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Preparing for the Power (3 of 15)
Series: Back to the Basics
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
January 27, 2008
Have you ever stop to consider how much time you spend in preparation? Or, just how important preparation is? Preparation is necessary for success. Well that's what we find the disciples of Jesus doing in Acts 1. They were preparing for the power of God to fall upon their lives.
Now Peter may have denied knowing Jesus three times ... but the truth is .. they all denied Him when they fled! And if people see in us things doesn't look like Jesus ... that makes us a false witness. Proverbs 14.5, "A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness will utter lies." Hey folks .. you can utter lies without ever moving your lips.
God help us tell the truth about Him to those we seek to serve this year. That He is loving. That He is caring. That He is forgiving. That He is patient. That He is love. And do you know how they are going to discover that this year about our God? Through OUR loving them. Through OUR caring for them. Through OUR forgiving them. Through OUR patience with them.
For what they see in us is what they come to believe about God! That's why I'm asking you to invest some time this year in one couple or one person SERVING THEM .. CARING FOR THEM .. MIISTERING TO THEM .. so that we can show them Jesus!
One of our members came up to me last week and said, "Pastor, thank you for challenging me to get out of my comfort zone. All the people I spend time with are Christians. It's time for me to reach out to others." That's true for most of us. When we go out to dinner .. who do we invite? Other believers. When we go to a social event .. who do we invite? Sunday School members. When we serve others .. whom do we serve? Believers.
But this year we're also investing time as the salt and the light to those who give no evidence of knowing Jesus to SERVE THEM .. MINISTER TO THEM with the hope of show ...
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