Men’s Fellowship Bible Study
> Jim Bailey
Being Saved, Staying Saved, and Seeing Others Saved
I didn’t want to make another Bible study on what we should be doing, or what we think we’re doing, but I wanted to make a Bible study on what we are doing.
We seek to make friends, not being religious, but having a compassion for the lost world. We seek to bring the compassion that this world doesn’t offer. We all have goals in our occupations, but that isn’t our main objective.
- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
So, we’re believing in him, and we’re trusting that we’re not going to perish. We know that when we get to the other side, there will be no sickness, death, or suffering. We know that at the end of this life, we’ll see our reward in heaven.
The psalms from 113 to 118 were sung by the families of Israel at the beginning of the Passover.
- This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
When I wake up in the morning, I will rejoice in that day that God has given me. That’s part of staying saved.
Proverbs chapter three is focused on kindness, truth, honoring God with our substance, prosperity, and virtue.
- Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
- In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
- Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Note that it says “paths”, meaning more than one. Our lives take different directions. But no matter which path we take, the idea is to depart from evil.
- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
Am I being a good steward with what God has given me? I am going apply this principle to my whole life. And as we do this, we can see the change in our own lives and in the lives of our friends and family.
So what are we fighting for? Making it to the other side, and trying to bring more people with us.
- No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
- Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
- Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
- Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
- And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
- And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
- Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
- Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
- (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
- But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
- Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
So what do we gain from that text? What do we see there? For me personally, I see a comforting spirit, a God who will take care of us and bring us through it all. We’ve just got to lean on him, and keep track of his will. That’s part of staying saved: seeing God’s will maintained in our lives.
So what are we doing to stay on track with God? Are we trying to keep up with the Joneses?
So let’s be for real: what is our mission?
> Be saved, stay saved, and see others saved.
We’re all in one mind and one accord with that, aren’t we? But I find that I’m not doing all that I can in that respect. We don’t know how we can affect another person’s life by our speech and our actions. We need to question our motivation; we can’t just continue on auto-pilot.
- And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God.
- And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.
- And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac.
- And I gave unto Isaac Jacob and Esau: and I gave unto Esau mount Seir, to possess it; but Jacob and his children went down into Egypt.
- I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to that which I did among them: and afterward I brought you out.
- And I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and ye came unto the sea; and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and horsemen unto the Red sea.
- And when they cried unto the LORD, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt: and ye dwelt in the wilderness a long season.
- And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, which dwelt on the other side Jordan; and they fought with you: and I gave them into your hand, that ye might possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you.
- Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you:
- But I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand.
- And ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I delivered them into your hand.
- And I sent the hornet before you, which drave them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not with thy sword, nor with thy bow.
- And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.
- Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
- And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
- And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;
- For the LORD our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed:
- And the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God.
- And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.
- If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.
- And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD.
So Joshua reviewed with them the benefits of serving God, and renewed the covenant between them and God. Does that sound familiar? Isn’t that what we do on Sunday? We serve him in sincerity, right? “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” We can’t back away from that.
- Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.
“Listen to me, ye that follow after righteousness:” Isn’t that us? “Ye that seek the LORD:” How do we do that? We look back at where God has brought us from.
- At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
- Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
- All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
- Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
- Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
- For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
We feel blessed that Jesus has revealed himself to us, right? And what is our labor unto him? Do we remember the way we were heavy-laden with sin? We are yoked with him in what way? Have we found rest for our souls? Did you find that your burden was lifted when you got baptized? Are we looking for that more excellent way? (1 Corinthians 12:31, 1 John 4:4)
We are definitely homeless. This world is not our home. So as we continue on our journey, who are we going to listen to? Sometimes you get around people who want you to listen to some new philosophy that is supposed to change your life. But what does it turn out to be? Man’s interpretation? Man’s wisdom?
- For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
- For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
- For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
- Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
- For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
- For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
- But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
- But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
- Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
So the foolishness of God, to them that believe, is the power of salvation. I made the mistake of printing out this Bible study at work, and one of my co-workers picked it up. He said, “I want to be saved.” I said, “Great. Fantastic. I’ll see you Friday night for Bible study.” He wanted to change the subject.
- For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
- But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
- And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
- That no flesh should glory in his presence.
- But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
- That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
That’s our glory, to be saved, stay saved, and see others saved.
- And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
- For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
- And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
- And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
- That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
- Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
- But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
- Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
- But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
- But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
- For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
- Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
- Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
- But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
- But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
- For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
So we have this wisdom, right? We have the mind of Christ. My question is, do we seek a religion, or do we seek a filled relationship with Christ? I look around at the men who make up the backbone of the church. We have our mind made up, right?
- And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
We’ve seen our friends drop off, leave, and not continue. But we’ve all stayed to make up the backbone of the church. It’s not for the faint of heart, but for those who have their spirit binded with their minds.
- Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
- But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
- For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
- For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
- But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
I want to focus on the “engrafted word.” It means to form by incision, to impress deeply, as by engraving. God’s word is engraved on my mind forever. Later on, he says, “continue therein, not being a forgetful hearer.” Are we maintaining our direction without deviation? Some people stop coming out to church, and they say “I’ll come back to church once I’ve figured things out.” Well, that’s a bad place to be figuring things out, in the world. It’s better to take it to God.
So we have some challenges ahead. What do we have to do?
- Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
So that’s one thing about being saved. We’re going to go through changes, temptations, but if we endure, we’ll receive that crown of life.
- And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
- And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
- But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
- And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Endure :To undergo a hardship, especially without giving in. To suffer. To regard with acceptance or tolerance.
I watched a documentary about some folks who endured Auschwitz. The only thing that kept them going was the thought, “I must survive.” We haven’t gone through what they went through, but we’ve got to have that same mindset, to endure.
- Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
So we’re sealed with our faith in Christ. We’re going to endure. We’re going to be saved, stay saved, and see others saved.
> Todd Morgan
A lot of times we do look back at the pit that we were in before we got saved, but there are also a lot of pits along the way since we’ve been saved.
> Jeff Linger
I take this study as a reminder not to grow weary. It’s easy to get tired, to stop pressing for the mark of the high calling, to put it in neutral. It’s easy, and the flesh likes “easy.” But we’ve got to keep pressing forward, not only for ourselves but for those behind us, who are looking to us for examples.
> Ricardo McPherson
I like the part about doing all things with our might. I find myself at work sometimes, not finishing certain quals. It was in my mind to do it, but I found myself doing other things. We can apply this scripture to every part of our daily life. If I had done that, I wouldn’t have to stay late at work finishing my quals and missing church.
> Jay Hunemuller
I’ve always looked at “engrafted word” like being grafted into a plant, but it makes sense the way he put it, being pressed deeply, like an engraving. If we let God’s word be pressed deeply into our minds, we’ll act on it when we should.
> John Connor
I often feel embarassed or upset because I haven’t advanced myself in this world. And God knows where I’m at and what I want, but where have I been putting my focus?
> Scott Shepherd
I like the part about Paul not coming with excellency of speech. A lot of times we worry about what we say or how we impress people. But it’s not about us; it’s about the gospel. We’ve got to get ourselves out of the way and let Christ do the talking.
> Rod Williams
Joshua had to remind the people about what God had done. Joshua had a made-up mind. I think that’s what we’ve got to have; we’ve got to have that kind of mentality.