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SEPTEMBER 2, 2007


“OUR CHURCH NEEDS CHRISTIANS OF FAITH”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 25:14-30 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Ecclesiastes 9:10 (KJV)   

    Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.  

INTRO: This is the first sermon in a series on Stewardship. 

   STEWARD: One employed in a large household or estate to manage domestic concerns. 

   STEWARDSHIP: the office, duties, and obligations of a steward, the conducting, supervising, or managing of something, the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to ones’ care. 

   The human body is made up of many parts; each one has a very important role in making the body whole. 

1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 23-27 (KJV) For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but manyand those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.  For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: that there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.  And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.  

   Each member of the Church has an important role in helping the Church function as God intended it. 

   For our church to be a successful church we need Christians of FAITH

I. WHAT DOES IT MEAN; CHRISTIANS OF FAITH? 

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  

NOTE: The Church is not a physical building or even a group of men and women. 

   The Church is not made up physically but rather spiritually. 

   There are several things that set a Christian of FAITH apart from those who just call themselves Christians. 

1.      Christians of FAITH believe and accept the Word of God as truth with no errors.

2.      Christians of FAITH believe the Jesus Christ is the only Son of God.

3.      Christians of FAITH believe that salvation is only through the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross and through His resurrection.

4.      Christians of FAITH those who have a personal relationship with God.

5.      Christians of FAITH also believe that God has placed them in a particular body of believes to serve Him as stewards in whatever capacity He sees fit.

II. WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A CHRISTIAN OF FAITH? 

A.      FAITHFUL 

1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.  

A Christian of FAITH is one who is faithful in every aspect of his Christian walk. 

      1. Faithful in reading and studying God’s Word.

      2. Faithful in prayer.

      3. Faithful in church attendance.

      4. Faithful in support of the church. 

B.      AVAILABLE

 Isaiah 6:8 (KJV) Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.  

NOTE: There are those who only serve God when it is convenient for them. 

1 Cor. 12:18-20 (KJV) But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.  And if they were all one member, where were the body?  But now are they many members, yet but one body.  

Romans 12:1 (KJV) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  

   Sometimes we are so involved in our physical activities we don’t have time for our spiritual obligations.  

   A Christian of FAITH makes themselves available to God for service. 

C.      INSPIRED 

NOTE: We need Christians of FAITH who are inspired (driven) by the Spirit of God to fulfill the task God has given them. 

Luke 8:38-40 (KJV) Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying,  Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.  And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.  

   This man had no training yet many came because he witnessed for Jesus. 

   The woman at the well did the same thing.   

John 4:39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.  

D.      TEACHABLE 

NOTE: A Christian of FAITH knows that they are continually learning about God and how to serve God. 

Philippians 3:12-14 (KJV) Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  

   The method may change but the message must remain the same. 

E.      HOLY 

Hebrews 12:14 (KJV) Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:  

NOTE: A Christian of FAITH is set apart to serve God. 

Romans 6:19, 22 (KJV) I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness…But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

    Sin is repulsive to them. 

CONCLUSION: For a church to be successful in the sight of God it is made up of Christians of FAITH; FAITHFULNESS, AVAILABLE, INSPIRED, TEACHABLE AND HOLY.   

Are you a part of His Church?

 

SEPTEMBER 9, 2007 

“BEING GOOD STEWARDS WITH WHAT WE HAVE” 

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 25:14-30 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Ecclesiastes 10:18 (KJV)  

   By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through. 

NOTE: “If only walls could talk” 

   The word neglect means: to be careless of :- make light of, neglect, be negligent, not regard. 

   Neglect is the killer of many wonderful things. 

   A good steward does not allow neglect to get a foothold.  

I.  NEGLECT CAN SHOW UP IN MANY DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES. 

1.      In our relationship with God

Hebrews 2:3 (KJV) How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;  

2.      The spiritual gifts and abilities that God has given us.

1 Tim. 4:14 (KJV) Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.  

3.      In our relationship with each other.

·         Family

·         Friends

·         Church

 

4.      In the physical items God has blessed us with.

·         Our homes

·         Our cars

·         Our tools and equipment

NOTE: To be a good steward we must pay close attention to all these things that can be destroyed by neglect. 

II. SLOTHFULNESS WILL BRING DECAY AND RUIN. 

NOTE: The Bible has much to say about slothfulness. 

1.       The sluggard has no desire to improve himself or the things around him. 

Proverbs 13:4 (NIV) The sluggard craves and gets nothing,  but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. 

NOTE: There always seems to those who just don’t want to get involved or be bothered. 

Nehemiah 3:5 (KJV) And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord.  

2.       The Sluggard will always find an excuse why he can’t do the thing he should. 

Proverbs 20:4 (KJV) The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. 

Proverbs 22:13 & 26:13 (KJV) The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.  

Matthew 25:24-25 (KJV) Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: and I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.  

3.       A sluggard believes his excuses are valid. 

Proverbs 26:16 (KJV) The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.  

4.       God warns the sluggard than in the end they will lose everything. 

Proverbs 6:6-11 (KJV) Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.  How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?  Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:  So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.  

Proverbs 24:30-31 (KJV)  I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; and, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.  

ILL: The man who wanted to join the church but have no responsibilities. 

III. A GOOD STEWARD TREATS WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN THEM AS A PRICELESS TREASURE. 

NOTE: The things we value we take care of. 

1.       A good steward sees what they have as a gift from God. 

James 1:17 (KJV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  

NOTE: Our attitude towards the giver of the gift determines the value we place on the gift. 

2.       A good steward does the best he can with what he has. 

Eccles. 9:10 (KJV) Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.  

1 Corinthians 10:31 (KJV) Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.  

3.       A good steward does his work in spite of opposition. 

Nehemiah 4:6 (KJV) So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.  

NOTE: Whenever we seek to do the work of the Lord there will be opposition.

Nehemiah 4:16-18 (KJV) And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah. They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.  For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.  

4.       A good steward will finish the work he has been given to do. 

John 17:4 (KJV) I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.  

2 Timothy 4:6-8 (KJV) For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.  

CONCLUSION: What has God given you and what have you done with what He has given you? 

 

SEPTEMBER 16, 2007 

A GOOD STEWARD IS OBEDIENT TO HIS MASTERS WILL” 

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 7:15-27 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 7:21 (KJV)  

   Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 

INTRO: There will be many people who will be surprised when they face eternity. 

   There will be many who have done the “Christian Thing” but will not be in Heaven. 

Matthew 7:22-23 (KJV) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  

NOTE: What are the works of iniquity?  They are the sins of omission. They failed to do the will of God. 

   What does it mean; “the will of my Father which is in Heaven?” 

   There are two different sets of “the Father’s will”: 

·         Personal

·         Collective

 

   The person will of God is between you and God and may be much different from others. 

   The collective will of God is for all of us and we all are responsible to make sure we are doing God’s collective will in our lives. 

   God’s Collective will for us: 

·         Repentance for our sins

·         Caring for the poor

·         Bringing of our tithe into the store house

·         Joining together with other believer for worship and service.

   I believe there are two which are more critical than the others. 

   If we strive to fulfill these two, the rest will fall into place. 

I. WE ARE TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. 

John 13:35 (KJV) By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.  

NOTE: Loving one another is not an option, it is a command. 

John 13:34 (KJV) A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  

   The key to Christian love is found in the last part of this verse, “as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” 

   How has God the Father loved us? 

·         He sent His Son to die on the cross for us

Romans 8:31-32 (KJV) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  

·         He loved us while we were still sinners

Romans 5:8 (KJV) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  

·         He provided a way that we could become His child

1 John 3:1-2 (KJV) Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  

   How has Jesus the Son loved us?  

·         He became like us to experience life like us

Hebrews 2:17-18 (KJV) Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.  

·         He died on the cross and bore our sins

·         He is interceding for us

NOTE: As a good steward, we will love one another as God has loved us. 

II. WE ARE TO SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH OTHERS. 

NOTE: A good steward learns what the will of his master is, and then seeks to fulfill it. 

  The Word of God is filled with what the will of God is. 

Genesis 3:15 (KJV) And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.  

   From the time of the Fall, God has desired to reunite man with Himself. 

John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  

   It was the love God has for fallen man and His desire to have man restored to His fellowship that He sent His Son to redeem fallen man. 

Luke 19:10 (KJV) For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.  

Luke 24:46-47 (KJV)  And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:  and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  

   It is the will of God that we share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others. 

John 20:21 (KJV) Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.  

Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  

Acts 1:8 (KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  

NOTE: As good stewards we will become more concerned with the spiritual needs of others than the physical needs of ourselves. 

Proverbs 24:11-12 (KJV) If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; if thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?  

   As good stewards we will become a mission minded church. 

CONCLUSION: We may at times have difficulty knowing what God’s will is for us personally, but the Bible is very plain on what His will is for us collectively.  

 

SEPTEMBER 23, 2007 

“A GOOD STEWARD’S GIVING PLEASES GOD” 

SCRIPTURE READING: 2 CORINTHIANS 9:1-7 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Corinthians 9:7 (KJV)  

   Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.  

INTRO: Do you like to do things that make people happy? 

   Would you like to do something that would make God happy? 

   Giving is the very nature of God. 

John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  

Romans 6:23 (KJV) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  

   Our giving, whether large or small has the potential to make God happy. 

      The amount of the gift is not as important as the heart of the giver. 

Mark 12:41-44 (GW) As Jesus sat facing the temple offering box, he watched how {much} money people put into it. Many rich people put in large amounts. A poor widow dropped in two small coins, worth less than a cent.  He called his disciples and said to them, “I can guarantee this truth: This poor widow has given more than all the others. All of them have given what they could spare. But she, in her poverty, has given everything she had to live on.”  

   The attitude and purpose of our giving determines whether or not our giving pleases God. 

ILL: Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5) 

   Giving that pleases God: 

I. THEY ARE EAGER AND READY TO GIVE. 

Proverbs 3:27-28 (KJV) Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.  

NOTE: They have the spirit of giving. 

   They do not have to be begged or be forced into giving. 

   Whenever they see the need, they give. 

ILL: The widow who fed Elijah.  I Kings 17 

   Later her son died and God raised him back to life. 

   They are willing to give even when it cost them. 

2 Samuel 24:24 (KJV) …Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing… 

   A gift that cost us nothing is not truly a gift. 

ILL: The walk is part of the gift. 

II. THEY ARE PREPARED TO GIVE. 

ILL: While We’re Living. 

   A pig was depressed about his lack of popularity.  He complained to the cow that people were always taking about her gentleness and her kind eyes, while his name was used in a derogatory manner.  He admitted that cows give milk and cream, but he was convinced that pigs gave more, “Why, we give bacon and ham and pork chops, and people even pickle our feet,” He grumbled.  “I don’t see why you cows are held in such high esteem.”

   The cow thought for a while and then said gently, “Maybe its’, because we cows are giving while we’re living.” 

1 Corinthians 16:2 (KJV) Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.  

   They honor God by preparing to give to Him before anything else. 

Proverbs 3:9-10 (KJV) Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

Malachi 3:10-12 (KJV) Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.  And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.  And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.  

III. THEY GIVE GENEROUSLY. 

2 Corinthians 9:6 (KJV) But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.  

ILL: You Have Got To Be Kidding (Speaker’s Source Book pg 342) 

Luke 6:38 (NLT) If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you."  

IV. THEY GIVE JOYFULLY. 

2 Corinthians 9:7 (KJV) Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.  

NOTE: God does not accept a gift from someone who does not want to give. 

   Those with a giving heart reap God’s blessings. 

Proverbs 11:24-26 (NLT) It is possible to give freely and become more wealthy, but those who are stingy will lose everything.  The generous prosper and are satisfied; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. People curse those who hold their grain for higher prices, but they bless the one who sells to them in their time of need.

CONCLUSION: The secret of Biblical giving is knowing to whom or to what are we giving. 

   If we acknowledge that we are giving to God than our giving will reflect our love and gratitude towards God for all He has given to us. 

 

SEPTEMBER 30, 2007 

A GREAT INGATHERING IS COMING 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 43:5-13 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 43:5-6 (KJV)  

    Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;  I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;  

INTRO: This is another great “Fear Not” promises found in the Bible. 

   God has promised a great ingathering of souls. 

   When we look around us it is easy to become discouraged. 

   We see the sinfulness of our Nation. 

   Those who know the Word of God can see the handwriting on the wall of God’s coming judgment. 

   We can compare the promise judgment to Judea with the coming judgment to the world. 

   We must remember that these Scriptures are not just words of Israel’s history but they are words of warning to us in regards to our spiritual life. 

1 Corinthians 10:11 (GW) These things happened to make them an example for others. These things were written down as a warning for us who are living in the closing days of history.  

   Assyria had come but God had turned Assyria back. 

NOTE: If we fail to respond correctly to God chastisement we will force to face His judgment. 

   Delayed judgment often brings greater wickedness.  

   Isaiah had prophesied the coming judgment of Babylon. 

   Jerusalem would be conquered and the Temple destroyed.  

   But God told them “Fear Not” He would bring many back to Him.

   As we watch our nation fall deeper and deeper into sin, God tells us, “Fear Not” there is a great ingathering of souls for the Kingdom of God. 

   Four things to notice: 

I. IT IS GOD WHO SAVES THE SOULS OF FALLEN MAN. 

Isaiah 43:11 (KJV) I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.  

NOTE: Society can do a lot to help the physical man, but only God can save the soul. 

Psalm 37:39 (KJV) But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.  

Isaiah 12:2 (KJV) Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.  

NOTE: Not only does God save us from the judgment of our sins, He takes our sins away so that we will never face them in eternity. 

Isaiah 43:25 (KJV) I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.  

Isaiah 44:22 (KJV) I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.  

Micah 7:18 (KJV) Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.  

1 John 1:9 (KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  

II. THERE IS A NEED TO GIVE UP. 

NOTE: For those who wish to be a part of this great ingathering there is a need for them to give up. 

·         Their mis-conceptions about God.

·         Their self-righteousness.

·         Their sins.

·         Procrastination.

·         Nit-picking. (a critical spirit will keep us from God)

NOTE: Once we become partakers of God’s Salvation we have the responsibility and privilege to sharing that Salvation with others. 

III. WE ARE TO BRING THOSE WHO ARE FAR AWAY FROM THE LIGHT OF THE GOSPEL. 

NOTE: There are many who still outside of God’s Church and it is up to us to reach out to them. 

Mark 16:15-16 (KJV) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.  

·         Far away in locality.  (Mission fields)

NOTE: A church who is concerned with missions will be blessed by God. 

·         Far away in Character.

NOTE: There may be those whom we may think are un-savable but there are none outside the limits of God’s grace. 

·         Far away from hearing the Word of God.

NOTE: These are those who are good people but never seek to know the Gospel of Salvation. 

·         Far away from responding to the Word of God.

NOTE: Those who hear the Word of God but fail to respond. 

IV. THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN HINDER THE MOVE OF GOD’S SPIRIT. 

Isaiah 43:13 (KJV) Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?  

Job 42:2 (KJV) I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.  

Psalm 115:3 (KJV) But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.  

Matthew 19:26 (KJV) But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.  

CONCLUSION: It is easy to become discourage by the things that are going on around us, but God tells us, “Fear Not” for I will bring many into the Kingdom. 

   Remember, since the time of the Babylonian captivity, more Jews live outside of Israel than live in Israel. 

   Just because God is going to have a great ingathering doesn’t mean that we will be a part of it. 

   Let us chose to become a part of that great ingathering.

 

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