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June 8, 2020 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today to the Bible-based preaching Dr. Don Wilton in a message, going beyond many times were asked by family and friends, bosses, others to go a little beyond what we've done in the past and in reality we want to stretch ourselves and be better equipped to serve each other and serve the Lord. Going beyond is something working yesterday with Dr. Wilson from the book of acts. Acts chapter 2, Dr. Don leads us. He wants you to know we're here for you. Perhaps someone praying for you is exactly what you need to take that next step for going beyond taking progress right now at 866899 word 866-899-9673 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org that's DEW online.org.today's message with Dr. Don Wilton going to be sharing with you from God's word speaking to you from my heart. I'm going to suggest to you that for many who worship with us today. This could be a very very life-changing moment, just look at the product your life can be different, and for many who are worshiping today you've given your heart to Jesus you like me, you, you know the Lord Jesus you not feel so privileged to be part of the family like this I really knew both Karen and I just feel very privileged. You know I look around the world today and I'm in a tell you folks on I'm concerned about our world really and it's like the world is spinning and going. The spin is increasing every day and they lots of things going wrong and politically and socially, and racially and culturally right across the world in this beautiful nation are not lost yourself question what difference, Mike. What can we do and how can we do this yesterday I was coming home about 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon and I stopped at a red light and they were some people standing there collecting donations and I respect them very much and I thought to myself, you know, I'm very grateful for them, but my church is doing we doing and we need you. We need us to do it because it's God's way. I want you to listen to what I'm saying. I didn't say the people standing on the street corner with the charity that I don't admire them. Respect them, love them support them. I didn't say that what I did say to you want your to watch me your church is the way God designed it in one of the ways we become less effective is when we become divided, talking about in our spirit divided in pooling our resources for the greater effectiveness of serving others and I'm going to say this, thousands of you are worshiping by way of television today. We've got some of our best friends year from Ohio not in the country that are worshiping with us.
I meet people everywhere and all over the country who worship with us. I'm told that your church bloom where you are planted playing your bowl way it lies that's God's way and what we can do what one church can do together because it's not about equal giving back equal sacrifice folks I really want you to listen to me and some of you really need to set up and listen, you need to really listen, this is God's way. We didn't manufacture this.
That's why Jesus instituted the New Testament. He said the gates of hell will not prevail against my that's what he said not in the Bible, and you can turn they with me to ask chapter 2 in verse 42. This is just a snippet. This is just a this is what the Bible says about the local church. I want everyone every parent to zip. Really get this if you're a parent I want to listen to me the way you and your wife speak. Conduct yourself. Love one another love on your children in your home in your home in your home is going to have a an indelible impact on how your children are going to relate and live outside your some of you may need to really listen up right now. If you treat your wife like some smelly oral rag in your house and you speak badly and you behave badly.
What you think your sons are going to start.
They gonna disrespect women as they picked it up from you.
Some of you may and all behaving so badly in your home and then you wonder why your children do that some of you are sponsoring your own kids to grow up and not be interested in coming to church you've sponsored you might insert that their attitude is not inside outside your fostering that this is God's way doesn't make everything perfect for us. Doesn't stop us from facing the challenges of life and all the other things that we will go through the struggles, but it's a fundamental foundation in here in the New Testament verse 42 of the book of acts they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and fellowship, and the breaking of bread and the prayers and all came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles and all who believed were together and had all things in common and I was selling their possessions and belonging distributing to all who and any head needs is the outside impact in day by day attaining the table together.
They broke bread in their homes receive their food with generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people and the Lord added to their number daily. Such as those who were being saved.
People people. Let's do this together so ongoing to pre-statement that we are doing that. I want to do I really want you to hear me.
Gosh, you know it. At a time like this. I feel almost foolish. Sometimes because they someone sitting out here to sign. I can't believe that he would say that and we doing so much.
That's my whole point we are but together we can do so much more I want to go to heaven one day believing that I've never done enough, but thanking God for what we are able to do right are skewed up your giving your time you're serving. I'm asking God to allow me to lead us to the point at which we this church. This body so United's look at the worship guys look what God is giving us the joy, the friendship, the love that we share together, asking God to take us and use us.
I want to be more effective. I want to give more of my life. So if if you listening today and your sign will what you mean how does this work, you mean you got the code to going beyond ourselves is like a secret code. It's not even the secret is the Bible is full of it and it all happens in and through God's people who gathered together in the church and what these people do. They gathered they came together as a gathering both symbolically, physically, practically, so if I was to stand I'm standing up. Today on this platform and I'm doing this I rebut our worship services and so on. All the race within and that embrace you know it's like a mother who's got four children listen I bought a Nice good children. I mean, this is like come here kids, let's have a let's have a family hug and you and how do you put your arms around everything gathered God's design love coming into church on Steve, gave even in the morning you walking up Karen I get your you know before the cause of woken up Chick-fil-A loves that I get you so early and I still see people and how are you and how was your weekend and and you know how about this and that you know how did your house, your wife doing. How can I pray for you and just that. They gathered they they devoted the Bible says that that would devoted they gathered with the purpose.
I see all of you with your Bibles in hand, looking at your Bibles minds here on the slick turn here and and we we were the skies.
We care to devote our selves that would devotion is a beautiful because the word devotion speaks of a deliberate mindset whereby we come into the presence of the king when we were singing praise just a little while ago and the praise team was up here and I could just feel that sense of devotion permeating the gathering of God's people. They they devoted they soul, they soul you are seeing they so that's what the Bible says in verse 43.
The Bible says all came upon them and miracles and wonders and signs. Things began to happen. The extraordinary God was taking ordinary people and doing things with people love it. Just when I'm in the presence of God and I'm just ordinary man and I see great things taking place because God is not read these extraordinary I want to be a part of that don't you. You're listening to Dr. Don Wilton here on the income were broadcast in this message, along with many many more can be heard directly on our email@example.com. If you missed part of today's program would love to catch you up again at tewonline.org RG that's also the place you find a wonderful Encouraging Word from Dr. Don about faith in the midst of crisis will give you more details about the DVD and CD message from Dr. Don Pickett right now firstname.lastname@example.org that's DEW online.org. Now back to today's message going for you Dr. Don Wilton how can I pray for you, they gathered, they devoted the Bible says that that would devoted they gathered with the purpose. I see all of you with your Bibles in hand, looking at your Bibles minds here on the slick turn here and and we we were the skies we vote our selves that would devotion is a beautiful because the word devotion speaks of a deliberate mindset whereby we come into the presence of the king when we were singing praise just a little while ago in the praise team was up here and I could just feel that sense of devotion permeating the gathering of God's people. They they devoted they soul, they soul you are seeing they so that's what the Bible says in verse 43.
The Bible says all came upon them and miracles and wonders and signs. Things began to happen.
The extraordinary God was taking three people and doing extra ordinary things with ordinary people love it just pulsates when I'm in the presence of God and I'm just an ordinary man and I see extra 3 Things Taking Pl. because God is not ordinary, he's extraordinary. I want to be a part of that don't you and his design is the church. What did they see Basil what the Lord did in them. That was the first focus these people in the church soul what God was doing in them.
God speaking to you right now in the balcony. He's speaking to you in the pew.
He's speaking to you in the quiet.
He's speaking to you by way of The Encouraging Word television broadcast across the nation.
It's what God is doing in you spoke to Krista for hearing when he was just a little boy all five sitting around the fire pit in the church park with a group of big people and God began to work in him and Christopher Gracie's hand even though he couldn't explain it.
God himself to him what happened to these people when they soul first thing they soul what what God was doing in them, but the second thing they soul was what God was doing through them, through them. Thank you.
People thank you for not keeping what God is done in you yourself thank you for seeing that God will do through you. Just recently I was standing with Dr. Billy Graham. How can you describe a man who's been more used of the Lord and I was with him at his home and even in his old age and on this particular day. Mr. Brian was not having a good day and I was holding his hand and talking to him and praying with him and all of a sudden I just started to think said Mr. Graham, just want to thank you for your life and for your witness and for being such a precious man and he wasn't responding a lot to me on that day wasn't feeling very well now, said Mr. Graham, everywhere I go people always coming up in when they hear that on your posture and frame and they tell me how they came to know Jesus and I meet people like that all over the place and I just want to thank you and I just want to say to thank you and all of a sudden all he opened his eyes looked at me and he said not Christ see when they soul, they didn't only see what God did in them the wonderful work of God by his spirit is saving grace. The giftedness the blessings our resources on jobs, money, personalities, our ways of doing things. What God does for me, but they soul what God did them are boss Dr. Steve Wise to be appearing you wondering what he's doing. Sitting up here. He doesn't often make a habit of doing this. Steve leaves our entire mission emphasis in our church and I knew when God led us to Steve all those decades ago that God was leading us to a man who had a passion to go beyond and you and I have seen it and that's why together with the impact team.
We praying we support and we get on board and what are boss Steve to do today in a relatively brief time and I'm just gonna change come up here with me.
Steve, thank you for your ministry brother and for the love that you have, you know, as I've looked back over these years and I see now that you have people we got mission personnel. The ploy to cross the little church plans new work, rapid response teams. We got missions from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria to the outermost parts of an impact team and our people. This is us under your leadership and how God is taking us. Steve came to me recently and told me that he'd been fasting and praying for weeks. I trust that Steve that's why I trust you enough for your leadership and always will, to tell you Steve are boss Steve to do something very simply here today because I got to this point of they soul what God did in them but they will soul what God did through them and all the people who had need.
Ended up English Steve, Joseph, and be quiet. I want you to unpack this briefly what is it look like for this body of Christ. Why do we all need to get on board. Thank you pastor you know I think it's crazy actually I think if if I will have a plan to impact the world don't think I would involve me and there's a lot you I would involve either not be looking at who can make a big impact on mozzarella cheese. I'm not sure I would've chosen a bunch of shepherds and fishermen and tax collectors either, but thank goodness I'm not in charge. God's in charge and he wants to use people like us. It is crazy that he does know for five years we been caring for this. The follow hard after God taken from Psalm 63 in that some dated since I've seen you in the sanctuary, and beheld your power and your glory desolate worship lead. We love to come together would love to see the praises of God C is powerless glory. But this is because you are my Hill are saying in the shadow of your wings.
My soul follows hard after you. Your right hand upholds me. David didn't get to stay in the sanctuary throughout his Psalms writing. He would say he just wants to stay in the temples, but God would never let them just stay in the temple because he had work to do. He had to be out.
He won't let us just stay here. He has worked for us at chapter 2 is this beautiful picture of thousands of people coming to Jesus coming together to worship and then wasn't say every day people are being added. People don't get added because were sitting in here. People get added because we go out there. People get added because we go beyond God's calling us is calling for spread to Spartanburg to go beyond go with us, you know, Steve. These things are so powerful you and I can make a difference right here and I've seen it people to make phone calls go and visit those who are in hospital and have needs a life group leaders. I appreciate you folks even today. As I walked around a little bit earlier on CR teachers in life group leaders agreed to use people in our guest services. Just a massive team since we began late worship lead. We've seen just arise in so many more people participating and you know all it takes is for every one of us to do one thing powerful message from Dr. Don Wilton today and what is it you and I need to do what's the next step so that we really are going beyond some of us it's the most important step will ever take. It's a step of saying yes to Jesus Christ. Give questions about that.
Let's talk about it, or phone number is 86689996731 of was love to talk with you privately.
Right now at 866-899-9673 or better yet open your heart to what Dr. Dodds about the same.
Are you ready would you pray this prayer with me right now. Dear God, I know that Jesus loves me and that he died on the cross for me today. I repent of my sin and I can face my sin to the Lord Jesus, and I give him my heart and my life in Jesus name I pray, amen. If you pray that prayer from your heart and you giving your life to Christ. I welcome you to the family of God.
You are my brother, my sister in Christ. Let's get engaged together because we are connected together for ever as believers in Christ and don't leave whatever you do is I'll be right back if you said yes to Jesus Christ today. Welcome to the family of God, and let us put some resources in your hands that will help you grow, you can call us right now it 866899 word that's 866-899-9673. We would love to put some resources in your hands that will help you take the next step in following Jesus you commit is online as well.
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