Category Archives: Missions

Why every Christian should say ‘I will’

Why should every single person say to God, “I will pray however You want me to pray, I will give whatever you want me to give, and I will go wherever and whenever You want me to go …?” I will go to my neighbor. And I will go to another nation. And not just another

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A Biblical Model for Vital Churches

Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3; 15:1-3, 30-4 1.   Vital churches are empowered by the Holy Spirit.               The church at Antioch was empowered by the Holy Spirit.             1. 11:24 Their leader was full of the Holy Spirit.                         “(Barnabas) was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith…”             2. 11:28 A visiting preacher prophesied by the Holy Spirit.                        

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You Can Do It!

Philippians 4:13 Introduction: I. I can do. What was Paul doing? a) Content with his circumstances (V. 12) Paul has learned the secret of contentment . . . he can be hungry, or well fed . . . he has learned to be content with much, or with little. He was rejoicing in all things

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Worshiping the SAVIOR, Not a Celebrity

Matthew 28:16-20 The word Twitter has entered our vocabulary recently. With the Iranian protesters using Twitter as a means of telling their story in that troubled nation, millions of people have been exposed to the brutal reactions of the Iranian government. The authorities have been seen beating and, in some instances, killing those who have

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What Does it Mean to be a Missionary?

Romans 15:14-33 Introduction: When people here in the USA are asked to support missions, they often wonder what do missionaries do? It reminds me of a cartoon I once read: Illustration: In a “Peanuts” cartoon, Lucy asks Charlie Brown, “Why are we here on Earth?” Charlie replied, “To make other people happy.” Lucy replied, “Then why are they

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The Open Door of Opportunity

Revelation 3:7-13 1. Revelation 3:7 To the angel (angelos or messenger). Many theologians believe (and I concur) that this “angel” or messenger is the pastor. Therefore, to the pastor of the church in Philadelphia . Philadelphia was the youngest of the seven cities. It was founded  around 140 BC. It was called Philadelphia because it means “one who loves his brother.”

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Making the Nations Glad

Malachi 1:11 1)We are in a world of constant change: Global events/ natural disasters/ diversity within the SBC . . . 20 years ago 95% of churches in SBC were what we call “traditional churches” today, 50% are what we call “traditional churches” within 5 years only 30% are what we call “traditional churches.” -Political

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It’s Not My Fault

Text: Luke 4:42-5:11 Mr. Ishmacev from Russia was asked if he was a Christian and he responded, “No, I am not, but it is not my fault. No one has ever told me how to be a Christian”. It is at all possible for someone to die in your community and stand before God and say

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A Study of 1 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians I. Thessalonica A. History 1) Cassander, a former general of Alexander the Great and later king of Macedonia, founded the city in 315 BC and named it after his wife, the half sister of Alexander. 2) 167 BC it was captured by the Romans and named the capital of one of their four

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Who’s Missing? Whose Mission?

Text: Matthew 22:1-14 Introduction All are invited; only some accept. The kingdom of heaven is compared to a wedding feast to which everyone is invited. Only those responding to Christ’s invitation may participate (Romans 10:13). Those who have trusted Christ are assured of eternal life in heaven (John 3:16). Who’s Missing? Those who have an opportunity

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