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The Empty Chair (3 of 3)
Series: Promised Land 2005
This morning I want you to turn in your Bible to Mark 2:1 as we speak on "The Empty Chair". As Joshua and the Israelites crossed over the Jordan to take the land God had given them, they were to put their foot on every square inch of that land and claim it for the Lord. He said "every place that the soul of your foot will tread, that I have given unto you." But they had to take it. They had to claim it. God has given us the land. God has given us His promises. And they took cities. You and I are to take souls for Christ. You and I are to claim people for the Lord. That is the purpose of the church.
The purpose of the church is to build the kingdom of God one person at a time, to reach the lost, the lonely, the hurting for the Lord Jesus Christ. That is our mission. And God has called us to that mission. God has given us that mission. And you and I can do it together. And we have an example of that in Mark 2 of how four men reached a lost, lonely and hurting person and they set an example for us, how you and I can be involved together in reaching the lost, lonely, and hurting people for Jesus Christ.
Again look at verse 1-2, ""1And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. 2And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them..." The way to fill a church, the way to fill a Life Group, the way to fill a crusade is to noise it about that Jesus is in the house, amen? When people know that Jesus is in the place the house will always fill up. when people can experience the presence of Jesus, when people know that a place is saturated with the love of Jesus, with the concern of Jesus, with the care of Jesus, with the touch of Jesus, then people want to be in that place.
So you and I have to sure that when people come here, when people are in our midst or when we go where ...
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