From Pastor

Sermon Outline for Sunday January 1, 2017

SPEAKER: Pastor Elijah
TEXT: Various Passages (Pages: N/A)
THEME: Series: "Fruit of the Spirit"; 4th Message: "Patience"
TITLE: "Patience is a Virtue"


I. Introduction:
We are continuing to examine the "Fruit of the Spirit" found in Galatians Five. Today's lesson is no "Patience"--the supernatural ability to wait on God even in the midst of provocation, disappointment, and/or pain.


II. You Can't Hurry Patience – James 5:7,8
1. An illustration from nature.


III. Some Main Ingredients in Patience – Colossians 3:1
1. Compaction.
2. Kindness.
3. Humility.
4. Gentleness.


IV. Patience is a Natural Part of Maturing – James 1:3,4
1. An illustration from nature.
2. Patience leads to maturity.
3. Maturity leads to being complete in Christ.


V. Conclusion:
It has been said that it is wrong to pray for patience; first of all, that is not biblical. Second, it is anti-biblical to not ask God for assistance in obtaining any of the "Fruit of the Spirit" you lack--especially, if it is to help you to mature, to become more Christ-like. If you lack Love, pray; if you lack Joy, pray; if you lack Peace, pray, and if you lack Patience, pray all the more, so that you may be mature, lacking nothing!


About our Pastor

Our pastor is Elijah J. Span, BBS, SW. He is the husband of but one wife of 32 years, Margie; he has two daughters (Tiffany & Sholanda) and two granddaughters (Tiffany and Shayla).


He has pastored one church (this one) for over 25 years. He is also a retired Cleveland Firefighter of 33 years and a military veteran of the United States Coast Guard.

Christian Education is his passion—both for himself and the Body of Christ. Over the years, Pastor Elijah has earned 10 certificates (6 CEU's each) from the Association of Christian Schools International—including: Christian Education, Doctrine, Theology, Discipleship, Pastoral Studies, etc. He has earned his Evangelical Training Association (ETA) teacher's certification. He has attended Cuyahoga Community College, Moody Bible Institute, and Maranatha Bible College & Institute and has earned both a Bible College Diploma and a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies.

The burden that God has placed on our pastor's heart is edifying saints in their walk with the Lord and preparing them for Christian service (ministry). His spiritual gifts are administration, teaching, and helps.

Pastor Elijah's vision for Straightway is to develop a “Bibliocentic” local assembly of believers addressing the holistic needs of the Body of Christ as well as the community. (Act.2:42-47; Eph.4:11-13; Col.1:25-29)

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