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Encouraging Word / Don Wilton
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February 24, 2022 8:00 am

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Encouraging Word / Don Wilton

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February 24, 2022 8:00 am

The Daily Encouraging Word with Dr. Don Wilton

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God has an encouraging word for you would be today. The Bible-based teaching of Dr. Don Wilton message on strategy. Today we continue with Dr. Don Wilton in acts chapter 7 about strategies can change your life forever reopened God's word together. Of course that's what does it God's word changes our life forever. That's what Dr. Don Wilton says he has no desire to preach from a magazine or a reader's digest or she is all about the Encouraging Word Bible itself.

As I mentioned that I can't help but remind you that you can get a daily email from Dr. Wilson will help jumpstart your day with a bit of God's word every day by signing up on our website at, you just click the devotional tab and you can sign up today and be receiving it tomorrow online at now Dr. Don Wilton Ricci city that God had put any chocolate people Together in small groups because that's where they would prepay to go out and become engaged in the world in which they live. A small group is just simply a gathering of people in conversation led by a leader. It doesn't diminish the role of the leader infected by the role of a leader because God always places leaders in whatever group you find yourself in our churches. Many small groups beginning without Sunday school life groups Sunday night discipleship groups Tuesday morning ladies Bible study groups, prayer groups monster life groups experiencing God. That's why when we went through experiencing God.

We gathered together and then we broke into small groups. You see something spiritual happens in those groups and Paul understood the strategy and it is absolutely abundantly clear that they are all benefits of spiritual conversation that takes place in the dialogue of reasoning according to that which pulled in the synagogue. No different then than what it is today.

What are some of those benefits of spiritual conversation in small groups.

Number one. It introduces people to one another. You want to be introduced to people you need to be in one of those small groups that's where you meet people. Did you know that by the way, did you know that our whole society rarely is broken up into small groups. Everything we do subsists on small groups, it's the neighborhood was doing as he was saying we need to put together a system based upon the neighborhood. We need to bring the people in microcosm together to have a nice conversation number one because it introduces people to one another. Number two because it increases the likelihood of learning that function as a fundamental pedagogical value which we value even in the local New Testament church. The small group you can go to any educated in outreach and say to them what is one of the most important considerations in the classroom today thou say to you the size of the group you want to increase the likelihood of learning like group as small as possible. That's why Seth Buckley over the years we have all about teenagers in groups on Sunday not folks. That's why sampling the leadership team, keep out groups and in groups of seven and eight, and six young people why because it increases the likelihood of it's a basic fundamental educational value. That's why we encourage you to be in a small group that's where you going to grow. That's where you going to be encouraged to become courageous as you live out your life in Christ. That's why you are not going to survive. If you don't do that well it does some other things it haunts is fellowship. When Paul spoke about reasoning as a strategy. He talked about the enhancement of fellowship where they fellowship is a very important word in the New Testament. By the way it has a Greek word calling anemia and go word speaks to us about the fellowship that we have with one another, very much like the coals of a fire. You take a coal out of the fire it's gonna run out of juice and what God is telling us it is very important for us to come together and fellowship with one another. What happens if you don't fellowship you become stricken with loneliness and loneliness breeds all kinds of offshoots. I think I might've mentioned just the other day. Loneliness makes you a prime target for site if there is anything Satan wants to do with you. He wants to isolate wants to get you out there by yourself. He wants to remove you from the fellowship he wants to close the door on you and folks we as human beings we hung off the fellowship. That's why we gotta be proactive when it comes to this awful thing called clicks. Clicks on a curse upon any community church in schoolyards University campuses. I don't like it. One of the things that bothers me with sororities and fraternities because they just nothing more than clicks. People get left out their kids to go to college campuses and I never have any worship with anybody. It's no different in the church and so you've got instigate you gotta put in place these strategies that are so very important.

Well, it not only introduces people to one another and increases the likelihood of learning and enhances our fellowship but it invites outside participation. You see the synagogue in Thessalonica was literally a gathering place.

It had two sections to the intersection was for the frozen chosen only a certain select group could go in there, but the courts were places where the courts could invite the courts to come in and that's what for example, Sunday school, these life groups that we have that's what a ladies Bible study. I'm so thrilled what's going on in our ladies ministries right now it swings me know and folks because it provides a full room for people to come together in a small group and grow to love one another and have a spiritual conversation and become participants to gathering what God is doing.

That's what discipleship is all about.

That's why we need to be proactive in inviting people number five.

It promotes personal compassion. I love that part. See all of us need a compassionate arm to lean on boundary. When Paul spoke about reasoning.

He was talking about dialogue in which people engage in their lives with one another. That's the full room that God has given to us. That's the platform upon which God bases his church. That's the strategy that was laying to the Thessalonica and he was saying to them, he was saying to come.

Let's engage together so that we can have a spiritual conversation. That means that we cannot only listen to one another on the inside but we can minister to one another on the outside I was just my wife and I were with someone lost Niger who is going to a difficult time and they family life and in the comment was made is just too wonderful how many people minister to one another within the context of the church folks. Nothing throws you pasta mole when I arrive at that hospital room that home is already taken other people of being the then we tell you nine times out of 10 the people who already there all partners together in the spring cool reasoning. This strategy called dialogue.

This entity which we have identified as a small group, you know that the bigger the church becomes the more important it is for us to be in small groups. That's why folks watch this everybody watch me. God is doing something in our congregation. You say to me what you expect of us.

There's one right there. We are asking all our people to be in at least one small group one small group we not saying don't be into not saying don't be in three we are all asking all about people because we believe that it's of God.

That's why people who are homebound also starved for fellowship because they don't have that.

I'm so grateful for the television ministry of this church, amongst many other reasons. Alright so this strategy number one.

He reasoned with them. Strategy number two. He explained to them how that would explain here that we see in verse three is an interesting word. It literally means to take the cover off it means that that when Paul went to the people at Thessalonica. Knowing how desperately they needed to come to know Jesus Christ.

It would fulfill every want and desire of their life. What he needed to do was he needed to explain to them that literally means that he needed to make clear or intelligible the things that God would say to explain means to make known in detail to explain something means to make clear the coals or the reason for doing something to explain. Paul understood was to give an account for to explain means literally to give an explanation to Paul said this, Jesus, I'm proclaiming to you is the Christ even just like the statement what he knew folks he reasoned with them and those small groups, but he explained to them the process involved in accident, cheating, expounding and exposing God to God's people.

That's what I'm doing right now I want to tell you why we are on one verse folks, because this is I never ending trough of God's grace. You cannot get to the bottom of it is too much.

The more you dig the more you know you have to be the more you know about God. The more you don't know about God's got so much to say to us does me. Please forgive the eruption you're listening to Dr. Don Wilton our teacher here on The Encouraging Word and its Dr. Don that insist I remind you we are not just here to present the messages of Dr. Wilson but we are to have a conversation and we do that every day the number of ways keyboard to keyboard on our TW were also discovering a renewed desire to speak with one another to reach out and talk and pray in our phone number 866899 word will always connect you with an individual happy to do so ready to be surveyed pray for you right to connect you with some of the resources we have on our website and more. That's 866-899-9673 are proof that you would allow us to do what we feel God is called to do to encourage you from all of us here The Encouraging Word now back to our chief encourager in our teaching today. This is Dr. Don Wilton really believe that when you not come to that time that we go to heaven to be with the Lord. All of us are going to standing before his throne inside goodness me, Lord God Almighty. We didn't know anything about you. Did we. But we tried our best. Now how does that explanation type place first and foremost through worship, not only, but first and foremost through worship.

That's why we believe in worship. That's why God's Word teaches worship. That's why the Bible says forsake not the assembling of yourself together because that's where the primary explanation type splice and then it bleeds down into that black group Sunday school.

It bleeds into that discipleship group it bleeds into that Bible study. It bleeds into that whole. This is where it all begins and we believe that there are 53 functional arms of explanation in a worship service not in any order priority so Socko wont even give them a number one number two number three charge essay first in the singing of hymns and choruses and songs you know that you can go to many people today. Leon say to you they learned as much about God through the singing the praise the glory to God in worship as they did in anything like praise to the Lord God of creation, my God, thank you got humans in the choruses this morning. I think we sign as the deer pants for water so my soul longs off to you. That's David singing in the presence of God Jehovah talking about the read the human condition and some of you have been panting for meaning in life and the sitcoms in singing praise, worship choruses also comes in prayer, worship is about prayer back talking to God.

Prayer is a conversation with God. It's corporate. It's private.

Pray it's coming together when we come together like this. It's not trying will you pray it's all of us coming together in the presence of God from our hearts silently and openly with the inwardly petitioning standing in his presence, but it also comes through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God explanation. I will ask the Lord every time I stand in the sport but Lord please let me never deliver a sermon. It that's the reason why in America today.

We got so many Christian that's because so many churches, all people are delivered with all these little duties sermon it's that mean nothing. You cannot come to the word of God and give an explanation of the word of God by getting up and simply just having a whole lot of stories I want to become as a pasta just tell stories, stories, striations of the word of God. They explain the word of God. {Shed light on the God but our mandate and responsibility within the context of the absolute truth of the word of God is to expound and expose and explain the unsearchable riches of God in Christ Jesus. That's what the churches so what about this folks, but as worship do for us.

It enhances our value unity editor haunts is our unity to get that one about values intentional unity. Why because we value the determined oneness of the people of God.

We value that we don't take that lightly. That is of value of this congregation, we knew that and coming together in worship is so important when it comes to the people of God because it influences unity together but number two.

It provides a forum you say a forum for what what is kind of full room goes corporate worship like this provide well provides a fully diluted together. It provides a form to worship together. It provides a form to fellowship together. It provides a full room to be called in commission together. What we do in the church is not about anyone of us. It's about us and worship provides that for so you have all these dynamics of learning in worship and fellowship, and the commission.

Who are we as a church and where we are going God speaks to us most of all, beginning right here in corporate worship, so should it be any surprise if you would decided I will what is First Baptist Church Spartanburg strongly suggest require of the members. While these two are given you today. We really urge to be in one worship service a week because of numbers 00 because of any other reason other than we know that that's a mandate from God. That's a strategy. Worship is a strategy I urge you to be in at least one worship service a week number two to be in at least one small group just one. I didn't say you can't be more worship services on more than one small but we all ask you to be in one worship service in one small group you become a member of this church. That's what we're asking you to do well. What was he three point strategy. Riley reasoned with them. Number two. He explained to them, three, he proved to them.

Proof was his third strategy, providing proof, evidence, let them verse three explaining and proving that Christ had to suffer and rise from the date back as the Christian folks watch this. How do you prove God, well he tells us to wipe someone through the Scriptures.

There's another about values, absolute truth. We value the word of God and we value the Bible watch this. We value the Bible alone, as the word of God. But the Bible and the book of Mormon Bible and the Koran and the Reader's Digest in a public opinion poll the Bible as the other living God.

Somebody say a man well how did he prove Jesus Christ through the word of God.

Second, what he proved God and the Lord Jesus Christ was through his own personal testimony. He lived watch this. Did you know that the single greatest proof and evidence of Jesus is you and me. The testimony of a changed life. I love that don't you the testimony of a changed life.

Do you know this, Jesus.

If you don't let time to say yes to him. If you do, what is your life look like because you're the only Bible that some people delivery was an amazing person. I'm looking forward to meeting and one is I'm telling this guy had a taste and indeed Paul's testimony was through thick and thin and I don't know where you are right now but it's one of those, either in the thick of it. Senators Dr. Don would say were either in the middle of a crisis coming out of a crisis or need to be ready because there are crisis is on the way.

The good news is God's promise never to leave this or forsake us. But it all starts with a decision to be one of God's family, per Dr. Wilson is teaching through acts chapter 17 today. Now, as he steps into the studio to open your heart to what he wants to share next are you ready to give your heart of life to the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm so happy to hear that wanted to pray this prayer with me today. Dear God, I know that you love me very, very, and I know that the Lord Jesus Christ came God on the cross so that I might be forgiven of arson today.

I repainted myself I can face my bike.

You Jesus. If you pray that prayer that may be the first one to welcome you to the family of wonderful. I hope that you know how much I'm going to be praying how very important call us so we can hope to connect to the right place you can begin this wonderful journey in just a moment. I'm in a come back with the final perhaps moments ago you were praying alone give your life to Jesus Christ or rededicate perhaps even now you have questions about what it is to see you are here to speak talking specifically about your situation at the other end of 86689 word again. That's the phone number jotted down. Dr. Don would say we were happy to be your 2 AM friend start yourself. Call anytime. Pray with you connect with great resources as a matter fact right now if you just gave your life to Jesus today you are we dedicating Dr. Wilton has specific resources he want you to have absolutely free. If you call us at 866899 word number that's 866-899-9673 can also connect with us on our TE W It's a place to discover great resource like this easy to celebrate Valentine's Day by buying candy and flowers last time you actually praying for your spouse join Dr. Wilton as he unpacks a powerful message on the forgiving family. Plus, you will receive 31 days of prayer books for my husband and wife. This offer set will help you learn how to support each other through prayer, how important forgiveness place in the family not only our marriage is under attack.

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Let God change your family. Call us today at 866-899-WORD word and request the February offer for your gift of $25 or more percent. Thank you for your support of The Encouraging Word. That's is one of many resources available on our website online. Margie, I believe, is now in its second printing so many friends have been asking about the book Dr. Wilton Saturdays with Billy about his timing that resource and many more again on our are you interested in getting a copy just because 866899 word number 86689967 way closing thoughts are pastor Dr. Don Wilton here I am again, you know, one of the things I want to cite late stay connected.

You know we got so many means to be able to do that you can write to us even eyelash going over the details directly in front of us. We all were a family to give.

We stay connected in so many ways and your life is very important to me.

I see and God shows me and I want to be elder pray with you connect with you and be a vital part of your relationship. Your growth your needs in mind. I'm walking in your shoes and I want to pray for you. Please don't stop Corliss rocked us. Keep praying.

Keep giving keep connecting keep rejoicing, keep celebrating, keep striving God is on.

He strode this is The Encouraging Word and now you know why it's been a great day of studying God's Encouraging Word together and will do more of this.

At the same time tomorrow as mafic headed to first Thessalonians unique title called the Christian ID that's what's coming out tomorrow on the next edition of The Encouraging Word with Dr. Don Wilton find more details and you can hear today's broadcast again on our website that's TE W online

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