairs over the past several years and continue to monitor it and make repairs as needed.

Now we need to turn our attention to the flat roofs.

·        We have been monitoring their condition and making repairs as needed to extend their life.

·        Our flat roofs are 25 years old

·        They have been extended past their normal life expectancy through annual maintenance

Recently, the south flat roof has started leaking and needs to be replaced. Because of this, the general board has approved the trustees to spend up to $40,000 to:

·        Replace the south flat roof

·        Replace the south overhang

·        Make any necessary repairs to the north flat roof

The board considers all of these repairs as a good investment in our building.

We have been prudent with our spending, and we will continue to be good stewards of what God has blessed us with.

If you have any questions about any of these topics, please feel free to contact myself or any of the board members.

From the elders and general board, we thank you for your continued support and prayers.


Saturday, October 17, 2020

VIDEO: 10-18-20 Sermon "CHRISTIAN CHARACTER IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: Goodness”

  VIDEO: 10-18-20 Sermon "CHRISTIAN CHARACTER IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: Goodness”

As we worship together "from house to house," we look to our good God.  Our God who loves us.  Our God who offers us His goodness.   Our God who gives us the fruit of His Spirit, goodness.

If you cannot join us this Sunday, we invite you to sing along with the worship videos.  We encourage you to take the Lord’s Supper.  In this way, we can take communion together even though we are apart.  Pray for one another.  Watch my message CHRISTIAN CHARACTER IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: Goodness.  Respond to the invitation.  Enjoy the bonus video.

WORSHIP




COMMUNION

Read Acts 20:7a, “On the first day of the week we came together to break bread.”  Here is a possible communion prayer to say before you take the bread and the juice, "Father, we are grateful to have this opportunity on the first day of the week to celebrate this meal.  Jesus, we proclaim your death until you return.  Spirit, we ask you to empower us to fulfill our mission.  In Jesus' name, amen."

Take the Lord's Supper.

PRAYER

Pray as COVID-19 cases rise across our country.

MESSAGE

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. 


But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 


Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:13-26‬ ‭NIV‬‬



CHALLENGE

This week repent for any action you have taken that has not come from the goodness that God has placed in you through His Holy Spirit.  Write down two actions you could have taken in that situation that would have demonstrated the fruit of the Spirit.  If possible, confess your shortcoming to the person who should have been blessed by the fruit of goodness.  Live a good life this week.

INVITATION

It is our custom to offer an "invitation" following the preaching of the Word at Kenwood Church.  You may want to follow Jesus.  You may want to proclaim your faith.  You may want to repent (stop doing ungodly things and start doing Godly things).  Perhaps you want to be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  If you have been moved by the Holy Spirit to make a decision in your life, I encourage you to speak with me via phone (248-476-8222) or an email (toddlackie@kenwoodchurch.org).  I would be honored to speak with you about what God is doing in your life and try to connect you with a community of faith in your area.

Bonus Video



Saturday, October 10, 2020

VIDEO: 10-11-20 Sermon "CHRISTIAN CHARACTER IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: Kindness”

 VIDEO: 10-11-20 Sermon "CHRISTIAN CHARACTER IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: Kindness”

As we worship together "from house to house," we cherish our closeness with our Father.  His kindness knows no end.  His love has washed over us.  His goodness is evident.

If you cannot join us this Sunday, we invite you to sing along with the worship videos.  We encourage you to take the Lord’s Supper.  In this way, we can take communion together even though we are apart.  Pray for one another.  Watch my message CHRISTIAN CHARACTER IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: Kindness.  Respond to the invitation.  Enjoy the bonus video.

WORSHIP





COMMUNION

Read Titus 3:4-7, "But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,  he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,  whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. "  Here is a possible communion prayer to say before you take the bread and the juice, "Father, we are blessed by your kindness and love.  Your mercy has given us hope where there was no hope.  Your grace has made us heirs.  Thank you for your son, Jesus.  In Jesus' name, amen."

Take the Lord's Supper.

PRAYER

Pray for our church to demonstrate the kindness of God to those who need it.  Pray for each of us that we might show kindness to those we encounter.  Pray for receptive hearts for those we share the kindness of God with.

MESSAGE

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. 


But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 


Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:13-26‬ ‭NIV‬‬



CHALLENGE

Demonstrate your usefulness by being kind to someone this week.  This comes from our inner goodness, not the deservedness of the recipient.  Be kind like God is kind to you.


INVITATION

It is our custom to offer an "invitation" following the preaching of the Word at Kenwood Church.  You may want to follow Jesus.  You may want to proclaim your faith.  You may want to repent (stop doing ungodly things and start doing Godly things).  Perhaps you want to be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  If you have been moved by the Holy Spirit to make a decision in your life, I encourage you to speak with me via phone (248-476-8222) or an email (toddlackie@kenwoodchurch.org).  I would be honored to speak with you about what God is doing in your life and try to connect you with a community of faith in your area.

Bonus Video



CHRISTIAN CHARACTER IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: Kindness (Galatians 5:13-26) Sermon Outline (a blog post for a video sermon for Kenwood Church in Livonia, MI, on October 11, 2020)

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: Kindness- October 11, 2020


INTRODUCTION


Kindness is a desperately needed fruit of God’s Spirit.


The Olympic Games are a great source for stories about kindness.  We remembered the story of Henry Pearce of Australia, who was competing in the single scull rowing event at the 1928 Olympics. He was leading when a duck and her string of ducklings came into view up ahead. They were on a collision course and Pearce reckoned that his scull would cut the string in two and sink a few ducklings in the process, so he pulled in his oars. When the ducks passed, Pearce again bent his back to the task. There's a happy ending to the story. Pearce won. Usually, acts of sportsmanship result in defeat. 


Remember Leo Durocher's pronouncement, "Nice guys finish last"? It happened a couple of years ago in the marathon tandem kayak racing event at the world championships in Copenhagen. Danish paddlers were leading when their rudder was damaged in a portage. British paddlers, who were in second place, stopped to help the Danes fix it. The Danes went on to defeat the British by one second in an event that lasted nearly three hours. But there's a happy ending to this story too. 


According to The Wall Street Journal, the British kayakers won what many people regard as the highest honor in sports. They became the winner of the Pierre de Coubertin International Fair Play Trophy. The trophy is named for the founder of the modern Olympic Games, and it has been awarded annually for the past 28 years to people in sports who have demonstrated nobility of spirit. It is big news in Europe, but it has not been given much recognition in the United States. 


In the past, the trophy has gone to a Hungarian tennis player who pleaded with officials to give his opponent more time to recover from a cramp, and to a high school basketball coach who forfeited the Georgia (US) state championship after he found out that one of his players was scholastically ineligible. The first trophy went to an Italian bobsledder named Eugenio Monti for a gesture that exhibited a touch of class. In the two-man bobsled event at the 1964 Innsbruck Olympics, Monti was the leader after his final run. The only one given a chance to beat him was Tony Nash of Great Britain. As Nash and his teammate got ready for their final run, they discovered that a critical bolt on their sled had snapped at the last moment. Monti was informed of the problem and immediately took the corresponding bolt from his own sled and sent it up to Nash. Nash fixed his sled, came hurtling down the course to set a record and won the gold medal. 

Bits & Pieces, October 15, 1992, pp. 4-6.


"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. 


So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 


The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 


Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other." 

Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭13-26‬ NIV


Fruit of the Spirit & Carnal Counterfeits

Love - Pleasure

Joy - Happiness

Peace - Satisfaction

Forbearance - Passivity


I.  KINDNESS AND IT’S COUNTERFEIT


Strong's Concordance

chréstotés: goodness, excellence, uprightness

Original Word: χρηστότης, τητος, 

Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine

Transliteration: chréstotés

Phonetic Spelling: (khray-stot'-ace)

Definition: goodness, excellence, uprightness

Usage: goodness, uprightness, kindness, gentleness.


HELPS Word-studies

5544 xrēstótēs (a noun, derived from 5543 /xrēstós, "useful, profitable") – properly, useable, i.e. well-fit for use (for what is really needed); kindness that is also serviceable.

5544 /xrēstótēs ("useful kindness") refers to meeting real needs, in God's way, in His timing (fashion). Hence 5544 (xrēstótēs) is listed as a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22). With the believer, 5544 /xrēstótēs ("divine kindness") is the Spirit-produced goodness which meets the need and avoids human harshness (cruelty). "We have no term that quite carries this notion of kind and good" (WP, 1, 92).

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NAS Exhaustive Concordance

Word Origin

from chréstos

Definition

goodness, excellence, uprightness

NASB Translation

good (1), kindness (9).


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Thayer's Greek Lexicon

STRONGS NT 5544: χρηστότης


χρηστότης, χρηστητος,  (χρηστός);

1. moral goodness, integrity: Romans 3:12 (from Psalm 13:3 () (A. V. 'doeth good').

2. benignity, kindness: Romans 2:42 Corinthians 6:6Galatians 5:22Colossians 3:12Titus 3:4 χρηστότης τίνος πί τινα, Romans 11:22 (opposed to ποστομια (which see)); Ephesians 2:7. (The Sept.; Euripides, Isaeus, Diodorus, Josephus, Aelian, Herodian; often in Plutarch) (See Trench, Synonyms, § lxiii.)

THAYER'S GREEK LEXICON, Electronic Database. 

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Strong's Exhaustive Concordance

gentleness, goodness, kindness.

From chrestos; usefulness, i.e. Morally, excellence (in character or demeanor) -- gentleness, good(-ness), kindness.

see GREEK chrestos

A.  Root word is "useful" or "profitable"

B.  Useful kindness, goodness that meets the need and avoids human harshness

C.  "We have no word that carries the notion of kind and good"

D.  Other translations - gentleness, sweetness

E.  Counterfeit - nice (without action)


II.  KIND AND GOOD


British statesman and financier Cecil Rhodes, whose fortune was used to endow the world-famous Rhodes Scholarships, was a stickler for correct dress--but apparently not at the expense of someone else's feelings. A young man invited to dine with Rhodes arrived by train and had to go directly to Rhodes's home in his travel-stained clothes. Once there he was appalled to find the other guests already assembled, wearing full evening dress. After what seemed a long time Rhodes appeared, in a shabby old blue suit. Later the young man learned that his host had been dressed in evening clothes, but put on the old suit when he heard of his young guest's dilemma. 

Today in the Word, February, 1991, p. 10.



A.  Inner goodness

B.  Meeting needs

        C.  Relational goodness

III.  KINDNESS AND STERNNESS OF GOD


“If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭11:17-24‬ ‭NIV‬‬


A.  The kindness of God toward those being saved (blessing).

B.  The sternness of God for those who disbelieve (curse).

C.  The call to continue in His kindness through faith.


“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

‭‭ Titus‬ ‭3:4-7‬ ‭NIV


CHALLENGE


Demonstrate your usefulness by being kind to someone this week.  This comes from our inner goodness, not the deservedness of the recipient.  Be kind like God is kind to you.


INVITATION


It is our custom to offer an "invitation" following the preaching of the Word.  You may want to follow Jesus.  You may want to proclaim your faith.  You may want to repent (stop doing ungodly things and start doing Godly things).  Perhaps you want to be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  If you have been moved by the Holy Spirit to make a decision in your life, I would be honored to speak with you in the upper parking lot following the service about what God is doing in your life.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

VIDEO: 10-4-20 Sermon "CHRISTIAN CHARACTER IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: Forbearance"

VIDEO: 10-4-20 Sermon "CHRISTIAN CHARACTER IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: Forbearance"

As we worship together "from house to house," we are patient as we wait for the Lord's return.  We are patient as we await the mighty hand of God to rectify the wrongs in our world.  We are patient as we work to keep others safe from COVID-19.  We are patient.

If you cannot join us this Sunday, we invite you to sing along with the worship videos.  We encourage you to take the Lord’s Supper.  In this way, we can take communion together even though we are apart.  Pray for one another.  Watch my message CHRISTIAN CHARACTER IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: Forbearance.  Respond to the invitation.  Enjoy the bonus video.

WORSHIP




COMMUNION

Read James 5:8, "You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near."  Here is a possible communion prayer to say before you take the bread and the juice, "Father, we patiently await Your Son's return.  We proclaim His death until He returns.  We ask for forbearance as we struggle with life in this alien world.  Be with us today.  In Jesus' name, amen."

Take the Lord's Supper.

PRAYER

Pray for Judy Anderson, Burni Doyle's daughter, who was exposed to COVID-19 once again at work.  Pray for Sidny Bonvallet's sister, Ginger, as she heals from a crushed vertebra.  Pray for Wayne Bonvallet as he has been diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer and has decisions to make about treatment. 

MESSAGE

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. 


But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 


Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:13-26‬ ‭NIV‬‬



CHALLENGE

Demonstrate being long-tempered this week.  Deal with a situation you have been passive about.  Utilize the fruit of patience to actively pursue resolution.  

INVITATION

It is our custom to offer an "invitation" following the preaching of the Word at Kenwood Church.  You may want to follow Jesus.  You may want to proclaim your faith.  You may want to repent (stop doing ungodly things and start doing Godly things).  Perhaps you want to be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  If you have been moved by the Holy Spirit to make a decision in your life, I encourage you to speak with me via phone (248-476-8222) or an email (toddlackie@kenwoodchurch.org).  I would be honored to speak with you about what God is doing in your life and try to connect you with a community of faith in your area.

Bonus Video

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: Forbearance (Galatians 5:13-26) Sermon Outline (a blog post for a video sermon for Kenwood Church in Livonia, MI, on October 4, 2020)

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: Forbearance - October 4, 2020

INTRODUCTION

Forbearance is the next fruit of the Spirit we will explore. 

Love is the key. Joy is love singing. Peace is love resting. Long-suffering is love enduring. Kindness is love's touch. Goodness is love's character. Faithfulness is love's habit. Gentleness is love's self-forgetfulness. Self-control is love holding the reins.     

    Donald Grey Barnhouse

"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. 

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other." 

    Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭13-26‬ NIV

Fruit of the Spirit & Carnal Counterfeits

Love - Pleasure

Joy - Happiness

Peace - Satisfaction

THE EEYORE SYNDROME

"The Eeyore Syndrome"--these are Christians who walk around acting like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. They choose to look at the gloomy side of life. Their eyes are cast down, their countenance is cheerless, and they have no enthusiasm or anticipation for life. 

Loving, peaceful, joyful people cannot have The Eeyore Syndrome. The Eeyore Syndrome is not a Fruit of the Spirit. The Eeyore Syndrome is not a realistic view of life nor faith-filled. 

William Ward writes words about discouragement that can apply to the Eeyore Syndrome. He says, "Discouragement is dissatisfaction with the past, distaste for the present, and distrust of the future. It is ingratitude for the blessings of yesterday, indifference to the opportunities of today, and insecurity regarding strength for tomorrow. It is unawareness of the presence of beauty, unconcern for the needs of our fellowman, and unbelief in the promises of old. It is impatience with time, immaturity of thought, and impoliteness to God." 

    (SOURCE: William Ward. Today in the Word, April, 1989, p. 18. From a sermon by Ken Pell, A         Fruit-Full Marriage: Joy-full Love, 6/26/2011)

I.  FORBEARANCE AND ITS COUNTERFEIT

    A.  Patience (NLT, NASB), forbearance (NIV), longsuffering (American Standard V, KJV, NKJV),             even temper (Amplified), a willingness to stick with things (Message), 

    B.  Makrothumia - macro thymia (14 times in the NT)

Strong's Concordance

makrothumia: patience, long-suffering

Original Word: μακροθυμία, ας,

Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine

Transliteration: makrothumia

Phonetic Spelling: (mak-roth-oo-mee'-ah)

Short Definition: patience, forbearance

Definition: patience, forbearance, longsuffering.

HELPS Word-studies

3115 makrothymía (from 3117 /makrós, "long" and 2372 /thymós, "passion, anger") – properly, long-passion, i.e. waiting sufficient time before expressing anger. This avoids the premature use of force (retribution) that rises out of improper anger (a personal reaction).

3115 /makrothymía ("divinely-regulated patience") is used of God Himself (see 1 Pet 3:20; 2 Pet 3:15). Indeed, only the Lord produces 3115/makrothymía ("true patience, longsuffering") in us and hence is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22).

"3115 (makrothymía) embraces steadfastness and staying-power. If in English we had an adjective 'long-tempered' as a counterpart to 'short-tempered,' then makrothymia could be called the quality of being 'long-tempered'. . . . which is a quality of God (LXX, Ex 34:6)" (F. F. Bruce, Commentary on Galatians, 253.)  

    C.  Opposite- thumia (Gal. 5: 20 "fits of rage")

        1.  Short-tempered  

        2.  Wrath, outbursts of anger

        3.  Passion-centered living

    D.  Counterfeit - passivity


“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”

‭‭     James‬ ‭2:26‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.”

‭‭    James‬ ‭2:24‬ ‭NIV‬‬


II.  FORBEARANCE IN LIGHT OF NARCISSISM  

    A.  Fruit is a product of God, not us

    B.  We bear the fruit but it does not originate in us

    C.  Others enjoy the fruit of our life

A man without patience is a lamp without oil.


III.  FORBEARANCE IN LIGHT OF TODAY

    A.  We have diminished the fruit

    B.  We have degraded the work of the Spirit in us

    C.  We need the Fruit of the Spirit

    D.  We need forbearance in light of the growing struggle

BEARING FRUIT

I once read of a little boy who used to escape his bedroom after being punished. He would crawl out of his bedroom window down an old fruit tree to the ground. One day, his father told him that he was going to chop down the fruit tree, because it hadn’t borne any fruit for a number of years. 

That evening, the boy and his friend bought a bushel of apples, and during the night, tied those apples on the barren branches. The next morning, the man could not believe his eyes. He said to his wife, "Honey, I just can’t believe it! That old tree hasn’t yielded any fruit for years, and now it’s covered with apples. And, the most amazing thing is that it’s a pear tree!"

The narcissistic demands of a child must be shaped and refined.  We must allow God to reshape and refine us by the work of his Holy Spirit in us.

CHALLENGE

Demonstrate being long-tempered this week.  Deal with a situation you have been passive about.  Utilize the fruit of patience to actively pursue resolution.  

INVITATION

It is our custom to offer an "invitation" following the preaching of the Word.  You may want to follow Jesus.  You may want to proclaim your faith.  You may want to repent (stop doing ungodly things and start doing Godly things).  Perhaps you want to be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  If you have been moved by the Holy Spirit to make a decision in your life, I would be honored to speak with you in the upper parking lot following the service about what God is doing in your life.