Valentine's Day: Does Your Church Have a Heart? by Stan Coffey

Valentine's Day: Does Your Church Have a Heart?
Stan Coffey
Acts 9:32-43

OUTLINE:

I. DOES YOUR CHURCH HAVE A HEART FOR THE SAVIOR?
II. DOES YOUR CHURCH HAVE A HEART FOR THE SCRIPTURE?
III. DOES YOUR CHURCH HAVE A HEART FOR SOULS?
IV. DOES YOUR CHURCH HAVE A HEART FOR SERVICE?

Valentine's Day may be a pagan holiday, but one thing it does is to focus our attention on love. Jesus said ''If you love me keep my commandments.'' He said ''by this shall all men know that you are my disciples if you love one another.'' Paul tells us in the thirteenth chapter of I Corinthians that everything and anything done apart from love is meaningless. Jesus did not say that they'll know we are Christians by our big buildings or our budgets, but they will know we are Christians by our love.

People do not care how much we know until they know how much we care. When Jesus saw the multitudes He was moved with compassion for them for they fainted and were scattered abroad like sheep having no shepherd (Matt 9:36-37).

Jesus was a man with a heart. He had a heart for the outcast, the down and out, the prostitute, the poor, and the forgotten people of society. I would submit to you that these are the very people that many modern super churches pass by each and every day.

I have found in our ministry to the poor and hurting that these are folks who will respond to the gospel if we are willing to discover and meet their needs. We need to be a church with a heart. We need a heart that burns for Jesus and for the people he came to save.

I. DOES YOUR CHURCH HAVE A HEART FOR THE SAVIOR?

Jesus spoke to the church at Ephesus in Revelation two. It was a wonderful church by modern standards. They were large, they were organized, no doubt they had a wonderful reputation. They dotted every ''I'' and crossed every ''T'' but Jesus rebuked them because they had no heart! He chastised them because they had ''left their first love.'' Whatever they were doing they were not doing out ...


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