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Sermon Slides by Rev Dr Ng Swee Ming on 15June2014. New Sermon series on Living Beyond the Box

Sermon Slides by Rev Dr Ng Swee Ming on 15June2014. New Sermon series on Living Beyond the Box

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  • 1. ELVIS’ ALBUM OF GREATEST HITS ... went 3 weeks No. 1 album US charts ... 25 years after he died ??
  • 2. He thought he was here for a reason, maybe to preach, maybe to serve, maybe to save, maybe to care for people. That agonizing desire was always with him and he knew he wasn’t fulfilling it.” “Elvis never came to terms with who he was meant to be or WHAT HIS PURPOSE IN LIFE WAS...
  • 3. He didn’t have a clue where to begin looking. In a sense, he was lost - he just couldn’t quite figure out HIS PURPOSE IN LIFE” “So he’d go on stage and he wouldn’t have to think about it. Elvis Presley 1935 - 1957
  • 4. “The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.” Myles Munroe
  • 5. New Sermon Series : Living Availably Living Abundantly** Living Authentically Living Accountably
  • 6. #1 LIVING AVAILABLY Scripture Ref. Luke 5:1-11**
  • 7. #1 Living Availably Luke 5:1-3 1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, 2 he saw at the water's edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
  • 8. Living Availably...1. WHERE YOU ARE • Peter - the fisherman was...  at his usual place...  at the usual time... doing his usual work...  with his usual mates... • Entered JESUS ... Peter knew Jesus ... Lk 4 Jesus just healed Peter’s ‘MIL’
  • 9. Living Availably... community friends 1. WHERE YOU ARE • Not all are called to serve God in ‘exotic places’ Begin with ...  Where You Are (wya)...  Who You Know ‘wya’...  Who You Spend Time with ‘wya’... clients
  • 10. Living Availably... 1.WHERE YOU ARE Eg Matt 9:9 Call of Matthew... Q. What was the 1st thing Matthew did ?  Threw a party...  Invited all his friends...  Invited Jesus ...
  • 11. Living Availably... 1.WHERE YOU ARE Eg John 4 – Judea > Galilee... Passing thru Samaria ... Q: What were the disciples thinking ? Q: What was Jesus thinking ?  A Samaritan woman coming to the well ...  Samaritans who needed a Savior...
  • 12. Living Availably... 1.WHERE YOU ARE Quotes from this week’s Staff devotion 1&2 Thessalonians by David Pawson ‘God would rather have a conscientious taxi-driver than a careless missionary’ ‘People who have been in the same office for 40years and wish they had been able to serve the Lord have totally misunderstood the point’
  • 13. Living Availably... 1.WHERE YOU ARE God uses where you are ... to take you where you never could have gone "Divine service is conducted here... three times daily."
  • 14. Living Availably... 2. WHAT YOU HAVE v3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. • Peter was there • Peter’s boat was there
  • 15. Living Availably...2. WHAT YOU HAVE v3b Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. • Peter was washing & mending his nets... • He was listening...
  • 16. Living Availably... 2. WHAT YOU HAVE Ref Exo 4:2 God asking Moses – "What is that in your hand?”  God used what Moses had ...  Moses staff became God’s mighty instrument of deliverance ...
  • 17. Living Availably... 2. WHAT YOU HAVE Ref Luke 9:13 Jesus to his disciples, “You give them something to eat.” Ref John 6:9 "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but ...  Jesus took what the boy had ...  did a miracle ...  with leftovers ...
  • 18. Living Availably... 2. WHAT YOU HAVE • Peter had a boat .... Q: What Do You Have ? • God is not asking for what you do not have • God ask for what you do have here and now ... ‘God uses what you have to fill a need which you never could have filled’ BOAT CAR garden HOUSEsmile JOBtime FINANCE children hobbies cook sew
  • 19. Living Availably... 3. WHAT YOU CAN DO v4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."
  • 20. Living Availably 3. WHAT YOU CAN DO v5 Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. BUT BECAUSE YOU SAY SO, I will let down the nets." • Things that Peter Can Do ..  Put out ...  Let down ...  Peter Obeyed and ...
  • 21. Living Availably v6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. v7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
  • 22. Living Availably...v8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!" v9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, v10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners.
  • 23. 3. WHAT YOU CAN DO Peter did what he can do and ... Ref John 9:7 a man born blind “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” Q: Was it something he can do?  YES  so the man went  and washed,  and came home seeing. Living Availably...
  • 24. Ref Luke 17:14 Ten Lepers "Go, show yourselves to the priests."  and AS THEY WENT ... THEY WERE CLEANSED.  only one came back ... Living Availably : 3. WHAT YOU CAN DO
  • 25. Ref 2 Kings 5 Naaman V10 "Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed."  initially refused ...  buthen obeyed ...  was cleansed ... Living Availably : 3. WHAT YOU CAN DO
  • 26. Living Availably : 3. WHAT YOU CAN DO •God do not ask of you what you cannot do ... •God ask WHAT YOU CAN DO... Q: What is it that you can do ? Q: What has the Lord has asked you to do ? God uses what you can do to accomplish what you never could have done. GO ... Sent... LOVE... abide... FORGIVE... come... Be STILL... No condemnation
  • 27. Living Availably v10b Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will catch men." v11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
  • 28.  ‘fishers of men’  ‘friend’ – John 15:14  ‘children of God’ – John 1:12  ‘heirs of the Kingdom’ – Rom 8:17  ‘ambassadors’ – 2 Cor 5:20  ‘forgiven’- Col 2:13  ‘chosen’ – 1 Peter 2:4  ‘accepted’ – Eph 1:6 Living Availably... 4. WHO YOU ARE (in Christ)
  • 29. Living Availably... 4. WHO YOU ARE God uses who you are to let you become who you never could have been.
  • 30. Living Availably... God uses ... 1.where you are 2.what you have 3.what you can do 4.who you are  not where you would like to be...  not what you do not have...  not what you cannot do...  not what others may say or think of you...
  • 31. CONCLUSION : It's never about your ability, Moses- “slow of speech” Joseph - ‘daddy’s boy’ Rahab - a prostitute David - a shepherd boy Nehemiah - a cup-bearer Amos - a ‘gardener’ Joseph – a carpenter Mary – a home-maker Peter – a fisherman It's all about your availability. God uses real people with real lives and real problems to make a real difference in His Kingdom
  • 32. Application: Living Availably a. Ephesians 4:1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of ... a. yourself & your reputation b. the calling you have received... c. your social & economic status ... d. your position in church & society... e. your abilities and gifts ...
  • 33. Eph 4:1 “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received” • All of us have a ‘CALLING’... – a ‘Job’... – a ‘Ministry’ ... – a ‘Vocation’ ... Q: Is it from God ? Q: What’s God’s calling upon your life ? Q: Are you ‘availabling’ yourself to fulfill His call ? MISSIONARY EVANGELIST PASTOR Teachers LawyersEngineers Accountants driver Banker clerks housewife farmer carpenter salesman cobbler
  • 34. b. 1 Peter 4:10 “Each of us should use whatever gift he’s received to... a.study, work hard and enjoy life ... b.make a lot of money ... c.be famous and well liked ... d.attend church and serve when its convenient ... e.serve others ... ... faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. Living Availably
  • 35. “Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a degree, title or position to serve... You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” Matt 20 v26 “... whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,” v28 “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Dr Martin Luther King
  • 36. c. Rom 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your ... a. children as sacrifices ... b. tithes & offerings sacrificially & cheerfully c. bodies as living sacrifices... d. talents & gifts to the church... e. possessions willingly ... holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.
  • 37. Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. • a Call • a Call to Serve • a Call to Sacrifice God’s Call, Our Service, Our Sacrifice Q: Are You Available ? Q: Are You in Alignment
  • 38. Q: Who was the singer of those two songs ? A: Elvis Presley Q: What award is this ? A: Grammy Awards Elvis songs sold about 250 million albums. Q: How many Grammy Awards did Elvis win ? A: THREE – all for Gospel Recordings 1967 album, "How Great Thou Art;" 1972 album, "He Touched Me” and 1974 live recording, "How Great Thou Art."
  • 39. Living Availably... God uses ... 1.where you are 2.what you have 3.what you can do 4.who you are  to take you where you never could have gone  to fill a need which you never could have filled  to accomplish what you never could have done  to let you become who you never could have been
  • 40. Isa 64:8-9 8 Yet, O Lord , you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. 9 Do not be angry beyond measure, O Lord ; do not remember our sins forever. Oh, look upon us, we pray, for we are all your people.