How to Finish Well A Bible Study

Philippians 1:6 - Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
he is the god of completion

Read Genesis 2:2; John 4:34; 5:36; 19:30

Read Acts 20:24 & 2 Timothy 4:7

We try and try, but often know that there is still a piece missing.... there's something undone.

2 Corinthians 8:11 - Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.

God is also working... finishing his work in you.

Read James 1:2-4

How to Finish Well

Persevere to Completion

How?

Get Wisdom (from God)

James 1:5-8 - If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

Get Focused (on the end goal)

James 1:12 - Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

Get Love (from the Holy Spirit)

Romans 5:3-5 - Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Deal with the enemies of completion

Procrastination
Clutter
unfinished details
hopelessness
The enemy - EPHESIANs 6:12

Working with People to Complete Tasks

People aren't a necessary evil. you are called to them. God wants us to work together to complete the task.
Ephesians 4:2-3 NIV - Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:14-15 NIV - Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
Ephesians 4:24-26 NIV - Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
Ephesians 4:29-32 NIV - Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

According to Ephesians 4, what should be the goal of our relationships?

How do we achieve this goal?

Love and truth

How?

  1. Affirm people as a way of life, not your discipleship strategy.
  2. Throw off the fear of rejection. The fruit of this fear is muteness and anger. Be unoffendable.
  3. Loves sees hope. Fear sees fatalism. Always speak with hope.
  4. With gentleness and firmness, push others to persevere.
Remember, the task at hand must be seen in light of the big picture goal. This will keep us from imploding upon ourselves before reaching the goal.
Hebrews 10:35-37 NIV - So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, “He who is coming will come and will not delay."
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