Sunday, July 31, 2016
Pastor Allan was ministering as I took notes and present an edited sermon here for you.
“Don’t worry how you look when you worship, just lose yourself in the Spirit. There is no time for self awareness, of how others may perceive you. It is God we are worshiping and He is pleased. Our responsibility is to please God, so go ahead and lift your hands, wave a banner, dance, and fall on your knees because it is okay.
If God decides to change the program; our responsibility is to follow His leading.
I believe in the five fold ministry; Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers.
You may not think you fit into any of these ministries, but I declare we can all be evangelists. And Evangelist goes and shares his testimony of what Jesus has done for him.
Just after the resurrection of Jesus he told his disciples to Go, make disciples and teach them how to follow a righteous and holy pathway.
Matthew 28: 18-20 Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Pastors preach and teach, and the congregation receives the Word and take it out to others. It is the responsibility of each person to live for God. You cannot force anyone to make changes in their lifestyle, but you can share what the word says.
When someone you respect falls, you are not responsible, but you can and should pray that they recover themselves.
Each of us has a gift and we may prophesy, speak in tongues, but the question is, “How does your personal testimony add up?
In the work place and also in church denominations, there are standards for those who manage and lead others. God has a standard for his children, and first and most important it is to be washed in the Blood of Jesus. God requires a consecrated and righteous life.
It looks bad to the world if our ministers are not walking holy before God. The world is our best critic as to how a Christian should behave.
Don’t be weighted down by worry and concern when others are not toeing the line. That is their responsibility before God, and yours is to pray that their faith fail not.
Many pastors lose sleep over their wayward sheep, but actually they need to keep preaching the word of God, and God has promised that His Word will not return void.
We get comfortable just being “us,” but because Jesus told us to GO, we are responsible to listen to how He instructs us to obey the Great Commission. How can we teach others?
1. We can share our testimony and ask the person to receive Jesus.
2. We can invite them to a Bible Study or to our church.
3. We can show them what the Word says about a walk of faith.
4. We can encourage them to begin to daily read God’s Word and pray.
5. We can show them the scriptures about, “The Holy Spirit" and a deeper life in God.
6. We can teach them that God loves them very much and they can love God in return. (It is easy to love back when someone loves you first.)
Pray down the Holy Spirit to give you words to bring about “change” when you are sharing with others.
We enter God’s house and almost immediately we sense God’s presence. We get refreshed, and encouraged, and then it is time to leave and take His presence back with us into our homes, and into our daily lives. Be effective for God in your home or you will never be effective out there.
I can’t fix you, but it is your responsibility to get on your knees and repent, confess and get right with God.
Don’t take offence when you are corrected by a brother or sister. Be humble and listen and then it is your responsibility to decide if they are right and if you need to make changes. Be willing to obey the Holy Spirit's leading.
(Pastor confesses,) It is not always easy for me, because I am being processed just like you. There will always be a situation that arises. Watch your attitude and reaction. Let’s be real and become worthy examples of Jesus.
You are responsible for yourself. Be willing to say, “I am sorry, please forgive me.” Watch your thoughts and your words.
Be bold to repent when you realize you have sinned.
Philippians 2:7 Jesus humbled himself to leave heaven and become like us and then to die for us.
We must die to self. Put “self” on the back burner and prefer one another giving them respect and honor.
Commit your way unto God and tell Him, “God, I trust you.” No matter what happens, I trust you.
Jesus asks us to take up our cross and follow him daily. “Continue in my Word’s,” says Jesus.
God desires to use you, and He is greater than your struggle.
God is calling you to live for Him; It is your responsibility to answer His call.