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Eyes wide open


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Eyes wide open

  3. 3. 2 Kings 6:16 “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha toldhim. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” 17 Then Elisha prayed, “OLORD, open his eyes and let him see!” The LORD opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.
  4. 4. 1. Be extra carefulwith the following people:
  5. 5. 1. Person who talks to you first. 2. Person who never has anything bad to say about you. 3. Person who never hasanything good to say about you.
  6. 6. 2. Preaching about sin produces sinners.Preaching about Christ produces Christians.
  7. 7. The first word, from the first sermon from Jesus was…
  8. 8. "Of all professed Christians,Seventh-day Adventists shouldbe foremost in uplifting CHRIST before the world.“Ellen G. White, Gospel Workers, p.156
  9. 9. "There need to be far more lessons in theministry of the Word of true conversion thanof the arguments of the doctrines. For it is far easier and more natural for the heart that isnot under the control of the Spirit of Christ to choose doctrinal subjects rather than the practical. There are many Christ-lessdiscourses given no more acceptable to Godthan was the offering of Cain. They are not in harmony with God."{VSS - The Voice in Speech and Song pg 342.3}
  10. 10. 3. Remember the people in the “hyphen”.
  11. 11. 2nd Generation are “exiles in theirown country. Choice is between achurch from their country of origin where they don’t understand the language and an anglo churchwhere they feel outnumbered and out of place” Samuel Rodriguez
  12. 12. 4. Preaching without a call, is wasting your time.
  13. 13. Be less concerned about your reputation if nobodyresponds, than the people in church that day thatneed to make a decision.
  14. 14. What has helped me:1.Preaching with points. 2.Preaching expositive sermons. 3.Preaching in series.
  15. 15. 5. Mind the margins.
  16. 16. The greatest damage to ministryfrom a margin-less life, is heart shrinkage. You start resenting/avoiding/dismissingthe people you are supposed to be helping.
  17. 17. 6. Invest intentionally inrelationships that grow you.
  18. 18. You need three people*A mentor you can learn from. *A friend you can lean on.*A student that can learn from you.
  19. 19. 7. If you don’t want to be attacked, askGod not to bless you.
  20. 20. Haters don’tset agendas.
  21. 21. Don’t waste time defending yourself.Your friends don’t care and neither do your enemies.
  22. 22. If God is for me,those who are againstme, are wasting their time.