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March 22, 2022 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today to the Bible-based teaching of Dr. Don Wilton all about the believers qualification. Yes, it's the believer's qualifications of Dr. Dawn is into light today from the book of Colossians chapter 1 as we open God's Encouraging Word the Bible itself.
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Now today's great message with Dr. Don Wilton and we can focus on one Colossians chapter 1 I'm going to read to you three verses, but we gotta focus really on one verse, and not like you to open your Bibles puts it like this in Colossians chapter 1 in verse 25 and he puts himself in the center pieces I verse 525.
I have become servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness.
The mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and for generations but is now disclosed to all believers to them. The believers, God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you the hope of glory.
May God give us an understanding of his word. I want to speak to you today on the believers qualification is qualified to serve the Lord, and I'm already telling you what the on street every person who calls on the name of the Lord is qualified. Everyone you have a role in the function in God's economy to be a major part of the blessing of the body for the sake of the church as Paul said in verse 20. So let's pack what poll does Paul is a great leader.
This is this is the apostle Paul looking at a group of people.
Believers and he shares with them his qualifications he he's telling the church at colossi, the basis upon which he will is authorized to do and to say what he is saying and he gives full wonderful qualifications. The first thing he lets them or know according to poll is that he was a changed man. Qualification number one to serve the Lord. He was a changed man is a phrase there in verse 25 I have become such a that such a beautiful phrase and you and I know so well the life of Paul the apostle remember remember back before he became Bible tells us you can read about it in the book of acts. For example, Paul actually he was leading in every other way, but not God's way. He was a blasphemer.
I'll guarantee you with full money to give you guarantee you untenured Jesus Christ would've come out of his mouth as a blasphemy like you here everywhere around us, even from politicians hopes.
I didn't know I was on the microphone and you know Paul was was persecuting the church. He he was against the church. He was not a slave man. He was a key to God's people. He hated Jesus the height of the church night was an extreme. By the way God views users people who were extreme against him, God turns them into extreme for him yeah Bible says he was on his way actually was going to Damascus and he had a mission he was going there to going get a hold of a lot of these Christians and put them in jail.
What happened to him.
We know he ran headlong into the laundry and he fell on his face before the Lord when he gave his heart and life to Jesus shows what happened to poll. He did a complete about-face.
He was a changed man that the Bible confirms that in second Corinthians 517 the Bible says if any one any man or any woman or girl is in Christ, that person becomes a brand-new creation is anyone a boss come up to you and say do you how do you know that you are Christian well Bibles got a lot of ways in which you can attest to your Christian faith.
But you don't really need to go much further than changed. Changed what ever the you just different changed, not about cussing on not cussing at just your heart is different changed. How did anyone try to explain the that you what are you doing today why you why you worshiping the Lord on a day like this.
Excuse me half the world is not what why are you bothering why do you bother to get dressed up drive all the way in getting the traffic and go through 5 million red lots that all out of sync with each other. Even at 6 o'clock in the morning. I don't need to see Kentucky fried chicken again.
I've seen it, why, why do you do this. My I'll tell you why you did could you change number two. He was an appointed man was on you change many was an appointed man Bible says I have become God's servant. Every believer gets appointed by God to be his servant is that any believer who is not the servant of Jesus Christ and uniting them on his. Another way put if you're here today or listening. If you do not serve Jesus but you believe that your believer would you please stand on top problem I'm being funny.
You know how how do you know Jesus and belong to Jesus and for in any other way. Posture yourself to be anything other than his servant, and that's Albany now if we were going to unpack the meaning of of servant. In fact, in this context, the word here really is. The words should it carries the idea of serving the greatness of God in all of his glory, but the word the is in the Greek text doesn't matter to you is open, oral or acorn Omega or acorn Omega, which brings together house and manager God holds all believers to be managers of his house just serve his house be stewards and and if you unpack the word stood all servant in in the text means that a servant seeks no self glory. First Corinthians foresees that the security is trustworthy. All of us have people many of us who work for us.
The greatest distinction of someone who serves you, who works for you and your officer your home or wherever is that they trust with all I can trust someone's above reproach is another word just above reproach tied to stills instead of of overseas need to be above reproach. Paul kept talking about his own hole to serve the Lord spoke of this obligation in first Corinthians chapter 9 verse 60. He said listen, I am obliged to preach the gospel and of my family always get tickled with me because I I will tell my kids many many times will have an awesome time I go to go to church. Rocco obliged.
You know you can look at me and say would you know you preach old time every week every Sunday. It just never stops never stops. I get that folks, but I want you to know God told me to do this and I am obliged to my Savior.
Not that that obligation brings me such joy. Thank you for giving me this privilege for allowing me to carry out my obligation is gone so are you with me. They thank you church when you called me here you afforded me the privilege in the the opportunity to carry out my obligation goes for me for Dawn servant. That's what I was called to amongst many other things, never singular phenomena show you. So Paul just talking about the qualifications for us for believers, one change number two appointment number three. He was commissioned while he uses the word in the text, commissioned by God.
He was a commissioned man and God's let's just get this God did this. I'm being personal time gone gone coldly God commission my daddy died.
I remember the phone call.
My parents live 500 miles away. I remember calling sighing to my mother mom I believe God's coldly into the gospel ministry. My mother said yeah I know you and I thank you.
I was she'd told me a few years before. By the way, Karen said the same thing to me. She was married to me.
She said Dr. I can see you just took a little while to listen to what God was commissioning you to do some of us a little slower than others. I'm sorry he was a commissioned man and the word commission means that God has produced you is specially designed to be a servant to the body. He's produced you is specially designed commission for a specific purpose. You may be gifted in player piano, you may sing in the choir. You may serve tables you may be engaged in missions. You may be gifted at writing books like so many in our congregation. You may be gifted. Listen folks that little word commission. They it it carries with it in a sense you know I love watching all the stuff of the Queen and in all these knots and that personally I've always wondered why I haven't had a cold to get knotted.
I'd love to be called Sir Dawn. I think it's gotta bring to but you know I when when people who are knotted by the Queen and the British Empire that they kneel down on him in front of her in the palace and she gets her sword and she taps them on each shoulder and she bestows that on them. Great on how much more of an honor when God commissions us.
There is a very real sense in which you and I are needing with face down in the ground before holding a righteous God, and by his grace. He is commissioning us all of us. Forgive the interruption will be back with the rest of today's message the believers qualification from Dr. Don Wilton in just a moment for Dr. Don Wilton to remind you that this is not a presentation it's a conversation and the joy of technology being online has given us the opportunity to talk and pray with thousands of people across the country and now around the globe as we connect both on the phone line at 866-899-WORD. You can call that number anytime 24 hours a day, 86689673 will connect with what I was happy to talk, listen, pray and connect with remarkable resources that will help you grow as a matter fact there's a remarkable resource about the power of prayer on our website right now in tewonline.org Jeep the details on how you can get your copy seeking to devour your grandchildren evil runs in the street pouring out of social media and online streaming seducing young people with false promises of worldly satisfaction.
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Now back to today's great teaching with Dr. Don Wilton so cool just talking about qualifications number one change number two appointment by God number three commission number four number four.
He was a ribbon look what he says here he was a driven man, it says here, God gave me to present you. That's what he does. He drives you to the point of his good pleasure God enters.
You'll live by his spirit takes over as the captain of your body of your life and God now in charge of the wheel. He's the engine that drives you he drives you to where he has determined you best fit to serve him.
Now we gotta get into spiritual giftedness because all of us a gift, and God has no gift list children not is not one of us that's not gifted of the Lord, you can have one gift you can have multiple gifts it.
It's no different in a secular way. When you look at your own children, moms and dads. I began today in Genesis, dedicating two of the most beautiful little boys. Emmett and Sheppard Williams, 20 only reason I knew which one was Emmett in which one was Sheppard's because they mother Kate had them so they were just coming off it's a surprise. I'm here right now. They were just so beautiful these little fellows and that one hadn't even the other one had and is that's how I knew which one was which and you know you can go and talk to Todd and K2 who are just choice couples serving the Lord your nonchurch I'm just telling you I'm I'm telling you folks, I'm telling you something. Some of you want understand those two little legs. Emmett and Sheppard all absolutely identical. They this big, they look exactly the same to me. I cannot figure I'd take me yet my twins are 10 years old. I can't tell them apart to God guarantee you go to their mother, Kate. I'll guarantee you she can already tell you, excuse me dad you, you're out of this because most dads just dummies okay just run not if I can just tell you I promise you they mother notes you go North Jordan Kramer. He goes through this all the time with these two little ones. Lori knows all about them and he just goes and he just accepts it. But he sure loves them. He loves them.
Where is God driven you but you will giftedness you know when when when God takes you and he uses you know what you noted implies when you are driven by God into a specific zone. It carries with it the idea of a concerted effort single minded about direct focus on a cost. This is good stuff.
It carries with the commitment to the whole counsel of God. It also carries the idea of understanding your limits.
Just keep one from understand your limits in the church. There is something some of you are not good at you not gifted you. You do yourself, not on in your family as a husband and wife determine your greatest strengths and tapping to those you miss one of the greatest blessings and you spend your whole life trying to figure out because you have to do it all. This something you and I, it's not that we can't do it. We tell you in the body of Christ like us folks.
We've got gifted people in almost every from finances to buildings to construction colors to communications and end of worship and preaching and teaching and arming waiters when you submission all of these things and watch this. This is the body all coming together on the headship of Jesus because we are his servants and he puts all of us to work and the body functions. According to his glory. So he gives to us full qualifications for me. You know, I've I know I sounds will see. I know God called me, I'm a changed man. He appointed me to be his servant for the sake of the body. He commission me and he drove me to the point of my giftedness. This is this is the assignment that I have for you and by the way, gifts grow and and as you mature in the faith you develop more and more gifts and abilities and you are so valued we need each other, standing together as one people in this world. Otherwise, we just the United States Congress Brad I got got it. Yada give me a beach you never get anywhere.
Jesus said, let me show you how the body of Christ works.
We've got two zones of Thanksgiving today in one church like us.
I pray this is true of every church, Bible believing church. Number one or now thanks goes to Jesus and I give you number two. Thank you, Mike. You bow your heads with me from are you part of this body have you trusted Jesus as your Savior. Give your life to him. You might say to me today will foster how do I become part of the body of Christ will of God says that's right confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, and you will be saying you looking for change. You want something more in life. Jesus changes as what is done for me.
He does the same thing for you and then once he does that he deploys us, uses us such a wonderful and powerful time of teaching and preaching the Dr. Don Wilton and moments ago when Dr. Wilson was leaving and that prayer wasn't you and your heart agreeing with the need to say yes to Jesus Christ. Maybe for the first time or maybe we dedicating your life coming home to the body of believers.
That is, the church, we want to know where excited to the decision God is making in your life and the power you are seeing become a new creature in him.
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At 86689673 on our website at tewonline.org G that's tewonline.org you before you get away closing thoughts from our pastor Dr. Don Wilton not just before we the Lord is put in my heart today. Pray for you know that's something that I can one another, but I just want you that prayer is so critical. You know that the Lord Jesus not only is our prayer that he wants is our prayer to.
I'd like to pray for you today. You love the Lord, I know things going on in your life. Let's talk to the Lord.
Heavenly father right now I want to present to you my friend who is searching looking longing needing crying out to you. I just pray Lord Jesus even through the lens of this camera that by your spirit you would touch this person's on so that prayer might not fulfill that need come down in the power of your spirit. Manifest yourself.
I'm praying this in the strong name of Jesus we believe in prayer.
You are the Christ, the son of the living God.
God, hear my prayer for my friends in Jesus name, amen, amen. And please know we love to pray with you anytime day or night is Dr. Don says we all need to a.m. friends. So when you call 866899673 anytime day or night to find what it was ready to talk and listen and pray with you and connect with wonderful resources.
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