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Church on a Mission (2 of 34)
Series: Good News from God
In 1903, a group of seventeen men got together to form a small political organization. By 1917, this organization of seventeen men had grown to 40,000 members and had become powerful enough to overthrow Czar Russia. Hammer and Sickle began to make its way across our world. And before the Iron Curtain fell, communism dominated up to two-thirds of the globe. In spite of our aversion to communism, we still must ask ourselves how seventeen men could possibly have made such an amazing impact upon the world in as few as seventy or eighty years. I believe the answer is simple: The men who founded the Communist Party were committed to impacting their world. They had no plan B. They were sold-out. Nothing was going to deter them in their cause.
Today, I must ask you a very important question: Are you a person who longs to impact your world? Think about that question for a moment. Is there something within you that yearns to join a cause that makes a difference in this life and reverberates throughout eternity? Are you tired of going through the motions at church? Do you feel restless in your occupation? Is there something within you that senses there must be something more to life? I'm convinced that the Lord is looking for a few good men and women who yearn to make an impact. If you are teachable, available, and faithful God will use you in a powerful way. God seeks ordinary believers to join an extraordinary mission.
Rom 1:8-15 explains how we can join a mission that will change the world. In these eight verses, we'll see how to make a spiritual impact like Paul. We'll also gain a better understanding of how we can serve on an impact team-a team such as the one Paul writes to in Rome. In 1:1-7 we looked at Paul's greeting; now in 1:8-15 we will study his thanksgiving and prayer. He provides three evidences of a church on mission.
1. A church on mission is thankful ...
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