It's Time to Move! by Steve Wagers

It's Time to Move!
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Acts 4:31, 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:5, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
June 22. 2008

Sermon Outline
1. The Spirit of God to Move In!
A) A People that were Hungry
B) A Presence that was Holy
C) A Purpose that was Healthy
2. The People of God to Move Up!
A) The Deceived Natural Man
B) The Deformed Carnal Man
C) The Desired Spiritual Man
3. The Church of God to Move Out!
A) The Word they Embraced
B) The Worship they Enjoyed
C) The Witness they Expressed

In the Greek Islands, one can seek out the home of Hippo crates, the father of modern medicine. In the area, one can also find an olive tree, supposedly dating from his time. If this were so, this tree would then be some 2400 years old. The trunk of this tree is very large but completely hollow. The tree is little more than thick bark. There are a few long, straggling branches, but they are supported by sturdy wooden poles every few feet. It has an occasional leaf here and there and might produce a few olives each year.

In the fields around, however, are olive groves in many directions. The strong, healthy, young trees with narrow trunks are covered with a thick canopy of leaves, under which masses of olives can be found each year. The tree of Hippo crates can still be called an olive by nature, in that it still shows the essential unique characteristics, but it has long since ceased to fulfill an olive's function. Tourists file up to inspect this ancient relic, having some link to a dim history, but the job of the olive tree passed long ago to many successions of replanted trees.

Sad to say, there are many churches, and Christians, like the tree of Hippo crates. The form is there, but the function is not. They have stopped reproducing and are satisfied just to exist, or have a noble history.

Many churches are like the airplane pilot who came on the loudspeaker and said, "Ladies and gentlemen, I want you to know that our navigational equipment has malfunct ...


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