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Beating the Church-Going Blues through Service (3 of 5)
INTRODUCTION: An evangelist went to a backwoods church in Tennessee not knowing it was a snake-handling church. He was setting up on the podium with the preacher when a couple of men brought in a box full of snakes and dumped them out in front of the evangelist. The evangelist turned to the preacher and asked if the church building had a back door to which the preacher said no it didn't. Then the evangelist asked "where would you like one?"
People leave churches for various reasons and snake-handling is probably one of the legitimate ones. But we don't want to find ourselves in the company of those who were once active participants in the local church but have since dropped out because they've contracted what I call, "The Church-Going Blues". As we've been saying the last few weeks -- the Church is important. The Church is the main event. Jesus came to build his church; he died for the church; and the New Testament is comprised primarily of letters written to the church and for the church. The Church is a major force in our lives.
This month we are studying why Paul was so enthusiastic and excited to go to the Church in Rome so that we can overcome the church-going blues. There are five ways that Paul beat the church-going blues reflected in Romans chapter one. We've seen that Paul beat the church-going blues by being drawn to the church's reputation for great what? He was drawn to their reputation for great faith. We've also seen that Paul beat the church-going blues by praying for the church. Today we're going to let Paul show us a third way to beat the church-going blues. We can beat the church-going blues through service. Romans 1:11 "I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong"
Let's see three qualities of a blues-beating servant.
I. A BLUES BEATING SERVANT HAS A GIFT TO GIVE
Let's talk about Paul for a min ...
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