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Multipliers

Feb 26, 2017 | Jeremy Piehler

Grace and Truth in the Local Church - Lehi

BIG IDEA:Nothing DIMINISHES the local church like DESTRUCTIVE relationships.

2 Timothy 2:14-21 Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his" and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness." 20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21 If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

Question: How do we DEAL with DIMINISHERS in the church?

Answer: We should deal with these people with

GRACE and

TRUTH.

John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Diminishing Churches:

AreCONSUMED by what is CONTROVERSIAL.

v. 14 …quarreling about words

v. 16 ...godless chatter

Are MORE focused on MORALISM.

v. 18 …wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place...

Are HARMFUL not HELPFUL to people’s personal faith.

v. 18 ...they destroy the faith of some

A discussion helps to determine what is right. An argument is an attempt to determine who is right. -Leadership Magazine

There is a difference between being in DISAGREEMENT and being a DIMINISHER.

Multiplying Churches:

Are FOCUSED on what they are FOR not what they are against.

v. 14 …Keep reminding them of these things.

Are FOCUSED on being FAITHFUL to what is true.

v. 15 …correctly handles the word of truth

Are UNRELENTING in their desire to be USEFUL to God.

v. 21 …He will be an instrument for noble purposes…useful to the master and prepared to do any good work.

2 Timothy 2:22-26 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

The GOSPEL doesn’t win if WE have to win.

How To Become A Multiplier:

Rebel against the tyranny of POSTURING and PRIDE.

v. 22 ...the evil desires of youth…

v. 23 ...foolish and stupid arguments

Passionately pursue your PURPOSE and other PEOPLE.

v. 22 …righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

v. 24 … kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful

v. 25 … Those who oppose him he must gently instruct

Final Thought: The issue isn’t whether or not we will let each other down. The issue is HOW WILL WE ACT when it happens?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

    1. Have you ever encountered a “negative” person in church? What happened – how did it all turn out?
    2. In the sermon we examined 3 factors of Diminishing Churches and 3 Factors of Multiplying Churches. Which diminishing factors and which multiplying factors do you most identify with?
    3. In the sermon we heard that “Disagreement isn’t the same thing as being a Diminisher.” Have you found this to be true in any other relationships in your life?
    4. The Apostle Paul gave some specific instructions to Timothy in verses 22- 26. Where do you need to take a next step if you want to become a multiplier?
    5. When it comes to how you respond to someone at SMCC who let you down, how can you protect yourself from becoming a diminisher?
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