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  1. Four Christian Necessities rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. 14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Romans 12:12-15

  2. Four Christian Necessities • In this passage, we find Paul setting forth the necessary characteristics of the Christian. While there is certainly much more to being a Christian, these are indispensable to the building up of a Christian characteristic.

  3. Four Christian Necessities • Rejoicing In Hope • Hope is defined as: desire with expectation • Desire minus expectation is not hope • Expectation minus desire is not hope • Must be both - Rom. 5:4-5; 8:24-25

  4. Four Christian Necessities and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:4-5 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. Romans 8:24-25

  5. Four Christian Necessities • Rejoicing In Hope • Hope is in the Lord only - Phil. 4:4; John 6:66-67

  6. Four Christian Necessities Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Philippians 4:4 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. 67Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?" John 6:66-67

  7. Four Christian Necessities • Rejoicing In Hope • Hope is in the Lord only - Phil. 4:4; John 6:66-67 • In his teaching--not men's - Matt. 15 • In salvation - Eph. 1:7

  8. Four Christian Necessities In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace Ephesians 1:7

  9. Four Christian Necessities • Rejoicing In Hope • Hope is in the Lord only - Phil. 4:4; John 6:66-67 • In his teaching--not men's - Matt. 15 • In salvation - Eph. 1:7 • Outside of the Lord, there is no salvation - Acts 4:11-12

  10. Four Christian Necessities "This is the 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.' 12Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:11-12

  11. Four Christian Necessities • Rejoicing In Hope • Hope is in the Lord only - Phil. 4:4; John 6:66-67 • In his teaching--not men's - Matt. 15 • In salvation - Eph. 1:7 • Outside of the Lord, there is no salvation - Acts 4:11-12 • In his promises - 2 Pet. 1:4; 2 Cor. 1:20; 7:1

  12. Four Christian Necessities by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:4 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1

  13. Four Christian Necessities • Rejoicing In Hope • Rejoice in this hope. Reasons: • Our names written in heaven - Luke 10:20

  14. Four Christian Necessities “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:20

  15. Four Christian Necessities • Rejoicing In Hope • Rejoice in this hope. Reasons: • Our names written in heaven - Luke 10:30 • Partakers with Christ - 1 Pet. 4:13

  16. Four Christian Necessities but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 1 Peter 4:13

  17. Four Christian Necessities • Rejoicing In Hope • Rejoice in this hope. Reasons: • Our names written in heaven - Luke 10:30 • Partakers with Christ - 1 Pet. 4:13 • Essential--firm to the end - Heb. 3:6

  18. Four Christian Necessities but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end. Hebrews 3:6

  19. Four Christian Necessities • Patient In Tribulation • Possess souls in patience - Luke 21:19

  20. Four Christian Necessities By your patience possess your souls. Luke 21:19

  21. Four Christian Necessities • Patient In Tribulation • Patient in waiting on God - Psa. 37:1

  22. Four Christian Necessities Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. Psalms 37:1

  23. Four Christian Necessities • Patient In Tribulation • Patient in waiting on God - Psa. 37:1 • Many get ahead of God. Lord's way sometimes too slow. Israel made golden calf when Moses delayed 40 days. • Many golden calves today - Psa. 40:1

  24. Four Christian Necessities I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. Psalms 40:1

  25. Four Christian Necessities • Patient In Tribulation • Hope is secured in patience - Rom. 15:4

  26. Four Christian Necessities For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4

  27. Four Christian Necessities • Patient In Tribulation • Patience is cultivated - James 1:2-4

  28. Four Christian Necessities My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4

  29. Four Christian Necessities • Continuing In Prayer • Means to keep on praying - 1 Thess. 5:17; Col. 4:2; Luke 18:1; Eph. 6:18

  30. Four Christian Necessities pray without ceasing, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; Colossians 4:2 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, Luke 18:1 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-- Ephesians 6:18

  31. Four Christian Necessities • Continuing In Prayer • Means to keep on praying - 1 Thess. 5:17; Col. 4:2; Luke 18:1; Eph. 6:18 • To keep living one must "continue eating". • It means every day.

  32. Four Christian Necessities • Distributing To The Necessities Of The Saints • A necessary work of every individual - Gal. 6:10

  33. Four Christian Necessities Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10

  34. Four Christian Necessities • Distributing To The Necessities Of The Saints • John said it is the proof of our love for Christ and the brethren - 1 John 3:17

  35. Four Christian Necessities But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 1 John 3:17

  36. Four Christian Necessities • Distributing To The Necessities Of The Saints • John said it is the proof of our love for Christ and the brethren - 1 John 3:17 • Paul holds up the churches of Macedonia as examples of such work motivated by love and an intense desire to have fellowship in the gospel - 2 Cor. 8:1-4

  37. Four Christian Necessities Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: 2that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. 3For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, 4imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 2 Corinthians 8:1-4

  38. Four Christian Necessities • Distributing To The Necessities Of The Saints • John said it is the proof of our love for Christ and the brethren - 1 John 3:17 • Christians have the positive promise of God that he will not forget such work and faith - Heb. 6:10

  39. Four Christian Necessities For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. Hebrews 6:10

  40. Four Christian Necessities • We need to obey every commandment of God that we may advance to the fullest service possible.