A. What does the church really need to come alive today?Proposition: The church's need today's for dedicated persons.
B. Is it more programs?
I. BE A SERVANT OF THE WORD, vs. 24, 25
A. The church needs more people with the humility of a servant.II. BE A PROCLAIMER OF THE WORD, vs. 26-28
B. The church needs more people with the loyalty of a servant.
C. The church needs more people with the industry of a servant.
A. Preach itIII. BE A CHANNEL FOR THE POWER, v. 29
B. Teach it.
C. Discuss it.
A. God is energizing the church.Conclusion: The church needs people like this, people who will serve, proclaim, and energize the church.
B. He needs people who will be channels for that energy.
One of the earliest kings of England was called Ethelred
the Unready! What an interesting name. Are there not some of
his relatives still around? Don't some of his descendants belong
to our churches? We are unready to serve, unready to share, unready
to work, unready to study, and unready to pray!
Last Christmas, in Washington, D.C., someone rented
a hall, hired an orchestra, and advertised a "sing-along" production of
The Messiah. People stood in line to get tickets! Five
thousand did. They paid for the privilege of joining a giant choir
to sing The Messiah. It is, in fact, a privilege to sing or
speak for the Messiah. A minister once said that he was paid for
a job which, if necessary, he would pay others for the privilege of doing!
To tell someone of Christ is our greatest privilege. Why do we not
take advantage of it? Suppose Christ had said to us, as He did to
one long ago, "Tell no one I am the Messiah!" Wouldn't it be hard
to keep such good news? How do we manage it?
Christchurch, New Zealand, boasts a very fine museum.
Over the doorway are these words: "Lo, these are parts of His ways,
but how little is heard of Him." Indeed! How little is heard
of Him! The early Christians could not keep silent! Christians
today cannot speak up! The threat of death could not silence those
first believers. How are we so easily silenced? In our world,
it is painfully true that "little is heard of Him." Let's change
We read so often of people who won't get involved
in the problems of others. Here is a story that is different. In
Palm Harbor, Florida, a van struck a car, and the car overturned.
The van went on. But bystanders rushed to the car. They turned it
right side up by hand. Out of nowhere, a doctor appeared and gave
first aid to the occupant. Another motorist chased the van and later
told the police where to find it. It was a grand demonstration of
people caring about others, even when it was someone they did not know.
That is the kind of caring that Christ would like to see in us all.
Our caring must go beyond physical problems to spiritual needs, go beyond
the body to the soul.
In some denominations, the minister follows a calendar that is called the church year. The year is divided into Advent and Pentecost and other seasons. There is a period called "ordinary time." Does it not seem to you that we are living in extraordinary times? Perhaps it has always seemed that way. Perhaps in every era people thought of their times as extraordinary times. Whether these are ordinary times or extraordinary times, the Word of God is appropriate. It will bless and strengthen.