by Ernest Easley

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What Makes a Good Volunteer? (1 of 3)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Matthew 5:1-12
May 15, 2005

We are celebrating volunteerism today. We have hundreds of volunteers throughout our church that provide various ministries that either enlarge or strengthen the Kingdom of God. I thank God for every serving saint throughout our membership.

And tonight .. we're throwing them a party in the Vision Center following our evening worship gathering! Dr. Crooks tells me that we're going to have a chocolate fountain ... cappuccino bar ... buffet spread and more. And I want to invite you to tonight's party! Now to set the stage for tonight .. from Matthew 5 .. I want to talk to you about volunteerism or what the Bible calls servanthood.

As you are turning to Matthew 5 .. I want to ask you a question: If someone close to you were to describe you .. what would they say? I mean .. what would they honestly say? Would they describe you as being a person who was sad .. mad .. or glad? Would they describe you as being positive or negative? How about this: would they say that they enjoyed being around you or enjoyed not being around you?

Let me ask you this: how would you like to be married to you? There are a lot of sad .. mad .. negative people today walking around calling themselves Christians .. and frankly .. they are giving Jesus and His church a bad name! "Christian" ought to mean joyful. "Christian" ought to mean positive!

Yes ... some of the most miserable people I know call themselves Christians and I'm talking to some of them this morning. You're not happy about your home-life .. work-life .. church-life. And miserable people don't like being miserable alone .. they like to take others with them. So .. they try to make everybody miserable around them. Let me ask you a question: do you enjoy being around unhappy people? I mean ... nothing is ever right for them .. nothing is ever good for them. And you see Miserable Mark or Negative Nancy or Bitt ...

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