Prayer (1 of 3) by Jerry Branch

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Prayer (1 of 3)
Series: What It Takes For DBC To Go Viral
Jerry Branch
Romans 15:1-7

Romans 15:1-7 (NIV) 1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2 Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. 3 For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: ''The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.'' 4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. 5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. I want to talk to us this morning about an important characteristic that helps people see Jesus in a church.

We at Dallas Baptist need that same characteristic, because I believe that God wants to grow our church, especially since I think we are really trying to SHOW JESUS here at DBC...

We're trying to be faithful in preaching God's Word accurately; we're trying to be faithful in becoming a genuine house of prayer; we're trying to be faithful in providing care and love towards one another; and we're trying to be faithful in putting Jesus first in all things and living out Matthew 6:33 and praying and Seeking Jesus' Will first, rather than relying on man's ''church growth ways of the past'' of 'attractional and event evangelism' and just 'doing church' or 'doing church programs' folks...we're going to press on and be faithful to the vision the Lord has given us to be a church that loves Jesus more than anything else and to be focused on Christ and His mandate to make disciples...

even though there are some who would seem to want to go back to relying on Programs. But that ...


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