<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Untitled Document • Are You Dependable To God
• In other words:
• Can He Depend On You?

• Introduction
• There is much talk these days about dependability and depending upon others for your welfare and well-being and survival.
• Some people cannot help being dependent upon someone else.
• But the caregiver also needs to be dependable.
• Let us look at some people the Lord is depending upon, and see if you meet His requirements.

• Can He Depend On You?
• DO WE REALIZE THAT MAN IS THE AGENCY THROUGH WHICH THE LORD DOES HIS WORK IN RELIGION UPON THE EARTH?
• Many believe and teach that in matters religious the Lord does all the work necessary and no dependence is placed in man at all.
• But the Lord has told man to go out and preach the gospel, baptizing believers for the remission of sins.
• He has also told believers to be baptized.
• Since this is true, can we truthfully say the Lord can depend upon us to do these things?

• Can He Depend On You?
• WE HAVE A LIST THAT WE FIND IN THE BIBLE OF PEOPLE THAT GOD COULD DEPEND UPON:
• Such as: Enoch -- Abel -- Job -- Noah -- Abraham -- Moses -- Joshua -- Gideon -- Samuel -- David --Peter -- Paul -- Timothy and many others.
• The Lord had work to be done upon the earth and He could depend upon these people to do it.
• There are apostles, prophets, preachers, elders, etc. that the Lord has depended upon down through the ages. Ephesians 4:11-16.

• Can He Depend On You?
• PREACHER -- Can He depend upon you:
• To preach the word in season and out of season, to reprove, rebuke and exhort with all longsuffering and teaching? (2 Timothy 4:2)
• To live the gospel as well as preach it? (Galatians 2:20)
• ELDERS: Can He depend upon you:
• To feed the flock of God that is among you taking the oversight thereof? (Acts 20:28)
• To guide them and lead them on to those upper and better pastures?
• To keep the congregation as pure as possible?

• Can He Depend On You?
• DEACONS: Can He depend upon you:
• To be subject to the elders and carry out your assigned duties as deacons?
• TEACHERS: Can He depend upon you;
• To prepare yourself well for every class?
• To show forth in your life, that which you teach in your class? (1 Timothy 4:12)

• Can He Depend On You?
• BROTHER AND SISTER IN CHRIST: can He depend upon you in the worship and services of the Lord in the church of the Lord? (Acts 2:42).
• To assemble with the saints at the appointed times set aside for studies and worship? Hebrews 10:25. {We expect God to be dependable, yet we come to serve Him only at our convenience?}
• To arrive on time and conduct yourself decently, orderly, and quietly in His presence? (1 Corinthians 14:40)
• To sing praises and not sit with your mouth closed? (Colossians 3:16)
• To listen attentively to the prayer and give your amen?

• Can He Depend On You?
• To lead singing to the best of your ability when called upon to do so? {Note the words of song “The New Song” verse 2: The greatest joy that I have ever know, is praising Him in song, I know some day when I have older grown, my voice will not be strong; but if good seed for Jesus I have sown, with angels I’ll belong}
• To lead congregational prayer so that others might be able to hear and understand and be able to say amen?
• To preach the word forcefully and humbly and with simplicity so that others might learn and understand? (2 Timothy 4:2)
• To teach classes that people may be edified and built up in the most holy faith? (Ephesians 4:16)
• Can He Depend On You?
• To listen attentively and respectively to the preaching and teaching of the Word of God?
• To partake of the Lord's Supper in reverence and respect with meditation, discerning the body of Christ? (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
• To keep your children with you and keep the noise down to a minimum? {Children really do not bother me—at least, they are hear learning something.}

• Can He Depend On You?
• BROTHER OR SISTER IN CHRIST: can He depend upon you as an individual Christian in your everyday life to:
• Be an influence for good, both in your work and in your play? (Matthew 5:14-16)
• Bear fruit to His name's Honor and Glory? (Romans 7:4)
• Bring up you children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord? (Ephesians 6:4)
• Walk in the light as He is in the light? (1 John 1:7)
• Pray, study, meditate, visit the sick, relieve and comfort the needy? (James 1:27; James 5:13-16)

• Can He Depend On You?
• NOW, CAN THE LORD DEPEND UPON YOU TODAY TO FULFILL HIS TRUST IN YOU?
• SINNER FRIEND, one that has never named the name of Christ, one who has not been baptized into Christ for the remission of past sins, can He depend upon you to obey the first principles of the oracles of God that you might become a Christian?
• You can obey these principles by: Hearing the Word of God, (Romans 10:17). Believing the Word and in God, (Hebrews 11:6). Repenting of your sins, (Acts 2:38; 17:30). Confessing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, (Matthew 10:32,33). Being Baptized in water for the remission of your past sins, (Acts 2:38; 22:16).

• Conclusion
• God has proven dependable.
• Can you say the same about yourself?
• If not, it is time for a change in your life.
• Can He depend on you?

By Carey Scott based on an outline by Jim Sasser

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