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Where Do We go From Here? (8 of 8)
Series: Journey in Faith
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
March 28, 2004
It is an exciting time to be a part of the church of Jesus Christ! I've heard people say how exciting it would have been to be alive during the day the books of Acts was recorded. To have witnessed on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came and came to stay!
Or ... to have heard Peter's message and witnessed 3,000 people being saved and baptized.
Or ... to have been there to have witnessed the healing of the lame man.
Or ... to have heard Paul preach after his life-changing experience on the road to Damascus!
Now as wonderful as that would have been ... I wouldn't trade these days for those days for all the tea in China! The church of Jesus Christ has the greatest opportunity to impact her world in 2004 than at any time since the birth of the Church. And thank God we can!
The People are in place: the church of Jesus Christ!
The Power is available: Acts 1:8, "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
The Plan is still valid: Jesus said in Matthew 28:19-20, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Our highest task is to spread the good news of Jesus Christ: His virgin birth! His victorious life! His vicarious death! His visible return!
What a great day to be alive and to be in a church that's alive where people are saved ...where Christians serve and worship together.
A church that has a vision and commitment for doing whatever they need to do ... building whatever they need to build ... giving whatever they need to give in order to win the souls of men and women, boys and girls and then see them grow and become men and women of God!
Helen Keller said, "what could be worse than being born without sight? Being born with sight and no vision."
So ... where do we go from here and how will we get there? Well ... that's what I want to talk to you about tonight as we think about our Journey in Faith.
Now in our time together tonight ... the night we celebrate what God has done ... I want to talk to you about two things. The first thing that I want to remind you of is that ...
(1) Our Future is Coming
The Bible has a lot to say about the future. Entire books of the Bible are devoted to the future. Brooks like Daniel, Isaiah and several of the minor prophets. In the new Testament ... the books of Revelation looks to the future.
Our future is coming! And God has given us a great vision. A vision that will include us on the cutting edge of what God is doing and will be doing throughout our community for years to c ...
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