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If The Lord Permits (2 of 2)
Series: The Kingdom Life
1 Corinthians 16:1-24
August 7, 2011
INTRODUCTION: Paul mirrored the Kingdom life. The people who serve the Lord must have a vision for the future. The Christian who really loves Christ and his church will see needs that are not yet filled and opportunities that are not yet met. He cannot help planning ahead, looking for more ways to serve and for more doors to open.
Ephesians 5:15-16, "See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil."
TRANSLATES: "Be very careful, then, how you live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil."
Paul was not content with resting on what he had already accomplished. Sometimes, he had to change his plans, but he had a plan to change. Even while he was living in Ephesus, he was planning the next steps in his ministry, what he would do in Macedonia, Corinth, and then Jerusalem.
We have had a most blessed past. I personally sense that God is with us in mighty power in our present. However, I believe our future (potential) is as bright as the promises of God. I am not interested in leading us to rest on our past laurels, but to continue to seek to honor Christ as we obey His commands and commission.
I. POSSESSIONS WE WISH TO GIVE. 1-4
- What's important to you is what will become important
- :Never miss anything we give away.": Odus Scruggs
- "I wish to give while my hands are warm." David
- "Never more like Jesus than when we are giving."
Augustine, "The Lord has been good to me; He has
given me more than I need, but reminds me that others
The Apostle Paul had a burden for the poor Jews in Jerusalem and as a result, he received an offering from the churches to help ...
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