Good morning! I’m glad to welcome you to worship today at Hillcrest Baptist Church.
In our sermon series “THE 9,” a study of the Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23, we come to the seventh virtue or characteristic of the indwelling Holy Spirit, “faithfulness.” Faithfulness is key to the Christian life, not only from the individual believer, but most importantly from God.
In Lamentations 3:22-23 we read about God’s merciful and gracious faithfulness: “The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! By His mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each day.” (from the New Living Translation)
Every day, as a Christian, we experience the faithfulness of God. Philippians 1:6 tells us that, being confident of this very thing, that He who hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the Day of Jesus Christ. God’s ultimate purpose for and work in every believer is to use everything in our lives to make us like His Son, our Savior, Jesus (Romans 8:28-29).
The real issue at hand is not the faithfulness of God, but the faithfulness of His people. 1 Corinthians 4:2 states: “Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” To help us understand about the virtue of “FAITHFULNESS” we are going learn from one of Jesus’ parables found in Matthew 25:14-30.