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Can You Deliver? (1 of 10)
The Culture in Which God Works Through You
Series: Can You Deliver
Judges 1 & 2
Preached January 10, 2010
Can you deliver?
That's the question we are going to ask over the next several weeks as we walk through the book of Judges.
You may be asking, "Can I deliver what?"
To more fully understand that; let's make sure we understand what the word "judge" means in the context of this book.
The word "judge" actually means "deliverer," versus one that sits and arbitrates cases.
All through the roughly 400 hundred year history of Judges, God would raise up certain people to be used to deliver the Israelites, God's chosen people, out from under the oppression of their enemy.
So, the way you "deliver" is when God uses you in some way to help someone be delivered out from under some stranglehold or stronghold of sin or the enemy.
It could be by way of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
It could be by sharing a word of hope or encouragement to someone.
It could be by giving a financial gift to someone who is overwhelmed in that area.
It could be to minister to the homeless or imprisoned or to unwed mothers.
Can you deliver?
I was following Ergun Caner's tweets recently, and he said something to the effect of this: the reasons Christians don't share the gospel is because they want to be liked more than to be obedient.
I can identify with that. Many times I would rather be liked than being obedient to what God has called me to be; a deliverer.
It hit me this week that your delivery men and women, whether UPS, FedEX, or the US Postal Service, probably don't care if you like them. They are given a job to simply deliver a package.
Many times we let our emotions get in the way of our ability and obedience to "deliver the goods."
But we are simply to deliver the message or help out of obedience to Christ.
So, what I am going to do this morning is show you the ...
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