HOW TO GROW A GREAT PEOPLE
1 Tim. 3:14-16, 2 Tim. 4:1-8, 1 Cor. 3:9-15
INTRO. On this exciting occasion we will not be like the
man that Dr. R.G.Lee talks about who was so absent-minded -
- he was a physician -- went home to dinner, put a sign on
his door and said; "Be back in 30 minutes." After his
dinner, he came back to his office, saw the sign, and sat
down to wait. After a while he got up and said, "I don't
believe that man is ever coming back."
The things going on I hope we have not forgotten anything
and we are all here of one mind and one spirit and will
enjoy this uplifting occasion.
Paul said in 1 Cor. 3:9-15 "We are laborers together with
God." That is an exciting, thrilling concept. He talks
about a three-fold interdependence relationship between us.
Did you hear it through the scripture?
First of all, We need God. We acknowledge in everything
that we have, everything we are, belongs to God.
The air we breathe, the day we have, the things of life
that would not be ours if it were not for God. We need
But secondly, in that scripture, we see:
We need each other. What person could arrogantly say, "I
stand alone. I need no one. I am a self-made man." When
we were born we had a mother who went through the shadow of
death to give us life. Father and mother and family cared
for us and fed us and protected us. Schoolteachers
educated us. There is no such thing as a self-made man.
But we are dependent and interdependent on each other.
And then three, the most staggering thought in the line of
interdependence is the God needs us. We have an all-
powerful God. He shares with us that He has chosen to work
through us. This is true physically. God has given the
seed, the sun, and the rain. But God does not plant it,
nor cultivate it, nor reap it, nor grind it, nor bake it to
feed a hungry world. He needs us, men, to do this. God
could d ...
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