Sermon Outline

Title: Responding to God’s Faithfulness

Speaker: Dr. Jim Schettler

Bible Reference: 1 John 1:9

Text: 1 John 1:9; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:24

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)
"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." (1 Corinthians 10:13)
"Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it." (1 Thessalonians 5:24)
All of God’s attributes demand, deserve, and should desire a response!
Definition of Faithfulness: Remaining consistently loyal and loving regardless of circumstance, cost, or challenge.
1 John 1:8-10 – The Faithfulness of God’s Forgiveness Demands the Response of Our Honesty

  • “If…” is a conditional promise on our part.
  • Be honest with yourself about your sin.
    • Don’t:
      • Compare
      • Confuse
      • Compromise
    • But rather Confess – Proverbs 28:13
  • See it like God does.
  • Say it specifically to God.
  • Simply believe God will forgive it.
  1. 1 Corinthians 10:11-14 – The Faithfulness of God’s Escape from Temptation Demands Our Humility
    • Be humble enough to:
      •  Acknowledge there is no difference with you from others.
      •  Admit you can’t defeat sin on your own.
      •  Ask for your escape step – Psalm 34:6
  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 – The Faithfulness of God’s Calling Demands our Hope in the Lord
    • Your hope in the Lord during a difficult time will produce:
      •  Security and protection – Isaiah 41:10
      •  Strength and power – Joshua 1:9
      •  Satisfaction and peace – Psalm 27:13-14


  • Lamentations 3:19 – Honesty
  • Lamentations 3:20 – Humility
  • Lamentations 3:21-24 – Hope