by Jerry Watts

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A People of Faith (2 of 4)
Series: Meeting The Challenge
Jerry Watts
2 Timothy 4:7 / Hebrews 11

• Do you remember that old challenge, "I dare you?" Or how about the next level, "I double-dog dare you?" Those words were a 'line in the sand' type of statement. Most of the time, we would rise to the challenge or go down trying. No self-respecting southern male would walk away from this.
• This month I am laying before us a similar challenge. In fact, if I thought it would work, before God, I would 'double dog dare us' because we have a huge challenge before us. In our community we literally have church buildings on every corner. We have all sizes, types, flavors, and styles. (From time to time it occurs to me about how much more effective for the Kingdom we could be together than separate even why it is that, even those who believe alike cannot be together-but that will wait).
• Here is the sad part, just as surely as we have church buildings on every corner; there are people on those same corners who have no relationship with God through Jesus. The heart wrenching, heart breaking part of all of this is that it seems like the two cultures never intersect. While it is not surprising that the unchurched, unsaved culture seem to want little to do with the church, I wonder; do we really have a concern about them and their eternal destination? If we do possess a concern, what is it that we are willing to do to show that concern so they can know the Jesus we know?
• When the Apostle Paul was facing his death, he penned one final letter to the young preacher we know as Timothy. As far as we know, 2 Timothy is the last letter Paul would write. In chapter 4:7 he writes, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have kept the faith."
• As we think about "Meeting the Challenges" which we face, let us center our thoughts on these words of Paul. Two years ago, I preached a 3 part series of messages from this one verse on "How do you ...

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