Building a Household of Faith – Part One

By: Pastors Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne

Publish date: 04/15/2018

Foundation Scriptures:

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.  Galatians 6:9-10 KJV

And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. 29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? 30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.  Luke 10:25-37 KJV

1. The Good Samaritan.
a. Luke 10:25-37
b. Who is my neighbor?
c. Romans 12:3-21
d. The Body in operation.

2. Every Believer Must Take Their Place.
a. Your Christianity is not about merely attending church.
b. It should be in operation seven days a week.
c. We all have a life and things we are responsible for: your family, your house, your job, your car, etc.
d. If we want our life to count for something in eternity, then we can’t make it merely about those things.
e. The Word of God says that if we make the Lord, and His Kingdom, our priority, then He will help us with all those things.
f. Matthew 10:8 KJV – “…freely ye have received, freely give.”
g. John 3:16-17 KJV – “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. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

3. Showing His Love.
a. Jesus prayed for us.
b. John 17:15-23
c. Verse 23: “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”
d. Entertaining strangers.
e. Hebrews 13:2 AMPC – “Do not forget or neglect or refuse to extend hospitality to strangers [in the brotherhood — being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for through it some have entertained angels without knowing it.”
f. Hospitality without grudging. 
g. 1 Peter 4:9 AMPC – “Practice hospitality to one another… And [in each instance] do it ungrudgingly (cordially and graciously, without complaining but as representing Him).“
h. Given to hospitality. 
i. Romans 12:13 KJV – “Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.”
j. Romans 12:13 AMPC – “Contribute to the needs of God’s people [sharing in the necessities of the saints]; pursue the practice of hospitality.” 
k. A lover of hospitality.
l. Titus 1:7-8 KJV – “For a bishop must be… a lover of hospitality.”
m. Given to hospitality.
n. 1 Timothy 3:2 KJV – “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach.”
o. Good works.
p. 1 Timothy 5:10 AMPC – “[The widows] must have a reputation for good deeds, as one who has brought up children, who has practiced hospitality to strangers [of the brotherhood], washed the feet of the saints, helped to relieve the distressed, [and] devoted herself diligently to doing good in every way.”
q. Good will. 
r. Ephesians 6:7 KJV – “With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men.”

4. God’s Message to Us at The River at Tampa Bay.
a. We have a vision to see Tampa shaken.
b. Each one reach one.
c. Each one teach one.
d. Make disciples.
e. Reach the lost at any cost.
f. As of this week, we have 122 HOJ’s.
g. Our goal is to double this in the next 12 to 18 months.
h. This strengthens the church and raises up mature believers in the Kingdom of God.
i. It is time to get involved as never before.
j. A challenge to every believer.
k. Will you be a part of seeing Tampa shaken?
l. This is the vision.