THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
PLANNING FOR 2003
TEXT: Eph. 3:3-12
INTRO: You know, sometimes, older people dont
HEAR exactly whats SAID.
Morris, an 82 year-old widower, went to the Doctor to get a physical. A few days later the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young lady on his arm. The doctor approached Morris, and said, "You're really doing great, aren't you?" Morris replied, "Just doing what you said, Doctor: 'Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.'" The Doctor said, "I didn't say that. I said you got a heart murmur. Be careful."
One older fella said to the other, I got a new hearing aid, I can hear really well now. The other guy said, Thats good. What kind is it? The first fella said, Its almost 5 Oclock!
Not only do older people not always HEAR exactly whats SAID, but they FORGET too!
The preacher was invited to supper by an elderly couple. He noticed that the man used terms of endearment with every statement he made to his wife. He used, honey, dear, my love, precious, sweetheart, etc. The lady went into the kitchen for something, and the pastor thought hed compliment the man. He said, Im sure glad to see that your love for your wife is still expressed by terms of endearment after all these years of marriage. The man leaned over and whispered, Well, to tell ya the truth, I forgot her name 10 yrs. ago!
Now, you folk know that I always tell jokes. But you also know that I USE those jokes to make a point. What I want to point out here, is that older CHRISTIANS are much like older PEOPLE. We dont always HEAR exactly whats being SAID by our Lord, and we dont always REMEMBER what He teaches us.
As we begin to look forward to a new year, I want us in this church to focus upon what God has SAID, and REMEMBER what we are to DO!
To do that, let us consider THREE things about this Bible today:
1. Who The Bible Says God IS,
2. What The Bible Says God Has DONE,
3. What The Bible Says God WANTS US To Do.
I. WHO THE BIBLE SAYS GOD IS
II. WHAT GOD HAS DONE
THATs WHO God is: A LOVING God, Who creates man, gives
man free will, then offers REDEMPTION at the price of HIS OWN
III. WHAT GOD HAS SAID WE ARE TO DO
My friends, please hear the CONCLUSION today! It is not my
conclusion, but it is the TEACHING OF GODS WORD FROM COVER
TO COVER for those who BELIEVE!
Disciples of Jesus Christ are BORN TO GROW!!
HEAR it today, and REMEMBER it EVERY day!!
The Word of God is supposed to be the CENTRAL FOCUS of the
Christians LIFE!! We are to LEARN it, SHAPE OUR LIVES with
it, and TEACH OTHERS!!!
The Word of God oughta be the main topic of our conversation with our children, and our children in the Lord through the church! We should talk about it ALL DAY LONG!
It is the WORD OF GOD that has power to CREATE! God SPOKE the worlds into existence! (Gen. 1:3)
It is the WORD OF JESUS CHRIST that has power to CREATE a born-again Christian (Rom. 1:16).
It is the WORD of God that Jesus promised we would receive help from His Holy Spirit to LEARN (John 15:26).
May it be, that in 2003, YOU will HEAR Gods Word,
REMEMBER Gods Word, and TEACH Gods Word!!
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. ((Philippians 2:5-8))
TEXT: VSS 10-12
Have YOU been "humble and obedient," and
surrendered to Jesus Christ?
Christians, are YOU being "humble and obedient?"
Is God's Word the FOCUS of your life?