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Acts 15:22-

29

…men who have


RISKED their lives
for the sake of our
Lord Jesus Christ. Reasonedtruth.com
Contents

• Introduction
• Risk & the Cause of God
• Kinds of Risk
• Risk & the Triumph of Love
• Moral guidelines for us

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Introduction

• View 1: Risk management is the discipline


of identifying, monitoring and limiting risk.
“Risk Is Risks can come from accidents, natural
causes and disasters as well as deliberate
Woven attacks from an adversary.
into
• View 2: Risk very simply as an action that
the exposes someone to the possibility of loss
Fabric or injury. you may endanger other people
and not just yourself; their life may be
of Our at stake.
Finite
Lives”
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Risk & the Cause of
God

• Why is there such a thing as risk?


The reason there is such a thing as
risk is that there is such a thing as
ignorance.
If there were No Ignorance, there
would be No Risk. Risk is possible
because we don't know how things
will turn out. [James 4:13-15]

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Risk & the Cause of
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“IT IS RIGHT TO RISK FOR THE CAUSE OF GOD”

Instance 1
2 Samuel 10:9-12

Joab had made a strategic decision


for the cities of God.
He did not know how it would turn
out.
He had to Risk or Run.
He handed the results over to God.
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God contd…

“IT IS RIGHT TO RISK FOR THE CAUSE OF GOD”

Instance 2
Esther 4: 12-16

She had no special revelation from


God on this issue.
had to make a decision on the basis
of sanctified wisdom
"If I perish, I perish." And this was
right.
So she made her decision and
handed the results over to God.
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Risk & the Cause of
God contd…

“IT IS RIGHT TO RISK FOR THE CAUSE OF GOD”

Instance 3
Daniel 3: 15-17

This is “Sheer Risk.”


"We believe our God will deliver us.
But even if he doesn't, we will not
serve your gods."

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Risk & the Cause of
God contd…

“IT IS RIGHT TO RISK FOR THE CAUSE OF GOD”

Instance 4
Acts 21: 10-14

Paul believes that this trip to


Jerusalem is necessary for the cause
of God.
He does not know what would
happen there.
 Arrest and affliction for sure.
But then what? Death?
Imprisonment? Banishment?
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Kinds of Risks

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For the Sake of Righteousness: [Luke 21:16

"Some of you they will put to death."


 Not all will die for the cause of Christ.
But then not all will live either.
Some will die. And some will live.
This is what Risk.
The Risk of Confession:
[Proverbs 28:13] “…but he who
confesses and forsakes them will obtain
mercy."
[James 5:16] "Confess your sins to one
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another…”
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How we use our Money: [Luke 21:1-4]

"The rich took no risk with their money


for the cause of God, but the widow did."

Freeing Ourselves from Excess Money:

[Luke 12:16-21] Jesus calls the man a


fool who chooses security over risk for the
cause of God.
But God says to him, "You fool! This
night your soul is required of you"
[Luke 12:33-34] … a treasure in the
heavens that does not fail.
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Personal Witnessing in the Gospel: [1 Timothy

[Luke 21:12-15] Jesus says, "They will


lay their hands on you and persecute you,
delivering you up to the synagogues and
prisons, and you will be brought before
kings and governors for my name's sake.
This will be a time for you to bear
testimony."

It is clearly his will that we be constantly


ready to witness to his grace and glory.
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Kinds of Risk contd…

Ministry Ventures: [1 Peter: 2:5]

bold and hopeful in our dreams for


ministry and missions at Bethlehem!
Any significant ministry today that
began without someone taking a risk?
Remember the missions of our Apostles
and their struggle behind the
establishment of Church and its smooth
functioning with thy grace and glory.
Paul’s letter to all the churches with
caution and fellowship building to carry
out effective Gospel mission.
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Risk & the Triumph of
Love
[Romans 8:35-39]

Who shall separate us from the love of


Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or
persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or
peril, or sword?
the motive behind taking risks for the
cause of God is not heroism, or the lust
for adventure, or the courage of self-
reliance, or the need to earn God's good
will .
power behind all biblical risk for the
cause of God is faith in the triumphant
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Risk & the Triumph of Love
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“Everything will fallow by faith with love”

That the strength to risk losing face for


the sake of Christ is the faith that God's
love will lift up your face in the end and
vindicate your cause.
That the strength to risk losing money
for the cause of the gospel is the faith
that we have a treasure in the heavens
that cannot fail.
That the strength to risk losing life in
this world is faith in the promise that he
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in this world will save it
Moral Guidelines for us

“If God is
for us, who
can be
against
us?”
[Romans
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