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A New Beginning in Prayer (3 of 7)
Series: All Things New
Pastor Brad Whitt
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now this morning and be finding your place at the eleventh chapter of Luke's gospel if you will. We are in a new series of studies for the new year that we have entitled, "All Things New." And what we're doing in this series of messages is looking at what are known as the Christian disciplines – bible study, prayer, service, witnessing, giving and worship – and seeing how we can have a brand new beginning with them in 2006.
Now, normally we reserve the month of January as our stewardship month here at Temple. This is normally the time that we talk about the fact that as believers we are called to be good stewards of the things that God has entrusted to us. Usually, during this month, we talk about the fact that God expects us to be good stewards of our time, talents and treasure. (Which, by the way, He still does in spite of the fact that we're running around like a chicken with its head cut off , focusing on things that don't matter for eternity and trying the pay the credit card bills that have started coming in after our Christmas shopping sprees during December, but that's another sermon.)
Well . . . in this series of studies on the Christian disciplines we're still focusing on our stewardship because the Bible says in 1st Corinthians 4:1, that we are "stewards of the mysteries of God. (And then there's the command that each and every one of us ought to be familiar with in verse 2, where it says. . . ) Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful." And the Bible also says in 1st Peter 4:10 that we are to be "good stewards of the manifold grace of God."
So our stewardship has just as much to do with our bible study and prayer time, our service and witnessing and worship as it does with our giving. All of these things, each and every one of them, can be categorized and considered as the mysteries of God and the manifold grace of God, and as such, precious gifts to be good stewards over.
I'll tell you, I'm afraid that some times we have such easy access to the Bible that we don't realize how precious and special it is. I'm afraid that many times we don't realize how honored and privileged we are to have access to the very God of all creation through the simple act of prayer. I'm afraid that many times we overlook that fact that the only entity that we can give our time and energy to that no only has eternal results, but will last for all of eternity, isn't the lodge or the baseball league or the PTA, but the Church. I'm afraid that to many times we're just too afraid of rejection or being thought of as a weirdo or a "bible-thumper" to witness. I'm afraid that so often we don't realize the powerful, personal value of gathering together on God's day, in God's house with God's people to worship. I'm afraid that most of the time, we fail to realize that everything w ...
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