6-6-04 DOGGETT

“When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened (Jonah 3:10 NIV).”

One day two Christian carrots were walking down the street.  They were the best of friends.  Just as they started to step off the curb a car came speeding around the corner and ran one of them over.  The unhurt carrot cradled his buddy, telling him over and over again that he would be ok. Finally the ambulance arrived and rushed the injured carrot off to the hospital.  His friend rode with him.  Once at the hospital the uninjured carrot paced back and forth in the emergency room waiting to hear how his friend was going to be.  After many minutes of agonized waiting the doctor came out.  He walked over to the distraught carrot and said “I have good news and I have bad news.  The good news is that your friend is going to be all right.  The bad news is that he is going to be a vegetable all his life.”


“But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?” (Jonah 4:11)  -read Jonah

God told Jonah that Nineveh has more than 120,000 people in it who could not discern their right hand from their left hand or in other words they needed help and they mattered to Him. The census of 2000 showed us that Cincinnati had a total population of 331,285 making it the third largest city in Ohio.  Hamilton County is located in the southwest corner of the state and as of 2000; the population is 845,303 which makes it the third largest county in Ohio. I’m certain that there are those in this city and county who are having trouble discerning what is right and wrong as well as the people who were in Nineveh ,and were in need of Gods help. The people of Cincinnati and Hamilton county matter to God just like those people of Nineveh. These people matter to God and they should matter to us. Regardless of their moral condition, attitude, lifestyle, race, gender, religious label, political views, education or circumstance.  They all matter to Him.


“But You, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” (Psalms 86:15)

If we are to ever understand God, we need to understand this about Him:  He is irrationally, passionately in love with every person he has ever created.  They all matter to Him.  Most of us have something that we cherish like paintings, jewelry, pottery or clothing, etc.  Some of us have piles of things that (to put this delicately), needs to be placed in a landfill or just thrown out.  I’m reminded of the many times that I picked up some of my sons broken toys and placed them in the trash can.  When he noticed the toy in the can he “quickly said” who threw my toy away?”  The current saying is one man’sjunk is another mans treasure.  To me it was junk, however to him it still had value. If I would have insisted that we throw it away he would have frowned or may have cried in order to keep it. Why do children do this?  Because to children every toy has infinite worth and value.  It all matters to them. They don’t want to lose any of it.  Now, while children eventually get over having their toys throw away, God never, ever, ever gets over the loss of anyone of the people He created.  No matter how crinkled, distorted and stained we get by our rebellious choices or by our circumstances we are now and always will be supremely valuable to the one who created us.


“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19: 9 NIV)

People are so valuable to God that He sent His only son Jesus to seek out the lost people who mattered so much to Him, so much he was willing to die on a cross so that the people He created could find forgiveness and life with God forever.  The truth is:  None of us has ever looked into the eyes of someone who did not matter to God.

  • The irritated driver who cuts us off in traffic
  • The coworker we cannot stand
  • The cashier at the market
  • The teenager or the parent who’s driving us up the wall
  • The teacher who laughs at our faith
  • The person on the opposite extreme of the political spectrum
  • The immoral lifestyle of our neighbor
  • The homeless person on a park bench
  • The person who hurt us in the past
  • Every person we have ever met and will ever meet

They are all masterpieces in God’s eyes.  They all matter to Him (God don’t make no junk).  God will stop at nothing to retrieve them and bring them back to where they belong- in a relationship with Him. I believe that’s the reason you are here today in Sunday school- You matter to God too!  You may not feel like a masterpiece, you may feel insignificant you may feel like you’ve trashed your life so badly that you couldn’t possibly be acceptable; you may even feel unlovable or unloved.  I need to tell you this morning that God doesn’t just love the world, he loves you!  Personally!  He’s been looking for you even when you weren’t looking for Him.  He loves you so much that even if you were the only person on earth who ever lived, God still would have sent His son to die for you.  You matter to God and every person you meet matters to God.


“But God demonstrates His own love for in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).”

The book of Jonah is not only about God’s heart for lost people like the Ninevites, and like you and like me, it’s also about His passionate desire for Jonah and us to begin to see people the way God sees them, and to love people as God loves them.  This only makes sense right?  I mean if every person I meet is a person who matters to God regardless oftheir personal circumstance, gender, race, lifestyle, politics or religious label; a personloved enough for Jesus to give up His life for them, then shouldn’t I value them and lovethem as well? If lost people matter that much to God, shouldn’t they matter enough to me that I would be willing to set aside my own selfish agenda, endure any inconvenience, expend any amount of time or energy, do whatever it takes to let them know how much they matter to God so that they might come into a relationship with the God who loves them so much?

We know the lost people matter to God- the question we need to ask ourselves is:  Do lostpeople matter to us?  Do they really matter to us? I don’t know about you, but this is a question I have been wrestling with myself since we began this Evangelism theme.  I have come to realize that more often than not, the answer to that question in my life is “No,not really”.  In this I am more like Jonah than I want to admit.  Jonah knew intellectuallywhat we know- that the Ninevites mattered to God.


“But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish (Jonah 1:3 NIV).”

The Ninevites didn’t matter to Jonah.  He didn’t like the Ninevites.  He didn’t want to spend time with them.  He didn’t want to be gracious wit them.  He didn’t want to invest his life in theirs.  He just wanted God to judge them and be done with it.  That’s why Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh.  And that’s why Jonah is so angry at the end of the book- because God was gracious to them.  He knew the Ninevites mattered to God; they just didn’t matter to him!

In the end Jonah is ultimately more concerned with his own comfort than the 120,000 people who turned their hearts towards God.  Jonah was totally and completely self-centered!  Unfortunately, I can relate to Jonah.  Can you? Like Jonah I can get more passionate about my own comfort, getting my own needs met, than I ever get about reaching lost people who need a savior.  Like Jonah, there are people in my world who I know God has called me to love, and I have just said “No! I don’t want that job. They don’t matter that much to me. I’m not proud of that but if I’m honest, I have to admit while I know that people matter to God, all too often, the way I live suggests that they really don’t matter that much to me.  What about you? Just how much do the people who matter to God matter to you?  Are there some people in your world who just don’t seem to matter much to you?


“Go into the street corners and invite to banquet anyone you find. (Matthew 22:9 NIV)”

I believe that, like Jonah, God is calling us individually and as a church to move out ofour comfort zone as we take seriously His command to love others as He has loved us.

  • To let God develop such a passion in our hearts for lost people that we are willing to set aside self-centeredagendas and replace them with other-centeredministry of care and compassion in our homes, offices, in our neighborhoods, in our classrooms and wherever else we happen to be each day.
  • To find other areas of common ground with the people of God places in our path, to build bridges of friendship with them so that the love of Christ can walk into their lives through us.
  • To develop a love for people that we are willing to invest ourselvesin their lives, be inconvenienced by their problems and become heart broken by their pain.  And in so doing to let them know in tangible ways that they matter to God. Because the truth is they will never know that they matter to God, until they see in tangible ways they matter to us.

HOW DO WE DEVELOP GOD’S HEART FOR LOST PEOPLE?  [What will motivate us to move beyond our self-centered focus to an other-centered passion that can impact the world?]

In my own life, the only power I have discovered that can break me of my self-centered preoccupation with my own comfort and needs and get me to invest myself in others is power of prayer!  In fact we see the power of prayer working in Jonah’s life.  (See Jonah 4) – Jonah 4 is an extended prayer- a dialogue between Jonah and God where Jonah feels the freedom to tell God exactly how he feels; where God gently reveals the heart of Jonah’s problem and begins the painful work of creating in Jonah’s heart a love for lost people.  It’s a powerful model for us.  In prayer we are free to confess the truth about our attitudes towards the people God loves. “But I don’t like them, God!  And I don’t want to spend time with them!”  God then gently begins the process of softening our hearts towards those people we thought we could not love.  Prayer changes people and things!

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2-8-04 DOGGETT

One Sunday a cowboy went to church.  When he entered, he saw that he and the preacher were the only ones present.  The preacher asked the cowboy if he wanted him to go ahead and preach.  The cowboy said, “I’m not too smart, but, if I went to feed my cattle and only one showed up, I’d feed him.”  So the minister began his sermon.  One hour passed, then two hours, then two and one half-hours.  The preacher finally finished and came down to ask the cowboy how he liked the sermon.  The cowboy answered slowly, “Well, I’m not very smart, but if I went to feed my cattle and only one showed up, I sure wouldn’t feed him all the hay!”

All of us make a lot of mistakes. If someone doesn’t make any mistakes when he speaks,he would be perfect. He would be able to control everything he does. [3] We put bits in the mouths of horses to make them obey us, and we have control over everything they do. [4] The same thing is true for ships. They are very big and are driven by strong winds. Yet, by using small rudders, pilots steer ships wherever they want them to go. [5] In the same way the tongue is a small part of the body, but it can brag about doing important things.  A large forest can be set on fire by a little flame. [6] The tongueis that kind of flame. It is a world of evil among the parts of our bodies, and it completely contaminates our bodies. The tongue sets our lives on fire, and is itself set on fire from hell. [7] People have tamed all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and sea creatures. [8] Yet, no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil filled with deadly poison.  9] With our tongues we praise our Lord and Father. Yet, with the same tongues we curse people, who were created in God’s likeness. [10] Praise and curses come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, this should not happen! James 3:2-10 (GW)


“I can guarantee that on judgment day people will have to give an account of every careless word they say. [37] By your words you will be declared innocent, or by your words you will be declared guilty.” Matthew 12:36-37 (GW)

There is a weapon that is more powerful than any other weapon known to man. And it has been in existence since the creation of mankind; it has been known to start wars, ruin friendships, spark national revolutions.  It has ruined more reputations, wrecked more homes, split more churches, driven more men out of the ministry and caused more hatred than any other weapon in the world. Contrary to popular opinion…. the most powerful weapon in the world is not the atomic bomb….nor is it some laser beamed from outer space.  Indeed it is not even a weapon made by man.  Concealed as a sniper, quick as a bullet and deadly as a gun it is the three-inch animal that lives in a pool of saliva behindan ivory cage of teeth known as the tongue.  Becoming more like Jesus will require you and I to learn how to tame our tongue.


“You poisonous snakes! How can you evil people say anything good? Your mouth says what comes from inside you. [35] Good people do the good things that are in them. But evil people do the evil things that are in them.” Matthew 12:34-35 (GW)

Jesus says that our words expose out heart…. it tells what kind of person we are.  Our words expose one of three things about us. We either have a heart of a snake; a heart of aevil manor a heart of a good man.  Our words expose our true nature (character)…what lies beneath the surface…. What is deep down within our heart…our motives, desires, and ambitions.  Our words expose our true character: whether good or bad, kind or cruel.  What we say and how we say it is very important. Every word that we speak is an ambassador of life or death.  Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat thefruit thereof (Proverbs 18:21).  Our words are conceived in the womb of the heart, our words are delivered with the mouth (see Matt 12:34).  The law of sowing and reaping is ever working while we speak (Gal 6:7-8)  “Anyone who says he is a Christian but doesn’t control his sharp tongue is just fooling himself, and his religion isn’t worth much. James 1:26 (Living)


“So also the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. A great forest can be set on fire by one tiny spark.” James 3:5 (Living)

The tongue can do great damage if it’s not delivered.  The tongue can be a torch.  It is like a spark in a forest of dead trees.  On October 8, 1871 a barn in Chicago, a cow by the name of Mrs. O’Leary accidentally kicked over a lantern.  That lantern fell into some hay, the hay caught fire and from that the fire spread…. and when the fire was over, over 100,000 people were left homeless….17,500 buildings were destroyed..300 people died…. and it cost the city over 400 million dollars….Just because of one spark.  It onlytakes one inappropriate word to cause a lot of damage.  I wonder how many fellowships have been destroyed…by the careless arsonist called gossip“ And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is full of wickedness, and poisons every part of the body. And the tongue is set on fire by hell itself and can turn our whole lives into a blazing flame of destruction and disaster.” James 3:6 (Living)  “ What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him unclean, but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean. ” Matthew 15:11 (NIV)


“There are six things that the Lord hates, even seven that are disgusting to him: [17] arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill innocent people, 18] a mind devising wicked plans, feet that are quick to do wrong, 19] a dishonest witness spitting out lies, and a person who spreads conflict among relatives.” Proverbs 6:16-19 (GW) Gossip destroys three people: the one who spreads it, the one who receives it and the one of whom it’s told.

Gossip is profanity.  Profanity is any speech that comes out of our mouth that is not in agreement with the letter and the Spirit of the Word of God…. words that are not in agreement with Christ’s character and nature.  Profanity is that which disagrees with the Word of truth.  The word profane in the New Testament means to “cross the threshold”, as the heathen or wicked man would do to profane or desecrate the Holy Place.  You are that Holy Place (see 1Cor 3:16,17).  Don’t let the heathen in the door! We profane the temple of the individual, the home, and the local church when we cross the threshold of these areas and speak words, which minister death and not life.  When a person allows you entrance into their heart you are to watch what you say and how you say it.”  “Don’tGossip!”. Satan knows the power of the spoken word.  The only way that he can stir up trouble in the home or local church is with the tongues of men.  It is interesting to note that six is the number of man.  Look at the progression: First, the eyes are mentioned, then the tongue, the hands, the heart, the feet, and then the whole man. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephes. 4:29 (NIV)


“ And I tell you this, that you must give account on Judgment Day for every idle word you speak.” Matthew 12:36 (Living)

The talebearer or busybody is a person who travels about carrying or peddling tales.  This person is a slanderer and a whisperer just as the serpent in Gen. 3.  The talebearer himself has deep problem.  He belittles others to exalt himself.  He makes a tall man short by cutting his legs off.  While writing this lesson I’m reminded of the late sixty’s and early seventies when some of the popular Motown sounds were introduced.  One song that was sung by Gladys Knight and the Pips titled “I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE BECAME VERY POPULAR during his era.. It’s important to learn not to repeat something when you know it will harm others.  Some folks feel that they have to always know what’s going on. BURN THE GRAPEVINE IN YOUR CHURCH.


“The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.” Isaiah 50:4 (KJV)

As Disciples of Christ we are learning how to speak the language of the Kingdom of God.  Just as we learned to talk in the Kingdom of Darkness, we are learning how to talk in the Kingdom of Light.  How we talk will reveal to others where we are in God, for your speech will betray you (Matt 26:73).  Our experience, our growth, our knowledge in God will change our speech as we are ever understanding how to speak with “the tongue of the learned”. God is giving his people the “tongue of the learned’ that we may know:

1)    How to speak

2)    When to speak (“a word”)

3)    When to speak (“in season”)

4)    To whom to speak (“to him that is weary’)


“With our tongues we praise our Lord and Father. Yet, with the same tongues we curse people, who were created in God’s likeness.” James 3:9 (GW)

Our tongues are to be used to bless God.  Our words ought to be bathed in prayer.  They ought to be soaked in praise.  If our words always bless God, there is no way that we could curse men.  How different our lives would be if we used our tongues to bless God.  How different the church would be if every tongue in our church was used solely for the purpose of blessing God.  How different would our fellowship be……We should use every possible opportunity to shower God with praise.  “


.  “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Hebrews 13:15 (KJV)

Our tongues are to be used to build up not tear down.  Here are four practical ways to stop a talebearer, especially when he or she peddles his wares under the guise of bringing something to you to “pray” about. If you don’t have the courage to tell these kind of people the truth, then look them in the eye and say:

  1. “Please write that down and sign it.”
  2. “Let’s go together and pray for that brother.”
  3. “Please…. I don’t want to hear it.  Don’t dump that trash on me”
  4. “Let’s go to the leadership of the church


I have no respect for justice. I maim without killing.  I break hearts and ruin lives.  I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age.  The more I am quoted the more I am believed.  I flourish at every level of society.  My victims are helpless.  They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and face. To track me down is impossible. The harder you try, the more illusive I become.  I am nobody’s friend.  Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never quite the same.  I topple governments and wreck marriages.  I cause ruined careers, cause sleepless nights, heartache, and indigestion.  I spawn suspicion and generate grief.  I make innocent people cry in their pillows.  Even my name hisses.  I am called gossip.  Office gossip, shop gossip, Church gossip.  I make headlines and headaches.  The call me Gossip, pardon me have I met your acquaintance?

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“In the last days, God said, I will pour out my Holy Spirit upon all mankind, and your sons and daughters shall prophecy, and your young men shall see visions,and your old men dream dreams.  Yes,the Holy Spirit shall come upon all my servants men and women alike……” (Acts 2:17)

“One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God.  They picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they weredone with Him. The scientist walked up to God and said, “God, we’ve decided that we no longer need you.  We’re to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don’t you just go on and get lost.” God listened patiently and kindly to the man and after the scientist was done talking, God said, “Very well!  How about this?  Let’s have a man making contest.”  To which the man replied, “Ok, great! But God added, “Now we’re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam.”  The scientist said, “Sure, no problem” and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt.  God just looked at him and said, “No, no, no.  You get your own dirt!”


For the past 3 weeks we have been sharing with you about your natural abilities and spiritual gifts. I told you how valuable you were in the eyes of God and how important you were to Him in ministry. You are His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10), His handiwork, His work of art – “ you are one of a kind masterpiece”.  In our quest to discover our gift we must first discover God’s Holy Spirit in us, as Christians, is our greatest gift from God. The Holy Spirit is our unity with God, our source of communication from God, and the guarantee that we are His children.  Who is leading you? “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are Sons of God.- And so we should not be like cringing, fearful slaves, but we should behave like Gods very own children, adopted into the bosom of His family, and, calling to Him, “father, father.  For His Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are really Gods children.  And since we are His children, we share His treasures.  For all God gives to His son Jesus is now ours to”. (Romans 8:14 LV)

The Holy Spirit is promised to those who receive Jesus Christ as Savior.  “Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for remission of sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39)


“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13).  The only limitation to God’s Holy Spirit in you is you.  For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. (John 3:34)  The Holy Spirit produces rivers of liquid life inside of you.  “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood up and cried out, saying, “if anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  “he who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. “ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” (John 7:37-39)


“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the prophet of all:…..(1Cor. 12:7) – But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. (1Cor 12:11)

Jesus said in Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lords favor.”


  1. The Holy Spirit shall remain with you forever
  2. 2. The Holy Spirit gives you wisdom
  3. 3. The Holy Spirit gives you understanding
  4. 4. The Holy Spirit gives you counsel
  5. The Holy Spirit gives you power (faith)
  6. 6. The Holy Spirit gives you knowledge
  7. 7. The Holy Spirit gives you delight in the fear of the Lord

(Isaiah 11:1-4 NKJV) “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.  The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and power, The Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight is in the fear of the Lord, And He shall not judge by the sight off His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears; But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall he slay the wicked.

·     The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him –(Jesus had the Spirit with out measure (John 3:34)

  • Shall descend upon Him, and remain upon Him

“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever; “The Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17 NKJV)


Wisdom –chokmah: Skill and insight, knowledge to accomplish and perform;

The word of wisdom might be defined as a supernatural revelation of the mind and purpose of God communicated by the Holy Spirit that reveals something.

1Corinthians 12:8- for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit…

Understanding – Discernment, the ability to separate and judge righteously truth from falsehood, and good from evil.  To comprehend, have insight, perception, and the ability to use information wisely. 1Corinthians 12:10- …to another discerning of spirits…

Wisdom and understanding are both needed in all types of work and ministry for it to be successful. Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; (Proverbs 24:3). Wisdom is a creative idea, an insight; but understanding is needed to accomplish the goal.  Wisdom may see hidden information, but understanding knows why, and how to deal with the information.

In Exodus 31:25 we read about a man named Bez-alel- “I have filled him The Spirit of God, with ability, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft….”


Counsel- advice, plan, advisement, counsel, purpose 1 Corinthians 12:10…. to another prophecy

Might- force, valor, victory, mastery, might, power, strength

“To another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles….” (1Corinthians 12:9-10)

Counsel and power go together because power is faith, and faith comes by hearing a word from God through the Holy Spirit.  The just shall live by faith because when they receive a word from God through the Holy Spirit they obey and produce fruit that glorifies God.


Knowledge- is the supernatural revelation of the existence, or nature, of a person or thing, or the knowing of some event, given to us by the Holy Spirit for a specific purpose.  Knowledge of the deep things of God, to perceive.  “..To another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit” (1Corinthians 12:8)

  • The fear of God is the beginning of the knowledge of God.  It is impossible to know God without having the most awesome trembling respect of Him.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)

Ephesians 1:17-19 NKJV –that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ , the Father of Glory, may give to you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him……”


The reverential fear of God causes us to perfect holiness in our lives, knowing that we will reap what we sow, knowing that God will chastise the children He loves as a good Father does, helps us to stay close to God.  Holiness is delightful because we then have the joy of a clean heart and right relationship with our God.  “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and Spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of the God. (2Cor 7:1)

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12-7-03 Doggett

“What is faith?  It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen.  It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us even though we cannot see it up ahead.” Hebrews 11:1 (Living)

A great flood of water suddenly came upon a small town, in which caused many in this town to evacuate.  A religious man looked out of his first floor window and noticed a man in a rowboat shouting unto him “Get in the boat I’ll row you to safety “Get in, Get in!”The religious man replies, “No I have faith in God, He will save me.” Later the water rises to the second floor and a speedboat comes by and the guy tells him to get in I’ll take you to safety.  The man again responds that he has faith in God and that ‘God would savehim. With the water at the roof level the man is now standing on top of the chimney when a helicopter throws down a ladder “the pilot using a bull horn shouts down to the man “Grab it, Grab it, Grab it!” Again the man turns down the request for help stating that he had faith in God, and that God would save him.  The man drowns and arrives at the gates of heaven with broken faith and says to Peter, I had belief that God would save me but he didn’t and I have been let down.”  St. Peter chuckles and responds, “I don’t know what you are complaining about, God sent you a row boat, a speed boat and a helicopter, “What more did you want?


  • “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3 (KJV)
  • “…..not everyone has faith”. 2 Thess. 3:2 (NIV)
  • “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen” Heb 11:1
  • “Now without faith it is impossible to please Him” Hebrews 11:6

Sound like a contradiction, Not at all, All people live by faith, society is built on a foundation of faith. We drink water out of a faucet with perfect confidence that it is safe.  We eat food in a restaurant, confident that it is not contaminated.  We drive down two lane highways trusting the other guy to control his vehicle.  We put our money in banks trusting them not to lose it.  We cross bridges, go under bridges, get on airplanes, get into boats, go up in high rise buildings, we trust doctors and nurses with our lives, we submit to the surgeons scalpel entirely by faith.  This kind of faith is What’s called “NATURAL FAITH”.  Natural faith is often mistaken for Spiritual faith. Natural faith trusts itself to things seen, in the realm of the natural senses and in the word of others.  Paul says, “All men have not faith” (2 Thessalonians 3:2).  Untold numbers who exercise faith in the natural realm have no faith in the Spiritual realm.  Natural faith rests itself wholly on things, things visible and things temporal.  “SPIRITUAL FAITH” rests itself in things unseen, things invisible and things eternal


“Let us stop going over the same old ground again and again, always teaching those first lessons about Christ. Let us go on instead to other things and become mature in our understanding, as strong Christians ought to be. Surely we don’t need to speak further about the foolishness of trying to be saved by being good, or about the necessity of faith in God;” Hebrews 6:1 (Living)

In repentance one turns from sin, while in faith one turns toward God.  They are like the two sides of a coin; they belong to each other in a Biblical conversion.  The writer of Hebrews states for us the absolute importance of faith when he says “without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that comes to God must believe that He is (Hebrews 11:6). This is faiths beginning.  Faith must begin with the fact that God is, and that He rewards those that diligently seek Him.  Nothing can be known or received of God unless man first believes that God is.

HEAD FAITH (What faith is not) / HEART FAITH (What faith is)

Head faith is simply agreement to a set of historical and doctrinal facts about Christ, God and the Bible.  Multitude of religious people “believe” in the Bible, God and Christ but it is merely a mental assentto facts without any real heart faith in Christ.

“So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. You must also do good to prove that you have it. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good works is no faith at all–it is dead and useless.     [18] But someone may well argue, “You say the way to God is by faith alone, plus nothing; well, I say that good works are important too, for without good works you can’t prove whether you have faith or not; but anyone can see that I have faith by the way I act.”     [19] Are there still some among you who hold that “only believing” is enough? Believing in one God? Well, remember that the demons believe this too–so strongly that they tremble in terror! [20] Fool! When will you ever learn that “believing” is useless without doing what God wants you to? Faith that does not result in good deeds is not real faith.”  James 2:17-20 (Living)


“Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.” Psalm 19:13 (KJV)

Presumption means to take for granted, to suppose to be true without having positive proof. It means to be arrogant, over confident. Presumption is often mistaken for faith because it imitates faith.  By faith the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, but the Egyptians presumed to do so and were drowned (Hebrews 11:29).  The faith of Israel was in thereceived Word of God.  The presumption of the Egyptians was to imitate the faith-action of Israel without having received a word from God.  Presumption is to imitate the faith-actions of others without personally having a Word of God Quickened in your heart.


The principle is “Faith towards God”, not faith in oneself.  Much “faith” preaching today teaches man too have faith in himself, his own abilities and latent soul powers.  This kind of faith makes man his own savior and god.  However, the Bible shows that true faith is in God, through Christ.


“Faith” simply means “trust, assurance, confidence in another and another’s word.”  Faith towards God is simply to trust God. To trust His Word and to have confidence in Him that His Word is true and that He will keep it.  It is to wholly trust and rely on God and His Word.  There is but one true and proper source of faith, the Word of God.  If faith is not built upon the Word, it can never stand the storms and tests of life. The key verse to this fact is Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”

To truly hear the Word is to hear the Lord Jesus Christ speaking to our hearts by the Spirit. The living Word is the Christ of God. He is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2)


(1)   INTELLECTUAL ELEMENT– It is impossible to have faith without knowledge, though it is possible to have knowledge without faith.  When a person hears the word of faith, it brings the knowledge of God, Christ, salvation and redemption just like it’s doing this morning in this class.  This is to create faith not mental assent, as I have already noted

(2) THE EMOTIONAL ELEMENT- this is the response of the heart to the truth of the Gospel. Feelings must not be mistaken for faith, but faith will involve feelings.  God’s order is fact, faith and feelings, never feelings and faith.  The Christian life is not to be governed by feelings, but neither is it to be without feelings.  Faith is solidly founded on the fact of the Gospel, not feelings. The feelings will follow the faith.

“They believed His words; They sang His praise” (Psalms 106 12 NKJV)


The New Testament shows that there are various aspects of faith, and the believer is to proceed from “Faith to faith” until he comes to the fulness’ of the Son of God.

  • SAVING FAITH-saving faith is God’s gift to the repentant sinner that he might be saved.  This aspect of faith is passive.  Here the person trusts Christ and His word for salvation  “For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it. Ephesians. 2:8 (TEV)

FRUIT OF FAITH- thisaspect of faith is spoken of as a fruit of the Spirit.  It is more of an active faith.  It is faith with obedience.  Passive faith trusts the Word when it can do nothing.  Active faith obeys the word when God has spoken it (turn read Hebrews 11: 8-10, 17-19,28,30,31; Luke 5:4-6; Galatians 5:22)


This aspect of faith is spoken of as a fruit of the Spirit.  It (1 Corinthians 2:1-13).  It is among the nine spiritual gifts and is a supernatural impartation of faith for the miraculous.  This faith involves speaking the Word.  It is given to members in the body of Christ “as he will”(manifestation).  It is not to be mistaken for the other aspects of faith.


I believe that this aspect of faith will be manifested when the saints come to perfection, when every doubt and measure of unbelief will be driven from the heart. It is then that the word will be made flesh in the believer and no unbelief will be manifested, for all will come to full faith.

Can’t you see? His faith and his actions worked together; his faith was made perfect through his actionsJames 2:22 (TEV)

This is how the believer will go from “faith to faith”. Jesus was The Word made flesh and no element of doubt and unbelief was ever found in Him.  This is God’s will for His people.  Unbelief came by the fall, by man hearing the word of unbelief through the lips of the serpent (Gen 3:1-6).  Faith comes by redemption, by hearing the word of faith from the lips of the Lord Jesus.


When a person repents and accepts Christ as his Savior, and receives saving faith, then he has to move into the life of faith.  The justified are to live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4)

The Bible indicates that there are degrees or measures of faith.  It is God’s will that all move on in the life of faith and indeed go from faith to faith.  This can only be as a person maintains the life of faith in a personal relationship with Christ and His Word, the source of continuing faith.  Here is a list.  “The Measures of Faith”

No Faith(Mark 4:40)- Little Faith(Matthew 8:26; 14:31)-Weak Faith(Romans 14:1)

Dead Faith (James 2:17)- Vain Faith (1Corinthians 15:14)- Great Faith (Luke 7:9)

Fulness of Faith (Acts 11:24)- Steadfast Faith (Colossians 2:5)- Rich Faith (James 2:5)

Strong Faith (Romans 4:19-20)- Measure or Proportion of Faith(Romans 12:3-6; 1:17)

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10-26-03 Doggett

“But say, tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here [at Mount Gerizim], where our ancestors worshiped?” [21] Jesus replied, “The time is coming, ma’am, when we will no longer be concerned about whether to worship the Father here or in Jerusalem. [22] For it’s not where we worship that counts, but how we worship–is our worship spiritual and real? [23] Do we have the Holy Spirit’s help? For God is Spirit, and we must have his help to worship as we should. The Father wants this kind of worship from us” John 4:20-24 (Living)

A college student was in a philosophy class, where there was a class discussion about whether or not God exists, The professor had the following logic:  “Has anyone in this class heard God?” Nobody spoke.  “Has anyone in this class touched God?”  Again, nobody spoke.  “Has anyone in this class seen God?” When nobody spoke for the third time, he simply stated, “Then there is no God.”  The student didn’t like the sound of this at all, and asked for permission to speak. The professor granted it, and the student stood up and asked the following questions of his classmates: “Has anyone in this class heard our professor’s brain? Silence.  “Has anyone in this class touched our professor’s brain?” Absolute silence. “Has anyone in this class seen our professor’s brain?”  When nobody in the class dared to speak, the student concluded, “Then, according to our professor’s logic, it must be true that our professor has no brain!”

The Sacred and the Secular

Last week here in Sunday school our lesson talked about believers Coming Back To The Heart of Worship. Marion’s message was a powerful one, entitled “It’s All About Him.” These two teaching taught us that our eyes must be fixed on Jesus and not on ourselves.  We learned in Sunday school that most Christians have segmented their lives into the sacred and the non-sacred, or secular.  When we go to church and lift our hands and sing, that is sacred.  But when we are standing in the line at Wally World (Wal-Mart) patiently waiting our turn to be served as Christians we are honoring God, giving him glory.  This approach to life has hindered us from becoming true worshippers of God.  As Christians we must see all of life as sacred.  We talked about how for many of us we needed to repent for our wrong approach to worship.  Many have shifted the emphasis from the condition of the heart of the worshipper to the expertise of the musicians, singers and dancers.  We sung the song by Matt Redman – I’m coming back to the heart of worship- I’m sorry for the things that I have made it.

“Well, I’ll tell you why. It is because you must do everything for the glory of God, even you’re eating and drinking” 1 Cor. 10:31 (Living)

God is not seeking just Worshippers God is not seeking worshippers because the world is full of worshippers.  Even though the first commandment says, “YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME” (Deut 5:6) Many Christians are still placing things before Him, worshipping houses, land and cars.  They are not putting God first in every area of life. God is looking for people whose minds and hearts are bent toward Him.  It’s critical for His true worshippers to understand that.  One reason I think some people have trouble worshipping is because they’re afraid of what somebody else is going to think about them.  We have to keep in mind that real worship means we’re focused on Jesus. We’ve come into complete God consciousness and are praising Him- not worrying what somebody else is thinking. True worship cannot be told to worship. You cannot be told to worship- it’s best when it is spontaneous, when comes out of a lifestyle of worship 24/7.

Worship is Not Tied To A Place

The Samaritan woman on John 4:19 was saying that the ability to worship was tied to a place. She wanted to know what the best place was to go in order to truly worship God.  Was it Jerusalem or was it Samaria?  Now before you snicker at her primitive ideas of worship and think that she is a bit naïve in thinking that worship is tied to geography, we need to understand what Jesus says.  He says to her, “You are right it is a place but it is a not a geographical one.  It is a spiritual place that those who are going to worship me must get to so that they can worship Me.”

Misplaced Worship

Worship is misplaced when people revere the sanctuary.  How can you tell when this is happening?  You can tell when people fight over pews, get upset over the P.A. system or argue over material things at the church.  Worship is also misplaced if people adore a person, such as a pastor, music leader or any other type of minister instead of God.  When people find out their pastor or music leader is not perfect and the leave the church, then where was their focus?  We need the people her at Abundant Life to understand that they are not to place their focus on a person, pastor, elders, minister of music or church leaders.  We’re not worthy of worship.

Worship is misplaced if people clamor for power on committees, or care more about church programs than to give reverence to God.  The devil is working overtime in getting people to misplace their worship.

Worshipping In Spirit And In Truth

When people worship in spirit, they are worshipping in sincerity and from the heart.  A lot of people miss it by about 18 inches-their worship is all in their minds and, not their hearts.  There are four requirements to worshipping in spirit. They are:(1)  To be born again, (2) to give adoration and praise to God, (3) to maintain a repentant and contrite heart toward God and, (4) to focus on God

In the many churches in our country, the minds of our people are focused on a thousand different after church things like where are they going to eat after church service.  Who’s going to win the ballgame today?  People focus on the problems in their marriage, the praise team etc.  We are to focus on the Lord Jesus Christ.  To worship in truth means people are willing to confront, confess and abandon their sins.  Worshipping God in truth is worshipping Him with a with a honest heart

True Worshippers Will Worship In The Good Times And The Bad

Think back with me thousands of years ago to a story we find in 2 Chronicles 20.  A King by the name of Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, hears that there are three countries that have gathered their armies and are coming to annihilate him.  He knows that there is no possible way that he can stand against them, so he sent messengers out and gathered the people together in Jerusalem, and prayed.

We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.” 2 Chron. 20:12 (NLT)

God responded by speaking to a priest, who said this:

But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out there tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!” 2 Chron. 20:17 (NLT)

How did they react?

Then King Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground. And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem did the same, worshiping the Lord. 2 Chron. 20:18 (NLT)

Before they even saw the results, they fell on their faces and worshipped God.  Do you have anything to be grateful for these days? A new baby, a friendship that’s brought you a lot of joy, your job, a raise, a promotion, an answer to prayer?  There’s only one proper response to that: to worship God.  Sometimes before we’ve even experienced a blessing of God, we catch a glimpse of his majesty and power.  Has that ever happened to you?  You then fall on your face before God and say, “Wow! You are a mighty God. I’m so glad I know you and can worship you”-have you ever experienced that?  We have many reasons to worship God this morning but lets look at the flip side of that you know The Story of Job

True Worship Cannot Be Stopped

One day, Job received word that his oxen and donkeys were all stolen, and all of his farmhands were killed except for one.  No sooner had he received this message than another messenger arrived, announcing that all of his sheep and shepherds had been killed, except for one.  Then another messenger came telling him that his camels and servants had all been killed, except for one.  If this wasn’t bad enough, a final messenger came with the news that his children were killed in an accident, and they were all dead.

How would you react? Here’s what Job did:

Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground before God. [21] He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be stripped of everything when I die.  The Lord gave me everything I had, and the Lord has taken it away.  Praise the name of the Lord!”  Job 1:20-21 (NLT)

Question: Did Job feel like worshipping God at that moment?  Probably not I think that Job had so conditioned himself spiritually that he knew the only way to order his life at its lowest point was to worship God.  His was not a heart that felt worship, but was a heart that needed it. A TRUE WORRSHIPPER CANNOT BE STOPPED REGUARDLESS OF THE DISASTER- THEY KEEP THEIR FOCUS ON GOD

What about David in the Psalms?  How many times do you begin to read a Psalm and hear David cry out to God?  His life is a mess; his enemies are all around him; he can’t sleep; his life is wasting away and a remarkable thing happens as he begins to worship God.- all of a sudden his entire attitude has changed. Although outward circumstances have not changed, all of a sudden something inside of him has changed.

Psalm 95:6 (NLT) Come, let us worship and bow down.Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, Psalm 96:9 (NLT)

Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.Let all the earth tremble before him. Psalm 138:2 (NLT)

I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I will give thanks to your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness, because your promises are backed

by all the honor of your name.

Jesus isn’t just looking for worshippers, the world is full of them.  He is looking for true worshipper who will worship Him in Spirit and Truth.  Are you a true worshipper?  What do you idolize?  Do you have any other God’s before Him.  Make the commitment and become a true worshipper today

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The prophets of doom , gloom and judgement are prophesying that God will destroy America, God will destroy America. Books are wriitten by these men of God about the coming judgements, but some have forgotten to write about the Mercy of God. Other prophets are prophesying the out pouring of blessings and abundance that are coming upon our lives,but many have forgotten to write about God’s judgement for sin, lawlessness and disobedience. These conflicting prophesy’s could confuse the average bible believer. Who’s right? Well both contain some truth; the prophets of JUDGEMENT and the prophets of MERCY. The truth is God will judge all sin and rebellion however if America repents and makes the turn or that individual repents before God and has a change of mind God will have mercy and will send His favor and blessings. If you are saved, this should excite you: In James 2:13 “MERCY REJOICETH AGAINST JUDGEMENT ”, and the word “rejoiceth” means to “boast against” and “exalt against…to glory against.” It is like this. Mercy brags against judgment and though JUDGEMENT WANTS US DEAD according to the Law of God. MERCY WANTS US TO LIVE because of the LOVE OF GOD!

Prophets of Judgment screams DIE! Prophets of Mercy screams LIVE!
Prophets of Judgment screams DO! Prophets of Mercy screams DONE!

Look at Psalm 85:1-13 and notice v.10 “MERCY AND TRUTH are met together; RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PEACE HAVE KISSED EACH OTHER .”

Where did Mercy and Truth meet and Righteousness and Peace Kiss? Read Eph. 2:4-18 and note v14-18. When Christ died on the cross, MERCY AND TRUTH MET …Truth said “the sinner shall die.” Mercy said… “THE SAVIOUR DIED FOR THEIR SINS.” RIGHTEOUSNESS SAID, “Then I am satisfied.” PEACE SAID, “there is no more condemnation and kissed Righteousness.” Judgment said, “My work is done” and Mercy “rejoiced.”

If you are still lost, TRUTH AND RIGHTEOUSNESS still call for Judgment, until your sin has been forgiven through the Blood of Christ. You are under the Judgment of God until you have received Christ as your own personal Lord and Saviour. The moment you receive Christ, Mercy (HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS) rejoiceth against Judgment. Get yourself under the blood of Jesus and out from under God’s judgement, the Law of sin and death. Speaking Truth In Love!

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(Transcript) 8-3-03 Doggett

“…the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field” Matthew 13:44

“ A young boy had just gotten his driving permit.  He asked his father, who is a minister, if they could discuss the use of the car. His father took him to his study and said to him, “I’ll make a deal with you.  You bring your grades up, study your Bible a little and get your hair cut and we’ll talk about it.” After about a month the boy came back and asked his father if they could discuss the use of the car.  They again went to the fathers study where his father said, “Son, I’ve been real proud of you.  You have brought your grades up, you’ve studied your Bible diligently, but you didn’t get your hair cut!”  The young man waited a moment and replied,  “You know Dad, I’ve been thinking about that.  You know, Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus `had long hair”.  To which his father replied, “Yes, and they walked everywhere they went”.

THE ENLIGHTENED CHURCH “ I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints…” Ephesians 1:18

I read in a newspaper, not long ago, of a beggar who died penniless.  He was accustomed to having nothing, living in condemned buildings and always lacking sufficient food and clothing.  Loneliness and poverty were certainly his continual companions. After his death, the local officials searched the appropriate records in order to notify the man’s relatives. Much to their surprise, they discovered that the man they thought was just a tramp was actually heir to an extremely large sum of money.  Apparently, he never knew it.  He could have had all the good things of life, but instead, he lived and died in squalor and destitution.  This was an awful tragedy.  But there is a tragedy far worse that happens continually.  Children of God, ignorant of the riches of their inheritance, often live like beggars spiritually; slaves to circumstances and sin, when they should be living like kings in the abundant life that Jesus promised. Apostle Paul wrote to the church of Corinth “Now concerning spirituals brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant” (1Corinthians 12:1 )

TREASURE IN A FIELD …”.The Kingdom of heaven is like……..”(Matt 13:44)

It our above scripture it is vitally important that we realize this particular reference to the Kingdom Of Heaven is not just referring to a place that the soul of a believer goes to at the moment of death.  It is referring as well to a spiritual realm of intimacy with God that we can walk in and live in…. right here, right now!

This treasure is in us.  All that the King does and is contained within the seed of God in us. This hidden treasure was initially the revelation of who Jesus is.  Now, this treasure, having been transferred to our hearts, is the ever unfolding revelation of “Who we are in Christ”.


Last week’s teaching focused on the “Parable of the Talents” outlined in the book of Matthew chapter 25.  We learned that we have an amount, we must give an account, an dwe must make out life count.  God wants you and me to be all that he has purposed.  The greatest threat to being all you could be is satisfaction with who you are.  There are many individuals who have buried their talent, gifts, and abilities- “yes, just like a real cemetery burial”. They have settled for less than the best what a tragedy!

EXPOSING YOUR GLORY “God is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20)

Our common goal in life is to release the glory that God placed within us.  There is no greater purpose in life than to expose your personal glory.  It is a fact of creation that everything possesses its own glory and exists for the purpose of manifesting that glory.  We must all strive to “be in our glory”.  Last week I noticed that one particular flower in our yard (Rose of Sharon) were in full bloom.  Whether it’s a flower, a bird, a butterfly, we have all experienced their moment of glory. These glories exist in everything andeveryone. The glory of a boy is a man; the glory of a girl is the woman.  Every animal, plant, star, and human being possesses glory consistent with their purpose for being.  Even the Creator Himself is said to be full of glory.

DON’T BURY GOD’S GLORY “…You wicked lazy servant! Matthew 25:26-30

Glory is the full expression of the true nature of a thing. Tragically, many people die and never fully express who they were. The seeds of glory are hidden within us.

The wealthiest spot on earth is not the diamond mines of South Africaor the oil fields ofSouth America, but the cemetery.  Graveyards all over the world are great repositories of lost treasure: unwritten books, unpainted paintings, uncomposed music, unpenned poetry, unrealized dreams, unfulfilled hopes, unexpressed ideas, unreleased potential, and unfinished growth.  Every day thousands of people go to their graves without ever having revealed their true or full glory.  Whether due to poverty, ignorance, oppression, illness, spiritual blindness, procrastination, or just plain disobedience, multitudes of people either fail or never have the opportunity to fully become everything God meant for them to be.  They take their hopes and dreams to the grave and their glory dies with them.


“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But wehave this treasure in jars of clayto show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.  We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in ourbody.” (2 Corinthians 4:6-10)

For many of us, our “jars of clay” are very ordinary looking, perhaps even unimpressive; not the kind of vessel in which anyone would expect to find treasure.  It would be like concealing a diamond in a shoebox.  Paul did say –“we have this treasure in jars of clay”to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.  We must first discover (ascertain, determine and unearth) this great wealth of wisdom and knowledge that is veiled in mystery, hidden deep down in the secret chambers of the regenerated spirit; then we must bring it forth.

“Electricity has always existed, but it had to be discovered.  Gravity, friction, inertia, and the other natural laws of the universe have always existed; but they had to be discovered”.

“Jesus said- “ A good man out of the good treasureof the heart brings forthgood things.” (Matthew 12:35)

We are walking, talking treasure chests, a “casket of Jewels”/ “Bars of bones” full of the diamonds, rubies, pearls of gifts to be brought forth.  This is His glory and God does not want us to take that treasure with us to the grave.  He didn’t place His glory in us for it to end up buried in a cemetery.  God hid His treasure in “jars of clay” but He doesn’t want it to stay there.

GOD’S PURPOSE / HIS INTENT “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10)

The Master Creator and Designer established His purpose for each item in creation and built into each the ability or potential to perform and fulfill that purpose or assignment.

For example, the purpose for seeds is to produce plants, therefore, by design; all seeds possess the ability and potential to produce plants.

This ability to reproduce does not, however, guarantee that the seed will produce a plant.  This is a tragedy of nature.  The destruction of a seed is in essence the termination of a forest.  This principle is applied to all God’s created beings. You were created because there is something that God wants done that demands your presence on this earth.  You were designed and dispatched for destiny. This destiny and purpose is also the key to your ability.  You were created with the inherent abilities, talents, gifts, and inclinations to fulfill this purpose.


Each year thousands travel to the ancient city of Rome to visit historical sites frozen in time. One of the most sought-out sites is the Sistine Chapel.  Tourists come by the busloads to look at and photograph the work of the great master Michelangelo.  The masterpiece painted on the ceiling of this revered chapel has become one of the great wonders of the world and serves as a standard for developing artist. What is this work that generates so much attention and pride?  It is simply the glory of a man.  It is the manifestation of the hidden glory of the artist.  In other words, Michelangelo filled the earth with his glory and left the essence of his life and nature in the earth.

Many people walk around with their masterpiece in their minds, buried under wishful thinking, procrastination, fear, excuses, and intimidation.  What a tragedy!  Suppose Michelangelo had died with these works of art in his mind.  What a waste that would have been.

OUR GOAL IS TO “DIE EMPTY” “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do” (John 17:4)

As long as we are alive the possibility exists for us to reach our full potential.  God has endowed us with gifts, talents, and abilities, and He wants us to use them for His glory and for mankind’’ good.  We should strive to freely pour out all that is in us in unselfish service to the world.  If we fully express ourselves in this life, as God desires, we will not take any unfulfilled potential with us to the grave.  Our goal should be to “die empty”.

Your glory is who you really are, The “ultimate you,” the true person hidden inside that no one has ever really seen.  Your full glory is everything you were born to do that you haven’t done yet; everything you’ve dreamed but haven’t accomplished yet.  Once recognized and revealed your full glory will bring your life satisfaction than anything else.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Psalms 19:1

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(Transcript 12-21-03)  Thomas Doggett

“ Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us”. Hebrews 12:1

This scripture above implies that “The Heroes of Faith”listed in Hebrews chapter 11 are watching us from the grandstands of heaven encouraging us in our faith.  Some preachers used to preach that these witnesses have filled a big heavenly stadium and we are running in a track down here and they’re rooting us on.  The picture here is that they are witnesses to the validity of living faith.


In a race everyone runs, but only one person gets first prize. So run your race to win. [25] To win the contest you must deny yourselves many things that would keep you from doing your best. An athlete goes to all this trouble just to win a blue ribbon or a silver cup, but we do it for a heavenly reward that never disappears. [26] So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I fight to win. I’m not just shadowboxing or playing around. [27] Like an athlete I punish my body, treating it roughly, training it to do what it should, not what it wants to. Otherwise I fear that after enlisting others for the race, I myself might be declared unfit and ordered to stand aside. 1 Cor. 9:24-27 (Living)

Many of us have participated in sports at one time or the other, can you remember those days?  Years ago I remember playing high school football, basketball as well as running track.  Here recently, some of our own young men in the Lord were a part of a local little league football team, (ages 5-7) where they won the recognition of City Champions!  Congratulations to all these young athletes. In writing this lesson, I’m reminded of the years past, when running the 440 relay at Courter Technical High, I would scan the crowds to see if any of my friends were watching me, I’m certain these young men did some scanning as well.  Have you ever scanned the crowds to see who was encouraging you as you ran your race? Think back for a moment and reminisce- now take a look through the crowd.  Whose face do you see?  Maybe you see the face of grandma or grandpa, or the face of your mom or dad.  Maybe you see the face of a spouse or mentor. Maybe you see the face of a boss or a schoolteacher or a scout leader or a Sunday school teacher or Pastor cheering you on.  When I look back, I see the face of my mother.  She was the voice of encouragement for me.  She was like a female Moses laying down the law on us rowdy kids.  She told me once something that I will never forget, and that is, “You can accomplish anything in life that you want, with God’s help.” She is there in the crowd.  Who was it that encouraged you to continue in the faith?  Who encourages you today!


“What more should I say? I don’t have enough time to tell you about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets. [33] Through faith they conquered kingdoms, did what God approved, and received what God had promised. They shut the mouths of lions, Hebrews 11:32-33 (GW)

Down towards the front and over to the right is a man standing there who looks like he owns the place, the kind of a man who looks like he never lost a battle, yet he appears somehow humble at the same time. It’s David.  What a race he ran! He learned how to depend on God at an early age while tending sheep.  While he was as shepherd, David and God defeated bears and lions that tried to get David’s sheep.  While still a shepherd David and God defeated the giant Goliath in front of all the armies of Israel and the Philistines.  David was strong in faith and so sure of God was David that David responded to the giant’s taunts with these words: MY God will give you into my hands.

David’s dependence on the trustworthiness of God grew into love for God.  David loved God with all of his heart. David wrote love songs to God. Even in times of despair, of which there were many for David, his love did not wane. For twenty years David was God’s outlaw as King Saul chased him all over the countryside.  Then David became God’s chosen King.  While David was King he lost his footing and involved himself in a plot so steamy that not even soap operas would dare to use it.  It involved an affair with a neighbor’s wife, a murder, a cover –up and the loss of a child.  Yet through it all, David remained God’s man and when he saw he couldn’t hide, David threw himself on God’s mercy.  David ran the whole of his race with God and did it in such a way that he was called a man after God’s own heart.  I want to run my race as David did.  I want to loveGod as David did.  I want to dance before God as David did, not caring who is watching.  I want to cling to God and God’s great mercy even when I fall.  I want to do my life with God, run my race with God, and do great things for God and with God just as David did, How about you?


“ Faith led the prostitute Rahab to welcome the spies as friends. She was not killed with those who refused to obey God.” Hebrews 11:31 (GW)

Rahab grew up apart from God. She didn’t know God. Her people worshipped other gods- small-g kind of gods,rain gods fertility gods and sun gods.  One day two men came to her house seeking a place to stay.  She knew right away who they were.  The strangers were Israelites.  She told them that she knew that God was with them. Although Rahab had grown up without God and lived her life away from God, she recognized God when she saw his work. I will help you, she told the men, if you help me.  She protected the spies, and when the Israelites conquered her city of Jericho, they spared Rahab, her parents, her brothers, her sisters, and all their families because Rahab had helped the two Israelite spies. Rahab had been excluded from the race, but when she saw her chance to get in the race, to be a part of what God was doing, she jumped at the chance and in doing so she became one of the ancestors of Jesus.  I want to run my race as Rahab did.  I want to be a part of what God is doing.  I want to be able to recognize God and choose God.  I want to be used by God to save my family.  I want to run my race as Rahab did how about you?


“Abraham trusted God, and when God told him to leave home and go far away to another land that he promised to give him, Abraham obeyed. Away he went, not even knowing where he was going.”Hebrews 11:8 (Living)

As you look towards the back of the grandstand you will see an old man standing, leaning on his walking stick.  It looks like…..yes, I think it is…it is Abraham.  Seeing him standing there I think back to the race he ran.  It is a strange race for we don’t see Abraham doing anything at all for God until he is in his retirement years.  It was not until after his struggles that Abraham is quiet enough to hear God’s voice.  It was not until after achieving what he thought he could achieve, or at least trying hard to achieve it, that Abraham had time to hear God’s voice.  In this time of quiet for Abraham, God called him and said Abraham I want you to move.  God promised Abraham land and descendants (this was puzzling, because Abraham had no children), and that through him God would bless all the families of the earth. Abraham struggled with God through his retirement years as to how God was going to do all this; but even in the mist of the struggle, Abraham never let go.  Abraham ran his race with God in such a way that his retirement years brought more blessings to more people than all his working years put together. I want to run my race as Abraham did. I want to know that it is never too late to turn to God. I want to know that I’m never to old to be used by God. I want to run my race as Abraham did and have my later years outshine my earlier years.


Jesus said, “Come!” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. Matthew 14:29 (GW)

I see Peter, the big fisherman.  I want to run my race as Peter did.  I want to walk on the water with Jesus in the storm, as Peter did, rather than stay in the warm, dry, safe comfortable boatIT TAKES FAITH TO WALK ON WATER. I want to get back up, as Peter did, after I make mistakes.  I want to run my race passionately, from love, as Peter did.  I want to run, as Peter did.  I see Mary Magdalene.  I want to run my race from love as Mary did.  I don’t want to run my race because I have to, or think I should, or fulfill some kind of duty or obligation or responsibility.  I want to run my race passionately, from love, as Mary did, responding to a love from God shown in Jesus unlike any I have ever known before. Like all the rest of the people in those grandstands, I want to run my race in away that makes a difference for now and for all time and encourage those who come after me to run harder and faster and not abandon the race when they hit a wall and think they can’t go on anymore.  For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as we did when we first became Christians, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. Hebrews 3:14 (Living) I want to run my race in such a way that others will want to join me and run the race to.


“The person who has God’s approval will live by faith.  But if he turns back, I will not be pleased with him.” [39] We don’t belong with those who turn back and are destroyed. Instead, we belong with those who have faith and are saved.”  Hebrews 10:38-39 (GW)

Others have endured before us, they are our examples of accomplishments. “ All these great people died in faith. They did not get the things that God promised his people, but they saw them coming far in the future and were glad. They said they were like visitors and strangers on earth. Hebrews 11:13 (NCV) theseall died in faith having not received the promise but seeing them afar off.  We have received better promises. The promise of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Salvation by faith, deliverance from the powers of darkness, redemption through his blood, forgiveness of sins, reconciliation, Heir of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, eternal life and many many more promise.

“ But Christ, as a Minister in heaven, has been rewarded with a far more important work than those who serve under the old laws because the new agreement that he passes on to us from God contains far more wonderful promises” Hebrews 8:6 (Living)


“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 (KJV) Jesusis our Hero!  He laid aside the weight of worldliness, the weight of negative attitudes and the weight of selfishness.  His mission was one leading to joy.  He brought God’s gift to mankind. and no suffering was going to deter Him from accomplishing the task before him.  Jesus won the race and now he’s enjoying the joy seated on the throne.


Are you seeking to grow in your faith?  Do you know Jesus better now than a year ago?  May Paul’s testimony be ours at the end of our lives. “I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith. [8] The prize that shows I have God’s approval is now waiting for me. The Lord, who is a fair judge, will give me that prize on that day. He will give it not only to me but also to everyone who is eagerly waiting for him to come again.” 2 Tim. 4:7-8 (GW)- Until then may we say with Paul: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith…….I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12-14)
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(Transcript 8-9-05) Thomas Doggett

“Now there were four lepers sitting outside the city gates.  ”Why sit here until we die?” they asked each other. 2 Kings 7:3 (Living)


“From the time of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful people have been seizing it. Matthew 11:12 ”

“Hello?  Mr. Doggett This is Mike from Picture-Perfect Window Company.  How are you today?”  Sound familiar?  It always seems as though telemarketers (whether they’re window companies, lawn companies, insurance agents, or credit card companies) call at the most inopportune times.  You would think that cold-calling people would have to be the most unproductive way of drumming up business.  Yet it seems as if my family gets at least three or four of these annoying calls a night—right in the middleof dinner.  Still, companies use telemarketers because they know that if they sit around waiting for more business, they will more than likely not get it.  They have to be aggressive.  Turn Read 2 Kings 7:3-19

The bible tells a story about four men who sat at the entrance of the city’s gate dying with leprosy, an incurable disease which causes terribly visible swelling and sores on the skin, only then to eat inward to the bones.  These lepers sat outside of the city because they were not permitted to live within the city because of this contagious and incurable disease.  These men were faced with a fatal disease, they were outcasts, and they were starving because of a famine in the land.  This type of dark and gloomy life and no perceived future would make the average person throw in the towel and just give up on life – but not these men.

And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.”  (II Kings 7:3-4)

Sitting and examining their situation, they realized that just simply sitting and doing nothing would result in having and being nothing, so they asked themselves the question, “Why do we sit here until we die?“  They knew that if they entered the city, they would die because of the famine.  They also knew that if they sat there and did nothing, that they would die as well. What did they do?  They made the decision to ACT. Regardless of their gloomy circumstance, they got up from were they were and decided to do something to change their situation.  They made the choice to face their obstacles and do something different.  They went into the city realizing that difficulties may be ahead, for if the city dwellers spared their lives, they would live, and if not, they would die–but given the situation that they were in, things were not going to just get better.  Our opening verse scripture and its surrounding story focuses on the way the four Samaritan lepers thought and acted on their situation.  They realized that no one was going to offer them food in the midst of a famine, and if they were going to get rid of that gnawing in their stomachs, then they would have to take matters into their own hands.  If they maintained the unchanging status quo, then they were going to get the same results that they had been getting—no food and ultimately death.  They realized that they would have to be aggressive.Illus: Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. — Will Rogers


“I will place on his shoulder(Jesus) the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open Isaiah 22:22 (NIV)”

God will open wonderful doors of opportunity for the believer who will obey His word.  He will also close door in situations where the enemy is trying to enter your life  hinder you.

Continuing our story:  Upon entering the city, to their pleasant surprise, no one was there, because God had caused the city dwellers to abandon their tents.  Because of their decision tochange their situationand the decision to act, these hungry dying men when into a tent, and feasted as they ate, drank, and carried off silver, gold, and clothing.  However, it did not end there, after putting away the silver, gold, and clothing, they entered another tent and again met great fortune.

You, just like the lepers, may be in your decision place today.  If you are in a place, or situation that seems lifeless, regardless of where that place may be, or how things look, ask yourself the question, why do I sit here until I die? Take a good look at where you are, and where you want to be.  Then take the necessary steps to find yourself in that desired place.  Because in the midst of misfortune – choice, and then action will find you reaping the great benefits that God has purposed for your life.


“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (NIV)

The expression “pew warmer” is a familiar word to most Christians, who have learned over the years some of the ‘Christian’ jargon.  Now many churches don’t even have pews, but they still have ‘pew warmers’.  For the uninitiated, they may be defined as “those who do nothing more for the Lord than sit in church on Sunday” and, sad as it may seem, they are the most common, garden variety Christian in our country today. In a decade of harvest and outreach, at a time of God’s Spirit moving on hearts in a deeper way, they sit, detached and very often critical, guarding their seat lest it be stolen in the middle of a meeting!  The deceiving thing is that they look the same, and sound the same as those serving God, at least until you look a little deeper.  They may sit praising Him; they usually have a comment about how everybody should be doing it.  They very often love God, and are right into positive words, faith, and showing love to the brethren.  So what’s missing?  They are people who refuse to act –Members who sit back to receive without getting up to give. Of course it is tempting to sit back, to take it easy, to let others do the work.  The result however is devastating.  First of all to the church, because there is more work than a few so-called experts can handle.  But also for those who think they can sit back and watch.  Non-involvement means dying for both the church and those members, who unlike Jesus, seek to be ministered unto, rather than to minister.  Why sit here until we Die?


Means that the burdens of the ministry are left for the shoulders of a few.  And it will result in quick burn-out.  It will result in, sometimes, severe criticism on the part of those who do nothing.  And that will bring more discouragement to hard workers.  And one more result may be that those who stand back will live on the edge of the church, always in danger of falling over the edge and losing it all. But the Bible has news for us.  Being a member of the church means that you, according to your ability take part in the ministry of the church.  No one is exempt, not even those who think there is nothing they have to contribute.  Every church member has been given at least one gift.  So what we need to do is to: DISCOVER YOUR GIFTS and use them for the glory of God- Why sit here until we die?  Make a contribution to the church- Serve the Lord with gladness!


“I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. John 17:4 (NIV)”

In 1 Corinthians 12:11, Paul, writing about the Spirit giving gifts, says: “He gives them to each person.” And that gift is a body gift.  By that he means that these gifts are given to the body of Jesus for the work of the church.  It is important for us to think about the fact that together all members form the body of Jesus. And of that body, Jesus is the Head.   What does that imply’?

When Jesus was with us, here on earth, He finished the work that He came to do.  He opened the way to the Father, the way home. He removed the terrible road block formed by our sin.  That however did not mean that nothing remained to be done.  For instance there are children who need to be informed that the way home is open.  They need an invitation to come back to the Father.  They need to be guided.  Furthermore all God’s children need to be prepared for living at home.  They need that simply because they know naturally how to live in this world, but they have to learn anew how to live in the home with their Father.  They need to be integrated into the body; they need to learn about fellowship, and many other aspects of living with and for God. They need to learn how to live in the kingdom; they need to learn how to assist in the coming of that kingdom. So Jesus, when He had to return to heaven, from there to rule His church, sent us the Holy Spirit in His place.  The Spirit came to live in our hearts, to transform us, or sanctify us for living at home. By His very nature, He remains in the background.  He works behind the scenes. There He encourages us to do the work of Jesus, to finish what is still left uncompleted: Gathering all the nations in, calling all men to give God the glory, uniting into the body of Jesus.   No more spectators-No More Bench Warmers- Get in the Game! –Why sit here until we die!


“As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. John 9:4 (NIV)”

I know we all have heard the story about, “The Grasshopper and the Ant.” The grasshopper in the story is considered a lazy insect, while the ant is looked upon as industrious and economical. As the story unfolds, during the summer while the days were pleasant and sunny, the grasshopper would sing and play and have a merry good old time, never thinking about tomorrow!  One day the grasshopper decided to visit the ant. Upon his arrival, to his surprise, he found the ant hard at work.  He said to the ant, “Why do you work so hard? Why don’t you rest and have a good time like me, and enjoy the beautiful summer days?

The ant replied, “I must work in order to be prepared when the stormy days shall come.”

So the grasshopper went away as idle and as unconcerned as before, singing, playing and sleeping the fine sunny day away, while the ant was busy preparing for the chilly winter days that would surely come.  Soon a change began to take place.  Cold winds began to blow, and snow covered the ground.  This stopped the grasshopper’s dancing and singing, it stopped his playing.  For he became cold and he had no shelter, so he went around to see the ant to get some food and shelter from the cold; but the ant said, “Not so, I have but enough for myself, you have spent your time in idleness throughout the summer days, now it is cold, and winter has set in.

It is too late, “The door is shut!” Let me ask you which of these two was the wiser?

I believe we all will agree it was the ant! You will admit that the grasshopper was unwise.   So what is the meaning to this parable?  It is saying to adults, children, and our youth; it is not wise to wait until you become men and women to give your hearts and your time to God.  No it is not wise to play when you should be learning and getting involved in the work.  To the young while you are young, give your hearts and your time to God.  While you are young, give of your best to the Master, give of the strength of your youth, start preparing while you can give Him a full life; I know how easy it is not to take life serious, we all have been young, but remember the lesson of the grasshopper, for sure as there is spring and summer, there will be a fall; and when the fall is over, winter is not far behind!  See Matthew 25:1-13  story of The 10 virgins

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, Matthew 25:1-13- Philip. 2:12 (NIV)

Why Sit Her Until We Die? Make your decision today  To Act!

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(Transcript 10-26-03)  Thomas Doggett V.O.S


If we could ask a fish where is water and he would tell you water is everywhere. The same would be true if you could ask a bird where is air and he would tell you it is everywhere. The same is true about God, He is everywhere. King David said in Psalm 139:7-12 “Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence? [8] If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. [9] If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, [10] even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. [11] If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”[12] even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”

From our human perspective, it can be difficult to imagine a being that has no size, no dimensions. God does not have to “spread Himself thin” to fill the universe.  He is fully and equally present in all parts of His creation at all times.  However, there are also times in Scripture when God’s presence seems especially localized. Once their sin had been found out, Adam and Eve tried to hide themselves from God (Gen. 3:8) Later, Cain “went away from the presence of the Lord” after murdering his brother (Gen. 4:16). One of the most striking references to God’s presence is found in Exodus 33.  After being told by God that His presence would go with Israel, and that He would give them rest, Moses communicates that He would not lead the Israelites away from Mt. Sinai unless God’s presence went with them.  “How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” Exodus 33:16 (NIV)

WHERE’S GOD?  Where there is love there is God because God is love

Two little boys were best friends at church, but they both had a reputation for getting in trouble.  One Sunday, one of the boys was home sick, but the other boy, not wanting to let his friend down, was twice as bad as normal.  As he was running through the sanctuary after church the Head Deacon grabbed him and angrily said, “Where’s God?! The little boy way frightened and didn’t know what to say. The head deacon continued, “I want you to go home and think about it and I didn’t want you to come back until you can tell me where God is.”  The boy went home and called his sick friend on the telephone.  “Guess what,” he said.  “They’ve lost God, and they’re trying to blame that on us, too.


“You make the path of life known to me. Complete joy is in your presence. Pleasures are by your side forever” Psalm 16:11 (GW)

We talk about the presence of God, and we sing about it- “Surely the Presence of the Lord is in this Place.” Not long ago I overheard a couple of people discussing a particular meeting they had attended.  The description they gave included this statement,  “God showed up”.  Let me ask you here today in this service, are we merely waiting around, hoping He’ll show up?  Let me ask you, is God here today, Is he here in this class or are we merely waiting around, hoping He’ll show up?  Christian Theology teaches us that God is both “transcendent” and “imminent”- He is outside of us, beyond us, other than us.  He is also very near to us; He is “Omnipresent”- always present everywhere.  Regardless of what you or I may be feeling at this very moment, we are indeed in the presence of God.


Last week we talked about the Samaritan woman in John chapter 4:14 who said to Jesus that the ability to worship was tied to a place. She wanted to know what the best place was to go in order to truly worship God.  Was it Jerusalem or was it Samaria?  She believed that worshipping God was tied to geography. Jesus said to her, yes you are right it is a place but it is not a geographical one.  It is a spiritual place that those who are going to worship Me must get into so that they can truly worship me in Spirit and truth. But say, tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here [at Mount Gerizim], where our ancestors worshiped?”[21] Jesus replied, “The time is coming, ma’am, when we will no longer be concerned about whether to worship the Father here or in Jerusalem. [22] For it’s not where we worship that counts, but how we worship–is our worship spiritual and real? [23] Do we have the Holy Spirit’s help? For God is Spirit, and we must have his help to worship as we should. The Father wants this kind of worship from us. [24] But you Samaritans know so little about him, worshiping blindly, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes to the world through the Jews.”

John 4:20-24 (Living) “But say, tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here [at Mount Gerizim], where our ancestors worshiped?” [21] Jesus replied, “The time is coming, ma’am, when we will no longer be concerned about whether to worship the Father here or in Jerusalem. [22] For it’s not where we worship that counts, but how we worship–is our worship spiritual and real? [23] Do we have the Holy Spirit’s help? For God is Spirit, and we must have his help to worship as we should. The Father wants this kind of worship from us. [24] But you Samaritans know so little about him, worshiping blindly, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes to the world through the Jews.” John 4:20-24 (Living)

See JACOB” GEN. 28:10-22 Let’s turn in our bibles and read the account of Jacob.  Many have come here to today and like Jacob wonder if God showed up. —They are not aware of the Lords presence. They have taken the stones (a type of Gods word and they have used them as pillows and they have fallen fast to sleep in Zion (the church).  Jacob was in a place that came to be known as Bethel (House of God).  Have you ever said to yourselves or someone “Where is God? Or I cannot feel His presence- I cannot sense His presence.  If you have you may not have been in the right place-  The Spirit.  When you find the place of His Spirit you will experience the “Place” the environment of His presence for in His presence is fullness of joy; at His right hand are pleasures forever.

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