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June 1, 2020 8:00 am
Beginnings are important. We know that and today the message starting for the faith is in Dr. Don Wilton will take us to Scripture about that.
This is the Bible-based teaching of Dr. Don Wilton. We call it The Encouraging Word because the Bible is our source of encouragement. I believe will be encouraged today as we open the word in just a few moments with this message starting for the faith also remind you that Randy might well happy June. By the way John 2020 year it is read the book, defying the odds could very well be one of the most important. Don's ever written. If you like to take a peek at it see what's going on with that you can find in our firstname.lastname@example.org right now, that's DEW online.O are right now. Let's first open our hearts and open God's word together for today's message starting for the faith with Dr. Don not only foresees, but he carries us through brings assault on the other side and repeatedly throughout Scripture we see the Lord our God, our strong fortress and out tower delivery needs. The God of deliverance and he restores and he reboots lives because that's who God is, because he loves us so much and we need to continue to pray and seek God's face. These are exciting days. Very exciting days and God's doing something God is doing something God's trying to tell us something. I do know this. In America, by whatever definition we've never had a better opportunity for we Americans to get our act together start showing people as we doing what we might've and how we love all people and how we serve one another and for those of us who are Christians. This is what it's all about.
This is why we do what we do now, folks, I'm going to share something with you this morning. That's gold, not because I'm saying I meant to give you two just quick illustrations before why open God's word in the book of acts.
In chapter 1, I want you to hear this. If you going to build a house if you going to build a house.
What you do you decide you going to build a house. What you do well we know what you do you get plans you dream you vision eyes.
You know how many rooms you want you want to build a house.
What you do you you have the ending. Mind you, see what the final product is the finished product and then you sit about it systematically. You've got to get architects you go to draw up plans you go to give attention to detail.
Then you go to start with the foundation.
You don't start with the roof. I just wanted late morning to review know if you've ever tried that you start with the foundation brought.
If you getting married. I want to encourage you right now if you're about to get married. Try together with the person that you fallen in love to think about how you plan to end up 70 years from now 80 years from now, what would you like your life to end up as had the Indian mind and then establish what you need to do in order to accomplish that. One more thing parents all of you parents went when you God places you with children, I encourage you sit down his mom and dad in a very significant way before the Lord and determine what it is that you want your little baby son, your daughter, to eventually become what kind of man you want them to be.
What kind of woman do you want them to be. Then determine what it is that you need to do in order to best accomplish that and then get on and do it one step at a time because you building something for the future. I would so many illustrations I'm going to go somewhere. I promise you I really believe is your pasta that I and so many of us Really Think We Know Way, God's taking this church I is your pasta. I've been with you for nearly 25 years. I really believe God has given me a fresh vision. I didn't say that I know will the deed. I don't but I see something far greater than any of us can imagine now the question is how do you suppose God wants us to get the what we knew. We got an incredible foundation. This is just the foundation and I'm seeing things that are going to be here long after I'm gone, folks. I'm not talking about it has to be because it's in my lifetime. What has to be on.
I'm seeing something that I'm privileged to be a part of the children being born today are going to be able to stand upon. This is what happened in the book of acts or read to you not tell you, for the sake of time, I'm I'm going to read to just a few verses and I'll fill in the gaps cannot do that. I don't shorten the word of God, but I want you to look at the book of acts and chapter 1 and beginning in verse 15.
They would let me read it through and I'm going to discipline myself not to stop, so I hope you're ready acts chapter 1 verse 15 in those days Peter stood up among the believers. The company was about 120 and he said fellow believers. The Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before hand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a God to those arrays who arrested Jesus, for he was numbered among us, and he was allotted a share in this ministry. Now this man acquired a field with the reward of these wickedness and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out and became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem so the field was called in their own language echo, which is known even to this day is the field of blood for it is written in the book of Psalms might. He's Become desolate and late.
They be no one to dwell in it and let us another take his office. So one of the main who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day he was taken up from us.
One of these men must become with us a witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
So they put forward to Joseph COBOL Sabbath. She was also Justus, and Matthias and they prayed and said you Lord knows the hearts of all show which one of these two, you've chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place and they cost lots on the lot fell on Matthias and he was numbered with the 11 apostles interesting passages in interesting and you really begin to understand what God's promise. I that there are some things that are unequivocably about these people. There were two things that you can say about no question about it. They love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul and mind. And they love their neighbor as themselves. That was the genuine desire they went perfect anymore than we all that. If you are lost today. What is the two most important things we as believers should be doing in this church for the next however long God gives us together.
One of the two most important that supersede anything we do. What is the absolute for this church all across the nation.
I'm going to ask you the same question, what is the to what all the two single most important fundamental unapologetic things we have to do that are more important than buildings. Carpets requires preaching anything. It's just supersedes anything. Well, Jesus gave the onset I went up to him and said what's the greatest he said, not born. Love the Lord your God that comes from the Talmudic means worship God with all your heart, to love your neighbor as you love yourself, serve others.
I see that everywhere.
That's what it means to lead worship lead. By the way, when you let worship lead you submit your bow.
Just like we were singing just now you give everything to God, loving God and through that love you love everybody else with the love of God any further questions.
Nothing else is important. According to Jesus, I didn't say not everything else is not relevant, but I just explained to you are in this church.
Nobody gets up and gets into a knockdown drag out over the color of carpets. We don't do that we don't have business meetings that gone for hours with everybody getting up giving their opinion. You don't do that in this church because this is God's church. That's why we don't vote in this church you don't vote in a church that's an affront to the holiness and the righteous of God. You don't vote when it comes to what God owns all you do when it comes to what God owns as you blast whatever does God tells you to do.
You don't vote on God excuse me America since when you and I as to whether God is God is God somebody in the which renders me insignificant. I might as well sit down. Thank you. That was a wonderful time because actually I've got nothing to say. So what is this all about in the acts of the apostles waves that leave us. We've got a fundamentally important part to play because God uses people like you and me right I mean, just think of the giftedness in a congregation like this godly giftedness of God's people all coming to the table, providing input, bringing all labels of spiritual giftedness in order that we might serve our fellow man. Because we will the Lord our God with all our heart and all our soul, and all our mind starting for the finish. These believers do two things. They gathered themselves together number one, they prayed and fostered number two we doing just that. To start for the finish. To begin, they did the two most important things you want to change the culture of the people a mindset of the people you want to move a nation to God you put in place the apologetic payments of what God tells us to gather God's people together and get on your knees and pray worshiping is remarkable how so many things begin, forgive me. I apologize for interrupting Dr. Don insists I do so, so that we can talk about two things that are really important to Dr. Don by the way, you are listening to The Encouraging Word and the message starting for the faith.
The rest of us on the way. Just a minute with Dr. Johnson please don't go away but number one Dr. Don Wilton you know this is not just a presentation. We love to talk with you, praying with you. I pray that you would jot this number down and know it will always connect. She was somewhat happy to pray 86689. The phone number 866-899-9673 and this particular season of life we have really been overwhelmed the county people are saying you know it's just good to talk to someone. It's good to have someone pray for me about the specific things and then we get together later on email online and TW online.org in other ways and discover how wonderful it is to seek God and God restoring building back together. What we thought Mike could never be restored. I pray that you are here for you.
TW online.org the other end of 866-899-WORD 9673. Now back to today's message with Dr. Don we find that happen at the very's where they wanted to go. They wanted to serve their fellow man.
I wanted to worship the Lord people to come to know Christ. They wanted the local New Testament church. They wanted to be obedient. I wanted to be available that they lives count.you feel that you know where it's just I'm getting all old and weathered and fighting rapidly, and all the other things that go with it. But you know I will. It's an age thing, but I can't find the older I get, it seems like the more I just want my life to count for something that matters for Christ, Eunice, I will does that presuppose that you didn't do that in your younger years. Yeah, I think in my younger years I had a wonderful time.
I don't regrade anything but I do think I spent a lot of extra time on a lot of things that might be asking too much time on I certainly spend a lot of time worrying about a lot of junk some of you are just sitting there worrying you worrying about his stop boring. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. What happened here. They gathered themselves together and they prayed they began.
They started for the finish to the base of the feeble minds and they simple minds I think these early believers they'd heard Jesus they understood Jesus and they they knew they had a mission that had a gold I could see the house that needed to be boot and when they gathered themselves and they prayed they said, Lord, show us what to go couple of things happen not just give it to you what is starting right according to God's word do number one with them. It empowered the boldness. I love that little phrase in verse 14 verse 15. Big big big big apartment in those days Peter stood up, it empowered they spiritual boldness, ladies and gentlemen. God is looking for men and women in college students to stand up, listen to me college students. I'm calling upon you to be emboldened in a spiritual way that you would stand up and be counted for Jesus number two it rallies those who matter, it rallies those who matter when you start right when you get yourself together and you seek God's face brings together the people who need to be brought together the believers do know one of the reasons why we never have general open business meetings in our church like Joel come. That's the reason we don't need people in discussing God's business who don't know Jesus. How can they make decisions and some of you need to be very careful who you seek counsel from something you're going to the wrong people all the time and you getting shot often because they have no spiritual basis to give you guidance that's going to be well pleasing to the Lord albeit very good people.
When you start right when you gathered believers together and you get on your face number one it will embolden you spiritually, but number two it will bring to the table. Believers who are of the same heart who are seeking to love the Lord their God, who are seeking to serve others in the name of Jesus because of Jesus. Number three. It tells the truth. Starting verse 16. You know that just gone through this incredible experience with Judas to imagine that you have often said to myself that must've been and harangued the shock everything about Judas you know because he'd been. He was one of them is one of their friends.
We know what happened at the Lord's supper and how you walked out and betrayed Jesus and he was paid and what happened at the end and he end up going and hanging himself.
As a result, we know that well. Peter was embolden. He got together with the believers any just tell them the truth. This is it is what happened and by the way Goodman sees words he said. Judas was among us, but he walked away from Jesus.
That's telling the truth didn't tiptoe around the true lips.
By the way the Bible says in the last days there is going to be great, great level of apostasy.
There are going to be more and more people who claim to be on the inside of the church you're going to turn their backs and walk away from God, just tell the truth number 44 thing that happened when they started for the finish.
The starting right chooses godly leadership. I will tell you one thing folks as you pasta I will say this, you have all of these years taken a very serious attitude when you put in leadership in this church, godly man and woman you done it and I present to you the product. This is what it produces. The man and woman who step up it. It's just an amazing amazing thing. I'm not interested in this church. How much money you got or how many motorcars you drive or how many chairmanships you had to which office you've occupied what I want to be about in this church as we seek to reach this world for Jesus Christ is that godly people come to the table and that we seek God and we cry out to him.
We let worship read God, you show us what you want us because we want all our neighbors with the Lord Jesus Christ.
We will overflow with the love of Jesus. What happened here, you know, because they started right what it meant was that they kept the main thing the main thing I think the key verse in all this is verse 22. Bible says we've got to have another godly leader in this position because together we gotta lead our people and the one thing we must do and that is to bear witness to the fact that Jesus is Lord godly leaders keep the main thing the main thing I want you to know that I will get involved and engaged in everything. You and I can as we serve our fellow man. I'm so excited about the bridge that missions teams all over the world. I'm so grateful for our rapid response teams for everything listening goes on morning noon and night. But let's never let's never take our eyes off the main thing that's always be a people about Jesus. So what does this mean for us number one is what it means. Let's just keep standing up for Jesus.
As we move into the future Mrs. keep being emboldened by the spirit of God in the right way that the Lord would give us the strength, the ability to stand up in the world in which we live. Number two keep our eyes open for spiritual warfare church.
I serve you notice and I'm gonna be preaching on spiritual warfare. Keep your eyes open. Satan does not like what's going on in this church, he's not going to like the fact that you and your wife are living for Jesus. He will not like the fact that you are bringing up your children to the best of your ability in a Christian home.
He's not gonna like the fact that you brought a Christian business.
He's not gonna like the fact that you understand what it means to tie up to your church to give what you have to the Lord's work and make a difference. He's not gonna like that. Keep your eyes open, the devil, as a roaring lion, seeking whom he made about you listening and in every biblical model.
Don't kid yourself. Spiritual warfare doesn't always come from Main Street to from the White House. So from down the road from the ACL you will from the newspaper. It comes from within the church from sometimes from the most likely sources. When you start right when you start for the finish that you God who would do something I'm praying that you would be fortified in your marriage. Some praying for you that you going to be strong. Your kids are out there in a thunderstorm in a torrential downpour of opposition to the gospel.
They are going to hammer you and back to you. You took that storm surge alkanes on our campuses are facing and mitigated challenge today. Keep us strong keep standing up.
Watch out for spiritual warfare keep telling the truth stand on the truth of God's word. Don't back down. There is no room for belligerence and and and anger and all this stuff that goes on, speak the truth in love, get alongside people but be a man of your word, be a woman of your word as a believer in Christ stand up for Jesus.
Just be a living witness. What does it mean for us. Keep following godly leaders. I want to be a man in perpetual submission the model in a local church like this. If, as is your pasta will hold out. They look since his will. You know Don Wilkins at the top of the train. They because he's the top guy. Well, if you look at it. What's the biggest challenge about this folks is actually on the bottom guy God's call to me is to be the mat upon which people wipe their feet Jesus model was the servant model for all of us. All of us. That said, Charlie hard thing to do its in it.
How do you get this mix between being the father in your home and leaving your home and get putting your hands around your wife and your children and loving them tenderly in submission to your whole family. How do you get that balance you know God does. This is a spiritual thing. This is this a wonderful spiritual and God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could all school and then of course one more thing.
What is this mean to us. It means it means that if we start for the finish. We go to the main thing I'm just telling you folks, it's never an issue in this church must never be any with we need to have the same about Jesus. And we know this, that when you talk about when you focus on Jesus is just sweeps us in everything to. It may seem trite it may seem an old song title you remember a theme so Jesus is the answer to what ever problem facing starts the personal relationship with to take a moment, we have another word from our pastor Dr. Don Wilton are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. Why don't you pray this prayer with me right now. Dear God, I know that Arneson and I know that Jesus died for me today. I repainted my sin and by faith I receive Jesus night to just give your heart to Jesus Christ you did. Dr. Don has wonderful resources he wants to put consulates in these materials to you.
My number is 866899 word that's 866899673 love to put these resources in your hands together type you can text with us in tight with us on our website as well that TW online.org that's where you find that book I was talking about earlier, defying the odds and faith in the midst of crisis.
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