Stewards of Gentleness

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Pastor Gearl Spicer, June 2, 2024
Part of Finding Our Way Home

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.

I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another. For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?

Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you! For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. 11 To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, 12 and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; 13 when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.

14 I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. 15 For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 16 I urge you, then, be imitators of me. 17 That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church. 18 Some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. 19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power. 20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. 21 What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?

Sermon Notes

What do you desire in life?

*What do you desire? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a 

Spirit of gentleness?vs.21

Choosing gentleness opens the door to our hearts in the most effective way!

We find our way home in GENTLENESS!

*Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 111:28-30

*But as we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children. I Thessalonians 2:7

*but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, alway being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks of you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. I Peter 3:15

*Let your gentle spirit be know to all men. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:5

Experiencing the life of a steward—In faithfulness and humility we find true life direction:

I. Faithfulness—Discovering the motives of the heart—vs.1-6

A. Allow a clear examination of your life
B. Focus on effective stewardship

II. Humility—Open your life to evaluation—vs.7-13

A. Choose to live for Jesus
B. Commit to endure with dignity

III. Direction—Follow the path of gentleness—vs.14-21

A. Admonish—Reprove gently
B. Exhort—-Urgently encourage

What do you desire in life?