Forty Days of Purpose
Ministry: You Were Shaped for Serving God
May 15, 2005
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Practical Christianity - steps to become a true servant of
I am blessed when I think of how saturated American
culture once was - the effect on society was tremendous
AND GOD BLESSED IT - like He promised in Deut. 28
Unfortunately, the curses of Deut. 28 seem to be upon us
and they are in direct proportion to our disobedience and
turning our back on God.
I both marvel and am embarrassed, how this nation has turned
from God to become pagan - it is not complete yet - there
seems to be a great struggle - 50-50 now - divided country?
Both sides seems to understand the importance of the
judiciary (the origin of the conflict). I am very disappointed
with the judiciary system in this society because judges have
not represented God very well - He, the Judge of all the earth
doeth right! (see Genesis 18:25)
This "holy experiment" by the Puritans has led to America
being the "Good Samaritan" to the rest of the world.
I heard over the radio this week where people who
help others are much happier than those who look
out only for #1.
Jesus Christ has left us an example that we should
follow His steps.
He had a servant's heart - Phil. 2:1-8
Christ-like servanthood is counter-cultural to the
self-centeredness of our generation.
I John 3:17-18 James 2:15-17
Talking a lot about John 14:23 - Christ & God
living in you, me and everyone who will do His will!
Hands are apparently a part of His plan also -
Acts 10:38 - "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Ghost and with power: who
went about doing good"
Gen. 32:28 - "thy name shall no more be called Jacob,
but Israel: for as a prince has thou power with
God and with men and hast prevailed"
This "certain lawyer" - tempted Jesus - eventually
asked "And who is my neighbor?"
Jesus could just as easily asked him "And just who
is thy God" - that explains it all in 30 AD or 2005 AD
I Cor. 12:1,4-27 Eph. 4:11-16
Jesus asked the lawyer - "Which now of these three
thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that
fell among the thieves?"
The reply "he that showed mercy on him"
Jesus said "Go thou and do likewise" - No doubt
historically, Americans have taken this LITERALLY!
Genesis 1:1 - literally
The Case for a Creator by Les Strobel -
Evolution - believing of a lie - doctrine of the devil -
thus religion is alive and doing well in America's
public schools even be it a falsehood.
"For this cause " - Rom. 1:21-28 II Thess. 2:10-12
Unity- Forty Days of Purpose - whether it does the
trick or not - time will tell!
Library - What if all Kentuckians read the same
book? --- once they did - it affected the lives and
culture of Kentuckians to the point that it is
even in an agnostic 21st century, considered to
be a part of the "Bible Belt"
KERA testing - nothing but political correctness -
whoever originated it - it seems to me to be
a concession to mediocrity and an attempt to
subliminally steer the children of Kentucky in
another direction, albeit an "amoral" one.
Back to "he that showed mercy" and "go and do
We have all, at one time or another, passed someone
in need. The needs around us are very overwhelming.
Sometimes we are numbed by it and wonder "well,
what am I supposed to do?" This study is about
the answer to this question!
Three attitudes towards those in need.
a. a life style of avoidance - don't get too close -
keep everyone at an arm's length
b. curious but uninvolved
c, treat others as you would want to be treated
Four steps to serving the needs of people the way
that Jesus would.
a. Start seeing - open your eyes to those in
need around you - there are many around
you - wounded people - beaten in life -
physically and emotionally - in too big a
hurry is the death of kindness - SLOW
DOWN - be sensitive - look people in the
eye - give them your undivided attention -
Put out your spiritual radar.
I Cor. 10:24 Rom. 15:1-2
b. Sympathize with people's pain. The Good
Samaritan had pity on the wounded man.
Rom. 12:15 Gal. 6:2
II Cor. 1:3-4
c. Seize the moment and meet the need. Don't
delay or procrastinate! Love is not so much
what you feel as it is something that you do!
I Cor. 13 Prov. 3:27-28,1-10
Luke 10:31 - "and by chance" Eccl. 9:11-12
We must be willing to be interrupted - love is
often inconvenient - serving takes time - for one
reason or another we often do not want
to get involved but God has fixed it to
where we are to get involved - "am I my
d. Spend what it takes - there's a cost - a cost
for kindness and service - a sacrifice of time,
energy, money or reputation. The Good
Samaritan paid the bill at his own personal
expense. Luke 14:12-14
APPLICATION - pp. 47-48 - Rick Warren's teacher help
Matt. 10:42 Matt. 25:31-46
Heb. 9:10 II Cor. 8:1-5