1. In this verse Jesus touched on several important points. a. For one thing, He said that the Father "sent" Him [additional details are given in Galatians 4:4-5]. b. For another thing, He said that the Father was "with" Him [the Father had not left Him alone -- Hebrews 13:5]. c. In addition, He said that He always did those things that please the Father [this sustained the Lord -- John 4:34]. 2. As we begin a new year we are concentrating on following the Lord's example of always doing the things that please our Father. 3. We are examining 4 activities that deserve our careful attention this year. Discussion: I. FIRST: FULFILL OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE SCRIPTURES
A. God gave us the Scriptures for our benefit (2 Timothy 3:16-17). B. We need to study them daily (Acts 17:11). C. Let us adopt the sentiment stated in Psalm 119:97. II. SECOND: FULFILL OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHERS; INCLUDING:
A. Service 1. Galatians 5:13 2. Matthew 20:26-28 B. Loving Neighbors 1. Galatians 5:14 2. Matthew 22:39; 7:12 3. Romans 13:9-10 C. Keeping Things In Proper Perspective When Dealing With Others 1. Romans 12:16 2. Philippians 2:3-4 D. Forgiveness 1. Ephesians 4:32 2. Matthew 6:14-15 E. Loving Enemies (Matthew 5:43-45) F. Encouragement (Hebrews 3:13) G. Optimism (Philippians 4:4) III. THIRD: FULFILL OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO SELF
A. Avoid Worry and Trust God (Philippians 4:6) B. Repent and Seek God's Forgiveness (1 John 1:9) IV. FOURTH: FULFILL OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO GOD
A. Love God (Matthew 22:37-38) B. Obey His Will (1 John 5:2-3) Conclusion:
1. In John 8:29 Jesus said that He always did the things that please the Father. 2. "Let us follow the Lord's example" as we go through 2023.