Our summer series shares a variety of lessons on faithfulness and not giving up. The first message in this series introduces the series and focuses on not giving up. It’s never too late. Don’t quit. Be faithful!
“Let us not become weary in doing good (well doing), for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” —Galatians 6:9
Watch “Introduction to Three Feet from Gold,” read what the Bible says about it, then complete the discussion starter!
In the next message, we celebrated Father’s Day. We can learn from the best Father ever and be reminded that the heart of a Father always sees the gold in the lives of others. The love of the Father doesn’t give up, keeps looking, and is always ready to run to His kids. God is a good Father who sees the value in lost things.
“Do you show contempt for the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and patience, not realizing that God’s goodness is intended to lead you to repentance?” —Romans 2:4
Watch “Living Three Feet from Gold,” read what the Bible says about it, then complete the discussion starter!
Have you ever thought or said, “That’s not fair!” If you’re honest, you probably have. The problem with buying into this complaint is that it can often lead to frustration and bitterness. It might even hinder you from finishing the race God has set before you. Don’t DNF!
“My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” —Acts 20:24
Watch “Fairness, Frustration, and Finishing,” read what the Bible says about it, then complete the discussion starter!
It’s not too late… if! “If” is a small word with huge consequences. A lot of God’s promises are conditional. Life often hinges on if you do or if you don’t. The freedom we enjoy is conditional. If you use your freedom to indulge your fleshly desires, it will lead to bondage. If you use your freedom to serve others humbly in love, you will remain free.
“You were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh (sinful nature); rather, serve one another humbly in love.” —Galatians 5:13
Watch “It’s Not Too Late… If,” read what the Bible says about it, then complete the discussion starter!
When you truly understand God’s grace and the freedom you have in Christ, you are released to live an abundant life. You don’t have to fear being disqualified. While you aren’t saved by the rules, you still need to play by the rules. Thankfully the rules are simple: Love God and love others. When you fail to love God above all else, nor love others as yourself, you lose the ability to be salt and light. In effect, you disqualify yourself and aren’t fit for circulation.
“Anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.” —2 Timothy 2:5
Watch “Don’t Get DQ’d,” read what the Bible says about it, then complete the discussion starter!
Many in the Bible took righteous risks because they knew it was an opportunity to be used by God to bring Him glory. Risk exposes excuses, involves action, and requires faith and courage. Risk exposes where we are placing our dependency and trust. When you learn to recognize the voice of God and are willing to inquire of the Lord, you can step out of your boat in faith. The most important thing is to keep your eyes on Jesus and keep walking.
“Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if it is You, tell me to come to You on the water.’ Then Jesus said, ‘Come.’ So, Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.” —Matthew 14:28,29