Some things are perplexing, baffling, and at the same time amazing. Pastor enumerated some things which fill the bill for him, among them ventriloquism, acrobatics, and the persistence to persevere in the face of defeat, to grasp victory from its jaws, so to speak.
How much more should the moving of God amaze and perplex us!
"The church is God's primary vehicle for bringing His message of salvation to the world." Amazing (and perplexing)!
Man has tried to eradicate, defame, and persecute Christianity. Even so the message thrives and proliferates. Amazing-- and baffling! Yet He has entrusted the message to us. Now is that not amazing and perplexing?
It is amazing that God would send His only begotten Son to die on a cross to save us from our fallen and sinful state. How amazing that a Holy God would do such a thing.
The message still brings hope in the most hopeless of situations.
Read Ezekiel 38:23, 39:21 "I will show my greatness and my holiness and make myself known in many nations, then they will know that I am the Lord."
The Earth is groaning to be redeemed, even in the shadow of the end times. God is our hope.
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” --Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8)
This is the Great Commission.
"I believe God wants to show His greatness again. That will amaze and baffle us. We are in a very pivotal moment in Christianity. I believe we are set up for another Great Awakening. God wants to truly transform lives. Chains will be broken, we will see people released from bondage and set free in Christ.
"If this is to be, let it begin in me."
May our desire be to witness His greatness.
We may be tempted to pursue our own fame, our own agenda; we may be tempted to pursue earthly pleasures, seeking to build our own kingdom.
God forbid. These do not fit in with what God wants to do.
EVERYTHING WE DO IS
1. to and for the glory of God.
The purpose of the church is to bring Him honor and glory. Ephesians 1:6, 1:12,14, 3:10.
Worship will last forever. Adoration and praise to God is the point. Hebrews 2:14
2. God's mission.
The calling is owned and appointed by God. All we do is for Him. It is His mission. We receive power (Acts 1:8) to do His mission.
God has a mission. He gives the vision and the plan. He .reveal the next step at the right time. God supplies every provision.
3. to expand God's Kingdom.
Whether we are known is of no consequence so long as we make Jesus known!
We shine not for our own sake but for the sake of Christ and to connect people with Jesus!
Pastor Johnnie Blair
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