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A Great Cause (3 of 4)
Series: Kingdom Great in 2008
Steve N. Wagers
I Peter 4:10-11
January 20, 2008
1. A Cause that Demands our Participation!
A. We are Equipped with Specific Gifts
B. We are Empowered by Special Grace
2. A Cause that Deserves our Appreciation!
A) The Person We Exalt
1) We Declare the Praise of God
2) We Display the Power of God
C) The Purpose We Embrace
At the end of the 18th century, Britain's William Wilberforce prayed to make a difference in the lives of slaves and slave owners. He prayed, "May God enable me to have a single eye and a simple heart, desiring to please only God, and to do good to my fellow creatures." But, outlawing slavery, within Britain's Parliament and among England's financial power brokers, would carry with it great sacrifice and personal discomfort.
Nevertheless, for the 20 long years Wilberforce prayed, and tenaciously worked with the nation's leaders to end what he called "a course of wickedness and cruelty as never before..." and "a disgraced Christian country."
William Wilberforce was on a mission, and often quoted David's infamous question before his epoch battle with Goliath, "Is there not a cause?" As a result, his relentless courage brought a Parliamentary vote to end slavery in Britain.
Yet, it didn't stop there. Eventually, although it took a Civil War, eventually slavery was abolished in America as well all because William Wilberforce believed he was fighting for a great cause. 
My hat goes off to William Wilberforce and the impact he had on 2 continents because of a cause in which he believed. But, ladies and gentlemen, as the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have the greatest of all causes. Our cause is not physical, but spiritual. Our cause is not temporal, but eternal. Our cause is not incidental, but fundamental.
If I were to ask you the question, "What is the purpose of Gardenview Baptist Church? ...
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