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  1. It is very interesting lesson that I read it to day, may God almighty bless you rich knowledge and wisedom

  2. Juan B. Claudio, Jr., June 11, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Glory to God Ptr Rick for a very relevant and yet spiritual homily. May God continue to bless you for His praise and glory, in Jesus’ name!

  3. Evangelist Christopher Ukeje June 8, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Pastor am greatfull sir, for this teaching, faithfulness, God have minister to me through it, sir, please, i will to have the message to enable me print it out, sir, i will you sir,to open this Church in Abia state Nigeria West Africa. Thanks am waiting for reply sir.

  4. JEMETHIOUS DUBE June 6, 2016 at 1:57 am

    thanks for the inspiring messages.

  5. ISAAC RIMPYEN June 5, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Pastor, may God enriched you and guide you in all you do always, more spiritual blessing on you and your ministry.

  6. MANEX MWANAMUKANKA May 12, 2016 at 1:38 am

    servant of GOD
    am humbled for spiritual blessing. its powerful to God be the glory.

    withanks

  7. Koranteng Addo Eric May 6, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Thank you Pastor,for enlightened my understanding of faithfulness.God bless you.Amen!

  8. Godwin David Funom April 28, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Indeed is all about obedient because until we are broken,faithfulness is not complete.

  9. VERY IMPRESSED TO KNOW THAT THE TRUE FAITHFULNESSSS IS TO COMMIT FAITHFULLY THE COMMITMENT GOD SET FOR ME TO DO, LOOK AT OTHERS NEED RATHER THAN AT MY OWN WANTS, I FEEL SO BLESSED TO BE REMINDED ABOUT ALL THE ABOVE IMPORTANT VALUES OF FAITHFULNESS

  10. This is very correct and timely. Thank you, Pastor Rick.

  11. Norris. Turrentine April 10, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Thanks paster warren ive truly been informed by this lesson.I shall share it with others

  12. Norris. Turrentine April 10, 2016 at 6:51 am

    I long to be a pleasing and spirit filled christian.

  13. Thank you pastor Warren for this lesson. I hear God speaking to me about His faithfulness it’s been 4 days now. I decided to research more on the subject of faithfulness of God. I believe God wants my faithfulness in order for me to experience His faithfulness totally. He’s been faithful to me in the midst of my storm. Thank you for sharing this insight. I am deciding to walk in faithfulness God helping me through his grace.

  14. Thankyou very much for answering my question about this topic and I each copy to be sent to my email. And God will continue to bless your ministry.

  15. Here is another that would have made the list complete with eight. How well do we take care of the resources in our hand: stewardship. How do we take care of our bodies, do we over feed or starve in the name of being beautiful, finances, do we spend and spend just because it’s our money while other people starve just because we gave 300 dollars to charity. jobs, are faithful even when there in no supervision. The list of how to evaluate our faithfulness is endless.

  16. While I respect Rick for the amount of work he has done for the kingdom, I have an issue with this article. To say he is going to give us 8 things God is going to use to evaluate our faithfulness is being a little presumptuous. One why eight? Two, did Rick read the mind of God? I would rather he had said, here are eight things that we can use to evaluate out faithfulness to God. To say this is the final exam friends is to say this is going to determine who passes and who fails. That’s why people are up in arms that this looks like a salvation issue. We are using the words here to evaluate article, and that’s how it’s coming out. If you ask me Rick was in a hurry to get this out because, the article says eight ways, while it only has seven which is what the title at the URL says, 7-ways. Also he says faithfulness is one of the fruits of the spirit. Last time I checked the fruit of the spirit is only one with 9 parts. One things before you start tearing me apart. I don’t think Rick himself sees himself as flawless, and so he can make mistakes and that’s ok. So when people critic his work, that should be ok. In this way he also learn and should be glad that people are following his works. Even Paul was in constant scrutiny why not Rick, Oisteen, Meyer and the likes.

  17. Thank you so much pastor Rick for this insightful teaching. It has really helped me and I have been teaching same during the Sunday School Session. We are still on it. Once again, thank you.

  18. The best thing that happened to me, was my friend bought Rick Warren’s book called What On Earth Am I Here For……… I have never read anything like it before. It is truly amazing!! The more I read the more I say to myself, that’s me that’s me.
    Blessings,
    Ann Conrad

  19. It seems to me that some commentators are totally confused about what Faith means. Faith is not just believing in Jesus Christ. The devil himself believes in Jesus and is still the devil. Faith is also acting accordingly to that belief. And that is where the Gospel of Jesus comes. Please read Matthew 25, the book of James, the advise of St Paul in his letters to do what is good and avoid what is bad. Just read the Bible with a spirit of humility and obedience not that of convenience.
    This modern world seems to be way too hedonistic.

  20. For those requesting references Please read The Gospel of Jesus Christ. You’ll find them in the Bible. They are the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

  21. I think this is for all believers!

  22. Thanks for your leadership and influence throughout the world!

  23. We, my husband and I hold spirituality meetings each Wednesday and this is my week o bring the message and this perfect to bring to us because of the issues at hand. Thank you for the Word.

    Anjo

  24. I am honestly stunned at the way some of the comments here show a complete misreading of this article. This isn’t a doctrine of salvation. This is how we steward the ministry we’ve been given. This is how we hear “Well done!” one day. And it’s based on biblical wisdom, with some very explicit references provided.

  25. Pardon me, but a list of very helpful, very Biblical examples of “righteousness” that God desires for all His people and especially His leaders to demonstrate in a life of usefulness and service for Him…why is that even a question in someone’s mind? Do we find grace so liberating that it liberates us from a desire to please and serve God. Perhaps some need to reevaluate what it means to be a servant. Pastor Rick, thank you for sharing and allowing God to use you as a help to others!

  26. Allow me to clarify something that should be obvious from the entire body of work that Pastor Rick has produced in his ministry. This article is a list of criteria that different characters in the Bible demonstrated. They are perhaps the bases on which God will judge ‘whether we were faithful or not’, not ‘whether we are saved or not.’

    This isn’t an article about the first big question of life – what did you do with Jesus? It’s an article about the second big question of life – what did you do with what God gave you. Obviously, Pastor Warren believes in salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. What’s in question here is, whether as eternally saved and secure believers, we were faithful to live out our character or not.

  27. I think that many of you have miss-read what Rick Warren is saying here. There are no claims here that this is how one gains salvation, this isn’t a 7 point plan on how to get right with God, this is a suggestion on how we as committed believers and leaders of the people God has entrusted to us should act under grace.

    The Bible is clear in James 3:1 that those who are teachers will receive a stricter judgement. Now this judgement is not one based on salvation as that is already secured, but instead it is based on what we have done with the things God has given us (knowledge, power, wealth, gifts, talents, etc). This judgement is one conducted after the sheep and the goats are sorted, and it is to gauge your standing for ‘treasure in heaven’ (whatever that may be).

    I am unsure why people would ask for proof that they should be

    Faithful to God

    Caring for others

    Living with integrity

    Be men or women of their word

    Using and developing the gifts God has given to each person for the building up of the church and for Gods glory.

    Obeying God’s commands

    Being a blessing to others by sharing the wisdom given to those around.

    Honestly if you have a problem with these things as a leader, then clearly you should not be one in the first place. As for proof that they are called for, feel free to open your own Bible from time to time and it would not be remotely possible that you could miss them.

    Kind Regards

    Matt Kennedy

  28. Thank you so much, God Bless.

  29. When I or anyone stand before God the Father He will look upon the nail pierced hands of His Son and know whether the one standing before Him has faith in Christ. For we are saved by grace, through faith, and not be works (even works of faithfulness) lest any man should boast. We should practice faithfulness, not in preparation for a “final exam” but rather in joyful response to what has already been done for us.

    • David, we agree. Pastor Rick agrees. It’s not an article about whether a person is allowed entrance into heaven or not, but rather ‘as a Christian,’ were we faithful with the new life we were given in Jesus.

    • OH but David God has saved us, by grace and Jesus alone, BUT we will stand before the judgement seat of Christ and have to give an account of what we have done with our time, talents and treasure. This is not about our salvation it’s about our sanctification. The saving of our souls.

  30. I’ve been reading Rick Warren’s messages for around 15 years already and I honestly never thought he would deviate so much from biblical teachnig. This article is just a denial of God’s grace and a denial of his work in us which is exclusively by his grace. Paul said: by the grace of God I am what I am.

    The problem with this article is that it is a mixture of truth and lies. The first impression is that it is very true. But if we read it carefully, we see it is full of wrong teaching.

    Where does the Bible say “God has made an investment in your life and He expects a return on it”? God did sacrifice his own son, Jesus, to make us righteous and part of his family and only by living in Jesus we can do God’s will for us. God is not a banker, nor an investor. He is the father of those who give their lives to Jesus.

    • The Parable of the Talents, Matthew 25.

    • James 3:1 also indicates that teachers/pastors/preachers will be judged more strictly.

    • Nobel, it’s clear from Scripture that salvation is judged on the basis of our faith in Jesus – it’s by grace alone. But believers will be held responsible, in heaven, for how we invested the new life given to us in Christ.

      • I’m not saying our works won’t be judged by God. They will. But, grace is not only for salvation. It’s by the grace of God that I’m still alive and continue breathing. It’s by the grace of God that I do any kind of work for him.

        The way I respond to God’s love for me is becoming each day more dependent on him in every single aspect of my life, be it my marriage, my finances, my ministry, my health, my job, etc.

        The way Rick Warren has put things is like having God telling us: “I’ve given you talents. Now, go by yourself and bring me the results”. And the glory is ours. I myself don’t believe on this. For me, God tells us: “Go and my Spirit will be with you all the time, to show you the way to go, to give you the words to speak and to strengthen you”. And the glory belongs to Jesus.

    • Nobel. To your question of “Where does the Bible say “God has made an investment in your life and He expects a return on it”? Have you ever read the parable of the talents? The final judgment? the whole Chapter 25 in Matthew?
      It seems to me that you come more from a spirit of criticism than from one of a desire to learn, serve and love which are also the basis of Jesus teachings in the Gospels.
      Please revise your intentions.

  31. so this is how I am going to be judged by God. and here all this time I thought John 3-16 covered it boy was I wrong

    • Kevin, the difference between heaven and hell is judged solely on the basis of your response to Jesus. But what heaven is like for believers will depend at least in part on how faithfully we invested the time we lived after meeting Jesus.

  32. And just how does Mr. Warren know that these things are the things GOD will use to evaluage ones faithfullness?

    • Unfortunately, today, many churches and pastors are so influenced by this world view, that they think God does the same. Jesus is our perfect righteousness, the only one. If we really are in Jesus and trust in his sufficient grace, there is nothing we should be afraid of, not even a judgement. If we are guided by his Spirit and are connected to the vine, we’ll be doing God’s will, just because Jesus will do it through us.

      The Bible states that David served his own generation by the will of God. Wasn’t he a murderer and adulterer? Yes, but he was also a man after God’s heart. That’s what expects from us.

      This is becoming a new Roman Catholic Church, by imposing men’s ideas, instead of teaching the Bible.

      • David repented of his sin..and reaped what he sowed…the child of his adulterous relationship, died. But his repentance was real, not for “show!” I remember a conversation with a Catholic friend; when I told her about the GRACE of God, her response was: “So, I can commit/engage in whatever SIN I desire, and STILL be forgiven?” And, “isn’t THAT a license to SIN?” That is an indication of a total misunderstanding of the GOSPEL.

      • David serving his own generation by the will of God was also through his readiness and conscious efforts to do that which pleased the Lord. He was not a perfect man but he amended his errors and was in consciousness of His faithfulness to God.

        It’s true that the Holy Spirit in the man who has accepted Christ Jesus but you expect the Holy Spirit to cause you to be faithful when there is no passion or desire in you to obey the instruction of God.

        Nobel, ask yourself “Have I always been faithful to God in all I do, if yes it was through the grace which produced strength in you to be faithful but if not then your willingness and readiness was not enough for the Holy Spirit in you to help you to be faithful.

        These teachings are practical examples of living a life that others can easily look on us and decide that indeed; we serving a living God who lives in us through Christ Jesus.

  33. Thank you pastor Rick for sharing, it is a testimony of your faithfulness. Stay Blessed Sir

  34. Very good information.. Truthful and very helpful..

  35. Pastor Rick your ministry blesses me daily :) Praise God for how he is using you and your family. Thank you for your series on the radio back in April/May!

  36. What religion are you preaching? I did not read your entire statement above, but if you are like many other preachers that are trying to make yourself or your ministry rich on the backs of your followers I am not interested. I do not believe in religion. I believe in the one God and his commandments. I do not believe that popes, priests, ministers, or other “religious” leaders hold anymore truth than any one of us that follow the word of God.

  37. Thank you for clearly defining the practicality of how to “live out” this characteristic of the “Fruit of the Spirit”.

  38. Rodney Dean Cooper September 12, 2013 at 8:47 am

    How do you know this? References, please. I’m serious.

  39. Awesome article and very convicting. Thank you!

  40. I LOVE the godly wisdom that you bring to us all, Pastor Rick. You’re a perpetual leadership training machine! :)