*God uses every day ordinary people to accomplish His plans and purposes.
*Only God can bring unlikely people to unimaginable places and accomplish incredible things impacting the World for His glory!
*We can do the possible but only God can do the impossible!
I. NEW PLACES, NEW PEOPLE, SAME PROBLEM
*The light of the Gospel shines the brightest in the darkest places!
*Just because life has not turned out as you planned remember that this may very well be the start of God’s plan.
Proverbs 3:5, 6
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
II. A LOW POINT IN AN ENCOURAGING MOMENT
*The cure for a heavy, hurting, or broken heart is to hear the voice of God.
1. The promise of God’s presence.
2. The certainty of God’s power.
3. The assurance of God’s protection.
4. The importance of God’s purpose.
*God didn’t just save you from something he saved for something!
I firmly believe that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and selfishness and ambition and self-seeking and everything that is contrary to God’s law, the Holy Ghost will come and fill every corner of our hearts; but if we are full of pride and conceit and ambition and self-seeking and pleasure and the world, there is no room for the Spirit of God; and I believe many a man is praying to God to fill him when he is full already with something else.” D.L. Moody
III. PARTNERING IN MINISTRY
*Only humble people will receive instruction and help from others who come alongside them!
*God doesn’t do things in your life just for you; everything He does in your life is for accomplishing His plan which is making disciples.
*God is still using every day ordinary people to do extraordinary things for His glory!
Quote: “The most important thing in life is getting to know God and nothing in life compares with getting to know the God who knows us!” David Jeremiah
I. THE MESSAGE AND THE MESSENGER ON THE MOVE
*Making God known requires that we stay on mission, moving toward those who do not know God!
II Corinthians 5:20
“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.”
*As representatives of God we are joining Him in reconciling the world as we reflect Jesus in our conduct, character and communication.
I Peter 3:15
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”
*If we are not living a Gospel centered life privately than our message will sound phony and people tend to spot a fake.
II. A PASSIONATE PLEA TO A PAGAN FILLED CITY
III. A CLEAR AND CONCISE GOSPEL PRESENTATION
II Corinthians 4:3-6
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
*The unknown God has been made known, the question is do you know Him?
*The story of the Gospel is not only the most important story you can tell, it is the only story that will really matter for all of eternity!
*The Gospel message still has the power to rewrite the story of people’s lives!
*If you can’t work it out and have to walk away just make sure you keep walking with Jesus and you keep ministering to others.
II Timothy 4:11
“Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.”
*Don’t allow your disappointment and discouragement to darken your spirit and stop you from obeying God when He redirects your plans!
I. A SPIRITUAL WOMAN
*We will never convince or convict anyone into salvation but we can and we must communicate the Gospel message.
II. A SLAVE GIRL
*While we cannot cast out a demon we can declare the name of Jesus and help make a difference in the lives of people who are being destroyed by sin.
III. A SOLIDER
*When life brings us pain remember that people are watching how we worship; how we worship puts on display how we value the promises of God.
"I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”
*When you start to really understand that your story has been totally rewritten by grace you will start singing with greater intensity!
*Only Jesus has the power to rewrite our story and unite us with one another!
*Am I fighting against what God is intending accomplish?
I. GET ON BOARD WITH WHAT GOD IS DOING
A. God Is Gathering His Church Together
*The church needs to be far more concerned about the condition of someone’s soul than the color of someone’s skin!
B. God Is Growing His Church
*They were called Christians first because first they were Christians.
C. God Is Giving To And Through His People
*A true sign of spiritual maturity is sacrificial giving.
II. PRAYER IS THE MASTER KEY
Quote: “The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelism in history.”
Quote: “It is only when the Church gives herself up to this holy work of intercession that we can expect the power of Christ to manifest itself in her behalf.” Andrew Murray
Philippians 4:6, 7
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
*Peter Rested In The Promise of God.
*Salvation not only saves our soul but sets us free to experience the power, presence and peace of God!
*The Church Persevered Prayer
Quote: “Prayer turns ordinary mortals into men of power…It brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God. There is no power like that of prevailing prayer.” -Samuel Chadwick, The Path of Prayer
*All through Acts and all through history the church has experienced the greatest movement, momentum, and miracles of God through prayer!
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
I. THE CALL TO REACH THE LOST
*Carrying out the Great Commission is not some special call for a chosen few. It’s a clear command to all who are claiming to be followers of Jesus Christ.
Quote: “While the world is in a mess the church has lost its sense of mission.” Alaster Begg
*God pulled Philip out of the middle of something awesome and sent him somewhere awful to accomplish His purposes.
*Evangelism is not a gift given by the Spirit to individuals as much as it is a gift given to the church to help us proclaim the Gospel.
Quote: “We have a nation with open hearts and churches with closed mouths.” Ed Stezer
*When you’re walking in the Spirit and with the Spirit you will hear His whisper, you will sense his leading and you will experience His prompting.
II. FINDING CHRIST IN THE SCRIPTURES
*The Gospel does not know a hopeless cause!
III. AN OUTWARD EXPRESSION OF AN INWARD CHANGE
“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:”
Ill. Certificate of Baptism
*The evidence of our salvation is not just a public declaration by way of baptism, but a daily living of a life filled and overflowing with joy.
*The Gospel road will always lead you to joy and rejoicing!
*Favoritism fosters distortion in our heart and mind. It’s the breeding ground for prejudice and racism.
*Christianity is not a popularity contest, it is all level ground at the foot of the cross!
I. A GOOD GUY
*Good people still need to be transformed by the Gospel!
*No one is so bad that they are beyond the reach of God’s grace and no one is so good that they are beyond the need of it.
Quote: “Angels can deliver God’s messages to lost men, but they cannot preach the Gospel to them. That is our privilege and responsibility.” Warren Wiersbe
II. A PROUD CHRISTIAN
*The problem is not that the Gospel has lost any of its power to change the lives of all people. The problem is Christians who think the Gospel is only for a select group of people.
*Racism doesn’t have its roots in the Bible; Jesus died for every race. Racism is rooted in the hearts and minds of people who are filled with pride.
“Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:”
*The Gospel transforms our life so that we can now display the glory and grace of God to others.
III. A GAME CHANGING MOMENT
“There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
II Corinthians 5:19
“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”