by Jim Henry

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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Orlando
3000 South John Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691

"Living Under The Influence Of--Sharing Hope"
Colossians 4:2-6

Sunday, 2/26/95, 9:30 a.m. Service

Is there any hope? Is there any hope in our nation; is there any
hope in the world for all the massive problems that we face? Is
there any answer to the basic need of mankind? Is there any hope?
The good news is - yes there is! This morning we want to talk
about shared hope. Let me give you three graphic illustrations
on it.

In Colossians, chapter four, verse two, there is a powerful
passage that Paul uses to wrap up this book.

Colossians 4:

2. Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and

3. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for
our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of
Christ, for which I am in chains.

4. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.

5. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the
most of every opportunity.

6. Let your conversation be always full of grace,
seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to
answer everyone.

What is the main assignment of the body of Christ? Okay, what I
need this morning is some help. I need about seven volunteers,
men or women, to come up here. This is equal employment, if you
will just come up and stand here. Okay, you now that you all are
up here, you don't have to say anything or make any speeches. We
are working at the fire department and I am going to give each of
these volunteers an assignment. Joe, you are to drive the fire
truck. Tige, you're in charge of keeping everything cleaned up.
Bosco, I want you to be responsible for the ladders. Brother
Edgars, I want you to be responsible for the hose. Barbara, I
want you to be sure to turn the water on when we get to the fire.
And would you also be responsible for having people to handle the ...

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