AN ATTITUDE OF HIGH EXPECTATIONS
” …and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, delivered us from the wrath to come” (I Thessalonians 1:10).
It is a given that Satan will attempt to frustrate and hinder the spread of the Gospel (I Thessalonians 2:18). He is intelligent, subtle, and very shrewd in his attempts to obstruct the progress of the Lord’s work (Genesis 3:1, 2; 2 Corinthians 11:3). A congregation that is determined to progress in the work of Christ must have certain attitudes. Let’s look at some of the necessary attitudes:
I. AN ATTITUDE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT
- It requires constant discipline to stick to the work God has called us to (Jeremiah 7:27; Ezekiel 2:7).
- It requires an understanding of our work and God’s work (I Corinthians 3:6).
- It requires believing God for great things (I Thessalonians 1:8).
II. AN ATITUDE OF RIGHT THINKING
- It requires trusting God for great things (Luke 1:37).
- It requires being above selfishness, gossip, division and strife (I Corinthians 3:1-4; Philippians 2:3-8).
- It requires recognizing the greatness of God’s work irrespective of what is occurring in our lives (Philippians 1:12-18).
- It requires an attitude of cooperation (Philippians 1:27).
III. AN ATTITUDE OF POWER
- It requires an attitude of confidence in God’s power to bring about significant changes (Acts 1:8).
- It requires an attitude that says when Christ opens a door “no one” can shut it (Revelation 3:8).
- It requires an attitude that God is greater than the enemy (I John 4:4).
IV. AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
- Few congregations have had more problems than the one at Corinth, but yet there were still things to be thankful for (I Corinthians 1:4-9).
- A scriptural congregation is one that is thankful (Colossians 3:17; Ephesians 2:18-20).
- A congregation with “high expectations” will be one which recognizes that there is always a way out (I Corinthians 10:13).
- A congregation with “high expectations” will be one which lives and works by faith (Hebrews 11:6).
- A congregation with “high expectations” will be one which accepts and works like Christ could return today (Romans 13:11, 12; I Thessalonians 1:10).
A church with “high expectations” is one that will not only reach people but will keep them spiritually well also. A church with “high expectations” recognizes that God has a specific plan for a specific church at a specific time.
God has a “mission” (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8) and a purpose for Open Bible Ministries of TN (Isaiah 43:7; Revelation 4:11) … to glorify Him and please Him. An attitude of “high expectations” incorporates both elements.