by James Merritt

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James Merritt
Exodus 18:13-27


1. Every church has three kinds of members. First of all, there are the leaders. There are those both on the church staff, and not a part of the church staff, who lead in the work to be done. That leadership begins with the pastor, and filters right on down through the staff and certain lay people.

2. Then there are the laborers. These are the people who are led by the leaders to get the work of the church done. Now both the leaders and the laborers are equally important in the eyes of God, equally necessary to the work of the church, and hopefully, equally effective in what God has called them to do.

3. But there, unfortunately, is a third kind of church member. Quite frankly, this third group makes up the vast majority of church members. These are the lookers. These are the church members who simply look at what everybody else is doing. Someone has observed that the church is full of willing people - some willing to work and others willing to let them.

4. The cold hard fact is, sitting in the pews of our churches today are far too many shirkers and not enough workers. Jesus said that salt that has lost its savour is good for nothing. That is exactly what is wrong with most Baptists, they are good for nothing. They are good, they just don't do anything.

5. A little boy asked his mother one time, "Mother, how much will you pay me for being a good boy?" She said, "Why don't you be good for nothing like your Daddy?" Let me ask you this pointed question: "What on earth are you doing for heaven's sake?"

6. I do not know of anything more discouraging, either to a pastor or to his people, to see pews filled with people who sit, and soak, but never serve. Moses faced exactly that kind of a situation.

7. God had mightily blessed the nation of Israel. "And Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and ...

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