Covering The Basis by Larry Wynn

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COVERING THE BASES
I JOHN 4:20-5:5
MAY 3, 1998 A.M.
SERIES: PICK UP THE TOWEL
Larry Wynn

I. INTRODUCTION

A. WHAT IS THE GOAL OF EVERY BASEBALL
TEAM WHEN THE PLAYERS COME TO BAT?

1. THE GOAL IS TO SCORE RUNS.

2. THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS TO DO
THIS, BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS TO
CROSS THE PLATE PUTTING RUNS ON
THE BOARD FOR YOUR TEAM.

B. OUR RELATIONSHIP TO CHRIST CAN BE SEEN
THROUGH A BASEBALL DIAMOND.

1. THE GOAL IS NOT TO JUST WEAR A
UNIFORM CALLED CHRISTIANITY.

2. IT IS NOT TO JUST SHOW UP FOR THE
GAME.

3. IT IS NOT EVEN TO GET ONLY TO 1ST
BASE.

4. THE GOAL IS TO CROSS THE PLATE.

C. I JOHN 5:1-5 DEMONSTRATES FOR US THE
OVERALL GOAL OF A BELIEVER.

D. FULFILLMENT COMES WHEN WE CROSS THE
PLATE.

II. FIRST BASE: MEMBERSHIP. I JOHN 5:1a.

A. MEMBERSHIP IN CHRIST’S FAMILY.

1. IN BASEBALL IT DOESN’T MATTER
WHAT YOU DO IF YOU DON’T TOUCH
1ST BASE YOU ARE OUT.

2. FIRST BASE IS SALVATION.

3. NOT EVERYONE WHO SAYS HE IS A
CHRISTIAN IS ONE.

a. YOU CAN PUT ON THE
UNIFORM, SAY YOU ARE A BALL
PLAYER, EVEN ATTEND THE
GAME.

b. THE PLAYER IS THE ONE WHO
GETS IN THE GAME AND PLAYS.

B. MEMBERSHIP IN A CHURCH FAMILY.

1. HOW IMPORTANT IS MEMBERSHIP IN A
CHURCH FAMILY?

2. CHRIST TELLS US IT IS VERY
IMPORTANT.

a. I JOHN 5:1 “IF YOU BELIEVE
THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST-
THAT HE IS GOD’S SON AND
YOUR SAVIOR-THEN YOU ARE A
CHILD OF GOD. AND ALL WHO
LOVE THE FATHER LOVE HIS
CHILDREN TOO.”


b. HEBREWS 10:25 “LET US NOT
NEGLECT OUR CHURCH
MEETINGS, AS SOME PEOPLE
DO, BUT ENCOURAGE AND
WARN EACH OTHER,
ESPECIALLY NOW THAT THE
DAY OF HIS COMING BACK
AGAIN IS DRAWING NEAR.”

3. IT IS THROUGH THE CHURCH THAT WE
GAIN:

a. FELLOWSHIP.

b. ENCOURAGEMENT.

c. ACCOUNTABILITY.

d. MINISTRY SKILLS.

e. PLATFORM FOR CORPORATE
WORSHIP.

III. SECOND BASE: MATURITY. VS. 2. THERE ARE
CERTAIN MYTHS ABOUT MATURITY.

A. SPIRITUAL GROWTH IS A ...


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