What This World Needs


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What This World Needs

  1. 1. What This World Needs
  2. 2. New song by Casting Crowns… <ul><li>What this world needs is not another one hit wonder with an axe to grind Another two bit politician peddling lies Another three ring circus society What this world needs is not another sign waving super saint that's better than you Another ear pleasing candy man afraid of the truth Another prophet in an Armani suit </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>What this world needs is a Savior who will rescue A Spirit who will lead A Father who will love them in their time of need A Savior who will rescue A Spirit who will lead A Father who will love That's what this world needs </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>What this world needs is for us to care more about the inside than the outside Have we become so blind that we can't see God's gotta change her heart before He changes her shirt What this world needs is for us to stop hiding behind our relevance Blending in so well that people can't see the difference And it's the difference that sets the world free </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Jesus is our Savior, that's what this world needs Father's arms around you, that's what this world needs That's what this world needs </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>What this world needs is not another one hit wonder with an axe to grind Another two bit politician peddling lies Another three ring circus society What this world needs is not another sign waving super saint that's better than you Another ear pleasing candy man afraid of the truth Another prophet in an Armani suit </li></ul><ul><li>2Tim 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; </li></ul><ul><li>Preachers must not tickle ears!!! </li></ul><ul><li>They must preach the truth! </li></ul>
  7. 7. So what is the Truth the world needs? <ul><li>IOWS, what does this world need? </li></ul><ul><li>It is found in the Lord’s prayer… </li></ul>
  8. 8. Mat 6:9-13 <ul><li>(9) After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. </li></ul><ul><li>(10) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven. </li></ul><ul><li>(11) Give us this day our daily bread. </li></ul><ul><li>(12) And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. </li></ul><ul><li>(13) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. <ul><li>Simply put, this is what this world needs! </li></ul><ul><li>WE need God’s will… </li></ul><ul><li>On Earth like it is in Heaven.. </li></ul><ul><li>How is God’s will carried out in Heaven? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Now If we are serious about wanting God’s will done on Earth… <ul><li>We have to first look at some things that are not God’s will! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Things that are not God’s will for his children… <ul><li>Sin </li></ul><ul><li>Rom 6:1-2 </li></ul><ul><li>(1) What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? </li></ul><ul><li>(2) God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Confusion… <ul><li>1Cor 14:33 For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. </li></ul><ul><li>If there is confusion in a church, Satan has influenced some Christian(s). </li></ul><ul><li>Some things churches are confused over… </li></ul><ul><li>Worship styles </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Versions issues </li></ul><ul><li>Legalistic issues </li></ul><ul><li>Power struggles </li></ul>
  13. 13. You know what Confusion does to a church? <ul><li>Keeps souls from being saved </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps people away from the church </li></ul><ul><li>It burdens the Gospel </li></ul><ul><li>It hinders church growth </li></ul><ul><li>Causes hard feelings </li></ul><ul><li>Destroys unity and effectiveness </li></ul>
  14. 14. In the 17 th chapter of John… <ul><li>Right before Christ was betrayed.. </li></ul><ul><li>He prayed a prayer </li></ul><ul><li>What was something He asked God the father for 4 time in His prayer </li></ul><ul><li>UNITY for his followers… </li></ul><ul><li>John 17:11… that they may be one, as we [are] . </li></ul><ul><li>John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, … </li></ul><ul><li>John 17:22 … that they may be one, even as we are one: </li></ul><ul><li>John 17:22 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; … </li></ul>
  15. 15. You cannot have unity with confusion!!! <ul><li>It is not God’s will for his children to be confused… </li></ul>
  16. 16. It is also not God’s will for us to be lazy! <ul><li>Eph 4:11-12 </li></ul><ul><li>(11) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; </li></ul><ul><li>(12) For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: </li></ul><ul><li>NOTICE Vs 12… </li></ul><ul><li>He gave leaders to: </li></ul><ul><li>1) perfect (mature) the saints… </li></ul><ul><li>2) so the saints can do the work of the ministry </li></ul><ul><li>3) and this will edify (grow) the body of Christ (the church) </li></ul>
  17. 17. NO church member has the right to just come in, and not help with the ministry of the church! <ul><li>God did not call you be a slacker. </li></ul><ul><li>It is not his will for you to not be involved in a ministry of this church… </li></ul><ul><li>I encourage you, if you are a member of this church to find a ministry you can work through. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are not a member, I encourage you to consider joining us. </li></ul>
  18. 18. So What is God’s will for us? How do you determine what is God’s will for your life? <ul><li>Sometimes it seems that God’s will is hidden from us… </li></ul><ul><li>But consider this verse… </li></ul><ul><li>Pro 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. </li></ul><ul><li>(6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. </li></ul>
  19. 19. God directs us from his word that he show us his will.… <ul><li>Eph 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord [is] . </li></ul><ul><li>Psa 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. </li></ul>
  20. 20. So what are some things that God wills for us? <ul><li>For us to be saved… </li></ul><ul><li>2Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. </li></ul>
  21. 21. For us to be Sanctified (holy) <ul><li>1Th 4:3 For this is the will of God , [even] your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: </li></ul>
  22. 22. For us to be thankful <ul><li>1Th 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. </li></ul>
  23. 23. For us to be under authority of others… <ul><li>1Peter 2:13-15 </li></ul><ul><li>(13) Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; </li></ul><ul><li>(14) Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. </li></ul><ul><li>(15) For so is the will of God , that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: </li></ul>
  24. 24. Those were easy to see that they were God’s will to do… <ul><li>What about daily decisions that are not clearly spelled out in scripture… </li></ul><ul><li>Here are some principles for decision making…. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Principles for decision making: <ul><li>Scripture test… Ask yourself, “Is this decision inconsistent with Scripture?” </li></ul><ul><li>Holiness test… Ask yourself, “Will this help me live a more holy life?” </li></ul><ul><li>Selfishness test… Ask yourself,”Am I making this decision out of my desire, or God’s desire?” </li></ul><ul><li>Love test… Ask yourself, “Will this help me love God and others more” </li></ul>
  26. 26. More principles <ul><li>The Great commission test…Ask yourself, “Will this help me fulfill the great commission?” </li></ul><ul><li>The relationship test…Ask yourself, “Will this course of action increase my relationship with Jesus?” </li></ul>
  27. 27. Some more questions… <ul><li>Will this decision entrap me? </li></ul><ul><li>1Co 6:12 </li></ul><ul><li>(12) All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Will this be glorifying to God? <ul><li>1Co 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? </li></ul><ul><li>(20) For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. </li></ul><ul><li>1Co 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Will I cause others to fall, or will I lift others up? <ul><li>1Co 8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Suppose your decision passes all these tests.. And you know God is directing you… <ul><li>What happens if you disobey God? </li></ul><ul><li>If you refuse to obey God in what he has already shown you, why should God give you further direction? </li></ul>
  31. 31. Now suppose you have submitted to God’s will for your life… where do you get your strength to do it? <ul><li>Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure. </li></ul><ul><li>Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. </li></ul><ul><li>Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. </li></ul>
  32. 32. He will also equip you to do His will… <ul><li>Heb 13:20-21 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, </li></ul><ul><li>(21) Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen. </li></ul><ul><li>Or another way of translating vs. 21… “equip you with everything good for doing his will…” </li></ul>
  33. 33. Do you want to really know God’s will in your life…. <ul><li>Ask God…Jas 1:5 </li></ul><ul><li>(5) If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. </li></ul><ul><li>And pray this prayer:Psa 143:8 </li></ul><ul><li>(8) Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. </li></ul>